SpongeBob SquarePants

Season 1 Episode 10

Culture Shock / F.U.N.

Aired Weekdays 5:30 PM Sep 18, 1999 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

Culture Shock:
Mr. Krabs wants to make more money, and Squidward suggests a talent show. Everyone is invited, including SpongeBob's parents, and Squidward thinks he will be the best act. He even tries to make SpongeBob think he is acting by cleaning up afterwards. SpongeBob, however, wows the crowd with his cleaning 'act'.

SpongeBob tries to be friends with Plankton, whom SpongeBob thinks is only evil because he's lonely and made fun of. But Mr. Krabs doesn't believe it. He knows Plankton is evil on the inside. He puts Plankton to the test only to prove to SpongeBob that Plankton is only after the formula.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Hilarious to watch.

    Culture Shock: Patrick laughing for no reason and the ''mouthful of clams day"joke are the best parts.

    Rating:8 is for fire,U is for is for no survivors is hilarious!!!

    Rating:8.6(Mr. K was a bit crazy in this)

    Average:8.3 Great

  • Great episodes

    Aired today at 7 am.
  • Both of them were hilarious episodes.

    Culture Shock: When the Krusty Krab isn't getting a lot of business, Squidward suggests a talent show to bring in customers, but the only reason Squidward suggested was just so he could perform. The funniest parts were the audience's reaction to Squidward's performance and when Patrick hysterically laughs at Squidwards jokes. Overall, a perfect episode. 10/10

    When Plankton fails to steal the Krabby Patty, his wife Karen suggests that he becomes friends with SpongeBob just to get his hands on a Krabby Patty. The parts where Plankton imagines controlling a jellyfish to destroy the world and the ending were the funniest and how could I not include The Fun Song. These episodes were a perfect pair. 10/10moreless
  • they are both awesome

    Culture Shock


  • Squidward hosts a talent show and Plankton become friends with SpongeBob

    Culture Shock: I liked/laughed at SpongeBob kept cleaning the table, Patrick laughing whenever Squidward said something about the talent show, Gary's act, Plankton's act, Squidward's dancing (especially when he was dancing crazy), the crowd praising SpongeBob and they cheer when Squidward's on. My score is a little low because Squidward was a little mean in this episode. Overall score 9/10.

    F.U.N.: I liked/laughed SpongeBob trying to get the Krabby Patty, SpongeBob using his hat as a thing, the crowd using Spongebob as a donut, Plankton's thought destroying the place, the FUN song, Plankton wearing SquarePants, the Krabby Patty turns out to be fake, Bubble Bass stepping on Plankton, and then he chases Plankton at the very end. Overall score 10/10.moreless
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Guest Star

Jill Talley

Jill Talley


Guest Star

Dee Bradley Baker

Dee Bradley Baker

Various Voices

Recurring Role

Rodger Bumpass

Rodger Bumpass

Squidward Tentacles

Recurring Role

Jill Talley

Jill Talley


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (16)

    • In "Culture Shock," Mr. Krabs sold a free salad, but in latest episode he hates the word "free."

    • In the Spanish (Latin America, not Catalan) version of the song F.U.N., they kept the same letters as in English instead of translating the word "fun" to Spanish's "diversion", but substituting each sentence to fit in Spanish. Like this: "F por familia, U es la union, tu y yo." (F for family, No for union, you and me)

    • Plankton cut a hole through the bottom of the door when he escaped, yet when we see him outside, you can see the door in the background with no hole!

    • According to Mr. Krabs, the Krabby Patty is a no friend zone.

    • In "F.U.N.", SpongeBob said, "You don't EAT 'em, you catch them like this, la la la la la la la la... like that." The jellyfish he was catching (when he said that) had no spots and one line. But when SpongeBob said, "Then you throw them back. But watch out for the stingers.", the jellyfish had spots now along with the line.

    • Spongebob wears a hair net in "F.U.N." but he has no hair.

    • It is more of a nitpick, but when SpongeBob gives the change at the start of "Culture Shock", the quarter is on top of the pile of coins, he snaps his fingers and then the penny is on top.

