Recap / Spongebob Squarepants S 3 E 15 Born Again Krabs I Had An Accident

Born Again Krabs

Mr. Krabs is near death after eating a spoiled Krabby Patty, but after an experience with the Flying Dutchman, he changes his ways...

I Had An Accident

After experiencing a sandboarding accident and a near miss at living with "the iron butt", SpongeBob becomes afraid to go outside, while Sandy and Patrick try to show him the fun of the great outdoors.

Born Again Krabs contains examples of:

  • All Just a Dream: Subverted, Mr. Krabs thinks he's dreaming when he returns to work and begins splurging his employees and customers. Once Spongebob tells him he left the hospital that morning, he finally snaps.
  • Ambulance Cut: Double Subverted. When Krabs goes to take a bite of the spoiled patty, it cuts to an ambulance. Then it cuts back to Krabs commenting on the ambulance, then eating the patty. And then it cuts to Krabs being rushed to the ER on a gurney.
  • Break the Cutie: SpongeBob is in tears after being informed by the doctor that Mr. Krabs isn't coming back.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Squidward calls Mr. Krabs out for selling SpongeBob's soul for 62 cents, Krabs asks "You think I should have held out for more?"
  • Cutaway Gag: When Mr. Krabs comes into work, he asks SpongeBob where Squidward is. SpongeBob explains "he's taking one of those break things". Cut to Squidward sleeping in Mr. Krabs' office on a fancy bed.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Squidward, who doesn't like SpongeBob, calls out Mr. Krabs for selling him to the Flying Dutchman for 62 cents.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: The idol in this case being the money, and SpongeBob being the friend.
  • Grim Reaper: The Flying Dutchman serves this purpose in this episode.
  • It Came from the Fridge: The bad patty.
    Mr. Krabs: Why is it in a cage?
    SpongeBob: Because it growled at me.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: When the Flying Dutchman approaches Mr. Krabs for his soul, he claims he has the wrong room by claiming he's "Harold Flowers" after looking at the vase of flowers on his bedside table. He excuses himself only to approach a nurse looking for him, which gives up the act.
  • Motor Mouth: It actually saves SpongeBob from Davy Jones' Locker.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Mr. Krabs goes through this after Squidward calls him out for selling SpongeBob to the Flying Dutchman for 62 cents.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Squidward usually hates SpongeBob with a passion, which is all the more shocking when he becomes outright appalled at Mr. Krabs selling SpongeBob's soul for only 62 cents. Squidward himself even says "I can't believe I'm saying this" as he's about to tell off Mr. Krabs.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: SpongeBob and Squidward become concerned when Mr. Krabs isn't the least bit fazed when he gets a Shockingly Expensive Bill and doesn't have any money in the register to pay for it.
  • The Stinger: After everyone has a good laugh about the whole thing, we cut to the Dutchman at home, receiving a call from SpongeBob, who continues to talk his ear off.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Yes, Mr. Krabs had a right to be upset after discovering he was bankrupt, but also failed to remember what would happen to him if he returned to his cheap lifestyle when he instantly reclaimed all of the free items he had given to his customers and nearly tore a man's arm off for a penny. If not for SpongeBob, Krabs would been taken to Davy Jones' Locker in an instant.
    • There's also Mr. Krabs telling SpongeBob to wrap up the spoiled patty so he can finish it later, even while he's being carried into the ER on a gurney due to having taken a bite out of said patty.
  • Too Spicy For Yog Sothoth: The Flying Dutchman takes SpongeBob in exchange for Mr. Krabs, but returns him immediately because "I couldn't hear myself think with this one around! I only had him for thirty seconds, and it's jellyfishing this and Mermaid Man that..."
  • Ungrateful Bastard: SpongeBob stuck up for Mr. Krabs and put his life on the line to prevent the Flying Dutchman from taking him to Davy Jones' Locker. How does Krabs repay him? By selling SpongeBob's soul to the Dutchman for a mere 62 cents without hesitation; this was such a dick move that Squidward, who hates SpongeBob, is absolutely disgusted with Krabs and gives him a scathing What the Hell, Hero? over it.
  • Visual Pun: Davy Jones' Locker is a gym locker, full of his stinky old socks.
  • Wham Line: "You mean...I'm awake?!"
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Mr. Krabs sells SpongeBob's soul for pocket change. Even Squidward calls him out on it.
    Squidward: He stuck up for you, and you sold him out. You should be ashamed of yourself!

I Had An Accident contains examples of:

  • Armor-Piercing Question: "What's a Gorilla doing underwater in the first place?"
  • Companion Cube: SpongeBob makes friends out of a potato chip, a penny and a used napkin, which he calls Chip, Penny and Used Napkin.
  • Enraged by Idiocy: Sandy expresses her frustrations towards Patrick's stupidity a couple of times.
    Sandy: Don't you have to go be stupid somewhere else?
    Patrick: Not until four.
  • Expospeak Gag:
    Dr. Fish: Well, Mr. SquarePants, it appears your gluteus maximus has made a complete recovery.
    SpongeBob: My what has a what now?
    Dr. Fish: Your butt's all better.
  • Furry Reminder: SpongeBob doesn't need to go out to eat, since he's a filter feeder.
  • Gainax Ending: As the gorilla has SpongeBob in his grasp, he wonders out loud what a gorilla is doing underwater. The gorilla then tries to stammer out an explanation before shouting "George, they're onto us!" and riding out on a pantomime horse. The camera then cuts to a live-action family, who are clearly just as confused as we are, before the father shuts the TV off.
  • Humiliation Conga: The spanking line that Spongebob fled.
  • Medium Blending: The gorilla that attacks SpongeBob is a live-action gorilla - or rather, a live-action man in a gorilla suit. As is the pantomime horse he rides, and the human family watching at the end.
  • Mistaken for an Imposter: Sandy's plan to lure SpongeBob outside is to have Patrick in a gorilla costume pretend to attack her, thus spurring SpongeBob to come to her rescue. SpongeBob doesn't fall for it, but then Patrick shows up, and Sandy asks who is in the gorilla costume. Turns out Patrick is in the costume, and the other Patrick is a real gorilla in a Patrick costume.
  • Never My Fault: Spongebob blames being outside in general for his accident and not at all on his failure to watch where he was going.
  • Not Helping Your Case: A variation that almost happened.
    Sandy: Don't worry, Patrick. We'll get SpongeBob to come outside, and then he'll see there's nothing to be afraid of.
    Patrick: (Holding up his fist in a boxing glove) And that's when I punch him, right?
    (Sandy gives a flat, annoyed look)
  • Safety Worst: SpongeBob makes himself a shut-in after the accident, afraid to go out to avoid getting hurt again.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Spongebob makes fun of Squidward's belief of this at the beginning.
    SpongeBob: [imitating Squidward] Everybody's an idiot except me.
    Squidward: Well, it's true.
  • Truth in Television: SpongeBob appears to have developed the real-life anxiety known as "agoraphobia", which is a fear of wide-open spaces or long distances.
  • Yellow Snow: SpongeBob warns Patrick not to eat the yellow sand. He does anyway.