Plot & Details
Fish are jumpin' and the seaweed is high as SpongeBob SquarePants gets into its second season. The first half-hour episode offers two brief playlets: "Something Smells", in which lovable invertebrate SpongeBob suddenly develops bad breath (a rare affliction in sponges); and "Bossy Boots", in which Mr. Krabs' insufferable daughter Pearl transforms the Krusty Krab into the hippest place beneath the sea--for a while, anyway. Later down the sandy road, the irascible Squidward proves to be that scourge of the deep, a slacker octopus, when he's put in charge of the restaurant; SpongeBob forgets how to tie his shoelaces, a situation that's good for 12 minutes at least; senile superheroes Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy (voiced by Ernest Borgnineand Tim Conway face a reunion with their fiendish--and equally elderly--enemy ManRay; the president of the SpongeBob SquarePants fan club brings a little bit of Christmas cheer to Bikini Bottom; a caterpillar turns into a butterfly (film at eleven!); otherwise benign land squirrel Sandy Cheeks becomes the scourge of the deep when she starts sleepwalking; SpongeBob goes to Herculean lengths to avoid kissing his grandma, and fails his driving test again (how often do sponges have to drive anywhere, anyway?); Gary the Snail takes a bath (no film at eleven!); an oyster is traumatized by a smoking peanut; Patrick refuses to tell anyone what's in his box; a careless word transforms SpongeBob into a "Sailor Mouth"; and an exercise in procrastination plunges SpongeBob into a Daliesque nightmare.