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Recap / SpongeBob SquarePants S 3 E 13 "New Student Starfish" / "Clams"

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United States airdate: September 20, 2002

Canada airdate: December 13, 2002

Feeling bad for having to leave Patrick alone when he goes to Boating School, SpongeBob invites him to a day at Boating School with him. Things start off pretty well, but the two soon begin to realize that dealing with each other in school creates a lot more tension than dealing with each other anywhere else.

"New Student Starfish" contains examples of:

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  • An Aesop:
    • You don't always need to hang out with your friend. Sometimes, it's better if you have time to yourself.
    • Don't talk and mess around with your friends in class. Focus on the lesson so that you can succeed at your classwork and not disrupt the learning environment.
  • Because I Said So: After Mrs. Puff removes one of SpongeBob's good noodle stars, we have this:
    Mrs. Puff: SpongeBob, I've had enough of your nonsense. Now collect your things and move to the available desk in the back of the room.
    SpongeBob: What, me? But why?
    Mrs. Puff: Because the Big Fat Meanie said so. Now go!
  • Break the Cutie: SpongeBob when his star is taken off the wall.
  • Comically Missing the Point: As soon as SpongeBob gets in trouble, Patrick does not understand what's going on in the slightest. He misinterprets SpongeBob passing out as "naptime" and thinks SpongeBob's sarcastic "Thanks a lot, Patrick." literally.
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  • Detention Episode: When SpongeBob and Patrick have a (wimpy) fight in the hallway, Mrs. Puff gives both of them detention. While in detention, the light bulb that keeps Roger alive burns out, so SpongeBob and Patrick have to put their differences aside and work together to keep Roger warm and find a new light bulb to replace the old one.
  • Failed a Spot Check: When Patrick is fetching a lightbulb to save Roger, he has sights solely on the one that is actually screwed in and glowing at the top of the janitor's closet, and completely overlooks the giant lightbulb pile the size of a mountain that he climbs to get to it.
  • Fainting: SpongeBob faints out of his chair when Mrs. Puff removes one of his gold stars from the wall.
    Patrick: Mrs. Puff, is it naptime?
  • Fat Bastard: It turns out a lot of Mrs. Puff's students regard her as this.
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  • Feud Episode: SpongeBob and Patrick's quarrel begun after Patrick made SpongeBob lose his star.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: "May Neptune have mercy on your soul."
  • Idiot Houdini: Patrick gets no comeuppance for getting SpongeBob in trouble for drawing an insulting picture of Mrs. Puff. Even when Patrick outright calls Mrs. Puff "big fat meanie" in the end, her reaction is indifferent.
  • Instant Wristwatch: Patrick when he realizes they're too early for class. He then hangs a lampshade on it by asking "When did I start wearing a watch?"
  • Jerkass Ball: Patrick just comes off more thoughtless than usual when he gets SpongeBob punished for something he is responsible for. He obviously did none of that stuff on purpose, but still.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While Patrick was largely to blame for SpongeBob getting his star taken from him and sent to the back of the class, he wasn't too far off when he basically implied that SpongeBob shouldn't get so worked up over one star taken from him over the hundred he's earned, or even one bad day at school in general.
  • Not This One, That One: When SpongeBob is showing Patrick around the school.
    SpongeBob: Behold, Patrick, the Hallway of Learning. And here's the Fountain of Learning. And these are the Lockers of Learning.
    Patrick: And these are the Stairs of Learning, right?
    SpongeBob: No, they're just the stairs. These are the Stairs of Learning.
  • Roger Rabbit Effect: When Roger hatches from his egg at the end, he's a live-action chick.
  • Rule of Funny: When Mrs. Puff sees the unflattering drawing Patrick made thinking SpongeBob made it, she suddenly looks exactly like the crude drawing. She also gets a lot of drawings like that, apparently.
  • Scary Flashlight Face: Parodied. Mrs. Puff does this when she sends SpongeBob and Patrick to detention. She conveniently turns the flashlight off.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Patrick decides to leave the Boating School at the end upon realizing it wasn't a Spanish class as he thought.
  • Shout-Out: SpongeBob pulls a Regan McNeil when Mrs. Puff is removing one of his extremely copious stars.
  • Snarking Thanks: SpongeBob sarcastically thanks Patrick for getting him in trouble. Patrick doesn't realize he was being sarcastic.
  • Spontaneous Crowd Formation: As soon as SpongeBob and Patrick start arguing, a crowd of students gather around them chanting "Fight! Fight! Fight!" It takes Patrick a while to figure out that they mean that he and SpongeBob are the ones who are fighting.
  • Wimp Fight: SpongeBob and Patrick do this.

United States airdate: September 20, 2002

Canada airdate: December 13, 2002

In celebration for earning his millionth dollar, Mr. Krabs takes his "loyal crew" of SpongeBob and Squidward on a clam fishing trip. The trip serves to be much of a let down for Squidward, but things go from bad to worse after a giant clam steals Mr. Krabs' millionth dollar. Now SpongeBob and Squidward must find a way to either get the dollar back, or be held prisoner on the boat by their boss, whose sanity is slowly leaving him.

