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While Drymon and Hill were writing the pilot, Hillenburg was also conducting auditions to find voices for the show's characters. He had created the character of SpongeBob with Tom Kenny, in which he utilised Kenny's and other people's personalities to help create its personality. Drymon said, "Tom came in a few times so we could pitch him what we were working to help him find the right voice. Tom had already worked on lots of other animated shows, and Steve wanted to find an original sounding voice." Kenny originally used the voice of SpongeBob for a very minor female alligator character named Al in Rocko's Modern Life who appeared in the episode "Dear John." Kenny forgot the voice initially, as he created it only for that single use. Hillenburg, however, remembered it when he was coming up with SpongeBob and used a video clip of the episode to remind Kenny of the voice. Kenny says that SpongeBob's high-pitched laugh was specifically aimed at being unique, stating that they wanted an annoying laugh in the tradition of Popeye and Woody Woodpecker.
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Bill Fagerbakke voiced SpongeBob's best friend, a starfish named Patrick Star, in the episode. He auditioned for the role after Kenny had been cast as SpongeBob. Fagerbakke said, "Steve is such a lovely guy, and I had absolutely no feeling for the material whatsoever." He described his experience in the audition, saying, "I was just going in for another audition, and I had no idea what was in store there in terms of the remarkable visual wit and really the kind of endearing child-like humanity in the show. I couldn't pick that up from the audition material at all. I was just kind of perfunctorily trying to give the guy what he wanted." For the part of Squidward, Hillenburg originally had Mr. Lawrence in mind for the role. Lawrence worked with Hillenburg and Drymon before on Rocko's Modern Life, so while working on the episode, Hillenburg invited him to audition for all the characters. Drymon said, "We were showing Doug the storyboard, and he started reading back to us in his Tony the Tiger/Gregory Peck voice. It was really funny, and we wound up having SpongeBob use a deep voice when he entered the Krusty Krab for the first time." Hillenburg decided to give Lawrence the part of the series villain, Plankton, instead.
The episode then goes to SpongeBob meeting a "land squirrel" named Sandy Cheeks, who maneuvers underwater with a special suit. She invites him to her underwater dome, where he slowly starts to die of dehydration. Rather than say anything about it, he decides that he doesn't need water. This doesn't end well."Tea at the Treedome" contains examples of: An Aesop: If you need something, just ask.
Arc Symbol: Raised pinky finger.
Blatant Lies: SpongeBob repeatedly tells himself that he doesn't need water while he's gasping for breath.
Clam Trap: SpongeBob first sees Sandy fighting off a giant clam, which eventually swallows her. He tries to pry it open (and is surprised he's actually doing it), but in the end the clam is no match for Sandy.
"Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: "If y'all needed water, you shoulda asked!"
Crash-Into Hello: Basically how SpongeBob's relationship with Sandy started, when he ends up being caught by the clam attacking him and Sandy.
Early-Installment Weirdness: This is the first appearance of a jellyfish in the show, and it has some clear differences from later jellyfish such as looking somewhat transparent and lacking the spots typically seen on jellyfish.
In this episode, the treedome is stated to be made of plastic. In later appearances, it's made of glass.
Patrick is strangely knowledgeable about fancy manners and even knows some of the jargon, a trait that'll never come up from his character again.
It was implied that SpongeBob had a crush on Sandy in this episode, from the way he brings her flowers to the way he was talking about her to Patrick.
Establishing Character Moment: The very first thing we see Sandy doing is fighting the giant clam, then rescuing SpongeBob from it, and then introducing herself in a friendly and casual manner while showing off her fighting ability.
Fingore: A very mild case. When Sandy takes the flowers from SpongeBob, part of his finger breaks off.
Fourth-Wall Portrait: SpongeBob and Patrick are turned into a real sea star and sponge when they run out of water.
Literal-Minded: Inverted; SpongeBob says Sandy wears air around her head, which Patrick interprets as "putting on airs" (i.e., acting pretentious). It helps that, to those unfamiliar with that phrase, it sounds like it could well be Patrick just being Patrick.
"Metaphor" Is My Middle Name:SpongeBob: "Air" is my middle name!
Minimalist Cast: Only SpongeBob, Patrick and Sandy appear in this episode.
Mundane Made Awesome: Sandy shows off her strength to SpongeBob by breaking a large rock with one hand. SpongeBob shows off to her by making a dynamic pose...and then making an armpit fart.
Now You Tell Me: Apparently, Patrick didn't notice there wasn't any water in Sandy's treedome until he went into it himself.
Oh, Crap!: Patrick gets a massive one once he starts to dehydrate inside the treedome:Patrick: WHAT KIND OF PLACE IS THIS?!? There's no water in here!
Sandy when she sees SpongeBob and Patrick dehydrated.
Poor Communication Kills: SpongeBob does ask Sandy for water, but Sandy assumes he means water for the flowers he brought.
Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: "You have fought well, giant clam. Prepare to be vanquished!"
Rescue Reversal: SpongeBob tries to save Sandy from the giant clam, but when he gets eaten by it, Sandy is the one who has to rescue him.
Second Episode Introduction: For Sandy.
Shaped Like Itself: Sandy describes the air in her treedome as the "most airiest air in the whole sea."
Smash Cut: When Sandy discovers that SpongeBob and Patrick have nearly dried up, there is a jarring cut to a live-action sponge and starfish.
Survival Mantra: SpongeBob referring to water, "I don't need it! I don't need it! I definitely don't need it." It becomes a Madness Mantra when he sees a vase of it in front of him before finally howling "I NEED IT!!!".
Too Dumb to Live: Patrick doesn't realize SpongeBob is dying inside the treedome until he goes in there himself and almost dies as a result.
The Unreveal: We never find out how or why Sandy is living at the bottom of the ocean, because SpongeBob runs off to get some water from the bird bath just as she starts to explain. We later learn that she's there For Science!, which is further explored in "Chimps Ahoy".
Wanting Is Better Than Having: SpongeBob discovers too soon that air is not the best lifestyle for a sea creature, and begins to steadily dehydrate.
Wins by Doing Absolutely Nothing: Subverted. SpongeBob "defeats" the giant clam simply because Sandy was plenty capable of getting out of it herself. And immediately afterwards, she has to save him.
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