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



  • Trivia

    • 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 says that he can't eat anything with an odd number, yet his sole reason for rejecting the soup was because it came from a can. The phrase "Get a Job" contains 7 letters.

    • How did the fish see SpongeBob out the window? They would have to go on the counter.

    • Why did SpongeBob wait until the commercial's at three A.M.? Shouldn't the commercial air at random times?

    • Mr. Krabs said that the commercial would air in a prime-time slot. It aired at 3:28 am. Prime-time slots are usually 8:00, 9:00, or 10:00pm.

    • Mr. Krabs tells the clown he can stay, but the clown dosen't show up again during the episode.

    • The dime that Mr. Krabs has looks Pre-Historic. He was in business for a long time.

    • How can Squidward be poor if Mr. Krabs never pays SpongeBob nor Squidward?

    • Look Closely: When SpongeBob begs Mr. Krabs to take back Squidward, you can view the flags from the front side of the Krusty Krab from the back of SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs, but instead of 5, there were 4.

    • Condiment Island
      This is the first episode that you will see the condiment island.

    • The title "Can You Spare a Dime?" was going to be "Down & Out in Bikini Bottom" before it was changed.

    • In "Can You Spare a Dime?", Mr. Krabs' first dime was a giant rock. Later in "Wet Painters" we see Krabs' first dollar, but it's a regular dollar bill.

    • as seen on tv: (not a really hard goof, but still weird) In the KK, when SpongeBob signs the autogram, the 2nd (lower line) ends like "Tailfin" as SB is reading it "taaail..fiiiiin!" while writing.. but when he hands it to Squidward, we see the 2nd line is "Love: Spongebob"

    • In As Seen on TV, the Krusty Krab Commercial reveals the recipe, yet Plankton still has no idea :D

    • When it's closing time, after dark, you see Spongebob is his kitchen. And from a view of the window, it's daytime outside!

    • How would Squid know the soup was from a can?

    • In CYSaD, the paintings in Squid's belly are not apparent except for the close-up of his stomach.

    • In "As Seen On TV" Spongebob makes the patties without ever putting cheese on them.

    • When Spongebob gave Mr. Krabs a dime, why would Mr. Krabs need a microscope to see if it was really the first dime he ever earned if it was really half of Mr. Krabs' size?

    • In "Can You Spare A Dime?" when Spongebob said, "If you have any troubles just call me" he's about four feet from Squidward. In the next shot, he's right next to Squidward.

    • Wait...in "Can You Spare A Dime?" Mr. Krabs didn't mind that Squidward quit. Remember in "Squid On Strike" when Mr. Krabs said Squidward had to work for him forever?

    • In As Seen On TV when Spongebob is singing "Striped Sweater", when he really extends the mic and then is in front of the register again, the mic cord isn't hooked up to the register anymore.

    • When Mr. Krabs was walking to the shoot of the Krusty Krab commercial he was walking with Mr. Doodles (his pet worm). When he got the shoot, Mr. Doodles is gone! Unless he tied him up somewhere.

    • When Sponge Was doing the Puppet Show.There was a colored paper behind the puppets but when they showed spongebob w/ the puppets there was no paper

    • You can't have electricity underwater either to cook them.

    • When Spongebob was taking the lemonade to squidward,squid saidwhy aren't you in uniform? When squid wanted soup he left in his uniform. when spongebob cameback he was in his normal clothes

    • On "As Seen On TV" when Spongebob says after the commercial, "That was the best 60 seconds of my life" it was really 90 seconds or 1:30.

    • The hat on Mr. Krab's desk had 2 stripes on the anchor instead of 1.

    • When Spongebob first put the patties on the grill there were lots but later there were less.

    • All those patties on top of each other couldn't cook.

  • Quotes

    • 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.

    • SpongeBob: Uhh, what do you call a vampire whose car breaks down 3 miles from a blood bank? A cab!

    • Fish: Is this some kind of joke?
      SpongeBob: They want juggling and jokes at the same time? Tough crowd.

    • Squidward: Then why don't you back in the kitchen and grab some patties and give them what they came here for!
      SpongeBob: Juggling! Thanks, Squiddy.

