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Dethroning Moment: SpongeBob SquarePants
He'll do better next semester.

"To call this episode a piece of utter shit is an insult to shit."
The Mysterious Mr. Enter in his review of "The Splinter"

Being a Long Runner, Sponge Bob Square Pants 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 listing here.

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    Seasons 1- 3 (Pre-Revival) 
  • Tropers/Aldo930: "Nature Pants" is not a bad episode, but the characters are very OOC. When did SpongeBob want to leave his job to go live among the jellyfish? When did Patrick take the loss of his best friend so badly he decided to make him a trophy? Again, not bad, but the episode suffers because of it.
  • 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?! That is just the lowest of the low and one of the weaker bunch of the first three seasons!
  • TT 454: "Grandma's Kisses" is an early misfire, a very rare example of a terrible episode from the golden days of SBSP. The episode begins uncomfortably with SpongeBob's visit to his Grandma's house, where he acts even more immature than usual, being treated like a young child. It's rather awkward to watch, but it goes downhill from there. Grandma gives him a ride to work, kisses him, and then he is promptly ridiculed by Squidward and everyone in the Krusty Krab for being treated like a little kid being dropped off to kindergarten. Though I agree with them that SpongeBob should act his age, the mocking comes off as unnecessarily cruel, making the sponge run home in tears. SpongeBob then decides to, with Patrick, visit Grandma's as "adults", refusing any kind of motherly treatment, but a predictably clueless Patrick decides to revert to being a toddler just like SpongeBob had done. Annoyed, SpongeBob tries to continue the charade regardless, only to become jealous of the affection Patrick is being given. After Patrick is given a nap, we get what might be the most painful-to-watch sequence from the classic days, where SpongeBob tearfully admits that he wants to be treated like a baby and never grow up, and then has an overlong tantrum that isn't funny in the slightest. What makes the episode even worse is Patrick's greed, with him eating three whole plates of cookies, and the way Grandma condescendingly tries to make SpongeBob's brief time as an adult as miserable as possible by making him eat a piece of steamed coral (which is shown to be like eating glass), suggesting he should read a huge and extremely wordy manual, and finally giving him some boring, useless office supplies as a "present". And right at the very end, Squidward and the fish from earlier are outside Grandma's house, looking through the window laughing at him, and rightfully so - he is embarrassingly childish in this episode, and it brings to mind the intolerable version of SpongeBob we would go onto know starting from the movie. The whole episode completely falls flat, with not one redeeming quality to name.
  • sardns: 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. Then when he starts crying, Patrick just scoffs at him and rubs it in his face how Gary doesn't want to be with him anymore. Finally, when Gary goes back to SpongeBob, Patrick screams "I thought what we had was speciaaaal!"
  • ading: It's a tough choice, but I'm gonna have to go with "Squirrel Jokes". The episode has precisely zero jokes aside from the fact that people hate squirrels. How's that supposed to be funny? Also, in the end, SpongeBob's solution to solving the problem is... to keep making fun of squirrels, but also make fun of everyone else along with it. How does that solve anything?
  • 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!
  • King Clark: To give an example from the early days, "I'm With Stupid" is an episode where SpongeBob (the Nice Guy that he is) decided to help Patrick impress his parents by Playing Dumb to make Patrick seem bright by comparison. What does Patrick do? He runs with the act, fooling himself into believing that this isn't an act. Patrick and his parents go on to make a mockery of poor SpongeBob (keep in mind that SpongeBob and Patrick have been BFFs since they were children and SpongeBob regularly volunteers to help Patrick with his daily troubles), sending the sponge away in a huffing rage. We then find out that those aren't even Patrick's parents. So, to recap: Patrick treated his best friend like garbage without apologizing. Without feeling bad afterward. And he gets away with this! How SpongeBob let Patrick off the hook is beyond me.
  • 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 conforted 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.

    Season 4 
  • Tropers/OPI: The special "Have you Seen this Snail?". Gary runs away because SpongeBob forgot to feed him once and Gary before this episode has been shown to get his own food and in the letter Gary wrote he made SpongeBob look like the worst person ever for forgetting to feed him once even though SpongeBob pampers Gary like a king.
