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.
( ‣ ) Associated production music
( • ) Original music
( ◦ ) SpongeBob music
•Cream Pie - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card] ‣Beach Party - Billy Lincoln [opening] ‣Drama Link (c) - Hubert Clifford [barnacle on Pearl's face] ‣Shock Happening 2 and 1 - Harry Lubin [Pearl screams/Pearl screams again] ‣Sailor's Sting 11 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob mopping the Krusty Krab floor] ‣Steel Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield [Pearl enters, crying] ‣Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford [Krabs screams] • ? - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Pearl listing what she wants] ‣Steel Sting (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [two customers leave] ‣Sailor's Sting 8 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["This is eating away at me profit margarine."] •Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob singing, mopping] ‣ ? [SpongeBob salutes] ‣Sailor's Sting 12 - 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."] ‣Cartoon Sting 16 - Gerhard Narholz [SpongeBob using his spatula to remove the barnacle] •Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield ["I don't think the spatula's gonna work."] ‣Cartoon Sting 16 - 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 [#60] - Phillip Green ["Something wrong, Mr. Krabs?"] ‣Clumsy A - Bernd Gesell ["It's just me beloved daughter Pearl."] ‣Sad Stings - ? [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."] ‣Heavenly Voices (c) - David Farnon [Pearl's face covered in diamonds] ‣ ? ["We shall see forthwith."] ‣Beach Party - Billy Lincoln [Pearl and her friends go to the dance] •Clownfish Capers - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]
This episode is very similar to a comic strip "Barnacles" when SpongeBob sleeps through his day off and gets covered in barnacles.
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."