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Sandy's Rocket
Season 1, Episode 8a
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Air date September 4, 1999
Written by Sherm Cohen
Aaron Springer
Peter Burns
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Sandy's Rocket is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season one. In this episode, SpongeBob and Patrick sneak onto Sandy's rocket ship.



SpongeBob visits Sandy's treedome, and sees that Sandy had built a Sandy's rocket ship. Sandy explains to him that she is going to the moon, and SpongeBob begs her to take him with her. Although she insists that he cannot come, SpongeBob's begging ultimately convinces her to let him come.

That night, Patrick comes to SpongeBob's house and gives him some "Alien Repellent", which they sneak into Sandy's treedome to spray on the windows. Even though they agree to only spray the windows, Patrick inadvertently enters the rocket, and SpongeBob follows. After playing with the ship's various features, SpongeBob accidentally starts up the rocket, which loops over the moon and comes back to Bikini Bottom. SpongeBob and Patrick, convinced that they're on the Moon, think that the aliens are projecting their memories onto the environment to trick them.

They begin catching everyone with Sandy's net guns (intended for harvesting moon rocks), believing they're aliens. Eventually, after capturing everyone in Bikini Bottom, including Sandy, who attempts to explain the truth to them, SpongeBob is convinced that Patrick is an alien. Patrick attempts to shoot him before he has a chance to capture him, but ends up shooting and capturing himself. SpongeBob starts the rocket again to return home, and when it reaches the moon, the rocket crashes on top of it. SpongeBob looks out the window and realizes his mistake. All the captured fish, who are being stored in the cargo hold of the ship, say "SpongeBob, we aliens would like a word with you." as the episode ends.


Associated production music

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


  • This episode marks the first appearance of Flatts the Flounder, who would later appear in "Texas", and in "The Bully".
  • Eighth episode with its name in it.
  • Though the net around the "aliens" is solid with no holes, you still see their eyes through the net. You can also see Sandy's mouth moving as if she has no helmet.
  • SpongeBob makes reference to "cowlicks" as evidence of aliens. This is most likely an homage to Pete and Pete, a very early Nickelodeon live action show.
  • When SpongeBob and Patrick first become weightless in the rocket, a book floats by with "2001" written on its cover. This is a reference to Arthur C. Clark's novel 2001: A Space Odyssey and Stanley Kubrick's movie adaptation of the novel.
  • SpongeBob's belief that the "aliens" are projecting his and Patrick's memories of Bikini Bottom onto the lunar surface to put them into a false sense of security seems to be inspired from a short story, "The Third Expedition", from Ray Bradbury's book, the Martian Chronicles.
  • This is the first time a character is shown playing a video game. Second is I Had an Accident. Third is Bucket Sweet Bucket. The fourth time is The Great Patty Caper.
  • When SpongeBob looks out at the window towards the moon, the view of Earth from the Moon looks almost exactly like the famed Apollo 8 photograph.
  • During a Nickelodeon movie promotion in 1999, a set of scratch and sniff stickers were released at specified fast-food restaurants to be used with certain Nicktoons. One of them was used when Patrick squirts toothpaste in SpongeBob's peanut butter. Also, the symbol that signaled you to "sniff" at the bottom right part of the screen was accidentally filmed along with the episode, and not edited out until late 2002, almost 3 years after the scratch and sniff packs were put out of circulation.
  • In one scene where Sandy is showing SpongeBob how the net gun works, she blows on the bubbles coming out of the gun, despite having her helmet on.
  • Lego SpongeBob SquarePants set is based on this episode, and was also the first Lego set to include Sandy as a minifigure.
  • A chapter book based on this episode features an extended ending: SpongeBob releases Patrick and Sandy from the bags, and Sandy shoots SpongeBob as punishment before flying the rocket back to Bikini Bottom (This ending would be impossible in the actual episode because the rocket ran out of fuel when SpongeBob flew the rocket back up to space a second time which caused it to crash onto the moon). The book version also shows Plankton getting captured while stealing the Krabby Patty formula, also not shown in the TV version. Also not shown in the TV version is when Spongebob and Patrick capture Pearl, which according to the book, aquired more than one net to do so.
  • This is the first time that Mr. Krabs appears away from the Krusty Krab. His pet worm Mr. Doodles would also reappear in "As Seen on TV".
  • This is the first episode where Bikini Atoll is seen outside of the opening theme. Second time is Big Pink Loser. Third time is Pressure.
  • While SpongeBob and Patrick are in the ship playing around, they play with toothpaste and peanut butter and Patrick squirts toothpaste through the peanut butter, and SpongeBob says "You've got your toothpaste in my peanut butter", a reference to the Reese's chocolate commercial. The original quote is, "You've got your chocolate in my peanut butter".
  • In this episode SpongeBob's alarm clock is at the left side at the bed, unlike in other episodes.
  • When SpongeBob says "a present" his speech was cut off so it sounds like: a prese-.
  • Sandy mentions SpongeBob's incident with her whirlybird (helicopter), and then the camera shows a graveyard, indicating that SpongeBob accidentally killed people with her chopper.
  • This is the first time Sandy wears a nightgown. Second is Karate Choppers, and third is Survival of the Idiots, only it's pink instead of lavender. A fourth time, Overbooked, has Sandy wearing another nightgown, only this time, purple.
  • The sounds heard when Patrick is playing "video games" are like the sound effects from the Game Boy version of Tetris.
  • When the fish holding the parasol is netted, her eyes appear on its canopy. Her eyes should appear underneath the canopy, not on it.
  • In reality, it would take several days to arrive at the moon, not a few minutes (or hours). the only probe to do it in less time was the new horizons probe headed for pluto (about 6 hours) and it only passed the moons orbit around earth, the moon itself was not close enoughf to give it a "lunar slingshot"
  • If the rocket ran out of fuel, it's unknown how everyone was able to return to Bikini Bottom.
  • Patrick and Spongebob should have figured out Sandy wasn't an alien, since she was landing from the sky. They should have figured out that it was the real Sandy, following them to the moon.
  • When Patrick plays on the video game he pulls a face which is now a Internet meme.
  • Netflix mistook the name for, "Sandy Rocket".
  • This is the 1st time Spongebob & Sandy go to the moon. The second will be in the remake Mooncation.
  • SpongeBob's night hat is similar that of Santa Claus'.
  • At the beginning of the episode, there is a ladder to get onto the platform. Then, in the next scene with the platform, the ladder is gone.
  • Squidward's so-called "alien egg sack" is a hot water bottle, used to warm the user's bed.
  • This episode was seen in Steven Spielberg's movie adaptation of H.G. Well's novel The War of the Worlds.


  • Before throwing Sandy in the rocket to take to the moon, Patrick laughs, but his mouth does not move in the sync with the laugh.
  • In this episode, SpongeBob says "peanut butter." But in other episodes, he and the other characters say "seanut butter."
  • When SpongeBob asks Sandy what she is going to do on the moon, SpongeBob says "Are we gonna hunt aliens on the moon?" However, the closed captions say, "Will we hunt aliens on the moon?"
  • When the rocket first circles the moon, the rocket is almost as big as the moon. But at the end of the episode when SpongeBob looks out the window, the moon is much bigger.
  • SpongeBob and Patrick experience gravity turning on and off when leaving the water. But gravity wouldn't change until they left earth's atmosphere.
  • When SpongeBob and Patrick are floating in the rocket and Patrick is trying to get right side up, SpongeBob laughs completely out of tune.
  • Flats appears in this episode, but in The Bully , Flats had just moved into Bikini Bottom.
  • How could Sandy and the others got to the moon with the spaceship when they are only using propellers?