Original air date: 9/17/1999 (produced in 1998)
Sandy's Rocket: Sandy shows SpongeBob her rocket, who wants to go to the moon with her, but she refuses. Patrick and SpongeBob go to the rocket while Sandy is sleeping and break in. There, the two accidentally launch into space and around the moon. When returning, they think they are on the moon, and start to kidnap the residents of Bikini Bottom, mistaking them for aliens.
Sandy's Rocket provides examples of:
- Abnormal Ammo: Sandy's collecting guns, which shoot nets to capture rock samples. SpongeBob and Patrick use it to trap "aliens".
- Absent Animal Companion: Mr. Krabs is seen walking a pet worm, which makes a second appearance in "As Seen on TV" but then never appears again in the course of the series.
- Accidental Murder: Implied to be the case with the "whirlybird" incident.
- Adaptation Expansion: A chapter book version of the episode has an extended ending. After SpongeBob finds out that he was on the moon, he let everybody out of the nets and apologized to all of the characters for what he's done. He even offers to stay on the Moon, accepting banishment from Bikini Bottom as punishment. Instead, Sandy takes control of her ship to take everybody back home, but not before she uses the net gun on SpongeBob in his place.
- Black Comedy: SpongeBob apparently has killed a lot of people during the "mishap with [Sandy's] whirlybird", judging on the size of the graveyard she shows him.
- Boomerang Bigot: Patrick, when he believes he's an alien.
- Department of Redundancy Department: "So you mean to say they've taken what we thought we think and made us think we thought our thoughts we've been thinking our thoughts we think we thought? I think..."
- Complexity Addiction: Sandy schedules a rocket launch with carefully considered resources, though when SpongeBob botches the whole thing and supposedly gets lost on the moon, she reveals her suit allows her to quickly travel back and forth with zero effort.
- The Ditz: Patrick. He holds the gun backwards, causing him to trap himself instead of SpongeBob.
- Downer Ending: SpongeBob realizes his mistake after he ends up getting stranded on the moon, and his "aliens" would like a word with him.
- Dramatic Irony: SpongeBob and Patrick were unaware they were only looping around the moon and landed right back in Bikini Bottom.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Flatts appears amongst the people kidnapped by SpongeBob and Patrick.
- Eldritch Abomination: What SpongeBob and Patrick see everyone in Bikini Bottom as after they crash-land the ship.
- Feelies: This episode and Squeaky Boots had specific scratch and sniff stickers released by Burger King to promote The Rugrats Movie. The smells involved included the scenes where Patrick gets toothpaste in SpongeBob's peanut butter and when SpongeBob pulls out Squidward's hot water bottle. Ironically, the symbol used to signify when to scratch and sniff was accidentally left in the episode until 2002, three years after the stickers were discontinued.
- Karma Houdini: While Patrick gets what's coming to him (albeit of his own accord), SpongeBob never receives proper punishment for his actions (though seems to be awaiting one by the end of it). And even if one is to count him being stuck on the moon as being a punishment, it comes at everybody else's expense. Averted in the graphic novel, where Sandy captures him in his own net for his troubles and he is made to apologize to everyone else.
- Larynx Dissonance: Like in "Boating School", Mrs. Puff's voice deepens when she inflates. This is the second and last time this happens.
- The Load: Sandy initially refuses to bring along SpongeBob on her trip to the moon because her rocket doesn't have enough space and she thinks SpongeBob will screw up this mission as a Noodle Incident shows.
- Medium Blending: The footage of the rocket blasting off and Sandy blasting off are the first occurrences of the animated characters interacting with the live-action island footage.
- Mistaken for Aliens: SpongeBob and Patrick think their friends are aliens and start capturing them. In the end, each thinks the other is an alien as well.
- No Ending: The episode ends with SpongeBob stranded on the moon with his friends netted and the rocket out of fuel, leaving no explanation of how everyone managed to return to Bikini Bottom.
- The German radio drama fixes this, by having SpongeBob apologize to everyone.
- The chapter book based on this episode reveals Sandy shoots SpongeBob in a net as punishment before flying the rocket back to Bikini Bottom (she had spare fuel).
- Noodle Incident: According to Sandy, she reminds SpongeBob of his little mishap with her whirlybird, resulting a large graveyard of dead citizens.
- Oh, Crap!: In the end, Spongebob realizes he never left Earth, and the "aliens" he captured want to talk to him.
- The Permanent Record: Invoked when Mrs. Puff is captured, warning that whatever is happening is going on SpongeBob's permanent record.
- Platonic Cave: SpongeBob thinks this is why the moon looks just like Bikini Bottom. "The aliens must be projecting our thoughts into the environment."
- SpongeBob saying "Hey, you got toothpaste in my peanut butter" is a reference to the original Reese's Peanut Butter Cups commercial.
- The scenes of SpongeBob and Patrick floating through space take obvious inspiration from 2001: A Space Odyssey. The book can even be seen floating by briefly.
- Talking in Your Sleep: When SpongeBob and Patrick go into Squidward's room, Squidward mumbles incomprehensibly in his sleep and the only word we can understand is "Grandma".
- They Look Like Us Now: What SpongeBob and Patrick assume when they see all their friends on what they think is the moon.
- Vocal Dissonance: SpongeBob gets a deep voice when he says "Put me in the brig, I don't mind!"
- Wrong Turn at Albuquerque: The rocket actually missed the moon and landed back on Bikini Bottom, but SpongeBob and Patrick don't know that.
Original air date: 9/17/1999 (produced in 1998)
Squeaky Boots: After getting Pearl the wrong gift for her birthday, Mr. Krabs gives SpongeBob a pair of boots, which SpongeBob adores. He doesn't take them off, and it results in Mr. Krabs stealing them back and hiding them from SpongeBob. SpongeBob finds out, and Mr. Krabs is left with a tough decision.
