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Recap / SpongeBob SquarePants S 9 E 15 "Sanctuary!" / "What's Eating Patrick?"

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Written by Kyle McCulloch (Sanctuary!) / Kyle McCulloch and Jack Pendarvis (What’s Eating Patrick?)
Storyboard by Fred Osmond (Sanctuary!) / Joe Wierenga (What’s Eating Patrick?)
Animation Directors: Alan Smart and Tom Yasumi

”Sanctuary!” contains examples of:

  • Actor Allusion: Bob Barnacle’s last line is “Don't forget to get your pet spayed or neutered” referring to Bob Barker’s famous line.
  • Crazy Cat Lady: SpongeBob becomes one later on.
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  • Gender Reveal: The thought-to-be male snail Senior Poopus turns out to be a female named Esmeralda.
  • Plot Allergy: The reason why Squidward get all swollen in this episode is because he cannot stand being around with a lot snails.
  • Running Gag: SpongeBob being mistaken for a woman due to the outfit he wears.
  • Sanity Slippage: SpongeBob slowly develops into madness with the more and more snails he has to take care of.
  • Special Guest: Bob Barker as Bob Barnacle. He’s the first guest star of the new era.
  • Title Drop: SpongeBob does it near the end of the episode after Squidward called pet control police.
  • Tuckerization: Some of the snails are named after the people who works on the show like Stephen Hillenburg, Vincent Waller, Paul Tibbitt, etc.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Mr. Krabs has this reaction when he realizes that the "lady" in SpongeBob's house is actually SpongeBob.
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”What’s Eating Patrick?“ contains examples of:

  • Blackmail: When Patrick tries to back out of the contest at the last minute, Mr. Krabs threatens to charge Patrick for all the krabby patties he ate during training.
  • Eating Contest: The plot of this episode.
  • Elmer Fudd Syndrome: The kid with the hurt foot speaks like this.
  • Heh Heh, You Said "X":
    Mr. Krabs: Well, let's see how your tummy handles these patties, Mr. Likes-To-Eat.
    Patrick: Ha, ha, ha, you said "tummy".
    SpongeBob: Tummies! Ha, ha, ha!
  • Heroic Second Wind: Patrick manages to eat one more krabby patty to win the contest after SpongeBob reminds him of how the krabby patty tastes.
  • Littlest Cancer Patient: The kid with the hurt foot is played like this.
  • Shockingly Expensive Bill: Patrick is unsure if he can compete in a krabby patty eating competition since it requires him to eat the patties whole if he wants to win, meaning he can't taste them. Mr. Krabs threatens to charge him for all of the patties he ate while training, and the bill has an impossible amount of zeroes.
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  • Shout-Out: A few to Rocky.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: This is one of Patrick's nicest roles in years.
  • Training Montage: In the middle of the episode.
  • Vacuum Mouth: Patrick does this during the eating contest.
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