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United States airdate: January 21, 2002
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Canada airdate: December 20, 2002

Mr. Krabs loses SpongeBob to Plankton in a game of cards, so now he must work at the Chum Bucket. While Plankton is initially ecstatic to finally have Mr. Krabs' ace-in-the-hole working for him, it doesn't take long for him to get fed up by SpongeBob's attitude.

Welcome to the Chum Bucket contains examples of:

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Plankton builds a robot to cook Krabby Patties because he thinks robots will never disobey their masters' orders. The robot after earning SpongeBob's brain just tells him to buzz off and goes to read comic books and slouch on the ground.
  • An Aesop: Discipline is important, but it shouldn't be abused. A boss that cares about his subordinates and encourages them to do their job is a boss worthy of respect. A boss that is apathetic to his subordinates and/or does everything for them is not.
  • Bad Boss: Plankton is this to SpongeBob at first (threatening to tear out his brain for failure), but then he becomes too lenient of a boss.
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    • Mr. Krabs could qualify as well, seeing that he gambled away SpongeBob's contract to Plankton just to save himself some money. This is parallel to human trafficking! "Could" because Mr. Krabs admits at the beginning of the episode that he's never lost a game of poker against Plankton for years and may have bet said contract under the belief there wasn't anything to worry about (and Plankton admits he cheated at the end too).
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Near the end, Plankton admitted to Mr. Krabs that he cheated at their game of poker, which led to the consequences of being driven crazy by SpongeBob's rebellious attitude.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Plankton ultimately resorts to implanting SpongeBob's brain in a robot when he refuses to take any orders from Plankton. It does not occur to him that this did not change SpongeBob's personality or attitude, and so his robot self remains lazy and disobedient. Lampshaded by Karen who warned him earlier that such schemes "never work".
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  • Distant Duet: “This Grill Is Not a Home”, where SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs miss each other. It is Lampshaded by Plankton when he watches the action via Karen.
    Plankton: All these tears...and the showtunes?
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Apparently, a few viewers saw Mr. Krabs losing SpongeBob to Plankton as Mr. Krabs losing a custody battle in a divorce. Plankton revealing that he cheated in poker is akin to Plankton lying in court to get custody.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Funnily enough, Plankton's forceful control of SpongeBob did cause Mr. Krabs to ultimately go out of business. However, he fails to notice the sign that reads "Out of Business" when he approaches Mr. Krabs with the desperate plea to give SpongeBob back. Seeing that Plankton's finally given up, Mr. Krabs quickly pockets the sign before his nemesis can see it.
  • Foreshadowing: Karen tells Plankton putting SpongeBob's brain in the robot "never works", foreshadowing what the robot will do later on in the episode.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: RoboBob is reading a comic book has pictures of SpongeBob, Patrick and Squidward.
  • Glad I Thought of It:
    Karen: The answer is obvious: to get to the SpongeBob, you must show him compassion and understanding. Then he'll give you what you want.
