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Recap / SpongeBob SquarePants S 2 E 2 "Something Smells" / "Bossy Boots"

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United States airdate: October 26, 2000

Canada airdate: January 26, 2001

After eating an onion and ketchup sundae, SpongeBob becomes afflicted with bad breath, and is soon wondering why everyone is running away from him. Patrick suggests it's because he's ugly, which sends SpongeBob into a deep depression.

Both episodes contain examples of:


Something Smells contains examples of:

  • An Aesop:
    • Check your hygiene (in this case, breath) before you leave your house or else you will unintentionally drive people away.
    • It's better to seek advice from a professional doctor rather than a close friend who has no medical knowledge.
  • Amusingly Short List: SpongeBob takes out a long list of things to do, in which all the items are "go to work". He realizes that he needed the list for Sunday, an index card that says "say 'hi' to everyone in Bikini Bottom".
  • Artistic License – Music: Played for Laughs. Among the many, many marching band musicians SpongeBob says hello to is a completely out-of-place didgeridoo player.
  • Assurance Backfire: To make SpongeBob feel better about being ugly, Patrick tells him the story of The Ugly Barnacle. To say it doesn't help is a huge understatement. Patrick also tells him that being ugly is great because it makes other people feel better about how they look.
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  • Bad Omen Anecdote: "Maybe a story will cheer you up. It's called The Ugly Barnacle."
  • Bathroom Stall Of Angst: Patrick cries in a stall with a Brown Bag Mask on his head after a bunch of fish run away from his "ugliness".
  • Beyond the Impossible: SpongeBob's breath is so bad, his reflection smashes itself rather than smell it anymore.
  • Big Eater:
    • Patrick.
    Spongebob: Barnacles, Patrick! What'd you eat??
    Patrick: Oh, some roast beef, some chicken, a pizza...
    Spongebob: No, I mean just this morning.
    Patrick: Some roast beef, some chicken, a pizza...
    • Earlier, Gary is implied to have emptied out a jar of peanuts.
  • Big "NO!": By SpongeBob when he believes he is ugly after taking the "reflection test".
  • Black Comedy: Several of the people reacting to SpongeBob's horrible halitosis just run away screaming, but a few of them are implied to have died from exposure to it. One couple even bite onto a fishing line to get away from him.
  • Break the Cutie: SpongeBob when he thinks everyone is running away from him because he's ugly. Later, Patrick when he's convinced he's "caught the ugly".
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  • Brown Bag Mask: Patrick puts one on after he's convinced that he's "caught the ugly" from SpongeBob.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • After everyone evacuates the movie theater due to SpongeBob's rancid breath, Patrick's first instinct is to see if there's no line at the snack bar.
    • A few minutes later, Patrick scares a guy off in the bathroom with his own breath. His response? "My hands aren't that dirty!"
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Unable to find ingredients for an ice cream sundae, SpongeBob decides to use ketchup as the ice cream, then adds onions and some rancid peanuts growing on the bathroom window sill as toppings. The resulting concoction gives him (and later Patrick) epic bad breath.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: SpongeBob thinks everyone is avoiding him because of his ugliness (but actually his breath stinks) and is really saddened by it, to which Patrick tells him to be proud of being ugly and prompt him to chant from the top of his house "I'm ugly and I'm proud!" Squidward even lampshades it:
    Squidward: Is that what he calls it?
  • Dramatic Irony: The audience already knows from the start that SpongeBob isn't ugly as Patrick assumes; his breath stinks from the sundae he made.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: When SpongeBob jumps onto the hood of a boat, he blinds the driver with his bad breath and causes him to lose control. His boat then explodes without crashing into anything.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: When SpongeBob starts to spiral into depression, Patrick nonchalantly slaps him across the face. While SpongeBob thanks him for that, he has to stop his friend from hitting him again.
  • Hypocrite: When Patrick thinks he's become ugly too, he refuses to take the same advice he gave SpongeBob. He justifies it by claiming 'he was one of the beautiful people'.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Patrick suggests that people are avoiding SpongeBob because of his voice, to which SpongeBob responds with probably his longest and most annoying laugh ever.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Patrick is at least genuinely trying to give SpongeBob good advice, although he unknowingly insults him through the ugly.
  • The Man in the Mirror Talks Back: When SpongeBob says hi to his reflection, his stinky breath causes the reflection to break the mirror in disgust.
  • Medium Blending: When Patrick holds SpongeBob up and yells "Here! Look at it! It's ugly, isn't it??" we see the movie playing is live-action stock footage of a horse race.
  • Mirror-Cracking Ugly: Patrick suggests "the reflection test" to see if SpongeBob is ugly or not. The mirror breaks, alright, but only because the reflection broke it to get away from the smell.
  • The Noseless: Patrick's lack of a nose is a plot point here, as he has no idea that SpongeBob has bad breath, which leads to the misunderstanding that people run away from him because he's ugly.
  • Offscreen Crash: After SpongeBob's breath knocks out a crossing guard, some kids cross the street and react to something as the scene cuts to SpongeBob and a loud crash is heard. Subverted when the noise turns out to be from a marching band.
  • Ominous Pipe Organ: Heard when SpongeBob, convinced he's ugly, played a pipe organ in his house.
  • Onion Tears: SpongeBob chops onions for his sundae. Gary accompanies him with sad violin music.
  • Overly Long Gag: SpongeBob stopping a marching band to say hello to every single musician individually, building up a massive cloud of bad breath which eventually bowls them over. It goes on for so long that many of them start glancing at one another, wondering how long he's going to go on.
  • Potty Emergency: A result of Patrick eating Spongebob's peanut-onion Sundae (emphasized by the sound of a car breaking down as he clutches his gut).
  • Shout-Out:
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!:
    Patrick: Just do what I do when I have problems: SCREAM!!!!!!
  • Suicide as Comedy: A couple bite onto a fishhook they bring down in response to SpongeBob's “ugliness”.
  • Toilet Humor:
    • When looking for peanuts for his sundae, SpongeBob peeks into the bathroom and heads for the toilet. He then takes some peanuts from a plant he was growing on the window sill over the toilet.
    • Patrick: "Hey, you guys want to hear a bathroom joke?"
  • You Need a Breath Mint: SpongeBob's breath scares everyone away. However, no one mentions that it's because of his breath, and after some misinformation from Patrick, starts believing that he's ugly.

