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Recap / SpongeBob SquarePants S 2 E 15 "The Secret Box" / "Band Geeks"

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The most amazing... mysterious... powerful secret in all of Bikini Bottom!
United States airdate: September 7, 2001

Canada airdate: January 18, 2002

SpongeBob has discovered something: Patrick has a box with a secret inside. At first he doesn't seem to care, but as the possibilities creep upon him... What if it's a huge diamond, severed heads of Patrick's victims, or worse yet an embarrassing picture of him at the Christmas party!? So SpongeBob devises a plan to separate Patrick from his box long enough to see what's inside.


The Secret Box contains examples of the following Tropes: YMMV goes here

  • An Aesop: Everybody has secrets, and it’s okay to share them with people who trust you.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: As SpongeBob ponders what's in Patrick's box.
    What could be in that box that Patrick doesn't want me to see? Maybe it's the world's only albino jellyfish. Or maybe Patrick's a master jewel thief and it's full of diamonds. Or maybe he's a deranged maniac who keeps his victims' severed heads in a box. Or even worse... maybe it's an embarrassing snapshot of me from the Christmas party!
  • Bottle Episode: The episode is set only at SpongeBob‘s home lane.
  • Brick Joke: Spongebob was right: Patrick's box does contain an embarrassing snapshot of him from the Christmas party!
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "It's no secret that the best thing about a secret is secretly telling someone your secret, thereby adding another secret to their secret collection of secrets, secretly."
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  • Don't Wake the Sleeper: And Spongebob actually doesn't despite the extremely loud sound effects all of his stealth attempts least until he comments to himself relatively quietly that Patrick is a very heavy sleeper
  • Foreshadowing: During Spongebob's stealth to get to the box, he's stuck in Patrick's arms. Patrick proceeds to pull on Spongebob's tongue while muttering about the secret box, foreshadowing the function of the string.
  • Friendship Trinket: "It's the Best Friends Forever, Best Friends Forever ring!"
  • Heavy Sleeper: Patrick sleeps through all the noise SpongeBob makes while trying to sneak in, but it's the whispering that wakes him up.
  • Minimalist Cast: The only characters present are SpongeBob, Patrick and Gary, though Squidward is mentioned.
  • Non Sequitur: Quoth Patrick. "The inner machinations of my mind are an enigma." (Cut to milk carton tipping over)
  • Noodle Incident: Whatever the "embarrassing photo" of SpongeBob at the Christmas party is.
  • Series Continuity Error: One of SpongeBob’s secrets is he was never late for work, yet back in “Hooky”, he was late.
  • So Much for Stealth: As SpongeBob sneaks inside Patrick's house, his footsteps make loud, incongruous noises. After all that racket fails to wake Patrick up, he whispers about what a heavy sleeper Patrick is... which is what wakes Patrick up.
  • Stocking Mask: SpongeBob wears pantyhose on his head when sneaking into Patrick's home. His head briefly takes the shape of a leg when he snaps it on.
  • Surreal Humor: "The inner machinations of my mind are an enigma." (milk carton tips over)
  • The Un-Reveal: Double-subverted. The inside of Patrick's box is revealed to contain nothing more than a piece of string. However, pulling the string opens up a secret compartment on the box, containing... an embarrassing snapshot of SpongeBob from the Christmas party!
  • With Catlike Tread: Actually averted. Despite all the ridiculously loud noises SpongeBob makes while sneaking through Patrick's house, Patrick doesn't wake up. But when SpongeBob comments to himself what a Heavy Sleeper Patrick is (in a barely audible whisper), then Patrick instantly wakes up.
That's his... eager face.
United States airdate: September 7, 2001

