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Episode Airing Number: 66

Episode Production Number: 67

Original Airdate: October 7, 2005

Season: 4

On DVD: "SpongeBob SquarePants: Season 4, Volume 1"

On VHS: (none)

Aired With Episode: "Enemy In-Law"

Running Time: 11:00

Storyboard Directors: Casey Alexander and Chris Mitchell

Writers: Casey Alexander, Chris Mitchell and Paul Tibbitt

Technical Director: Vincent Waller

Animation Director: Andrew Overtoom

Supervising Director: Paul Tibbitt

Guest Voices: Ernest Borgnine as Mermaidman and Tim Conway as Barnacleboy

In Brief: Outraged that younger actors are playing Mermaidman and Barnacleboy in a movie, SpongeBob and his friends make their own movie starring the heroes.

Story: SpongeBob and Patrick are at a Mermaidman and Barnacleboy fan club meeting, where they learn a new movie will be made based on the heroes...played by younger actors. SpongeBob tells the people they must boycott the movie, but he and Patrick just get thrown out of the building. Instead, the boys go to Shady Shoals and tell Mermaidman and Barnacleboy that Trippy Brothers Studios is making a movie about them with new actors. The heroes find the news horrible. Patrick suggests they make their own movie. Everybody likes the idea.

After coming up with ideas at the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob and the crew (Sandy, Pearl, Mr. Krabs, Patrick, Squidward, Mermaidman and Barnacleboy) meet to make the movie. SpongeBob is in charge of the movie. Squidward, the makeup artist, prepares the actors for the movie. Sandy is in charge of using the dynamite for explosion scenes. Patrick's the cameraman and Mermaidman and Barnacleboy act. Plankton auditions for Manray, but can't have the part because the villain's not in the movie, so he works the microphone instead. Mermaidman has trouble with one of his lines and it takes 5,003 takes to get it right.

A scene is filmed where Mermaidman and Barnacleboy ride their boat mobile (Pearl on wheels) to Kelp-Thing's hideout. Pearl is too heavy to pull, so the actors and the man pulling her speed off the mountain, crashing into the sets. Everything's destroyed, and there's no footage because Patrick filmed it with the lens cap on. SpongeBob goes berserk knowing the movie's ruined. Mermaidman convinces him to finish the movie.

The Krusty Krab has a premiere night for SpongeBob's production. Members of the Mermaidman and Barnacleboy fan club don't enjoy the poorly-made film, but Mermaidman is glad that SpongeBob proved he and Barnacleboy still have action left in their old selves.

Song: (none)


Bingo Caller: B 47.

Mermaidman: Bonko!

Barnacleboy: It's 'Bingo'!

Mermaidman: *slaps at him* Get your hands off me, Woman!

SpongeBob: Let's start with the title.

Patrick: Yeah, yeah! Oh, I got one! 'Adventures in the Underground City.'

SpongeBob: Great, Pat! What happens?

Patrick: Well, there's this city.

SpongeBob: City.

Patrick: And it's underground.

SpongeBob: Underground.

Patrick: And they have an adventure!

SpongeBob: Adventure.

Patrick: The end.

SpongeBob: Let's have Mermaidman get his face shrunk by Kelp-Thing's face minimizer!

Patrick: Yeah! A-a-a-and then, he...he drinks cheese coffee!

Plankton: *imitating Manray, wearing a mask of him* I, Manray, have returned from the murky depths to seek my revenge and vanish your souls to the nether regions. Their defenses are strong, but they're no match for my Manray Ray! *flickers flashlight*

Mermaidman: We have to get back those swollen Krabby Patties.

SpongeBob: Cut! No Mermaidman, it's 'stolen Krabby Patties.'

Director: Take two.

Mermaidman: We have to get back to those stolen Naggy Daddies.

Patrick: *sees SpongeBob flattened by Pearl* Good morning, SpongeBob.


This episode's title card has a different look than all the other Mermaidman and Barnacleboy episodes:

-The background is green instead of black and purple and the text is blue

-Their names are written as two separate words each ("Mermaid Man" instead of "Mermaidman")

-The "&" symbol is used instead of the word "and"

-Title features different words besides "Mermaidman and Barnacleboy" and the episode's number ("The Motion Picture")

Parking If it is nighttime in the Mermaidman and Barnacleboy episode the people at the fan club watch, the villain would be able to park in the spot. Mermaidman says no parking between 6 am and 12 pm, which is during the day. The episode takes place at dark.

Reappearance The nerd from Weenie Hut Junior's in "No Weenies Allowed" has a different voice in this episode (more childish, if you ask me).

Odd Bingo Card Mermaidman's Bingo card has numbers in the 50s under B and I and low numbers under N and G. Normal Bingo cards go in number order, so that high numbers are on the right side and low ones are on the left. Also, in the closeup, Mermaidman's card has six boxes for each vertical row, but only four in a far shot. The caller calls A 29. 'A' isn't a Bingo letter.

Ways Squidward Prepares Mermaidman and Barnacleboy for the Movie:

-Uses a blowtorch

-Uses a jackhammer

-Uses a screwdriver to install a screw into a spot on Barnacleboy's head

-Snips Mermaidman's ear hairs

-Shines Barnacleboy's head with a mechanized polisher

-Uses red paint

-Pulls Barnacleboy's skin on his head way back and staples it

Kelp-Thing's Hideout Kelp-Thing has a big sign on his mountain that says Kelp-Thing's Hideout. That doesn't seem very secretive.

Cap Off Even though we later learn Patrick filmed the whole movie with the lens cap on, there are scenes earlier where it is off.

Shadow Pearl's large head makes a shadow on the movie screen in the Krusty Krab.

"The Real Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy Movie:" Kelp-Thing (a googly-eyed puppet on strings voiced by SpongeBob* breaks into Fort Lox, a Krabby Patty storage area, to steal the patties inside. Mermaidman and Barnacleboy come in and Mermaidman fights him off (with Sandy doing the fighting scene dressed as Mermaidman). Kelp-Thing is successfully defeated and Mermaidman and Barnacleboy unite.

Lox Box One of the boxes that make up Fort Lox in the film says 'Pickles' on the side. A bottle of glue, roll of tape and scissors can be seen next to it, too.