"Oh, SpongeBob... why!!!?"Being a Long Runner, SpongeBob SquarePants is bound to have moments we will always remember, moments we can't remember, and moments we wish we could forget. Guess which of the three we're sending to DAVY JONES' LOCKER!!! Keep in mind:
—Mrs. Puff ("Boating School")
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Seasons 1- 3 (Pre-Revival)
- Anonymous: To prove that not everything pre-season 4 was an outstanding classic, "Sleepy Time" shows that all the characters' Jerkass tendencies went as far as the first season, where after SpongeBob visits the character's dreams and ruins them, and Sandy, showing that she's a Small Name, Big Ego, even in the first season said to him: "Do us all a favor and stay out of our dreams", accompanied by Squidward's "Don't we get enough of you during the day, SpongeBob?!" and everyone, including his so-called "friends" yells at him for getting into their dreams. Alright, how did they know that SpongeBob snuck into their dreams where he could've just happened to be in them?! I can understand Squidward and all, but the rest of the characters, including Mr Krabs (who back then, cared about SpongeBob, despite his obsession with money) and Sandy?! Even Gary and Pearl show up despite the fact that their dreams were the only two that SpongeBob didn't ruin! That is just the lowest of the low and one of the weaker bunch of the first three seasons!
- ShinyRaikou: Not the entire episode, but "Pressure" definitely has a Dethroning Moment of Suck. Sandy takes off her helmet and suit, throwing them on the ground. Note for a moment that she needs those to fucking breathe. What do her 'friends' do? They laugh at her. You can see her lungs shrivel up and they just laugh. She finds a pickle jar and puts it on just in time. And her friends continue to mock her for it! Dude, not funny! It doesn't even have the defense of being made after Season 3!
- haroldflower: For me it's definitely "Born Again Krabs" because of one specific moment. I have no idea why people think that Krabs became flanderized after the movie- clearly it started way before that and this moment solidifies it. When the Flying Dutchman accuses him of being cheap and tries to send him to Davey Jones' Locker, SpongeBob sticks up for Krabs. But here's the DMOS, Krabs sells SpongeBob's soul to the Dutchman for 62 cents. The Krabs who comforted SpongeBob when he cried in "Squeaky Boots?" The Krabs who cried with grief over SpongeBob's apparent deaths in "Hooky" and "Dying for Pie?" The Krabs who worried about SpongeBob when he was sick in "Suds?" That Krabs died a long, long time ago. Because that Krabs would never, ever even think about selling the little guy's soul to what is the undersea equivalent of the Devil, and send him to the undersea equivalent of Hell. Even Squidward of all people is disgusted by Krabs' behavior. "One Coarse Meal" is nothing- This is the episode that ruined any goodness of Krabs' character, because he gleefully attempted to send the lovable, innocent, sweet SpongeBob to Davy Jones locker.
- ZehMonsieur: It's not a bad episode altogether, but "Krabby Land" has a particular moment that I cannot stomach at all. In the episode, Krabs opens up an "amusement park" next to the Krusty Krab made out of junk in the hope that children will play there and purchase his food during summer vacation. To make sure they don't leave early, he has SpongeBob entertain the kids to stall for time until Krabby the Clown arrives, when he's really just counting the children's money. Spongy puts himself through physical hell keeping the kids occupied, going from pouring bubble mixture into his eyes, to being run over by a truck, to being ripped in half. The real low for the episode comes in when SpongeBob, already given much of himself, rushes into Krabs' office, clearly bruised and missing his limbs, simply telling Krabs he doesn't know if he can stall them for much longer. Krabs' response to his hardest-working employee amounts to little more than "piss off and stop thinking of yourself;" and when Krabs finds out the kids are playing with SpongeBob's arms and legs, he's concerned not for the yellow guy's safety, but that the children will break his windows. In the past, Krabs has been shown to be caring of SpongeBob's well-being (giving him time off to get his mind back in order in "Pickles;" sending him back home when he's clearly ill in "Suds;" etc.), so seeing him act so callously and disregard SpongeBob's physical health in favor of money would not seem out of place in a post-movie episode. Even if he does get what's coming by the end of the episode, it's still quite jarring to see the normally affable and friendly Krabs behave like the money-grubber he'd be Flanderized into.
- megatroper123456: This is the first episode (chronologically) that I really didn't like, "Valentine's Day". Not only is it kind of random for SpongeBob to be doing a special that counters the main character's asexuality, but Patrick is pretty a much a bratty, childish jerk, throughout the whole thing. Him getting so unhappy, after his best friend gives him, what he considered, his Valentine's gift (a friendly hand shake), it completely killed the mood as he just gloomily went around the Valentine's Day Carnival, unusally pissed with what SpongeBob had done. Not to mention, at the end, he goes batshit insane, completely destroying the carnival, and oh, that part where the whole crowd is trying to get Patrick to look around to Sandy and Patrick is like "No, I'm just practicing my prick-ishness for the Post-Movie episodes!" is pretty grating. So yeah, Patrick constantly pestering SpongeBob for his gift, acting like a 5-year old when it appears to be underwhelming, wrecking everything in sight (also inadvertedly at the end when the chocolate bubble bursts) and getting no punishment of any kind make this one of my least favourite episodes, and definitely my least-favourite Pre-Movie episode.
- treehugger0369: Initially, I had the infamous bit from The Card as my DMoS, but after some thought I realized there was a pre-movie episode that could give some post-movie episodes some competition in the cruelty department: The Bully from season 3. The basic plot is that a bully becomes a new student at Mrs. Puff's Boating School and constantly pursues SpongeBob, threatening to kick his butt. SpongeBob does nothing to deserve this, Mrs. Puff is absolutely no help, and neither is his best friend Patrick(apparently he and the bully were college buddies. No, IDK how Patrick could get into college), the bully has no sort of motivation(not even the Freudian Excuse cliche) and continues even after SpongeBob saves his life, and even after the bully gets his comeuppance, Mrs. Puff then sees what happened and threatens to kick Spongebob's butt. If this was after Demolition Doofus, Mrs. Puff's behavior would have made some sense, but she has no excuse whatsoever for how she treated SpongeBob when he was fearing for his life!(In one scene, Spongebob's seen writing a will, and when the bully catches him, SpongeBob tries to do the "dying confession" bit with Gary but is too scared).
