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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, SpongeBobs old spatula, becomes this in the next hospital scene.
  • 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.
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  • Broken Aesop: Despite the episode's moral stated above, SpongeBob never replaced Spat with Le Spatula out of selfishness. He simply needed to get a new one to help him work, thus making the aforementioned moral at the end, "All That Glitters Is Not Gold" (which means that just because he found a shiny spatula doesn't mean it has good quality), utterly pointless, especially because of the fact that he actually was hesitant at first to buy a new spatula and only bought Le Spatula since he had literally no other choice but to do so.
  • 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.
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  • French Jerk: Le Spatula turns out to be this.
  • 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.
  • 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 delight. 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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wishing Well: The center of the plot. It turns out wells do work just fine if you dig deep enough to unearth the magic.

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