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Recap / SpongeBob SquarePants S1 E2 "Bubblestand" / "Ripped Pants"

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United States airdate: July 17, 1999

Canada airdate: March 11, 2000

It's a beautiful day in Bikini Bottom and SpongeBob decides it's the perfect day to build a bubblestand, much to Squidward's annoyance. Now for only 25 cents, SpongeBob will teach anyone who's willing the proper technique to creating the perfect bubble. Just as Squidward wonders aloud who would be stupid enough to pay to blow bubbles, Patrick shows up and SpongeBob begins his show of amazing bubble creations, which bothers Squidward even further. When Squidward's attempts to blow bubbles for himself fail, he is forced to do his own take on SpongeBob's technique with unexpected results.


Tropes present in Bubblestand (YMMV here):

  • Achievements in Ignorance: Squidward somehow manages to blow a really big bubble by making a mocking demonstration of SpongeBob's bubble-blowing technique and then screaming loudly into the wand. He doesn't realize what he's accomplished until he stops screaming to catch his breath.
  • Bottle Episode: The entire episode is set at SpongeBob's home lane Conch Street.
  • Blowing a Raspberry: What Squidward's bubbles do when he blows them.
  • Broken Record: After Squidward successfully did the technique, SpongeBob and Patrick chant his name until a giant bubble approaches Squidward's house. What's their reaction? Chant his name again!
  • Correlation/Causation Gag: SpongeBob blows a tugboat bubble which sounds off a deep, loud horn when it pops. At the time, Squidward was playing his clarinet in his house, confusing him and causing him to shake the thing as if he made that sound.
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  • Double Take: SpongeBob's bubble blowing technique includes three in a row.
  • Floating in a Bubble: Squidward's house towards the end.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The giant bubble that Squidward makes then captures his house and sends it floating high above the ground, popping and sending the house crashing back down at his expense.
  • I Am Not Weasel: Patrick calls Spongebob's bubble elephant a giraffe.
  • Minimalist Cast: Only SpongeBob, Patrick and Squidward appear.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: SpongeBob's bubble blowing technique.
  • Overly Long Gag: SpongeBob hammering slowly and looking back at Squidward's house on the pause.
  • Running Gag: Patrick going too long with his reactions long after SpongeBob stops with his.
  • Tasty Gold: SpongeBob bites into a quarter Patrick gave him to see if it's real... despite it being the exact same quarter he gave Patrick mere seconds before. He does the same thing to Squidward's quarter, which bends when he bites it.
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  • Toilet Humor: The giant bubble lets out a gigantic fart that somehow spares Squidward's house.
  • Up to Eleven: "AND NOW WITH TWO HANDS!!!"
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Squidward briefly learns how to play the clarinet well after using SpongeBob's bubble technique until his house gets sucked inside a giant bubble, and it loudly pops, apparently destroying his clarinet skills.

United States airdate: July 17, 1999

Canada airdate: March 11, 2000

SpongeBob is spending the day at Goo Lagoon with Sandy and is having fun making her laugh, but finds the spotlight stolen by the buff and athletic Larry the Lobster. While trying to join them in lifting weights, SpongeBob rips his pants in front of everyone and is humiliated. He then discovers that everyone thought he did it on purpose and finds him hilarious. SpongeBob then proceeds to find creative ways to split his pants and send everyone in hysterics...until he does so after pretending to drown. Joining several other miscasts on the beach, he learns that if he wants to win over his friends, just be song!

Tropes present in Ripped Pants (YMMV here):

  • An Aesop:
    • Lampshaded in the song: you don't have to act funny to be funny, just be yourself.
    • Making jokes are fine, but don't go too far to get a laugh.
    • On a more subtle note, don’t pretend to die for the sake of comedy (or any other reason.). It can cause your loved ones to become severely worried, and get you into a lot of trouble when they find out.
  • Bait-and-Switch: One character complains of sand in his buns, then pulls out his hamburger buns full of sand.
  • Beach Bury: An elderly whale is buried in the sand.
  • Beach Episode: The first one of the series.
  • Be Yourself: What SpongeBob's song is about in the end.
  • Big "WHY?!": The lifeguard when he finds the seemingly drowned SpongeBob and believes he arrived too late.
  • Black Comedy: When SpongeBob fakes drowning to get a laugh.
  • Bottle Episode: The episode is set only at Goo Lagoon.
  • Crying Wolf: Spongebob pretends to drown in the lagoon as a set-up for yet another ripper pants joke. Understandably, everyone finds it offensive.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Spongebob sitting in the changing tent as he goes over notes about how everyone reacts to his various ripped pants jokes resembles a standup comedian in his dressing room making notes how the audience reacts to the jokes in their set.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: While the beachgoers were already getting sick of SpongeBob's "ripped pants" schtick, they desert him in disgust once he pretends to drown as a lead-in to yet another variation of it. Sandy spells it out for him.
    Sandy: That wasn't funny, SpongeBob! Y'all had me worried sick!
  • Embarrassingly Painful Sunburn: One of the fish claiming to be the biggest fool on the beach has one.
  • Epic Fail: "Let's see....Lifting weights: Big laugh....Frisbee in face: Kills....Surfing: Knocks 'em dead....Pretending to drown: NO."
  • Faking the Dead: SpongeBob used this to try and make people laugh. It fails horribly, and everyone is mad at him as a result.
  • Must Make Amends: SpongeBob does this with this song with the help of three other miscasts to win everyone back on his side, especially Sandy.
  • Naked People Are Funny: SpongeBob leans in to sign Larry's pants, only for his underwear to rip off completely.
  • Overused Running Gag: SpongeBob ripping his pants becomes this in-story.
  • Rule of Three: Three more "losers" on the beach feel remorseful of SpongeBob.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: SpongeBob's own pants walked out on him after angering everyone with the ripped pants stunt:
    SpongeBob's pants: What do you mean "we"?
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: During the song at the end, the squeaky-voiced SpongeBob somehow sings with a soulful, deep male voice, which doesn't sound anything like him.
  • Snarky Inanimate Object: Spongebob's pants leave him after making a comment that only SpongeBob blew it.
  • Super Strength: Sandy and Larry's strength is first shown in this episode.


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