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Life of Crime is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season two. In this episode, SpongeBob and Patrick steal a balloon on free balloon day.

Life of Crime

Characters

Characters mentioned:

Plot

The narrator says "And Now Back To Cruststation Crime Theater." At the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob and Patrick see Mr. Krabs watching a crime movie. Mr. Krabs starts to talk about how bad thieves are, but then SpongeBob and Patrick remind him of all the things he stole (A barrel from Salty Sea Farms, a towel from the Sizzling Spring Sauna, a Bikini Bellphone, Sandy's hedge-clippers,Plankton's lawn mower, and Mrs. Puff's hair curlers). Mr. Krabs makes the excuse that he "borrowed" everything, and tells them that it's okay to borrow anything as long as you give it back before it's missed.

Later that day, SpongeBob and Patrick see a balloon stand. Since they have no money, they decide to "borrow" a balloon. They sneak away with it, and as they talk about all the fun things they plan to do with it, it suddenly pops. Realizing that they can't return the balloon, they conclude that they have stolen it. Believing that this is a serious crime and that they are now wanted criminals, they leave Bikini Bottom.

That night, they camp in the middle of nowhere, and lament that they will never see any of their friends or do any of the fun things they used to do again. However, they then begin to look at the positives, such as not having to live by society's standards and not having to return anything they borrow, and realize that being criminals can be fun.

Patrick says that they still don't have anything to eat, and SpongeBob reveals that he has two candy bars, saying that they will "only" have to make them last the rest of their lives. However, Patrick immediately eats his in two bites, and then tries to take another bite of it, not realizing that it is gone. When he sees SpongeBob's bar, he accuses him of stealing it, and although SpongeBob tries to explain to Patrick that he ate his, he refuses to believe him and decides to tell on him when SpongeBob eats the candy bar. SpongeBob then tells Patrick that he will tell on him first, when Patrick stomps on the campfire and said, "That's It!" and burns his foot. They begin to go racing to the police station.

Once there, they both confess together, and the officers whisper to each other before they are are locked up. However, the police immediately release them, telling them that they stole the balloon on "National Free Balloon Day". SpongeBob and Patrick vow that they will never take anything without permission ever again, and the officers give them lollipops for the trip back home. Patrick eats his in one bite, and accuses SpongeBob and the police of stealing it. They laugh a bit, but then Patrick says he means it.

Music

APM Music

Trivia

  • SpongeBob and Patrick think they are wanted criminals because they "borrowed" a balloon and popped it by accident and thought they stole something they can't return which is ironic because it was Free Balloon Day.
  • There is a coloring book based on this episode.
  • The episode was originally called Partners in Crime.
  • This episode was probably inspired by the police drama series Law & Order.
  • When Mr. Krabs says "Eel in the kelp", this is a reference to the phrase "Snake in the grass".
  • SpongeBob and Patrick say "I don't know what do you wanna do today?" to each other several times consecutively. This mimics the Vultures' line "What we're gonna do?" in the Walt Disney Film "The Jungle Book". This is the first time The Jungle Book is referenced, the second time is in The Thing.
  • Tenth time Squidward doesn't appear.
  • When Krabs mentioned the phrase "forced to breathe air," it is a reference to the fact sea creatures that they cannot survive without water.
  • In the later episode Krusty Love, Mr. Krabs and Mrs. Puff meet for the first time, yet in this episode, Mr. Krabs steals from her. This episode might have took place after that episode
  • Patrick says that he has hold of the air even though they are underwater.
  • Mr. Krabs would have been arrested if caught while stealing them.
  • In later airings, the word spoken by SpongeBob was fixed from "nailed" to "mail".
  • The original airing had SpongeBob saying "No more getting nailed", followed by Patrick hammering a nail into his head. Spongebob's line was changed to "No more getting mail" due to sex references.
  • If the original airing was kept (which would be impossible), this would make the 2nd time Patrick had a nail and board in his head. 1st was My Pretty Seahorse.
  • The scene where a very fat Patrick says "You took my only food. Now I'm gonna starve." is popular on the internet.

Goofs

  • SpongeBob and Patrick think they are wanted criminals because they "borrowed" a balloon and popped it by accident and thought they stole something they can't return which is ironic because it was Free Balloon Day.
  • There is a coloring book based on this episode.
  • The episode was originally called Partners in Crime.
  • This episode was probably inspired by the police drama series Law & Order.
  • When Mr. Krabs says "Eel in the kelp", this is a reference to the phrase "Snake in the grass".
  • SpongeBob and Patrick say "I don't know what do you wanna do today?" to each other several times consecutively. This mimics the Vultures' line "What we're gonna do?" in the Walt Disney Film "The Jungle Book". This is the first time The Jungle Book is referenced, the second time is in The Thing.
  • Tenth time Squidward doesn't appear.
  • When Krabs mentioned the phrase "forced to breathe air," it is a reference to the fact sea creatures that they cannot survive without water.
  • In the later episode Krusty Love, Mr. Krabs and Mrs. Puff meet for the first time, yet in this episode, Mr. Krabs steals from her. This episode might have took place after that episode
  • Patrick says that he has hold of the air even though they are underwater.
  • Mr. Krabs would have been arrested if caught while stealing them.
  • In later airings, the word spoken by SpongeBob was fixed from "nailed" to "mail".
  • The original airing had SpongeBob saying "No more getting nailed", followed by Patrick hammering a nail into his head. Spongebob's line was changed to "No more getting mail" due to sex references.
  • If the original airing was kept (which would be impossible), this would make the 2nd time Patrick had a nail and board in his head. 1st was My Pretty Seahorse.
  • The scene where a very fat Patrick says "You took my only food. Now I'm gonna starve." is popular on the internet.

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