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Original air date: 11/27/2009

Greasy Buffoons

Mr. Krabs and Plankton begin serving their customers grease.

"Greasy Buffoons" contains examples of:

  • An Aesop: Be sure to properly dispose of your trash and not litter it on someone else's property.
  • All Just a Dream: Subverted. Mr. Krabs wakes up outside to see all the grease gone and assumes the whole thing was just a dream. However, he sees SpongeBob had absorbed all the grease in his body so he can dispose of it properly.
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  • Cannot Spit It Out: Mr. Krabs and Plankton have a hard time saying the word "friends" when explaining to the health inspector.
  • Evil Versus Evil: Mr. Krabs and Plankton for serving greasy food to the customers. It gets so bad that by the end of it, they both end up serving pure grease, making the customers sick. It took SpongeBob calling the health inspector to put a end to their conflict.
  • Got Volunteered: Mr. Krabs tries to get SpongeBob and Squidward to clean the grease trap with no extra pay. Only SpongeBob helped as Squidward vanished.
  • Idiosyncratic Wipes: The usual bubble transitions are replaced with grease.
  • I Don't Pay You to Think: Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob this after the latter tells him about the grease idea going overboard.
    SpongeBob: Actually, Mr. Krabs, I've been thinking. And well, don't you think maybe this whole grease thing has gone a bit to far?
    Mr. Krabs: *laughs* You know what I think, SpongeBob? I think you should be thinking about NOT thinking and get back to work!
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  • Oh, Crap!: "Oh no! Did somebody call a health inspector?"
  • Only Sane Man: SpongeBob, in this case, felt that Mr. Krabs and Plankton competitively serving greasy foods to people has gone too far. What makes him call the health inspector was when he sees Patrick getting sick after eating the grease.
  • Stuffed into a Trashcan: Mr. Krabs and Plankton both stuff SpongeBob into a trashcan and roll him down a cliff to prevent him from squealing to the health inspector.

Model Sponge

SpongeBob mistakenly believes he's been fired as Krusty Krab fry cook, so he auditions to be in a kitchen sponge commercial instead.


"Model Sponge" contains examples of:

  • An Aesop:
    • Don’t take what you hear too seriously, as it may not really be about you.
    • What you try out for might not be what you expected.
  • Animation Bump: SpongeBob's reaction when he thinks Mr. Krabs is firing him is much more exaggerated and improved than his previous ones.
  • Big "NO!": SpongeBob shouts one when he is about to be used to clean a toilet in the commercial.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: SpongeBob gets a modeling job, thinking all he'll have to do is demonstrate cleaning products. Then right before the camera starts rolling, SpongeBob has his clothes forcibly removed, leaving him nude as he is used as a model for a cleaning sponge.
  • Dramatic Irony: The audience knows Mr. Krabs was actually letting his pet scallop go, but SpongeBob doesn't.
  • Insignia Rip-Off Ritual: When SpongeBob makes a Krabby Patty out of money at the bank, the boss fires him by removing his name tag which makes him deflate like a balloon.
  • Naked People Are Funny: SpongeBob is stripped nude just before filming of the New Sponge commercial begins.
  • New Job Episode: The episode centers on SpongeBob trying to find a new job after mistakenly thinking that Mr. Krabs was planning to let him go.
  • Oh, Crap!: SpongeBob's reaction when he realizes he is going to be the cleaning utensil in the commercial.
  • Out-of-Context Eavesdropping: The episode starts with SpongeBob outside Mr. Krabs's office listening to him talk on the phone about "letting the little guy go". SpongeBob immediately assumes he's talking about him and leaves, missing the part where Mr. Krabs reveals he's talking about his pet scallop.
  • Playing a Tree: SpongeBob ends up playing the sponge in the commercial.
  • Poor Communication Kills: What kicks off the plot. The “little guy” that Mr. Krabs was letting go was his pet scallop, but SpongeBob thinks it’s him because he’s the smallest worker in the restaurant. In the end when he tells Mr. Krabs what he heard over the phone while begging him to keep him, Mr. Krabs forgets to tell SpongeBob he wasn’t the “little guy” as mentioned.
  • Shout-Out: While auditioning for the modeling job, SpongeBob sings a parody of "When You Wish Upon a Star" from Disney's Pinocchio.
  • Wingding Eyes: SpongeBob has stars in his eyes when he finds out he has the modeling job.