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Recap / SpongeBob SquarePants S 3 E 8 "No Weenies Allowed" / "Squilliam Returns"

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Original air date: 3/15/2002 (produced in 2001)

SpongeBob tries to prove he's tough enough to enter the Salty Spitoon, the roughest, toughest joint under the sea.

No Weenies Allowed contains examples of:

  • An Aesop:
    • Don’t try to do something you are obviously unprepared or ill-equipped to do.
    • You might not be as tough as you think you are.
    • Sometimes, you just have to take a hint and leave. As Reg was right all along, SpongeBob barely got inside, and he already injured himself.
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  • Ambulance Cut: SpongeBob is about to enter the Salty Spitoon, then cut to him in an ambulance.
    SpongeBob: What happened?
    Sandy: You ran inside and slipped on an ice cube.
  • And Show It to You: A variant: to prove her toughness to Reg, Sandy rips the "MOM" heart tattoo off his chest and puts it back on upside-down so that it reads "WOW".
  • Asinine Alternate Activity: Weenie Hut Jr. is a classic example. Its bright colors and geeky customers frustrate SpongeBob into trying to get into the Salty Spitoon again.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: The Salty Spitoon is only for the toughest people in Bikini Bottom.
  • Bait-and-Switch: The Ambulance Cut right after SpongeBob enters the Salty Spitoon, implying he got beaten senseless by the other patrons but according to Sandy he ran inside and slipped on an ice cube.
  • Berserk Button: Nobody calls Patrick tubby! He punches SpongeBob hard for this.
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  • Butt-Monkey: SpongeBob is continuously denied from entering the Salty Spitoon, despite his attempts.
  • Character Exaggeration: While in other episodes, he's effeminate and weak at worst and evenly matched with Sandy at karate, SpongeBob in this episode has his Prone to Tears wimpy side pushed Up to Eleven in order to focus on how much of a "weenie" he is.
  • Conspicuously Light Patch: Averted: the robot waiter at Weenie Hut Jr.'s does move despite looking like a painted background object.
  • Creator Cameo: The two nerds are voiced by writers Paul Tibbitt and Kent Osborne.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: During the karate fight.
    Spongebob: Uh, Sandy?
    Sandy: Oh, I'm sandy alright. (Pops up from under the sand, gripping SpongeBob between her palms) I'm very sandy. Hi-yah! (Kicks SpongeBob into orbit)
    SpongeBob: (nonchalantly) Ohhh, I get it. She's sandy! That's her name and she's also covered in... yes!
  • Epic Fail:
    • SpongeBob's attempt to crack his knuckles leads to the Fingore example below.
    • When SpongeBob finally gets into the Salty Spitoon, he's carried away in an ambulance immediately afterwards...because he slipped on an ice cube.
  • Even Nerds Have Standards: Even SpongeBob, who is pretty geeky himself, expresses distaste for the "weenies" in this one.
  • Eye Scream: Played in a lighthearted tone when one of the fish reveals that you have to have muscles everywhere, including the eyeballs.
  • Fake a Fight: Played for Laughs. For the final attempt that SpongeBob makes in getting in, he gets Patrick to help him stage a fight to convince Reg into letting him in.
  • Fingore: Although very tame. In an attempt to act tough, SpongeBob breaks his fingers so hard that they snap, causing him to start crying.
  • Gilligan Cut: When SpongeBob tries to get into the Salty Spitoon:
    Reg: Listen kid, I think you'd be more comfortable over at that place.
    SpongeBob: Weenie Hut Jr.'s?! Are you saying I belong at Weenie Hut Jr.'s?!
    Reg: Oh no, sorry. I was actually pointing to the place next to it.
    SpongeBob: Super Weenie Hut Jr.'s?!
    Reg: Yeah. Unless you think you're tough enough to fight me.
    [cut to SpongeBob at Weenie Hut Jr.'s]
  • Good-Guy Bar: Weenie Hut Jr.'s, despite being rather childish, has some actually good people in it.
  • Here We Go Again!: After SpongeBob gets sent to the hospital, the doctor suggests transferring him over to a "weenie"-fied hospital, Weenie Hut General, after hearing that he got his injuries from slipping on an ice cube. SpongeBob doesn't seem too thrilled at the idea.
  • I Can't Believe I'm Saying This: When Reg finally lets SpongeBob into the Salty Spitoon:
    Reg: I never thought I'd say this, but... go ahead in.
  • Identical Stranger: A sponge identical to SpongeBob only with dark hair and the real deal (wearing a rainbow clown wig) both appear at the Salty Spitoon at the same time.