- Ngh93: Patrick's attitude in the episode "Dumped" where it seems that Gary left SpongeBob for him is deplorable. He goes over to do laundry at SpongeBob's house who's feeling depressed about Gary leaving him. He then rubs it in Spongebob's face how Gary doesn't want him in the most unsympathetic words possible!
Patrick: I'm sorry, Spongebob, but Gary's with me now. You had your chance, and you failed. You have to stop living in the past. Face it, Spongebob, you're only hurting yourself. It's what Gary wants, and what Gary wants is me! Right, Gary?
- Finally, when Gary goes back to SpongeBob, Patrick screams, "I thought what we had was SPECIAAAL!!!"
- Thepenguinking2: From "The Great Snail Race", nothing in the series scarred me more than poor Gary falling apart after over-exercise. Not even the infamous Toenail Scene or Gary getting nearly eaten in "A Pal for Gary". Me being a huge fan of Gary, it was incredibly hard to see Gary's shell getting blasted off and showing car parts within it, despite how cartoony it was. Even with Puffy Fluffy trying to eat Gary, there weren't any visual injuries. Sure, SpongeBob realized him over-working Gary resulted in this, but it's still not enough to forgive him for doing it in the first place. Most of the episode wasn't really that great, with the really expect-able ending where Patrick's rock managed to win, that Brick Joke that the episode really could've done without, and that honestly boring "Misspelling Squidward's name" joke, but this part of the episode stood out the most, and made me hate the episode more than any modern-SpongeBob episode to date.
- Princess Togezo: I thought "The Sponge Who Could Fly" was a decent episode, but there is one moment from that episode that utterly fell flat for me: the part after Patchy sees the fake opening for the lost episode, where he concludes that "SpongeBob betrayed us" and immediately starts trashing all of his merchandise. Okay, shouldn't Patchy have at least watched the tape the whole way through before concluding that the episode was a bust, especially since he worked so hard to get it? More to the point, this is essentially a grown man throwing a temper tantrum and swearing off his favorite show forever just because of one underperforming episode (yes, it was the lost episode, but maybe it was lost for a reason, like just being a simple animation test or something). That idea should be ridiculous enough to laugh at (especially since Potty lampshaded Patchy's tantrum afterwards, calling him a "hothead"), but I honestly can't tell if we were supposed to laugh at the moment or cry at it; Patchy's overreaction in general (and stuff like ripping out his underwear) implies comedy, but some of Patchy's words (particularly "I'm sorry I ever became a fan in the first place!") and especially the music imply that this was supposed to be taken seriously. I neither laughed nor cried at this moment, instead finding it really uncomfortable (Patchy's restoring the merchandise after learning that the real lost episode is about to start does little to mitigate it), and I always try to skip over this moment when I watch the episode.
- The Doctor 1996: I have always considered the episode "Hooky" to be a DMOS for two reasons. The ending and the premise. The episode would have been much better if Spongebob's humiliation was a "what if" moment rather than something that actually happened. But what really made me hate this episode was the revelation that Squidward was the one who hooked Spongebob. I accept that Squidward is a big jerk but in seasons 1-3 he did show some kindness to SpongeBob at times in episodes like "Pizza Delivery" and this episode makes Squidward look like a complete bastard. Is it really risking someone's life just to teach them a lesson about hooks? The other problem is the premise. It just seems to be an episode where the creators want to humiliate a character for the sake of comedy. The logical failures in the episode imply this. First of all; if there is an area of Bikini Bottom called "Fish Hooks Park" why are there no barriers preventing sea-life from going there or at the very least a few signs advising sea-life to stay away? And if SpongeBob lives in a pinapple under the sea, how does he not know about the dangers of hooks? I accept that he can be stupid but if he values his life then he should know. It's like someone living in the French Alps not knowing the dangers of avalanches. These logical failures imply to me that this episode was made purely so the creators could humiliate a character in the cruelest way possible and use it as a form of comedy.
- Yellow-Spider-Kitty: While I do think "Something Smells" is a funny episode, One part I can not stand is how it ends. Scarth that there is no ending. I'll explain after they find out it was the sundea that gave them the bad breath, they run around saying "We Stink" and hug Squidward. Even if it's suppose to be a joke it just makes no sense and it's a pretty corny ending in otherwise a solid episode.
- Mario And Sponge Bob Fan: For me personally, I think "Can You Spare a Dime?" featured pre-movie Squidward at his most ungrateful. First, he singlehandedly quits his job over a Rant-Inducing Slight from Mr. Krabs and as a result ends up homeless, but that's not what gets me about this episode. SpongeBob lets Squidward stay at his house and he practically milks it for all it's worth, forcing SpongeBob to pamper him and refusing to get a job even when SpongeBob screams in his face to do it. On top of that, Squidward receives no comeuppance for his outrageous behavior, and resumes arguing with Mr. Krabs like at the start of the episode. As much as I love Squidward, this episode made me want to punch him in the face!
