SpongeBob is first seen getting money from "Quincy" who works at the bank SpongeBob goes to. He gives SpongeBob his money, but SpongeBob is very picky on what money to give Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy. SpongeBob is at the comic book and card store. He is there to buy Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy cards. He opens a pack and finds four cards whom he thinks are valuable but the store clerk tells him they are worthless and that there is one valuable card called the No. 54 card. There are only 5 of them in existence. SpongeBob frantically attempts to buy as much packs as possible to find the card, but is unsuccessful. With only one pack left in the store, SpongeBob reveals that he has no more money. Patrick decides to buy the last pack, which coincidently, ends up containing the No. 54 card. SpongeBob follows Patrick home, trying to protect the card from Patrick's carelessness. (Falling from a construction beam, mud from the bus hitting a mud pile) When they get home, SpongeBob asks Patrick if he could have it, Patrick asked if he could have it one more day, until sundown. He uses the card to unlock his house (after his landlord changed the lock again) cook burgers and then wipe his face. SpongeBob begins crying, and when Patrick asks what is wrong, he says that card was a very rare one, and he just destroyed it. Patrick says he'll get it some day, but SpongeBob explains that he bought the last pack. Mening that there were no more packs left in all of Bikini Bottom until the new shipment comes(jujing by his crying the shipment must take along time). Patrick then reveals that he has several other No. 54 cards that were also in the pack he bought and gives the four other cards to SpongeBob, who is happy. But then, he has to use one of them because he locked himself out of his house again.
( ‣ ) Associated production music
( • ) Original music
( ◦ ) SpongeBob music
• ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card] ‣Team Trophy - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [opening] ‣ ? ["Free?! Gimme, gimme, gimme..."] • ? - Fabian Fernandez [heavyweight champs introduced] ‣ ? ["Million... dollars... cash... prize?!"] ‣Battle March Link (f) - Keith Mansfield [Krabs rips his shirt off] ‣Roman March - Robert Sharples [wrestling match begins] • ? - Fabian Fernandez ["No living soul should suffer through what I've witnessed today."] ‣ ? ["Except maybe..."] •Gator - Steve Belfer [SpongeBob, Patrick blindfolded] • ? - Fabian Fernandez [SpongeBob, Patrick in the ring] ‣Armed Attack - Jean Clero ["Hey, who are those guys, Mr. Krabs?"] • ? - Nicolas Carr ["The act?"] • ? - Jeremy Wakefield ["We like pretending!"] ‣ ? [workout videos] ‣ ? ["I can even do it in my sleep."] ‣ ? ["Wow! Can we have cool nicknames, too?"] • ? - Jeremy Wakefield ["Now go out there, wrestle me up a million dollars!"] •Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield ["Hmm? Oh, yeah."] ‣Do the Hitchhike - Syd Dale [Krusty Krushers announced] • ? - Fabian Fernandez [champions announced/SpongeBob, Patrick getting beat up] • ? - Jeremy Wakefield ["Yeah! How fun was that?"] •Comic Walk - Nicolas Carr ["Did you need something, Mr. Krabs?"] ‣Entry of the Heroes D - Gregor F. Narholz ["Let's show these two what they're messing with."] ‣Entry of the Heroes A - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob bends his spatula] • ? - Jeremy Wakefield ["I got a paper cut!"] • ? - Fabian Fernandez [paddleball/cement mixer] ‣ ? ["What are you doing out there?!"] •Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Hey, where'd they-"] • ? - Fabian Fernandez ["Oh, no! Not the..."] ‣Lullaby Box - Leo Nissim [sleeper hold] • ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["End it?!"] • ? - Fabian Fernandez [Krabs trying to wake SpongeBob, Patrick] ‣ ? [Patrick's dream] • ? - Fabian Fernandez ["Oh, who am I kidding?"] • ? - Jeremy Wakefield [champions defeated] ‣Ancient Fanfare - Harry Bluestone [SpongeBob and Patrick win] ‣Big Show Theme - Robert Sharples [$1 million] ‣Gala Premiere - Laurie Johnson [ending] • ? - Nicolas Carr [ending]
This episode is number 19 in Tom Kenny's Top 20 on iTunes. His description says:
"As a collector of weird old stuff - records, comic strips, anything Popeye - I like how this episode gets into the fanatical mindset of hardcore collectors. The desire to possess that 'certain item' and then to keep it in 'mint-plus' condition can take over the mind. And the sight of a non-collector handling 'the grail' improperly ..."
Patrick getting jump from construction site and land in fire as seen American Reality show Fear Factor.
SpongeBob is once again a neat freak in this episode, while Patrick is very dirty and careless about filth. The first being in "The Battle of Bikini Bottom".
How Patrick destroyed the card: he picks the card with his teeth, puts the card in the folds of his back, wrinkles the card by trying to open his house, cleans his grill by scraping it with the card, catches the card on fire, spits on the card, uses it as a plate, then wipes his face with it like a napkin.
Patrick tells SpongeBob in this episode, "You can't always expect my usual brand of stupidity." Implying that Patrick is aware that he is stupid.
When SpongeBob says: "Card #54, where are you?", he refers to the sitcom "Car 54, Where Are You?"
This episode has some similarity to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, where SpongeBob (Charlie) is searching through card packs (chocolate bars) to find the rare card (golden ticket). Also, Patrick saying "I don't even believe in pockets" is a possible reference to Wayside School is Falling Down, where a hobo says "I don't believe in socks".
All of the 5 rare cards were in the same pack but had no other cards while the other packs had more than 5 cards.
When Patrick shows SpongeBob the four #54 cards, the second one he's holding doesn't show a giant fist punching Barnacle Boy.
The pack Patrick had contained 5 #54 cards, and the store clerk had another #54 card on display.The store clerk said there were only 5 in existence, but there are really 6 #54 cards.
Patrick says he doesn't believe in pockets, but at the end of the episode the other 4 talking cards are pulled out of his pocket.
Patrick says he has a landlord, but in Home Sweet Pineapple he says he built his home, but it is unknown which tale is true. Patrick could have put his house up for sale and he rented the house.