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Recap / SpongeBob SquarePants S 2 E 32 "Pressure" / "The Smoking Peanut"

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United States airdate: March 8, 2001

Canada airdate: June 22, 2001

SpongeBob and Sandy get into a competition over who is better, sea creatures or land creatures.

Pressure contains examples of:

  • An Aesop: Stated by SpongeBob and Sandy: "Everyone's good at something, but nobody's good at everything."
  • Art Shift: On land, the characters turn into generic live-action puppets. SpongeBob is a kitchen sponge on a stick, Patrick is a dried starfish painted pink (he even lampshades his lack of pants), Krabs is a toy crab, Squidward a toy octopus (yet he still retains his eyes and nose as a joke) and Sandy is a hand puppet with an air helmet.
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  • Competition Freak: Both Sandy and Spongebob get into a game of oneupsmanship. This eventually gets the other underwater characters involved, with things escalating a little into Fantastic Racism and near death experiences.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Sandy argues with Patrick, Squidward, SpongeBob, and Mr. Krabs about "land critters" being better than "sea critters." At one point, the four brag about being able to breathe underwater, and the fact that she (unlike them) needs her suit to survive in the ocean. As they laugh at her attempts to retort, she removes her suit and helmet in a fit of prideful rage, attempting to prove them wrong. Then she realizes that she can no longer breathe.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Sea Creature Supremacy? Land Critters Supremacy?
    • There's also a bit of 'Battle of the Sexes' at play since it's Sandy vs her friends, all of whom are guys.
  • Fantastic Racism: This involves the conflict between land critters and sea critters.
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  • High-Five Left Hanging: When Sandy is going on about the things land creatures can do better than sea creatures. Squidward makes a snarky comment about them being better at drowning, and SpongeBob offers a high-five. Squidward just stands there and says "Not on your life, sport."
  • Hypocritical Humor: Two instances:
    • While SpongeBob and the others were laughing at Sandy's failed attempt to breathe underwater:
    Mr. Krabs: I knew it! There was no way some "airhead" was gonna win anything against a water breather!
    Patrick: Airhead... (Laughs. The top of his head deflates like a balloon) Huh? (Puts thumb in mouth and blows. His head becomes round at the top.)
    • Also while Sandy is telling the other four to go on dry land already:
    Sandy: Well? So are you going or not?
    SpongeBob: Actually, you know, but...
    Squidward: We can't, uh...because...
    Mr. Krabs: Well, um... we're late for our...
    Patrick: Our fitting!
    Sandy: Oh, you mean for your chicken costumes?
    Patrick: (Holding and eating popcorn) Hey, we are not chicken! (Drops popcorn) (Gasps) My popcorn! (Begins pecking at it like a chicken)
  • Jerkass Ball: SpongeBob and his friends laughing at Sandy while she's basically drowning. Sandy herself is much more competitive and boastful in this episode.
  • Magic Countdown: The gang has to stay above water for over a minute according to Sandy, but Patrick, Squidward and Mr. Krabs stayed above for less than that. Only SpongeBob was over water for a minute or more.
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  • Malicious Misnaming: SpongeBob and Sandy have an insult contest in disagreement over their second race, which Sandy declares victory when SpongeBob can't think of a better name to top "chum-chewer". Later, SpongeBob mockingly calls Sandy "Landy" when the latter dares the others to go up on land.
  • Me's a Crowd: SpongeBob shows off his ability to reproduce by budding.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Sandy delivers one to the two seagulls that try to eat her friends.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Squidward at first when Sandy takes off her suit and helmet.
    Squidward: How long can she stay like that!?
  • Reality Ensues: Bites everyone in a big way when Sandy tries (And fails) to stay underwater without a suit, and when her friends go to dry land only to be ambushed by seagulls.
  • Repetitive Audio Glitch: When SpongeBob and Sandy are racing each other to the top of a cliff, at one point Sandy thinks she's ahead, only to hear SpongeBob say "I'd say I'm already halfway there *scratch* halfway there *scratch* halfway there..." and discovers a record player he left on the ledge.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Sandy takes her suit off, and it leaves her wearing nothing except for her bikini and her thin skirt. Patrick is shocked ("Sandy's a girl?!"), despite seeing her outside of her suit before, and referring to Sandy as "She" just minutes prior.
  • That Cloud Looks Like...: SpongeBob and Sandy are looking up at clouds and SpongeBob says one of them looks like a flower. Sandy then points out that all the clouds look like flowers, Lampshading the Alien Sky of the show's underwater world.
  • Truth in Television: Sea sponges really do reproduce by budding. This is why Stephen Hillenberg claims that Spongebob is asexual.
  • Wham Line: "Until they need to breathe."

United States airdate: March 8, 2001

Canada airdate: June 22, 2001

At the zoo, SpongeBob and Patrick go to see Clamu the performing giant clam, but find it sleeping. SpongeBob tosses a peanut to wake it up, but when Clamu starts crying, a guilt-ridden SpongeBob considers whether to confess to the crime.

