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Sailor Mouth
Season №: 2
Episode №: 38a
Airdate: September 21, 2001
Sister episode(s): "Artist Unknown"
Writer(s): Walt Dohrn
Paul Tibbitt
Merriwether Williams
Storyboard Artist(s): Carson Kugler
William Reiss
Erik Wiese
Storyboard: Walt Dohrn
Paul Tibbitt
Animation: Andrew Overtoom
Creative: Derek Drymon
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Previous: "I'm with Stupid"
Next: "Artist Unknown"
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"Sailor Mouth" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season two. In this episode, SpongeBob learns a bad word on the dumpster behind the Krusty Krab.



Trash can.

Spongebob cleaning his hands after throwing a bag of trash in the trash can.

The episode opens up with the closing of the Krusty Krab. SpongeBob leaves to go and take out the trash. When he goes around to the back
Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?

"Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?"

of the Krusty Krab. He reads some of the dumpster writing and one of the dumpster writings reads: "Krabs is a ****". When SpongeBob reads the word (which happens to be an expletive), a garbage man angrily asks him if he kissed his mother with that mouth, then SpongeBob answers that he does it all the time, but not recently. He asks Patrick what it is and he says that the word is a "sentence enhancer". 

Spongebob and Patrick cleaning their tongues after finding out that they were saying a bad word.

The next day, SpongeBob walks into the Krusty Krab and says the swear to Patrick in a greeting manner and then use it over the intercom. The Krusty Krab customers are appalled by the profanities said by SpongeBob and then leave. Squidward tells Mr. Krabs the story. He decides to tell them that the swear is bad word number 11 of a list of thirteen profanities. SpongeBob and Patrick decide to wipe the said expletive from their tongues and promise Mr. Krabs that they will never use it again.

Later, they play their favorite game, Eels and Escalators. Patrick gets escalators, but SpongeBob always gets eels and eventually he loses the game. After that, he utters number 11. Patrick then races to the Krusty Krab to tell Mr. Krabs with SpongeBob trying to stop him. During the chase, Patrick says the swear word so Spongebob starts racing faster than Patrick to tell on him. Patrick hitches a ride above an Ice-Cream Truck, but doesn't reach the Krusty Krab. SpongeBob bursts through the front door and tells Mr. Krabs that Patrick said the swear, but in a complicated way. Patrick then joins along, but they always end up changing the subject to something else. 

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Eventually, Mr. Krabs stops their gibberish and they say what they need to tell him. When both of them say the bad word, Mr. Krabs is offended. He takes SpongeBob and Patrick outside and returns with cans of paint.

Mr. Krabs is about to give SpongeBob and Patrick the job of painting the Krusty Krab, but he hits his foot on a rock, throws the paint away and says all thirteen expletives while complaining about hurting his foot on the rock. When SpongeBob and Patrick hear all the swears, they run to Mama Krabs' house to tell on him. When they all reach her house, they repeat the same swears during their complicated explanation. This makes her faint, but shortly after Mr. Krabs scolds SpongeBob and Patrick for saying all those bad words in front of her. Then she regains consciousness, and states that all three of them should be ashamed for saying all those words in front of her, and that if they are going to talk like sailors, then they are going to work like them. She then gives all three of them the task of painting her house with a fresh coat of paint as punishment for saying those words at her. She then hits her foot on a rock, too, and even though Mr. Krabs thinks that his own mother said a swear, it is actually the horn of Old Man Jenkins' car. The episode ends with all the characters laughing.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Sailing Over the Dogger Bank - Brian Douglas Gulland, Robin Jeffrey, Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White [title card]
  Blow the Man Down - Brian Peters [closing time]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [SpongeBob taking out the trash]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Hmm?"]
  Tomfoolery - David Snell [sentence enhancers]
  The Rake Hornpipe - Robert Alexander White [the Krusty Krab the next day]
  Dramatic Cue (h) - Ronald Hanmer ["The Krusty Krab! She's empty!"]
  Dramatic Cue (g) - Ronald Hanmer ["All hands on deck!"]
  Advance Attack - Sam Fonteyn [Krabs chews out SpongeBob and Patrick]
  Bobby Shaftoe - Brian Peters ["That's bad word number 11."]
  ? [they promise not to use the word again]
  ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Eels, Escalators]
  Dramatic Cue (d) - Ronald Hanmer ["Ooh... you said number 11!"]
  Six Powerful Cues (d) - Wilfred William Burns ["I didn't mean..."]
  Chase Cue 2 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick goes to tell on SpongeBob]
  Dramatic Impact 3 - Ivor Slaney ["Do my ears deceive me?"]
  The Achterhoek Dances - Jan Rap ["Time to take out the trash."]
  Dramatic Cue (e) - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob and Patrick worried]
  Blow the Man Down (c) - Robert Alexander White ["I'm sorry, Patrick."]
  The Achterhoek Dances - Jan Rap [Krabs says all 13 bad words]
  Chase Cue 2 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Wait! Please don't tell me mother!"]
  The Drunken Sailor - Brian Peters [SpongeBob and Patrick telling on Krabs]
  Beautiful Moonlit Night - Carl Maria Von Weber, George Wilson [Mama Krabs faints]
  Hawaiian Link (a) - Richard Myhill [painting Mama Krabs' house]
  Oyster Girls - Robert Alexander White [ending]


