Recap / Spongebob Squarepants S 1 E 20 Hooky Mermaid Manand Barnacle Boy II

Airdate: April 8, 2000

Mr. Krabs warns SpongeBob to stay away from "the hooks" (fishing hooks, that is), but they prove too alluring for SpongeBob, until he learns a lesson he'll never forget.

Hooky contains examples of:

  • An Aesop: SpongeBob learns not to play near fishing hooks.
  • And I Must Scream: At one point, Patrick has a myriad of hooks stretching his mouth out.
  • Brick Joke: Mr. Krabs warns the boys that if they keep playing with the hooks they'll end up in a tuna can. At the end, that's exactly what happens to Patrick.
  • The Cameo: Jim Jarmusch and his friend John Lurie (who hosted Fishing with John, in which Jarmusch was a guest star) appear as fishermen.
  • Fate Worse Than Death:
    • Mr. Krabs describes what happens when you get hooked.
    Mr. Krabs: Then they cook you, and then they eat you... or worse!
    SpongeBob: What could be worse than that?
    Mr. Krabs: Gift shops.
    • Later, Mr. Krabs mentions that there is a worse fate than even that: "You end up vacuum packed in a can of tuna, with nothing to look forward to but the smell of mayonnaise!" That very same thing happens to Patrick.
  • Giving Them the Strip: To get off the hook, SpongeBob takes off his pants. Unfortunately, the hook is still caught in his briefs.
  • Lethal Chef: Squidward, yet again. One of the customers' sandwich was a fried boot.
  • Loophole Abuse: "Don't say you're leaving work. Just say you're taking a break."
  • Lying Finger Cross: Patrick claimed that he had his fingers crossed when he made the sailor's promise. SpongeBob then points out that Patrick doesn't have fingers.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Mr. Krabs indirectly calls SpongeBob "SpongeBob LazyPants" when he finds out from Squidward that he took a break without his permission.
  • Medium-Shift Gag:
    • The fishermen who try to catch SpongeBob and Patrick are live-action. Also, there are photos of dried fish at a gift shop, a can of tuna and a jar of mayonnaise.
    • Sometime during 2001, Nickelodeon ran a promotional stunt for Jimmy Neutron that involved him interrupting various Nick shows and altering them in some way. For this episode in particular, he would interrupt the scene where SpongeBob and Patrick make a sailor's promise to Mr. Krabs and briefly turn the three characters into puppet versions of themselves. No footage of this moment could be found for over fifteen years, until someone uploaded a recording of the scene in 2017.
  • Naked People Trapped Outside: When SpongeBob is caught by a hook, he begs Mr. Krabs to let him in before he gets pulled up. Krabs instructs him to take off his pants, and he does. Unfortunately, the hook is caught in his underwear, which eventually tears away, leaving a naked SpongeBob to run back home.
  • Noodle Incident: "No one's taken a break at the Krusty Krab since the chum famine of '59."
  • Oblivious to His Own Description:
    Patrick: Well, that Mr. Krabs is just a big dummy!... Are you gonna listen to a big dummy, or are you gonna listen to me?
  • Rage Breaking Point: Squidward lets out an outburst after the customers complain to him:
    Squidward: Why do you wanna eat this stuff anyway?!
  • Repeat After Me:
    Mr. Krabs: I wanna hear a sailor's promise. Yo-ho, yo-ho! Near the hooks I'll never go!
    SpongeBob and Patrick: Yo-ho, yo-ho! Near the hooks I'll never go!
    Mr. Krabs: [a hook pokes him in the butt] YEOW! Mother of pearl! Fire on the poop deck! (rubs his butt)
    SpongeBob and Patrick: Yeow! Mother of pearl! Fire on the poop deck! (they rub their butts)
  • Scare 'em Straight: SpongeBob getting hooked in the end was actually planned by Mr. Krabs (Squidward was the one holding the line) to scare him out of playing with fishing hooks ever again.
  • Smoldering Shoes: When SpongeBob asks why there's no one at the "carnival", Patrick mentions seeing a kid there earlier. As he says this, a pair of sneakers is seen on the foreground.
  • Stripping Snag: SpongeBob's underwear is caught on a hook, eventually ripping off and leaving him naked.
  • Tastes Like Feet: When Squidward subs for SpongeBob, this exchanges happens.
    Customer #1: Pee-ew! You call this food?
    Customer #2: My sandwich tastes like a fried boot.
    Customer: #3: My sandwich is a fried boot!
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Patrick encourages SpongeBob to play on the hooks despite his protests, and even when Mr. Krabs scolds the two for playing on them, Patrick still goads SpongeBob to play on them.
  • Very Special Episode: Or a parody of such. The episode plays the formula more-or-less straight, with only the vice in question (fishing hooks as a G-Rated Drug) being the truly ridiculous part.
  • You Have to Believe Me: Mr. Krabs bursts into the Krusty Krab raving about "the hooks!", while the others ignore him.
  • You Need a Breath Mint:
    Mr. Krabs: (yelling in random guy's face) THE HOOKS! THE HOOKS!
    Random Guy: (grimaces from the smell and takes out mint) How 'bout a mint?

Airdate: April 8, 2000

SpongeBob wins the Conch Signal from The Adventures of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy in a contest. Now he is able to summon his two favorite superheroes and hang out with them, but when he starts calling them for the most mundane tasks, they put their foot down.

Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II

  • Accidental Misnaming: The Realistic Fish Head mispronounces SpongeBob's name as "Springboob Squirepin" right before being informed.
  • Affectionate Parody Of A Parody: The Jingle Bells song is a take-off on an old schoolyard joke, "Jingle bells, Batman smells, Robin laid an egg..."
  • Ash Face: Barnacle Boy after running afoul of the Atomic Flounder.
  • Bat Signal: The Conch Signal is this to Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy.
  • Breath Weapon: The Atomic Flounder has radioactive breath, which he uses on Barnacle Boy.
  • Eye Beams: Barnacle Boy's "Sulfurvision", which doesn't work as well as it used to.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The Atomic Flounder was one of Mermaid Man's foes, but is now retired. Doesn't stop SpongeBob from trying to arrest him.
  • Impossible Pickle Jar: The first "emergency" SpongeBob calls Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy for is to open a mayonnaise jar for him.
  • Impossibly Compact Folding: The Origami Button on the Boatmobile folds it into a small paper crane.
  • Just Whistle: Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy are duty-bound to come when the Conch Signal sounds.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, after having a somewhat pleasant time with Spongebob and with Mermaid Man saying "for a pain in the neck, he's a pretty nice kid", decide to suddenly ditch him, and then immediately run into the Dirty Bubble right after leaving.
  • Running Gag: Barnacle Boy getting his head charred. Lampshaded by the Dirty Bubble when he encounters them.
  • Taking Advantage of Generosity: SpongeBob uses the Conch Signal to have Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy do mundane errands for him (opening jars, fixing his sink, reading bedtime stories), until the two heroes are run ragged.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Mermaid Man shows SpongeBob retired supervillain The Atomic Flounder, wearing street clothes and waiting for the bus. SpongeBob attacks him when Mermaid Man jokes that he could turn back to crime just like that.
    Atomic Flounder: If I weren't retired, I'd, I'd... RAAAAAAH!!!' [breaths radiation at Barnacle Boy's face, leaving it charred] that. Outta my way, punk!
  • Weaksauce Weakness: SpongeBob accidentally defeats the Dirty Bubble by puncturing it with a sharp pencil when he asks for his autograph.