SpongeBob SquarePants

Season 1 Episode 14

SB-129 / Karate Choppers

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Dec 31, 1999 on Nickelodeon



  • Trivia

    • In "SB-129," SpongeBob claims that the Krusty Krab is closed on Sundays. However, in "Squid's Day Off", the restaurant was open on Sunday; their business hours must have changed by then.

    • If the Krusty Krab was closed on Sunday, why were the doors unlocked? Mr. Krabs was probably in his office, or he forgot to lock the doors during closing time the night before.

    • In "Karate Choppers", when SpongeBob tosses the patties and they land on Squidward, there are 6 of them. In the next shot, we see he has 8 patties.

    • Before Squidward walked into the time machine, he was going into the can opener room, but when he's walking in to the Time Machine, he's isn't torn into pieces.

    • If the hot sauce was very hot, then why didn't it affect Sandy?

    • The Future SpongeBob said that everything was in chrome. The hinge to the freeze door wasn't in chrome.

    • When Sandy is just about to put a drop of sauce on SpongeBob's tongue, the face seen is Tom Kenny, the voice actor of SpongeBob.

    • When Sandy opened the sauce, a drop was seen, but the drop (and the whole sauce) would dissolve.

    • The future version of Patrick is Patron. In Latin America, the name is the same. Ironically, "patron" is another Spanish word for "jefe" ("boss").

    • In "SB-129," jellyfish were smaller than usual.

    • In "Karate Choppers," when we see the guy fishing saying, "Hiya" would he be eating his own kind (in reference that he is a fish)?

    • SpongeBob was looking for Sandy in the bathroom stalls. However, Mr. Krabs was in one of them, so why would SpongeBob look for Sandy in the mens' room?

    • In "SB-129," SpongeBob and Patrick look different than in other episodes.

    • SB-129 - In the future, there is a calendar that says "March 4, 4017." But since it was 2,000 years later, it would be 3999 (in reference to the air date).

    • In "SB-129," Spongetron said that everything is chrome in the future. If that's the case, then how come the brick that Spongetron dropped on Squidward's head wasn't chrome?

    • In the beginning of "Karate Choppers," when SpongeBob and Sandy are fighting in the pineapple, when Sandy goes out the door, the flower on her helmet falls off, but the next day in the store, the flower is back on her helmet.

    • After this episode, there are now two Squidwards - the one in the freezer and the one that thawed and came back from the future.

    • When SpongeBob and Sandy have their big karate fight in the park, you can see a brick flying around in their dust cloud for some odd reason. The strangeness of this was mentioned on the DVD commentary.

    • In "Karate Choppers," Sandy started to drink the hot sauce as if it were nothing. But how did she get the sauce from the water and into her suit without a hole in it?

    • When Squidward goes into the time machine for the first time, PAST is on the bottom of the switch, and when he returns, it's at the top.

    • In "SB-129," Squidward gets frozen with his face pressed against a window. Surely, someone at the Krusty Krab would have noticed him.

    • "SB-129" was originally going to be named "SpongeBob 3000."

    • Spongebob and Sandy manage to make tons of krabby patties from just one hunk of barnacle loaf.

    • In a picnic scene of Karate Choppers, the mustard disappears.

    • Spongebob and Sandy are only with patty meat and mustard, but they are making entire Krabby Pattys!

    • Spongebob's phone keeps switching from beside the chair to beside the couch

    • In 'Karate Choppers' when Sandy hits SpongeBob so hard that he goes sailing through the air; as he screams "Curses!" you can see Sandy say the same thing as she stands there.

    • When Spongebob goes to clean the bathrooms, there's one shot where you can see the "Please Wash Your Fins/Lave Las Aletas" sign, but not in any other shot!

    • When Spongetron said "Everything is chrome in the future" and Squidward walks to the window, you will realize the freezer still had colors. So it wasn't chrome.

    • Squidward locked himself in the freezer right? In 2000 years, no one had to go into the freezer for anything? Especially in a restaurant. And also what restaurant is closed on Sunday?

    • In "Karate Choppers" Sandy's flower falls of her "air helmet" exiting Sponge's house.

    • After Squidward falls into the time machine (after saying "Where? Where? Where?") the words "past" and "future" have disappeared from the time machine!

    • In "SB-129" when the hinge on the freezer door rusts off, the bottom hinge disappears when [frozen] Squidward falls out.

    • When Squidward first goes in the time machine, around the lever are the words "past" and "future", and you could go to the future or past by simply pushing the lever down or up, but later when Squidward broke the lever, not only do the words "past" and "future" switch places but there are dividing lines in "future" like on a lottery machine that weren't there earlier.

