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"BlackJack"

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BlackJack
General
Season №: 5
Episode №: 93c
Airdate: August 2, 2007
Sister episode(s): "Picture Day"
"Pat No Pay"
Credits
Guest(s): John DiMaggio as BlackJack SquarePants
Marion Ross as Grandma SquarePants
Writer(s): Casey Alexander
Zeus Cervas
Richard Pursel
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Casey Alexander
Zeus Cervas
Animation: Alan Smart
Creative: Vincent Waller
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Chronology
Previous: "Pat No Pay"
Next: "Blackened Sponge"
List of episodes

"BlackJack" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season five. In this episode, SpongeBob thinks his cousin BlackJack has kidnapped his parents.

Characters

Synopsis

SpongeBob receives a note from his cousin BlackJack, saying that he has been released from prison and is going to pay SpongeBob's parents a "visit". Grandma SquarePants soon appears and tells him that BlackJack had recently called her.

SpongeBob seeks help from his uncle, Captain Blue SquarePants, a retired police captain. SpongeBob goes in to confront his foe and save his parents, but it is revealed that his parents were never in any danger, and that they are holding a party for BlackJack to celebrate his release. They explain to SpongeBob that BlackJack has renounced his "criminal" ways of littering, and that their house was closed off due to a krill infestation. BlackJack then enters the room, still intent on beating up SpongeBob, but SpongeBob is now prepared to stand up for himself. As BlackJack charges at SpongeBob, it is revealed that BlackJack is no bigger than SpongeBob's foot, and that he cannot any harm whatsoever.

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Production

Music

 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  K-55 - The Woodies* [title card]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [letter for SpongeBob]
  Terror by Night - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob reads it]
  Chill Out - The Surfdusters [flashback to Cousin Blackjack beating up SpongeBob]
  Terror by Night - Hubert Clifford ["That was years ago, Gary!"]
  Gruesome - The Surfdusters [SpongeBob imagines Blackjack as a giant]
  Terror by Night - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob screams]
  Finger of Fear - Fredric Bayco [SpongeBob packing clothes]
  Where Danger Lurks - Ronald Hanmer ["What happened to my parents' house?"]
  Creepy Sting 3 - W. Merrick Farran, Gerhard Trede [furniture covered in plastic]
  Happy Tune - Dieter Reith [SpongeBob's parents watching TV]
  ? [Blackjack enters]
  Abject Terror - Paul Lewis [parents scared]
  Creepy Sting 3 - W. Merrick Farran, Gerhard Trede [another note from Blackjack]
  Unpreventable - Gregor F. Narholz ["He's gonna get Grandma too!"]
  Vibe Sting - Richard Myhill ["Grandma?"]
  Spindlelegs - Cedric King-Palmer [Grandma baking cookies]
  House of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [SpongeBob imagines his parents being tortured by Blackjack]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob goes to Uncle Captain Blue]
  Twelfth Street Rag - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob doing chores]
  Daylight Shines Captain Lenoe's - Michael Arthur, Colin Cater, Mick Graves, The Folk Players, Sarah Graves, Simon Ritchie [much, much, much later...]
  Against the Law (b) - Wilfred William Burns [SpongeBob explains the situation to his uncle]
  Six Powerful Cues (f) - Wilfred William Burns [SpongeBob taken to Blackjack's house]
  Old Creepy Feeling - John Scott ["Lock the door behind you, kid."]
  Stealth by Night - Jack Coles [SpongeBob goes up to the front door]
  Gruesome - The Surfdusters [SpongeBob imagines Blackjack using him as dental floss]
  Stealth by Night - Jack Coles ["Uncle Captain Blue was right."]
  Tales from the Swamp (a) - Ron Goodwin [SpongeBob's mom screaming]
  Hello Blues - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [celebrating Blackjack's release from prison]
  Chill Out - The Surfdusters [Blackjack appears]
  Tentically Speaking - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]