United States airdate: October 26, 2000

Canada airdate: January 26, 2001

Pearl becomes the new manager of the Krusty Krab, but can SpongeBob handle all the new changes she makes to the greatest restaurant under the sea?

Bossy Boots contains examples of:

  • Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble: Pearl changes the Krusty Krab's menu to provide salads as the main dish instead of Krabby Patties. SpongeBob sees this and wonders out loud "What in the name of Davy Jones' locker is a SAL-lad?" Later in the episode, he remarks about how much the customers are enjoying their "suh-LADS."
  • Air Quotes: SpongeBob uses them when she tells Pearl that he's going to pretend to "fire you" for Mr. Krabs' benefit.
  • An Aesop: If you feel like someone is not doing a good job, be honest and tell them, even if they're your friend.
    • Conversely, if you do not feel up to the task of something important, it's okay to voice your concerns.
  • And Call Him "George"!: Pearl hugs SpongeBob to the point of nearly crushing him after he agrees to "fire" her.
    Pearl: How can I ever thank you?
    SpongeBob: (muffled) Stop trying to break me in half?
    Pearl: Deal. (drops SpongeBob)
  • Bad Job, Worse Uniform: When Pearl takes over the Krusty Krab, she changes the uniform to a pink leotard with K-shaped deely-bobbers. Squidward hates it; SpongeBob, of course, loves it. Later, SpongeBob is demoted to standing outside in a crab costume to attract customers. This time, he doesn't enjoy it.
  • Bearer of Bad News: Mr. Krabs doesn't have the heart to fire Pearl, so he has SpongeBob tell her because "It's okay if she hates you."
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Spongebob's ideas for the new name go from interesting and possible to disturbing and frightening.
    SpongeBob: Or the Kool Krab? Or the Kowboy Krab! The Kurly Krab! The Kreepy Krab. The Killer Krab!
  • Can't Get in Trouble for Nuthin': Turns out all the changes Pearl made to the Krusty Krab were to get fired from her job, but her father didn't have the heart to fire her. So SpongeBob, who was sent to fire her anyway, "pretends" to fire her so she could go and enjoy her summer vacation.
  • Disappointed in You: This is what Pearl feared would happen with her and Mr. Krabs.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Squidward's new uniform results in a nearby fish mistaking him for a lady.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In the German version, SpongeBob actually says, "I'm a frycook, dammit!" Language bit salty for one so sweet.
  • In Case of X, Break Glass: After Mr. Krabs passes out after hearing SpongeBob "fire" Pearl, SpongeBob breaks an emergency case containing a dollar bill to wave under Mr. Krabs nose like smelling salts.
    Mr. Krabs: Is that a twenty?
  • Karma Houdini: Pearl got away with ruining her father's business. To say the least, it was her plan all along.
  • Never Trust a Title: The title of the episode can be seen as quite misleading as the conflict/theme was never about Pearl being over-controlling or bossy (she was a reasonable boss) but more on the Krusty Krab undergoing dramatic changes that the employees didn't enjoy.
  • One Note Chef: SpongeBob has been making Krabby Patties so long he has no concept of what a salad is, so he makes a Patty instead. When Pearl tells him to get rid of everything except the lettuce and tomato, SpongeBob is devastated. "I hope I never have to break apart a perfectly good Krabby Patty again."
  • Special Guest: Indie rock back The Capsules, who perform the song that plays inside The Kuddly Krab.
  • Staging the Eavesdrop: Mr. Krabs tasks SpongeBob with firing Pearl (since he doesn't have the heart to do it himself). After Pearl reveals to SpongeBob that she wants to be fired, the two decide to stage an overly-dramatic firing for Krabs to hear from behind the door to his office.

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