- SpongeBob SquarePants
- Patrick Star
- Sandy Cheeks
- Dirty Dan (mentioned)
- Pinhead Larry (mentioned)
SynopsisSandy's Treedome to play. However, the dome has a metal cover over it, and a "KEEP OUT" sign on the door. They go inside the entrance, where they find a television. The television turns on and plays a video, which shows Sandy in a nightgown, eating acorns to store up for the winter. Sandy (on the TV) explains that she is hibernating for the winter. However, when they make too much noise in her room, she suddenly gets up, sleepwalking, and attempts to kill them, believing them to be "Dirty Dan" and "Pinhead Larry," outlaw villains from her dream. However, she soon falls back into her bed, asleep, with Patrick making sure she will not get up again by giving her a pair of earmuffs made from his bellybutton lint.
SpongeBob and Patrick leave her room to play in the snow. They pretend to be Dirty Dan and Pinhead Larry, mocking Sandy, and then begin fighting over which one of them is Dirty Dan. However, the vibrations from them whacking each other with a huge snow shovel (SpongeBob) and a massive baseball bat with a nail through it (Patrick) they knock off the earmuffs, allowing Sandy to hear the ruckus, which alerts Sandy, who comes out of her tree and begins to attack SpongeBob and Patrick. She immediately throws Patrick aside when he is not looking, and then chases SpongeBob until he falls into a pit. SpongeBob tries to throw a small piece of wood at her, but Patrick comes and gets in the way, accidentally taking the hit. He falls into the ditch and then Sandy pounces on them, beats them up, buries them alive, and goes back to bed. As the winter storm grows more intense, SpongeBob and Patrick try to escape, but find that the door is frozen shut.
Unable to survive in the cold weather, they go into Sandy's room and rip off all her fur, SpongeBob makes his share into an "eyebrow/goatee combo" and Patrick fills his pants with the fur he ripped off. SpongeBob proclaims that he is prepared for the "longest, coldest Winter ever!!" However, Winter quickly comes to an end and Sandy wakes up, normal sized. She is surprised to see SpongeBob and Patrick, but soon realizes that they are wearing her fur and she is furless. The last scene shows Sandy drinking lemonade with SpongeBob and Patrick, whose bodies are wrapped around her to make her warm.
According to the Season 2 DVD commentary and in the storyboard, there is a deleted scene where Sandy's bed was hanging from the ceiling, and there was much more saliva/drool. Also stated in commentary, the original title was "Survival of the Morons."
|( ‣ ) Associated production music|
|( • ) Original music|
|( ◦ ) SpongeBob music|
‣ Down by the Riverside - Jerry Burnham, Stephen Wade [title card]
‣ Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [metal cover over treedome]
‣ Folli the Foal - Andrew Fenner [Sandy on TV]
‣ Skater's Waltz - Emile Charles Waldteufel, George Wilson [snow inside treedome]
‣ Footsteps (b) - Dick Stephen Walter [Sandy snoring]
‣ Footsteps (c) - Dick Stephen Walter [Sandy snoring]
‣ Easy Days and Mellow Nights - Glen Sutton, Norris Wilson [Sandy talking in her sleep]
‣ Seaweed - Steve Belfer [Pat-back]
‣ Point of Departure (k) - Gregor F. Narholz [Sandy wakes up]
‣ Unpreventable - Gregor F. Narholz [Sandy roars]
‣ Easy Days and Mellow Nights - Glen Sutton, Norris Wilson [Sandy falls asleep again]
‣ Steel Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield ["All right, Pat!"]
‣ SpongeBob Closing Theme - Steve Belfer, Nicolas Carr [testing the earmuffs]
‣ Hilo Rag - Guy Fletcher ["You're under arrest!"]
‣ Monster Bug (a) - Gregor F. Narholz [Sandy wakes up again]
‣ Hog Fever (a) - Grahamg D.H. Preskett [Sandy chases SpongeBob]
‣ Time for Terror - Jack Dorsey [the lock is frozen]
‣ Face at the Window - Dick Walter ["Then we're stuck in here... until the door thaws... in spring."]
‣ Unease - Dick Walter ["Then we're stuck in here... until the door thaws... in spring."]
‣ Drowsy Reef - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob, Patrick freezing]
‣ ? - Nicolas Carr ["Maybe it's her fur!"]
‣ Footsteps of Horror - W. Merrick Farran ["Look at all that warm, toasty fur."]
