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Recap / Spongebob Squarepants S 4 E 68 Patrick Smart Pants Squid Bob Tentacle Pants

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Airdate: October 21, 2005

A fall off a cliff somehow turns Patrick into a genius. However, his newfound intellect means he might not be able to be SpongeBob's best friend anymore.

Patrick SmartPants contains examples of:

  • An Aesop: Don’t forget your friends, even when you develop something new.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Shouldn't brain coral look more like a brain and not a starfish head?
  • "Flowers for Algernon" Syndrome: Really, this episode comes pretty close to being a Whole Plot Reference to the Trope Namer (well, with all the sad/mature parts surgically removed, anyways).
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  • Insufferable Genius: Patrick becomes this when insulting Sandy and Squidward.
    Sandy: Well, Pat, the new you gets an A+.
    Patrick: Why, thank you, Sandra. I find your intellect rather stimulating as well.
    Sandy: Oh, really? Well, thanks. Well, Patrick, what do you think about this problem?
    Patrick: You simply change the literal term to a coefficient and the minuend will achieve the desired quotient. Even the simplest of mammals can figure it out with a little thought.
    Sandy: What do you mean by that, Patrick?
    Patrick: I'm merely suggesting you lack the ability to solve remedial equations.
    Sandy: Are you suggesting that I'm dumb?!
    Patrick: I'd use a more sophisticated word like "impaired".
    Sandy: I think you'd better leave.
    Patrick: I was only trying to help.
    Sandy: I don't need your kind of help, Mr. Know-it-all! I LIKED YOU BETTER WHEN YOU WERE A BARNACLE HEAD!
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  • Intelligence = Isolation: After becoming smart, Patrick can no longer enjoy the things he used to do with SpongeBob, and is rejected by others for being condescending to them.
  • I Will Show You X: When Patrick is studying Plankton under a microscope.
    SpongeBob: Are you feeling better now, Patrick? What are you doing?
    Patrick: Oh, just observing this interesting sub-species.
    Plankton: I'll show you sub-species!
  • LEGO Body Parts: The reason Patrick became smart was because the top of his head fell off and SpongeBob replaced it with a piece of brain coral, which not only looks like Patrick's head, but also comes with a plug that matches the outlet inside Patrick.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Smart Patrick is the blue oni to SpongeBob's red.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Patrick starts speaking in big words that SpongeBob can't quite understand.
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A malfunction in Sandy's newest invention melds Squidward and SpongeBob together. Can Sandy separate them in time for Squidward's big recital?

SquidBob TentaclePants contains examples of:

  • Body Horror: Getting melded to SpongeBob is this to Squidward. More disturbing are the transformations caused by Sandy's first attempts to fix them, and especially when everyone gets melded at the end.
  • Conjoined Twins: Spongebob and Squidward are this.
  • Downer Ending: Squidward's attempt to reverse Sandy's ray gun backfires, melding everyone into a single, sickly mess. It is clear that they are all suffering horribly for this mistake.
  • Here We Go Again!: "It all started... when I was born."
  • No More for Me: "I gotta lay off the hot sauce."
  • Teleporter Accident: How SpongeBob and Squidward get melded together.
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