  • toonyloon: "Good Neighbors", which, for me (and a few others) marks the start of the show's downfall. The entire episode involved SpongeBob and Patrick practically torture Squidward by making him "leader" of their cult. Despite Squidward telling them numerous times that he doesn't want to have them around him, they continue doing so. Worst of all, at the end of the episode, when Squidward's house goes on a rampage, Squidward is the one who gets most of the blame. The fact that the annoyance levels for SpongeBob and Patrick were taken Up to Eleven was already bad, but the fact that it was like this for the entire episode made it worse.
    • nicktoonhero: It's not good for those who don't like Squidward, either. At first, he just tells SpongeBob and Patrick to not bother him, at one point giving them a task to distract them from bugging him. That's normal. But then it gets ugly when SpongeBob and Patrick unknowingly use up his spa hour. Squidward outright screams at them, at a volume that has never been used before this episode, and tells them they're the worst neighbors ever. That scene gives me bad vibrations every time. So to make it up for it, SpongeBob and Patrick decided to give him an apology cake, as Squidward was installing a new security system to keep them out. What does Squidward do? He tries to alert the security system that they are intruders. Naturally, he only makes things worse and causes his house to rampage through the town. Squidward, I know you don't like them for ruining your Sunday, but they're trying to reach out to you! They baked you a goddamn cake! I try to avoid this episode as much as possible. It's just too painful to watch no matter whose side you're on. I can sit through all the other post-movie SpongeBob episodes like it ain't no thing, and yet this is the one episode I actually make an effort to avoid.
  • troper/cheeze13: I like a variety of episodes, by hate this one episode. "Driven to Tears" OH, God, this episode. SpongeBob doesn't get his license, again, and Patrick decides it's rigged, so he takes the test. He gets it, and then acts like a total asshole, reminding SpongeBob he managed to get his. Example, "If you just apply yourself, you can be the two millionth winner." He doesn't say that in a nice tone, either. He emphasizes "apply", as if SpongeBob was an idiot! Then, it's late at night, and Patrick is working on his boatmobile, and when SpongeBob asks what he is doing, Patrick goes on to say that SpongeBob should keep it down, and people are trying to sleep, when SpongeBob has done nothing! Then, when Patrick comes over, he brags about the license. SpongeBob says he knew that already, and that he was there already. Patrick says SpongeBob was following him, and he needs to get his own life! Wtf!!! I hate this episode so much.
  • Ecclytennysmithylove: Im surprised nobody mentioned Squid Wood" or as I call it the episode where SpongeBob makes a rape-face through the window at Squidward, whos trying to have his peace and quiet bath time"! What is wrong with you, SpongeBob!? I thought your heart goes to Sandy Cheeks, not Squidward Tentacles! Seriously, SpongeBob, what part of Don't bother Squidward at all!" do you not understand!?
  • 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. But the fun didn't really begin until, right outta nowhere, he shouted at somebody who tried to leave during his rant—something blatantly out-of-character for him.

    Season 5 
  • 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?!
  • 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 guy yells for the police and they 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: Actually, he doesn't yell for the police. 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, its 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.
    • Yeow95: Worse, remember that he and Patrick nursed a baby scallop until it was able to fly in "Rock-A-Bye Bivalve". Comparing SpongeBob from that episode to SpongeBob in this episode just opens up a whole new can of Fridge Horror.
    • 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 octopus 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.
  • InnocentDarkside: While virtually everything on this page has earned it's spot as a D Mo S, I would take the opportunity to add the episode "Money Talks". Mr. Krabs sells his soul to the Flying Dutchman so... he can be able to talk to money. It pretty much cemented that the writers were not only just plain out of ideas at that point, but yet another prime example of the rampant Flanderization that's been plaguing the series.
  • lilpurplebird: "Atlantis SquarePantis". This was the episode that convinced me SpongeBob had begun running out of ideas and was relying on annoyance to make an episode. The actors couldn't sing well with their character voices (and Tom Kenny can sing, as SpongeBob has been shown to sing well-enough), but that was one of everything about the episode that was annoying. I didn't like Lord Royal Highness as a character (David Bowie, why did you agree to this), the songs were pointless despite playing a plot importance, the plot itself was poorly done, and it was just pointless filler altogether. The art and the animation styles they used to match up with the art were sadly wasted in this horrendous special. I'm ashamed to even own the DVD.
  • Philipnova798: The special "What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?" I've seen other bad episodes, but those didn't bother me too much. What makes this a DMoS, is that it puts the Sponge in a very cliched negative light towards his "friends" when all he did was accidentally ruin their day. Also, why was he even trying with Squidward? He should have known by now that ol' Squiddy hates him.