  • I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: When the two nerds at Weenie Hut Junior's ask the robot bartender why he doesn't help them with their problems, the robot answers that he is a robot, not a miracle worker.
  • Impossible Pickle Jar: The first thing SpongeBob tries to prove his toughness is to open a bottle of ketchup. He fails.
    SpongeBob: If I could just run this under some hot water...
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: SpongeBob tells the nerds that his friends don't hang out at Weenie Hut Junior's. Pan over to show Patrick suddenly sitting right next to him.
    Patrick: You tell 'em, SpongeBob!
    SpongeBob: Patrick, what are you doing here?
    Patrick: I'm always here on "Double Weenie Wednesday".
  • Jerkass Has a Point: As much as Reg is a condescending jerkass, he was right that SpongeBob shouldn't be granted entry into a tough guys bar.
  • Kicking My Own Butt: Patrick when throwing a fight so SpongeBob could look tough. What's more impressive is that he beats up himself without using his hands. This actually fools Reg, who thinks SpongeBob is so tough that he could beat up Patrick without touching him.
  • Manchild: SpongeBob immediately starts bawling once he breaks his fingers, states that he cried for twenty minutes after stubbing his toe while watering his spice garden, and uses the word "boo-boos". No wonder he couldn't get into the Salty Spitoon. To be fair, most people wouldn't take literally breaking their own fingers very well, but the rest still applies.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Sandy and SpongeBob put this trope in full display in this episode.
  • Masochist's Meal: How one of the customers of the Salty Spitoon has to prove his toughness.
    Reg: How tough are ya?
    Tough Guy: How tough am I? HOW TOUGH AM I?! I had a bowl of nails for breakfast this morning!
    Reg: Yeah, so?
    Tough Guy: Without any milk.
    Reg: (visibly intimidated) Uh, right this way, sorry to keep you waiting...
  • Metronomic Man Mashing: Props goes to Patrick for being able to do this to himself.
  • Mistaken for an Imposter: Reg sees someone who looks like SpongeBob with a black pompadour, so naturally he thinks it's just a disguise. But just as he's about to unmask him, the real SpongeBob arrives wearing a rainbow wig (his idea of a tough hairdo). Reg apologizes to the stranger and lets him in.
  • Not Helping Your Case: See Manchild above.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Patrick somehow beats himself to a pulp as part of his plan to get SpongeBob into the Salty Spitoon.
  • Not-So-Innocent Whistle: SpongeBob does this after getting thrown at a muscular fish who asks, "Who threw that piece of paper at me?"
  • Not This One, That One:
    Reg: Listen kid, I think you'd be more comfortable over at that place. (points to the building across the street)
    SpongeBob: Weenie Hut Jr.'s?! Are you saying I belong at Weenie Hut Jr.'s?!
    Reg: Uh... oh, no, sorry, I was actually pointing to the place next to it. (points to another building)
    SpongeBob: Super Weenie Hut Jr.'s?!
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Patrick cries then goes violently ballistic over simply an insult about his weight and nearly proceeded to give him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown before SpongeBob had to remind him it's just a ploy.
  • Seinfeldian Conversation: The two nerds get into a discussion over whether a shaved head counts as a hairdo or not.
    • Later the nerds and Patrick have a conversation about "Double Weenie Wednesday"/"Mega Weenie Monday".
  • Shout-Out: The tough guy that says that he ate a bowl of nails for breakfast without any milk. This is likely a reference to Arthur, where it was rumored that Mr. Ratburn (a Stern Teacher that kids viewed as strict and mean) does the same thing.
  • Smash Cut: Right when SpongeBob is granted access to the Salty Spitoon and runs in, the scene cuts right to him in an ambulance having slipped on an ice cube and gotten bruised.
  • Teeth Flying: Patrick loses a couple of teeth when he beats himself up.
  • The Unreveal: We never get to see what the inside of the Salty Spitoon looks like, nor what do the attendants actually do in there.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Even Sandy doesn't understand what she means when she says that SpongeBob is acting "jumpier than a rattlesnake in a pickle barrel."
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: SpongeBob is finally allowed into the Salty Spitoon...only to slip on an ice cube and get himself injured.

