Wikia

SpongeBob SquarePants

"Whale of a Birthday"

Comment1
6,804pages
on ESB
This is the page about Whale of a Birthday. If you were looking for the article about the DVD, then see Whale of a Birthday (DVD).
Arrow Left
Episode
Arrow Right
Episode Information
Whale of a Birthday
General
Season №: 4
Episode №: 71a
Airdate: May 12, 2006
Sister episode(s): "Karate Island"
Credits
Guest(s): Pat Morita as Udon
Writer(s): Luke Brookshier
Tom King
Paul Tibbitt
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Luke Brookshier
Tom King
Animation: Tom Yasumi
Technical: Vincent Waller
See all credits for this episode.
Chronology
Previous: "Chimps Ahoy"
Next: "Karate Island"
List of episodes

"Whale of a Birthday" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season four. In this episode, Mr. Krabs sends SpongeBob to get Pearl a birthday present.

Characters

Synopsis

Pearl Krabs has had 15 horrible birthday parties and her 16th birthday is just one day away. Her father, Eugene H. Krabs, is forced to give Pearl the best birthday ever, or else Pearl's high school reputation will "collapse, she will have to drop out of highschool to avoid embarrassment, she will not go off to college, she will never leave home, and Mr. Krabs will have to support Pearl for the rest of her life."

While Mr. Krabs works on the party, SpongeBob SquarePants is assigned the task of figuring out what Pearl would like for a present. Mr. Krabs gives him his credit card, so that if something Pearl wants should be bought, it can be bought with any credit card. So SpongeBob trails Pearl and her friends through the Bikini Bottom mall and takes note of everything she wants. However, he uses Mr. Krabs' credit card to buy Pearl's gifts, so that Pearl's party shouldn't be a disaster and that Pearl will get all she wants. 
Whale of a birthday

Pearl and her friends, angry at Mr. Krabs because of how cheap he is.

Once Pearl arrives at her party with her friends, she is horrified to find that her dad's miserly ways have won out again. The popcorn is stale, the drinks are dishwater, Pearl's ice sculpture is made out of 400 pounds of raw Krabby Patties, the cake is made out of cardboard and frosting, and even Squidward Tentacles sings a song called "Four-Ply," which disgusts everyone. Once more, what is supposed to be the most fun and fabulous event has ended up cheap and lame, and she will be secluded for the rest of her life. Pearl is also extremely hurt that her father couldn't even stop being cheap for her, even despite the fact that he says he will make it up to her somehow. It looks like Pearl's birthday will go down in history as the worst one ever - until SpongeBob shows up with a truck-load of presents. Everything Pearl has looked at in the mall has been so coral (which means cool) that SpongeBob has bought it all - maxing out Mr. Krabs' credit card in the process. Finally, he reveals one last gift: A live performance from Boys Who Cry! Pearl is thrilled and thanks her dad for getting everything she wanted, even though he's stifling his intense annoyance with SpongeBob (Has he done a great job for Pearl but not Mr. Krabs).

