SpongeBob SquarePants

SpongeBob SquarePants is an popular American animated television series shown on Nickelodeon, YTV, and Nicktoons Network created by marine biologist and animator, Stephen Hillenburg. SpongeBob SquarePants is a comedy set under the Pacific Ocean that uses puns (including the names of certain characters), non sequiturs, double-talk, breaking of the fourth wall, some crude humor, and other such antics to entertain the audience. The pilot episode first aired in the United States on Nickelodeon after the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards on May Day (May 1), 1999. SpongeBob SquarePants officially aired on July 17 of the same year with the second episode, "Bubblestand/Ripped Pants." Most episodes take place in the town of Bikini Bottom or the surrounding lagoon floor.

Popularity

SpongeBob is the first "low budget" Nickelodeon cartoon, according to the network, to become extremely popular. Low-budget cartoons had not garnered as much esteem as higher-rated (and higher-budgeted) shows, such as Rugrats, although when SpongeBob aired in 1999, it had obtained a substantial amount of viewers in the ratings to be considered popular. SpongeBob follows some other Nickelodeon shows that have attracted "older" followers: The Ren & Stimpy Show, Rocko's Modern Life, the Kablam! skits, Action League Now!, and The Angry Beavers. Other shows have followed in this trend as well: The Fairly OddParents and Invader Zim took a similar role when they aired in 2001, and the former is now second only to SpongeBob in popularity.

Broad appeal

The cartoon is designed to appeal to children as well as older viewers. This has a lot to do with the way underwater life and situations are represented, absurdly, as though they are almost equivalent to normal terrestrial lifestyles. Instead of cars, the residents of Bikini Bottom drive boats (with wheels). Once, while out in the wilderness, Patrick questions how they could have a camp fire on the lagoon bottom—the fire is immediately extinguished with a sizzle. A flurry of bubbles accompany many actions, just to remind the viewer everything is underwater. The main character, SpongeBob lives in a pineapple, while his neighbor Squidward lives in an Easter Island head and his other neighbor and best friend, Patrick lives under a rock. The suggestion is that both the head and the pineapple have fallen from a tropical island to become underwater habitats. SpongeBob's house-pet is a snail named Gary, who meows like a cat (though characters have shown signs of being able to understand him). In relation to this, underwater worms bark (and act) exactly like dogs, and are kept on chains. Jellyfish are the equivalent of bees (buzzing and stinging), but are collected or appreciated like butterflies and are used for their delicious jelly. Clams behave like birds, propelling themselves through the water with their shells and tweeting. In addition to this, instead of peanut butter, SpongeBob SquarePants uses what is called in Bikini Bottom "Sea-Nut Butter". SpongeBob's telephone is shaped like a conch and referred to as a "shell phone". Aside from the many undersea puns, some common products from the surface world have somehow found their way into Bikini Bottom, such as Canned Bread, Roast Beef, and even Pizza. SpongeBob works at the Krusty Krab, a restaurant seemingly based on McDonald's or Burger King.

SpongeBob is one cartoon in a long line of shows to put in more "adult" references, and has become so popular with the adult crowd that it has been shown on MTV and Spike TV. A certain quote by Patrick ("It's gonna rock!") has been used as a promo for rock stations. Ren and Stimpy, among others, had followed a similar path. The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, released on November 19, 2004, features a cameo appearance by actor David Hasselhoff, reprising his role from the Baywatch TV series.

Part of the show's appeal has to do with the childlike nature of SpongeBob and his best friend, Patrick, both of whom are idiots and display an innocence typical of human children. However, the characters are not immune from more adult avocations, including rock musicianship in a stadium performance reminiscent of a hard rock concert.

When naming reasons why many fans believe Nickelodeon has gone downhill in recent years, SpongeBob is often listed as an exception. Its appeal to older audiences, as mentioned earlier, can be contributed to the show's crazy but witty and at times even sophisticated humor. The show also, unlike many current Nickelodeon cartoons, is not "mainstream" or "cliche". While many newer cartoons revolve around pre-adolescents with strange lives and feature massive amounts of pop-culture references (eg. Fairly Oddparents), SpongeBob chooses to go for a more teen/adult friendly formula that was used in highly sucessful older Nick cartoons such as Ren and Stimpy and Rocko's Modern Life, non-human young adults in crazy, unrealistic situations, with minimal pop culture references.

Unlike its mainstream-culture-promoting network, SpongeBob features many semi-obscure musicians who contribute to its soundtrack. Non-mainstream alternative rock bands such as Wilco, The Shins, The Flaming Lips and perhaps most notably Ween (who have contributed two original songs to the show and their 1997 classic "Ocean Man" to the movie soundtrack), as well as metal bands Pantera, Motorhead, and Twisted Sister have made appearances on the show and movies soundtracks, and classic thrash metal group Metallica even released a T-shirt featuring cartoon versions of them playing live with Spongebob & Patrick [1] (leading to as of yet unproven rumors that the band will appear on a future episode of the show). However, in a more typical Nickelodeon-style move, Avril Lavigne did the movie theme song.

Merchandising and marketing

Merchandise based on the show ranges from Kraft SuperMac & Cheese, Kellogg's cereal, and video games to boxer shorts, pajamas, and t-shirts. The show also spawned a large and popular merchandise line at Hot Topic, Claire's, RadioShack, Target, Wal-Mart, and Toys "R" Us stores. There have been kids meal tie-ins at Wendy's for SpongeBob's House Party Special in 2002 and at Burger King restaurants in 2001, 2003, and for the movie in 2004; in 2004, thieves stole nine-foot-high by nine-foot-wide SpongeBob inflatables from the Burger King restaurant franchises, demanding Krabby Patties as ransom. The ransom note was signed by someone in Minneapolis, Minnesota claiming to be Sheldon J. Plankton, a character from the show. SpongeBob was also featured on VH1's I Love the 90s: Part Deux: 1999 as part of a commentary by Michael Ian Black. More recently, a tie-in beverage for 7-Eleven convenience stores has been created, a pineapple-flavored Slurpee. Events in the past with the SpongeBob SquarePants theme include an exhibit at Underwater Adventures Aquarium in the Mall of America called SeaCrits of Bikini Bottom during the summer of 2003. In October 2004, a NASCAR Busch Series race was named The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 300, presented by Lowe's and broadcast on TNT featuring Jimmie Johnson's #48 Lowe's stock car and Kyle Busch's #5 stock car painted for the race with the SpongeBob Movie paint schemes. There were contests tied in with the movie where you could win SpongeBob-related items or a trip to the Cayman Islands. LEGO recieved license to produce SpongeBob SquarePants building sets, beginning to sell them in August 2006.

History

Origin (1993–1999)

SpongeBob's history can be traced back to 1993 when Rocko's Modern Life first aired. One of the producers was Stephen Hillenburg, a cartoon worker/marine biologist who loved both his careers. When Rocko's Modern Life was cancelled in 1997, Hillenburg began working on SpongeBob (although some sketches trace back to 1996). He teamed up with creative director Derek Drymon, who had worked on shows such as Doug, Action League Now!, and Hey Arnold!. Drymon had worked with Hillenburg on Rocko's Modern Life as well, as did many SpongeBob crew members, including writer Tim Hill and voice actors Tom Kenny and Doug Lawrence. Another crew member with previous Nickelodeon cartoon experience was former Angry Beavers story editor Merriwether Williams, who worked on that show for its first few seasons and switched to SpongeBob in July 1999.

During production of the show, Hillenburg provided a concept of short comics with the same style of the show, but the characters looked different. SpongeBob used to be named SpongeBoy, and used to wear a red hat with a green base and a white business shirt with a tie. The name "SpongeBoy" did not make it into the show since the name was already officially trademarked by Bob Burden, creator of Flaming Carrot. Hillenburg later chose the alternative name "SpongeBob." The original name was once referenced in the show by Mr. Krabs' line, "SpongeBoy, me Bob!." The Krusty Krab was originally spelled with the letter C rather than K, but Stephen Hillenburg thought K's were funnier.

Rise to popularity (1999–2000)

SpongeBob blowing the sand off Squidward with his reef-blower.

In 1999, SpongeBob aired its first episode, "Help Wanted/Reef Blower/Tea at the Treedome", after the 1999 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. At this time, Rugrats was at the height of its popularity and had already outlived dozens of other lower-budget cartoons. SpongeBob, with its generally lower-class animation and humor style more rooted in clever word-play and culture-references unlike the potty humor that made Rugrats so popular, was expected to be just another one of those shows. Although it struggled in its early days, its ratings flew up. After about a year, it surpassed Rugrats as Nick's most highly rated show. SpongeBob's signature voice (provided by Kenny) and humorous style was enjoyable to both younger and older audiences. Many people attribute the "Fall Of Rugrats/Klasky-Csupo/Rise Of Low-Budget Cartoons" to SpongeBob.

Peak years (2000–2003)

The show began its second season in 2000 with more high-quality animation and even more popular episodes. By then it was clear to the world that SpongeBob had opened the door to many other cartoons to use more "adult" senses of humor and come from smaller companies. In 2001, The Fairly OddParents aired from the then-small Frederator company. It focused on a sense of humor similar to SpongeBob’s, only more realistic, slightly crazier (and more suggestive to "adult" topics), and with more pop culture references; this show managed to become a hit as well and currently ranks behind SpongeBob as Nick's second most popular show. That same year, Invader Zim aired, created by comic book writer Jhonen Vasquez; it had a dark but silly sense of humor (similar to Vasquez's other comic books) that managed to attract a very loyal cult following consisting more of teens and adults than young children (though also containing a moderate amount of preteens). SpongeBob, however, was the leader of all these shows and had by this time started its now famous merchandise line.

2002 also saw a bright side, as the first part of that year saw SpongeBob at its peak. The beginning of the third season produced many classic episodes and focused on the same style and animation concepts. The year also saw another more low-budget show with popularity (The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius), but things changed late in the year. Due to rumors of a movie, there was high speculation that the show would be cancelled and that 2003/2004 would feature the last season of new episodes. Fans were devastated and online petitions were widely distributed to convince Nickelodeon to produce more episodes by showing continuing fan support. SpongeBob Meets The Strangler/Pranks A Lot" was the last episode of this season, and aired in October of 2004. Following this, the movie was released in November of that year.

