Two big family events interrupted my 31 Days of Halloween schedule, so I will just pick up today and do however many I can before the end of the month. Appropriately enough, Brother and I were talking about old Goosebumps episodes (and the new movie) earlier today, right before he got married, because that’s the kind of pre-marriage talk we have in our family.
(Also, at the post-courthouse meal, one of the servers asked his new daughter whether he was lucky or her mom was lucky, and Niece chirped up that they were both lucky, because she is terribly adorable and smart. She got a free cookie to celebrate.)
Anyway, on to the episode.
Goosebumps season 1, episode 2 “It Came from Beneath the Kitchen Sink”
Synopsis: There’s something creepy lurking beneath the kitchen sink. It may look and feel like a regular sponge, but it is no ordinary sponge — it’s alive!
I vaguely remember the book, but have no idea how it turns out. My guess: the kids vanquish the sponge, maybe with some sort of twist, but that’s just my Goosebumps expectations, not actually memory.
Family’s moving into a new house. That never, ever goes well. They have an adorable dog named Killer, and live close enough to their old neighborhood that their friends can come visit in less than 10 minutes on a bike.
Kitty, our narrator, is the only one not happy moving into the new house. Immediately, Killer runs into the kitchen and starts barking at the cabinets under the sink. Kitty puts him into the backyard, and then goes to look and see what’s under the sink. (A lot of crap, that’s what! Whoever owned this before didn’t clean anything out of this damn house. There are even spices and a flashlight in the kitchen.) While Killer wines and barks at the back door, Kitty climbs under the sink, thinking there’s a kitty under there. There’s not. Instead, there’s a sponge with glowing red eyes and big fangs.
Of course, by the time her family runs into the room, the sponge looks normal, even though Killer is freaking out and Kitty is adamant that it was alive. No one believes her, of course, and Killer manages to break some china when he lunges at it.
Kitty’s parents toss the sponge with the broken china. I doubt it will stay in the trash for long.
Sure enough, the next scene has the sponge slowly pushing open the bathroom door. Kitty is washing her face, and when she reaches for her towel, her eyes closed, she touches the sponge instead. In her fear, she knocks over a glass, and immediately after, her brother walks across it, cutting his foot. Of course, Kitty’s mother doesn’t believe her yet again.
Killer sleeps on Kitty’s bed, panting hard, until he starts yipping and whining at some scraping sound. It is the sponge, under the bed, which growls and slurps, and I am going to be really pissed if it just ate Killer.
… Killer is missing the next morning. No, seriously, DID THE DOG JUST FREAKING DIE? NOT OKAY.
Kitty says bad things are happening, and they are getting worse, which, okay, I’ll give her that, I guess, except they’ve all happened in one night, and she just recaps what we’ve spent less than 15 minutes watching. POINTLESS RECAP. As she wonders what will go wrong next, she realizes her bike’s brakes have gone out, and she has an accident.
You’re telling me a sponge sabotaged a bike?
Kitty keeps talking about the sponge as if they’ve had it for years.
It appears under her bike helmet, and this time her brother and his friend see it too. She picks it up with the fireplace tongues and puts it in a convenient hole outside, then buries it while it snarls at them. I’m sure that took care of everything.
Kitty sits outside, sadly squeezing a squeaky toy, waiting for Killer to come home. She believes everything will be all right from now on. Oh, you fresh faced optimist, you.
As soon as she and her dad go inside, the ground starts rumbling, the music goes “scary” and the next morning, all the grass and plants in the backyard are dying. They quickly dig up the sponge, and decide they need an expert, so Kitty is going to take it to her science teacher at school.
Of course, it doesn’t do anything weird at first when the teacher examines it. Even when it isn’t showing eyes and fangs, it doesn’t look like a regular kitchen sponge. These adults are ridiculous.
Kitty leaves it with Miss V to dissect or something. Even though Kitty warns her to put it back in its cage after she’s done, Miss V doesn’t, and things start breaking in the lab.
According to an encyclopedia of the weird, the sponge is a grool, “a mythical creature believed to be a living bad-luck charm” that then feeds on the bad luck it causes, and as it feeds, it gets stronger. Of course, the book says nothing about how to stop it. (The book also talks about vampire potatoes. Delightful.)
Apparently, if the owner gives the grool away, the owner dies. Well, that’s just great.
Kitty, her brother, and his friend go rushing back to school to get the sponge. There’s a janitor singing his way about his work, and a weird little slimy trail. I’m guessing SPONGE TRAIL, but okay. They don’t find the sponge in the science room, so they start searching for it.
The sponge is hiding in the janitor’s cart, and the slime trail is its path.
Even though the kids went into the science lab behind the janitor, he then goes into it and they have to hide while he wipes things down. The sponge he’s using doesn’t work the way he expects, and then the lights go out. He goes to the fuse box in the corner to fix the lights, and that’s mighty convenient a location for it. He hits his head and knocks himself out.
Instead of running, the kids check on him, and then when they hear the sponge, Kitty leaves the boy with the unconscious janitor and goes searching for the sponge. She finds a shaky stool under some acid, and falls off the stool, bringing down the hole cabinet when the sponge lunges at her. The fallen cabinet blocks the door, and all sorts of things (acid and other things) are spreading across the floor.
As they try to move the janitor, they can hear his music, and it starts to make the sponge shrink. They use the happy music to make the sponge shrink more, but then the tape player breaks (tape player). They start to tell the sponge sweet, nice things to make it shrink until they can get it in the cage; it works for awhile, but then the chemicals are mixed and make the sponge grow again.
The janitor wakes up and sprays things with the fire extinguisher, which I’m not sure would actually work for that mix of chemicals, but okay, let’s go with it. The sponge shrinks, and Kitty puts it back in its cage.
Since it is now Kitty’s problem forever, she makes a nice home for it, talks sweetly to it, and plays cheerful pop music for it all day.
Killer turns up, too, and I am thrilled. Yay, no dead dog.
Except, so usefully, Killer brought back the vampire potato, because of course he did. What a helpful puppy. Kitty and Killer could go be a monster hunting team.