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Episode Title: "Can You Spare a Dime?"

Episode Airing Number: 44

Episode Production Number: 47

Original Airdate: March 8, 2002

Season: 3

On DVD: "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete Third Season," "Sponge For Hire"

On VHS: "Sponge For Hire"

Aired With Episode: "As Seen on TV"

Running Time: 11:12

Storyboard Directors: Jay Lender and Sam Henderson

Storyboard Artist: Caleb Meurer

Writers: Jay Lender, Sam Henderson and Merriwether Williams

Animation Director: Sean Dempsy

Creative Director: Derek Drymon

In Brief: Squidward has nowhere to live after quitting his job, so SpongeBob takes him in.

Story: It's closing time at the Krusty Krab, and Mr. Krabs counts his money in the cash register. He notices that his first dime ever made is missing and freaks out. Because Squidward works at the register all day, Mr. Krabs accuses him of stealing his dime. Squidward immediately quits his job. SpongeBob tells him that if he's ever in trouble to come to him, but Squidward insists he won't need to.

Later on, SpongeBob finds Squidward living on the streets in a cardboard box. He lets Squidward come live with him. At the pineapple, SpongeBob does so much for Squidward. He lets him sleep in his bed while he sleeps on the couch, lays out a breakfast buffet for him on his bed, gives him massages and all kinds of other things, and rushes things up to him that he asks for in bed.

Many months pass, and Squidward still hasn't seeked a job and SpongeBob is still treating him like gold. He's exhausted from all he's doing. Squidward yells for some lemonade, so SpongeBob rushes to him with some. In the bedroom, they argue about Squid not having a job yet. SpongeBob tries rubbing it in to Squidward that he needs to go out and get a job by giving Squidward Alphabet soup that spells out "Get a job", showing him the job listings, telling him about something that a friend did at his job, making a TV show about getting jobs, and saying he calls someone with a job to fix things that are broken. Then, SpongeBob goes mad and rushes Squidward to the Krusty Krab.

To get Squidward's job back, SpongeBob offers Mr. Krabs replacement dimes for the one that was supposedly stolen by Squidward, but Mr. Krabs won't take them, saying he can't put a price on his first dime. While SpongeBob is shaking Mr. Krabs in frustration, the humongous stone dime falls out of Mr. Krabs's pocket (that's how dimes were in the days of Krabs's first dime). Because the dime is back, Mr. Krabs lets Squidward come back to work - but accuses Squidward of hiding the dime in his pants.

Song: (none)


SpongeBob: But a visit to the Krusty Krab makes everyone happy! And what could be better than serving up smiles? *grins*

Squidward: Being dead, or anything else.

SpongeBob: But Squidward, it's a cold, cold world out there. No one's gonna serve you happiness on a silver platter.

Woman: *walks by with silver platter of cookies* Free samples?

SpongeBob: Cookies! *eats one*

Squidward: Can I have one? *Woman walks off without giving Squid one*

Squidward: I can become anything I set my mind to. I could be a football player. Or a king. Or a spaceman.

SpongeBob: Or a football-playing king in space! With a moustache!

Squidward: *talking about his lemonade* No! No! It's already contaminated by a bad lemon! It won't work!

SpongeBob: Hmm...that's two things in this house that WON'T WORK.

Squidward: *after SpongeBob shows him the job listings in the newspaper* Get that away from me! You know I'm allergic to newsprint!


Suction Cups Squidward has four suction cups on each tentacle, making the total on his body 24. When he's counting his suction cups, he counts to 31.

The Krusty Krab Policy: The Krusty Krab Employee Manual; second revised edition; page 35; section 19; clause 3A states: All staff must remain on the premises until the daily receipts are fully accounted for. Clause 3B: The provider reserves the right to be unfair.

Football When Squidward is seen playing football, his jersey has a 6 on the back. Also, the field has a 2-yard line.

Ways SpongeBob Pampers Squidward:

-Puts lotion on his head

-Feeds him grapes

-Gives him a foot rub

-Sprays his head with spray

-Massages his back and nose

-Feeds him milk through a bottle

-Rubs his head with a towel

-Performs acupuncture on his nose

-Shines his head with a mechanized polisher

Lamp SpongeBob's lamp in the living room resembles a jellyfish. Its tentacles are beads that turn the light on and off when you pull them.

Wall Pictures On the walls in SpongeBob's hallway are photos of Squidward, the pineapple house, and one that looks like Patrick.

Things Surrounded by Squidward When SpongeBob Comes in with Lemonade:

-Bitten pizza

-Bitten donut

-A tray with chocolates or something else

-Fifteen books

-Apple core


-Dirty plates

-Reading lamp

-A red ball

-A pad of paper

-Two glasses

-A tray with a cupcake, bowl of ice cream and a glass

4 AM TV Show It's nighttime when Squidward says it's 4:00 and time for his stories. Also, when the foghorn clock sounds for 4:00, it reads 11:40.

Show Background There is an on-screen background on the TV show SpongeBob makes with puppets, but there is no background seen when he's seen using the puppets from behind the TV set.

Floor Around the Dime When the dime falls out of Mr. Krabs's pants, there are broken floorboards on the far shot. In the closeup, there is no broken wood.