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Revisiting: What Remedy Is Spongebob Squarepants?

Elaine Lewis
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Another “Famous Person” quiz–did you guess right?

I should have known this day was coming…after a certain conversation took place in September:

Maria: I also happen to laugh a lot with SpongeBob! My sister’s kids made me watch it and I really like it! It is very funny! We should do a quiz about Spongebob, don’t you agree?

Me: Uh-oh, I hope Shana didn’t hear that…..

Shana: Too late!

Me: D’oh!


So, here it is; and I hope you’re happy, Miss Shana! And by the way, has anybody died?

Well, since you mention it….

Should I be sitting down for this?

Carol Ann Susi.

Carol Ann Susi?

Howard Wolowitz’s mother!

Howard Wolowitz? Who is Howard Wolowitz?

He’s one of the science nerds on “The Big Bang Theory”!

So, a fictitious person died?

No, Mom, the voice actor, Carol Ann Susi! Here’s a video montage of Howard and and his over-protective mother, or should I say Muthuh:

And here she is on an episode of “Seinfeld” as George Costanza’s “bad date”:

Wow, Mrs. Wolowitz, we hardly knew ye. Is there anything else? Oh, I know! You can give a report on our road trip to Maryland to visit your cousins Laura and Jon! Here you are with Jon now:

I know you think that Jon is cooler than I am, but, I just don’t see it! Are you going to give your report now?

Traffic in Delaware was plooty.

That’s your report?

I ordered from Dominoes Pizza.

And, that’s it? What about when I made carrot-apple juice for everybody, don’t you think that was the high-point of the weekend? Oh, that’s right, you wouldn’t try any!

I can’t help it if have a fear of juice! Is that in the Repertory?

Well this is ridiculous! Let’s start our quiz, shall we? Thanks to Shana, who combed the internet for this exciting video of Spongebob, I now invite you to watch and guess the little guy’s remedy. The episode is called “Hall Monitor” (season 1, episode 7a). If you know it, write to me at , the answer will be in the December issue. Shana, roll tape!


The Spongebob video, click below:

OK, helpful hint: when you get to the page, scroll down and click on the video, not on the “play now” button!


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OK, who’s here to give an opinion?

Hi Elaine,

Hi Anurag!

Missed to participate in your last quiz.

I know! You were conspicuous by your absence!

Let me not be too late to answer this time.

Not to worry, you’re the first one here!

My answer for Songebob’s remedy would be Nux Vomica.

I see……..

Symptoms selected:

Enjoys to take responsibilities

Hard task manager, can’t sit idle, enjoys to do bossy work.


Irritable, hypersensitive and over impressionable.

Okaaaaay… Anurag, Spongebob, as I see it, is very gullible. There’s a rubric in the repertory, “Credulous”. It means “believing, trusting, unsuspecting”. Spongebob is like…how can I say… “Little Mary Sunshine”! While everyone else in his boating class is bored and cynical–including the teacher–Spongebob is actually taking it seriously, even taking notes, writing down every stupid thing the teacher says; plus, he actually thinks it’s an honor to be chosen as Hall Monitor!

There’s another rubric, “Delusion, great person, is” and “Delusion, business, fancies is doing”. In other words, Spongbob puts on his “official” hat and belt, and “fancies” that he is now “great” and “doing business”–police business!

What else can we observe about Spongebob? He is very “enthusiastic”, “naive”, “optimistic” (as in “Everybody will love the way I’m being so helpful and civic-minded; I will surely be praised!”), “cheerful”, “extroverted”, “selfless” (thinking of others) and “desirous of being useful”. And hey, let’s not forget “desires ice cream”, right?

These were basically the rubrics I chose, though I may have left out one or two. So, I believe that the remedy has to be there. Nux vomica does not care about others. They have their own best interests at heart, winning at all costs, being first in line, getting the best job, making the most money, they are very ambitious! In the rubric, “Mind: money, passion for making”; there are only 8 remedies, and only two in bold–Aurum and Nux vomica.

Spongebob is actually very sweet, sincere, well-meaning, with a big imagination. His only ambition in life is to flip hamburgers at the Krusty Krab, and, as you might expect, he thinks that’s a really great job! As a matter of fact, Mr. Krabs, himself, is probably a Nux vomica!

Thanks and regards,



Who else dares to come forward?

Hi Elaine and Shana! Thanks a lot for Sponge Bob quiz!
Of course my vote for this month’s quiz is Spongia tosta. If I am wrong I will try again.

Ha-ha! Spongia! Of course!

