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I'm Your Biggest Fanatic
General
Season №: 2
Episode №: 30b
Airdate: March 7, 2001
Sister episode(s): "No Free Rides"
Credits
Writer(s): Jay Lender
William Reiss
Doug Lawrence
Storyboard Artist(s): William Reiss
Storyboard: Jay Lender
Animation: Sean Dempsey
Creative: Derek Drymon
See all credits for this episode.
Chronology
Previous: "No Free Rides"
Next: "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III"
List of episodes

"I'm Your Biggest Fanatic" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season two. In this episode, SpongeBob attempts to join the Jelly Spotters.


Characters

Synopsis

SpongeBob & Patrick are at the bi-annual jellyfishing convention. While Patrick touches every display in sight, much to the dismay of the security guard, SpongeBob spots the "Jelly Spotters", the world's premiere jellyfish enthusiast club, whose membership consists entirely of Anchovies, with the exception of their leader, Kevin the Sea Cucumber. SpongeBob continuously tries to get Kevin's attention, and Kevin tells him to jump off a building, which he actually does. Realizing that he'll do anything for him, he asks SpongeBob if he wants to join the jellyspotters, to which he excitedly says yes. Kevin tells him that he must first pass a "rigorous test", intending to get him hurt.

At Jellyfish Fields, Kevin's first test for SpongeBob is to catch a jellyfish, which immediately flies into SpongeBob's net. Kevin smacks it out and it stings him. He says to catch two jellyfish, and two jellyfish fly into SpongeBob's net. Kevin then says 20 jellyfish, and then 18 jellyfish fly into SpongeBob's net. Angry, Kevin kicks the net, making all the jellyfish sting him. Kevin continues to give SpongeBob many more "tests", all of which he passes effortlessly, with Kevin getting stung each time as a result. 
I'm your biggest fanatic

Eventually, Kevin, now covered in stings and frustrated at SpongeBob, tells him that his final test is to catch a queen jellyfish. They tie him to a post, give him a "queen jellyfish call", which produces the sound "loser", and leave him there. Four hours later, SpongeBob is very tired and prepared to give up. He tries to tell Kevin that the call isn't working, but finds that he is gone. Suddenly, a queen jellyfish appears above SpongeBob and begins chasing him. Eventually, the queen corners him at the edge of a cliff, where it is revealed that it is a robot controlled by Kevin and the anchovies, who reveals his true intentions to SpongeBob and shows him several other people at the bottom of the pit below, who were his former "biggest fan"s. Before he can force SpongeBob off the cliff, however, King Jellyfish appears and falls in love with the queen jellyfish. He tries to kiss her, and they all start running away. Soon, the queen jellyfish crashes into a billboard, destroying it. When King Jellyfish sees this, he becomes angry and chases down SpongeBob, Kevin, and the anchovies, eventually cornering them in a cave. Kevin panics, and admits that he has no actual expertise in dealing with jellyfish (because he was just in it for the fashion) . SpongeBob is the only person brave enough to confront him, and blows a giant pie bubble, which King Jellyfish takes and leaves. Kevin asks how was he able to do it. SpongeBob simply answers "Everyone loves pie!". The anchovies congratulate SpongeBob for saving them all, but Kevin says that SpongeBob is still not in the club because he did not catch a queen jellyfish. The anchovies think that SpongeBob is a more worthy leader than Kevin, and tear off his headcap, giving it to SpongeBob as a "crown".

Back to the convention, SpongeBob tells Patrick about his experience, and reveals that he turned the Jellyspotters' offer down. Patrick says that he's glad SpongeBob learned his lesson, and that hero worship is unhealthy. He then walks off dragging his own hero, Jeffrey Jellyfish, who is tied up in a wagon.

Production

Music

 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Hawaiian Cue 4 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  Candy Floss - Peter Dennis [opening]
  Awakening Memories - Paul Fenoulhet [The Jellyspotters]
  Witty Fellow - Gerhard Trede [Kevin answering questions]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch ["Look, I won't let the guy join the club."]
  ? ["I'd love it!"]
  Alex on the Road - Steven Simmons [driving through Jellyfish Fields]
  Me for You - George Callert [SpongeBob passing Kevin's tests]
  ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [montage of Kevin getting stung]
  Tomfoolery - David Snell [catching a queen jellyfish]
  The Great White - Gregor F. Narholz [queen jellyfish appears]
  Action Cut A - Gregor F. Narholz [Kevin's gone]
  Killer on the Run A - Gregor F. Narholz [queen jellyfish chases SpongeBob]
  Witty Fellow - Gerhard Trede [Kevin inside robot jellyfish]
  Rule Britannia (a) - Dick Stephen Walter [king jellyfish appears]
  Good Bye Samba A - Ben Nabor ["Kissy face!"]
  Killer on the Run A - Gregor F. Narholz [Jellyspotters hide in a cave]
  ? - Jeremy Wakefield ["It's hopeless! We're trapped!"]
  Triumphant Return 1 - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob blows a pie-shaped bubble]
  Witty Fellow - Gerhard Trede [Kevin's scalp ripped off]
  Candy Floss - Peter Dennis [ending]

