SpongeBob is walking around in the Jellyfish Fields. Suddenly, SpongeBob hears a shriek in Jellyfish Fields and thinks that the shriek came from Patrick, who turns out to have just been mouthing it. Instead, it comes from a clam that is choking on a pearl. The clam coughs up the pearl with Patrick's assistance, and Patrick claims it is a volleyball. At the volleyball court, a local Bikini Bottom citizen offers SpongeBob a "small fortune" for his pearl. SpongeBob accepts the offer, and he gets loads of trucks dumping billions of dollars on his house. SpongeBob and Patrick use some of money by spending it on lifetime supply of strawberry gum, but he still has loads of it.
Later, SpongeBob gives out money to others at the local ice-cream stand, causing him to get a lot of friends. SpongeBob is overtaken by fame that he forget Patrick was his best friend. He keeps giving money to his rich "friends", and so many people have used him for it that he runs out completely. Spongebob returns to his normal life and he and Patrick reconcile. Patrick finds another "volleyball", which is really a huge diamond from the Bikini Bottom Diamond Mine,
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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 with a lowercase i.
SpongeBob had money before Mr. Krabs asked him for some. Then it was gone when Mr. Krabs asked.