Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V (Episode)

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Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V
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Episode No.: 52b
Season: 3
Airdate: 1 June 2002
Previous Episode: Chocolate With Nuts
Next Episode: New Student Starfish
Characters Voice actors
SpongeBob SquarePants Tom Kenny
Patrick Star Bill Fagerbakke
Squidward Tentacles Rodger Bumpass
Sandy Cheeks Carolyn Lawrence
Mr. Krabs Clancy Brown
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" Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V" is an episode from Season 3.



Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy are holding up the line at the Krusty Krab, trying to decide what to order. Finally, Mermaid Man orders a Krabby Patty and a Pipsqueak (child's) Patty for Barnacle Boy. Barnacle Boy demands an adult-sized burger, claiming that since he is very old, he should no longer be treated as a child. But when Mermaid Man and the Krusty Krab patrons begin to tease him, Barnacle Boy breaks his friendship with Mermaid Man and joins Man Ray and the Dirty Bubble to form a villainous group known as E.V.I.L. (Every Villain is Lemons).

Mermaid Man cannot defeat this new threat on his own, and he recruits SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward and Sandy to reform the International Justice League of Super Acquaintances (They were going to order pizza but Mermaid Man falls down). They attack E.V.I.L. at a teenage gathering spot called Make out Reef. Despite numerous advantages, the incompetent Super Acquaintances defeat themselves. SpongeBob was defeated by Squidward and defeats Patrick. Mermaid Man mistakes Squidward for SpongeBob and washes him up (water is the weakness of fire). Sandy defeats herself by not noticing the boat behind her coming to hit her off the cliff.

Having "defeated" the heroes, Barnacle Boy demands three things of Mermaid Man: That he be treated as a superhero, and not a sidekick; that he is called "Barnacle Man"; and that he will finish an adult-sized Krabby Patty. He then immediately rejoins the side of good, though when the heroes return to the Krusty Krab, Barnacle Boy admits that he cannot eat an entire Krabby Patty. Everyone laughs throughout the ending (the gang, ManRay,the guy who kissed his pillow, Dirty Bubble, and the chief).

Culture References

  • This episode parodies the Justice League and the Super Friends. Each member of the IJLSA is a send-up of a well-known superhero: the Elastic Waistband (Patrick) is a parody of Mr. Fantastic, Captain Magma (Squidward) is a parody of the Human Torch, Miss Appear (Sandy) is a parody of the Invisible Woman, and The Quickster (SpongeBob) is a parody of The Flash.
  • When Barnacle Boy decides to turn evil, he says, "I'm crossing over to the Dark Side." An obvious reference to Star Wars.


  • In the TV show, Dirty Bubble said "Did you hear him say anything about eating dirt?" However, in the comic book Bikini Bottom's Most Wanted, he said "Did you hear him say anything about world domination?"
  • Barnacle Boy, ManRay, and the Dirty Bubble are the villains.
  • Martin Olson guest voices.
  • This is the last episode to use the classic "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy" styled title cards. For Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy VI: The Motion Picture, a new title card is used.
  • After Mermaid Man yells, "To Make-Out Reef," he falls back in his chair, with chair coming down with him. But when the Elastic Waistband says, "Does this mean we're not getting pizza," if you look closely, you will see his chair is standing back up.
  • There is no driver of the boat that hits Sandy. This is not possible, or the boat wouldn't have hit her either.
  • Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob, voices the Dirty Bubble in this episode.
  • Mermaid Man gets an entire hole in his body, but then it recovers.
  • The size of Dirty Bubble keeps changing even when he swallows the entire Nautical Bank. He also becomes smaller at the end.
  • The Dirty Bubble still returned in this episode although in he was popped in the second Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy episode.
  • Man Ray should have been laughing when he was doing bad things because of what happened in Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III.
  • The dark side does not appear anymore when Barnacle Boy says he will join the side.
  • Captain Magma yells "Krakatoa" before he attacks. Krakatoa was a volcano that erupted and collapsed in the summer of 1883, now replaced by Anak Krakatu (Son of Krakatoa).
  • The company that owns Nickelodeon, Viacom, is mentioned in this episode.
  • If Mermaid Man is getting the ice cream while he looks at Barnacle Boy, how did he not notice?
  • How can the Dirty Bubble get the bank stuck in him if he doesn't pop when he touched it?
  • Best Frenemies Easter Egg: If you look closely at the menu at the Krusty Krab, you can see KelpShakes on the menu!


Transcript and Song

Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy
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41a 41b 42a 42b 43a 43b 44a 44b 45a 45b 46a 46b 47a 47b 48a 48b 49a 49b 50a 50b
51 52a 52b 53a 53b 54 55a 55b 56a 56b 57a 57b 58a 58b 59 60a 60b
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