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Sandy's Nutty Nieces

SpongeBob babysits Sandy's nieces.

"Sandy's Nutty Nieces" contains examples of:

  • Babysitting Episode: The episode is about SpongeBob babysitting Sandy's nieces.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: SpongeBob gets hit on the head by a wrecking ball and his hand is destroyed in a "wrassle match."
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Sandy's nieces complain a lot and physically harm SpongeBob multiple times.
  • Family Theme Naming: Sandy's nieces are named after types of nuts.
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  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Sandy's nieces do this.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: There's one of Squidward's face. Lampshaded by the nieces' reactions.
    Sandy's nieces: We're gonna be sick all over the place!
  • Honorary Uncle: Sandy's nieces refer to SpongeBob as "Uncle SpongeBob".
  • Nephewism: Sandy's nieces are introduced in this episode along with her sister Rosy Cheeks.
  • Iris Out: How the episode ends.
  • Punny Name: Sandy's nieces — Hazelnut, Pistachio, and Macadamia — are named after types of nuts.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Sandy's nieces speak in rhyme.
  • Shout-Out: Sandy's nieces have a similar color scheme as Huey, Dewey and Louie's original color scheme from Disney's classic theatrical cartoons.
  • Special Guest: Maria Bamford as Hazelnut, Pistachio, and Macadamia.

Insecurity Guards

SpongeBob and Patrick work at a museum while Squidward attempts to sneak his painting in.


"Insecurity Guards" contains examples of:

  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: When Squidward shows an art critic his latest painting.
    Art critic: Mr. Tentacles, I simply cannot express my true feelings about your work!
    Squidward: Yes, I realize my artistic brilliance can be overwhelming.
    Art critic: Quite frankly... (sniffs the painting) It stinks!
  • Bittersweet Ending: Squidward ends up arrested, but his painting still gets hung up in the museum because SpongeBob mistook it for one of the pieces that was already there.
  • Call-Back: Patrick's narration and touring someone around a location may bring to mind "No Pictures Please" from Season 11.
    • King Neptune's crown from "The SpongeBob Movie" and the statue from "Artist Unknown" can be seen in the museum.
  • Creepy Changing Painting: Some of the paintings in the museum tend to change such as the seahorse painting when SpongeBob and Patrick pin the tail on Squidward, who's behind it; The painting of Mrs. Puff as the Mona Lisa when Squidward tosses it in the trash; and Squidward's painting, which smiles after it gets hung in the museum.
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  • Hypocrite: Patrick enforces the rules for the museum, but it doesn't stop him or SpongeBob from breaking the rules since he tells SpongeBob that being a security guard means that the rules don't apply to them.
  • Iris Out: Just like its sister episode.
  • Reality Ensues: SpongeBob and Patrick hop aboard a wooly mollusk to catch Squidward, but being a snail, it moves incredibly slow.
  • Visual Pun: Patrick tries to fend off an art thief by giving him the stink eye, which involves turning his pupils into onions that knock the thief out with the stink.
  • Wingding Eyes: Patrick turns his pupils into onions to stop an art thief. When SpongeBob tries it, his pupils turn into cupcakes instead.

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