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Recap / SpongeBob SquarePants S3 E15 "Born Again Krabs" / "I Had an Accident"

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United States airdate: October 4, 2003

Canada airdate: December 5, 2003

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Nobody like a cheap penny pincher except for Davy Jones
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Mr. Krabs is near death after eating a spoiled Krabby Patty that he tried to sell out of petty greed, but after an experience with the Flying Dutchman, he changes his ways...

Born Again Krabs contains examples of:

  • All Just a Dream: Subverted, Mr. Krabs thinks he's dreaming when he returns to work and begins splurging his employees and customers. Once Spongebob tells him he left the hospital that morning and Squidward hands him the hospital bill, he finally snaps.
  • Ambulance Cut: Double Subverted. When Krabs goes to take a bite of the spoiled patty, it cuts to an ambulance. Then it cuts back to Krabs commenting on the ambulance, then eating the patty. And then it cuts to Krabs being rushed to the ER on a gurney.
  • An Aesop: Make good choices that benefit the many and not just yourself, or else you'll live the rest of your life regretting it.
    • Being generous is a good thing, but it can be overdone to the point of self-destruction, particularly if you're trying to run a business.
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  • Bad Boss: Mr. Krabs. Read Ungrateful Bastard below.
  • Break the Cutie: SpongeBob is in tears after being informed by the doctor that Mr. Krabs isn't coming back.
  • Beyond the Impossible: When Mr. Krabs is reclaiming all the things he initially gave out for free, he goes as far as making a customer unwatch the free TV Krabs had on in the Krusty Krab. As in, rewinding all of the imagery right out of the customers eyes.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Squidward calls Mr. Krabs out for selling SpongeBob's soul for 62 cents, Krabs asks "You think I could've gotten more?"
  • Cutaway Gag: When Mr. Krabs comes into work, he asks SpongeBob where Squidward is. SpongeBob explains "he's taking one of those break things". Cut to Squidward sleeping in Mr. Krabs' office on a fancy bed.
  • Easily Forgiven: SpongeBob brushes off Mr. Krabs' apology in selling him out to the Flying Dutchman, telling him he did it for the Krusty Krab.
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  • Everyone Has Standards: Squidward, who usually considers SpongeBob the bane of his existence, is downright repulsed with Mr. Krabs for selling Spongebob to the Flying Dutchman for 62 cents.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: The idol in this case being the money, and SpongeBob being the friend.
  • Grim Reaper: The Flying Dutchman serves this purpose in this episode.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: The bad patty gets one when Squidward picks off the top bun to see why it smells so bad.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When Krabs is reclaming all the free stuff he gave out, he calls the kids he snatches the free toys from "Freeloaders" and when he forces a patrok to 'unwatch' a free TV show, he remarks "Shows over, cheapskate!", even though what Krabs is doing is exactly what he's accusing them of doing.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: SpongeBob sticks up for Mr. Krabs against the Flying Dutchman, wagering his own soul that Krabs is generous and not a cheapskate. Within seconds, Krabs sells SpongeBob to the Dutchman for all of the change in the latter's pocket (62 cents) without hesitation.
  • It Came from the Fridge: The bad patty.
    Mr. Krabs: Why is it in a cage?
    SpongeBob: Because it growled at me.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: When the Flying Dutchman approaches Mr. Krabs for his soul, he claims he has the wrong room by claiming he's "Harold Flowers" after looking at the vase of flowers on his bedside table. He excuses himself only to approach a nurse looking for him, which gives up the act.