    Season 6 
  • Just Dancer Starships: I'm incredibly easy to satisfyI like nearly every episode, even items that are on a lot of bad episode lists, like The Splinter and Demolition Doofus ("Family-Unfriendly Aesop? Nah, they're only jokes or too subtle to get." I also like enjoying what gives others misery). But Tentacle-Vision dropped below that standards of season 5 and on episodes. Why? Not the reason you'd expect: the entire plot couldn't have happened if it weren't Squidward holding the Idiot Ball. You see, he gets a TV show, and Spongebob and Patrick louse it up for him. It starts a chain of uninvited guests. Squidward, your door has a lock, right? Kick them out and use it, Einstein! I also must say, Sandy held the Idiot Ball, too; she joins in the uninvited guests. Even the other season 5 and later episodes make her smarter than the rest of the cast!
  • 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.
  • 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, Sandy, who once married him, and Patrick, his best friend. And Patrick's excuse that everyone needs time away from SpongeBob's laugh is a bit of a lame excuse.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • SD Rim 6: "Plankton's Regular" was absolutely terrible, even by the recent standards. The episode starts with Plankton finally getting a customer that likes his food. Mr. Krabs sees this and decides to take the customer away from Plankton saying that "I can't let Plankton have even one [customer]" He then goes out of his way to drive this one customer away even going so far as to try to steal Plankton's secret formula for chum! After he fails at attempting to steal Plankton's secret formula Plankton gloats about how ironic it is for Krabs to try to steal his formula. Then it is revealed that the customer was being paid by Karen to eat at the Chum Bucket. Plankton cries about losing his only customer and Krabs just laughs at Plankton's misery.
    • Tropers/Psi001: That episode did actually seem to be trying hard to make the audience pity Plankton over Mr Krabs, even having Plankton call an end to their rivalry if he could keep his costumer. I think this was one of the key points the series was being converted into a Sadist Show and making the cast into a bunch of Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonists (the punchline just seemed to be Plankton getting his chain yanked hard, no twist or complexity, just laughs over misery).
  • WolfMan16: I just recently watched the episode "Boating Buddies", and I have to say that along with "Squid's Visit" and the infamous exchange in "20,000 Patties Under The Sea", this was the episode that really flanderized the ridiculous Ho Yay SpongeBob gives to Squidward, possibly even worse than those examples. In this episode SpongeBob, as always, annoys Squidward, this time to the point where he tries to get away from him and ends up in the same boating school with Spongebob. No, that's obviously not the sucky part; there are scenes in the boating school where he touches Squidward rather suggestively, fawns over him numerous times, and even wrote a note on the board where he proclaims his liking to Squidward with hearts all around the writing. Seriously, it seems as though the writers are trying to scare off the fans by turning their once beloved cartoon hero into a creepy gay stalker. Jesus Christ, people.
  • King Cr Inu Yasha: The episode where SpongeBob turns his house into an exact replica of Squidward's - "Squid's Visit". This isn't the first time SpongeBob's obsession with Squidward as been Flanderized, but this one has him acting like some psycho straight out of Criminal Minds. You even have Sponge breathing heavily, looking at Squidward through the window while they're on the phone when Squid says he's coming over to get his vacuum cleaner back. Oh, and Squid's house burns down near the end, due to a casserole he left in the oven.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tweedly Dee: "The Clash of Triton" is a fairly light example. It goes like this; Mr. Krabs is holding a banquet for Neptune, who is sad due to Triton's absence and refuses to eat. SpongeBob is sent to retrieve Triton, who was imprisoned by Neptune for being a hippie. SpongeBob finds Triton and frees him with Patrick's assistance. Triton causes mayhem and destruction, and Neptune congratulates him for his tyranny. He leaves, still having not eaten the krabby patties or payed for them. An angry mob then chases SpongeBob and Patrick. Now why did this one suck? For starters, there's Patrick's Smart Ball. Patrick, who after years of Flanderization is now Too Dumb to Live, shows surprising competency long enough to free Triton. After this point, he's stupid as usual. The reasoning behind Neptune's imprisonment of Triton defies all forms of logic, and the two deities act like assholes and get no comeuppance. It also has the hallmarks of an idiot plot: Neptune was too stupid to free Triton before going to the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob was too stupid to solve a simple puzzle, and Patrick suddenly shows signs of intelligence when they've written themselves into a corner. While this isn't the worst part of the series, it's a good place to start.
