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Episode Title: "I'm With Stupid"

Episode Airing Number: 39

Episode Production Number: 37

Original Airdate: November 20, 2001

Season: 2

On DVD: "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete Second Season," "SpongeBob Goes Prehistoric"

On VHS: "SpongeBob Goes Prehistoric"

Aired With Episode: "Procrastination"

Running Time: 11:41

Storyboard Director: Aaron Springer

Storyboard Artist: C. H. Greenblatt

Writers: Aaron Springer, C.H. Greenblatt and Mark O'Hare

Animation Director: Frank Weiss

Creative Director: Derek Drymon

In Brief: Patrick's parents are coming over and Patrick wants to feel smarter, so he has SpongeBob play the "dumb guy".

Story: SpongeBob goes to Patrick's house to see if he wants to go jellyfishing and finds him anxiously cleaning his house. Patrick tells him that his parents are coming over and they don't think he's too bright. SpongeBob says that his parents would know that Patrick is smart if they got to meet a dumb person with him, so he volunteers to play a dumb person.
When Patrick's parents arrive, they treat their son like a dimwit, surprised that he recognized him and guiding him through his own house. SpongeBob shows up wearing a protective helmet and pretending he doesn't understand anything he's being told. He rams his head into his pineapple when Pat's mom asks where he lives and Patrick invites him to stay for dinner.
At dinner, SpongeBob does a bunch of stupid acts, like dropping his pants by pushing his nose and standing on his nose and making siren noises. Patrick lies to his parents about how messed up his friend is. He starts insulting things that are really real about SpongeBob, like his clothes and body shape. Thinking Patrick is taking this stupidness act too far, SpongeBob has a serious conversation with him in the kitchen. There, SpongeBob reminds Patrick that he's only pretending to be dumb, but Patrick seems to have gotten the feeling that SpongeBob really is dumb. Patrick humors SpongeBob and tells him to go back in the livingroom and act smart for his parents, so SpongeBob says he will.
SpongeBob confesses to Patrick's mom and dad that he was pretending to be a fool the whole time when he really isn't one. Just like Patrick, they feel that he really is dumb. They think Patrick simply taught him how to speak in complete sentences in the kitchen. Unable to prove to them he has an actual mind, SpongeBob freaks out and runs out the wall screaming. Patrick's dad admits that SpongeBob showed him his son really is bright and that he feels he's meeting him for the first time. This turns out to be the case, in that Patrick's real parents were knocking on Squidward's door all day asking where Patrick is. 'Janet' and 'Marty' go off, remembering they don't have a son.

Song: (none)

Patrick: *with angry sarcasm* Life is just a big bowl of fancy assorted cashews, and nobody has anything to dust or to clean or to wipe...or FABRICATE!
SpongeBob: But Patrick, the only thing I've ever seen you clean is your plate.

SpongeBob: *observing paper* Hey, a note! *reveals a musical note*
Patrick: Yeah, but turn it over. There's a letter. *SpongeBob flips over paper, revealing a big letter 'B'.*

SpongeBob: If your parents got to meet the real dummy, they'd realize what a genius you really are.
Patrick: But don't genius live in a lamp?

Marty: Patrick, I think your friend might be broken.
Patrick: Yeah, it would take more than some masking tape to fix that guy.

Patrick: *to SpongeBob* So, what's on your mind? No, wait! I already know the answer - nothing!

Patrick: Dumb people are always blissfully unaware of how dumb they really are. *goes off in a trance and drools*

SpongeBob: Now listen to me! I'm not dumb! I have a brain. See, here's a picture of it!

Squidward: Excuse me, does this lovely couple belong to you? They've been standing outside my house saying "Where's Patrick" all day! It's driving me nuts!

Marty: Oh, that's right honey. We don't have a son.
Janet: Oh yeah.


Note Storage Patrick keeps the note from his parents in his bellybutton.

Note/Letter Error When Patrick first pulls out the message from his parents, the side with the letter B on it is blank. Also, when SpongeBob learns that the paper has a "note" (a musical note), he's viewing the side with a "letter" (a big 'B'), not the side with the note itself.

Patrick's message from his parents:

Dear Patrick,
Your mom and I are coming out tomorrow for Starfish Day. Please try to remember, but don't try too hard or you'll hurt yourself like last time.

Working Sand Mirror Patrick's mirror that he made out of sand has reflective glass in it.

Heard but Unseen A doorbell is heard before Patrick answers the door when his "parents" and SpongeBob come but one isn't seen.

Disappearance Patrick and his mom and dad's TV trays and dinners disappear after SpongeBob starts making his buzzing scoreboard noise.

Things Patrick sculpts for his house from sand:
-Fish in a bowl
-Chair and footrest
-TV dinner trays
-Wall hangings

Sound effects heard coming from SpongeBob:
-Buzzing alarm/scoreboard
-Fire truck siren
-Screaming monkey
-Car horn
-Fire bell

SpongeBob's ways of proving he's smart:
-He can talk
-He can eat
-He can do laundry (he even separates the darks from the lights)
-Showing Patrick and his parents a photo of his brain
-Doing a math problem

Familiar Quote Patrick shouts "Who are you people?!" when he figures out Janet and Marty aren't his parents. He also shouts this phrase upon discovering townspeople hiding under his house in "Pre-Hibernation Week."