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Recap / SpongeBob SquarePants S5E3 "Rise and Shine" / "Waiting" / "Fungus Among Us"

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As he gets ready for the day, SpongeBob wonders to Gary how Patrick's mornings are. As the episode shows, fairly chaotic.

Rise And Shine

Spongebob finds a toy offer inside his box of Kelpo cereal. When he cashes the box-tops in, he finds the has to wait for his toy in the mail.


  • An Aesop: Don't waste your life waiting for something. You'll miss out on life and what you have dedicated your time to may be an underwhelming result.
  • Bottle Episode: Although less bottled up than "Rise and Shine". The episode largely revolves around SpongeBob's mailbox as he waits for his toy. A few characters come over but only Patrick stays around.
  • Forgotten Birthday: SpongeBob apparently misses his surprise birthday party while waiting for the toy.
  • Manchild: SpongeBob when his toy comes in. SpongeBob gets very frustrated when the toy he's been waiting for gets "broken" and eventually cries when Patrick makes thing worse. Fortunately, Squidward helps out.
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  • The Slacker: SpongeBob neglects to feed Gary and makes Patrick do all the work setting up the cake and fork when he didn't have anything to do but wait for the toy.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: SpongeBob out of impatience for the toy.

Spongebob finds a gross fungus and accidentally spreads it to the customers in the Krusty Krab.

Fungus Among Us

  • An Aesop:
    • If you're sick, don't go to school/work or it will spread.
    • If you come across something strange and unfamiliar, try to learn more about it. It could be dangerous and may require proper handling.
  • Artistic License – Law: It's illegal for people who work with food to do their jobs while knowingly sick/infected with disease agents such as bacteria, viruses or fungi.
  • Body Horror: A relatively low-key example, but SpongeBob's condition gets worse and worse overtime leading to him swelling to three times his height and spewing pus from large boils.
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  • Bubble Boy: SpongeBob is contained in a plastic bubble to prevent the spread of the "ick". When Patrick rips it up with a game of "Pirates" (waving a sharp pirate hook around), he has the smart idea of making a bubble big enough to contain his friend while letting him go to work.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Gary.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Mr. Krabs and Squidward don't seem to notice the incredibly obviously large green fungi on the Krabby Patties and fries.
  • Sick Episode: Deals with SpongeBob with an "ick" sickness that spreads.

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