Recap / Spongebob Squarepants S 1 E 7 Hall Monitor Jellyfish Jam

Airdate: August 28, 1999

It's finally Spongebob's turn to be hall monitor! But, what will happen when he begins abusing his power?

Hall Monitor provides examples of:

  • Accidental Ventriloquism: Patrick is eating ice-cream when SpongeBob calls him, and Patrick thinks the ice-cream is talking.
  • All Crimes Are Equal: SpongeBob tries to arrest Patrick for littering by dripping ice-cream on the ground.
  • An Aesop:
    • Even if you're awarded for being outstanding (or given an award that everyone gets, like a participant award), it doesn't mean you're good at everything else. Know your limits.
    • Leave the jobs like policing to the authorities.
  • The Calls Are Coming from Inside the House: "The maniac's in the MAILBOX!!!"
  • Comes Great Responsibility: Spongebob learns this near the end of the episode.
  • The Ditz: Patrick doesn't realize that SpongeBob is the maniac until the very end, even when he is in point-blank range. What's more, he thinks the police sketch of the Maniac is the Maniac, even when told by the cops that it's not. They have a bit of fun watching him scream every time they show him the sketch.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: After Mr. Puff scolds SpongeBob when his antics destroy half the city:
    Policeman: You know this guy?
    Mrs. Puff: Of course I do. I'm the one who gave him the uniform in the first place. He's my responsibility! (the cops glare at her) Uh-oh.
  • Extra! Extra! Read All About It!: A paper boy gives SpongeBob a paper telling him about the Maniac.
    (deep voice) Take it, friends. Arm yourselves with knowledge.
  • Facial Composite Failure: The police sketch of the Maniac is just a stick figure SpongeBob.
  • Faux Horrific: Patrick is horrified by the composite sketch of the maniac, even though it's clearly a picture of SpongeBob, and not a particularly scary one at that.
  • Foreshadowing: Mrs. Puff after she allows Spongebob to wear the Hall Monitor attire until the following morning.
    Mrs. Puff: What are the consequences of what I've just done?...
  • Hired to Hunt Yourself: SpongeBob takes it on himself to catch the Maniac, not knowing that it's him.
  • Idiot Houdini: SpongeBob spends the whole episode causing chaos and vandalism, but in the end, it's Mrs. Puff who gets arrested for giving him the title to begin with.
  • "I Know What We Can Do" Cut: Done twice in succession when SpongeBob and Patrick try to figure out what the Maniac might do next.
    SpongeBob: You were a criminal once. What would you do?
    Patrick: Hmmm... I'd get an ice-cream. [cut to them leaving an ice-cream parlor]
    SpongeBob: Okay, now what?
    Patrick: Hmmm... [cut to them leaving the same ice-cream parlor]
    SpongeBob: This isn't working.
  • Lawful Stupid:
    • SpongeBob. His attempts at maintaining law and order cause more problems than they solve.
    • The actual police aren't much better, misinterpreting Mrs. Puff's explanation for Spongebob's actions as a confession.
  • Lord Error-Prone: SpongeBob has no idea that his attempts at helping just cause more chaos.
  • Nap-Inducing Speak: Except for SpongeBob, all the other students are being put to sleep by Mrs. Puff's lecture.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Spongebob's incompetent road traffic control and Open Window Maniac gag both caused him to become wanted by the town.
  • No Badge? No Problem!: SpongeBob assumes being hall monitor is the same as being a policeman. He even goes so far as to deputize Patrick.
  • Oh, Crap!: Mrs. Puff realizes she’s in big trouble once she tells the police that is was her idea to give Spongebob the hall monitor outfit.
  • Reality Ensues: SpongeBob causes several car wrecks by leading traffic ineptly, and he breaks into a couple's home pretending to be a maniac just to teach them a lesson. Both instances cause him to be wanted by the police.
  • Scare 'em Straight: SpongeBob's tactic to teach a couple not to leave their window open is to jump inside as the Open Window Maniac, scaring the bejesus out of them.
  • Serious Business: SpongeBob takes being hall monitor way too seriously, which is why Mrs. Puff is so reluctant to give him the job.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Beyond this episode providing the page image, this trope is also played with. Namely, it takes SpongeBob the whole episode to realize he's the Maniac, while the audience already knows it.
  • Vocal Dissonance:
    • The newspaper fish has a high voice when he is far away, but when he talks normal, its rough and gritty.
    • SpongeBob affects a deeper, more heroic voice whenever he calls himself "The Hall Monitor!"
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Mrs. Puff gives one to Spongebob for the trouble he's caused in the city as the Hall Monitor. Unfortunately, she was arrested by the police after admitting them that she's responsible for giving him the uniform.
  • Windbag Hall Monitor: Upon being named hall monitor, SpongeBob gives an incredibly long, boring acceptance speech (which includes a quote from an equally long speech from a famous hall monitor). By the time he's finished, class is over without him actually performing his actual duties.
  • Yellow Sash of Power: Comes with the uniform.

