United States airdate: January 17, 2000
Canada airdate: November 11, 2000
SpongeBob, via astral projection, visits the strange, surreal dreams of his friends.
Sleepy Time provides examples of:
- An Aesop: Perhaps not as obvious with the plot of this episode, but give everyone their private time. You don't always have to be involved with their lives. The spoken line that best fits this aesop was said by Gary who in his dream told SpongeBob, "Beware of your wandering eye, you little poriferan!"
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Plankton dreams of being a giant stomping through Bikini Bottom. Also, SpongeBob turns himself into a skyscraper while in Patrick's dream.
- Bowdlerization: The original "Man from Peru" limmerick (There once was a man from Nantucket) is not about a Marshmallow Dream, but A Date with Rosie Palms.
- Though the original version of it that was published in 1902 is instead about a man from Nantucket who kept all his money in a bucket until his daughter named Nan ran away with a man, ending with the Pun "and as for the bucket, Nantucket"
- Brick Joke:
- The last line, "Does anyone have a quarter?"
- While in Gary's dream, he tells SpongeBob a limerick. Later he recites the limerick to the king in Squidward's dream.
- Before SpongeBob goes to bed, he tells Gary to "watch his wandering eye." When Dream!SpongeBob leaves Gary's dream, Gary tells him, "Beware of your wandering eye." They each follow it up with the proper phylum each character belongs to, as well (mollusk and poriferan)
- When SpongeBob looks at his picture on his dream license, he comments that he should have grown a mustache. Later, in Mr. Krabs' dream, he sees that Mr. Krabs has a mustache in his license photo.
- Catapult Nightmare: Plankton wakes up at his desk like this after SpongeBob leaves his dream. Also, SpongeBob himself does this indirectly when Squidward pats him awake near the ending.
- Covered in Gunge: Sandy falls into a pile of clam manure.
- Dream Episode: Spongebob starts out by having a strange, driving-related dream, when a dream version of Mrs. Puff rips away his dream license. Now out of his own dream, he starts to explore the dreams of his friends and messes each and every one of them up- for example, in Plankton's dream of being a giant monster destroying the town, Spongebob ends up defeating and shrinking him.
- Dream Walker: SpongeBob becomes one after his dream self falls out of his dream bubble and starts entering other people's dream bubbles.
- Enemy Mine: Krabs and Plankton put their differences aside and join forces to order SpongeBob to refrain from trespassing into their dreams.
- Even the Dog Is Ashamed: Gary is among the people calling out SpongeBob for intruding in their dreams.
- Eye Beams: Plankton has them in his dream.
- Fantasy Twist: Patrick's dream is just him riding a seahorse kiddy ride in a blank white universe. When the ride stops and Patrick loses his last quarter, he just sits there.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: A quick glance at the driver's license SpongeBob gets in his dream reveals his birthday as July 14, 1986.
- Mr. Krabs' license in his dream reveals his birthday as November 30, 1942.
- Funny Animal: Gary, in his own dream, is tall, can walk on two legs, has human hands, and speaks in a sophisticated manner with Spongebob in his library.
- Giant Foot of Stomping: Dream Plankton as a giant stomps on SpongeBob, who at the last moment turns himself into a thumbtack. Plankton then deflates like a balloon back to his normal size, and one of his victims gets even by stomping on him.
- Giftedly Bad: SpongeBob pretending to be Squidwards clarinet, by morphing into the shape of the instrument and then shrieking LA LA LA LA LA!!!! horribly. The audience is moved to tears by the beautiful music.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Pearl's dream is her having a tea party with her stuffed animals.Pearl: Boys don't understand the sophistication of tea parties. Right, Mr. Stuffy?
- Inertial Impalement: Just as Giant Plankton is stomping him, SpongeBob turns into a pushpin, making Plankton stab himself in the foot and deflate back to normal.SpongeBob: I think he got the point.
Plankton: WAAAAH! [starts shrinking; as he screams his voice gets higher and higher until he goes back to his normal, puny size. Three burnt fish walk up to Plankton looking mad] Well, I guess I've got some explaining to do, huh? [one of the burnt fish lowers his foot onto him] No! No! NO! NOT THE FACE! [gets squished. Plankton wakes up screaming and his dream cloud pops, making Dream!SpongeBob fall to the ground]
- Ironic Echo: After Gary sticks his eyestalks in SpongeBob's socks, SpongeBob tells him "Mind your wandering eye, you little mollusk." Later, as SpongeBob leaves Gary's dream, Dream Gary warns him "Beware your wandering eye, you little poriferan."
