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Mimic Madness
General
Season №: 10
Episode №: 207a
Airdate: February 25, 2017 (USA)
May 7, 2017 (Canada)
Running time: 11 minutes
Sister episode(s): "House Worming"
Credits
Writer(s): Doug Lawrence
Storyboard Artist(s): Brian Morante
Supervising Producer: Marc Ceccarelli
Vincent Waller
Animation: Bob Jaques
Chronology
Previous: "Code Yellow"
Next: "House Worming"
List of episodes

"Mimic Madness" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season ten. In this episode, SpongeBob learns that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Characters

Synopsis

Mr. Krabs makes some new rules and goes to his office while Squidward imitates him behind his back but Mr. Krabs hears him however, Squidward lies that he was imitating him out of flattery. SpongeBob believes this lie and decides to mimic/imitate people for business, and also because he heard that "imitation plus flattery equals happy people." He first imitates a father yelling at his kids. The father and the kids become impressed with SpongeBob's mimicry. SpongeBob them imitates Squidward, who also likes his imitation. He then imitates Patrick, who thinks he's looking at his real self.

SpongeBob then imitates Sandy and Plankton, while they were playing a game of checkers. Sandy admires the imitation, but Plankton says that "The voice is all wrong." He also imitates the French Narrator by saying "80 000 Imitations Later..." in his voice as the narrator complains about it. After a while, it starts to get annoying as his everyone tries to persuade him to stop, but he gets a thing called "mocking mimicry madness" and ends up forgetting who he truly is. SpongeBob's friends, including Plankton, attempt to help, but they make it worse as SpongeBob happens to mimic all of them at once to their disgust. Sandy tries to get SpongeBob to come back to his senses but his attempts cause him to have a breakdown of imitations and leaves town calling himself a freak.

SpongeBob goes to live in a cave in regrets of not remembering himself. His friends find him and end up mimicking him in order to bring back SpongeBob. It ends up working, but the others get the mocking mimicry madness and end up like SpongeBob. The episode ends with a focus of a laughing Squidward and his distraught real self demanding to be let out of his subconscious.

Production

The episode name was confirmed in a tweet by Vincent Waller on August 11, 2016.[1]

Art

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Mimic Madness

Storyboards for the episode

Rough Board Mimic Madness05:04

Rough Board Mimic Madness

Rough version of the storyboard

Music

 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Marlin March - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card.]
  Up She Rises - Sam Spence [Opening.]
  Fight for Ol'Schaefer U. - Will Schaefer ["Whoo! You tell 'em, Mr. Krabs!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward is actually sleeping.]
  Up She Rises - Sam Spence ["Open the doors and let the consuming commence!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (r) - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs goes to his office.]
  Creeping Up 29 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["I heard that, Mr. Squidward!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (c) - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs dives into the cash register.]
  Unknown Track 21 - "Close and warm."
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (l) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Imitation plus flattery equals happy people."]
  Unknown Track 38 - SpongeBob grins.
  Sailor's Sting 7 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob imitates Tom.]
  ? [Rimshot.]
  Sailor's Sting 7 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Kids laugh.]
  Fanfare (a) - SpongeBob takes off his hat.
  Sailor's Sting 7 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["I said eat your patties!"]
  ? [Rimshot.]
  Curtain-Raiser - Alan Braden ["Oh, swoon! That imitation stuff really works!"]
  Film Fanfare (a) - Dick Stephen Walter ["Look out, world, I'm gonna flatter your socks off!"]
  Seaweed - Steve Belfer [SpongeBob imitates Patrick.]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["Wait, what?"]
  The Donut Dilemma - Nicolas Carr [Sandy playing chess with Plankton.]
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob imitates Sandy and Plankton.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (l) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Oh, those impressions are making everyone so happy!"]
  Sailor's Sting 7 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob imitates Nathiel Waters and Squidward.]
  Cartoon Sting 4 - Squidward quits working at the Krusty Krab.
  Voodoo Victim - Gilbert Vinter ["SpongeBob has lost touch with reality."]
  Tales from the Swamp (a) - Ron Goodwin [Krabs screams after SpongeBob imitates him.]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Transition to next scene.]
  Cartoon Sting 5 - "This is an intervention, so we need to make sure that above all, SpongeBob knows how much we all care about him."
  Wargames Linking Section (f) - Keith Mansfield ["Spread out!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (r) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Right, guys, that's... almost the spirit."]
  Unknown Track 37 - SpongeBob answers the door.
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Five at once, huh?"]
  Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob imitates Patrick, Sandy, Squidward, Mr. Krabs and Plankton at once.]
  Space Horizons - Wolf Helling ["Aye! Love to! About what? Who cares?"]
  Mutations (d) - Trevor Duncan [SpongeBob morphing between imitations.]
  Tragic Bridge 3 - Phil Green ["I can't do it! I'm a freak! A freak!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (j) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob runs away crying.]
  Who Am I? - Eban Schletter, Doug Lawrence [SpongeBob sings this.]
  Where Am I? - Gregor F. Narholz [Patrick, Squidward, Sandy, Mr. Krabs and Plankton find SpongeBob.]
  Marlin March - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick, Sandy, Mr. Krabs and Plankton imitate SpongeBob.]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [Krabs squishes Plankton.]
  Where Am I? - Gregor F. Narholz ["It's not working, fellers!"]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick, Squidward, Sandy, Mr. Krabs and Plankton imitate SpongeBob at once.]
  Honolulu March - Hans Haider [SpongeBob is back to normal.]
  Fanfare (a) - "I'm ready!"
  Honolulu March - Hans Haider ["I remember! I know who I am!"]
  Clownfish Capers - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Ending.]

