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Can You Spare a Dime?
Season №: 3
Episode №: 47b
Airdate: March 8, 2002
Running time: 11 minutes
Sister episode(s): "As Seen on TV"
Writer(s): Jay Lender
Sam Henderson
Merriwether Williams
Storyboard Artist(s): Caleb Meurer
Storyboard: Jay Lender
Sam Henderson
Animation: Sean Dempsey
Creative: Derek Drymon
See all credits for this episode.
Previous: "As Seen on TV"
Next: "No Weenies Allowed"
List of episodes

"Can You Spare a Dime?" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season three. In this episode, Squidward quits his job and SpongeBob decides to let him stay at his house.



Can You Spare a Dime? 42

Squidward in his cardboard-box shelter

It's closing time at the Krusty Krab, but Mr. Krabs refuses to let anyone go home until he finishes counting up the day's profits. To his horror, he discovers that the first dime he earned has gone missing, and the accusing finger is pointed to Squidward as he mans the register all day. Squidward angrily denies this, and after a heated argument ensues between the two, Squidward quits his job. SpongeBob runs outside and attempts to convince Squidward to change his mind. But after hearing Squidward's great ambitions, SpongeBob leaves him be and insists that if Squidward needs anything, that he can seek help from him.

Time passes, and SpongeBob encounters Squidward again. Unable to find a new job, Squidward has become homeless and is now living on the streets in a cardboard box begging passerbys for spare change. After his box is repurposed, Squidward explains that he lost everything since he quit and he resorted to eating his paintings as nobody would take them. SpongeBob takes Squidward into his own home in order to nurse him until he can look for a new job. One night, Squidward keeps on calling SpongeBob for various minute reasons each time, which ends with SpongeBob falling down the stairs. Gary tries to tell SpongeBob that Squidward is taking advantage of him, but SpongeBob is in denial.

Many months later (up to the point where time cards fly so much that the French Narrator gets tired of waiting and the producers are forced to hire a new one), Squidward has become completely dependent upon SpongeBob, turning him into a manservant of many sorts (he is even forced to wear a French maid outfit). SpongeBob is finally beginning to lose his patience, conveying several less-than-subtle hints to Squidward in order to push him towards finding work (for example, when serving Squidward a bowl of alphabet soup, SpongeBob arranges the letters to read "GET A JOB").

Can You Spare a Dime? 63

Mr. Krabs' first dime revealed

These hints are of no use, so SpongeBob tries to make it as simple as he can by actually talking and not using hints, but Squidward either doesn't notice or deliberately chooses to ignore. A fed up SpongeBob then pushes the bed that Squidward is lying on through the upstairs wall and all the way to the Krusty Krab. SpongeBob finds Mr. Krabs talking on the phone with someone asking him to make a donation to the children's fund to which he responds "What have children ever done for me?".  

SpongeBob gives Mr. Krabs a dime and angrily asks him to give Squidward his job back. Mr. Krabs refuses, saying that it's not his first dime and even refuses the many other dimes that SpongeBob offers him. This causes the latter to finally snap and he grabs Mr. Krabs by the throat and yells at him about how ridiculous the situation is. After violently shaking Mr. Krabs, the first dime suddenly appears (a large coin-shaped rock; Mr. Krabs explains that he has been in the business "for a long time"), revealing that it was in his pocket the whole time. 

Squidward is rehired to his original position, and all seems well until Mr. Krabs accuses Squidward of placing the dime in his pocket. This starts a new dispute, and the episode ends with SpongeBob changing into his maid outfit as the two continue to argue, anticipating the inevitable. 



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Puka A - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  The Rake Hornpipe - Robert Alexander White [closing time]
  Tympup (a) - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy ["Where is it?"]
  Dramatic Cue (e) - Ronald Hanmer [Krabs' first dime is missing]
  Torn Apart - Mike Sunderland [Krabs holds up Interpretive Dance Quarterlies]
  Dramatic Climax - Mike Sunderland [Krabs accuses Squidward of stealing the dime]
  Stepping into Danger - Mike Sunderland [Squidward quits]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["Cookies!"]
  Space Critters (a) - Gregor F. Narholz [conjoined heart]
  World of Sport - Don Harper ["I could be a football player, or a king, or a spaceman."]
  Drowsy Reef - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward homeless]
  Lonely Violin - Dick Stephen Walter [Squidward crying]
  Hawaiian Breeze - Jon Jelmer [Squidward at SpongeBob's house]
  Break-Thru - Gary Mills [SpongeBob taking care of Squidward]
  On the Beach - Kapono Beamer [three weeks later]
  Hawaiian Link (b) - Richard Myhill ["It's about time you got here!"]
  Lonely Heart's Club (a) - David Bell, Otto Sieben ["That's two things in this house that won't work."]
  Tomfoolery - David Snell [puppet show]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [Krabs on the phone]
  I'll Never Fall in Love Again (b) - Paul Lenart, Bill Novick [Krabs' first dime]
  On the Beach - Kapono Beamer [ending]



