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Episode Information [edit]
Season №: 9
Episode №: 193a
Airdate: October 16, 2015 (USA)
March 18, 2016 (Canada)
Running time: 10 minutes, 55 seconds
Sister episode(s): "What's Eating Patrick?"
Guest(s): Bob Barker as Bob Barnacle
Writer(s): Kyle McCulloch
Storyboard: Fred Osmond
Animation: Alan Smart
Tom Yasumi
Creative: Vincent Waller
See all credits for this episode.
Previous: "Pull Up a Barrel"
Next: "What's Eating Patrick?"
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"Sanctuary!" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season nine. In this episode, SpongeBob takes care of stray snails.



It is a sunny day and SpongeBob is taking Gary for a walk when he hears a meow from nearby. He then sees the snail and takes him home after naming him, Señor Poopus. After he takes him home, Señor Poopus seems very happy and comfortable. Patrick then arrives and tells SpongeBob about the baby snails he left behind. SpongeBob quickly goes back to look and, sure enough, he finds them. After taking them home and putting them under a heated blanket and giving them milk, another snail then bursts in and walks over SpongeBob right to the babies, apparently being the mother. Later, another random guy drops off a stray snail, saying, "Thanks, snail guy!" Not long after that, there is a whole line of people waiting to give SpongeBob their snails, and SpongeBob eventually ends up with a total of 258 snails.
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Vincent Waller confirmed the episode on Twitter on September 3, 2015.[1]

In the scene where SpongeBob and Patrick pass under the bridge, in the storyboard version, there is a piece of coral, but in the final version, it is replaced with a piece of kelp on a rock. Also, the bridge is brick in the storyboard, but rock in the final version.

After when SpongeBob says, "I'm gonna take 'em [the snails] home and feed them." In the storyboard version, there is a piece of kelp next to Patrick, but in the final version, it is not there.

In the scene where SpongeBob takes care of the baby snails in his kitchen, in the storyboard version, on the The Big Book of Snail Care's cover, there is a snail that is looking towards SpongeBob, but in the final version, it is away from him. The spine and back of the storyboard version have snail images, but the final does not. Also, the final version of the Powdered Snail Formula has an image of a snail on the box, but in the storyboard version, there is no snail. Patrick is also closer to SpongeBob in the final version than in the storyboard version. In the storyboard version, the final setting of the electric blanket shows the front side of four snails, but the final version shows a silhouette of the side of one snail. The basket in the storyboard version has a different pattern than in the final version. The snail suckle is upwards in the storyboard, but downwards in the final.


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  You're Nice - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  On the Beach - Kapono Beamer [Opening.]
  ? [SpongeBob pets stray snail]
  On the Beach - Kapono Beamer [SpongeBob takes the snail home]
  Hello Blues - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Gary playing with stray snail]
  Unknown Track 31 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Baby snails]
  Aloha Bikini Bottom - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob feeding baby snails]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (p) - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick leaves]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Huh?"]
    Animal Antics [#45] - Phil Green [Mother snail at door]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (t) - Jeremy Wakefield ["It's a pretty good thing I thought of, huh?"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Thanks, snail guy!"]
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [People giving SpongeBob more snails]
  Sailor's Sting 4 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [At the Krusty Krab]
  Befuddled Gent - Phil Green [SpongeBob answers the door]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Oh, hey, Mr. Krabs"]
  Fooling Around - Barry Anthony [SpongeBob says that he is too busy to come to work]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs' eyes fall off]
  Solo Steel - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward comes home]
  Drama Link (c) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob feeding snails outside his house]
  Death Clock (e) - Dick De Benedictis ["SpongeBob, is that you?"]
    Crazy Mind - Harry Lubin ["Don't worry, I'm taking very good care of all my snails."]
  Wailing Theremin 2 - Harry Lubin ["Don't worry, I'm taking very good care of all my snails."]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward growling]
  ? - "But I've found my life's work"
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (b) - Jeremy Wakefield ["That's it!"]
  Sailor's Sting 10 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [At the Krusty Krab]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward sneezes on customer's food]
  Sailor's Sting 15 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Squidward, have you lost your mind?"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (v) - Jeremy Wakefield [Customer laughs]
  Sailor's Sting 20 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Squidward leaves work]
  Gator - Steve Belfer [Patrick disguises himself as a snail]
  House of Horror - William Farran ["Oh, another little stray friend"]
  House of Horror - William Farran [SpongeBob's house full of snails)]
  House of Horror - William Farran [Pet Control Fish talks to SpongeBob]
  House of Horror - William Farran [Patrick tries to escape]
  Cartoon Sting 7 - Squidward on the phone
  Victim 5 - Harry Lubin ["This has got to stop!"]
  Cartoon Sting 7 - The phone rings
  Terror Hunt - Phil Green [Fence surrounding SpongeBob's house]
  Frankenstein's Niece (a) - Gregor Narholz ["Sanctuary! Sanctuary!"]
  Victim 5 - Harry Lubin ["SpongeBob is behind that fence"]
  Aloha Eo - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Bob Barnacle speaks to SpongeBob]
  You're Nice - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Ending]



