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Recap / SpongeBob SquarePants S 2 E 13 "Prehibernation Week" / "Life of Crime"

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United States airdate: May 5, 2001

Canada airdate: July 13, 2001

Sandy has one week until hibernation, so she wants to get as many extreme activities as she can before then. SpongeBob tries to help out, but soon finds himself in over his head.

Pre-Hibernation Week contains examples of:

  • Adults Dressed as Children: One of the skiers is revealed to be wearing kiddie clothes under his normal clothes. He later appears again when Sandy is looking for SpongeBob. Both times he says "Uhh, I Can Explain."
  • An Aesop:
    • Helping your friends is good, but you should leave enough time for yourself for your own well-being.
    • Don't force or guilt-trip your friends into doing something they don't feel comfortable doing. Alternatively just draw the line with it before things spiral out of control.
  • Artistic License – Biology: If Sandy is about to start hibernating, shouldn't she be trying to fatten herself up so she can make it through Winter, instead of burning carbs with all her extreme sports? Oddly enough, this is apparently what she's been doing a couple of episodes later.
  • Aside Glance: Just as Spongebob gets on Sandy's tandem bicycle for what he thinks is a safe ride through the park, the heavy metal music starts right up again and Spongebob glances fearfully at the camera. It turns out to be the industrial park.
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  • Bowel-Breaking Bricks: Implied when Sandy says that giant clams "like to feed at this hour." SpongeBob's eyes widen in horror as a single bubble pops up from the lake.
  • Broken Ace: Spongebob is pushed to his limits in this episode, to the point where he can't take it anymore.
  • Butt-Monkey: Our spongy friend goes through a lot of extreme and dangerous games here, doesn’t he?
  • Empty Piles of Clothing: Sandy becomes alarmed when she finds SpongeBob's clothes strewn on the ground, because "SpongeBob always folds his clothes before running around... in the nude!"
  • Go-to-Sleep Ending: SpongeBob tries to admit the truth to Sandy, only to see that she has fallen asleep. He laughs in relief and promptly passes out next to her.
  • Human Snowman: Or rather, sponge sandman. While snowboarding with his tongue, SpongeBob runs smack into a sandman some kids were building. The kids, who were trying to bring it to life like in a certain Christmas song, were surprised when the snowman tells them "Life's as extreme as you wanna make it!".
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  • I Heard That: "This is a load of barnacles..."
  • I'm Melting!: Happens to SpongeBob after his and Sandy’s wild ride through the industrial park.
  • Instant Ice: Just Add Cold!: Sandy and SpongeBob dive into a pond of ice-cold water and emerge encased in ice blocks.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: After Sandy suggests going fly fishing on an airplane, a live-action man on the drums plays a Rim Shot.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: Spongebob's response when Sandy announces that their next activity is a ride to the park.
    Spongebob: "Gee that sounds safe! I mean fun."
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Sandy's activities include extreme jacks (you pick them up before a bowling ball crushes you) and riding through the park... the industrial park. Oh, and it's all accompanied by music from Pantera.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • "Uhh, I can explain."
    • Sandy's reaction to finding SpongeBob's clothes implies that he likes to run around nude often.
  • Not So Above It All: One of the first Swapped Roles plots with Sandy and Spongebob, with the latter actually playing Straight Man to Sandy's non-stop sports obsession. When Spongebob hides and Sandy thinks he's missing, things jump even further down the slippery slope...
  • Oh, Crap!: "SpongeBob?" "AAAAAAAAHHHH!!"
  • Shout-Out: To Rebel Without a Cause when Spongebob cries that Sandy's games are "tearing [him] apart!"
  • Special Guest: Pantera play a edited, instrumental version of their single "Death Rattle" called "Pre-Hibernation" for all of the extreme stunts Sandy forces Spongebob into.
  • Stripping Snag: SpongeBob runs away from Sandy when all of the extreme sports she wants him to do with her before hibernation cause him great pain. He decides to hide under Patrick's rock, but gets his pants caught on a reef. The reef pulls them off, leaving him in his underwear. When Sandy finds SpongeBob's pants on the reef, she overreacts as she assumes something terrible must have happened to him, and she forces everyone in Bikini Bottom to form an unnecessary search party for SpongeBob.
  • Think of the Children!: One fish says this to Sandy when she's forcing them to search for SpongeBob nonstop for days. Sandy takes this the wrong way.
  • Title Drop: "You're makin' this the best...pre-hibernation week ever!"
  • Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: Seen briefly on SpongeBob when his confession is halted midway and notices Sandy fell asleep.
  • Wingding Eyes: When Sandy spots SpongeBob, he does an Eye Take with his pupils as skulls and crossbones.

