United States airdate: March 6, 2001
Canada airdate: April 20, 2001
A visit to SpongeBob's grandmother goes awry when she drops him off at the Krusty Krab and kisses him on the forehead, which causes Squidward and the other Krusty Krab patrons to mock him. Distressed, he goes to Patrick so he can learn to act mature. But how long will it last before they enjoy Grandma SquarePants's hospitality?
- An Aesop
- While there's a time and a place for it, there's nothing wrong with being affectionate, even juvenile, around your loved ones.
- Once you're grown and your grandma (or any relative) stops babying you, it doesn't mean their love for you has stopped or become less meaningful.
- Answer Cut: Patrick asking "Have I ever not been right?'' Followed by a montage of paintings depicting Patrick feeding SpongeBob a huge pumpkin through a funnel whole, revolutionizing travel by strapping an enormous firework to a bike, and the two of them wearing black thongs to the beach.
- Big "SHUT UP!": Not the exact words, but the patron who insults SpongeBob for being childish proceeded to list more insults for SpongeBob until the other customers shout "Alright, already!"
- Break the Cutie: Twice: first when SpongeBob gets picked on for having a kissy mark on his forehead, and again when he can't keep up his "adult" facade any longer.
- Covered in Kisses: Everyone makes fun of SpongeBob for the big kissy mark on his forehead. His attempt to get it off with a mop doesn't work.
- Doorstopper: Grandma gives SpongeBob the technical manual on routine active maintenance, which is as tall as he is, so he won't have to listen to the fairy tale she's reading to Patrick.
- Dumbass Has a Point: Patrick isn't wrong about how much more fun it is being a kid than being an adult. SpongeBob proves him right when SpongeBob cries about not wanting to grow up.
- Everybody Laughs Ending: A mean-spirited variant. The episode ends with SpongeBob hugging his grandma while Squidward and the other Bikini Bottomites watch from outside, laughing at him.
- The Freelance Shame Squad: Squidward and the Krusty Krab customers laugh at SpongeBob's kissy mark on his forehead, then follow him all the way to Grandma's house just to peep through the window and keep laughing at him.
- Growing Up Sucks: Patrick and SpongeBob come to this conclusion from spending time with Grandma SquarePants.
- Hot Blooded Sideburns: SpongeBob gives himself sideburns to make himself look more grown-up.
- Karma Houdini: Squidward & the other customers get no punishment for bullying Spongebob.
- Kick the Dog: Squidward and the Krusty Krab customers all point and laugh at SpongeBob's kissy mark, then corner him to point and laugh even harder until he runs out in tears. Later, they follow him to Grandma's house and spy on him through the window just to keep laughing at him.
- Kneel, Push, Trip: While reviewing what SpongeBob is going to tell Grandma, Patrick adds "and then you get behind her and I'll push", which SpongeBob, shocked, says they didn't discuss.
- Large Ham: SpongeBob does not hold back during his "Growing Up Sucks" rant.
- Little "No": Spongebob's reaction to Grandma giving Patrick his sweater with love in every stitch.
- Manchild: Once Patrick and SpongeBob are swayed by Grandma's coddling, they each have their respective moments of giving up their manly facade and acting like babies. Patrick doesn't last a second after he learns that Grandma has cookies and Spongebob throws a tantrum about wanting to stay a baby forever when he can't keep the act up any more. However, Grandma assures him that he doesnt have to be a baby to have fun.
- Not Growing Up Sucks: It's this mentality that kicks off the episode.
- Ocular Gushers: SpongeBob does this when he breaks down in his Grandma's house. Soon, his tears flood the whole house, leading Grandma to pull out a plug in the floor to drain the tears away.
- Overly Long Gag:
- The first Krusty Krab patron to shame SpongeBob calls him a big baby who wears diapers, then proceeds to list more and more "baby things" he could do, like suck his thumb and carry a blankie, until the other patrons tell him to give it a rest.
- SpongeBob whining about wanting to stay a baby forever.
- Special Guest: Mrs. Cunningham herself Marion Ross as Grandma SquarePants.
- Vacuum Mouth: Patrick eats an entire plate of cookies this way.
- Wearing It All Wrong: SpongeBob's grandmother gives Patrick a sweater as a present. When Patrick opens it, he thinks it's a hat and wears it on his head until she tells him it's a sweater.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Patrick suddenly disappears after Grandma puts him down for a nap.
Squidward finally has enough with SpongeBob and Patrick and decides to move away to the octopus-populated Tentacle Acres. He enjoys it at first, but will the duo's absence cause him to snap from boredom?
- All of the Other Reindeer: Inverted. Squidward ends up becoming hated by everyone in Tentacle Acres due to gleefully causing trouble for them with a reef blower. Although a few of the residents do mock him for playing with said reef blower.
- Aluminum Christmas Trees: Canned bread is a real product.
- An Aesop: Life can be very dull when you have everything your own way. A regular life is truly a blessing.
- Apology Gift: When SpongeBob and Patrick go to Tentacle Acres to beg Squidward to come back, they bring a cake with the word "Sorry" written on it in icing. We don't see them give it to him, but considering where Patrick was keeping it, that's probably for the best.
- Bait-and-Switch: When Spongebob calls Squidward in Tentacle Acres, his voice on Squidward's end is rendered as Spongebob-sounding gibberish. At first it just sounds like typical Hollywood shorthand for how telephone calls sound, but after Squidward hangs up, we cut back to Spongebob's house, where it turns out he and Patrick are just randomly speaking gibberish.
- Boredom Montage: Squidward's first few days in Squidville are joyous and shown in detail, but as the days continue on, his smile slowly morphs into a large tired frown as Squidward realizes that nobody in Tentacle Acres stands out and that being able to live his life free of interruptions from SpongeBob and Patrick is actually pretty boring. Currently provides the page image.