  • Three weeks later
  • Many months later
  • So much later that the old narrator got tired of waiting, and they had to hire a new one.
  • Mr. Krabs has the right to press charges on Squidward for physical assault.
    • Also it is the employer's decision to choose whether if the employee can re-apply.
  • List of ways SpongeBob tries to make Squidward realize he needs a job include:
    • Giving him alphabet soup spelling out "GET A JOB"
    • Giving him a newspaper with the job listing section in front
    • Reminded him about something he did at his "job"
    • Giving him a fake TV and showing him a puppet who has a job
    • Yells in his face, quoting each time he yells "job"
  • This is the first time the time card sequence broke the fourth wall. The second is "Wet Painters" when Patrick ran out of cards. This one said: "So much later that the old narrator got tired of waiting, and they had to hire a new one."
  • This is the second episode where SpongeBob uses "crustaceous cheapskate" on Mr. Krabs. The first one was "Pickles," though in a desperate sense rather than an angry one.
  • The alphabet soup SpongeBob gives to Squidward has become a popular internet meme, most memes changing the letters to spell out other insults.
  • This is one of eight episodes to end in a question mark. The others are "Christmas Who?," "Have You Seen This Snail?," "What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?," "Hide and Then What Happens?," "Are You Happy Now?," "What's Eating Patrick?," and "Goodbye, Krabby Patty?."
  • This is one of the rare times when SpongeBob has expressed true anger at Mr. Krabs, as he did that by calling him a cheapskate and even grabbing him by the neck and choking him.
    • This is also one of the rare times SpongeBob expressed true anger at Squidward.
  • Running Gag: Mr. Krabs keeps accusing Squidward of something minor; SpongeBob doing what Squidward tells him to do.
  • The New Narrator is voiced by Dee Bradley Baker, who provides the voice of Squilliam Fancyson and many other characters on the show.
  • Squidward becomes obsessive-compulsive, especially when he fussed about the number of seeds he wanted in a lemon.
  • Coincidentally enough, "Idiot Box" aired one week before this episode did, and both episodes involve Squidward and a large box: In "Idiot Box," SpongeBob and Patrick buy a new TV set just so they could play with the box it came in, and Squidward eventually goes inside to play with it. This episode, Squidward ends up living in a box after he loses his home.
  • This title card background is similar to "Opposite Day."
  • Odd that Mr. Krabs' first dime resembles "cavemen currency" as he states he has been in the business a long time. However, in the much later episode "Friend or Foe," Mr. Krabs sold his first Krabby Patty and received modern money.
    • He maybe was taking the 'first dime' thing literally if it was a very first dime or so.
  • When SpongeBob was delivering lemonade to Squidward, there was a picture of his pineapple and what it seems to be a portrait of Squidward. If you look very closely, there is also a photo that looks like Patrick.
  • When Mr. Krabs checked his register, he mentioned "applesauce," which is not even kept in the register. It's likely a mnemonic device, in which words are used to help him remember how to count his money.
  • Squidward says he is allergic to newsprint, but he has been seen reading the paper in other episodes. He may have been taking allergy medicine in the other episodes or he might have developed the allergy later in life. Although, it could have just been an excuse for him to not read the Job ads.
    • However, in the later episode "Restraining SpongeBob," Squidward is shown to be allergic to seaberries.
  • Squidward says he can't eat anything with an odd number because the lemon had three seeds in it.
  • SpongeBob's maid outfit appears again in "House Sittin' for Sandy."
  • As it was made apparent that Squidward hadn't left SpongeBob's house in "many months" or hadn't seen Mr. Krabs since he quit his job at the Krusty Krab, it could be presumed that either SpongeBob, Patrick (who has occasionally worked at the Krusty Krab) or someone else took Squidward's place as cashier.
  • In Indonesia, Mr. Krabs didn't say, "One, you stole it; two, you stole it; or three, YOU STOLE IT!" Instead, he says, "One, you stole it; two, we stole it; or three, YOU STOLE IT!"
  • This episode premiered one year after the premiere of "Pressure" and "The Smoking Peanut."
  • In the Polish dub, the episode's title is "Grosz niezgody" (The Cent of Discord).
    • The title is very similar to the Polish title of "The Other Patty," "Ość niezgody" (The Fishbone of Discord).
  • Mr. Krabs' first dime also appears in "Mutiny on the Krusty," but in that episode, it looks different and is more of a real dime.
  • In the episode "Squid's Visit," Squidward said that he has never gone to SpongeBob's house, but he went to SpongeBob's house (so he can stay there for as long as he wanted) in this episode. It is most likely that this episode took place after "Squid's Visit."
  • This episode has to be after "Christmas Who?" even though there is no reference to Christmas in this episode. This is because this episode takes place longer than a year, and Christmas Who? takes place shorter than a year after "Help Wanted."
  • SpongeBob, in this episode, is more aggressive than weak.
  • The end of this episode may take place sometime before "Pickles" because in that episode he disremembers how to go to bed and how to make Krabby Patties.
  • In the Croatian dub , the episode name is "Ima' Šta, Sitnog?" translating to "Got Any Change?"
  • During the montage of SpongeBob taking care of Squidward the song Break-Thru plays which SpongeBob then quotes the song later in the episode. "I'm sure he's close to a break-thru."
  • When Mr. Krabs looks for his Dime at the Beginning of the episode he turns the Cash Register upside down but the real dune would not fit.