SpongeBob and Patrick discover that Mr. Krabs has a lot of stuff that isn't his. Krabs explains that it's "borrowed" and says that it isn't stealing as long as you give it back before it's missed. Later, they test this out by "borrowing" a balloon, but it pops before they can return it, so now they are criminals on the run!

Life of Crime contains examples of:

  • Acting Unnatural: SpongeBob and Patrick try to act natural after popping the balloon, but they are so freaked out that they just babble and have convulsive fits. The crowd mistakes them for street performers and throw money at them.
  • An Aesop: Don't steal things. Even if they're free or you're just borrowing it, it's always better to ask first before you take it.
  • Bindle Stick: SpongeBob and Patrick carry these when they decide to leave Bikini Bottom. In Patrick's case, he tries to carry his entire house in the carrying sheet.
    SpongeBob: We're gonna have to travel lighter.
  • Cassandra Truth: Patrick only eats his candy bar in two bites, and believes he lost it when he tries a third. When he sees SpongeBob‘s unopened bar and accuses him of stealing it, he completely refuses to believe he already finished his up and doesn’t even notice the chocolate coating his lips.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Somehow the two didn't get the memo that it just happened to be National Free Balloon Day when they stole the balloon.
  • Creator Cameo: Animation director Alan Smart played the "buns and thighs" man, but his voice was dubbed by Tom Kenny.
  • Dramatic Irony: The audience knows ahead of SpongeBob and Patrick that it was Free Balloon Day. Though they only find out near the end of the episode.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: Everyone bursts into laughter when Patrick demands to know who "stole" his lollypop, even Patrick. That is, until he growls "I mean it."
  • Fat Idiot: Patrick.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: "We're not talking about some dumb mail fraud scheme or hijacking here. WE STOLE A BALLOON!!"
  • Forgetful Jones: Most notable with Patrick as he eats his candy bar and, at the end, lollipop and forgets about it in mere seconds.
  • Funny Background Event: Right after Patrick yells out that they stole a balloon, a guy walks past SpongeBob and Patrick, staring at them as they panic, and gets so freaked out that he starts booking it.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: Of Patrick's cellulite-ridden belly when he says "Now I'm gonna starve." Oh, poor, poor, Patrick.
  • Here We Go Again!: "All right, which one of you flatfoots stole my lollipop?"
  • Hypocritical Humor: Mr. Krabs rails against stealing, but when SpongeBob and Patrick point out all the stuff he has that isn't his, he claims it's "borrowed".
  • Karma Houdini: Mr. Krabs never gets any kind of punishment for having stolen stuff.
  • Medium-Shift Gag: When SpongeBob says that being on the run is good for your buns and thighs, a photo of a bodybuilder appears and says "Ja, buns und thighs!"
  • Mood Whiplash: SpongeBob's wallet contains a rainbow you can slide on, but it doesn't have any money.
  • Overly Long Gag: SpongeBob teasing Patrick with his uneaten candy bar when accused of stealing his, before he completely swallows it.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Patrick says real slowly, "You took my only food. Now I'm gonna starve".
  • Puff of Logic: The campfire goes out as soon as Patrick points out they're underwater. It unexpectedly reignites later just as Patrick kicks one of the logs in frustration.
  • The Runaway: SpongeBob and Patrick run away from home thinking they're now fugitives for stealing the balloon.
  • The Scapegoat: Patrick very pathetically blames SpongeBob for his missing candy bar in spite of the fact SpongeBob's the one who gave him the candy in the first place.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Turns out it was Free Balloon Day and they didn't have to steal the balloon in the first place.
  • Show Within a Show: Crustacean Crime Theater.
  • Tempting Fate:
    Patrick: Hey, if we're underwater, how can there be a—(fire goes out)

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