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Recap / SpongeBob SquarePants S3 E15 "Born Again Krabs" / "I Had an Accident"

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United States airdate: October 4, 2003

Canada airdate: December 5, 2003
Nobody likes a cheap penny pincher except for Davy Jones

Mr. Krabs is near death after eating a spoiled Krabby Patty that he tried to sell out of petty greed, but after an experience with the Flying Dutchman, he changes his ways...

Born Again Krabs contains examples of:

  • All Just a Dream: Subverted, Mr. Krabs thinks he's dreaming when he returns to work and begins splurging his employees and customers. Once Spongebob tells him he left the hospital that morning and Squidward hands him the hospital bill, he finally snaps.
  • Ambulance Cut: Double Subverted. When Krabs goes to take a bite of the spoiled patty, it cuts to an ambulance. Then it cuts back to Krabs commenting on the ambulance, then eating the patty. And then it cuts to Krabs being rushed to the ER on a gurney.
  • An Aesop: Make good choices that benefit the many and not just yourself, or else you'll live the rest of your life regretting it.
    • Being generous is a good thing, but it can be overdone to the point of self-destruction, particularly if you're trying to run a business.
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  • Bad Boss: Mr. Krabs. Read Ungrateful Bastard below.
  • Beyond the Impossible: When Mr. Krabs is reclaiming all the things he initially gave out for free, he goes as far as making a customer unwatch the free TV Krabs had on in the Krusty Krab. As in, rewinding all of the imagery right out of the customer's eyes.
  • Break the Cutie: SpongeBob is in tears after being informed by the doctor that Mr. Krabs isn't coming back.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • At the beginning of the episode, the Krusty Krab lost business for weeks because Mr. Krabs was trying to sell the rotten patty to everyone. Krabs wondered if it was because of the new placemats.
    • When Squidward calls Mr. Krabs out for selling SpongeBob's soul for 62 cents, Krabs asks "You think I could've gotten more?"
  • Cutaway Gag: When Mr. Krabs comes into work, he asks SpongeBob where Squidward is. SpongeBob explains "he's taking one of those break things". Cut to Squidward sleeping in Mr. Krabs' office on a fancy bed.
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  • Easily Forgiven: SpongeBob brushes off Mr. Krabs' apology in selling him out to the Flying Dutchman, telling him he did it for the Krusty Krab.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: The episode ends with everyone having a good laugh about the whole thing.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Squidward, who usually considers SpongeBob the bane of his existence, is downright repulsed with Mr. Krabs for selling Spongebob to the Flying Dutchman for 62 cents.
  • Fate Worse than Death: The Flying Dutchman decides that Mr. Krabs having to listen to SpongeBob's rambling will make a far more excruciating fate than being stuffed into Davy Jones' locker.
  • The Food Poisoning Incident: Mr. Krabs ends up in the hospital after eating the rotten patty, and Squidward thinks Mr. Krabs is going to die.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: The idol in this case being the money, and SpongeBob being the friend.
  • Grim Reaper: The Flying Dutchman serves this purpose in this episode.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: The bad patty gets one when Squidward picks off the top bun to see why it smells so bad.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When Krabs is reclaming all the free stuff he gave out, he calls the kids he snatches the free toys from "Freeloaders" and when he forces a patron to 'unwatch' a free TV show, he remarks "Show's over, cheapskate!", even though what Krabs is doing is exactly what he's accusing them of doing.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: SpongeBob sticks up for Mr. Krabs against the Flying Dutchman, wagering his own soul that Krabs is generous and not a cheapskate. Within seconds, Krabs sells SpongeBob to the Dutchman for all of the change in the latter's pocket (62 cents) without hesitation.
  • It Came from the Fridge: The bad patty.
    Mr. Krabs: Why is it in a cage?
    SpongeBob: Because it growled at me.
  • I Will Tear Your Arms Off: This threat from Mr. Krabs during his breakdown when he spots a fish picking up a penny. Very shortly after the Flying Dutchman reappeared, Squidward lampshades this when Mr. Krabs is at the Flying Dutchman's mercy.
    Mr. Krabs: I'm not cheap, I'm generous!
    Squidward: You almost tore a man's arm off for a penny.
    Mr. Krabs: Thanks, Squidward, I knew I could count on you.