    • Mr Jeperson: And don't forget 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.
  • treehugger0369: I had abandoned the series before seeing this episode, but The Mysterious Mr. Enter brought to my attention something I felt should be shared. Everyone gripes about how much Patrick has been flanderized from a loveable ditz to a Too Dumb to Live Jerkass, but one line in The Card makes every dumbass moment much worse, both before and after the movie. In The Card, Patrick, through sheer dumb luck, gets a hold of the rarest Mermaid Man and Barnicle Boy trading card. Spongebob attempts to do whatever it takes to protect it, and after a series of stupid moves on Patrick's part that almost damage the card (and would have if not for Spongebob's intervention), we get this memorable exchange:
    Spongebob: Patrick, why'd you just walk into Goo Lagoon?
    Patrick: Spongebob, you can't always expect my usual brand of stupidity. I like to mix it up, keep you on your toes.
    • Let this sink in; he basically came out and admitted that every stupid thing he does is completely intentional. How many times have his seemingly stupid actions caused others harm? His stupidity has been dangerous as far back as the pilot episode, and now we have confirmation that he's done it all on purpose. Not only does it mean we're past the point of no return for his Flanderization, everything he's done pre-movie is now a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment.
  • Tropers/Monkee Juice: Cephalopod Lodge is yet another example of a Squidward torture porn and is number 5 on a list of worst torture porn episodes by The Mysterious Mr. Enter. The episode begins with Spongebob noticing Squidward smiling and for no reason (Either the writers forgot to give a reason or because Squidward is usually not smiling which makes it even worse) Spongebob wonders why he's smiling. His curiosity, or more appropriately his nosiness, increases when a guy in a trench coat talks to Squidward about what they will do tonight. Spongebob and Patrick soon follow Squidward to a pyramid where it turns out that he is a lodge member of Cephalopods. And somehow both Spongebob and Patrick got into the building where just before it was established that there was a doorman who only allows members in. And because Squidward accidentally reveals to the lodge that he knows the morons, he is kicked out of the lodge. Spongebob and Patrick try to help Squidward back into the lodge but it only goes from bad to worse. God damn this episode!

    Season 7 
  • 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. This episode isn't funny, it's just too overly mean-spirited!
    • 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.
    • MSCC93: This is why I hate SpongeBob so much... his obliviousness to other people's well-being is what put Gary in those bad situations. SpongeBob was more of a jerk than usual in this episode. He should have known that Puffy Fluffy shouldn't have been near other pets, and the seller told him so. Did he listen? No. This is more of a case of Karma Houdini instead of Idiot Houdini since he was such a porous dick for not thanking Gary for saving his ungrateful life. I pray this show ends soon.
    • Jade Muffin: In an earlier episode, SpongeBob gets bullied by Flats the Flounder and Mrs. Puff does nothing to help him, and at the episode's end SpongeBob is the one who gets in trouble for "beating up" Flats. Notice a parallel here? Given what he went through in that episode, you would think SpongeBob would know better than to treat Gary so poorly, but in "A Pal for Gary" all he does is treat Gary the same way Mrs. Puff treated him in "The Bully".
  • Linkrulezall: I put up with a lot of garbage up until this point, but the abysmal Earth Day special "SpongeBob's Last Stand" was the episode that finally killed this series for me. The writing is painful, with an environmental message more painfully obvious and pandering than Captain Planet. Case in point, the road paver instantly makes Jellyfish Fields turn to shit a few feet behind it, and SpongeBob's blatant "We can do it if we work together", followed by everyone rolling up the highway like a burrito and instantly making Jellyfish Fields green again. The episode is mostly dominated by terrible songs, including a half-assed rewriting of The Toyes' "Smoke Two Joints". Everyone (when they aren't flanderized to an even greater degree than most previous episodes), is a completely unlikable Jerkass (everyone calls SpongeBob and Patrick Highway Haters, pelts them with garbage, and chants "highway" while they're being arrested), a complete and total dumbass (Plankton wants to keep the highway, even after he's brutally attacked by Jellyfish as a direct result), or any combination of the two ("I like saying "Aye!"). I'm not even getting into the terrible jokes, most of the lazy writing, and the awful marketing campaign that prominently featured SpongeBob ripping Patrick's nipples off.