    • SpongeBob: How you doing folks?
      All: Hungry!

    • SpongeBob: No can do, Squidward. These people demand entertainment.
      Squidward: Enter-what?

    • SpongeBob: Pipe-down, Squidward. This crowd looks angry. They're not going to wait any longer. I think I better give them what they need, and fast.
      Squidward: I think so, too, or Krabs will fire both of us. On second thought, keep 'em waiting.

    • Squidward: Well, SpongeBob? Are you just going to stand there like a half-wit, mouth ungaped? Or are you going to fill these peoples orders?

    • SpongeBob: I knew you'd understand. Well, thanks for the start. I'm out of here.
      Mr. Krabs: Oooooh...I've never felt such a strange combination of pity...and indigestion.

    • SpongeBob: Come on, Krabs. Let's think outside the box for a second. Commercials are old-half. The people want music. If I could change fate I would, Krabsy. And I'm an entertainer deep down. A people's person. We're on the same page here, aren't we?
      Mr. Krabs: Boy, those krabby fumes must've gotten to your head. Borrow Squidward's gas mask and get right back to work.

    • SpongeBob: Nah, I can't take that gig, Krabber. That phase in my career is over. I'm an entertainer now.
      Mr. Krabs: What in blazes are you talking about?

    • SpongeBob: And now I gotta lay something on ya, Krabs Baby.
      Mr. Krabs: The only thing you better lay is some patties on the grill, Fry Boy.

    • SpongeBob: (Overhears a conversation about another fish, thinking it's about him) Solo record!

    • SpongeBob: I'm so misunderstood. Alas, good people, even the brightest of stars grow weary and I am no exception. But I will shine again after a quick break in my quarters. You've been beautiful.

    • Mr. Krabs: There you are, SpongeBob.

      SpongeBob: Yes, pilot.

    • Fish: Hey, look.
      SpongeBob: Please good people, no photos at work.
      Fish: Here's the ketchup.

    • SpongeBob: Well, maybe just one.(poses) Another one? Ok. Limbo. And now, the, uh, oh, I got it.

    • SpongeBob: F-I-N. There we are, darling. Hmph. Looks like shyness got the best of him.

    • Fred Rechid: Excuse me, sir, can I get a napkin?
      SpongeBob: Why of course, good sir. And next time, feel free to approach me. It most be so degrading to ask across the room. And who am I making this bad boy out to?
      Fred: To my tail fin.

    • Old Man Jenkins: What a nice cereal box.

    • Old Man Jenkins: I saw you on TV last night!

    • SpongeBob: That was the best 60 seconds of my life! Well, time for bed.

    • SpongeBob: Look, Gary, there I am again. Look!

    • Mr. Krabs: We start with a fresh patty, grilled and juicy. Add some crisp undersea veggies and cheese. Topped off with secret sauce and some bun. Voila! A krabby patty.

    • Mr. Krabs: Why it's only the most mouth-watering appetizing food in the seven seas.

      SpongeBob: There I am, Gary! There I am!

    • Mr. Krabs: That's right, Krusty Krab. Home of the world famous: Krabby Patty!
      Jen: What's a Krabby Patty?(Mr. Krabs' mouth opens)

    • Mr. Krabs: That's right, Amy. I heard all about your little problem and I'm here to help. Follow...me!
      Amy and Jen (Pearl and Squidward): Where are we?
      Mr. Krabs: Why, we're at none other than The Krusty Krab.
      Amy: Did you say Krusty Krab?

    • Pearl: Oh, Jen. I've got a real problem.

      Squidward: (Jen) What's your problem, Amy?

    • SpongeBob: Look, Gary! It's on!

    • Mr. Krabs: Don't throw your buts at me, Mr. Squidward. We got a time table to keep. This thing airs tonight.
      Squidward & SpongeBob: Tonight?!

    • Mr. Krabs: What are you talking about, Squidward? We got the cheapest crew in the world. You, me, and SpongeBob. Speaking of which, where is the little barnacle?
      SpongeBob: (underground) I'm down here, sir.

