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Sand Castles in the Sand

SpongeBob and Patrick use their sand creations to battle each other.

"Sand Castles in the Sand" contains examples of:

  • Beach Episode: The episode takes place on Goo Lagoon.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Basically the title of the episode.
  • Escalating War: The episode begins with SpongeBob crushing Patrick's sand castle, saying it did it wrong. To get even, Patrick does the same to a castle SpongeBob builds. The rest of the episode depicts the two trying to outdo each other with more complex sand castles and imagery. Eventually, they really get into it, building sand armies to demolish the other's castle. It culminates in an aerial dogfight complete with sand-nukes.
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  • Friendship-Straining Competition: SpongeBob and Patrick get into a sandcastle war. It takes an almost immediate turn into a bitter competition as they go from creating small sand castles to life-sized buildings, weapons, and even fighter jets (still made from sand).
  • Here We Go Again!: When the lifeguard makes SpongeBob and Patrick clean up the beach as punishment for the mess they made, the two get into another competition over who can clean the fastest.
  • Palatial Sandcastle: Patrick and SpongeBob start quarreling while building sandcastles in Goo Lagoon. As the dispute escalades, their sandcastles get bigger and bigger, to the point they end up as big and spacious as actual castles.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: When SpongeBob's army break into Patrick's fortress, they find him waiting there with a cannon pointing at them.
    Patrick: Oh hello. And goodbye.
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  • Sentient Sands: SpongeBob manages to build an entire human-like crew (and a bull) made out of sand which are fully sentient and able to move at will. Unfortunately, they are as easily destroyed as regular sand structures. Also, the sand gargoyles from SpongeBob last sandcastle fly away at the imminence of said sandcastle's bombing.
  • Squick: In-Universe, SpongeBob looks suitably grossed out after Patrick tears the entire front half of his skin off, revealing his bones and organs underneath, after a misunderstanding.

Shell Shocked

When SpongeBob breaks Gary's shell, he tries to find a replacement.


"Shell Shocked" contains examples of:

  • An Arm and a Leg: SpongeBob is forced to literally pay and arm and a leg (along with a few appendages) to pay for all the broken inventory. Luckily, all his limbs have grown back by the next scene.
  • Disaster Dominoes: SpongeBob knocks over all the shelves containing shells in this fashion, at one point, they spell out "Oops".
  • Epic Fail: SpongeBob goes to a store to get a replacement shell for Gary and ends up breaking every single shell in the store, including the one the manager claimed was completely indestructible.
  • Innocently Insensitive: SpongeBob's attempts to cheer up Gary and help him get a new shell, only end up making Gary more upset.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: WHY! CAN'T! I! STOP! BREA! KING! SHEEEELLLLLLLLS?!?!?!
  • Special Guest: Dee Snider as Angry Jack.

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