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Selling Out
Season №: 4
Episode №: 65a
Airdate: September 23, 2005
Sister episode(s): "Funny Pants"
Writer(s): Zeus Cervas
Erik Wiese
Tim Hill
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Zeus Cervas
Erik Wiese
Animation: Alan Smart
Technical: Vincent Waller
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Previous: "Good Neighbors"
Next: "Funny Pants"
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"Selling Out" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season four. In this episode, Mr. Krabs retires and leaves the Krusty Krab under new management.



An extremely rich man named Howard Blandy comes into the Krusty Krab and asks Mr. Krabs to retire from his business for a large sum of money. Mr. Krabs happily accepts, leaving SpongeBob and Squidward with a simple "See you around," causing SpongeBob to cry hysterically. Afterwards, a new manager called Carl the Fish comes to them, renaming The Krusty Krab "Krabby O'Monday's." Mr. Krabs drives by, but ignores it, instead going to the newly opened Bikini Bottom Hook Museum, then when he is trying to paint a bowl of fruit, he actually paints a bowl of Krabby Patties, followed by a round of golf; however, he then realizes that he hates golf. Mr. Krabs has done everything he wanted to do and decides to go home, where he realizes he has nothing to do. He tries to talk to his daughter Pearl, but Pearl kicks Mr. Krabs out of the house and tells him to get a job. Downtrodden, Mr. Krabs goes to the beach to look for a job, but hits a glass door, with a sign saying "Help Wanted." It is one of the glass doors of the Krabby O' Monday's, so he goes inside to take a look at what job is vacated.

Meanwhile, Carl wants Squidward to have more spirit, so he threatens Squidward with a muscular Human Resources guy if he does not continuously smile. Fearful, Squidward continues his work with a forced smile. Mr. Krabs gets a job at the Krabby O'Monday's working as a busboy, listening to SpongeBob complain about the problems. The problems are that the patties are processed and there is an automated cash register, with no one watching it. Angered, Mr. Krabs complains, only to be ignored by Carl. He also finds out how the new patties are synthetically engineered, fake and disgusting. Now furious, Mr. Krabs shows the customers what the food is actually made of and the customers find out that the patties are made out of gray material. So they run away, making the restaurant unpopular. Carl calls Howard to tell him what Mr. Krabs is doing. Mr. Krabs plugs the fake patty maker up, but escaping, processing slush and the pressurized air inside cause the whole restaurant to explode. Mr. Krabs retakes ownership of the destroyed restaurant by giving all his money back to Howard and changes the restaurant's name back to "The Krusty Krab," saying that he got back the love of his "two best friends," that is, until the episode ends with a demand for Squidward and SpongeBob to clean up the mess. Then Mr. Krabs presses the cash register, causing dollar bills to appear in the screen, making it black and the episode ends.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Drunken Sailor A - Robin Jeffrey, Tim Laycock [title card]
  Dingle's Regatta - Brian Peters [opening]
  Cha-Ching - Zeus Cervas, Andy Paley
  Furtive Footsteps - Paddy Kingsland [businessmen enter the Krusty Krab]
  Unease - Dick Stephen Walter ["Howard Blandy?"]
  Romantic Entrance - Harry Bluestone ["I worship you!"]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band ["It's just that... you're rich."]
  Dramatic Impact 2 - Ivor Slaney ["Buy the Krusty Krab?"]
  Up She Rises - Sam Spence ["It's the blood, sweat and tears of a hard day's work."]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [suitcase full of money]
  Historical Fanfare 31.04 - Gerhard Narholz ["Jumpin' King Neptune!"]
  Furtive Footsteps - Paddy Kingsland [Krabs signs contract]
  Alekoki - Kapono Beamer [Krabs says he's retiring]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill ["Have fun, Mr. Krabs."]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [Carl the new manager]
  Drunken Sailor B - Robin Jeffrey, Tim Laycock ["Ah... the sweet smell of a brand new day!"]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["The Krabby O'Mondays?"]
  On the Beach - Kapono Beamer [hook museum]
  Hello Blues - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Pearl on the phone]
  ? - Krabs at the beach
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr [metal detector hits something]
  Down by the Riverside - Jerry Burnham, Stephen Wade [inside Krabby O'Mondays]
  Dramatic Encounter - Gregor F. Narholz [human resources]
  Witty Fellow - Gerhard Trede ["Sincere service... with a smile!"]
  Dramatic Encounter - Gregor F. Narholz [human resources]
  The Rake Hornpipe - Robert Alexander White [Krabs doing dishes]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob giggles]
  Supernatural 2 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["They're watching us..."]
  Supernatural 1 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Squidward points to "Help Me" note inside handbook]
  Dramatic Cue (f) - Ronald Hanmer [synthetic patties]
  Dramatic Cue (e) - Ronald Hanmer ["They wouldn't listen to me!"]
  Dramatic Cue (h) - Ronald Hanmer [automated cash register]
  Witty Fellow - Gerhard Trede ["Our customers are quite content with the contrived and mediocre."]
  Drama Link (b) - Hubert Clifford ["Do you know what's in that Krabby Patty you're eating?"]
  Drama Link (g) - Hubert Clifford [customers run out]
  Dramatic Cue (e) - Ronald Hanmer ["Rules!"]
  Dramatic Cue (c) - Ronald Hanmer ["I'll show you automated!"]
  Furtive Footsteps - Paddy Kingsland [Blandy returns]
  ? - alarm goes off
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Krabby Patty machine explodes]
  Solo Steel - Krabs buys the restaurant back
  Captain Lenoe's - Michael Arthur, Colin Cater, Mick Graves, The Folk Players, Sarah Graves, Simon Ritchie [ending]



