Year 2001 was a common year starting on Monday. This is the first year of SpongeBob to have a 3-month hiatus. This one was from May 5 to August 14. Other years that had 3-month hiatuses include 2002, 2003, and 2005. Shanghaied aired on March 9, 2001, but its partner episode, Gary Takes a Bath didn't air for another 2 years until July 26, 2003. 2001 was also the first year to have a premiere week of episodes, starting with Survival of the Idiots and Dumped on March 5, 2001 and ending with Shanghaied on March 9.