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"SpongeBob You're Fired" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season nine. In this episode, when Mr. Krabs fires SpongeBob to save money, SpongeBob must find other work, at other restaurants.



SpongeBob is at the Krusty Krab and is making a Krabby Patty. When he finishes making it, Mr. Krabs comes and tells him he is fired. Krabs says the reason why he is firing him is because he found out he can save a nickel if he cuts off SpongeBob's salary completely. Originally he wanted the latter to work for free, but he found out he cannot because it is illegal and he would lose his vendor's license. As a result, SpongeBob starts crying and floods the Krusty Krab with his tears. Squidward tells him he should come back "as a customer," which makes him cry again. Then, he congratulates Mr. Krabs for his decision and asks him who is going to make the patties. Krabs tells him that he was a "golden spatula fry cook" in the navy, so he is going to be the new chef.

SpongeBob then goes home, crying about his situation, and then he hears Patrick crying because he is doing so too. SpongeBob invites him to come inside, before telling him about his situation. Patrick tells him that being fired is the best gig he knows and tells SpongeBob he is going to come back the next day to tell him the steps of glorious unemployment. The next day, SpongeBob appears depressed, and Patrick tells him the 3 steps of glorious unemployment, or as Patrick likes to call it, "fun-employment." The steps are breakfast with Squidward, taking a mid-morning siesta, and free lunch with friends. First, they go to Squidward's house and step on his plants. Angered, Squidward throws food at them to go away. That is how they get their breakfast. Next, Patrick and SpongeBob stick themselves to the rock, but SpongeBob falls down. Then, they go to Sandy's treedome, where she is doing a psychological test to determine how much stuff (she doesn't even know what this "stuff" is) they eat, for free.


Sandy then notices SpongeBob and prevents him from eating the slop and tells SpongeBob that he needs to get a job. Motivated by her words, SpongeBob tells Patrick that "unemployment" may be fun for him but he needs to get a job. While Patrick's second head insults him, Patrick hits the latter and tells SpongeBob to go head with his decision. With that, he turns from a depressed sponge to a happy and joyful sponge again and he goes looking for a job. The first job SpongeBob arrives at is the Weenie Hut where he gets employed by Mr. Weiner. However, Weiner soon fires SpongeBob due to him making Weenie Patties instead of hot dogs. Next, SpongeBob goes to Pizza Piehole where he gets hired by Pizza Pete to make pizzas, but SpongeBob makes a Pizza Patty, much to Pizza Pete's disapproval, resulting in SpongeBob getting fired again. Next, SpongeBob goes to Taco Sombrero; he gets hired and makes a Burrito Patty, and Señor Taco asks a customer to taste it. Pilar volunteers, but when he takes a bite, the burrito meat gets into Billy and Frank's faces, so he gets fired once again. SpongeBob then cries an excuse to Señor Taco, but the latter just strictly fires him. Next and shortly, a crying SpongeBob goes to Wet Noodle, but he gets fired yet again, and Noodleman throws the Noodle Patty on SpongeBob, causing him to insult the restaurant.

SpongeBob is crying while going home. When he arrives home, Gary asks him for snail food, but he says he does not have any, so he makes a homemade can of snail food for Gary. SpongeBob tastes a bit of it, saying it tastes great. Gary eats the food, saying it is the best food he ever tasted. Patrick also eats the food.

