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"Porous Pockets" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 6. In this episode, SpongeBob becomes popular after obtaining a large amount of wealth, which changes his personality.



SpongeBob is in Jellyfish Fields when he hears a loud shrieking. He thinks that it is Patrick, but it is actually a clam choking on a pearl. The clam coughs up the pearl with Patrick's assistance, and Patrick thinks that it is a volleyball. The two take the pearl to the local volleyball court, where someone offers SpongeBob a "small fortune" for it. The "small fortune" turns out to be billions of dollars that are delivered to SpongeBob's house by several trucks.

Trucks full of money heading towards SpongeBob's house.

SpongeBob and Patrick use a portion of the money to buy lifetime supplies of strawberry gum at the mall. Later, at an ice cream stand, SpongeBob overhears another fish complaining that he is short on change, so he offers the fish money, and they become his friends. SpongeBob is so overtaken by fame that he forgets that Patrick is his best friend. He keeps giving money to his rich "friends."

SpongeBob getting fancy.

The next time Patrick sees SpongeBob, he has turned his pineapple into a huge golden mansion. SpongeBob's butler will not allow Patrick in, so Patrick tells him his shoe is untied and slips past him. Inside, SpongeBob is wearing fancy, expensive clothes and is telling jokes to his new friends, and handing out money to anyone who asks for some. Patrick tries to warn SpongeBob that everyone is just using him and that if he keeps throwing away his money he will not have any, but is cut off by Mr. Krabs who kicks him out. Eventually, so many people have used him for his money that SpongeBob runs out completely. He searches both pockets, his safe, his closet, even his toilet, but there is no money left. SpongeBob tells everyone this and they all leave immediately, except Mr. Krabs, who reminds him not to be late for work tomorrow.

SpongeBob returns to his normal life, and he apologizes to Patrick for not listening to him. Patrick takes it in stride and tells SpongeBob that greed is not good. Patrick finds another "volleyball," which is really a huge diamond from the Bikini Bottom Diamond Mine while the episode ends.




 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Clownfish Capers - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card]
  Apprehensive 2 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [SpongeBob hears a terrifying shriek]
  The Pollywog Strut - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Patrick, what is with all the shrieking?"]
  Terror by Night - Hubert Clifford [A shriek is heard coming from kelp shrub]
  Alekoki - Kapono Beamer [Clam choking]
  Great Idea Patrick - Nicolas Carr [Bottle of Superb Bubble]
  Comedic Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Steve Marston [The Slimelich maneuver]
  Steel Licks 4 - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick breaks his back]
  Glissando (H) - Skaila Kanga, Richard Myhill [The clam coughs up a pearl]
  Mystery Chime - Nicolas Carr [Pearl is shown]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Their... eyes?"]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["A baby volleyball!"]
  Sponge Twist - Nicolas Carr, Fabian Fernandez, James King [Volleyball courts and appraisal center]
  Parting of the Clouds - Nicolas Carr [The appraiser sees the pearl]
  Goofy Conversation 2 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Gentlemen!"]
  12th Street Rag with Bass - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [A truckload of money is delivered to SpongeBob's house]
  Harp Gliss & Bell w/ Carrol Chimes - Nicolas Carr ["Hey, Patrick!"]
  Quick - Joe Brook [Montage of SpongeBob and Patrick at the mall]
  Betsy - Joe Brook [End of scene]
  What's This - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob gets an idea]
  Hello Blues - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Wasn't that incredible, Patrick?"]
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [The following Thursday]
  Royal King - Jean-Pierre Fouquey [Exterior of mansion]
  Steel Licks 28 - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick walks up to the door]
  Happiness Castle - Maurice De Courpalay [The butler will not let Patrick in]
  Castle Life - Maurice De Courpalay [Inside the mansion]
  Left Foot Forward - Graham D.H. Preskett ["SpongeBob, your house is full of strangers."]
  Polite Conversation - Graham D.H. Preskett [After Mr. Krabs kicks Patrick out]
  Drama Link (D) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob's pockets are empty]
  Finger of Fear - Fredric Bayco [SpongeBob is out of money]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [everyone's gone]
  Hawaiian Breeze - Jon Jelmer ["Hey, Patrick."]
  Chief Taravana - Kapono Beamer [The ending]




  • This episode premiered as one of seven in the Super Stuffed Nicksgiving Weekend 2008.
  • The title card background would be reused for the one for "Perfect Chemistry," but the background is green instead of blue, and the fish scale shapes are right side up.
    • It would also be reused for the one for "New Fish in Town," but the fish scale shapes on that one are sideways instead.
  • In reality, a "pawn shop" owner like the one in this episode could not be nearly that rich. Also, if the "pawn shop" owner in this episode were that rich, he would have had a much higher-paying job.
  • SpongeBob's rich behavior is similar to Patrick and the power he gains in the episode "Rule of Dumb."
  • In this episode, SpongeBob and Patrick know how to spend money, but in "Patty Hype," they do not know what to do with it.
  • The time card "The Following Thursday" is similar to the title card from "Naughty Nautical Neighbors."
  • Patrick has more common sense and is more down-to-earth in this episode than usual. He advises SpongeBob not to throw away his money and tries to tell him that the people are just using him.
  • This is the second episode to feature a location that is composed of two different locations as one. The first was "Pest of the West" with Dead Eye Funeral Parlor and Ice Cream Parlor.
  • This is the second episode in which a clam's pearl appears. The first was "The Smoking Peanut."
  • This is the second appearance of Kelp Jerky after "Sun Bleached."
    • Other than those two episodes, the only other appearance of Kelp Jerky was in the video game Nicktoons MLB.
  • During the SpongeBob vs. The Goo marathon, this episode was paired up with "Extreme Spots."[1]

Episode references

Cultural references

  • The episode is a parody of the Parable of the Prodigal Son, in which the protagonist gains an increasingly large amount of wealth, but then they quickly lose it all hand and have to go back to their former life.
  • The "Slimelich maneuver" is a parody of the Heimlich maneuver. Both serve the same purpose of helping a choking person.
  • Kelp Jerky is a parody of beef jerky.


  • In some countries, after Patrick says, "Inside the Bikini Bottom Diamond Mine!" the episode instantly ends and immediately switches to "Choir Boys."[2]

Derek iversen.

  • In the opening credits, Derek Iversen's name was spelled as Derek iversen with a lowercase i.
  • SpongeBob has money before Mr. Krabs asks him for some. Afterward, it is gone when Mr. Krabs asks.