Hiatus/Movie Era (2003–2005)

The show continued to gain high approval ratings despite a lack of new episodes, and many fans feared they would never air. The president of Nickelodeon announced that the show would continue without Hillenburg featuring Paul Tibbitt as supervising producer and Derek Drymon taking over Hillenburg's spot as executive producer. As its movie only achieved over $85,000,000 in revenue in the United States, perhaps because of the shows popularity showing something of a decline at the time of it's release. The Rugrats Movie, on the other hand, earned over $100,000,000 in the United States. (It was around this time that the animated series which it is based on, Rugrats, was at the height of its popularity. Ironically, that movie would also be considered Rugrats' jump the shark moment by many fans.)

See Controversy for more information.

The Big Comeback (2005- )

Fear of a Krabby Patty

TV advertisements for SpongeBob's fourth season first aired publicly during the 2005 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. The new episodes began airing on May 6, 2005. So far, four new episodes and nine segments of new episodes have aired, with more upcoming including a sixth Mermaidman & Barnacle Boy.

The first new episode of Season 4, "Fear Of A Krabby Patty/Shell Of A Man", was a huge hit with many fans who had long been bored with the show and many more faithful ones who have been waiting for new episodes for years.

After airing three new episodes on Fridays from May 6 to May 20, Nickelodeon did not premiere any new SpongeBob episodes until September 2005.

For the first time in SpongeBob's run, Nickelodeon began airing 11-minute segments of new episodes separately, spread over two weeks. This practice began with the airing of the episode "Selling Out" on September 23; its companion episode, "Funny Pants," premiered the following week on September 30 (Nickelodeon did air "Selling Out" and "Funny Pants" together as a rerun on October 9, 2005). Many fans are outraged, but it should be noted that the change in format is at Nickelodeon's insistence, rather than the SpongeBob creators.

The Star Online eCentral reports that Nickelodeon has ordered 20 more episodes of SpongeBob Squarepants, bringing the show’s total amount of episodes to 100. The episodes are projected to have finished airing sometime in 2007. Regarding the new order of SpongeBob cartoons, Cyma Zarghami, Nickelodeon’s chief executive, responded, “It just doesn’t feel like we should stop yet.” This is quite relevant, as recently the show has seen some of it's highest ratings since it's peak years in the early 2000's, and, while some more observant fans are skeptical, has returned without an excessive amount of fans believing it has "jumped the shark".

SpongeBob has been picked up for a fifth season on Nickelodeon, with potential for a sixth season; new episodes will air from 2006 to 2007.

Characters

  • Main article SpongeBob SquarePants characters

Voice actors and their characters

  • Tom Kenny: SpongeBob SquarePants, Gary the Snail, French Narrator, Patchy the Pirate, Mr. SquarePants, Uncle Sherm SquarePants, Grandpa SquarePants, Fred (Home Sweet Pineapple), Tom
  • Dee Bradley Baker: Squilliam Fancyson, Various squids, customers, vendors
  • Rodger Bumpass: Squidward Tentacles, Mama Tentacles, the Doctorfish,
  • Bill Fagerbakke: Patrick Star
  • Carolyn Lawrence: Sandy Cheeks
  • Clancy Brown: Eugene Krabs
  • Doug Lawrence (a.k.a. Mr. Lawrence): Sheldon J. Plankton, Larry Lobster, Fred, Tom
  • Lori Alan: Pearl Krabs, Patrick's mother
  • Mary Jo Catlett: Mrs. Poppy Puff, Mrs. SquarePants
  • Sirena Irwin: Mrs. SquarePants, Mama Krabs (Enemy In-Law-present)
  • Lauren Tom: Mrs. SquarePants (No Free Rides)
  • Paul Tibbitt: Mama Krabs (Sailor Mouth, Mid-Life Crustacean)
  • Stephen Hillenburg: Polly the Parrot
  • Brian Doyle-Murray: The Flying Dutchman
  • Marion Ross: Grandma SquarePants
  • Jill Talley: Karen (Plankton's computer wife)
  • Carlos Alazraqui: Additional Voices (Seasons 1-3)
  • Thomas F. Wilson: Additional Voices
  • Clea Lewis: Additional Voices (Seasons 2-)

Guest Voices and Stars in Some Episodes

  • Tiny Tim: Himself (Musical Performer) (Help Wanted)
  • Ernest Borgnine: Mermaid Man
  • Tim Conway: Barnacle Boy
  • Charles Nelson Reilly: The Dirty Bubble (Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II/Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V)
  • John Rhys-Davies: Man Ray
  • John O'Hurley: King Neptune (Neptune's Spatula)
  • Sergio Ristie: King Neptune (SpongeBob's House Party (Party Pooper Pants))
  • Kevin Michael Richardson: King Neptune (voice in SpongeBob's House Party (Party Pooper Pants))
  • Thomas F. Wilson: The Tattle-Tale Strangler, Reg, Marty, Patrick's father, others

Guest Voices and Stars in the Movie

  • Jeffrey Tambor: King Neptune
  • Scarlett Johansson: Princess Mindy
  • Alec Baldwin: Dennis the Hitman
  • David Hasselhoff: Himself

Theme song

The theme song, primarily based on the sea shanty, "Blow the Man Down", is the principal song used in the series. It is sung by Patchy the Pirate, voiced by Pat Pinney, and can be found on the soundtrack, SpongeBob SquarePants: Original Theme Highlights. A cover of the song by Avril Lavigne can be found on The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (soundtrack). A choral version was recorded for the SpongeBob Christmas special where the last words, "SquarePants", were replaced by "Christmas special". The song can also be found on The Yellow Album.

Controversy

Despite the show's popularity, SpongeBob has had to endure much controversy. This is not new for Nickelodeon. Many of its cartoons, including Ren & Stimpy, Rocko's Modern Life, The Angry Beavers, Invader Zim, and The Fairly OddParents, have sparked controversy in one way or another. However, SpongeBob's popularity has made the controversy surrounding it more noticeable and of a larger scale.

Notably, SpongeBob's cheerful attitude and his close friendship with Patrick led some viewers to the conclusion that the sponge was the next gay icon. Around the beginning of the third season, SpongeBob and Patrick were frequently depicted holding hands. In the 2002 episode "Rock-a-Bye Bivalve", SpongeBob and Patrick adopt a baby scallop, furthering the rumours because of the implications that the two made major life decisions together, as a couple would. This episode was never aired in the Philippines India, Israel, and Italy because the people there may have thought the episode resembles homosexuality. In three episodes, SpongeBob is portrayed for brief moments in women's clothing, although it should be noted that other cartoon and slapstick characters, such as Bugs Bunny, have done the same; in this regard, SpongeBob falls squarely in the pantheon of characters who have actively gone above the limits and endured controversy as a result.

Stephen Hillenburg, creator of the show, states SpongeBob to be asexual, as he is a sponge. In support of this statement, in early episodes it's revealed that SpongeBob reproduces by budding and making baby sponges come out of his holes; this is not so different than what real sponges do. But some fans argue that SpongeBob has a human-like sexual identity, because sometimes he will panic when he's shown not wearing underwear, as if he were a human, and run back to his pineapple and hide.

There are actually many heterosexual relationships on the show (eg. Mr. Krabs/Mrs. Puff, SpongeBob's parents, Pearl/Octavious Rex, Plankton/Mama Krabs, Gary/Snellie, Plankton/Karen, Patrick/Mindy, and in many early episodes there is a slight romantic relationship between SpongeBob and Sandy, automatically disproving any rumors that Spongebob could ever be homosexual); aside from the "Rock-a-Bye Bivalve" controversy there are arguably no gay relationships at all.

More recently, SpongeBob was featured in the pro-tolerance "We Are Family" commercial, along with many other cartoon characters. The video has sparked controversy because some conservative Christian groups believe that the We Are Family Foundation was using it to promote the normalization of homosexuality in American schools. A spokesman for the foundation suggests that anyone who thought the video promoted homosexuality "needs to visit their doctor and get their medication increased."[2]. Many fans have also pointed to the fact that many more characters besides SpongeBob were featured in the commercial, and SpongeBob's appearance is only a few seconds long. It has been incorrectly reported that James Dobson, a leading figure among many conservative Christians, believes SpongeBob is homosexual or promotes a homosexual lifestyle.

Stephen Hillenburg announced publicly that SpongeBob and Patrick are not gay.

Main Crew

  • Stephen Hillenburg: Creator/Executive Producer (1999-2004; Remains Active In Production Team, But No Longer Producer Of Show)
  • Paul Tibbitt: Writer/Storyboard Director/Supervising Producer (2004- )
  • Derek Drymon: Creative Director/Writer/Story Editor
  • Sherm Cohen: Storyboard Supervisor/Writer
  • Caleb Muerer: Art Director/Storyboard Artist
  • Merriwether Williams: Story Editor/Writer
  • Doug Lawrence (a.k.a. Mr. Lawrence): Writer/Story Editor
  • Chuck Klein: Writer/Storyboard Artist & Director
  • Jay Lender: Writer/Storyboard Artist & Director
  • Sam Henderson: Writer/Storyboard Director
  • Kaz: Writer/Storyboard Artist
  • Aaron Springer: Writer/Storyboard Artist & Director
  • C.H. Greenblatt: Writer/Storyboard Artist & Director
  • Steven Banks: Head Writer (2004—)
  • Tim Hill: Writer
  • Eric Wiese: Writer/Storyboard Artist
  • Mark O'Hare: Writer/Storyboard Artist & Director
  • Steven Fonti: Writer/Storyboard Director (1999)
  • Chris Mitchell: Writer/Storyboard Artist (1999)
  • Mike Bell: Writer/Storyboard Director (2005—)
  • Vincent Waller: Writer/Storyboard Artist & Director/Technical Director (2005—)
  • Bradley Carow: Music
  • Sage Guyton: Music
  • Steven Belfer: Music
  • Jeremy Wakefield: Music
  • Nicholas Carr: Music
  • David Wigforss: Special Effects (CG visual effects animator)
  • Andy Rheingold: Executive in Charge of Production
  • Alan Smart: Animation Director
  • Tom Yasumi: Animation Director
  • Andrew Overtoom: Animation Director
  • Jimmy Stone: Animation Director
  • Sean Dempsey: Animation Director

Episodes, movies, and spin-offs

SpongeBob SquarePants episodes

SpongeBob SquarePants movies

  • The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

SpongeBob SquarePants theatrical shorts

  • There will be a SpongeBob SquarePants theatrical short playing before the computer-animated 2006 film, Barnyard.

