SpongeBob SquarePants

Season 3 Episode 1

The Algae's Always Greener / Sponge Guard on Duty

Aired Weekdays 5:30 PM Mar 22, 2002 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

The Algae's Always Greener: Plankton invents a machine enabling him to switch lives with Mr. Krabs. He then finds out that Mr. Krab's life isn't as good as it seems. Sponge Guard on Duty: SpongeBob volunteers for a life-guard job, despite the fact that he can't swim.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Perfect

    Both of these episodes were just perfect, classic, season 3 episodes.
  • Both good, not great, but good

    Spongeguard on Duty: I am starting with this one because it was a tad better than the other episode. This isn't a historical episode but is a good episode on Season 3. This is funny as well, and is original. Overall an 8.5/10

    Algae is Always Greener: When I say tad, I mean about 15 points. It was a little annoying when Spongebob shouted "SOILED IT". It reminds me of when the new Spongebob screams. It is annoying when they do the victory screech, but the plot is interesting. Average. 7/10moreless
  • Plankton switches places with Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob becomes a lifeguard

    The Algae's Always Greener: A superb done episode. I thought the idea of Plankton switching places with Krabs was an interesting. My only complaints was a couple annoying/boring parts. I laughed at the the beginning when Plankton as usual fail, shrimp joke, holographic meatloaf, Pearl is now Plankton's dad, SpongeBob being the co-cashier, Mr. Krabs' appearance (in Plankton side) when he was naked, and Mr. Krabs kept saying the day after that. Overall, a superb episode but some of the parts I mentioned were not good enough for a perfect score. 9/10

    SpongeGuard on Duty: I don't hate this episode but it's 2 times weaker than its partner episode. I thought the first half was great but when SpongeBob took over (since Larry left to do something) as lifeguard it all went downhill and didn't make me laugh at all. In the first half I laughed at the narrator's brief line (what a pervert... XD He said "Where the sun is hot and the sunbathers are oh so sexy"), SpongeBob and Patrick's tans, Patrick with an extended (and the fish said there are children in there), SpongeBob imagining himself as a lifeguard, and maybe more. After that, the boring part came. Overall, an okay episode. 6/10moreless
  • Now im doing both spongebob and victorious reviews (P.S. before reading this please note that this review is only for the alage's always greener

    Like i said in the top this review will only be for The Alage's Always Greener because i dont have an opinon on Spongeguard On Duty except that it was not A Great episode and a little overrated but i cant give it a mark because i dont know what i would rate it. Anyway The Alage's Always Greener is (in my opinon) the Second best Season 3 episode first being The Camping episode. it was so funny and has so many classic things in it. It has my Favorite Plankton Quotes ex: Look at his daughter, She's as big as a Whale!, Good Grief He's Naked!, Holographic Meatloaf my favorite! i will seriously never understand why so many people think this is one of the worst of season 3. In case you dont know this episode is my 12th favorite spongebob episode

    GRADE: 11/10 A+++++moreless
  • perfect

    The Algae's Always Greener: Plankton invents a machine enabling him to switch lives with Mr. Krabs. He then finds out that Mr. Krab's life isn't as good as it seems. Sponge Guard on Duty: SpongeBob volunteers for a life-guard job, despite the fact that he can't swim.

    10 out of 10
Clancy Brown (I)

Clancy Brown (I)

Mr. Eugene H. Krabs

Bill Fagerbakke

Bill Fagerbakke

Patrick Star

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

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

Lori Alan

Lori Alan

Pearl Krabs

Rodger Bumpass

Rodger Bumpass

Squidward Tentacles

Jill Talley

Jill Talley


Jill Talley

Jill Talley

Female Fish

Guest Star

Bill Fagerbakke

Bill Fagerbakke

Cop #1/Moses

Recurring Role

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

Old Man/Fish #83

Recurring Role

Mr. Lawrence

Mr. Lawrence

Hillbilly Fish

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (26)

    • Why isn't Plankton afraid of whales?  He is in certain episodes.

    • In "The Algae's Always Greener" after Plankton switched lives with Mr. Krabs, the restaurant should have been called The Krusty Plankton and the patties should have been called Plankton Patties, since Plankton owns the restaurant because the restaurant staying named The Krusty Krab and the patties still being called Krabby Patties after Plankton switched lives with Krabs would mean that the restaurant and patties would be named after the rival trying to steal the formula.

    • In "Sponge Guard on Duty," how are two kids playing in a killer whale? If they have parents, then why would they let their kids play in a whale's mouth?

    • In "The Algae's Always Greener," when Plankton is at the Chum Bucket the first time, he slams on the table complaining about not having real food. Right when he does that, you can see the holographic food fly off the table and off the plate. It shouldn't move because it's not real.

    • In "The Algae's Always Greener," when Plankton is at the Chum Bucket the first time, keep your eye on his soda can. It shifts on the table right before your eyes.

