Sleepy Time provides examples of:
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Plankton dreams of being a giant stomping through Bikini Bottom. Also, SpongeBob turns himself into a skyscraper while in Patrick's dream.
- Brick Joke: "Does anyone have a quarter?"
- While in Gary's dream, he tells SpongeBob a limerick. Later he recites the limerick to the king in Squidward's dream.
- Catapult Nightmare: Plankton wakes up at his desk like this after Spongebob leaves his dream.
- Covered in Gunge: Sandy falls into a pile of clam manure.
- Dream Walker: SpongeBob becomes one after his dream self falls out of his dream bubble and starts entering other people's dream bubbles.
- Eye Beams: Plankton has them in his dream.
- Fantasy Twist: Patrick's dream is just him riding a seahorse kiddy ride. When the ride stops and Patrick loses his last quarter, he just sits there.
- Funny Animal: Gary, in his own dream, is tall, can walk on two legs, has human hands, and speaks in a sophisticated manner with Spongebob in his library.
- Giant Foot of Stomping: Dream Plankton as a giant stomps on SpongeBob, who at the last moment turns himself into a thumbtack. Plankton then deflates like a balloon back to his normal size, and one of his victims gets even by stomping on him.
- Giftedly Bad: Spongebob pretending to be Squidward’s clarinet, by morphing into the shape of the instrument and then shrieking “LA LA LA LA LA!!!!” horribly. The audience is moved to tears by the “beautiful” music.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Pearl's dream is her having a tea party with her stuffed animals.Pearl: Boys don't understand the sophistication of tea parties. Right, Mr. Stuffy?
- Inertial Impalement: Just as Giant Plankton is stomping him, SpongeBob turns into a pushpin, making Plankton stab himself in the foot and deflate back to normal.
- Ironic Echo: After Gary sticks his eyestalks in SpongeBob's socks, SpongeBob tells him "Mind your wandering eye, you little mollusk." Later, as SpongeBob leaves Gary's dream, Dream Gary warns him "Mind your wandering eye, you little poriferan."
- Jerkass Ball: Everyone at the end, when they scold Spongebob for going into their dreams. The only one who isn’t a jerk at the end is Patrick, of all people.
- Last-Second Word Swap: "Not parakeet, SpongeBob! Para... [Splat!] medic."
- Marshmallow Dream: Referenced when Gary reads a limerick about it to SpongeBobThere was an old man from Peru / Who dreamed he was eating his shoe / He woke with a fright / In the middle of the night / To find that his dream had come true.
- Me's a Crowd: SpongeBob duplicates himself a million times in Patrick's dream to show him all the things he can do while dreaming.
- Moby Schtick: Mr. Krabs dreams of catching "The mighty Moby Dollar".
- Not in the Face!: Plankton shouts it in his dream after he's Brought Down to Normal and one of his victims raises his foot to stomp on him.
- Off with His Head!: In Squidward’s dream, the king threatens to behead Squidward if he doesn’t play his clarinet well.
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: Dream Plankton. He says "Zap!" when using his Eye Beams, "Crush!" when he crushes the Krusty Krab, and even "Lick!" while licking the Krusty Krab sign.
- Sugar Bowl: Pearl's dream takes place in a candy-colored Fluffy Cloud Heaven.
- This Billboard Needs Some Salt: Giant Plankton, after stomping on the Krusty Krab, picks up the sign and licks it like a lollipop.
- White Void Room: Patrick’s dream is this, with only a coin-operated kid’s seahorse ride, which promptly stops working when he runs out of quarters.
- Wrong Parachute Gag: In Sandy's dream, she and SpongeBob are skydiving, and she tells him he needs a "big ol' parachute." SpongeBob misunderstands and inflates his shoes (big ol' pair of shoes), then pulls out a parakeet. Sandy spends so much time correcting SpongeBob she forgets to deploy her parachute and lands on a truck full of clam manure, while SpongeBob breaks through the ground and out of Sandy's dream cloud.
Airdate: January 17th, 2000After leaving the refrigerator door open when making a midnight snack, Spongebob comes down with "the suds," the sponge equivalent of a bad cold. Afraid to go to the doctor, he lets Patrick help, but his "treatments" only make him worse.
Suds provides examples of:
- Afraid of Doctors: Patrick scares Spongebob with scary stories about the doctor, causing poor Spongie to be terrified out of his wits.
- Blatant Lies: Despite being horribly pale, congested, and sneezing, Spongebob insists several times that he’s okay. He later admits that he’s sick and asks Sandy to take him to the doctor.
- Comically Inept Healing: Patrick's "treatments" for curing SpongeBob's suds.
- Eye Scream: Spongebob gets so sick that his eyes actually start rolling down his face and he has to nudge them back up.
