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Barnacle Face
Season №: 8
Episode №: 164a
Airdate: September 16, 2011
Sister episode(s): "Pet Sitter Pat"
Writer(s): Aaron Springer
Andrew Goodman
Dani Michaeli
Storyboard: Aaron Springer
Animation: Andrew Overtoom
Creative: Vincent Waller
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Previous: "Plankton's Good Eye"
Next: "Pet Sitter Pat"
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"Barnacle Face" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season eight. In this episode, SpongeBob is asked to remove a barnacle from Pearl's face.



Remove barnacles

SpongeBob trying to remove Pearl's barnacles.

The night before the big school dance, Pearl gets a barnacle on her face. After requesting expensive treatment to get rid of the blemish, Mr. Krabs refuses and asks SpongeBob to help Pearl remove the barnacle. He tries prying the barnacle out with his spatula, then a shovel, then a jackhammer, all to no avail. Then, when Pearl washes her face with soap, more barnacles sprouted up. Thinking all hope is lost, she locks herself in the restroom and cries violently. SpongeBob then decides to simply hide the barnacles under a layer of facial cream, which ends up making Pearl's face look severely deformed and causing her to be unable to talk. Finally, Pearl asks SpongeBob to get her more soap from the basement, where he finds Mr. Krabs producing the house's soap. Mr. Krabs explains to SpongeBob that he make all of his soap out of leftover Krabby Patties. Pearl overhears this and, realizing that she's been washing her face with grease, screams at her father and gives up trying to remove the barnacles. SpongeBob, inspired by something she said, resolves to cover up the barnacles with Mr. Krabs' precious jewels. Pearl's friends are dazzled by her sparkling face, and they happily depart for the school dance. Mr. Krabs, furious that Pearl is wearing his diamonds, desperately sprints after her, as the episode ends.

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 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Cream Pie - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  Beach Party (Billy Lincoln Version) - Billy Lincoln [opening]
  Drama Link (c) - Hubert Clifford [barnacle on Pearl's face]
  Shock Happening 2 - Harry Lubin [Pearl screams]
  Shock Happening 1 - Harry Lubin [Pearl screams again]
  Sailor's Sting 8 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob mopping the Krusty Krab floor]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (j) - Jeremy Wakefield [Pearl enters, crying]
  Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford [Krabs screams]
  Sailor's Sting 17 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Pearl listing what she wants]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [two customers leave]
  Sailor's Sting 6 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["This is eating away at me profit margarine."]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob singing, mopping]
  ? - SpongeBob salutes
  Sailor's Sting 10 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Krabs asks SpongeBob to get rid of Pearl's barnacle]
  ? - "I will do you this favor."
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["I don't know, SpongeBob."]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["He was a really good hypnotist."]
  A Fishy Conversation - Gerhard Narholz [SpongeBob using his spatula to remove the barnacle]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (Original Version) - Jeremy Wakefield ["I don't think the spatula's gonna work."]
  A Fishy Conversation - Gerhard Narholz [SpongeBob uses a shovel/jackhammer/Pearl scrubbing her face]
  Horror Crash - Harry Lubin [Pearl screams]
  Dramatic Bridge 3 - Phillip Green [more barnacles]
  ? - SpongeBob sniffing soap
  Shock (f) - Dave Hewson [Krabs screams]
  Mystery Murder - Phillip Green ["Something wrong, Mr. Krabs?"]
  Clumsy (a) - Bernd Gesell ["It's just me beloved daughter Pearl."]
  Saltwater Works - Pearl crying in the bathroom
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["Hey!"]
  Tipsy Turvy - Phillip Green [Pearl grabs soap]
  Alone in the Old House - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob in the basement]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Soap press?"]
  Pizzicato Polka - Clive Harrison [Krabs making soap bars out of Krabby Patties]
  Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford ["DADDY!!!"]
  ? - Jeremy Wakefield [Pearl cries]
  A Pirate's Life for Me (a) - Ron Goodwin ["Don't worry, Pearl."]
  ? - Jeremy Wakefield [Pearl cries again]
  Droopy - Arthur Harold Wilkinson ["I think I have an idea."]
  Parting of the Clouds - David Farnon [Pearl's face covered in diamonds]
  Cartoon Sting 8 - "We shall see forthwith."
  Beach Party (Billy Lincoln Version) - Billy Lincoln [Pearl and her friends go to the dance]
  Clownfish Capers - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]



  • The barnacles on Pearl's face appear to be Acorn Barnacles.
  • If SpongeBob mentioned that Hypnosis was used to get rid of a barnacle on Patrick, it is unknown why he didn't use it in the first place on Pearl's barnacle.
  • It was impossible for SpongeBob to remove Pearl's barnacles. However, in "Accidents Will Happen," Mr. Krabs and Squidward both had to pop back barnacles off of each other.
  • This is the third where the episode takes place mostly at Mr. Krabs' house. The first was in "Wet Painters" and the second was in "The Slumber Party."
  • In this episode, it is revealed that SpongeBob knows how to swim. In "SpongeGuard on Duty," SpongeBob does not know how to swim, but he probably had learned swimming because at the end of that episode, Larry teaches Patrick and him to swim. So, this episode probably takes place after "SpongeGuard on Duty."
  • This is the second time hypnosis was used/mentioned. The first being "Fear of a Krabby Patty."
  • Both this episode and it's sister episode "Pet Sitter Pat" have a scene where SpongeBob is swimming through an unusual amount of water.
  • This was Andrew Goodman's first episode as a writer.
  • This is the only time (excluding its sister episode) that realtime captioning is used. This is likely because they didn't have time to get offline captioning, but they still air the realtime captioning in reruns.
  • This episode premiered on Amy Poehler's 40th birthday, eight years after the Krusty Krab Adventures book was released, and six years after The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie was released in Greece.


  • Just after the customers leave for the Chum Bucket across the street and Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob are standing in front of the Krusty Krab doors, the Chum Bucket isn't there.
  • The clock in the background when Pearl is crying looks like it would say 3 o'clock, but it's really 4.
  • When Mr. Krabs opened his vault of jewels, he opened the door to the right. When he was horrified to learn his jewels were taken, the door opened to the left.
  • The closed captions are very slow and sometimes incorrect in this episode, along with Pet Sitter Pat.

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