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Recap / Spongebob Squarepants S 1 E 8 Sandys Rocket Squeaky Boots

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United States airdate: September 4, 1999

Canada airdate: July 1, 2000

Sandy's Rocket: Sandy shows Spongebob her rocket, who wants to go to the moon with her, but she refuses. Patrick and Spongebob go to the rocket while Sandy is sleeping and break in. There, the two accidentally launch into space and around the moon. When returning, they think they are on the moon, and start to kidnap the residents of Bikini Bottom, mistaking them for aliens


Sandy's Rocket provides examples of:

  • Abnormal Ammo: Sandy's collecting guns, which shoot nets to capture samples. SpongeBob and Patrick use it to trap "aliens".
  • Accidental Murder: Implied to be the case with the "whirlybird" incident.
  • An Aesop: Don't mess around with other people's stuff.
  • Black Comedy: SpongeBob apparently has killed a lot of people during the "mishap with [Sandy's] whirlybird", judging on the size of the graveyard she shows him.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Patrick, when he believes he's an alien.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "So you mean to say they've taken what we thought we think and make us think we thought our thoughts we've been thinking our thoughts we think we thought? I think..."
  • The Ditz: Patrick. He holds the gun backwards, causing him to trap himself instead of Spongebob.
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  • Dramatic Irony: SpongeBob and Patrick were unaware they were only looping around the moon and landed right back in Bikini Bottom.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Flatts appears amongst the people kidnapped by Spongebob and Patrick.
  • Eldritch Abomination: What SpongeBob and Patrick see everyone in Bikini Bottom after they crashland the ship.
  • Feelies: This episode and Squeaky Boots had specific scratch and sniff stickers released by Burger King to promote The Rugrats Movie. The smells involved included the scenes where Patrick gets toothpaste in SpongeBob's peanut butter and when SpongeBob pulls out Squidward's hot water bottle. Ironically, the symbol used to signify when to scratch and sniff was accidentally left in the episode until 2002, three years after the stickers were discontinued.
  • Medium Blending: The footage of the rocket blasting off and Sandy blasting off are the first occurrences of the animated characters interacting with the live-action island footage.
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  • Mistaken for Aliens: SpongeBob and Patrick think their friends are aliens and start capturing them. In the end, each thinks the other is an alien as well.
  • No Ending: The episode ends with SpongeBob stranded on the moon with his friends netted, with no resolution. The German radio drama fixes this, by having SpongeBob apologize to everyone.
  • Noodle Incident: According to Sandy, she reminds SpongeBob of his little mishap with her whirlybird, resulting a large graveyard of dead animals.
  • Platonic Cave: SpongeBob thinks this is why the moon looks just like Bikini Bottom. "The aliens must be projecting our thoughts into the environment."
  • Shout-Out: Spongebob saying "Hey, you got toothpaste in my peanut butter" is a reference to the original Reese's Peanut Butter Cups commercial.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: When SpongeBob and Patrick go into Squidward's room, Squidward mumbles incomprehensibly in his sleep and the only word we can understand is "Grandma".
  • They Look Like Us Now: What SpongeBob and Patrick assume when they see all their friends on what they think is the moon.
  • Vocal Dissonance: SpongeBob gets a deep voice when he says "Put me in the brig, I don't mind!"
  • What Happened to the Pet?: Mr. Krabs is seen walking a pet worm, which makes a second appearance in "As Seen on TV" but then never appears again in the course of the series.
  • Wrong Turn at Albuquerque: The rocket actually missed the moon and landed back on Bikini Bottom, but SpongeBob and Patrick don't know that.

United States airdate: September 4, 1999

Canada airdate: July 1, 2000

Squeaky Boots: After getting Pearl the wrong gift for her birthday, Mr. Krabs gives Spongebob a pair of boots, which Spongebob adores. He doesn't take them off, and it results in Mr. Krabs stealing them back and hiding them from Spongebob. Spongebob finds out, and Mr. Krabs is left with a tough decision.

Squeaky Boots provides examples of:

  • An Aesop: If someone is annoying you, even if they're a friend, ask them to stop.
  • Ax-Crazy: Mr. Krabs after Spongebob's boots are hidden under the floorboards of the Krusty Krab, and he keeps hearing the squeaking sounds everywhere he looks.
  • Break the Cutie: SpongeBob is in tears when he finds that his boots had gone missing, due to Mr. Krabs secretly stealing them from him.
  • Carnivore Confusion: One of Pearl's friends, Sheila, is an anthropomorphic squid, which sperm whales like her are known to eat.
  • Counting Sheep: Krabs counts money jumping into his cash register to try to get some sleep.
  • Deranged Animation: Taken Up to Eleven during Krabs' Sanity Slippage; his facial expressions go all over the place but are consistently terrifying.
  • Even the Dog Is Ashamed: Gary also becomes annoyed by the squeaking from SpongeBob's boots, retreating into his shell and coming out with earplugs.
  • Feelies: As mentioned above, this episode and Sandy's Rocket included scratch and sniff cards for specific scenes. This episode only had one sticker, which was used when Mr. Krabs dips the boots in fryer oil, shrinking them.
  • Hiccup Hijinks: At the end of the episode, Mr. Krabs gets the hiccups, which sound like the boots' squeak because he ate them, much to his disdain.
  • Sanity Slippage: The squeaking of SpongeBob's boots causes this to Mr. Krabs, to the point he keeps hearing them even after he hides them under the Krusty Krab's floorboards. Eventually, he resorts to taking the boots out, dunking them in deep-frying oil so they shrivel up, and eating them.
  • Shout-Out: Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart".
  • Terrible Ticking: "It's the squeaking of the hideous boots!"


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