Recap / Spongebob Squarepants S 1 E 14 SB 129 Karate Choppers

Airdate: December 31, 1999

While trying to avoid SpongeBob and Patrick, Squidward accidentally locks himself in the Krusty Krab's walk-in freezer, only to be unthawed in the distant future. This leads to him using a time machine to try to get back to his own time.

SB-129 contains examples of:

  • Amusing Injuries: SpongeTron, one of Spongebob's many futuristic descendants and exact genetic replicas tells Squidward that the Time Machine he needs to use is "Down the hall on the left." Squidward rushes into it, we hear a can opener and Squidward walks out cut to shreds with his body making a funny springing sound. SpongeBob apologizes and tells Squidward to try the room on the right.
  • And I Must Scream: Squidward having been trapped in the locker and frozen for 2,000 years.
  • Ascetic Aesthetic: Everything in the future is chrome. When a flower pops up on the ground, someone comes and spray paints it chrome.
  • Blank White Void: Poor Squidward ends up in one after the time machine went haywire. He thankfully gets out of it though.
  • Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: Squidward realizes this in the end.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: A quick glimpse at a calendar in the future reveals that Squidward was thawed in the year 4017.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: At first Squidward is relieved to be alone in the White Void Room. Not long after that he desperately wants to get back.
  • Here We Go Again!: After it's revealed that Squidward is now the inventor of jellyfishing after teaching prehistoric SpongeBob and Patrick how to jellyfish, he claims he's "going back" to rectify this.
  • Human Popsicle: Squidward after being in the freezer for thousands of years.
  • Locked in a Freezer: How Squidward ends up in the future.
  • Multiple Head Case: Future Patrick has two heads.
  • Painting the Fourth Wall: SB-129 is actually the production code for the episode. It's the twenty-ninth (individual) episode of season one of SpongeBob.
  • Retcon: When this episode first aired, it was called "SpongeBob 3000", even though Squidward never winds up in that year. The episode's current name was first given in reruns.
  • Scary Teeth: Patrick's Precambrian ancestor gives Squidward a big smile for no reason.
  • Smash Cut: Two in quick succession when Squidward is frozen in the meat locker.
    Squidward: Oh, well, someone will realize I'm gone and come looking for me. I'll be out of here in no time.
    (cut to the following time card)
    Narrator: 2,000 years later...
    (cut to Squidward frozen alive)
  • Time Travel Episode
  • Too Dumb to Live: SpongeBob and Patrick's Precambrian ancestors repeatedly attempt to play catch with a jellyfish, barehanded; Squidward intervenes to teach them how to jellyfish mostly because their agonized screams are disrupting his clarinet-playing. You COULD make the excuse that they were cavefish with undeveloped brains, so they don't know if it's wrong or right.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Squidward after realizing he's stuck in the future with SpongeTron.
  • White Void Room: Where Squidward ends up after the time machine breaks down.

Airdate: December 31, 1999

SpongeBob loves practicing his karate with Sandy, but when Mr. Krabs forbids him from doing karate, he finds himself unable to resist.

Karate Choppers contains examples of:

  • An Aesop:
    • It's okay to love doing something, but there's a time and place for everything.
    • It's not your business what other people do when they're doing something that has nothing to do with you.
    • It's great to tie in what you love doing into something you do regularly and sharing it with other people.
  • Berserker Tears: Spongebob, after getting fired.
  • Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce: Sandy threatens SpongeBob with a bottle of hot sauce, which she later downs like water.
    Hot Sauce Drop: By the powers of naughtiness, I command this particular drop of hot sauce to be really, really hot!
  • Break the Cutie: Spongebob does not handle getting fired with dignity.
  • Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere: SpongeBob was warned by Mr. Krabs not to do karate, but couldn't resist. As Mr. Krabs finds out in the end, just when SpongeBob thought he was going to fire him for real, Mr. Krabs decides that he can do karate with the Krabby Patties.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: The hot sauce.
  • Evil Laugh: The drop of hot sauce has one, resemblant of that of Master Hand.
  • Friendly Rivalry: SpongeBob and Sandy in their Karate sparring.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: Squidward admits this in the end.
    Squidward: I hate all of you.
  • Its Pronounced Tropay:
    SpongeBob: I'm practicing my karate, or ka-ra-tay, as some call it.
    Mr. Krabs: Ka-ra-tay? You should be making money-ay, with your spatu-lay.
  • Jerkass Ball: While it was fair of him to warn SpongeBob to stop doing karate in the Krusty Krab, when Mr. Krabs sees SpongeBob outside with Sandy who is attacking him karate-style, Mr. Krabs thinks that SpongeBob didn't take his warning and fires him, sending him into tears. After Sandy explains that it wasn't SpongeBob's fault, Mr. Krabs sternly tells SpongeBob he'll give him a "second chance", still believing that he was playing karate even though Sandy explained everything to him.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Sandy tauntingly calls SpongeBob "SpongeBrain" when she assumes he is launching a surprise attack on her at the supermarket.
  • Medium-Shift Gag: The hot sauce drop has a superimposed live-action face (Tom Kenny) declaring it to be "really, really hot!"
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Sandy, when she realizes that she got Sponge Bob fired from the Krusty Krab after Mr. Krabs saw her trying to provoke him into a Karate match and mistook it for Sponge Bob breaking his promise not to do it anymore.
  • Negative Continuity: Sandy is never seen working at the Krusty Krab after this episode.
  • Reaching Between the Lines: SpongeBob tries to karate chop Sandy through the phone lines, but she ducks and redirects his hand back through the receiver so he karate chops himself.
  • Searching the Stalls: At one point, SpongeBob is told by Squidward to clean the stalls. Since he and Sandy are obsessed with karate, SpongeBob searches each stall for Sandy. When he finds what he thinks is her, it is revealed to be Mr. Krabs, who has had enough of SpongeBob's karate, and tells him that if he catches him doing it again, he will be fired.