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Recap / Sponge Bob Square Pants S 11 E 9 Squid Noir Scavenger Pants

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Airdate: November 10, 2017

When his clarinet is stolen before he can play at an open-mic night, Squidward becomes a hard-boiled detective and searches Bikini Bottom for the true culprit behind the theft.

"Squid Noir" contains examples of:

  • Brick Joke: SpongeBob gets increasingly irritated when he keeps losing his coins while flipping them into the air. After the case of the missing clarinet is solved, all of SpongeBob's coins end up landing on top of him in a pile.
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  • Dope Slap: After it's revealed near the end that the jellyfish stole Squidward's clarinet, SpongeBob makes a joke that "crime doesn't play". Patrick promptly nails him with a hard one.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Squidward and SpongeBob try to pull this trick off with Mr. Krabs, but due to a lack of communication it ends up becoming a case of "Good Cop/Good Cop".
  • Noir Episode: The episode plays homage to many Film Noir tropes, with Squidward's investigation being Deliberately Monochrome with a constant downpour of rain.
  • Running Gag: SpongeBob keeps losing the coins he flips off-screen.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Squidward may not have been able to play at the venue he planned, but he did end up finding his clarinet and performing for a hive of jellyfish who legitimately enjoy his music.


Airdate: November 9, 2017

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Irritated by SpongeBob and Patrick's constant interruptions, Squidward decides to send them on a pointless scavenger hunt to get some piece and quiet. However, the two prove to be better scavengers than Squidward gave them credit for.

"Scavenger Pants" contains examples of:

  • All for Nothing: After several months of not finding Squidward’s presumed brother, SpongeBob and Patrick meet Mrs. Tentacles who reveals Squidward doesn’t have a brother and never had one, as one is enough.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When he learns that Squidward never had a twin brother, Patrick is distraught because that makes him even harder to find.
  • Determinator: SpongeBob and Patrick stop at nothing to find the things Squidward challenges them to find. They even spend several months trying to find Squidward’s “brother” before learning from Mrs. Tentacles that he never had one in the first place.
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  • Exact Words: Squidward first sends SpongeBob and Patrick out to find a "desert sandwich". The two eventually return with a "desert sand witch". It's played with, as Squidward refuses to accept their find, but the witch reveals she used to work at an evil deli and makes him an actual sandwich.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Squidward's final task for SpongeBob and Patrick is to find his long-lost twin brother. Upon learning that from Squidward's mother that he doesn't have a brother, the two arrange to have Mrs. Tentacles adopt them so they can be the brothers he never had. Squidward doesn't take this well.
  • Literal Metaphor: SpongeBob has a brain storm... as in, a storm cloud appears over his head as he gets an idea.
  • Snipe Hunt: The whole scavenger hunt was just a way to get SpongeBob and Patrick out of Squiward's hair for a while, as he tasks them to find increasingly rare objects to find. One way or the other, the two manage to find exactly what Squidward asked for every single time.
  • Stock Ness Monster: SpongeBob and Patrick travel to Loch Ness to find Nessie for Squidward. They manage to find him and bring him back to Bikini Bottom, where he displays an immense hatred of bagpipes.
  • Visual Pun: By the end of the episode, Squidward's mind literally explodes when he is shocked to find out that SpongeBob and Patrick had become his adopted brothers.
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