SpongeBob SquarePants

The Chaperone / Employee of the Month

Season 1, Ep 12, Aired 10/2/99
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  • Episode Description
  • The Chaperone: SpongeBob is asked to take Mr. Krab's daughter, Pearl, to her school prom after she was dumped by her boyfriend, but as in most cases the prom does not turn out as planed and Pearl and Spongebob both get kicked out. Employee of the Month: SpongeBob and Squidward compete intensely with each other in order to be the Krusty Krab's Employee of the Month. They start working so hard that soon they begin overdoing it and that turns it trouble at the Krusty Krab.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

  • Dee Bradley Baker

    Various Voices

  • Fan Reviews (34)
  • Agree with Glacierssuck and fsaenz0125

    By Disney4life, Dec 24, 2013

  • The Chaperone was good and Employee of the Month was superb.

    By Glacierssuck, Mar 27, 2013

  • Both superb episodes

    By fsaenz0125, Jan 11, 2012

  • Another batch of perfect episodes from Season 1

    By jmbsonic555, Oct 31, 2011

  • Good

    By Southparkfa, Aug 24, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (24)

    • Mr. Krabs: Go easy on him, lassie! I can't afford to break in a new fry cook! (laughs and closes the door. Now at the prom where the limo is driving up but the back wheels are flat so its screeching on the road.) SpongeBob: (checks his list) Well, I guess the first thing we should do is... (flash goes off where the pictures are being held) Pearl: Yay! My first prom picture! SpongeBob: Uh-uh-uh...our first prom picture.(Pearl sprays him with something that deflates his arm)

    • SpongeBob: The Whack? Oh, yeah, I invented that one. (tries to jump) Pearl: Are you sure you can do this? (SpongeBob jumps at Pearl but they hit another couple and send them flying through the food table. One of the people crash through a fruit painting. Painter jumps into a trash can which makes everyone else go crazy) Well, I guess you can take me home now, now that you've ruined everything! (cries)

    • SpongeBob: Hey, Squidward. Hey, Squidward. Hey, Squidward. Hey, Squidward. Hey, Squidward. Squidward: All right, I'll bite. What is it, SpongeBob? SpongeBob: Do you know what today is? Squidward: Annoy Squidward Day?

    • SpongeBob: Mr. Krabs, what's wrong with Pearl? Mr. Krabs: Her scurvy prom date stood her up, boy, and now she can't seem to find another. Pearl: That's because there's only one fish in the sea that's long, tan and handsome as he is. And that's him!

    • Squidward: This is what I think of the employee of the month award! (steps on the hat) Ahh! SpongeBob: The employee of the month always keeps a brick of lead under his hat. Squidward: SpongeBob, the employee of the month award is nothing but a joke!

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    Notes (27)

    • Traps that SpongeBob and Squidward set up in order to prevent one another from going to the Krusty Krab early in the morning so SpongeBob or Squidward could win the Employee of the Month award: a Krabby Patty that SpongeBob cooked was stuck on the grill, SpongeBob smashed Squidward's clocks, Squidward fell into a hole dug up by SpongeBob, Squidward nailed wood onto SpongeBob's front door, SpongeBob was trapped in a cage, Squidward was ¬†trapped in a bottle, Squidward gave SpongeBob a fake Krabby Patty with a claw that grabbed SpongeBob's nose, Squidward was trapped in a net,¬†SpongeBob ran through a fence,¬†SpongeBob tied up Squidward's tentacles and SpongeBob was sealed in a brick wall.

    • The Chaperone is the first episode where SpongeBob doesn't appear much (since the dummy appeared most of the time).

    • This is the first pair of episodes where Patrick doesn't appear.

    • The Chaperone is the first episode to feature Pearl in the majority of scenes.

    • We learn that SpongeBob was the employee of the month more than twenty times at the Krusty Krab.

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    Trivia (19)

    • Exactly who won the Employee of the Month award is unknown. Many Employee of the Month portraits of SpongeBob are seen in "The Original Fry Cook" and the SpongeBob movie, so it looks like Squidward never won. Why would SpongeBob or Squidward win the award if they destroyed the Krusty Krab? Mr. Krabs could have fired them instead of giving the award.

    • When Squidward gets trapped in the bottle then growls at SpongeBob who puts a cork in, the camera zooms out to reveal a miniature pirate ship inside the bottle with Squidward. It's behind him, so we should've seen Squidward walking past it, yet we don't. Therefore it must have appeared out from nowhere.

    • If Plankton tries to steal a Krabby Patty, why didn't he have his chance when the Krusty Krab exploded and all of the Krabby Patties were all over the place?

    • How did Pearl go to the prom? She's not old enough because in "Squeaky Boots," she had turned 15.

    • When Pearl sprayed SpongeBob's arm, it shrunk. However, in the next scene, it somehow goes back to normal.

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    Allusions (4)

    • Employee of the Month This episode's title is also the name of a SpongeBob SquarePants computer game.

    • The Sponge: Dance SpongeBob's dance "The Sponge" is a possible reference to Family Matters' character Steve Urkel's dance, The Urkel Dance.

    • Expression: Long, Tan, and Handsome When girls usually talk about their choice boyfriend, they're looking for someone "Tall, Dark and Handsome." Long, Tan and Handsome is probably a parody of that expression.

    • The tomato that attacks the fish at the prom is likely a reference to the infamous horror-comedy, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.

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