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Mall Girl Pearl
Season №: 9
Episode №: 197a
Airdate: March 12, 2016 (USA)
July 1, 2016 (Canada)
Running time: 11 minutes
Sister episode(s): "Two Thumbs Down"
Guest(s): Betty White as Beatrice
Aubrey Plaza as Nocturna
Writer(s): Clare O'Kane
Supervising Producer: Marc Ceccarelli
Vincent Waller
Storyboard: John Trabbic
Animation: Alan Smart
Tom Yasumi
Creative: Vincent Waller
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Previous: "Married to Money"
Next: "Two Thumbs Down"
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"Mall Girl Pearl" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season nine. In this episode, Pearl gets a job to be cool like her friends, but the only store that is hiring is the lamest store at the mall.



The episode opens to Pearl in her room. She is looking at a picture of Boys Who Cry. She kisses it, then calls Marina, one of her friends. Pearl asks if she wants to hang out. Marina says she has to work at Hotdog on a String, so she cannot. Marina then serves a customer a Hotdog on a String, much to her disgust. Pearl then calls Nocturna, another friend. She asks if she wants to make fun of boys with her. Nocturna's response was that she has to work at Scorched Coral. Pearl calls Nixie. Pearl asks if she wants to come over to her house. However, Nixie said that she has to work at Bangles and Dangles.

Pearl looks at the picture of Boys Who Cry. Later, she goes downstairs where Mr. Krabs is. Mr. Krabs thinks that Pearl is going to ask for money, so he locks his wallet and swallows it. Pearl tells him that she'll get a job at the mall. Excited to hear this, Mr. Krabs starts bouncing on the walls and roof of his home. He says that instead of her using his money for clothes and school supplies, she could use her job money. However, Pearl asks for ten dollars, so Mr. Krabs gets his wallet out of his mouth, unlocks it, and gives ten dollars to Pearl.

Meanwhile, at the mall, Pearl goes to Hotdog on a String for a job. Marina tells her boss, Mr. Pepalino, that Pearl wants a job. Marina takes Pearl to the boss's room. Pearl tries to get in, but due to her size, she cannot fit in. However, Mr. Pepalino is laying uncomfortable on Pearl's back and gets grilled. He says that he is not hiring Pearl. She then goes to Scorched Coral. Pearl asks Nocturna for a job. She said that her business was hiring and already got an angry whale who looks almost like Pearl. Afterward, she goes to Bangles and Dangles. She asks Nixie for a job. Nixie introduces Pearl to the manager. She says that she is not hiring Pearl.

Meanwhile, Pearl is sitting on the floor eating a hot dog from Hotdog on a String. She says that if she doesn't get a job, she'll have to hang out with her dad. An old woman named Beatrice shows up and takes Pearl to her store. They go down the escalator and go to a part of the mall that looks like a city with criminals. Pearl asks what a horrible smell is. Beatrice's response was that it's one of the many perfumes she sells at Grandma's Apron. When they get inside Beatrice hires Pearl. Meanwhile, Marina, Nocturna, and Nixie are sitting at a table, waiting for Pearl. Nocturna asks if Pearl got a job. Pearl said that she works at Grandma's Apron. Marina laughs and asks if she's really serious, Nocturna says that that store is for old people, and Nixie says that old people are so old. They all start laughing.

Meanwhile, at Grandma's Apron, Pearl's friends show up laughing. Pearl begins to cry. Beatrice tells her that it's nothing to be ashamed of. She shows her a book of pictures from when she was in school. Beatrice tells Pearl that when she was young, everyone in school teased her and called her "Boring Beatrice." She then teaches Pearl how to be a grandma. They are then shown knitting, making cookies, and riding scooters. After that, Pearl's friends come back to Grandma's Apron. Marina sees Pearl's shoes and makes fun of them. Beatrice tells her to stop. However, Marina tries to use her hot dogs on strings to attack. Beatrice knits a scarf and ties the trio together. She then tells them about the time when she saw the first picture show. After that, Pearl's friends apologize to her. Beatrice told her that even though being a grandma is fun, it's best to live young. Pearl then hangs out with her friends. The Episode ends with Spongebob picking up the grandma's arm and saying "You dropped this."


