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Recap / SpongeBob SquarePants S 2 E 5 "Wormy" / "Patty Hype"

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United States airdate: February 17, 2001

Canada airdate: April 13, 2001

While housesitting for Sandy, SpongeBob and Patrick fall in love with one of her pets, a caterpillar named Wormy. But when Wormy transforms into a butterfly overnight, they mistake it for a monster that ate their new friend. Things only get worse when Wormy (trapped in a bubble) escapes the treedome, which eventually sends all of Bikini Bottom into a state of panic.

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Wormy contains examples of:

  • Adaptation Expansion: The LeapPad adaption of this episode has an extended ending where SpongeBob and Patrick realize the "monster" was Wormy the entire time.
  • An Aesop: Don’t assume the worst about something; what you think is terrible is really what you were looking after in the first place.
  • Artistic License – Biology: A caterpillar like Wormy obviously doesn't turn into a butterfly overnight. The process usually takes at least two weeks.
  • Comically Missing the Point: After putting Wormy back in his jar, SpongeBob and the town cheer Sandy on for catching the "monster"; this completely blows past Sandy, who thinks everyone simply missed her while she was away.
    Sandy: Maybe I should go out of town more often.
  • Dinner Deformation: One of Sandy's pets is a snake with a mouse-shaped lump. "That's his dinner."
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  • Dramatic Irony: The audience knows the "monster" is really Wormy, but SpongeBob and the others (except Sandy) don't.
  • Eat the Camera: Done by SpongeBob as he and the townsfolk are being chased by the "monster".
  • Eye Scream: When one guy sees the "horrific" footage of a butterfly (Wormy) on television "attacking" Bikini Bottom, his eyes fall into his mouth as he screams!
    • Special mention to Squidward and Mr. Krabs, whose eyes also retract into their heads as they gaze upon Wormy's face.
  • Faux Horrific: Having never seen a butterfly before, SpongeBob and Patrick assume it's a monster. Squidward and Mr. Krabs laugh it off, but then they see it close-up and run away screaming. Later, the sight of it sends all of Bikini Bottom into a panic, but only because SpongeBob and Patrick convinced them that it was going to eat them.
  • Floating in a Bubble: SpongeBob traps the butterfly in a bubble and send it outside the Treedome. It floats there until Sandy puts it in a jar, by which time it had destroyed the town simply by scaring the population into a frenzy.
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  • Gross-Up Close-Up: The close-up of the butterfly is enough to convince SpongeBob and the other sea creatures that it's a monster. For extra grossness, they use a horsefly instead of a real butterfly.
  • Jump Scare: The sudden appearances of a close-up live-action Wormy, complete with a loud buzzing noise.
  • Medium Blending: Live-action footage is used for Wormy's metamorphosis, for the scary close-up, and for a news report about the "scary monster" (which sends a viewer into a Wild Take).
  • Mistaken for Own Murderer: When Wormy transforms into a butterfly, SpongeBob and Patrick assume it's a monster that ate Wormy.
  • Moth Menace: An interesting case: Wormy himself isn't dangerous, but he still caused the destruction of Bikini Bottom with his presence alone. How is that possible? Gaze at the reaction everyone has when facing this butterfly fluttering aimlessly...
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: SpongeBob and Patrick warning people about the "monster" causes a panic which destroys the town.
    SpongeBob: Just think what might have happened if we didn't warn everyone about the monster.
    Patrick: About the what?
  • No Ending: The episode ends with Sandy coming back and being welcomed home by SpongeBob and the others, with no explanation behind the misunderstanding and how the town got back to normal by the next episode.
  • Only Sane Man: Sandy was the only one who knew the butterfly was Wormy and not a monster that had eaten him.
  • Pretty Butterfly: Subverted in that the other characters think it's a monster, not to mention its constant jumpscares.
  • Stock Footage: All of the live-action footage used in this episode (as mentioned above) is royalty-free, and was even used earlier in some other media.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Sandy. She picked the wrong two people to pet sit.
  • You Can Panic Now: “Attention, Bikini Bottom! There’s a big scary monster that’s going to eat you!”

