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Episode Title: "Walking Small"

Episode Airing Number: 18

Episode Production Number: 18

Original Airdate: March 22, 2000

Season: 1

On DVD: "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete First Season," "SpongeGuard on Duty"

On VHS: "SpongeGuard on Duty"

Aired With Episode: "Texas"

Running Time: 11:11

Storyboard Director: Aaron Springer

Storyboard Artist: Erik Wiese

Writers: Aaron Springer, Erik Wiese and Mr. Lawrence

Animation Director: Sean Dempsy

Creative Director: Derek Drymon

In Brief: Plankton uses SpongeBob to get everyone to flee the beach so he can build a new restaurant.

Story: One day at Goo Lagoon, Plankton has plans to build a new Chum Bucket restaurant called the Mega Bucket on the beach. He wants everyone to leave, but he's so small that nobody can hear his voice. Because of his size, he decides that he needs someone bigger to help him, like SpongeBob. SpongeBob doesn't get the ice cream cone he wants from the vendor because someone butts in from of him and another steals the last cone. Plankton lures him over with a cone so he can talk to him about being more assertive and showing him how.

While sitting on the bench, a man sits on SpongeBob. Plankton sees this as an opportunity to be assertive, but SpongeBob blows the chance. When the two see the eel who stole SpongeBob's ice cream, SpongeBob blows the chance to be mean again. Plankton climbs into SpongeBob's mouth and talks mean to the eel, forcing him to give the ice cream back and run away crying. Plankton lies to SpongeBob that the eel was happy he was being assertive. SpongeBob claims that because the assertiveness got him ice cream, he likes it.

Plankton sees another opportunity for SpongeBob to be mean when a guy borrows his metal detector, but once again, he blows it. This is enough for Plankton, and he wants to quit. SpongeBob begs for another chance, so Plankton gives him one. He tells him to get rid of all the people in his way to get a tan. For once, SpongeBob succeeds. Plankton is impressed. SpongeBob also gets rid of the people at the hotdog stand by swallowing their hotdogs, the kite-flyers by clipping their kite strings, and the volleyball players by popping their ball.

With everybody gone from the beach, SpongeBob learns that Plankton is using the land to build the Mega Bucket. He is saddened about this. In return, he gives back the hotdogs and kites he stole, cleans off a little girl's sandy ice cream and lets Scooter use him as a surfboard when his breaks. SpongeBob's kindness brings everybody back to the beach, and Plankton can't take it, so he leaves. Then, SpongeBob lets the volleyball players use him as a ball because he popped the one they were using earlier.

Song: "Steppin' on the Beach"

Steppin' on the beach

Doo doo doo doo

Steppin' on the beach

Droo doo doo doo

Steppin' on the beach

Doo doo doo doo

Steppin' on the beach

Droo doo doo doo


Plankton: But it's becoming increasingly obvious. I can deny it no longer! I am small.

Plankton: *sobbing* Oh, hi, SpongeBob. *blows nose into tissue* I'm crying because I've got these two ice cream cones, but I only need one!

Plankton: SpongeBob, you missed your chance. You've got to be aggressive to get the things you want. You're too soft!

SpongeBob: But I'm a spon-

Plankton: Don't say it!

Plankton: SpongeBob, this is your next lesson. Be aggressive! Tell that guy to TAKE A HIKE!

SpongeBob: *to guy wanting his metal detector* Do you wanna take a hike with me?

Guy: Yeah!

Plankton: I guess you don't have what it takes to be a stand-up guy.

SpongeBob: But what about airline food?

Plankton: *confused* What?

SpongeBob: *like a stand-up comedian* Airline food. My gosh, what is up with that stuff? Thank you, goodnight. See, I can be a stand-up guy. See?

SpongeBob: You used me...for land development! *sadly* That wasn't nice!


Only Episode This episode is the only one centered around Plankton that does not feature the Chum Bucket or have anything to do with the Krusty Krab.

Free Ice Cream? None of the people that get ice cream from the vendor pay for it.

SpongeBob's Tongue When Plankton pounds SpongeBob's tongue, saliva squirts out.

Ice Cream SpongeBob eats the ice cream that was taken from him by the eel, even though the eel licked it earlier.

Packing Plankton packs a doll with a purple dress, a sock and a yellow shirt with a red zigzag into his suitcase.

Bulldozer Button Plankton's bulldozer has a button that brings a Mega Bucket sign up from inside the sand without touching it.

Different People Out of the four people who eat the hotdogs off of SpongeBob's tongue, only one of them were seen in the group of people that SpongeBob stole the hotdogs from earlier.

Seen Again The girl who has the sandy ice cream that SpongeBob cleans off is later seen holding her ice cream cone in a couple of crowd scenes.

Repeated People When people run back to Goo Lagoon over Plankton, a lifeguard, brown fish and orange female fish are seen running over him two times.

Ice Cream Color All of the ice cream in this episode is pink.