Original air date: 5/5/2001 (produced in 2000)
Sandy has one week until hibernation, so she wants to get as many extreme activities as she can before then. SpongeBob tries to help out, but soon finds himself in over his head.
"Prehibernation Week" contains examples of:
- Adults Dressed as Children: One of the skiers is revealed to be wearing kiddie clothes under his normal clothes. He later appears again when Sandy is looking for SpongeBob. Both times he says "Uhh, I Can Explain."
- An Aesop:
- Helping your friends is good, but you should leave enough time for yourself for your own well-being.
- Don't force or guilt-trip your friends into doing something they don't feel comfortable doing. Alternatively just draw the line with it before things spiral out of control.
- If someone tells you they want to stop doing something, listen to them.
- Artistic License Biology:
- If Sandy is about to start hibernating, shouldn't she be trying to fatten herself up so she can make it through Winter, instead of burning carbs with all her extreme sports? Oddly enough, this is apparently what she's been doing a couple of episodes later.
- As it's mentioned in the article of "Survival of the Idiots": Squirrels don't hibernate.
- Aside Glance: Just as Spongebob gets on Sandy's tandem bicycle for what he thinks is a safe ride through the park, the heavy metal music starts right up again and Spongebob glances fearfully at the camera. It turns out to be the industrial park.
- Blatant Lies: The exhausted Bikini Bottomites try feeding this to Sandy to give up searching for SpongeBob. Each time they lie, Sandy points out how obviously dishonest they are.
- Bowel-Breaking Bricks: Implied when Sandy says that giant clams, "like to feed at this hour." SpongeBob's eyes widen in horror as a single bubble pops up from the lake.
- Broken Ace: Spongebob is pushed to his limits in this episode, to the point where he can't take it anymore.
- By the Lights of Their Eyes: The only parts of SpongeBob's body that shows when he is hiding under Patrick's rock are his eyeballs. Later, when the other Bikini Bottomites hide under the rock too, they get the same treatment.
- Butt-Monkey: Our spongy friend goes through a lot of extreme and dangerous games here, doesn't he?
- "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: If SpongeBob had simply told Sandy that her prehibernation-week activities were hurting him, things would have gone a lot more smoothly for not just the two of them, but everyone in Bikini Bottom who gets roped into the search. Although after the industrial park, SpongeBob does try to tell Sandy that he's had enough, but her blindness to his concerns unfortunately keep the games going, and when SpongeBob bails, that's when the dominoes fall.
- Easy Impersonation: Frank the bodybuilder fish tries to exploit this trope by forcing Francis into a square shape and having him say "I'm ready, I'm ready" like SpongeBob hoping that it will be enough to fool Sandy. It doesn't work, prompting other citizens to try themselves: one fish holds up a square cereal box and declares "I FOUND SQUAREBOB." When Sandy protests that SpongeBob is yellow, another fish claims a banana is SpongeBob.
- Empty Piles of Clothing: Sandy becomes alarmed when she finds SpongeBob's clothes strewn on the ground, because "SpongeBob always folds his clothes before running around... in the nude!"
- Extreme Sports Plot: Up until SpongeBob goes into hiding, most of the episode revolves around him and Sandy engaging in life-threatening extreme sports.
- Forcibly Formed Physique: As Sandy has all of Bikini Bottom looking for SpongeBob, Frank the bodybuilder fish picks up a smaller fish, Francis, claiming he found him. When Sandy points out that SpongeBob is square, Frank squeezes Francis into a square shape.Francis: I'm ready, I'm ready?
Sandy: No, you ain't!
- Go-to-Sleep Ending: SpongeBob tries to admit the truth to Sandy, only to see that she has fallen asleep. He laughs in relief and promptly passes out next to her.SpongeBob: I never thought I'd say it, but thank Neptune for hibernation!
- Human Snowman: Or rather, sponge sandman. While sandboarding with his tongue, SpongeBob runs smack into a sandman some kids were building. The kids, who were trying to bring it to life like in a certain Christmas song, were surprised when the sandman tells them "Life's as extreme as you wanna make it!".Girl: Maybe we didn't... sing it right.
- I Heard That: "This is a load of barnacles..."
