Help Wanted contains examples of (YMMV here):
- Department of Redundancy Department:
Spongebob: There it is. The finest eating establishment ever established for eating.
- First, Spongebob arriving at the Krusty Krab.
Mr. Krabs: That smell. That smelly smell. That smelly smell that smells... smelly.
- And then ,Mr. Krabs on the smell of anchovies.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Rampent.
- The character designs are more restrained and less cartoonishly exaggerated than they would become, such as the corners of SpongeBob's pants being rounded at the opposite end instead of being completely cubic.
- SpongeBob's voice is deeper, Patrick's is more calm and Squidward's is more nasally.
- Gary only exists for the gag that he's a snail who meows like a cat. He wouldn't develop a personality until much later.
- The opening credits have a different water filter than in every other episode of the series.
- The opening narration sounds closer to its original purpose as an Affectionate Parody of Jacques Cousteau documentaries.
- Spongebob has a pet clam in a birdcage who is never seen again.
- Oh Crap!: "Anchovies."
- Opening Narration: "Ah, the sea. So fascinating, so wonderful. Here, we see Bikini Bottom, teeming with life, home to one of my favorite creatures, SpongeBob SquarePants. Yes, of course he lives in a pineapple, you silly."
- Snipe Hunt: Krabs sends SpongeBob to find a "hydrodynamic spatula with port and starboard attachments and turbo drive" to send him away. Eventually, he does find one ("Can you believe they only had one in stock?") and uses it to save the day.
Airdate: May 1, 1999Another day, SpongeBob plays around with his reef blower, in a struggle with Squidward to see who can have the cleanest lawn. In the end, the entire ocean is drained.
Reef Blowers contains examples of (YMMV here):
- Bottle Episode: Only two characters (Spongebob and Squidward) appear, and most of it takes place in one setting (their front lawns). It's here mainly because "Help Wanted" doesn't fill up the standard eleven minutes on its own.
- Mime and Music-Only Cartoon
- No Dialogue Episode: Aside from one brief caption reading "You!". The reason for this is because the studio's audio equipment wasn't working properly, so they had to improvise.
Airdate: May 1, 1999The episode then goes to Spongebob meeting a "land squirrel", who maneuvers underwater with a special suit. She invites him to her underwater dome, where he slowly starts to die of dehydration. Rather than say anything about it, he decides that he doesn't need water. This doesn't end well. Sandy makes Spongebob and Patrick water bowls that they can wear on their heads to stay alive in the waterless environment.
Tea at the Treedome contains examples of (YMMV here):
- Clam Trap: Spongebob first sees Sandy fighting off a giant clam, which eventually swallows her. He tries to pry it open (and is surprised he's actually doing it), but in the end the clam is no match for Sandy.
- Fourth Wall Portrait: SpongeBob and Patrick are turned into a real sea star and sponge when they run out of water.
- Literal-Minded: Inverted; Spongebob says Sandy wears air around her head, which Patrick interprets as "putting on airs" (i.e., acting pretentious)note .
- Off Model: There is something "off" about Spongebob's appearance during the first few minutes.
- Rescue Reversal: Spongebob tries to save Sandy from the giant clam, but when he gets eaten by it, Sandy is the one who has to rescue him.
- Second Episode Introduction: For Sandy.
- Smash Cut: When Sandy discovers that Spongebob and Patrick have nearly dried up, there is a jarring cut to a live-action sponge and starfish.
- Too Dumb to Live: Patrick doesn't realize Spongebob is dying inside the treedome until he goes in there himself and almost dies as a result.