  • Motor Mouth: It actually saves SpongeBob from Davy Jones' Locker.
  • Morton's Fork: It's implied Mr. Krabs cheap ways had some sort of value of keeping him in business, and the Flying Dutchman unknowingly forced him to face either Davy Jones' Locker for being cheap, or bankruptcy by being generous as promised.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Mr. Krabs goes through this after Squidward calls him out for selling SpongeBob to the Flying Dutchman for 62 cents.
  • Nausea Dissonance / Failed a Spot Check: Mr. Krabs fails to comprehend just how horrible that bad patty smelled or looked!
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Squidward usually hates SpongeBob with a passion, which is all the more shocking when he becomes outright appalled at Mr. Krabs selling SpongeBob's soul for only 62 cents. Squidward himself even says "I Can't Believe I'm Saying This" as he's about to tell off Mr. Krabs.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: SpongeBob and Squidward become concerned when Mr. Krabs isn't the least bit fazed when he gets a Shockingly Expensive Bill and doesn't have any money in the register to pay for it.
    SpongeBob: Squidward, I'm worried about Mr. Krabs.
    Squidward: Me too. How are we gonna get paid?
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Squidward gives one to Mr. Krabs for selling out SpongeBob.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: "But it's old, and cold, and so very full of mold!".
    • "You're not to make another patty until that one is SOLD!"
  • Snarking Thanks: Mr. Krabs sarcastically thanks Squidward for telling the Flying Dutchman that he threatened to break a customer's arm if he doesn't hand him a penny he found on the floor.
  • The Stinger: After everyone has a good laugh about the whole thing, we cut to the Dutchman at home, receiving a call from SpongeBob, who continues to talk his ear off.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Mr. Krabs seems to have absolutely no reaction to a $10,000 bill or an empty cash register. Turned out it was only because he thought it was all a nightmare and was still resting at the hospital. When Spongebob and Squidward tell him he checked out this morning. Mr. Krabs snaps after this.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Mr. Krabs telling SpongeBob to wrap up the spoiled patty so he can finish it later, even while he's being carried into the ER on a gurney due to having taken a bite out of said patty.
    • Yes, Mr. Krabs had a right to be upset after discovering he was bankrupt, but also failed to remember what would happen to him if he returned to his cheap lifestyle when he instantly reclaimed all of the free items he had given to his customers and nearly tore a man's arm off for a penny. If not for SpongeBob, Krabs would been taken to Davy Jones' Locker in an instant.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: The Flying Dutchman takes SpongeBob in exchange for Mr. Krabs, but returns him immediately because "I couldn't hear myself think with this one around! I only had him for thirty seconds, and it's jellyfishing this and Mermaid Man that..."
  • Ungrateful Bastard: SpongeBob stuck up for Mr. Krabs and put his life on the line to prevent the Flying Dutchman from taking him to Davy Jones' Locker. How does Krabs repay him? By selling SpongeBob's soul to the Dutchman for a mere 62 cents without hesitation; this was such a dick move that Squidward, who hates SpongeBob, is absolutely disgusted with Krabs and gives him a scathing What the Hell, Hero? over it.
  • Visual Pun: Davy Jones' Locker is a gym locker, full of his stinky old socks.
  • Wham Line: "You mean...I'm awake?!"
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Mr. Krabs sells SpongeBob's soul for pocket change. Even Squidward calls him out on it.
    Squidward: He stuck up for you, and you sold him out. You should be ashamed of yourself!

