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Picture Day is about SpongeBob trying to stay clean for his big school yearbook picture.

Picture Day includes examples of:

  • An Aesop: It’s important to dress nice for your picture, but you don’t have to be perfect.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: Patrick likes peanut butter and jelly on tacos instead of bread slices.
  • Hope Spot: Spongebob attempts to protect himself with Spongegloss, a protective sheen like substance. Ironically, it inadvertedly caused a truck of water to spill on him, washing the gloss away but still relatively clean. Then three more trucks crash in succession; stamps, oatmeal, and glue.
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  • Picture Day: The main premise of the episode.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Ketchup balloons.


Pat No Pay involves Patrick eating up Krabby Patties but he doesn't have any money to pay them off with, which prompts Mr. Krabs to force him to Work Off the Debt.

The episode opens with Mr. Krabs mourning his lack of business at the Krusty Krab and that his cash register is empty (minus those cobs webs) then suddenly Patrick barges and complains he’s hungry. SpongeBob notes that he has Krabby Patty withdrawal, meaning Patrick will complain for another 3.5 minutes unless he gets a Krabby Patty. Mr. Krabs then tempts Patrick with a Krabby Patty (with lots of extra cheese) and as Patrick wildly begs for it, Krabs makes him promise that he can pay for it. Patrick claims he can pay for it.

Patrick indulges himself with a tower of Krabby Patties and he quickly falls asleep with a bloated belly wide and tall in a matter of 20 seconds. Krabs shows him the bill, but Patrick claims he doesn’t have any money. When Krabs calls him out and states that Patrick promised he could pay for it, Patrick replies “Oh, I’m paying for it alright” which would mean Patrick implied he was willing to take health risks over eating so many Krabby Patties.

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Krabs freaks out, shuts down the Krusty Krab with sirens and steel gates and forces Patrick to get to work. He commandeers Patrick to sweep the floors and delver ice cubes into a barrel - Patrick ends up eating up all the bathroom soap and destroying the barrel and wasting all the ice which melts. Angry over losing even more money because of Patrick, he gives the chubby starfish one last chance: shred garbage down the trash chute. He warns him if he fails this task as well, he’ll never eat another Krabby Patty again.

Patrick in a panic tries stuffing garbage down the chute as while Krabs tasks SpongeBob with delivering a bag full of money to his safe. SpongeBob while doing so catches Patrick panicking and stuffing the entire chute with garbage. He instructs Patrick to turn on the shredder by pulling the lever switch, and as Patrick starts celebrating over his accomplished task, he notices the bag in SpongeBob’s hands…. and he immediately stuffs it down the chute to shred that as well. The money bag is too strong to shred and because of Patrick frantically pulling up and down the shred lever.

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The Krusty Krab then explodes, and the money bag finally does go through the shredder, with the shredded cash all landing upon Mr. Krabs - who isn’t too happy. Patrick eagerly asks him, “Can I eat now?”

Pat No Pay includes examples of:

  • A Day in the Limelight: Patrick takes on the lead role instead of SpongeBob here.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In the end, the Krusty Krab gets destroyed in the ensuing explosion of Patrick overloading the garbage shredder, all of Mr. Krabs' money gets decimated by said shredder, and Patrick's begging him for more Krabby Patties. ("Can I eat now?")
  • Balloon Belly: Patrick after eating literally multiple dozens of Krabby Patties. It quickly vanishes after Mr. Krabs finds out Patrick doesn't have any money to pay for them and locks down the Krusty Krab with steel gates.
  • Big Eater: Patrick, who gains a Balloon Belly that is several stories tall from eating so many Krabby Patties. And only after minutes of working he gets hungry for more.
  • Bottle Episode: Takes place entirely in the Krusty Krab, and only features Patrick, SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs.
  • Butt-Monkey: Mr. Krabs, but he brought it onto himself by feeding Patrick a huge quantity of Krabby Patties before charging him.
  • Dagwood Sandwich: A mild variant - Mr. Krabs feeds Patrick Krabby Patties with 4 or more layers of cheese to the point there's at least twice as much cheese than there is the beef patty.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Mr. Krabs asks for merely Patrick's word that he can pay for those Krabby Patties first and then give him his food rather than order Patrick to pay first and then get his food.
  • Excuse Plot: There's really no plot or character development, it's just Patrick torturing Krabs.
  • Fat Idiot: Patrick somewhat gets flanderized over how fat and stupid he is in this episode.
  • From Bad to Worse: At the beginning, Mr. Krabs was near bankruptcy cause there weren't any customers coming for a while. At the end, Patrick literally shreds all of Krabs' money and has destroyed the Krusty Krab.
  • Idiot Ball:
    • Aside from everything Patrick does and says, SpongeBob himself should have known better than to bring a bag full of Mr. Krabs' profits anywhere near a garbage shredder.
    • Also Mr. Krabs for giving Patrick so many Krabby Patties without charging him money first.
  • Idiot Houdini: Patrick.
  • The Klutz: The more work Mr. Krabs assigns to Patrick, the more destruction Patrick causes.
  • Law of Disproportionate Response: Patrick freaks out when Mr. Krabs orders him to destroy all the garbage or he'll never eat another Krabby Patty. But after he overloads the garbage shredder making it explode along with the Krusty Krab itself and shredding all of Krabs' profits, Patrick excitedly asks, "Can I eat now?"
  • Plot Hole: Mr. Krabs' cash register at the beginning was empty (except for the spider webs) but later on he immediately hands SpongeBob a bag full of cash and orders him to store it in his vault. The spider webs would indicate it's been several days since they had even one customer and Mr. Krabs surely would have already put away that money in his vault by now if that money isn't recent.
  • Vacuum Mouth: Patrick brings this back from "Grandma's Kisses" to eat 37 Krabby Patties all in one bite.
  • Work Off the Debt: The main plot of this episode. Though it backfires, Patrick just ends up costing Krabs even more money than to begin with.


BlackJack is about SpongeBob fearing the return of his cousin Blackjack who he coincides with the sudden disappearance of his parents.

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