- Danny Lightning Lightner: Season 1 is my far my favorite, but there's one scene that's really hard to watch. I don't think Squidward's a bad guy, but "I Was A Teenage Gary" quite possibly shows him at his worst. In the beginning of the episode, Spongebob leaves Gary in Squidward's care for the weekend. Instead of begrudgingly taking care of Spongebob's pet like a decent person would do, Squidward totally neglects to give Gary food or water for the entire weekend. As a result, Gary becomes extremely dehydrated/malnourished. When Spongebob returns from his trip, he's visibly distressed by Gary being sick, and he literally hugs Gary while sobbing. And Squidward doesn't even care that he's almost killed his neighbor's pet, or caused his neighbor to break down crying! The rest of the episode isn't bad, but the beginning is just so hard to watch that I usually skip this one when watching season 1.
- Dimension Walker: "Best Day Ever" was a huge DMOS if there ever was one. So much hype and a 24-hour marathon to accompany it, and finally we got to Best Day Ever. But it wasn't an hourly special. It wasn't even a 30-minute special. It was just another 15-minute episode, and it wasn't too great either. First of all, his supposed "Best Day Ever" was really just his daily schedule. The song at the end was annoying, and SpongeBob was out of character. Remember that scene where that one guy was trying to leave during his rant? You'd think he'd say something like "Sir, please sit down.", right? Wrong, instead, he yelled, "SIT DOWN!" Character Derailment, indeed.
- Lin Keui Swampert: Karate Island. To summarize, SpongeBob is scammed to believe he's the Karate Master (hi-ya!) He and Sandy travel to Karate Island to get the reward, SpongeBob being a blatant asshole along the way. SpongeBob beats up a few obvious actors and is whisked away. Sandy leaves, only to have to rescue SpongeBob. "Sandy! I need you! I can't handle this myself!" Sandy fights a few foes in what was trying to be a Homage to Bruce Lee-esque action scenes but turns out to just be unnecessary and time consuming, and eventually defeats the scammer, trying to get SpongeBob to buy a condo. Granted, it gives SpongeBob a tad of development, but of course it doesn't last. The worst part? In the above mentioned "Best Day Ever" marathon, it's the Number One voted spot, and it's now always played with "Best Day Ever".
- Koopa Kid 17: "All That Glitters" ruined SpongeBob forever for me. I could go on forever about why I hated this episode from SpongeBob's Wangst to him spending half the episode naked (because Naked People Are Funny? Right). Since I can only choose one moment that still makes my blood boil to this day, it would be the part where the replacement spatula tells off SpongeBob for making it flip Krabby Patties, hands down. The thing suddenly talks down to SpongeBob because it feels the job is too menial for its status. It then runs away when SpongeBob tries to get it back, though not before continuing to give jab after jab at him. Easily a candidate for the most mean-spirited scene in the show's history considering the sacrifice poor SpongeBob was willing to make for it.
- fluffything: I'd like to add the Season 4 episode Wigstruck to this increasingly long list of Spongebob-related DMOS. Long story short, the episode centers around SpongeBob finding a rock star's 19th century-looking wig and decides to wear it. Throughout the episode, SpongeBob acts like a complete arrogant moron acting like the wig makes him the coolest thing ever despite people telling him that he looks like an idiot and that the wig is nothing more than an annoyance. Even Patrick, who by now is too stupid to even know how to operate a can opener, points out that SpongeBob is acting like an idiotic jerk with that wig. And, how does SpongeBob react? He brags that everyone is jealous. (Beat) What the hell!? Spongebob's friends tell him directly to his face that the wig is disgusting and he looks stupid in it, and he acts like they're just jealous of him!? No. Just... no. Oh, and to top it all off, the ending has SpongeBob ditch the wig (finally) only to find out that now everyone is wearing one because the rock star is wearing it again and it's now trendy. So, yeah, SpongeBob doesn't even get any commupance for being an arrogant jerk to his friends. Compare that to the earlier season episode Ripped Pants, where SpongeBob does realize his actions to become popular are annoying his friends and feels genuinely sorry about it, and you'll see just why this episode is horrible on so many levels.
- taylorkerekes: In "Spy Buddies", where Mr. Krabs sends SpongeBob and Patrick to spy on Plankton, SpongeBob and Patrick go over to Sandy's for some spy equipment. Of course, after she shows them the stuff, she refuses to let them use it, apparently because they would just mess up, but then Patrick has to use the knock-out ray, Sandy's favorite, to knock her out just so they can use the equipment! What is that all about?!
- SuperEquality07: Fungus Among Us is the absolute worst of Season 5. Seeing that fungus spread everywhere was disgusting. This episode is perfect to prepare viewers for the gross-out filled next season. Yuck.
- Frankiefoster: I never thought season 4 and beyond was very funny (except for "Skill Crane" and a few exceptions), but the worst one that made me actually cut the show was "Good Ol' Whatshisname". It was basically yet another Squidward torment episode, with him and SpongeBob trying to find out some guy's name before the contest Mr. Krabs sets up is over. Long dull story short, the episode carries on with Squidward going crazy and stealing the guy's wallet, only to find out the guy's name was actually Whatzittooya, the name the guy was yelling at him earlier on in the episode. The police proceed to arrest him, the guy calling him a wallet snatcher. Worse, the real prize wasn't a trip—it was just the fuckin' brochure. What the hell, writers? Oh, and the brochure part seemed like the worst part, tacked on to make Squidward's life even more miserable than it already was. Tell me why this show is still lurching like a zombie again?
- HayleyChaotix: It's even worse. One of them starts chasing him for running a red light (on foot). His punishment for running a red light, resisting arrest and stealing a wallet? Ten years in prison. Not kidding.
- Psi Basilisk: It gets even worse. At the very end of the episode, when Squidward is in jail, he realizes that at least he will have some peace and quiet for those ten years. Considering the sheer amount of pain and annoyance he endured, it's nice to think that Squidward would get a break from all that. Instead, it turns out that Patrick "annoying, stupid, neighbor" Star is in the jail cell with him. It disgusted me to see Squidward's only Hope Spot of peace and quiet taken away from him like that. Especially since the cell was empty when Squidward was put in there and we never see Patrick get put in. It's like the writers hate Squidward so much, they ignored all rules of logic just to make his life even more miserable than it is now.
