This is the page about the episode. For other uses, see Employee of the Month (disambiguation).

"Employee of the Month" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season one. In this episode, SpongeBob and Squidward compete for the Employee of the Month award.



At the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob reminds Squidward that it is the beginning of judging for the Employee of the Month Award. However, Squidward tells SpongeBob that the award is nothing but a scam, and Mr. Krabs is only giving it to him so he will work harder for less money, but SpongeBob does not believe him, claiming he earns the award because he does work harder, and insist Squidward should take more pride in his work.

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Mr. Krabs warns SpongeBob that Squidward might get the new Employee of the Month Award, and since SpongeBob has 26 consecutive awards and wants a 27th, he starts worrying. Suddenly, he imagines his pictures as drill sergeants, and the one for March tells him Squidward is only telling him the award is a scam so he will lose confidence in himself. Squidward says that he could get the award if he wanted to, and SpongeBob asks him to prove it. Squidward tells him that the award is fake, but SpongeBob refuses to believe him. After they both decide that they will arrive at the Krusty Krab earlier than the other; that night, SpongeBob tries to destroy Squidward's alarm clock so he will not wake up, but Squidward has several more in his closet. The two argue again about the award, and they say they do not even have to sleep. They both set several traps for each other as they both desperately try to reach the Krusty Krab first, and, after a temporary truce, both get there at the same time, just as Mr. Krabs opens the doors. They begin overworking in an attempt to impress him, doing more harm than good, scaring Mr. Krabs out of his wits in the process.

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SpongeBob got trapped by Squidward.

They then begin trying to make as many Krabby Patties as possible, eventually causing the Krusty Krab to explode. Krabby Patties rain down from the sky, to the delight of the citizens of Bikini Bottom thinking they're free, and while Mr. Krabs tries to make the people pay for them, SpongeBob and Squidward eagerly ask him who's the winner of the Employee of the Month, giving Mr. Krabs a headache.



SpongeBob, Patrick, Camera, and Cheese Fizz
"Patrick! You're spraying the camera with Cheese Fizz!"

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 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Oyster Girls - Robert Alexander White [title card]
  Me for You - George Callert [opening]
  Captain Lenoe's - Michael Arthur, Colin Cater, Mick Graves, The Folk Players, Sarah Graves, Simon Ritchie ["This is gonna be a tough one, though."]
  Casualties of Love B - Mladen Franko [SpongeBob imagines Squidward's picture on the wall]
  Death Trap - Gregor F. Narholz [patty stuck to grill]
  SpongeBob Closing Theme - Steve Belfer, Nicolas Carr ["Making Krabby Patties?"]
  Dashing White Sergeants - Brian Douglas Gulland, Robert Alexander White ["This is war now, private!"]
  Agent Woodrow - The Woodies [SpongeBob spying on Squidward]
  Death Trap - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob hides in Squidward's pillow]
  Seaweed - Steve Belfer [SpongeBob destroys Squidward's alarm clock]
  Footsteps of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [SpongeBob and Squidward watching each other]
  Brahms' Lullaby - Brad Carow [Squidward playing clarinet]
  Dramatic Cue (h) - Ronald Hanmer [Squidward sneaks out and falls into a hole]
  Gator - Steve Belfer ["Hey, Squidward, going somewhere?"]
  Dramatic Cue (d) - Ronald Hanmer [Squidward climbs out]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob, Squidward trapping each other]
  Volga Boat Men - Dick Stephen Walter [pulling a ship]
  Hawaiian Breeze - Jon Jelmer [truce]
  Timpani - Military (d) - Gary Kettel [Squidward and SpongeBob shaking hands.]
  War Clouds - Gary Kettel [Squidward and SpongeBob shaking hands.]
  Mavericks - The Woodies [they race to the Krusty Krab]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band ["Money, money, gonna make some money..."]
  Mavericks - The Woodies [Krabs sees SpongeBob and Squidward]
  12th Street Rag 3 - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Look, Mr. Krabs, clean floors!"]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill [ending]

*On The Complete 1st Season, Home Sweet Pineapple, and The First 100 Episodes DVDs, "Agent Woodrow" is replaced with "Hercule Poirot" by Gerhard Trede.
**On The Complete 1st Season, Home Sweet Pineapple, and The First 100 Episodes DVDs, "Mavericks" is replaced with "El Dementia" by The Surfdusters. On The First 100 Episodes DVD, "Mavericks" plays the first time, but is replaced by "El Dementia" the second time it plays.



  • "Employee of the Month" was ranked #36 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.



