Recap / Spongebob Squarepants S 2 E 18 Sailor Mouth Artist Unknown

SpongeBob and Patrick learn some "sentence enhancers" from the dumpster behind the Krusty Krab and begin using them in public. When Mr. Krabs tells them that they are bad words, they swear to never use those words again, but how long will that last?

Sailor Mouth provides examples of:

  • An Aesop: There's no use for swear words, and they can be offensive, even if you are a sailor.
  • Bait-and-Switch: When Mama Krabs seems to shout a bad word covered by a car horn, she tells SpongeBob, Patrick and Mr. Krabs that it was only Old Man Jenkins' automobile.note 
  • Bowdlerise: From Indonesian dub:
    • This exchange:
    Mr. Krabs: Hold on there, SpongeBob! [pulls SpongeBob back] Take that pile of filth out with you. [Squidward holds up a trash bag]
    SpongeBob: [gasps] Mr. Krabs, you shouldn't talk about Squidward like that!
    Squidward: He means this filth, you loon.
    • Becomes (essentially) this:
    Mr. Krabs: Hold on there, SpongeBob! [pulls SpongeBob back] Take that pile of filth out with you. [Squidward holds up a trash bag]
    SpongeBob: [gasps] Mr. Krabs, isn't that Squidward's duty?
    Squidward: No way, it's yours!
    • Also, this exchange between SpongeBob and a Garbage Man:
    Garbage Man: [Clearly disgusted at SpongeBob's censored swear word] Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?
    SpongeBob: Well, sometimes, but not...recently.
    • Into essentially this:
    Garbage Man: [Clearly disgusted at SpongeBob's censored swear word] You're such a trash-talker!
    SpongeBob: Well, sometimes yes, sometimes no. I'm just a bit clueless.
    • Though it's also somewhat a subversion because SpongeBob flatly and unknowingly admits he's sometimes a trash-talker and uses his cluelessness as a poor excuse.
  • Call-Back: Patrick calling Mr. Krabs "the red sweaty guy you work for" recalls the season one episode "Arrgh!", where Patrick repeatedly points out how sweaty Mr. Krabs is.
  • Censored for Comedy: The bad word that SpongeBob and Patrick say is covered with a dolphin chirp. The other bad words that Mr. Krabs spews are censored by other nautical sounds.
  • Cluster Bleep-Bomb: Mr. Krabs performs one when accidentally stepping on a pebble.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    Garbage Man: Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?
    SpongeBob: Well, sometimes, but not recently.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: One of the customers complains about Spongebob's cussing by saying that someone with his talent shouldn't have to "work blue," a remark usually expressed towards standup comedians who take Refuge in Audacity.
  • Everyone Has Standards: A sailor gasps and is shocked while his friend, a pirate, is shown disgusted at SpongeBob's swear word.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • One of the dumpster graffiti messages reads "Patchy (the Pirate) was here."
    • Watch Spongebob closely after he loses: he is animated to say "Ah, f—- it!!".
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The fact that this is an episode that handles swearing is enough to be this. But the fact that the characters are animated to say the actual swear words ("fuck" especially) pushes this even further.
  • Literal-Minded: When SpongeBob fears that Mr. Krabs will give him and Patrick "forty lashes" for swearing, Patrick has an Imagine Spot of himself with forty eyelashes.
  • Seven Dirty Words: The original routine is referenced when Mr. Krabs says that there are 13 bad words.
    Squidward: Don't you mean there are only seven?
    Mr. Krabs: Not if you're a sailor.
  • Shout-Out: When Krabs gives his speech about the 13 bad words, Squidward asks if he means seven.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Mr. Krabs turns out to be one. Spongebob and Patrick become this unintentionally.
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: Justified. Instead of the traditional bleep that is used in most television shows, they're replaced with nautical sounds.
  • Sudden Anatomy: SpongeBob gains thirteen fingers when counting the bad words Mr. Krabs' profanity-laced rant.
    • Squidward also sprouts an ear when he hears SpongeBob using "bad word #11" over the intercom.
  • Toilet Paper Trail: Mr. Krabs sports one when he rushes out of the bathroom after seeing that all the customers have left.
  • Very Special Episode: About the usage of swearing and profanity.

Squidward gets a job teaching art at Bikini Bottom's rec center, however, SpongeBob is his only student. But when a famous art collector comes looking for art for his museum, he takes interest in a statue SpongeBob made, which Squidward criticized for not being by-the-book, only for SpongeBob to run off. After taking the credit for the statue, it breaks during transport, forcing Squidward to try to find SpongeBob in an attempt to make a new one.

Artist Unknown provides examples of:

  • Accidental Art: Squidward has a breakdown and thrashes his studio. When Monty returns and asks who is responsible, Squidward points to the janitor and says "as of now, it's all his responsibility!" and leaves. What Squidward doesn't realize is that during his destruction spree he had accidentally created another David statue more glorious than the previous one, which Monty congratulates the janitor on, calling him "The greatest artist who's ever lived!"
  • An Aesop: You don't need to rely solely on the traditional rules of art for creating great works. Your creativity can take you a long way sometimes.
  • Angrish: Squidward launches into this and begins smashing every block of marble and destroying the whole classroom toward the end when Spongebob ends up taking Squidward's rules of art to heart and reduces a block of marble into a pile of rubble instead of the statue he created earlier.
  • Brick Joke: One of the first art pieces Squidward shows off to the art critic is a Picasso-like self portrait called "Bold and Brash", to which the art critic says "more like, 'Belongs in the Trash'", which prompts the janitor to throw it away, later on when he visits SpongeBob at the dump, SpongeBob finds it in a junk pile.
  • Brutal Honesty: Monty P. Moneybags seems to have some of this, given his reactions to Squidward's bad art.
    Squidward: I call this one "Squidward in Repose".
    Monty: (frowns and then gestures back umcomfortably) I, uh...don't think that will fit in with the other pieces in my collection.
    Squidward: Why not?
    Monty: Because it's an art collection! Bahahaha!
    Squidward: How about this one? I call it "Bold and Brash"!
    Monty: More like "Belongs in the Trash"! Bahahahahaha!
    Janitor: Sorry, I must've missed that one. (grabs the painting and throws it into the trash can he is wheeling)
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: More specifically, plagarists never prosper. See Hoist by His Own Petard below.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Why no, Squidward robbing SpongeBob of his natural creativity by insisting that he follow rules to make "real art" is definitely not a Take That! towards art schools.
  • Down in the Dumps: After Squidward insults him and his artwork, SpongeBob lets himself get thrown in the trash. When Squidward needs SpongeBob back, he goes to the dump and finds him wallowing in shame amid the trash.
  • Hand-or-Object Underwear: The statue of Michelangelo's David has a shell over his crotch. Lampshaded by the art collector who calls it "perfect censorship".
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Squidward chastising SpongeBob's off-the-book art work because he doesn't want to admit that it's better than his own comes back to bite him. When a famous art collector sees one of SpongeBob's creations (The statue of David), he promises the artist fame and fortune, so Squidward immediately takes credit. But when the head accidentally breaks off the statue, he needs SpongeBob to make another one for him. Unfortunately, Squidward's chastising of SpongeBob's creative art work has conditioned him to only do artwork by the book, and will not make a new sculpture for Squidward.
  • Ironic Echo: "There, now its art."
  • Organ Autonomy: When SpongeBob says that he can't look at his own hands anymore, the hands detach themselves, run off and hide in a tin can.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Squidward already had this, but him believing that his work is true art when perceived ridiculous by an art critic makes this episode an extraordinary example.