  • Line-of-Sight Alias: When the Flying Dutchman approaches Mr. Krabs for his soul, he claims he has the wrong room by claiming he's "Harold Flower" after looking at the vase of flowers on his bedside table. He excuses himself only to approach a nurse looking for him, which gives up the act.
  • Morton's Fork: It's implied Mr. Krabs' cheap ways had some sort of value of keeping him in business, and the Flying Dutchman unknowingly forced him to face either Davy Jones' Locker for being cheap, or bankruptcy by being generous as promised.note 
  • Motor Mouth: It actually saves SpongeBob from Davy Jones' Locker.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Mr. Krabs goes through this after Squidward calls him out for selling SpongeBob to the Flying Dutchman for 62 cents.
  • Nausea Dissonance / Failed a Spot Check: Mr. Krabs fails to comprehend just how horrible that bad patty smelled or looked!
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Squidward usually hates SpongeBob with a passion, which is all the more shocking when he becomes outright appalled at Mr. Krabs selling SpongeBob's soul for only 62 cents. Squidward himself even says "I Can't Believe I'm Saying This" as he's about to tell off Mr. Krabs.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: SpongeBob and Squidward become concerned when Mr. Krabs isn't the least bit fazed when he gets a Shockingly Expensive Bill and doesn't have any money in the register to pay for it.
    SpongeBob: Squidward, I'm worried about Mr. Krabs.
    Squidward: Me too. How are we gonna get paid?
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Squidward gives one to Mr. Krabs for selling out SpongeBob.
  • Restrained Revenge: The Flying Dutchman eventually decides that leaving Mr. Krabs to deal with SpongeBob's annoying idiocy is punishment enough.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: "But it's old, and cold, and so very full of mold!".
    • "You're not to make another patty until that one is SOLD!"
  • Snarking Thanks: Mr. Krabs sarcastically thanks Squidward for telling the Flying Dutchman that he threatened to break a customer's arm if he doesn't hand him a penny he found on the floor.
  • Split-Screen Phone Call: The Stinger, which has SpongeBob yakking on the phone, much to the Flying Dutchman's annoyance.
  • The Stinger: After everyone has a good laugh about the whole thing, we cut to the Dutchman at home, receiving a call from SpongeBob, who continues to talk his ear off.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Mr. Krabs, knowing his obsession with money, has absolutely no reaction to a $10,000 bill let alone an empty cash register. Turned out it was only because he thought it was all a nightmare and was still resting at the hospital. When Spongebob and Squidward tell him he checked out this morning, Mr. Krabs snaps upon this realization.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Mr. Krabs telling SpongeBob to wrap up the spoiled patty so he can finish it later, even while he's being carried into the ER on a gurney due to having taken a bite out of said patty.
    • Yes, Mr. Krabs had a right to be upset after discovering he was bankrupt, but also failed to remember what would happen to him if he returned to his cheap lifestyle when he instantly reclaimed all of the free items he had given to his customers and nearly tore a man's arm off for a penny. If not for SpongeBob, Krabs would been taken to Davy Jones' Locker in an instant.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: The Flying Dutchman takes SpongeBob in exchange for Mr. Krabs, but returns him immediately because...
    Flying Dutchman: Heard what you said? I couldn't hear myself think with this one around! I only had him for thirty seconds, and it's jellyfishing this and Mermaid Man that... Why, not giving him back is a Fate Worse than Death. He's your problem now!
  • Ungrateful Bastard: SpongeBob stuck up for Mr. Krabs and put his life on the line to prevent the Flying Dutchman from taking him to Davy Jones' Locker. How does Krabs repay him? By selling SpongeBob's soul to the Dutchman for a mere 62 cents without hesitation; this was such a bad move that Squidward, who hates SpongeBob, is absolutely disgusted with Krabs and gives him a scathing What the Hell, Hero? over it.
  • Visual Pun: Davy Jones' Locker is a gym locker, full of his stinky old socks.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Mr. Krabs sells SpongeBob's soul for pocket change. Even Squidward calls him out on it.
    Squidward: He stuck up for you, and you sold him out. You should be ashamed of yourself!
  • Who Dares?:
    Flying Dutchman: Who dares backsass the Flying Dutchman?
    SpongeBob: That would be me, SpongeBob BacksassPants!
"Ooh, that's gotta hurt!"note 
United States airdate: October 4, 2003