    • If Plankton eats holographic food every night, then how is he alive? He can't actually eat it and you can't live only on drinks.

    • Nobody made a big deal out of Plankton being naked, so why Krabs?

    • In "Sponge Guard on Duty," when Patrick was drowning, how did Patrick get into SpongeBob's belly when he sucked the water with a straw? How could Patrick fit through the straw?

    • The pattern on Spongebob's towel change!

    • Look at Spongebob's swimsuit closely. At first, he is wearing trunks. Then it changes to a speedo.

    • In the Planton's first appearance on Spongebob, one had to use a magnifying glass to see him, when lying about bun inspections, he was the size of a Krabby Patty, and when holding the Krabby Patties, he was bigger than them.

    • Since Plankton basically lives at the Chum Bucket, why doesen't he eat his own food? It's not like anyone else will.

    • If Spongebob can't swim why did he surf in "Ripped Pants"?

    • In "Sponge Guard on Duty," how are there bodies of water under water and even more crazier, how can a fish drown in one of those bodies of water when the fish is ALREADY underwater?

    • In "Squid On Strike" it was proved the green skinny fish with glasses ("It's full of holes!" from "One Krab's Trash") was married to the gray old lady ("Could you show me where the forks are"? from "Fools In April") but here in "Sponge Guard On Duty" he's shown married to the yellow old lady. ("We should call my nephew!" from "Sandy, Spongebob And The Worm")

    • Larry said that old people shouldn't go on the beach. But later Spongebob is rubbing an old man's back on the beach!

    • Spongebob acted like he wanted to hear if he needed improvement on anything. But when Plankton said he did Spongebob was sad/crazy.

    • Spongebob said it was awful when he doesn't give a customer exactly what they want, but he didn't give customers exactly what they wanted ON PURPOSE in "Fools In April".

    • Plankton can afford holigraphs but not food?

    • When Spongebob looks to see if he has a tan, you can clearly see he's wearing no underwear. But when there's a closeup of Geek Spongebob you can see he's wearing underwear.

    • Plankton had the perfect chance to get the Krabby Patty formula the entire time he switched lives with Mr. Krabs.

    • Scooter was in "Spongeguard on Duty" but as you know he died.

    • At the beginning of "The Algae's Always Greener", Plankton wakes up normal(no clothes on kind of normal), but when he jumps on to the window to look outside his office, He has a mini version of Mr. Krabs' clothes on.

    • On "The Algae's Always Greener", there was a drink on the other side of the table and Plankton said something. He kept talking and a few seconds later it was right in front of Plankton.

    • In "The Algae's Always Greener" when Spongebob says to Mr. Plankton, "Phone call Mr. Plankton" Spongebob holds the phone at the talking speaker, and you can hear sound come out of there.

    • In "Sponge Guard On Duty" the "white stuff" keeps appearing and disappearing throughout the episode.

  • QUOTES (33)

    • Larry: SpongeBob?
      SpongeBob:: Yes, Larry?
      Larry: You're not a lifeguard are you?
      SpongeBob: No, Larry.
      Larry: (picking SpongeBob and Patrick up) Let's go guys.

    • Fish: Dude, put that thing away. There are, like, children here. (Patricks extended belly is now in his feet)
      Patrick: I'm going to the snack bar.

    • SpongeBob: Can you believe that sun? (Patrick's eyes are small)
      Patrick: I could look at it all day.

    • SpongeBob: Man your stations! Red alert! Red alert! Take cover! (everyone screams)
      Plankton: Take cover from what?!!
      SpongeBob: He's around here somewhere... (hears a whoosh sound) There he goes!
      Plankton: What...who...where?! Somebody tell me!

    • SpongeBob: I'm not just ready; I'm ready, Freddy.
      Larry: It's... Larry.

    • Squidward: SpongeBob, did you remember that little talk we had about personal space?
      SpongeBob: That's alright, Squidward. Look, I'm official.
      Squidward: Co-Cashier?!

    • Pearl: That's it, daddy! I decided to run away and find a new daddy!

    • Plankton: Holographic meatloaf, my favorite!

    • Larry (On megaphone): Please do not land flying ice cream trucks on the bathers!

    • Plankton: (falling through vortex) AAAAAAHHHHH! (takes a drink from soda) (relieving sigh) (continues falling) AAAAAHHHHH!

    • (Mr. Krabs throws Plankton out the window)
      Mr. Krabs: So long, shrimp!
      (a shrimp that's leaving looks back)

    • Patrick: Can't Swim! Butt cramp! Ice Cream!

    • SpongeBob: I'm cool! (shows you how geeky he looks closeup) I'm every bit as cool as Larry. And if I'm not, then let me be struck by... (thunder sounds in the background) a flying ice cream truck (ice cream truck music is heard getting closer to SpongeBob) AND LIVE!