‣ Night Chill - Dick Stephen Walter [pulling off Sandy's fur]
‣ Reckless Rufus - Jerry Burnham, Stephen Wade, Tom Layton [roll of tape]
‣ Spring Song - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Fiachra Trench [spring arrives]
‣ Hog Fever (a) - Graham D.H. Preskett [the lock is still frozen]
‣ Fingerpickin' - John David Edmed, Vic Flick [closeups of SpongeBob and Patrick wearing fur]
‣ House of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [Sandy screams]
‣ Curse of Evil 2 - Gregor F. Narholz ["SpongeBob... Patrick..."]
‣ Down by the Riverside - Jerry Burnham, Stephen Wade [ending]
- This episode is available on the Christmas, The Best of SpongeBob SquarePants, Complete 2nd Season and First 100 Episodes DVDs.
- As of June 11, 2016, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 8.8/10 based on 237 ratings by users. TV.com users give this episode a rating of 8.9/10 based on 163 votes.
- "Survival of the Idiots" was ranked #34 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.
- This episode could have taken place after "Prehibernation Week." However, Sandy explained hibernation to SpongeBob in that episode, yet he still does not know what it is in this episode.
- It previously snowed in the episode "Christmas Who?"; however, SpongeBob and Patrick act like they have never seen it until this episode, but it could be due to the episodes not being in order.
- Sandy's treedome was previously shown during the Winter in "Bubble Buddy." However, oddly, that time she had to go south to survive it, unlike in this episode.
- The face that Patrick makes when he says, "Who you callin' Pinhead?" has been parodied countless times over the internet, and has become YouTube's popular meme.
- At the end of the episode, when the snow has melted and Sandy first sees SpongeBob and Patrick with her fur, there is no water left in the treedome. However, this does not affect them. Similarly, earlier in the episode, when they were depending on snow for hydration, they are not affected by the lack of snow while inside Sandy's Tree.
- In Bahasa Indonesia, in the scene where Sandy is infuriated when SpongeBob and Patrick stole her fur, she grunts rather than mentioning their names (though its airing in Indonesia shows her yell their names out of anger along with grunts).
- Also, the scene where Patrick and SpongeBob are attacked by Sandy is rarely shown in Indonesia due to time constraints (as it was aired along with ads) and violence.
- In the pilot episode of Fox's drama series Fringe, the beginning of this episode can be seen briefly.
- In Arabic, this episode is called "ألم السنجاب "(alam alssanjab)" which means "Squirrel Death."
- In the audio commentary for the episode, a storyboard artist, C.H. Greenblatt, had admitted to being lazy with having to draw the Water Helmets for SpongeBob and Patrick after they got into the Sandy's Treedome for the rest of the episode. Because of this, there is a scene where Patrick and SpongeBob take off their water helmets in the treedome because they realize that the snow melts to water. However, when it later becomes spring, SpongeBob and Patrick are still not wearing their water helmets in the treedome.
- This is the first episode where only three or less characters appear. This happens again in "Gary Takes a Bath" and "Rise and Shine", but in this episode, more than three characters are mentioned.
- In the Polish dub, the episode's title is "Nie dla głupoli" meaning "Not for Idiots."
- In the Croatian dub, this episode is called "Preživjeti" or "Survive."
- The title is a reference to "Survival of the Fittest."
- The scene when Sandy throws Patrick can be inspired to make the Tank animation from Left 4 Dead.
- When Patrick says "Look, she's on the eating channel," he is probably referencing Food Network or another channel involving food.
- After Sandy grabbed SpongeBob and Patrick the first time and went back to bed, she was not wearing her blanket. The next time she was shown, she was wearing her blanket.
- When Sandy rips off the top of Patrick's head, fangs are shown in her mouth. These are not seen any other time.
- When Sandy pounces on Patrick and SpongeBob, SpongeBob's feet are missing and Patrick has sharp teeth (right).
- Sandy's lips do not move when she says "Oh look, it's SpongeBob and Patrick!"
- When SpongeBob is standing next to Patrick, he has ice and snow on his head. When he runs to the tree it vanishes. When he returns to his spot, it is back on his head as if it never left.
- When it becomes spring, SpongeBob and Patrick are not wearing helmets and did not dry up.
- When SpongeBob is in the hole and picks up a plank, there is another plank behind him. When the scene changed to Sandy and back to SpongeBob, the plank is gone.
- When SpongeBob uses the tape on the tree, it has a dispenser, but when Patrick and SpongeBob use it on Sandy's fur, it does not.