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Penny Foolish
Season №: 6
Episode №: 102a
Airdate: March 7, 2008
Running time: 11 minutes
Sister episode(s): "Nautical Novice"
Writer(s): Aaron Springer
Dani Michaeli
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Aaron Springer
Animation: Alan Smart
Creative: Vincent Waller
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Previous: "Krabby Road"
Next: "Nautical Novice"
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"Penny Foolish" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season six. In this episode, Mr. Krabs becomes obsessed over a penny SpongeBob found.



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While at a discount store one day, Mr. Krabs spots SpongeBob picking something up. Mr. Krabs thinks it is a perfectly good penny, but he decides it was just a penny, so he forces himself to forget about it. But on the way home from town, every time he sees something circular, he keeps having visions of pennies, and becomes obsessed. The next day at work, he asks SpongeBob if he found anything, only for SpongeBob to reply that he found a brand new day, not a penny. Time and time again he tries to crack SpongeBob to give him the penny, like having him check all his pockets, and shaking him upside down but instead gets SpongeBob's brain out, until he finally builds a theater behind the Krusty Krab, and he makes admission a penny, so he will get SpongeBob's penny, but he does not have one, so in frustration, he destroys the theater. Mr. Krabs decides he will have a show at the Krusty Krab, to show how he does not have a penny, but SpongeBob still does not have one, so Mr. Krabs breaks. Later, he breaks into SpongeBob's house with a metal detector to find the penny, and when SpongeBob comes in, he shows him it was not a penny, but a chewed up piece of gum, for his gum collection. Mr. Krabs leaves and SpongeBob discovers that it is a five hundred dollar bill. Meanwhile, Mr. Krabs is still digging for the penny, all over Bikini Bottom.
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 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  The Drunken Sailor - Nicolas Carr [title card]
  Happy Choo Choo (a) - Otto Sieben [Krabs at the supermarket]
  Drunken Sailor (b) - Robin Jeffrey, Tim Laycock [Krabs driving home]
  Drama Link (a) - Hubert Clifford ["Okay, okay, get a grip Krabs. Just concentrate on driving."]
  Drama Link (k) - Hubert Clifford [Mr. Krabs screams when he thought his steering wheel was a penny]
  Drama Link (c) - Hubert Clifford ["Okay, getting all worked up over a little coin."]
  Trouble Spot - Van Phillips ["I GOTTA HAVE THAT PENNY!!!"]
  The Achterhoek Dances - Jan Rap [the next day at the Krusty Krab]
  Sailor's Sting 3 - SpongeBob checking all his pockets
  Alien Spacecraft (c) - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob's brain falls out]
  Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob, Krabs chasing the brain]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield ["Darn."]
  Big Show Theme - Robert Sharples [movie theater being built]
  Playbill - Wilfred William Burns [grand opening]
  The Dreadnought Tea Clipper (b) - Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White [flipbook]
  Abject Terror - Paul Lewis [Krabs screams]
  From the Dead - Ronald Hanmer [theater demolished]
  Cocktail Lounge - Dick Stephen Walter [Krusty Krab charity night]
  Tragic Embrace - Pavel Orm ["Hello, and welcome to a very important evening."]
  Unknown Track 32 - slideshow
  Beautiful Moonlight Night - Carl Maria Von Weber, George Wilson [Krabs says to donate a penny to him]
  Steel Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield ["I would like to donate a penny."]
  Slinky Panther Pants - Nicolas Carr [Krabs sneaks into SpongeBob's house]
  Drama Link (k) - Hubert Clifford ["What is this metal detector doing on the floor?"]
  Botany Bay (b) - Robert Alexander White [Krabs apologizes]
  Steel Sting (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [shot of dried-up gum]
  Drunken Sailor (b) - Robin Jeffrey, Tim Laycock [Krabs leaves]
  Steel Link (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [$500 bill]
  Steel Sting (a) - Jeremy Wakefield ["This won't go with my chewed up gum collection"]
  The Drunken Sailor - Nicolas Carr [ending]



  • As of August 14, 2016, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 6.4/10 based on 107 ratings by users.[1] users give this episode a 5.8/10 based on 161 votes.[2]


  • The title card for this episode is similar to the title cards from the episodes "Dumped" and "Patrick SmartPants."
  • This episode has the same title card music as "Nautical Novice" and these episodes are paired together. This is similar to what happened with "Naughty Nautical Neighbors"/"Boating School," but they have different parts of the music.
  • Bikini Bottom seams to have a few less buildings than usual in this episode.
  • Debbie Rechid is seen as a cashier in this episode.
  • The cashier said to Mr. Krabs that his coupons expired over thirty years ago, which means that Mr. Krabs is over 30 years old.
  • The plot is similar to "One Krabs Trash" because, in both episodes, Mr. Krabs really wants something that SpongeBob has.
  • It's revealed that SpongeBob is a brain whisperer in this episode.
  • Mr. Krabs opens a theater right behind the Krusty Krab and a single movie inside.
  • The movie posters that Krabs had on the wall of the movie theater were "Love," "Scary," "Buddies," "Hero," and "Kids."
  • Running Gag: When Mr. Krabs is seen from a distance, people hear dolphin chirps. A boy in the boat with his mother, and two people listening to Mr. Krabs announce the new theater.
  • During the Krusty Krab semi-annual charity night, it's unknown how Squidward got up to shine a flash light on Mr. Krabs.
  • This is the third out of the five times Mr. Krabs goes crazy just to get one penny. The first was in "Culture Shock" when he smells a penny in a tablet and he took off like a rocket destroying the table. The second was in "Born Again Krabs" where he almost tore a customer's arm off for one. The third was in "Imitation Krabs" where he chased a penny down the street leaving the Krusty Krab nearly unguarded. And the fifth time was in "Face Freeze!" where he tossed away a customer and messed up someone's Krabby Patty while looking for a penny.
    • Unlike all those others episodes, this episodes involves Mr. Krabs going crazy for a penny for the almost the entire episode.
  • This episode premiered on Rik Mayall's 50th birthday and seven years after the premiere of "No Free Rides" and "I'm Your Biggest Fanatic."
  • This episode was going to be part of The Boating School Marathon but was replaced by "New Student Starfish," probably because this episode is not Boating School themed.
  • In the German version of this episode, the episode is called Ohne einen Penny, which means "Without a Penny."
  • This is Fred's 100th episode appearance.

Cultural references

  • The episode title comes from the term, "Penny Wise, Pound Foolish."


  • The clerk already scanned a few items inside Mr. Krabs' grocery basket. After she asked for the price check on one item, the other items are inside Mr. Krabs' grocery basket again.
  • When Mr. Krabs was looking at SpongeBob picking up a "penny," he was out of the line; though, when he is told by the cashier that he is holding the line, he is right back in line.


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