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Prehibernation Week
Season №: 2
Episode №: 27a
Airdate: May 5, 2001
Running time: 11 minutes
Sister episode(s): "Life of Crime"
Guest(s): Pantera as musical performer of Prehibernation
Writer(s): Aaron Springer
C.H. Greenblatt
Merriwether Williams
Storyboard Artist(s): C.H. Greenblatt
Main: Aaron Springer
Animation: Edgar Larrazábal
Creative: Derek Drymon
See all credits for this episode.
Previous: "Squidville"
Next: "Life of Crime"
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"Prehibernation Week" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season two. In this episode, Sandy and SpongeBob play extreme sporting games.



Prehibernation weeks

At Sandy's Treedome, Sandy is raking up leaves and putting them in a pile of leaves that form the shape of Texas. Sandy tries to tell SpongeBob that she finished raking the leaves, but she finds herself stepping on even more of the leaves. SpongeBob says he is raking the big leaves but they keep turning into smaller leaves because he is using a small rake. Sandy tells SpongeBob to do something else, but they have to get this stuff done before it's too late. SpongeBob asks Sandy on what's the big rush, and she says hibernating next week. SpongeBob does not know what hibernation mean and is told by Sandy while she paints a fence that it's when she goes asleep for the full winter because it's a mammalian thing. Sandy then tells SpongeBob enough chitter-chatter because she does not have much time left before her hibernation begins in 1 week. That only gives SpongeBob and Sandy 168 more hours of playtime. Sandy says that in meantime, SpongeBob and her need to climb some things, jump off of stuff, and ride some things. SpongeBob promises to commit all the time he has not already given Mr. Krabs to Sandy. For the next 7 days, it's going to be SpongeBob, Sandy, and sweatbands.

However, their activities, include sandboarding, trying to knock each other off the top of the "Sea Needle," "Extreme Jacks," and "Find the Hay in the Needlestack," prove extremely dangerous, and SpongeBob, being not as tough as Sandy, can just barely avoid getting killed, and, at one point is reduced to a literal puddle. He goes into hiding to escape from her, and Sandy, worrying for his safety, forces everyone in Bikini Bottom to form a search party for SpongeBob. Sandy has them search in dangerous places such as sulfur fields and a poison sea urchin cove. After days of searching with no success, they all wanted a break, and take care of their children, but Sandy suggest to use them to crawl under places the adults can't reach. After someone whispered "This is a load of barnacles," Sandy goes mad saying that no one is going anywhere until they find him. Everyone tried to fool Sandy that they found him by SpongeBob's shape and color like a fish, a cereal box, and a banana, but she doesn't buy any of that. One fooled her that he was up in the sky, but after realizing that he's not in the sky, Sandy sees that everyone is gone, and thinking they've gone to search for more. Eventually, everyone was hiding under Patrick's rock. Still frantic, Sandy now starts literally destroying the city while looking for SpongeBob. SpongeBob made everyone find him when he said "You said it, Sandy will never find us here" everyone looked at him, and throw him out for Sandy to find. To let Sandy notice him, Squidward shouted "Oh look it is I Spongebob out here in the open" and Sandy found him with SpongeBob was frightened and wanted to go back under the rock, but Sandy grabbed his head. Sandy is relieved to see him and gives SpongeBob a crushing hug. She says that they have just enough time to go "atom smashing" before she hibernates, but SpongeBob finally explains to her that she is hurting him. While he does so, he realizes that Sandy has fallen asleep, and the relieved SpongeBob then falls asleep as well. Patrick, eating an ice cream and carrying a grocery bag, appears and sees the people under his rock, exclaiming "Who are you people?!," before fading to black.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Pre-Hibernation - Pantera [title card]
  Real Western Steel - Bobby Black [opening]
  Harry's Back - Hans Ehrlinger ["I is 100% ma-male."]
  Real Western Steel - Bobby Black ["Enough chitter-chatter, SpongeBob!"]
  Pre-Hibernation - Pantera [Sand Mountain]
  Rococo Rondo - Tedeusz Rozycki ["Uh... I can explain."]
  Pre-Hibernation - Pantera ["I'm hotter than a hickory-smoked sausage!"]
  Hawaiian Link (b) - Richard Myhill [later...]
  Solo Steel - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob dragging himself home]
  Pre-Hibernation - Pantera [SpongeBob launched out of bed/Extreme Jacks]
  Holiday Playtime - Cedric King-Palmer [bike ride]
  Pre-Hibernation - Pantera [the industrial park]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Wait a minute, I gotta talk my way out of this."]
  Pre-Hibernation - Pantera [hay in the needle stack]
  Danger Zone - Mike Sunderland ["SpongeBob's tie!"]
  Gruesome - The Surfdusters [search party]
  Death Trap - Gregor F. Narholz [Sandy looking for SpongeBob]
  Rococo Rondo - Tedeusz Rozycki ["Uh, I can explain."]
  Death Trap - Gregor F. Narholz [Sandy continues looking for SpongeBob.]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["SpongeBob?"]
  Real Western Steel - Bobby Black [Sandy hugs SpongeBob]
  Pre-Hibernation - Pantera ["Sandy, wait!"]
  Stack of Leis - Kapono Beamer ["I just can't take the games!"]
  Reflections of Honolulu - Daniel J. White [Sandy asleep]



  • As of August 11, 2015, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 8.8/10 based on 194 ratings by users.[2] users give this episode a 8.9/10 based on 157 votes.[3]
  • "Prehibernation Week" was ranked #28 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.