    • In "SB-129" Squidward says, "Shouldn't you be at work, Spongebob?". Squidward works at the Krusty Krab! Why wouldn't he know?

    • Squidward's clarinet keeps disappearing and reappearing while he travels through time.

  • Quotes

    • (Squidward is back to the present)
      SpongeBob: Does this mean you want to go jellyfishing?
      Squidward: NO! Who's the barnacle head that invented that game?
      SpongeBob & Patrick: You are, Squidward! (laughs)
      Squidward: I'm goin' back.

    • Squidward: (to Past SpongeBob) Yes, that's my arm.

    • Squidward: Sp-SpongeBob? Is that you?
      Sponge-Tron: SpongeBob? No! (robot voice) I am Sponge-Tron! Welcome to the future!
      Squidward: What?
      Sponge-Tron: Welcome to the future!

    • Hot Sauce Drop: By the powers of naughtiness I demand this particular drop of hot sauce to be really, really hot!

    • Squidward: Well, I wouldn't have chosen this interior. (notices a lever) What's this? Well, if Spongebob exists in the future... then I'd better go to... (shifts lever) ...the past! (Time machine beeps, while Sponge-Tron waves good-bye. The time machine teleports Squidward to a primitave Bikini Bottom) Wow, primitive. Has sort of an old world charm. (an eel comes towards Squidward) I guess this was before (yells) manners were invented! At least there's no sign of Spongebrat. Maybe now I can finally be alone with my clarinet.

    • Squidward: Future... future... future...
      (Sponge-Tron's mechanical hat drops Squidward a brick on his head)
      Squidward: Thanks... Now listen, all of you! I don't belong here! This has all been a horrible mistake! Please, we've got to do something!
      Sponge-Tron X, Y & Z: (holds up their jellyfish nets) Jellyfishing! (a blast is heard and a two headed Patrick comes in)
      Pat-Tron: Did somebody say jellyfishing?
      Sponge-Tron: Hi, Pat-Tron!
      Squidward: Just listen to me! I'm not supposed to be here! I've got to get home to my own time period! I've gotta go!
      Sponge-Tron: Then why didn't you just ask? The time machine is down the hall and to the left.
      (Squidward all excited enters a can opener room, slicing up some of his body)
      Sponge-Tron: Oops! Oh yeah, that's the can opener. Try the one on the right. (Squidward enters the opposite room)

    • SpongeBob: Do you think Mr. Krabs ever does karate?
      Mr. Krabs: (clears his throat)
      SpongeBob: (screams) Mr. Krabs! (pushes two split-up halves of a tree with his hand) Uh, hey Mr. Krabs, how's it going? (pushes two split-up halves of a rock with his hand) Nice day, huh? (one-half of the tree bonks SpongeBob's head while Mr. Krabs leers at him) Oh, alright, Mr. Krabs. You caught me. But you know what? I just can't help myself. You're just gonna have to fire me.
      Mr. Krabs: Fire you? (holds up two sandwiches) I've got something else in mind.
      Crowd: (cheering when a Krabby Patty lands on a customer's tray and continues)
      (Sandy and SpongeBob karate-chop ingredients)
      Both: Yah!!
      Sandy: I love karate!
      SpongeBob: I love kara-tay!
      Mr. Krabs: I love money-ay! (counts cash in his claws)
      Squidward: I hate all of you.

    • Squidward: Finally, a place where I can be all... (zoom in on Squidward) Alone! (other voices appear, voiced by the entire SpongeBob SquarePants crew. Then they all say "Alone!" three times simultaneously. The screen shrinks as well and Squidward appears) I gotta get outta here! (he keeps running but is still in the same screen. The same voices appear) WHERE'S THE TIME MACHINE?! WHERE'S ANYTHING?! (jumps up and down) WHERE?! WHERE?! WHERE?! WHERE?! WH- oof!

    • Mr. Krabs: No more of this karate stuff or you're fired.

    • Squidward: (tries to open door) I guess someone will figure I'm gone and come looking for me.
      Narrator: 2,000 years later.
      (shows Squidward in there frozen; rusty hinge breaks off the wall and the door falls on the ground with Squidward stuck to the fallen door)

    • Squidward: What? Is it time for your flea bath?

    • Squidward: OUT! Sheesh, shouldn't you be at work today, SpongeBob?
      SpongeBob: I'd love to be at work today! But it's Sunday....

    • Squidward: What's going on? Why is everything chrome?
      Spongebob: Everything is chrome in the future!
      (Plants sprouts up, people spray it with chrome.)
      Squidward: He's right!

