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Recap / SpongeBob SquarePants S9E11 "SpongeBob You're Fired"

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Airdate: November 11, 2013

To save a nickel, Mr. Krabs fires SpongeBob. However, SpongeBob is unable to handle unemployment, so he tries out at new fast food joints.

SpongeBob You're Fired contains examples of:

  • Aesop Amnesia: Apparently, Mr. Krabs has forgotten all the other times the Krusty Krab fell apart without SpongeBob.
  • Beard of Sorrow: Showing how depressed SpongeBob is after getting fired, he grows a 5 o'clock shadow, along with a messy shirt and a loose tie.
  • Big Ball of Violence: All the managers of the separate restaurants duke it out over Spongebob.
  • Break the Cutie: SpongeBob cries after being fired.
  • Continuity Nod: We see a Freeze-Frame Bonus of a patty with pickles tucked in, similar to the competition with Neptune in a much earlier episode. Also, Snail-Po, the snail food company is mentioned again.
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  • Cutting Corners: Mr. Krabs fires SpongeBob solely to save a nickel on his salary. After re-hiring him, Krabs installs a nickel toll at the restroom.
  • Despair Event Horizon: SpongeBob going through a severe depression after getting fired.
  • Epic Fail: Mr Krabs declares that he's going to man the grill and shows the spatula to prove he's the four-time Golden Spatula winner. Then his spatula catches fire.
    Squidward: I can smell the grease fires already.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending
  • I Ate WHAT: Sandy feds freeloaders like Patrick raw biochemical waste as part of a psychological test to see how willing they are to eat free food. She stops SpongeBob from eating it though when she recognizes him, since he wasn't in the right state of mind to even be there.
  • Ill-Fated Flowerbed: Once again, Squidwards' begonias end up stomped by Patrick and SpongeBob.
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  • Irony: One day after getting fired from the job he loves, the coffee mug SpongeBob was holding has "best day ever" on it.
  • Jerkass: The mascots who kidnap SpongeBob for no reason and (save for the Taco Man) fire him without even testing if his food is good enough for their customers.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite that he hates SpongeBob and was happy that he was fired, Squidward admits that he hates the smell of burnt krabby patties more, and wants him back as fry cook.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: For firing Spongebob for a terrible reason, the Krusty Krab goes downhill and Mr. Krabs loses customers.
  • Lethal Chef: Mr. Krabs, arguably moreso than Squidward.
  • Like a Son to Me:
    Mr. Krabs: You know I love you like a son. But you can't argue with a nickel.
  • Multiple Head Case: Patrick briefly grows a mini-face over his forehead from eating bio-waste. When SpongeBob opts out of "fun-employment", the mini-Patrick mocks him which prompts the real Patrick to punch it and encourage SpongeBob to follow his heart.
  • New Job Episode: Poor Spongebob wasn't taking his firing very well. He goes to new jobs, and ends up getting fired from each one.
  • NEET: Patrick who encourages SpongeBob to enjoy unemployment, or as he puts it, "fun-employment".
  • Not Again: In the German dub, Squidward's half-asleep remark of "Oh, again." after SpongeBob knocks his hat off implies that this keeps happening.
  • Ocular Gushers: After getting fired, SpongeBob's tears floods the Krusty Krab, and Squidward uses a cranking hole maker to make a hole in the floor to drain the tears.
  • One-Note Cook: All SpongeBob knows how to cook is Krabby Patties, which gets him fired from all the other restaurants, until they find out how delicious Krabby Patties are and fight over SpongeBob.
  • Overly Long Gag:
    • SpongeBob cries for about a full minute after Mr. Krabs fires him. As this happens, the tears affect customers in the background.
    • Then, SpongeBob continually attempts to cling to Patrick's rock, to no avail.
    • Earlier, the joke of Squidward sleeping at the till while SpongeBob works in the kitchen. He only wakes up when his hat is knocked off, and a little later when SpongeBob slams the kitchen door open.
  • Prone to Tears: Along with "All That Glitters" and "A Day without Tears", SpongeBob cries a lot in this episode.
  • Series Continuity Error: In this episode, SpongeBob doesn't seem to know what a hot dog is, but back in "Krusty Dogs" he makes hot dogs perfectly.
  • Status Quo Is God: Unsurprisingly, SpongeBob gets his job back.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Squidward. He was dressed in a Krabby Patty costume and beats the tar out of competing fry cooks before carrying SpongeBob off.
  • Ultimate Job Security: The reason SpongeBob is fired despite being a better employee than Squidward is because Squidward has "seniority".
  • Visual Pun: Mr. Krabs gives SpongeBob a list of items that are what are also used as a euphemism for being fired: a can, a pink slip (shirt), an an ax.
  • Wingding Eyes: SpongeBob's eyes have little krabby patties in them after reading the order Squidward gives him at the beginning.
  • Wrong Name Outburst: SpongeBob tries out new jobs after getting fired from the Krusty Krab, but he gets fired every time. When that happens, he impulsively shouts "But I've given you the best years of my life, Mr. Krabs!".

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