Canada airdate: January 18, 2002

Squidward's old rival, Squilliam Fancyson, calls him to gloat that he's fulfilling Squidward's dream of leading a band at the Bubble Bowl. But since Squilliam can't make it, he dares Squidward to form a marching band of his own within a week, which Squidward accepts. He rounds up many of Bikini Bottom's citizens and throughout the week, instructs them how to play their instruments, which nobody makes any progress on. On the night before the big show, an all-out brawl breaks out between the band members. At the end of class, Squidward chews out the band for ruining his dream and walks off dejected. Feeling bad for Squidward, the band, under SpongeBob's guidance, vow to make Squidward proud with their performance. On the day of the Bubble Bowl, Squilliam shows up to see Squidward make a fool out of himself, when to Squidward's surprise, his band shows up in full regalia. At the performance, everyone is suprised when SpongeBob and the band pull of a magnificent rock performance. Squilliam suffers a heart attack and is wheeled to the hospital while Squidward conducts his band in "sweet victory".

"Band Geeks" is a fan favorite and currently stands at #1 on the SpongeBob SquarePants Best Episode Crowner, and possibly forever will be. See also: SpongeBob SquarePants Music.

Band Geeks contain examples of the following Tropes: YMMV goes here

  • An Aesop:
    • Help your friends achieve their goals.
    • It can be frustrating as a teacher to put up with a class of students that input consistently bad work to the class because they don't understand what to do. Be as cooperative with the teacher as possible so that everyone can be the best they can be.
  • Answer Cut:
    Squidward: People talk loud when they want to sound smart, right?
    Plankton: (shouting) CORRECT!
  • Asshole Victim: Squilliam having a heart attack in the finale. Well, of course, he deserved it after all he did to Squidward.
  • Black Comedy: Squidward saying "too bad that didn't kill me," and two fish destroying a blimp and dying (complete with one of the trumpet players playing "Taps" while several others respectfully place their hands over their hearts). It doesn't help that these were the last episodes before the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
  • Break the Haughty: Squilliam gets this at the ending when he sees that Squidward's band is actually really good, and performs like a rock band to boot.
  • Brick Joke: After Patrick kicks Sandy at the beginning, she drags him outside and stuffs him into a trombone. During the huge brawl at the end, Patrick kicks Sandy again and she chases after him with another trombone.
  • Brown Note: "If we play loud, people might think we're good."
    • Also, the finale song gives Squilliam a heart attack.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Patrick for kicking Sandy in her heinie. Twice.
  • Butt-Monkey: Squidward for most of the episode. At least he gets a happier ending this time around.
  • Conflict Ball: The band members begin arguing and fighting each other until the clock hits 8.
  • Continuity Nod: At one point during the start of "Sweet Victory", you can see the friendship ring on SpongeBob's finger from the last episode.
  • Dissension Remorse: "What kind of monsters are we?"
  • Due to the Dead: Everyone shows complete respect when the flag twirlers accidentally crash into a blimp. One of the trumpet players even starts playing "Taps".
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The first Squidward-centric episode to end on this.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Mr. Krabs, SpongeBob, and several other band members respectfully place their hands over their hearts when two flag twirlers crash into a blimp and explode.
  • Eye Pop: Squidward does one when he's surprised by the band showing up.
  • Fantastic Racism: A fish thinks people with "Big Meaty Claws" can't play music.
  • Funny Background Event: In the shot that features everyone stopping mid-fight to realize that class is over, Spongebob is shown holding up a dismembered hand. Thought it's definitely his own arm considering his goodhearted nature and his track record when it comes to actual fighting.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: SpongeBob mentions the time where Larry's heart had given out from too many tanning pills and had to be revived; in short, Larry had suffered from a drug overdose.
  • Glass-Shattering Sound: Squidward tries to get everyone to play loud, the idea being "if we play loud, people might think we're good!" So everyone practices playing loud and every single window in the building explodes.
  • Hands Go Down:
    Patrick: Is mayonnaise an instrument?
    Squidward: No Patrick, mayonnaise is not an instrument.