Squidward meets his rival Squilliam again, and to show him off, he lies about running a fancy restaurant. Now he has to get SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs to help him cover up his lie by turning the Krusty Krab into a high-class eatery, but will it all go according to plan?

Squilliam Returns contains examples of:

  • An Aesop:
    • Don’t try to be something you’re not just to impress a rival.
    • Don’t lie about your credentials for a job.
    • “Clearing your mind” does not mean forgetting everything that you know, even basic information.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: SpongeBob being asked his name, due to having forgotten it when he cleared his mind of everything that did not involve fine dining. It causes him to go berserk.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: One of the rare occasions where Squilliam won.
  • Bound and Gagged: SpongeBob does this to Mr. Krabs and Patrick once he "empties his mind."
  • Brick Joke: The World's Smallest Violin is initially presented to Squidward as sarcasm by Mr. Krabs. When everything goes wrong at the end of the episode, Mr. Krabs shows up playing it again.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    Squidward: This is serious!
    Mr. Krabs: I know! This really is the World's Smallest Violin. See? [Camera focuses on his hand, showing the really small violin he is using.]
  • Continuity Nod: In the sister episode, "No Weenies Allowed", SpongeBob mentioned stubbing his toe in his spice garden the other day. In this episode, when the mini-SpongeBobs in his brain are getting rid of all his knowledge except fine dining and breathing, one of the pieces of paper they shred says "spice garden tips".
  • A Day in the Limelight: Most of this episode revolves around Squidward.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Squidward makes up a story about running a 5-star formal restaurant and is surprised when the people he lies to say they want to dine there.
  • Downer Ending: Played for Laughs. Squidward is exposed as being just a cashier and not a fancy 5-star restaurateur to Squilliam, who leads all the rich patrons away to his balloon/casino after bullying Squidward once more. Squidward can only sit and grieve while Mr. Krabs continues to play sad violin music just to mock him some more.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The episode features Squidward once again encountering his rival Squilliam and attempting to show him off again. It doesn't work this time.
  • Exact Words: Squidward asks if Mr. Krabs worked on the S.S. Gourmet, and he confirms it. Later on, appalled by Mr. Krabs' terrible cooking, he confronts him about it... and learns that Mr. Krabs did work on the Gourmet, but not as a chef, just as a janitor. He was head chef on the S.S. Diarrhea.
  • Fire Means Chaos: When the tiny people in SpongeBob's mind realize they have accidentally scrapped his own name in the process of forgetting everything that has nothing to do with fine dining and breathing, their entire office descends into panic and eventually fiery chaos as they try to recover it.
  • Gone Horribly Right: SpongeBob empties his mind of everything that doesn't have to do with fine dining and breathing... including his name!
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: Mr. Krabs' "appetizer" when Squidward first sees it.
    Mr. Krabs: That's the appetizer.
  • Hypocritical Humor: This happens when Squidward told SpongeBob to empty his mind and his mind has various SpongeBobs emptying his mind:
    SpongeBob # 1: Hurry up! What do you think I'm paying you for?
    SpongeBob # 2: You don't pay me. We don't even exist. We're just a clever visual metaphor used to personify the abstract concept of thought.
    SpongeBob # 1: One more crack like that and you're outta here!
    SpongeBob # 2: (Down on his knees and begging) NO! Please! I have three kids!
