SpongeBob SquarePants

Season 3 Episode 7

As Seen on TV / Can You Spare a Dime?

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Mar 08, 2002 on Nickelodeon

Episode Recap

As Seen on TV: Mr. Krabs is making a commercial for the Krusty Krab and Squidward direct it. When Mr. Krabs finds out how much money Squidward is using, he decides to direct it himself. Spongebob only has two cameo appearances in the commercial. After the commercial airs, SpongeBob thinks he is famous after he is addressed by Old Man Jenkins (who he mistakens for the cereal box in a commercial for bran flakes). Then he hears two fish talk about "Freddy Flounder" and how he should cut a solo record, but SpongeBob again thinks that they are talking about him. He quits being a fry cook and starts entertaining, much to the chagrin of the customers and Squidward. When SpongeBob tries juggling, he accidently slips and falls on the ground. Just as he thinks that his career is over, a patty drops on the grill. However, the customers are pleased, and SpongeBob actually makes Krabby Patties for them without knowing he is acting as a fry cook.

Can You Spare a Dime?: When Squidward is accused by Mr. Krabs of stealing Mr. Krabs's first dime, he quits his job. SpongeBob confronts him to tell him about the dangers of the outside world, and insists that if Squidward ever needs anything, he can seek help from him. Squidward assures SpongeBob that he will be better off not working at the Krusty Krab. A day passes and SpongeBob encounters Squidward once more, this time very scruffy-looking in a small cardboard box in an alley. SpongeBob takes Squidward into his own home, and Squidward becomes so dependent on SpongeBob that SpongeBob soon finds himself a full-time servant of Squidward. SpongeBob makes several obvious hints to Squidward so he will get a job but Squidward remains oblivious until SpongeBob explodes and runs to the Krusty Krab (along with Squidward, who is still in bed). SpongeBob begs for Squidward to be allowed to come back to work. Although at first Mr. Krabs forbids it, the missing dime later falls out of his back pocket and he allows Squidward to return. When Squidward arrives, Mr. Krabs accuses him of putting the dime in his pocket. They argue once more, and SpongeBob braces himself to become Squidward's servant once again.