- Jerkass Ball: Everyone at the end, when they scold SpongeBob for going into their dreams. The only one who isnt a jerk at the end is Patrick, of all people, probably because SpongeBob didn't do anything to annoy him in his dream. Though that doesn't explain why Gary and Pearl are annoyed.
- Karmic Death: When Plankton is reduced to normal size in his dream, one person decides to crush him under his foot the way he crushed Bikini Bottom
- Last-Second Word Swap: "Not a parakeet! Para- [Splat!] -medic."
- Marshmallow Dream: Referenced when Gary reads a limerick about it to SpongeBobThere was an old man from Peru / Who dreamed he was eating his shoe / He woke with a fright / In the middle of the night / To find that his dream had come true.
- Me's a Crowd: SpongeBob duplicates himself a million times in Patrick's dream to show him all the things he can do while dreaming.
- Moby Schtick: Mr. Krabs dreams of catching "The mighty Moby Dollar".
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Garys voice in his dream is influenced by that of Richard Haydn, best-known as the Caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland.
- Not in the Face!: Plankton shouts it in his dream after he's Brought Down to Normal and one of his victims raises his foot to stomp on him.
- Not So Above It All:
- The king in Squidward's dream is amused by the man from Peru limmerick.
- Both the king and the audience chase SpongeBob out of the theater like a bunch of fangirls after the performance.
- Off with His Head!: In Squidwards dream, the king threatens to behead Squidward if he doesnt play his clarinet well.
- Overworked Sleep: Plankton, apparently, seeing as the episode shows him sleeping at his desk.
- Ow, My Body Part!: When Plankton zaps someone offscreen, someone screams "My leg!"
- Plot Hole: Gary and Pearl are among those annoyed at SpongeBob for appearing in their dreams, but he didn't do anything in their dreams that inconvenienced them in any way.
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: Dream Plankton. He says "Zap!" when using his Eye Beams, "Crush!" when he crushes the Krusty Krab, and even "Lick!" while licking the Krusty Krab sign.
- Shout-Out: Gary quotes an Emily Dickinson poem in his dream. And while reading it, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Concerto 21 In C, 2nd Mvt." plays. Squidward is also called Wolfgang Amadeus Tentacles in his dream. Plankton's dream is also a throwback to old kaiju films.
- Suddenly Voiced: Gary is able to speak fluent English in his dream.
- Sugar Bowl: Pearl's dream takes place in a candy-colored Fluffy Cloud Heaven.
- This Billboard Needs Some Salt: Giant Plankton, after stomping on the Krusty Krab, picks up the sign and licks it like a lollipop.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Everyone except for Patrick tell SpongeBob off for appearing and annoying them in their dreams.
- White Void Room: Patricks dream is this, with only a coin-operated kids seahorse ride, which promptly stops working when he runs out of quarters.
- Wrong Parachute Gag: In Sandy's dream, she and SpongeBob are skydiving, and she tells him he needs a "big ol' parachute." SpongeBob misunderstands and inflates his shoes (big ol' pair of shoes), then pulls out a parakeet. Sandy spends so much time correcting SpongeBob she forgets to deploy her parachute and lands on a truck full of clam manure, while SpongeBob breaks through the ground and out of Sandy's dream cloud.
United States airdate: January 17, 2000
Canada airdate: November 11, 2000
After leaving the refrigerator door open when making a midnight snack, SpongeBob comes down with "the suds," the sponge equivalent of a bad cold. Afraid to go to the doctor, he lets Patrick help, but his "treatments" only make him worse.
Suds provides examples of:
- Afraid of Doctors: Patrick scares SpongeBob with scary stories about the doctor, terrifying him out of his wits. Said stories are hardly scary; reading old magazines in a waiting room and the coldness of a stethoscope are practically mundane.
- An Aesop:
- If you don't feel good, go to the doctor. Home remedies and what your friends say aren't going to be enough, especially when you're really sick.
