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Recap / Sponge Bob Square Pants S 8 E 22 Treats For Here Or To Go

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Original air date: 4/10/2012 (produced in 2011)

SpongeBob searches every inch of the world for snail food that Gary is addicted to.


  • An Aesop:
    • Saying "no" can be hard, but it's important to know when to say it.
    • If you're bothered by someone, tell them to stop; if they don't stop, ask another person for help.
    • It's important to be firm to someone, even if it could hurt their feelings.
  • Baby Talk: SpongeBob repeatedly mentions throughout the episode he just can't say no to his "widdle Gare-Bear".
  • Big "NO!": Gary does one, in the form of a meow, when he and SpongeBob learn there are no snail bites left in the world.
  • Broken Record:
    • Gary's meowing.
    • The Snail Bites commercial; all they say is "Snail Bites!" over and over.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: SpongeBob cannot bring himself to say no to his "widdle Gare-Bear", fearing it'll hurt his feelings. It's only through Patrick's help that he does so, which in turn finally makes Gary stop.
  • Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere: SpongeBob tries multiple times to deny the snail bites for Gary, but is continuously tempted to do so. Even Gary tries to bribe him with a picture of the time SpongeBob first got him from the pound before SpongeBob finally sees through and tells him no.
  • Continuity Nod: This wasn't the first time SpongeBob had trouble saying no.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: The whole plot of the episode never would've happened if SpongeBob just told Gary "no," which he eventually does. Then again, Gary possibly made SpongeBob go on this wild goose chase just so he'll be sterner.
  • Determinator: SpongeBob will not stop looking for Snail Bites until he has searched every last pet store in the world. He does.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Patrick brings up a good point that SpongeBob needs to be firm and tell Gary no; otherwise, he'll be meowing forever.
    SpongeBob: But I don't want to say no to my widdle Gare-Bear! I want him to be happy.
    Patrick: Well, you gotta be firm, SpongeBob! Sometimes, you have to no when to say "know". Oh, wait, wait, wait, it's the other way around. You have to know when to say no. Yeah, that's it.
  • Eating Pet Food: Patrick likes to eat Snail Bites, and even acquired the last box of them.
  • Excited Episode Title!: "Treats!"
  • Extreme Doormat: SpongeBob to his own pet.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: SpongeBob calls Gary "Gary Wilson, Jr." when trying to stop his Snail Bites addiction late at night.
  • Grew a Spine: SpongeBob cannot bring himself to say no to Gary over the Snail Bites; it's not until he gets advice from Patrick that he finally learns to just say no, causing Gary to stop.
  • Here We Go Again!: In the end, it turns out Patrick has finished the last box of Snail Bites and now he starts meowing for it.
  • Impossibly Delicious Food: The Snail Bites. No wonder they've become discontinued so fast.
  • Irony: SpongeBob can't say no to his "wittle Gare-Bear"; as it turns out, saying no is the only way to get Gary to stop.
  • Misspelling Out Loud: The worker at the Snail Bites Factory when SpongeBob and Gary try to get more snail bites.
    Factory worker: We're closed! Do I have to spell it out for you? C-S-L-O-S-Z-E-D. Cuh-losed!
  • Overly-Long Gag: Gary constantly meowing for more Snail Bites.
  • Secret Test: Implied. Gary seems to want Snail Bites even after they're discontinued, but once SpongeBob tells him no, he stops, hinting he was testing SpongeBob's inability to be stern.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: After everything SpongeBob goes through, Gary stops bothering him by just being told "no."
  • Sudden Soundtrack Stop: When SpongeBob is trying to say no to Gary, Gary bribes him by showing the picture he got Gary at the pound; the sponge is briefly flattered with a happy tune to match, but once he realizes what's going on, the music suddenly stops as the sponge finally begins to give his word.
  • Tempting Fate: "I can't say no to my little Gare-Bear!" Turns out he has to.

For Here or to Go

Original air date: 4/12/2012 (produced in 2011)

Plankton wins a Krabby Patty in a guessing contest, but Mr. Krabs is determined to stop him from getting it.


  • Artistic License: Guessing the right amount of objects, like the rule Mr. Krabs gives for the contest, would be physically impossible to do so in real life, so most contests have the winner guessing closest to the correct count. Mind you, considering what a cheapskate Krabs is, he probably did this on purpose to try and prevent anyone from actually winning.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Plankton guesses the exact number of bun seeds, including one stuck to the inside of the jar lid, thus he wins the patty. Inverted later when Mr. Krabs forces him to swallow it, and even though Plankton cuts it out of his stomach, he can't analyze the contents correctly due to his stomach contents being mixed with the patty, and the Krabby Patties he tries to sell taste awful.
  • Bottle Episode: Most of the episode is set in the Krusty Krab, with a brief scene of the Chum Bucket near the end.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: When announcing the contest, Mr. Krabs struggles to say the word "free" until SpongeBob slaps him on the back.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: After Mr. Krabs disposes of all the buns to prevent SpongeBob from being able to make a Krabby Patty for Plankton, a delivery guy shows up.
    SpongeBob: Huh, good thing I ordered us extra bu... (slowly realizes his error) ...for the... contest crowd.
  • "Jar of Jellybeans" Contest: With bun seeds instead of jellybeans, but otherwise it is this trope.
  • Puppet Show: Mr. Krabs puts one on as a way to stall Plankton from getting a Krabby Patty.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Mr. Krabs turns Plankton's plan on him by actually having him eat the Krabby Patty; because of this, the patty ingredients combined with his stomach contents make a rather awful recipe.
  • Running Gag: Mr. Krabs continuously invents new rules for the contest in an attempt to stop Plankton from getting his patty.
  • Sadistic Choice: Mr. Krabs is forced by the Bogus Business Bureau to allow Plankton to guess the number of bun seeds in the jar and be given the Krabby Patty he won, or have the Krusty Krab be shut down. Mr. Krabs decides to Take a Third Option and instead turns Plankton's plan on him by having him actually eat the patty he won before leaving.
  • Skip the Anesthetic: After Mr. Krabs forces Plankton to eat and swallow the Krabby Patty he won, Plankton rushes back to the Chum Bucket and orders Karen to perform surgery on him right away to get the patty out of his stomach. Karen asks Plankton if she should apply anesthetic first, but Plankton tells her there isn't time for that, as they have to get the patty out before it's digested. Unfortunately, by that time, the patty is already half-digested, much to the horror of the customers who tried to order Krabby Patties from the Chum Bucket.
  • Take a Third Option: After Plankton wins the contest, Mr. Krabs is forced by the Bogus Business Bureau to either give him the patty, or let him go, but the Krusty Krab shuts down. Mr. Krabs then decides to turn Plankton's plan on him by having him actually eat the free patty before leaving the restaurant, which in turn results in his patties become disgusting thanks to it being mixed with his stomach contents.
  • Wham Shot: When Mr. Krabs thinks Plankton came up one seed short, SpongeBob discovers an extra seed stuck inside the jar lid, revealing Plankton was right.