Cultural references

  • Mr. Krabs' dime is a real form of currency called a Rai Stone. They were used by Pacific Islanders and some weigh several tons, so the dime that Krabs had was realistic in scale. The Stone Age natives lacked the resources to create other alternatives to this currency. And since it weighs so much, Squidward couldn't possibly even *move* the dime, let alone steal it.
  • When Mr. Krabs asks if Squidward's willing to swear "on a stack of Interpretive Dance Quarterlies," it's a reference to "swearing on a stack of Bibles," which means to be completely honest and tell the whole truth.
  • Artists eating their own paintings, such as Squidward in this episode, is a common issue among impoverished artists, some of who had so little money for food that they had to eat their own creations to survive.
  • The episode name comes from the 1930s song Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?


  • The boat disappeared while Mr. Krabs and Squidward were shaking hands.
  • After Squidward threw the soup, the blanket was pink.
  • The TV had a background, but when it showed SpongeBob, there was no background.
  • Squidward has no fingers, but when he squeezed Mr. Krabs' eyes, it left a pattern like a human hand had squeezed them.
  • After Squidward claimed that he ate his paintings, we see one of them in his stomach. However, in the next scene, his body is back to regular.
  • SpongeBob was able to strangle Mr. Krabs and choke him out of rage, but Mr. Krabs has a shell, so SpongeBob shouldn't have been able to choke him.
  • Mr. Krabs says he keeps his special dime at the back of the register, though it cannot fit in the register, due to its size.
  • Squidward says there's three seeds in the lemon, but when it has a close-up shot of it, it appears to have two seeds.
  • When SpongeBob finished polishing Squidward's bald head, the holes in Squidward's head were missing, but they re-appeared when a back view of his head was shown.
  • SpongeBob claimed Squidward to have green skin when, however, his skin is actually light blue. Though it's possible he was referring to the green puppet.
  • When SpongeBob goes to get Squidward's soup, he is wearing the maid suit, but when he comes back, he is wearing his normal clothes. However, he might have taken maid suit off.
  • When Squidward claims that 4:00 is time for his "stories," it's nighttime, but in the next scene, when SpongeBob pushes the bed Squidward was sleeping in out of the side of his house, it's already daytime.
  • When SpongeBob's foghorn blows away at 4:00, it reads 11:40.
  • During the montage of Spongebib taking care of Squidward a song is played called Break-Thru which SpongeBob then mentions the song name during the episode. "I'm sure he'll hit a break-thru."
  • In the puppet show on SpongeBob's handmade TV, the green shirtless puppet's mouth changed to an open mouth, and then back to a closed mouth when the camera view was changed.
  • When SpongeBob cracked from anger and grabbed Mr. Krabs' neck right above his shirt so he can strangle him as revenge, it is shown that his two thumbs on each hand had penetrated right through Mr. Krabs' neck.
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