SpongeBob SquarePants: Season 1, Episode 20

Hooky/Mermaidman and Barnacleboy II (8 Apr. 2000)

TV Episode  |  TV-Y7  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Family
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Hooky: When the mysterious "hooks" (fishing, that is) suddenly appear in Bikini Bottom, Mr. Krabs warns SpongeBob to stay away from them. Despite Mr. Krabs' scary tales of sea creatures ... See full summary »


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Episode credited cast:
SpongeBob SquarePants / Gary / Narrator (voice)
Patrick Star / Fish #3 (voice)
Announcer / Driver / Fish #3 / Fish #4 (voice)
Pearl Krabs (voice)
Mermaid Man (voice)
Barnacle Boy (voice)
Atomic Flounder (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim Jarmusch


Hooky: When the mysterious "hooks" (fishing, that is) suddenly appear in Bikini Bottom, Mr. Krabs warns SpongeBob to stay away from them. Despite Mr. Krabs' scary tales of sea creatures winding up in gift shops or packed cans, Patrick convinces SpongeBob that there's no risk and the boys tempt fate by riding the hooks and jumping off for fun. Mermaidman and Barnacleboy II: SpongeBob wins the big prize from his favorite TV show, "The Adventures of Mermaidman and Barnacleboy" - The Conch Signal! Now he can summon the semi-retired super heroes whenever there's an emergency. Rather than keep getting signals for "emergencies" like opening jars, the duo take SpongeBob along for their patrol to see what real crime fighting is all about. Written by NAS

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SpongeBob SquarePants: The hooks, Mr. Krabs?
Mr. Krabs: Aye, the hooks. They draw you in with their pleasing shapes and beguiling colors. But just when you think you've found the land of milk and honey, they grab you by the britches, and haul you up higher, and higher, and higher, all the way up to the surface, flopping and gasping for air. Then the cook you, and then they eat you... or worse!
SpongeBob SquarePants: What could be worse than that?
Mr. Krabs: Gift shops.
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Music by Gregor Narholz
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Hilarious episodes with surprise cameo!
19 February 2007 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This pair of episodes ranks with the best of the entire series. What just tickled me was the out-of-nowhere live-action insert of the fisherman in "Hooky." It is a credited appearance by John Laurie and film director Jim Jarmusch, apparently stock footage from Laurie's short-lived IFC series "Fishing With John." I've never read how this appearance was agreed upon, except that I guess Laurie and Jarmusch are fans of "Spongebob" and Stephen Hillenburg and co. were fans of "Fishing With John." If anyone has any background on this, do share! And finally, I love the use of Sam Spence's NFL Films macho, adrenaline-laced music as a background to the anemic antics of the moth-eaten duo of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy!

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