Recap / Spongebob Squarepants S 3 E 4 Nasty Patty Idiot Box

Airdate: March 1, 2002

When a health inspector comes to test the Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob comply to his demands, only to discover there's someone pretending to be a health inspector just to get free food. Thinking he's the fake inspector, the two concoct the titular "Nasty Patty" as a way to get back at him. When a fly enters the inspector's mouth as he's about to take a bite, it causes him to choke and seemingly die on the "Nasty Patty". The two celebrate, only to find out the real impostor has already been found. Now its up to Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob to hide the body, but things go from bad to worse when two police officers show up.

Nasty Patty contains examples of (YMMV goes here):

  • Amusing Injuries: What The Health Inspector goes through.
  • Black Comedy: The entire comedy comes from SpongeBob and Krabs believing that they've killed the health inspector (he was just unconscious).
  • Butt Monkey: The Health Inspector.
  • Coincidental Broadcast
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: When Mr. Krabs and Spongebob try hiding the body, a slightly muted color palate is used.
  • Comically Missing the Point: A rather interesting, double-layered variation occurs at the beginning, where it seems at first that SpongeBob is the one missing the point, when it's really Mr. Krabs missing the point: after hearing a news report about the false health inspector stealing food, SpongeBob suggests to Mr. Krabs that they could warn their health inspector about the fake one. Mr. Krabs then calls SpongeBob a "loony loofah" and tells him that their health inspector is the fake one.
    • The sequence in the back of the police car with Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob, where the latter fails to understand Mr. Krabs as he cryptically gives him commands:
    Mr. Krabs: Now listen, SpongeBob, when we get to the Krusty Krab, I want you to take that (winks) shovel and bring it around to the back entrance and stuff...err, I mean, stow it in the freezer. Understand?"
    SpongeBob: I understand, Mr. Krabs, but what do you want me to do with the bo—
    Mr. Krabs: (grabs SpongeBob's lips) —ttles of soda! Bottles of soda! Same thing, put 'em in the freezer.
  • Deadmans Chest
  • Dramatic Irony: The male cop got a call about "two ghouls burying a stiff over by Shallow Grave Road" when we know those two ghouls were Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob burying the Health Inspector.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: Of the Nasty Patty.
  • Guilt-Ridden Accomplice: SpongeBob. He admits that he's guilty of not trying to talk Mr. Krabs out of getting back at the Health Inspector.
  • Idiot Plot: Done deliberately and lampshaded in the closing narration:
    Narrator: Well, that's the end of our story. Yes, they are all idiots aren't they?
  • It's All About Me:
    Mr. Krabs: It'll be the the end of you, it'll be the end of me, and worst of all, it'll be the end of me.
  • It Was a Dark and Stormy Night: Parodied in the very beginning.
    Narrator: It was a dark and stormy night. Nights like this always remind me of the time SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs killed a health inspector. It was a bright and sunny morning...
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Although Mr. Krabs is a typical cheap, miserly and tight fisted boss, what boss wouldn't be peeved that someone's posing as a Health Inspector to get free food.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: "You loony loofah!"
  • Lemony Narrator: See Idiot Plot above.
  • Made of Iron: The Health Inspector.
  • Never My Fault: Mr. Krabs blames SpongeBob for "killing" the health inspector with the Nasty Patty, even though it was his idea to make it in the first place.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Krabs is actually willing to give away money to distract the cops, so you know that he is absolutely terrified of getting caught.
  • Perfectly Cromulent Word: When Krabs and SpongeBob think the Health Inspector is an impostor.
    Mr. Krabs: We've been duped!
    SpongeBob: Duped!
    Mr. Krabs: Bamboozled!
    SpongeBob: We've been smackledorfed!
    Mr. Krabs: That's not even a word and I agree with you!
  • Poor Communication Kills
  • Revenge Is a Dish Best Served: When the health inspector is assumed a fake, Mr. Krabs and Spongebob contaminate the last Krabby Patty he had left to test, like dropping it into a toilet and drying it off with an old gym sock. They dub this concoction the "Nasty Patty" and there's a Gross Up Closeup to show it lives up to the name. No one ends up eating it though, as the (real) health inspector passed out first because he Swallowed a Fly, but Mr. Krabs and Spongebob assumed they killed him.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial
  • Swallowed a Fly: The health inspector swallows a fly before he can take a bite of the 'Nasty Patty' that Spongebob and Mr. Krabs fixed up. They believe that they killed him when they see him lying on the floor.
  • Title Drop:
    SpongeBob: I call it...the Nasty Patty.
  • We Interrupt This Program: Twice, both times referring to what Mr. Krabs and Spongebob were doing at that moment.
Airdate: March 1, 2002

SpongeBob and Patrick order a big-screen TV just so they can play in the box it came in, much to Squidward's confusion. At first he ignores them, but slowly but surely becomes interested when their IMAAAAAAGINAAATION comes into effect.

Idiot Box contains examples of (YMMV goes here):

  • Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Squidward hears Spongebob and Patrick having a tragic mountain-climbing accident, he throws open the box and sees the two of them sitting inside, perfectly unharmed.
    Squidward: How did you do that??
    Spongebob: First we establish a base camp at 15,000 feet.
  • 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!
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Squidward, even if briefly. When he hears the climbing accident inside the box, he gestures towards the box with a concerned utter of "SpongeBob...?"
  • Kids Prefer Boxes: Even though SpongeBob and Patrick aren't kids, but childish adults.
  • Literal Metaphor:
    Patrick: I hope Squidward isn't too down in the dumps today. (Sting)
  • 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!"
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Robot Pirate Island.
  • Not So Above It All: Squidward sounds genuinely disappointed (and ticked off) at the idea that he's missing out on Robot Pirate Island.
  • Parental Bonus: When SpongeBob and Patrick are pretending that they are mountain climbers, Patrick declares "I AM THE LIZARD KING!"
  • Running Gag: Imagination!
  • Shaped Like Itself: SpongeBob describes all of the things he could be if he used his imagination. Patrick says he could be a starfish, which Squidward points out he already is. Patrick says this means the imagination is working.
  • 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.