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Recap / SpongeBob SquarePants S 1 E 18 "Texas" / "Walking Small"

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United States airdate: March 22, 2000

Canada airdate: December 23, 2000

When Sandy gets homesick and decides to move back to Texas, SpongeBob and Patrick try everything to keep her from leaving.

The episode begins with SpongeBob, Patrick and Sandy playing in the sand at Goo Lagoon. While the dimwitted duo make pretend with sand piles and their hands Sandy makes Texas, which SpongeBob has no knowledge of. Before Sandy can explain what a “Texas” is, the sand is washed away from the tide. She walks off sadly while SpongeBob tries to cheer her up but Sandy reveals she’s feeling homesick. SpongeBob and Patrick then blindfold her and take her to her treedome but only make things worse. She begins crying, and runs off. To keep her friends out, she put up the shields to close off. Both SpongeBob and Patrick are confused until they hear Sandy singing a song from on top of her treedome about how she’s homesick for Texas (with country singer Junior Brown’s voice at the end to boot). They decide to cheer up Sandy by throwing a Texas-themed party for her at the Krusty Krab. They rush over to Sandy's house to ask her to come to the Krusty Krab with them, but it looks like they’re too late as she’s already on the bus back to Texas. SpongeBob is shocked by this, and tries to convince her to go to the Krusty Krab, but she’s made up her mind and leaves. SpongeBob is heartbroken and Patrick wonders out loud "What's so great about dumb ol' Texas?" Suddenly, the bus barrels backwards down the road as Sandy was gravely offended by Patrick's remark. When Patrick then asks if he can say that people from Texas are dumb only makes it worse… and gives SpongeBob an idea. He and Patrick continue insulting Texas, and Sandy begins chasing them back to the Krusty Krab. Patrick continuously insults Texas, thinking Sandy is too slow to catch up to them, only to soon realize that she is catching up to them and she’s angry. Sandy lassos Patrick and nearly catches SpongeBob as he hangs by a finger to the door handle of the Krusty Krab, ripping it and the rest of the front off. Sandy realizes that Bikini Bottom is her home and she’ll stay. Everyone (except Squidward) cheers and Patrick asks "Yeah, who needs dumb old Texas?" Sandy gets angry once again, and Patrick asks "Should I start running now?" as the episode ends.


Texas shows examples of:

  • An Aesop:
  • Berserk Button: "Don't you dare take the name of Texas in vain!"
  • Bullying a Dragon: SpongeBob and Patrick do so to Sandy to get her to come to the Krusty Krab.
  • Cry Laughing: Sandy does this when she sees the surprise SpongeBob and Patrick made for her.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: You insulted Texas? Prepare to be hog-tied and blown up!!
  • Everybody Cries: Sandy's song about her homesickness for Texas causes a short montage of SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, and two Krusty Krab customers bursting into tears from listening to the song.
  • Everything Makes a Mushroom: Patrick gets roped by Sandy and is pulled away into the horizon, after which there is a huge mushroom cloud.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: To get Sandy riled up to chase him, SpongeBob shakes his butt as pronounces "Texas" as "Teeex-ASS!"
    • Also this...
    SpongeBob: Patrick, your genius is showing.
    Patrick: Where!?
  • Gone Horribly Right: SpongeBob and Patrick try insulting Texas so that Sandy can angrily chase them and thus lure her to her goodbye party. It's only afterward that the two realize that they've triggered Unstoppable Rage in Sandy and now have to run for their lives.
  • Here We Go Again!: Patrick once again incurs Sandy's wrath by insulting Texas.
    Patrick: Should I start running now?
  • Melancholy Musical Number: "Texas", which Sandy sings due to her being homesick.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Patrick when he sees Sandy chasing after him and SpongeBob.
    • SpongeBob gives a bigger one when a mushroom cloud comes from Sandy's beat down on Patrick.
  • Parody: SpongeBob does a... less-than-Affectionate Parody of "Deep In The Heart Of Texas" when egging Sandy on.
    "The stars at night are dull and dim / Whenever they have to be over dumb ol' stupid Texas!"
  • Sand In My Eyes: SpongeBob asks Sandy what is she crying about, and she bluntly claims she sprung a leak, but SpongeBob knew she wasn't.
  • Shaking the Rump: To lure Sandy to the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob does this in front of her while mockingly saying "Texas".
  • Special Guest: Junior Brown who sings the last line of the song "Texas".
  • Through a Face Full of Fur: Sandy angrily blushes the entire time as SpongeBob and Patrick mock Texas in front of her.
  • Tranquil Fury: Sandy responds to Patrick insulting Texas with a calm, menacing "What did you say?".
  • Visual Pun: For Sandy's Texas party, SpongeBob brought barby Qs, peas-in-a-can pies, squares (well, cubes) for square dancing with, and ten gallon hats made from gallon containers.
  • With a Foot on the Bus: Sandy quite literally has one foot on the bus just as SpongeBob and Patrick catch up to her and try to get her to stay, but to no avail. Of course, as soon as Patrick mentions "dumb ol' Texas," the bus reverses immediately and Sandy angrily steps off to tell him not to dare take the name of Texas in vain! SpongeBob and Patrick decide to egg her on in order to lure her down to the Krusty Krab for her surprise party, where she realizes that Bikini Bottom was her home and decides to stay.

