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Krabby Land

Original air date: 4/3/2004 (produced in 2002) note 

The one with Cheapy The Cheapstake.

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 Burglarnote  to stall them long enough for Krabby to make an appearance.


Krabby Land contains examples of:

  • An Aesop:
    • Corporations that try to look friendly and appeal to kids only want your money.
    • Always prioritize customer satisfaction over profit.
    • Conning your costumers can result in unpleasant consequences for you and your business.
  • 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. This is also his last line in the episode, as he's being forced to eat a truckload of lima beans against his will.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick:
    SpongeBob: What is it about summertime that makes us so happy? The firefly-lit nights? The intoxicating aroma of a charcoal briquette? The hypnotic sound of a lawnmower running over a flip-flop?
  • Brick Joke: As he is entertaining the children, SpongeBob gets tied up and force-fed lima beans. At the end, this becomes punishment for Mr. Krabs.
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  • Butt-Monkey: Poor SpongeBob goes through a lot of pain in this episode, just to entertain the children.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Mr. Krabs tries to deny that he's doing anything wrong, but almost flat-out admits to seeing himself as superior to the children and their parents right before they beat him up.
    Mr. Krabs: The children? I don't care about the children. I just care about their parents' money! Ah, the fact that their feeble minds are easily manipulated by cheap playgrounds and talentless clowns is no skin off my nose! Survival of the fittest, SpongeBob! Survival of the fittest!
  • Comedic Sociopathy: SpongeBob discovers that his pain entertains the children and proceeds to make them laugh with all sorts of painful and humiliating stunts as a ploy to keep them occupied until Krabby the Clown arrives.
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  • Comically Missing the Point: Mr. Krabs asks what happened to Spongebob's arms and legs; he replies that the kids are using them as boomerangs. Mr. Krabs is that will break his windows.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: SpongeBob getting tied up and being force-fed lima beans (which also happens to Mr. Krabs at the end).
  • Everyone Has Standards: The two muscular thugs that SpongeBob hires to beat him up in order to keep the kids entertained look utterly bewildered by his increasingly ludicrous demands to be mauled.
  • Exact Words: At the end, Mr. Krabs pleads with the thugs to let him go because he wants "green stuff" (dollars). One of the thugs gives him lima beans, which are green.
    Mr. Krabs: No! Not that green stuff! NOOOOOOO!!!!!
  • Eye Scream: SpongeBob getting bubble liquid in his eyes. The bloodshot eyes once were bad enough, but the entire canister? Not a pretty sight...
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Two muscular fish tear SpongeBob in half during the torture montage, but SpongeBob remains alive and conscious.
  • 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, wipes the blue paint off it, and tells SpongeBob to take it back to the kitchen before it spoils.
    • Earlier on, Krabs sees a hefty kid taking a bite out of a lollipop and complains about children not eating properly, despite the fact that fast food isn't an exactly healthy choice for them either.
    • When SpongeBob complains he can't stall the kids much longer because of the abuse, Krabs mutters SpongeBob is always thinking only of himself. The entire series makes it clear why Krabs is the last person who should call someone self-centered.
  • Kids Are Cruel: They like watching SpongeBob go through torment.
  • 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.
  • Mean Boss: Mr. Krabs is at his worst here. And unlike later episodes, he gets what's coming to him in the end.
  • 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 had to put himself through various painful stunts just to entertain the children. To wit, Mr. Krabs was more concerned about the possibility of his windows getting broken after SpongeBob's limbs were torn off and used as boomerangs.
  • 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.
  • Right Behind Me: Just when he's leaving his office through the window, Mr. Krabs admits to SpongeBob that he doesn't care about the children and only wanted their parents' money...only to realize that the children were right behind him and had heard everything.
  • Shout-Out: Krabby the Clown and the Krabby Patty Burglar are based on Ronald McDonald and the Hamburglar respectively.
  • Stunned Silence: Mr. Krabs' talentless and really short act as Krabby the Clown is enough to reduce the kids, and even SpongeBob, to shocked, jaw-dropping silence.
  • Suck E. Cheese's: Krabby Land.
  • Take That!: Many view this episode as one towards Mc Donalds.

The Camping Episode

Original air date: 4/3/2004 (produced in 2002) note 

The one with The Campfire Song Song.

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!