SpongeBob SquarePants spin-offs

  • Astrology With Squidward is a spin-off short from SpongeBob SquarePants. It features the character Squidward explaining astrological stereotypes, through characters on the show. Featured characters have included:
    • Patrick: Taurus (stereotype: thick-headed)
    • SpongeBob: Sagittarius (stereotype: overly enthusiastic, optimistic, and foolish)
    • Plankton: Leo (stereotype: diabolical and plotting), among others. In one short, Plankton is depicted as a Leo.
    • Squidward: Capricorn (on the Tropical zodiac) or Libra (stereotype: likes the finer things in life, taking it easy, wants to do no work (on the Sidereal zodiac))
    • Mr. Krabs: Cancer

Trivia

  • The pirate in the painting saying "Are you ready kids?" - "I can't hear you" in the beginning theme sequence had a chroma key used for the moving lips.
  • In the episode "Help Wanted", SpongeBob can be seen with a pet scallop in a cage next to his bed. It can also be seen in the episode "Something Smells", along with many others. According to the Season 1 DVD, its name is Shelly.
  • According to the insider book SpongeBob Exposed, the creator of the show, Steve Hillenburg, said that the policy of his show is to not do jokes about or reference pop culture and current events; the show's characters are isolated from the real world. He wants his cartoon to be a timeless classic. Hillenburg has said that he intends to pass that concept over to the new people in charge of the show. Although the show occasionally does make reference to pop-culture, the examples are never specific.
  • The show is "timeless" since the episodes have no dates that are set into stone and very few topical references or instances of continuity (the Krusty Krab is destroyed quite often).
  • In the first series, it was possible to hear one fish scream "my legs!" in most or all episodes, usually at some point of inconsequential destruction, such as a boating school

incident involving Mrs. Puff, who is a blowfish expanding into an air balloon.

  • In "Bubble Buddy," Spongebob celebrates Leif Erikson Day, which is a real US observance held on October 9th; the narration indicated that Spongebob actually invented the day.
  • Nearly every episode contains one still or motion non-animated sequence.
  • The events in the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie are not canonical with the events in the TV series. In the movie there is a second Krusty Krab (Krusty Krab 2), SpongeBob gets a promotion towards the end of the movie and dons a large "MANAGER" hat during the credits as well as other details.

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Many fans have also pointed to the fact that many more characters besides SpongeBob were featured in the commercial, and SpongeBob's appearance is only a few seconds long. These can range from single episode appearances, to two or three month stints of weekly appearances, to intermittent appearances over several years. A spokesman for the foundation suggests that anyone who thought the video promoted homosexuality "needs to visit their doctor and get their medication increased."[2]. Guest characters on Neighbours are played by actors who do not have a long term contract to appear (almost) every week. The video has sparked controversy because some conservative Christian groups believe that the We Are Family Foundation was using it to promote the normalization of homosexuality in American schools. See also: Karl and Susan Kennedy. More recently, SpongeBob was featured in the pro-tolerance "We Are Family" commercial, along with many other cartoon characters. For more information see The Robinson Family.

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The song can also be found on The Yellow Album. think about your life and everything you've done.'. A choral version was recorded for the SpongeBob Christmas special where the last words, "SquarePants", were replaced by "Christmas special". During the flight Izzy discovered a note to her saying 'To my one and only.. A cover of the song by Avril Lavigne can be found on The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (soundtrack). A time bomb had also been planted in the plane's undercarriage. It is sung by Patchy the Pirate, voiced by Pat Pinney, and can be found on the soundtrack, SpongeBob SquarePants: Original Theme Highlights. Late in the 2005 season (broadcast in January 2006 in the UK) came a highly dramatic storyline where a large contingency of Ramsay Street regulars went on a joyflight on a Douglas DC-3 aircraft over Bass Strait.

The theme song, primarily based on the sea shanty, "Blow the Man Down", is the principal song used in the series. After over a year of manipulation, Izzy's lies came to light in a spectacular fashion, and despite a last ditch attempt by Izzy to gain Karl's sympathy by falsely claiming that she was raped, Karl finally dumped Izzy for good. SpongeBob has been picked up for a fifth season on Nickelodeon, with potential for a sixth season; new episodes will air from 2006 to 2007. The break up of long time married couple Karl and Susan Kennedy and soon after Joe and Lyn Scully has also been a great source of interest to viewers, especially since it has led to a long running storyline in which Izzy Hoyland duped Karl into believing that he was the father of her unborn child continuing the charade long after she tragically miscarried in November 2004. Regarding the new order of SpongeBob cartoons, Cyma Zarghami, Nickelodeon’s chief executive, responded, “It just doesn’t feel like we should stop yet.” This is quite relevant, as recently the show has seen some of it's highest ratings since it's peak years in the early 2000's, and, while some more observant fans are skeptical, has returned without an excessive amount of fans believing it has "jumped the shark". The character of Sindi Watts has also been involved in storylines involving stripping and more recently prostitution. The episodes are projected to have finished airing sometime in 2007. The second storyline to touch on this taboo subject was the plotline in which Harold Bishop became obsessed with a younger woman who bore an uncanny resemblance to his deceased daughter, Kerry (in fact, the character was played by Linda Hartley-Clark, who did indeed play Kerry Bishop years earlier.) The pair went as far as sharing a kiss, which ultimately made Harold 'snap out' of his obsession.

The Star Online eCentral reports that Nickelodeon has ordered 20 more episodes of SpongeBob Squarepants, bringing the show’s total amount of episodes to 100. There was also not one but two incest storylines; the first involving Serena Bishop and Luka Dokic, who embarked on an intimate relationship, blissfully ignorant of the fact theat they were half-siblings, sharing a mother, Liljana Bishop. Many fans are outraged, but it should be noted that the change in format is at Nickelodeon's insistence, rather than the SpongeBob creators. Recently, the show has depicted a lesbian storyline involving Sky Mangel and Lana Crawford. This practice began with the airing of the episode "Selling Out" on September 23; its companion episode, "Funny Pants," premiered the following week on September 30 (Nickelodeon did air "Selling Out" and "Funny Pants" together as a rerun on October 9, 2005). In the past two years this has started to change, with the show now regularly featuring its teenage characters discussing issues such as sex and contraception in a manner which has not been seen on the show since the mid 1990s. For the first time in SpongeBob's run, Nickelodeon began airing 11-minute segments of new episodes separately, spread over two weeks. In the late 1990s, Neighbours gained the reputation as being a somewhat conservative soap with topics such as sex generally not being included in the storylines due to its early evening timeslot in Australia and the United Kingdom (Earlier storylines involving controversial topics such as incest and teenage sex were often censored by the BBC in the UK, which may account for the reluctance on the part of producers to depict controversial issues).

After airing three new episodes on Fridays from May 6 to May 20, Nickelodeon did not premiere any new SpongeBob episodes until September 2005. Today the show revolves around the Scully, Hoyland, Timmins and Kinski families, along with several other residents who live in Ramsay Street. The first new episode of Season 4, "Fear Of A Krabby Patty/Shell Of A Man", was a huge hit with many fans who had long been bored with the show and many more faithful ones who have been waiting for new episodes for years. However, one of the original characters, Paul Robinson, made a return to the show in the final episode of 2004 and became a regular character in early 2005. So far, four new episodes and nine segments of new episodes have aired, with more upcoming including a sixth Mermaidman & Barnacle Boy. Until recently, both the Ramsays and the Robinsons had been written out of the series, with the sole exception of the Bishop family (who are related to the Ramsays through the marriage of Harold Bishop to the late Madge Ramsay). The new episodes began airing on May 6, 2005. Daphne's death in 1988 is still considered as one of the most emotional moments on the show.

TV advertisements for SpongeBob's fourth season first aired publicly during the 2005 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. Another popular couple in the show's early days was the pairing of Des Clarke and Daphne Lawrence, a couple who also lived on Ramsay Street alongside the Ramsays and the Robinsons. See Controversy for more information.. Their Romeo and Juliet style romance culminated in a wedding was keenly anticipated by viewers and is still fondly regarded today as being one of the high points of the series. Ironically, that movie would also be considered Rugrats' jump the shark moment by many fans.). The show initially gained notoriety for its depiction of the teenage romance of Scott Robinson and Charlene Mitchell. (It was around this time that the animated series which it is based on, Rugrats, was at the height of its popularity. In the beginning, the show mainly focused on two families, the Robinsons and the Ramsays (after whom "Ramsay Street" is named) who were as the name of the show suggests, neighbours.

The Rugrats Movie, on the other hand, earned over $100,000,000 in the United States. [2]. As its movie only achieved over $85,000,000 in revenue in the United States, perhaps because of the shows popularity showing something of a decline at the time of it's release. He won the case and was awarded AUS$196,709 (£84,416) plus interest and costs. The president of Nickelodeon announced that the show would continue without Hillenburg featuring Paul Tibbitt as supervising producer and Derek Drymon taking over Hillenburg's spot as executive producer. Connor admitted that he had had problems in the period prior to receiving a final warning in April 2003, but contested Grundy's claims that he has acted unprofessionally immediately prior to his dismissal in September 2003. The show continued to gain high approval ratings despite a lack of new episodes, and many fans feared they would never air. This behaviour has been connected to the actor's period of drug use after the death of his brother.[1].