    • Romanator X: I actually held out hope for most of the special, even though it was mediocre. However, when SpongeBob was calling for his friends to stop the highway, he then called out two words which all but sent the franchise to it's deathbed for me. "Sandy Squirrel!" That's right; SpongeBob is now so stupid he can't even remember the name of one of his best friends.
  • Tropers/stewyworks333: "Summer Job", is in my opinion, the lowest point of the series, beating such failures as "Plankton's Regular" and "Stuck in the Wringer". Watch as fond memories of "Krusty Love" are trashed for the sake of jokes that should never have been. This episode starts with Mrs. Puff avoiding SpongeBob's note, and driving away, only to crash into the Krusty Krab's doors. What happens next is Mr. Krabs, making her work off the debt of the damage. Then, SpongeBob is constantly tormenting Mrs. Puffs for the next nine minutes, ending with her fed up, ripping up SpongeBob's note, and going to jail for seven years (despite her saying four years) over littering. (Yes, they make many jokes over littering, but it's lost it's charm the 100th time it was used). She's locked up, relaxed, since she's away from SpongeBob, only to find that the yellow sponge (despite totally sucking at driving) will be teaching at the prison. The bottom of this here barrel is that the note was about teaching at prison. This episode was nothing but Kick The Blowfish over and over again.
    • prettycoolguy: Oh, but there's another DMOS in this episode. 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.
  • philipthepatsy: "One Coarse Meal". Whenever Mr. Krabs learns that Plankton has a fear of whales, he tortures him to no end by dressing up as Pearl, stalking Plankton, and sending him into a suicidal depression. SpongeBob comes to comfort Plankton, tells Plankton Krabs' secret fear, and asks Krabs to knock it off. Krabs then guilt trips SpongeBob by reminding him that he was the one that told Plankton of the patty formula in the safe. Plankton arrives with a mime in order to get some much-needed vengence, only for SpongeBob to have a projector with whales playing scare Plankton off, turning the Jerk Ass Krabs into a Karma Houdini. Why would anyone want to root for Krabs after this?!
    • Loekman3: Worse than Krabs's Karma Houdini is the fact that SpongeBob freaking betrays Plankton after SpongeBob offers to help Plankton get his revenge on Krabs despite the fact that he saw Krabs laugh at Plankton's attempt at suicide. Why can't you just realize that Krabs has gone too far with his act and call him out on it like you did in "Can You Spare a Dime?" or "Krusty Love" or even make any attempt to subtly give Plankton what he wanted since I almost never see SpongeBob outright hate Plankton, in fact even attempts to make friends with him despite the fact that he tries to steal the patty numerous times. Instead he gives Krabs fake fear and he still thinks Krabs is his boss despite the fact that he saw him doing a lot of greedy acts all the time. This episode along with "A Pal For Gary" made me realise that the old charms of SpongeBob SquarePants is long and gone, replaced by a generic Comedic Sociopathic cartoon whom the writers don't even understand when enough is enough.
  • Tropers/Mineburst: I'm surprised nobody mentioned "Gramma's Secret Recipe". This is the most poorly-plotted episode I have ever watched. Basically, Plankton dresses up as his grandma in an attempt to steal the krabby patty formula. We get treated to a thought sequence where Mr. Krabs thinks Plankton's an innocent elderly lady and gives him the order. However, for no explained reason, Plankton goes to spend time with SpongeBob and that pretty much takes up 90% of the episode. Plankton could have just went to the Krusty Krab and took the formula right away! He didn't have to involve SpongeBob in his plot, especially with all the complications SpongeBob caused. At this point, I am just waiting for Steve Hillenburg to come back!
  • 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 Squlliam 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.
  • Sylverstone: I can put up with most of SpongeBob's highs and lows, but what really ticked me off was the "Mystery with a Twistery" special (known officially as "The Great Patty Caper") which specifically advertised three other people aside from Plankton whom SpongeBob accused of stealing the Krabby Patty formula for about 2 weeks before the premiere. I could easily pick out Plankton because, well, everyone knows the history with him and the formula. What makes it even more predictable is that those extras that SpongeBob accused weren't even a central part of the whole plot, so all in all, it was another "Plankton attempts to steal the formula" episode which obviously made this a Dethroning Moment of Suck.
    • Toborn: Let's not forget the fact that the mystery only lasts for the first half of the episode. The second half consists of mindless antics with the train. Meaning that this episode is dependent on filler to make it last a half hour.
    • 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.

