"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.
Listening in on a conversation Mr. Krabs is having on the phone, SpongeBob thinks he's going to get fired because he heard the former was going to "let the little guy go" that day. 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 and heads home. Back in Mr. Krabs' office, he is see 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 his refrigerator because his was empty. When he learns of SpongeBob's predicament, Patrick suggests that he do what he does when looking for a job: sit back, watch TV, and chug down a carton of Drinkable Sausage. Gary gives SpongeBob smarter advice by giving attention to a newspaper with job suggestions in the classifields.
SpongeBob tries out banking and architecture, but realizes 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."]
‣ Tomfoolery - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob reading the job listings]
‣ 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. TV.com users give this episode a rating of 8.4/10 based on 131 votes.
- Mr. Krabs is seen in golf clothes, but in "Selling Out," he claims that he hates golf.
- This is the fourth appearance of Hans outside of the series' theme song. The first was "Suds," the second was "The Smoking Peanut," and the third was "Imitation Krabs."
- SpongeBob sings badly in this episode and "Sleepy Time," but in other episodes, he sings better.
- This is the first time SpongeBob eavesdrops on Mr. Krabs since "Krab Borg."
- 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, albeit he releases it in this episode.
- This is the last episode of the series to air in 2009.
- The music heard at BBTV is the same as in The Sims: Superstar.
- There is a story based on this episode on the educational children's tablet known as an InnoTab.
- In "Suds," SpongeBob is happy when he is used to clean things. This time, he gets upset about it, drawing the line at cleaning the toilet.
- 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."
- The title card looks similar to the one for "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 translate 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 gets a job from a bank and construction site only to get 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."
- This is the last episode to premiere in 2009. It is also the last episode to premiere in the 2000's. The first episode of 2010, the first year of the next decade, is "Keep Bikini Bottom Beautiful".
- An E-Book of the same name is used on the InnoTab game also starring SpongeBob.
- 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 pants, his 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 gives SpongeBob a script, it seems that said 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 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.