"I Had an Accident" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season three. In this episode, SpongeBob breaks his butt while sand-sledding.



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SpongeBob injures himself

The episode begins with Patrick sandboarding, as he crashes into a hill, breaking into pieces. It turns out Patrick was playing a video game, but the same thing that happened to the character soon happens to him. Sandy warns SpongeBob not to play games and board, then SpongeBob begins to board. While sandboarding, SpongeBob does a stunt called "The Grouchy Squidward," with the real Squidward telling SpongeBob not to make moves based around him. While doing this stunt, he almost crashes into a land tree. He then turns around to tell Sandy that everything is fine, but he then loses control of the board and is sent flying. He then begins to plummet to the ground, and Sandy tells him to land on his bottom. SpongeBob does so, but his bottom shatters into many pieces and he is rushed to the hospital.

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"My what is a what now?"

The Purple Doctorfish says that it took 20 hours to glue it back together and that if he has another similar injury, he may end up in the "iron butt" which is a huge machine on wheels connected to where the butt used to be. SpongeBob goes on "around-the-clock butt patrol," however it seems the entire outside world is out to break his butt, as he passes a football pitch where players are slapped on the butt and a spanking machine.

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SpongeBob barricades himself in his home

Eventually, SpongeBob cannot take it anymore and decides to stay home forever with his "potato chip," the "penny" that has never been used, and a "tissue napkin" that has been truly used. Sandy and Patrick ask SpongeBob if he wants to go shuffleboarding again, but he tells them he will never go outside again. Sandy then says they will find an activity that is so fun, he will have to go outside. They try a cake that SpongeBob must leave the house to blow out the candles on, Jellyfishing, ice-creams, trampolines and even giving an old person a bath, but nothing works. SpongeBob then sings a song about the joys of staying indoors, which makes Sandy very frustrated.

Sandy comes up with a plan to have Patrick disguised as a gorilla, and he pretends to attack her so that SpongeBob will have to come out and save her. SpongeBob is unconvinced by this and knows its Patrick until what appears to be another Patrick Star eating ice cream appears on the scene, who questions Sandy, to everyone's shock. Sandy questions the second Patrick on him not being in costume but Patrick reveals that he is in the costume. Sandy questions if he’s the real Patrick then who the other Patrick is, which transforms into an actual live-action gorilla. He then stuffs the screaming Sandy and Patrick into the bag, attacks them, and beats them up. SpongeBob is horrified by the display and initially tells his friends he warned them of the danger and does not want to risk going outside to save them, but Chip 'reminds him' that if it was him being attacked by a gorilla, Sandy and Patrick would try to save him.

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"It's too late."

Convinced by this, SpongeBob finally leaves the safety of his home to save his friends, but is easily defeated and is split in half by the gorilla. SpongeBob apologizes to his friends for being stubborn on coming outside and admits he's over it while terrified of gorillas. The episode ends with a massive non-sequitur: When SpongeBob asks how a gorilla can exist underwater, the gorilla, who suddenly starts speaking English, tries to explain, before he says "George, they're on to us!" and runs away on his zebra as SpongeBob in halves, Sandy and Patrick watch him and George ride away in the sunset. The characters watch them run off, and a family that watched it all in confusion turns off the TV.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music
  Honolulu March - Hans Haider [title card]

  Full of Beans - Robert Schreier [opening]
  Lovely Scenery (c) - Mladen Franko ["Look out for that tree!"]
  Tympup A - John Fiddy, Sammy Burdson [SpongeBob trips and goes flying off the mountain]
  On Fire - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob falling]
  Hawaiian Link (b) - Richard Myhill [at the hospital]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [butt patrol]
  Country Girl [#30] - Beth Anne Clayton, Martyn Laight ["Yeah! Ride 'em, cowboy!"]
  Waddle Cop - David Farnon [SpongeBob says he is never leaving his house again]
  Paradise Isle - Jan Rap ["No, Patrick's right, Sandy."]
  Nostalgic Hawaii - George de Fretes, Jan Rap [jellyfishing]
  Chief Taravana - Kapono Beamer [trying to get SpongeBob to come outside]
  Stack of Leis - Kapono Beamer [SpongeBob filter feeding]
  War Blowers - The Blue Hawaiians [Patrick in a gorilla costume]
  Dramatic Cue (h) - Ronald Hanmer ["A real gorilla!"]
  12th Street Rag 3 - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [gorilla attacks Sandy, Patrick]
  Dramatic Climax - Mike Sunderland [SpongeBob nervously opening his door]
  Against the Law (c) - Wilfred William Burns [paper blows onto SpongeBob's face]
  Unpreventable - Gregor F. Narholz [gorilla rips SpongeBob in half]
  Calling All Clowns - David Lindup [ending]



  • "I Had an Accident" was ranked #50 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.



  • Although this episode premiered in 2003, it was made in 2002 according to the credits.
  • The episode was available on the Tales from the Deep DVD and Bikini Bottom Bash! VHS, released on Tuesday, January 28, 2003, over eight months before it aired on television.
  • This episode was originally planned to premiere on Monday, July 7, 2003. However, due to new episode delays, it was rescheduled to Saturday, October 4, 2003.
  • This episode aired in Germany on Monday, September 22, 2003, 12 days before it aired in the United States.[1]
  • This episode premiered in Canada on Friday, December 5, 2003.[2]
  • This was Frank Weiss' last episode as an animation director.
  • This is the only episode in season 3 to use "Stack of Leis."
  • An alternate name for this episode is "Safety Freak SpongeBob." Some television guides, such as Dish Network, use this title. It is known on Charter and Foxtel as simply "Safety Freak."[citation needed]
  • The Comcast description of the episode calls the episode "Safety Freak (I Had an Accident)." It is unknown why Comcast would put "I Had an Accident" in parentheses in the title.
I Had an Accident YTV listing

Old YTV listing of "I Had an Accident."