  • As of October 17, 2016, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 6.9/10 based on 75 ratings by users.[2] users give this episode a 5.9/10 based on 27 votes.[3]


  • The Next Morning...
  • It is revealed that Squidward is allergic to snails, although there is only a reaction if there are many snails. He can stand a few, which is why he was never allergic to Gary the Snail, but probably one of the reasons that he didn't like Gary in "I Was a Teenage Gary." And despite this allergy, he once adopted a pet snail of his own in the episode "The Great Snail Race."
  • For the second time, Mr. Krabs is shown flirting with a male character that looks like a female. The first time was in "That's No Lady."
  • SpongeBob counted a total of 258 snails.
Dani Michaeli's face in SpongeBob SquarePants

Picture of Dani Michaeli's face used on a snail.

  • Dani Michaeli's real life face makes an appearance as Dani the Snail's face.[4]
  • Vince the Snail might have been named after crew member, Vincent Waller.
  • Paul the Snail might have been named after executive co-producer, Paul Tibbitt.
  • Steve the Snail might have been named after executive co-producer and series creator, Stephen Hillenburg.
  • Tom the Snail might have been named after SpongeBob's voice actor, Tom Kenny.
  • Jack the Snail might have been named after writer Jack Pendarvis.
  • Gary's shell was outlined red in this episode.
  • This episode might take place before "Atlantis SquarePantis" as this episode would explain how Gary knows several snails despite living with SpongeBob almost all his life.
  • The episode title is mentioned when SpongeBob yells "Sanctuary! Sanctuary!"
  • This episode premiered nine years after Creature from the Krusty Krab was released in the United States on Game Boy Advance, PlayStation 2, and GameCube.
  • This episode is currently the least-watched episode of the entire series to date, receiving a total of only 1.28 million U.S. viewers.[5]
  • The "The Next Morning" time card's background is similar to the background in the "Home Sweet Rubble."

Cultural references

  • When SpongeBob is listing off some of the snails, he says, "the one that shall not be named." This is a reference to Harry Potter.
  • Bob saying "have your pets spayed or neutered" was a reference to his sign-off when he was host of "The Price Is Right."
  • This episode also has references to "The Hunchback of Notre Dame."
    • The episode title and SpongeBob yelling "Sanctuary! Sanctuary!"
    • When SpongeBob puts Señor Poopus (Esmerelda) in his back and accidentally gets his face disfigured, he resembles Quasimodo.
    • Señor Poopus' real name being Esmerelda is a reference to the famous character.


  • In his first scene, Dani the Snail has a human-like face, but in scenes after that one, he has a normal snail face.
  • When the snail mom enters SpongeBob's house, her slime trail appears, but it disappears after she enters.
  • It is unknown how Snail Mom knows where SpongeBob lives.
  • When SpongeBob was feeding the 4 stray snails, they were in the TV room, then when SpongeBob said eat up, they were in the kitchen. In the next scene, they were in the TV room again.



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Start a Discussion Discussions about Sanctuary!

  • Hurt and Heal: Snail Edition

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    • Since the creator of this thread is blocked for sockpuppetry, and since the creator tried to use his sockpuppets to rig the votes in this ga...
  • snail rp!

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    • some snails escaped from the place the snails (and Patrick) get sent to at the end of sanctuary! this is a story about them. roles: Mary (mot...
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