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Recap / SpongeBob SquarePants S 3 E 8 "No Weenies Allowed" / "Squilliam Returns"

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United States airdate: March 15, 2002

Canada airdate: August 16, 2002

SpongeBob tries to prove he's tough enough to enter the Salty Spittoon, the roughest, toughest joint under the sea.

No Weenies Allowed contains examples of:

  • Ambulance Cut: SpongeBob is about to enter the Salty Spittoon, then cut to him in an ambulance.
    SpongeBob: What happened?
    Sandy: You ran inside and slipped on an ice cube.
  • And Show It to You: A variant: to prove her toughness to Reg, Sandy rips the "MOM" heart tattoo off his chest and puts it back on upside-down so that it reads "WOW".
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  • Bad-Guy Bar: The Salty Spittoon.
  • Berserk Button: Nobody calls Patrick tubby!
  • Butt-Monkey: Spongebob. And the Weenies to a lesser degree.
  • Creator Cameo: The two nerds are voiced by writers Paul Tibbit and Kent Osborne.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: During the karate fight.
    Spongebob: Uh, Sandy?
    Sandy: Oh, I'm sandy alright. (Pops up from under the sand, gripping Spongebob between her palms) I'm very sandy. Hi-yah! (Kicks Spongebob into orbit)
    Spongebob: (nonchalantly) Ohhh, I get it. She's sandy! That's her name and she's also covered in... yes!
  • Epic Fail: When SpongeBob finally gets into the Salty Spittoon, he's carried away in an ambulance immediately aftewards...because he slipped on an ice cube.
  • Even Nerds Have Standards: Even SpongeBob, who is pretty geeky himself, expresses distaste for the "weenies" in this one.
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  • Eye Scream: Played in a lighthearted tone when one of the fish reveals that you have to have muscles everywhere, including the eyeballs.
  • Fingore: Although, very tame. (and hilarious.) In an attempt to act tough, Spongebob breaks his fingers so hard that they snap, causing him to start crying.
  • Good-Guy Bar: The Weenie Hut.
  • Here We Go Again!: After getting sent to the hospital, the doctor suggests transferring him over to "weenie"-fied hospital, Weenie Hut General, after hearing how SpongeBob got injured. SpongeBob doesn't seem too thrilled at the idea.
  • Identical Stranger: A sponge identical to SpongeBob only with dark hair and the real deal (wearing a rainbow clown wig) both appear at the Salty Spittoon at the same time.
  • Impossible Pickle Jar: The first thing SpongeBob tries to prove his toughness is to open a bottle of ketchup. He fails.
    SpongeBob: If I could just run this under some hot water...
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  • Kicking My Own Butt: Patrick when throwing a fight so SpongeBob could look tough. What's more impressive is that he beats up himself without using his hands. This actually fools Reg, who thinks SpongeBob is so tough that he could beat up Patrick without touching him.
  • Manchild: Spongebob starts bawling once he breaks his fingers, states that he cried for twenty minutes after stubbing his toe while watering his spice garden, and uses the word boo-boos. No wonder why he couldn't get in the Salty Spittoon.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Sandy and SpongeBob put this trope in full display in this episode.
  • Masochist's Meal: How one of the customers of the Salty Spittoon has to prove his toughness.
    Reg: How tough are ya?
    Tough Guy: How tough am I? HOW TOUGH AM I?! I had a bowl of nails for breakfast this morning!
    Reg: Yeah, so?
    Tough Guy: Without any milk.
    Reg: (visibly intimidated) Uh, right this way, sorry to keep you waiting...
  • Metronomic Man Mashing: Props goes to Patrick for being able to do this to himself.
  • Mistaken for an Imposter: Reg sees someone who looks like SpongeBob with a black pompadour, so naturally he thinks it's just a disguise. But just as he's about to unmask him, the real SpongeBob arrives wearing a rainbow wig (his idea of a tough hairdo). Reg apologizes to the stranger and lets him in.
  • Seinfeldian Conversation: The two nerds get into a discussion over whether a shaved head counts as a hairdo or not.
  • Shout-Out: The tough guy that says that he ate a bowl of nails for breakfast without any milk is likely a reference to Arthur, where it was rumored that Mr. Ratburn (a Stern Teacher that kids viewed as strict and mean) does the same thing.
  • The Un-Reveal: We never get to see what the inside of the Salty Spitoon looks like, nor what do the attendants actually do in there.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Even Sandy doesn't understand what she means when she says that Spongebob is acting weirder than "a rattlesnake in a pickle barrel."
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Spongebob is finally allowed into the Salty Spittoon...only to slip on an ice cube and get himself injured.