  • I Can't Believe I'm Saying This: "...but SpongeBob, you're going to have to be the waiter."
  • Imagine the Audience Naked: Squidward attempts to imagine Squilliam in his underwear, but he turns out hot.
  • It Came from the Fridge: Mr. Krabs' "appetizer", which comes alive, breaks loose and attacks.
    Mr. Krabs: Run for your lives, everyone! It's the appetizer!
  • Lampshade Hanging: SpongeBob has to forget everything he knows except fine dining (and breathing). This is visualized by little SpongeBobs in his brain shredding documents, burning them, etc. One of them asks his boss why he should work harder, as they're just "...a clever visual metaphor used to personify the abstract concept of thought." When the boss then threatens to fire said worker he's begging for him not to, because he has kids.
  • Lethal Chef: Mr. Krabs. He served as head chef on the S.S. Diarrhea.
    Squidward: But I thought you said you were the head chef on the S.S. Gourmet!
    Mr. Krabs: Did I say that? No, I cleaned the bathrooms on the Gourmet. I was the head chef on the S.S. Diarrhea.
  • Maintain the Lie: After telling Squilliam that he runs a high-class restaurant, Squidward has to convince SpongeBob, Mr. Krabs and Patrick to turn the Krusty Krab into a fine-dining establishment.
  • Mental World: SpongeBob's mind is a newspaper office where little SpongeBobs work. See Lampshade Hanging.
  • Mock Millionaire:
    • Squidward falsely claims to be the owner of a successful five-star restaurant.
    • Once Squidward's deception is exposed, Squilliam claims that he also works as a cashier and only pretends to be rich. When Squidward asks if that's true, Squilliam reveals he was lying to make fun of him.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Squidward realizes how much time he has to show Squilliam his fancy job at a 5-star restaurant: "T-t-t-t-t-t-tonight??!"
  • Pet the Dog: Mr. Krabs laughs off Squidward's lament until he finds out that the person coming to torment him tonight is Squilliam, at which point he gleefully agrees to "take him to the cleaners." Technically, he doesn't even get to laugh it off since he really was doing what he said he was.
  • Plot Hole: SpongeBob is shown to forget his name, but after serving Squilliam, but just a few minutes prior, when Squidward asked him how he transformed the Krusty Krab, Squidward addresses SpongeBob by name. SpongeBob replies naturally.
  • Rhetorical Request Blunder: When Squidward sees what a good job SpongeBob is doing as the waiter:
    Squidward: Pinch Me, I must be dreaming... (feels a pinch) Ow!
    SpongeBob: If you need anything else, just call.
  • Shout-Out: "Hommina hommina hommina..."
    SpongeBob: Table for "Homina"?
  • Screaming at Squick: Squidward's reaction to the Appetizer laid out on the grill.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders:
    Squidward: Try to imagine him in his underwear...oh no, he's hot!
  • Team Rocket Wins: Squidward's front is exposed allowing Squilliam to prove that he is more accomplished that Squidward will ever be.
  • World's Smallest Violin: Parodied. Mr. Krabs makes fun of Squidward like this, and when Squidward tells him to be serious, Krabs insists that he is in fact playing the world's smallest violin. He reappears throughout the episode to underscore sad moments until Squidward tells him to cut it out.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Squilliam forces Squidward to admit his lie after the facade literally comes crashing down, then pretends to confess to Squidward that he made up his lavish lifestyle and is a cashier as well just to rub it in his face that he's "filthy stinkin' rich!"
  • Your Size May Vary: The World's Smallest Violin. When Krabs first plays it, it was purely microscopic, but the second and third time, it was still small, but big enough for the audience to see it.

Reg: I think you'd be more comfortable over at that wiki.
SpongeBob: Weenie Tropes Jr.'s?!

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