Man Ray Returns
When Man Ray rents out Squidward's house for the weekend, SpongeBob and Patrick must put a stop to his evil vacation.
"Man Ray Returns" contains examples of:
- Brick Joke: When Man Ray complains about wanting to be on vacation, SpongeBob retorts, "Evil never takes a vacation." Man Ray likes the line so much that he asks if he can use it. When he repeats it later in the episode, SpongeBob and Patrick admit that it does sound a lot cooler when Man Ray says it.
- Comically Missing the Point: When SpongeBob reveals that Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy won't be able to fight for a week after being unfrozen, he asks Patrick if he knows what that means. Patrick responds, "I have to wait a week for my ice pops?"
- Evil All Along: Despite Man Ray wanting to take a vacation, only for it to be disrupted by SpongeBob and Patrick, he confesses to them at the end that he gave Squidward a phony check.
- Human Popsicle: Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy are shown cryogenically frozen.
- Hurricane of Puns: SpongeBob and Patrick unleash them as they fight Man Ray.
- Interactive Narrator: When the TV Announcer acknowledges Man Ray getting out of the cab, Man Ray tell him to keep it down because he's on vacation rather than doing anything evil.
- Insistent Terminology: Happens when Patrick finds a bra in Squidward's suitcase.Squidward: It's not a bra! It's a pectoral girdle!
- Medium Blending: When he leaves Squidward's house, Man Ray hops on a live-action plastic scuba diver that swims away.
- Oh, Crap!: Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy have this reaction after waking up from their cryo sleep when SpongeBob and Patrick steal their rings.
- Shout-Out: Man Ray exits on Scuber, a parody of the app Uber.
- The comic cover for Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy Issue #55 is a direct nod to Action Comics #1.
- Superhero Episode: The second Mermaid Pants and Barnacle Star episode.
- Villains Out Shopping: The episode focuses on Man Ray taking a vacation.
Larry the Floor Manager
When Mr. Krabs goes away on a temporary vacation, he makes Larry the Lobster the temporary manager of the Krusty Krab.
"Larry the Floor Manager" contains examples of:
- Bad Mood as an Excuse: Mr. Krabs gets violently snippy at SpongeBob and Squidward due to being overworked.
- Call-Back: Larry mentions the gym he now runs from "Larry's Gym".
- Disproportionate Retribution: Mr. Krabs trying to beat up Squidward for dropping a napkin on the floor.
- Jabba Table Manners: Larry is disgusted by the eating habits of the customers, not helped by SpongeBob doing the same in front of Larry.
- Left the Background Music On: When SpongeBob tries the power shake, he spits it out in disgust at a boombox that shorts out, causing the background music to stop.
- Man on Fire: Squidward catches on fire after accidentally jumping on the grill. SpongeBob douses him with a bucket of water.
- Something We Forgot: When Larry and the gym guys finally leave, they take the equipment and the rope net with Squidward still tangled in it.
- Springtime for Hitler: SpongeBob's attempts to get Larry and his buddies to leave only make them more enthusiastic about staying at the Krusty Krab.
- Visual Pun: When Larry's pecs start crying, Bubble Bass points out, "Now those are some sad pecs."
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Larry becomes this when he turns the Krusty Krab into a gym to help the customers get into shape, denying them the krabby patties they came for.