- Kingler: Originally, I posted "Slide Whistle Stooges" as my DMoS. Now, I remembered the episode that took this show off my must-watch list: "To Love a Patty". SpongeBob falls in love with a Krabby Patty and decides to romance it. He dates a cheeseburger for 11 minutes, then breaks up with it when it gets moldy. Probably the lamest thing I've ever seen in my life. Besides that, there's a scene where SpongeBob tries to protect the burger from a flock of hungry scallops. He knocks most of them out, then grabs one and breaks it in half with his bare hands. The fuck? SpongeBob is a lot of things, but he's no killer. I just don't get how a show could fall off so hard, so quickly.
- TT 454: Agreed. Though this isn't the worst episode in my opinion (there are too many candidates for that), it was the first episode which truly signified the show's rapid decline. Season 4 was dodgy, but it was this episode that made me give up on the series and never go back.
- heartauthor: Four words: "Breath of Fresh Squidward." First of all, not only does the beginning of the episode try to pass off SpongeBob and Patrick sneaking into Squidward's house every morning "funny," the little story about Squidward's "happy gland" seems to prove that SpongeBob and Patrick are aware that they make Squidward's life miserable, and yet they do it anyway. I will admit, I thought the plot point of Squidward getting a personality change had some potential, but any potential this episode had was immediately lost when it suddenly went into a nosedive. Squidward is now pretty much acting like SpongeBob normally acts...and yet we're supposed to feel bad that SpongeBob's being pushed to the side because happy Squidward becomes Employee of the Month. However, this doesn't work not only because of how SpongeBob's treated Squidward in earlier episodes, but also because he flat-out admitted at the beginning of the episode that he watches Squidward sleep. But the crown for this Dethroning Moment? The scene where SpongeBob screams at Squidward for pogo-dancing with Patrick, and then kicks the squid out of his own party. And not one person calls SpongeBob out for this appalling behavior. And then the episode ends with Squidward being zapped back to normal. You have no idea how elated I was when The Mysterious Mr. Enter named this episode Number One on his "Top Ten Squidward Torture Porns" list, because that's exactly where this piece of garbage belongs.
- Crazy Luigi: The biggest one for me is the one in "House Fancy", where Squidward gets his toenail (not joking) ripped out of one of his feet by a chair due to SpongeBob's tomfoolery. And just to make it even worse, Squidward ended up tripping on said toenail. Now for someone who didn't flinch when first seeing something like Pickle Surprise, seeing that actually made me want to close my eyes from that painful to watch scene.
- Jewel Satellite: I can't think of an ending more insulting than the one in "Nautical Novice". The episode could've been a great one, there are many great touches and I feel that it's entertaining. But the ending sums up to the following: SpongeBob actually wasn't moving the museum at all, it was someone with a tugboat way smaller than than the actual museum. This is barely even alluded to in the rest of the episode. SpongeBob brought it up, but other than that, the ending of this episode shoots down any possible developments in SpongeBob's driving skill. Overall, this episode isn't bad, but the ending shot down any chance of the episode being good.
- RetsofNoraa: Has anyone else seen "The Splinter?" SpongeBob gets a splinter in his thumb, which proceeds to get infected to the point that his thumb is as big as half his head and issues forth a fountain of pus when the splinter is finally pulled. I get sick from even looking at screencaps. Oh, and keep in mind that - despite the progressed nature of the infection - SpongeBob wants to keep working. Around fast food. With a pus-gushing thumb. But that's not even the worst part. It wasn't a larger-than-life pus initially- SpongeBob consulted help from Patrick at first, who is obviously no doctor and becoming Too Dumb to Live by examining and even biting SpongeBob's foot. And when SpongeBob says that it's not helping, Patrick decides to ignore him completely and SpongeBob ends up begging for his help! Normally I can tolerate Patrick but this put me off completely. And here's the worst part- when Patrick attempted to help (with as much medical knowledge as a preschooler) he hammers the damn splinter in! Now that's how it enlarged to such a horrendous size. This is just one of the key moments where Patrick "Finland!" Star deteriorated into a complete jerk.
- Ztyran: The ending of "Gone" was a good example for me. Instead of it being a horrible nightmare or something, it's that everyone, even his friends have spent a week having a holiday called 'No SpongeBob Day,' doing things like burning him in effigy. Now while I can understand Plankton, Squidward, and Mrs. Puff, the others make no sense. This included Krabs—who makes a fortune off the guy—and his best friends, Sandy and Patrick. And Patrick's excuse that everyone needs time away from SpongeBob's laugh is a bit of a lame excuse.
- anoni: "Patty Caper", the episode when the secret ingredient of the formula was stolen while being shipped, then Krabs sends SpongeBob to find who stole it. When he can't find who did it, he goes back to Krabs to report. Guess what? Out of nowhere Krabs blames SpongeBob! The guy's about to be thrown in jail under bogus charges when we find out that Krabs actually stole the formula so he wouldn't have to pay shipping... What was the point of shipping it in the first place? Also, I think Krabs, right before SpongeBob is thrown in jail, was about to fire the poor kid. He sends him on a search, blames him when there are no results, and almost fires him. Apparently he forgot that SpongeBob is pretty much the only person keeping the Krusty Krab in business, Squidward and Krabs are horrible cooks! Ya know what this means? Mr. Krabs would destroy his own restaurant so he'd save money! I can't get behind this. I seriously can't.