Squeaky Boots provides examples of:
- Agony of the Feet: Mr. Krabs breaks both his feet when he gets out of bed to close his window.
- An Aesop: If someone is annoying you, even if they're a friend, ask them to stop.
- Break the Cutie: SpongeBob is in tears when he finds that his boots had gone missing, due to Mr. Krabs secretly stealing them from him.
- Carnivore Confusion: One of Pearl's friends, Sheila, is an anthropomorphic squid, which sperm whales like her are known to eat.
- Counting Sheep: Krabs counts money jumping into his cash register to try to get some sleep, but he keeps getting woken up by the squeaky boots he gave to SpongeBob.
- Deranged Animation: Exaggerated during Krabs' Sanity Slippage; his facial expressions go all over the place but are consistently terrifying.
- Early-Installment Weirdness: Mr. Krabs allows Squidward to take a vacation without any objection.
- Even the Dog Is Ashamed: Gary also becomes annoyed by the squeaking from SpongeBob's boots, retreating into his shell and coming out with earplugs.
- Feelies: As mentioned above, this episode and Sandy's Rocket included scratch and sniff cards for specific scenes. This episode only had one sticker, which was used when Mr. Krabs dips the boots in fryer oil, shrinking them.
- Happy Birthday to You!: Mr. Krabs sings a made-up song at Pearl's birthday party which also doubles as exposition.Mr. Krabs: ♪ Yar-har, Pearl's my daughter, I'll spit in your eye! Yo-ho, Pearl's a whale, and it's her birthday, yar-yar-yar! ♪
- Headdesk: Mr. Krabs does this several times when the boots become too much for him to bear.
- Here We Go Again!: Just when Mr. Krabs thinks the boots squeaking is gone, he starts hiccuping and they sound just like the boots squeaking after he fried and ate them.
- Heroic BSoD: After Mr. Krabs steals the boots, it causes SpongeBob to sink into an endless depressive state, crying and apologizing nonstop over losing the one thing he has grown attached to over the course of the episode and letting Mr. Krabs down.
- Hiccup Hijinks: At the end of the episode, Mr. Krabs gets the hiccups, which sound like the boots' squeak because he ate them, much to his disdain.
- Jerk-to-Nice-Guy Plot: Mr. Krabs tried shortchanging both Pearl and then SpongeBob by only getting a pair of $2 squeaky boots for Pearl for her birthday and then manipulating SpongeBob into paying off the shoes. But then the shoes are too squeaky, so he decides to get rid of them and in the process he redeems himself:
- 1. He pays SpongeBob the wages he earned (he at first added a bonus, but retracted).
- 2. He buys Pearl the glossy shoes she always wanted to match her friends' shoes.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Mr. Krabs pays for giving Pearl a cheap, crappy birthday gift that he hustles onto SpongeBob with his sanity, which just about breaks before he finally repents.
- Last-Second Joke Problem: Mr. Krabs takes Pearl on a much-needed road trip, but then he gets the hiccups which produce squeaking, a side-effect from eating the boots he gave SpongeBob.
- Loose Floorboard Hiding Spot: Mr. Krabs gives SpongeBob a pair of $2.00 fishing boots that he tried unsuccessfully to give Pearl for her birthday in place of the Flipper Slippers she wanted, passing them off as official Fry Cook boots. The squeaking of the boots drives Mr. Krabs crazy, to the point where he sneaks into SpongeBob's house, takes them, and hides them under the floorboards of the Krusty Krab. After SpongeBob becomes upset from losing the boots, Mr. Krabs begins to hear them squeaking even though SpongeBob isn't wearing them. Mr. Krabs confesses what he did, then takes the boots out from under the floorboards, cooks them in french fry oil, and eats them to stop the squeaking.
- Misophonia Gag: The entire episode revolves around this. SpongeBob loves the boots, but their incessant squeaking so annoys Mr. Krabs that it eventually causes Sanity Slippage, as he actually deep fries and eats the boots. It makes him feel better...until his hiccups make the same squeaks.
- Stop it! Can't you hear it? Yes, I did it! I took the boots! They're here, under the floor boards! Please, make it stop! It's the squeaking of the hideous boots!
- My New Gift Is Lame: Pearl is heartbroken over Mr. Krabs buying her only a pair of squeaky sailor boots (for only $2) that she bawls and outright rejects the boots, leaving Mr. Krabs to wonder what to do with them.
- Only One Finds It Fun: SpongeBob was the only one who liked the squeaky boots, as well as the only one who was not bothered by their squeaking while most others, Mr. Krabs especially, found it quite annoying. When the boots were taken away by Mr. Krabs, it causes SpongeBob to sink into Heroic BSoD territory.
- Sanity Slippage: The squeaking of SpongeBob's boots causes this to Mr. Krabs, to the point he keeps hearing them even after he hides them under the Krusty Krab's floorboards. Eventually, he resorts to taking the boots out, dunking them in deep-frying oil so they shrivel up, and eating them.
- Spoonerism: "SpongeBoy, me Bob!"
- Terrible Ticking: "It's the squeaking of the hideous boots!"
- Wearing It All Wrong: When Mr. Krabs steals SpongeBob's boots and hides them, SpongeBob gets upset that he lost them. Mr. Krabs tries to cheer him up by giving him a pair of "magic oven mitts". SpongeBob puts the oven mitts on his feet, says, "They're not the same!", and kicks them off.
- Whole-Plot Reference: To Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart".
- Wingding Eyes: When Mr. Krabs picks up the boots after lifting the Krusty Krab, his eyes turn into X's.