United States airdate: February 17, 2001

Canada airdate: April 13, 2001

Business is slow at the Krusty Krab, so SpongeBob suggests selling colored patties. Mr. Krabs laughs off the idea with Squidward, but has a change of heart when he sees that SpongeBob's "Pretty Patties" have become an overnight sensation.

Patty Hype contains examples of:

  • An Aesop: Don't put down other people's ideas just because you think they're stupid ideas. They might actually be great ideas that nobody else could think of.
  • Answer Cut: When Mr. Krabs watches a news report on SpongeBob's Pretty Patties.
    Mr. Krabs: How can ya make money with such a stupid idea?
    Reporter: And how can you not make money with such a brilliant idea?
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Mr. Krabs borrows SpongeBob's "I'm ready," catchphrase when taking over the Pretty Patty shack.
  • Broke Episode: 36 days without a customer!
  • Buried Alive: Mr. Krabs did this to himself to draw in customers, but it didn't work.
  • Cobweb of Disuse: The Krusty Krab is covered in cobwebs when business gets slow. SpongeBob tries to clean one, a spider makes another one. Later, Mr. Krabs himself is seen covered in cobwebs and dust.
  • Crowd Surfing: The crowd carries SpongeBob over to the Krusty Krab after Krabs gives it to him.
  • Daytime Drama Queen: Mr. Krabs passes the time waiting for customers by watching a soap opera.
  • Even Beggars Won't Choose It: A guy who hasn't eaten for days crawls into the Krusty Krab begging for food, but when he was offered some he rejects it because the Krusty Krab lacks "pizzazz". He then crawls away still begging for food... water... atmosphere!
  • Eye Scream: Mr. Krabs eyes inflate when he hears SpongeBob and Patrick have tried burying and then shredding the money they've earned. They pop like balloons when he hears they've also tried burning their profits, making him scream.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: "Look what I've got under me kilt!"note 
  • The Ghost: The Shell Shack is a restaurant that's taking all the business away from the Krusty Krab in this episode, mostly due to a talking dog they have. However, nothing else is fully elaborated on with that restaurant, and it's never brought up again after SpongeBob introduces his Pretty Patties.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Things quickly turn sour for Mr. Krabs after he buys the stand, and is unable to escape the angry mob as he had given SpongeBob the key to the Krusty Krab.
  • Hype Backlash: In-Universe example. All 46,853 customers who excitedly bought the Pretty Patties come back to rip into Mr. Krabs when the colored patties lead to some unwanted side effects.
  • Incredibly Lame Fun: What SpongeBob misses most about working at the Krusty Krab? "That tiny sound two pickles make when you rub them together." At the end, he's seen engrossed rubbing pickle slices, oblivious to poor Mr. Krabs being beaten by an angry mob.
  • Instant Wristwatch: Parodied. When SpongeBob asks Patrick what time it is, Patrick has a watch drawn on his wrist with crayon. "Aw, I have to draw a new battery for this."
  • Ironic Echo Cut: During the television newscast about the Pretty Patties:
    Mr. Krabs: (watches in disbelief) How can you make money with such a stupid idea?
    News Fish: (during SpongeBob's interview) And how can you not make money with such a brilliant idea?
  • I've Heard of That — What Is It?: When Fred tells Tom about the talking dog at the Shell Shack, Tom says. "Great! Say, what's a dog?"
  • Karma Houdini: A non-malicious example, but Mr. Krabs ends up taking the fall for SpongeBob for the Pretty Patty fiasco, who is busy with his usual nonsense in the Krusty Krab while the crowd instead pursues Mr. Krabs.
    • Squidward disappears from the story after mocking Pretty Patties, and unlike his boss, never gets any comeuppance.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Mr. Krabs isn't entirely blameless. While neither SpongeBob nor Krabs were aware of the Pretty Patties' side effects, said side effects could be considered karma for Krabs because he ridiculed the Pretty Patties and only took over SpongeBob's stand because he greedily wanted to take over the business and gain the promised profits himself.