Production

Music

 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Happy Sponge Chase Vibes - Nicolas Carr [title card]
  It's All About You Girl - Tom King, Andy Paley [plays on the radio]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [Pearl wakes up]
  The Achterhoek Dances - Jan Rap ["Morning, Daddy!"]
  ? - Nicolas Carr [Hawaiian sting]
  Surfer Baby D - Jerry Burnham [Pearl at high school]
  Jenny's Music Box - Peter Dennis [flashback to earlier birthday party]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill [Pearl crying]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield ["Bubble wrap!"]
  Steel Sting (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [Pearl's list of things she wants at the party]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [Krabs assigns SpongeBob to buy Pearl's gift]
    Four and Three - Harold Geller [SpongeBob getting Pearl's gifts]
  ? - Nicolas Carr ["I can buy stuff with this piece of plastic?"]
  Heavenly Voices (c) - David Farnon [choir]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band ["Remember, nothing's too good for me little Pearl."]
  ? ["Do some detective work."]
  Poppin' Around - Bruce Campbell [Pearl at the mall]
  The Dreadnought Tea Clipper (b) - Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White ["I've had that since the day she was born."]
  Holiday Magic - Malcom Lockyer, Bert Weedon [sea pony]
  Steel Sting (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [Pearl riding pony]
  Lovely Scenery C - Mladen Franko [pony crushed]
  Holiday Magic - Malcom Lockyer, Bert Weedon [SpongeBob disguised as dog fish]
  The King's Codpiece - Paddy Kingsland [Krabby Patty sculpture of Pearl]
  Keel Row - Brian Peters ["Well, we've got the decor covered."]
  Living in the Sunlight, Loving in the Moonlight - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob buying things for Pearl]
  Steel Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield ["I'm back, Mr. Krabs!"]
  Tympup B - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy ["It's a boy?!"]
  Hawaiian Sting - Nicolas Carr ["It's a boy?!"]
  The Achterhoek Dances - Jan Rap [stale popcorn]
  4-Ply - Vincent Waller, Andy Paley [Squidward sings this]
  Steel Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield [Pearl crying]
  Cream Pie - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [delivery truck arrives]
  It's All About You Girl - Tom King, Andy Paley [ending]

Release

Reception

  • "Whale of a Birthday" was ranked #60 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.

Trivia

Timeline
Timecards
none
  • This & "Karate Island" were shown before "Chimps Ahoy" & "Ghost Host" on YTV.
    • They also have DVD releases of the same names.
  • This is the Bikini Bottom High School's 1st appearance in the series. The 2nd was "Barnacle Face." The third was "Patrick-Man!"
  • While Boys Who Cry were singing, Pearl's friends had copies of themselves: 3 of her friends with the blue hair, and 2 yellow-haired.
  • This is the 2nd episode to have hearts on the title card. The 1st was "Valentine's Day." The 3rd was "To Love a Patty." The fourth was "Gary in Love."
  • Mr. Krabs could not stop being cheap, even for Pearl's 16th birthday, even though he was surprisingly generous in "Best Day Ever," paying for SpongeBob's play. This shows how selfish and miserable he can really be.
  • When Mr. Krabs asks SpongeBob where Pearl's present is, SpongeBob says the delivery truck will be there momentarily. Mr. Krabs should have seen this as a red flag as to how much he actually spent.
  • This episode was 1 of the episodes that was originally supposed to air during Season 3, but didn't and got remade. The others were "Krusty Towers," "Patrick SmartPants," "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy VI: The Motion Picture," & "The Lost Mattress."
  • At the end of recent airings, after SpongeBob said "You're a good dad, Mr. Krabs" the episode instantly ended when it cut to blank, leaving out Mr. Krabs' line, "Don't push your luck, boy." (Still seen in captions.) This was still seen on YTV & Nicktoons airings and DVD releases (Including the DVD of the same name & Season 4 Volume 2.)

Cultural References

  • When Pearl said about a girl named Angela that she likes a guy named Brad, it could be a reference to Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie.
  • Boys Who Cry are similar to The Jonas Brothers.

Errors

  • When Pearl runs out of her school, right directly across from her school is the Krusty Krab. In most episodes, right directly across from the Krusty Krab is the Chum Bucket.
  • In this episode Pearl's room is on the 2nd floor, but in "Sleepy Time" her room was on the 1st floor.
  • Near the end, when Boys Who Cry sing, the red fish sings the line "You get your very own spotlight tonight" while the blue & green fishes did the "oohs", but if you look closely, you can see them mouthing the line.
  • in this episode, when Mr. Krabs called SpongeBob and said, “While I plan the party...” Pearl said her birthday was the next day. It could be possible Mr. Krabs & Pearl forgot about it.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Whale of a Birthday

  • Pearl's age

    8 messages
    • You cannot reckon logic
    • Perhaps Whale of a Birthday came before the Chaperone.

Wikia Spotlight

Random Wiki