Release

This episode was released on February 25, 2017 in the USA

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Reception

  • As of April 12, 2017, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 8.7/10 based on 61 ratings by users.[2] TV.com users give this episode a 9.9/10 based on 4 votes.[3]

Trivia

Timeline
Timecards
  • 80,000 Impressions Later...
  • Vincent Waller has stated this was one of his personal favorite episodes, and even recommended to watch it.[citation needed]
  • This episode's title card is similar to the title card for "Culture Shock," only this one is brighter.
    • The title card is also similar to the title card for "A Pal for Gary."
  • In the original storyboard, Karen comes out of the Chum Bucket and laughs at SpongeBob's impression of Plankton. She is not in the final cut.
  • This episode premiered two years after "License to Milkshake" premiered in Germany and Poland.
  • This episode and "House Worming" are the first Season 10 episodes to premiere in 2017.
  • This episode possibly takes place before "Gone" because when SpongeBob mimics his friends, he gets Mocking Mimicry Madness.
    • However, it's more likely that SpongeBob doesn't get Mocking Mimicry Madness in "Gone" because in that episode he simply imitates his friends based on what he remembers about them, rather than actually imitating everything they do in front of him.
  • When SpongeBob tells Mr. Krabs to "bring it around town," this is a reference to the bubble blowing technique in "Bubblestand."
  • The episode "Friend or Foe" is referenced in the song "Who Am I?"
  • This is Plankton's first appearance (airing-wise) in Season 10, while the other main characters all appear in "Whirly Brains."
  • This is the only time so far where French Narrator directly talks to SpongeBob. The fourth wall is broken here.
  • This episode marks the first song to be sung by SpongeBob in Season 10.
  • This is one of the rare instances where Plankton spends the entire episode with the other main characters without being an antagonist.
  • In this episode, Patrick eats food from the garbage in front of the Krusty Krab. Usually, he eats food from the garbage in the back of The Krusty Krab.
  • Not counting imitations by SpongeBob or a cameo in a photo, all of the main characters appear in this episode except Gary the Snail.

Cultural references

  • SpongeBob having the Mocking Mimicry Madness resembles Robin mimicking his friends and losing his own personality in the Teen Titans Go! episode "Uncle Jokes."


Errors

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Squidward not shown with a forehead

  • Squidward is shown with no forehead wrinkles at one point.
  • When SpongeBob says "I don't know!" while the camera zooms out, his legs are a bit too thick.
    • Also, he is back to his normal self.
  • Whenever SpongeBob imitates Sandy, he is able to wear an air helmet perfectly fine without dehydrating.

References

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