Following this, the movie was released in November of that year. Evidence presented in court in October 2005 described alleged on-set problems such as arguments with cast and crew, lateness and absenteeism. SpongeBob Meets The Strangler/Pranks A Lot" was the last episode of this season, and aired in October of 2004. After being fired from the series former cast member Shane Connor filed for wrongful dismissal. Fans were devastated and online petitions were widely distributed to convince Nickelodeon to produce more episodes by showing continuing fan support. These episodes are also about three months behind the Australian network. Due to rumors of a movie, there was high speculation that the show would be cancelled and that 2003/2004 would feature the last season of new episodes. It also airs every evening on Irish TV station RTÉ Two at 5.30.

The year also saw another more low-budget show with popularity (The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius), but things changed late in the year. It has been long aired by Television New Zealand and screens twice daily at 5:05am and 5:30pm. The beginning of the third season produced many classic episodes and focused on the same style and animation concepts. It was the sixth Australian soap opera to be aired in the United States (The Sullivans, Prisoner, Home and Away, Paradise Beach and Pacific Drive are the other five). 2002 also saw a bright side, as the first part of that year saw SpongeBob at its peak. After a couple of weeks, the show moved to a late-night time slot and eventually left the air entirely. SpongeBob, however, was the leader of all these shows and had by this time started its now famous merchandise line. At first, it was shown in the afternoon opposite higher-rated American soaps such as The Young and the Restless and All My Children, which gave the show anemic ratings from the first airing; the people who would be most interested in the show were watching other, more established serials.

That same year, Invader Zim aired, created by comic book writer Jhonen Vasquez; it had a dark but silly sense of humor (similar to Vasquez's other comic books) that managed to attract a very loyal cult following consisting more of teens and adults than young children (though also containing a moderate amount of preteens). Episodes from 1999 were aired for a six-week trial basis on the American channel Oxygen in March of 2004. It focused on a sense of humor similar to SpongeBob’s, only more realistic, slightly crazier (and more suggestive to "adult" topics), and with more pop culture references; this show managed to become a hit as well and currently ranks behind SpongeBob as Nick's second most popular show. The show has also been sold to networks in many other countries. In 2001, The Fairly OddParents aired from the then-small Frederator company. The episodes in the UK are now generally shown between one and three months after they are seen in Australia, as the BBC often removes the show from its schedule during major sports tournaments such as Wimbledon and bank holidays in order to take into account the fact that the show usually takes a four week break over the Christmas/New Year in Australia for the Southern Hemisphere summer. By then it was clear to the world that SpongeBob had opened the door to many other cartoons to use more "adult" senses of humor and come from smaller companies. In the late 1980s it regularly had a UK audience in the tens of millions and was sometimes watched by more people than the population of Australia at that time.

The show began its second season in 2000 with more high-quality animation and even more popular episodes. BBC One began by screening it at lunchtime, but it was soon given an early evening repeat slot by controller Michael Grade on the advice of his daughter. Many people attribute the "Fall Of Rugrats/Klasky-Csupo/Rise Of Low-Budget Cartoons" to SpongeBob. The show is also popular in the United Kingdom where it quickly gained a cult following after it began to be broadcast there in 1986. SpongeBob's signature voice (provided by Kenny) and humorous style was enjoyable to both younger and older audiences. . After about a year, it surpassed Rugrats as Nick's most highly rated show. Neighbours celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2005 with a special episode which featured appearances from several former members of the cast.

Although it struggled in its early days, its ratings flew up. One of the most enduring characters currently on the show is Harold Bishop, played by actor Ian Smith who has also written many of the scripts for the show. SpongeBob, with its generally lower-class animation and humor style more rooted in clever word-play and culture-references unlike the potty humor that made Rugrats so popular, was expected to be just another one of those shows. Actor Alan Dale who had previously starred in The Young Doctors, played the central character of Jim Robinson for the show's first seven years and is now a recognisable star in US series such as 24 and The O.C.. At this time, Rugrats was at the height of its popularity and had already outlived dozens of other lower-budget cartoons. Many successful Australian actors and singers had some of their earliest work on Neighbours, including Kylie Minogue, Jesse Spencer, Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe (brief extra appearance), Natalie Imbruglia, Jason Donovan, Holly Valance, Mark Little, Radha Mitchell, Delta Goodrem and Natalie Bassingthwaighte of the band Rogue Traders. In 1999, SpongeBob aired its first episode, "Help Wanted/Reef Blower/Tea at the Treedome", after the 1999 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. Other locations often mentioned (and sometimes seen) in the show include West Waratah, Waratah Heights and Anson's Corner.

Krabs' line, "SpongeBoy, me Bob!." The Krusty Krab was originally spelled with the letter C rather than K, but Stephen Hillenburg thought K's were funnier. Erinsborough is often contrasted with the neighbouring, and equally fictitious, suburb of Eden Hills. Hillenburg later chose the alternative name "SpongeBob." The original name was once referenced in the show by Mr. The show is filmed in Melbourne, and for street scenes uses Pin Oak Court in Vermont South, a suburb in eastern Melbourne. The name "SpongeBoy" did not make it into the show since the name was already officially trademarked by Bob Burden, creator of Flaming Carrot. Though it is not commonly mentioned so as to not alienate viewers in other Australian cities, Erinsborough (an anagram of 'Or Neighbours') is undoubtedly supposed to be a suburb of Melbourne. SpongeBob used to be named SpongeBoy, and used to wear a red hat with a green base and a white business shirt with a tie. The show features a regular turnover of attractive young actors mixed in with the more stable cast of older people.

During production of the show, Hillenburg provided a concept of short comics with the same style of the show, but the characters looked different. The series follows the daily lives of several families who live in the fictional Ramsay Street, Erinsborough – although in fact it is restricted to the small cul-de-sac of six houses at the end of the street – and includes the usual soap staples of births, deaths, and marriages. Another crew member with previous Nickelodeon cartoon experience was former Angry Beavers story editor Merriwether Williams, who worked on that show for its first few seasons and switched to SpongeBob in July 1999. The show was created by Reg Watson and is produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation. Drymon had worked with Hillenburg on Rocko's Modern Life as well, as did many SpongeBob crew members, including writer Tim Hill and voice actors Tom Kenny and Doug Lawrence. It began screening on that channel in early 1986 and has remained popular with its core teenage audience ever since. He teamed up with creative director Derek Drymon, who had worked on shows such as Doug, Action League Now!, and Hey Arnold!. The series was immediately picked-up by rival Network Ten.

When Rocko's Modern Life was cancelled in 1997, Hillenburg began working on SpongeBob (although some sketches trace back to 1996). It originally aired on the Seven Network in Australia in 1985; however, they cancelled the series later that year. One of the producers was Stephen Hillenburg, a cartoon worker/marine biologist who loved both his careers. Neighbours is a long-running Australian soap opera, running daily episodes of 22 minutes (excluding commercials). SpongeBob's history can be traced back to 1993 when Rocko's Modern Life first aired. For the 1952 film of the same name, please see Neighbours (film). LEGO recieved license to produce SpongeBob SquarePants building sets, beginning to sell them in August 2006. This article is about the soap opera Neighbours.

There were contests tied in with the movie where you could win SpongeBob-related items or a trip to the Cayman Islands. Elliot Park: Another surrounding suburb of Erinsborough. In October 2004, a NASCAR Busch Series race was named The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 300, presented by Lowe's and broadcast on TNT featuring Jimmie Johnson's #48 Lowe's stock car and Kyle Busch's #5 stock car painted for the race with the SpongeBob Movie paint schemes. Ansons Corner: Ansons Corner is another suburb near Erinsborough. Events in the past with the SpongeBob SquarePants theme include an exhibit at Underwater Adventures Aquarium in the Mall of America called SeaCrits of Bikini Bottom during the summer of 2003. West Waratah: West Waratah is a poor suburb near Erinsborough. More recently, a tie-in beverage for 7-Eleven convenience stores has been created, a pineapple-flavored Slurpee. It contains an expensive private school, Eden Hills Grammar and Eden Hills University.

SpongeBob was also featured on VH1's I Love the 90s: Part Deux: 1999 as part of a commentary by Michael Ian Black. Eden Hills: Eden Hills is the rich suburb near Erinsborough. Plankton, a character from the show. It was originally owned by Lou Carpenter and Ben Atkins, since then Drew Kirk bought into the business and Stuart Parker and Steph Hoyland have both worked there. The ransom note was signed by someone in Minneapolis, Minnesota claiming to be Sheldon J. Carpenter's Mechanics: Carpenter's Mechanics is a garage to which the residents take their cars if they need mechanical attention. There have been kids meal tie-ins at Wendy's for SpongeBob's House Party Special in 2002 and at Burger King restaurants in 2001, 2003, and for the movie in 2004; in 2004, thieves stole nine-foot-high by nine-foot-wide SpongeBob inflatables from the Burger King restaurant franchises, demanding Krabby Patties as ransom. It was originally owned by Madge and Harold Bishop and former employees include Felicity Scully, Tad Reeves and Sky Mangel.

The show also spawned a large and popular merchandise line at Hot Topic, Claire's, RadioShack, Target, Wal-Mart, and Toys "R" Us stores. Grease Monkeys: Grease Monkeys is Erinsborough's fast food restaurant, in which many of the younger members of the cast dine regulary. Merchandise based on the show ranges from Kraft SuperMac & Cheese, Kellogg's cereal, and video games to boxer shorts, pajamas, and t-shirts. Residents who have worked there include Pam Willis, Dee Bliss, Darcy Tyler and Karl Kennedy. However, in a more typical Nickelodeon-style move, Avril Lavigne did the movie theme song. Erinsborough Hospital: Erinsborough Hospital is where the residents of Erinsborough go to if they need major medical attention. Non-mainstream alternative rock bands such as Wilco, The Shins, The Flaming Lips and perhaps most notably Ween (who have contributed two original songs to the show and their 1997 classic "Ocean Man" to the movie soundtrack), as well as metal bands Pantera, Motorhead, and Twisted Sister have made appearances on the show and movies soundtracks, and classic thrash metal group Metallica even released a T-shirt featuring cartoon versions of them playing live with Spongebob & Patrick [1] (leading to as of yet unproven rumors that the band will appear on a future episode of the show). The school is also occasionally used for community events, such as the Serbian Youth Night.

