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Recap / Sponge Bob Square Pants S 4 E 14 Bummer Vacation Wigstruck

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Air date: October 13, 2006 ("Bummer Vacation") / November 17, 2006 ("Wigstruck")

"Bummer Vacation": SpongeBob is forced to take a vacation off work, but can't seem to get his mind off the Krusty Krab.

"Wigstruck": SpongeBob finds an old wig in the dumpster and starts wearing it anywhere and everywhere.

"Bummer Vacation" contains examples of:

  • An Aesop:
    • Be patient when it comes to awaiting special events; try to occupy yourself to kill time.
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    • Obsessing over one particular thing can be unhealthy, so it's best to get your mind off it.
  • Ax-Crazy: SpongeBob's isolation from the Krusty Krab is eventually too much for him, causing him to go crazy and imprison Patrick in his rock, with nothing to do but watch a static-y TV.
    SpongeBob: (turns around) I've been waiting for you, Patrick!
  • Call-Back: SpongeBob sings his tune of "I'm ready, vacation!" in a similar style to how he sang "I'm ready, promotion!" in The Movie.
  • Lethal Chef: Patrick of all people is hired as SpongeBob's replacement.
    Patrick: (holds his spatula) They put a tiny me in this belly scratcher!
  • Married to the Job: SpongeBob, as usual, but Up to Eleven here. See Workaholic below.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: It's a rare occurrence to see SpongeBob go Ax-Crazy and snap at someone out of jealousy.
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  • Recursive Reality: SpongeBob consoles himself with the official Krusty Krab playset. Toy SpongeBob ends up accumulating too much vacation time as well, so he's forced to go on vacation, resulting in Toy SpongeBob playing with Mini Toy SpongeBob and... yeah, the real SpongeBob decided to cut it off there.
  • Toilet Teleportation: Played With. SpongeBob doesn't try to escape through the toilet in the Krusty Krab restroom, but Mr. Krabs notices yet another unsuccessful attempt to get back to his job, and promptly makes this decision for SpongeBob.
  • The Un-Reveal: The length of SpongeBob's vacation was not specified.
  • Walk Into Camera Obstruction: SpongeBob does this when he accuses Mr. Krabs of replacing him with Patrick.
  • Workaholic: SpongeBob takes his status as such to the extreme. He can't do anything to keep his mind off work during his vacation, so he plots many schemes to gain access to the kitchen.

"Wigstruck" contains examples of:

  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: The wig really seems to go to SpongeBob's head, as he is eager to be respected and given a high opinion of for wearing it, in spite of its potential contamination.
  • An Aesop:
    • What may seem good to you, can be bad to others.
    • Don't let something trivial and unhealthy go to your head.
    • Sometimes, you just have to let it go no matter how attached you are to it.
  • Ship Tease: SpongeBob gets some with Sandy: SpongeBob is extremely eager for Sandy to give an opinion on his new wig upon seeing him wear it. Later on, the two go to the movies together.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: SpongeBob thinks that wearing a nasty, parasite-infested wig makes him respectable.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: When SpongeBob's wig is blocking the screen at the movies, he tries to convince the moviegoers not to start a riot. Guess what happens next?


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