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Episode Information
Season №: 6
Episode №: 112a
Airdate: November 28, 2008
Sister episode(s): "Choir Boys"
Writer(s): Aaron Springer
Derek Iversen
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Aaron Springer
Animation: Tom Yasumi
Creative: Vincent Waller
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Previous: "SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One"
Next: "Choir Boys"
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"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 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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 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Clownfish Capers - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  Apprehensive 2 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [SpongeBob hears a terrifying shriek]
  The Pollywog Strut - 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 Version) - 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]
  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 - David Farnon [appraiser sees pearl]
  Goofy Conversation - 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]
  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 (f) - 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]
  Nude Sting - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [everyone's gone]
  Hawaiian Breeze - Jon Jelmer ["Hey, Patrick."]
  Chief Taravana - Kapono Beamer [ending]



  • The Following Thursday
  • This is the second episode in which Kelp Jerky is seen. The first time was in "Sun Bleached."
  • SpongeBob's rich behavior is similar to Patrick and the power he gained in the episode "Rule of Dumb."
  • Patrick is considerably wiser and more down-to-earth in this episode than most. He advises SpongeBob not to throw away his money and tries to tell him the people are just using him.
    • Patrick also seems to have a slightly deeper voice in this episode.
  • When SpongeBob buys ice cream, Harold behind him ordered a Triple Gooberry Sundae, and obvious nod to the Triple Gooberberry Sundae that was in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. It was also mentioned in "The Clash of Triton."
  • 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.
  • 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 "Patty Hype" and the second was in "Chocolate with Nuts."

Cultural references

  • 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.

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