August 28, 1999

Spongebob takes in a jellyfish that won't leave him alone. Unfortunately, the jellyfish throws a big party in Spongebob's house, and he needs to get them out!

Jellyfish Jam provides examples of:

  • An Aesop: Lampshaded by the Narrator, never bring a wild animal home.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: SpongeBob briefly affects a French accent when eating jellyfish jelly on bread, which sounds not too dissimilar to Tom Kenny's French narrator voice.
  • Call-Forward: This isn't the last time Spongebob brings a wild animal home.
  • Conspicuous CGI: The shot that pans from SpongeBob's house to Squidward's house the next morning is the very first use of CGI in the series.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: SpongeBob and the jellyfish dancing to pounding house music, accompanied by trippy visuals.
  • Everything Has Rhythm: Gary tapping his eyeballs creates a rhythm that calms the jellyfish down. Later the jellies play their tentacles like guitar strings while bubbles, burping treasure chests, chains, and clams provide ambience.
  • I'm Taking Him Home With Me!: The jellyfish follows SpongeBob home, and SpongeBob at first doesn't want to take him home, but he relents easily.
  • Instant Gravestone: When the jellyfish plays dead, it appears buried under a gravestone.
  • Loud of War: After being kept up all night by the music, Squidward decides to fight fire with fire and starts playing his clarinet. This only aggravates the jellyfish, and when SpongeBob tries to warn Squidward, he just plays louder. This leads the jellyfish to attack him.
  • Music Soothes the Savage Beast: The jellyfish calm down thanks to the funky beat of Gary's eyes clacking.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: SpongeBob's patience is brought to its absolute limit when the jellyfish invade his house, vandalize the place, and attack Squidward. When they burn Squidward's clarinet in a bonfire, he explodes.
    SpongeBob: (blows bubbles out his pore holes with a loud foghorn sound) OKAY! THAT IS IT! EVERYBODY OUT!
  • Reaching Between the Lines: When Squidward calls to complain about the noise, a jellyfish answers and squirts strawberry jelly through the phone.
  • Spoof Aesop: "SpongeBob has learned one of the sea's harshest lessons: wild animals can throw really wild parties."
    Squidward: (bathing from all the jellyfish stings) Ahhhh....
    Narrator: Ooh, I felt that.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: "SpongeBob is the only guy I know that can have fun with a jellyfish... FOR TWELVE HOURS!
  • Synchronized Swarming: The jellyfish form, among other things, a hand to pick up SpongeBob, a conveyor belt, and a smiley face (which turns into an angry face when Squidward plays his clarinet).
  • Wild Teen Party: The jellyfish invites others to a late-night party at SpongeBob's, which lasts for 18 hours.

Squidward: SpongeBob is the only guy I know that can browse TV Tropes Wiki...FOR TWELVE HOURS!!