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"Nature Pants" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 1. In this episode, SpongeBob embraces himself in the world of nature.



While at work, SpongeBob daydreams about becoming a jellyfish and living in Jellyfish Fields; his inattention leads to a fire. SpongeBob explains his wish to Mr. Krabs, who laughs and says that SpongeBob would not last a day in the wild. Undeterred, SpongeBob quits his job and gives away all of his possessions to his friends. He even gives a tearful Patrick a large jar of mayonnaise, a stash of old phone books, and his prized jellyfish net, Ol' Reliable. Sandy is shocked to hear of SpongeBob's plans and tries to convince him otherwise, but SpongeBob declines and hopes that maybe one day they will end up like him. After saying goodbye to all his friends, SpongeBob removes his pants (except his shoes) and runs away naked while acting like a jellyfish, leaving Sandy and Squidward somewhat confused as to why he took off his pants. They leave after betting on his maximum time (Sandy gives him a week and Squidward gives him 11 minutes (clearly breaking the 4th Wall as each episode usually takes around said amount of time)) while Patrick starts to cry because he is devastated at the departure of his best friend.

Once he arrives at Jellyfish Fields, SpongeBob is glad to be "home" and he tries to blend in with the other jellyfish. Patrick and Sandy have a picnic to try to trick SpongeBob into coming home, but SpongeBob resists, still insisting that he belongs with the jellyfish. A crazed and heartbroken Patrick soon returns with SpongeBob's jellyfish net, Ol' Reliable, having decided that if SpongeBob refuses to come home, then he'll force him to come back by capturing him and making him his trophy (even going as far as to make a trophy jar (possibly out of the same mayonnaise jar from before) meant for SpongeBob). SpongeBob frantically tries to dissuade Patrick into moving on as his former friend chases him through Jellyfish Fields.

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"I hope you're happy!"

SpongeBob eventually jumps into a jellyfish hive out of Patrick's reach, finally forcing Patrick to give up. When the jellyfish return, they sting SpongeBob and chase him away. That night, SpongeBob tries to sleep in a cave, but feels very itchy. He finds poison sea urchins all over him, forcing him to run out of the cave scratching himself very fast.

Finally realizing that the wilderness is not as good as he thought, SpongeBob tearfully returns to Bikini Bottom, muttering to himself that he gave up his life and friends for nothing. Upon reaching the pineapple, he is greeted with a "Welcome Home" party by his friends. All is forgiven, SpongeBob puts his clothes back on, and Mr. Krabs gives him his Krusty Krab employee hat back. Everyone then piles in Squidward (who is unhappy) for a group hug. However, the poison sea urchin bacteria spreads and everyone except SpongeBob (and possibly Gary) becomes itchy. Therefore, he concludes by stating "It's great to be home!"


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 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Migldi Magldi - Jennifer Jones [Title card]
  Where Dreams Come True (a) - Ron Goodwin [Opening]
  On Fire - Gregor F. Narholz [grill on fire]
  Variety Link (D) - Dick Stephen Walter ["Hooray!"]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [SpongeBob is in Mr. Krabs' office.]
  Captain Lenoe's - Michael Arthur, Colin Cater, Mick Graves, The Folk Players, Sarah Graves, Simon Ritchie [Mr. Krabs laughs.]
  Salute to Caesar 2 [#20.02] - Gregor F. Narholz [Golden scepter]
  Hawaiian Holiday - Kapono Beamer [SpongeBob quits his job.]
  Queen's Aloha Oe C - Kapono Beamer, Queen Lili'uokalani [SpongeBob gives away all of his stuff.]
  Wondrous Pastures - John Fox [SpongeBob is in Jellyfish Fields.]
  Hilo March - The Hawaiian Serenaders [SpongeBob follows the jellyfish.]
  Sad Parting (a) - Paddy Kingsland [Patrick reads the script.]
  Jungle Baby - Hans Ehrlinger [Squidward throws a party.]
  Sad Parting (a) - Paddy Kingsland ["I'm happy here. This is my home now."]
  Seaweed 1 - Steve Belfer [SpongeBob imitates the jellyfish.]
  Lovely Scenery C - Mladen Franko [Patrick using Ol' Reliable to catch SpongeBob.]
  Musical Box (a) - Dave Hewson ["I'm gonna make you a trophy!"]
  Flight in Panic 1 - Gregor F. Narholz [Patrick chases SpongeBob/"I got you now, SpongeBob!"]
  The Gypsy Violinist - Dick Stephen Walter [Patrick gives up.]
  Stack of Leis - Kapono Beamer [SpongeBob is in the jellyfish cave.]
  Killer Birds [#36] - Gregor F. Narholz [Poison sea urchins crawl on SpongeBob.]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob itches.]
  Botany Bay (b) - Robert Alexander White [SpongeBob goes back home.]
  Nostalgic Hawaii - George de Fretes, Jan Rap [Ending]



  • "Nature Pants" was ranked #43 during the Best Day Ever event from November 9–10, 2006.