Unlike its mainstream-culture-promoting network, SpongeBob features many semi-obscure musicians who contribute to its soundtrack. Previous principals have been Dorothy Burke and Susan Kennedy (as she was known when she was the permanent principal, before her amnesia-resulting accident). Fairly Oddparents), SpongeBob chooses to go for a more teen/adult friendly formula that was used in highly sucessful older Nick cartoons such as Ren and Stimpy and Rocko's Modern Life, non-human young adults in crazy, unrealistic situations, with minimal pop culture references. co-ordinator Susan Kinski is acting principal whilst Candace is on leave. While many newer cartoons revolve around pre-adolescents with strange lives and feature massive amounts of pop-culture references (eg. The current principal is Candace Barkham, although V.C.E. The show also, unlike many current Nickelodeon cartoons, is not "mainstream" or "cliche". Erinsborough High School: Erinsborough High School is Erinsborough and West Waratah's high school, which many teenage residents have attended, as well as teachers including Dorothy Burke, Lisa Elliott, Tess Bell, Evan Hancock, Libby Kennedy, Susan Kinski and Paul Robinson.

Its appeal to older audiences, as mentioned earlier, can be contributed to the show's crazy but witty and at times even sophisticated humor. It has had such employees as Felicity Scully, Lyn Scully and Janelle Timmins. When naming reasons why many fans believe Nickelodeon has gone downhill in recent years, SpongeBob is often listed as an exception. A Good Hair Day: "A Good Hair Day" is a salon owned by Gino Esposito. However, the characters are not immune from more adult avocations, including rock musicianship in a stadium performance reminiscent of a hard rock concert. It was extensively damaged in the fire in 2004, but has recently been rebuilt. Part of the show's appeal has to do with the childlike nature of SpongeBob and his best friend, Patrick, both of whom are idiots and display an innocence typical of human children. As of 2003 the legal firm "Tim Collins and Associates" has shared the building with the medical centre.

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, released on November 19, 2004, features a cameo appearance by actor David Hasselhoff, reprising his role from the Baywatch TV series. Erinsborough Medical Centre: Erinsborough Medical Centre used to be Paul's office at Lassiter's Hotel, but was then bought by Karl Kennedy and converted into a medical centre. Ren and Stimpy, among others, had followed a similar path. Lassiter's Hotel also has branches in Darwin, London, Montana and New York. A certain quote by Patrick ("It's gonna rock!") has been used as a promo for rock stations. It has had such employees as Felicity Scully, Paul Robinson, Toadfish Rebecchi, Melanie Pearson, Christina Alessi and Taj Coppin. SpongeBob is one cartoon in a long line of shows to put in more "adult" references, and has become so popular with the adult crowd that it has been shown on MTV and Spike TV. It is currently owned by Paul Robinson.

SpongeBob works at the Krusty Krab, a restaurant seemingly based on McDonald's or Burger King. Rosemary Daniels and the Daniels/Robinson Corporation then bought the Erinsborough branch, and was owned by Lambert Industries until the destruction of the complex in 2004. Aside from the many undersea puns, some common products from the surface world have somehow found their way into Bikini Bottom, such as Canned Bread, Roast Beef, and even Pizza. Lassiter's Hotel: Lassiter's Hotel was originally owned by Jack Lassiter. SpongeBob's telephone is shaped like a conch and referred to as a "shell phone". Max originally wanted to call it "Max-Iz", but Izzy decided to change the name to "Scarlet Bar" at the last minute. In addition to this, instead of peanut butter, SpongeBob SquarePants uses what is called in Bikini Bottom "Sea-Nut Butter". Max ended his partnership with Lou and started a partnership with his sister Izzy, and they built "Scarlet Bar" on the site that "Lou's Place" had previously stood.

Clams behave like birds, propelling themselves through the water with their shells and tweeting. In 2004, it was set on fire and burnt to the ground. Jellyfish are the equivalent of bees (buzzing and stinging), but are collected or appreciated like butterflies and are used for their delicious jelly. It has previously been "The Waterhole", "Chez Chez" and "Lou's Place", and has had such owners as Paul Robinson, Lou Carpenter and Cheryl Stark. In relation to this, underwater worms bark (and act) exactly like dogs, and are kept on chains. Scarlet Bar: Scarlet Bar is a Bar/Restaurant owned by Paul Robinson and leased to Max and Isabelle Hoyland. SpongeBob's house-pet is a snail named Gary, who meows like a cat (though characters have shown signs of being able to understand him). They got the Coffee Shop rebuilt, and renamed it "The General Store".

The suggestion is that both the head and the pineapple have fallen from a tropical island to become underwater habitats. Harold and Isabelle ended their partnership, and he started a partnership with Lou. The main character, SpongeBob lives in a pineapple, while his neighbor Squidward lives in an Easter Island head and his other neighbor and best friend, Patrick lives under a rock. In the 2004 Season finale, Lou's Place was set alight and burned down, while "The Coffee Shop", although not being totally destroyed, needed major repairs and renovations. A flurry of bubbles accompany many actions, just to remind the viewer everything is underwater. Throughout its time it has had many other owners as well, including Madge Bishop and Isabelle Hoyland, and has also gone by the names "The Hungry Bite", "The Holy Roll" and "The Coffee Shop". Once, while out in the wilderness, Patrick questions how they could have a camp fire on the lagoon bottom—the fire is immediately extinguished with a sizzle. It was originally owned by Daphne Lawrence under the name "Daphne's".

Instead of cars, the residents of Bikini Bottom drive boats (with wheels). The General Store: The General Store is a Cafe/Post Office/Basic Stationery store, that is owned by Lou Carpenter and Harold Bishop. This has a lot to do with the way underwater life and situations are represented, absurdly, as though they are almost equivalent to normal terrestrial lifestyles. The Lassiter's Complex includes:

    . The cartoon is designed to appeal to children as well as older viewers. When Neighbours switched from the Seven Network to Network Ten, the producers decided to convert an old set on the Channel Ten backlot that had been built for the shortlived 1981 series Holiday Island into the Lassiter's Complex. Other shows have followed in this trend as well: The Fairly OddParents and Invader Zim took a similar role when they aired in 2001, and the former is now second only to SpongeBob in popularity. Lassiter's Complex: Lassiter's Complex is the most common location used in Neighbours besides Ramsay Street, and it has been a regular occurrence since 1986.

    SpongeBob follows some other Nickelodeon shows that have attracted "older" followers: The Ren & Stimpy Show, Rocko's Modern Life, the Kablam! skits, Action League Now!, and The Angry Beavers. Kim did not contact any of his children at Janelle's request, but recently turned up in Ramsay street after the disappearance of Dylan after the plane crash. Low-budget cartoons had not garnered as much esteem as higher-rated (and higher-budgeted) shows, such as Rugrats, although when SpongeBob aired in 1999, it had obtained a substantial amount of viewers in the ratings to be considered popular. Kim turned his family down, and as a result of this, Janelle left him, blaming him for turning down the one opportunity they had to start a "real family". SpongeBob is the first "low budget" Nickelodeon cartoon, according to the network, to become extremely popular. Kim rebelled against his family, who in turn offered him a second chance giving Kim and Janelle a big home to live in, with all the comforts. . Seen as a bludging surfer, Kim comes from a wealthy family, but they didn't want him to marry Janelle.

    SpongeBob SquarePants officially aired on July 17 of the same year with the second episode, "Bubblestand/Ripped Pants." Most episodes take place in the town of Bikini Bottom or the surrounding lagoon floor. Kim Timmins (Brett Swain) (2005 onwards) - The father of the Timmins family. The pilot episode first aired in the United States on Nickelodeon after the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards on May Day (May 1), 1999. Recently Steph has been having recurring dreams about him due to her pregnancy, and is unsure what they mean. SpongeBob SquarePants is a comedy set under the Pacific Ocean that uses puns (including the names of certain characters), non sequiturs, double-talk, breaking of the fourth wall, some crude humor, and other such antics to entertain the audience. Was killed after being thrown from a horse. SpongeBob SquarePants is an popular American animated television series shown on Nickelodeon, YTV, and Nicktoons Network created by marine biologist and animator, Stephen Hillenburg. Drew Kirk (Dan Paris) (1998-2002, 2005) - Libby's husband, Ben's father, former mechanic at the garage.

    In the movie there is a second Krusty Krab (Krusty Krab 2), SpongeBob gets a promotion towards the end of the movie and dons a large "MANAGER" hat during the credits as well as other details. Recently returned to Ramsay Street to see her family, and is feeling left out due to Bree's friendship with Rachel. The events in the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie are not canonical with the events in the TV series. She left Erinsborough to go to a private music school. Nearly every episode contains one still or motion non-animated sequence. She was good friends with Bree and Lisa, and she came second in the Erinsborough High spelling bee. In "Bubble Buddy," Spongebob celebrates Leif Erikson Day, which is a real US observance held on October 9th; the narration indicated that Spongebob actually invented the day. She then started going out with a rich kid named Caleb but broke up with him afterwards.

    In the first series, it was possible to hear one fish scream "my legs!" in most or all episodes, usually at some point of inconsequential destruction, such as a boating school. Used to date a kid named Declan for a while until her friend Lisa stole him off her. The show is "timeless" since the episodes have no dates that are set into stone and very few topical references or instances of continuity (the Krusty Krab is destroyed quite often). Summer Hoyland (Marisa Siketa) (2002-2005) - The 14 year old daughter of Max. Although the show occasionally does make reference to pop-culture, the examples are never specific. He fled but was recently recaptured and put into jail to join wrongfully accused Dylan and Stingray. Hillenburg has said that he intends to pass that concept over to the new people in charge of the show. Recently he escaped prison, returned to Ramsay Street and kidnapped Stingray and forced Dylan to commit armed robbery as revenge.