    • SpongeBob: I am Spongetron...welcome to the future.

    • Spongebob: Are you RReady to go?
      Squidward: No I am not RReady to go.
      Patrick: He doesn't wanna play with us.
      Spongebob: No, Patrick, he's just not ready. (knocks at the door)
      Squidward: No.
      Spongebob: Now?
      Squidward: No.
      Spongebob: How bout now?
      Squidward: NO!
      Spongebob: Now?
      Squidward: NO!
      (Spongebob disappears)
      Squidward: NO!
      Squidward: NO! (scratches head)
      (Spongebob pokes him from behind, with Patrick)
      Spongebob: Are you ready?
      Spongebob: Sure we do.
      Squidward: (Groans, walks out the door until he notices that he walked out of his own house, goes back to the door and knocks on it.)
      Spongebob: Ready?

    • SpongeBob: For a second there that sounded like --
      Sandy: Karate?
      SpongeBob: Right now?

    • Squidward: I am finally all alone.
      Different Voices: Alone, alone, alone...

    • Squidward: (while doing sit-ups) Future! Future! Future!

    • SpongeBob: Duh... I'm stupid! I like karate, DOY!
      Sandy: You like what?
      SpongeBob: Not karate.
      Sandy: Heck, I don't even know what that is!
      SpongeBob: Me neither. In fact, I don't know what anything is!

    • SpongeBob: What do you want on your sandwich?
      Sandy: Karate.
      SpongeBob: What did you say?
      Sandy: Uh... mustard. I want mustard on my sandwich.

    • Squidward: (after he dropped back into the time machine) I wanna go home! I wanna go home! I wanna go home! I wanna go home! I miss Bikini Bottom! I miss my Easter Island Head! I even miss SPONGEBOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Narrator: Ah. It is Sunday morning in Bikini Bottom and it is about time for Squidward to practice his clarinet. So get your ear plugs ready.

    • Spongetron: Of course I'm right, just ask my clones, Spongtrons X, Y, and Z.
      Squidward: Are all the other letters of the alphabet involved here?
      Spongetron: Sure. All 486 of them.
      (Squidward lies on the the floor doing sit-ups, but in a fetal position)
      Squidward: FUTURE! FUTURE! FUTURE! FU-! (Spongetron hits him with a brick) -ow!

    • Patrick: Squidward doesn't wanna play with us.
      SpongeBob: Sure he does! He's just not ready!

    • Mr. Krabs: Blooublache!!

    • SpongeBob: Ready to go?
      Squidward: NO, I'm not ready to go!

    • Spongetron: Holy Krabby Patties!

    • Squidward: I think I'll treat Bikini Bottom to some REAL music.

    • SpongeBob: Yes, ma'am, I mean sir, I mean boss, I mean pooh-bah.
      Squidward: GO!

    • Sandy: I love karate.
      SpongeBob: I love kara-tay.
      Mr. Krabs: I love money-ay.
      Squidward: I hate all of you.

    • SpongeBob: The time machine is down the hall and to the left.
      (Squidward walks in and comes out in small slices)
      SpongeBob: Oh, oops. That one's the can opener.

    • Mr. Krabs: Alright, me boy, I'll give you a second chance. BUT NO MORE KARATE. It's poisoning your mind. (sniffs) Mmm... mammals.

    • SpongeBob: Or kara-tay as I like to call it.
      Mr. Krabs: Kara-tay? You should be making me money-ay... with your spatu-lay.
      SpongeBob: Aye-aye, Capi-tay!

    • SpongeBob: But, Mr. Krabs, she snuck up on me, in my own dojo.
      Mr. Krabs: Are you on some kind of allergy medication?
      SpongeBob: No, sir, just karate, or kay-ra-tay, as some like to call it.
      Mr. Krabs: Kay-ra-tay, you should be making me money-ay, with your spatu-lay.

    • Sandy: I'll slice the tomatoes!
      SpongeBob: And I'll cut the cheese!

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Episode: Premise
      The premise of this episode (taking the "straight man" Squidward and placing him in several wildly different and random scenarios) is comparable to that of the Looney Tunes classic "Duck Amuck."

    • Futurama: Reference
      Squidward is frozen in the freezer & is then thawed out 2000 years later. This is similar to how Fry from Futurama is frozen on New Year's Eve 1999 & is thawed out 1000 years later. Also, this episode aired on 12/31/99, which is another possible reference to Fry being frozen.

    • Episode Title: SB-129
      The title of this episode is likely a parody of the ever popular science fiction TV series, Stargate SG-1.