The Krusty Sponge
Mr. Krabs starts merchandising SpongeBob after a food critic gives SpongeBob rave ratings
The Krusty Sponge contains examples of:
- Adam Westing: Pun-happy film critic Gene Shalit appearing as pun-happy food critic "Gene Scallop".
- Eye Scream: When Squidward notices a traumatic SpongeBob, he pokes one of his eyes.
- The Food Poisoning Incident: Mr. Krabs sells spoiled krabby patties that have turned yellow and spongy as an attempt to cash in on SpongeBob's popularity. This causes the customers to turn yellow with spots just like SpongeBob.
- Goofy Suit: Squidward is forced to wear a large SpongeBob costume with arms that he cannot maneuver.
- The Inspector Is Coming: What sets the plot in motion.
- Merchandise-Driven: When SpongeBob's cooking was the sole thing that saved Krabs from a bad review from a food critic, he exploits that for as much as possible with many SpongeBob-themed items, including the Spongy Patty... which are just rotten Krabby Patties.
- Special Guest: Gene Shalit.
- Tempting Fate: After SpongeBob finally escapes from having to drive the train around, he asks, "What's next? A zombie invasion?" Cue SpongeBob seeing all the customers walking around like zombies due to eating the spongy patties.
- Take That!: The episode is a commentary on the over commercialization of the show and Stephen Hillenburgs resentment towards it.
- Theme Tune Cameo: A calliope-style version of the theme song is heard during the train ride scenes.
- Thousand-Yard Stare: Mentioned by name when Mr. Krabs and Squidward find SpongeBob in shock at the beginning. When he realizes it's because they're about to receive a visit from food critic Gene Scallop, Krabs adopts one as well.
- Vocal Dissonance: The female fish that complains to SpongeBob on the train ride has a male voice.
- Your Costume Needs Work: "That's the worst SpongeBob costume I've ever seen!" - Passenger on a train ride that SpongeBob himself is driving.
Sing a Song of Patrick
SpongeBob helps Patrick get his new song on the radio.
Sing a Song of Patrick contains examples of:
- An Aesop: There are some people who like your work and some who don't.
- Angry Mob: One forms as a result of Patrick playing his song on the radio.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: When an angry mob goes after SpongeBob and Patrick, they pass a torches stand, a pitchfork stand, and a...cotton candy stand. The salesman then tells them, "You can't go on a riot without cotton candy!" The mob ignore and walk past him.
- Bait-and-Switch Comment: After SpongeBob listens to Patrick's song for the first time:Patrick: That was awesome! Did you like it or did you really, really like it? Give me your completely honest opinion of how great it was.SpongeBob: Oh...hmm... how do I put this delicately- THAT WAS THE BEST SONG I EVER HEARD!
- Dodgeball Is Hell: Patrick was pelted with dodgeballs in elementary school for reading a poem during gym. This happens to him again by the same gym coach.
- Kick the Dog: While the rock band are making songs they don't want to do but have to do it anyways out of contractual obligations, the guitarist complains, "I hate my life!". The keyboard guy adds "I hate your life too, dude!"
- Left the Background Music On: When Patrick is explaining why he can't write a poem, sad music is heard until it's revealed to be Gary playing his records.
- Oh, No... Not Again!: After Patrick starts writing his poem, SpongeBob opens a window to let out a bunch of smoke. Squidward complains about it and asks, "Is Patrick thinking again?"
- Stylistic Suck: "I wrote this". It's so bad, that the band that was paid $100 to compose it died right after they were done playing it, society breaks down when it plays on the radio, and band together as a massive lynch mob when they figure out that SpongeBob and Patrick highjacked the radio station to put it on the air.
- Suckiness Is Painful: Patrick's self-composed song, which is so awful that it actually kills the band that records it.
- Tempting Fate: The lead singer of the band in the recording studid says that they'll record Patrick's song "even if it kills [them]". Gilligan Cut to a cemetery, with four graves sitting side-by-side.
- Torches and Pitchforks: Used by the angry mob who go after SpongeBob and Patrick, passing by a torch stand, a pitchfork stand, and a cotton candy stand.