SpongeBob SquarePants

As Seen on TV / Can You Spare a Dime?

Season 3, Ep 5, Aired 3/8/02
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  • Episode Description
  • As Seen on TV: Mr. Krabs has Squidward direct a commercial for the Krusty Krab. When he finds out how much money Squidward is using, he decides to direct it himself. SpongeBob has a small (and I do mean small) role in the commercial. After the commercial airs (at 3:28am), SpongeBob thinks he is now famous and his ego gets twice as big. Can You Spare a Dime?: Squidward quits his job because Mr. Krabs accuses him of stealing his first dime he ever made. Squidward ends up on the street only to find himself being waited on hand and foot by SpongeBob because he feels sorry him. But after a while SpongeBob becomes aggravated by the fact that Squidward has not yet began to look for a job.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Clancy Brown

    Mr. Eugene H. Krabs

  • Bill Fagerbakke

    Patrick Star

  • Tom Kenny

    SpongeBob SquarePants/Gary/Mr. SquarePants/Narrator/Various Others

  • Mary Jo Catlett

    Mrs. Puff/Mrs. SquarePants

  • Lori Alan

    Pearl Krabs

  • Fan Reviews (26)
  • review below me is better

    By epiclaser, Dec 26, 2012

  • My views on this episode pretty much compares to my opinion on Pizza Delivery and Home Sweet Pineapple.

    By spongebobfan200, Sep 15, 2007

  • These episodes are great pair

    By fsaenz0125, Jun 06, 2012

  • great

    By jmbsonic555, Nov 03, 2011

  • They're both not my favorite episodes but I thought "As Seen on TV" was better

    By tigerdude22, Aug 01, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (65)

    • SpongeBob: It seems to be working. But how do I follow it up? Buns! It's a stretch, but we've all got to push the envelope, sometime.

    • SpongeBob: They seem to like it when I put this patty on the grill. I may be able to save this act, yet. Roll with it, SpongeBob. Roll with it. There's more where that came from, folks.

    • SpongeBob: My career is over. All those years clawing my way up. All the people I've stepped on. Wasted.

    • SpongeBob: Well, the most I can juggle is three, but the show must go on. Whoa!(SpongeBob slips and patties go onto the grill)

    • SpongeBob: (Starting to tell another joke) Uh, ok. There's a nun, an astronaut, and a hairdryer.

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    Notes (19)

    • This is the first episode in which SpongeBob displays a form of hostility towards Squidward.

    • The song "Striped Sweater" is available to buy on iTunes under a SpongeBob album called SpongeBob SquarePants - The Yellow Album. This album also includes: 1. Sweet Victory 2. The SpongeBob SquarePants theme song 3. Ripped Pants 4. Doing the Sponge 5. He's Flying 6. Gary's Song 7. Striped Sweater (also known as Sweater Song) 8. Hey All You People 9. Bubble Beat Box 10. Underwater Sun 11. Bossy Boots Song 12. When Wolds Collide 13. Jelly Fish Jam 14. Hey Mean Mr. Bossman 15. Stadium Rave 16. All You Need is Friends 17. Nick's B. Danube 18. That's What Friends Do 19. Your Old 20. Electric Zoo 21. Jingle Bells 22. B. C. Strut All songs can be purchased separately, except for "Sweet Victory" because that song was by separate people.

    • When Mr. Krabs complains to Squidward about doing the Krusty Krab commercial, a second Mr. Krabs is seen. When Mr. Krabs is telling everyone to get out of there, it was gone.

    • We learn that Mr. Krabs used to keep his first dime behind the cash register for luck.

    • This is the first time SpongeBob becomes angry at Mr. Krabs.

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    Trivia (34)

    • How could Squidward have taken Mr. Krabs' "dime"? It was half Mr. Krabs' size, therefore Squidward probably wouldn't even be able to lift it.

    • If Squidward quit his job at the Krusty Krab, who took his place as a cashier? It was possibly Patrick, or Mr. Krabs had to hire a replacement just like he did in "Squid on Strike".

    • Since SpongeBob had been taking care of Squidward for "many months", what happened to his job at the Krusty Krab?

    • When Spongebob tries to show Squidward the jobs in the newspaper,he claims he is allergic to newsprint.But after Can You Spare A Dime,Squidward can sometimes be seen reading the newspaper.
      EDIT:Squidward probably faked his allergy so he wouldn't have to see the jobs.

    • Squidward claims that he is allergic to Newsprint although in many other episodes he is reading the newspaper.

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    Allusions (11)

    • When Squidward and Mr. Krabs are arguing about the commercial, a glimpse of Dennis from The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie is seen.

    • Character Name: Mr. Doodles "Doodles" is another name for dog feces, which is funny because worms are the undersea equivalent of dogs.

    • Title Pun: "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?"

    • In the episode "As Seen on TV," Spongebob is entertaining the people, when they get angry, he thinks they want more and he says "The Show Must Go On" which is a famous Queen song

    • Squidward's Commercial Stuff: Giant Leg
      This giant leg is a reference to the leg lamp in A Christmas Story.

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