The recent SpongeBob episodes have been hit or miss with me lately as with recent episodes I'll only watch them if I hear about any decent feedback on them. There's been a lot of really boring ones (Waiting) and ones that end on a rushed cliffhanger due to the plot being strung out too far (Dear Vikings). An episode that came out from November of last year caught my attention after hearing about it being hyped, titled "SpongeBob You're Fired". While this sort of thing has been done a few times already to SpongeBob in past episodes (Karate Choppers and Squid on Strike) I thought it'd have some sort of saving grace since Mr. Lawrence came back as a writer for this episode. Let's Begin.
The episode begins with SpongeBob working the grill at the Krusty Krab and throwing a piece of paper on it, and causing the place to catch fire while he prepares a few "paper patties" with some filler. Mr. Krabs contacts SpongeBob and warns him that he's fired, for a nickel. The problem being here is that SpongeBob has been the best and loyal frycook to the customers, so I don't even know how that's a problem with Mr. Krabs saving money. SpongeBob tries to give him a quick idea that he could work for free, but Mr. Krabs says it's illegal, when strangely enough he's gotten away with a few illegal things himself in past episodes.
The scene continues with Mr. Krabs trying to apply visual gags, then it continues in the style of the episode "A Day Without Tears" as SpongeBob cries incessantly over himself being fired, and it lasts over a minute long. Eventually Squidward kicks him out, and asks Mr. Krabs who will cook when neither of them can even do that.
So as the episode goes back to SpongeBob, he slowly walks home and notices that Gary hasn't been fed yet. This is a rarity for the show nowadays that he actually cares about his pet. SpongeBob cries some more, which is then echoed by Patrick, leading him to TRY and explain why he's so down, leading to more filler as SpongeBob keeps muttering and trying to say 'fired' while Patrick keeps guessing what it is. When he finally spits it out, Patrick tells him that it's great that he's employed (good lesson for the kids, writers) and has him go outside to do their usual outside activities.
SpongeBob already has an unmotivated look on his face as Patrick has him follow in annoying Squidward, leading vegetables to get tossed at them. Seeing SpongeBob in his depressed state I thought Squidward would be ecstatic about SpongeBob not being much of a bother. A scene that follows shortly after is Patrick and SpongeBob trying to lay on Patrick's house, and SpongeBob just slides down watching the world go by and making a long breathe of air for episode filler.
As Patrick gets back on his feet, he tells SpongeBob that what they need is a visit from Sandy. The two take part in eating some experimental food, in which there's another problem to point out, that the writers forgot yet again that SpongeBob and Patrick need bowls of water over their heads to breathe in Sandy's Dome. Patrick eats the food and gains an extra face on his head, then Sandy notices SpongeBob's disgusting-looking appearance from being unemployed, so she gives him the advice to go out and get a new job. He suddenly gains confidence and leaves the Dome.
SpongeBob's first visit is a hot dog shack, which he screws up by making patty buns out of the hot dog buns, causing him to quickly get fired and to move on to a pizza joint making a patty pizza and getting fired for that, a taco joint and putting a burrito between some patty buns, leading a customer to squeeze out the burrito meat after a bite and getting two customers beside him messy (fired as well), and lastly a noodle restaurant, which we don't see what he gets fired for.
SpongeBob gives up and heads home and remembers to feed Gary, only to notice that all of the cans are gone, so he goes out of his way to make some homemade snail food. Strangely enough, he makes it properly, unlike the meals that he had to make at the restaurants that he tried to work at. He gives the food to Gary, with Patrick making a random appearance and eating some as well.
Later on, SpongeBob leaves the house only to get kidnapped by the staff members from the hot dog shack as the manager tells him that he's given him another chance at working. Why this resulted in a kidnapping, I have no clue. SpongeBob does his work in chains, but the manager working the pizza joint kidnaps him from the restaurant and takes him from there, but the managers from the noodle and taco restaurant fight with having him back. A guy in a burger suit comes to the rescue and takes SpongeBob back to the Krusty Krab. Squidward appears to be in the costume and gets out of it and Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob that things haven't been going well due to the lack of cooking skills that he and Squidward have.
Mr. Krabs makes some mopey talk about leaving SpongeBob, and he actually goes through with it in acceptance. SpongeBob cleans the place and all of the customers that were chased off are back again, including the managers that he had to deal with. The episode ends with Mr. Krabs showing off a newly installed "pay toilet", which probably cost a hundred or so dollars to have in.
Supposedly with a lot of talk going around, this was going to be the episode where the show was going to die into obscurity with people talking about it getting cancelled. I could see where they're coming from with episodes like this having such slow progress and some mistakes here and there. I will say though that if the show lasts long enough for the second movie that's coming out with Stephen Hillenburg joining in the writing staff, I might look forward to it. Until then, I won't really be looking forward to the show often.