  • "Selling Out" was ranked #9 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.


  • C.H. Greenblatt voices Carl, manager of the Krabby O'Monday's. This may be a reference to Greenblatt's first name, Carl. It should also be noted that Carl is a fish-caricature of Greenblatt.
  • This was the first episode Zeus Cervas worked on as a writer and storyboard director.
  • This was the first episode Erik Wiese wrote since Season 1's "Fools in April" and his first episode as a storyboard director since Season 2's "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III."
    • This episode was also the first of a total of 10 episodes that Zeus Cervas and Erik Wiese worked on together as writers.
  • Howard Blandy bears a passing resemblance to billionaire Donald Trump, even wearing his blonde hair in a combover hairstyle.
  • This is the second episode to show wood on the title card. The first was "Wet Painters." 
  • When the Krabby O'Monday's is being flooded by the Synthetic Patties, it is revealed that Mable wears a wig.
  • The synthetic patties may be clam or jellyfish manure as the substance closely relates to the manure seen in "Sleepy Time" and "Pest of the West."
  • The Krabby O'Monday's patties being made with grey glop may be a reference to McDonald's using "pink slime" in their burgers. However, McDonald's discontinued the use of pink slime, and other fast-food chains followed suit.
  • This is the first time Mr. Krabs works at the Krusty Krab (though it was called the Krabby O'Monday's) as an employee. The second will be in "Gullible Pants."
  • The customers did not seem to notice that the patties were synthesized until Mr. Krabs revealed it.

Cultural references

  • Krabby O'Monday's is possibly a cross between the fictional Krusty Krab and real-life casual dining restaurants like O'Charley'sBeef O'Brady's, and especially TGI Friday's. The employees all wear colorful lapel buttons on their vests. The restaurant also has red-and-white pinstripe tables, which used to be a trademark of TGI Friday's.
  • The trailer that has the suitcases full of money says "U Pull" on the side. This is a parody to U Haul.
  • The gray gunk in the Synthetic Krabby Patties could be a possible reference to McDonald's using "pink slime" in their burgers.
  • Cha-Ching is a variation on the song "Rinkle rinkle" from the Mr. Magoo Christmas Carol TV movie from 1962. Originally sung by the character Scrooge, who Mr. Krabs was quite heavily based on.


  • When Mr. Krabs sings about sounds and sights, he slams a bird in his book. However, this does not make sense because birds don't live underwater.
  • All the customers flee after they see the garbage they were eating. When Krabby O'Monday's gets flooded with the garbage, all the customers are back in the restaurant.
  • Mr. Krabs asked Blandy "Do I still get the money?," Blandy said "Of course," but the closed-captions say "Yes."
  • After Pearl kicks Mr. Krabs out of the house, he searches for metal on the beach with his metal detector. However, he walks into the Krabby O'Monday's in the middle of the beach. When he looks up at it, he is not at the beach anymore, he's standing on the Krabby O' Mondays parking lot.

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