  • Although this episode premiered in 2000, it was made in 1999 according to the credits.
  • There is a PC game that has the same name of this episode, which was released in 2002.
  • This episode premiered in Canada on September 30, 2000.[2]
  • SpongeBob imagines a drill sergeant version of himself in one of his Employee of the Month pictures, who demands him to work as hard as possible so that Squidward does not win. This one appears in the March picture, a reference to an army march.
    • The drill sergeant design of the SpongeBob picture from this episode is also the same design as the artwork on the North American cover of Battle for Bikini Bottom.
  • This is the second time Squidward cooks for the Krusty Krab. The first time was in "Pickles."
    • Unlike in "Pickles," Squidward cooks Krabby Patties as good as SpongeBob does.
  • This is one of the seven episodes in which the 1986 Paramount logo is plastered with the 2002 Paramount logo. The others are "Help Wanted," "Squeaky Boots," "F.U.N.," "Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost," "Karate Choppers," and "Rock Bottom."
  • The scene when Squidward shows a closet full of alarm clocks has become a popular internet meme.
  • This episode, "Help Wanted," "Pickles," and "Best Day Ever" are the only four to have SpongeBob's bed placed on the right side of his room and not the left.
  • "Grass Skirt Chase" is played in the episode, but it has a longer version to it.
  • SpongeBob says he won Employee of the Month 26 times in a row, meaning this episode falls at least two years and two months after "Help Wanted" when he was hired.
  • On DVD versions of this episode, "Mavericks" is replaced with "El Dementia."
  • This was the first episode to have three storyboard artists.

Cultural References

  • When Squidward angrily says "Why you little!..." after SpongeBob traps him in a bottle, this is a reference to the same phrase Homer Simpson says to his son Bart before strangling him in The Simpsons.




  • Sometimes, YTV accidentally lists this episode as "Chumbucket" instead of its actual name. The Chum Bucket is not even seen in this episode. Also, YTV sometimes says this episode originally aired on March 14, 2014.
  • When SpongeBob shows the calendar showing "Annoy Squidward Day" on the 15th, the date of the 21st is right below it. In a real calendar, the 22nd would be below the 15th, so the week appears to only have six days.
    • As well as that, the date of the 5th is above the 15th, meaning that it skipped four days in the week.
    • Also, the date of the 27th is below the 22nd, meaning that the week of the Employee of the Month day would’ve only have five days.
  • SpongeBob's calendar said it was "March" but on the picture frame, it says it was January. Also, the calendar had 28 as the last day of the month, meaning it must have been February in a non-leap year.
  • SpongeBob mentions he has won the Employee of the Month 26 times to Squidward, but is pictured 43 times on the Employee of the Month wall.
  • Right before SpongeBob imagines Squidward's face on the "Employee of the Month" award frame, the order of the awards is wrong:
    • On the third to last row, "February," "December," January," "February," "December."
    • On the second to last row, "April," "May," "March," "April," "May."
    • On the bottom row: "December," "January," "February," and "January."
  • When SpongeBob is crying "How could the quality of my work slip so much?," the frame on the picture of Squidward says "January." But the frame before it says "February," then changes back to December.
  • When the "Employee of the Month" awards are panning down when SpongeBob thinks Squidward might be right about the awards, in the last readable row, the order of the awards is "Mach," "April," "May," "March."
  • When the drill sergeant SpongeBob is giving real SpongeBob a pep talk, the award after "March" is "February."
  • When SpongeBob looks into Squidward's house to spy on him, Squidward sets his alarm clock on the nightstand with a lamp, but when SpongeBob goes into Squidward's house, the alarm is on the other nightstand with no lamp.
  • If one looks closely in the scene where SpongeBob is in Squidward's pillowcase, SpongeBob's eyes turn green and then they are back to normal.
  • When SpongeBob sneaks into Squidward's house, all of Squidward's furniture is in the room. However, while SpongeBob is running back and forth from the closet with the clocks in it, the room is empty.
  • Squidward's clock says 9:00 when he goes to bed, but in his closet full of clocks, most of them say 8:05. They all later switch to the correct time.
  • When SpongeBob goes to Squidward's closet it is filled with alarm clocks. In the next scene, he is breaking them, the others disappear, and is seen breaking one clock.
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    The broken clocks are gone

  • When Squidward walks into the bottle, it seems he walks through the back but it is covered.
  • When Squidward and SpongeBob finish shaking hands due to their "truce" and start running towards the Krusty Krab, the Chum Bucket is not visible.
  • When Squidward and SpongeBob barge into the Krusty Krab, the handlebars on the door are clear instead of gold or brown.
  • When Squidward is brushing his teeth, in his reflection the bubbles are behind his nose, but from behind, the bubbles are in front of his nose.
    • In the same shot, Squidward's neck does not connect to his head, rather going in front of it.
  • On the November 8, 2018 airing, in a moment when SpongeBob is about to be trapped by the robotic arm, the screen freezes for a few seconds, resulting the intro theme from the CBS Show "Mom" ("Overture" by Russlan and Ludmilla) being played in the background. After a few seconds, the music stops and Squidward passes by the frozen SpongeBob before cutting to the next shot.

Running gags

  • Squidward insulting the Employee of the Month award then getting drenched with Krabby Patty puree from a fan.
  • SpongeBob and Squidward setting traps to prevent from one of them from going to the Krusty Krab.
  • SpongeBob and Squidward desperately trying to win the Employee of the Month award.


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