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Recap / SpongeBob SquarePants S1 E1 "Your Shoe's Untied" / "Squid's Day Off"

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United States airdate: November 2, 2000

Canada airdate: January 19, 2001

Patrick just bought a new pair of shoes and wants SpongeBob to teach him how to tie his laces. Only SpongeBob has had his shoes laced for so long, he himself has forgotten how, and now he can't find anyone to teach him.

"Your Shoe's Untied" contains examples of:

  • Actor Allusion: In show example: An angry customer (voiced by Mr. Lawrence) says "This is the worst service we've ever had! We're going to the Chum Bucket!" Lawrence is the voice actor of Plankton, who is the owner the Chum Bucket. So of course a fish played by Plankton's voice actor would want them to go to the Chum Bucket.
  • An Aesop: Don't be afraid to ask for help or admit that you don't know something, as it's better to learn instead of sitting there not knowing anything at all and embarrassing yourself by continuously doing it wrong without learning.
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  • Art Evolution: This was the first episode of the show to use digital ink and paint as opposed to cels, which had been used exclusively in (and who's use was permanently discontinued after) season 1.
  • Balloon Belly: After Squidward is force-fed the customer's orders.
  • Break the Cutie: Happens to SpongeBob after Squidward shouts at the customers that it's all his fault he ruined all of their orders.
  • The Cameo: This marks the only speaking appearance of Painty the Pirate outside of the theme song.
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: "Oh, yeah. We are ''definitely'' outta here."
  • Dinner Deformation: SpongeBob keeps tripping on his laces and the Krabby Patties end up going into Squidward's mouth. It happens so many times that Squidward's body ends up looking like a bloated pile of patties.
  • Does Not Wear Shoes: Everyone in Bikini Bottom except SpongeBob. This causes problems when SpongeBob can't find someone who knows how to tie shoes.
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  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: A classic example; Spongebob's reaction to Gary catching him watching an anemone show makes it look like the little yellow guy was just watching porn.
  • High-Pressure Emotion: Mr. Krabs turns into a train whistle when he hears that SpongeBob's antics drove his customers away.
  • Hidden Depths: Gary proves he has some extra layers below his shell (and even body at that) by teaching SpongeBob how to tie his shoes. And through song, too!
  • Hypocritical Humor: The customers of the Krusty Krab walk out in disgust at the sight of Mr. Krabs in his underwear, even though some of them, including the one who announced "Oh, yeah. We are definitely outta here.", aren't wearing clothes themselves.
  • Medium Blending: Both the gyrating anemone and the football game SpongeBob watches on TV are in live-action.
  • Sarcasm Mode: After SpongeBob (who can't leave the fryer due to his shoes) suggests Squidward come get the orders instead.
    Squidward: Oh, gee, SpongeBob, that's a great idea! And maybe I could cook the patties! And do the dishes! And wear square pants, and live in a pineapple! WHILE YOU WAIT IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINE!
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: A majority of the Krusty Krab customers angrily leave the Krusty Krab after all their Krabby Patties get eaten up by Squidward thanks to SpongeBob's clumsiness.
  • Series Continuity Error: SpongeBob doesn't know how to tie his shoes, yet in the season one episode "Rock Bottom" he is seen doing just that.
  • Special Guest: Ween, who performs the "Loop De Loop" song at the end.
  • The One Who Wears Shoes: SpongeBob's dilemma is that he's the only one who has shoes, and thus no one else knows how to tie them, even the Flying Dutchman.
Hi, Squidward. Are you finished with those errands yet?
United States airdate: November 2, 2000

Canada airdate: January 19, 2001

Mr. Krabs is indisposed after an accident and puts Squidward in charge of the Krusty Krab. Squidward, in turn, puts SpongeBob in charge so he can finally have a day off, but he soon comes to regret that decision.

