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"Selling Out" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 4. In this episode, Mr. Krabs retires and leaves the Krusty Krab under new management.



"Hey, the Krabby O'Monday’s?"

The episode starts with Mr. Krabs singing about his love and greed for money. Then, an extremely rich man named Howard Blandy comes into the Krusty Krab and asks to buy the restaurant from Mr. Krabs for a large sum of money. Mr. Krabs happily accepts, leaving SpongeBob and Squidward with a simple "See you around." SpongeBob and Squidward leave the Krusty Krab to ask Mr. Krabs what is happening, and Mr. Krabs then tells them that he is retiring, before leaving.

Afterwards, a new manager named Carl comes to them, renaming The Krusty Krab "Krabby O'Monday's." Mr. Krabs drives by, but ignores it, instead going to the newly opened Bikini Bottom Hook Museum, then when he is trying to paint a bowl of fruit, he actually paints a bowl of Krabby Patties instead, followed by a round of golf; however, he then realizes that he hates golf. Mr. Krabs has done everything he wanted to do and decides to go home, where he realizes he has nothing to do. He tries to talk to his daughter, Pearl, but Pearl kicks Mr. Krabs out of the house and tells him to get a job, a hobby, or some friends.

Downtrodden, Mr. Krabs goes to the beach to look for a job, but hits a glass door with a sign saying "Help Wanted." It is one of the glass doors of the Krabby O'Monday's, so he goes inside to take a look at what job is vacated.

"You wouldn't want to have to talk to human resources...would you?"

Meanwhile, Carl wants Squidward to have more spirit, so he threatens Squidward with Human Resources. Fearful, Squidward continues his work with a forced smile. Mr. Krabs gets a job at the Krabby O'Monday's working as a busboy, listening to SpongeBob complain about the problems. The problems are that the patties are processed (made out of a gray material and synthetically engineered) and there is an automated cash register with no one watching it. Angered, Mr. Krabs complains, only to be ignored by Carl. He also finds out how the new patties are fake and disgusting.

Now furious, Mr. Krabs shows the customers what the food is actually made of. They all find out and run away, making the restaurant unpopular. Carl calls Howard to tell him what Mr. Krabs is doing. Mr. Krabs rips out the automated cash register computer and clogs the fake patty maker with it, before confronting Howard. As he does so, the fake patty maker overpressurizes, exploding and destroying the entire restaurant.

Mr. Krabs buys back the restaurant from Howard at full price and changes the restaurant's name back to "The Krusty Krab," saying that he got back the love of his "dear friends." That is, until the episode ends with a demand for SpongeBob and Squidward to clean up the mess. Mr. Krabs then presses the cash register, causing dollar bills to appear on the screen, making the screen go black and ending the episode in the process.




