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Recap / SpongeBob SquarePants S 1 E 12 "The Chaperone" / "Employee of the Month"

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United States airdate: October 2, 1999

Canada airdate: September 30, 2000

After his daughter gets stood up by her prom date, Mr. Krabs has SpongeBob be Pearl's date.

The Chaperone contains examples of:

  • An Aesop: Played with. SpongeBob realized that by pretending to be long, tan and handsome, he only caused a disaster. He just decided to be himself and do the Sponge, only to cause more chaos.
  • Bait-and-Switch: When SpongeBob takes Pearl back home, an angry Mr. Krabs threatens him to "Keep away from me precious flower!" He actually means the flower he planted on his front yard.
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  • Bathroom Stall of Angst: When SpongeBob realizes he has ruined Pearl's prom, he runs off crying and locks himself in the bathroom. The girls' bathroom.
  • Be the Ball: SpongeBob becomes a ball during his dance routine and Pearl tosses him into a basketball hoop.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Arguably the high school.
  • Black Comedy: It's implied that several people died as a result of doing The Sponge.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • SpongeBob runs to the bathroom breaking into tears after he realizes he messed up the prom. Ironically, he cried because he was trying to keep Pearl from crying.
    • Pearl does this too, but with much less intensity at the very beginning of the episode.
  • Brick Joke: SpongeBob's realistic wax dummy of himself. The first time he uses it is midway through Pearl's meltdown, then he uses it again at the end after taking Pearl home.
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  • Closed Door Rapport: Pearl consoles SpongeBob through the ladies room door when he locks himself inside.
  • Dance Sensation: The Sponge. It quickly goes wrong.
  • High-School Dance: The story takes place during Pearl's prom, where SpongeBob leads the students in a dance routine, to disastrous results.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Pearl's ex boyfriend, Octavius Rex AKA Mr. "Long, Tan and Handsome," is revealed to be a plain-looking geeky anchovie.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: Pearl is able to understand SpongeBob through his Inelegant Blubbering.
  • Ninja Log: Mr. Krabs asks SpongeBob to take Pearl to her prom, but then the real SpongeBob appears and shows him the exact replica of himself he made, which is whom Krabs was talking to. In the end, it is implied that the dummy SpongeBob is the one who went with Pearl.
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  • Ocular Gushers: Pearl's tears flood the Krusty Krab.
  • Scoring Points: Pearl shoots a Ball!SpongeBob through a hoop during The Sponge, for some reason.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: SpongeBob makes himself like this as Pearl's date. He tans himself in a toaster, puts on a toupee for the handsome part and wears stilts to make himself taller (which make it difficult for him to walk).
  • Torches and Pitchforks: Happens to Pearl and SpongeBob at the very end of the episode due to The Sponge causing chaos.
  • You Didn't See That: SpongeBob claims to have won a dancing trophy, but when the guy actually holding the trophy takes it back, SpongeBob says "That didn't just happen."

United States airdate: October 2, 1999

Canada airdate: September 30, 2000

Squidward and SpongeBob compete over who will get the Employee of the Month award at the Krusty Krab.

Employee of The Month contains examples of:

  • Agitated Item Stomping: Squidward stomps on SpongeBob's hat, but SpongeBob kept a lead brick there for just such an occassion.
  • Agony of the Feet: What happens once Squidward actually stomps on the hat.
  • Ambiguous Ending: We never learn who got the award, although judging from how they destroyed the Krusty Krab in the process, it's likely that no one got it.
  • An Aesop:
    • Aggressive competition instead of friendly competition only leads to bitterness and frustration from both parties. It can also result in getting reckless in trying to one-up the other, which can hurt everyone and everything involved.
    • It is best not to offer an "Employee of the Month" reward if it means your employees just turn on each other and use aggressive tactics that are unproductive if not even hazardous to your workplace.
  • Bad Liar: Squidward, who tried manipulating SpongeBob into thinking that being Employee of the Month is either pointless or shameful.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: Squidward and Spongebob when debating the merits of the Employee of the Month award. On one hand, Spongebob is right that nothing is wrong with taking pride in your work and it can make the job worthwhile, especially if you are recognized for your hard work. On the other hand, Squidward has a point that many unscrupulous bosses simply use awards to keep employees happy without actually doing much if anything to treat them better note ; and that giving employees such awards is a potential way to butter them up enough to do extra work without extra compensation.
  • Broken Record: "Hey, Squidward. Hey, Squidward. Hey, Squidward..."
  • Captain Oblivious: Mr. Krabs has just no idea why SpongeBob and Squidward are being so competitive during the morning of the day when the "Employee of the Month" is judged.
  • Crazy-Prepared:
    • "An experienced employee of the month always keeps a brick of lead in his hat."
    • Squidward has dozens of alarm clocks to replace the ones SpongeBob breaks.
  • Crippling the Competition: Goes back and forth between Squidward and Spongebob.
  • Don't Be Ridiculous:
    SpongeBob: Do you know what day it is?
    Squidward: Annoy Squidward Day?
    SpongeBob: No, silly. That's on the fifteenth.
  • Escalating War: SpongeBob and Squidward trying to stop each other from getting to work first, then trying to outdo each other once they get there.
  • Feud Episode: This is the first one for SpongeBob and Squidward who become competitive over who gets to win the Employee of the Month Award.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: A literal example. The Krabby Patty meat hitting the fan is clearly meant to resemble... something else.note  It even has a fart sound accompany it.
  • Internal Monologue: SpongeBob and Squidward silently smile at each other while shaking on a deal to compete fairly, but we hear their thoughts reveal that they plan to stab each other in the back the first chance they get.
    SpongeBob: He's nothing but a lying, boneless, ink-squirting, big-nosed phony!
    Squidward: Look at that bucktoothed, cornfed smile. You can't trust him as far as you can throw him!
    SpongeBob: As soon as he stops shaking my hand...
    Squidward: I'm gonna make a run for it!
  • The Man in the Mirror Talks Back: SpongeBob's photos on the Employee of the Month wall tell him to stop Squidward.
  • Manipulative Bastard: The "March" month General SpongeBob who convinces the real, analogous one that Squidward actually is out to get his award. Squidward at first had no interest in getting the award, but after SpongeBob tried tampering with his clock and breaking into his own house, he tries to take the award out of spite.
  • No Ending: It is never decided who is Employee of the Month at the end, nor is the mystery of whether the customers actually were made to pay for the loosely distributed, copious Krabby Patties ever solved.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Squidward, normally a lazy employee who claims Employee of the Month is a scam at the start of the episode, actually wants to win the award later. This is because Spongebob breaks into his house to sabotage his quality of work and then insinuates he's better than Squidward for winning in the first place.
  • Rain of Something Unusual: When Spongebob and Squidward accidentally blow up the Krusty Krab as they're fighting over the award, specifically when they're making loads of Krabby Patties that it fills the restaurant full until it explodes, making Krabby Patties rain from the sky, much to the dismay of Mr. Krabs.
  • Running Gag: Squidward being hit by Krabby Patty meat from the fan.
  • Serious Business: Winning the Employee of The Month Award!
  • Shout-Out:
    • The patty meat hitting Squidward is a reference to The Shining.
    • SpongeBob talking to his Employee of the Month awards is a reference to Full Metal Jacket.
    • Squidward's many alarm-clocks is an homage to Groundhog Day.
  • Title Drop: Numerous times.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Mr. Krabs. He sets off SpongeBob's paranoia against Squidward by joking that Squidward might win the titular award this month (despite being just as lazy as usual.)
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: SpongeBob says he won Employee of the Month 26 times in a row, but the wall shows 43 portraits.
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