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Dear Vikings

SpongeBob writes a letter asking about the Vikings, and the Vikings respond by coming to him.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: SpongeBob kissing Squidward on the nose.
  • No Ending: After SpongeBob saves the viking ship from sinking, it ends. Do he and Squidward make it back home? We don't know. All we know is the writers don't give a shit about what happens next.
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  • One Steve Limit: Averted and Parodied. All but the Viking Captain (Gordon) is named Olaf.
  • Security Blanket: All the Vikings grab one when their ship crashes into an iceberg and starts sinking, even calling it by name.
  • Special Guest: Ian McShane as Gordan.


Ditchin'

SpongeBob ditches Boating School so he and Patrick can get their Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy books signed, but gets distracted when he tries to get back.

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This episode contains examples of:

  • Broken Aesop: The moral of the story is don't skip school, but it turns out Spongebob had the best day of his life after ditching boating school to go hang out with Patrick. He got to meet Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy (again) to get his Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy origins comic book autographed, gets free ice cream for the rest of his life, got to go jellyfishing, and bested Sandy at badminton. So the moral is paraphrased as don't skip school, but if you do, you will have the best day of your life.
    • From SpongeBob's perspective, it's not broken at all. While it seems like the best day of his life, he'll supposedly slip into a lifetime of vice. The fact that he spent the entire episode making tiny excuses and small justifications that added up to hours of tardiness only reinforced the idea in his mind. Obviously still broken from our perspective because he ran back to school before anything bad could (permanently) happen.
  • Disney Death: SpongeBob almost drowns in the tar, but the thought of Mrs. Puff’s bathroom key which he never returned helps him survive and escape.
  • Potty Emergency: SpongeBob intentionally triggers one of these as an excuse to get out of boating school
  • Skipping School: The main plot of the episode.
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