Arrow Left
Arrow Right
Episode Information [edit]
Model Sponge
Season №: 7
Episode №: 130b
Airdate: November 27, 2009
Running time: 11 minutes
Sister episode(s): "Greasy Buffoons"
Writer(s): Casey Alexander
Zeus Cervas
Doug Lawrence
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Casey Alexander
Zeus Cervas
Animation: Tom Yasumi
Creative: Vincent Waller
See all credits for this episode.
Previous: "Greasy Buffoons"
Next: "Keep Bikini Bottom Beautiful"
List of episodes

"Model Sponge" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season seven. In this episode, SpongeBob believes he is banished from the Krusty Krab, so he finds a new job as a commercial actor.



Clean Toilets

Listening in on a conversation Mr. Krabs is having on the phone, SpongeBob thinks he's going to get fired because he heard Mr. Krabs was going to "let the little guy go" today. He tries to be taller than Squidward using his abilities, seeing who was the "little guy," eventually realizing that he is indeed smaller. Distraught, he leaves for home. Back in Mr. Krabs' office, we see him letting the "little guy," who is a pet scallop in a cage, go and it flies out of the window.

Later, SpongeBob sits at home depressed when Patrick arrives to borrow the refrigerator because his was empty. When he learns of SpongeBob's predicament, he tells him that he should find a new job. SpongeBob tries out banking and architecture, but finds that fry cooking is the only thing he knows how to do. With some encouragement from Patrick, he tries out for a sponge role at a TV station and, despite a complete lack of talent, gets it. When SpongeBob arrives at work the next day, he thinks he's going to be a big actor, but it turns out the "acting" he'll be doing is the role of a sponge in a bathroom cleaning commercial. So he appears as his natural self in order to be the appearance of the New Sponge. Before they get to cleaning the toilet, he quits and returns to the Krusty Krab, begging Mr. Krabs for his old job back. He's lucky enough to get it, under the condition that he also cleans the restaurant's toilets, which he does happily, while a talking hand is reading a newspaper, sitting on one of the toilets.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Cream Pie - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  Bubble Poppin' Boys - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [mirror covered with grime]
  Unknown Track 45 - Nicolas Carr [After SpongeBob cleans the mirror]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob overhears Krabs on the phone]
  Sailor's Sting 8 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Krabs says he'll have to let the little guy go]
  Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford ["WHAT?!"]
  From the Dead - Ronald Hanmer ["Who's the little guy?"]
  Goofy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Whew! I am taller!"]
  Unknown Track 30 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Oh, who am I kidding?"]
  Botany Bay - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Krabs was talking about his pet scallop]
  Unknown Track 30 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob floats home]
  Seaweed - Steve Belfer [Patrick borrowing SpongeBob's refrigerator]
  Wailing Strings - Gerhard Trede ["Oh, get it out of my sight."]
  Epilog - Gerhard Trede ["Oh, no! What are you gonna do?!"]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr [Patrick gets an idea]
  Shellfish Behavior - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Just do what I do when I'm looking for a job."]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["I better get some fresh ones."]
  Unknown Track 4 - SpongeBob reading the want ads
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob as a bank teller]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob fired]
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob as a construction worker]
  Unknown Hawaiian Sting (g) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob fired]
  Cocksure Capers - Phil Green ["I need to start fresh... with a job that feels natural."]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["Fine, do it your way."]
  Box Office [#76] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [SpongeBob and Patrick enter at the TV studio.]
  Box Office [#80] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["I did?"]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield ["I've seen clams with more talent than you."]
  Curtain-Raiser - Alan Braden [SpongeBob hired]
  Broadway Flyer - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["Yes, I did, Patrick."]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["What was that about?"]
  Bobbins and Spindles - Ronald Hanmer ["Patrick, when next you see me, it shall be on the television."]
  Box Office [#77] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [the next day at the studio]
  Befuddled Gent - Phil Green [SpongeBob's pants removed]
  Workaday World - Jack Beaver [New Sponge commercial]
  Steel Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield ["I don't think I'm cut out for acting."]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill [SpongeBob begs Krabs to take him back]
  Sailor's Sting 4 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [ending]



