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Episode Title: "The Sponge Who Could Fly"

Episode Airing Number: 55

Episode Production Number: 59

Original Airdate: September 21, 2003

Season: 3

On DVD:"SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete Third Season," "Lost at Sea," "Absorbing Favorites"

On VHS: "The Sponge Who Could Fly"

Aired With Episode: (none)

Running Time:22:06

Storyboard Directors: Paul Tibbitt, Kent Osborne, and Mark O'Hare

Storyboard Artists: Carson Kugler, Caleb Meurer and William Reiss

Writers: Paul Tibbitt, Kent Osborne and Merriwether Williams

Animation Directors: Andrew Overtoom and Tom Yasumi

Creative Director: Derek Drymon

In Brief: SpongeBob attempts to fly with the jellyfish.

Story: SpongeBob is enjoying another day of jellyfishing in Jellyfish Fields. SpongeBob watches them fly and sings a song about how he wishes he could fly with them. SpongeBob takes advice that his grandfather had given him and he decides to build a flying machine. SpongeBob builds an airplane but it falls apart before it takes off. SpongeBob tries several more things to fly, a bat costume, lawn chair and balloons, and a kite tied to a bicycle. All of them fail.

Frustrated, SpongeBob takes the damaged kite back to Bargain Mart. Lou, the cashier makes fun of him for trying to fly and think he's a nutcase. After SpongeBob leaves the store more Bikini Bottom citizens tease him. They get angry at him for thinking he's the only one with unfulfilled dreams and chase him. SpongeBob falls off a cliff, lands in a mud removal truck and then in a feather delivery truck.

Later, while drying his hair SpongeBob gets a phone call. He stuffs the hair dryer in his pants which inflates them and makes him float. SpongeBob is very excited and goes to tell everybody that he can finally fly with the jellyfish. On his way to Jellyfish Fields SpongeBob sees Mrs. Puff's snail stuck in a tree. He retrieves the snail for her. SpongeBob goes along and helps many more citizens. He retrieves Mr. Krabs' dime, saves Patrick from a mime, and gets Plankton out of the kelp.

Soon everyone in town is asking SpongeBob to do rediculous favors for them. SpongeBob continues to do helpful things. He even changes the light bulb in the Goo Lagoon lighthouse, although Sailor Jenkins still crashes his boat. All the towns people are chasing SpongeBob asking him for more and more favors. While running away from them Sailor Jenkins (whose now Cannonball Jenkins) crashes into SpongeBob, causing his pants to burst. Miraculously, the jellyfish all pick SpongeBob up and allow him to fly with them, while the citizens are burying his ripped pants. The jellyfish drop SpongeBob at his house. Patrick asks SpongeBob if he wants to go down to the pizza house for a slice. SpongeBob says he's had enough of flying. To SpongeBob's astonishment Patrick flies away.

Song: "I Wish I Could Fly"

If only I could join you there in the air

Floating free without a care

I wish I could fly

And see things with a different eye

I would fly so very high and touch the sky

And never have to ask why it is that I can't fly

Song: "He's Flying"

I'm flying, I'm flying

He's flying, he's flying, he's really, really flying

They laughed, they scoffed, before I had liftoff

But now he's flying, he's flying high in the sky

I'd love to hang around to say, "I told you so!"

But it's off to Jellyfish Fields I go

Roads and streets are not for me

Help! Please help! My snail is up a tree

I've had her since I was a little girl

But now it looks like the end of her world

I have never felt so free

High in the sky is the place for me

Helping friends from up above

These are the things that I love

I'll help Mr. Krabs reclaim his dime

And I'll save Patrick from this mime

Even Plankton needs some help

When he gets tangled in the ke-e-e-elp

Song: "All You Need Is Friends To Fly"

You don't need a plane to fly

Plastic wings may make you cry

Kites are made for windy days

Lawn chairs with balloons, fly away

Inflatable pants, you may as well skip

If you want to fly, all you need is friendship


Patrick: Well it's like my grandpa used to say.

SpongeBob's Grandfather: If we were meant to fly. . .Hey, I'm not your grandfather!

Farmer Jenkins: I knew no good would come from city folks and their flying machines! Now get!

Patrick: We better do what he says. He knows how to grow food.

SpongeBob: Well they laughed at the guy who invented light bulbs too!

Lou: No, they didn't.

SpongeBob: Wait a minute! Wait a minute! Wait a minute! I'm supposed to be at Jellyfish Fields right now, but instead I'm rubbing your scalp and I don't even know who you are.

Dennis: But we went to elementary school together.

SpongeBob: Dennis?


Same Name Farmer Jenkins has the same last name as Old Man Jenkins. It's unknown if they're related.

First Appearance This is the first, and so far only appearance of Grandpa SquarePants. Although, he was mentioned in "Rock Bottom."

New Job Lou, the ice cream and hot dog vendor now works at Bargain Mart.

Look-a-Like Mrs. Puff's snail looks exactly like Snellie.