"SpongeBob SquarePants" Arrgh!/Rock Bottom (TV Episode 2000) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • Arrrgh!: SpongeBob and Patrick convince Mr. Krabs to join in a friendly board game of "Treasure Hunt". Even a pretend search for gold proves too alluring for Mr. Krabs, who convinces the two lads to join him on a real treasure hunt. The boys threaten mutiny when they realizes Krabs' map is a fake, that is until they discover real treasure and its real owner! Rock Bottom: SpongeBob accidentally gets on the wrong bus, he finds himself lost in an unfamiliar and mysterious part of the sea called Rock Bottom. Nervous and unable to communicate with these strange creatures and their strange language, SpongeBob must learn to adapt to this new environment so he can figure out how to get back home.

  • Mr. Krabs convinces SpongeBob and Patrick to join him on a treasure hunt; SpongeBob gets on the wrong bus.


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  • Arrgh!:

    At the Krusty Krab, it is a very slow day with no customers. Mr. Krabs hears SpongeBob shout "Eight gold doubloons! I'm rich!" Upon hearing this, he jumps over to SpongeBob to take the coins for himself. SpongeBob explains to him that he and Patrick are merely playing a board game called "The Flying Dutchman's Treasure Hunt," which is based on a real treasure map. Mr. Krabs sits down to play with them, and wins the game. He instantly becomes addicted, and continues to play with them, winning 17 times in a row. They play until late at night, when SpongeBob gets tired and wants to go to bed. Despite Mr. Krabs attempts to persuade him to stay and play more, SpongeBob goes home to get some sleep, much to Mr. Krabs' disappointment.

    The following morning, SpongeBob wakes up to see Mr. Krabs in a pirate ship outside his house. Mr. Krabs tells him that they are going to be real pirates and go on a real treasure hunt, and SpongeBob and Patrick eagerly join him. However, the two struggle to learn how to act like "real" pirates, and end up causing the boat to crash. The trio are forced to continue on foot, following instructions from the map, read by Mr. Krabs, who also tells them that they are not allowed to look at the map. Eventually, the map tells them to go 10,000 paces East, and Mr. Krabs asks Patrick which way is East. He looks at a compass, and points West. After walking 10,000 paces West, they realize that they have taken the wrong direction, and begin walking back.

    After going around 20,000 paces East, they are exhausted, and set up a camp to stay for the night. While trying to fall asleep, SpongeBob and Patrick get excited and decide to look at the map. When they open it, they realize that it is actually their board game taped to a piece of paper. Mr. Krabs catches them, and they beg for mercy outside. However, his anger is forgotten when they realize that they are directly on top of the "X" that marks the spot, and start digging. (SpongeBob and Patrick use their hands to dig instead of shovels) They find the treasure, and SpongeBob and Patrick ask each other what they will do with their shares. Upon hearing this, Mr. Krabs says that, he being the captain, all of the treasure belongs to him. They begin fighting over the chest, and their arguing wakes up The Flying Dutchman, who appears and congratulates SpongeBob and Patrick for saving him "a lot of digging". He takes the treasure, but gives them two gold coins. Mr. Krabs asks for a reward, but only receives a tiny plastic treasure chest, which the Dutchman explains is "based on a real treasure chest!" as he disappears, laughing maniacally.

    Rock Bottom:

    SpongeBob and Patrick board a bus in order to get home from Glove World, a glove-themed amusement park that they love. They accidentally board the wrong bus, which then takes them to a cliff. The cliff leads to a sort of aphotic zone called Rock Bottom, inhabited by multiple strange deep-sea animals. Patrick gets on the bus to go home but accidentally leaves SpongeBob behind. After several unsuccessful attempts to get on the bus, SpongeBob heads to the bus station and waits in a very long line.

    By the time he gets to the front, he finds out that the last bus to leave for the night is already gone, and he's stuck there until morning. He gets scared by a raspberry sound coming from nowhere, and he dashes back to the cliff. The raspberry sound's maker reveals himself to be a friendly-looking anglerfish creature, who has SpongeBob's balloon from Glove World. The creature blows up the balloon, ties it to SpongeBob's wrist, and allows him to float up the cliff and back to Bikini Bottom. The episode ends with Patrick on his way back to Rock Bottom, thinking SpongeBob is still there.

    By: Encyclopedia Spongebobia

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