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"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, which is a very popular beach in Bikini Bottom, where SpongeBob and Sandy are playing. SpongeBob puts on a show by making sand sculptures such as covering himself in sand and calling himself, "Sandy.," acting like Squidward, and as pizza delivery man who says: "Here's an order of twenty-five pepperoni and sand pizzas," which make 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 is unimpressed. Sandy then lifts two anchors and is cheered loudly. 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 marshmallows 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 fish 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 a game of volleyball, and again while playing frisbee, with both times getting a big round of laughter from Sandy and the other fish.

However, the joke soon starts to get old as when SpongeBob and Sandy go to get some ice cream, the vendor becomes increasingly annoyed when SpongeBob makes ripped pants-related puns, although Sandy laughs hysterically at them. He then goes over to the snack bar, but nobody there is amused when he brings up the ripped pants joke. 

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Later, at a surfing competition, SpongeBob once again rips his trunks while surfing, which bores everybody. He is then knocked off his board by a wave and washes ashore completely lifeless, having seemingly drowned. A lifeguard notices this, but at first laughs it off thinking that SpongeBob is just a cardboard box. Upon looking closer through his telescope, he screams that it is actually a person and races over to save him. The incident attracts a large crowd, including Sandy, who are all fearing the worst. 

SpongeBob groggily tells the lifeguard to come closer and says that he needs something. He then whispers into the lifeguard's ear that he needs a tailor as he ripped his pants, revealing that he was faking it in order to get attention so he could use the ripped pants joke again. This angers the crowd and they leave, including Sandy, who scolds SpongeBob for making her worried. 

Later, SpongeBob is shown sitting inside a dressing tent thinking about how he can revive the joke. He gets an idea and rips his entire pants off, only to be met with silence. He then notices Sandy playing volleyball with Larry in the distance, and SpongeBob realizes his ripped pants joke has driven all his friends away, with pretending to drown having gone too far. He then lies on the sand and asks himself if he is the biggest loser on the beach.

This question is answered by three other beach goers, who think they are the biggest losers on the beach: Millie, who forgot to put on sunscreen and got sunburnt; Dexter, who got sand in his buns; and Frank, who was buried in the sand and forgotten. They ask SpongeBob what happened to him, and he tells his story through a song. Everyone on the beach hears his song and
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understands how he feels and that he apologizes. Sandy tells SpongeBob that if he wanted her to be his friend, he should be himself. Larry asks him to sign his pants, and SpongeBob accepts. He bends down to sign, but his underwear rips off completely, and SpongeBob covers himself and blushes in embarrassment, and the screen cuts to black.




 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  You're Nice - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  Heat - The Blue Hawaiians [opening]
  Fun at the Seaside - Syd Dale [lifting weights]
  Side Drum [#52.05] - Mark Nolan [SpongeBob lifts a twig]
  Side Drum [#52] - Mark Nolan ["Y'all watch this."]
  Entry of the Gladiators - Dick Stephen Walter [Sandy lifts anchors]
  The Land is Ours - Gregor F. Narholz [Larry lifts the audience]
  Timpani Signal 1 - Sammy Burdson [SpongeBob adds marshmallows to the twig]
  Caesar's Entry - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob struggling to lift the twig]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill [everyone laughing at SpongeBob]
  Orchestral Effect (f) - Dick Stephen Walter [SpongeBob smiles]
  Stars and Games - Alf Saro [volleyball]
  Surf Buggy - The Surfdusters [Frisbee]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [later...]
  Twelfth Street Rag - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob annoying people]
  Return of the Surfin' Headhunters - The Mel-Tones [surfing]
  Dramatic Impact 5 - Ivor Slaney ["Holy fish paste, it's a guy!"]
  Hope & Glory - Thomas Blug, Mark Scholz ["Why? Why?! WHY?!"]
  Beautiful Moonlit Night - Carl Maria Von Weber, George Wilson ["Come closer... I need..."]
  Timpani Glissando (b) - Gary Kettel [Everyone walks away.]
  Ups and Down (d) - Richard Myhill [Everyone walks away.]
  Botany Bay (b) - Robert Alexander White ["Dude..."]
  Timpani - Military (d) - Gary Kettel ["Come on, SpongeBob, you're losing 'em."]
  Side Drum [#52.02] - Mark Nolan ["Hey, everybody!"]
  Entry of the Gladiators - Dick Stephen Walter [pants ripped off]
  Stars and Games - Alf Saro [Sandy playing volleyball with Larry]
  Aloha - Dick Stephen Walter ["Oh no, everybody's gone!"]
  Ripped Pants - Peter Straus, Paul Tibbitt
  Moloka'i Nui (a) - Kapono Beamer [ending]



  • As of June 11, 2016, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 8.7/10 based on 462 ratings by users.[1] users give this episode a 8.6/10 based on 345 votes.[2]
  • "Ripped Pants" was ranked #3 during The Ultimate SpongeBob SpongeBash event on July 17–19, 2009.
    • Also, during The Ultimate SpongeBob SpongeBash, actor Nathan Kress said this was his favorite episode.
  • "Ripped Pants" is one of Tom Kenny's favorite episodes. He says "I think one of my favorite episodes is uh, "Ripped Pants," the one where SpongeBob rips his pants by mistake and gets a laugh out of it, and then overplays his hand by doing it one too many times, and people get bored with it, and he realizes that jokes have a lifespan. And I think that's something that happened to me a lot as a kid, where you would accidentally hit on something that was really funny and you would just do it over and over and over again, and when people stopped laughing, it was kind of like a slap in the face, it kinda hurt, and then you had to go out and find something else stupid to uh, get attention and laughs from your fellow classmates."
    • However, this episode is not on Tom Kenny's top 20 episodes playlist.