"Clams" provides examples of:

  • An Aesop: Don't drag other people down with you in your issues. Asking for help is one thing, but don't force them or guilt-trip them into helping you.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: When Squidward tries to pass off one of his own dollars as Mr. Krabs' millionth dollar, Mr. Krabs soon finds out that Squidward's dollar has been crumpled up, torn slightly, soaked in a lagoon, and kissed with Coral Blue #2 Semi-Gloss lipstick.
    SpongeBob: Actually, it's Coral Blue Number.. (gets hit in the head by Squidward)
  • The Bait: Mr. Krabs resorts to using SpongeBob and Squidward as bait to catch the clam.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Mr. Krabs notices the creepy background music shortly before the clam ate his millionth Dollar.
  • Break the Haughty: Mr. Krabs after the clam steals his millionth dollar.
  • Burning the Ships: As motivation to catch the clam, Mr. Krabs nails a sandwich to a flagpole on the boat—then throws the boat's fridge overboard, so that no one may eat until the clam is captured.
    "Now I think we understand each other. Nobody eats until I get me millionth dollar back."
  • Clam Trap: The clam eats Krab's millionth dollar and at the end, most of Krabs himself.
  • Description Cut: When SpongeBob worries about Gary being left home alone without food, it cuts to Gary at home eating the couch.
  • Drama Queen: Squidward says what the audience is all thinking about Mr. Krabs.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Mr. Krabs to his employees after they attempted to pass off an ordinary dollar as his millionth dollar.
    Mr. Krabs: I trusted you, and you gave me this? (near tears) I can't believe me own crew would betray me like this.
  • Eye Scream: At one point, Mr. Krabs takes his eyestalks out of his head and starts jumping rope with them.
  • Get Out!: When Mr. Krabs gets his millionth dollar, he shoos out all his customers so he can be alone with it.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: "I mean, a crew like you comes around maybe once in a lifetime."
  • Half the Crab He Used to Be: Mr. Krabs had to trade in something to Old Blue Lips for his dollar back.
  • Laughing Mad: Mr. Krabs, as part of his Sanity Slippage.
  • Left the Background Music On: The clam's Leitmotif is being played by the orchestra in Mr. Krab's boat. Krabs even has the band play it to lure the clam into the open.
  • Medium Blending: A live-action orchestra is revealed to be playing the Clam's theme music.
  • Moby Schtick: With Krabs as Ahab and the clam as Moby-Dick. The dollar bill itself could be Ahab's leg.
  • Ocular Gushers: Mr. Krabs goes into a bawling fit after losing his millionth dollar. At one point, his eyes turn into faucets pouring streams of tears.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Mr. Krabs has this reaction when he hears the clam's Leitmotif, complete with his pupils shrinking.
    • Squidward and SpongeBob when Mr. Krabs catches their deceit. And again when Krabs dumps all the food and the fridge off the boat. And again when they're used as live bait for the clam and it notices them.
  • Sanity Slippage: Mr. Krabs
    "I know what yer thinking! 'It's just a dumb old dollar! Let's just leeeeave the old man, he won't notice!'"
  • Scream Discretion Shot: A comedic example happens when SpongeBob accidentally rips off Squidward's nose with a fishing hook, and cut to Mr. Krabs on the other side of the boat.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Defied. Squidward and SpongeBob try to make a run for the lifeboat at the midst of Mr. Krabs' Sanity Slippage, only to be caught by Krabs who is furious that his crew tried to abandon him.
  • Serious Business: Mr. Krabs won't rest until he gets his millionth dollar back from the Clam, even if he has to starve his crew.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Many things, including the Clam's theme and the title card, are references to Jaws.
    • Krabs' obsession with catching the giant clam is a parody of Moby-Dick. The scene where he nails a sandwich to a mast as motivation parodies a key scene in the novel, where Ahab nails a gold coin and offers it as a reward to whomever first spots the White Whale.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!
    Squidward: Um, SpongeBob, can I have a word with you? Have you noticed that Mr. Krabs has gone COMPLETELY INSANE?!
  • Tempting Fate: When Mr. Krabs tells Squidward not to bring anything you're not prepared to lose on the boat, SpongeBob accidentally hooks his millionth dollar taped to the back of his pants.
  • Umpteenth Customer: Parodied and subverted with the customer who gives Krabs his millionth dollar. His purchase is heralded by carnival music and Krabs bursting out of his office and cheering, which would imply this is played straight. He doesn't get a prize, though; in fact, Krabs is upset that he even asks for one. The customer didn't even get his food!
    Mr. Krabs: Congratulations, sir. You have just given me my one millionth dollar.
    Customer: Ha, great. Uhh, what do I win?
    Mr. Krabs: Nothing! Now get out! (music stops)
    Customer: Wha?
    Mr. Krabs: GET OUT! EVERYBODY GET OUT, YOU'RE SPOILING ME MOMENT!
  • Visual Pun: When Mr. Krabs is crying over the loss of his dollar, SpongeBob says he's "never seen him so broken up". Cut to Krabs having literally fallen apart on the deck.
  • You Should Have Died Instead: From this exchange after Mr. Krabs was eaten by a clam (or so they thought):
    SpongeBob: Ohh, poor Mr. Krabs, gone forever out of our lives. Why couldn't it have been me?!
    Squidward: Yes, why couldn't it have been you?

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