    (Patrick's hand goes down; raises it again)
    Squidward: Horse radish isn't an instrument either.
    (Patrick puts his hand down again)
  • Hats Off to the Dead: After the baton twirlers crash into a blimp, the other band members take off their hats while the trumpet player plays Taps.
  • Hollywood Heart Attack: Squilliam at the end.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: In a non-singing example, Squidward's band is this, until they get their act together. The sound designers for this episode tried getting an actual band to play as badly as possible, but they didn't sound horrible enough, so they eventually had the instrument sounds recorded by people with no musical experience whatsoever.
  • Humans Are Ugly: Patrick assumes the human spectators at the game are "ugly-looking fish".
  • Instant Flight: Just Add Spinning!: The baton twirlers twirl so fast they fly off and crash into a blimp.
  • iSophagus: After Patrick gets pulled through a trombone by Sandy, he makes trombone sounds as he walks.
  • Just Here for the Free Snacks: Mr. Krabs joins Squidward's band because the flyer promised free refreshments. At the first meeting he asks "When do we get to the free food?"
  • Larynx Dissonance: During the band's performance, the normally squeaky-voiced SpongeBob sings with a deep, powerful 80s rock voice.
  • Mid-Battle Tea Break: The big melee breaks up when the clock strikes the end of band practice, and everyone starts leaving as if nothing had happened.
  • Overly Long Gag: Plankton's harmonica solo.
  • The Power of Rock: The ending.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "Big. Meaty. Claws!"
  • Reality Ensues: Squidward's band is as miserable as you would expect a bunch of random citizens with no musical experience whatsoever to be, and he realizes there's absolutely no way he's going to get them to be good enough in a single week of practice. Subverted when the band gets their act together.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: When Squidward calls out on everyone for the failure.
    Squidward: Well, you did it. You took my one chance at happiness... and crushed it! Crushed it into little, tiny, bite-sized pieces! I really had expected better of you people. I guess I'm a loser for that, too. Don't bother showing up tomorrow. I'll just tell them you all...died in a marching accident. So, thanks. [sobbing] Thanks for nothing! [leaves]
    Patrick: (beat) You're welcome.
  • Repurposed Pop Song: "Sweet Victory (The Winner Takes All)," originally recorded in '80s by David Glen Eisley and made far more popular by this episode.
  • Roger Rabbit Effect: The band perform in front of a live-action crowd, which the characters comment on.
    Patrick: Those are some ugly-looking fish.
    SpongeBob: Maybe we're near one of those toxic waste dumps.
    Mr. Krabs: I think I'm gonna be sick!
  • Rousing Speech: SpongeBob gives one to rally up the band members, though it only succeeds by having the band pretend that Squidward is someone that they actually care about.
  • Scream Discretion Shot: "Whoever's the owner of the white sedan, you left your lights on."
  • Spoof Aesop: If someone who has never been there for you asks you to come through for them, just pretend they're someone else who has been there for you.
  • Stylistic Suck: Squidward's marching band is quite bad. Just listen to them when they practice actually marching!
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Squidward at the end; after having to put up with the all the Bikini Bottomites' frustrating antics and being certain that he was going to be humiliated in front of Squilliam yet again, it turns out that his band had become hyper competent and they play beautifully, so much so that Squilliam goes into cardiac arrest. The last shot is of Squidward jumping for joy while "Sweet Victory" plays.
  • Tired After The Song: Plankton is practicing his harmonica solo, but he’s so small he has to run back and forth, until he’s exhausted and collapses on the floor.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In a musical, non-violent example, Squidward's miserably pathetic band absolutely rocks the Bubble Bowl at the end.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: After the flag twirlers helicopter themselves into a blip and blow themselves up, Squidward, with a look of absolute despair, lies on the ground on his side while while a trumpeter plays "Taps".
  • Villainous Breakdown: Squilliam is so shocked at the band's stunning performance that he suffers a heart attack and gets carried away in a stretcher.
  • "YEAH!" Shot: The episode ends on this note.

And it's sweeeeet, sweeeeet, sweet victory, yeah!


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