  • As of August 19, 2016, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 6.6/10 based on 96 ratings by users.[1] users give this episode a 8.4/10 based on 131 votes.[2]


  • Mr. Krabs is seen in golf clothes, but in "Selling Out," he claims that he hates golf.
  • This is the fourth appearance of Hans. The first was "Suds," the second was "The Smoking Peanut," and the third was "Imitation Krabs."
  • SpongeBob sings badly in this episode and in "Sleepy Time," but in other episodes, he sings better.
  • It was unknown why they used SpongeBob instead of the product they were advertising. Maybe they didn't have any or the money to buy it. They probably thought it was cheaper to hire a commercial actor for free and not pay them. On the other hand, if they did use the product they were advertising, the commercial would have been better.
  • The name for the advertised product is New Sponge. This is not a very good name, because even when it's old, it'll still say 'New'.
  • Even with SpongeBob's job, he could still have financial problems because of his low salary, but in many other episodes, he could be seen with a lot of money.
  • This episode reveals that Mr. Krabs had a pet scallop.
  • This is the last episode of the series to air in 2009.
  • The music heard at BBTV is the same as The Sims: Superstar.
  • There is story based on this episode on the educational kid tablet known as a InnoTab.
  • One kitchen sponge could not possibly pick up that much dirt. In addition, SpongeBob is a kitchen sponge, so cleaning the toilet was totally unnecessary.
  • In "Suds," SpongeBob was happy when he was used to clean things. This time, he gets upset about it, drawing the line at cleaning the toilet. He was never used to clean a toilet in "Suds" that was Patrick. So it is possible Patrick told him what happened to him.
  • SpongeBob didn't know what the job was, although the BBTV Lady gave him a script.
  • The bathroom shown looks like the one shown in Sandy's Treedome in the episode "Someone's in the Kitchen with Sandy."
  • In this episode, SpongeBob is almost used to clean a toilet. He is actually used to clean a toilet in "Home Sweet Rubble."
    • He was also used to clean some stuff in "Suds."
  • The title card looks kinda like the one from "Dumped" but with green spots on the words, and the text replicates SpongeBob's skin.
  • At one point, the casting director mumbles "Ach, du liber" which is in the German language. In English, these words translates to "Oh, my god."
  • This is the second episode in which SpongeBob slides through the Krusty Krab doors, the first is "Once Bitten."
  • This is the second episode in which SpongeBob says, "Goodbye life as I know it" and got a job from a bank and construction site and got fired, the first is "What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?"
  • This is Hans' first speaking role since "Imitation Krabs."
  • This episode premiered nine years after the premiere of "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III" and "Squirrel Jokes."

Cultural references

  • The scene where SpongeBob was thinking of a suitable job while standing in front of a billboard is reminiscent of the series the Explorer Dora the Explorer.
  • When SpongeBob sees the director for the first time, he states "I am ready for my closeup, Mr. Director" which is a reference to the film Sunset Boulevard.


  • When the hook takes off SpongeBob's clothes, SpongeBob's sleeves are still on, but in the next scene, they're gone.
  • While SpongeBob still has his clothes on, the bathroom background seems to be clean.
  • When SpongeBob first enters the set of the commercial, everything is normally sized, but after the filming starts, the set is so big that SpongeBob seems to be the size of a normal kitchen sponge, and also, once the filming stops, the set is normal sized again.
  • When SpongeBob leaves the Krusty Krab, he shows up at numerous jobs and when he applies to the New Sponge commercial he is told by the desk clerk to come back tomorrow at 10 a.m. It is unknown why this whole time Mr. Krabs does not try to find SpongeBob, as there would be no fry cook and no business. SpongeBob would've most likely been out of the job for days looking at new jobs, so it is unknown why Mr. Krabs did nothing.
  • Even though the BBTV Lady gave SpongeBob a script, it seems that the script had no use. This is because SpongeBob had a non-speaking role and only the commercial announcer spoke.
  • When SpongeBob is kicked off the house-building job, and he gets thrown into the sand, the Krabby Patty house he designed is nowhere In sight, and the tower is not there when SpongeBob shows the worker the house.

Ad blocker interference detected!

Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.