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The Discovery is a two-part special of SpongeBob SqaurePants.
Brief Summary: 30 people (including SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs) find out about a diabolical plan entitled "Plan DI7" while in a coal mine. However, they begin to wonder if it's Plankton's plan or not...
- Mr. Krabs
- Gus Veratible (debut)
- Mr. Shop (debut)
- Owne (debut)
- Old Man Jenkins
- Young Kid Jenkins (debut)
- Moderately Aged Jenkins (debut)
- Never Been Seen Before (debut)
- Larry the Lobster
- Mr. Lefty (debut)
- Dr. Week (debut)
This was the most watched SpongeBob SqaurePants episode, having over 456.17 million viewers. This episode was so popular that nominated SpongeBob to have a star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame, being Nickelodeon's second star. (*the voting hasn't started yet*) This episode alone fetched 16 Emmys. Though for its background, the critical reception was mixed to positive. Critic's Day Out, claimed it as "a great SpongeBob episode. This steps out of the tradition, making it one of the best." The Most Terrific Cartoons Daily Report, said "SpongeBob SqaurePants has been rejuvinated! This is the an exteremly refreshing episode episode. It's as good, if not better than, some episodes of Peanuts, or The Twilight Zone." What's On Tonight Should Be Talked About, gave the episode a negative review. The magazine claimed, "This is foolishly overated! I think it was a great episode, but it does not change one thing!"
- This episode was the first thing to win the Emmy for "Best Change of Tradition" and "Best Change of a Tradition For an Exceptionally Long-Running Series."
- The scene where Mr. Krabs says "I don't have alot of money...so....this is going to be a low-budget journey. Have a coconut! For you...you...hey, you over there..." is spoofing the film Monty Python and the Holey Grail.
- This episode was accidentally rated TV-14-VLSD, possibly scaring away families. The episode aired immediately after ward at 9:30 with the correct rating (TV-Y7). However, on May 23, 2014, the episode aired on Nick at Nite twice where it recieved the deserved TV-14 rating, with added scenes. After this, it only appears as a normal episode with the Y7 rating. How it was originally rated TV-14 is unknown.
- Mr. WhitePuffCorn's name is a parody of the tittle character's name in the book Mr. Popper's Penguins.
- This wasn't included as a Season 11 episode and wasn't counted as an episode at all.
- In the original airing, Old Man Jenkins coughs and says "Indiana Jones." This was removed due to Nickelodeon forgetting to ask the copyright holders for the name.
- This was featured on "The Greatest Movies For the Past Century Or So", despite the tittle not being an actual film.
- This has a different end credit sequence where SpongeBob tracks down the names of whole played the additional characters. The scene was accompanied by the song "Don't Stop Believing."