Airdate: May 20, 2005
When Mr. Krabs installs a skill crane at the Krusty Krab as a cash grab, Squidward becomes obsessed with winning something from the game after seeing how easy it is for SpongeBob to win.
Skill Crane contains examples of:
- An Aesop:
- Don't get obsessed with trying to succeed at something you aren't good at. Everyone is better at different fields than others.
- Don't be afraid to ask for help.
- In gambling, the only winner is the one making money.
- Don't let one victory go to your head.
- Bad Boss: Mr. Krabs, who takes advantage of Squidward's newfound addiction to gambling with the skill crane so that he doesn't have to pay Squidward his employee salary and as a bonus, earn extra money from Squidward.
- Determinator: Squidward. He even uses the deed to his house as currency.
- Eye Scream: Happens when Squidward is unable to pick up the remote with his hand, and so he resorts to pushing the button with his eye.
- Knee-capping: In response to Squidward mocking him for losing the game, the kid kicks him in the knee.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Mr. Krabs screws Squidward out of all of his money by feeding his obsession with the crane; when Squidward tries his luck on a real crane, he ends up plowing it right into the Krusty Krab.
- Same goes for Squidward for letting his victory go to his head and then accidentally destroying an entire mall under construction. The crew doesn't intend to let him off easy for it.
- A Lesson Learned Too Well: "Be the crane!"
- Madness Mantra: "Be the crane."
- Oh, Crap!: Everyone gets a massive one when Squidward takes out an entire mall that was under construction. Things quickly get out of hand from there.
- Reality Ensues: Squidward may know how to operate the Skill Crane with SpongeBob's help, an actual crane? Not so much. Lampshaded in this case by SpongeBob, who tries to tell him that the principles applied to the Skill Crane don't work with a real crane. Same applies to SpongeBob, who can "only pick up stuffed animals" with cranes.
- Running Gag: Squidward losing while SpongeBob wins.
- Shout-Out: Squidward hearing the Skill Crane calling his name in a metallic voice.
- Skewed Priorities: Squidward goes to absurd lengths just to beat the machine, including sacrificing the deed to his house.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: "Because I'm all out of MONEY!"
- Take That!: To crane games as a whole, which are known to be notoriously difficult to beat.
- Truth in Television: In real life, the vast majority of crane machines are rigged. It's possible Mr. Krabs also ordered a crane machine that's been rigged.
- Unsportsmanlike Gloating: "I'm a winner, see my prize! You're a loser who sits and cries!"
All Squidward wants is to enjoy a stress-free Sunday, but SpongeBob and Patrick keep ruining it by trying to induct him into their "Good Neighbors Club".
Good Neighbors contains examples of:
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: New Security System 5000.
- An Aesop: Give people time to relax. You don't always have to be in their life.
- Animate Inanimate Object: Squidward's house comes to life due to a security system malfunction.
- Apology Gift: SpongeBob and Patrick give Squidward a "Sorry For Bugging You So Much" cake as an apology for ruining Squidward's relaxing Sunday. But Squidward understandably didn't accept it, so the situation only went From Bad to Worse.
- Butt-Monkey: Squidward, and on his favorite day of the week.
- Didn't Think This Through: Squidward actually thought that the alarm system would automatically take out SpongeBob and Patrick because he considers them a threat, while the alarm system doesn't.
- Downer Ending: Squidward, SpongeBob, and Patrick are sentenced to perform community service every Sunday for the rest of their lives to pay for the destruction caused by Squidward's house. Though, this is for Squidward as the latter two don't seem to care.
- Dramatically Missing the Point: SpongeBob and Patrick have no idea that their efforts in being good neighbors are utterly ruining Squidward's Sunday.
- Evil Laugh: Squidward emits one when deciding to order the security system.
- Flanderization/Took a Level in Dumbass: One of the worst examples here for SpongeBob and Patrick here, as their antics are not as Innocently Insensitive as they were in "Opposite Day" (where Squidward also attempted to leave Bikini Bottom out of annoyance/hatred to the duo). They don't get a single clue that not only Squidward wholeheartedly hates them, he also wants nothing but to be left alone. To get it even more annoying than usual, they also get Idiot Houdini as they don't consider the community service as punishment.
- Get Out!: Squidward tells SpongeBob and Patrick this a couple of times.
- Idiot Houdini: SpongeBob and Patrick for aggravating Squidward to the point where his extreme tactics to keep them at bay results in him having to do community service every Sunday with them at his side.
- Insecurity System: Squidward's home security system ends up taking over his house and turning it into a Humongous Mecha out to destroy Bikini Bottom.
- Jerkass Has a Point: All Squidward wants is to have a nice and relaxing Sunday, so you can't blame him with his many attempts to get rid of Patrick and SpongeBob.
- Jump Cut: SpongeBob and Patrick are in the living room with Squidward upon first approaching him in fezzes, but after they go Oooooooooh theyre in the kitchen.
- Obliviously Evil: SpongeBob and Patrick absolutely have no idea that they've done nothing but ruined Squidward's day, if not the rest of his life.
- Rage Breaking Point: SpongeBob and Patrick taking using up his spa treatment is the last straw for Squidward.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Squidward gives a harsh one to SpongeBob and Patrick ruining his relaxation.Squidward: (opens the door) Alright, you two! OUT! (SpongeBob and Patrick slowly walk out) And don't even think about dragging your empty skulls around here for the rest of the day! Or tomorrow! Or next week!
SpongeBob: Squidward, does that include—
Squidward: YES, IT DOES! (slams door)
SpongeBob: Gee, Patrick, do you think Squidward was trying to tell us something?
Squidward: (bursts head through door) YES, I WAS!!! You call yourselves good neighbors?! You're the worst neighbors EVER! (deep breath) You don't deserve to wear those fezzes! (takes SpongeBob's and Patrick's fezzes off, flings them onto the ground and stomps on them)
SpongeBob: Gee, Pat, maybe President Squidward's right.
Patrick: Yeah, I guess we're not good neighbors after all.
Squidward: NO, YOU AREN'T! YOU'RE HORRIBLE NEIGHBORS! (deep breath) AND STOP CALLING ME PRESIDENT!
SpongeBob: C'mon, let's go. (He and Patrick sadly walk away)
- Rejected Apology: SpongeBob and Patrick attempt to give Squidward an apology cake to make amends for ruining his relaxing Sunday. Understandably, Squidward refuses to accept it.
- Rent-a-Zilla: Squidward's house becomes this when SpongeBob and Patrick accidentally spill their apology cake on Squidward's home security system.
- Swiss Cheese Security: When Squidward has enough of SpongeBob and Patrick ruining his day, he orders and installs a security system that will dispose of any threat to his home, but the two walk right into Squid's house without any problems mere seconds after he installs and activates it. Justified; while Squidward sees them as a threat, that doesn't mean the system does.
- Worst. Whatever. Ever!: Squidward calls SpongeBob and Patrick "the worst neighbors ever" when berating them for taking his Sunday away.