    Season 8 
  • Tropers/Drewigi: "Sentimental Sponge", a.k.a. "Plot device Patrick turns SpongeBob into a hoarder". The DMoS here is that the nice little aesop that is "Kids, be like SpongeBob and hold up your trash!". Seriously, they make SpongeBob the protagonist (based on the music, him being depressed over losing trash, and him having a happy ending) and paint Squidward as the bad guy. What a load of ass.
  • MadMan400096: I'd typically feel like arguing with these examples, but I have no honest way of defending "Oral Report". SpongeBob gets nervous when he has to give an oral report to his boating school, so he goes to Patrick for help. Turns out to be a mistake, since Patrick is an non-supportive asshole, making the situation even worse for SpongeBob. The Fat Bastard.
  • Mr Jeperson: I've put up with a lot of suckiness from this show in recent years (as have we all), but the Dethroning Moment is in the episode "Ghoul Fools", where SpongeBob and Patrick discover a haunted house on the seabed (title, anyone?) and refuse to believe that the pirate ghosts in it are actually pirate ghosts. It disregards the frequent run-ins that they've both had with the Flying Dutchman - who, to add insult to insult, even briefly turns up at the very end of the episode in yet another of the show's increasingly frequent annoying non-endings. That's it. Re-runs of the earlier, funnier stuff for me from now on.
  • 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.
    • Wildstar93: Let's not forget when Patrick rudely interrupts the concert just to ask for more nachos! What the freakin' heck, Patrick? I've given up on Patrick after the movie, but this episode is when I started really giving up on this guy. And worst of all, he gets away with it!
    • Dinner101: I thought that I would never make a sole edit on a page like this (I usually only make edits to fix links), but the episode "Smooth Jazz at Bikini Bottom" left such a sour taste in my mouth that I just had to add my DMoS. I normally try to ignore the Seasonal Rot of the newer episodes with varying success, but the scene at the end where Squidward tries to play his clarinet, only for the guards to carry him out made me officially give up on the series. While I did like a few of the newer episodes (such as "Eek! An Urchin!"), that scene just killed the rest of them for me.
  • 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: Actually, that ending didn't bother me in the slightest. 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.
  • fluffything: The episode "Are You Happy Now?" was just very uncomfortable to watch. Not necessarily mean-spirited like other examples on this page, but, somehow, that just makes the DMOS even worse. You see, the episode centers around Squidward saying that he's never had a happy memory and SpongeBob trying to help him create a happy memory. The concept of SpongeBob actually being genuinely concerned for Squidward and trying to cheer him up is pretty touching (It's nice to see SpongeBob as something other than a creepy idiot stalker towards Squidward), but he keeps failing miserably. The worst of it, and the DMOS itself, comes when various scenes depict Squidward looking like he's about to attempt suicide (IE: sticking his head in an oven and hanging a rope on a ceiling) only for it to be revealed that's not the case (he was just making brownies and the rope was for a birdcage). Worse is that both examples were played for laughs. No, just, a thousand times, no. Having an episode where Squidward is clearly depressed and then making suicide jokes is not funny. It is never funny.
  • AustinDR: 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, she is perfectly willing to kill him in order for that to happen. What made me firmly hate her was this exchange:
    SpongeBob: Mrs. Puff, what should I-
    Mrs. Puff: Why are you still alive?!
    That line made it clear that nothing was left of the sympathetic, relatable characterization that she used to have.
    • Competition: Same episode, different reasons. Puncturing Mrs. Puff's inflating sac was treated as crippling her, right down to being in a hospital bed. SpongeBob, in his now usual oblivious idiotic way, kind of blows off the serious injury he has caused her (which is the equivalent of getting her in a car accident mind you) like it's not a big deal and tries to have a laugh about it. Considering the hell he makes her life already, ruining her life like that at least gives her a reason to drive her over the edge. What was really bad about the episode was that at the end she can randomly inflate again for no particular reason. No really, it's not even brought up, it just happens. I'm surprised AustinDR didn't bring that up.
  • Lady Phantomhive: The 2012 stop-motion Christmas special "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!". Basically, the plot is that Plankton poisons everyone in Bikini Bottom with Jerktonium-laced fruit cake, so that he can get a Christmas present for the first time ever by looking better in comparison. Then SpongeBob and Sandy create an antidote, and everyone is cured. What's the problem? Well, Plankton is apparently the "biggest jerk" in Bikini Bottom, despite only wanting to get a Christmas present, despite not even being the one to distribute the fruit cake (that was all SpongeBob), and despite all of the supposed "heroes" having done way worse stuff at other times - apparently what he does is worse than murdering people without a second thought for trivial amounts of money, as Mr. Krabs has done on several occasions. Even Santa, who is supposed to be loving and forgiving to everyone, gives him No Sympathy. Poor Sheldon Plankton is a Butt Monkey even on Christmas. What the hell?!