    • Mr. Krabs: Oh, well, then how do you explain that? (points to 2 Krusty Krabs) A 2nd Krusty Krab?
      Squidward: Mr. Krabs, everyone needs an understudy. (shows 2 Mr. Krabs)

    • Mr. Krabs : Then what's all this useless junk.

      Squidward: That's the useless junk for scene, uhh, 28.

    • Mr. Krabs: No, I got Squidward organizing the whole thing. He's...ya know...artsy. What the...? This looks expensive. Out of my way. Coming through. Move it or lose it. Squidward!

    • Mr. Krabs: C'mon, Mr. Doodles. We haven't got all day. We've got to get down to me favorite restaurant. Mine. Where we're shooting our first ever Krusty Krab commercial. After this commercial airs, we'll be swarming with customers. I can already feel myself sweatin' money.

    • SpongeBob: Squidward said I could help by burying myself!
      Mr. Krabs: Quit fooling and come on out. I need you to be in the commercial.
      SpongeBob: (gasps) Me? In the Krusty Krab commercial? Me!
      Squidward: But, but, but, but, but, but, but...
      Mr. Krabs: Don't throw your buts at me, Mr. Squidward. We got a time table to keep.

    • SpongeBob: I like to call this little number... striped sweater.
      The best time to where a striped sweater is all the time.
      One with a collar turtleneck.
      That's the time
      'Cause when your wearing the one... special... sweater.

    • Gary: Meow.
      SpongeBob: (gasps) Squidward is not a freeloader, and he would never take advantage of me!
      Narrator #1: 3 weeks later.
      SpongeBob: He's just having a hard time getting his confidence back.
      Narrator #1: Many months later.
      SpongeBob: I'm sure he's going to breakthrough to the end.
      Narrator #2: So much later, that the old narrator got tired of waiting, and they had to hire a new one.
      Gary: Meow, meow, meow.

    • SpongeBob: (turning off lights and tuning on a spot light) Don't worry, folks! SpongeBob is here to satisfy!
      Squidward: Hey!
      Man in Striped Sweater: (pointing to another man) Eating here was your idea.
      SpongeBob: I'd like to call this song... striped sweater. (singing off tune and high-pitched) The best time to wear a striped sweater, is all the time! One with a collar, turtle-neck! That's the kind (angry mob starts yelling) 'Cause when your wearing! (starts singing quietly because of the mob) That... one... special... sweater.

    • SpongeBob: Here comes the plane. (plane sound)

    • Squidward: We're making the commercial, Mr. Krabs.
      Mr. Krabs: What you're doing is throwin' away me money. I told you to rent only what's absolutely necessary.
      Squidward: This is all necessary.
      Mr. Krabs: Then what's all that useless junk?
      Squidward: That's the useless junk for scene 28.
      Mr. Krabs: How do you explain that: a second Krusty Krab?
      Squidward: Mr. Krabs, everyone needs an understudy.
      Mr. Krabs: (looking at his understudy) Well, you got me there. But what do we need him for? (points to a clown)
      Squidward: This job can get very stressful, Mr. Krabs.

