Nickelodeon announced on Tuesday that the Season 12 episode titled the “Kwarantine Krab” of SpongeBob SquarePants will no longer air due to its “virus storyline.”
The episode’s storyline focuses on a health inspector who discovers the “Clam Flu” at the Krusty Krab. Bikini Bottom residents are forced to quarantine inside the restaurant.
“The ‘Kwarantined Crab’ centers on a virus storyline, so we have decided to not air it due to sensitivities surrounding the global, real-world pandemic,” Nickelodeon said in a statement to Deadline.
“Kwarantine Krab” is the second SpongeBob episode to be taken out of rotation. Season 3 episode “Mid-Life Crustacean” first aired in 2003 and was initially pulled in 2018 after a standards review.
The episode features Mr. Krabs going through a mid-life going on a “panty raid” with SpongeBob and Patrick. The trio accidentally breaks into Mr. Krabs’ mother’s home to steal her underwear.
The episode was most recently pulled from streaming services Paramount+ and Amazon Prime.