I’d like to think that this episode is a followup to Prehibernation Week, since its plot revolves around a hibernating Sandy, but it’s pretty clear that there is no connection between the two and it’s coincidence that they came in the same season and so close together.
The episode begins with SpongeBob and Patrick going to visit Sandy, only to find that her treedome has been transformed into a bunker. When they enter… that little passage that drains water before you enter her treedome? I’ve never had to name it before. You know what I mean. They enter that, and there’s a TV set up to play a video. The video shows Sandy explaining that she’s hibernating, and hibernating animals shouldn’t be disturbed. Patrick decides it’s okay to ignore this, and he and SpongeBob head inside the treedome.
Inside, the place is filled with snow. How? I don’t know, just go with it. Also, they don’t need to wear water helmets, because snow is technically water which means they can breathe it? Pretty obvious excuse to not have to animate them with water helmets for the entire episode, but again just go with it. They hear snoring from inside Sandy’s house and decide to check it out and. Well.
So that thing is Sandy, and they accidentally wake her up. Sandy isn’t fully aware of her surroundings, she’s basically sleepwalking and thinks that SpongeBob and Patrick are the Texas outlaws she had been dreaming about, so she viciously attacks them. She falls asleep on her bed again before she does any damage, but SpongeBob and Patrick have learned that they really don’t want to wake Sandy again. They make a pair of earmuffs out of Patrick’s belly button lint (no, really) to put over Sandy’s head, and then go back outside to frolic in the snow.
They pretend to be Dirty Dan and Pinhead Larry, the outlaws Sandy was dreaming about. While they fight over who gets to be Dirty Dan, the earmuffs fall off Sandy’s head and she wakes up, goes outside, and
So, Sandy attacks them and actually does hurt them for real this time.
They’re okay, and they get right back up, but can we just appreciate this for moment? Sandy, who is barely lucid right now, went to the trouble of making them graves.
SpongeBob and Patrick realize that they have to leave Sandy’s place before she wakes up again, but the door is frozen shut, so they’ll have to wait for spring. It’s too cold for them to survive that long, though, so they decide to steal some of Sandy’s fur. I don’t know why they can’t just hang out in her tree and keep quiet, but whatever. They rip the fur off her body with duct tape and somehow manage not to wake her, and they go a little overboard. By which I mean, they rid Sandy of all of her fur to use it for themselves. Once this is done, spring arrives immediately and Sandy, who has suddenly lost all of her hibernation weight, wakes up and she’s horrified and furious to discover that she’s completely bald because SpongeBob and Patrick took all of her fur.
So, this is a really hilarious episode, and it’s also a great Sandy episode.
I mean, I can’t necessarily say it’s a great episode for Sandy, but it’s a great use of her. Sandy’s characterization in this episode is kind of moot because the whole point is how she doesn’t look or act like she normally would. She’s only lucid for the last minute or so of it.
But she does make a hilarious and actually threatening (albeit in a funny way) obstacle for SpongeBob and Patrick in this episode. As I’ve mentioned, I really like it when episodes remember that Sandy is a land creature and use that. SpongeBob and Patrick have no idea what a hibernating animal is like and can’t know what they’re getting themselves into when they go see inside her treedome. I mean, they probably should have known that it would be rude to enter Sandy’s place without her permission, but let’s ignore that bit.
I don’t like this episode.
A lot of people don’t like this episode, and it’s mostly for the same reasons, so I probably won’t spend too much time on this episode because I don’t really have a lot to say about it that hasn’t been said a million times already.
Anyway, in this episode, Gary takes a liking to Patrick, and in fact seems to prefer Patrick to SpongeBob. When made to choose between the two, Gary goes to Patrick. Heartbroken over the loss of his pet, SpongeBob first tries replacing Gary with other snails and a worm but none can take Gary’s place.
When Patrick comes over to do laundry with Gary, SpongeBob starts crying and begging Gary to come back home. This is when we find out that Gary only liked Patrick because he wanted the cookie in Patrick’s pocket. How long was that cookie there and why couldn’t Gary have gotten to it before? How many days does this episode take place over? Anyway, with the cookie eaten, Gary happily goes back to living with SpongeBob and that’s the end of it.
So, all right, I don’t think this episode is completely devoid of anything good. There’s actual a decent amount of jokes and lines that I like, and I don’t think the plot is necessarily a bad idea.
But there’s something so unpleasant about this episode to me. I think it comes from the way Patrick treats SpongeBob in this episode. It just seems unnecessarily callous and it’s uncomfortable for me to watch. I don’t even know if I can call it out of character for Patrick because honestly Patrick often flip flops between being a loyal friend and being a selfish jerk. Anyone who thinks Patrick only started being characterized as a jerk in post-movie is wrong, it’s always been there, it’s just never been there so consistently until post-movie, but that’s probably a separate discussion.
I don’t know, I don’t think it’s as terrible as it’s sometimes made to be, but it’s certainly not an episode I care for.