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"Sanctuary!" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 9. In this episode, SpongeBob takes care of stray snails and takes too many of them.



Gary finds a stray snail behind a rock while being walked by SpongeBob. They bring her back home to take care of, and name her Señor Poopus.

"Aww. I'm gonna call you, Señor Poopus."

Patrick arrives and tells SpongeBob that he found some stray baby snails, so he takes care of them as well. Later, the mom of the baby snails finds her children. Patrick comes with another fish who has a stray snail, and eventually many snails are sent to SpongeBob for nurturing.

He ends up having to stay home from work so he can take care of the snails, so none of the customers at the Krusty Krab can get their food. Mr. Krabs goes to SpongeBob's house to find out what is going on, but gets shocked when he sees what has happened to him.

Squidward gets allergies because of SpongeBob's snails, and learns that he has many of them. Meanwhile, Patrick is sad that he is only hanging out with his snails, so he becomes a snail himself, only to end up regretting this decision when SpongeBob takes him.

Squidward eventually calls the Bob Barnacle Snail Center to settle the snail issue as well as end his allergies. He convinces SpongeBob to give up his snails to him so he can take care of them. He goes back to normal and realizes what Bob is talking about, finally letting all the snails go, with the addition Señor Poopus is really a girl snail named Esmerelda. Soon he is back to having just Gary as his snail, although he accidentally gives Patrick to Bob and runs after the truck to adopt him, as the episode ends.


Vincent Waller confirmed this episode on Twitter on September 3, 2015.[2]

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.



 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  You're Nice - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  On The Beach - Kapono Beamer [Opening.]
  My Snail Has Fleas - Nicolas Carr [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]
  M'Wanna - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Baby snails]
  Aloha Bikini Bottom - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob feeding baby snails]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 12 - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick leaves]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Huh?"]
  Animal Antics [#45] - Phil Green [Mother snail at door]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 6B - Jeremy Wakefield ["It's a pretty good thing I thought of, huh?"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 5C - Jeremy Wakefield ["Thanks, snail guy!"]
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [People giving SpongeBob more snails]
  Jovial Pirate's Jig - 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 2 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob says that he is too busy to come to work]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 1D - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs' eyes fall off]
  Solo Steel and Vibes - Jeremy Wakefield, Nicolas Carr [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 [First time Squidward growls/Second time Squidward growls/Third time Squidward growls/Fourth time Squidward growls.]
  Unknown Track 57 - "But I've found my life's work."
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 2A - Jeremy Wakefield ["That's it!"]
  Lopey Sailor's Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [At the Krusty Krab]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 1A - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward sneezes on customer's food]
  Melodramatic Moments - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Squidward, have you lost your mind?"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 25B - Jeremy Wakefield [Customer laughs]
  Melodramatic Moments - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Squidward leaves work]
  Seaweed 1 - Steve Belfer [Patrick disguises himself as a snail]
  House Of Horror - William Farran ["Oh, another little stray friend"/SpongeBob's house full of snails/Pet Control Fish talks to SpongeBob/Patrick tries to escape.]
  Humorous Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward on the phone]
  Victim 5 - Harry Lubin ["This has got to stop!"]
  Humorous Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [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 Lui Lui - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Bob Barnacle speaks to SpongeBob]
  You're Nice - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Ending]




  • The episode's alternative/former name is "One Snail Sponge."[3]

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]
    • Dani the Snail was even named after him.
  • Vince the Snail was named after crew member, Vincent Waller.
  • Steve the Snail was named after series creator, Stephen Hillenburg.
  • Several of the snails (Tom, Ted, Thia, Ava, Viva, Paul, Sarah, Walter) were named after episode writer Kyle McCulloch’s nieces and nephews, and his older sister (Sharel) who had passed away shortly before.
  • 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 and his own snail Snellie.
  • Gary's shell has a red outline in this episode.
  • The episode title is mentioned twice when SpongeBob yells "Sanctuary! Sanctuary!"
  • This is the second episode where Mr. Krabs is shown flirting with a male character who looks like a female. The first was "That's No Lady."
  • This is the second time Mr. Krabs states that the Krusty Krab employees cannot sneeze on people's food. This first was "Suds."
  • This marks the second episode where "House of Horror" plays four out of five parts of this version. The first was "Graveyard Shift."
  • This is the second time SpongeBob owns a pet whom he initially thinks is male, but is later revealed to be female. The first was Mrs. Wormsley from "Pet or Pests."
  • This is the second episode with the most debuts, the first being "Ripped Pants."
    • SpongeBob counted a total of 258 snails.
  • This is the second episode where Squidward is allergic to something. The first is "Restraining SpongeBob," when he is allergic to seaberry pie.
  • This episode holds the record for the least-watched season 9 episode, receiving a total of only 1.28 million U.S. viewers.[5]
  • This is the second episode of season 9 which the title consists of a single word and ends with an exclamation mark. The first is "Jailbreak!" and the third is "Sold!"
  • The title card background is similar to those of "Nature Pants," "MuscleBob BuffPants," "The Lost Mattress," "Good Neighbors," "Karate Island," "Night Light," "Banned in Bikini Bottom," and "One Coarse Meal."

Cultural references

  • Towards the end of the episode, Bob Barnacle said to SpongeBob: "Don't forget to get your pet spayed or neutered." This refers to his voice actor (Bob Barker)'s sign-off during his tenure as the host of The Price Is Right, in which he said: "Bob Barker reminding you help control the pet population. Have your pet spayed or neutered."
    • When Drew Carey succeeded him as the host of The Price Is Right in 2007, he retained Bob's legacy with saying: "Please get your pet spayed or neutered. Help control the pet population."
  • When SpongeBob counts his pet snails, one of the names mentioned is "He Who Shall Not Be Named." This is a reference to "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named," one of Lord Voldermort's nicknames in the Harry Potter novel series by J. K. Rowling.
  • Several references from the novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo are featured in this episode:
    • Señor Poopus' real name, Esemeralda, is a reference to that novel's and Disney's protagonist of the same name.
    • When SpongeBob yells "Sanctuary! Sanctuary!," his appearance resembles Quasimodo.
      • In the Disney film adaptation version, there is a scene where Quasimodo screams "Sanctuary!" several times after rescuing Esmeralda from Claude Frollo.


  • Once Gary drags SpongeBob towards Señor Poopus/Esmerelda's rock with his leash, in the next scene, Gary's leash is gone.
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  • When the snail mom enters SpongeBob's house, her slime trail appears, but it disappears after she enters.
  • When SpongeBob feeds the four stray snails, they are in the living room, but when he tells them to eat, they are in the kitchen. In the next scene, they are in the living room again.