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Ripped Pants
Season 1, Episode 2b (#5)
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Air date July 17, 1999
Written by Paul Tibbitt
Peter Burns
Episode guide

Ripped Pants is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season one. In this episode, SpongeBob rips his pants, causing everyone to laugh.


The Narrator introduces Goo Lagoon, a very popular beach in Bikini Bottom, where SpongeBob and Sandy are playing. SpongeBob puts on a show by making sand sculptures such as him covering himself in sand and calling himself, "Sandy.", acting like Squidward, and as Vito who says, "Here's an order of twenty-five sand pizzas, which makes Sandy laugh. Larry the Lobster comes and asks if they want to lift weights, which Sandy quickly accepts, while SpongeBob mopes behind them. When they arrive at the weight lifting area, Sandy lifts a bar weight and the crowd cheers. SpongeBob tries to get them to do something else, but Larry continues. He lifts a bar weight with six weights and the crowd cheers. Attempting to impress the crowd, SpongeBob lifts a stick but the crowd falls asleep. Sandy then lifts two anchors and is cheered. Larry then lifts the entire audience and bleachers, and once again the crowd cheers.

SpongeBob is left out, and tries to get more attention by lifting a stick with Stay Puft marshmallow men on the ends, which he actually struggles to do. However, he accidentally rips his pants and they see his underwear in the process, and the crowd laughs hysterically. Feeling embarrassed, SpongeBob sadly leaves the weight lifting area, as the people continue to laugh at him, until one fish compliments him for the good laugh. When Sandy agrees, SpongeBob decides to use this to his advantage. He rips his pants again while playing volleyball, then while playing Frisbee. SpongeBob and Sandy then proceed to get some ice cream, where he again uses his ripped pants joke and the Banana Splits came in playing their theme song. He gets carried away and uses the joke at the snack bar and a kitchen.

While at the surfing competition, SpongeBob rips his pants while surfing, which bores everyone. Realizing this, SpongeBob pretends to drown. At first, the lifeguard laughs it off, thinking that SpongeBob is just a cardboard box that washed up on the beach. Upon looking closer into his telescope, he screams that it is a guy, and goes to save him, which leads to a crowd gathering around him and SpongeBob. SpongeBob tells the lifeguard that he needs a tailor, because he ripped his pants. Everyone gets mad and leaves, including Sandy.

He attempts to revive the joke by ripping his entire pants off, but it fails. After he realizes that he has driven all his friends away, he asks himself if he is the biggest loser on the beach. This question is answered by three other beach goers, who each believe they are the biggest losers on the beach: Murray who forgot to put on sunscreen, Dexter who got sand in his burger machine, and Don Music who was buried in the sand and forgotten. They ask SpongeBob what happened to him, and he tells his story through a song. His underwear rips but his booty is not seen, not ever a crack! Everyone on the beach hears his song, and understands how he feels and that he apologizes. Sandy tells SpongeBob that if he wanted her to be his friend, he should have been himself. Larry asks him to sign his pants, and SpongeBob accepts. He bends down to sign, but his underwear rips off completely, and SpongeBob blushes in embarrassment.


Original music
Associated production music

The following is a list of music tracks used in the episode.


  • For unknown reasons the Latin America airings of this episode finishes when the concert at the end of this episode is just beginning.
  • According to the Ultimite Spongebob Spongebash this is Nathan Kress's favorite episode
  • This episode is one of Tom Kenny's favourite episodes.
  • The song that SpongeBob sings is similar to the song, "Be True to Your School".
  • There is a toy produced by Fisher-Price based on this episode that consists of a SpongeBob whose pants can be made to rip.
  • 2nd episode with its name in it.
  • This is the first episode that uses the trademark SpongeBob font on the title card.
  • This is the first and so far the only episode where Sandy is the only other main character that appears aside of SpongeBob. Usually, Sandy always appeared with some of the other main characters too.
  • This is the first appearance of LarryScooter, and Goo Lagoon.
  • This episode is the second one where Patrick doesn't appear, along with Squidward. Though, SpongeBob impersonates Squidward near the beginning of the episode. Also the fourth where Mr. Krabs doesn't appear.
  • Whenever SpongeBob does something (like pulling something or bending down etc.) he purposely rips his pants. This is a running gag throughout the episode.
  • This is the first episode SpongeBob's pants can move, the next will be Procrastination.
  • Perch Perkins (the fish who was announcing the surfing contest) would later appear in MuscleBob BuffPants.
  • This episode is the second episodes featuring the title of the episode in the story. First being Help Wanted.
  • This episode is the debut for most of the extra Bikini Bottomites that are used a lot throughout the series.
  • Its possible this episode takes place later chronologically in the series, since Larry seems to know SpongeBob, yet in later episodes (such as Pets or Pests) him and SpongeBob don't seem to be familiar.
  • This is the 1st time the Beach Boys sing a song in the series. The 2nd will be Doing Time.
  • This is the first episode to hint towards Spongebob having romantic feelings for Sandy.
  • When the first view of the weightlifters is shown, there are 2 huts, one green and one purple, but when it goes to a close-up on the weightlifters, the huts are gone
  • SpongeBob is seen surfing in this episode, but in SpongeBob vs. The Big One, he didn't know how to surf. However, it's possible that the events in this episode came after the events in SpongeBob vs. The Big One.
  • It is illegal for one to wander a beach in their underwear so SpongeBob would've been arrested. Though, it is a cartoon, so different rules may apply.
  • Bubblestand/Ripped Pants are the first set of episodes where Mr. Krabs does not appear in either. Some others include Naughty Nautical Neighbors/Boating School, Hall Monitor/Jellyfish Jam, Procrastination/I'm with Stupid, The Bully/Just One Bite, Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV/Doing Time, and The Thing/Hocus Pocus.
  • When Jimmy Neutron was a new Nicktoon, some airings of this episode had Jimmy messing around with the episode until turning into Carl and it would end up restarting the episode up to the part where the lifeguard screams.
  • Spongebob asks the Ice Cream Stand Guy if he has "Ripple". Ripple is slang for cheap wine. Though he was likely referring to fudge ripple; which is a real type of ice cream.
  • Some of the storyboard frames can be seen on the CD insert (booklet) for SpongeBob's Greatest Hits.