    Plankton: Will you be quiet, Karen? I'm thinking. I've got it! To get to the SpongeBob, I'll show him compassion and understanding. Then he'll give me what I want.
  • Gone Horribly Right: SpongeBob's requests for Plankton eventually lead him to become a spoiled brat.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: We don't actually see SpongeBob's brain being removed before Plankton puts it in the robot, and we don't ever see SpongeBob when the robot is present.
  • Hostage for MacGuffin: In an interesting variation, the hostage here effectively is the MacGuffin, knowing how to make a Krabby Patty, so Plankton would effectively get the formula without owning it physically.
  • It Came from the Fridge: SpongeBob's first attempt at cooking a Krabby Patty in Plankton's kitchen sprouts an arm and tries crawling out of the oven.
  • Lazy Bum: SpongeBob after he gets very loosened up.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: "All these tears? And the show tunes?"
  • Lost Him in a Card Game: Krabs loses SpongeBob's contract to Plankton, who then admits he's been throwing the games waiting for the opportunity.
  • Principles Zealot: Probably the reason that Spongebob refused to make food for Plankton to the point that he lost his brain promptly.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Turning SpongeBob into a disobeying spoiled brat is enough to push Plankton’s sanity over the limit and remove his brain. Then when the robot with the brain refuses in turn, Plankton gets so furious he is forced to give SpongeBob back to Mr. Krabs.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: After SpongeBob‘s brain is put into the robot, SpongeBob himself is nowhere to be seen and doesn’t reappear until the last scene of the episode.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Smash Cut: Just after Plankton announces SpongeBob‘s brain will be removed after he refuses to make a patty, it cuts right to the scene where the robot chef comes out.
  • Spoiled Brat: Plankton's efforts to be nicer to SpongeBob just turn him into a lazy punk. SpongeBob later tries to pull this on Mr. Krabs... and is met with a dagger-shooting glare. That being said, this is a possible interpretation of why he was acting like that.
  • Status Quo Is God: In the end, Plankton ends up giving SpongeBob back to Mr. Krabs after his repetitive laziness, and the fact he cheated in the card game.
  • Taking Advantage of Generosity: Plankton tries to make SpongeBob as happy and comfortable as possible in order to get his Krabby Patty. It backfires when SpongeBob ends up getting spoiled and lazy, refusing to take any orders, so much so that even his disembodied brain in a robot starts mouthing off to Plankton!
  • Too Dumb to Live: SpongeBob apparently forgot the fact that he's in danger of having his brain removed when he started mouthing off to Plankton like a spoiled child.
  • Troll: A possible interpretation of SpongeBob's behavior, rather than becoming a lazy punk, he was most likely acting like that to annoy the crap out of Plankton and let him go back to the Krusty Krab.
  • Unwilling Roboticization: Plankton threatens to put SpongeBob's brain inside a robot if he doesn't make him a Krabby Patty. Eventually, he makes good on his word, but finds that a robot with SpongeBob's brain is just as stubborn as the real thing.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Plankton can only let out a furious Skyward Scream when not even SpongeBob's brain in a robotic body will cook a Krabby Patty for him.
  • Wrong Name Outburst: When Plankton makes a replica of the Krusty Krab kitchen for SpongeBob, the latter blurts out Mr. Krabs' name by accident.