Then, there is a knock on the door, which SpongeBob answers. The Hotdog Minions trap SpongeBob in a hot dog bun and take him away. It turns out Mr. Weiner kidnapped him and promotes him because of his idea of Weenie Patties. SpongeBob can't leave because he got chained until Pete comes along and frees him with Pizza Sauce, only for him to kidnap him with bread. Soon it is a war against all the owners of each restaurant until the Killer Krabby Patty defeats them and takes him back to the Krusty Krab, where angry customers are leaving because of Mr. Krabs' cooking. Krabs thanks Killer Krabby Patty, who is then revealed to be Squidward in disguise, for bringing SpongeBob back. Squidward admits that even though he hates SpongeBob, he hates the smell of burnt Krabby Patties even more. He begs SpongeBob to come back and become a fry cook again. Mr. Krabs apologizes to SpongeBob for firing him in the first place since the Krusty Krab is falling apart without him, and rehires SpongeBob. SpongeBob cleans the whole restaurant and gives Mr. Krabs and Squidward a new suit and dress. Mr. Krabs then says that to make up for the nickel he lost, he installed a pay toilet, which costs a nickel to use.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Bikini Bottom Bound - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (l) - Jeremy Wakefield [opening]
  Tentically Speaking - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob making Krabby Patties]
  Dragon Flight A - Daryl Neil Alexander Griffith [SpongeBob jumps into the air]
  A Pirate's Life for Me (a) - Ron Goodwin [SpongeBob mops the floor while tied to the ceiling]
  Tentically Speaking - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob goes back to the kitchen.]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob gets a idea]
  Tentically Speaking - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob choose a pickle jar.]
  Unknown Track 13 - SpongeBob puts pickles on a pattie
  Circus Parade (b) - Dick Stephen Walter ["Order up!"]
  Fanfare (b) - Nicolas Carr ["One perfect patty on a pristine plate!"]
  Monocle and Pocket-Watch - Brian Douglas Gulland ["You're fired."]
  Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford ["WHAT?!"]
  Sailor's Sting 16 - "Well, I've been doing some calculating..."
  Saltwater Works - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob cries]
  Sailor's Sting 8 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Krabs says he'll be running the grill]
  Hebrew Lament - John Leach [SpongeBob sadly comes home]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob hears Patrick crying]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (j) - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick at the window]
  Cartoon Sting 4 - SpongeBob stutters trying to say "fired"/"Great. See you then."
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [The next morning]
  Dramatic Impact 3 - Ivor Slaney [SpongeBob answers the door]
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Ready for your first day of unemployment?"]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward gets angry]
  Cartoon Sting 5 - Mid-morning siesta
  Fooling Around - Barry Anthony [SpongeBob sitting outside Patrick's rock]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["Yippee."]
  The Fruitcake Vendor - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Sandy's experiment]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick punches his forehead]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (l) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Thanks, Patrick."]
  Unknown Track 40 - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob loses five o'clock shadow.]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob loses five o'clock shadow]
  Cream Pie - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["I'm ready! Whoo-hoo!"]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob grins enthusiastically]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch [Weenie Hut kitchen]
  Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob screams]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch [weenie patties]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (t) - Jeremy Wakefield ["But Mr. Krabs, why?"]
  Via Porchio - Mario Tomasso, Serge Tomassi [Pizza Piehole]
  Parting of the Clouds - Nicolas Carr [shot of pizza patty]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (u) - Jeremy Wakefield ["But who will make the Krabby Patties?"]
  Guaracha Senorita - Heidi Pehofer [Taco Sombrero]
  Solo Steel - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob cries]
  ? [Wet Noodle]
  Unknown Track 30 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob sadly come home]
  Unknown Track 1 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob making snail food]
  Drama Link (g) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob kidnapped]
  Stealth by Night - Jack Coles [SpongeBob chained to Weenie Hut grill]
  Dramatic Impact 5 - Ivor Slaney ["Parmesan crusted breadstick?"]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [restaurant owners fighting over on SpongeBob]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [restaurant owners holding over on Spongebob]
  Adventurers - Larry Hochman ["Stop! Unhand that sponge!"]
  Bloodbath - Harry Lubin [Killer Patty beats up restaurant owners]
  Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Well, here we go again."]
  Sailor's Sting 9 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["How can you serve this slop?"]
  Solo Steel - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs re-hires SpongeBob]
  SpongeBob History Song - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob cleaning the Krusty Krab]
  Sailor's Sting 4 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [ending]



  • This episode was criticized and panned with negative reviews for its references to unemployment, especially from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which caused the media matters for America to take action, and prompted MSNBC's Al Sharpton to "stick up for poor Americans."[1]
  • As of September 27, 2017, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 5.1/10 based on 200 ratings by users.[2] users give this episode a rating of 4.4/10 based on 78 votes.[3]


  • The Next Morning

Cultural references


  • On the Complete Ninth Season DVD, this episode is incorrectly listed as "SpongeBob, You're Fired!," adding a comma and exclamation point to the title.
  • When SpongeBob's corner grew back after he ate it, the scene skipped a part, paused, and then started again.
  • Mister Weiner knows where SpongeBob lives.
  • When SpongeBob is smelling (looking) at the paper, his buck teeth are together for a split second.
  • When SpongeBob says, "They're Weenie Patties!" and "But you just fired me," his Weenie Hut hat is replaced with his Krusty Krab hat.
  • When Mr. Weenie says, "My customers love your little sliders!," the Weenie Patty is smaller.
  • When SpongeBob is forced out of the Krusty Krab by Squidward, there are no tables inside.
  • When Patrick is disturbing Squidward when he is gardening, there are 3 markers for plants. When SpongeBob says, "Hey, Squidward, look at me, I'm fun-employed!", there's only one plant marker.
  • When SpongeBob wraps his arm around the custom Snailpo can while opening it, in the next scene when he gives it to Gary, his arm is wrapped around the can more.
  • The order wheel was not seen in the order window at the end of the episode.
  • When SpongeBob is feeding Gary the first time, he uses Slimy Can Snail food, but later he makes some Snailpo and even says before he makes the snail food, "I'll open up a can of Snailpo for you Gary."
  • When SpongeBob goes to the cupboard to get some snail food for Gary the first time, if one looks closely, one can see there are multiple cans inside, but when SpongeBob says "I'll open up a can of Snailpo for you" while opening the cupboard, it is empty.
  • After SpongeBob got fired from the Wet Noodle, he said that he is been fired five times in one day. However, he was fired from the Krusty Krab a day ago, so he was actually fired four times in one day, it is possible that it might have been later that day.
  • When the Hotdog Minions were kidnapping SpongeBob out of his house, his house was a lot wider than usual.
  • Throughout SpongeBob's "funemployment", twice his coffee cup spilled, yet later, it is full again without SpongeBob going back to his house to refill his coffee mug.



Start a Discussion Discussions about SpongeBob You're Fired

  • Spongebob You'red Fired

    3 messages
    • It still was unnessisarly mean to Spongebob. I mean chaining him to a grill, really?
    • True, can't fight that. There's always good or bad, even both in an episode.
  • Is Season 9 Good or Bad?

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    • Depth Strider 10 wrote: Yeah, I agree. I would continue  to watch SB as long as episodes are still being made though. Me too. Although, beca...
    • Depth Strider 10 wrote:Yeah, I agree. I would continue  to watch SB as long as episodes are still being made though. same!

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