    • If the Chum Bucket was right across from the Krusty Krab, why was Plankton running around Bikini Bottom instead of running right across the street to safety?

    • When SpongeBob looks at Plankton in the air, the door is only big enough for Plankton.

    • "Why would anyone want to lick sand???" Probably because in "Pre-Hibernation Week" Spongebob was using his tongue as a surfboard, so I guess that means he likes to lick sand(!).

    • When the talent show is beginning, outside there is a lady reporting the show. If you look closely Tom is the cameraman. When they show Spongebob backstage, Tom is suddenly backstage!

    • In the movie scene, the music sounds western. The first time we see the screen, it looks like a fishing movie. The second time we see the screen, it looks like a romance.

    • When Plankton crashed into the movie screen, the Krabby Patty was on top of him, it should have been above his head!

    • When Plankton was running through the movie screen, he landed at Mr. Krabs' height. He should of landed at the bottom.

    • In "F.U.N.", Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob were behind the table and would've both seen the fake cardboard back of the patty. Plankton didn't take it since the front was the only realistic part, and was facing in the opposite direction.

    • Have you ever noticed, in "F.U.N.", Plankton varies in size at different times?

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Squidward: You bottom feeders! You don't even know talent!
      : (shouting) No talent!

    • Mr. Krabs: Squidward! This show is a disaster! You're ruining me!
      Squidward: Now, now. Don't you worry, Mr. Krabs. I saved the best for last. You'll see!
      Mr. Krabs: For your sake. I hope you're right!

    • (Squidward starts hippo/hiphop/pih dancing)
      Joe: What the...?!

    • Mr. Krabs: I haven't seen Plankton for a while.
      SpongeBob: Who knows? Maybe he's changed.
      Mr. Krabs: Who knows, I think you know!
      SpongeBob: He's changed, I tell you!

    • Plankton: I win!
      SpongeBob: It's not about winning, it's about fun.
      Plankton: What's that?
      SpongeBob: Fun is when you... it's kinda... sorta like a... what is fun...? Here, let me spell it for you. (singing) "F" is for friends who do stuff together, "U" is for you and me, "N" is for anywhere and anytime at all.
      Clams: Down here in the deep blue sea!
      Plankton: (singing) "F" is for fire that burns the whole town, "U" is for uranium... bombs, "N" is for no survivors, when you...!
      SpongeBob: Plankton! Those aren't what fun's all about. Now, do it like this. (singing) "F" is for friends who do stuff together...
      Plankton: Never, that's completely idiotic!

    • Plankton: That naive cube! How long must I suffer this?!
      Karen: You're not letting him leave, are you? Can't you see? This is the perfect opportunity for revenge!
      Plankton: Elaborate.
      Karen: Befriend the sponge bath, then when the time is just right, take the Krabby Patty!
      Plankton: Take... the Krabby Patty?
      Karen: Get moving, genius, don't let him get away!

    • Fish: It's worth every penny.
      Squidward: You bottom feeders! You don't even know talent!
      Crowd: No talent! No talent! No talent! No talent! No talent!
      Spongebob: Hey, Squidward, can I go on now?
      Squidward: Yeah, show's over!

    • SpongeBob's Mom: My son's a star!
      SpongeBob's Dad: Who knew he had such talent.
      Mr Krabs: I'll be needing another wheelbarrow for next week's show!
      Squidward: (sighs)
      Crowd: (cheering)

    • Plankton: Sponge, buddy, yoo-hoo.
      SpongeBob: Plankton, buddy, I forgot this is a no friends zone.
      Mr Krabs: SpongeBob, may I speak to you in private? You won't mind if I set this here, will you? (places a Krabby Patty next to Plankton, and then a fan, blowing the Krabby Patty scent towards Plankton)

    • SpongeBob: But we sang the F.U.N. song! I think I'm gonna be sick. How long?
      Plankton: How long what?
      SpongeBob: How long were you planning on doing this?! Tell me!
      Plankton: (crying)
      SpongeBob: What?
      Plankton: (crying) Alright, it's true! I tricked you to get the Krabby Patty! But then you showed me friendship! And now I realize, that's all I really wanted...
      SpongeBob: Really?
      Plankton: No, not really. Being evil is too much fun! (laughs)
      Women on Movie: Oh darling, I know that nothing could ever tear us apart.

