SpongeBob SquarePants

Season 7 Episode 40

New Fish In Town / Big Sister Sam

Aired Weekdays 5:00 PM Jan 15, 2011 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

New Fish in Town: Squidward becomes friends with a new neighbor, but must keep SpongeBob and Patrick's antics from making him want to move away. Big Sister Sam: Patrick's long lost sister comes for a visit, but things get chaotic when her temper gets out of control.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • "New Fish in Town" was mediocre whereas "Big Sister Sam" was poor

    New Fish in Town: While I thought that this episode had a wonderful plot, I found it to be mediocre. Squidward had finally finished writing notes for his clarinet performance, when he drops it in flames because of (I bet you'll never guess who!) Spongebob and Patrick, hammering a sign into the ground. Squidward tries to get the plot going by asking Spongebob and Patrick what was going on, as he can't hear himself think, but Patrick holds this up and uses lame jokes to waste time (can you see yourself, taste yourself, smell yourself think? Etc) it turns out that Patrick is renting out his yard for cash. Thankfully, Spongebob and Patrick disappear for most of this episode. Just then, a fish named Howard, who is just like Squidward moves in next door. Again, I did like the plot of this episode, the idea of a fish moving in next door and being friends with Squidward, but my main problem with this episode is Howard himself. Howard spends most of the episode speaking as slowly as he can to fill in 11 minutes. Also, he just so happens to hate neighbours who are just like Spongebob and Patrick. As soon as Howard steps out side with Spongebob and Patrick, he decides to become one of them, just when you thought it couldn't possibly get even more annoying. So Squidward, as usual never gets to enjoy his life. He rightfully makes Howard's mobile home fall of a cliff, so Howard jumps off the cliff after the house, hopefully killing himself. (The one smart move of the episode) Spongebob and Patrick then try to cheer him up by giving him a bubble to pop, but of course, he can't, so he chases after it and jumps off that cliff. I don't mean to be complaining about every little thing in this episode, but since when was their a cliff right next to Spongebob, Patrick and Squidward's houses? Anyway, this is just one of many episodes that proves that Squidward can never live a happy life. This episode is getting a 6/10.

    Big Sister Sam: Wow writers, just wow! Have you guys really forgotten everything? I know, you know, we all know that in "Something Smells" Patrick said that he didn't have a sister, so what did you make an episode all about Patrick's sister for?! Well, apparently, they lost each other in a surf as kids. When she comes, she throws Spongebob. (Nice to meet you too, Sam) and Patrick didn't even give a cr@p for what she did. In an older episode, he would've. Even in "Karate Star" Patrick was upset when he knew he took it too far. Anyway, the worst part about Sam is how overprotective she is of Patrick. She moves Squidward's house, and Squidward makes fun of her. This causes her to cry, and we find out that Sam can't even cry without throwing someone away. Patrick is then angry at Spongebob and Squidward and calls them meanies, even though Spongebob hasn't even done anything. Spongebob and Squidward then try other ways to get sense into them, but in response, just get mentally tortured. With absolutely nothing left to live for, Squidward literally tries to kill Patrick and Sam by driving a bulldozer into them. Sam then cancels this attack by throwing the bulldozer at Spongebob's house, destroying it, finally making Patrick realise why Spongebob and Squidward were being "meanies" (And it really did take two houses to be destroyed) Sam then snaps once again, destroys her and Patrick's home, knocking her own brother out unconscious. Spongebob wakes him up, and Sam leaves because she was late for a manicure. Thank god for that. That's 2 episodes in a row which have characters that I would never want to see again. Big Sister Sam is getting a not so big 4/10.moreless
  • The Big Sister Sam episode doesn't make sense to me

    The episode itself is alright, but there's something I don't get. Didn't Patrick say in one episode he didn't have a sister. It was the one where SpongeBob made that sundae and then his and Patrick's breath started to stink and then Patrick said at one point though I don't have a sister". It just doesn't add up to me. Am I the only one who noticed this?
  • I gotta admit, I laughed a bit.

    I have to admit, SpongeBob has gone downhill, but this episode pair was great.

    New Fish in Town: Squidward becomes friends with a new neighbor, but must keep SpongeBob and Patrick's antics from making him want to move away.

    Big Sister Sam: Patrick's long lost sister comes for a visit, but things get chaotic when her temper gets out of control.


    Now for the review:

    New Fish in Town: Patrick puts a "For Rent' sign in front of his rock, and then he and SpongeBob go jellyfishing. Then a new guy named Howard moves in

    Good: Howard's voice was hilarious, the script was pretty funny, and the scene at the end was funny also

    Bad: Nothing.

    New Fish in Town- 10/10 A+

    Big Sister Sam - 7/10 Dmoreless
  • This is ONLY about "Big Sister Sam".

    Reviewing "Big Sister Sam"

    This was a great episode. It was classic, original, and the concept of breaking houses, temper, and sisters were all shown all together.

    In this episode, Patrick's long-lost sister comes to visit, but when her temper gets out of control, problems occur.

    This episode was fantastic, but it COULD be ALOT BETTER! In "Something Smells", Patrick said he didn't have a sister, but that was him just being stupid. Also, the fact that Patrick thought SpongeBob was going against him only because he was defending Squidward was just...Dumb. There are more flaws and this episode could be way better.

    Overall: Great writing, Classic, and rating: 8/10.moreless
  • This is ONLY about New Fish In Town.

    Reviewing "New Fish In Town":

    "New Fish In Town" was a well-written episode. In this episode, Squidward gets a new neighbor named Howard, who he has a lot in common with, and befriends him, but when he finds out that he hates Jelly-fishers and Bubble Blowers, He tries his best to keep SpongeBob and Patrick from making him want to leave the neighborhood. It was a hilarious episode. The ending could have been better though. Also, what I found NOT interesting about this episode was the fact that Squidward never gets a GOOD ending, and it was plain at times.

    Rating: 9/10moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • All the characters that were in the episode "New Fish In Town", excluding flashback cameos, jumped off the cliff to retrieve something in the same angle.

    • In this episode, Howard does not leave, but Squidward kicks him out due to his possibility to be as annoying as SpongeBob and Patrick after he starts to enjoy Jellyfishing and Bubble Blowing as much as them.

    • In this episode, we learn that Patrick has a sister, but in "Something Smells", he said he does NOT have a sister.

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (6)

    • Character Debuts: Howard and Sam (Patrick's Sister).

    • "New Fish In Town" is the only episode in the 30-minute "pair" that stayed true to its scheduled airdate.

    • All of them, SpongeBob, Patrick, and Howard jumped off the cliff to retrieve "their houses falling" - BOTH which Squidward had them fall off on purpose to get them out.

    • The episode, "New Fish In Town", is kind of similar to the episode, "Opposite Day", because of the slight similarity of the plot, it's a bottle episode, and because of the one or two same/similarity of gags, like Squidward's bulldozer, which was also used in "Opposite Day" to drag SpongeBob and Patrick out of the neighborhood.

    • Both of the episodes are bottle episodes.

    • The episode, "Love That Squid", was originally supposed to air with "New Fish In Town", but for some reason, "Big Sister Sam" aired instead, possibly because "Love That Squid" is a valentine-themed episode, so Nickelodeon decided to air it in February, since that is the month of Valentine's Day.


    • SpongeBob saying "Something Squidward, this way comes." is a reference to Ray Bradbury book "Something Wicked This Way Comes".

    • Family Guy

      The episode title, "New Fish In Town", is the same title as the Family Guy episode title, "New Kidney In Town", only instead of Fish, Kidney is in the Family Guy episode title.