The Fish Bowl (Episode)

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The Fish Bowl

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Episode No.: 196a
Season: 9
Airdate: May 2, 2016
Previous Episode: Larry's Gym
Next Episode: Married to Money
Characters Voice actors
SpongeBob SquarePants Tom Kenny
Squidward Tentacles Rodger Bumpass
Sandy Cheeks Carolyn Lawrence
Patrick Star Bill Fagerbakke
Gary Tom Kenny

The Fish Bowl is an episode from Season 9.


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This episode starts off with Sandy sitting in her pool lounge chair listening to music when suddenly a book she ordered arrives at her dome. The book is regarding behavioral psychology, which Sandy uses to observe natural underwater fish. She begins off by riding a bus full of fish, who seem to act naturally. However, she disturbs and annoys the Bikini Bottomites by eavesdropping and reading her observations out loud. The fish throw her and her equipment out of the bus and she decides to find someone who will not mind being observed. She then sees SpongeBob and Patrick playing with each other and decides to ask them since they do not mind being test subjects in her experiments. The two both don't know what they're supposed to do during natural observance and just stand straight while saying actions and forms of the word "natural". They are also very nervous due to the microphone and recorder, and the nervousness immediately goes away when Sandy ends her experiment. Despite her experiment being unsuccessful, she gives them both an A+ for their effort and when they start cheering, she observes them again, only to provoke the same reaction. She proceeds to give up.

Reading from the book again, Sandy learns that the test subject will behave abnormally if they are aware that they are being watched and may cause inaccurate results, so she decides to watch them in secret. She starts off by assigning them to go to the beach, to fill one bucket with white sand and one bucket with black sand to count. She also puts Patrick in charge. After that, Sandy hides microphones and cameras everywhere, hires Gary to spy on the two, and observes the cameras from a van disguised as an ice cream truck.

When SpongeBob and Patrick get back home, Patrick is unable to stop thinking about being in charge. SpongeBob asks which method they will use to count the sand, but Patrick does not pay attention and continues to think about the phrase "I'm in charge." After SpongeBob asks how he wants to count the sand, he simply says that first suggestion, which is both of them counting the white sand first and then the black sand. While counting the sand, Patrick continues to think about being in charge and imagines himself running an organization called "Patrick Corp.". When SpongeBob snaps him back into reality, having been stuck at 47 grains, Patrick decides he doesn't like how they are doing it and has SpongeBob count the black sand while he counts the white sand. He has trouble counting the sand but SpongeBob does it flawlessly. Patrick then makes the error of missing the digit in the tens place as SpongeBob has the same digit in the ones place as him, causing him to get frustrated with SpongeBob.

Sandy then starts her second experiment by putting two scoops of the same amount of ice cream into two different sized bowls to confuse Patrick, which she gives to the two disguised as a mustached ice cream man. Squidward tries to get the ice cream, but when he comes, Sandy says the ice cream is sold out and slams the window on his nose, leaving him annoyed. Patrick likes the bigger bowl but believes the ice cream in the other bowl is bigger and SpongeBob and Patrick constantly trade before Patrick declares that the only way to make it fair is for him to eat both, which he immediately does. SpongeBob protests against this, only for Patrick to selfishly remind him that "I'm in charge."

Sandy then begins observing them both in her third experiment when she hands them two ice cream cones exactly the same size. Squidward again tries to get the ice cream but she says that they are sold out again and slams the window on his leg. Patrick takes both cones and SpongeBob begs to have his, but Patrick forces him to rub his feet and then count the sand while his ice cream melts. SpongeBob then counts the black sand after finishing with the white sand, but Patrick intentionally knocks over the bucket and mixes it all together with his foot, forcing SpongeBob to start over. Angry, SpongeBob gives Patrick's ice cream "sprinkles" by covering it with white sand, only for Patrick to retaliate by dropping his own ice cream in the sand and eating SpongeBob's melted ice cream whole.

Sandy then realizes Patrick is taking advantage of his power of being in charge by tormenting SpongeBob. Meanwhile, SpongeBob finally loses his patience and attempts to leave, but Patrick stops SpongeBob and locks the door, stating that "You're no going anywhere until I say so!" SpongeBob and Patrick then get into a confrontation, and Gary tells Sandy that the situation is bad. Horrified, Sandy decides that she must shut the experiment down. She runs up to the door and tells SpongeBob and Patrick to open it, but when Patrick orders SpongeBob to open the door, an enraged SpongeBob, having suffered enough of Patrick's mistreatment, shouts back in his face, demanding that he open it instead, resulting in an argument about who opens the door for her and she is forced to kick it down. Still wearing the mustache, Patrick believes that she is a real ice cream man and asks her to tell SpongeBob to open the door. She then reveals herself to Patrick, shocking him. Sandy reveals her experiment towards SpongeBob and Patrick. She shows them the cameras and microphones which leads to their affected behavior again, with SpongBob devastated that Gary was in on it too. Upon hearing this, Patrick realized that he got carried away with being in charge and burst out crying over his selfish behavior with him saying that he deserved a Z-. SpongeBob comforts Patrick and assures him not to be so hard on himself as it was the experiment's fault, causing Patrick to blame science. Sandy announces that they all get an A+ and ice cream. The episode wraps up to Squidward who is begging for a drop of the ice cream which Sandy, SpongeBob, Patrick, and Gary all ate, and, when Sandy reveals SpongeBob's house to be a giant cage, the three study Squidward, who sobs hysterically over an empty tub of ice cream.

[edit] Trivia/Goofs

  • The title card background is the same as "The Algae's Always Greener," but overlapped with blue.
  • In this episode it is revealed that Squidward loves ice cream.
  • This is the first episode to air for the May 2016 premiere week.
  • When SpongeBob is counting the white sand, each grain looks bigger than it should look.
  • This episode aired with the series premiere of The Loud House.
  • Running Gag: When Sandy says Eureka, Prospector appears saying "that's my line." And crushing one of Squidward's parts telling him they're sold out whenever she is handing out free ice cream.
  • This episode's German title is "Das Experiment," which translates to "The Experiment."
  • In the Polish dub, the episode's title is "Badania naukowe" (Scientific Experiments).
  • This is the second time that Sandy has gained weight since "Survival of the Idiots."
  • The title card letters are similar to "The Main Drain."

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