Recap: Sponge Bob Square Pants S 3 E 7 As Seen On TV Can You Spare A Dime

Airdate: March 8, 2002

After SpongeBob receives a very small role in a commercial, he goes from thinking people are recognizing him to straight out Hollywood Superstar mode. Unfortunately, this has a negative effect on his job, which he gives up in order to pursue his "new career" as an entertainer.

As Seen on TV contains examples of (YMMV here):


Airdate: March 8, 2002

Mr. Krabs first dime goes missing, and his first suspect is his cashier, Squidward Tentacles. Outraged at his boss's first instinct to point fingers at him, Squidward quits and storms out of the building. After a while, SpongeBob finds him on the side of the road, living in a cardboard box. Being the gracious person he is, he decides to take him in, only for Squidward to take advantage of his hospitality.

Can You Spare a Dime contains examples of (YMMV here):

  • Beware the Nice Ones
    SpongeBob: Listen, you crustaceous cheapskate! Squidward's been living in my house driving me crazy! AND YOU'RE NOT GONNA HIRE HIM BACK ALL BECAUSE OF A STUPID DIME!?
  • Body Horror: When Spongebob lifts up Squidward's shirt and both his and Squidward's hearts join together, beating.
    • In the German dub, Squidward gasps in horror at this because he's too shocked to scream.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs
    Squidward: I can be anything I set my mind to! I can be a football player! Or a king! Or a spaceman!
    SpongeBob: Or a football-playing king in space! ...With a mustache!
  • Break the Cutie: SpongeBob. After keeping Squidward for a period of time so long that the old narrator who reads the time cards actually quits, he finally breaks- a hole in the wall, that is, and screams while pushing his bed, with Squidward in it, all the way to the Krusty Krab and almost strangles his boss.
  • Dinner Deformation: Squidward is forced to eat his paintings after no one would buy them, and then we see the canvases stretching out his stomach.
  • French Maid Outfit: Squidward forces SpongeBob to wear one.
  • Gilligan Cut: "The next time you see me, I'll have this town eating at the palm of my hand." Cut to Squidward begging for change on the sidewalk.
  • Hammer Space: Mr. Krabs' dime falls out of his pocket... and it's a giant stone wheel as big as he is.
    SpongeBob: This is a dime?
    Mr. Krabs: I've been in business a long time, boy.
  • Here We Go Again: After Mr. Krabs hires Squidward again, he states that he was sure he didn't mean to put the dime in his pants.
    Mr. Krabs: Well, it's obvious you put the dime in me pants. Dimes just don't fly into people's pants!
  • Jerkass: Squidward
  • Karma Houdini: Squidward gets nothing in return for treating SpongeBob like a slave.
  • Nice Guy: SpongeBob definitely qualifies for the first half of the episode. He genuinely worries about Squidward when he quits his job at the Krusty Krab, and when he eventually finds Squidward living on the streets, he selflessly takes him into his home (even letting him sleep in his bed) until he can find work again, and treats the guy like royalty. That is, until Squidward pushes him too far.
  • Ocular Gushers: It's a given, but after getting evicted Squidward cries so hard that Spongebob soaks up his tears and squeezes them out of him.
  • Rage Breaking Point: "What are you saying?"
  • Shaggy Dog Story: Mr Krabs' "stolen" dime was in his back pocket the whole time.
  • Shake Someone, Objects Fall: SpongeBob gets so upset at Mr. Krabs that he picks him up and shakes him,and that causes the dime to fall out of Krabs' back pocket.
  • Taking Advantage of Generosity: What Squidward does to Spongebob. He gets fed up with it.