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Recap / Sponge Bob Square Pants S 12 E 4 Garys Got Legs King Plankton

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Gary's Got Legs

Gary is given a set of limbs to keep up with SpongeBob, but soon makes his owner look sluggish by comparison.

"Gary's Got Legs" contains examples of:

  • An Aesop: Let people be who they are and don't try to change them.
  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Gary briefly gets this when he gets a set of legs, using them to beat up the other pets in the park and not wanting to give up his arms and legs to Mr. Krabs. He's back to normal by the end though.
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  • Bait-and-Switch: When SpongeBob decides that Gary could use some legs, it cuts to him making something out of wood and finishes while declaring, "There! A perfect set of legs." It then zooms out to show that SpongeBob had actually built a set of legs for a table.
  • Lazy Bum: SpongeBob becomes one as a result of being waited on hand and foot by Gary.
  • Swapped Roles: After Gary gets a set of arms and legs, SpongeBob becomes more like a snail, making him the pet and Gary the owner.

King Plankton

Plankton practices ruling the world by shrinking himself down and declaring himself king of SpongeBob's aquarium.


"King Plankton" contains examples of:

  • Banana Peel: Plankton repeatedly slips on these since they are lying around on the ground.
  • Human Sacrifice: The sea chimps try to sacrifice Plankton to Patrick, with the old king thanking Plankton since it will no longer be him who will be sacrificed.
  • Instant Sedation: Plankton is hit with a tranquilizer dart that almost instantly knocks him out.
  • Monkey Morality Pose: Three sea chimps pose like this when Plankton scares them.
  • Parasol Parachute: SpongeBob rides the winds with a parasol to get to work.
  • Rube Goldberg Device: Plankton tries using one to steal the formula, which Mr. Krabs calls a "Rube Goldfish Device".
  • Running Gag: Plankton slipping on a banana peel, and then ordering the other sea chimps to fall down as well.
  • Swallowed Whole: This happens to Plankton and the sea chimps by Patrick, until one of the chimps pushes the growth button on Plankton's belt.

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