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SpongeBob SquarePants
"Patrick SmartPants"
Season 4, Episode 68A
Patrick SmartPants
Airdate: October 21, 2005
Written by: Casey Alexander
Chris Mitchell
Tim Hill
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"Patrick SmartPants" is the first segment of the 68th episode of SpongeBob SquarePants.


SpongeBob and Patrick are having fun at Jellyfish Fields. Patrick accidentally falls down a cliff and loses his head. SpongeBob accidentally picks up a piece of Brain Coral and puts it on what is left of Patrick's head, from which Patrick suddenly gains intelligence. Patrick seems to be interested in nature, work and almost any music when he is intelligent. He loses interest in all the things he and SpongeBob enjoyed, and actually has fun with Squidward and Sandy, until driving them both away with his patronizing attitude (he tells Squidward to find himself a new musical mentor and tells Sandy that she does not have the ability to solve "remedial" equations, causing Sandy to shout "I liked you better when you were a barnacle head!"). Since he is too hard even for them, Patrick wants to have fun with SpongeBob again. He tries many solutions to solve his problem, such as comparing himself with SpongeBob, meditating, doing research on Squidward, reading books about smarts, and even growing hair, but none of these things work. Eventually he kidnaps SpongeBob and tries doing all the activities he used to do. When this doesn't work, he tries to redo his actions by falling off the cliff again. Patrick comes back with a headless body again, and SpongeBob puts on Patrick's original head, which makes him dumb again.


  • This episode's working title is "Abracamoron."
  • Patrick SmartPants and the one it pairs, SquidBob TentaclePants, are both puns of the main character name "SpongeBob SquarePants."

Cultural References

  • The episode is similar in plot to the novel Flowers for Algernon in which the protagonist gains intelligence quickly but then wishes it gone because of the way others see him.
  • Squidward plays a song that Patrick identifies to be titled Cornelius Pufferfish's Opus 67 "Symphony In Blue" - a possible reference to a song of the same name on Kate Bush's album Lionheart. It could also be a reference to George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.
  • The first thing Patrick says after having his brain connected is, "I find all this laughter highly illogical," a tribute to Spock's famous phrase on the original Star Trek series (which Paramount also produced).


  • When Patrick is running away from SpongeBob, his mouth moves like he is laughing but there's no sound.

Home video releases

  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Season 4, Volume 1
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The First 100 Episodes
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete 4th Season

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