"Squid's Day Off" contains examples of:

  • An Aesop:
    • When you're in charge of something, be responsible and do your job. Don't just leave someone else to do the work for you, or else things may not go the way you want.
    • But you should trust your teammates to do their job.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Interruption:
    Squidward: You’re losing it, Squidward. Calm down! If I let this get to me again, I'll just end of running down to the Krusty Krab, bursting through the front door, up to that yellow headache SpongeBob, and he'll say...
    SpongeBob: Hi, Squidward. Are you finished with those errands yet?
  • Berserk Board Barricade: Squidward boards up his door with planks, chains and police tape to keep himself inside his house.
  • Big "NO!": Squidward yells this a couple of times when SpongeBob asks, "Have you finished those errands?"
  • Broken Record: Have you finished those errands? Have you finished those errands? Have you finished those errands?
  • Censor Suds: Squidward has bath bubbles covering his shame when he runs to the Krusty Krab to "catch" SpongeBob. When the bubbles pop, he puts on SpongeBob's pants.
  • Clutching Hand Trap: The whole plot gets started when Mr. Krabs gets his claw stuck trying to retrieve a dime from the sink drain.
  • Furry Reminder: When Squidward goes underwater in his tub, he suddenly looks more like a octopus (though his bathing cap becomes shaped like a squid's head).
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The way Spongebob helps Mr. Krabs pull the dime out.
  • Hypocrite: Squidward ditches work to relax at home in this episode but then has the nerve to get angry at SpongeBob for asking him how those errands are going.
  • Imagine Spot: On Squidward's end. His is a drooling, droopy Patrick asking for change for a quarter, and a cross-eyed SpongeBob with a tongue sticking out and a very exaggerated Simpleton Voice banging on the cash register and giving him loads of money. He later imagines a burning Krusty Krab.
  • Irony: Squidward barricades the bathroom door to keep him in, while also keeping SpongeBob out. It fails to do either task.
  • Lemony Narrator:
    (Camera pans, following Jellyfish then stopping at Krusty Krab exterior.)
    Narrator: Ah springtime. A time of fun and frolic for most.
    (Dissolve cut to Squidward looking despondent at the doors.)
    Narrator: But not for this poor slob.
  • Madness Mantra: The montage of Squidward checking Spongebob.
  • The Man in the Mirror Talks Back: When Squidward talks to his reflection reminding himself not to go back to the Krusty Krab, his reflection turns into SpongeBob and says "I will destroy the Krusty Krab!".
  • Mirror Monologue: Squidward gives one to himself to remind him not to go back to the Krusty Krab to check on SpongeBob.
    Squidward: "Now, repeat after me: 'You will not go back to the Krusty Krab'."
    (reflection changes into SpongeBob)
    SpongeBob: "I will destroy the Krusty Krab."
    (Squidward screams and throws the mirror at the wall)
  • Nightmare Face: Squidward provides a couple when he goes insane from trying to catch SpongeBob screwing up.
  • Non-Promotion: Squidward intentionally invokes this on SpongeBob; he allows the sponge to run the cash register as well as make the patties. Naturally, SpongeBob never understood the point of Squidward's action (relaxing instead of running "errands"), and simply thought it was the best thing to ever happen to him. In fact, this trope is subverted because despite Squidward's worries, no one came to the Krusty Krab all day, so he didn't do any of the double work.
  • Noodle Incident: With SpongeBob exclaiming "Oh, No... Not Again!", this was apparently not the first time Mr. Krab's arms got detached.
  • Off-Model: Presumably a mistake made by the overseas animation studio, but the emergency unit at the hospital Mr. Krabs exits at the end has a sign reading "Enereency."
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: SpongeBob says this when Mr. Krab's arms come off trying to remove the dime from the sink, also suggesting that it wasn't the first time this has happened to him.
  • Overly Long Gag: "Have you finished those errands?"
  • Sanity Slippage: Squidward undergoes this when he thinks SpongeBob is spying on him trying to relax.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: It turns out nobody came to the Krusty Krab because they forgot to switch the "Closed" sign to "Open", so Squidward could have taken the day off if he wanted to.
  • The Slacker: Taking advantage of Mr. Krabs getting hospitalized, Squidward makes SpongeBob do all the work at the Krusty Krab just so he can get some vacation time with pay.
  • Streaking: Squidward albeit with the soapy bubbles covering his sensitive area.
  • Title Drop: Let Squid's day off begin.
  • Wingding Eyes: SpongeBob's eyes turn into stars when Squidward decides to promote him to the register while he is gone.


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