SpongeBob SquarePants (partially lost deleted scenes of Nickelodeon animated series; 1999-present)
NOTE: Article is still being written and is incomplete.
Spongebob Squarepants is an American animated television series that premiered on May 1st, 1999 on Nickelodeon. The series depicts the chronicles of its title character, a child-like sponge living in the fictional city of "Bikini Bottom".
The series was a massive success and continues to air new episodes to this day, and has generated over 8 billion dollars in revenue for Nickelodeon.
Though, as with every series, there have been tons of removed content and deleted scenes, along with some unconfirmed scenes.
- 1 Reef Blower
- 2 Plankton!
- 3 Nature Pants
- 4 Karate Choppers
- 5 Valentine's Day
- 6 Arrgh!
- 7 Fools in April
- 8 I Was a Teenage Gary
- 9 Hooky
- 10 Hibernation Week
- 11 Life of Crime
- 12 Christmas Who?
- 13 Dumped
- 14 Welcome to the Chum Bucket
- 15 Frankendoodle
- 16 The Secret Box
- 17 Graveyard Shift
- 18 Sailor Mouth
- 19 The Bully
- 20 Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV
- 21 One Krab's Trash
- 22 Can You Spare a Dime?
- 23 Squilliam Returns
- 24 Wet Painters
- 25 Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V
- 26 Just One Bite
Probably one of the more famous examples on this list, the episode "Reef Blower", which is a completely silent episode of the series (meaning it has no dialogue) was originally supposed to contain dialogue, but the audio recording equipment was damaged and the writers decided to re-write the episode into its current form to get around this setback.
It is unknown if any of the dialogue was recorded for this episode before the audio equipment was damaged.
According to the Season 1 DVD commentary, there was originally a scene in this episode that depicted Squidward naked, but was cut for obvious reasons.
There was once a scene showing Spongebob being nearly naked, but was deleted due to nudity.
According to the season 1 DVD commentary, this episode originally had a scene that showed Sandy karate copping a fish in the groin. This scene was cut for being deemed inappropriate.
It is also noteworthy that this episode, along with the episode "SP-129" were removed from rotation sometime in the early 2000's for unknown reasons, though they have since returned.
There are rumors that the original broadcast of this episode contained a scene of Spongebob and Sandy kissing, while others reports claim the scene was cut before ever airing. Neither claims have ever been substantiated.
Right after SpongeBob says "Hey! Mr. Krabs is getting all sweaty again!" there was a deleted scene which shows a vision of Mr. Krabs sitting atop as well as sniffing a pile of treasure.
Sherm Cohen, a writer/storyboard supervisor, posted a storyboard of the deleted scene on his DeviantArt account, proving that it indeed exists.
Fools in April
Originally there was a scene in this episode that showed Squidward talking to Sandy before Spongebob does. It was removed for unknown reasons.
I Was a Teenage Gary
This episode was notorious for scaring children because of the scene that shows Spongebob's (seemingly painful) transformation into a snail. Interestingly, there have been rumors for years that in the original airing there was an extra scene that depicted Squidward's transformation as well, but was cut in re-run's for being too scary to children.
A commonly referred to piece of evidence for this scene is that there is an odd transition placed when Squidward gets stuck with the needle, that immediately cuts to him being a snail. Some say that this is a remnant of the edit, though others disregard this as just poor transition placement.
Some say that the episode still airs in its original version in Poland, though no footage of the Polish version currently exists online, so these claims can't be confirmed.
No consensus has ever been reached regarding this scene, being that VHS copy of the original airing has ever surfaced there is no definitive proof for either side of the argument, and the scene remains unconfirmed to this day.
Supposedly, the original airing of this episode ended with a dead fish whose shoes are being strung up. In future reruns the scene was removed and replaced with a scene where only the dead fish's shoes are seen.
Similar to the transformation scene from "I Was a Teenage Gary", this scene remains unconfirmed, and no video evidence exists to prove it.
According to the Season 2 DVD commentary, during the scene when Sandy is raking leaves, she originally was meant to make the symbol for "Girl Power" but it was changed to "Texas". Sandy was also originally did a whole dance routine when she was stepping on the leaves, but it was cut due to time constraints.
