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Recap / SpongeBob SquarePants S 1 E 13 "Scaredy Pants" / "I Was a Teenage Gary"

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United States airdate: October 28, 1999

Canada airdate: October 30, 2000

It's Halloween in Bikini Bottom, and SpongeBob wants to be the one who scares people for a change, so he goes as the scariest spectre in all the sea: the Flying Dutchman! But his plan backfires when the real Dutchman appears.

Scaredy Pants contains examples of:

  • Bedsheet Ghost: The extent of SpongeBob's Flying Dutchman costume is this and wooden clogs. People keep mistaking him for a haunted mattress due to his square shape. Upon becoming round, he gets demoted to "sleeping bag".
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  • Berserk Button: The real Flying Dutchman hates being impersonated and considers SpongeBob's costume the worst one yet, and the last straw. Though he does casually explain how someone like him just isn't scary in general.
  • Body Horror: SpongeBob has Patrick shave down his head until it's round enough to make a perfect ghost. It's later revealed that he's been shaved down all the way to his brain. SpongeBob takes it all in stride, though, and reassures everyone that it'll grow right back.
  • Butt-Monkey: Because it's Halloween, everyone (minus Patrick) makes fun of SpongeBob for being scared.
  • Delayed Reaction: After realizing that it was SpongeBob's brain instead of a pink hat, Patrick runs off like everyone else. What makes this a really delayed reaction was that Patrick was the one who shaved SpongeBob down to his brain.
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  • Flying Dutchman: Making his grand debut.
  • Halloween Episode: The very first of the series.
  • Horrifying the Horror: The Flying Dutchman screams and flees in terror after unmasking SpongeBob and seeing his exposed brain.
  • Implausible Deniability: When everyone realizes the "ghost" is SpongeBob due to his pants sticking out upside down, Patrick says "I am not SpongeBob! Those are my street clothes!".
  • Jerkass Ball: Everyone who teased SpongeBob for being scared.
  • Kids Are Cruel: A group of kids dressed in their halloween costumes were amongst the people who tease SpongeBob for being scared.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Everyone who made fun of SpongeBob for being scared of Halloween were terrorized when they saw SpongeBob's brain.
  • Malicious Misnaming: SpongeBob being called "Scaredy Pants".
  • Not-So-Innocent Whistle: After the Flying Dutchman says how much he detests people who dress like him and mock his name, Squidward quickly removes his beard and hat and whistles nonchalantly.
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United States airdate: October 28, 1999

Canada airdate: October 30, 2000

Squidward agrees to take care of Gary while SpongeBob is away at jellyfishing camp, but he forgets and SpongeBob returns to find poor Gary sick. But then things take a turn for the scary when SpongeBob gets injected with snail plasma meant for Gary, and that night undergoes a strange transformation...

I Was A Teenage Gary contains examples of:

  • An Aesop: When someone trusts you to take care of something, be responsible and take care of it. Follow their instructions carefully and ask questions if you don't understand.
  • Berserk Board Barricade: Squidward does this to his window to keep snailified SpongeBob out. He just squeezes through a knothole.
  • Bottle Episode: The entire episode takes place at Conch Street, mostly inside SpongeBob's house.
  • Cat Concerto: The episode ends with Gary and the snailified SpongeBob and Squidward meowing to the tune of "Blow the Man Down" on a fence. Patrick yells at them to keep quiet and tosses a boot at them, hitting poor Squidward.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot:
    Squidward: None of this would be happening if I'd only fed that snail!
  • Early Installment Weirdness: This episode has the first instance of a time card. It is not read aloud by the narrator.
  • Impact Silhouette: Patrick leaves a himself-shaped hole in the wall and in the bus when it arrives.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: The snail plasma injection causes SpongeBob to turn into a snail-sea sponge hybrid. Ditto for Squidward.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Squidward says this almost word-to-word whilst hiding from the SpongeBob transformed snail.
  • No Ending: The episode ends with SpongeBob, and later Squidward, turned into snails by the snail plasma. There is no explanation how they returned to normal by the next episode.
  • Oh, Crap!: Squidward, after he is injected with the snail plasma through his nose.
    Squidward: Uh-oh!
  • Painful Transformation: SpongeBob has one as he slowly transforms into a sponge-snail hybrid due to the snail plasma injection.
  • Properly Paranoid: After getting injected with snail plasma, SpongeBob worries that something will happen to him, but Squidward tells him he'll be fine. Turns out SpongeBob was right.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: It turns out Gary was only dehydrated and needed water.
  • Shout-Out: The title is one to I Was a Teenage Werewolf.
  • Tempting Fate: After going through the ordeal of Gary being sick, Squidward comments "I hope I never see another snail again". Sure enough, ten seconds later, he encounters the transformed SpongeBob.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: In a roundabout way. The song that Gary, SpongeBob, and Squidward "sing" at the end of the episode is "Blow the Man Down", which is what the theme song of the show is based off of.
  • Time Skip: After SpongeBob leaves for the convention, Squidward gets ready to relax...then it jumps to three days later when SpongeBob is coming home and Squidward neglected Gary the whole time.
  • Transformation Horror: Parodied when the snail plasma turns SpongeBob into a snail. Currently provides the page quote:
    SpongeBob: I take it back, Gary... something is wrong with meeeee-ow!
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Squidward!
  • The Un-Reveal: We never actually get to see the jellyfish convention nor Ukulele Bottom.
  • The Voiceless: When SpongeBob turns into a snail, he loses the ability to speak and can only meow.
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