SpongeBob SquarePants

Season 4 Episode 16

The Thing / Hocus Pocus

Aired Weekdays 5:30 PM Jan 15, 2007 on Nickelodeon
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The Thing:
After being covered in cement, the Bikini Bottomites are convinced that Squidward is an unknown species and SpongeBob tries to keep him as a pet.

Hocus Pocus:
SpongeBob tries out his new magic kit on Squidward and is convinced he's turned his neighbor into an ice cream cone!moreless
  • Decent

    Agree with jmbsonic555.
  • Squidward gets cover in cement; SpongeBob thinks he turned Squidward into a ice cream

    The Thing: A great episode, but not as good as its partner. I didn't liked the beginning that much, but the episode got a little better. The beginning is just the same stuff in most of the Squidward episodes...SB and Patrick annoying him. Also, I dropped 5 more points since this episode was never my favorites but still okay to watch. Funny moments in the episode are Squidward getting in a accident, then he turned into an unknown species, Gary attacking Smelly (Squidward in cement), Patrick playing catch, the chase scene, and the ending where Smelly breaks and now Squidward is back to normal. 8.5/10

    Hocus Pocus: Another of those post movie episodes that get too much hate. When will this nonsense stop? Anyway, this episode was better than The Thing because there isn't any boring parts. My score is just lower because SpongeBob was a little dimwit here thinking that the pastico ice cream was Squidward. But either way I always liked this episode even if SpongeBob was OOC. Funny parts include the beginning, SpongeBob mailing himself, the kid don't liking the ice cream which lands on Squidward's seat, Patrick eating the ice cream (while SpongeBob freaks out...facial expression by the way were amazing), and the ending. Overall, an underrated as heck episodes...I has to be honest, the facial expressions from what I said earlier improved until season 7ish. 9.5/10moreless
  • Very decent pairing.

    The Thing: After SpongeBob and Patrick bug Squidward when trying to watch public television, Squidward decides to get away from them by going on a bike ride. However, the bike crashes into a cement truck and the cement falls on Squidward. Squidward is now totally unrecognizable and is unable to talk move or even walk properly. On day, in Jellyfish Fields, SpongeBob and Patrick find him and mistake him for an indangered species.SpongeBob decides to take him home and name him Smelly, but when Gary starts attacking "Smelly", Patrick decides to keep him instead. But once him gets there, "Smelly" goes mad and tries to escape, so Patrick calls animal control. Once animal control arrives, "Smelly" is captured and taken to a zoo. SpongeBob doesn't like this, so he and Patrick sneak into the zoo at night to rescue "Smelly". All of a sudden, the SWAT team arrives, so SpongeBob and Patrick escape through a sewer tunnel. They soon find that the tunnel leads to a forest where a strange group of creatures that looks like "Smelly" live. SpongeBob and Patrick let "Smelly" go to live with his own species. "Smelly" is at first worried, but when he sees that the jazz player from the public television show Squidward was watching is there, he begins to like the place until the cement cracks, reveiling himself.

    8 out of 10

    Hocus Pocus: SpongeBob purchases a magic kit in the mail but and tries it out on Squidward, but when Spongebob's not looking, Squidward quickly runs onto a bus to get as far away from SpongeBob as he can. When SpongeBob's still not looking, a kid's ice cream accidently gets thrown out the window and lands on the lawn chair that Squidward was laying on. When Spongebob finally looks, he thinks that his magic turned Squidward into an ice cream cone, but he can't change him back, so SpongeBob treats him as if he were the real Squidward. So, he takes him to places like the movie theater, and even the beach, but "Squidward" starts to melt. SpongeBob then puts him in the freezer, when Patrick arrives and starts to eat Squidward. SpongeBob stops Patrick, however "Squidward" melts completely. SpongeBob realizes that the only thing to do is to go the Mr. Magic himself and ask for help only to be kicked out by security. SpongeBob tries to change him back again, only to fail. Again, once SpongeBob's not looking, Squidward returns and SpongeBob is convinced that he turned him back. When SpongeBob asks if he can do another magic trick on him, Squidward quickly hitches a motorcycle to escape again. Patrick then asks SpongeBob to turn him into a jar of mayo so that he can eat himself. The episode ends with Patrick finally getting his wish