Squidward meets his rival Squilliam again, and to show him off, he lies about running a fancy restaurant. Now he has to get SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs to help him cover up his lie by turning the Krusty Krab into a high-class eatery, but will it all go according to plan?

Squilliam Returns contains examples of:

  • Armor-Piercing Question: SpongeBob being asked his name, due to having forgotten it when he cleared his mind of everything that did not involve fine dining. It causes him to go berserk.
  • Bound and Gagged: SpongeBob does this to Mr. Krabs and Patrick once he "empties his mind."
  • Brick Joke: The world's smallest violin.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    Squidward: This is serious!
    Mr. Krabs: I know! This really is the World's Smallest Violin. See? [Camera focuses on his hand, showing the really small violin he is using.]
  • Continuity Nod: In "No Weenies Allowed", Spongebob mentioned stubbing his toe in his spice garden the other day. In this episode, when the mini-Spongebobs in his brain are getting rid of all his knowledge except fine dining and breathing, one of the pieces of paper they shred says "spice garden tips".
  • A Day in the Limelight: For Squidward.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Squidward makes up a story about running a 5-star formal restaurant and is surprised when the people he lies to say they want to dine there.
  • Downer Ending: Squidward is exposed as being just a fast-food cashier and not a fancy 5-star restaurateur to Squilliam, who leads all the rich patrons away to his balloon casino after bullying Squidward once more. Squidward can only sit and grieve as while Mr. Krabs continues to play sad violin music just to mock him more.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The episode features Squidward once again encountering his rival Squilliam and attempting to show him off again. It doesn't work this time.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Spongebob empties his mind of everything that doesn't have to do with fine dining and breathing... including his name!
  • Hypocritical Humor: This happens when Squidward told SpongeBob to empty his mind and his mind has various SpongeBobs emptying his mind:
    SpongeBob # 1: Hurry up! What do you think I'm paying you for?
    SpongeBob # 2: You don't pay me. We don't even exist. We're just a clever visual metaphor used to personify the abstract concept of thought.
    SpongeBob # 1: One more crack like that and you're outta here!
    SpongeBob # 2: (Down on his knees and begging) NO! Please! I have three kids!
  • Imagine the Audience Naked: Squidward attempts to imagine Squilliam in his underwear, but he turns out hot.
  • It Came from the Fridge: Mr. Krabs' "appetizer", which breaks loose and attacks.
  • Lampshade Hanging: SpongeBob has to forget everything he knows except fine dining (and breathing). This is visualized by little SpongeBobs in his brain shredding documents, burning them, etc. One of them asks his boss why he should work harder, as they're just "...a clever visual metaphor used to personify the abstract concept of thought." When the boss then threatens to fire said worker he's begging for him not to, because he has wife and kids.
  • Lethal Chef: Mr. Krabs. He served as head chef on the S.S. Diarrhea.
    Squidward: But I thought you said you were the head chef on the S.S. Gourmet!
    Mr. Krabs: Did I say that? No, I cleaned the bathrooms at the Gourmet. I was the head chef on the S.S. Diarrhea.
  • Maintain the Lie: After telling Squilliam that he runs a high-class restaurant, Squidward has to convince SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs to turn the Krusty Krab into a fine-dining establishment.
  • Mental World: SpongeBob's mind is a newspaper office where little SpongeBobs work. See Lampshade Hanging.
  • Oh, Crap!: Squidward: "T-t-t-t-t-t-tonight??!"
  • Plot Hole: Spongebob is shown to forget his name, but after serving Squilliam, Squidward speaks to him as if Spongebob already knows his name.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders:
    Squidward: Try to imagine him in his underwear...oh no, he's hot!
  • Team Rocket Wins: Squilliam.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Mr. Krabs laughs off Squidward's lament until he finds out that the person coming to torment him tonight is Squillium, at which point he gleefully agrees to "take him to the cleaners."
  • World's Smallest Violin: Parodied. Mr. Krabs makes fun of Squidward like this, and when Squidward tells him to be serious, Krabs insists that he is in fact playing the world's smallest violin. He reappears throughout the episode to underscore sad moments until Squidward tells him to cut it out.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Squilliam forces Squidward to admit his lie after the facade literally comes crashing down, then pretends to confess to Squidward that he made up his lavish lifestyle and is a cashier as well just to rub it in his face that he's "filthy stinkin' rich!"

Reg: I think you'd be more comfortable over at that wiki.
SpongeBob: TV Tropes Jr.'s?!

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