- Freeze Sneeze: When Spongebob is very cold, he starts sneezing, and ends up getting sick a bit later on.
- Green Around the Gills: As Sponge's illness progresses, he goes from being his regular healthy yellow, to icy blue, to deathly pale, and then to a light sickly green.
- Happy Ending: Spongebob is healed and is given a giant lollipop, he is no longer afraid of the doctor, and Patrick is punished for all of the terrible things he did throughout the episode.
- Harmful Healing: Played straight with Patrick's "treatments" for Spongebob, but averted with the actual "sponge treatment," which turns out to be physically very pleasant (and ticklish.) Played straight again when Patrick undergoes the "starfish treatment."
- Instant Ice, Just Add Cold/Snow Means Cold: When Spongebob leaves the fridge open all night, his entire house freezes. Even the guy on the TV is shivering and is all bundled up in winter gear.
- Knows a Guy Who Knows a Guy: How Patrick knows about the horrors of the doctor's office.Patrick: I know a guy who knows a guy who went to the doctor once, and the doctor's office is a horrible, horrible place.
- Love Bubbles: Averted. It is a very bad sign for a sponge to have pink bubbles coming out of their pores.
- Man Child: After getting cured, Spongebob is given a huge, oversized pink lollipup, which makes him sport a large goofy grin. Spongebob is supposedly in his late twenties.
- Marshmallow Dream: At the beginning of the episode, a hungry Spongebob is dreaming about the sky raining Krabby Patties, and wakes up to find himself munching on his pillow.
- Medium Shift Gag: The "sponge treatment" is SpongeBob being scrubbed by a live-action hand.
- Nightmare Face: The sicker Spongebob gets, the more hideous he starts to look.
- Nurse with Good Intentions: Patrick, to Spongebob. Made a bit more frightening than the usual example, however, as Patrick is legitimately impersonating a doctor and physically torturing Spongebob. Sandy is so upset by the entire situation that she yells at him that he should be arrested on-the-spot for what he's doing. (In Real Life, she would absolutely be correct in suggesting that.)
- Papa Wolf: Krabs has shades of this when he’s clearly worried about an increasingly sick Spongebob. Then again, he's also worried that he might infect the customers.
- Rain of Something Unusual: Spongebob has a dream that it's raining Krabby Patties.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Tom Kenny was very sick when he recorded Spongebob’s dialogue in the episode. Most of those awful-sounding sniffles and sneezes were genuine. Kenny was feeling dreadful at the time.
- Sequential Symptom Syndrome: After feeling really shivery, Spongebob tells Gary that he doesn't feel like himself. Gary's dialogue prompts Spongebob to say, suddenly sounding very congested, "Don't be silly, Gary, I doh't get colds, (sniffle) I get the suds." Gary responds again, and Spongebob tells him that if he really had the suds, then bubbles would be coming out of him. He then sneezes loudly, causing dozens of pink bubbles to come out of his pores.
- Sick Episode
- Sneeze of Doom: Thanks to Patrick's impeccable wisdom, Spongebob ends up an over-inflated beach ball. He comes hurdling towards the Krusty Krab, but stops short of crushing it. Then he sneezes loudly, blowing up the whole restaurant, much to Krabs' chagrin.
- Temporary Bulk Change: Patrick "cures" SpongeBob of the suds by plugging up his pores so bubbles don't come out. Only now the bubbles pile up inside him, making him grow larger with each sneeze like a giant beach ball, until he's as big as the Krusty Krab.
- That's Gotta Hurt: Patrick's "treatments" for Sponge include repeatedly placing a giant bandaid on his back and ripping it off (which hurt so badly that SpongeBob screams every time,) yanking out one of his teeth, and putting him in a Medieval torture device.
- The Tooth Hurts: One of Patrick's brilliant "treatments" for Spongebob's illness is to do the classic "tie the tooth to the door knob and slam the door" act. Cut to Spongebob, missing a tooth (though he's too tired to care.)
- Truth in Television: Although Sandy lampshades this to Patrick, anyone in real life would have arrested for impersonating a doctor.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not Horrific?: Patrick's description of the doctor's office.Patrick: First, they put you in a... waiting room.
SpongeBob: Is that the horrible part?
Patrick: No, it gets worse. They make you read... OLD MAGAZINES!
Patrick: And then the doctor pulls out his STETHOSCOPE!
Patrick: Yes! It's a device so sinister, so icy cold when it touches your bare flesh that... PSSS!
SpongeBob: No! No stethoscope! No psss! No magazines! No PSSS! ... Patrick, I don't wanna go to the doctor!
- Working Through the Cold: Spongebob attempts this, but Krabs sees how sick he is and sends him home to take it easy.