    • Plankton: And after that, we frolicked through the flowers and then we...
      Karen: Sounds like fun.
      Plankton: Well, the really fun part was when we...
      Karen: Where's the Krabby Patty?
      Plankton: The what?
      Karen: The Krabby Patty, remember?
      Plankton: You can't rush these things, you know.
      Karen: You're forgetting about the mission!
      Plankton: What are you talking about?
      Karen: You're going native, Plankton! Look at yourself!
      Plankton: What?

    • Plankton: You don't know what it's like to be a loser.
      SpongeBob: Aw, gee, Plankton, I think you're a winner.
      Plankton: Wha... what did you say?
      SpongeBob: I said you were a...
      Citizens of Bikini Bottom: LOSER!!!
      Squidward: How does it feel to be the most hated thing in Bikini Bottom, Plankton? It hurts, doesn't it? I know!
      Cop: Yeah, and for running you out, we're going to make this kid "Honorary Town Rookie of the Day."
      Citizens of Bikini Bottom: (singing) For he's a jolly good rookie, for he's a jolly good rookie, for he's a jolly good rookie...
      (SpongeBob flies up in the air)
      SpongeBob: (thinking) I bet if he had just one friend, he wouldn't be such a meanie.
      (SpongeBob flies down)
      Crowd: Which nobody... whatever...
      (crowd leaves)

    • Squidward: Good evening and welcome to the 1st annual Squidward Tentacles Talent Show, sponsored by the Krusty Krab, home of the world famous Krabby Patty, because no one else would give it a home.
      Patrick: (laughs)
      Squidward: Thank you. Our next act is living proof that nepotism is alive and well.
      Patrick: (laughs)
      Squidward: Put your fins together for...
      Patrick: (laughs)
      Squidward: Put your...
      Patrick: (laughs)
      Squidward: Put...
      Patrick: (laughs)
      Squidward: Pearl!

    • Cop: Yeah, and for running you out, we're going to make this kid "Honorary Town Rookie of the Day."
      Citizens of Bikini Bottom: (singing) For he's a jolly good rookie, for he's a jolly good rookie, for he's a jolly good rookie...
      (SpongeBob flies up in the air)
      SpongeBob: (thinking) I bet if he had just one friend, he wouldn't be such a meanie.
      (SpongeBob flies down)
      Crowd: Which nobody... whatever...
      (crowd leaves)

    • Mr. Krabs: Hooray! My little girl is finally a star.
      Pearl: Give me a K-R-U!
      (stomps, audience screaming)
      Pearl: Give me a S-T-Y!
      (stomps, audience screaming)
      Pearl: Krusty Krab!
      (stomps, audience screaming)
      Pearl: Krusty Krab!
      (stomps, audience screaming)
      Pearl: Krusty Krab!
      (stomps, audience screaming)
      Mr Krabs: Now that's what I call talent!
      Pearl: Thank you! Thank you, thank you!
      (audience complaining)

    • Plankton: I, the amazing Plankton, with the use of prestidigitation, will make a Krabby Patty disappear before your very eyes. First, I'll need a volunteer from the audience.
      Mr. Krabs: Nice try, Plankton. Your act's over, bub!
      Plankton: You may win this time. She-hah-kazeek!
      (puff of smoke appears)
      Plankton: Well, this stinks.
      Audience: (booing at Plankton)

    • Squidward: Alright, people, listen up. Gather around, everyone, chop-chop. Now, you may be thinking this is your one shot at the big time. Well, it's not. It's mine.
      SpongeBob: Hey, Squid! How about this for the show? The Amazing Mister Absorbency!
      (absorbs water)
      SpongeBob: Ta-da!
      (absorbs more water)
      SpongeBob: (muffled voice) Ta-da!
      Squidward: No one wants to watch you engorge yourself.
      SpongeBob: Please, Squidward let me be in the show. I'll do anything, anything, anything!
      Squidward: So you really want to be in the show?
      SpongeBob: Oh, yes!
      Squidward: Okay, you get to mop up afterwards, now will you stop bugging me?
      SpongeBob: So... this is what it feels like, the big time. With this mop, I shape my destiny!

