The Sponge Who Could Fly

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SpongeBob SquarePants episode
"The Sponge Who Could Fly"
Season 3, Episode 59
The Sponge Who Could Fly
Airdate: March 4, 2003 (video)
March 21, 2003 (TV)
Written by: Paul Tibbitt
Kent Osborne
Merriwether Williams
Directed by: Andrew Overtoom
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The cover to the VHS release.
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"The Sponge Who Could Fly" is the 59th episode of SpongeBob SquarePants. It was originally released on the SpongeBob SquarePants: The Sponge Who Could Fly VHS and Lost at Sea DVD on March 4, 2003, before airing on Nickelodeon on March 21st. The episode's plot was used as the basis for the plot of SpongeBob Live!, a musical that toured in Britain in 2009.


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The walk cycles scene that became an internet meme.

The narrator describes that a lost episode of SpongeBob SquarePants was discovered "under a desk at Nickelodeon Studios" and is to be presented by Patchy the Pirate. However, Patchy says that he has lost the lost episode, and tells the audience to forget about SpongeBob. The narrator introduces a segment called "Remembering SpongeBob", a musical montage of clips from past episodes. Eventually, Patchy finds a treasure map to the lost episode, and after searching for it, he excitedly starts the tape. The tape shows a long video of SpongeBob doing walk cycles down the road (like squishing his body up and walking with his tongue sticking out of his mouth) to upbeat music before abruptly showing the EBS color bars with a quiet beeping noise. Patchy, furious at this, throws out all his SpongeBob merchandise and runs away crying. However, Potty informs him that the real lost episode is playing next, at which point Patchy come back in and, through playing the footage in reverse, puts all his SpongeBob collectibles back in place.

In the episode, SpongeBob wishes he could fly with the jellyfish. He makes several failed attempts to do so, including a biplane, bat wings, a garden chair with balloons, and a giant kite pulled by a bicycle, and is ridiculed by the others. He tells the people that "it is a sad day in Bikini Bottom, when a guy is ridiculed for having dreams!" The people tell him that they all had unfulfilled dreams, and start chasing him for thinking he is more important than them. SpongeBob runs off a cliff and falls into a truck of mud, then into a truck of feathers.

Back home, having given up on his dream, SpongeBob dries himself out when he receives an insulting phone call and puts the hair dryer in his pants. While he talks, the hair dryer inflates his pants, giving him the ability to fly. He goes around helping people, earning their admiration and becoming a superhero of sorts. However, the people continue to ask increasingly unnecessary favors of him, leaving him no time to fly with the jellyfish like he wanted.

When SpongeBob tries to escape to Jellyfish Fields, the people form a mob and chase him, but are unable to catch him. However, Cannonball Jenkins launches himself at SpongeBob, destroying the pants and sending him plummeting to the ground. The people then hold a funeral for his now-deflated pants. Depressed, SpongeBob decides to go home, but the jellyfish help him fly and take him back home. SpongeBob decides to leave the flying to the jellyfish.

After the episode, Patchy attempts to play it again but, due to not knowing a thing about technology, he ends up ruining the tape.

Home video releases


  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The Sponge Who Could Fly


  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Lost At Sea
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Absorbing Favorites
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete 3rd Season
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The First 100 Episodes


  • Clips from the following episodes were shown in the "Remembering SpongeBob" montage: "As Seen on TV", "Bubblestand", "The Chaperone", Pizza Delivery", "Help Wanted", "Valentine's Day", "Tea at the Treedome", "Ripped Pants", "Karate Choppers", "Grandma's Kisses", "F.U.N.", "Naughty Nautical Neighbors", "MuscleBob BuffPants", "Home Sweet Pineapple", "Boating School", "Band Geeks", "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy"", "Nature Pants", "Reef Blower", and "The Paper".
  • Mrs. Puff's snail looks noticeably similar to Squidward's snail, Snelly, from "The Great Snail Race". This could imply that Squidward gave Snelly to Mrs. Puff after he lost the race. However, Mrs. Puff clearly states in the song, " I've had her since I was a little girl..", which could mean that perhaps Mrs. Puff lent Snelly to Squidward and after he lost, he returned Snelly to Mrs. Puff. But this is unlikely as well, as Squidward clearly ordered Snelly.
  • When Mr. Krabs says "And the recyclables?", SpongeBob says "Ah, shrimp.", but the captions say "Now that you mention it."
  • Before the commercial break during the televised version, the narrator says "Will SpongeBob be able to fly? Stay tuned." This line is cut from the video release.
  • Nancy Suzy Fish wears pink clothes in this episode other than her usual green clothing.
  • Sandy does not appear in this half-hour episode, while Squidward, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, Plankton, Mrs. Puff, and Gary all appear.
  • The phrase "ah shrimp" is a euphemism/pun on the word "s**t."
  • The storyboard includes a deleted scene with Patchy ripping off a SpongeBob band-aid while he's destroying his SpongeBob stuff, although he isn't seen ripping it off in reverse.