  • SpongeBob rips his pants a total of ten times in this episode.
  • According to The Ultimate SpongeBob SpongeBash, Nathan Kress ranked this episode as his favorite.
  • There is a toy produced by Fisher-Price based on this episode that consists of a SpongeBob whose pants can rip.
  • This is the first episode that uses the trademark SpongeBob font on the title card.
  • This is the first episode where SpongeBob is shown wearing a different attire rather than his casual ones.
  • SpongeBob's blue swimming trunks are seen again in "Walking Small" and "Bubble Buddy." However, in later episodes, his swimming trunks are red.
    • While in this episode SpongeBob's blue swimming trunks rip apart, in "Walking Small" and "Bubble Buddy" his blue swimming trunks are in good condition. It is most likely that this episode takes place after both "Walking Small" and "Bubble Buddy."
      • Another thing that could be possible is that he or someone else sewed his trunks, or he could've just bought new ones.
  • This episode likely takes place after "Pizza Delivery," because in that episode the Krusty Krab is revealed to not serve pizza (until Mr. Krabs mashes a bunch of Krabby Patties into said food), while in this episode SpongeBob is seen wearing a sand version of his Krusty Krab employee hat while holding sand boxes of pizza, asking "Did anyone order twenty pepperoni and sand pizzas?"
  • This episode is the debut for most of the extra Bikini Bottomites who are used a lot throughout the series.
  • It's possible this episode takes place later chronologically in the series since Larry seems to know SpongeBob, yet in later episodes (such as "Pet or Pests"), he and SpongeBob don't seem to be familiar.
  • Some overseas airings have the episode end at the scene where the concert is shown, with the original ending that shows SpongeBob's underwear ripping apart cut in these airings, possibly due to nudity.[citation needed]
  • This is the first episode where the Beach Boys sing a song in the series. The second was in "Doing Time," but only in one shot.
  • SpongeBob is seen surfing in this episode, but in "SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One," he doesn't know how to surf. However, it's possible that the events in this episode come after the events in "SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One."
  • When The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius was a new Nickelodeon series, 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.[citation needed]
    • In another airing, during the part where SpongeBob rips his pants while surfing, Jimmy and Goddard are seen on the Strato XL rocket, which they then stop. Jimmy and Goddard then hop out of the rocket, as Jimmy then thinks of an idea, then presses a button on Goddard, thus making a satellite come out of him. Jimmy then rewinds the episode to the part where SpongeBob says he'll get a banana split, but it's in slow motion. He then fast forwards to the part where SpongeBob rips his pants in front of the fry cook, which he [Jimmy] then rewinds it, and plays it again multiple times, thus making him laugh. He then fast forwards back to the episode during the part where the lifeguard yells "Why?!", as Jimmy and Goddard go back into the rocket, and fly off.
  • Running gags: SpongeBob annoying people about his ripped pants and him getting jealous when Sandy hangs out with Larry.
  • Some of the storyboard frames can be seen on the CD insert (booklet) for SpongeBob's Greatest Hits.
  • This is the first episode where SpongeBob's pineapple, Squidward's house, and Patrick's rock aren't seen.
  • There are two books based on this episode called Ripped Pants and I Ripped My Pants!
  • This is the first episode to take place in only one location.
  • This is the first episode to have an original song, "Ripped Pants." ("Help Wanted" had "Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight," but that song already existed before the episode was made, unlike the "Ripped Pants" song, which was written specifically for the episode.)
  • This is one of the few season 1 episodes where the Krabby Patty's bun sesame seeds are white. In most season 1 episodes and early season 2 episodes, they are black.
  • This episode premiered on David Hasselhoff's 47th birthday.
  • This is the first episode to feature Goo Lagoon.
  • This episode marks the debut of Larry the Lobster.
  • This is the first episode that Grass Skirt Chase plays.

Cultural references


  • When the first view of the weightlifters is shown, there are two huts, but when it goes to a close-up on the weightlifters, the huts are gone.
  • When Larry lifts the seats the Bikini Bottomites were sitting on, the background moves in such a way on the close-up on the Bikini Bottomites that it looks like the camera is panning down to the bottom of the seats instead of it looking like the seats are lifting up.
  • SpongeBob says that he has 20 pizzas, but unless they were in nine boxes that is impossible since he has only nine boxes.
  • After SpongeBob rips off his pants, he still has his sleeves on for the rest of the episode, save for one shot. This mistake has also been made in future episodes.
  • Although possibly intentional, on SpongeBob's paper he writes "em' rather than "'em."
  • SpongeBob rips off his swimsuit revealing his underwear, but when the camera zooms out as the other "losers" join him for the "Ripped Pants" song, he is wearing his swimsuit again.
  • In several scenes, SpongeBob rips his pants, then in the next scene they are not ripped.
  • When the five female fish were listening to the song, the yellow fish was on the left and the green fish was on the right but in the next scene, they were switched.
  • Larry the Lobster is credited as customer on the credits.


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