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Alright it's been a while since i've posted on here(been busy with college) but now that i'm going through season 4 it's time for me to talk about the first post-movie episode that people seemed to hate on-Good Neighbors.

The problem some have with this episode is how Squidward was portrayed, but given all the trouble Spongebob has put him through in the past, I can't blame him for dreading Spongebob even being near him. The tone is admittedly a bit confused, and sometimes it's hard to tell if we are supposed to be rooting for or against Squidward. I personally found his over-the-top shouting to be funny, as it's a side of him we don't get to see often. In most episodes with Squidward being tortured by Spongebob and Patrick, they seem blissfully unaware of how much he dislikes them, whereas here they actually are aware that he does not want them around and they actually admit to screwing up and try to make things right, which I found to be an interesting and refreshing change of pace.

I definitely consider this superior over the episode it most closely reassembles-Club Spongebob, as unlike in that episode where Squidward got the short end of the stick for seemingly no reason, here it's largely of his own doing. Plus Squid's house going nuts and destroying the town was pretty amusing. Also loved how creative the animators got, especially with how Spongebob and Patrick paint the town "polka-dot". So I get the issues people have with this episode, but I still found it enjoyable enough.
 
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darkrage6 said:
Alright it's been a while since i've posted on here(been busy with college) but now that i'm going through season 4 it's time for me to talk about the first post-movie episode that people seemed to hate on-Good Neighbors.

The problem some have with this episode is how Squidward was portrayed, but given all the trouble Spongebob has put him through in the past, I can't blame him for dreading Spongebob even being near him. The tone is admittedly a bit confused, and sometimes it's hard to tell if we are supposed to be rooting for or against Squidward. I personally found his over-the-top shouting to be funny, as it's a side of him we don't get to see often. In most episodes with Squidward being tortured by Spongebob and Patrick, they seem blissfully unaware of how much he dislikes them, whereas here they actually are aware that he does not want them around and they actually admit to screwing up and try to make things right, which I found to be an interesting and refreshing change of pace.

I definitely consider this superior over the episode it most closely reassembles-Club Spongebob, as unlike in that episode where Squidward got the short end of the stick for seemingly no reason, here it's largely of his own doing. Plus Squid's house going nuts and destroying the town was pretty amusing. Also loved how creative the animators got, especially with how Spongebob and Patrick paint the town "polka-dot". So I get the issues people have with this episode, but I still found it enjoyable enough.
You raise some good points here. I haven't watched the episode in a while so maybe it's not as bad as I remember it being.
 

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Been a little while since i've updated this topic, apologies for that, Stephen's sudden passing kinda put me in a downer mood for a bit, but i'm past it now and i'm ready to resume watching this show.

So for today's underrated PM episode we have Whale of a Birthday, it's another Pearl episode and in general those tend to not be liked because some find her annoying. Personally I don't mind her too much and in this episode was pretty relatable with having to deal with Mr Krabs being a cheapskate for years(Spongebob's imitation of him in Shell of a Man doing an operation on Pearl to save a Nickel doesn't sound so far-fetched now) still he does care enough to get her whatever she wants, which was nice to see, Squidward being a fan of Boys who Cry was funny at how random it was and some of Krabs cheapskate ways were good for a laugh. So a decent episode in all, funny to note how boy bands like Boys Who Cry went from being outdated when this episode first aired to being popular again in the new tens with the rise of popular boy bands like One Direction.
 

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Now for another one- All That Glitters.

Personally I like the idea of inanimate objects being sentient, and it makes about as much sense as anything else in the show so it's easy for me to not dwell on the logic behind it. Even having grown up I still think the episode holds up pretty well, yeah it overdoes it on the crying a bit, but nothing too excessive and the comedy was pretty good(Spongebob desperately trying to get money for Le Spatula, the doctor being an actor, Spongebob being nude, etc) and I thought Le Spatula himself was an entertaining and funny character(uptight French characters always make me chuckle for some reason) and I liked the relationship between Spongebob and Spat.
 

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I always liked "The Bad Guy Club for Villains" for how unique it is, being an actual episode of the MM&BB TV show.

"Treats!" is a good one as well, with SpongeBob calling Gary by his full name and that Snail Bites commercial.
 

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New Leaf: Interesting to see Plankton and Krabs act friendly towards one another and it's one of the more interesting schemes Plankton pulled.
 

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Once Bitten-I'm a sucker for episodes where everyone in Bikini Bottom erupts into mass hysteria and this one is certainly entertaining in that regard. Some criticize it for people believing Patrick, but considering everyone blindly followed his "plan" in Sandy, Spongebob and the Worm I didn't have a hard time buying that. I thought the jokes were pretty good overall.
 

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Underrated: Chum Bucket Supreme, Kracked Krabs, SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One, Krusty Dogs, Roller Cowards, Pest of the West, Komputer Overload, Toy Store of Doom, Gary in Love, Walking the Plankton
Overhated: Good Neighbors, Funny Pants, The Thing, Night Light, SpongeHenge (yes, I said it!), House Fancy, The Splinter (it's definitely bad but not one of the worst), Shuffleboarding (inadequate but not bad, just very boring), Tentacle-Vision,
I forgot New Leaf. New Leaf is overhated. I believe it's an adequate episode.
I forgot New Leaf. New Leaf is overhated. I believe it's an adequate episode.
 

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Time for another one- That's No Lady. For whatever reason i've always had a thing for crossdresser related plots in films and TV shows(White Chicks is one of my favorite comedies) and this episode is no exception, I can understand how some would find it weird and awkward but I thought it was interesting enough to keep my attention, loved Squid and Krabs priceless reactions to Patrick's disguise.
 

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Time for another STP episode I like-The Thing, Squid goes through so much hardship it's almost comical in how over-the-top it is and I dug the ending for how random it was, also I must say I really dug that piece of jazz music that was played in this episode, very pleasant and relaxing sounding.
 
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Now for a Patrick episode-Rule of Dumb, this episode reminded me a lot of the Recess episode "King Gus" in that it has a similar "unpopular guy suddenly gets into a position power" storyline and it's a of storyline i've always been fond of. Patrick is definitely a bit over-the-top in terms of his jerkiness, but to be fair Spongebob did kind of unintentionally cause that by saying Patrick could have "anything he wanted". The comedy was a bit of mixed bag, Patrick acting like a jerk wasn't that funny, but things like him randomly burning library books were good for a laugh.
 

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Another STP episode-Squid Wood, not much to say about this one other then I found it watchable, the dancing sequence was nicely animated and Squidward going berserk was good for a laugh, there are some unanswered questions regarding Mini-Squid(did he come to life after Spongebob stopped controlling him?) but the amusing ending made up for it.

Also Best Day Ever, yes Nick did overhype this episode to hell and back, but I feel too many people judge this episode from how it was promoted as opposed to it's own merits. As someone who didn't tune for the BDE marathon I don't have the same intense dislike for this episode that other do, I certainly wouldn't say it was the end of Spongebob's golden period or a jumping the shark moment like others would. The title song is really nice to listen to and I did like the lesson of how a day not turning out like you planned can still be good and it was nice to see Squidward come out on top for once.

And to cap off season 4, Gift of Gum, one of the most bizarre and surreal episodes of the show, there's some nice animation with the gum everywhere and the random ending works.
 
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The great patty caper was really enjoyable to me, I like the atmosphere of the train, and the action scene where they need to stop the train is soooo funny, also the gags with spongebob, patrick, and plankton on the trrain are funny.
 

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3 of the most underrated and most hated episodes off the ENTIRE show!
 

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