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Recap / Sponge Bob Square Pants S 9 E 2 Patrick Man Garys New Toy

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Written by Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, and Derek Iversen (Patrick-Man!) / Marc Ceccarelli and Derek Iversen (Gary's New Toy)
Animation Director: Alan Smart (Patrick-Man) / Tom Yasumi (Gary's New Toy)

Airdate: October 27, 2012

Patrick becomes a superhero and plans to clean up Bikini Bottom, but causes more trouble than good.

Patrick-Man! contains example of:

  • Accidental Truth: Patrick started attacking patrons at the Krusty Krab, believing that one of them was a supervillain in disguise. When Mr. Krabs is about to throw him out, it turns out that the Dirty Bubble was in fact there in disguise.
    Patrick: The Dirty Bubble? I wanted to unmask Man Ray...
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  • An Aesop: Always know the right way to fix a problem.
  • Destructive Savior: Patrick tries to fight the Dirty Bubble, but in the process he completely destroys the Krusty Krab and only defeats the Bubble through sheer dumb luck.
  • Foreshadowing: Notice how the old lady seems to be turning her head in an unnatural manner?
  • Helping Granny Cross the Street: Mr. Krabs try to help an old lady, only to leave her to get a dollar.
  • Shout-Out: The title is this to Superman.
  • Special Guest: Ernest Borgnine as Mermaid Man and Tim Conway as Barnacle Boy. This marks the last time they voice them as the former had passed away in 2012 and the latter passed away in 2019 after suffering dementia. Due to this, all of their upcoming appearances will be non-speaking cameos.
  • Superhero Episode

Airdate: October 14, 2012

SpongeBob must take drastic measures when Gary becomes obsessed with his new red ball.


Gary's New Toy contains example of:

  • An Aesop: Don't get obsessed with something so much as it could cause you to miss out on everything else.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: SpongeBob’s alarm clock coughs loudly and faints when Gary chews on its cogs.
  • Artifact of Doom: The red ball seems to be corrupting Gary as it lures him into chewing on it. It then proceeds to violently bounce around and destroy the house as Gary tries to avoid it to bring SpongeBob, and the episode ends with Gary hissing at the ball when he and SpongeBob come across it again.
  • Break the Cutie: Heartbroken that his pet seemingly favors the red ball over him, SpongeBob tearfully packs his things and moves out of his pineapple house to start a new life over.
  • Snails Are Mean: Gary snubs SpongeBob for his ball and later bites his hand when he tries to take it away from him. He eventually regrets this, though, when SpongeBob leaves home.
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  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Gary's obsession with the red ball.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Gary angrily hisses at the ball at the end after realizing how corrupting and destructive it is.
  • Happy Fun Ball: The whole premise of this episode.
  • Hyper-Destructive Bouncing Ball: Gary's ball destroyed SpongeBob's house in the end.
  • Jerkass Ball: A case in which an actual ball is involved. Gary snubs SpongeBob to play with his new toy by himself, and he later attacks him when he tries to restrain him from the ball.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: When Gary gets entranced by the ball on the shelf, his eyes glow bright red.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Happens to Gary when he recalls that SpongeBob, the one who takes care of him, packs up and leaves because of the snail's obsesssion with the red ball.
  • Tears of Remorse: Gary when recalling that SpongeBob decided to move out because the snail chose the ball over him.
  • Was Too Hard on Him: Spongebob was hoping that Gary isn't upset with him when he restrains him from constantly chewing on his new red ball.

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