  • Man in a Kilt: A Scotsfish buys plaid Pretty Patties because "They remind me of home." Later he lifts his kilt to show that his body has also turned plaid. (Thankfully, he's wearing underwear.)
  • Medium-Shift Gag: The soap opera Mr. Krabs is watching is live-action footage of an amoeba dividing. ("I'm splitting us up!")
  • Misplaced Retribution: In-Universe example. After the Pretty Patties prove to have adverse effects, everyone comes back to get Mr. Krabs even though it was SpongeBob who had created and sold the patties.
    • Played with. Note how they at first just want a refund, they only turn outright hostile on Krabs because he makes a break for it. Demanding a refund from who's in charge now wasn't very misplaced. Though they don't seem to make any distinction that Krabs is a different person from Sponge Bob.
  • Money to Throw Away: Not knowing what to do with the money they earned from selling Pretty Patties, SpongeBob and Patrick try burying, shredding and burning it before deciding to simply give it away, much to Mr. Krabs' horror.
    Customer: I'm getting back in line!
  • Mutagenic Food: Turns out eating Pretty Patties causes people to change color. One poor soul even got a glow-in-the-dark tongue from it.
  • Only the Leads Get a Happy Ending: Only SpongeBob is happy at the ending, gleefully rubbing two pickles together. And even though he's the new owner of the Krusty Krab, customers aren't coming in so he's not making any money.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Mr. Krabs stuffs his face with popcorn while watching a tragic movie (possibly to lament his restaurant's lack of business). Afterwards, a spider steals his popcorn (Distracted by the news of Pretty Patties, Krabs doesn't notice this happening in front of his eyes).
  • Stupidest Thing I've Ever Heard: Mr. Krabs and Squidward's reaction to SpongeBob's Pretty Patties. His first customer (and Patrick) laughed at a Green Pattie, until he saw a Purple Pattie which is his favorite color.
  • The Rival: The Shell Shack restaurant is this to the Krusty Krab.
  • Talking Animal: Offscreen example; the Shell Shack somehow brought on a talking dog to draw in new customers, costing the Krusty Krab nearly all of its business, turning the Krusty Krab into another Chum Bucket.
    Customer: What's a dog?
  • Time Passes Montage: SpongeBob waiting for customers while saying "I'm ready", as he gets older and older (as does his pineapple), until he's just a gravestone reading "I'm Ready". Fortunately it was All Just a Dream.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: Mr. Krabs is chased by the customers in the end because pretty patties causes them to change color.
  • Under New Management: Mr. Krabs buys the Pretty Patty stand from SpongeBob so he can go back to working at the Krusty Krab. Unfortunately, now Krabs has to deal with angry customers wanting refunds.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: A customer, who hasn't had any food or a drink in 3 days, crawls into the Krusty Krab but refuses food, saying that there's no atmosphere in the joint. It's also mentioned he DID have money to buy food, he's just too picky about where to eat.
    Mr. Krabs: Nobody goes to a restaurant for atmosphere. They go for food!
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • Patrick completely vanishes from the scene even before Mr. Krabs has tricked SpongeBob into giving him control of their stand. Though it could be Krabs booted him out just to get the entirety of the profits.
    • One can't help but wonder how Squidward reacted when Pretty Patties became a big hit. And unlike Mr. Krabs, Squidward receives no punishment for cruelly mocking SpongeBob's notion.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: Clearly done as a joke; somehow Mr. Krabs is only met by the 46,853 customers SpongeBob had already served by the time Mr. Krabs bought the stand, a full day before the time the episode ends.

Alternative Title(s): Spongebob Squarepants S 2 E 25 Wormy Patty Hype

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