Recap: Spongebob Squarepants S 1 E 1 Help Wanted Reef Blower Tea At The Treedome

Airdate: May 1, 1999

SpongeBob SquarePants has set off to fulfill his life's dream: A job at the Krusty Krab. He gets nervous, but with the motivation of his best friend Patrick, he goes in. But their cashier is his bitter neighbor Squidward, who tells the manager Mr. Krabs not to let him in. So Krabs sends Spongebob out to retrieve a special spatula for him. Just as he leaves though, a cluster of buses full of anchovies arrive, attacking the Krusty Krab for their food. Luckily, Spongebob comes in at the right time to save the day. Spatula in hand, he is capable of serving all of the customers with ease, and succeeds in getting the job.

Help Wanted contains examples of (YMMV here):

  • Department of Redundancy Department: Two examples.
    • First, Spongebob arriving at the Krusty Krab.
    Spongebob: There it is. The finest eating establishment ever established for eating.
    • And then ,Mr. Krabs on the smell of anchovies.
    Mr. Krabs: That smell. That smelly smell. That smelly smell that smells... smelly.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The opening narration sounds closer to it's original purpose as an Affectionate Parody of Jacques Cousteau documentaries.
  • Jerkass: Squidward and Mr. Krabs towards Spongebob.
  • 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."
  • Pilot
  • 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, 1999

Another 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):

Airdate: May 1, 1999

The 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):

  • Fourth Wall Portrait: SpongeBob and Patrick are turned into a real sea star and sponge when they run out of water.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Unusual Euphemism: How Patrick interprets SpongeBob's description of "putting on air".
    • Might count as a Genius Ditz moment for those who actually know what the term "putting on airs" (i.e., acting pretentious) means

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Spongebob Squarepants S 1 E 1 Help Wanted Reef Blowers Tea At The Treedome