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The Masterpiece

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The Masterpiece
Season №: 7
Episode №: 148a
Airdate: October 2, 2010
Sister episode(s): "Whelk Attack"
Writer(s): Casey Alexander
Zeus Cervas
Steven Banks
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Casey Alexander
Zeus Cervas
Animation: Tom Yasumi
Creative: Vincent Waller
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Previous: "Shellback Shenanigans"
Next: "Whelk Attack"
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"The Masterpiece" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season seven. In this episode, Squidward creates a statue of Mr. Krabs.



Mr. Krabs is about to open the Krusty Krab, but nobody shows up. A commercial reveals everyone is at the Sea Chicken Shack, and he sends SpongeBob to find out what is making them more popular than them. He arrives at the place in a disguise. He tells Mr. Krabs that the store is a dump and it smells bad. He gets thrown out when he violates their "No headbands rule." The large, outdoor Mr. Seachicken statue is why everyone is going there instead of the Krusty Krab. So, Mr. Krabs asks Squidward to make a statue of him. Mr. Krabs makes some various poses and Squidward keeps saying no until Mr. Krabs holds his arms in the air, and Squidward finds the perfect pose.
Squidward's Masterpiece

It takes Squidward almost twenty-four hours to finish making the statue. He has Mr. Krabs stand in one position with his hands up in the air for all that time, but Mr. Krabs isn't pleased when the statue is finished. The final result expresses what Squidward may actually feel about Mr. Krabs, because it has spikes and a second mouth near the stomach area. Spongebob plays on it after Mr. Krabs tells him to make sure it's safe, but it falls on him: The statue isn't safe as a playground object, and it may even result in a lawsuit. Spongebob decides to paint Mr. Krabs gold so the children can play on him instead of the statue.

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 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Peg Leg Waltz - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton [title card]
  High Black Shoes - Tom Hedden [SpongeBob opens the Krusty Krab]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [no customers]
  Down in Davy Jone's Locker - Gerhard Narholz ["Where are all me customers?!"]
  Classic Soap 14 - Dieter Reith [Squidward watching TV]
  Unknown Track 5 - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Sea Chicken Shack commercial]
  Drama Link (c) - Hubert Clifford ["There goes me monopoly."]
  Bubble Popping Boys - "You want me to go... undercover?"
  Cartoon Sting 2 - Gerhard Narholz [SpongeBob standing in line]
  Bridge H - "Great Barrier Reef!"
  Carousel Ride - Derek Holt [giant statue of Mr. Sea Chicken]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Statue?"]
  Carousel Ride - Derek Holt [SpongeBob climbing the statue]
  Imminent Action - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["Of course."]
  Circus Overture - Daniel Janin [Krabs says he needs an artist]
  Sailor's Sting 8 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Ooh, ooh, ooh... I do!"]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["Correct!"]
  Sailor's Sting 12 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Squidward agrees to build a statue of Krabs]
  Nude Sting - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy ["Here you go."]
  ? - "Anything for the artiste."
  Steel Sting (Original Version) - Jeremy Wakefield [museum collapses]
  ? - "I'm gonna be rich!"
  Lite Conversation - Squidward posing Krabs
  Earl's Revenge - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [montage of Squidward building the statue]
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Mr. Krabs' arm breaks]
  ? - drumroll
  Fanfare (b) - David Farnon [statue revealed]
  Befuddled Gent - Phillip Green ["What's that supposed to be?"]
  Harry the Hippo - Phillip Green [statue falls on SpongeBob]
  Steel Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield ["You wanted a piece of art, that's what you got!"]
  Twelfth Street Rag - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]



  • When Mr. Krabs is telling SpongeBob that he can turn the sign, SpongeBob says "You don't mean?" and Mr. Krabs replies "Oh, I mean." This line was used before, in the movie, when SpongeBob was talking to Patrick about celebrating after SpongeBob became manager (which didn't happen at first, but did in the end), Patrick says "You don't mean" and SpongeBob says "Oh, I mean." and then they both exclaim "GOOFY GOOBER'S ICE CREAM PARTY BOAT!" and sing and dance to the Goofy Goober song.
  • When Squidward is finished sculpting the statue, Mr. Krabs says he wants to see what it looks like, but he should already know what it looks like considering he was watching Squidward build it the whole time. However, he might have fallen asleep before Squidward made very much of it.
  • In Indonesia, after SpongeBob says "Then, like a whisper, I am gone," it just straight to the scene where Krabs says "Are there any unique or interesting amenities that might attract me customers in any way?"
  • This episode premiered 11 years after the premiere of "The Chaperone" and "Employee of the Month."

Cultural references

  • The soap opera Squidward was watching in the register, As The Tide Turns is a reference to the American soap opera As the World Turns, which was the longest running soap opera since it's debut in 1956 until its cancellation in 2010.
  • One of the artistic poses Mr. Krabs tries out is The Thinker made by Auguste Rodin.
  • The Sea Chicken Shack in this episode may be reference/parody of KFC.
  • The spy pen is a reference to the pen bomb from the James Bond film GoldenEye.


  • When SpongeBob opens the door to the Krusty Krab and sees that no customers are there, the Chum Bucket (which is usually across the street) is missing from the scene.
  • When SpongeBob starts talking to Mr. Krabs, Nat Peterson is in front of him. Then, when he starts talking about the smell, it shows Charlie in front of him instead of Nat.
  • When Mr. Krabs guesses Larry, the closed captions mistake it for 'Harry'.

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