Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III (Episode)

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Episode No.: 31a
Season: 2
Airdate: 27 November 2001
Previous Episode: I'm Your Biggest Fanatic
Next Episode: Squirrel Jokes
Characters Voice actors
SpongeBob SquarePants Tom Kenny
Patrick Star Bill Fagerbakke

Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III is an episode from Season 2.




ManRay and the Dirty Bubble in Jail


Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy are going on vacation, and they ask SpongeBob and Patrick to look after the Mermalair. They want to play with the super-gadgets, but are told that they can't. They're wandering around when they find ManRay (a villain) stuck in a prison of frozen tartar sauce. Patrick unleashes him, and they try to teach him how to be good. He has a Tickle Belt (as seen in Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy Episode 17!), a device that tickles the owner when a button is pressed. He pretends he is good, in order to get the belt off.

Goodness Lesson # 1 -
"You see someone drop his wallet. What do you do?" ManRay acts polite, and hands the wallet to Patrick, but he says it's not his wallet. After a few moments, ManRay gets angry with Patrick, and threatens to rip his arms off if he doesn't take the wallet. As a result, SpongeBob is forced to tickle him.

Goodness Lesson # 2 -
"You see someone struggling with a heavy package. What do you do?" ManRay offers help, but Patrick drops the box on ManRay's foot, hurting him. After dropping the box repeatedly, ManRay asks Patrick what's in the box. Patrick answers "my wallets", and ManRay starts beating Patrick up. SpongeBob tickles him, but ManRay still continues to beat him up. ManRay claims the tickle punishment is worth it (as a tradeoff to hurt Patrick).

Goodness Lesson # 3 -
SpongeBob is about to say something when Patrick, angry, with bandages, a head injury and on a wheelchair, takes control of the lesson and says, "I'm thinking of a number between 1 and 100. What is it?" ManRay answers 62. Patrick says it's wrong and tickles ManRay. SpongeBob and Patrick fight for the remote, and it breaks, so ManRay is doomed to laugh for eternity unless someone removes the belt. ManRay says please while telling them to remove it, so they do. ManRay steals the Aqua Glove and the Squid Ink Bomb and turns SpongeBob and Patrick into dust. SpongeBob and Patrick change into Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy outfits, making them "ManSponge" and "Boy Patrick" again, respectively. They catch up with Man Ray and turn on the Orb of Confusion (An orb which if turned on, makes every living creature within a certain radius semi-conscious and confused. The radius can be seen because the water surrounding it becomes distorted) to confuse Man Ray, but they are the ones who get confused. Man Ray tries to rob a bank, but he can still feel the belt's tickle even though he isn't wearing it. He decides to open an account instead. Man Ray passes the place where SpongeBob and Patrick are. He turns the orb off and gives SpongeBob his evil head. However, Patrick is still confused...


  • This is the first episode of Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy mini-series in which does not revolve around Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy. They only appear in the first two minutes of the episode and then disappear throughout the rest.
  • The dust form of SpongeBob's and Patrick's movement are like slugs.
  • This is the first appearance of Man Ray.
  • Man Ray's name is a possible parody of the mysterious, ghostlike, Manta Rays.
  • Man Ray was the name of the famous 20th century avant-guarde photographer
  • It seems somewhat strange that Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy would go on vacation without their invisible boatmobile, unless they were walking there, or have underwater airplanes, like seen in The Sponge Who Could Fly....


Episode Transcript: Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III

Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy
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