"Porous Pockets" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season six. In this episode, SpongeBob becomes popular after obtaining a large amount of wealth.
SpongeBob is walking around in Jellyfish Fields. Suddenly, he hears a shriek and thinks that it 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, as SpongeBob and Patrick are warming up to play volleyball, a local Bikini Bottom citizen notices the pearl and offers SpongeBob a "small fortune" for it. SpongeBob accepts the offer.
The "small fortune" ends up being so large that it fills dozens of trucks, and SpongeBob and Patrick watch from a hill, eating Kelp Jerky
as the parade of trucks dumps billions of dollars on his house.
SpongeBob and Patrick use some of the money by spending it at the mall on lifetime supplies of strawberry gum for both of them, but he still has loads of money. Later, SpongeBob and Patrick are at an ice cream stand getting ice cream. SpongeBob overhears some of the other fish in the line complaining that they are short on change, so he offers them money. He gives them much more than they need to pay for the ice cream, but it does cause him to get a lot of friends. SpongeBob is so overtaken by fame that he forgets that Patrick is his best friend. He keeps giving money to his rich "friends."
The next time Patrick sees SpongeBob, he has turned his pineapple into a huge golden mansion. SpongeBob's butler will not allow Patrick in, so Patrick tells him his shoe is untied (which it is) and slips past him. Inside, SpongeBob is wearing fancy, expensive clothes and is telling jokes to his new friends, and handing out money to anyone who asks for some. Eventually, so many people have used him for his money that SpongeBob runs out completely. He searches both pockets, his safe, his closet, even his toilet, but there is no money left. SpongeBob tells everyone this and they all leave immediately, except Mr. Krabs, who reminds him not to be late for work tomorrow.
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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|( ‣ ) Associated production music|
|( • ) Original music|
|( ◦ ) SpongeBob music|
- Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card]
‣ Apprehensive 2 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [SpongeBob hears a terrifying shriek.]
‣ The Pollywog Strut - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Patrick, what is with all the shrieking?"]
‣ Terror by Night - Hubert Clifford [A shriek is heard coming from kelp shrub.]
‣ Alekoki - Kapono Beamer [Clam choking]
‣ Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr [Bottle of Superb Bubble]
‣ Comic Walk - Nicolas Carr [The slimelich maneuver]
‣ Steel Licks (c) - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick breaks his back.]
‣ Glissando (h) - Skaila Kanga, Richard Myhill [The clam coughs up a pearl.]
‣ Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Their... eyes?"]
‣ Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["A baby volleyball!"]
‣ Sponge Twist - Nicolas Carr, Fabian Fernandez, James King [Volleyball courts/appraisal center]
‣ Parting of the Clouds - Nicolas Carr [The appraiser sees the pearl.]
‣ Goofy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Gentlemen!"]
‣ Twelfth Street Rag - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [A truckload of money is 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.]
‣ Hello Blues - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Wasn't that incredible, Patrick?"]
‣ Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [The following Thursday]
‣ Royal King - Jean-Pierre Fouquey [Exterior of mansion]
‣ Steel Sting (e) - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick walks up to the door.]
‣ Happiness Castle - Maurice De Courpalay [The butler will not 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 Mr. Krabs kicks Patrick out]
‣ Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob's pockets are empty.]
‣ Finger of Fear - Fredric Bayco [SpongeBob is out of money.]
‣ Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [everyone's gone]
‣ Hawaiian Breeze - Jon Jelmer ["Hey, Patrick."]
‣ Chief Taravana - Kapono Beamer [The ending]
- As of January 2, 2018, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 6.2/10 based on 140 ratings by users. TV.com users give this episode a rating of 7.6/10 based on 79 votes.
- The title card is the same as "Perfect Chemistry," but the background is green instead of blue, and the triangles are right side up.
- It is also similar to the one for "New Fish in Town," but the triangles on that one are sideways instead.
- In reality, a "pawn shop" owner like the one in this episode could not be nearly that rich. Also, if the "pawn shop" owner in this episode were that rich, he would have had a much higher paying job.
- SpongeBob's rich behavior is similar to Patrick and the power he gains in the episode "Rule of Dumb."
- When SpongeBob buys ice cream, Harold, who is behind him, orders a Triple Gooberry Sundae, an obvious nod to the Triple Gooberberry Sunrise from The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
- Patrick has more common sense and is more down-to-earth in this episode than usual. He advises SpongeBob not to throw away his money and tries to tell him the people are just using him.
- This is the second episode to feature a location that is composed of two different locations as one. The first is "Pest of the West" with Dead Eye Funeral Parlor and Ice Cream Parlor.
- In this episode, SpongeBob and Patrick know how to spend money, but in "Patty Hype," they don't know what to do with it.
- This is the second appearance of Kelp Jerky. The first is "Sun Bleached."
- This is one of few episodes where SpongeBob actually cares for his money, as he usually does not accept it.
- The time card "The Following Thursday" is the similar to the title card for "Naughty Nautical Neighbors."
- The "Slimelich Maneuver" is a parody of the Heimlich Maneuver.
- 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."
- Kelp Jerky is a parody of a beef jerky.
- This episode is similar to John Steinbeck's novel The Pearl.
- This episode may be based on "The Prodigal Son" parable in the Bible. The main characters (SpongeBob and the younger son) both gain incredible wealth, but quickly lose it and have to go back to their old life.
- This episode may also be based on the William Shakespeare play Timon of Athens, in which Timon is a wealthy man who eventually gives all his belongings away to his "friends." When he needs to pay his debts, he goes to them for help, but they decline.
- In the opening credits, Derek Iversen's name is spelled as Derek iversen with a lowercase "i."
- SpongeBob has money before Mr. Krabs asks him for some. Afterward, it is gone when Mr. Krabs asks. It is possible that he gave it all away.