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Recap / Sponge Bob Square Pants S 11 E 23 Appointment TV Karens Virus

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Appointment TV

SpongeBob finds himself roped into performing various tasks while attempting to get home in time for the Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy lost episode.

"Appointment TV" contains examples of:

  • An Aesop: Don't use someone for their kindness out of desperation.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": SpongeBob's friends do this during the play they put on for SpongeBob. However, SpongeBob enjoys it anyway.
  • Extreme Doormat: SpongeBob displays this once again due to his inability to say no to anyone who asks him for favors.
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  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The collection of videos cassettes on SpongeBob's shelf are labeled: How to Make a Bed, Krusty Krab Training Video, Santa Claus is Com'n to Town, Mr. Krab's Birthday Party, Plankton Ruins Mr. Krab's B-day, and SpongeBob's Birth.
  • Heroic BSoD: Poor SpongeBob goes into one due missing the lost Mermaid Man episode. Thankfully his friends snap him out of it by reenacting the episode for him.
  • Hope Spot: SpongeBob misses the live showing of the episode, but remembers that he recorded it until realizing he's locked out of his house and his VCR suddenly overloads and catches fire, destroying his house and the tape.
  • Iris Out: The episode ends on one.
  • Lost Episode: The Mermaid Man episode SpongeBob wants to see is this.
  • Missing the Good Stuff: The episode involves SpongeBob trying to make it home to watch the lost Mermaid Man episode, only to keep getting stopped by his friends to do favors for them. When he finally does make it home, the VCR overloads and destroys his house and the tape he recorded the episode on.
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  • My God, What Have I Done?: SpongeBob's friends have this when they realize that them forcing SpongeBob to help them out caused him to miss his show, and think up a way to make it up to them.
  • Ocular Gushers: SpongeBob has these out of grief of missing the lost Mermaid Man episode, which he uses to put out the fire in his house.
  • Taking Advantage of Generosity: Everyone in Bikini Bottom takes advantage of SpongeBob's generosity no matter how hard he tries to tell them he can't help them at the moment. His friends eventually realize they have been doing this and decide to make up for causing him to miss his show.

Karen's Virus

When Karen gets a virus, Plankton asks SpongeBob to help him get the virus out of her.


"Karen's Virus" contains examples of:

  • Art Shift: Karen's internals are rendered in full 3D.

  • Big "NO!": SpongeBob shouts this after Ideal Plankton falls into a ravine and tells him that it's up to him to save Karen. When Ideal Plankton questions him about it, SpongeBob follows up with a Big "YES!".
  • Call-Back: The screens in Karen's memory banks show images from past episodes.
  • Circling Birdies: Karen sees circling ones and zeroes after ramming into a wall due to having a virus, and she comments on them.
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: The episode focuses on SpongeBob going inside Karen to rid her of a virus. SpongeBob considers calling the mission "Journey to the Center of Karen".
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Karen acts like a drunk while under the influence of the virus and flirts with Mr. Krabs' cash register. What really pushes it over the top is Krabs' response: he snatches the register from her hands, shouting "Don't break up our happy home!", then he tells the register "I forgive you, baby!" and gives it a smooch. Plankton is suitably mortified.
  • Iris Out: How the episode ends.
  • Jaw Drop: Plankton does this when he sees Karen causing damage to the Krusty Krab.
  • Special Guest: Jordan Speer as a guest designer for the episode.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: Karen sings a mangled version of the theme song. SpongeBob calls it a catchy song.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Karen's ideal version of Plankton looks like this.
  • Tunnel of Love: Karen's "Love Center" looks like this.

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