    He wants his cartoon to be a timeless classic. He pressured Dylan into helping him rob the "Scarlet Bar", but Dylan set him up and called the cops on him. According to the insider book SpongeBob Exposed, the creator of the show, Steve Hillenburg, said that the policy of his show is to not do jokes about or reference pop culture and current events; the show's characters are isolated from the real world. He is trying to steal Dylan's job with Paul. According to the Season 1 DVD, its name is Shelly. Reuben "Roo" Hausman (Richard Cawthorne) (2005) - Dylan's friend from Colac who has just got out of jail to come and see Dylan. It can also be seen in the episode "Something Smells", along with many others. He is now currently running an Erinsborough musical which now stars Ned Parker, after he fired Cory for not being homosexual like he was leading on to be.

    In the episode "Help Wanted", SpongeBob can be seen with a pet scallop in a cage next to his bed. He became good friends with Lou during early 2005, and they would go to parties with a lot of beautiful women, which made Harold very jealous. The pirate in the painting saying "Are you ready kids?" - "I can't hear you" in the beginning theme sequence had a chroma key used for the moving lips. He is mostly used as a comedy character. Krabs: Cancer. He is one of Oscar's godparents. Mr. While they were hating eachother, Lyn read a newspaper article and discovered Gino isn't Italian, and instead is an Aussie whose real name is Ray Murphy.

    Squidward: Capricorn (on the Tropical zodiac) or Libra (stereotype: likes the finer things in life, taking it easy, wants to do no work (on the Sidereal zodiac)). Used to be Lyn's enemy, but now they are good friends. In one short, Plankton is depicted as a Leo. Gino Esposito (Claude Stevens) (Shane McNamara) (2000-2005, 2006) - Flamboyant hairdresser in his late 50s who owns the A Good Hair Day salon, Lyn's employer. Plankton: Leo (stereotype: diabolical and plotting), among others. She in now going out with Janae's ex-boyfriend Mike, and recently got into a fight with her at Schoolies Week. SpongeBob: Sagittarius (stereotype: overly enthusiastic, optimistic, and foolish). Karen Chambers (Cherise Donovan) (2005) - One of Janae's enemies from Colac.

    Patrick: Taurus (stereotype: thick-headed). He ran into Janae and her new boyfriend Boyd again at Schoolies, in which his new girlfriend Karen had a few arguments with Janae. Featured characters have included:

      . He learnt kickboxing, and beat up Dylan a few times, until Dylan finally managed to get the better of him. It features the character Squidward explaining astrological stereotypes, through characters on the show. He pressured Janae into having unprotected sex with him, and she then dumped him a second time that same day. Astrology With Squidward is a spin-off short from SpongeBob SquarePants. with her the next day.

      There will be a SpongeBob SquarePants theatrical short playing before the computer-animated 2006 film, Barnyard.. He dumped Shazza for Janae, but Janae then dumped him after he kept trying to get her to make out with all his friends. The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. Mike Pill (Alexander Capell) (2005) - Shazza and Janae's ex-boyfriend. Sean Dempsey: Animation Director. But Steiger was quick to reprimand Stuart when the young constable defied orders and ran into a gas-filled laboratory to rescue the Kinski children, Rachel and Zeke. Jimmy Stone: Animation Director. Steiger has acted almost as a father figure to Stuart Parker, encouraging him to remain in the force and reassuring him when he feared he was becoming paranoid.

      Andrew Overtoom: Animation Director. Steiger again revealed his aggressive side when forced to interview Paul Robinson after the temporary disappearance of Isabelle Hoyland. Tom Yasumi: Animation Director. He was equally stern and quick-witted in interrogations with Boyd Hoyland (following the death of his father's erstwhile friend, Gus). Alan Smart: Animation Director. Steiger cuts a fearsome character in the Erinsborough neighbourhood, and caused massive upset in the Bishop household when he arrived to seize David's computer (Paul had framed David for fraud - embezzling 40,000 dollars from the Helen Daniels trust). Andy Rheingold: Executive in Charge of Production. When Stuart was temporarily blinded, Steiger provided him with work as the police station's telephone operator.

      David Wigforss: Special Effects (CG visual effects animator). Steiger is seen as a hard-nosed taskmaster by his young recruits, but has a compassionate inner self. Nicholas Carr: Music. Arrested David Bishop for fraud, and was also in charge of investigating Gus's murder, the disappearance of Izzy, and the 2005 plane crash. Jeremy Wakefield: Music. Used to bully Stuart when Stu was at the Police Academy, but is now good friends with him. Steven Belfer: Music. Allan Steiger (Joe Clements) (2004, 2005) - High ranking police officer often seen around Erinsborough.

      Sage Guyton: Music. Senior Sgt. Bradley Carow: Music. Joe also claims B5 has a romantic interest in Audrey, as the only time B5 moves faster than a slow walk is to chase Audrey. Vincent Waller: Writer/Storyboard Artist & Director/Technical Director (2005—). Bouncer 5 (occasionally abbreviated to B5) (2005 onwards) - A lazy greyhound that Joe Mangel is unsuccessfully trying to train to become a racing dog. Mike Bell: Writer/Storyboard Director (2005—). He brought him home and it was decided that they would keep him.

      Chris Mitchell: Writer/Storyboard Artist (1999). Joe Scully accidentally ran over Harvey, a stray dog, on his building site. Steven Fonti: Writer/Storyboard Director (1999). Harvey the dog (2000 onwards) - The Scully's family dog. Mark O'Hare: Writer/Storyboard Artist & Director. However, Sarah recently revealed in Annalise's documentary that she knew all along that the dog Toadie sent her was not the real Bob. Eric Wiese: Writer/Storyboard Artist. When she asked for him to join her in her new home abroad, Toadie and Stu duped her by sending a lookalike in his place.

      Tim Hill: Writer. Bob the dog (1997 onwards) - originally belonged to Sarah Beaumont. Steven Banks: Head Writer (2004—). Joe Mangel claims that Audrey has a romantic interest in Bouncer 5. Greenblatt: Writer/Storyboard Artist & Director. She survived, and now lives with Libby's mother Susan. C.H. Ran away a while ago only to be found when Mal Kennedy accidentally ran her over.

      Aaron Springer: Writer/Storyboard Artist & Director. Audrey the dog (2002 onwards) - originally owned by Libby Kennedy, named after Audrey Hepburn. Kaz: Writer/Storyboard Artist. Casserole "Cassie" the sheep (1995-2006) - Cassie the sheep is to die this year, a funeral to be shown in the next few months. Sam Henderson: Writer/Storyboard Director. However when Karl used to live in the house, Dahl sometimes made him angry. Jay Lender: Writer/Storyboard Artist & Director. When Brett left, he gave Dahl to Libby to look after and it has lived in the Kennedy house ever since.

      Chuck Klein: Writer/Storyboard Artist & Director. Lata gave the bird to her boyfriend Brett Stark when they were forced to break up by Lata's brother Vikram. Lawrence): Writer/Story Editor. Dahl the galah (1994 onwards) - A galah that originally belonged to Lata Chatterji. Mr. His recent failed attempt at internet dating also made him realise his feelings for Susan are still strong. Doug Lawrence (a.k.a. Was recently accused of taking advantage of Janae after becoming a school counselor, and his career was almost destroyed, but the matter was cleared up soon afterwards.

      Merriwether Williams: Story Editor/Writer. He has now found out that he was not the father of Izzy's baby. Caleb Muerer: Art Director/Storyboard Artist. Went to Africa for a month to work for Médecins Sans Frontières, and has recently come back. Sherm Cohen: Storyboard Supervisor/Writer. Nearly died from a heart attack after breaking up with Izzy, and then got back together with her a few weeks later. Derek Drymon: Creative Director/Writer/Story Editor. In 2004 he broke up with Susan and became involved with Isabelle "Izzy" Hoyland, eventually leaving Susan for her.

      Paul Tibbitt: Writer/Storyboard Director/Supervising Producer (2004- ). His thirty-year marriage to Susan hit the rocks after he became involved with his receptionist Sarah Beaumont years ago, but faith was restored soon after. Stephen Hillenburg: Creator/Executive Producer (1999-2004; Remains Active In Production Team, But No Longer Producer Of Show). Karl Kennedy (Alan Fletcher) (1994 onwards) - Local GP and frustrated would-be rock star. David Hasselhoff: Himself. Dr. Alec Baldwin: Dennis the Hitman. Patrick is reportedly leaving early this year.

      Scarlett Johansson: Princess Mindy. After pursuing an open relationship with Serena Bishop (despite age differences) he was thought lost at sea after the plane crash where Serena also lost her life, but as it turns out was actually hiding from confessing to embezzling money from Bounce. Jeffrey Tambor: King Neptune. His current career is working in the bikini shop "Bounce". Wilson: The Tattle-Tale Strangler, Reg, Marty, Patrick's father, others. Was in a relationship with Carmella Camenetti, who was recently stalked by her bodyguard Frank, but she ended it after the stalking incident. Thomas F. Has one daughter, Maddy, with Lori Lee, whom he rarely sees.

      Kevin Michael Richardson: King Neptune (voice in SpongeBob's House Party (Party Pooper Pants)). Romantically linked with Michelle Scully, but had an affair with Lori Lee while Michelle was abroad. Sergio Ristie: King Neptune (SpongeBob's House Party (Party Pooper Pants)). Connor O'Neill (Patrick Harvey) (2002-2006) - Young, slightly naïve, Irish immigrant, works at "Scarlet Bar" and "Bounce", former co-host of the wrestling show "Choke-hold" with Toadie, boyfriend of Serena Bishop. John O'Hurley: King Neptune (Neptune's Spatula). Since being kicked out of his house by Paul Robinson, he was forced to move into Number 30, and now has to live in a tent in a caravan park. John Rhys-Davies: Man Ray. He went to jail but was later released after an appeal hearing conducted by lawyer Toadfish Rebecchi.

