Recap / Sponge Bob Square Pants S 3 E 13 New Student Starfish Clams

Airdate: September 20, 2002

Feeling bad for having to leave Patrick alone when he goes to Boating School, SpongeBob invites him to a day at Boating School with him. Things start off pretty well, but the two soon begin to realize that dealing with each other in school creates a lot more tension than dealing with each other anywhere else.

"New Student Starfish" contains examples of:

  • Break the Cutie: SpongeBob when his star is taken off the wall.
  • Fainting: SpongeBob faints out of his chair when Mrs. Puff removes one of his gold stars from the wall.
    Patrick: Mrs. Puff, is it naptime?
  • Feud Episode: SpongeBob and Patrick's quarrel begun after Patrick made SpongeBob lose his star.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: "May Neptune have mercy on your soul."
  • Idiot Houdini: Patrick
  • Instant Wristwatch: Patrick when he realizes they're too early for class. He then hangs a lampshade on it by asking "When did I start wearing a watch?"
  • Not This One, That One: When SpongeBob is showing Patrick around the school.
    SpongeBob: Behold, Patrick, the Hallway of Learning. And here's the Fountain of Learning. And these are the Lockers of Learning.
    Patrick: And these are the Stairs of Learning, right?
    SpongeBob: No, they're just the stairs. These are the Stairs of Learning.
  • Roger Rabbit Effect: When Roger hatches from his egg at the end, he's a live-action chick.
  • Rule of Funny: When Mrs. Puff sees the unflattering drawing Patrick made thinking SpongeBob made it, she suddenly looks exactly like the crude drawing.
  • Scary Flashlight Face: Parodied. Mrs. Puff does this when she sends SpongeBob and Patrick to detention. She conveniently turns the flashlight off.
  • Spontaneous Crowd Formation: As soon as SpongeBob and Patrick start arguing, a crowd of students gather around them chanting "Fight! Fight! Fight!" It takes Patrick a while to figure out that they mean that he and SpongeBob are the ones who are fighting.
  • Wimp Fight: SpongeBob and Patrick do this.

Airdate: September 20, 2002

In celebration for earning his millionth dollar, Mr. Krabs takes his "loyal crew" of SpongeBob and Squidward on a clam fishing trip. The trip serves to be much of a let down for Squidward, but things go from bad to worse after a giant clam steals Mr. Krabs millionth dollar. Now SpongeBob and Squidward must find a way to either get the dollar back, or be held prisoner on the ship by their boss, whose sanity is slowly leaving him.

"Clams" provides examples of:

  • The Bait: Mr. Krabs resorts to using SpongeBob and Squidward as bait to catch the clam.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Mr. Krabs notices the creepy background music shortly before the clam ate his millionth Dollar.
  • Break the Haughty: Mr. Krabs after the clam steals his millionth dollar.
  • Burning the Ships: As motivation to catch the clam, Mr. Krabs nails a sandwich to the mast of the ship—then throws the boat's fridge overboard, so that no one may eat until the clam is captured.
    "Now I think we understand each other. Nobody eats until I get me millionth dollar back."
  • Clam Trap: The clam eats Krab's millionth dollar and at the end, most of Krabs himself.
  • Description Cut: When SpongeBob worries about Gary being left home alone without food, it cuts to Gary at home eating the couch.
  • Drama Queen: Squidward says what the audience is all thinking about Mr. Krabs.
  • Eye Scream: At one point, the Mr. Krabs takes his eyestalks out of his head and starts jumping rope with them.
  • Get Out: When Mr. Krabs gets his millionth dollar, he shoos out all his customers so he can be alone with it.
    Customer: What do I win?
    Mr. Krabs: Nothing! Now get out.
    Customer: Wha?
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: "I mean, a crew like you comes around maybe once in a lifetime."
  • Laughing Mad: Mr. Krabs, as part of his Sanity Slippage.
  • Left the Background Music On: The clam's Leitmotif is being played by the orchestra in Mr. Krab's ship. Krabs even has the band play it to lure the clam into the open.
  • Medium Blending: A live-action orchestra is revealed to be playing the Clam's theme music.
  • Moby Schtick: With Krabs as Ahab and the clam as Moby-Dick.
  • Sanity Slippage: Mr. Krabs
    "I know what yer thinking! 'It's just a dumb old dollar! Let's just leeeeave the old man, he won't notice!'"
  • Scream Discretion Shot: A comedic example happens when SpongeBob accidentally rips off Squidward's nose with a fishing hook, and cut to Mr. Krabs on the other side of the boat.
  • Serious Business: Mr. Krabs won't rest until he gets his millionth dollar back from the Clam, even if he has to starve his crew.
  • Shout-Out: Many things, including the Clam's theme and the title card, are references to Jaws.
    • Krabs' obsession with catching the giant clam is a parody of Moby-Dick. The scene where he nails a sandwich to a mast as motivation parodies a key scene in the novel, where Ahab nails a gold coin and offers it as a reward to whomever first spots the White Whale.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!
    Squidward: Um, SpongeBob, haven't you noticed that Mr. Krabs has gone COMPLETELY INSANE?!
  • Tempting Fate: When Mr. Krabs tells Squidward not to bring anything you're not prepared to lose on the boat, SpongeBob accidentally hooks his millionth dollar taped to the back of his pants.
  • Umpteenth Customer: The customer who gives Krabs his millionth dollar. He doesn't get a prize, though; in fact, Krabs is upset that he even asks for one. The customer didn't even get his food!
  • Visual Pun: When Mr. Krabs is crying over the loss of his dollar, SpongeBob says he's "never seen him so broken up". Cut to Krabs having literally fallen apart on the deck.
  • You Should Have Died Instead: From this exchange after Mr. Krabs was eaten by a clam (or so they thought):
    SpongeBob: Poor Mr. Krabs, gone out of our lives forever. Why couldn't it had been me? Why?
    Squidward: Yes, why couldn't it had been you?