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Episode Title: "Karate Choppers"

Episode Airing Number: 14

Episode Production Number: 14

Original Airdate: December 31, 1999

Season: 1

On DVD: "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete First Season," "Fear of a Krabby Patty," "Absorbing Favorites"

On VHS: "Absorbing Favorites"

Aired With Episode: "SB-129"

Running Time: 11:01

Storyboard Director: Aaron Springer

Storyboard Artist: Erik Wiese

Writers: Aaron Springer, Erik Wiese and Merriwether Williams

Animation Director: Tom Yasumi

Creative Director: Derek Drymon

In Brief: SpongeBob and Sandy become obsessed with karate, threating SpongeBob's job.

Story: After work one day, SpongeBob alertly sneaks into his house, thinking Sandy is in there and ready to fight. When he doesn't expect it, she appears and the two compete in a karate duel in the living room. SpongeBob defeats her but Sandy insists she'll get him tomorrow. That night, he calls her and tries karate-chopping her through the phone but fails.

At Barg'n-Mart, Sandy runs into SpongeBob and he tricks her with a karate move. She gets back at him while he's walking outside. She proceeds to pour hot sauce on his tongue so he pretends to surrender. He gets back at her but she sends him soaring through the air.

Working at the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob is still in the karate mood. He karate-chops Squidward and, thinking a customer swatting at a fly is Sandy in disguise, attacks him too. Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob to stop his nonsense and get back to work. While cleaning the bathrooms, SpongeBob thinks Sandy is in the stall and attacks, but it's Mr. Krabs. Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob no more karate or he's fired.

Outside the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob runs into Sandy and she starts karate-chopping him. He keeps trying to tell her he's not allowed to play or he'll be fired but she doesn't listen and continues what she's doing, so Mr. Krabs steps outside and fires SpongeBob. SpongeBob is very upset about it, so Mr. Krabs gives back his job, and in return SpongeBob must quit karate for good. SpongeBob and Sandy try to act positive and think of other fun things to do, so they go to the park.

At the park, SpongeBob and Sandy try to stay away from karate but they end up using karate moves to make their sandwiches. This turns into them getting into a karate duel and destroying everything around them. Later, Mr. Krabs is strolling through the park and notices that SpongeBob violated his rule and still used karate. Instead of firing him, however, Mr. Krabs has a different idea. He has SpongeBob and Sandy use their karate skills at the Krusty Krab to serve Krabby Patties.

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SpongeBob: *notices pile of tin cans laying in the street and puts on his karate gear* Sandy, that is your worst disguise yet.

Sandy: No it's not, SpongeBob. This is. *pulls out a goofy-looking squirrel mask*

SpongeBob: *afraid to have hot sauce poured on his tongue by Sandy* Sandy, wait! Victory is your's.

Sandy: I knew you'd come to your senses, SpongeBob. *chugs down sauce*

Mr. Krabs: *notices Krabby Patties SpongeBob threw on Squidward's head* So, you got the hairpiece after all.

SpongeBob: *after karate-chopping Fred* Thought you could sneak up on me at work, did ya? Well, you can't! 'Cause I'm fast, I'm mean, and I can do this! *locks hands together and makes wave motion*

Mr. Krabs: What was that?

SpongeBob: But, sir. She snuck up on me. In my own dojo.

Mr. Krabs: Are you on some new allergy medication, boy?

Mr. Krabs: All right, me boy! I'll give you a second chance. But no more karate. It's poisoning your mind. *sniffs SpongeBob's head*

SpongeBob: I know! We can act like plants. *on back, spanning arms and legs* Photosynthesis...photosynthesis.

Sandy: You like what?

SpongeBob: Not karate.

Sandy: Ha! I don't even know what that is.

SpongeBob: Me too. I don't know what anything is. In fact...

Sandy: I love karate.

SpongeBob: I love kara-tay!

Mr. Krabs: I love money-ay!

Squidward: I hate all of you.


Shattered SpongeBob kicks the squeaky duck on his floor through a window or something glass.

Fallen Flower When SpongeBob rolls Sandy through his door, her flower from her helmet falls onto the ground.

They Sell Seashells...Below the Sea Shore At Barg'n-Mart, there are seashells on sale for 15 cents each. Also, the tin cans are stacked with one on top, two under that, three below that, four below that, and only two below that on the bottom.

Hot Sauce The talking drop of Volcano Sauce that scares SpongeBob is Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob.

Krabby Patties SpongeBob delivers six Krabby Patties stacked in a tower on one tray. When SpongeBob tosses the Krabby Patties on Squidward's head, there are six. Later on, Squid's seen with an eight-patty "hairpiece."

English/Spanish Sign A sign next to the bathroom light switch says: "Please wash your fins/Lave las aletas" (Spanish for "Wash the fins"). From a distance, the sign isn't seen.

Without Washing His Hands... Right after Mr. Krabs comes out from the bathroom stall, he grabs SpongeBob by the lips.

Fired When SpongeBob learns he's fired, he sucks his entire face into his body. He bursts into tears and runs back and forth and upside-down across the top of the screen screaming and crying. Then he cries tears into a mug and drinks them. He flips around on the ground and starts running around again before being stopped by Mr. Krabs.

Playground Ride At the park, in the background there appears to be a spring ride of a clam with a saddle.

Destructive Karate Among the things at the park SpongeBob and Sandy destroy with karate include a giant anchor, a bridge, rocks and a tree.