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Episode Title: "Culture Shock"

Episode Airing Number: 10

Episode Production Number: 10

Original Airdate: September 18, 1999

Season: 1

On DVD: "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete First Season", "Home Sweet Pineapple"

On VHS: (none)

Aired With Episode: "F.U.N."

Running Time: 11:02

Storyboard Director: Paul Tibbitt

Storyboard Artist: Mark O'Hare

Writers: Paul Tibbitt, Mark O'Hare, and Mr. Lawrence

Animation Director: Edgar Larrazabal

Creative Director: Derek Drymon

In Brief: Squidward puts on a talent show at the Krusty Krab.

Story: It's a slow day at the Krusty Krab. Not even a free salad bar would bring in customers. At last, a customer comes in but all he wants is change for the pay phone. After SpongeBob gives him some change, he leaves a penny on the table. Mr. Krabs smells it and jumps on it.

Later, Mr. Krabs has a meeting with Squidward and SpongeBob about sales not being as good as they have in the past. They need a gimmick to get people to come in. SpongeBob suggests a free pair of socks with every purchase, double patty midnight madness, and whoever comes with a mouthful of clams gets a free drink. Mr. Krabs and Squidward don't jump at these suggestions. Mr. Krabs was thinking more of live entertainment. Squidward gets an idea of a talent show for the Krusty Krab.

Everyone is getting things ready, even SpongeBob. He tries to show Squidward all his amazing talents: dancing with a hippo bubble and absorbing water. Nothing is getting him in the talent show so he begs Squidward to be in it. Squidward gives him a mop and tells him he can clean up afterwards.

The talent show begins. First up is Pearl. She does a cheer for everyone but everytime she jumps, the crowd is launched in the air. After Pearl is Gary. He enlightens everyone with poetry. After Gary is Plankton. He puts on a magic show. He tries to make a Krabby Patty disappear by stealing it and running out the door but Mr. Krabs stops him before that happens. After Plankton leaves, Mr. Krabs goes backstage and yells at Squidward for ruining the talent show. Squidward assures him that the best act is saved for last and that's his.

It's Squidward's turn. He puts on a dance for everyone but no one likes it. They grab tomatoes and throw them at Squidward. Mr. Krabs knows he's losing money on the deal so he puts up a sign that says "$1.00 per tomato". This has him make money like never before. Squidward and the customers are not getting along.

When the show is over, SpongeBob goes out and mops the stage. The customers seem to like this. SpongeBob goes out again and mops more. Squidward thinks they are cheering for him and when he goes out on stage, they stop clapping. SpongeBob goes back out and they cheer more. Squidward figures out that even if he mops, the customers don't cheer for him. Mr. Krabs comes in later and tells him he's going to need another wheelbarrow for next week's show.

Song: (none)


Squidward: What talent could you possibly possess? *Spongebob blows a big bubble which turns into a hippo. Then blows two small bubbles for the hat and cane. Both dance*

SpongeBob: Ta-da! *Squidward yawns*

Squidward: No one, not even your parents, would want to see that. *hippo bubble pops* What the people want is culture, not dancing bubbles.

SpongeBob: Ok, I get it. Donít worry, Squidward, Iím going to come up with the most cultured act ever!

Squidward: I can hardly wait. *Spongebob runs off* Phew. The only culture that guy has is in his tennis shoes. *laughs* Tennis shoes. I crack myself up.

Plankton: I, the amazing Plankton, with the use of prestidigitation... *turns his wand into flowers* Öwill make a Krabby Patty disappear before your very eyes. *throw the flowers aside* First, Iíll need a volunteer from the audience. *jumps onto a table and grabs the krabby patty from the customer. Runs toward the door but Mr. Krabs stops Plankton*

Mr. Krabs: Nice try. Your actís over, bub. *grabs the patty*

Plankton: You may win this time. She-hah-kazeek! *he claps his hands and ignites into a puff of smoke. The smoke clears and he is completely charred* Well, this stinks.


Magazine Squidward's magazine is called, "Dance Now!"

Contestants The contestants were Pearl, Gary, Plankton, Squidward, and SpongeBob.

Patrick's suit Patrick also wears that suit in "Home Sweet Pineapple".