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"Ooh, that's gotta hurt!"note 
United States airdate: October 4, 2003

Canada airdate: December 5, 2003

After experiencing a sandboarding accident and a near miss at living with "the iron butt", SpongeBob becomes afraid to go outside, while Sandy and Patrick try to show him the fun of the great outdoors.

I Had An Accident contains examples of:

  • An Aesop: Don't be afraid to go outside. It won't hurt you (except when gorillas are around).
    • Also, don't keep your eyes closed and always stay focused when doing something that requires your full attention (such as driving a car, operating dangerous equipment), just like SpongeBob did when he sandboarded on that high-risk slope.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: "What's a Gorilla doing underwater in the first place?"
  • Cast as a Mask: When the gorilla disguises as Patrick, he perfectly imitates Patrick's voice by Bill Fagerbakke, but the gorilla's real voice (once revealed) is by Frank Welker.
  • Companion Cube: SpongeBob makes friends out of a potato chip, a penny and a used napkin, which he calls Chip, Penny and Used Napkin.
  • Enraged by Idiocy: Sandy expresses her frustrations towards Patrick's stupidity a couple of times.
    Sandy: Don't you have to be stupid somewhere else?
    Patrick: Not until four.
  • Expospeak Gag:
    Dr. Fish: Well, Mr. SquarePants, it appears your gluteus maximus has made a complete recovery.
    SpongeBob: My what has a what now?
    Dr. Fish: Your butt's all better.
  • Furry Reminder: SpongeBob doesn't need to go out to eat, since he's a filter feeder.
  • Gainax Ending: As the gorilla has SpongeBob in his grasp, he wonders out loud what a gorilla is doing underwater. The gorilla then tries to stammer out an explanation before shouting "George, they're onto us!" and riding out on a pantomime horse. The camera then pulls back into the living room of a live-action family, who are clearly just as confused as we are, before the father shuts the TV off.
  • Humiliation Conga: The spanking line that Spongebob fled.
  • Killer Gorilla: The gorilla that appears out of nowhere violently beats up Sandy and Patrick, and then tears SpongeBob in half.
  • Lampshade Hanging: The live-action family seen watching the episode as the gorilla and George race off into the sunset. They all stare with disgust at the randomness of what we have just witnessed and quickly turn off the TV.
  • Medium Blending: The gorilla that attacks SpongeBob is a live-action gorilla - or rather, a live-action man in a gorilla suit. As is the pantomime horse he rides, and the human family watching at the end.
  • Mistaken for an Imposter: Sandy's plan to lure SpongeBob outside is to have Patrick in a gorilla costume pretend to attack her, thus spurring SpongeBob to come to her rescue. SpongeBob doesn't fall for it, but then Patrick shows up, and Sandy asks who is in the gorilla costume. Turns out Patrick is in the costume, and the other Patrick is a real gorilla in a Patrick costume.
  • Never My Fault: Spongebob blames being outside in general for his accident and not at all note  on his failure to watch where he was going. Granted, he was ultimately convinced of this because he believed he couldn't afford another accident like it again, and had witnessed in rapid succession several things where it could possibly happen.
  • Not Helping Your Case: A variation that almost happened.
    Sandy: Don't worry, Patrick. We'll get SpongeBob to come outside, and then he'll see there's nothing to be afraid of.
    Patrick: (Holding up his fist in a boxing glove) And that's when I punch him, right?
    (Sandy gives a flat, annoyed look)
  • Riding into the Sunset: Played for Laughs in the ending, with the gorilla riding George the horse while SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy look on.
  • Safety Worst: SpongeBob makes himself a shut-in after the accident, afraid to go out to avoid getting hurt again.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The gorilla and George would rather run away rather than explain what they're both doing under the sea.
  • Shocking Swerve: Things take a very bizarre turn when a real gorilla appears out of nowhere to torture Sandy and Patrick, all while SpongeBob looks on in confusion and horror.
  • Suddenly Voiced: The gorilla, who when questioned on why he was underwater at all starts speaking in clear English as he tries to explain himself, before choosing to flee the scene.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Spongebob makes fun of Squidward's belief of this at the beginning.
    SpongeBob: [imitating Squidward] Everybody's an idiot except for me.
    Squidward: Well, it's true.
  • The End: These words appear on the screen as part of the Gainax Ending.
  • Truth in Television: SpongeBob appears to have developed the real-life anxiety known as "agoraphobia", which is a fear of wide-open spaces or long distances.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Squidward is busily watering his garden while Patrick and Sandy are getting beaten to a pulp by a live-action gorilla right behind him, as seen when SpongeBob finally comes out to try to save them. Then again, one must recall he doesn't really like any of them.
  • Yellow Snow: SpongeBob warns Patrick not to eat the yellow sand. He does anyway.
  • Wham Shot: Patrick's double emerging out of nowhere while the real Patrick is still in the gorilla suit. And THEN said double reveals himself to be an actual gorilla. And things just get weirder from there.
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