    10 out of 10

    FINAL SCORE: 8 out of 10moreless
  • They were both great episodes

    The Thing: I thought that this was a great episode of "SpongeBob SquarePants". Not my favorite episode but it was very enjoyable to watch. Squidward getting out of his own house to get away from SpongeBob and Patrick was funny. Squidward being covered in cement and can barely move was funny. It was very funny when SpongeBob and Patrick brought Squidward (who is covered in cement and they think he is a pet) home and want him to live there. Gary attacking Squidward (who is covered in cement) was funny. Patrick playing fetch with Squidward (again covered in cement) was funny and then Patrick calls animal control because Squidward (once again covered in cement) was going out of control. SpongeBob and Patrick naming Squidward (huh, again, covered in cement) "Smelly" was very funny. SpongeBob and Patrick saving Squidward (covered in cement) and then taking him to the home where the animals look like him except they have fur and are NOT covered in cement like Squidward. The cement in Squidward breaking at the end of the episode and then Squidward says "haha,um... hi" was funny. Score just a little low because SpongeBob and Patrick were a little annoying in the beginning of the episode. Overall, a great episode of "SpongeBob SquarePants". By the way, sorry about repeating Squidward being covered in cement... I'm not the best describer or best explainer and I wanted to be descriptive enough for the users who haven't seen it yet. 8.5/10 Hocus Pocus: Just like "The Thing", this was a great episode and I really liked it. SpongeBob ordering the Mr. Magic's magical kit was very funny after seeing the commercial was funny. SpongeBob playing with his magical kit and trying to do his spell on Squidward was funny. It was very funny when SpongeBob thinks that he turned into Squidward into an ice cream when he really didn't. Patrick licking the ice cream (who they think is Squidward) was hilarious because SpongeBob kept telling Patrick to stop and Patrick wouldn't stop licking. SpongeBob and Patrick visiting Mr. Magic was interesting but then things turn when Patrick found out that it was just Horace B. Magic voicing as Mr. Magic and SpongeBob wanted to know how to turn Squidward back to himself (again, not really Squidward). The ending was very funny when SpongeBob turned Patrick into a mayonnaise (which was a real spell by the way). Score was just a little low because SpongeBob was freaking out too much in this episode and it was kind of annoying. Overall, a great episode of "SpongeBob SquarePants". 8.5/10moreless
  • The Thing really brought down the score.

    The Thing: I don't think I laughed once with this episode. It was just needless Squidward abuse again and again and again. SpongeBob and Patrick were so annoying in this episode it killed me. Bah humbug.

    Hocus Pocus: A decent episode, I guess. It was pretty funny when SpongeBob thought the ice cream was Squidward. Then, there was all the things they tried to make Squidward come back, even going to the company where SpongeBob got his magic set from. It was a pretty good episode, too bad it had to be paired with "The Thing". Otherwisae, it would have probably gotten an 8 instead of a 4.5.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Mr. Magic: When friends describe you, do they use words like "Dull" and "Drab?"
      Fish: (laughs) Don't forget "Platitudenous!"

    • SpongeBob: Curse you, Mr. Magic Magical Magic Kit! Curse you. Hey, that's it!
      Patrick: (reading the wrong label) Warning, from ages 9- 99.

    • Squidward: (comes outside) It's too quiet. Something isn't right about here. (looks through SpongeBob's window)

    • SpongeBob: This isn't good.
      Patrick: You're right. Needs mustard.

    • SpongeBob: I turned my friend into an ice cream.
      Magician: Good job!

    • SpongeBob: What is that thing?
      Patrick: I don't know. Let's get a closer look.
      SpongeBob: Hi there, stranger, I am SpongeBob. Wait a second, maybe he's not a monster? Maybe he's an endangered species? (Squidward moans) We should help him!
      Patrick: (laughing) Yeah, help him. Go away can't you tell nobody wants you! You're endangered!
      SpongeBob: Not like that, Pat, we need to take Smelly home.
      Squidward: (groaning) Shaking his trying to shake his head to say no.
      SpongeBob: Well, Smelly, here we are, your new home. Ah, this will be great. Smelly will be one big happy family. Let me show you around, here's your bed Smelly. (Squidward moans seeing his new bed) Here's your food bowl.
      Patrick: And some kibble. (pouring snail kibble in the bowl and eating some)
      SpongeBob: You can live here forever and ever. (Squidward starts crying) Oh, look at that, Patrick, he's crying tears of joy.
      SpongeBob: Well, Smelly, there's one more family member you haven't met. Smelly, meet Gary. Oh, look at that, Smelly! Gary likes you! (Gary attacks Squidward) Gary! No!
      Patrick: I don't think Gary likes Smelly.
      SpongeBob: Yeah, Gary never attacked anyone like that. Except Squidward, I guess Smelly can't live here.
      Patrick: Oh, he can come and live with me!
      SpongeBob: That's a great idea, Pat! You've always wanted a pet of your own! (Squidward tries to escape) Oh, look, Pat! He's so excited to get to your house! Goodbye, Smelly! Have fun with Patrick!

