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Airdate: June 4, 2009

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SpongeBob desperately wants Squidward to visit his house, so he takes Squidward's vacuum cleaner in order to lure him in. Squidward comes to retrieve his vacuum, but is shocked to discover that SpongeBob has redecorated his home to look identical to his own.

"Squid's Visit" contains examples of:

  • Heroic BSoD: After his home burns down, Squidward enters a catatonic state when SpongeBob offers to let him stay at his house.
  • Insistent Terminology: SpongeBob didn't steal Squidward's vacuum cleaner, he merely "borrowed" it.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After SpongeBob puts Squidward in psychological paranoia, SpongeBob sleeps on the burnt out wreckage of Squidward's house while Squidward sleeps in SpongeBob's house.
  • Leg Cling: SpongeBob clings to Squidward's legs, crying and begging him to come visit him. He doesn't let go of them even when Squidward is at various places.
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  • Say My Name: After Squidward get his vaccum cleaner into his mouth, he began to shout Spongebob's name while the hose began to hiss. In the ending, Squidward furiously shouts SpongeBob's name for forcing him to stay so long his house burned down. SpongeBob, oblivious as usual, offers Squidward to stay at his pineapple house, which puts Squidward in so much shock that he faints, making SpongeBob loudly shout Squidward's name.
  • Series Continuity Error: Squidward claims he never visited SpongeBob's house once and never will, but he went there many times before.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: SpongeBob manages to recreate the interior of Squidward's house down to the tiniest detail, such as the contents of his medicine cabinet.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: This is how Squidward declines SpongeBob's invitation to his house.
    Squidward: SpongeBob, thank you so much for that lovely invitation, but I must respectfully tell you I will never visit you. EVER! (his yell blows SpongeBob away)
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Airdate: July 17, 2009

Every pair of SpongeBob's square pants shrink in the wash and he's forced to wear a pair of round pants in mean time. Believing that nobody recognizes him thanks to his new pants, SpongeBob decides to get a new start on his life.

"To SquarePants or Not to SquarePants" contains examples of:

  • Fantastic Racism: While SpongeBob is at first worried that Sandy doesn't recognize him, he later brushes it off as "Neptune knows what goes on in a squirrel's head". He then imagines a live-action squirrel chattering and visibly cringes.
  • Faux Horrific: The Narrator treats the day SpongeBob changed his pants with great dread. Stock footage of natural disasters even play as he recounts it.
  • Flashback: The events are told "three days ago" from the beginning of the narration.
  • For Want of a Nail: If SpongeBob had checked on his pants while calling Patrick, the plot wouldn't have happened in the first place.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The round pants that SpongeBob buys cause him to be unrecognizable.
  • Human Notepad: Patrick has a note on his hand to remind him that SpongeBob wears square pants. So when SpongeBob starts wearing round pants, Patrick doesn't recognize him.
  • Only Sane Man: Mr. Krabs was the only one who recognized SpongeBob without his square pants.
  • Overly Long Gag: It actually becomes a plot point, as Patrick calls SpongeBob just so he can make noises with his tongue and spends so much time doing so that SpongeBob's pants shrink while they were in the washing machine.
  • Plot Hole: The store attandent tells SpongeBob that they’re not getting another shipment of his square pants for months. However, three days later (at the time of the episode’s narration), he is wearing square pants again.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: The episode is told as a flashback to "three days ago" by the narrator as he recalls the day SpongeBob literally changed his pants.
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