Walking Small

United States airdate: March 22, 2000

Canada airdate: December 23, 2000

Plankton plots to use SpongeBob as an unwitting pawn to drive away the beach patrons so he can build his new Mega Bucket restaurant.

The episode starts with Plankton arriving at Goo Lagoon in his bulldozer to tell everyone to leave as he plans to make it the future site of the "Chum Bucket Mega Bucket”. Seeing how he’s so small, his efforts are in waste and he needs someone a lot bigger to scare everyone away. Fortunately SpongeBob nearly steps on him and Plankton hatches his plan. He’ll make SpongeBob more “assertive” and force everyone to leave. When SpongeBob loses his chance to get ice cream, he finds Plankton weeping loudly on a bench. Plankton can’t eat two ice creams and SpongeBob offers to eat the spare. When SpongeBob is done enjoying his dessert Plankton tells him he can get anything if he’s more “assertive”. His first example is on the guy who stole his ice cream, but SpongeBob is too nice to get it back. Plankton, in SpongeBob’s mouth, threatens the eel who runs off crying. SpongeBob’s next example is Scooter, but SpongeBob's attempts only make things better for him. Plankton gives up before SpongeBob shows he can be assertive. SpongeBob proceeds to show how assertive he is by acting like a huge jerk, all according to Plankton’s plan. When SpongeBob scares everyone off Plankton shows his true colors, much to SpongeBob’s dismay, and tells him “nice guys finish last” and “only aggressive people conquer the world!” But not aggressively nice people, as SpongeBob‘s generosity brings everyone back. The episode ends with SpongeBob playing volleyball with the other beach goers, as the ball.

Walking Small shows examples of:

  • An Aesop: You should be assertive without acting like a jerk to others.
  • And That's Terrible: "You used me... for land development! That wasn't nice!"
  • Be the Ball: SpongeBob makes himself into a volleyball to replace the one he destroyed during his rampage.
  • Bottle Episode: The whole episode is set at Goo Lagoon.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Plankton berates SpongeBob for not being enough of a stand-up guy. SpongeBob responds by telling a terrible joke about airline food.
  • Community-Threatening Construction: Plankton wants to build his new Chum Bucket Mega Bucket on the beach at Goo Lagoon. Subverted in that he's too small to be taken seriously, and his construction equipment is mistaken for toys. So he plans to drive the beachgoers away with SpongeBob's unwitting help. He also gets a full-sized bulldozer.
  • The Corrupter: Plankton to SpongeBob.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first Plankton episode that has absolutely NO involvement with stealing the Krabby Patty Formula. A few episodes coming later on (especially starting with Season 6) would also have little to no involvement with stealing the formula.
  • Extreme Doormat: SpongeBob is revealed to be this, as Plankton lampshades this.
    Plankton: SpongeBob, you'll never get what you want! You'll always let people step all over you! You're just like stairs!
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: When Plankton urges SpongeBob to get a fat person off of him by being assertive, he just sticks his finger in the man's pocket, causing him to shout "Not insertive!"
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While Plankton really is using SpongeBob as an Unwitting Pawn for his schemes, he nonetheless makes a valid point when he calls him out on being an Extreme Doormat.
  • A Lesson Learned Too Well: SpongeBob takes Plankton's lessons to heart and becomes a massive jerk to everybody, which was all Plankton's plan.
  • Literal-Minded: When Plankton makes SpongeBob confront the eel who took his ice-cream.
    Plankton: Tell him off, SpongeBob! Be assertive!
    SpongeBob: Hey, that's my ice cream!
    Plankton: Now, let him have it!
    SpongeBob: You can have it.
    Plankton: NO!
  • Manipulative Bastard: Plankton for tricking SpongeBob into driving away all the beachgoers.
  • Nice Guys Finish Last:
    Plankton: Haven’t you figured it out, SpongeBob? Nice guys finish last. Only aggressive people conquer the world! (laughs evilly)
  • Preemptive "Shut Up":
    Plankton: You've got to be aggressive to get the things you want. You're too soft.
    SpongeBob: But I'm a spon...
    Plankton: Don't say it!
  • Teach Him Anger: Plankton teaches SpongeBob to be a jerkass.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: SpongeBob when Plankton teaches him to be aggressive. Of course, this was all Plankton's plan to drive away the beachgoers to build his new restaurant.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Plankton after SpongeBob foils his plan.
  • Wangst: In-Universe. Done intentionally by Plankton to con Spongebob into joining him by sobbing about having two ice cream cones but only needing one.
  • What Have I Done: Realizing that Plankton taught and then used him for land development, SpongeBob reacts this trope.

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