Reception

  • As of June 13, 2014, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 7.9/10 based on 95 ratings by users.[1] TV.com users give this episode a 8.6/10 based on 139 votes.[2]

Release

This episode is available on DVD on The Complete 2nd Season, The First 100 Episodes, and Fear of a Krabby Patty.

Trivia

Timeline
Timecards
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  • Big Lenny appears in RIP Gary The Snail as an enemy in the jellyfishing level.
  • Fred can be seen in the bottom of the pit with one of his legs bent out of shape, possibly referencing his frequent "My leg!" line.
  • Manowar is a spoof of the name Man O' War, which is an invertabrate that is similar to a jellyfish.
  • Both of the gloves SpongeBob uses to punch himself were reused in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Game.
  • Running gags: Patrick touching stuff, with the security guard telling him not to; one of the Anchovies said, "Wah, wah, waaah" after Kevin gets stung, and Kevin getting shocks by jellyfishes.
  • After Kevin was stung by 20 jellyfish, 1 anchovy said "wah, wah, waaah," was heard, but none of the 5 anchovies accompanying Kevin were opening their mouths.
  • Lists of tests Kevin gave:
    • Catch a jellyfish
    • Catch two jellyfish
    • Catch twenty jellyfish
    • Allow jellyfish to eat jelly off your face
    • Catch a jellyfish blindfolded
    • Catch a jellyfish while standing on your head
    • Catch a queen jellyfish
    • Six other tests
  • This episode may take place between the events of "I Was a Teenage Gary," as SpongeBob & Patrick went out of town to go to a jellyfish convention (By a bus full of jellyfishers,) and weren't seen anywhere else other than Jellyfish Fields. However, It might not as the convention in the previous episode is annual, and this one is bi-annual.
  • Kevin said that he doesn't use bamboo to the jellyfish nets. Although, he and the anchovies have bamboo nets, as seen when they reach in Jellyfish Fields.
  • A statue of Kevin can be seen in Nicktoons Unite.
  • There are "Kevin's Ointment" billboards throughout the episode and they are also seen in a few video games.
  • If this takes place between the events of "I Was a Teenage Gary," then, this is the only episode not to have any part in Bikini Bottom.

Cultural References

  • Dr. Manowar was said to be the only person who was stung by Big Lenny and lived. This could be a reference to the Harry Potter series in which Harry was the only known person to survive a killing curse.
  • SpongeBob's obsessive need to repeat "Hi Kevin" during the convention is in direct correlation to Season 4 Episode 6 of "The Wonder Years" in which Debbie Pfeiffer, Paul's sister, follows around Kevin Arnold saying "Hi Kevin" using the same mannerisms and dreamy tone of voice.
  • SpongeBob's mention of touching the hem of Kevin's pocket protector is a reference to the Bible, in which a desperate woman brushed the hem of Christ's cloak to heal her disease (Luke 8:43-48).
  • A banner in the background of the convention says, "Got Stung?", a reference to the former "Got Milk?" campaign (Now called "milklife.")

Errors

  • When SpongeBob looks at the bottom of the cliff it's grass but, later he looks down again there is another edge and people stranded at the bottom.
  • When the robot jellyfish hits the billboard & crashes, there is jelly coming out of the bottom, despite the fact that it is a robot.
  • During the credits, when Sirena Irwin's name is shown, her last name is accidentally spelled Irwn.
  • After Kevin got stung by the 20 jellyfish, one of the anchovy said: "wah wah wah." but his mouth did not move, because it forgot to lip-sync.
  • In one scene, the sky is red (Due to the sunset at Bikini Atoll,) but in underwater, the sky is blue.
  • After Kevin & the anchovies are laughing at SpongeBob in one scene, Kevin's voice changed.
  • In recent airings, the title card was not shown, instead it fades to the opening credits after the commerical break.

References

  1. ^ IMDB rating
  2. ^ TV.com rating

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