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Whale of a Birthday
Season №: 4
Episode №: 71a
Airdate: May 12, 2006
Sister episode(s): "Karate Island"
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.
Previous: "Ghost Host"
Next: "Karate Island"
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"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.



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).



 ) 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!"]
  ? - 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]
  ? - Nicolas Carr ["I can buy stuff with this piece of plastic?"]
  ? [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]
  ? - 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."]
  ? [SpongeBob buying things for Pearl]
  ? - Jeremy Wakefield ["I'm back, Mr. Krabs!"]
  Tympup A - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy ["It's a boy?!"]
  ? - Nicolas Carr ["It's a boy?!"]
  The Achterhoek Dances - Jan Rap [stale popcorn]
  4-Ply - Vincent Waller, Andy Paley [Squidward sings this]
  ? - Jeremy Wakefield [Pearl crying]
  ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [delivery truck arrives]
  It's All About You Girl - Tom King, Andy Paley [ending]



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


  • 7:00 AM: Pearl wakes up.
  • This episode and "Karate Island" were shown before "Chimps Ahoy" and "Ghost Host" on YTV.
  • This is the Bikini Bottom High School's first appearance in the series. The second is in "Barnacle Face" and the third is "Patrick-Man!".
  • While Boys Who Cry were singing, Pearl's friends had copies of themselves; three of her friends with the blue hair, and two yellow-haired friends.
  • This is the second episode to have hearts on the title card. The first one is Valentine's Day, the third one is To Love a Patty and the fourth one is Gary in Love.
  • Mr. Krabs could not stop being cheap, even for Pearl's 16th birthday, even though he was surprisingly generous in The 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 one of the episodes that was originally supposed to air during Season 3, but didn't and got remade. The other episodes were Krusty Towers, Patrick SmartPants, Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy VI: The Motion Picture, and The Lost Mattress.
  • In a recent airing (10/23/13), at the end after SpongeBob said "You're a good dad, Mr. Krabs" the episode instantly ended when it cut to black leaving out Mr. Krabs' line "Don't push your luck, boy".

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 and Angelina Jolie.
  • Boys Who Cry are similar to the Jonas Brothers band.


  • In this episode, when Pearl runs out of her school, right directly across from her school is the Krusty Krab, when in most episodes, right directly across from the Krusty Krab is the Chum Bucket.
  • In this episode Pearl's room is on the second floor, but in "Sleepy Time" her room was on the first 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 and green fishes did the "oohs", but if you look closely, you can see them mouthing the line.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Whale of a Birthday

  • Pearl's age

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    • Pearl was 16 before that episode, I think.
    • wrote: In cartoons the ages stay. Gumball and Flapjack stayed their ages too. However, Chowder turned 11. Pearl is problely...

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