    • Squidward: Can a hard working Squid get some T.V. time alone? (sighs) SpongeBob! Patrick! Oh.. what's the point.
      Patrick: Could you turn it up?
      SpongeBob: Ah, Squidward, could you turn it down a little?
      Patrick: Squidward, what's this about?
      SpongeBob: Squidward, how come he's so emotional?
      Patrick: Is he the bad guy?
      SpongeBob: Squidward?
      Patrick: Squidward?
      SpongeBob: Squidward?
      Patrick: Squidward?
      SpongeBob: Squidward?
      Patrick: Squidward?
      Squidward: (screaming) THAT'S IT! All I wanted to do was to watch some smooth jazz on public telivision, but apparently that's not gonna happen. Once again, I'm gonna have to leave my own home just to get some peace and quite. Argh! Enjoy my TV, fpheh.
      Patrick: What?! I can't hear you because I'm screaming too loud!

    • Patrick: Spongebob, since you can turn Squidward into an ice cream, can you turn me into mayonnaise so I can eat myself?
      SpongeBob: Sure, buddy. Patricko Mayonnaiso.
      (Patrick turns into mayonnaise)

  • NOTES (11)

  • ALLUSIONS (12)

    • Sniz and Fondue

      The song that played when Patrick was calling was the theme song to Kablam's "Sniz and Fondue."

    • Squidward as a look-like creature looks like the little creatures from the Gamecube game Pikmin.

    • The Simpsons
      One of SpongeBob's sayings to "turn Squidward back to normal" is that he says "Oklie-Dokille", which is Ned Flander's catchphrase on The Simpsons.

    • SpongeBob's Outfit
      The Beard and Wizard hat that SpongeBob wears from his Magic kit kind of makes him look like Merlin from the Disney film The Sword in the Stone.

    • Episode Title: The Thing
      This episode is based off a movie called The Thing in 1982 from Universal Studios directed by John Carpenter. The story isn't as similar to this episode, but close enough as it is.

    • Episode Title: The Thing
      This episode is similar to an old song by Phil Harris in 1950.

    • Mr. Magic: Appearance
      Mr. Magic (or at least the hologram) looks like Jambi the Genie, from Pee Wee's Playhouse.

    • The Thing: Title Card
      The title card is similar to the one used for the Jimmy Neutron episode, "Carl Wheezer, Boy Genius/The Evil Beneath."

    • Mr. Magic's Image
      Mr. Magic's true image was sort of like in the That's So Raven episode, "Soup to Nuts," when Victor pretends to be a big head, but when they see him, he is just exercising.

    • The Wizard of Oz
      In "Hocus Pocus," Mr. Magic hides behind a curtain and talks into a machine which allows the bigger and different image of himself to say whatever he says, this is a parody of the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz. In addition, SpongeBob and Patrick walking up to Mr. Magic's castle on the brown tile road is similar to Dorothy and her friends going down the yellow brick road. Also, Patrick discovering the real Mr. Magic (though he didn't understand why the two were saying the same thing) was similar to Toto pulling back a curtain to reveal the wizard's true form. Plus, SpongeBob yelling at Mr. Magic for ruining his faith in magic is similar to Dorothy yelling at the wizard for lying to people. However, unlike the wizard who felt bad and helped Dorothy and her friends, Mr. Magic had SpongeBob and Patrick thrown out of his castle.

    • Episode Title: Hocus Pocus
      The episode title "Hocus Pocus" is an allusion to a movie with the same name.

    • The Thing
      In the Fantastic Four, there is a superhero called The Thing.