- Don't pretend to be an expert on something you aren't specialized in or don't understand. It can cause further problems and makes you look like a fool when the real solution comes.
- Don't let people scare you away from things you actually need, like the doctor.
- Bad Liar: Patrick is so desperate to keep SpongeBob from going to see a real doctor, that he keeps up his act as one, even after it's clear he's in over his head and his 'treatments' are useless placebos at best and harmful to SpongeBob at worst. When Sandy clearly sees SpongeBob having a very bad case of halitosis due to his illness, Patrick feigns ignorance of it despite clearly pinning a clothespin on his face so he won't smell it. And as soon as he's proven wrong by SpongeBob's fast and pleasant treatment (and the giant lollipop he got for it) he goes two faced and tries to feign having the suds too (by blowing a tiny bubble from a bubble wand) so he'll get the reward SpongeBob did.
- Blatant Lies: Despite being horribly pale, congested, and sneezing, SpongeBob insists several times that hes okay. He later admits that hes sick and asks Sandy to take him to the doctor.
- Comically Inept Healing: Patrick's "treatments" for curing SpongeBob's suds.
- Creator Cameo: The showering man that SpongeBob gets rubbed on for his treatment is Tom Kenny.
- DIY Dentistry: Patrick tries to treat Spongebob through several, yet ineffective, methods. One of which is where Patrick pulls Spongebob's teeth out using the doorknob method to cure his suds and asked Spongebob if it worked. Spongebob awkwardly replied with a missing tooth that it didn't.
- Early Installment Weirdness
- Karma is a rare occurrence in this show (presumably because moral behavior is rarely funny), especially in later episodes and especially to characters like Patrick, who gets away with quite a lot due to his idiocy and eventually becomes an outright bully. This is one of the very few times in the entire series he's done something bad and gotten properly punished for it.
- This was also before Mr. Krabs became more avaricious and selfish, so giving SpongeBob a little time off to get better seems especially nice of him. Granted, it was for a good reason: he didn't want him contaminating the food.
- Eye Scream: SpongeBob gets so sick that his eyes actually start rolling down his face and he has to nudge them back up.
- Freeze Sneeze: When SpongeBob is very cold, he starts sneezing, and ends up getting sick a bit later on.
- Green Around the Gills: As SpongeBob's illness progresses, he goes from being his regular healthy yellow, to icy blue, to deathly pale, and then to a light sickly green.
- Happy Ending: At least by this show's standards. SpongeBob is healed and is given a giant lollipop, making him no longer afraid of the doctor, while Patrick is punished for all of the terrible things he did throughout the episode, especially impersonating a doctor.
- Honor Before Reason: Apparently the reason SpongeBob dragged himself to work despite being sick to the point of having trouble even standing up. Gary tries to talk him out of it (which angers him), to no avail. Luckily, Mr Krabs does the logical thing, and sends him home so he can rest.
- Hypocrite: Patrick spends the whole episode trying to keep SpongeBob from seeing a real doctor on the whim of a rumor he heard, but as soon as he finds out the benefits of SpongeBob seeing the doctor (getting a giant lollipop for free) he tries to feign having an illness right there so he'll get the same reward, unwittingly setting himself up for a painful and karmic humiliation not a few seconds later.
- Inflating Body Gag: SpongeBob filling up with bubbles after Patrick plugs his pores, causing him to swell up like a beach ball.
- Innocently Insensitive: Yeah, Patrick shouldn't have played doctor, but he just wanted SpongeBob to get better.
- Instant Ice: Just Add Cold!: When SpongeBob leaves the fridge open all night, his entire house freezes. Even the guy on the TV is shivering and is all bundled up in winter gear.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Patrick when it comes to doctors and medicine.
- Knows a Guy Who Knows a Guy: How Patrick knows about the horrors of the doctor's office.Patrick: I know a guy who knows a guy who went to the doctor once, and the doctor's office is a horrible, horrible place.
- Laser-Guided Karma: After all the stuff he pulled on SpongeBob and Sandy throughout the episode, and then having the nerve to fake having the suds himself when he sees SpongeBob get a lollipop for his treatment, Patrick gets his punishment in the form of the Starfish treatment.
- Lampshade Hanging: Sandy points out to Patrick that he should be arrested for impersonating a doctor.
