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Recap / SpongeBob SquarePants S 3 E 6 "Snowball Effect" / "One Krab's Trash"

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United States airdate: February 22, 2002

Canada airdate: July 19, 2002

An iceberg has drifted over Bikini Bottom, so that means one thing: snow! This prompts SpongeBob and Patrick to have a snowball fight. Squidward wants no part of it, but then he's roped in and takes things too far.

Snowball Effect contains examples of:

  • Achievements in Ignorance: Patrick attempts to make a snowball and keeps failing; he can make a snowblock, a snowpyramid, and even a snow double helix, but not a snowball. He ultimately uses snowblocks in his snowball fight.
  • An Aesop: Don't tell other people to stop having fun because you don't like it. If you don't like that they keep getting you involved, ask them to stop.
  • Bottle Episode: Aside from the prologue, most of the episode is set at Conch Street.
  • Cold Snap: Bikini Bottom gets this after an iceberg drifts over it.
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  • Eye Scream: Near the beginning when Squidward is about to enjoy a cup of tea, he accidentally squirts his lemon wedge in his eye.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: One of the snow sculptures in the prologue is a mermaid who is topless and flat-chested. Nearby are two fish children each holding a snowball with a grin on their faces.
  • Idiot Ball: Squidward actually grabs it. He tells Patrick to think of him as SpongeBob, to teach him how to have a snowball fight (while SpongeBob asks to be Mr Krabs). Squidward throws a snowball at Patrick and says, "Now, what are you going to do?" Patrick throws a snowball back at Squidward, who had said not five seconds ago to think of him as SpongeBob. Squidward asks why Patrick didn't throw it at SpongeBob.
    Patrick: You said you were SpongeBob, SpongeBob.
    SpongeBob: (Impersonating Mr Krabs) Argh, it's true, Mr. Squidward. Now get back to work!
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  • Imagine Spot: After SpongeBob and Patrick say they're going to knock each other's brains out with snowballs, Squidward imagines them doing it literally.
  • Not So Above It All: Squidward claims to be above taking part in a snowball fight. He is soon proven wrong.
  • Not-So-Innocent Whistle: SpongeBob does this after throwing a snowball at an unsuspecting Patrick.
    Patrick: Thanks a lot, SpongeBob. While you were just standing there whistling, someone threw a snowball at me!
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Squidward taking the snowball fight too seriously, to the point of throwing a snowball with his clarinet in it, is enough to unnerve SpongeBob and Patrick that they decide to ditch the game.
  • Potty Emergency: After swallowing the melted snow, Patrick asks Squidward if he can use the bathroom. After saying 'No' repeatedly, Squidward finally yields and tells him to make it quick, only for Patrick to say "That's okay".
  • Running Gag: Each of the characters throwing a snowball into Squidward's fireplace, putting it out. Squidward even did when he was aiming nowhere near his house.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: After Squidward takes the snowball fight too seriously (having thrown a snowball with his clarinet in it), SpongeBob declares it's Time for Plan B, which is for he and Patrick to abandon the fight.
  • Snowball Fight: Squidward claims to be above such childish activities, but gets sucked in and goes into such a panic that he'll lose and builds a two-story-high impenetrable snow fort.
  • Snowy Sleigh Bells:
    • "Wonderland of Snow", the music playing during the title card, features extremely prominent sleigh bells.
    • "Jolly Sleighride", the music playing at the start of the episode during the montage of a snow-covered Bikini Bottom.

United States airdate: February 22, 2002

Canada airdate: July 19, 2002

Mr. Krabs is selling garbage on the street, and SpongeBob buys a novelty soda hat from him. But when the hat turns out to be valuable, Mr. Krabs tries to get it back, even if it resorts to grave robbing.

