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"Boss for a Day" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season twelve. In this episode, Mr. Krabs has an accident and leaves SpongeBob in charge of the Krusty Krab.



The episode begins with a montage of Mr. Krabs satisfying lots of customers and being an outstanding boss, but he is interrupted by pirates. Mr. Krabs manages to defeat them while still working. He complements himself for being able to keep the Krusty Krab in shape.

Mr. Krabs then finds a penny, which he happily picks up, however SpongeBob then opens the door to the kitchen, where Mr. Krabs was standing by, and Mr. Krabs gets launched across the Krusty Krab, and eventually outside.

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The episode was confirmed by Vincent Waller on June 6, 2019.[1]


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music
  Off Broadway - Werner Tautz [Title card]

  Sea Battle [#44] - John Fox [Opening at the Krusty Krab]
  Children Box - Leo Nissim [Baby can't eat a Krabby Patty because of his size]
  Sea Battle [#44] - John Fox [Baby eats mini Krabby Patties while Krabs kicks out the pirates outside the restaurant]
  Another Krusty Krab Day - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Yep, takes a pretty study claw to overship this ship."]
  Hillbilly Dual - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs' claw smells a penny in the floor]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr [Closeup of the penny]
  Krusty Krab Tango - Steve Marston [Krabs takes the penny from the floor]
  Greenhorn Rag - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs gets kicked out of the Krusty Krab accidentally by SpongeBob and gets seriously injured]
  Dramatic Cue (a) - Ronald Hanmer [Ambulance appears and Krabs gets taken to it]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Wait, Mr. Krabs. Who's in charge while you're out?"]
  Melodramatic Moments - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Krabs chooses accidentally SpongeBob to be in charge of the Krusty Krab]
  Harps and Bells - Nicolas Carr ["I...I'm in charge!"]
  Sailor's Sting 22 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Squidward tells SpongeBob he can't do Krabs' job]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Transition to next scene]
  Melodramatic Moments - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Nurse takes Krabs to the Krusty Krab in a wheelchair]
  Pineapple Luau - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Mr. Krabs, I'm so glad you're back!"]
  Jovial Pirates Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob tells Krabs he hired a new fry cook]
  Evil Mind 3 - Dick De Benedictis [Krabs sees horrified who the new fry cook is]
  Gator - Steve Belfer [Patrick is the new fry cook of the Krusty Krab]
  Jovial Pirates Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob doing manager duties at the Krusty Krab]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["SpongeBob, you aggravating, obnoxious, lonesome...!"]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch [Patrick "cleaning" the deli slicer with a brick at the kitchen]
  Joy Ride - Jack Coles [SpongeBob giving tips to Patrick while he's cooking patties what makes him quit his job]
  Murder Scene - Alan Wynn [SpongeBob gets tangled with the door of the kitchen and a slice of himself is made]
  Jolly Little Roger - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob hires his own slice to be the new fry cook while Squidward quits]
  Murder Scene - Alan Wynn [Customers corner angrily SpongeBob to the door of the Krusty Krab]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob gets an idea]
  Salty Krab Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob makes another slice of himself to be the new cashier]
  Alone and Lost - Norman Dane [Customers having troubles at the Krusty Krab]
  Project X - Cedric Palmer [Customers having troubles at the Krusty Krab]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob makes many slices of himself]
  Off Broadway - Werner Tautz [All SpongeBob's slices help the customers in their troubles]
  Cream Pie - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [All SpongeBob's slices get desroyed in the air conditioner]
  Five Dramatic Bridges B - Kurt Rehfeld [Krabs gets very angry and recovers from his damages]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Mr. Krabs, you are better!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (e) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Sorry I let you down, all I wanted was to be a good boss, just like you."]
  Another Krusty Krab Day - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Nobody's just like me."]
  Off Broadway - Werner Tautz [Ending]



  • The title card is similar to those of "Mrs. Puff, You're Fired," "Ditchin'," "Two Thumbs Down," "Fun-Sized Friends," and "Krusty Kleaners."
  • SpongeBob imitates Mr. Krabs the same way he does in "Gone" and "Mimic Madness."
  • When Patrick is substituting for SpongeBob, his clothing is almost the same as the clothes he wore in "Big Pink Loser."
    • This is also the third episode in which Patrick dresses up as SpongeBob. The first time being in "Boating School" and the second being in the former.
  • SpongeBob has been put in charge of the Krusty Krab before in "Gullible Pants" and to an extent in "Squid's Day Off," although the plots of those episodes are quite different.
    • Additionally, in "Gullible Pants," Mr. Krabs lets SpongeBob be in charge on purpose, instead of on accident like in this episode.
  • When a piano falls on Mr. Krabs, it references "Fear of a Krabby Patty" when SpongeBob drops a piano on Plankton.
  • In this episode, Mr. Krabs is horrified to find out that SpongeBob hired Patrick as the fry cook, even though Mr. Krabs hired him temporarily back in "Bummer Vacation."
  • This is the third episode in which SpongeBob has been cloned, the first being in "Overbooked" and the second being in "CopyBob DittoPants."
    • There are actually numerous episodes where more than one SpongeBob appear, but these episodes are the only three where he is cloned for more purpose than as a gag.
  • This episode accidentally premiered in Russia instead of "My Two Krabses."

Cultural references

  • One of the things that Mr. Krabs' eyes turn into are Pac-Man and a ghost, a reference to the game Pac-Man.


White belt error BfaD

One instance where SpongeBob's belt turns white.

  • Multiple times throughout the episode, when SpongeBob changes into Mr. Krabs and back to his normal form again, parts of his belt are miscolored as white.
BfaD Error

The frame where SpongeBob's teeth are "connected."

  • When SpongeBob bolts in front of the front door of the Krusty Krab when Squidward is leaving, the bottom line of his two teeth are connected as one big line.
  • When SpongeBob is twirling around in the circle of his slices, his leg appears white like his sock whenever he faces to the left.


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