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Hooky/Mermaidman and Barnacleboy II 

Hooky: When the mysterious "hooks" (fishing, that is) suddenly appear in Bikini Bottom, Mr. Krabs warns SpongeBob to stay away from them. Despite Mr. Krabs' scary tales of sea creatures ... See full summary »

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Episode cast overview:
John Lurie ... Fisherman (archive footage)
Jim Jarmusch ... Fisherman (archive footage)
Tom Kenny ... SpongeBob SquarePants / Gary / Narrator (voice)
Bill Fagerbakke ... Patrick Star / Fish #3 (voice)
Clancy Brown ... Mr. Krabs / Customer #2 (voice)
Rodger Bumpass ... Squidward Tentacles / Customer #1 / Fish #1 (voice)
Mr. Lawrence ... Announcer / Driver / Fish #3 / Fish #4 (voice)
Lori Alan ... Pearl Krabs (voice)
Charles Nelson Reilly ... The Dirty Bubble (voice)
Ernest Borgnine ... Mermaid Man (voice)
Tim Conway ... Barnacle Boy (voice)
Carlos Alazraqui ... Atomic Flounder (voice)


Hooky: When the mysterious "hooks" (fishing, that is) suddenly appear in Bikini Bottom, Mr. Krabs warns SpongeBob to stay away from them. Despite Mr. Krabs' scary tales of sea creatures winding up in gift shops or packed cans, Patrick convinces SpongeBob that there's no risk and the boys tempt fate by riding the hooks and jumping off for fun. Mermaidman and Barnacleboy II: SpongeBob wins the big prize from his favorite TV show, "The Adventures of Mermaidman and Barnacleboy" - The Conch Signal! Now he can summon the semi-retired super heroes whenever there's an emergency. Rather than keep getting signals for "emergencies" like opening jars, the duo take SpongeBob along for their patrol to see what real crime fighting is all about. Written by NAS

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7 April 2000 (USA) See more »

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Many viewers have found this episode controversial as the term "hooky" is slang for skipping school or work which is what SpongeBob does. See more »


Patrick: Hey SpongeBob, you're going the wrong way
SpongeBob: I always go to work this way
Patrick: You're not going to work today, we're going to play hooky!
SpongeBob: But Patrick we promised
Patrick: Well I had my fingers crossed
SpongeBob: You don't have any fingers Patrick
Patrick: Well that Mr. Krabs is just a big dummy, we played on those hooks all day long and nothing happened to us
SpongeBob: But Mr. Krabs said...
Patrick: [interrupting him] Look SpongeBob are you going to listen to a big dummy, or are you going to listen to me?
SpongeBob: Umm
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Edited from Fishing with John: Jim Jarmusch (1991) See more »


Music by Gregor Narholz
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Hilarious episodes with surprise cameo!
19 February 2007 | by cilardiSee all my reviews

This pair of episodes ranks with the best of the entire series. What just tickled me was the out-of-nowhere live-action insert of the fisherman in "Hooky." It is a credited appearance by John Laurie and film director Jim Jarmusch, apparently stock footage from Laurie's short-lived IFC series "Fishing With John." I've never read how this appearance was agreed upon, except that I guess Laurie and Jarmusch are fans of "Spongebob" and Stephen Hillenburg and co. were fans of "Fishing With John." If anyone has any background on this, do share! And finally, I love the use of Sam Spence's NFL Films macho, adrenaline-laced music as a background to the anemic antics of the moth-eaten duo of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy!

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