SpongeBob SquarePants

Season 1 Episode 12

The Chaperone / Employee of the Month

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Oct 02, 1999 on Nickelodeon



  • Trivia

    • 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.

    • Squidward successfully cooks a Krabby Patty in this episode, however in "Pickles" he couldn't.

    • How could Patrick go to his prom if according to "New Student Starfish" he never went to school?

    • The girl that Pearl was with before they kick SpongeBob and Pearl out shows her with a broken arm, but when they kick them out it isn't broken.

    • In "The Chaperone," when SpongeBob takes Pearl to her prom, how did the stuff under the dummy move?

    • When SpongeBob is walking up to Mr. Krabs' house to pick up Pearl in "The Chaperone," you can see his legs in the window before he actually reaches the front door.

    • When Squidward was in the bottle, how did he fit in the first place?

    • And it didn't occur in October, but in May

    • Since SpongeBob was Employee Of The Month for 26 months, that tells us that it has been more than two years since he joined the Krusty Crew in the "Help Wanted" pilot episode.

    • When they show the wall of employees of January, it says January on the one on top of it. It cuts out and goes back in, and now it says March.

    • Employee of the Month: Before there was No Bottle. Then Squidward Got Caught in A bottle, where did the Bottle Come from?

    • In the Chaperone, how did Spongebob know that Pearl's ex-boyfriend was long, tan, and handsome? Supposedly it was the dummy "listening" when Pearl said that. Yet later Spongebob mentions, " 'Mr. Long, Tan, and Handsome.' "

    • Spongebob stated that he won Employee of the Month 26 times, even though on the wall, it shows about 43.

    • Whatever happened to Spongebob's handsome braces?

    • Squidwards Alarm Clock was on the left at first when Spongebob was spying of him then it was on the right.

  • Quotes

    • 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!

    • SpongeBob: We should really save our energy for work because we really need it.

    • Pearl: Come on, Spongebob!
      Spongebob: Be right there. (Mechanical legs wobble about)
      Pearl: (impatiently) Will you hurry up?
      Spongebob: Uh, just a second. (Crashes and then boings, trying to walk to Pearl)
      (Falls over and clings onto the curtains) Cheese!
      (Spongebob drops the curtain on him and Pearl, with this being photo taken from the cameraman) That'll be a keeper.
      Girls: (off-screen) Hey look, it's Pearl! Hi, Pearl!
      Pearl: Spongebob, here comes my friends. Uh... go get me some punch!
      Spongebob: Prom expert... away! (bounces away)

    • Krabs: (singing) Money, money, gonna make some money! (Spots Spongebob and Squidward runniing) Ah, it warms me wallet to see me employees coming in so early. Boys, you're early! Huh!? (Spongebob and Squidward continues to run without stopping) Wait! (Mr. Krabs gets runned by both as they clean the dishes and tables)
      Spongebob: Look, Mr. Krabs! Clean floors!
      Squidward: Clean tables, Mr. Krabs! (pressing hard, the table snaps in half)
      Spongebob: Clean dishes, Mr. Krabs! (drops the dishes)
      Krabs: What's going on here?
      Spongebob: (mopping the dishes) It's much more efficient to clean dishes this way, Mr. Krabs!
      Krabs: No!
      Squidward: Flowers and chocolate for you, Mr. Krabs?
      Spongebob: Look, I'm putting my own money into the register, Mr. Krabs! (inserts money inside)

    • SpongeBob: Gee whiz, Pearl. I'm sorry tonight didn't go out like you planned.
      Pearl: Oh, don't worry SpongeBob. I knew it would be a total disaster all along. But as long as disasters go, that was really fun.
      Mr. Krabs: A-ha! (SpongeBob shocks in freeze mode) Keep away from me precious little flower! (Pearl gasps) You almost stepped on it.
      Pearl: Oh, Daddy! Well goodnight, short, yellow and spongy. SpongeBob? (No answer, she heads inside)
      Mr. Krabs: Good job, laddie... (winks at SpongeBob)
      Pseudo-SpongeBob: (pops in off-screen) Ah, there you are, dummy! You sure come in handy! (laughs)

    • People: Hey, free Krabby Patties!
      Mr. Krabs: Wait, you have to pay for those!

