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Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II
General
Season №: 1
Episode №: 20b
Airdate: April 8, 2000
Sister episode(s): "Hooky"
Credits
Guest(s): Ernest Borgnine as Mermaid Man
Tim Conway as Barnacle Boy
Charles Nelson Reilly as The Dirty Bubble
Writer(s): Chuck Klein
Jay Lender
Doug Lawrence
Storyboard Artist(s): Jay Lender
Storyboard: Chuck Klein
Animation: Tom Yasumi
Creative: Derek Drymon
See all credits for this episode.
Chronology
Previous: "Hooky"
Next: "Your Shoe's Untied"
List of episodes

"Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season one. In this episode, SpongeBob wins a conch shell in a contest to summon his heroes.

Characters

Synopsis

One Saturday morning, SpongeBob is watching his favorite show, The Adventures of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy. He has entered a competition, and is listening eagerly to see if he's won the mystery prize. The announcer declares the winner as "SpringBoob SquirePin", for his life-sized Krabby Patty mannequins of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy. SpongeBob calls out that SpringBoob SquirePin stole his idea, before the announcer announces that he has made a "slight" error in pronunciation, and that the real winner is indeed SpongeBob SquarePants!

Within seconds, SpongeBob's prize is delivered to him. SpongeBob has won the "conch signal", a conch whose noise is a signal which Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy respond to. SpongeBob blows it, and Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy hear it from Shady Shoals, and spring into action. When they arrive at SpongeBob's house, they at first think that he has been disfigured before recognizing him. He explains to them that he won the Conch Signal in a contest, and that there is no danger. They then explain to him the importance of the signal, and tell him that he must only use it for major emergencies.

Later on, Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy hear the conch once again, and rush to SpongeBob's house, where he appears to be dead on the floor. However, he then reveals that he simply is having trouble opening a jar of mayonnaise. Barnacle Boy is angered by this, but Mermaid Man reminds him that emergencies don't come around as often as they used to, and he tells SpongeBob that he can blow the conch "every once in a while." However, SpongeBob abuses this privilege, constantly calling Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy to help with everyday tasks. Eventually, the two heroes are exhausted, and Barnacle Boy attempts to destroy the conch signal, but cannot bring himself to do so. 

SpongeBob is in tears and apologizes, explaining that he just wanted to spend time with them. As a result, they let SpongeBob join them on their daily patrol, with SpongeBob dressed as a superhero. They do various activities, such as keeping lookout from on top of a tall building, and in the street, Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy see an old man, who was once The Atomic Flounder. SpongeBob attacks the old man, not understanding that he is no longer a villain, and angered by this, the Atomic Flounder breathes fire in Barnacle Boy's face.

At a restaurant, Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy ask SpongeBob to find their theme song on a jukebox. As he tries to find it, they decide to "ditch" SpongeBob. Outside, however, they are attacked and trapped by their nemesis, The Dirty Bubble. When SpongeBob finally finds the song, he comes outside to tell them, and sees their predicament. He asks the Dirty Bubble for his autograph, saying that he is his favorite supervillain, and "accidentally" pops the Dirty Bubble with a pencil tip, saving the day. The trio ride off in the Invisible Boatmobile, singing a Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy-themed version of "Jingle Bells" as the episode ends.

Production

Music

 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Super Hero - Tony Hymas [title card]
  Hawaiian Link (b) - Richard Myhill [opening]
  Arizona Fanfare - Jack Shaindlin [TV show starts]
  Caped Crusader - David Farnon [knocking down cardboard cutouts]
  Life on the Wild Side - Sam Spence [contest winner announced]
  Hymn of Achievement - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob's prize]
  Caped Crusader - David Farnon [SpongeBob blowing the conch signal]
  Bat Stabs - David Farnon [Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy stop in midair]
  Caped Crusader - David Farnon [looking for Invisible Boatmobile]
  The Lineman - Sam Spence [Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy arrive at SpongeBob's]
  Mourners D - Zsofia Taller ["He's been horribly disfigured!"]
  Exciting Action B - Mladen Franko ["All right, where's the danger, son?"]
  Vibe Link (b) - Richard Myhill ["No danger?"]
  Facing the Challenge - Gregor F. Narholz ["The conch signal is an awesome responsibility."]
  The Lineman - Sam Spence ["The conch signal!"]
  Beautiful Moonlit Night - Carl Maria Von Weber, George Wilson ["Oh, youth... cut down in its prime!"]
  SpongeBob Closing Theme - Steve Belfer, Nicolas Carr [opening a jar of mayonnaise]
  Secret Service - Syd Dale [conch signal montage]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill [SpongeBob cries]
  South Pacific Island II - Victor Cavini ["Don't squash his enthusiasm."]
  The Lineman - Sam Spence ["To the Invisible Boatmobile!"]
  World in Action - Laurie Johnson [origami]
  Life on the Wild Side - Sam Spence [patrolling the city]
  Gator - Steve Belfer [Atomic Flounder]
  Hawaiian Link (a) - Richard Myhill [exterior of diner]
  Hawaiian Hula - Terry Day [Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy ditch SpongeBob]
  Dramatic Encounter - Gregor F. Narholz ["What's the matter?"]
  Triumphant Return 2 - Gregor F. Narholz ["But I can't let my heroes down!"]
  House of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [Dirty Bubble introduced]
  Police Car - Sam Spence [Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy trapped inside Dirty Bubble]
  Dangerous A - Mladen Franko ["Oh no, you fool, stay back!"]
  Moloka'i Nui A - Kapono Beamer ["You saved us, son!"]
  Police Car - Sam Spence [sting at end]

Reception

  • As of November 9, 2013, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 7.2/10 based on 111 ratings by users.[1] TV.com users give this episode a 8.4/10 based on 181 votes.[2]

Release

Trivia

Timeline
  • Saturday
Timecards
none
  • This is the first episode to feature Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy and not feature Patrick. The second is "Mermaid Man vs. SpongeBob."
  • This is the only "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy" where the title card has purple scales. The other four have blue scales on the title card, and "Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy VI: The Motion Picture" has a completely different title card then the others.
  • This was the last episode to use Traditional Cell animation. All episodes from seasons 2 and 3 use digital ink and paint, while episodes from season 4 onward use 3D computer coloring.
  • This is the first appearance of the Mermalair.
  • This is the only Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy episode not to have The Lineman as the title card music.
  • The Atomic Flounder is the only villain shown to have aged.
  • Upon meeting with SpongeBob again, Barnacle Boy says "it's just that sponge kid again," referring to when they met SpongeBob in the first "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy" episode.
  • For the first time, there was censorship, but Gary is the censor in this episode.
  • Running Gag: Barnacle Boy getting burned mainly by the Invisible Boatmobile.
  • This is the last episode of Season 1.
  • During a tribute to Ernest Borgnine, this episode paired with "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy."

Cultural References

  • The "Jingle Bells" song is a parody of a Batman and Robin-themed version of "Jingle Bells," of which Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy are parodies of.
  • The Atomic Flounder's radioactive breath is a possible reference to Godzilla.
  • The conch signal is a reference to the conch trumpet used by Triton in mythology.
  • the Breadwinner episode "mine all mine" has a similar plot to this episode.

Errors

  • When Mermaid Man tells SpongeBob that the conch signal is too much responsibility, the television in his house shows only a red screen, instead of black screen or a moving picture.
  • When Mermaid Man says "Activate torpedo mode!," regular closed captioning says "Torpedo mode!"
  • Amazon Instant Video says this episode was aired on March 3, 2001.

References

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


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