Sponge Bob SquarePants doesn’t exactly have a reputation as one of the most cutting-edge animated series, but a few episodes in the show’s 20-plus-year history have been pulled from circulation nonetheless. As confirmed to IGN by network representatives, two installments have been deemed too controversial to continue airing and not only are they “out of rotation” on television, but they have also been removed from Paramount Plus and can no longer be purchased. . through other digital platforms like Amazon.
The releases in question are Season 3‘s “Mid-Life Crustacean” and “Kwarantined Crab,” which were scheduled to air as part of the current round 12. After discovering the deletion of the old episode, IGN contacted Nickelodeon for a reason, but only received a “no comment” in response. It’s easy to imagine why the decision was made, as one scene stands out as quite out of place on a show like Spongebob.
In “Mid-Life Crustacean”, Mr. Krabs is going through a midlife crisis, so SpongeBob and Patrick teach him to act young and carefree again. In one sequence, they convince him to participate in “a panty raid”, which involves the trio breaking into a woman’s house to steal her underwear. It turns out, however, to be the house of Mr. Krabs’ mother, who berates her son and sends him to his nursery.
“Snail Race,” the episode usually paired with “Mid-Life” to form a 30-minute episode, was also removed from Amazon, though it’s still available on Paramount Plus. Neither can be found on the Spongebob Squarepants: The First 100 Episodes DVD set, however.
As for “Kwarantined Crab”, this one is more the victim of unfortunate timing than anything else. As it’s about the Krusty Krab being quarantined after an outbreak of “crab flu,” Nickelodeon decided to pull the episode “due to sensitivities surrounding the global and actual pandemic,” according to a statement given to IGN. .
Of course the good thing about Sponge Bob SquarePants is that, even with two or three censored installments, there are still over 260 to enjoy.