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Recap / SpongeBob SquarePants S 9 E 3 "License to Milkshake" / "Squid Baby"

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Written by Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, and Mr Lawrence
Animation Director: Tom Yasumi (License to Milkshake) / Alan Smart (Squid Baby)

Airdate: September 7, 2012

SpongeBob returns to the Milkshake Academy after discovering his milk-shake license has expired.

License to Milkshake contains example of:

  • An Aesop: It's important to know the reason behind something you cannot do well.
  • Buffy Speak: Captain Frostymug points out to SpongeBob the reason the milkshakes came out frozen is because he didn’t raise the cup to the “spinny thing” (blender).
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  • Continuity Nod: In "Yours, Mine and Mine", this become a Call-Forward to this episode because in one scene, SpongeBob own a milkshake license.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Captain Frostymug.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The promo for this episode featured the song "Milkshake" by Kelis.
  • It Makes Sense in Context: SpongeBob saying "If only it were this easy to get a boating license." He already owns a milkshake license, but he will never earn a boating license (when he does, it's usually ruined by an Ass Pull).
  • Mundane Made Awesome: In Bikini Bottom, you need a license if you want to make a milkshake.
  • Oh, Crap!: By SpongeBob when he realizes his milkshake license expired seven years ago.
  • Rewatch Bonus: At the beginning, SpongeBob never raises the milkshake cup to the blender, resulting in it coming out frozen.
  • Shout-Out: The title of this episode is a pun on the James Bond film License to Kill.
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    • The training montage spoofs Top Gun.
  • Special Guest: The first time Michael McKean has a guest role for SpongeBob. In this episode, he voices Captain Frostymug.
  • Title Drop: At the beginning of the episode.
  • Training Montage: Contains one, complete with rock music by Fabian Fernandez
  • Troubled Backstory Flashback: 20 years before the episode took place, Captain Frostymug was an owner of a milkshake cafe. When he tried to make a milkshake for a customer, he ended up splattering the milkshake all over the store. A stain of milkshake got on the power lines that connect to the milkshake machine, destroying it. The milkshake machine squirted out milkshake stains onto the customers, frightening them and ruining Frostymug's career. He informs SpongeBob that he has not touched the milkshake machine in 20 years.
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September 3, 2012

A head injury makes Squidward think he's a baby, and SpongeBob and Patrick must look after him.

Squid Baby contains example of:

  • Baby Morph Episode: A mental variation.
  • The Diaper Change: SpongeBob did this to baby Squidward at the Krusty Krab and it grosses out the customers when he needs to be changed.
  • Fountain of Youth: The Head-Go-Boom-Boom-itis causes Squidward to act like a baby.
  • Kick the Dog: Mr. Krabs makes SpongeBob cry by ordering him to take the poopy baby (Squidward) out of the Krusty Krab.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Squidward after he found out that he was in a diaper.
  • Manchild: Taken Up to Eleven with SpongeBob and Patrick. They play with baby toys and act like babies.
  • "Metaphor" Is My Middle Name:
    Patrick: "Games are our middle name."
  • Over-the-Shoulder Carry: SpongeBob carries baby Squidward like this.
  • Ow, My Body Part!:
    Tom: My face! My face! (stops walking) Also my leg, (continues walking) but mostly my face!
  • Plot Hole: The doctor warns SpongeBob and Patrick that Squidward can't get hurt again or he'll remain a baby permanently, yet he gets hit several times more throughout the episode and no permanence shows.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Mr. Krabs is at his absolute worst in this episode, taking it Up to Eleven. He says that he doesn't care if Squidward is acting like a baby as long as there are customers begging to give him money, and goes so far to hurt SpongeBob's feelings.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Just like in "Grandma's Kisses", Patrick disappears after falling asleep at the Krusty Krab with no explanation, not even to help SpongeBob with Squidward.
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