    • Krabs: Aw, you got me! Oh well, at least it's underwire.

    • Spongebob: I tried Mr. Plankton. I really did. A customer ordered a medium soda, and I gave him a large! I gave him a large! I've soiled the good Krusty Krab name! Soiled it! Soiled it! Soiled it! Soiled it!
      Plankton: MAKE IT STOP!! (A siren goes off) What, did I say the secret word?

    • SpongeBob: (trying to shoot Mr. Krabs with a clothes cannon) No shoes, no shirt, no service!

    • Plankton: Goodbye everyone! I'll remember you all in therapy!

    • Pearl: Daddy, I was wondering. Could I have a raise on my allowance? (Plankton gets a dollar out of his wallet and hand it to her) YOU HATE ME!! (Pearl runs away crying)

    • Fish: (To Plankton) You think this is funny?
      Plankton: In a cosmic sort of way, yes.
      Fish: Well, Mr. Funny Man...Is this how you get your sick kicks!?
      Plankton: What? It's just an ordinary Krabby...(Looks at nasty patty) OH MY GOODNESS! SQUIDWARD!!!

    • Squidward: You can't do this to me Mr. Plankton! If you think that I'm going to sit out there and listen to...(Shows Spongebob)
      Spongebob: Bla bla bla bla bl bla bl bl blb bla bla bla (Grows another mouth) Bla bl blb blb bla bla bla blb balb blb bl...(Goes back to office)
      Squidward: Then you must have coral weged in your frontal lobe!

    • Plankton: Holigraphical meatloaf again? When am I going to get some real food?! Mr. Krabs gets to eat real food!

    • Plankton: Well, I hate to leave you, Karen, but you know what they say; A rolling stone gathers no algae.

    • Old Fish: (Bumps into a pole) Whoops! Sorry, miss! (Takes his glasses off and puts them back on) What a fox.

    • Patrick: Help! I've got but cramps, I want ice cream, and now it's dark!

    • Spongebob: Knick-knack, the Patty's back! VICTORY SCREECH!

    • Patrick: Being life guard is so dumb, I mean all they do all day is blow blow blow on their whistles, rub rub rub that white stuff on their nose, and show off their big, misshapen, bodies!!!
      Fish: Dude, put that thing away, there are like children here!

    • SpongeBob: How's your tan coming Patrick?
      Patrick: Hold on just a second.... (The screen shows Patrick's butt) aaahhhhhhhhh!!! Oh, I could have sworn I was laying on my back!

    • Plankton: I wish I could just change lives with him, just to see what it's like.
      Karen: Then why don't you use the "switch lives to see what it's like omographier" you built last Tuesday?
      Plankton: (spits out his soda) That's a brilliant idea! Your parents must have been like, part computer or something.
      Karen: (sighs)

    • SpongeBob: Shark!
      Shark: Hey! That's my family you're talking about!
      SpongeBob: Oh, well... sea monster!
      Sea Monster: You know, we sea monsters have made great strides in the fields of science and literature.

    • Mr. Krabs: Enjoy your victory screech, Plankton, because I'll try tomorrow. And the next day...and the next day...and the next day...and the next day...
      SpongeBob: Phone call, Mr. Plankton.
      Mr. Krabs
      : (over phone) And the next day...and the next day... (Plankton screams)

    • SpongeBob and Patrick: Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh butt cramps!
      Patrick: And I still don't have my ice cream.

    • Spongebob: If someone was drowning, he's be screaming for help.
      Patrick: HELP! IM DROWNING!
      Spongebob: He would have had to cross the line.....
      Spongebob: Okay, I'll check, but just to prove to you that PATRICK ISNT DROWNING!!!!

    • SpongeBob: But that's not the worst part!
      Plankton: GOOD GRIEF, HE'S NAKED!

  • NOTES (23)


    • Plankton: Good grief! He's naked!

      This is a reference to Charlie Brown's catchphrase.

    • The quote Plankton says to Karen before he switches lives with Mr. Krabs ("Rolling stones gather no algae") is similar to an old saying, "Rolling stones gather no moss."

    • SpongeBob Live Action Costume
      The costume used in "Sponge Guard On Duty" was later used in the episode "Guide to: Photo Day / Rumors" of Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide .

    • Plankton: Reunited and it's gonna feel so good.

      This is a spoof off a song called "Reunited" played by Peaches and Herb in 1978. The lyrics actually go "Reunited and it feels so good."

    • Plankton: What, did I say the secret word?
      Pee-Wee's Playhouse was a popular children's show that had a secret word, that when was said loud sounds would go off and people would scream. Which is what happened when Plankton said "Stop!"

    • plankton: ?
      This is a spin-off of the movie called "Being John Malcovitch".

    • Title: The Algae's Always Greener
      A take off on the quote "the grass is much greener on the other side." By the way, that line is used in the theme song to another Nicktoon, "As Told By Ginger."