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"Mind the Gap" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season twelve. In this episode, Squidward closes the gap in SpongeBob's teeth, which causes a dramatic and unexpected change in his demeanor.

Characters

Synopsis

The episode starts with SpongeBob whistling while working at the Krusty Krab and Squidward gets increasingly annoyed until he finally snaps back at SpongeBob. He then tells SpongeBob he is concerned about his health. SpongeBob freaks out and wants to know what's wrong with his health. Squidward says there is something wrong with the gap in his teeth, and that something can get caught in there and obstruct his breathing. So SpongeBob demands a doctor, but Squidward offers to be his dentist.

He takes SpongeBob to the kitchen and forces his two teeth together. SpongeBob notices his new change in voice as a jazz singer and starts to sing. Squidward and the customers in the Krusty Krab take notice of the singing. They crowd around to listen to his music. Squidward notices this as a chance to be cool as well. So he asks SpongeBob to join him in going to his favorite Jazz club, Blow Your Top Lounge. SpongeBob accepts the offer.

That night, Squidward barges into the club and attempts to act cool, but everyone else is not impressed. Then SpongeBob comes in and everyone is impressed at how cool he is. So they are surprised Squidward is his friend and guess if he's a friend of SpongeBob he is cool. The only skeptical person of Squidward is kicked away by him. Squidward encourages SpongeBob to start singing, and so he goes on stage. Also, Squidward follows along with his clarinet, only to be tricked to put a cork in his clarinet.

SpongeBob once again wows them with his music. But his teeth separate while singing, changing his voice back to normal, forcing Squidward to take teeth from another fish and put them in SpongeBob's mouth. The teeth to fall out at the end of the performance. To Squidward wants to leave the club and says to everyone that they will return again tomorrow. He takes him back to the Krusty Krab and cements his teeth back together. Then they return back to the club to play. Once again, his teeth separate. So Squidward once again cements his teeth together. Then SpongeBob allows Squidward to do a solo with his clarinet. Squidward eventually blows so hard he launches the cork out, turning back to the music the club hates.

So a bodyguard grabs him and throws him outside, only for Squidward to come back to make the gap again. He charges with a hammer only to be blown away by SpongeBob's music bubbles. He crashes into the lights and sandbags, which fall to the ground, all missing SpongeBob. That is until he runs into a sandbag still hanging and crashes to the ground. SpongeBob then realizes his gap is back. So Squidward comes out and calls him a fraud. But SpongeBob doesn't seem to mind now that he has his whistle back, and so he whistles. Everyone else in the club slams their heads to make a gap in their teeth. Squidward attempts to leave only to be stopped by the bodyguard and told to pay for the damages done to the building when SpongeBob blew the roof off with his singing.

Production

The episode was confirmed by Vincent Waller on March 23, 2019.[1]

Storyboards

Music

 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music
  Hawaiian Adventures SpongeBob Theme - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card]

  Silly Shenanigans - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Don't you know how to keep quiet?!"]
  ? [SpongeBob laughs]
  Silly Shenanigans - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Sorry for getting angry with you, SpongeBob. I'm just very concerned about your health, that's all."]
  Epic Struggle - Fredric Bayco ["What?! My health?!"]
  Clumsy A - Bernd Gesell ["It's probably nothing, forget I brought it up."]
  Dramatic Cue (a) - Ronald Hanmer ["What's wrong with my gap?"]
  Clumsy A - Bernd Gesell [Squidward tells SpongeBob his gap between his teeth can be extremely dangerous]
  Clumsy C - Bernd Gesell [Squidward drills SpongeBob's front teeth together]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (z) - Jeremy Wakefield ["And kill the whistling."]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob notices his voice sounds different without the gap between his teeth]
  Flip Flop Fry - Tom Kenny, Andy Paley [SpongeBob singing with his new voice while cooking patties]
  A Fishy Conversation - Barry Anthony ["Hmm... How would you like to accompany me to my favorite jazz club tonight?"]
  Hawaiian Solo Steel - Jeremy Wakefield [Customers sighing]
  Flip Flop Fry - Tom Kenny, Andy Paley [Transition to Blow Your Top Lounge]
  A Brighter Day - David Luong [Audience snapping fingers at Blow Your Top Lounge]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks - Jeremy Wakefield ["Lame."]
  ? [SpongeBob enters at Blow Your Top Lounge/Squidward suggests SpongeBob to sing one of his tunes]
  A Fishy Conversation - Barry Anthony ["And I will accompany you on my licorice stick."]
  ? - Brad Carow, Nicolas Carr [Squidward playing clarinet]
  A Fishy Conversation - Barry Anthony [Maitre D. puts a cork on Squidward's clarinet]
  Flip Flop Fry - Tom Kenny, Andy Paley [SpongeBob singing at Blow Your Top Lounge]
  ? ["That was so cool, it caused structural damage!"]
  Flip Flop Fry - Tom Kenny, Andy Paley ["But we'll be back tomorrow night to blow the road back on!"]
  Cartoon Sting 10 - Squidward fills SpongeBob's gap between his teeth with cement
  Flipping Out - Tom Kenny, Andy Paley [SpongeBob singing again at Blow Your Top Lounge]
  ? - Brad Carow, Nicolas Carr [Squidward playing the clarinet]
  Flipping Out - Tom Kenny, Andy Paley [Squidward taken outside of Blow Your Top Lounge while SpongeBob still singing]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [Customers murmuring]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["You see? He's not cool! He's square! He's a food-flipping fraud!"]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["Did you hear that? My whistle is back too."]
  Flip Flop Fry - Tom Kenny, Andy Paley [Ending]

Trivia

General

  • This episode was accidentally released on Amazon Video on July 29, 2019. It was taken down a few minutes later.
  • When this episode first aired, it was paired up with "Breakin'."
  • Promotions for this episode have alternatively titled it "CoolBob SmoothPants."
  • The UK airing of this episode cut out the part where Squidward closes SpongeBob's gap with a drill and SpongeBob drinking bubble soap.
  • The title card background is similar to those of "Culture Shock," "A Pal for Gary," and "Mimic Madness."
  • This is the first time SpongeBob is seen whistling with his gap teeth.
  • SpongeBob already had his gap closed in "A Flea in Her Dome," where he closes it himself for a couple of seconds, and in "Not Normal," while he is becoming normal. However, in the latter, SpongeBob speaks with his normal voice, with the tone being a little deeper.
  • This is the second episode where Squidward completely changes SpongeBob's personality. The first is "Not Normal."
  • The song SpongeBob sings to ladies in the club after his gap opens is a song SpongeBob and Patrick sing in "Scavenger Pants."
  • Despite this episode having the Krusty Krab appear, Mr. Krabs is absent.

Cultural references

  • The title of this episode is a popular phrase among rapid transit systems outside North America, mainly trains.
  • This episode pays homage to the films that take place in the 50's and are musicals like Ralph Bakshi's American Pop and Hey Good Lookin', Grease, Saturday Night Fever, and so much more.
  • SpongeBob shouting "Ladies!" when his gap breaks is a reference to late actor Jerry Lewis.

Errors

  • Just after Squidward screwed SpongeBob's buck teeth together, SpongeBob sighs in his normal voice.

Running gags

  • SpongeBob's gap opening/Squidward closing the gap.
  • Squidward cringing when he or SpongeBob say best friend to each other.

Video

CoolBob SmoothPants❓ SpongeBobSaturdays

CoolBob SmoothPants❓ SpongeBobSaturdays

References

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