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Recap / SpongeBob SquarePants S4 E5: "Selling Out"/"Funny Pants"

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Selling Out

Mr. Krabs retires and sells the Krusty Krab to a big corporation, which converts the Krusty Krab into Krabby O'Monday's. However, when Mr. Krabs becomes bored with his retirement and decides to comes back as a dishwasher, he realizes that behind the kitschy and tacky exterior lies something much more corrupt.

This episode contains examples of:

  • 10-Minute Retirement: Almost literally. Mr. Krabs is more than happy to sell the Krusty Krab to the Blandy corporation and retire with the money, but he quickly becomes bored with his new life and returns to the newly-renamed "Krabby O'Monday's" as a dishwasher.
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  • An Aesop: Sometimes, the best businesses are independent ones, because more heart and honesty is put into running them.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Carl the Krabby O'Monday's manager seems cheerful at first and smiles a lot, but is revealed to actually be quite sinister. He forces Squidward to smile, lest he get beaten up by Human Resources.
  • Broken Pedestal: Mr. Krabs comes to see Howard Blandy as one. "I used to kiss the ground you walked on, Blandy, but now I wouldn't even spit in your direction!"
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Blandy Franchising Co., which buys out every family restaurant at a hefty price.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Mr. Krabs didn't have to return 100% of the money he got from Howard Blandy, he could have returned just a fraction of that money to regain the rights, use another fraction of the money to repair the Krusty Krab and then enjoy the rest of the money while having at least something to do to keep him occupied after becoming the restaurant's owner again. Instead, he returned all the money to Blandy without any left for repairs.
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  • Everyone Has Standards: Mr. Krabs may be a greedy tightwad of dubious ethics, but even he considers selling people bland, mass-produced sludge as food "obscene".
  • Failed a Spot Check: Turns out, the customers can see the disgusting grey sludge that their "Krabby Patties" really are just by taking bites out of it and then taking another look at their food, but they neglect to do so - possibly because the Krabby O'Monday's atmosphere and TVs were distracting them.
  • Happiness Is Mandatory: At the Krabby O'Monday's, either you smile or you go to the complaints department. Who will then beat you up.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: The customers when realizing the food they've been eating is grey sludge.
  • Kitschy-Themed Restaurant: The Krabby O'Monday's.
  • Lethal Eatery: The Krabby O'Monday's serves literal sludge on a plate to its customers.
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  • Ludd Was Right: Mr. Krabs makes some abrasive comments about Krabby O'Mondays using robots and computers to make the "food" on an assembly line, take the food orders and dispense change.
  • Mean Boss: Mr. Krabs in the ending. At first, he admits to be glad to win back SpongeBob and Squidward. They seem to be endeared by his words until he denies this and demands they clean up the mess in the Krusty Krab.
    • Carl is just as wicked. He forces Squidward to smile be threatening him with being beaten up by "Human Resources".
  • Meaningful Name: Howard Blandy. He turns the Krusty Krab into a drab, boring restaurant where the "food" is tasteless sludge prepared on a conveyor belt.
  • Money Song: Mr. Krabs introduces us to "Cha-Ching".
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Howard Blandy is meant to be the Bikini Bottom version of Donald Trump, judging from his voice and Dodgy Toupee.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Mr. Krabs becomes a dishwasher at his former restaurant because he was bored with retirement life.
  • Rich Boredom: Mr. Krabs has this as a consequence for retiring with so much money he has no idea what to do with it.
  • Stepford Smiler: Carl the Krabby O'Monday's manager. Squidward is also forced to smile, lest he gets a visit to "Human Resources" (a scary-looking goon).
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The customers only notice that their food is fake after Mr. Krabs has shown them the processed sludge they're made of, despite the meat, toppings and bun clearly being gray when a customer bites into it. Even more egregiously, some customers continue to eat in the restaurant even after this discovery has sent others running out in a panic.

Funny Pants

Squidward, annoyed by SpongeBob's constant laughter, tricks SpongeBob into believing his laugh box could die if he laughs for the next 24 hours.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Accidental Truth: Squidward gets fed up with SpongeBob's nonstop laughing and tells him that if he doesn't stop, he'll burn out his "laugh box" and never be able to laugh again. Later in the episode, he confesses his lie and cracks up laughing over his own prank. As it turns out, the laugh box is real, and Squidward burns out his and has to get a partial transplant from SpongeBob at the end of the episode.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: After Squidward admits that the laugh box was made up, SpongeBob laughs, thinking it has been a good joke and Squidward joins in the laughter. Then when Squidward told him he fell for the thermometer in the boiling oil routine, SpongeBob immediately stops laughing and goes inside his house.
  • An Aesop: It's okay to laugh, and like with anything else, things are better when done in moderation.
  • A Fate Worse Than Death:
    • Instead of dying, Squidward's laugh gets replaced with SpongeBob's.
    • SpongeBob's life without being able to laugh.
  • Annoying Laugh: SpongeBob has the same bleating laugh that Squidward despises as always, only this time it's a plot point as its increased frequency leads to Squidward telling SpongeBob to stop laughing for 24 hours so he doesn't hurt himself (in reality, Squidward said this to stop being annoyed). Squidward later determines SpongeBob's crying to be even more annoying and at the end, Squidward ends up with SpongeBob's laugh as well.
  • Break the Cutie: When he thinks he can't laugh anymore, SpongeBob breaks down in tears.
  • Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere: After being told not to laugh for 24 hours, SpongeBob keeps seeing things that almost made him laugh. Patrick isn't helping either.
  • Expospeak Gag: Sandy describes laughter as being "caused by your epiglottis obstructing your larynx, causing irregular air intake and respiratory upset."
    SpongeBob: Sounds painful.
    Sandy: Science makes anything sound painful, SpongeBob.
  • Jerkass Realization: Squidward has a mild one when SpongeBob describes Squidwards plan to stop him from laughing as "a cruel lie that sent him into spiraling depression"
    Squidward(taken aback): Well it sounds pretty harsh when you put it that way but...yes.
  • Ocular Gushers: SpongeBob lets these out after thinking he broke his laugh box.
  • Never My Fault: Squidward actually gets angry at SpongeBob for crying too much and complains to him about the crying, when really it was Squidward's fault for making SpongeBob cry.
  • Real After All: Squidward finds out there is such a thing as a laugh box when he ends up breaking his.
  • Snap Back: Squidward gets his own laugh back after this episode.
  • Sudden Anatomy: Squidward's house grows a pair of hands to cover its ears, in order to block out SpongeBob's hysterical wailing and sobbing.
  • What Have I Done: Squidward says this after SpongeBob cries hysterically due to thinking his laugh box is dead.

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