Recap / Spongebob Squarepants S 3 E 14 The Great Snail Race Mid Life Crustacean

The Great Snail Race: When Squidward buys a pedigreed racing snail named Snelly and enters her in a snail race, SpongeBob decides to enter Gary in the race as well, not realizing that the training he puts Gary through is too much for him.

Mid Life Crustacean: Mr. Krabs is starting to show his age, so he decides to hang out with some hip young people to feel young again. Unfortunately, he picks SpongeBob and Patrick.

"The Great Snail Race" provides examples of...

  • Accidental Misnaming: "It's Tennisballs! I mean Tentacles!"
  • Brick Joke: "That's for yesterday, SquarePants!"
  • Companion Cube: Patrick's "snail" Rocky.
    Squidward: Patrick, that's a rock.
    Patrick: Yeah, thanks, I know. He's got nerves of steel.
  • Dark Horse Victory: With Gary out of the race and Snelly forfeiting to be by his side, the real winner of the race is... Patrick's rock Rocky, which somehow got to the finish line.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: SpongeBob as Gary's racing coach.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: Played straight... then subverted.
  • Graceful Loser: SpongeBob, since he was more concerned with Gary's injuries than winning. Squidward also takes his loss surprisingly well.
  • Heroic R.R.O.D.: Gary (literally) breaks down mid race.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Patrick, the only sportsmanlike competitor of the three (and one shown to take very kind care of his "snail", Rocky) inexplicably wins the race.
  • Malicious Misnaming: SpongeBob calls Gary girl names, explaining that it's a motivational tactic.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: SpongeBob, after his mistreatment leads Gary to have a Heroic R.R.O.D..
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: After SpongeBob's Malicious Misnaming, Sandy, who is apparently miles away, suddenly feels like kicking his butt tomorrow. (See Brick Joke for the result.)
  • Nice Guy: Patrick, for once, is depicted as the nice one of the bunch. In stark contrast to SpongeBob (who acts like a Drill Sergeant Nasty towards Gary and doesn't realize it until it's too late) and Squidward (who's smug and obnoxious about his snail winning), Patrick is perfectly fine with Rocky not going the minute the race starts, even telling him that he can go when he feels like it, and decides to give the trophy to Squidward because he knew how much winning meant to him (a gesture Squidward is genuinely touched by).
  • Running Gag: Squidward's last name keeps getting misspelled.
  • Tears of Joy: Patrick, after his..."snail" wins the race.

"Mid Life Crustacean" provides examples of...

  • Brick Joke: The fish scout.
  • Dinner Deformation: When Krabs has to take his morning pill, which is twice as wide as his whole head.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: On Krabs's sleep crust-covered eyes as he wakes up in the beginning of the episode.
  • Helping Granny Cross the Street: A boy scout walks Mr. Krabs by the hand, with him resenting the implication that he's old.
  • Incredibly Lame Fun: SpongeBob and Patrick's "night of debauchery" includes such activities as going to a laundromat and watching washing machines, picking up trash at the highway, sitting in a kiddie pool, playing a Dungeons & Dragons-like game, and going to a Suck E. Cheese's.
  • It's Pronounced Tro-PAY: Krabs tries to pronounce "coral" as "corrahl" to make it sound cooler.
  • No Indoor Voice: Spongebob and Patrick, who scream in excitement about their big night out when they're mere feet away from one another... with Squidward right between them!
  • Overly Long Gag: Spongebob, Patrick and Mr. Krabs shouting "Are you/I'm ready to party!" to one another.
    • "Are you feeling it now, Mr. Krabs?"
  • Panty Thieves: SpongeBob and Patrick take Mr. Krabs on a "panty raid". Unfortunately, the house they raid belongs to Krabs' mother.
  • Right on Queue: Mr. Krabs sees a long line of senior citizens leading to the cemetery. After running away screaming "I ain't old!", we see that the line is actually for an ice-cream cart next to the cemetery.
  • Totally Radical: Pearl explains to Krabs that kids don't say "cool" anymore, they say "coral" instead. She becomes appalled when her father adopts it and calls her friends to say that "Coral is definitely out."
  • Wham Line: "Eugene!?" "MOTHER!?"
  • You Are Grounded: Krabs is sent to his room by his mother for going through her underwear drawer.
  • You Didn't Ask: "Why didn't you tell me this was my mother's house?!"

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