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Recap / SpongeBob SquarePants S4E12 "All That Glitters" / "Wishing You Well"

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All That Glitters

SpongeBob replaces his old and broken spatula with a new one, but discovers that new doesn't always mean better.

"All That Glitters" contains examples of:

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Le Spatula.
  • All for Nothing: After spending literally everything he had that was worth monetary value, SpongeBob doesn't even get to use Le Spatula to flip even one Krabby Patty.
  • All That Glitters: The title of the episode and its moral. Even SpongeBob states it.
  • An Aesop: New things with fancy gadgets doesn't always mean better.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: Spat, SpongeBob's old spatula, becomes this in the next hospital scene.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment:
    Doctor: SpongeBob, I hate to tell you this...
    SpongeBob: I know. He's moved on to the big kitchen drawer in the sky. He's gone! [sobs]
    Doctor: Actually, it's not that. I didn't get the acting part.
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  • Big Eater: The fat guy who ordered the Monster Krabby Patty.
  • Book-Ends: The episode begins with SpongeBob trying to flip a Monster Krabby Patty, which leads to his spatula breaking. The same patty shows up at the end of the episode, but this time, SpongeBob's arms break off.
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: In the ending, Spat returns from the hospital and immediately forgives SpongeBob for replacing him.
  • Companion Cube: Spat to SpongeBob.
  • Dull Surprise: Squidward when he receives the order for a Monster Krabby Patty, even though everybody around him (except for the customer) are horrified to even hear of its name.
  • French Jerk: Le Spatula turns out to be this.
  • Happier Times Montage: When SpongeBob first visits Spat in the hospital, he says, "We've been through so much together." Cue montage of SpongeBob doing various things with Spat.
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  • Hate Sink: It's hard to imagine how Le Spatula could be anything but this, given how cruelly he tells off SpongeBob after all the effort the guy put into acquiring him and declaring himself to be too good for the likes of the Krusty Krab kitchen before leaving.
  • Here We Go Again!: In the end, SpongeBob has to make another Monster Krabby Patty, only this time his arms pop off when attempting to flip. However, this time he is able to laugh it off.
  • How Do You Say: "I would not dare touch such slop as you say...Krabby Patty."
  • I'm Not a Doctor, but I Play One on TV: "I'm not a doctor, I'm an actor researching for a role."
  • Naked People Are Funny: SpongeBob had to sell everything to buy a new high-tech spatula, INCLUDING his clothes. He arrives to work the next day completely naked, much to Krabs' dismay and Squidward's amusement. He is naked throughout the remainder of the episode.
  • Overly Long Gag: SpongeBob cries to... everything in Bikini Bottom about his broken spatula.
    • There's also SpongeBob smashing those piggy banks one by one to appease the salesman.
  • Prone to Tears: SpongeBob cries a lot in this episode.
  • Rejected Apology: Spat is suddenly angry with SpongeBob replacing him, and despite SpongeBob apologizing for it, he doesn't forgive him. Eventually, he returns to him in the ending with no problems at all.
  • Title Drop: Once SpongeBob breaks down on the floor crying, another SpongeBob pops up and says "All that glitters is not gold."
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The customer who ordered the Monster Krabby Patty is what leads to SpongeBob's spatula breaking and him selling his clothes to buy Le Spatula.
  • Wingding Eyes: SpongeBob's eyes turn into red spirals when he freaks out after Mr. Krabs tells him to get a new spatula.

Wishing You Well

Mr. Krabs sends SpongeBob and Patrick down a wishing well to collect the money dropped by the wishers.

"Wishing You Well" contains examples of:

  • Bait-and-Switch: Doubles as a Visual Pun: Patrick tells Squidward, "You've got your elbow in my ribs," to which a disgusted Squidward replies, "Ewww!", revealing that his elbow is covered in barbecue sauce from a plate of ribs that Patrick is eating.
    "And stop stepping in my potato salad!"
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: The moral of the episode. The people who wished for stuff at the wishing well get their wish, and Mr. Krabs chalks it all off as coincidence. To prove it, he wishes he was steamed with a side of butter. You can guess what happens next.
  • Big "NO!": By SpongeBob when Mr. Krabs makes a wish to be steamed with a side of butter. Later Mr. Krabs himself when the wish comes true.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: SpongeBob shows Mr. Krabs everything he's earned so far: a nickel from Sandy, two pennies from Mrs. Puff, a penny from Plankton...and a slightly used pair of dentures, which he pulls out of Patrick's mouth.
  • Claustrophobia: Squidward claims to be claustrophobic, which SpongeBob and Patrick misinterpret as being afraid of Santa Claus.
  • Determinator: While SpongeBob is ignorant towards Mr. Krabs' true intent for the wishing well (that being to get some easy money), SpongeBob nevertheless works hard to make it so that the magic of the wishing well is genuine.
  • Exact Words:
    • Played straight with Squidward. When Squidward wished to be far away from SpongeBob, he gets subsequently hit by and stuck to the front of a bus that's heading "far away" moments after making the said wish.
    • Deconstructed with Mr. Krabs. When Mr. Krabs doesn't believe SpongeBob when the latter and Patrick said they discovered magic, Mr. Krabs ends up wishing he was "steamed and served with a side of melted butter." Cue a moment later, and Mr. Krabs regrets his wish and begs and pleads that he does believe in magic.
  • HA HA HA—No: Mrs. Puff gives SpongeBob this reaction after he asked if he can take a ride in her new hot rod.
  • Iris Out: The first episode to end with this.
  • Medium-Shift Gag: Mr. Krabs turns into a real-life crab and is about to be consumed by a real-life human in the final scene.
  • Oh, Crap!: Mr. Krabs' reaction when he realizes he's going to get eaten.
  • The End: When Mr. Krabs gets steamed with a side of butter and is about to be eaten, you can see those words on the bib of the guy about to eat him.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Plankton and Mrs. Puff both get their wishes granted, with Plankton wishing to be taller and Mrs. Puff wishing for her own hot rod.
  • What Have We Ear?: During his musical number, SpongeBob performs a magic trick where he pulls a penny out of Squidward's ear.
  • Wishing Well: The center of the plot. It turns out wells do work just fine if you dig deep enough to unearth the magic.
  • You Keep Using That Word: Mr Krabs describes it as the Eugene Krabs Memorial Well. Squidward points out you need to be dead to have a memorial anything.

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