    • Adam Kalb: Not only did Sheldon Plankton make himself better by comparison by making everyone else worse to dishonestly get everyone else on Santa's naughty list and get himself on the nice list with that tainted fruitcake, but he also built an evil SpongeBob robot to frame SpongeBob for bad things because he was immune to the jerktonium. And we all know what bad things that would happen if he got that formula from The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. It seems that you've noticed more stuff about this show than I have, but I can see why Santa showed No Sympathy for Sheldon Plankton. Even though he just wanted to get a Christmas present, he did it in a very dishonest way. That evil plan was apparently too bad for even Santa to forgive. Even though SpongeBob distributed the fruitcake, Sheldon came up with the idea in the first place. But what I wonder even more about is why didn't Santa know this was all Sheldon's doing from the beginning if he's supposed to see everything. Even Santa was fooled by the damn SpongeBob robot for Neptune's sake!
  • Animeking1108: "Chum Fricassee". You know how everyone complains about the Seasonal Rot being filled with Character Derailment and increased Kafka Komedy? Well, this episode embodies it. Mr. Krabs tells Squidward to his face that he doesn't value him. Finally tired of Krabs' mistreatment, he takes Plankton on his offer to work for him by using a family recipe, boosting business. Of course, Squidward's ego gets the better of him and he starts half-assing the chum. Soon enough, his own Grandmother orders the customers at the Chum Bucket to tear the place apart. Mr. Krabs rehires Squidward, but as punishment, he is now the KK doormat.
  • 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 goggly 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.
  • Gene0129: No mention of "Pet Sitter Pat"? Oh well, guess I'll have to explain what's wrong with this episode. It shares all the same problems with "A Pal for Gary", another infamous episode that people hate. But it also uses Spongebob's concern as an excuse to make Gary's suffering worse here.

    Season 9 
  • Net_Bastard: "Squid Baby". I can't believe that they got to the point where 1. They've flanderized SpongeBob and Patrick to the point where they're literally playing with baby toys, and 2. The writers took a severe brain injury that actually happens to people in real life, and attempts to play it for laughs. That's absolutely despicable and everyone who worked on and greenlit this episode should be ashamed.
    • Danger Artist Nexus 60: Thank you, I was expecting this to be said already now that I had watched it the first time around and again; deep down, I had figured that the moment they had dumbed it down (no pun intended), it was going to blow chunks. Wrongly assuming that Viewers Are Morons, this was the name of the condition: Head-Go-Boom-Boom-itis. Had they been professionals, it would have been called Infantile Dependence; at least it would made sense. Adding to this, while SpongeBob had no malice in his heart like always, the customers were far from being concerned when it came to food so only a bit of Fridge Horror came to me: what would have happened if Squidward had been a real infant child?
    • dragongirl0905: So, no one is ticked at the amount of times Squidward was injured, while having the mentality of a baby, no less? I mean, they literally just exposed the basically infant Squidward to even more injuries to the head, the worst being thrown and slammed into the ceiling and having road pavement slammed down onto his head. This had to be the absolute worst moment in SpongeBob history. How did they get this episode greenlit?
  • gemios98: While not my personal DMOS, we might as well add in "Little Yellow Book". Squidward finds SpongeBob's "diary" and reads it aloud whilst everyone laughs, followed by SpongeBob barely getting upset and Squidward's respect and house taken away. For he read a diary. Oh, and just like every other episode, Squidward gets arrest- Actually, no, the writers decided prison was too good for Squidy and had him chained up in the middle of town while everyone throws tomatoes at him. For reading a diary. And not to mention the same people that threw tomatoes were laughing at SpongeBob's secrets 2 minutes ago! The episode finally ends with SpongeBob getting said Diary published as a best seller, except everyone is still mad at Squidward. Plus, the diary wasn't even SpongeBob's 'real' diary, it was his work journal. Of course, the writers made Squidward read that diary too, just for the evulz.
