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Roller Cowards
Season №: 5
Episode №: 86a
Airdate: July 27, 2007
Sister episode(s): "Bucket Sweet Bucket"
Writer(s): Luke Brookshier
Tom King
Steven Banks
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Luke Brookshier
Tom King
Animation: Alan Smart
Creative: Vincent Waller
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Previous: "Krabs à la Mode"
Next: "Bucket Sweet Bucket"
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"Roller Cowards" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season five. In this episode, SpongeBob and Patrick are afraid to go on a new roller coaster.



SpongeBob's and Patrick's skin changed
SpongeBob is telling Gary a bedtime story, but Patrick holding a small TV trespasses into SpongeBob's house and shows him an important commercial for Glove World's new scary rollercoaster called "The Fiery Fist O' Pain." They plan to go on it at Glove World the next day.

That night, SpongeBob has a nightmare that he and Patrick go on the ride and fall into their graves. SpongeBob wakes up and he said that he does not want to go on the Fiery Fist O' Pain.

The next day, Patrick breaks into SpongeBob's bedroom strangely after having the same nightmare at the same time but they decide not to tell each other. The bus then came and they went to Glove World.

They realized that it is a long line to the new so they decide to start going on the ride for toddlers called "The Mitten" which they're scared of because of the small lump annoying the toddler who is on the ride with them. 

Just then, they saw Larry that went on the ride. SpongeBob said that he did not go on the ride because he was hungry along with Patrick!

Soon, they eat Ice Cream.  Patrick has to use the bathroom and argues with the Reflection in the mirror while SpongeBob and his Ice Cream get into an argument. Patrick and SpongeBob want to tell to each other, but Glove World will close in 5 minutes. Hearing that, they finally go on the Fiery Fist O' Pain, but the ride is broken and they tell each other that they were actually afraid to go on. The ride was fixed and they ride the rollercoaster. They lose their spines at the end of the ride and choose to go again anyway.


Numerous Theme Park elements for this episode were taken from a Disneyland trip taken by Tom King and Luke Brookshier.[1]

There may have originally been a scene planned where SpongeBob and Patrick were going to print the tickets online. However, in the commentary this information came from, the commentators laughed about this, meaning it might have been a joke.[1]

The Mitten scene was based of Kings' experience with kiddie rides as a child.[1]

Patrick's fear of Glovey Glove might be loosely based off how Brookshier got his Adam's apple pushed by a mascot when Brookshier and the mascot were taking a picture.[1]


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Clownfish Capers - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  Lynda's Music Box - Peter Dennis [SpongeBob reading a bedtime story]
  Target - Hans Ehrlinger [Fiery Fist O' Pain commercial]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob goes to bed]
  Solo Steel 4 - George de Fretes [SpongeBob talking in sleep]
  Man Who Broke Bank at Monte Carlo - Fred Gilbert, Roy Alan Wootton [start of SpongeBob's dream]
  The Beast Within - Paddy Kingsland ["Excuse me, which way to the Fist O' Pain?"]
  Rescue - Cecil Milner ["In the name of amusement, no!"]
  Horror Chords (b) - Paddy Kingsland [SpongeBob wakes up]
  Nude Sting - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [the next morning]
  Abject Terror - Paul Lewis [SpongeBob screams]
  Seaweed - Steve Belfer ["I had a bad dream last night."]
  Cream Pie - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob, Patrick get on the bus]
  Abject Terror - Paul Lewis [SpongeBob and Patrick scared]
  Dramatic Cue (e) - Ronald Hanmer [bus arrives at Glove World]
  The August Waltz (a) - Andy Vale [ticket stand]
  Hawaiian Link (a) - Richard Myhill ["Here's your tickets!"]
  Dombummel - Gerhard Trede ["It sure was lucky we found our tickets."]
  Drama Link (b) - Hubert Clifford [Patrick screams]
  Ulk-Fox Nr.2 - Gerhard Trede [Glovey Glove]
  Roll Up Waltz (b) - Andrew J J Hall [The Mitten]
  Steel Link (d) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob, Patrick whimpering after getting off the ride]
  Dramatic Encounter - Gregor F. Narholz [people riding the Fist O' Pain]
  The August Waltz (a) - Andy Vale [SpongeBob and Patrick waiting in line]
  Gator - Steve Belfer ["One more time!"]
  Beach Party - Harry Bluestone [Larry appears]
  Fair Ride - Judith Leonie Cann [SpongeBob and Patrick eating ice cream]
  Dramatic Encounter - Gregor F. Narholz [people riding Fist O' Pain]
  Merry-Go-Round - Alan Hawkshaw [SpongeBob talking to his ice cream cone]
  Caliope Carousel - Roger Roger [Patrick talking to his reflection]
  Dramatic Impact 3 - Ivor Slaney ["Five minutes?!"]
  Rifleman Fiferman (a) - Andy Vale [warning sign]
  Steel Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob signs a waiver]
  Steel Licks (Original Version) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Well, nice knowing you."]
  Dramatic Climax (Harry Bluestone and Emil Cadkin) - "We're brave!"
  Roll Up Waltz (b) - Andrew J J Hall [SpongeBob and Patrick confess to each other]
  Mavericks - The Woodies* [SpongeBob and Patrick ride the Fist O' Pain]
  Trapeze (b) - Andrew J J Hall [ride is over]
  Carnival at the Fair - W. Merrick Farran ["We did it!"]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Hawaiian sting at end]