      Charles Nelson Reilly: The Dirty Bubble (Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II/Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V). Louis "Lou" Thomas Carpenter (Tom Oliver) (1988, 1992 onwards) - businessman, once mayor, widower to Cheryl Stark, Dungeons and Dragons player, former co-owner of the pub "Lou's Plaice" (with Max Hoyland) before it burnt down, co-owner of "The General Store" with Harold Bishop and owner of the garage "Carpenter's Mechanics" Has a long-standing chalk-and-cheese friendship with Harold Bishop. Tim Conway: Barnacle Boy. Erinsborough competition. Ernest Borgnine: Mermaid Man. He won the "Bounce" Mr. Tiny Tim: Himself (Musical Performer) (Help Wanted). Ned Parker (Daniel O’Connor) (2005 onwards) - Stuart Parker's little brother who has recently arrived in Erinsborough to help Stuart through his ordeal with Sindi - despite their parents' wishes, as it was lambing season on their farm in Oakey.

      Clea Lewis: Additional Voices (Seasons 2-). Sindi has since been declared unstable and committed to psychiatric institution, leaving a heartbroken Stuart devastated. Wilson: Additional Voices. His devout Catholic aunt Raylene recently arrived in Erinsborough to see if Sindi was suitable for him, but she left in disgust after she found out they had lied to her about many things, including Connor being a priest. Thomas F. Engaged to Sindi Watts after she proposed to him at the Scarlet Bar. Carlos Alazraqui: Additional Voices (Seasons 1-3). He was temporarily blind after rescuing Sindi from an explosion in the Lassiters Complex which destroyed Lou's Place, The Coffee Shop and several other buildings, but got his eyesight back after a $50,000 operation.

      Jill Talley: Karen (Plankton's computer wife). Had previous relationships with Dione Bliss and Felicity Scully, before he finally married Sindi. Marion Ross: Grandma SquarePants. Lost everything when fleeced by a cult. Brian Doyle-Murray: The Flying Dutchman. Former mechanic, now a police officer, husband of Sindi Watts. Stephen Hillenburg: Polly the Parrot. Stuart Parker (Blair McDonough) (2001-2006) - Cousin of Libby's late husband Drew and friend of Toadfish.

      Paul Tibbitt: Mama Krabs (Sailor Mouth, Mid-Life Crustacean). Her brother Robert arrives in 2006 and her mother Gail also returns to Ramsay Street after seventeen years this year. SquarePants (No Free Rides). Elle should be fifteen or sixteen but her age has been increased to nineteen for plot purposes. Lauren Tom: Mrs. She has a romantic interest in Ned Parker. SquarePants, Mama Krabs (Enemy In-Law-present). She recently returned to Erinsborough to see her father, and had an intense dislike of Izzy until Izzy saved her life during the plane crash.

      Sirena Irwin: Mrs. Lucinda "Elle" Robinson (Pippa Black) (2005 onwards) - Daughter of Paul and Gail Robinson, and the sister of Amy, Andrew, Cameron and Robert Robinson. SquarePants. Although he survived with only minor injuries, he has sworn revenge on his unknown would-be murderer. Poppy Puff, Mrs. In the last episode for 2005, Paul Robinson was strangled by Harold Bishop. Mary Jo Catlett: Mrs. They currently live together with Paul's daughter Lucinda 'Elle'.

      Lori Alan: Pearl Krabs, Patrick's mother. After the controversial planecrash, Paul decided to give Izzy another chance knowing however that she does not love him in return. Plankton, Larry Lobster, Fred, Tom. The relationship with Izzy appears to have come to an end in early November with Karl's revelation that Izzy phoned him a week before and declared he was her one true love. Lawrence): Sheldon J. Izzy's plans have come under attack by the returning Lucinda (Elle) Robinson. Mr. Recently, he embarked on an ill-advised relationship with Izzy Hoyland who has tricked him into believing that she loves him so that she has a place to live.

      Doug Lawrence (a.k.a. Rosemary and Lucy returned to Paul's side in the aftermath and helped him back on his foot. Clancy Brown: Eugene Krabs. After a deal with the developers Affirmicon fell through, Paul was chased off a cliff by their heavies and had to have his leg amputated. Carolyn Lawrence: Sandy Cheeks. He wasted no time in subtly tearing apart the marriage of David and Liljana Bishop, resulting in the brief arrest of David on false fraud charges and a short-lived affair with Liljana. Bill Fagerbakke: Patrick Star. His return has been controversial due to what has been regarded as out of character behavior from many long term fans.

      Rodger Bumpass: Squidward Tentacles, Mama Tentacles, the Doctorfish,. He appeared on the last episode of the year where Lassiters was burnt down (Paul being responsible however his secret not yet out in the open, only known by Isabelle Hoyland). Dee Bradley Baker: Squilliam Fancyson, Various squids, customers, vendors. He finally returned to Ramsay Street in 2004. SquarePants, Uncle Sherm SquarePants, Grandpa SquarePants, Fred (Home Sweet Pineapple), Tom. Paul returned to Australia in 1997 after the death of Helen and was sentenced to three years prison. Tom Kenny: SpongeBob SquarePants, Gary the Snail, French Narrator, Patchy the Pirate, Mr. He returned in 1993 for Helen's birthday but the celebration was ruined when he was forced to flee the country on fraud charges.

      Main article SpongeBob SquarePants characters. Paul eventually left Ramsay St in 1992 to run the Lassiters hotel in Hawaii. After their divorce, Paul met and married Christina Alessi. While in charge, Paul Hired Gail Lewis, who would become his true love before their marriage collapsed due to Gail's emotional disturbance while pregnant with Paul's children (Cameron, Lucinda and Robert). Paul became embittered and was given control of the Lassiters complex by his Aunt Rosemary.

      In 1985 Paul married Terry Inglis Robinson, but their happiness didn't last when Terry shot Paul in their home. Paul was her self-confessed favorite. Paul's grandmother, Helen Daniels moved into the Robinson house and doted on all the kids. Anne died giving birth to Lucy.

      His sister Julie was born the year afterwards followed by brother Scott, half brother Glen and finally his beloved little sister Lucy Robinson in 1975. Son of local engineer Jim Robinson and his wife Anne, Paul was born in 1963. Paul Robinson (Stefan Dennis) (1985-1992, 1993, 2004 onwards) - Businessman. Katya Kinski (Dichen Lachman) (2005 onwards) - Alex's first daughter who ran away from home when she was 16 and has recently been found by Rachel and Zeke just in time before Alex's passing.

      He recently stopped speaking as he thinks he killed his father by wishing that he was the one who died instead of his mother and not retracting the wish. He was the boyfriend of Bree Timmins for a while until Bree broke up with him because of his inability to lie to his father. Ezekiel "Zeke" Kinski (Matthew Werkmeister) (2005 onwards) - Extremely intelligent son of Alex Kinski and brother of Rachel and Katya. She recently broke into her father's university office with Stingray to steal his turtle which made her feel a little better about having to cope with Alex's death.

      When she found out about her father's illness, she ran away, and was soon found tearing down the Christmas stockings and the tree in Susan's house. She dated a Year 10 boy named Jake Rinter against her father's will but broke up with him after he made it clear he wanted her to go further than she was willing to. She has become fast friends with Bree Timmins. Rachel and her brother were home schooled by their parents until their mother died and they started attending Erinsborough High School.

      Rachel Kinski (Caitlin Stasey) (2005 onwards) - Daughter of Alex Kinski and sister of Zeke and Katya. She and Alex made their marriage vows just before he passed away. She was, however, found three days after the crash with no injury. Recently a passenger on the joy-flight to Tasmania that ended in a tragic crash, it was thought Susan was lost at sea.

      Plans for it were revived when Alex's condition became stable. Soon to be married, when Susan learned of his terminal illness, the wedding was called off. During 2005, Susan met Alex Kinski, and they formed a fast relationship. She was romantically involved with Bobby Hoyland, but eventually found out about his indiscretions with Janelle and Lyn.

      After the divorce with Karl, she was in a relationship with a former priest named Tom Scully, but he ended the relationship. Susan Kinski (previously Kennedy, maiden name Smith) (Jackie Woodburne) (1994 onwards) - Widow of Alex Kinski, ex wife of Karl, mother to Malcolm, Libby and Billy, grandmother to Ben, English teacher and previously headmaster. She recently overcame a drug addiction, and is now in an open relationship with Paul. She was found alive, and Paul's name cleared.

      Karl kicked her out, and she ran off, leaving Paul Robinson under suspicion for her murder. She forced Izzy to tell Karl the secret. Susan looked at Izzy's confidential medical records and discovered that father of the baby was unknown. Darcy Tyler, who knows the secret about her baby and was put into a coma by Izzy, has woken up, and forced her to gave him a favourable testimony at his sentencing hearing in order to keep her secret safe.

      Recently broke up with Karl, due to an affair with Paul Robinson, but got back together with him shortly afterwards. She is no longer pregnant, owing to a miscarriage. Has also had affairs with Jack Scully and Gus Cleary, who is the biological father of her unborn child. She moved in with Karl Kennedy after he broke up with Susan and for a long period claimed (falsely) that Karl is the father of her unborn baby.

      Isabelle "Izzy" Hoyland (Natalie Bassingthwaighte) (2003 onwards) - sister of Max, ex-business partner of Harold Bishop in the coffee shop, co-owner of "Scarlet Bar" with Max, girlfriend of Paul Robinson. He has decided to pursue a career in medicine, and in his second attempt at his VCEs he came in the top one percent of students in the state to win a place at medical school. He has now started a relationship with Janae. He offered to help Kayla raise her baby, Ashley, but eventually they realised that it wouldn't have worked, as Kayla was still in love with Ashley's father, Anthony.