    • supernintendo128: Well this is my DMoS! It was painful to see Squidward tortured like that just because he read SpongeBob's diary! The townspeople were overreacting! Not only did this episode portray SpongeBob as dysfunctional but this was also Squidward torture porn at its worst! Sure, reading someone's diary is wrong but Squidward did not deserve what the townspeople put him through.
    • TS Rival: This episode was awful. SpongeBob's secrets were incredibly idiotic (i.e. he has to strip naked and dance around whenever he hears the Bikini Bottom National anthem), even for the show's standards, and that is saying something. The biggest problem I have is when a rather large customer notices Squidward for reading SpongeBob's diary and promptly scolds him, and it looks like he is going to beat Squidward up. The customer then immediately tells Squidward to tell him more of SpongeBob's secrets... wait, what? While Squidward is "torturing" SpongeBob while revealing his secrets to a whole group of laughing customers, SpongeBob realizes what is going on, and runs home crying similar to the April Fool's Special. And just like the April Fool's Special, the customers scold Squidward for his actions. But, unlike the older episode where the customers felt sorry for SpongeBob the entire time, the customers go from laughing at SpongeBob to immediately scolding Squidward. The worst part is when one of the customers says something along the lines of, "That was somebody's diary?" as if they didn't already know! What the hell, customer!?
    • jman1103: This episode was a D Mo S for me, but I feel like I dislike this episode for different reasons than everyone else. For me the dethroning moment isn't how Squidward is being tormented, but rather just Squidwards general jerkass attitude and his complete lack of empathy throughout the entire episode. For the most part I would sympathize with Squidward because he clearly wouldn't deserve the torment he got in other Squidward torture porns in the past, since he was one of the only characters with any competence and/or likeablity, but I find it really hard to sympathize with Squidward here. Not only does he read Spongebob's Diary out loud and laugh about it, but for a while he never once seems to feels sorry for doing it and doesn't ever really acknowledge, or even care that he did something wrong. Even at the end when Squidward was chained up and given the chance to redeem himself he STILL reads Spongebob's real diary for the evulz. So for me it's not so much the torment that ruins this episode for me, but the fact that Squidwards just as much as a jerkass as everyone else in the show.
  • Kittens: "Bumper To Bumper" was stupid and easily predictable. The episode was another one of those episodes where SpongeBob finally drives correctly, gets his boating license, and then something out of the blue comes and ruins it, making SpongeBob have to go to boating school for another freakin' year. I used to have hopes for SpongeBob to get his license, but now I feel that I lost hope since on the count that they enjoy torturing Mrs. Puff.
  • Steve The Trooper: "Evil Spatula". This troper might be weirded out to find a new spatula, I mean, it looks like a rip-off of "All that Glitters" because of the same problem. SpongeBob breaks his spatula and finds a replacement, but at least SpongeBob cries (a lot) because that was the same spatula he flipped patties with since his Krusty Krab life. The end of that episode was Nice, too, because his spatula liked SpongeBob too, like an old friend. In this episode, SpongeBob doen't even cry a bit, like he never cared for it (It doesn't help the patty that broke his spatula isn't the monster patty). He just goes to Plankton. Seriously, a horrid rip-off of an episode that was king compared to this piece of junk.
    • Hyp3210n: I feel that some clarifications are in need here. SpongeBob did indeed cry over his spatula being broken. Not like the whole freaking episode, but he was heartbroken. It was Mr. Krabs who told SpongeBob to get a replacement. Still is a pretty mediocre episode, not like I expect anything good from these writers.
  • Jade Muffin: "SpongeBob, You're Fired!" Hands in the air, who knew SpongeBob was gonna get his job back before the episode's end from the first time they saw the commercial? And yet, the commercial tried its hardest to seem suspenseful, as though we didn't already know what would happen. Why did they even bother?
    • K Oman: Though he did have a good excuse for constantly crying in this episode. 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!
    • Technature: Are we not gonna talk about how the guys he tried working for all decided to try to kidnap him after firing Spongebob, despite showing great displeasure in what he made? At least the burger guy gave a justification, weak as it was. Meanwhile, the other two just want him because why not. Yes, including the taco joint owner who threw his food into Spongebob's face. Literally. Meanwhile, Squidward saves him from the whole ordeal (Dressed up as a mysterious burger themed super hero). Cause he's been shown kicking peoples asses before, right? And why did he bring Spongebob back? Because of something they've learned in previous episodes. Because he's the only one who works there who knows how to cook anything better than total crap.
    • Izzy1: 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 have it at all?
    • Chimanruler15: 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?

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