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231b. Ink Lemonade

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    • 5/5 Lemonades: We love the source!
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    • 4/5 Lemonades: I'll just have to scare the ink out of him!
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    • 3/5 Lemonades: I can't tell what's real anymore...
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    • 2/5 Lemonades: I will not!
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    • 1/5 Lemonades: Yuck.
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Premieres: 

Wednesday, May 9th @ 7:00pm ET/PT

Encores:

Saturday, May 12th @ 11:15am ET/PT

Sunday, May 13th @ 9:15am ET/PT

Plot:

Patrick's lemonade stand is unsuccessful until he gets a secret ingredient from Squidward.

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It was repetitive with bits like the megaphones continuing the trend this week after My Leg being shouted yesterday, Patrick continued to be awful, and this rivals One Coarse Meal in terms of "let's spend the entire episode scaring another character when it isn't funny at all". I should not be getting One Coarse Meal vibes from the newer episodes. This was an utter trainwreck and is easily in my bottom 25.

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Honestly, that was absolute garbage. Worst S11 ep in a while. But it's lowkey sad, man. Originally, I was kind of interested in the premise of this one. Patrick and Squidward isn't really a pair we see interact much (last time I can recall it happening to any extent was "Squidward's School for Grown Ups"). We get SpongeBob and Squidward paired a lot, but we never really get to see primarily Patrick bouncing off Squidward. So I was curious to see if maybe they could've done something creative with this, despite the oddball plot.

...Too bad this episode completely botched it in every way possible. Once again, this episode proves Patrick being a protagonist is a very hit or miss idea, and in this one, it misses hard. I thought we had moved on from the Patrick of Seasons 6-8, but unfortunately it seems we haven't. He was straight up unlikeable from start to finish, his worst portrayal in a long time to me. Squidward did nothing to deserve any of what he went through, and the psychological shit Patrick was doing to him was just...depressing. The fact Patrick (and SpongeBob to a lesser extent) didn't even get any comeuppance for what he did is what makes it that bad for me. If Patrick at least had his business ruined and they didn't throw in the stupid spider cookie ending, I would've been more okay with this one. But nope, Squidward's always gotta get the worst possible outcome, even though his treatment was completely unjustified. Nothing in this episode was funny to me at all. I'm not one to complain about gross-out gags, but man was a lot of the gross-out in this one cringy and ridiculous (like the ending, basically all of Squidward's inking which got repetitive, and Patrick's innards), reaching major S6/S7 levels. There were many other unfunny and cringy gags like the megaphones as Trophy pointed out, and the spider character, which was just why. I think this episode is also the final nail in the coffin for me at least that the Ren & Stimpy antics have worn out their welcome, and they do not make up for the episode's many other flaws. At the end of the day, there really isn't a major plot to the episode, since the whole lemonade business is quickly brushed aside for Patrick's unfunny antics to cruelly force ink out of Squidward. Sorry guys, but the whacky facial expressions and other antics aren't going to cover for the poor story for me anymore when I don't even find them amusing.

But worst of all, there's the unfortunate fact that this episode did seem like it was silently trying to copy "One Coarse Meal" (with Patrick being Mr. Krabs and Squidward being Plankton), and that's not a particularly good sign if the crew is taking a note from that episode. I doubt it was intentional, buuut I can't deny the resemblance was there. And while I don't dislike OCM as much anymore, that's not an episode you should really try to copy when we're in 2018...

One step forward, three steps back for Kaz it seems. It's depressing. I think I may have to reconsider calling "Man Ray Returns" Kaz's weakest episode, because yikes. Honestly, I'd even go as far as to say this is the worst post SOOW episode to date, at least for now. Yes, it was that bad to me. I know the show can do much better than this, which makes the episode even more depressing.

Grade: F

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I decided to give this a watch, and uh...

...this was legit disturbing. The great lengths that Patrick goes with scaring Squidward, locking him up in a prison-like chamber away from the outside world is, not a pretty sight.

This is probably going to be in my Top 25 worst. Jesus christ. 

