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Recap / SpongeBob SquarePants S 3 E 17 "Krabby Land" / "The Camping Episode"

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United States airdate: April 3, 2004

Canada airdate: July 30, 2004

Summertime has finally come, and Mr. Krabs takes advantage of the children of Bikini Bottom's freedom from school by creating a playground to attract paying customers, featuring an appearance by the one and only Krabby the Clown! But when Krabby the Clown is too busy counting money in his office, it's up to the Krabby Patty Burglernote  to stall them long enough for Krabby to make an appearance.

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Krabby Land contains examples of (YMMV here):

  • An Aesop: Sometimes, corporations that try to look friendly to kids only want your money.
  • Bad Boss: Mr. Krabs is at his worst here. And unlike later episodes, he gets what's coming to him in the end.
  • Big "NO!": Mr. Krabs lets out one when he sees the kids would rather go to a new park than to his restaurant, causing everyone to stare at him in confusion.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: SpongeBob discovers that his pain entertains the children and proceeds to make them laugh with all sorts of painful and humiliating stunts.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: SpongeBob getting tied up and being force-fed lima beans (which also happens to Mr. Krabs at the end).
  • Homage: One of the poorly made kiddie-rides built by Mr. Krabs says "Rocketship Fantastica", a nod to Battlestar Galactica (1978).
  • Hypocritical Humor: When Mr. Krabs says he's not cheap, he takes off the tomato on his nose and tells SpongeBob to take it back to the kitchen before it spoils.
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    • Earlier on, Krabs sees a hefty kid taking a bite out of a lollipop and complains about children not eating properly, despite the fact fast food isn't an exactly healthy choice for them either.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Mr. Krabs is hunted down by the kids, gets tied to a pole and is tortured by having to eat lima beans against his will while also losing all of his money.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": A really epic one done by SpongeBob and the children as Mr. Krabs reenters his office after pretending to be Krabby the Clown for about ten seconds with no act whatsoever.
  • No OSHA Compliance: Krabby Land is hastily put together, with one kid actually getting hurt while trying to play on one of the "attractions".
  • No Sympathy: Mr. Krabs didn't show any to SpongeBob who couldn't take anymore abuse to entertain the children. Possibly justified as SpongeBob can regenerate.
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  • Pet the Dog: One of the kids respectfully calls SpongeBob "Mr. SquarePants" at the end of the episode and tells him and Squidward about the money shower, implying that the kids did appreciate SpongeBob's efforts to entertain them.
  • Suck E. Cheese's: Krabby Land
  • Take That!: Krabby Land is a jab at McDonald's, complete with clown mascot and a Hamburglar Expy.

United States airdate: April 3, 2004

Canada airdate: July 30, 2004

Squidward is planning a weekend celebration due to SpongeBob and Patrick leaving for a camping trip. But what's this? The two have set up a tent ten yards away from SpongeBob's house. Through a strange and unintentional method of reverse psychology, SpongeBob convinces Squidward to stay and camp with them overnight. But the three will soon discover that after dark, terrible creatures come out, and the only method of protection is an expertly drawn anti-sea bear circle in the dirt!

Oh, and it includes one of the most famous songs in all of Western Animation.

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