  • This episode became controversial as this episode teaches children the inappropriate words, even though the episodes bleeps them out with marine sound effects (i.e. foghorn, seal barking, dolphin chirping, etc.) so the kids don’t know what they said. The point is to deter swearing.
  • This episode also drew criticism from the Parents' Television Council and the fans who felt it encouraged children to use profanity. Despite this, the episode taught that it was wrong to do so and that it results in punishments: when Mr. Krabs told Patrick and SpongeBob they were using bad words, they were horrified. And, when they used them again, they were punished with painting the Krusty Krab and Mrs. Krabs' house.
  • "Sailor Mouth" was ranked #96 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.


  • October 23
  • October 24
  • This episode aired 10 days after the 9/11 attacks. It's also the first episode to air after that event.
  • If one would look closely on the dumpster, you can see the words "Patchy was here." This is a reference to Patchy the Pirate.
  • Originally, when he lost Eels and Escalators, SpongeBob was going to say: "Go (dolphin chirp) yourself!" and Patrick was to say: "(dolphin chirp) you, too!" However, this was removed for obvious reasons.
  • In the SpongeBob Squarepants Movie game, bad word number 11 is said twice in Planktopolis.
  • This episode was quoted to be Chris Pine's favorite episode.
  • It could have been Plankton who wrote the phrase on the dumpster, due to his disliking of Mr. Krabs. It could also have been a customer as Mr. Krabs is known for being a terrible businessman.
  • This is the second time Mr. Krabs has made SpongeBob and Patrick promise to never do a certain thing again, the first instance being Hooky.
  • This episode is based on the reputation of sailors to use an abundance of profanities. The episode's title is based on the term "sailor mouth," meaning someone who swears a lot. Other terms include "swearing like a sailor". Among other names are foul-mouth and potty mouth (no relation to Potty the Parrot).
  • In the Brazilian dubbing, Betsy Krabs has a deep masculine voice.
  • Dolphin noises are heard in other episodes, but they are not used to censor expletives. An example would be the dolphin noises in Jellyfish Jam. Another one would be SpongeBob making dolphin noises in The Paper and You Don't Know Sponge.
  • When Squidward whispers the bad word to Mr. Krabs, he says: "Johnny Pantalism".
  • Some of the dumpster writings:
    • Up with bubbles, down with air
    • Patchy was here
    • Dogfish ♥s Catfish
    • Starfish rool (reference to Patrick)
    • Nematoads are people, too
    • Squidward smells GOOD (the last word added by Spongebob, who assumed that the writing was unfinished).
    • Krabs is a (dolphin chirp)
  • The "Squidward Smells" writing behind the green mess on the dumpster looks very simiar to the Something Smells title card both in appearance and name.
  • Patrick calling Mr. Krabs a "red sweaty guy" may be a reference to the season one episode Arrgh!
  • In the alternate network versions, the dolphin noises are replaced with trombone talks used in some Peanuts specials. As an example: "Krabs is a (trombone talk)". And as part of this episode: "Go (trombone talk) yourself!" 

Cultural References

  • Squidward's quote, "Don't you mean there are only seven?" was a reference to the comedian George Carlin's infamous routine, Seven Dirty Words.
  • The game Eels and Escalators is a parody of the game Snakes and Ladders.
  • Some of the profanity sounds may be a reference to part of a Rocko's Modern Life episode, where Rocko and Heifer are at an appliance convention to help Rocko to find the correct tools to clean up Rocko's kitchen. They come across a book that has some of the profanity sounds heard in this episode.


  • When Mr. Krabs asks, "What kind of things?" the captions say: "What things?"
  • When SpongeBob and Patrick are racing to the Krusty Krab it is established that SpongeBob can run faster than Patrick, except when in Life of Crime they are racing to the police station, the two are evenly matched.
  • When SpongeBob says: "Yea varily. Now, let's play a nice wholesome game of "Eels and Escalators." It shows the game board, but SpongeBob's left arm and the dice that SpongeBob had on his left hand are, indeed missing, while Patrick is sitting down. The next scene when Patrick says: "Oh boy, my favorite!" He is lying down, again. This may be due to the still paint scene error.
  • When Mr. Krabs says: "From top to bottom." Before his right foot hits the rock, he had his teeth together because his mouth wasn't in sync with the dialogue.
  • When Mr. Krabs' right foot got hit, he held his left foot which was uninjured. Mama Krabs had the same error.
  • When Mr. Krabs pulls the penny out of Mama Krabs' pocket, it is silver instead of bronze.

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