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Series SpongeBob SquarePants
Season 1
Episode 1a
Story by Sean Dempsey
Tom Yasumi
Written by Sam Henderson
Jay Lender
Kent Osborne
Storyboard artist(s) Jay Lender
Sam Henderson
Directed by Kent Osborne
Creative director(s) Vincent Waller
Technical director(s) Derek Drymon
Animation director(s) Andrew Overtoom
Supervising producer Sherm Cohen
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  • SpongeBob
  • Patrick
  • Squidward
  • Plankton
  • King Cobra (Debut)
  • All Bikini Bottomites (except Sandy)
  • Mr Krabs (Cameo in Deleted Scene)


Shadow Screenshot

Patrick is asleep in his bed when he wakes up and hears a noise. Two guys come and put him in a bag and carry him to someone's headquarters. SpongeBob wakes up to play with Patrick, but he finds he has vanished. SpongeBob looks for him but he finds no luck. After 1 hour of searching a creature comes along (Called King Cobra) and tells him he know where his friend is. SpongeBob finds Patrick and attempts to rescue him, but gets captured as well. SpongeBob and Patrick escape, battle the creature and leave running. 



Deleted Scene

Despite the TeenNick version having scenes that may scare young children there is a deleted scene found in original airings. Originally the episode would end with Patrick saying "What happened then" Then King Cobra says he tricked them and he is still alive as he had a clone and starts strangling Patrick and Mr. Krabs creates a Krabby Patty robot which ends up killing Cobra. This was deleted due to being time-consuming and a high level of violence and death and Gore. TeenNick did air the scene accidently during The Splat at 12:00 am after a failed link they were supposed to be airing Rugrats but instead aired this episode uncut after the episode had finished a Technical Fault slide showed up and an apology from the announcer this caused no controversy due to the time.


  • The episode first aired on TV in 2014, then it was released on DVD along with the upcoming Season 1 episodes.
  • The title card music is the same as The Donut of Shame.
  • When SpongeBob first appears he is a little orange, but when he talks, he becomes a little more yellow.
  • This episode has won a Moarphy.
  • This episode was rated TV-PG-V. It was felt to be too violent for anything before TeenNick, so they had to show a cut down TV-Y7-FV version before that.
  • In the Arabic Dub on "MBC3", this episode is paired up with "Gary's Baby".


  • Some of the Bikini Bottomites are duplicated.
  • Squidward is out of scale in one scene.