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Recap / Sponge Bob Square Pants S 4 E 16 The Thing Hocus Pocus

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The Thing

Squidward, trying to escape SpongeBob and Patrick, gets covered in muck, and when SpongeBob and Patrick find him, they believe he's an animal-like creature.

The Thing contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Animals Hate Him: The minute Gary sees "Smelly", he violently attacks him, with SpongeBob remarking that Gary's only ever attacked Squidward like that before. When Animal Control later takes Squidward to the zoo, a giant clam in the back with him also ends up snapping at him and attacking him off-screen.
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  • Dramatic Irony: The audience already knows "Smelly" is Squidward, but SpongeBob and Patrick don't.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The episode begins with SpongeBob and Patrick annoying and harassing Squidward so much that he snaps and storms out of his house to get away from them.
    Squidward: Once again, I'm going to have to leave my own home just to get some piece and quiet!
  • Taken for Granite: Squidward is covered in concrete, which hardens around him to cause this effect.
  • Trauma Conga Line: This episode is basically a huge Squidward Torture Porn from beginning to end. SpongeBob and Patrick enter his house uninvited and constantly pester him while he's trying to watch TV, leading him to storm out in annoyance. After which, he crashes into a cement truck, is coated in cement, falls through a sewage pipe, and lands in Jellyfish Fields, where jellyfish attack him. When the cement hardens, he's left wandering Jellyfish Fields for five days before Sponge and Pat find him, mistake him for an endangered species, and take him home. After being mauled by Gary, Squidward is taken to live with Patrick, who pelts him with a ball while trying to play catch, leading Squidward to snap and attack him. In response, Patrick panics and calls Animal Control, leading Squidward to be taken to the zoo, where Jerkass patrons laugh at how hideous he is. SpongeBob and Patrick break him out of the zoo and go underground, eventually coming across a group of creatures looking exactly like the cement-encased Squidward, leading to Sponge and Pat deciding to leave Squidward with his "own kind." The only saving grace Squidward has is getting to listen to Kelpy G play clarinet for the other Smellies, and the cement finally breaking and freeing him.

Hocus Pocus

SpongeBob gets a new magic kit and believes he turned Squidward into an ice cream cone.

Hocus Pocus contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Autocannibalism: The episode ends with a hungry Patrick asking SpongeBob to turn him into a jar of mayonnaise so he can eat himself. SpongeBob casts the spell, and amazingly enough, it works.
  • Magic Misfire: Invoked; SpongeBob thinks he's turned Squidward into a pistachio ice cream cone with a "simple card trick", but in reality, Squidward just left while he was distracted.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Squidward gets so annoyed with SpongeBob's antics that he immediately boards a bus to escape, not caring where they go as long as it's away from SpongeBob. When he later returns and SpongeBob offers to transform him into something else, he stops a passing biker and rides away once more.

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