      He broke up with Sky after he found out she kissed Dylan while he was in a coma. This was removed, but the surgery put him in a coma for a short while, but he woke up after his grandfather came to see him. He was mistakenly diagnosed as having Adolescent Schizophrenia but the symptoms were due to a large frontal lobe brain tumour. He was put up a grade, but flunked his year 12 exams and got a job at a gym, whose manager persuaded him to take up body building and take human growth hormone.

      Had a dispute with a guy named Travis Dean about space to put up posters, which resulted in Travis threatening Boyd's family. Boyd Hoyland (Kyal Marsh) (2002 onwards) - teenage son of Max, skater and ex-boyfriend of Sky Mangel, to whom he lost his virginity in 2004. At the start of 2006, it was revealed that Steph's breast cancer had returned. Steph and Max were recently overcome with joy after finding out that Steph is, in fact pregnant.

      After a few weeks of drama, Kayla finally told the biological father, Anthony, who had been kept in the dark about her pregnancy, that baby Ashley was his and they decided to raise her together, leaving Steph heartbroken once more. Unfortunately, just as she was about to adopt Kayla's baby, Kayla announced that she and Boyd were going to raise the baby themselves. She managed to appeal her verdict with some money given to her by Bobby, and therefore was able to apply for adoption. Was found guilty of the murder of her biological grandfather Charlie Cassidy (although innocent), but was given a suspended sentence.

      Was undergoing IVF treatment with Max, but it failed. Daughter of Joe and Lyn. Stephanie "Steph" Hoyland (nee Scully) (Emma Roche) (Carla Bonner) (1999 onwards) - 20-something mechanic and biker chick, overcame cancer and is married to the love of her life, Max Hoyland. Max was overjoyed to discover, on his 40th birthday, that his wife Steph is pregnant with their first child.

      He and Steph were going to adopt a baby girl off Kayla, but eventually Kayla decided to raise the baby with her boyfriend, the baby's biological father. His father Bobby recently returned to see Max and Izzy, and Max didn't want anything to do with him, but after he decided to accept him, Bobby ran away again. Co-owner of "Scarlet Bar" with his sister Izzy. Former co-owner of the pub "Lou's Place" (with Lou Carpenter), before it burnt down.

      His first wife died several years ago, leaving him to raise Summer and Boyd by himself. Max Hoyland (Stephen Lovatt) (2002 onwards) - father of two, married to Steph (not mother of Summer and Boyd), son of Bobby and Rosie Hoyland. Was married to Dee Bliss (before she went missing after their car careened off a cliff after the ceremony, presumed drowned), ex-boyfriend of Sindi Watts. He is a sometime tearaway, now a respectable lawyer and part-time wrestler called "The Lawman", former co-host of the wrestling show "Choke-Hold" (on the fictional Channel 44) with Connor, currently owns the bikini store called "Bounce", which was given to him by a law client.

      The Timminses are his cousins. Jarrod "Toadfish" (or "Toadie") Rebecchi (Ryan Moloney) (1995 onwards) - The Rebecchis were once one of the main families on Ramsay Street, but only Toadie remains. He has now been set free. Scott recently went to court charged with armed robbery as an accomplice of his brother Dylan.

      Former boyfriend of Serena, who he broke up with after Boyd and Sky broke up, because he had found about Serena and Boyd's fling. Used to go out with a girl named Shazza, to whom he lost his virginity, but soon broke up with her. Has 3 brothers and 2 sisters (Dwayne, Brandon, Dylan; Bree, Janae). Boyfriend of Serena Bishop.

      Diagnosed with ADHD, although this was never fully confirmed. Scott "Stingray" Timmins (Ben Nicholas) (2004 onwards) - teenage cousin of Toadfish, and "favourite" son of Janelle Timmins. She came first place in the Erinsborough High spelling bee, and then won the national finals, winning her family $15000. Her mother makes her very nervous, and causes her to vomit.

      She really enjoys reading. She is an interesting character, who has aspects both like a sweet little girl and also a schemer. Breeana "Bree" Timmins (Sianoa Smit-McPhee) (2005 onwards) - The youngest of the Timmins children, friend of Summer Hoyland, Rachel Kinski and Zeke Kinski, who she has a romantic interest in. She then started a relationship with Boyd Hoyland.

      She has counselling sessions with Karl, in which she eventually developed a dependence on Karl, which led to Janelle thinking that Karl was taking advantage of Janae, almost destroying Karl's career. Mike pressured her into having unprotected sex with him, and she dumped him shortly afterwards. She then met up with Chris Cousens who spiked her drink and tried to take advantage of her, but Scott, Dylan and Bree arrived in the nick of time to help her. She is very flirtatious, and in her own opinion, "Janae Timmins is a dead set hottie." She stole Shazza's boyfriend, Mike.

      Janae Timmins (Eliza Taylor-Cotter) (2005 onwards) - Janelle's daughter, Dylan and Stingray's younger sister, older sister of Bree, ex-girlfriend of Mike Pill (to whom she lost her virginity), nemises of Serena Bishop. The two brothers had a brief period in jail, before Stuart went undercover as an inmate and got them released. He made his way back to Erinsborough and revealed himself at his own wake when he discovered that his brother was likely to be imprisoned too, because he had not blamed the robbery all on Dylan. After recently being involved in the plane crash at sea, Dylan attempted to stage his own death by avoiding the search and rescue teams in an attempt to start a new life after being charged with armed robbery.

      When Paul Robinson's leg was infected and it needed to be amputated, Dylan forged Paul's signature to save his life. After some help from Paul Robinson, he and Sky, with the help of other residents, managed to bring down Affirmacon. When he and Sky tried to save some animals that had been poisoned in the contaminated Lassiter's lake, he then got poisoned himself, and is now susceptible to cancer and other ailments. Paul convinced him to set up his friend Roo to be arrested by the police in an attempted robbery of "Scarlet Bar".

      Dylan is currently repeating year 12, and is also doing part time business work for Paul Robinson. Now released and trying to reform himself, he is constantly being put down by his mother. Was formerly a high-school dropout in juvenile detention. Dylan Timmins (Damien Bodie) (2005 onwards) - Stingray's brother, and boyfriend of Sky Mangel.

      Lyn recently kicked her and her family out onto the streets to live in a caravan park, but recently let them back into her home. Wrote a novel about her life in Ramsay Street, which Nina Tucker's singing manager, Melody Jones, would like to publish. Had a small fling with Bobby Hoyland. She has recently found happiness again with the return of her husband, Kim, after she struggled to provide for a family of six children on her own (4 of which are in Erinsborough, currently), when her husband left her.

      A bitter, lazy woman, used frequently in comical storylines on the programme, who used to make money from injury scams. Wife of Kim, Big Kev's sister, Lyn's apprentice at The Salon. Janelle Timmins (nee Rebecchi) (Nell Feeney) (2004, 2005 onwards) - Mother from Colac, to Dwayne, Dylan, Brandon, Janae, Scott "Stingray", and Bree. Originally, Karl was to be Oscar's fourth godparents, but was replaced by Gino.

      His godparents are Lyn's mother Valda, Harold Bishop (for helping the Scullys through many situations), Susan (for being a good friend) and Gino (Lyn's employer at the hairdressers). His mother had post-natal depression when he was born, but once diagnosed, she was able to recover. Oscar Scully (Ingo Dammer-Smith) (2003 onwards) - infant son of Lyn and Joe Scully. Joe is torn, but Lyn finally makes him see that he has to prioritise his son and that, if they were meant to be, Joe will come back to her.

      However, their celebration is cut short when Toby (Joe’s son) calls and requests Joe’s help in setting up a new farm he’s bought. She was romantically involved with Bobby Hoyland, until she found out he had cheated on her with Susan, and is now engaged to Joe Mangel.Joe and Lyn decide to free-fall and give their relationship a go. Janelle and the other Timmins are currently living in her house with her. Recently dated Andy Tanner, who left his wife for Lyn, but ended it shortly afterwards.

      Has slight problems with shoplifting. When Oscar was born, she got post-natal depression and even left Oscar alone in the car once. Mother of Stephanie, Jack, Felicity, Michelle and Oscar. Recently split up with her long-time husband, Joe.

      Lynette "Lyn" Scully (nee O'Rourke) (Janet Andrewartha) (1999 onwards) - mildly neurotic hairdresser, works for Gino. Sky was recently involved in the 2005 plane crash, but recovered with no injuries. Sky and Dylan managed to find dirt on Affirmacon, the company who contaminated Lassiters Lake and want to build the Erinbrough Mall, and with the help of other residents managed to bring Affirmacon down. She and Boyd broke up after Boyd found out she kissed Dylan while he was in hospital and Dylan soon became her boyfriend.

      Developed a close personal friendship with Gabby Walker, because of the similarity she had with her mother. Became best friends with Lana Crawford after they initially hated each other, and Sky helped Lana come out of the closet. Sky Mangel (Miranda Fryer) (Stephanie McIntosh) (1988-1991, 2003 onwards) - Harold's teenage granddaughter, daughter of Kerry Bishop (deceased) and step-daughter of Joe Mangel, ex-girlfriend of Boyd Hoyland, to whom she lost her virginity, currently dating Dylan Timmins. In the next season in 2006, Harold treats the unsuspecting Paul with apparent concern and kindness.

      In the last episode for 2005, Harold attempts to strangle Paul Robinson. During the crash of the joy-flight plane in 2005, Harold lost his son David, David's wife Liljana, and grand-daughter Serena. However, the stroke brought out some elements of his personality which had been previously hidden from his loved ones and the audience. He recently suffered a stroke, but has since recovered.

      Five years later, however, in one of the show's more unlikely storylines, Harold reappeared in Erinsborough as a Salvation Army worker named Ted. Harold was given up for dead in 1991, when it was thought he had been washed out to sea. Harold Bishop (Ian Smith) (1987-1991, 1996 onwards) - former coffee-shop owner (before it burned down), General Store co-owner, devout Christian, Salvation Army member, tuba player, slightly naïve, often comic relief, widower of the late Madge Bishop, father of David and Kerry Bishop, grandfather of Sky Mangel and Serena Bishop.

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