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"The Secret Box"

  • Fanon: Many fans assume the embarrassing Christmas photo is the photo Squidward took of SpongeBob in the episode "Christmas Who?" Another theory exists that it's a photo that was taken during one of Nickelodeon's "Nickmas" holiday bumpers.
  • Funny Moments: Patrick's line about the contents of his mind being an enigma, which is then revealed to be... a milk carton tipping over. In one interview, Bill Fagerbakke cited this as his favorite Patrick gag.
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  • Just Here for Godzilla: Not that this episode is considered bad by any means, but even fans who don't like it that much will sit through it just because "Band Geeks" is after it.
  • Memetic Molester: Patrick, due to his creepy, I'm-going-to-rape-you face and laugh at the end of the episode.
  • Memetic Mutation: "The inner machinations of my mind are an enigma."
  • Tear Jerker: "It's the best friends forever! Best friends forever! Ring!" SpongeBob has to use their friendship ring to prove to Patrick that it's him and not an intruder. Patrick breaks down crying because it means SpongeBob has betrayed his trust, which was why he refused to believe it was really him until that point. And the little figures of Spongebob and Patrick on the ring are so darn cute...

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"Band Geeks"

  • Awesome Music: "And it's SWEET, SWEET, SWEET VICTORY, YEAH!!!"
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Why the Bubble Bowl takes place on land, watched by a crowd of live-action humans is never foreshadowed, explained, or referred to in any way. Then again, this is SpongeBob we're talking about here...
  • Catharsis Factor: One of the major reasons for its enduring popularity, as the increasing levels of cosmically unjust torture Squidward suffers in the show’s Seasonal Rot only makes this episode grow more satisfying with age. For the first time in the entire series, Squidward actually won, his hard work pays off, everyone else pitches in to help him out, and Squilliam quite possibly suffers an abrupt heart attack and dies. This is a major part of the reason many fans consider it an unofficial series finale - it's a good way to end it off.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Debuting in one of the best-received, if not the best-received Nicktoons episodes ever would most likely have granted Squilliam this honor by default, but he's gone on to be one of the show's most popular supporting characters, if nothing else then certainly due to the fact that episodes he appears in usually end in victories for Squidward.
  • Fountain of Memes: Quite possibly the most quoted episode of SpongeBob SquarePants ever.
  • Fridge Brilliance: SpongeBob mentioning that time Larry overdosed on tanning pills explains why Larry, an uncooked lobster, is red.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The scene where the two flag twirlers twirl their flags so fast they get propelled, crash into a blimp, and die. This episode first aired on September 7, 2001, just four days before 9/11.
  • Funny Moments:
    • The whole episode, from the sheer incompetency of the Bikini Bottomites at playing their instruments, to the hilariously dark blimp death, and to SpongeBob's "eager" face.
    • The German dub, when SpongeBob takes over conducting, has him saying the line, "Eins, und zwei, und keine schlägerei!" ("One, and two, and no brawls!"), as though he expects one to happen again.
    • The part where Sandy stuffs Patrick into a trombone. From Patrick's over-the-top scream, to the way everyone just blankly stares at him without even changing expression, to the trombone sounds when he walks, every second of that scene is side-splittingly hilarious.
  • Hype Backlash: The sheer amount of the praise of the episode has caused this for some people, with many of those detractors describing the episode as "overrated".
  • It Was His Sled: Squidward wins.
  • Memetic Mutation: You could qualify almost every line in the episode as this.
    • The episode is a popular source for YouTube Poop.
    • "Is X an instrument?"
      • "No, [name], X is not an instrument. Y is not an instrument either."
    • "Well, maybe we wouldn't sound so bad if some people didn't try to play with big, meaty claws!"
    • Oh! So now the X is going to preach to us!
    • SpongeBob's "eager face".
    • "Whoever's the owner of the white sedan, you left your lights on."
    • It's very common to replace "Sweet Victory" with another song, such as "Don't Stop Believin'".
  • Moment of Awesome: There's a reason the ending was voted the #1 Nicktoon moment of all time.
  • Sacred Cow: Widely considered the best episode of the series, and (as seen below) one of the best episodes on any Nickelodeon show.
  • Signature Scene: The entire ending. It is a scene you will never forget.
  • Signature Song: "Sweet Victory", which was named as the #1 Nicktoon moment of all time in the Nicktoons Superstuffed Weekend during Thanksgiving 2007.
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