- Mr Reviser 121: Ironically, I hate how this episode has Mr. Krabs treated, of all people. Long story short, he tries to frame SpongeBob for stealing the secret ingredient to the Krabby Patty Secret Formula and get him arrested, but screws it up by pointing at SpongeBob with the bottle of the secret ingredient and confesses that he stole it because, well, he's a cheapskate. Krabs gets arrested and the judge sentences him to sell Krabby Patties for free for a whole day, to which Mr. Krabs laments that he couldn't bear to see that. Cut to Spongebob giving away free Krabby Patties... while Mr. Krabs is manhandled by two policefish, by his freakin' EYESTALKS, in a chair screaming due to being forced to watch his food being sold for free; And the policefish are laughing at this. REALLY, WRITERS?! You get Mr. Krabs get punished for being a Jerkass by having him be psychologically and physically tortured by a pair of sadistic cops?! Where's the justice in that?; You made me feel bad for that son of a bitch!
- CartoonFreak95: The episode "Pet or Pests" had a huge one, there's a particular scene where Larry the Lobster claims that he doesn't know who SpongeBob is. Okay, so we're supposed to forget "Ripped Pants", "House Fancy", "Lifeguard on Duty", etc?! Granted, those were made years ago, but with Larry's position in those episodes, he can't forget who SpongeBob is, he might not be one of his best friends, but SpongeBob goes to the beach a lot, and with the amount of episodes he's been there, Larry is supposed to not forget who he is, he knows who SpongeBob is in the other episodes, so why not in this one?! Continuity errors are frequent, but with the times that Larry the Lobster has appeared, this is why this is a DMOS for me; Stephen Hillenburg (the show's creator) might not be involved with the newer episodes, but Paul Tibbitt (current showrunner) and the writers should at least try and put some more effort into it, instead of trying to deliberately piss off the show's fan base.
- Xblade: "Choir Boys". Okay, so imagine a kid watching SpongeBob for the first time (Yeah, this is a bit unrealistic, but bear with me here). What are they going to see? - They're not going to see a jerk getting some comeuppance, they're going to see an average guy getting torment for no real reason at all. Squidward just wants to go to the choir, and SpongeBob decides to nag him, chase him down, and his pot hole results in Squidward getting trapped in a jellyfish swarm. Squidward is upstaged at the choir by SpongeBob, but since SpongeBob is the 'protagonist' of the episode, it's not all that surprising. Then there's SpongeBob saying this to him: Now I have a captive audience!
- Green Machine 2084: The 6th season episode "Gullible Pants" was this troper's breaking point. Basically, Mr. Krabs puts SpongeBob in charge of the Krusty Krab for 15 minutes. While Squidward takes advantage of the situation, things get worse and worse until the end of the episode when Krabs gets back to see all the customers are cowering in the corner, there's a huge mess everywhere, and SpongeBob is dancing in a creepy fashion. That's how the episode ends, and there is no resolution at all! Way to leave us hanging, writers!
- Woodsman: While "Overbooked" was by no means a great episode, one moment in particular really stood out. SpongeBob has to go get a cake for Patrick's birthday party, but didn't reserve one in advance. He goes to the bakery and finds there's only one cake with a message already written on it. The message? "Sorry about the scabies." This isn't getting crap past the radar, this is nuking it. I was appalled that such a thing could be aired in a kid's show with no apparent outcry. This was the final nail in the coffin for me; I knew SpongeBob was past its former glory if it had to resort to this kind of adult joke.
- The Clash of Triton
- Mr Jeperson: A truly dire guest spot from Victoria Beckham. Stilted, unfunny, and obviously put in only because "Victoria wants to prove that she's still hip."
- Rabid Badger 1632: I'll make mine, "Dear Vikings" as nobody seems to have covered it yet, despite how much it deserves it. The basic plot is SpongeBob writing a letter to a random viking clan and they come and shanghai SpongeBob and Squidward. The premise of the episode may have worked if actual writers had worked on it and not just random people grabbed from the story-boarding department (Not joking there. Most of the current writers have had no experience with actual writing). After about 7 minutes of bland jokes and filler, Squidward ticks off the Vikings and they try to catapult him into the sea (well more accurately the goo). The ending is the worst part. It isn't hard to see that the writers realized that they had wasted too much time with filler to bring in the actual plot and that they only have a minute left to resolve things. Rather than scrap the episode or rewrite from scratch like a competent writer would, they just decide to ram in another pointless conflict. Right in the middle of Squidward's catapulting the Viking's ship hits an iceberg and starts sinking. SpongeBob climbs into another catapult and flings himself into the hole to plug it and absorbs all the water. The Vikings then start cheering for him, SpongeBob utters a painfully lame joke, and the episode just ends. No, actually it doesn't end, it just stops. This just shows how little the writers think of the kids who watch this. I was about 9 when I watched the episode and I wasn't impressed. Nothing was actually resolved. Do SpongeBob and Squidward get back home? Do they still plan on catapulting Squidward? What did anyone even gain or learn from this? Well none of those are answered. Also this episode just doubled my apathy for the Emmy's.
- Truffle: Plankton's Regular is a prime example of what a petty bastard Mr. Krabs really is. Plankton is overjoyed to finally get a regular customer, but Krabs, being Krabs, decides that he's not happy with this, so he and SpongeBob go out of their way to sabotage Plankton's success. There's no reason for them to do this, as having a regular customer means Plankton won't try to steal their patty formula. Not only are they unjustifiably cruel, but at the end of the episode, it's revealed that Karen was paying the guy to buy Plankton's chum. He never liked it to begin with. Why!? What's so bad about letting Plankton have his five minutes of fame? And we're expected to find this funny. Well, it's not. It's just mean and depressing.
- Cabbit Girl Emi: For me, it was "Stuck in the Wringer". SpongeBob gets stuck in his wringer and Patrick becomes even stupider than usual by thinking he wanted to be glued in! Just when you thought it was bad enough when SpongeBob is forced to take the day off from work, Patrick more or less tries to get him to cheer up at the amusement park, and it ends up with SpongeBob yelling at Patrick. The worst part? Everyone in the crowd gives No Sympathy towards SpongeBob, and said that what happened to him served him right. What a way to rub salt in the wound, and such a completely miserable episode!
