What Ever Happened to SpongeBob? (Episode)

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What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?
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Episode No.: 98
Season: 5
Airdate: 13 October 2008
Previous Episode: The Battle of Bikini Bottom
Next Episode: The Two Faces of Squidward
Characters Voice actors
SpongeBob SquarePants Tom Kenny
Patrick Star Bill Fagerbakke
Squidward Tentacles Rodger Bumpass
Gary Tom Kenny
Sandy Cheeks Carolyn Lawrence
Mr. Krabs Clancy Brown
New Kelp City
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"What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?" is an episode from Season 5.



SpongeBob frantically tumbles out of bed excited about his day, but much to his friendship mishap, he ends up being nothing but a "clumsy pest" called "Idiot Boy". So he decides to pack up and leave Bikini Bottom forever, believing that everyone dislikes him. As he walks away, he takes a nasty fall off a cliff and bonks himself in the head so hard that he loses his memory.

SpongeBob, meanwhile, wanders into New Kelp City, deciding to rename himself is CheeseHead BrownPants. He tries to get a job, but fails to do so because the townspeople dislike his bubble-blowing. He then gets confronted by an angry group of gangsters called "The Bubble Popping Boys". They chase him down the streets until SpongeBob traps them in a bubble. He is then pictured as a hero by the citizens of New Kelp City, who elect him mayor CheeseHead BrownPants.

Meanwhile, Everyone in Bikini Bottom notices SpongeBob's absence. Patrick, Sandy and Mr. Krabs feel bad for hurting SpongeBob's feelings and set off their quest for him. Squidward is very glad to be rid of SpongeBob but reluctantly tags along with them after Mr. Krabs offers him a nice egg as a gift for finding him.

After they finally find SpongeBob in the middle of a speech, Sandy and Patrick try to convince him to come back by getting them to remember them, but he does not remember anything, and states that he is late for a meeting. He then gets into his private car, but the driver turns out to be Squidward (who is desperate to get the egg). He drives the group back to the Krusty Krab, where SpongeBob refuses to be fry cook. Squidward then trips with his new egg, which lands on SpongeBob's head, bringing the return of SpongeBob's memory. As seen on TV, with Perch Perkins as the news reporter, the citizens of New Kelp City are angry at SpongeBob for leaving them, so SpongeBob decides to remain fry cook rather than go back to being mayor. Finding this a disappointment, Squidward puts his brain in the garbage can.


  • The German name for the episode is, "WasBob WoKopf? - SpongeBob verzweifelt gesucht", which means, "WhatBob WherePants? - SpongeBob in Search".
  • Ray Liotta guest voiced as the leader of the Bubble Poppin' Boys.
  • Who Bob What Pants? is based on the SpongeBob book For the Love of Bubbles.
  • Who Bob What Pants? is possibly a parody of a Jackie Chan movie called "Who Am I" because the main character in the movie like SpongeBob has a nasty fall and forgets who he is. It could also be a parody of "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?".
  • The theme song is changed from "SpongeBob SquarePants Theme Song" to "Who Bob What Pants? Theme Song".
  • In Germany, this episode aired July 19, 2009, five days after SpongeBob's Birthday.
  • This is the third episode where SpongeBob develops amnesia or forgets how to do many things. The first was in Pickles, and the second was in Squilliam Returns.
  • This marks the fourth time Sandy cries and sheds tears since Ripped Pants, Texas, and Pre-Hibernation Week (three times).
  • In the scene with Patrick and Sandy at the Krusty Krab telling that SpongeBob is missing, in one shot Sandy's tail is missing.
  • When Perch Perkins first got the black eye, it was on his right eye, but later, when he was doing a news report, it is now on his left eye.
  • The Mayor of New Kelp City looks like the Mayor of Bikini Bottom.
  • If SpongeBob got complete amnesia, forgetting things, like his friends, their names, his look, and even his own name, how could he remember that he liked to blow bubbles and even how to blow them?
  • The population of Bikini Bottom is 538 in this episode, but in Patty Hype, there were more than 46,853 inhabitants. It is possible that the costumers in that episode might have been also tourists, or that some customers visited more than once.
  • Where did Squidward get that hammer to destroy the Sponge-Tracker?
  • At the part where SpongeBob and Patrick have the Best Friends tattoo, it randomly says Spring Break under it
  • The name "Idiot Boy" could be a parody of SpongeBob's original name, SpongeBoy. .
  • The people are waiting for a video game in the store, but when they panic, the store becomes an unknown building.
  • In the German Version CheeseHead BrownPants is "CheeseFace BrownPants".
  • There is a book based on this Episode called "My Name is CheeseHead".
  • In the German Version, Idiot Boy is Schwachschwammkopf, which means, Idiot SpongeHead.
  • In the Polish Version, the name of episode is "JakiBob? Jakieporty?" which means "WhatBob? WhatPants?"
  • The title of this episode on Nickelodeon was actually called WhoBob WhatPants;
  • Although Mr Krabs and Squidward calling SpongeBob idiot boy as they are older than him, Why would Patrick or Sandy? They're roughly the same age, yet the way the said it, it was like SpongeBob was younger.
  • When you bonk yourself hard and forget everything, it is called amnesia, so this is probably what SpongeBob got.
  • New Kelp City is a possible reference to New York City.
  • This is the first time video games are mentioned in the show



WhoBob WhatPants? was viewed by 7.7 million viewers. This ranked the program the number one most viewed entertainment show of the night, and the number two most viewed show in all categories after ESPN Monday Night Football. Despite the high ratings, the episode was reviewed negatively by critics. A ToonZone reviewer said that the episode has one event after another, none of which are that funny. Paul Mavis of DVDTalk.com said that the DVD is a disappointment, with the episode not funny enough to deserve its own release, and the remaining episodes are nothing special either. The quality of the video and the DVD however was reviewed well.

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