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64b. Good Neighbors

ElectricPikachu

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I don't see how this episode made the show even worse. I have to disagree. Only one bad episode doesn't mke it worse in my opinion. Never mind, I don't want to go back with this situation, if you know what I mean. There are even worse episodes than this one and to be honest, while I don't like this episode for being too bland/dull, I don't necessarily hate it all. I think it was an average/meh episode and it's nothing I would be angry at. I think there are 3 meh episodes in Season 4 (this episode included) and 3 bad episodes (albeit not as bad as other episodes, except for 1, which is really bad). I thought this episode was somehow annoying as well, but it was kinda funny in some cases, like Squidward's house turning into a robot, the sorry for bugging cake and the Security System 5000 machine. As I grew up older, I didn't enjoy as much as I used and it is just dull and boring in order to be a good episode. It could've been good, but I think it was just rather a meh episode. Also, the ending ruined it for me as well. Squidwqrd didn't deserve it, but at the same time, Squidward should've said that it was SpongeBob and Patrick's fault, not just his house, but I don't blame Squidward here, so yeah. Meh episode with a mix of enjoyment and boredom/annoyance, but if the flaws weren't that bad, it might've been a good one.
 

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Episode: Good Neighbors (S4-E64-B)

I hate this episode. This is the first season and first episode where it declines. I hate it when SpongeBob and Patrick annoy Squidward a lot. Even worse, after Squidward's house became a robot that destroyed everything, The official told Squidward to clean Bikini Bottom every Sunday.

Final Score = 0/10 :patboo: (seasons 1-3 version Patrick Star)

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Ah yes, Good Neighbors. Pretty much the first STP of the show. Basically, SpongeBob and Patrick annoy Squid and he gets punished for it, even though he did nothing to deserve the abuse, unlike other episodes. This episode is terrible, but there's actually one pre-movie episode that I think is worse.

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This episode was one of the first really bad episodes of the show, and debatably where the show started going downhill. This episode is a little overrated in my opinion, but not without reason. It doesn't have the same charm that episodes before it had, it isn't funny, and it doesn't really make any sense. It feels like everything about it was dumbed down, so all attempts at humor had to be right in your face, instead of the nuances SpongeBob had previously had. I would say this is one of the better Squidward Torture Episodes though, since everything Squidward goes through (minus the end) isn't too bad.
 

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I love how the beginning shows all three of them, then they're mornings. It works very good as an introductory episode for them as neighbors, despite being four seasons in. Some people dislike this episode, but I love it, starting off as a normal day for them, leading to the town being destroyed.
 
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And here's where many people believe the show started to decline. Personally, I don't think it's atrocious, but it's far from good. I didn't like much, if any of it. Plus, some of the torment Squidward is receiving is pretty unnecessary and hard to watch. And the ending of this episode makes no sense whatsoever.

Ranking so far:
1. The Lost Mattress (A)
2. Fear of a Krabby Patty (A)
3. Skill Crane (A)
4. Have You Seen This Snail? (A)
5. Krabs vs. Plankton (B)
6. Shell of a Man (C)
7. Good Neighbors (E)
 

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I hate to bump this topic so hard, but it has been 15 years since this episode premiered (in the US). To "celebrate" such an occasion, I want to revisit this episode. I don't know if people still think this, but I know for awhile this is where people thought that the show started to go downhill. I think I still agree with that, somewhat. In my opinion, I don't think it's possible to pinpoint an episode where SpongeBob went downhill. I more think of it in years or seasons. Season 4 is where things definitely started to tilt downwards, and season 5 put it in motion. In other words, the mid-2005 to early-2007 era was a transition for SpongeBob, and after that most episodes were okay/mediocre until more recently. So you could say that this episode was the start of the transition, but personally I don't really like to pinpoint episodes.

That said, I don't think this episode is as bad as everyone always says it is. Yes, it is a mediocre episode, but it isn't anywhere near an atrocity or abysmal. I said in my original review that it didn't have the same charm or nuance that SpongeBob had up to that point, and I stand by that. There's just something off about this episode. I think it's a mix of the animation, the flat humor, and the over-the-top treatment of Squidward. I would not call this episode Squidward torture, because it really was not that bad. But it definitely was an episode that foreshadowed what was to come in terms of Squidward torture.

So yeah, that's basically all there is to say about this episode. It's not one I would go out of my way to rewatch, but it isn't one of those episodes that I'd mute/turn off the TV if it came on. Hard to believe it's been 15 years since it premiered though, shows how long it's been since we were in the bad era of SpongeBob (which I believe ended in 2013, but that's a conversation for another day).
 

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I am of the minority who thinks the show has never truly recovered

Good Neighbors may have been the beginning of SpongeBob's downfall but that would mean the show was declining very early in its life-cycle so IDK...
 

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I am of the minority who thinks the show has never truly recovered

Good Neighbors may have been the beginning of SpongeBob's downfall but that would mean the show was declining very early in its life-cycle so IDK...
I agree that the show is not at the highs of seasons 1-3, but it definitely is leagues above seasons 6-8. At this point I don't think there is any "true recovery" because the humor is simply different now. Also, I think some episodes from the newer seasons are some of the best in the show, like Mimic Madness, Squid Noir, Feral Friends, etc.
 
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