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Recap / Sponge Bob Square Pants S 9 E 21 Sold Lameand Fortune

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Written by Kyle McCulloch and Kaz (Sold!) / Mr. Lawrence (Lame and Fortune)
Storyboard by Shellie O'Brien (Sold!) / Chong Lee (Lame and Fortune)
Animation Directors: Alan Smart and Tom Yasumi

"Sold!" contains examples of:

  • Bilingual Bonus: SpongeBob and Squidward's attempt (as a German "neighbor") to speak German. The episode even ends with Squidward saying Ouch in German. Imagine how the German dub for this episode is gonna end up sounding like.
    • In the German dub proper, the two instead use a Bavarian dialect, which, considering Squidward's attire, (which is that of a stereotypical German, read: Bavarian) is quite appropriate.
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  • Excited Show Title!: Yet another episode with an exclamation point in the title.
  • "Fawlty Towers" Plot: When Squidward finds out that SpongeBob and Patrick thought their houses got sold, he decided to go along, happy that he no longer lives next door to them. And when they want to visit their houses, Squidward makes up a story about new neighbors now living there, hoping it will discourage them from visiting. SpongeBob and Patrick come anyway, and Squidward have to pretend to be the new neighbors, making more lies until he gets fed up and shouts the truth to them.
  • New-Age Retro Hippie: Squidward dresses as one of the "neighbors."
  • Screw This Im Outof Here: Squidward, at the end of the episode when he gets fed up with pretending to be the new neighbors and decides to move out.
  • Shout-Out: Squidward makes a face that resembles the Grinch after realizing that living without SpongeBob and Patrick isn't bad.
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"Lame and Fortune" contains examples of:

  • Conspicuous CG: The island is now in 3D.
  • Did Not Think This Through: When the crowd of customers prevents Plankton from getting the formula, he angrily confesses that he wrote the fortunes so that they would leave. However, he forgets that Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob are also in the restaurant and learned that their fortunes were also fake. This is lampshaded by Plankton.
  • Eaten Alive: Plankton at the end of the episode.
  • Evolving Credits: It's the first episode to premiere with the HD opening. Some of the changes are minor, but as shown on this episode, the live action island is no longer there.
  • Imagine Spot: Mr Krabs has one, focusing on his funeral, where Pearl mourns the loss of her father before giddily taking his money to spend on shoes and SpongeBob bawls until Krabs' coffin overflows with tears.
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  • Misfortune Cookie: When fortune cookies start predicting the future, Plankton realizes he can twist them into his own evil schemes. Which is funny because Plankton's VA, Mr Lawrence, wrote this episode and there was a Rocko's Modern Life episode written by Stephen Hillenburg focusing on Filbert (voiced by Mr Lawrence) getting a bad fortune cookie.
  • Ow, My Body Part!: The "My leg!" gag makes a return here with a new audio clip instead of just reusing the same one.
  • Shout-Out: At one point, Plankton is shaped like the old Nick splat logo which the Splat block currently uses.
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