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Recap / SpongeBob SquarePants S 6 E 23-24 "Truth Or Square"

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SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, and Mr. Krabs accidentally get locked in the freezer during the Krusty Krab's Eleventy-Seventh anniversary. While using the vents to escape, the gang shares flashbacks of various events.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Accidental Marriage: Sandy and SpongeBob act out a marriage, without telling the very real priest it was just a play.
  • Art Shift: Many of these happen. The opening is redone in really trippy stop-motion (with a new theme by Cee-Lo), there's a sequence made to look like an old 1950's-esque TV commercial, and another Retraux sequence made to look like an old 1920's Mickey Mouse cartoon that shows SpongeBob going to work, and every single thing has a face.
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  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: When Mr. Krabs tells his employees to not fall asleep on the job, Squidward protests that he does no such thing. Mr. Krabs proves him wrong with a clip show.
    Squidward: Point taken.
  • Eleventy Zillion: The Krusty Krab celebrates its "eleventy-seventh" anniversary.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: "Go and get yourself a case of the Krabbies! For your health."
    • In the German dub, Squidward wakes up exclaiming, "What the deep-sea devil?"
  • Ill-Fated Flowerbed: A flashback shows that Squidward once had a flower garden next to his home. Then a giant pineapple falls from a boat and lands on the garden, crushing it, just as SpongeBob arrives looking for a new home.
  • I'm Not a Doctor, but I Play One on TV: On the old Krusty Krab ad, Mr. Krabs appears dressed as a doctor, claiming that Krabby Patties are good for one's health. "I'm a doctor, as far as you know..."
  • Mouthscreen: Mr. Krabs as he begins to tell SpongeBob the Krabby Patty formula.
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  • Opening Shout-Out: "Who lives like a barnacle under the sea? PATRICK SEASTAR!" Squidward and Mr. Krabs each get one as well.
  • Pie-Eyed: Patchy shows a SpongeBob short in a 1920s style, where everything has this eye style.
  • Proscenium Reveal: SpongeBob and Sandy's wedding is eventually revealed to be a play called "The Marriage of SpongeBob". The guests weren't happy about this.
  • Real Fake Wedding: The pastor thought it was a real wedding instead of a play. A deleted line has SpongeBob saying "It doesn't have to be", only to get slapped by Sandy.
  • Re-Cut: Three versions of this episode exist:
    • The main version, shown during the original broadcast and on iTunes.
    • An edited version shown during subsequent reruns, which starts with Patchy's show, removes the prologue and epilogue, and some Patchy scenes were removed as well (mainly the ones where he calls up celebrities). Some new scenes are also found here.
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    • An extended version, only seen on DVD, which combines the original and edited versions together, as well as having additional scenes exclusive to the DVD, such as a scene where Patchy calls Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.
  • Retraux: The episode had a brief throwback to old black & white rubberhose cartoons.
  • Ship Tease: The scene where Spongebob and Sandy get married.
  • Special Edition Title: "Truth or Square" is done with a remade version of the theme song and stop-motion animation.
  • Special Guest: P!nk who performs the musical number "We Got Scurvy". There are even more Special Guests in the extended cut, which include cameos by Rosario Dawson, Eddie Deezen, Craig Ferguson, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, LeBron James, Robin Williams, and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: The four characters reminisce as they celebrate the Krusty Krab's "eleventy-seventh" anniversary.


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