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Recap / SpongeBob SquarePants S 3 E 9 "Krab Borg" / "Rock-A-Bye Bivalve"

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United States airdate: March 29, 2002

Canada airdate: October 18, 2002

Krab Borg

After watching a scary movie about a robot invasion, SpongeBob starts to believe that Mr. Krabs is a robot, and once convincing evidence starts piling up, so does Squidward.


  • An Aesop:
    • Don't watch scary movies if you can't handle it.
    • Movies are exaggerated and usually not realistic, so don't worry about stuff that happens in movies happening in real life.
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  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: SpongeBob is scared to the core after watching a sci-fi movie about this trope. He then confuses the entirely fictional movie to be telling the truth, and after some time he is able to convince Squidward that robots have taken over the world. (beat) OUR WORLD!
  • A Rare Sentence:
    Squidward: I never thought I'd say this, but... SpongeBob, let's get that poop!
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Among the items SpongeBob and Squidward collect for Mr. Krabs' interrogation is a stack of comedy albums and a record player.
  • Behind the Black: After Squidward threw SpongeBob through the kitchen window, he somehow appeared back in Squidward's booth. This causes Squidward to do several Double Takes as he tried to figure out how SpongeBob did that.
  • Big "NO!": Mr. Krabs when Squidward smashes the coffee machine.
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  • Big "WHAT?!": Mr. Krabs again after SpongeBob calls him a robot.
    Mr. Krabs: What!?! You think I'm a robot?!
  • Creator Cameo: Staff writer and story artist Dan Povenmire is the guy being chased by the robot in Night of the Robot. Stephen Hillenberg knew Povenmire from when the two worked on Rocko's Modern Life and he and fellow Rocko alumnus Jeff "Swampy" Marsh would later go on to create Phineas and Ferb.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Series writer/executive producer Paul Tibbitt wrote the "Electric Zoo" song Mr. Krabs listens to.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Squidward when he tells Mr. Krabs a joke where an 11-year-old couldn't go to an "Arr!"-rated pirate movie.
    Squidward: Because it's... about... pirates.
  • Eye Scream: Mr. Krabs is cooking a hardboiled egg for lunch in his office when Spongebob calls for him again, which startles him and ends up getting a whole salt shaker poured into his eyes by accident, leaving his eyes bloodshot red and him screaming in pain. This, along with the metal pincers he was holding the egg with and the dead batteries in his pocket, makes Squidward believe Spongebob that Krabs is a robot.
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  • Failed a Spot Check: After removing the salt from his eyes, Mr. Krabs is so relieved that his eyes don't hurt anymore, that he doesn't seem to notice that the Krusty Krab is now empty.
  • For Inconvenience, Press "1": When SpongeBob tries to call the Navy, he gets the Navy's automated phone service.
    SpongeBob: Squidward, the robots have taken over the navy!
    Squidward: NOT THE NAVY!
  • Hypocritical Humor: SpongeBob calls out Mr. Krabs for not laughing at Squidward's pirate joke, even though he didn't laugh either.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: SpongeBob and Squidward break Mr. Krabs' belongings to make him confess he's a robot.
  • Job-Stealing Robot: SpongeBob believes this is the case when he tries to call the Navy and gets their automated phone service instead.
  • Karma/Idiot Houdini: SpongeBob says he has to feed Gary and runs home, avoiding the likely punishments Squidward received instead.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: "I'm not paying you to do stand-up, Mr. Squidward!"
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: When Squidward and SpongeBob attempt to get answers out of Mr. Krabs' various kitchen appliances:
    Mr. Krabs: (Squidward smashes blender) NO! That cost me $24.95! (Squidward gets toaster) No! Not me toaster! That cost me $42.50! (Squidward smashes toaster, pulls out a food processor) $62.67! (Squidward smashes it, pulls out a coffee maker) For......Well actually, that one was a gift. (Squidward smashes it) NOOOO!!!
  • Medium Blending: The robot movie.
  • Mistaken for an Imposter: SpongeBob and Squidward mistakenly think Mr. Krabs has been replaced by a robot impostor.
  • Nightmare Face: Mr. Krabs' bloodshot eyes, a result of him getting a salt shaker poured on them.
  • Out-of-Context Eavesdropping: At one point, SpongeBob overhears Mr. Krabs making beeping sounds while talking on the phone. What he doesn't know is that his boss is trying to describe a song to a radio DJ.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: When Squidward asks SpongeBob how the robot movie he saw had ended, it turns out that, in the movie, the robots weren't Real After All and that it was just someone's imagin...ation. Hey, it's time to feed Gary!
  • Special Guest: Rodney Bingenheimer as the DJ.