Cultural references

  • The title is in some ways similar to The Boy Who Could Fly, specifically everything but the second word.
  • SpongeBob's ideas for his flying machine allude many other flying machines, such as the plane at Kitty Hawk, the bat suit from Batman, and a lawnchair with balloons attached to it from Lawnchair Larry(with balloons whose colors may be a reference to Cosmo and Wanda).
  • The title card of this episode is a very hard parody of the Simpsons logo.
  • Patchy screams out that he must go through the Monkey Playground that is a horrible disaster place with sinister children that put him in a contractor

wheel and torture him on the playground rides to get the SpongeBob Lost Episode Video which is inside a treasure chest. This could reference the novel & film adaptations of the John Wyndham 1957 novel The Midwich Cuckoos, where a group of sinister evil children who look like human cause disasters all over the world and a village's population.


  • In the first scene (when Patchy is in the bathroom taking a shower), his eye patch is on his left eye but in the next scene it is one his right eye (When he is on the couch) Also in the scene where he opens the treasure chest it appears on his left eye but a when he gets back to his house and bursts through his door it's on his right eye and when he sits down it changes back to left. At the end when he is sitting down it yet again is on his left eye but when he gets up it switches back to his right.
  • When Patchy leaves you see the TV says episode 118, however, it is actually episode 115.
  • Lou is shown in his younger version in this episode when he was older in Party Pooper Pants even though "Party Pooper Pants" was aired first
  • When this episode played before SpongeBob Dunces and Dragons aired for the first time it was shortened and ended with SpongeBob landing in the feather truck.
  • The way that Patchy wrecked the tape is by hitting the rewind button with his hook hand, causing the VCR to malfunction.
  • Even though Patchy ruined the tape and said the episode is lost forever, Nickelodeon still shows it, but rarely.
  • Patrick was shown with inflatable pants in the episode Patty Hype.
  • When Potty the parrot says "patchy, come back" the Nickelodeon captions say "patrick, come back"
  • When a guy says "No, he owes us favors!" he is wearing the exact same outfit as SpongeBob, but minus the red tie. He also looks identical to Fred only purple in color
  • When the citizens rip off SpongeBob's destroyed pants to give a "proper burial," they rip off his shirt too. However, even without his shirt, SpongeBob still has his sleeves.
  • SpongeBob did fly in Wormy as being inflated, imitating a rocket in Jellyfish Hunter & Krusty Towers, & flew in Hall Monitor.
  • When the pants are given a "proper burial", the fish in the brown hat and blue shorts has a clone on the other side of the grave that looks exactly like him-- only without a hat.
  • In the Hebrew version of this episode "Joe Mama" is called "סתם אחד" which means "just a guy". Or, in the English version, this could mean "Yo Mama"
  • In the Hebrew version of this episode the line "And I'll save Patrick from this mime" is translated "ואציל את פטריק מחנוך רוזן" which means "And I'll save Patrick from Hanoch Rozen". Hanoch Rozen is an Israeli mime.
  • The clown on TV in the Patchy the Pirate segment is writer Kent Osbourne.
  • In the storyboard for this episode, there is a deleted part when Don's Import Store and Delicatessen is simply called Shop N Shop and the owner says that no pirates are allowed.
  • When Lou says hey i know you now from todays paper he sounds a bit like Pete Puma, a Looney Tunes character.
  • Dennis says he went to elementary school with SpongeBob, but then why does he look so much older than him?
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