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Stuck in the Wringer (SpongeBob SquarePants)

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Stuck in the Wringer
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This is one of the few moments that could’ve single handly ended SpongeBob and Patrick's friendship.
Series: SpongeBob SquarePants
Part of Season: 7
Episode Number: 2b
Air Date: July 19, 2009
Writer: Zeus Cervas
Sean Charmatz
Derek Iversen
Previous episode: Growth Spout
Next episode: Someone's in the Kitchen with Sandy

"Stuck in the Wringer" is the fourth episode of the seventh season of SpongeBob SquarePants.

Synopsis

SpongeBob gets stuck in his wringer. His condition only gets worse when Patrick, who fails to understand the situation, uses "Forever Glue" to permanently trap SpongeBob inside it. SpongeBob tries to go about his usual day, but as a result falls upon hardships.

Why It Should Get Stuck In The Wringer

  1. Patrick is at his absolute worst in this episode as his braindead flanderization has gone too far this time, as he idiotically thinks it would help by permanently trapping SpongeBob inside his wringer with his "Forever Glue" and is oblivious to the fact that it made things worse for his own best friend, even psychologically and physically.
    • Mr. Krabs is also unlikeable for kicking SpongeBob out of the Krusty Krab.
  2. There is a very disturbing and off-putting scene in the kitchen at the Krusty Krab where SpongeBob accidentally shoots mustard onto Squidward's eyes, literally melting them as a result before both of them fall out from his face and then onto an incomplete Krabby Patty.
  3. This episode tries to paint SpongeBob as an unlikable character for yelling at Patrick, when it's pretty much clear he isn't.
  4. The infamously infuriating scene where after SpongeBob loses his temper and snaps at Patrick for his actions, Patrick attempts to play the victim by saying "Okay, if that's how you feel... I won't help you anymore!" and runs away crying, only for SpongeBob to be called out by the townsfolk, who tell him that he deserved what he's gotten (which he didn't, as SpongeBob is the one who had been suffering throughout this episode, even visibly). They did not know the full story, you say? At the time SpongeBob snaps at Patrick and calls him out for his actions, the townspeople were clearly witnessing and overhearing the argument, and SpongeBob was visibly suffering, physically and emotionally, at the moment. Are the Bikini Bottom townspeople blind?!
    • It seemed that the townsfolk either took on Patrick's side because he claimed he was only trying to help or because they thought SpongeBob was a bit harsh to Patrick and they feel sorry for him because Patrick got upset, meaning Patrick made SpongeBob look like the bad guy in a way.
    • There was also another scene where Patrick tried to stay angry at SpongeBob for finally standing up to him. It was his own fault, so he shouldn't blame SpongeBob since he went through an unfortunate set of circumstances in this episode. And it even shows that Patrick can't take criticism or because he still claims he tried to help SpongeBob in the first place, and that Patrick can't take responsibilities for his actions.
  5. The entire set-up for this episode is contrived, as it consists of SpongeBob slipping on a bar of soap he dropped onto the floor, rockets around his bathroom and gets stuck in his wringer, only for Patrick to permanently trap SpongeBob inside the wringer with his "Forever Glue".
  6. Bad Moral: SpongeBob flat-out says "I guess crying does solve your problems after all", which is nonsensical and false, since crying almost never solves anyone's problems. It doesn't come across as a "joke moral"; instead, it comes across as a real moral than something to laugh at.
    • There is also another bad moral WatchMojo pointed out: Standing up for yourself is wrong (referring to the scene where SpongeBob yelled at Patrick).
    • Not helping is that SpongeBob literally says it whilst appearing to look straight at the camera, as if he is actually talking to the viewer and thus breaking the fourth wall, so the message has the subtlety of a sledgehammer being swung at your face.
  7. Bad Ending: In the end, SpongeBob gets stuck in the wringer again, but this time with Patrick, the latter asks if he should get the glue again, implying that he had not learned his lesson.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. SpongeBob is the only likable and sympathetic character in this episode.
  2. Spongebob snapping at and blaming Patrick for his suffering is extremely cathartic.
    • The yelling from Tom Kenny in the scene where Spongebob snaps at and blaming Patrick for his suffering is actually justified here since he needed anger for that to happen and surprisingly enough, this one is very tolerable.
  3. SpongeBob freaking out over the bar of soap falling to the ground. Not as funny as the "Doubloons, don't drop 'em!" joke, but it's still funny.
  4. It's pretty surprising that SpongeBob was able to make a Krabby Patty while being stuck in a wringer.
  5. At least Patrick finally realize his actions towards SpongeBob that causes problem in the first place.

Reception

Stuck in the Wringer” received overwhelmingly negative reviews. It currently holds a 4.3/10 on IMDb, It’s considered one of the worst SpongeBob SquarePants episodes of all time. In fact, an IMDb rating said “It's getting really hard to defend Patrick”.

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