The Camping Episode contains examples of:

  • An Aesop:
    • When going away from home, know what to do and pack necessities.
    • Listen to warnings.
    • You don't need to go to the wild or even a campsite to camp.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: What's worse than a sea bear? A sea rhinoceros!
  • Animals Hate Him:
    • The sea bear does not like Squidward, and expresses it well...
    • The sea rhinoceros doesn't seem to like Squidward either...
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Squidward doesn't believe in sea bears, yet is an anthropomorphic octopus living in a world of anthropomorphic aquatic life, and has also encountered fantastical creatures before this episode, and then we have Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy.
  • Battle Discretion Shot: Although we hear Squidward's screaming and see his resulting injuries, all of his sea bear attacks occur off-screen.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Sea bears. SpongeBob and Patrick greatly fear them, though Squidward doesn't believe they exist until one shows up and beats him to a pulp.
  • Berserk Button: The sea bear repeatedly mauls Squidward after his attempts to escape cause gestures that provoke its fury (eg. running, limping, crawling). When the sea bear goes to attack Squidward a fourth time (and this time, Squidward hasn't actually done anything to provoke the sea bear, intentionally or unintentionally). After Squidward screams, "What'd I do that time?!" SpongeBob figures that the sea bear just doesn't like him.
  • Big "NO!": Twice by SpongeBob and Patrick in a row before the sea bear attacks Squidward.
  • Bottle Episode: The whole episode is set at Conch Street, with most of it taking place at SpongeBob's camp outside his house.
  • Break the Haughty: After what the sea bear did to him, Squidward will probably never invoke its wrath ever again.
  • Butt-Monkey: Squidward, who gets burnt marshmallow spit in his face by Patrick and is beaten up by the sea bear multiple times.
  • Camping Episode: Exactly What It Says on the Tin and the first and only one in the series.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: SpongeBob and Patrick were right about the sea bear (and sea rhinoceros).
  • Death Glare:
    • The sea bear gives a particularly ferocious one to Squidward after he escapes into SpongeBob's protective circle.
    • The sea rhinoceros also gives Squidward a particularly nasty one when it appears at the end.
  • Department of Redundancy Department:
    • "The Campfire Song Song," which is a campfire song about singing a campfire song... which happens to be this campfire song.
    • "Well maybe it is stupid, but it's also dumb!"
    • "Why, once I met this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy's cousin..."
  • Here We Go Again!: After being mauled many times by that sea bear, Squidward uses the circle that protected SpongeBob and Patrick from it. Unfortunately between him and that sea rhinoceros (and the octopus isn't wearing underwear)....
  • Hypocritical Humor: SpongeBob denigrates Squidward for drawing an oval and not a circle as protection from the Sea Bear. Even without a close look, you can tell SpongeBob drew more of an oval himself and not a circle.
  • I Will Show You X!:
    Squidward: "I'll show you camping!"
  • Kick Them While They're Down:
    • We can safely assume that this is what the sea rhinoceros does, since it's drawn to those who've been attacked by sea bears beforehand.
    • The sea bear does this to Squidward too; while most of its subsequent attacks were due to Squidward doing provoking gestures (running, limping, crawling), by the fifth time, Squidward does nothing, yet the sea bear still goes after him. SpongeBob then says, "I don't know, I guess [the sea bear] just doesn't like [Squidward]."
  • Knows a Guy Who Knows a Guy: Exaggerated to the point of being an Overly Long Gag.
    SpongeBob: Why, once I met this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy who knew this guy's cousin...
    Squidward: YOU'RE RIGHT!
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Squidward is only mildly annoyed by the scalding hot marshmallows Patrick keeps blowing into his face.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: The sea bear is literally a giant fish with a bear head. The same thing applies for the sea rhinoceros, albeit much bigger.
  • No Can Opener: Squidward attempts to eat a can of Swedish barnacle balls while camping, but leaves his can opener in his house, and SpongeBob and Patrick refuse to let him break the camping spirit by going inside to retrieve it. Squidward is then left with no choice but to eat the marshmallows SpongeBob and Patrick brought with them.
  • No Ending: The episode ends right when Squidward is being menaced by a sea rhinoceros.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: What the sea bear did to Squidward. Although all the attacks were off-screen, it's very clear from Squidward's many injuries and SpongeBob and Patrick's reaction to them that the animal showed no mercy.
  • Oh, Crap!: Squidward's reaction to learning that the sea bear is real.
  • Real After All: The sea bear and later, the sea rhinoceros.
  • Rhino Rampage: The sea rhinoceros.
  • Rockers Smash Guitars: The ending to "The Campfire Song Song".
  • Rule of Funny: Sea bears are real, they're set off by ridiculous things like wearing a sombrero upside down and drawing a circle in the dirt around yourself fends them off. Because reasons.
  • Running Gag:
    • Squidward getting mauled by the sea bear.
    • Patrick blowing hot marshmallow on Squidward.
  • Shout-Out: At the end of the song, SpongeBob and Patrick smash their instruments like how The Who do at the end of each set.
  • The Something Song: "The Campfire Song Song".
  • Spelling Song: "The Campfire Song Song".
  • Stupidest Thing I've Ever Heard: Squidward declares sea bears to be this, until he gets attacked by a real sea bear.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: The anti-sea bear circle is nothing more than a circle drawn in the ground by a stick, but it is completely effective in keeping Squidward safe from the sea bear. Similarly, SpongeBob mentions that a certain kind of undergarment can protect them from the sea rhinoceros.


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Seabear Attacks Squidward

The sea bear does not like Squidward, and expresses it well...

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