Vincent Waller confirmed the episode on Twitter on September 9, 2015.[1]


Character design for this episode, building on storyboards and designs from John Trabbic and Vincent Waller.


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Tiki Dancing - Lionel Wendling [Title card]
  Surfin Summer Girls [#28] - Ian Henry Marsh, Phil Pickett [Opening.]
  Cutie Pie - Phil Green, Geoffrey Love, Ken Thorne [Hotdog on a String.]
  Skater Dave - Steve Belfer [Scorched Coral]
  Candy Floss - Peter Dennis [Bangles and Dangles.]
  Surfin Summer Girls [#27] - Ian Henry Marsh, Phil Pickett ["You don't work at the mall, do you, Derek?"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs swallows his wallet.]
  Fanfare (b) - Nicolas Carr [Mr. Krabs is overjoyed.]
  Clumsy (a) - Bernd Gesell ["This is great news, Pearl me dear!"]
  Clumsy (c) - Bernd Gesell [Pearl asks to borrow ten dollars.]
  Shop-O-Rama - Nicolas Carr, Fabian Fernandez [Pearl goes to the mall.]
  Skater Dave - Steve Belfer [Pearl goes to Scorched Coral.]
  Candy Floss - Peter Dennis [Pearl goes to Bangles and Dangles.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (j) - Jeremy Wakefield ["If I don't get a job at the mall, I'll have to hang out with..."]
  House of Horror - William Farran [" dad!"]
  Animal Antics [#45] - Phil Green [Old lady offers Pearl a job.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks - Jeremy Wakefield ["What's that smell?"]
  That's My Baby (a) - Otto Sieben, John Fiddy ["...Grandma's Apron!"]
  Unknown Track 25 - Nicolas Carr [" longer with us."]
  Saxaboogie - Harry Bluestone ["Almost forgot my shades!"]
  Tiki Dancing - Lionel Wendling [At lunch.]
  Park Avenue (a) - Bill Novick, Paul Lenart [Pearl dusting knickknacks.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (p) - Jeremy Wakefield [Pearl starts to cry.]
  Charleston Party (a) - John Fiddy, Otto Sieben [Photo album.]
  Central Park Breakdown (a) - Bill Novick, Paul Lenart ["Let me show you how grandmas do it!"]
  Dramatic Impact 3 - Ivor Slaney [Pearl's friends all gasp.]
  Unknown Track 37 - Pearl talks about being a grandma.
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield [Pearl's friends laugh.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (e) - Jeremy Wakefield ["It's actually, like, the most coral store in all of the mall!"]
  Cockney Capers - Ray Davies ["Now, now, girls, let's be polite."]
  Paroxysms (i) - Trevor Duncan ["What are you gonna do about it, granny?"]
  Starboard - Sam Spence ["Granny power!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (t) - Jeremy Wakefield ["No, please, I can't take anymore!"]
  Flower Display - Jack Shaindlin [Beatrice finishes her story.]
  Pacific Blue - Tony Osborne ["We didn't mean to hurt your feelings."]
  Surfin Summer Girls [#27] - Ian Henry Marsh, Phil Pickett [Ending.]



  • As of October 17, 2016, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 6.8/10 based on 57 ratings by users.[2] users give this episode a 5.2/10 based on 22 votes.[3]


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Cultural references

  • Hotdog on a String is a reference to the real-life Hotdog on a Stick restaurants.
  • Scorched Coral's new employee resembles the DC Comics character Harley Quinn.


  • When Pearl first reads the Coral Cuties magazine, the magazine's name on the back is shown in yellow text. However, after Pearl puts it down, the text turns red. Also, Derrick disappears from the back until Pearl picks up the magazine again.
  • Even though the store is called "Bangles and Dangles," Nixie calls it by "Dangles and Bangles" earlier in the episode.
  • The caustics in the opening credits don't stretch all the way to the edge of the screen, even though the sand does.


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SpongeBob SquarePants - Pearl's First Job - Nickelodeon UK

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