- I'm Melting!: Happens to SpongeBob after his and Sandys wild ride through the industrial park.
- Innocently Insensitive: Sandy actually believes that SpongeBob is having just as much fun as she is with her crazy games, but quite the opposite is true.
- Insane Troll Logic: How Sandy comes to the conclusion that SpongeBob has gone missing.Sandy: Bu-But, he always folds his clothes before running around... in the nuuuuude! Something terrible must've happened to him!
- Instant Ice: Just Add Cold!: Sandy and SpongeBob dive into a pond of ice-cold water and emerge encased in ice blocks.
- I Resemble That Remark!: After he melts, SpongeBob manages to do this to himself.SpongeBob: (thinking) This squirrel's trying to kill me! Any more of these stunts, and I'll be reduced to a puddle! (his shoe floats along his goopy body)
- It's the Best Whatever, Ever!:Sandy: I'm impressed with you, SpongeBob! You're makin' this the best Prehibernation Week ever!
- Jerkass Ball: Sandy pulls this by torturing SpongeBob forcing him to participate in dangerous "fun" activities simply to maximize her pre-hibernation week.
- Karma Houdini: Because of Sandy falling asleep instead of listening to SpongeBob's confession that he can't take the games, she gets no comeuppance for her actions. Unless falling asleep earlier than she would've wanted to counts as Laser-Guided Karma.
- Lame Pun Reaction: After Sandy suggests going fly fishing on an airplane, a live-action man on the drums (Aaron Springer) plays a Rimshot.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: When every Bikini Bottomite is hiding out under Patrick's rock, they all glare at the last pair of eyes in their row. They're the only blue ones, which means that they belong to SpongeBob.
- Last-Second Word Swap: SpongeBob's response when Sandy announces that their next activity is a ride to the park.SpongeBob: "Gee that sounds safe! I mean fun."
- Mundane Made Awesome: Sandy's activities include extreme jacks (you pick them up before a bowling ball crushes you) and riding through the park... the industrial park. Oh, and it's all accompanied by music from Pantera.
- Noodle Incident:
- "Uhh, I can explain."
- Sandy's reaction to finding SpongeBob's clothes implies that he likes to run around nude often.
- Not so Above It All: One of the first Swapped Roles plots with Sandy and SpongeBob, with the latter actually playing Straight Man to Sandy's non-stop sports obsession. When SpongeBob hides and Sandy thinks he's missing, things jump even further down the slippery slope...
- Oh, Crap!: "SpongeBob?" "AAAAAAAAHHHH!!"
- Rule of Three: Used during the "Status Report" scene, when various fish tell Sandy about looking for SpongeBob:
- Sanity Slippage: Almost everybody in the episode acts like a Cloudcuckoolander's Minder to Sandy with how crazy she becomes. The first three extreme sports are innocuous enough, but once she ear-cleaner wrestles with SpongeBob on top of the Sea Needle, she starts showing signs that she's slipping off the edge. Once through the industrial park and the needle stack, SpongeBob decides Screw This, I'm Outta Here, and Sandy pushes the Bikini Bottomites to their absolute brink trying to look for him for days straight. Once everyone decides to dip out on her, Sandy goes completely insane, tearing up buildings looking for SpongeBob and having Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises. Even once she finally finds SpongeBob, she claims that, "there's just enough time to go atom smashing".
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: SpongeBob finally admits to Sandy he can't take it anymore, only for her to fall asleep while doing so, though much to SpongeBob's relief.
- Shout-Out: To Rebel Without a Cause when SpongeBob cries that Sandy's games are "tearing [him] apart!"
- The game "Find the hay in the needle stack" is a switch on "find the needle in the hay stack." Alternatively, it could be a reference to the episode "General Hospital" from Blackadder.
- Two kids building a sandman and singing a song in hopes of him coming to life is a reference to the song Frosty the Snowman.
- Special Guest: Pantera play an edited, instrumental version of their single "Death Rattle" called "Pre-Hibernation" for all of the extreme stunts Sandy forces SpongeBob into.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: Every single person in Bikini Bottom, sans Patrick, has the same idea for a hiding place—under Patrick's rock.