- VideoGameCrack: And another moment from "Stuck in the Wringer" which shows perfectly how much these people care about their writing: Long story short, Patrick manages to nullify the effect of the super glue with his tears. The problem? Tears shed due to sadness are salt water, and the show takes place in an ocean. Remember when they actually lampshaded their setting? Yeah, me neither.
- Mogo: What makes it worse is that it wasn't just the crowd (although that was just horrible enough for this section by itself), it's that not one single person in any of their places thought of getting him out of that thing. I mean, we all know Krabs is a jackass but hasn't his business been ruined by Squidward or Krabs himself trying to cook before? In fact I just learned about the ending here because I turned the TV off before it ended. That's how bad I hated it. But to add to Video Game Crack's comments above, SpongeBob cried due to how horrible this situation is, why didn't that help. It's just 11 minutes of Cringe Comedy that makes you wonder how this episode got greenlit.
- chidoriss: The absolute worst part is the ending, where SpongeBob looks right at the camera and says, "I guess crying does solve your problems after all." What a Family-Unfriendly Aesop for the kids.
- Super Saiya Man: The episode "A Pal for Gary", which had SpongeBob adopting a new pet... despite the warning that it doesn't like snails or snail noises. Said pet terrifies Gary, and SpongeBob is too stupid to see that Gary was about to be eaten and then the new pet starts eating him. Gary chases said pet out. Instead of thanking him? SpongeBob scolds Gary for chasing him off! Not funny! SpongeBob becomes even more Too Dumb to Live when he can't recognize he was going to be fucking eaten and Gary saved him.
- Loekman 3: Despite all of the cruelties in "One Coarse Meal", it is not Krabs' Moral Event Horizon or Plankton's suicide that make me hate this episode; It is when Plankton's attempt of payback is seen as an evil act that cements it. Firstly, when Plankton uses his fear of mimes to scare Krabs, he cries to the point that we're supposed to root for him. Secondly, even though it does not compensate Plankton's Break the Cutie by Krabs, it would have been an okay episode if weren't for the fact that Spongebob, who previously helped Plankton of his suicide and decides to make him feel better, scares him away with a hologram of whales; essentially, the oblivious yellow sponge single-handedly made Krabs overthrow PB as the god of all Karma Houdinis as he completely got away with scaring Plankton for weeks because he enjoyed it. Third and lastly, it makes any episodes that depict Krabs and Plankton being good pals such as "Friend Or Foe" painful to watch considering the monstrosity Krabs had become.
- VulgarProboscidean: The episode "A Day Without Tears" is an insult to SpongeBob during the pre-movie era, the takes Spongebob's Flanderization Up to Eleven in which he cries about practically everything, he cries about ripping his pants, he cries about having to throw away a Krabby Patty, and he cries about Squidward yelling at him, despite those things happening to SpongeBob in previous episodes (Ripped Pants, Born Again Krabs, and every episode where SpongeBob and/or Patrick annoy Squidward). I don't know who that crybaby was in this episode because it's not SpongeBob SquarePants.
- prettycoolguy: There's a DMOS for "Summer Job". When Mrs. Puff tries to bring up Krusty Love's date plotline again by asking if he'd like to go on a date, he cruelly shoots her down like a jackass. Wow, Krabs. This is a new low, even for you.
- smartguy39: The one that did it for me was the Legends of Bikini Bottom episode "Sponge-Cano". Why? Because it shows how much of an Ungrateful Bastard Squidward is. Here's the whole episode in a nutshell. The episode starts with Squidward painting while SpongeBob sings about how grateful he is about what he has. After a bit of time, Squidward tells SpongeBob he does not need his help and to never help him again. At the Krusty Krab, Squidward complains about various things (counting $3 in pennies, a guy tapping his foot, etc.), and tells SpongeBob that he's the most miserable person in Bikini Bottom, and asks how it could get any worse. Then Mt. Bikini erupts and chaos ensues. When the people of Bikini Bottom finally find some shelter and the mayor can't think of anything to do, a mysterious dolphin appears and says that to stop the volcano, they have to sacrifice the most miserable person. After some bickering, Squidward says that he would rather take his chances with the volcano rather than everyone else. Naturally, when they drag him to the volcano, he denies this by saying that they have the wrong guy. The citizens call him out on this, saying that they heard him complain about everything and that he said he was the most miserable person in Bikini Bottom. When they finally get to the volcano and are about to toss him in, SpongeBob, being the Nice Guy that he is, decides since that he made Squiddy miserable, he'll be the one to go in the volcano instead. Squidward seems more than fine with this, and is going to throw SpongeBob in the volcano. But then Squidward falls off a ledge and hangs on for his life. When he tells SpongeBob to save him, he reminds Squddy of his promise, but he decides to take it back when he told SB that he is grateful. After SB saves Squidward, the tightened up pipe from Squidward's house launches it off the ocean floor, where it sails through the water and eventually lands on the volcano, plugging it. And it turns out the volcano will only be stopped by the most miserable person's house. After that, Squidward says that he fucking lied to him, and that he's not grateful for anything. What? You're telling me, that after all of that shit that he's been through, adding all of the things SpongeBob did to make him feel happier (giving him a wooden clarinet, making a paradise for him, getting the whole fucking town to play in a band and giving Squilliam a heart attack, saving his goddamn life, and other things I won't get into detail with), and he's still ungrateful for everything he has?! It's no wonder I hate this episode, and I don't think I'm the only one who hates it as well!