    • (the Krusty Krab commercial; on the screen, we see Pearl and Squidward; Squidward is wearing a blond wig with a bow in it)
      Pearl: Oh, Jen, I've got a real problem.
      Squidward: What's your problem, Amy?
      Pearl: (pulls out a big wad of cash) I've got all this money, and I don't know what to do with it! And I'm hungry!
      (we then hear Mr. Krabs laughing)
      Pearl: Who's there?
      Squidward: Where's that coming from?
      (Mr. Krabs appears in a puff of smoke)
      Pearl & Squidward: Yippee, it's Mr. Krabs!
      Mr. Krabs: That's right, Amy! I heard all about your little problem, and I'm here to help. Follow . . . me!
      (cut to the outside of the Krusty Krab)
      Pearl & Squidward: Where are we?
      Mr. Krabs: Why we're at none other than, The Krusty Krab!
      (cut to an overhead shot of the Krusty Krab)
      Pearl: Did you say Krusty Krab?
      Mr. Krabs: That's right! Krusty Krab! Home of the world famous . . . Krabby Patty!
      Squidward: What's a Krabby Patty?
      (we see a picture of Mr. Krabs with his mouth open, zooming in and out of the screen)
      Mr. Krabs: Why it's only the most mouth-watering, appetizing food in the seven seas!
      (SpongeBob is watching the commercial)
      SpongeBob: There I am, Gary! There I am!
      (we see a shot of SpongeBob's chin; he is standing in front of the grill)
      Mr. Krabs: We start with a fresh patty, grilled and juicy.
      (a bun with a patty appears on the grill)
      Mr. Krabs: Add some crisp undersea veggies and cheese!
      (they appear on the patty)
      Mr. Krabs: Topped off with secret sauce.
      (it appears on the toppings and the patty)
      Mr. Krabs: And some buns!
      (a bun appears on top of the sandwich)
      Mr. Krabs: (holds up a Krabby Patty) Voila! A Krabby Patty!
      Pearl: I want a Krabby Patty!
      Squidward: Me, too.
      (cut to a shot of Pearl & Squidward eating one)
      Mr. Krabs: How are you liking them Krabby Patties, girls? (he chuckles, and Squidward & Pearl give a thumbs up)
      SpongeBob: Look, Gary! There I am again! Look!
      (we see the top of SpongeBob's head with his hat on, in the window by the cashier)
      Mr. Krabs: Two more satisfied customers! So why don't you come on in, and have yourself a Krabby Patty today!
      (we see an exterior shot of the Krusty Krab)
      Pearl, Squidward, & Mr. Krabs: The Krusty Krab! Come spend your money here!
      (the words appear on the top of the screen)

    • (Mr. Doodles is sniffing on coral)
      Mr. Krabs: Come on, Mr. Doodles! We got to go to my favorite restaurant! Mine.

    • Fish: Eating here was your idea!

    • SpongeBob: (signing an autograph) And who do I make this out to?
      Customer: My tail fin.

    • Squidward, Mr. Krabs and Pearl: The Krusty Krab, come spend your money here!

    • Old Man: Hey, I saw you on TV last night.
      SpongeBob: You did?!
      Old Man: Yeah, you were on a commercial.
      (goes to flashback; the old man is watching a cereal commercial for Bran Flakes)
      SpongeBob: You're right! Wow, I'm getting recognized all over!
      Old Man: Yep. See ya later, Bran Flakes. What a nice cereal box.

    • Spongebob: I guess I can't help you there, But Squidward, it's a cold, cold world out there. No one's going to serve you happiness on a silver platter!

      Woman: Free sample?

      Spongebob: COOKIES!

      Squidward: Can I have a.........................?

    • Mr. Krabs: (on the phone) Donate to the children's fund? What? What have children ever done for me?
      SpongeBob: (snatching the phone from Mr. Krabs) You want your dime back?! Take it! (gives Mr. Krabs a dime, as Mr. Krabs uses a telescope to identify the dime) Now, Squidward can come back, right?
      Mr. Krabs: Wrong. That ain't my first dime.
      SpongeBob: (throwing more dimes out of his pockets) Then, have some more dimes! I got plenty of 'em!
      Mr. Krabs: You can't put a price on me first dime. And, I can't forgive that thievin' vildrad, Squidward, for stealin' it!
      (a large stone wheel falls to the floor)
      SpongeBob: What's that?
      Mr. Krabs: Me first dime!
      SpongeBob: That's a dime?
      Mr. Krabs: I've been in this business a long time.

    • Puppet 1: Hey where ya goin'?
      Puppet 2
      : To my job!
      Puppet 1
      : You have a job?
      Puppet 2
      : Why wouldn't I? I'm not just some lazy inconsiderate jerk who lays in bed all day.
      Puppet 1
      : Say, where can I get one of these jobs?
      Puppet 2: Oh, they're everywhere, especially if you're green and have six tentacles.
      Puppet 1: Thanks. I'm gonna go look for one so I can stop MOOCHING OFF MY FRIENDS AND THEY CAN GET BACK TO THEIR LIVES!

    • SpongeBob: (Brings Squidward a bowl of soup) Here you go. It's alphabet soup. I made it Special.
      : (Reads the alphabet soup that says "Get A Job.") Condensed soup from a can?! Disgusting!!