I am joking, I couldn’t help it, obviously, since Bob is a sponge! 😛
Some rubrics emerging from video are:

  1. Theorising (he is giving a loooong speech in the classroom).

But I don’t think that’s theorizing, Maria. As I see it, he has made too much of this dubious honor of being appointed Hall Monitor for the day! And what does that suggest? He’s naive–you might even say childish, gullible and trusting.

  1. Faultfinding (scares the fish couple for leaving their window open on the ground floor, an invitation for burglars)

No, no, no, no, no. He’s “playing policeman”!  (Delusion, is a great person) and reading “danger” into situations that he wouldn’t even notice if he weren’t wearing his “Hall Monitor” uniform!  He’s thinking that a criminal could get into this house through an open window, so, he decides to show them, “by example”, what the dangers are of such a thing, and I guess he didn’t realize they would go screaming out the door!  I’m sure he thought they would say, “Oh, thank you for showing us our mistake, how can we ever thank you?”

  1. Foolish behavior (because he is Spongebob)
  2. Messy (he creates a chaotic mess with traffic)

He didn’t see the chaos he had created, because he had no idea what he was doing, not being an actual policeman!  There’s another rubric, “Delusion, is conducting business”, I assume he thought he was actually “working”; that is, “conducting traffic” at that broken traffic light!

Desires Ice cream (he eats two of them)

Love of power (the authority that Hall Monitor suit gives)

No, Spongebob doesn’t have a love of power.  He’s happy working for Mr. Krabs at The Krusty Krab, flipping hamburgers.  He is simply overjoyed at having been appointed Hall Monitor!  He thinks that by being Hall Monitor, he can do good in the world!  He can fight injustice, like Superman!  I picked “Delusion, is a great person”.

So my vote is Sulphur.

Sulphur doesn’t care about other people. Sulphur wouldn’t be “fighting crime”.  Sulphur is selfish, self-involved.

I thought of lycopodium too but lycopodium is more organized and is absent in desires ice cream rubric.

Right and Lycopodium isn’t concerned about the welfare of others either.

If I am wrong I will try again 🙂

What is our famous “desires ice cream” remedy?  Here is what I thought the elements of the case were:

  1. Enthusiastic (and that’s a very small rubric, by the way)
  2. Naive
  3. Wants to be helpful
  4. Cheerful
  5. Optimistic
  6. And as you pointed out, desires ice cream!  So what do you think the remedy is now?

D’oh, Phosphorus!



Who’s next?

Hi Elaine,
Robin Murphy says that if a Medorrinum, a Lachesis, or a Nux vomica walks into a room, everyone notices.

That makes sense….

I think Sponge Bob is a case in point.
My rubrics:
Domineering, disposition; control, others, wants to
Power, love of
Egotism, general
Chaotic, behaviour
Braggart, boaster
Destructive, behaviour
Obsessive, compulsive disorder
all came out with a strong preference for Nux vomica, my opinion to the answer to this month’s quiz.

Regards, Wayne

So, that’s another vote for Nux vomica!

I don’t know why people can’t see what I see. Spongebob is none of these things. In fact, he’s just the opposite. Spongebob is naive, trusting, gullible, enthusiastic, sincere, cheerful and optimistic.

The scene opens in Boating Class. Everyone is bored and anxious to go home–except for Spongebob, who is avidly taking notes as if this was the most important class in the world!

When it comes time to select Hall Monitor for the day, the only one who actually wants to be Hall Monitor is, once again, Spongebob! And so what have we learned so far? Spongebob is like a throw-back to the 1950’s where every stupid thing was presumed to be great and wonderful and no one was ever sarcastic or cynical! In fact, he’s a little bit like Beaver Cleaver!

So, Mrs. Puff, the teacher, realizes she has no choice but to appoint Spongebob Hall Monitor for the day because no one else wants it!  Spongbob is so thrilled, he gets carried away and makes a big long speech about how seriously he takes his duties as Hall Monitor and how he won’t let anybody down, he thanks everyone who has made this moment possible, and by the time he finishes his speech, the bell rings, school’s over, and his classmates trample him as they’re running out the door!

About the author

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom. Elaine is a passionate homeopath, helping people offline as well as online. Contact her at Elaine is a graduate of Robin Murphy's Hahnemann Academy of North America and author of many articles on homeopathy including her monthly feature in the Hpathy ezine, "The Quiz". Visit her website at: and

Shana Lewis

Shana spices up the Hpathy Quiz with her timely announcements and reviews on the latest in pop culture. Her vast knowledge of music before her time has inspired the nickname: "Shanapedia"!

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