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Jellyfish Hunter

United States airdate: September 28, 2001

Canada airdate: November 27, 2002

After a customer tries and enjoys one of SpongeBob's custom made Krabby Patties with jellyfish jelly on it, Mr. Krabs gets SpongeBob to catch jellyfish to keep up the demand for these "Jelly Patties", but a mysterious blue jellyfish shows SpongeBob the consequences of his actions.

Jellyfish Hunter contains examples of:

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  • The Ace: No Name is the only jellyfish smart enough to avoid every single one of SpongeBob's traps, and the only one to avoid capture even after he's caught the other four million living at Jellyfish Fields. Naturally, he's the one to force SpongeBob to see what Mr. Krabs is actually doing to all the jellyfish he's caught.
  • An Aesop: It's best to let wildlife be free.
  • Bad Boss: Mr. Krabs, naturally. On top of lying to SpongeBob, he grants him just a five-minute lunch break, which SpongeBob considers to be generous on his part.
  • Bait-and-Switch: SpongeBob approaches Krabs menacingly holding a wrench, saying he's going to do "something I should have done long ago", leading the audience to believe he's going to beat Mr. Krabs mercilessly. He then uses the wrench to fix a loose bolt on the door of the jellyfish trap.
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  • Berserk Button: Mr. Krabs is not impressed when SpongeBob tops his Krabby Patty with jelly, and immediately accuses SpongeBob of tampering with the formula. That is until the customers tell him how much they loved their patties...
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The episode is obviously a reference to the cruel farming practices of animals in the food industry. SpongeBob initially only catches what he needs and lets the animals go, but a fast food customer takes notice and loves this animal product. Wanting to make profit off of the practice, Mr. Krabs ruins the environment by taking all of the jellyfish, and the jellyfish are forced to live in cramped conditions in a factory, their bodies being abused (such as a jellyfish being juiced like a citrus fruit or being squeezed like bottles, then thrown away in garbage cans) to maximize products that can be made from them.
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  • Epic Fail: Mr. Krabs attempts to escape from the jellyfish swarm on his exercycle...which is bolted to the floor.
    Mr. Krabs: Blasted exercise craze! (the jellyfish sting him and he screams in pain)
  • Green Aesop: The food industry is cruel to animals. Animals are meant to be free.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Krabs is defeated by using his exercise craze and voice-activated skills against him.
  • Ignorant Minion: SpongeBob has no idea that Mr. Krabs was imprisoning the jellyfish he caught.
  • I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You!: As SpongeBob is trying to open the jellyfish cage.
    Mr. Krabs: Well, you can't. That door is voice-activated, and it will only open if I say "Open"! (cue him quickly covering his mouth)
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After Krabs inadvertently frees all the jellyfish. He decides he's not selling jelly anymore once they're through with him.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: "I'm taking jelly off the menu".
  • Meaningful Rename: After No Name willingly lets himself fall into SpongeBob's net at the end, he happily renames him "Friend".
  • Meat-O-Vision: When the singing customer says that he'll come to the Krusty Krab everyday to eat Krabby Patties with jelly, Krabs sees him as a dollar bill.
  • Nightmare Face: The infamous "MOAR Krabs" from the "More!" montage.
  • No Name Given: SpongeBob refers the blue jellyfish as "Ol' No Name", but in the ending, he decides to name him "friend" after he willingly allows himself to be "caught".
  • Ode to Food: A customer likes SpongeBob's Krabby Patty with jellyfish jelly so much that he must tell everyone... in song! Mr. Krabs thinks someone is playing Squidward's records again.
  • Oh, Crap!: SpongeBob suspects something is afoot as No Name stalks him around his house. His worst fears are confirmed when he's lured by a Krabby Patty with blue jelly.
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish": Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob that the door of the jellyfish cage operates by voice command and can only be open when he says "Open". And of course he says it out loud, inadvertently freeing the jellyfish.
  • Properly Paranoid: SpongeBob feels like someone is following him home. Turns out to be Ol' No Name, but also he thinks that someone "Is trying to sell me something!" Sure enough, there are two salesmen hiding behind a boulder when he says this.
    Salesfish: I told you he was on to us!
  • Tastes Like Purple: "Eww, what smells like big business?"
  • Vader Breath: No Name uses this to intimidate SpongeBob with a threatening phone call (Also because like most jellyfish he can't speak).
  • Villain Song: Although only a few seconds of it play in the episode due to time constraints, Mr. Krabs listens to "Give It All You Got" on his exercise bike.
  • You Are Number 6: SpongeBob numbers each jellyfish he catches, with Ol' No Name being the only jellyfish he hasn't caught yet.
    SpongeBob: You're my twelfth jellyfish of the day. I'm gonna call you Twelvey.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Out of the 4 million jellyfish in Jellyfish Fields, 3,999,999 are pink and 1 is blue.

The Fry Cook Games

United States airdate: September 28, 2001

Canada airdate: November 27, 2002

SpongeBob is competing in the annual Fry Cook Games, hoping to bring gold for the Krusty Krab. But Plankton has an ace up his sleeve: he has hired Patrick to compete! Can their friendship withstand the pressure of competition?

