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Growth Spout
Season №: 7
Episode №: 128a
Airdate: July 19, 2009
Sister episode(s): "Stuck in the Wringer"
Writer(s): Aaron Springer
Richard Pursel
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Aaron Springer
Animation: Andrew Overtoom
Creative: Vincent Waller
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Previous: "I ♥ Dancing"
Next: "Stuck in the Wringer"
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"Growth Spout" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season seven. In this episode, Pearl goes through her growth spout.



Mr. Krabs is about to brush his teeth, when suddenly a gray cork is pushed in, and the toothpaste cap falls off of the sink. Pearl calls for help, and when Mr. Krabs comes up, he can see that Pearl is growing rapidly. Pearl needs food because she is, as it seems, going through a growth spurt. He finds the fridge, and Pearl eats it, but it isn't enough. Mr. Krabs then sneaks into Mrs. Puff's garden and steals all of her peanut worms, thinking they are peanuts, but realizes they are not when they start spitting up on him. Mr. Krabs tries to escape but Mrs. Puff hits the fence piece Mr. Krabs is on with a crowbar, sending Mr. Krabs flying away from her. He looks in Patrick's house for food, and finds food made out of sand. It then crumples. Mr. Krabs finds Patrick sleeping in his cereal and steals the cereal. It still is not enough. Mr. Krabs goes into Squidward's house and steals all of his food, and feeds it to Pearl. She needs more, so he goes to SpongeBob's house and is about to get some food when SpongeBob notices. Squidward comes and explains that Mr. Krabs is a food thief. He is about to call the cops when Mr. Krabs gives him his gold tooth, and Squidward walks out of the house. Mr. Krabs cries and tells SpongeBob that he wants to feed his daughter. Later at the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob makes a Krabby Patty that tastes like a million. Pearl stops growing and SpongeBob tells Mr. Krabs that love was the secret ingredient. Mr. Krabs laughs then stops soon realizing that SpongeBob was right.

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 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  The Twin Sisters - Chelmsford Folk Band [title card]
  My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean - traditional [opening]
  ? - Krabs smells his breath
  Steel Sting (Original Version) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Blarney stone, that's a horrible reek!"]
  My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean - traditional [Krabs brushes his teeth]
  ? - something crashes through the wall
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr [Krabs stops]
  Goofy Conversation - Gerhard Narholz, Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["That's strange."]
  Dramatic Cue (e) - Ronald Hanmer [Pearl yelling]
  King of the Giants D - John Fox, Otto Sieben [Pearl growing]
  Goofy Conversation - Gerhard Narholz, Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Pearl eats the whole refrigerator]
  ? - rimshot
  Goofy Conversation - Gerhard Narholz, Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["I searched the entire house."]
  Mission Improbable - W. Merrick Farran, Gerhard Trede [Krabs looking for food]
  Sword Fight (Harry Bluestone & Emil Cadkin) - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [peanut worms spitting at Krabs]
  What? - Sven Perner ["Who's there?"]
  Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs runs to Patrick's rock]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [Krabs opens Patrick's refrigerator]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["Jackpot!"]
  Cartoon Sting 2 - Gerhard Narholz [food made of sand]
  Synopsis - Frank Harlow ["There, there, my darling."]
  Lovely Scenery C - Mladen Franko ["We'll make sure he never walks again!"]
  Bikini Bottom Police - Nicolas Carr [cops]
  Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs runs by]
  Slinky Panther Pants - W. Merrick Farran [Krabs takes all of Squidward's food]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [cop notices Krabs]
  The Pollywog Strut - Gerhard Narholz ["What's with the sack?"]
  Police Car - Sam Spence [siren]
  Drunken Sailor D - Tim Laycock, Robin Jeffrey [Krabs dropped off at his house]
  King of the Giants C - John Fox, Otto Sieben [Krabs feeds Pearl]
  Terror - Alan Braden ["MORE!"]
  Steel Licks (b) - Jeremy Wakefield ["I was afraid you were gonna say that."]
  Drunken Sailor A - Tim Laycock, Robin Jeffrey [Krabs climbs a hill]
  Parting of the Clouds - David Farnon [Krabs sees SpongeBob's house]
  Drama Link (f) - Hubert Clifford ["I wasn't stealing food!"]
  Fates - Gregor F. Narholz ["SpongeBob, I'm sorry! I had no other choice!"]
  Steel Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Just give me one minute to change."]
  Comic Walk (Sidney Torch Version) - Sidney Torch [Squidward enters]
  Steel Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs cries]
  Hello Sailor (b) - Richard Myhill [SpongeBob suggests taking Pearl to the Krusty Krab]
  Dirgey - Pearl moaning
  Nude Sting - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [SpongeBob feeds Pearl a Krabby Patty]
  Wahini Wobble - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]



  • At the beginning Mr. Krabs says "growth spout" but at the end when he is talking to SpongeBob he says "growth spurt," like it should be said.
  • The title card of this episode is the only one with whales in the background.
  • This is the fourth time Squidward's house came to life, first time in being was in The Secret Box, the second time was in "Funny Pants," the third being "Good Neighbors," and the fifth will be "A Friendly Game."
  • Pearl actually hated eating Krabby Patties, but this time, she loved it (it is noticeable in episode "Bossy Boots"). Also, in "Whale of a Birthday," Pearl said that Krabby Patties are gross. However, in this episode, she willingly eats one. This may just be because she thought that the statue in Whale of a Birthday was gross because it was made out of raw Krabby Patties or she just wants food so badly.
  • The song that Mr. Krabs sings is similar to My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean and it played on "Sleepy Time."
  • This episode had a rerun with "Gullible Pants."
  • It is unknown how Squidward knew that Mr. Krabs stole all of his food.
  • SpongeBob only appeared in the final two scenes of this episode, making it his fourth-shortest span of screen time on the show, after "Rise and Shine," "New Leaf," and "Plankton's Army."
  • This is the second time where someone has been able to sense that something was going on in real life while they were sleeping, in this case it was Mrs. Puff while Mr. Krabs was looting her garden. The first time was Mr. Krabs in "Krabs à la Mode" when Plankton was touching his thermostat.
  • This episode takes place in October because Officer John saying to Mr Krabs, who claimed that he was practicing to be Santa Claus, "Be seeing you in a couple of months."
    • This also means that this episode takes place after Christmas Who? because they know who Santa is.

Cultural references


  • When Mr. Krabs spots SpongeBob's pineapple, Squidward and Patrick's houses are absent from the scene.
  • In the beginning, Pearl's fin grew. However, when we saw a full-bodied Pearl, she was normal before the growth spout happened.
  • Pearl grows to a massive size in this episode but, strangely, she is normal sized in all appearances after this episodes so it is unknown how she got back to regular size.
  • Pearl's feet grew up at the start of the episode. However, she's wearing her boots at the Krusty Krab.
  • Though not exactly an error, Pearl's growth spurt was over exaggerated, although she is a whale, she would be growing to normal size.
  • When Mr. Krabs said "I'm coming, princess!," when he ran out the door, Pearl's fin left the bathroom.
  • When the police left Mrs. Puff's house, the peanut worms are gone.

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