One Krab's Trash contains examples of:

  • Accidental Truth: Mr. Krabs sells a soda drink hat to SpongeBob, and then, after finding out that it's apparently worth a million dollars, attempts to scare it off SpongeBob by telling him the hat is cursed and unless he returns it to the grave of its previous owner, Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen, he himself will be cursed. Imagine his surprise when he finds out that not only is Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen real, but the hat really was his when he was alive.
  • Dem Bones: Krabs fights off an army of skeletons while getting the hat back.
  • Drool Deluge: After Mr. Krabs has sold a certain #1 hat to Spongebob, some random rich fish comes to him and explains that that hat is actually rare and famous, and he'll pay a lot for it. Mr. Krabs starts gagging and drooling. Then another fish comes and offers him more money for that hat, and Krabs then drools so much he creates a mini river out of it. To top it all off, another fish offering an even higher price rows his boat over the drool river.
  • Dumpster Dive: How Krabs gets all the "treasures" he's selling.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Played for Laughs, of course. Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen may be willing to threaten Krabs with bodily harm to get his hat back, but even he's disgusted by Krabs' notion that he and his army are going to eat Mr Krabs.
    Smitty: That's disgusting! We just want the hat back.
  • Faux Horrific: "Oh, my gosh! A floating shopping list!"
  • Full Moon Silhouette: Happens at one point to Mr. Krabs during the fight against the undead fish army.
  • Grail in the Garbage: Played with the soda hat, which at first looks ordinary, but then turns out to be very rare and valuable. However, by the time Krabs gets it back, a whole shipment of hats has been discovered and the hat is not as valuable anymore.
  • Grave Humor: The graveyard Mr. Krabs goes to is full of such graves, starting with the one that reads "Here lies Squidward's Hopes and Dreams". Later he sees one that reads "Stupid", next to one that reads "I'm with Stupid".
  • Here We Go Again!: After Krabs finds out the soda hat is worthless, SpongeBob walks by with a clapping hat, which the others now consider valuable and go after him.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Squidward calling Mr. Krabs "a baby" at the end of the episode.
  • Insult Backfire: In a strategy to manipulate SpongeBob into giving back the hat, Mr. Krabs insults SpongeBob that hat makes him look like a girl. SpongeBob takes that as a compliment.
    SpongeBob: Am I a pretty girl?
    • Then subverted when Mr. Krabs leaves the scene.
    Mr. Krabs: Ah, forget it! (sprits off, then returns) And you're not beautiful either! (sprints off again)
    SpongeBob: (close to tears) I'm not?
  • Ironic Echo: When Mr. Krabs goes to the graveyard, he sees Squidward giving flowers to a grave dedicated to his "hopes and dreams". He flat out calls him a baby. At the end of the episode, Mr. Krabs breaks down into tears after losing his chance at fortune. Squidward walks by and calls him a baby.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Before Mr. Krabs has even finished his ruse to scare SpongeBob into returning the hat, SpongeBob walks in behind him, having already buried the hat with Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen. Mr. Krabs is more than a little confused by this.
  • Oh Wait, This Is My Grocery List: The floating shopping list, which Mr. Krabs turns around to reveal his drawing of "the Ghost of Soda Drink Hats".
  • One-Man Army: Mr. Krabs manages to fight off an entire army of skeletons.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Mr. Krabs defeats the skeleton army and claims the hat as his own, but before he could auction it off to the wealthy fish for at least $1 million, they found a lot more soda-drinking hats, making the hat worthless.
  • Real Joke Name: Krabs thinks Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen is a name he just made up on the spot, and is shocked to find out that there really was someone with that name.
  • Robbing the Dead: Mr. Krabs is fully prepared to dig up Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen's body and steal the soda drink hat back for $1 million.
    Mr. Krabs: Am I really gonna defile this grave for money? Of course I am!
  • Shout-Out: When Mr. Krabs fights off the skeleton army, he says, "Look at me! I'm Errol Fin!", in reference to swashbuckling action star Errol Flynn.
  • Swordfish Sabre: When surrounded by hundreds of angry fish skeletons decided to get Smitty's hat back, Mr. Krabs snatches the skull of a swordfish and defeats every single one of them by using it as a cutlass.
  • Truth in Television: Finds of old warehouses/storage units filled with boxes of a 'rare item' have happened before, and usually destroys the value it has in collectors circles.
  • Unpronounceable Alias: Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen. It's pronounced "Smitty Werben-yaygrrr-man-jensen".
  • Villainous Breakdown: Mr. Krabs has one at the end after he finds the hat to be worthless.
  • You and What Army?: "Only the army of the living dead".


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