Recap / Spongebob Squarepants S 1 E 19 Fools In April/Neptune's Spatula

Airdate: April 1, 2000

April Fools' Day is SpongeBob's favorite holiday - and Squidward's worst nightmare! But when Squidward tries to turn the tables on SpongeBob and plays a trick on him, it all goes horribly wrong.

Fools in April contains examples of:

  • Animate Body Parts: SpongeBob's tongue detaches from his body and starts laughing with him. SpongeBob even pranks it.
  • An Aesop: Doing something nasty to someone for your own amusement is not the same as pulling a prank.
  • April Fools' Plot
  • Black Comedy: In-Universe. Squidward's idea of a great prank involves SpongeBob getting hurt in sadistic and creative ways. When his Rube Goldberg Device goes off and SpongeBob is thrown all over the restaurant, Squidward is in stitches. However, he did not anticipate that SpongeBob would take it personally, or that nobody else would find it funny. He comes to this conclusion himself when looking at the damage of his prank.
    "Why is it whenever I'm having fun, it's wrong?"
  • Break the Cutie: Squidward does this to SpongeBob with his prank, but soon learns that he went too far.
  • Cannot Spit It Out / The Unapologetic: Squidward has a hard time apologizing to SpongeBob and after several unsuccessful attempts to apologize, says it with his head in a bubble. Of corse, it's too muffled for SpongeBob to even hear, but Squidward insists that his conscious is clear regardless. It isn't until he remembers his own shaming that he finally gives SpongeBob a proper apology.
  • "Just Joking" Justification: Squidward tries to use this after his brutal prank drives SpongeBob tearfully out of the Krusty Krab, but nobody is convinced.
  • Shamed by a Mob: The Bikini Bottomites expressed their disgust toward Squidward for pranking SpongeBob.
  • Vocal Dissonance: The deep voice that shouts "You Stink!" to Squidward turns out to be his own mother.
    • "This is an extreme thirst!"
  • Your Head Asplode: One of Squidward's many failed attempts to apologize to SpongeBob causes his head to explode.

Airdate: April 1, 2000

SpongeBob has pulled King Neptune's legendary spatula from a bucket of grease, and now Neptune has come to claim him as his royal fry cook, but SpongeBob must first prove himself in an epic cook-off against Neptune himself.

Neptune's Spatula

  • Absentee Actor: Squidward does not appear in this episode as SpongeBob is running the cash register at the end.
  • Cooking Duel: Between SpongeBob and Neptune. Neptune uses magic to make thousands of Krabby Patties, while SpongeBob only manages to make one by hand. That one patty, however, tastes far better than the ones Neptune made, and SpongeBob wins.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Patrick does this to Neptune, and is blasted repeatedly until he's a smear on the ground.
  • Graceful Loser: For all his Jerkass traits, Neptune immediately concedes that Spongebob is the winner with no fuss after trying his patty.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Mr. Krabs assures SpongeBob that he has the utmost confidence that he'll win. Then he rushes to the betting window to put all his money on Neptune to win.
  • Jerkass God: King Neptune.
  • Misplaced Sorrow: After SpongeBob wins and has to go live with Neptune, Mr. Krabs is crying not because SpongeBob is leaving but because he lost all his money betting against him.
  • Not Quite Back to Normal: After blasting Patrick to dust, Neptune returns him to normal... except his face is on his butt.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: Only a fry cook worthy of Neptune can pull his spatula from the dried grease. Guess who.
  • The Power of Love: How Spongebob is able to win the duel: while Neptune uses his powers to simultaneously cook and assemble 1,000 burgers, they taste terrible; SpongeBob only makes one, but because he put his heart and soul into it to make it perfect, Neptune forfeits.
    • It could also be because he used swordfish to slice the lettuce, onions, and tomatoes, leading to a fishy aftertaste.
  • Wowing Cthulhu: Neptune is so overwhelmed at how good SpongeBob's Krabby Patty is that he concedes the contest.
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