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Recap / SpongeBob SquarePants S4 E62 - The Lost Mattress / Krabs vs. Plankton

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Airdate: May 13, 2005

After hearing Mr. Krabs complain about how lumpy his mattress is, SpongeBob and Patrick decide to surprise him with a new one. When Squidward hears of this, he decides to take all the credit for it and throw away Krabs' old mattress. But when they find out that the old mattress had all of Mr. Krabs' money inside it, the three have to go to the dump to retrieve it.

The Lost Mattress contains examples of:

  • Angry Guard Dog: The worm that guards the dump where the mattress is.
  • Angst Coma: Upon learning that the mattress with all his money was thrown away, Mr. Krabs goes into a "cash coma".
  • Bad Mood as an Excuse: Because of throwing out his back due to his lumpy mattress, Mr. Krabs was snappy at SpongeBob. Squidward mentions that he likes how Mr. Krabs yells at SpongeBob more.
  • Big "NO!": When Mr. Krabs attacks Squidward when he learns that he threw away his money-stuffed mattress, Squidward asks him why he didn't use a bank. Of course, Mr. Krabs is cheap and/or doesn't trust banks.
    Mr. Krabs: NOOOOOO! [faints]
  • Butt-Monkey: Squidward.
  • Dr. Jerk: First, the doctors take Mr. Krabs out of his hospital room because he's not insured, then they wheel his gurney out on the street because it was blocking the vending machines. Then they kick him down the hill because they're told they can't leave patients on the sidewalk.
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  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Squidward's attempts to steal credit for the mattress backfire horribly on him when he tries to pin the blame on SpongeBob, even though it was him who tossed out Mr. Krabs' old mattress without consent. When the police see the card Squidward wrote claiming it was all his idea, he's threatened with arrest if Krabs doesn't make it.
  • Hypocrite: Squidward accuses SpongeBob of being a kiss-up to Krabs when Squidward signs the card, giving himself full credit for the gift.
  • It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: Getting Mr. Krabs a new mattress seemed like a thoughtful and generous least until it was revealed that his old mattress held all of his money.
  • Jerkass: Squidward.
  • Karma Houdini: The nurse and the doctor who thoughtlessly left Krabs out to expire in the hospital hallway before straight up shoving him out of the building while still on the gurney.
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  • A MacGuffin Full of Money: Krabs' old mattress, which has all of his money inside.
  • Never My Fault: Squidward blames SpongeBob for throwing away Mr. Krabs' old mattress, but the police officer tells him he took full credit for it after signing his name on the card.
  • Out-of-Character Moment:
    • Squidward seems worried that SpongeBob and Patrick are supposedly "trying to make him look bad". Normally, Squidward wouldn't care about his performance at The Krusty Krab.
    • Also Patrick seems unusually competent here compared to most other episodes.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: When Mr. Krabs throws out his back, SpongeBob asked if he was hurt.
    Mr. Krabs: [Through gritted teeth] No, I'm just doubled over in pain, fighting back tears in me eyes because it's a new dance craze!
    SpongeBob: Oh, good, I thought you were hurt.
  • Stealing the Credit: Squidward, thinking that SpongeBob is trying to make him look bad, signs his name on the card to take credit for it.
  • Truth in Television:
    • Most notably in the Great Depression, people would hide their money in their mattresses because they couldn't use the banks.
    • Also Mr Krabs poor treatment by the hospital staff.
  • Wingding Eyes: Mr. Krabs gets X eyes when he passes out due to the lack of money.

After slipping on the wet floor at the Krusty Krab, Plankton decides to file a lawsuit against Mr. Krabs as yet another plan to get the Krabby Patty formula. Unfortunately, Mr. Krabs' lawyer becomes indisposed, so it's up to SpongeBob LawyerPants to save his boss.

Krabs vs. Plankton contains examples of:

  • Appeal to Pity: To get the jury on his side, Plankton tells them a sob story about how he can never run a marathon like he promised his grandmother. It leaves everyone in tears, including the judge and...
    Judge: Does the defense have an opening statement?
    SpongeBob: Yes, Your Honor. Poor Gram-gram!
  • An Aesop: There are people who will fake injuries or blow things out of proportion to get money from lawsuits.
  • Aside Glance: SpongeBob shoots one to Mr. Krabs' injured lawyer when he wonders where he can get a suit in order to take his place.
  • Bad Boss: Mr. Krabs, in more ways than one:
    • Didn't have a wet floor sign because the the sign "seemed so superfluous".
    • After testifying against his boss, Squidward mentions that this is his only day off in three years.
  • Brutal Honesty: The jury finds Mr. Krabs to be innocent.......but add that he is cheap.
    • Same applies to Squidward, who does not hold back when questioned on Mr. Krabs' greedy nature. Not to mention that he states that today happens to be the first day-off he has received in three years.
  • Courtroom Episode: The latter half is a spoof of "The People's Court."
  • Everybody Cries: See Appeal to Pity.
  • Eureka Moment: Finding that the lawyer only left a Krabby Patty for SpongeBob to work with, SpongeBob finally figures out that the only way to break Plankton is to give him exactly what he wants front of the entire courtroom.
  • Frivolous Lawsuit: Plankon pretends to be seriously hurt by the slip at the Krusty Krab so he can sue Mr. Krabs for all he's worth - including the Krabby Patty formula.
  • Idea Bulb: One pops out of a pore on top of SpongeBob's head.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Mr. Krabs should have a wet floor sign to prevent injuries like Plankton's from happening.
  • Make the Dog Testify: As a stalling tactic, SpongeBob cross-examines a mop. "So, it was you who made the floor slippery? Just answer the question!"
  • The Perry Mason Method: SpongeBob uses a Krabby Patty to trick Plankton into revealing that he's not hurt at all.
  • Oh, Crap!: Plankton clearly never anticipated being called on to the stand himself. It does not take long for SpongeBob to bait him out of dropping the ruse.
  • Plot-Sensitive Latch: The lawyer's briefcase won't open because he never told SpongeBob the combination. At the end it opens when SpongeBob lays his hand over it when he's saying that the case won't be won by what's in the briefcase.
  • Tempting Fate: Krabs has full faith that Squidward will stand up for him in court, calling him a "loyal employee". Seems he forgot just how much his much-abused cashier openly despises him.
  • Wingding Eyes: Taken Up to Eleven - when the possibility of counter-suing Plankton is breached, Mr. Krabs' eyes go into the standard dollar signs... and then into gold ingots.
    Spongebob: They're usually silver.


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