- Love Bubbles: Averted. It is a very bad sign for a sponge to have pink bubbles coming out of their pores.
- Marshmallow Dream: At the beginning of the episode, a hungry SpongeBob is dreaming about the sky raining Krabby Patties, and wakes up to find himself munching on his pillow.
- Medium-Shift Gag: The "sponge treatment" is SpongeBob being scrubbed by a live-action hand.
- Nightmare Face: The sicker SpongeBob gets, the more hideous he starts to look.
- Nothing Personal: "Just can't have you sneezing all over my food!" (the customers react in horror upon hearing this and scramble out of the Krusty Krab) "No, wait! Wait!"
- Nurse with Good Intentions: Patrick, to SpongeBob. Made a bit more frightening than the usual example, however, as Patrick is legitimately impersonating a doctor and physically and unintentionally torturing SpongeBob. Sandy is so upset by the entire situation that she yells at him that he should be arrested on-the-spot for what he's doing. (In Real Life, she would absolutely be correct in suggesting that.)
- Papa Wolf: Krabs has shades of this when hes clearly worried about an increasingly sick SpongeBob. Then again, he's also worried that he might infect the customers.
- Pet the Dog: This is also one of the rarest moments that Mr. Krabs showed concern about someone like Spongebob, due the latters illness. Its probably more on the side of Krabs being concerned about losing business.
- Post-Treatment Lollipop: After the "Sponge Treatment", SpongeBob is rewarded with a huge lollipop. Patrick sees this and fakes having the suds to get one too - it doesn't go as well for him.
- Rain of Something Unusual: SpongeBob has a dream that it's raining Krabby Patties.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Tom Kenny was very sick when he recorded SpongeBobs dialogue in the episode. Most of those awful-sounding sniffles and sneezes were genuine.
- Sequential Symptom Syndrome: After feeling really shivery, SpongeBob tells Gary that he doesn't feel like himself. Gary's dialogue prompts SpongeBob to say, suddenly sounding very congested, "Don't be silly, Gary, I don't get colds, (sniffle) I get the suds." Gary responds again, and SpongeBob tells him that if he really had the suds, then bubbles would be coming out of him. He then sneezes loudly, causing dozens of pink bubbles to come out of his pores.
- Sick Episode: One of the very few instances of SpongeBob getting sick.
- Sneeze of Doom: Thanks to Patrick's admirable wisdom, SpongeBob ends up an over-inflated beach ball. He comes hurdling towards the Krusty Krab, but stops short of crushing it. Then he sneezes loudly, blowing up the whole restaurant, much to Krabs' chagrin.
- Temporary Bulk Change: Patrick "cures" SpongeBob of the suds by plugging up his pores so bubbles don't come out. Only now the bubbles pile up inside him, making him grow larger with each sneeze like a giant beach ball, until he's as big as the Krusty Krab.
- The Tooth Hurts: One of Patrick's astounding "treatments" for SpongeBob's illness is to do the classic "tie the tooth to the door knob and slam the door" act. Cut to SpongeBob, missing a tooth (though he's too tired to care.)
- Truth in Television: Although Sandy lampshades this to Patrick, anyone in real life would have been arrested for impersonating a doctor.
- Warm Milk Helps You Sleep: SpongeBob goes to the kitchen to whip up some warm milk and a seanut butter sandwich to make him sleep again. One bite of the sandwich and he promptly goes to sleep on the table, spilling his milk, and leaving the fridge door open, thus kicking off the plot.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not Horrific?: Patrick's description of the doctor's office.Patrick: First, they put you in a... waiting room.
SpongeBob: Is that the horrible part?
Patrick: No, it gets worse. They make you read... OLD MAGAZINES!
Patrick: And then the doctor pulls out his STETHOSCOPE!
Patrick: Yes! It's a device so sinister, so icy cold when it touches your bare flesh that... PSSS!
SpongeBob: No! No stethoscope! No psss! No magazines! No PSSS! ... Patrick, I don't wanna go to the doctor!
- Women Are Wiser: Between Sandy and Patrick, Sandy is obviously the wiser option for SpongeBob's health. Both Gary and Mr. Krabs did nothing for SpongeBob other than just ignore or shoo him away.
- Working Through the Cold: SpongeBob attempts this, but Krabs sees how sick he is and sends him home to take it easy.