  • This is the second time a title card is animated. The first was in "SB-129."
  • The scene which has SpongeBob and Sandy playing "hay in the needle stack" is used as the title card for "Bubble Troubles."
  • In Hebrew, the episode is called "מחפשים את ספוגבוב," which means "Looking for SpongeBob."
  • The "industrial park" setting resembles some of the settings seen in "A Life in a Day."
  • This the second episode to have a comedy drummer gag. The first was in "Culture Shock," the third was in "Krab Borg," and the fourth was in "Rock-a-Bye Bivalve."
  • Running Gag: A guy having random things happening to him, usually just saying "Uh... I can explain..."
  • This is the second episode that SpongeBob says "This squirrel's trying to kill me." The first was "MuscleBob BuffPants."
  • SpongeBob says "Yeah" after jumping off a mountain the same way he does in an earlier episode "MuscleBob BuffPants," and a later episode, "Wet Painters."
  • Patrick's line of "Who are you people?!" would later be used by him in "I'm with Stupid."
    • This line has also become an internet meme.
  • The scene which has the orange fish says "This is a load of barnacles!" has became a popular internet meme.
  • SpongeBob breaks the fourth wall by noticing the heavy metal music.
    • On The Complete 2nd Season Audio Commentary for this episode[4], Carl Greenblatt says when SpongeBob gets on the bike, he looks right when the music starts to play. He is supposed to actually look after it starts playing, as a visual cue. This was an animation error.
  • This was Edgar Larrazábal's last episode as an animation director.
  • The song 'Prehibernation' performed by Pantera is part of a solo featured in the song Death Rattle by the same band (it starts at 2:31 and ends at about 2:43).
  • The big green fish which Sandy thought was a moist cave was most likely an elephant fish.
  • In the commentary for this episode, one of the people in the commentary make fun of the Industrial Park by calling it "Post-apocalyptic Bikini Bottom." Ironically, 10 years after this commentary was recorded, Bikini Bottom actually did become post apocalyptic in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.
  • In Indonesia, the scene where SpongeBob and Sandy plays extreme sports after SpongeBob fell from Sea Needle tower until SpongeBob sneaks away was rarely shown during its airings. This was done to time constraints due to its airing also paired with ads.
  • This episode premiered on John Rhys-Davies' 57th birthday.
  • During the search party scene where the Bikini Bottomites who were in the Krusty Krab are searching for SpongeBob, one fish is heard whistling and saying "here boy!" as if he was calling a dog/worm.
  • All of the main characters appear in this episode except for Sheldon J. Plankton.
  • In the Polish dub, the episode's title is "Przed hibernacją" which in English means "Before Hibernation."

Cultural references

  • The game "find the hay in the needle stack" is a switch on "find the needle in the hay stack."
  • The "Sea Needle" is a parody of the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington.
  • During the transition from Sandy's house to the sand hill, somebody shouts "Yippee!" This sound effect is also heard in the game Worms Armageddon.
  • SpongeBob's line "They're tearing me apart!" is a reference to James Dean's "You're tearing me apart!" speech in the film Rebel Without a Cause.


  • When Sandy goes over to paint her fence, the green bikini she wears underneath her skirt is gone.
  • Even though Sandy paints entirely over SpongeBob's water helmet with white paint, his eyes are still visible.
  • Throughout the entire episode, Sandy's acorn is black rather than its usual color.
    • This error also occurs in "Wormy."
  • When SpongeBob and Sandy are in the industrial park, they jump over a metal jaw that is chomping rocks. Sandy and SpongeBob successfully jump over the machine and, although they went flying forward, in the next scene, they are seen falling straight down. This wouldn't make sense due to them going over a ramp.
  • There were two Nats once. One went into the three-eyed sea elephant and one was standing near Sandy.
  • When Sandy busts into the Krusty Krab, she points to Frank, the muscular fish, saying that him and whoever is on his side is on Alpha team. However, Frank screams "Gold team rules!"
  • When Sandy and SpongeBob are playing extreme jacks, Sandy blows the whistle with her helmet on.


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  • Prehibernation Week and Gone: How Opposite They Are

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    • Enigima here to discuss this topic that isn't brought up at all. Have you noticed that Gone and Prehibernation Week are the exact opposite...
    • I find this very interesting but this basically just proves how lazy the Spongebob writers are 

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