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Recap: Sponge Bob Square Pants S 3 E 4 Nasty Patty Idiot Box
Airdate: March 1, 2002

It was a bright and sunny day, while Mr. Krabs was bathing in a pool of his own money. Then suddenly, the health inspector shows up to check the Krusty Krab. Krabs and SpongeBob talk to the health inspector, who says he wants one of everything. Krabs and SpongeBob give the health inspector a smorgasbord. After eating it, the health inspector asks for one Krabby Patty. Krabs and SpongeBob think they are in the clear, when a news report shows up. It says there is a phony "health inspector" on the loose trying to get free food. Mr. Krabs is outraged, so they decide to give him a tainted Krabby Patty, called the Nasty Patty. When attempting to eat this "Nasty Patty," he swallows a bug, and chokes to death (or so Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob believe, he actually slipped on the patty in his choking fit and hit his head on the table, knocking him out). Then another news report shows up. It says that this phony "health inspector" is completely different from the inspector reviewing the Krusty Krab. They attempt to bury the real health inspector, but the police show up. They stuff the body inside the poilce officers' car. When they get to the Krusty Krab, they have to hide the body in the freezer through the back door. Unfortunately, the back door is locked, so they have go through the front door, (while SpongeBob tries to hide the body in his hat). The police officers order Krabby Patties. The female one asks for a soda. Mr. Krabs give her one without ice, so she asks for some. They go towards the freezer, but Krabs stops them, saying there is no ice and there has never been any. Finally, Krabs and SpongeBob confess, then the health inspector comes out, appearing to be a zombie. The police officers beat up the "zombie." Despite this, the health inspector passes the Krusty Krab.

Nasty Patty contains examples of (YMMV goes HERE!!!):

Airdate: March 1, 2002

SpongeBob and Patrick are seen waiting for a package. When the package comes, Squidward jokes that it is a lifetime supply of bubble soap, but it turns out to be a giant TV. SpongeBob and Pat throw the TV away, revealing they only ordered it for the box. Squidward asks if he can have the TV, and Sponge and Pat eventually say yes, but not before telling him about imagination. Squidward happily watches his new TV, while he notices Sponge and Pat playing games (with realistic noises) in their box. Squid tries to spy on them, and replicate the games. He ignores them and watches TV, but every program features boxes. He finally does get to join Sponge and Pat, but it seems to be the duo just making noises. He goes back to his house, and hears the realistic noises. He cannot take it anymore and plays with the box while Sponge and Pat are sleeping. He pretends to drive a racecar, and it works (because a real car, a dumptruck, is starting ignition). He ends up in the dump.

Idiot Box contains examples of (YMMV goes HERE!!!):

  • Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere
  • Gilligan Cut: Squidward doesn't understand why the cardboard box will make noises for SpongeBob and Patrick.
    Squidward: Why wonít this thing turn on? All right, fine. If you donít want to show me, I donít care! I've got better things to do than pace the floor wondering how you two work this thing. (Cut to Squidward pacing the length of his living room floor) How do those two work that thing?! There's got to be a secret button or a switch or something!
  • Kids Prefer Boxes: Even though SpongeBob and Patrick aren't kids, but childish adults.
  • Mr. Imagination: SpongeBob and Patrick create a world of scenarios with only a cardboard box, much to Squidward's disbelief.
    SpongeBob: "Squidward, you can make this box whatever you want it to be with... *makes rainbow appear from hands* ...imagination!"
  • Literal Metaphor:
    Patrick: I hope Squidward isn't too down in the dumps today.
    • Too bad he is. Literally.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Robot Pirate Island.
  • Parental Bonus: When SpongeBob and Patrick are pretending that they are mountain climbers, one of the lines Patrick said was "I AM THE LIZARD KING!"
  • Running Gag: Imagination!
  • Your Television Hates You: Squidward is trying to forget about SpongeBob and Patrick playing in their box, but everything on TV is about boxes, even boxing.

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