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Penny Foolish
Season №: 6
Episode №: 102a
Airdate: March 7, 2008
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.



While at a discount store one day, Mr. Krabs spots SpongeBob picking something up, and 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 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, until finally he 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.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  The Drunken Sailor - Robin Jeffrey, Tim Laycock [title card]
  Happy Choo Choo (a) - Otto Sieben [Krabs at the supermarket]
  The Drunken Sailor (b) - Robin Jeffrey, Tim Laycock [Krabs driving home]
  Drama Link (a) - Hubert Clifford [Krabs sees the penny everywhere]
  Drama Link (k) - Hubert Clifford [Krabs sees the penny everywhere]
  Drama Link (c) - Hubert Clifford [Krabs sees the penny everywhere]
  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 - Nicolas Carr, Robert Alexander White [SpongeBob checking all his pockets]
  Alien Spacecraft C - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob's brain falls out]
  Chase Cue 2 - 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."]
  Drama Sting - Mike Sunderland, Otto Sieben [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."]
  Creepy Sting 4 - W. Merrick Farran [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]
  The 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 (a) - Robin Jeffrey, Tim Laycock [ending]


  • In the German version of this episode, the episode is called Ohne einen Penny, which means "Without a Penny."
  • The episode title comes from the term, "Penny Wise, Pound Foolish."
  • The movie posters that Krabs had on the wall were "Love," "Scary," "Buddies," "Hero," and "Kids."
  • This episode has the same title card music as Nautical Novice and these episodes are paired together. A similar thing happened with Naughty Nautical Neighbors and Boating School, but they have different beginnings. It is also similar to House Sittin' for Sandy.
  • Bikini Bottom has a few less buildings than usual in this episode.
  • The title card for this episode is similar to the title cards from the episodes Dumped and Patrick SmartPants.
  • Running Gag: When Mr. Krabs is seen from afar, people hear dolphin chirps. A boy in the boat with his mother, and two people listening to Mr. Krabs announce the new theatre.
  • Debbie is one of Pearl's friends in Tunnel of Glove. She is a cashier in this episode.
  • Mr. Krabs opens a theatre right behind the Krusty Krab and a single movie inside.
  • 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.
  • The $500 dollar bill shown at the end of this episode is no longer in circulation in real life, as it stopped circulating in 1934. The highest bill currently in circulation is $100.


  • When SpongeBob grabbed the gum / ticket, it could not be seen what was in reality. Though, some people noticed it was bronze color (the color of pennies) but grabbed what was green.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In real life, the dollar bill Gary spat on wouldn't have gotten bigger. It would have been ruined.
  • When Mr. Krabs is recieving change for his groceries, he recieves two (2) nickels. However, when he is presenting his "Pennies for the Penniless", he claims to have only one (1) nickel. He only wanted the penny, therefore it is an error.

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Watch the full episode: Penny Foolish

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