Canada airdate: December 5, 2003

After experiencing a sandboarding accident and a near miss at living with "the iron butt", SpongeBob becomes afraid to go outside, while Sandy and Patrick try to show him the fun of the great outdoors.

I Had An Accident contains examples of:

  • An Aesop: Don't be afraid to go outside. It won't hurt you (except when gorillas are around).
    • Also, don't keep your eyes closed and always stay focused when doing something that requires your full attention (such as driving a car, operating dangerous equipment), just like SpongeBob did when he sandboarded on that high-risk slope.
    • One bad experience shouldn't stop you from living your life to the fullest. Learn how to prevent it from repeating, but don't go to extremes.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: "What's a gorilla doing underwater in the first place?"
  • Cast as a Mask: When the gorilla disguises as Patrick, he perfectly imitates Patrick's voice by Bill Fagerbakke, but the gorilla's real voice (once revealed) is by Frank Welker.
  • Companion Cube: SpongeBob makes friends out of a potato chip, a penny and a used napkin, which he calls Chip, Penny and Used Napkin.
  • Enraged by Idiocy: Sandy expresses her frustrations towards Patrick's stupidity a couple of times.
    Sandy: Don't you have to be stupid somewhere else?
    Patrick: Not until four.
    • Patrick actually manages to get on Spongebob's nerves for once during the "Never ever" scene, to the point where he lets out an exasperated sigh and yells at Patrick to stop.
  • Expospeak Gag:
    Dr. Fish: Well, Mr. SquarePants, it appears your gluteus maximus has made a complete recovery.
    SpongeBob: My what has a what now?
    Dr. Fish: Your butt's all better.
  • Face Your Fears: Spongebob does this near the end when he goes outside to help Sandy and Patrick. When he's torn in half by the gorilla, he tells Sandy and Patrick that he's no longer afraid of going outside — but he's terrified of gorillas. Sandy assures him that it's okay since they are also terrified of gorillas now.
  • Furry Reminder: SpongeBob doesn't need to go out to eat, since he's a filter feeder.
  • Gainax Ending: As the gorilla has SpongeBob in his grasp, he wonders out loud what a gorilla is doing underwater. The gorilla then tries to stammer out an explanation before shouting "George, they're onto us!" and riding out on a pantomime horse. The camera then pulls back into the living room of a live-action family, who are clearly just as confused as we are, before the father shuts the TV off.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: SpongeBob gets vertically torn in half by the gorilla, but remains alive and conscious. The two halves even seem to have minds of their own, as they carry on a brief dialogue with each other.
  • Humiliation Conga: The spanking line that Spongebob fled.
  • If I Do Not Return: Just before stepping outside to save Patrick and Sandy, SpongeBob says, "If I don't return, Chip, take good care of Gary."
  • Incredibly Lame Fun: While attempting to convince SpongeBob to come outside, Sandy and Patrick list various fun activities. One of Patrick's suggestions? Washing an old person.
    Sandy: Patrick, that's not fun!
    Old Man Jenkins: It is for me!
  • Killer Gorilla: The gorilla that appears out of nowhere violently beats up Sandy and Patrick, and then tears SpongeBob in half.
  • Lampshade Hanging: The live-action family seen watching the episode as the gorilla and George race off into the sunset. They all stare with disgust at the randomness of what we have just witnessed and quickly turn off the TV.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: When SpongeBob gets into a sand boarding accident, the entire lower half of his body shatters into tiny pieces. It takes the doctors 20 hours to piece him back together with staples and glue.
  • Medium Blending: The gorilla that attacks SpongeBob is a live-action gorilla - or rather, a live-action man in a gorilla suit. As is the pantomime horse he rides, and the human family watching at the end.
  • Mistaken for an Imposter: Sandy's plan to lure SpongeBob outside is to have Patrick in a gorilla costume pretend to attack her, thus spurring SpongeBob to come to her rescue. SpongeBob doesn't fall for it, but then Patrick shows up, and Sandy asks who is in the gorilla costume. Turns out Patrick is in the costume, and the other Patrick is a real gorilla in a Patrick costume.
  • Never My Fault: Spongebob blames being outside in general for his accident and not at all note  on his failure to watch where he was going. Granted, he was ultimately convinced of this because he believed he couldn't afford another accident like it again, and had witnessed in rapid succession several things where it could possibly happen.
  • Not Helping Your Case: A variation that almost happened.
    Sandy: Don't worry, Patrick. We'll get SpongeBob to come outside, and then he'll see there's nothing to be afraid of.
    Patrick: (Holding up his fist in a boxing glove) And that's when I punch him, right?
    (Sandy gives a flat, annoyed look)
  • Oh, Crap!: The gorilla's face when SpongeBob asks what it's even doing underwater.
  • Pain to the Ass: The plot is kicked off when SpongeBob breaks his butt in a sand boarding accident.
  • Riding into the Sunset: Played for Laughs in the ending, with the gorilla riding George the horse while SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy look on.
  • Safety Worst: SpongeBob makes himself a shut-in after the accident, afraid to go out to avoid getting hurt again.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The gorilla and George would rather run away rather than explain what they're both doing under the sea.
  • Shaking the Rump: Patrick does this when he dances around in his gorilla suit.
  • Shocking Swerve: Things take a very bizarre turn when a real gorilla appears out of nowhere to torture Sandy and Patrick, all while SpongeBob looks on in confusion and horror.
  • Suddenly Speaking: The gorilla, who when questioned on why he was underwater at all starts speaking in clear English as he tries to explain himself, before choosing to flee the scene.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Spongebob makes fun of Squidward's belief of this at the beginning.
    SpongeBob: [imitating Squidward] Everybody's an idiot except for me.
    Squidward: Well, it's true.
  • The End: These words appear on the screen as part of the Gainax Ending.
  • Truth in Television: SpongeBob appears to have developed the real-life anxiety known as "agoraphobia", which is a fear of wide-open spaces or long distances.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Squidward is busily watering his garden while Patrick and Sandy are getting beaten to a pulp by a live-action gorilla right behind him, as seen when SpongeBob finally comes out to try to save them. Then again, one must recall he doesn't really like any of them.
  • Worst Aid: The Purple Doctor Fish's description of the operation to fix SpongeBob's broken butt doesn't exactly inspire confidence in the man's medical expertise.
    Purple Doctor Fish: We actually ran out of staples and had to use a glue stick.
  • Yellow Snow: SpongeBob warns Patrick not to eat the yellow sand. He does anyway.

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