SpongeBob hears a shriek in Jellyfish Fields and thinks that the shriek came from Patrick. Instead, it came from a clam that was choking on a pearl. The clam coughs up the pearl, and Patrick thought it was a volleyball and takes it to the volleyball court. At the volleyball court, a local Bikini Bottom citizen offers SpongeBob a "small amount" of fortune for his pearl. SpongeBob accepted the offer, and he instead got loads of trucks dumping billions of dollars on SpongeBob's house. SpongeBob and Patrick used the money by spending it on lifetime supply of strawberry gum.
Later, SpongeBob gives out money to others causing him to get a lot of friends. SpongeBob was overtaken by fame that he forgot Patrick was his best friend. Eventually, SpongeBob runs out of money, so he returns to his former life. At the end, Patrick says he found another volleyball at the Bikini Bottom Diamond Mine, which is really a large diamond.
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•Hawaiian Trax - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card] ‣Apprehensive 2 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [SpongeBob hears a terrifying shriek] ‣Cartoon Sting 3 - Gerhard Narholz ["Patrick, what is with all the shrieking?"] ‣Terror by Night - Hubert Clifford [shriek coming from kelp shrub] ‣Alekoki - Kapono Beamer [clam choking] ‣Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr [bottle of bubble soap] •Comic Walk - Nicolas Carr [the slimelich maneuver] ‣Steel Link (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick breaks his back] ‣Glissando (h) - Skaila Kanga, Richard Myhill [clam coughs up a pearl] • ? - Nicolas Carr ["Their... eyes?"/"A baby volleyball!"] ‣Sponge Twist - Nicolas Carr, Fabian Fernandez, James King [volleyball courts/appraisal center] ‣Heavenly Voices (c) - David Farnon [appraiser sees pearl] ‣Cartoon Sting 2 - Gerhard Narholz, Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Gentlemen!"] •Twelfth Street Rag - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [truckloads of money delivered to SpongeBob's house] ‣Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["Hey, Patrick!"] ‣Quick OL - Joe Brook [montage of SpongeBob and Patrick at the mall] ‣Betsy OL - Joe Brook [end of scene] •Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob gets an idea] ‣Hawaiian Sting 6 and 1 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Wasn't that incredible, Patrick?"/the following Thursday] ‣Royal King - Jean-Pierre Fouquey [exterior of mansion] ‣Steel Sting (g) - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick walks up to the door] ‣Happiness Castle - Maurice De Courpalay [butler won't let Patrick in] ‣Castle Life - Maurice De Courpalay [inside the mansion] ‣Left Foot Forward - Graham D.H. Preskett ["SpongeBob, your house is full of strangers."] ‣Polite Conversation - Graham D.H. Preskett [after Krabs kicks Patrick out] ‣Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob's pockets are empty] ‣Finger of Fear - Fredric Bayco [SpongeBob's out of money] ‣Tympup B - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [everyone's gone] •Hawaiian Sting - Nicolas Carr [everyone's gone] ‣Hawaiian Breeze - Jon Jelmer ["Hey, Patrick."] ‣Thrift Shop - Kapono Beamer [ending]
This episode, followed by the sister episode "Choir Boys" is the first episode to be free to watch in the new Nick.com.
SpongeBob's rich behavior is similar to Patrick and the power he gained in the episode "Rule of Dumb."
This episode was to air with "Choir Boys," which means it only shows its first time on its first airing until its partner airs, but at the end of The SpongeBob Triple Play, it aired without even "Choir Boys" in sight.
Patrick is considerably wiser and more down-to-earth in this episode than most. He advises SpongeBob not to throw away his money.
Patrick also seems to have a slightly deeper voice in this episode.
The title card is the same as "Perfect Chemistry," but the background is green instead of blue, and the triangles are right side up. This is also similar to "New Fish in Town," where the triangles are sideways instead.
This is one of few episodes (or probably the only episode) that SpongeBob actually cares for his money as he usually doesn't accept any money.
This is the third episode where SpongeBob and Patrick make a lot of money. The first was in "Chocolate with Nuts" and the second was in "Patty Hype."
The diamond and pearl balls might be a parody of Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl. As well as the fact that Diamonds and Pearls are considered "rival gems."
The episode is similar to John Steinbeck's novel "The Pearl."
The "Slimelich Maneuver" is an obvious parody to the Heimlich Maneuver.
Kelp jerky is a parody of a beef jerky, yet it is questionable because in the episode "Giant Squidward," it appears to be a plant rather than meat. However, it could just be dried kelp and not meat at all.
This episode may be based on "The Prodigal Son" parable in the Bible. The main characters (SpongeBob and the younger son) both gained incredible wealth, but quickly lost it and had to go back to their old life.
In the opening credits, Derek Iversen was spelled as Derek iversen.
SpongeBob had money before Mr. Krabs asked for some. Then it was gone.
SpongeBob could have sold part of his house for extra money so he would still have a fortune.