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"Patrick SmartPants" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 4. In this episode, Patrick gets smarter after falling off a cliff and knocking his head off in Jellyfish Fields.



One day, SpongeBob and Patrick are jellyfishing at Jellyfish Fields, looking for the many jellyfish to catch and having fun together. While playing tag, SpongeBob notices that Patrick is running towards a sign that says "DANGER CLIFF" and tries to warn him. However, Patrick does not pay attention to where he is going, and ends up running through the wooden sign and off of the cliff while still trying to read it. SpongeBob rushes down to the bottom of the cliff shortly after, hoping to find Patrick, but just discovers the top of his head. Patrick's body then walks up to him, much to SpongeBob's relief, and he screws the head back on.

Suddenly, Patrick's brain starts working in ways it never had before; he seems to be interested in nature, art, science, and almost any music, losing interest in all the activities he and SpongeBob enjoyed. SpongeBob is initially confused and then left heartbroken when Patrick ends their friendship, declaring they have "grown apart." Patrick actually has fun with Squidward and Sandy, bonding with them over music and mathematics, respectively, but quickly drives them both away with his patronizing attitude; Patrick cannot stand Squidward's less-than-stellar clarinet playing, telling him to find himself a new mentor and ends up insulting Sandy by implying she can't solve more sophisticated "remedial equations," causing Sandy to order him to leave, but not before exclaiming that she likes him better as a "barnacle head."

Since he is too smart even for them, Patrick begins to feel lonely over not having a friend to share his knowledge with. SpongeBob and Patrick sadly look over their scrapbooks together, leading Patrick to want to have fun with his best friend again. He tries many solutions to his problem, such as comparing his X-ray with SpongeBob's, meditating, doing research on Squidward, reading books about smarts, and even growing hair, but none of these things seem to work.

Patrick's real head, resembling a piece of Brain coral.

Eventually, Patrick kidnaps SpongeBob and tries doing all of the things he used to do with him together, including jellyfishing and clam surfing, but cannot seem to regain his enjoyment. However, when SpongeBob mentions that Patrick stopped having fun after jumping from the cliff and knocking off his head, Patrick gets an idea. He redoes his actions by running through the wooden sign and falling off the edge again. When SpongeBob finds him at the bottom of the cliff, he is still smart. Patrick asks SpongeBob to confirm where his dislodged forehead was found the first time and uses his intellect to deduce where it actually landed when he fell.

They discover that SpongeBob had in fact found brain coral rather than Patrick's forehead, explaining how he became so smart when it was attached to his head. SpongeBob asks if Patrick really wants his original forehead back, to which Patrick declares his newfound knowledge is not more important than friendship. SpongeBob puts Patrick's original head back, which renders him back to normal. SpongeBob and Patrick make loud, obnoxious noises and start giggling before running off together, ending the episode with SpongeBob happy to have his best friend back.