The Smoking Peanut contains examples of:

  • An Aesop:
    • Follow instructions on signs and other given information about how to treat animals in captivity and wildlife. It can be dangerous if you fail to follow these rules, and can result in you receiving a legal penalty.
    • Don't hide from your mistakes, especially if they're honest mistakes. Confess and explain yourself.
    • Don't put down people when they own up to their honest mistakes.
    • Don't let other people take the blame for what you've done.
    • Sometimes, what happened isn't your fault. You just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
  • Art Shift: Various shots of the world reacting to Clamu's traumatized cries show still images of live-action humans wincing in agony in various locations on the surface world.
  • Bait-and-Switch: During the climax of the episode, Spongebob finally comes clean and confesses to crowds that he was the one who threw the peanut. He then openly apologizes to Clamu, Patrick and everyone for the chaos that unfolded because of his deeds hoping that this will quell their fury. And how does the crowd respond?
    Mob Leader: Hey, let's throw peanuts at both of them! (crowd roars in agreement)
  • Bait-and-Switch Accusation: The police finally come to SpongeBob's house and interrogate him, drilling him with multiple pieces of incriminating evidence. The police say that they've got all they need, and to book him. So they put handcuffs...on Patrick.
  • Big Bad: Mr. Krabs.
  • Brick Joke: Mr. Krabs is seen abusing the concept of Free Day, taking everything he can. At the end of the episode, it's revealed that the oyster got upset because her egg was stolen. Guess who stole it?
  • Clear Their Name: When Patrick is arrested for the peanut incident, a guilt-ridden SpongeBob is forced to confess to having thrown the peanut.
    • Ironically enough, it's then revealed that SpongeBob himself qualifies. He threw the peanut at Clamu, but that's not what made her cry. She was crying because her pearl was stolen, by Mr. Krabs.
  • Fall Guy: Patrick!
  • Felony Misdemeanor: Hitting a giant clam with a peanut and making it cry is presented as one.
  • Foreshadowing: Clamu doesn't cry instantly after the peanut has been thrown at her. She frantically starts searching around her enclosure before bawling. This gives a possible hint that the peanut isn't what's making her cry.
  • Gone Horribly Right: While he did set up the plot by throwing the peanut at Clamu, Spongebob did help realize what Clamu was really crying about.
  • Hired to Hunt Yourself: Played with when Patrick takes it upon himself to track down the culprit, but when he's wrongfully arrested for it, he thinks he really was the culprit all along.
  • I Have This Friend...: When a guilty SpongeBob tries to get advice from Squidward, leading to this exchange.
    SpongeBob: This is getting a little out of hand. All I did was throw a peanut. I didn't mean to make the oyster cry. I just wanted to see it perform spectacular stunts! Aw, everyone's gonna hate me! I-I need some advice! Now let's see now, who could never hate me no matter what I do? [Cut to SpongeBob knocking on Squidward's door] Squidward? Squidward! Oh, Squidward!
    Squidward: SpongeBob! Do you have to knock so loudly?!
    SpongeBob: Oh, sorry, neighbor.
    Squidward: Oh, that overgrown clam is giving me a headache! I can't even take my afternoon beauty nap!
    SpongeBob: Funny thing you should mention that old oyster, because I… uh… was kinda wondering, um… Let's say I know this guy who may have something to do with the oyster.
    Squidward: (eagerly) You know the guy who did it?!
    SpongeBob: [Gulps!]
    Squidward: Oh, this is great! You and I can go turn him in! And then I'll get so much sleep, I'll be gorgeous!
    SpongeBob: Um, actually, I-I'm just talking hypothetically.
    Squidward: You mean you don't know who did it?
    SpongeBob: Well, um... I... uh... no.
    (Squidward slams the door in SpongeBob's face)
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: SpongeBob is about to tell Sandy that he was the one who upset Clamu, but when she threatens to tear apart whoever did it, he backs down and says that he needs to go get his hair cut.
    Sandy: SpongeBob doesn't have any hair. Or does he?
  • Loophole Abuse: It's Free Day, so naturally Mr. Krabs swipes everything he can as free. It lands him in hot water before the day is done.
  • Mama Bear: Clamu as her rampage was caused by the disappearance of her egg, not the peanut.
  • Misplaced Retribution: Even after SpongeBob clears up that he threw the peanut and Patrick didn't, the citizens still feel the need to pelt Patrick with peanuts alongside SpongeBob.
  • Paper Destruction of Anger: When SpongeBob is about to confess to Sandy about Clamu, she is so riled up about what she'll do to the culprit she tears a phone book in half, causing SpongeBob to reconsider.
  • Passion Play: Patrick chained up and being pelted with peanuts by angry fish who blame him for Clamu's tantrum is similar to how Jesus Christ was tied to a cross and crucified by the Romans.
  • Perplexing Pearl Production: Subverted. Clamu the giant oyster is fond of her pearl, which she can shoot into the air as part of her performance, but it turns out that the reason she went on a rampage was because Mr. Krabs stole her pearl, which turns out to be an egg.
  • Police are Useless: The cops have SpongeBob at their mercy and he has all but given a complete confession when they instead arrest Patrick for the crime, as they knew he was there with SpongeBob. This is all after SpongeBob is having a complete breakdown out of his own guilt. Averted with another separate officer that catches out the real culprit Mr Krabs offscreen.
  • Produce Pelting: As punishment for disturbing Clamu, Patrick is pelted with peanuts by the others. Which he catches into his mouth.
  • Rejected Apology: SpongeBob finally fesses up to what he did once Patrick is falsely convicted of throwing the peanut and is sentenced to having Bikini Bottom's entire population throw peanuts at him, and apologizes to Patrick, Clamu, and all of the citizens of Bikini Bottom. Unfortunately, intead of accepting SpongeBob's apology, the townspeople see it as an excuse to throw peanuts, this time at both him and Patrick.
  • You Can Panic Now: When Clamu's emotional rampage starts up, the announcer on the P.A. instructs the zoo patrons to "scream and run around in circles." Currently provides the page quote.
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