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Recap / Sponge Bob Square Pants S 4 E 19 The Pink Purloiner Squid Wood

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Air date: February 19, 2007 ("The Pink Purloiner") / July 24, 2007 ("Squid Wood")

SpongeBob suspects that Patrick has stolen his jellyfishing net. / SpongeBob creates a mini puppet version of Squidward.


"The Pink Purloiner" contains examples of:

  • An Aesop: Don't accuse someone of stealing something you lost; always gather the information first.
  • The Cameo: Mr. Krabs makes a cameo appearance when SpongeBob reveals how much he's willing to pay whoever finds his net, without having any adverse affect on the plot.
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  • Foreshadowing: SpongeBob doesn't have his net with him when he and Patrick return home, foreshadowing he left it on the bus.
  • Happy Ending: SpongeBob and Patrick reconcile in the end.
  • Idiot Ball: SpongeBob is usually always lacking in common sense, but he doesn't think twice about double-checking the bus to look for his net.
  • Mistaken for Thief: The main point of the plot is SpongeBob believing that Patrick stole his prized jellyifshing net. Turns out he left it on the bus.
  • Overly Long Gag: Downplayed as it doesn't go on for that long, but Patrick continuously calls SpongeBob asking if he got his net back each time.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: At one point, SpongeBob disguises himself as a billionaire to deceive Patrick.
  • The Reveal/"Shaggy Dog" Story: It turns out that SpongeBob left his net on the bus.
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  • Rule of Three: The jellyfish migration lasts three days.
  • Sarcasm Mode/Spoonerism: "I'm not your best friend. I'm just a no-good jelly netting thief fish!"
  • Shout-Out: The title is a reference to The Pink Panther.
  • Toilet Humor: Patrick reveals that he once dropped SpongeBob's toothbrush in the toilet.

"Squid Wood" contains examples of:

  • Cosmic Plaything: Squidward is put through never-ending hell in this episode. Let's see, at first he is persistently harassed by SpongeBob, then SpongeBob creates a puppet version of Squidward that steals his identity, talents, and to top it all off, results in ignorance of the real Squidward.
  • Did You Get a New Haircut?: Patrick mistakes the Squidward puppet for the real Squidward.
    Patrick: (to Mini Squid) Squidward, you look a little different. Wow, have you been working out?
    SpongeBob: Actually, Patrick, this is...
    Patrick: Hold it, SpongeBob. Ooh, I know. You shaved your beard. (SpongeBob and Mini Squid look at each other)
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  • Downer Ending: On Squidward's part.
  • Idiot Ball: This is yet another episode where SpongeBob can't get it through his thick skull that Squidward doesn't want to hang out with him. In a way, this doubles as Jerkass Ball, although he annoys him unintentionally.
  • Jerkass Ball: SpongeBob just won't leave Squidward alone despite the latter's insistence. Downplayed as his annoyance toward Squidward was unintentional.
  • Shake Someone, Objects Fall: Frustraited with SpongeBob repeatedly asking him to play a game, Squidward shakes him, causing several games to fall out of his pants.

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