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Recap / Sponge Bob Square Pants S 4 E 7 Whale Of A Birthday Karate Island

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Whale of a Birthday

Mr. Krabs sends SpongeBob on a shopping spree to buy Pearl presents for her 16th birthday.

"Whale of a Birthday" contains examples of:

  • Birthday Episode: The episode takes place on Pearl's 16th birthday.
  • Disguised in Drag: SpongeBob does this at one point while following Pearl at the mall.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Pearl has to remind Mr. Krabs that it's her birthday.
    Pearl: You have no idea what day tomorrow is, do you?
    Mr. Krabs: None at all.
    Pearl: IT'S MY 16TH BIRTHDAY!
    Mr. Krabs: I knew that! How could you think I wouldn't know that? So how old are you gonna be, 12?
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  • Continuity Nod: Thanks to Mr. Krabs' cheapness, Pearl has had a lame birthday party before.
  • It Tastes Like Feet: When Pearl's friends drink from the punch bowl...
    Pearl's Friend: It tastes like dishwater!
    Squidward: It is dishwater.
  • Periphery Demographic: An In-Universe example. The boy band, Boys Who Cry, appear to have a fanbase exclusively of teenage girls. Squidward reveals himself to be a fan of their music, which gives Mr. Krabs the idea to have him perform their songs at Pearl's birthday rather than hire the band.
  • Produce Pelting: Pearl's friends do this when Squidward performs on stage rather than Boys Who Cry, including throwing the head of the Pearl statue made out of krabby patty meat.
  • Shaking the Rump: Squidward does this while performing for Pearl's party.
  • Shockingly Expensive Bill: The receipt Mr. Krabs receives from all the gifts SpongeBob bought for Pearl.
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  • Shoddy Shindig: Thanks to Mr. Krabs being cheap, all of Pearl's birthday parties are like this. When Pearl was little, he made her and all the party guests share one balloon, and the pony ride was a cheap stick pony that easily fell apart. Despite promising Pearl he wouldn't be cheap for her 16th birthday, he throws her a party that cuts every corner; the banner is recycled from Pearl's baby shower, refreshments include a cake made out of cardboard and frosting, stale popcorn, and dishwater to drink, a statue of Pearl made of raw Krabby Patty meat instead of ice, and Squidward substitutes for Pearl's favorite band, Boys Who Cry. Fortunately, it gets better when SpongeBob buys all the gifts Pearl wanted with Mr. Krabs' credit card, even hiring the real Boys Who Cry.

Karate Island

SpongeBob is invited to take part in a special karate event at "Karate Island".


"Karate Island" contains examples of:

  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: SpongeBob acts really arrogant towards Sandy after he is crowned King of Karate.
  • An Aesop: Be careful what you believe; sometimes things can be deceiving.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": The "opponents" SpongeBob has to face to take the throne as "King of Karate". They all play dead when SpongeBob throws a punch, and he didn't even touch them.
  • Big "NO!": SpongeBob screams this as Sandy is leaving, before she eventually decides to help him.
  • Growing Muscles Sequence: Sandy and Udon have this, including Udon growing muscles in his eyebrows while Sandy grows muscles in her tail.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Filthy Phil, the last member of Udon's Quirky Mini Boss Squad, attacks Sandy by releasing his body odor, which Sandy is immune to thanks to her helmet, the odor bounces back at him and knocks him out.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: The fish announcer near the end of the video says "Now it's your turn...", followed by an automated voice saying "...SpongeBob SquarePants."
  • Here We Go Again!: After SpongeBob and Sandy leave Karate Island, Squidward arrives on another boat after having been claimed King of Clarinets where Master Udon is waiting.
  • In Memoriam: The episode is dedicated to Pat Morita (who voiced Master Udon).
  • Negative Continuity: SpongeBob is portrayed as a karate novice when earlier episodes established he and Sandy were equally matched. Though other episodes established Sandy as being Always Someone Better.
  • Oh, Crap!: SpongeBob begins to realize something's not what he expected when he is handcuffed to his throne and Udon takes out a pen from his robe.
  • Special Guest: Pat Morita.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Despite getting beaten to a pulp by Sandy, Master Udon is perfectly fine when Squidward arrives on "Clarinet Island" shortly after.

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