Squidward sees Squilliam, his rival, on a House Hunters-esque Show Within a Show called House Fancy, and is very ticked off at how fancy his house is, so he calls the host of the show (voiced by Alton Brown of Good Eats fame) and tells him his house is fancier than Squilliam's. However, seeing how his house is mostly an average one, he has to fix it up. Then, when he finds SpongeBob stalking him through his window, he decides to let him help, where things after that go From Bad to Worse...
House Fancy contains examples of:
- An Aesop: Even the worst of things have something good that happens eventually.
- Agony of the Feet: Squidward's sudden toenail gets ripped out by Spongebob's incompetence.
- Body Horror: Squidward's toenail is ripped free from his foot in the most graphic manner possible.
- Brick Joke: SpongeBob tells Squidward in an early scene that he lent his brain to Patrick for some chocolate bars. Later in the episode, Patrick shows up at Squidward's house to return his brain.
- Butt-Monkey: Squidward, as usual.
- Conspicuous CG: The House Fancy opening sequence.
- Didn't Think This Through: Squidward tells the host of House Fancy that his house is fancier than Squilliam's without thinking it might lead the host to want to see it for himself.
- Exact Words: Squidward tells SpongeBob to paint a faded spot on his wall. SpongeBob proceeds to splash blue paint all over Squidward's living room.Squidward: I told you just to paint the faded spot!
SpongeBob: Well, it all looked kinda faded.
- Retcon: It's implied in "Squilliam Returns" that Squidward knows where his rival lives, but in this episode, he acts like he's seeing Squilliam's house for the first time. Unless Squilliam has had major house improvements since the events of that episode, this could leave viewers confused.
- Shout-Out: House Fancy is one to House Hunters.
- Stalker Without a Crush: SpongeBob, who was spying on Squidward through the window of his house. Squidward subsequently threatens to "get the cops down here again," implying it's not the first time SpongeBob has done so.
- Sudden Anatomy: Squidward suddenly has a toenail on one of his feet, just so it can get dislodged horribly.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Despite his house being in ruins, Squidward wins.
Krabby RoadPlankton tricks SpongeBob, Patrick and Squidward to help him steal the Krabby Patty formula by convincing them to be in his rock band.
Krabby Road contains examples of:
- '80s Hair: Plankton has this for the episode after having used it to disguise himself as a prison guard's mustache in order to escape prison.
- Funny Afro: SpongeBob wears one.
- The Ghost: Mr. Krabs is mentioned several times, but doesn't appear physically in this episode.
- Let Us Never Speak of This Again: SpongeBob hides Plankton from the cops by disguising him as booger. After SpongeBob blows him out of his nose, Plankton tells him, "You will never speak of this to anyone!"
- Rapid Hair Growth: Patrick is revealed to have this ability, and to make it into different styles.
- Shout-Out: The name of this episode is a reference to the album Abbey Road by The Beatles.
- Top-Heavy Guy: Squidward, of all people, after he goes through an intense training regimen to have his rock-star dream bod.
- The Un Reveal: We are given a brief glimpse at the formula. However the ingredients are nonsense words comprised of random letters akin to something a frustrated person might type when banging on a keyboard.