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Recap / SpongeBob SquarePants S 7 E 2 "Growth Spout" / "Stuck in the Wringer"

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Airdate: July 19, 2009

Mr. Krabs has to find food for Pearl whilst she is hitting puberty.

"Growth Spout" contains examples of:

  • A Day in the Limelight: For Mr. Krabs and Pearl.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: The "chopped liver" joke, as well as Squidward's house talking.
  • Body Horror: Pearl gets bloated to an astronomical size while hitting puberty.
  • Continuity Nod: Averted. Despite having an entire episode where Mr. Krabs and Mrs. Puff fall in love with each other, the latter doesn't even seem to recognize the former in this episode.
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  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Mr. Krabs resorts to breaking into people's houses to steal food and feed Pearl. SpongeBob points out he could've just taken her to the Krusty Krab to eat.
  • Failed a Spot Check: For some reason, Mr. Krabs failed to notice one of Pearl's fins had broken through his bathroom window.
  • Gold Tooth: Mr. Krabs is revealed to have one, to both Squidward and SpongeBob's surprise, when he offers it to Squidward as payment for breaking into his home.
  • Police are Useless: The two policemen who appear do nothing useful: asking Mrs. Puff pointless questions, don't even notice a crazed Mr. Krabs run past them, and even fall for Mr. Krabs' paper thin 'I'm playing Santa Claus' lie to cover for the sack of food he was carrying.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: When Mr. Krabs is trying to bribe Squidward to stop him from calling the police on him, Squidward snarks, "You'll what? You'll give me your golden tooth?" Mr. Krabs yanks the sucker out and gives it to Squidward right then and there.
    SpongeBob: I didn't know Mr. Krabs had a gold tooth.
    Squidward: Neither did I.
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  • Skewed Priorities: When Pearl first has her growth spurt:
    Mr. Krabs: Pearl, this is terrible! (Refers to the bed Pearl had broken) I paid thirty bucks for that bed!
  • Threat Backfire: Mr. Krabs threatens to fire Squidward if he calls the cops on him for breaking into his home. Squidward hates working at the Krusty Krab anyway, so he keeps dialing the phone.
  • The Un-Reveal: The audience doesn't learn how Squidward knew it was Mr. Krabs that had broken into his house.
"Help?! I think you've helped quite enough today!"

SpongeBob gets stuck in a wringer, after Patrick mistakenly thinks that he wants to be stuck and uses Forever Glue on him.


"Stuck in the Wringer" contains examples of:

  • An Aesop: If someone has a problem, don't try to make it worse.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: SpongeBob's brain gets a face after being cleaned. Also his heart gets a really sad one during one of the spectator's "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Beard of Sorrow: SpongeBob grows a stubble after being under depression of having to be stuck in the wringer.
  • Buffy Speak: Patrick refers to the teacups ride as the "spinning steering wheels".
  • Eye Scream: When SpongeBob winks at Squidward after he makes fun of his wringer appearance, the mustard squirts into his eyes, causing them to shrivel up and fall on SpongeBob's patty.
  • Foreshadowing: After SpongeBob laments that he can't do anything in the wringer, Patrick tells him that crying won't solve his problems. However, at the end, Patrick and SpongeBob's tears get the latter out of the wringer... at least for a while.
  • For Want of a Nail: SpongeBob wouldn't have gotten stuck if he didn't drop his soap bar in the beginning.
  • Help, I'm Stuck!: SpongeBob gets stuck in his wringer, as the title says.
  • Here We Go Again!: After SpongeBob manages to get out of the wringer, the episode ends with both him and Patrick getting stuck in it. Also, Patrick's last line added insult to injury:
  • Ironic Echo: After SpongeBob being glued in the wringer causes problems in the Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs yells to him, "Help?! I think you've helped quite enough today!". Then later, after Patrick makes things worse for SpongeBob, SpongeBob snaps and says the exact same thing to Patrick.
  • It's All My Fault: In deep regret, Patrick says this after SpongeBob chews him out for messing him up with the wringer.
    Patrick: "This is all my fault! Me and my dumb ideas! I'm so sorry..."
  • Jerkass: The citizens at the carnival. They take Patrick's side and send SpongeBob into a depression.
  • Lethally Stupid: Patrick. When SpongeBob gets stuck in his wringer, Patrick completely misunderstands that SpongeBob wants help out of the wringer and glues him into it so he'll be stuck in it forever.
  • Made Out to Be a Jerkass: In the infamous scene at the carnival, SpongeBob finally reaches his boiling point and blames Patrick for gluing him in the wringer. Patrick is brought to tears and runs away. The people at the carnival witness this and make things worse by saying that SpongeBob deserved what he got. Their anger towards SpongeBob is somewhat unwarranted considering that these people don't have the benefit of context to the situation.
  • Minor Insult Meltdown: SpongeBob yells at Patrick for gluing the wringer around him, sending him to tears. Then again, part of Patrick's sadness may have been due to his feeling remorseful over what he has done.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: SpongeBob gives one to Patrick, and is subsequently given one himself by the surrounding people.
  • Rousing Speech: After initially getting stuck, SpongeBob felt that his life was over, but Patrick gave him one of these that he could persevere despite the adversity. Unfortunately, it was proven that Patrick was wrong as SpongeBob actually was incapable of doing anything while stuck in the wringer.
  • Shamed by a Mob: The other fish are disgusted at SpongeBob yelling at Patrick, and tell him he got what he deserved.
  • Spoof Aesop: "I guess crying does solve your problems after all!"
  • Swiss Army Tears: In the ending, SpongeBob and Patrick cry in order to melt the glue on the wringer. SpongeBob then lampshades this with an epic Spoof Aesop:
    '''SpongeBob: "I guess crying does solve your problems after all!"
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Patrick, who somehow thought forever glue would help SpongeBob.
  • Unwanted Assistance: Patrick helps SpongeBob to get the wringer off of him, but makes things worse.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In-Universe. The crowd at the carnival felt this way toward SpongeBob after he scolds Patrick.


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