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SpongeBob and Patrick are held hostage by a backwards gang.


  • Blank White Eyes: All the trenchbillies have these.
  • Hillbilly Horrors: While the episode isn't very scary, Spongebob and Patrick were kidnapped and held hostage by a bunch of hillbillies.
  • Shotgun Wedding: The episode ends with Mr. Krabs forced into marriage with Ma Angler after the trenchbillies caught him making "goo-goo eyes" at her.
  • Shout-Out: One to Deliverance. Patrick has to beat a huge hillbilly in a banjo contest.
    • Weirdly, while probably unintentional, the episode is also a shoutout to Squidbillies, especially with Ma Angler's design.
  • Special Guest: Amy Sedaris as Ma Angler.
  • Storybook Opening: The episode opens up with an opening book showing the title card.


Everyone must sacrifice Squidward in order to stop a volcano from destroying Bikini Bottom.


  • Appease the Volcano God: The expert on the subject states that the sacrifice must be the most miserable person in town, which is Squidward, but at the end the volcano somehow gets plugged with his house, which is what he actually meant before he was interrupted.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The busted pipe in Squidward's house, which by the end of the episode builds up enough water for the house to rocket to the volcano.
  • Exact Words: Squidward tells SpongeBob never ever help him again, but as he is hanging on the edge of the volcano, he asks him to help him out of it. SpongeBob reminds Squidward of what he said earlier, but Squidward takes it back and tells him how grateful he is, and so SpongeBob helps him up.
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  • Friendship Song: The "Gratitude" song by SpongeBob at the beginning.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The end of the episode shows Squidward and SpongeBob sleeping together, much to the former's chagrin.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Squidward admits to SpongeBob he's grateful for everything which was enough for SpongeBob to save him from the volcano... at least until his house landed on top of it.
    Squidward: You know, SpongeBob. In light of everything that just happened... I lied to you! I'm not grateful for anything! I mean look at me. I don't even have a roof to sleep under, anymore!
  • Paying in Coins: A customer try to pay for his Krabby Patty with pennies, but Squidward, being in a very bad mood, doesn't let him.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Squidward has a few of these.
    Squidward: SpongeBob, I hate my job, and I live in a dead end town with neighbors I can't stand. I'm the most miserable person in Bikini Bottom! What do I have to be thankful for?
    Squidward: (imitating SpongeBob) But, Squidward, it is imperative that we... (regular voice) NOTHING! I think I'd rather take my chances with the volcano than be stuck in this miserable barnacle hole with you, and the citizens of Dumb-Dumb Town!
    • The citizens give one to Squidward for all of his complaining.
  • Shamed by a Mob: The fish gave glares at Squidward after he shouts how he would rather take chances with the volcano than to be surrounded by everyone in Bikini Bottom and while they were carrying him to the volcano, they call him out on how many times he complains about everyone and everything.
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  • Storybook Opening: The episode opens up with an opening book showing the title card.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Squidward is more of a Jerkass than usual.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: A random guy does this while everyone panics.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: The entire episode is built around Squidward being this. One, he tells SpongeBob that he's ungrateful for everything and claims himself to be the most miserable person in Bikini Bottom. Then, after SpongeBob offers the citizens to sacrifice him instead, Squidward doesn't thank him and tells him to jump in. And lastly, he even told SpongeBob that he outright lied about being grateful so that SpongeBob would save him from the volcano.


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