 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  You're Nice - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card]
  Chief Taravana - Kapono Beamer [opening]
  Dramatic Cue (B) - Ronald Hanmer [Patrick falls off cliff]
  Drama Link (D) - Hubert Clifford ["Patrick!"]
  Dramatic Cue (C) - Ronald Hanmer ["Let me help you out of there, buddy!"]
  Steel Licks 8 - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick missing the top part of his head]
  Steel Licks 9 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Here's your head."]
  Maniac Pursuit - Trevor Duncan [gears turning in Patrick's head]
  Noblest Jellyfish - Nicolas Carr, Marcin Pospieszalski ["Look at them... these graceful, stoic creatures of the deep."]
  Earl's Revenge - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Well, let's expand our jellyfish nets!"]
  Room at Versailles - Norman John Warren [drawing of jellyfish]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Okay..."]
  Airs and Graces (A) - Paddy Kingsland [admiring the beauty of nature]
  Seaweed - Steve Belfer [SpongeBob wants to play games]
  Stand-Up Comic C - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [SpongeBob's joke]
  Jellyfish Cue - Nicolas Carr [Patrick uses a jellyfish as a harp]
  Hawaiian Link (B) - Richard Myhill ["What's wrong with Patrick?"]
  Frankenstein's Niece A - Gregor F. Narholz [Patrick studying subspecies]
  Symphony in Blue Clarinet - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward playing clarinet]
  Wooden Bear - Gil Flat, Tony Tape, Florian Voelxen ["I'd recognize that piece anywhere!"]
  ? - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward playing clarinet again]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [clarinet mouthpiece covered in saliva]
  ? - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward playing clarinet]
  Hello Blues - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Now that you have some free time, let's get some grub."]
  Romantic Ending [#33] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["We're just not compatible anymore."]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill [SpongeBob sad]
  Steel Licks 1 - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick at Sandy's house]
  Say it with a Smile (A) - Dick Stephen Walter [math problems]
  Say it with a Smile (E) - Dick Stephen Walter ["I liked you better when you were a barnacle head!"]
  Kamakani B - Kapono Beamer [SpongeBob and Patrick looking at old photo albums]
  They're Coming! - Trevor Duncan [Patrick looking at x-rays of him and SpongeBob's head]
  Meditation Link - Nicolas Carr [Patrick meditating]
  They're Coming! - Trevor Duncan [Patrick trying to solve the problem]
  Steel Licks 3 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Coming."]
  Dramatic Impact (3) - Ivor Slaney [Patrick kidnaps SpongeBob]
  SpongeBob Theme - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Yay!"]
  Surf's Up! A - Jerry Burnham, Wayne Cook ["Yes, let's have some fun."]
  Surfer Baby (B) - Jerry Burnham ["Oh, yeah!"]
  Surfer Baby (D) - Jerry Burnham [Riding down a hill]
  Steel Licks 15 - Jeremy Wakefield ["When did the fun go away, SpongeBob?"]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["That's it!"]
  Dramatic Cue (D) - Ronald Hanmer [Patrick falls off the cliff again]
  Dramatic Cue (A) - Ronald Hanmer ["Hold on, buddy!"]
  Lumbering Giant - Paddy Kingsland [SpongeBob looking for Patrick's head]
  Steel Licks 16 - Jeremy Wakefield ["I guess we'll never have fun together again."]
  Furtive Footsteps - Paddy Kingsland ["You said you found my dislodged cranial cap last time."]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["Brain coral!"]
  Airs and Graces (A) - Paddy Kingsland ["Knowledge can never replace friendship."]
  Tension Build - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob puts Patrick's old head back on]
  Sunny Samoa - George de Fretes, Jan Rap [ending]



  • "Patrick SmartPants" was ranked #8 during the Best Day Ever event from November 9–10, 2006.
  • "Patrick SmartPants" was ranked #66 during the SpongeBob's Top 100 event in the UK and Ireland from June 4-8, 2012.



  • This is the first episode not to have a storyboard supervisor after Sherm Cohen's first departure.
  • The title card is similar to those of "Dumped" and the "A Few Inches Later" time card from "Shanghaied," but brighter.
  • This episode and its sister episode, "SquidBob TentaclePants," both have titles that make puns of SpongeBob's name.
  • Both this episode and its sister aired during Nickelodeon's "Friday Night Slime Time."
  • This is the first episode to have Patrick's name in the title.
  • Patrick's brain seems to be bigger than usual in this episode.
  • It is revealed that Sandy's real name is Sandra.
  • SpongeBob and Patrick are seen sandboarding, making this the third appearance of sandboarding in the series. The first appearance was in "Prehibernation Week" and the second was in "I Had an Accident."
  • The original title of this episode was "Abracamoron."

"Patrick SmartPants" listed with both titles.

  • This episode reveals SpongeBob is aware of Patrick's stupidity, as he agrees with the latter's comment before he got his real head back.
  • A clip of SpongeBob burp talking was used in the burping contest from the Kids' Choice Awards 2009.
  • On the November 10, 2006 airing, this episode was paired with "Selling Out."[4]
  • On the November 22, 2006 airing, this episode was paired with "Selling Out" again.[5]

Cultural references

  • The title is a pun on the catchphrase "smarty pants."
  • The first thing Patrick says after having his brain connected is, "I find all this laughter highly illogical," a tribute to Spock's famous phrase on the original Star Trek series.

A side-by-side comparison of a shot of Patrick falling off a cliff and a shot of Wile E. Coyote falling into a canyon.


  • When Patrick is first shown running away from SpongeBob, his mouth moves like he is laughing, but no voice or laughter can be heard from his mouth.
  • When Patrick is at Squidward's window, the dots on his forehead turn black for a second.
  • In one of the pictures of Patrick's photo album where Patrick and SpongeBob were having a birthday party, Patrick's eyelids are pink instead of purple.
  • When Patrick is at Sandy's place and changes the equation on the blackboard, the equation turns back into the equation it was before Patrick changed it when he said "Even the simplest of mammals could figure it out with a little thought."
  • When Patrick runs off the cliff and asks SpongeBob where he found his head, SpongeBob says "Um... it was right here," pointing down to his side, but SpongeBob found the head where Patrick landed after running off the cliff the second time.



SpongeBob - "Patrick SmartPants" Official Promo


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