*In some airings, "Monster Wave" by Nicolas Carr, Fabian Fernandez, and James King plays here instead.



  • This is the second time Glove World is seen, however, this is the first time the inside of it is shown.
    • Glove World first appeared at the beginning of "Rock Bottom."
  • The ride on the "Fiery Fist O' Pain" may cause:
    • Crying
    • Screaming
    • Projectile vomiting
    • Amnesia
    • Spine loss
    • Embarrassing accidents
    • Uncontrollable gas
    • Explosive diarrhea
  • In the SpongeBob SpongeBash marathon, Miranda Cosgrove rated this her favorite SpongeBob episode.
  • In Bahasa Indonesia, SpongeBob said "heart attack" instead of "spine loss," and "frightened" instead of "projectile vomiting."
  • The Fiery Fist O' Pain was new in this episode but it was in "Rock Bottom."
    • However, this might be a likely paradox.
  • There is a LEGO set based somewhat on this episode - Glove World (3816).
    • Evidence that the set is based off this episode is that the Ice Cream clerk in the set is wearing exactly what Nat Peterson wore when he accepted their tickets.
    • Also, Patrick is wearing the same bib and is messy as a figure in this set.
    • The Ferris Wheel and Sandy was not seen in this episode.
    • Nat was also a different color than the one in the set.
  • SpongeBob is a sea sponge (hence the name), so he should not have a spine.
  • This is the second time Patrick has a talking reflection.

Cultural references

  • This episode is similar to Nickelodeon's CatDog episode "Remain Seated." Interesting enough, Steven Banks wrote that and a part of this episode possibly coincidental.
  • In SpongeBob's nightmare, the roller coaster sequence is similar to the deaths from New Line Cinema's Final Destination 3.
  • The emergency broadcast could be a reference to the Emergency Broadcast System (EBS) in 1963 till 1997 with the update to the Emergency Alert System.


  • When Harold first wheels Old Man Jenkins out of the Fiery Fist O' Pain, his fin was missing in that shot.
  • During the emergency broadcast (Commercial,) Harold is on the ride.
    • When SpongeBob and Patrick try to go on the ride before the bathroom scene, Harold works for Glove World.
  • When SpongeBob wakes up in terror, his shirt is brown.
  • At the end, SpongeBob and Patrick were about to go again.
    • Their ride was the last ride of the day.
  • In this episode, SpongeBob has a vertebrae.
    • In "Squirrel Jokes," it is said that sponges do not have a vertebrae.
  • When Patrick shows SpongeBob the emergency broadcast (Commercial,) he breaks a wall on SpongeBob's house.
    • When he goes to sleep, it is fixed.


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