This episode also had an alternate ending that was replaced for unknown reasons, instead of Spongebob laughing when he realized Sandy went into hibernation, he said "Why I oughta!".
Life of Crime
During the original airing of this episode, Spongebob said "No more getting nailed!" as Patrick was hammering a nail into his head. The line was changed to "No more getting mail!" in subsequent airings because of the sexual overtones to the joke. The scene where Patrick hammered a nail into his head was also replaced with a scene of him sucking his thumb.
The scene is lost as of today, as it can't be seen anywhere online.
This episode has three deleted scenes:
- Originally Squidward (as Santa) gave the first girl an antique instead of a wrench.
- Mr. Krabs originally said :And don't forget about me Pony!" While waiting for Santa.
- After Santa (Squidward) gave the first girl her present, Spongebob said "I told ya he was real!".
All of these scenes were removed for reasons that so far remains unknown.
Supposedly in early airings of this episode, the bus had jellyfishers inside it. This remains unconfirmed.
Welcome to the Chum Bucket
According to the Season 2 DVD commentary, there was originally a scene that showed Plankton taking out Spongebob's brain before putting it in the robot.
Patrick was originally supposed to say Spongebob's drawing was "Lower middle class" but that line was changed to "Lacks basic construction", possibly for it being a very out of character thing for Patrick to say.
The Secret Box
Many people online claim to have seen a picture of Spongebob with a lampshade over his head or a picture of Spongebob in his underwear when Patrick reveals the embarrassing photo of Spongebob during the original airing and the first re-runs.
Interestingly, the photo in the box was actually revealed in a Spongebob book released sometime after the episode, and it seems to match the second description from above. You can see a screenshot of that photo here
In the special features of the Sponge Buddies DVD you can find a storyboard of the episode which features a deleted scene. In the scene it shows Spongebob deliver mail to "Floorboard Larry". Also, Floorboard Larry was originally the one flickering the lights, not Nosferatu.
According to the Season 2 DVD commentary for this episode, there was originally a scene where Spongebob says to Patrick "Go *dolphin noise* yourself" (Go fuck yourself) to which Patrick replies "*dolphin noise* you too!" (Fuck you too!). It was cut for being inappropriate for children, despite the rest of the episode being full of dialogue similar to this.
Allegedly in the original airing of this episode, there was a scene of Spongebob and Patrick playing leapfrog while Flatts is beating him up. It was cut for unknown reasons, though most likely to save time.
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV
During an interview Sam Henderson stated that there was once a scene involving residents of Bikini Bottom destroying furniture inside Spongebob's head, this was cut for unknown reasons.
One Krab's Trash
During one point in the original airing of this episode, Spongebob said "you'll never guess what I found in my pants!" Pants was later changed to "sock" in re-runs because it sounded like Spongebob was referring to his groin.
Can You Spare a Dime?
During the scene where Spongebob chokes Mr. Krabs near the end, Mr. Krabs eyes were originally supposed to turn red, but this was changed for being too gory.
During another interview, Sam Henderson stated that there was originally a scene were baby Squilliam was shown to be walking while Squidward was still learning how to crawl. Henderson also said that there was also a cut scene of the two in High School, Squidward gives his date a single flower while Squilliam gives his date a full bouquet of flowers and a large box of chocolates.
In the storyboard for this episode, Spongebob says "I dedicate this crash to my best friend, Squidward" this was changed in the final version most likely because it implied that Squidward had died somehow.
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V
Supposedly the original airing of this episode featured a plane exploding. Many believe that this was cut in subsequent re-runs because of the events of the 9/11 terror attacks in the United States.
Just One Bite
There was a cut scene near the end of this episode. During the scene, Squidward is attempting to break in to the Krusty Krab, and he walks into the building he sets off their "security system" (which was a bucket of gasoline and a lit match) causing a massive explosion leaving him charred black, and doing it again when he walks into the kitchen. The sequence was cut sometime during 2002 for unknown reasons, and instead the version that is currently shown on TV and on home media releases replace the scene with an awkward slide/zoom cut to Squidward in the kitchen without any burns.
It is commonly assumed that the cut was made because of 9/11, however this is false as the episode aired a month after the attacks yet the sequence was still included. The scene can easily be found on YouTube.