- Stripping Snag: SpongeBob runs away from Sandy when all of the extreme sports she wants him to do with her before hibernation cause him great pain. He decides to hide under Patrick's rock, but gets his pants caught on a reef. The reef pulls them off, leaving him in his underwear. When Sandy finds SpongeBob's pants on the reef, she overreacts as she assumes something terrible must have happened to him, and she forces everyone in Bikini Bottom to form an unnecessary search party for SpongeBob.
- Tempting Fate: SpongeBob figures that a tandem ride through the park will be safe. But then it turns out that Sandy meant the industrial park.
- That's No Moon: At one point, Sandy instructs various fish to "CHECK IN THIS HERE MOIST CAVE!" Turns out it's not a cave—it's the snout of a massive sea monster, and they all run away screaming.
- Think of the Children!: One fish says this to Sandy when she's forcing them to search for SpongeBob nonstop for days. Sandy takes this the wrong way.Sandy: That's a good idea! Use the children to crawl into small spaces you couldn't normally reach!
- Title Drop: "You're makin' this the best...pre-hibernation week ever!"
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Zigzagged. Sandy does notice SpongeBob's discarded shirt and pants, but they're not the big thing she focuses on first.Sandy: SpongeBob's tie? And all his other little dressins'?!
- Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: Seen briefly on SpongeBob when his confession is halted midway and notices Sandy fell asleep.
- Wingding Eyes: When Sandy spots SpongeBob, he does an Eye Take with his pupils as skulls and crossbones.
Life of Crime
Original air date: 5/5/2001 (produced in 2000)
SpongeBob and Patrick discover that Mr. Krabs has a lot of stuff that isn't his. Krabs explains that it's "borrowed" and says that it isn't stealing as long as you give it back before it's missed. Later, they test this out by "borrowing" a balloon, but it pops before they can return it, so now they are criminals on the run! Or so they think...
"Life of Crime" contains examples of:
- Acting Unnatural: SpongeBob and Patrick try to act natural after popping the balloon, but they are so freaked out that they just babble and have convulsive fits. The crowd mistakes them for street performers and throw money at them.
- Amusing Injuries: While celebrating all the things they can do as criminals, Patrick suggests that they can fly; SpongeBob enthusiastically agrees and throws himself off a cliff, at which point he falls to the ground with a loud crash before muttering a pained "okay, we still can't do that." He then comes back up to Patrick a second later without so much as a scratch.
- An Aesop: Don't steal things. Even if they're free or you're just borrowing it, it's always better to ask first before you take it.
- If you break something you havent paid for, its best to own up and pay the damages.
- Learn about exceptions before panicking. SpongeBob and Patrick never were in any real legal trouble, since they took a balloon on "Free Balloon Day".
- Apple of Discord: The candy bars.
- Bindle Stick: SpongeBob and Patrick carry these when they decide to leave Bikini Bottom. In Patrick's case, he tries to carry his entire house in the carrying sheet.SpongeBob: We're gonna have to travel lighter.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: How Patrick looked for money to buy a balloon. First his pocket, then his other pocket and then his belly button.
- Brick Joke: While running away under the pretense of being convictable criminals, SpongeBob and Patrick run into the balloon vendor whose balloon they stole earlier. They run away in fear, and the vendor voices his confusion over them not wanting a balloon during Free Balloon Day. At the end of the episode, when SpongeBob and Patrick turn each other in for stealing the balloon, the cops pretend to lock them up before letting them out almost immediately, mocking the fact that they "stole" a balloon on Free Balloon Day.
- Cassandra Truth: Patrick only eats his candy bar in two bites, and believes he lost it when he tries a third. When he sees SpongeBobs unopened bar and accuses him of stealing it, he completely refuses to believe he already finished his up and doesnt even notice the chocolate coating his lips.
- Comically Missing the Point: SpongeBob says, "We've gotta move fast, and cover our tracks!", followed by Patrick using paint to literally mark where they went.
- "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Somehow the two didn't get the memo that it just happened to be National Free Balloon Day when they stole the balloon.
- Creator Cameo: Alan Smart, the show's supervising director, played the "buns and thighs" man, but his voice was dubbed by Tom Kenny.