    • Squidward: Okay, let's have a good clean fight.

    • Squidward: Truce.
      SpongeBob: Truce.
      Squidward: SpongeBob, I can't take it anymore. If we keep this up, neither of us is gonna win the award.

    • SpongeBob: I've been better than you for 26 months, and it'll be 27 tomorrow.

    • Squidward: I'll easily double your output, SpongeHog!

    • Squidward: Stop it Spongebob, if I really wanted that award, I could win it with my tentacles tied.
      Spongebob: That can be arranged.

    • The Sponge Lyrics:
      Well, first you take your leg and you stick it in the air. And then, you take the other one and jam it right up there. You turn yourself around and you give a great big lunge. Now you're doing The Sponge.

    • SpongeBob: (to Gary) No, that was Patrick who brought his mom.

    • (Squidward in hole)
      Spongebob: Hey Squidward, going somewhere?
      Squidward: I'm going to ring you dry when I get out of here, now get me out of here!
      Spongebob: Sure Squidward, I'll stop by after work.
      Squidward: Spongebob, Spongebob, auuuugh.

    • Spongebob: Look at 'im...watching me
      Squidward: I'm watching you, Spongebob...

    • SpongeBob: (sobbing) Can I still wear the wig?
      Pearl: Yes, you can still wear the wig.
      SpongeBob: (rushing out of the bathroom) Let's go!

    • Pearl's Old Date: Meep.
      Pearl: Get lost, pizza topping. Can't you see I'm doin' the SPONGE?!

    • SpongeBob: (sobbing) hot dog.
      Pearl: Actually it was pretty funny when that hot dog landed in Judy's hair.

    • Fish: Go wreck somebody else's prom, would ya?!

    • Squidward: Loser!
      Spongebob:26 time loser!

  • Notes

    • 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.

    • We learn that the employee of the month always keeps a brick of lead inside his hat.

    • "Employee of the Month" won E on the Z to A countdown.

    • Squidward makes a cameo appearance in "The Chaperone."

    • Squidward doesn't talk in "The Chaperone."

    • Running Gags: 1) SpongeBob and Squidward arguing about whether the Award is a sham or not. 2) SpongeBob and Squidward being caught in each others traps. 3) SpongeBob and Squidward wrecking the Krusty Krab.

    • We learn that SpongeBob never got a date for his prom.

    • We learn that SpongeBob was a prom failure.

    • Pearl doesn't appear in "Employee of the Month."

    • Patrick, Plankton, and Sandy don't appear in this episode.

    • Patrick brought his mom to his prom.

    • This is the second time a dummy is shown in Season 1, the first was in the episode before this, "Squidward, the Unfriendly Ghost."

    • SpongeBob never got a date to his prom.

    • The episode took place on the 27th of January.

    • Annoy Squidward Day is on the 15th of January.

    • "Employee of the Month" was ranked #36 on the "Best Day Ever Countdown."

    • Tom Kenny voices all the male characters in "The Chaperone," except Mr. Krabs.

    • Squidward has a collection of alarm clocks.

    • This episode might have shown some romance between SpongeBob and Pearl but it's really hard to tell how much of the SpongeBob shown in the episode was actually the dummy.

    • At the end of the prom scene, one fish says, "Go wreck somebody else's prom, will ya?" Fans of "Rocko's Modern Life" will notice that he sounds remarkably like Heffer Wolfe - both characters are voiced by Tom Kenny (who, of course, also does SpongeBob's voice).

    • This is the first time the Krusty Krab blows up (It was later destroyed in "Suds", "Squid On Strike", "Skill Crane", and "Selling Out".)

    • We know from this point on Spongebob has been working at the Krusty Krab for at least 26 months or more.

    • We hear about Patrick's mother. But his father isn't mentioned until I'm With Stupid.

  • Allusions