1/10

karl hadrika was involved in this. lets all shed a tear

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I haven't felt this squeamish after an episode of SpongeBob since Battle of Bikini Bottom, though I wouldn't call this episode more gross than BoBB, but it's right up there. Probably would have been grosser if the ink was coming out Squidward's other end. The only funny bits I can think of during the episode were Patrick's innards talking and the haunted house, but that's it (Yeah, I still have that  sick sense of humor that keeps me from hating One Coarse Meal). The ending pretty much ruined the entire thing for me. I'm really afraid of spiders and that cookie thing just nearly made me sick, more so than the rest of the episode did. So not a really good episode that'll go with my other disliked episodes.

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This episode was bad mainly because of Patrick being so OOC there. How could he scare Squidward repeatedly so that he gets more ink? Even at the beginning I didn't like Patrick's "dumber than usual" behaviour. I also didn't like the megaphone gag. It was too repetitive and unnecessary. This episode looked interesting judging by the plot, but it was a huge disappointment after I watched it. 4/10.

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this is diguesting, garbage gross out from me watching this. Like jesus fucking christ, why the hell would you make an episode about Patrick abusing Squidward just to get his ink for his lemonade? are you kidding me? Kaz, as much i loved your writing, but this is gone evem worss than Man Ray Returns. Not only this episode has so many annoying stuff coming out like Face Freeze-esque, but also did poor good job copying OCM. Holy shit!

I never seen how this is gonna me feel sitting through watching poor Squidward gets bad treatment. Patrick's OOC did reminds from s6-level. None of the jokes works it just gross, disgusting and disturbing  episode to watch..actually on second though THIS is new The Splinter of this episode in my honest opinion.

it may be awful as OCM but this is just horrible to watch through

Final Grade: Fuck this episode!

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Hoo boy. 

If it wasn't Patrick's character being reduced to a plot device existing solely to torment Squidward for his bodily fluids, Squidward shaking and hiding from Patrick like a literal abuse victim after roughly the third scare, or even the citizens of Bikini Bottom unknowingly consuming Squidward's ink, it was the absence of any semblance of plot, coherency, or engagement. Nothing pushed me to continue watching this episode outside of the cringe-hype from pretty much everyone else around me telling me how awful the episode was-- and yet, with all this preparation, I somehow was still not prepared for what I saw. I'm not really sure how to arrange my thoughts on this particular episode in a way any more coherent than the episode itself, so instead enjoy this stream of consciousness of random stuff that bothered me: 

  • If a character is to be defined by their characteristics, and Patrick's only characteristic is "literal sociopath," then is Patrick even a character at all at this point? SpongeBob in itself has morphed into this awful "let's stretch four minutes of plot ideas into an eleven minute slot by forcing in as many shitty visual gags as we can to keep the viewers entertained," which functions only to distract from the plot and add personality where there is not. If you just read this episodes script sans any of the visual-based humor, you'd somehow be even more confused.
  • What was up with that desperate reversal at the end where they tried to paint Squidward as the bad guy because he had the nerve to want to profit off of his own bodily fluids that Patrick was selling? It was clear as day they were trying to add in some sort of "both sides were in the wrong, so it's okay that Squidward has literally been a victim of abuse for the past nine minutes" garbage but the forced conflict was simply not it. 
  • Drawing inspiration from One Coarse Meal nine years and twenty thousand negative Internet reviews later is not a good look for Kaz nor for the network nor for anyone else involved in this cesspool of shit. 

1/10 

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I think this episode goes to show that even with a classic SpongeBob writer behind the wheel, no episode can be perfect. This episode is far from perfect. Maybe I do exaggerate my hate on episodes like Pat the Horse but like Man Ray Returns, this episode is just.............horrendous. At least Man Ray Returns was light-hearted despite my opinion on the episode. This was just too uncomfortable to watch. I legitimately think that this episode is as bad and probably even worse than any of the bad episodes from Season 6/7.