Rock-A-Bye Bivalve

When SpongeBob and Patrick find a baby scallop, they decide to take care of it until it learns to fly. But tension boils when Patrick does not do his share when it comes to caring for the scallop.


  • An Aesop: Marriage and raising a family is hard work and tiring, so it's important that you work together with your partner. Also, don't force your spouse/partner to handle all the childbearing or at least separate/divorce from that person if you choose not to do any of the childbearing.
  • Artistic License – Physics: Just how did the ice cream inside Patrick's briefcase not melt from being in room temperature or stay perfectly still inside the bowl in spite of being rocked around in the case?
  • Bait-and-Switch: At first, it appears that SpongeBob and Patrick are sleeping in the same bed together. It zooms out to reveal that they're sleeping on different layers of mattress.
  • Coconut Meets Cranium: Patrick keeps watching a show where someone gets hit on the head with a coconut - and at least once, two coconuts. In the end, it's Patrick himself who gets hit with one.
  • Comfort Food: Turns out this is what Patrick's suitcase was filled with.
    SpongeBob: By the way, you forgot your BRIEFCASE!! (opens up Patrick's briefcase filled with assorted donuts, an ice cream fudge banana split and a milkshake topped with whipped cream, then spitefully dumps the entire contents on Patrick)
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: SpongeBob and Patrick act like a married couple in this episode, complete with them having spats and hardships taking care of a child. Then there's the final line...
    Patrick: Let's have another. (SpongeBob looks shocked)
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: When Junior suddenly interrupts SpongeBob and Patrick's argument we get this dialogue.
    Patrick: There's that stupid noise again!
    SpongeBob: Oh, that's not a stupid noise. That's just Junior about to jump out of that two-story window.
    (SpongeBob and Patrick see Junior teetering on the edge of the window of SpongeBob's house, ready to fly.)
    Patrick: Oh...
    Both: (their eyes bulge in horror) JUNIOR!!!
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The entire episode, which has Spongebob and Patrick acting like a gay couple (or a heterosexual couple with Spongebob in the role of the mother, complete with hair-curlers at night) with an adopted child. There's also how Patrick comes home from a "party" with a lampshade on his head, which is a typical gag for a character being drunk.
  • Here We Go Again!: In the end after Junior leaves, Patrick says, "Let's have another," which SpongeBob doesn't seem to take well.
  • Jerkass Ball: Patrick holds it bigtime. His laziness and stupidity here cross over into extreme neglect of both SpongeBob and the baby scallop. The entire situation comes uncomfortably close to making Patrick look like a Domestic Abuser as his deadbeat ways leave his "family" to fend for themselves, creating enormous friction in the house.
  • Jerkass Realization: Patrick, after seeing how much work Junior requires, apologizes for not doing his part and promises to come early from work the next day at 6 PM. to help Spongebob...but ends up coming back at midnight apparently from a wild party, much to Spongebob's fury.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: After SpongeBob uses his pants as a bed for the scallop, he jokes that it's "the best seat in the house." This is followed by Gary playing a Rim Shot on the drums.
  • Lampshade Wearing: Patrick comes home late with a lampshade on his head.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Patrick slacks off looking after Junior by just watching a show about coconuts dropping on people's heads. Junior drops a coconut on his head as "gratitude" for negligent parenting.
  • Lazy Bum: Patrick. His idea of going to work is going into his house watching television and eating junk food.
  • Letting the Air Out of the Band: The background music becomes progressivly slower as SpongeBob becomes more exhausted.
  • Nightmare Face: "OVERTIME!?!?!?"
  • Parental Neglect: Demonstrated by Patrick to Junior.
  • Reality Ensues: Spongebob gets overworked quickly after cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the clam for days without any help from Patrick.
  • Rebus Bubble: "Sponge + Starfish = Scallop?"
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When SpongeBob berates Patrick for breaking his promise of coming home early to help with Junior, Patrick decides he doesn't want to help take care of Junior anymore and goes "back to work" which turns out was really just Patrick watching T.V. at his house the whole time-his brief case being full of junk food.
  • Series Continuity Error: SpongeBob points out Patrick never wears a shirt, but in "Valentine's Day" and "I'm with Stupid", he does.
  • Shout-Out: "Hey, I was watching "The Coconuts!"
  • Sudden Anatomy: SpongeBob grows extra arms to handle all the housework and the baby all at once.

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Patrick: Let's have another. (SpongeBob reacts surprised)

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