    • Squidward: I can't drink this!
      Spongebob: Why not?
      Squidward: Are you blind? just look at it!
      Spongebob:What about it?
      Squidward: That lemon has three seeds in it. THAT'S AN ODD NUMBER!!! I can't eat anything odd numbered.

    • Squidward: Spongebob! The remote isn't working! Get over here and fix it!
      Spongebob: I got a great idea! Why don't I call someone who's job it is to fix it. You wanna know why? Because when I have a job, I get some one with a job to do their JOB!!!

    • SpongeBob: Squidward, we're like brothers, only closer. (lifts up shirt, showing their hearts connected)
      Squidward: AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • (Spongebob confronting a homeless Squidward) Spongebob: Hmmm...The tattered clothes, the awful smell...your a football player!! Squidward: No... Spongebob: A spaceman? Squidward: No... Spongebob: A football playing king in... Squidward: Don't you get it!? I'm a LOSER!!! I lost my job, my home… EVERYTHING!! Spongebob: (gasps) Even your paintings? Squidward: Nobody would take them, so I had to eat them!! (a rectangle bulges from Squidward's stomach)

    • SpongeBob: I've got a better idea. Why don't I hire SOMEONE with a JOB, because when I want a JOB done, I get someone with a JOB to do that JOB!
      Squidward: What are you saying?

    • Mr. Krabs: (about the Krusty Krab commercial) I got a good deal on the primetime slot!
      Narrator: 3:28 A.M.

    • Mr. Krabs: I've never felt a strange feeling of pity... and indigestion.

    • Squidward: I could be a football player. Or a king. Or a spaceman.
      Spongebob: Or a football playing king in space, with a mustache!

    • SpongeBob: ME!? On the Krusty Krab commercial?!

    • Squidward: Are you accusing me of something?
      Mr. Krabs: Well as I see it there are three possibilities:
      1) You stole it.
      2) You Stole it, or
      3) You stole it!!

  • Notes

    • 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.

    • Gary makes a cameo appearance in this episode.

    • Pearl doesn't appear in "Can You Spare a Dime?".

    • The Krusty Krab commercial was shown at 3:28 AM.

    • We learn that Mr. Krabs has a worm.

    • Squidward ate his paintings in this episode.

    • Patrick, Sandy, and Plankton do not appear in this episode.

    • SpongeBob's face isn't shown on the commercial in the episode.

    • This is the second time SpongeBob called Mr. Krabs a crustaceaous cheapskate.

    • Squidward is a freeloader in this episode.

    • Mr. Krabs has a dime made out of stone.

    • In 'Can You Spare A Dime?', this is actually the first (and only, if I'm not mistaken) time that Spongebob got mad at Squidward.

    • The Krusty Krab slogan is "Come Spend Your Money Here!"

    • The pet worm is also featured in Karate Choppers.

    • Mr. Krabs' pet seaworm from "Sandy's Rocket" returns. He is also known as Mr. Doodles.

  • Allusions

    • 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.

    • Element: Krusty Krab Commercial
      The Krusty Krab commercial is partly a parody of Cap'n Crunch!

    • Fish in Bathroom: "On Flounderman Last Night..."
      The fish that is talking to another fish in the bathroom mentions that he saw someone one "Flounderman" last night. "Flounderman" is obviously a parody of David Letterman.

    • Spongebob: What can be better by serving up smiles?
      That might've been the part of McDonald's campaign: "We love to see you smile."

    • Mr. Krabs: Would you say that with...your hand on a book about interpritive dances?!
      Just like in court where the person says he'll tell the truth and put his hand on the Bible.

    • Mr. Krabs: The first dime I ever earned!
      In the TV series Ducktales the character Scrooge McDuck kept the first dime he ever earned just like Mr. Krabs in this episode.

    • Spongebob: "We're like brothers, only Closer"
      Spongebob makes a reference to the 2 Siamese Twins Chang & Eng who where Twins joined at the EXACT same place and where the first people to be joined like that.
      They died 2 days apart, they where both 58 years old when they died.