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United States airdate: January 21, 2002

Canada airdate: December 20, 2002

SpongeBob creates a monster when he draws a picture of himself using a magic pencil.

Frankendoodle contains examples of:

  • Angry Eyebrows: DoodleBob draws himself a pair when confronting SpongeBob at his home. Currently provides the page image.
  • Art Initiates Life: The drawings made by the pencil come to life.
  • Artsy Beret: The episode features artist at sea who wears a beret and apron, with only a pencil as his medium. The narrator gives advice on bringing a spare pencil and a sharpener when one drops a pencil.
  • Big "NO!": The Artist At Sea has two, first when he loses his pencil and again when it breaks the second he tries to draw.
  • Bookends: The episode starts and ends with the Artist At Sea.
  • Cash Lure: SpongeBob and Patrick do this to Squidward.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When SpongeBob calls for a surprise attack on DoodleBob, Patrick says "Oh, boy, a surprise party! Is it his birthday?" When DoodleBob ambushes them, Patrick says "Happy birthday!" and gives him a rock as a present. DoodleBob then hits him over the head with it.
  • Creator Cameo: Writer/voice of Plankton Mr. Lawrence plays the live action role of the Artist At Sea.
  • Dodgy Toupee: SpongeBob draws a moustache on Patrick, but it flies away and lands on Squidward's head. Squidward is delighted that he finally has hair, but it flies away again after he falls for the Cash Lure gag.
  • Downer Ending: Not for Spongebob but rather for the Artist at Sea. After wallowing in sadness after losing his pencil, he's delighted to have it returned to him only for it to break the second he uses it.
  • Good Night, Sweet Prince: After drawing a crown on Gary with his newfound magic pencil, SpongeBob tells him "good night, sweet prince" before turning off the light and going to sleep.
  • Franken-X: Averted. The living drawing of SpongeBob is named "DoodleBob", not "Frankendoodle."
  • From a Single Cell: SpongeBob erases DoodleBob, but accidentally leaves a single arm, which crawls its way back to SpongeBob's home, grabs the pencil, and draws the rest of him.
  • Helping Hands: DoodleBob's one remaining arm follows SpongeBob home, grabs the magic pencil and draws the rest of himself.
  • Hope Spot: At first it looks like SpongeBob has erased DoodleBob out of existence, but as he leaves back home, a single arm crawls out from behind a rock.
  • Hulk Speak: DoodleBob delivers his sole line this way.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: As Patrick and SpongeBob spy on DoodleBob.
    Patrick: He's hideous! He makes me sick just looking at him. Those bulgy eyes, that square body, those two buck teeth and that stupid tie!
    SpongeBob: Uh... ahem.
    Patrick: Oh, but it looks good on you, SpongeBob! (chuckles sheepishly)
  • Kill and Replace: "You Doodle, ME SPONGEBOB!!!"
  • Knight of Cerebus: DoodleBob is determined to take SpongeBob out. "You doodle! Me SpongeBob!"
  • Large Ham:
  • Like a Son to Me: SpongeBob says this of DoodleBob after he erased him for the first time.
  • Medium Blending: The magic pencil is a photo of a live-action pencil.
  • Metronomic Man Mashing: DoodleBob picks up Squidward by the tentacles and swings him back and forth.
  • Mood Whiplash: Mid-running-around-and-screaming from the magic pencil, Patrick stops, looks at it as if to confirm that it's scary, and then continues running and screaming.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The freaking pencil. 'Nuff said.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: Despite all the chaos he caused, SpongeBob ultimately perceives DoodleBob as this, claiming he was a lost, confused 2D-construct in a 3D environment which was utterly alien and otherworldly for him, and everything he did was out of utter desperation to survive.
  • Non Sequitur, *Thud*: Two from Patrick.
    • After being hit with a wrench: "Where's the leak, ma'am?"
    • And of course the unforgettable "Finland!"
  • Oddball Doppelgänger: Doodlebob is a rare self-created version (he's antagonistic to the point of being an Evil Knockoff, but Spongebob ultimately sees him as a Non-Malicious Monster).
  • Offscreen Inertia: The Artist stayed on his boat for an entire night for some reason.
  • Oh, Crap!: "He's got the pencil."
  • Portal Picture: SpongeBob discovers that DoodleBob can be trapped in paper, so he traps him inside a sketchpad. In the end, he has the page with DoodleBob inside hanging on his wall, saying that he's happier there.
  • Pun: Several.
    • When SpongeBob's first drawing comes alive, Patrick exclaims "Your drawing! It's coming to life!" SpongeBob takes it as a compliment, but Patrick means it quite literally.
    • SpongeBob jokes that the magic pencil got up to "draw" itself a glass of water.
    • As DoodleBob threatens SpongeBob with the magic pencil's eraser: "Who knows what'll happen? (DoodleBob erases his nose) I nose!"
    • After taking the front half of the pencil from DoodleBob: "Well, Doodle, it looks like this... is a draw. (DoodleBob sharpens his half of the pencil) "You've made your point."
    • "Page for Mister Doodle!" (traps DoodleBob inside a book.)
    • "We rejoin the artist in a creative slump." Pictured: the artist is slumped on the inside of his boat, half-asleep.
  • Stick Figure Animation: All the magic drawings SpongeBob, Patrick and DoodleBob make.
  • The Unintelligible: DoodleBob's speech is nothing but random gibberish.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Played to hilarious effect with Mr. Lawrence (The Artist at Sea) doing his best over-the-top Plankton voice whenever he appears. For comical artificiality, his voice is very obviously dubbed.
  • Wham Line: "You doodle! Me SpongeBob!"
  • What Have I Done: SpongeBob says it after DoodleBob beats up Squidward and takes the pencil.
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