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Original uncropped scene.


The version used in memes

  • This episode spawned several Internet memes, including:
    • As of February 2018, the face Patrick makes during his chase with SpongeBob has become a popular internet meme known as "Savage Patrick." or "Evil Patrick."
    • In late March 2018, the scene where SpongeBob takes a deep breath during the chase of Patrick also became a meme.
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    • The shot of Patrick struggling to "take bite" has become a popular reaction image.
  • A clip from this episode was used in a RITZ Crackers Commercial.[4]
  • This is the first episode for several things:
    • The first appearance of Ol' Reliable.
    • The first episode where the 11-minute runtime of an average episode is referenced. After SpongeBob leaves, Sandy says she will give him a week to come back, but Squidward says he will give him 11 minutes.
    • The first episode to play the tracks "Variety Link (D) and "Queen's Aloha Oe C."
    • The first episode where SpongeBob shrinks.
    • The first episode in which Sandy plays a non-major role.
    • The first episode to feature the Krusty Krab without Squidward.
    • The first episode where SpongeBob quits his job.
    • This episode and its sister episode are the first episodes to air outside of packaging order.
Where Would You Vacation in Bikini Bottom? - Question 4
  • A picture of a picnic basket from this episode would later appear in the online game, Where Would You Vacation in Bikini Bottom?
  • The background of Jellyfish Fields when SpongeBob cheers, "I'm home!" is used multiple times in various merchandise.
  • This episode features some slight censorship. While SpongeBob is naked throughout most of the episode uncensored, he is standing behind a bush when taking his pants off, and has a bush and rock covering his crotch when arriving at Jellyfish Fields. Later when encountering Patrick and Sandy, his crotch is partially covered by a patch of grass.
    • This also occurred in "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II" when Mermaid Man shows up at SpongeBob's house in just a pair of slippers and Gary's shell covered his crotch; Gary moves out of the way after Barnacle Boy puts a towel on him.
  • This and its paired episode "Opposite Day" both premiered on Nickelodeon the same day Looney Tunes on Nickelodeon had its final run on the network.
  • On a November 10, 2006 airing, this episode was paired with "Karate Choppers."[5]
  • Frames from this episode was later used in "Friendiversary" when SpongeBob remembers Squidward.

Dub facts[]

  • In the Croatian dub, the episode title is "Povratak Prirodi," which translates to "Back to the Nature." This is a reference to the 1985 science fiction film Back to the Future.
    • Additionally in this dub Squidward gives SpongeBob 7 minutes, which is roughly the time left until the end of the episode.
  • In the Latin American dub of this episode, Patrick still calls Sandy by her American name, despite the fact that Sandy is called "Arenita."

Cultural references[]


  • During the initial kitchen scene in the Krusty Krab, the grill is shown facing the opposite side of the window. This also occurs in "Your Shoe's Untied."
  • When SpongeBob flies out of the kitchen in the beginning scene, the Chum Bucket is missing.
  • In the first shot of Mr. Krabs, he says, "Wake up, boy! You're burning me money!" However, his mouth syncs only with, "You're burning me money!"
  • When the fire extinguisher hits the grill, the patties are shifted significantly to the left, with one floating in mid-air in front of the cabinet. This is corrected in the next scene, right before the grill bursts into flames.
  • The side view of the Krusty Krab when SpongeBob walks to it is wrong; it is a long-length version of the restaurant with the logo at the end of it, and the restaurant should have been shorter.
  • When SpongeBob stands in front of the Krusty Krab door, a part of his pants can be seen, even though he is still naked in the next shot.
  • When SpongeBob goes to his house, he appears in the back of it instead of the front door.
  • Sandy should not have felt the poison sea urchins because she is wearing her underwater suit.
Patrick's mouth missing

Patrick's missing mouth.

  • Sandy's head is smaller than it usually is.
  • When SpongeBob's friends celebrate that SpongeBob came home, Patrick's mouth is missing for a frame.
  • After SpongeBob's Krusty Krab employee hat falls off of his head when he is hugging Squidward, the hat cannot be seen laying on the ground of SpongeBob's pineapple in the next scene.
  • When Sandy says, "There he is, Patrick. Say your line.", her neck is the same color as her cheeks.
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Sandy's miscolored neck.


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