Recap / Spongebob Squarepants S 2 E 16 Graveyard Shift Krusty Love

Mr. Krabs declares the Krusty Krab open 24 hours a day, much to Squidward's chagrin and SpongeBob's delight. When it's revealed SpongeBob isn't as thrilled as he made himself out to be when it comes to the darkness outside, Squidward takes the opportunity to tell him a ghost story in order to shut him up, but things take a turn for the worse when things from Squidward's story starts coming true...

Graveyard Shift provides examples of...

  • Afterlife Express: The Hash-Slinging Slasher is supposed to arrive on the ghost of the bus that ran him over.
  • Answer Cut:
    Squidward: This is ridiculous. Who would want a Krabby Patty at three in the morning?
    (Cut to Patrick's house as his alarm clock goes off)
    Patrick: Oh boy, 3 AM! (pulls a Krabby Patty out from under his blanket and starts eating it)
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: According to Squidward's story, the Hash-Slinging Slasher cut off his hand, replaced it with a rusty spatula, got hit by a bus, and got fired at his funeral.
  • Can't You Read the Sign?: A customer arrives just as Squidward is closing the Krusty Krab. Squidward points to the "closed" sign, but the customer reads the menu's sign and insists on asking for a Krabby Patty anyway, then actually has the nerve to be upset when they won't take his order.
  • Electromagnetic Ghosts: One of the signs that the Hash-Slinging Slasher is coming is that the lights will flicker on and off.
  • Ghost Story: The Story of the Hash-Slinging Slasher.
  • Ironic Echo: Spongebob gets the Hash-Slinging Slasher's name wrong when trying to repeat The Hash-Slinging Slasher as Squidward tells him the story. Later, when the Hash-Slinging Slasher apparently shows up for real, a terrified Squidward gets his name wrong as he tries to say "The Hash-Slinging Slasher".
  • Ironic Echo Cut: When Squidward asks who would want to eat a Krabby Patty at 3:00 AM, we cut to Patrick, who has set his alarm to that exact time to eat a Krabby Patty.
  • Medium-Shift Gag: The appearance of Nosferatu at the end.
  • No Big Deal:
    • Squidward at first is alarmed that there is green slime oozing from the walls, then he remembers that they always do that. Likewise, when Nosferatu is revealed to be the one who turned the lights on and off, the others react as if he were just a prankster.
    • Spongebob at the beginning, gets scared of the dark as he runs out of the Krab to take out the trash, comes back in, hyperventilates heavily and... calmly says "piece of cake."
  • Not So Final Confession: As the Hash-Slinging Hasher approaches...
    Squidward: SpongeBob, no matter what I've said, I've always sorta liked you!
    SpongeBob: Squidward, I used your clarinet to unclog my toilet!
    Squidward: Huh?
  • Ominous Fog: Heralds the arrival of the ghostly bus that brings the Hash-Slinging Slasher.
  • Rapid-Fire Nail Biting: SpongeBob goes from biting his nails to eating his own arms (which grow back) to eating arms out of a bucket.
  • Real After All: After making up the story of the Hash-Slinging Slasher, Squidward suddenly finds that the events he described are happening, and a mysterious figure enters the Krusty Krab. Subverted when the "slasher" turns out to be the new nighttime fry cook.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The Slasher has glowing red eyes, which turn out to be the nostrils of the goofy looking fry cook.
  • Rule of Three: There are three signs of the arrival of the Hash-Slinging Slasher.
  • Status Quo Is God: The nighttime frycook never shows up again, and there's no mention of the Krusty Krab's 24 hour shift in later episodes.

Mr. Krabs begins dating Mrs. Puff with SpongeBob acting as his "financial adviser". Things seem to go smoothly until Mr. Krabs starts forcing SpongeBob to buy various gifts for Mrs. Puff.

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