*in current airings, a different track plays here instead

Release

Trivia

Timeline
Timecards
  • 346 minutes later
  • Much, much, much later
  • This is the second appearance of SpongeBob's grandmother, who first appeared in "Grandma's Kisses."
  • SpongeBob's father's first name is revealed to be Harold.
  • Comcast originally listed this episode as "In Search of Ma and Pa Sponge." This was corrected in 2009.
  • 346 minutes is equal to 5 hours and 46 minutes. The writers most likely wrote it out this way to make it sound longer.
  • SpongeBob's face deflates just like Squidward's did at the end of "Squid's Day Off."
  • Running Gag: SpongeBob asking Uncle Captain Blue for help, and he putting SpongeBob to work.
  • John DiMaggio does the voice of BlackJack.
  • In the episode, the pineapple in which SpongeBob lives in was just referred to as "The Pineapple, Bikini Bottom," instead of 124 Conch St. This happened again in "Pet Sitter Pat."
  • The return address that has been covered by saliva can be made out as "BlackJack, 133 Coral Rd or Bd, Bikini Bottom."
  • The door knocker on BlackJack's house has a hand attached to it with a bone sticking out. This hand resembles SpongeBob's hand.
  • Uncle Captain Blue's boat is able to be driven in SpongeBob's Boating Bash.
  • Blackjack being sent to jail over littering makes sense, as the Bikini Bottom police treat littering very seriously: in "Summer Job," Mrs. Puff was sentenced to 2,529 days of prison just for littering, and in "Driven to Tears," even though Patrick commits several moving violations, yet he's only charged with littering. In "Keep Bikini Bottom Beautiful," Squidward was sentenced to community service for getting rid of gum that had gotten stuck to one of his "leg" tentacles.
  • SpongeBob regenerates body parts again. This time he regenerates the legs he used to break through the plastic.
  • This episode features more appearances of SpongeBob's relatives than any other episodes with a total of five characters.
  • When SpongeBob flashes back to when he was a kid, he is wearing a bow tie. This might be the same bow tie that he wore in "Squirrel Jokes."
  • When SpongeBob is at his parents' house, there are pictures of fish. They are most likely friends. However, this has not been confirmed.
    • Grandma's house also has similar pictures.
  • In SpongeBob's idea of what happened to his parents, his parents are fancy looking. They shouldn't be because they are just relaxing at home. However, this may not be an error, but just that SpongeBob's most recent memory has them in those clothes, which is him holding the picture of him and his parents.
    Bowl

    BlackJack (Left) and Grandma's Kisses (Right)

  • The bowl on Grandma's counter is different from the one in "Grandma's Kisses" with a different shape. 

Cultural References

  • BlackJack is a reference to the card game "Blackjack."

Errors

  • When SpongeBob builds the fence, he builds it all around Captain Blue SquarePants's house, but when he drives SpongeBob to BlackJack's house, the fence has an opening.
  • When Uncle Captain Blue drives SpongeBob to BlackJack's house (who lives next door), the fence SpongeBob built earlier in the episode is brown, instead of white. BlackJack's house is not seen when he builds the fence however.
  • When Uncle Captain Blue drives SpongeBob to BlackJack's house, the grass around Uncle Captain Blue's house is replaced with sand.
  • Uncle Blue says, "They let that dangerous miscreant out of prison," (BlackJack), but later it is shown that they are neighbors, so Uncle Blue should have known that BlackJack is out of prison.
  • When SpongeBob is at his parents' house, there is an image above the couch, that shows a sun on some rocks in goo. In SpongeBob's idea of what happened, the image shows dark rocks, like it is night.
  • In SpongeBob's idea of what happened to his parents, it shows that it is daytime, but when BlackJack comes it is night.
  • In SpongeBob's idea of what happened to his parents, the stripe of Harold's hat is lighter than normal.
  • Unless the clock at SpongeBob's parents' house is really broken, the time goes from 2:00 when SpongeBob arrives to 9:00 when SpongeBob is walking towards the picture of him and his parents to 2:40 when the picture is shown back to 9:00 clock when he "goes to look for more evidence."

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