    • Squidward: (yawns, then sighs) No one, not even your parents, would want to see that.
      (hippo bubble pops)
      Squidward: What the people want is culture! Not dancing bubbles.
      Spongebob: OK, I get it. Don't worry, Squidward, I'm going to come up with the most cultured act ev-ah!
      Squidward: I can hardly wait. Phew, the only culture that guy has is in his tennis shoes. Tennis shoes. (laughs) I crack myself up.
      (guests murmuring)
      SpongeBob: Wow! A full house! (gasps) There's Mom and Dad! They are gonna be so proud!
      Mr. Krabs: Hello, I'm Mr. Krabs, and I like money.
      SpongeBob: I gotta get ready!

    • Squidward: And now, poetry... (runs inside the stage and peeks out) ...by Gary.
      (curtain opens)
      Gary: (meowing on the microphone)
      Sandy: (sighs) He had such a way with words.
      Squidward: Come on, come on, Ginsburg, if he doesn't hurry it up, we're not going to have time for the best act: me!
      Spongebob: Squidward, should I use Mr. Cleanser or Dr. Clean?
      Squidward: Yes. (walks out)

    • (door knocks)
      Plankton: A customer?
      Plankton: Our special today is Chum...
      (notices it was SpongeBob)
      Plankton: Balaya...
      SpongeBob: Hi, Mr. Plankton.
      Plankton: Haven't you degraded me enough for one day?
      SpongeBob: No. I mean... I want you to come out and play with me.
      Plankton: Wha?
      SpongeBob: Play... with... me...
      Plankton: You know how to induce thermonuclear fusion?
      SpongeBob: No, but I like to go...
      (shuts door)

    • SpongeBob: Here, let me help you.
      (singing) "F" is for friends who do stuff together, "U" is for you and me...
      Plankton: (singing) "N" is for anywhere and anytime at all...
      Clams: Down here in the deep blue sea!
      (song continues)
      Plankton: Wait... I don't understand this... I feel all tingly inside. Should we stop?
      SpongeBob: No, that's how you're suposed to feel.
      Plankton: Well I like it... Let's do it again!
      SpongeBob: Okay!
      SpongeBob & Plankton: (singing) "F" is for frolic through all the flowers, "U" is for ukelele, "N" is for nose pickin', sharing gum and sand licking down here with my best buddy!
      SpongeBob & Plankton: (laughing while song continues to the end)
      Mr. Krabs: Aargh... mutiny!

    • SpongeBob: Have you seen a Krabby Patty? It's about this tall and...
      (views a magic shop)
      SpongeBob: Wow, a magic shop! Are you a magician? One time, I saw this magician and he did this thing, and then... Anyway, he then told us, "If you believe in yourself and with a tiny pinch of magic, all of your dreams can come true."
      Plankton: Aagh! I can't take it!
      SpongeBob: Plankton, it's you!
      Plankton: Yes, and after all these years, I thought I was the master of torture. But that... that just wasn't fair! Here, take the stupid patty. I don't want the secret recipe anyway. I guess my restaurant will never be as good as the Krusty Krab.
      Plankton: You don't know what it's like to be a loser.

  • NOTES (28)


    • The audience's reactions to SpongeBob and Squidward in "Culture Shock" is very similar to that of Bugs and Daffy of Looney Tunes: the audience would provide tumultuous applause for anything Bugs did, while never applauding for Daffy.

    • Squidward dances against a backdrop of Monument Valley, where numerous John Ford and other Westerns were filmed in the 1930s through '70s.