 

I think the only correct way to describe this episode is "Squid's Visit and One Coarse Meal's illegitimate love child". I have total apathy towards the new episodes but even I would watch the least interesting episode in this season over episodes like this.

 

0/10

 

EDIT: Okay, "Stuck in the Wringer" still exists but you get my point.

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felt like it was written for hyperactive, loud and somewhat violent young children which is probably was. if you're gonna write a character be a victim, at least at the end let them win at the end or something. That was just painful and like a lot of eps, passable.

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1 hour ago, Cha♡ said:

if you're gonna write a character be a victim, at least at the end let them win at the end or something.

Or, at the very least give them a reason to be a victim (i.e. they did something wrong and they're getting their just desserts). Like say, Squidward sabotaged Patrick's lemonade stand, and he basically gets tortured because karma's a female dog, to put it politely.

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'Yuck' isn't the only word to describe my feelings towards this episode. 11 minutes in, I was pretty much feeling something like this:

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You know, something we'd probably do when we found the next worst thing coming from SpongeBob. ...Oh, I'm kidding, but seriously though, "Ink Lemonade" was sooooo bad. Watching the episode feels like a lot of these post-movie demons repossessed the show's soul. The main issue I have with the episode is that it fails to grasp the nature of turning away from the mean-spirited tone of episodes centered on Squidward. What's so problematic is that it tries to play psychological torture for a comedic effect. None of what Squidward went through was funny, and the scene with a straight-up torture chamber was where the episode completely jumped the shark.

The story is problematic too, like the Bikini Bottomites were still sucked into enjoying the taste of Squidward's ink, even after he tells them that he is the source of it all...and when Squidward splatters it all on the citizens, they suddenly realize they shouldn't have anymore of it???

Oh, and Patrick's character was nowhere near being likeable, but you know, I've seen worse portrayals of his character. "One Coarse Meal" didn't make the implication that Mr. Krabs was in the right for psychologically torturing Plankton (SpongeBob even says that he believes that Mr. Krabs might be going too far with his tormenting). In this episode, we're supposed to root for Patrick and find his antics funny, in addition to Squidward's torture. Patrick doesn't get any poetic justice and NO ONE has ever questioned his actions. Of course, he had to abruptly end his ink lemonade business, but then makes cookies out of spider eggs. At that point, you'd just want to see how Patrick feels if someone tried to scare him to death just so he could produce whatever comes from a sea star's metabolic system.

I can't be too mad at this episode. I wouldn't say it was everything against all that post-SOOW worked for to improve SpongeBob, but this episode still left a very bad taste and it's already on its way of becoming the new One Coarse Meal/Pet Sitter Pat/etc. It's such a shame to notice that Kaz was the one who penned this. However, I think we should've already learned from Aaron Springer's post-movie mistakes is that how an episode is written matters more than who wrote it, when it comes to the quality. It should be worth noting that everyone's favorite scapegoats Casey and Zeus also wrote gems like "Bucket Sweet Bucket," "Patty Caper," "Sand Castles in the Sand," and "Tunnel of Glove."

At the end of the day, I can't blame the episode for being written the way it was. While working in the television industry, you sometimes either end up with tight deadlines or not enough time to edit the script. Cha said it best that this episode can usually be enjoyed by hyperactive children who don't focus on the story and just focus on the comedy. In fact, it's really safe to say that the episode suffers from its larger emphasis on comedy to the point where it doesn't focus on its respective flaws. May that be a piece of advice: if you're really trying to write a episode that's comedic, pay attention to how you're writing the characters.

Overall, the episode was a major disappoint and it's really deserving of the Yuck/5 rating. Adieu.

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Although the ending part with Squidward sneezing on everyone and him spitting out spiders was very nasty, I thought this was a good, original scary episode. The dungeon especially was an entertaining and cool part for me. And although I would've rather seen Patrick losing at the end, I can forgive the ending, since Squidward was being mean to him before. This episode was funny and cool to me. The fact that I like it may have to do with low expectations because of reading very negative reviews before watching it. 

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