  • On old YTV airings of this episode, it was originally listed as its former title, but, for unknown reasons, the YTV listings changed the title back to "Safety Freak" in 2013.
Safety Freak YTV listing

New YTV listing of "Safety Freak."

  • AT&T U-Verse used to list the former title, but like the YTV example, it changed to Safety Freak some point in 2019.
  • The title card is similar to "Opposite Day" and "Can You Spare a Dime?"
  • SpongeBob's fear of danger outside his home is irrational enough to be considered agoraphobia.
  • SpongeBob's reclusive actions are similar to Howard Hughes, although Howard Hughes never left his house because he was afraid of outside germs, not injuries.
  • SpongeBob would not need to filter feed as he presumably has food in his house he could eat; however, it is possible that he is nearly out of food and will not go outside to get more food from the grocery store.
  • The gorilla is played by Frank Welker and the zebra is played by Dee Bradley Baker.
  • The zebra's voice sounds exactly the same as the voice of Richard from Graveyard Shift, which is also played by Dee Bradley Baker.
  • This episode, excluding episodes that feature Patchy the Pirate, has a lot of live action characters including the gorilla, George, and the people who are watching the television.
  • This episode takes place after "Scaredy Pants" because Patrick's gorilla suit was a Halloween costume as confirmed by SpongeBob.
    • However, Patrick does not wear a gorilla suit in that episode. It is possible that he could have worn it a different year.
  • The live-action woman in the family at the end of the episode is played by Dale Waddington.
  • This is the first episode to have a "The End card."
  • Sand Mountain makes its second appearance in this episode, the first being "Prehibernation Week." It also appeared as a level in Battle for Bikini Bottom.
  • This is the third time SpongeBob is split in half. The first two were "Texas" and "Procrastination."
  • The ending could represent the fact that the gorilla is in the wrong show.
  • This was the last episode to premiere in 2003.
  • This episode premiered on Bill Fagerbakke's 46th birthday.
  • In the Monday Knight Slimetime marathon, this episode was paired up with "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV."
  • This episode takes place after "Sportz?" because in that episode SpongeBob doesn’t know what sports and football are, and in this episode, he sees two fish playing football.
  • The working title of this episode is "Safety Pants".
  • This was the last episode to feature "War Blowers."

Cultural references

  • "Yellow sand" is an underwater equivalent to "yellow snow," since "Sand Mountain" is basically a Bikini Bottom version of a real-life snowy mountain.
  • The Portable Gaming System (PGS) Patrick is holding looks similar to a Nintendo Game Boy Color


  • When the video game Patrick is flying towards a sand mountain, his sled and can helmet falls off, although the can helmet disappears abruptly while falling off without shrinking completely or going off-screen for some reason.
  • When Patrick is about to hit the sand mountain for the second time, his sled and can helmet disappears.
  • SpongeBob's butt should not have shattered upon impact as he is a sponge.
  • SpongeBob's X-ray shows he was taped up but the doctor said he put it together with glue.
    • This could have been surgical tape to protect the glued-up area.
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Same football players same fish on the 7-mile spanking machine

  • Percy and Nat are seen playing football, but in the next scene, they are seen in the Seven-Mile Spanking Machine.
  • When Patrick and Sandy enter SpongeBob's house, Patrick's right eyebrow flickers red for a fraction of a second.
  • When SpongeBob says, "No problem," Penny, Used Napkin and Chip are missing.
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The Krusty Krab sign is missing

  • When SpongeBob uses the really long spatula, the Krusty Krab clam sign is missing.
  • When Patrick closes SpongeBob's door, his arm goes right through it.
  • Near the middle of the episode, SpongeBob talks before his mouth moves.
  • Before the dust collecting scene, SpongeBob's window is a circle, but after it is oval-shaped.
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Patrick disappears when Sandy points to SpongeBob

  • After SpongeBob sang "Indoors," Patrick can be seen crying. However, he disappears as Sandy points to SpongeBob.
    • This may happen because Sandy is halfway through SpongeBob's window, with no way to see Patrick.
  • Just before the old person says "I say we take a bath," SpongeBob's socks are missing.
  • When the old fish says, "I say we take a bath," the outside of SpongeBob's pineapple house is smooth instead of its normal texture.
  • The old fish also has a different voice when he says "I say we take a bath."
  • The gorilla is slightly translucent in some scenes, but opaque in others.
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George the Zebra has spots in this episode


A real zebra for comparison

  • George the Zebra has spots instead of stripes.
  • When SpongeBob in halves, Sandy and Patrick watch him and George ride away in the sunset, Sandy and Patrick aren't all bruised and battered.
  • SpongeBob's x-ray appears to have bones, despite him being a sponge.

Running gags

  • Patrick and Sandy attempting to get SpongeBob to go outside while he constantly refuses.
  • Patrick, SpongeBob and others getting on Sandy's nerve.


SpongeBob SquarePants - "I Had an Accident" Premiere Promo (October 4, 2003)

SpongeBob SquarePants - "I Had an Accident" Premiere Promo (October 4, 2003)

SpongeBob Stays "Indoors" 🎵 "I Had an Accident" Episode in 5 Minutes!

SpongeBob Stays "Indoors" 🎵 "I Had an Accident" Episode in 5 Minutes!


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