The Fry Cook Games contains examples of:

  • An Aesop: Don’t let competition ruin relationships, especially if there’s no good reward in the end.
  • Bad Boss: Mr. Krabs and Plankton are both at their worst here, manipulating a pair of long-time friends into hating each others' guts and exploiting them for their own selfish purposes without a hint of remorse.
  • Bait-and-Switch: As Plankton introduces his champion, a Giant Mook lumbers into the stadium, the ground shaking as he does. Turns out he was just carrying the real contender, Patrick.
  • Battle Strip: Parodied. Spongebob and Patrick do this during the wrestling match. Spongebob strips off his robe to reveal a muscular body, and Patrick reveals a business suit... which he tears off to show a muscular body.
  • Because I Said So:
    Plankton: Win this one because I told you to.
    Patrick: Because you told me to!!!
  • Berserk Button: MY NAME'S! NOT! RICK!
  • Black Comedy Cannibalism: Patrick accidentally splatters fryer water onto a portion of the fish audience, turning them into fried fish sticks. With that, a salesman comes by, puts a dollar sign beside them and chants "Fish sticks!" for anyone to buy.
  • Bottle Episode: The episode is set solely at the Fast Food Coliseum, where the titular games take place.
  • Conspicuous CGI: The Fast Food Coliseum as shown at the beginning of the episode.
  • Dissension Remorse: SpongeBob and Patrick tearfully stop their feud between each other upon seeing each other's underwear is colored it's opposite owner.
  • Dressed in Layers: Parodied. When SpongeBob and Patrick get in the wrestling ring, SpongeBob tears off his robe and becomes muscular. Patrick then tears off his robe to reveal... a business suit, which he then tears off to reveal his muscular body.
  • Eye Scream: In order to show off his toughness before the final event, Patrick tears a lemon in half, and puts the two halves on his eyeballs.
  • Feud Episode: Between Mr. Krabs and Plankton and between SpongeBob and Patrick, especially the latter.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The ending line.
    Patrick: You know, these were white when I bought 'em. note 
    • Absolutely unintentional, but the Stock Music chosen to play under the first games montage (where Krabs demonstrates his win of the "Pickle Clean and Jerk") is an arrangement of "The Bonnie Blue Flag," one of the unofficial national anthems of The Confederate States of America, the other (and more well-known) one being "Dixie".
  • Hidden Disdain Reveal: SpongeBob and Patrick exchanges these lines while wrestling each other:
    SpongeBob: I don't like you!
    Patrick: I don't like you more
    SpongeBob: I never liked you!
    Patrick: I a thousand times never liked you!
  • Hypocrite: Plankton when he calls SpongeBob evil.
  • Hypocritical Humor: "HOW CAN YOU HEAR IT?! YOU DON'T HAVE EARS EITHER!"
  • Invisible Anatomy:
    • Lampshaded when Patrick pokes fun of SpongeBob for polishing his fingernails.
    Patrick: Fingernails! Fingernails! Fingernails!
    SpongeBob: You don't even have fingernails!
    Patrick: I cannot believe what I'm hearing!
    SpongeBob: How can you hear it? You don't have ears, either!
    • Plankton being The Noseless is also referenced when Krabs says he smells him, and Plankton puts on a prosthetic nose to smell Krabs, only to realize that he really does stink.
  • It's Personal:
    Patrick:' Forget the Chum Bucket. This is personal.
  • Karma Houdini: Nothing bad happens to Krabs and Plankton for shamelessly ruining SpongeBob and Patrick's friendship, albeit one could say that the humilliation and shaming they will most likely face for losing the Fry Cook games can apply as a punishment.
  • Lampshade Hanging: "I'm a realistic fishhead!"
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: At the end of the montage of events SpongeBob and Patrick compete in, the two are Macarena dancing
  • Malicious Misnaming:
    • Patrick calls SpongeBob "SpongeBob SuperiorPants" in retaliation for telling him he's not a fry cook.
    • After the diving event, SpongeBob and Patrick spitefully call each other "Yellow Boy" and "Pinkie" respectively.
    • And let's not forget SpongeBob erasing the "Pat" on Patrick's Chum Bucket name tag.
  • Medium-Shift Gag:
    • The audience members splashed by cooking oil turn into real fish sticks.
    • In the ice cream diving event, Patrick attempts to create a double scoop strawberry cone dipped in chocolate. After the dive, he becomes a photograph of a double scoop strawberry cone dipped in chocolate.
  • Not So Different: You can tell the way he treats SpongeBob that Mr. Krabs is just as callous and shallow as Plankton.
  • Paper Tiger: When Plankton suggests those with weak constitutions leave the stadium, the only person to try and leave is the muscular fish.
  • Pseudolympics: The episode provides events such as patty throwing, artistic ice cream diving, bun wrestling...
  • Serious Business: The whole competition to the point that it turns SpongeBob and Patrick into rivals.
  • Temporary Bulk Change: SpongeBob and Patrick become big and muscular during the bun wrestling competition. They're back to normal in the next episode.
  • Toilet Humor: After the reveal that SpongeBob and Patrick are wearing underwear of each other's color (SpongeBob wearing pink, Patrick wearing yellow), Patrick reveals at the end that "these were white when I bought 'em."
  • Two Scenes, One Dialogue: The scene in which Mr. Krabs and Plankton convince SpongeBob and Patrick respectively to win the medal for them in spite of their friendship.
    Plankton: Now get out there!
    Krabs: And WIN!
    Plankton: THAT!
    Krabs: MEDAL!
  • The Un-Reveal: Due to SpongeBob and Patrick leaving the stadium after making up, it's unknown if Mr. Krabs and Plankton got disqualified after losing their fighters.
  • Volleying Insults: During the argument between SpongeBob and Patrick.
    Patrick: Holes! Holes!
    SpongeBob: Cone head!
    Patrick: Yellow!
    SpongeBob: Pink!
  • We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: At the beginning, before the torch bearer can light the torch, it ends up getting extinguished by the wind. After a 'Please Stand By' screen, the big opening for the Fry Cook Games is repeated, this time with the torch bearer shielding the torch from wind.
  • We Used to Be Friends: SpongeBob and Patrick's friendship comes to a halt when the two argue over Patrick's qualifications for joining the Fry Cook Games. Fortunately, they patch things up in the end.

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