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Recap / Sponge Bob Square Pants S 11 E 18 Whale Watching Krusty Kleaners

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Air date: August 6, 2018 ("Whale Watching")/August 7, 2018 ("Krusty Kleaners")

Pearl tries to sneak out to a cool teen party while Mr. Krabs is away. / SpongeBob and Patrick's cleaning of a woman's office goes out of control.

"Whale Watching" contains examples of:

  • Art Shift: When Pearl goes out of sea to breach on land, the animation changes to claymation.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: Squidward when Pearl was a baby. Not so much when she's a teenager, but she still proves to be very difficult.
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  • Bastard Boyfriend: Dylan.
  • Continuity Nod: Pearl's three friends - Nixie, Marina, and Nocturna - from "Mall Girl Pearl" are shown at the party.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Another episode that focuses majorly on Pearl.
  • Determinator: When climbing that steep cliff, Squidward refuses to quit and even manages to make it all the way up.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: This is one of the few episodes where Squidward is surpassingly nice, as he expresses great concern for Pearl's well-being and tries his best to enforce her safety. Although, one could argue that there was a selfish motive behind this, as Squidward only seemed to do this so he can avoid Mr. Krabs tormenting him with SpongeBob's annoying laugh as punishment.
  • Karma Houdini: Pearl doesn't receive any comeuppance for sneaking out of the house to attend a wild party. Though, considering Mr. Krabs' overprotective nature and cheapness, it's probably justified and a retaliation against his poor parenting. Furthermore, Pearl apologizes and admits to Squidward that she should have listened to him.
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  • Out of Focus: SpongeBob only appears in two scenes and has zero affect on the story. He doesn't even have any lines either, aside from his trademark laugh.
  • Overprotective Dad: Mr. Krabs refuses to let Pearl go to the teen party, and he seems to be very serious about it, as he baricades the house with prison bars to enforce Pearl's inability to escape.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: While Pearl's night was admittedly ruined, the ending culminates in Squidward and her still managing to make the best of the night by tormenting the boy that ditched her with SpongeBob's annoying laugh.
  • Wheel o' Feet: Squidward does this when he says "Okay, okay, just hold on a second!"
  • Wild Teen Party: One is thrown in this episode that has great affect on the plot, as Pearl wants to attend the party so as not to be an outcast by her friends.

"Krusty Kleaners" contains examples of:

  • Behind the Black: When Patrick reveals that the company manufactures tanks, SpongeBob suddenly notices that the building is full of tank merchandise.
  • Jerkass Ball: Despite being told not to clean the lady's office, SpongeBob and Patrick do it anyway. While they admittedly wanted to be helpful, when taking their naivety into accounts, they would've been better off not helping at all.
  • Robot Maid: The company's robot that cleans the whole office building at night.
  • Seppuku: Parodied. After accidentally dropping a customer's take out order, SpongeBob commits seppuku with his spatula, though given that he is a sponge, the spatula just goes harmlessly through his body.
  • Shout-Out: SpongeBob and Patrick are briefly shown in a Pacman-like video game while engaging in a maze around the office.


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