- Deliberately Monochrome: Crustacean Crime Theater.
- Donut Mess with a Cop: You can see a half-eaten donut on the desk at the police station when SpongeBob and Patrick confess to having "stolen" the balloon.
- Dramatic Irony: The audience knows ahead of SpongeBob and Patrick that it was Free Balloon Day. Though they only find out near the end of the episode.
- "Everybody Laughs" Ending: Everyone bursts into laughter when Patrick demands to know who "stole" his lollypop, even Patrick. That is, until he growls "I mean it."
- Felony Misdemeanor: "We're not talking about some dumb mail fraud scheme or hijacking here. WE STOLE A BALLOON!!"
- Forgetful Jones: Most notable with Patrick as he eats his candy bar and, at the end, lollipop and forgets about it in mere seconds.
- Funny Background Event: Right after Patrick yells out that they stole a balloon, a guy walks past SpongeBob and Patrick, staring at them as they panic, and gets so freaked out that he starts booking it.
- Gross-Up Close-Up: Of Patrick's cellulite-ridden belly when he says "Now I'm gonna starve." Oh, poor, poor, Patrick.
- Here We Go Again!: "All right, which one of you flatfoots stole my lollipop?" (Everyone laughs) "...I mean it."
- Honor Before Reason: Even after claiming he will starve, Patrick refuses to accept SpongeBob offering half of his candy bar because he is convinced that SpongeBob stole it from him and wants him to admit it.
- Hypocritical Humor: Mr. Krabs rails against stealing, but when SpongeBob and Patrick point out all the stuff he has that isn't his, he claims it's "borrowed".
- It's the Best Whatever, Ever!:SpongeBob: Aw, Patrick, you're the best bad influence ever!
Patrick: You too!
- Karma Houdini: Mr. Krabs never gets any kind of punishment for having stolen stuff.
- Literal-Minded: SpongeBob panics, "We gotta move fast, and cover our tracks!"; then it shows Patrick literally covering their tracks with paint.
- Medium-Shift Gag: When SpongeBob says that being on the run is good for your buns and thighs, a photo of a bodybuilder appears and says "Ja, buns und thighs!" In the German dub, the guy simply says Oberschenkelmuskeln (thigh muscles).
- Mood Whiplash: SpongeBob's wallet contains a rainbow you can slide on, but it doesn't have any money.
- No, You: When SpongeBob and Patrick run to the police station to tell on each other:SpongeBob: You're gonna get in trouble!Patrick: No, you are!
- Out of Focus: Squidward, Sandy, Plankton, Mrs. Puff, Gary and Pearl are mentioned, even if they don't appear.
- Overly-Long Gag: SpongeBob teasing Patrick with his uneaten candy bar when accused of stealing his, before he completely swallows it.
- Puff of Logic: The campfire goes out as soon as Patrick points out they're underwater. It unexpectedly reignites later just as Patrick kicks one of the logs in frustration.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Patrick says real slowly, "You took my only food. Now I'm gonna starve".
- The Runaway: SpongeBob and Patrick run away from home thinking they're now fugitives for stealing the balloon.
- The Scapegoat: Patrick very pathetically blames SpongeBob for his missing candy bar (Patrick finishes his up in only two bites while SpongeBob never opened his) in spite of the fact SpongeBob's the one who gave him the candy in the first place.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: Turns out it was Free Balloon Day and they didn't have to borrow the balloon in the first place.
- Show Within a Show: Crustacean Crime Theater.
- Still Sucks Thumb: Patrick, when SpongeBob starts to describe all the things he misses back home.
- Tempting Fate:SpongeBob: At least it's warm around the fire.
Patrick: Hey, if we're underwater, how can there be a—(fire goes out)
- Wham Line:
Hey! Don't you want a free balloon? It's National Free Balloon Day!
- One when SpongeBob and Patrick bump into the balloon salesman again and they run away in panic:
SpongeBob: But...we stole a balloon.
- And brought up again when in jail:
Orange policefish: Yeah, on Free Balloon Day!
- You Have to Believe Me!: SpongeBob when he tries to tell Patrick he didn't steal his candy bar.