- ilovedededesnewaccount: Well, I guess I can agree on that episode, it wasn't that good. Squidward has had several happy memories before (such as when he one-upped Squilliam, his rival, by performing the Bubble Bowl in "Band Geeks" and got to sleep in Mr. Krabs office in "Born Again Krabs"), but he's still ungrateful for the life he's living.
- 1upmushroom: The one thing I can't stand about the episode more than Squidward's Jerk Ass attitude is the fact that after SpongeBob willingly risks his life to save Squidward from being thrown in... Squidward berates the townspeople for not coming to their sense and then says something similar to "Alright SpongeBob, jump in"... Are you freaking serious?! So let me get this straight Squidward, you constantly bitch and moan about every single thing that upsets you and yet when you're given the opportunity to end it all... you proceed to bitch about being thrown in the volcano and willingly let SpongeBob take the fall for you! You are scum! This moment just confirmed that Squidward is a whiny prick who just likes complaining about how miserable his life is even when it's really not. This also proved that he deserves every single bit of torture given to him.
- Diego Salvati: I hate this episode, but for the opposite reason than 1upmushroom. For me, this episode is a lame and disgusting attempt by the pseudo-writers of the show to justify the horrible torture porn that is Squidward's life now. It's like they thought "hey, there're a lot of complaints about Squidward torture porn. Let's throw in a jerkass Squidward episode to justify it and keep going!".
- ''The Great Patty Caper"
- MathWizardBoy: Mine for this episode was the "butler is a werewolf" thing. Meaningless, as is the whole show after season 4.
- MosquitoMan: "Hide and Then What Happens?". It was an okay episode actually but the dethroning moment comes at the very beginning. Patrick doesn't even remember SpongeBob's name. This goes beyond Flanderization. It's a new low for the writers in my book. However, it gets worse. Patrick thinks that hide and seek, a game pre-schoolers can figure out right off the bat, is too complicated for him to understand. By now I'm convinced the writers are just directly insulting the viewer's intelligence.
- KashimaKitty: Since an entire episode being a moment in the series's history doesn't count here, I'll isolate the very last portion of "Yours, Mine and Mine" as the absolute lowest point in the series. The title alone foreshadows the selfish nature of this episode, but a half decent episode might have ended with Patrick learning the errors of his ways. How does this one end? With Patrick stealing Spongebob's money for the second time. Upon being called on it, Patrick responds with "Have you learned nothing about sharing?" I can usually forgive Patrick when he does something out of sheer stupidity, but not only is he a tremendous Jerk Ass in this episode, but also an arrogant Know-Nothing Know-It-All.
- Brendan D Rizzo: Really, Seasonal Rot has afflicted this show so badly that I find it hard to isolate a single Dethroning Moment, but for a while I was stuck trying to decide between Season 4's "All That Glitters" (which, even as an undiscerning child, I had recognized as sealing SpongeBob's Flanderization) and Season 7's "Squidward in Clarinetland"; but, after rereading this trope's requirements, I think I have to go with the latter, for two points, both at the beginning of the episode, which are absolutely disgusting. The first is when Squidward confronts Mr. Krabs with the book of employment regulations, and Krabs actually breaks out in hives, completely covering his body, on screen. I won't lie, seeing that for the first time almost made me want to vomit, and I still wound up wishing that Brain Bleach was a real thing so that I could forget the image. (So like hell am I going to provide a link.) The second, shortly afterwards, was when SpongeBob reaches out and touches the safe, which has not been cleaned in years, and a bunch of sea urchins (?) climb out of the dust cloud and (spoilered for Squick) eat off all of SpongeBob's "skin" and "muscle", revealing only his arm bones. And so I wanted the Brain Bleach again. Even if the rest of the episode wasn't completely absurd and creepy as all hell (which doesn't exactly do it any favors), it would still be the worst in the series because of those two images alone. Note to the writers: if your drawing is worthy of appearing on a Shock Site, don't broadcast it on public television, please. In true DMOS fashion, every single one of the episodes before and after this one, no matter how widely criticized, is better than this horror, because after you've hit rock bottom, you have no place to go but up.
- The Dog Sage: "Smooth Jazz at Bikini Bottom" is pretty much a particularly cruel Kick the Dog episode for poor Squidward, with special mention going, once again, to Patrick. The bastard eats Squidward's ticket for the jazz show, and then for no reason, steals and eats both SpongeBob's and Squidward's backstage passes. Why SpongeBob is still friends with the guy, I'll never know.
- Young Princess Zelda: "Restraining SpongeBob" is the episode that made me want to pelt Patrick with a bow and arrow. Squidward gets a restraining order against SpongeBob, only for him to have Patrick hired and bother the living hell out of Squidward and us too. The ending part was just terrible with Patrick laughing really stupidly after Squidward changes the restraining order against Patrick. Couldn't he have just gotten two restraining orders?
- Treb: "Fiasco!" was actually a pleasant surprise for the most part, but one scene at the end absolutely ruined my whole enjoyment of the episode. At the very end of the episode Squidward remains in jail for no reason at all. It comes out of nowhere, and left a sour taste in my mouth. It's almost like they are obligated to add pointless Squidward abuse now.
- Eddy1215: What I didn't like about that episode was that Squidward called the police on SpongeBob and Patrick who did nothing when it was Plankton they were after.
- Fairy Dreamer: The ending for "Are You Happy Now?" is what killed it for me. They have Squidward going crazy at the "party" SpongeBob throws for him and declare that as his happiest memory. Suicide jokes are bad enough, but to imply that being depressed makes one crazy? Yeah, because people with mental illness don't already hear that enough.