- Breath Weapon: Patrick's stink breath knocks the guards unconscious.Patrick: I love fried oyster skins!
- Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: Squidward realizes this as he gets bored of Tentacle Acres.Squidward: (glumly) Yep, this is great. They might as well rename this town "Squidward's Paradise." Or perhaps "too much paradise."
- Coincidental Broadcast / Laser-Guided Broadcast: A TV commercial for Tentacle Acres plays after Squidward's very specific description of how much he's had it with SpongeBob's antics after his house gets destroyed, copying it nearly word for word.Squidward: SpongeBob, this is the final straw. I am going to move so far away, that I will be able to brag about it! I would rather tear out my brain stem, carry it into the middle of the nearest four-way intersection, and skip rope with it, than continue living where I do now!
(Television falls in front of them and turns on)
TV Spokesman: Hi there! Is this the final straw? Do you want to move so far away that you can brag about it? Would you rather tear out your brain stem, walk out into the middle of the nearest three-way—
TV Spokesman: ...four-way intersection, and skip rope with it, than continue living where you do now?
- Cut-and-Paste Suburb: All the houses in Tentacle Acres look like Squidward's Easter Island Head home, but with big numbers on the doors to help distinguish them.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: When Squidward arrives at the front gate at Tentacle Acres, the guard asks him Are you now or have you ever been a sponge? The wording and tone are eerily reminiscent of Joseph McCarthys infamous Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?
- Drive-Thru Antics: At the Squidville gate, Patrick orders food through the intercom thinking it's a drive-thru.Patrick: [after the doors open] I guess we have to order inside.
- Fantastic Racism: When SpongeBob and Patrick try to get into Tentacle Acres, a guard tells them "your kind isn't allowed here. Earlier, Squidward was asked to confirm he's neither a sponge nor starfish.
- Hate at First Sight: As Squidward enters Tentacle Acres, he bumps into another octopus and the two get into a brief argument. Squidward takes it as a sign that this is where he truly belongs.
- High-Pressure Emotion: SpongeBob's observation of Squidward steaming with anger provides the page quote.
- Insult Backfire: "FYI, you don't have to live here, you know!" "Hey, you're right! And I'm leaving ASAP!!"
- Ironic Echo: Squidward's argument with SpongeBob is spoken again between Squidward and another octopus, including the line "How could you possibly have fun with one of those oversized hairdryers?"
- Letting the Air Out of the Band: The music that plays during the montage slows down as Squidward becomes more and more bored.
- Loony Friends Improve Your Personality: Living between SpongeBob and Patrick long enough has given Squidward a rebellious streak.
- Mistaken from Behind: When SpongeBob and Patrick are trying to find Squidward in the Squidville mob, Spongebob (and the audience) sees an octopus who looks like Squidward from behind, since he's wearing the same brown shirt that Squidward usually wears. But when SpongeBob embraces him, we see his face and he has heavy eyebrows and a big black mustache.
- No Social Skills: Evidently every squid in Tentacle Acres is like this. One of them even hostilely berates Squidward just because they accidentally bumped into one another.
- Not Used to Freedom: Even after being freed from SpongeBob and Patrick's lunatics, Squidward is unable to spur any ideas of his own of having fun and entertainment other than playing his clarinet, dancing, riding his bike and buying canned bread and grows incredibly bored.
- OOC Is Serious Business:
- The end of the Boredom Montage has Squidward saying he doesn't feel like playing the clarinet, one of his regular pastimes.
- Squidward becomes so bored with Tentacle Acres that he ends up having fun with a reef blower just as SpongeBob and Patrick did in the beginning (which is the reason why he decided to move away in the first place). By the end, SpongeBob and Patrick fail to recognize him as they watch him fly out of the town using said blower, mainly because he was laughing and shouting maniacally while doing so.
- Parental Bonus: The guard asks Squidward, "Are you now or have you ever been a sponge?" This is a reference to Joseph McCarthy's common opening question, "Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?"
- Planet of Hats: Tentacle Acres is a town inhabited by squids who are exactly like Squidward.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: After Squidward is cornered by an angry mob and a police officer for vandalism and destruction of property with the reef blower, Squidward complains he wants the town to stop being so boring and monotonous. The police officer tells him to just move if he's not too happy with where he is. Squidward gleefully heeds his advice and fires himself into the sky without hesitation.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The plot's genesis - after Squidward's house is destroyed by SpongeBob and Patrick, he finally declares it the "final straw" and announces his intent to "move so far away that [he] can brag about it."
- Smell Phone: SpongeBob and Patrick are at the Tentacle Acres gate, asking to be let in. Patrick's bad fried oyster skin breath goes through the intercom, knocking out the guards, one of whom falls on the button that opens the gate.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: As Squidward enters Tentacle Acres, he and another octopus engage into this after bumping into each other:Other Octopus: I've seen more alert people in a retirement home.
Squidward: Oh, which way to the Living-without-a-brain seminar? Don't be late.
Other Octopus: I've heard better comebacks from a turkey sandwich, get a life!
- Wanting Is Better Than Having: Squidward realizes this as he finds out everyone in Tentacle Acres does the same thing every day, and becomes bored with his new life days after moving in.
- Would Rather Suffer: "I would rather tear out my brain stem, carry it into the middle of the nearest four-way intersection, and skip rope with it than go on living where I do now!"
- Wrong Restaurant: At the Tentacle Acres gate, Patrick mistakes the intercom for a restaurant take-out and makes an order.
- You Need a Breath Mint: "FRIED OYSTER SKINS? NOOOOO! faints"
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