- Garfield2710: I hate what modern SpongeBob has become, and hate a majority of the newer episodes. However, my personal DMOS for this show is the beginning of "The Googly Artiste." It starts with Squidward having sculpted a self portrait, which actually looks pretty good. Then an art critic comes by and criticizes it, going so far as to steal Squidward's beret, because he's not a "real" artist. Then to add insult upon insult, the art critic then goes over to Patrick and thinks that his work, which is just a rock covered in googly eyes, is a masterpiece and buys it for $500. This is the most infuriating thing they've ever done, because it feels like the writers are insulting the people who have heavily criticized the show, by saying they can't see quality work right in front of their nose, and would rather watch crap. Hey morons, write better, and then people will stop insulting your work! Even if this wasn't a Take That, Audience! (which I highly doubt), it still comes across as that way, and they definitely should've known better. Oh and that this scene logically makes no sense on any conceivable level, other than to once again remind us that Squidward is and always will be a Butt-Monkey.
- GrumpyOldMan: "Hello Bikini Bottom", we finally get an episode about what a colossal Jerk Ass Mr. Krabs is and how he can't just go and screw over anyone he feels like. But then, what happens at the end? SpongeBob takes money he was saving for Gary and bails Mr. Krabs' sorry ass out. He gets the Krusty Krab back and its business as usual. I understand it was for Status Quo Is God reasons, but that only makes it worse.
- Dinner101: I removed my previous dethroning moment ("Smooth Jazz at Bikini Bottom") in favor of a far worse episode: Pet Sitter Pat. It is similar to the infamous "A Pal for Gary". In this episode, SpongeBob is attending a birthday party for his grandma and he asks Patrick to pet sit Gary while he's gone. Patrick essentially torments Gary through out the episode. He eats Gary's food, uses what's left of it to stop the water from going down the sink drain, and even chases him with a flamethrower. He eventually catches Gary and washes him on the spot with a hose and a box of soup flakes, then he dries him off with a hair dryer (he said that he couldn't find any salt). The whole house then floods due to Patrick leaving both the sink and the shower on, but when SpongeBob comes back home, everything is magically back to normal. Gary is reading Patrick bedtime stories. I could not believe that they would do something like this and find it funny. It wasn't funny and it made me feel sorry for Gary.
- Ngh93: For me, it's the episode "Demolition Doofus." This is an episode which very much destroys a sympathetic character for me: Mrs. Puff. In the episode, thanks to SpongeBob's wreckless driving, Mrs. Puff gets her inflating sac punctured. And her reaction? She enters SpongeBob into a demolition derby in hope that he would literally die in it. Unfortunately for her, he survives thanks to his driving. She then crosses the Moral Event Horizon by attempting to run SpongeBob down with one of the monster trucks. I used to feel sorry for Mrs. Puff whenever she had to put up with SpongeBob, but this episode is pretty much an Out-of-Character Moment for her, and she wants SpongeBob out of her life so much, that she is perfectly willing to kill him in order for that to happen. What made me firmly hate her was this exchange—
Mrs. Puff: Why are you still ALIVE?!
- SpongeBob, You're Fired!
- K Oman: I came to this episode wondering what tremendous error SpongeBob possibly could have done to get fired, but the episode starts with him simultaneously cleaning the floors and delivering Krabby Patties, all with admirable enthusiasm. So why did Krabs fire him? It was worth a nickel. That's right; Mr. Krabs fired the frycook who he has learned time and time again that the Krusty Krab cannot function without, someone who wholeheartedly loves his job... because it would save him five cents! Hope that five cents sustains you when your restaurant inevitably fails without SpongeBob, you money-obsessed moron!
- Izzy 1: Another thing about that episode that bothered me was the snail food scene, where SpongeBob was shown being able to make great-tasting snail food, ended up going nowhere. It could have been expanded so that SpongeBob actually makes a new business out of it and shuns Mr. Krabs' offering for his job back. But nope, everything HAS to go back to normal by the end (admittedly, they probably would have done that even with the snail food business). If they weren't going to expand upon it, why bother to have it at all?
- Chimanruler 15: Also, when Sandy was doing an experiment with toxic waste, she stopped SpongeBob from ingesting it while she let Patrick and another citizen eat the food and called them "freeloaders." Isn't Patrick Sandy's friend, and since when did Sandy throw ethics out the window?
- bedrockperson: Side note, Krabs installed a coin slot that you need to enter 5¢ into in order for the bathroom door to open. So yeah, aside from the fucked up mentality you need to have to force people to pay to use the bathroom (because you know, Krabs couldn't have found another way to get 5¢ more of a profit. It's not like his establishment has numerous products that are extremely popular of which he has risen the prices for numerous times before… oh wait, yes he fucking does!) how much do you think it cost to not only replace the current bathroom door, but find one that could compensate for the coin slot, as well as purchase and install said coin slot? I quit. Let's all just hope Hillenburg's return turns this bullshit around.
- MetalAiAi: Missed potential, thy name is Patrick! The Game. The first half of the episode is good, but nothing spectacular, but when we get to the characters playing the game itself marks the point where the episode's quality goes down the toilet. Imagine playing Mario Party, and you end up on the Bowser Space every turn. That pretty much summarizes Squidward's experience playing the game, he always ends up on the Jail Space and Patrick goes full Killer Game Master just to keep Squidward miserable, while SpongeBob and Sandy only add pointless Padding. Sure, Squidward may have been a bit jerky in the first half, but the way Patrick takes a level in jerkass makes it unfair. The episode ends with Squidward tearing up the board and getting arrested for it, at this point of the series that doesn't come off as a surprise anymore. To summarize, the writers had great potential to this episode, but they threw it away in favor of a generic Squidward torture porn.
- boatsnot: "Goodbye, Krabby Patty?" is my favorite post-movie Spongebob episode, mostly due to re-railing Patrick and Spongebob's personalities, but it wasn't perfect. Case in point: there's a joke with an old man who likes the original Krabby Patties getting shoved aside for a baby in a high chair taking selfies while babbling about social media. Low blow, guys. There was also the annoying message about how processed food gives you a huge butt, but isn't that a problem with fast food, too?