 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Drunken Sailor - Nicolas Carr [Title card]
  Dingles Regatta - Brian Peters [opening]
  Feeling of Greed - Zeus Cervas, Andy Paley [Mr. Krabs sings this]
  Furtive Footsteps - Paddy Kingsland [businessmen enter the Krusty Krab]
  Unease - Dick Stephen Walter ["Howard Blandy?"]
  Tension Bit - Nicolas Carr [Overlays "Unease"]
  Romantic Entrance [#23] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["I worship you!"]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band ["It's just that... you're rich."]
  Dramatic Impact (2) - Ivor Slaney ["Buy the Krusty Krab?"]
  Up She Rises - Sam Spence ["It's the blood, sweat and tears of a hard day's work."]
  Funny Tymp Stinger - Nicolas Carr [suitcase full of money]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [suitcase full of money]
  Historical Fanfare [#31.04] - Gerhard Narholz ["Jumpin' King Neptune!"]
  Mystery Chime - Nicolas Carr
  Furtive Footsteps - Paddy Kingsland [Krabs signs contract]
  Alekoki - Kapono Beamer [Krabs says he's retiring]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill ["Have fun, Mr. Krabs."]
  Idea Vibe - Nicolas Carr [Carl the new manager]
  Drunken Sailor (B) - Robin Jeffrey, Tim Laycock ["Ah... the sweet smell of a brand new day!"]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["The Krabby O'Monday’s?"]
  On The Beach - Kapono Beamer [Krabs' hobbies/Krabs lying on his bed]
  Hello Blues - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Pearl on the phone]
  Solo Steel 1 - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs at the beach]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr [metal detector hits something]
  Down by the Riverside - Jerry Burnham, Stephen Wade [inside Krabby O'Monday’s]
  Dramatic Encounter - Gregor F. Narholz [human resources appears]
  Witty Fellow - Gerhard Trede ["Sincere service... with a smile!"]
  Military Mondy Drums - Nicolas Carr [Overlays "Witty Fellow"]
  Dramatic Encounter - Gregor F. Narholz [human resources goes]
  Witty Fellow - Gerhard Trede [Squidward leaves Carl]
  Military Mondy Drums - Nicolas Carr [Overlays "Witty Fellow"]
  The Rake Hornpipe - Robert Alexander White [Krabs doing dishes]
  Idea Vibe - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob giggles]
  Supernatural 2 [#4] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["They're watching us..."]
  Supernatural 1 [#1] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Squidward points to "Help Me" note inside handbook]
  Dramatic Cue (F) - Ronald Hanmer [synthetic patties]
  Dramatic Cue (E) - Ronald Hanmer ["They wouldn't listen to me!"]
  Dramatic Cue (H) - Ronald Hanmer [automated cash register]
  Witty Fellow - Gerhard Trede ["Our customers are quite content with the contrived and mediocre."]
  Drama Link (B) - Hubert Clifford ["Do you know what's in that Krabby Patty you're eating?"]
  Drama Link (G) - Hubert Clifford [customers run out]
  Dramatic Cue (E) - Ronald Hanmer ["Rules!"]
  Dramatic Cue (C) - Ronald Hanmer ["I'll show you automated!"]
  Furtive Footsteps - Paddy Kingsland [Blandy returns]
  Tension Bit - Nicolas Carr [alarm goes off]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Krabby Patty machine explodes]
  Solo Steel 3 - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs buys the restaurant back]
  When Daylight Shines Captain Lenoe's - The Folk Players [ending]



  • "Selling Out" was ranked #9 during the Best Day Ever event from November 9–10, 2006.



Carl Greenblatt credited for voicing Carl in "Selling Out."

Tom Kenny credited for voicing Carl (listed as Stage Manager) in "Krusty Koncessionaires."

  • C.H. Greenblatt did the original voice of Carl, manager of the Krabby O'Monday's. This is a reference to Greenblatt's first name, Carl. It should also be noted that Carl is a fish-caricature of Greenblatt.
  • This episode became controversial due to big businesses along with the season 7 episode "SpongeBob's Last Stand."[3]
  • The background music that plays when Mr. Krabs enters the Krabby O'Monday's is the same as the title card and ending music for "Survival of the Idiots."
  • The customers did not seem to notice that the Krabby Patties were synthesized until Mr. Krabs revealed it.
    • This could be because the atmosphere of the Krabby O'Monday's was distracting them.
  • When the Krabby O'Monday's is being flooded by the synthetic Krabby Patties, it is revealed that Incidental 115 wears a wig.
  • Despite mistreating his employees most of the time, Mr. Krabs is shown that he wouldn't stoop so low as to make fake food or physically threaten the staff.
    • A later episode called "Goodbye, Krabby Patty?" further supports this as Mr. Krabs, who was oblivious to the process of frozen Krabby Patties, was shocked and horrified when he heard that the frozen Krabby Patties were made with sand.
  • This episode marks the first time Mr. Krabs works at the Krusty Krab as an employee.
  • This is the first episode to use the track "Drunken Sailor."
  • This is Zeus Cervas' first episode as a writer and storyboard director instead of a storyboard artist.
  • This was the first episode Erik Wiese wrote since "Fools in April" and his first episode as a storyboard director since "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III."
    • This episode was also the first of a total of 10 episodes that Cervas and Wiese worked on together as writers.
  • On the November 10, 2006 airing, this episode was paired up with "Patrick SmartPants.[4]
  • On the November 22, 2006 airing, this episode was paired with "Patrick SmartPants" again.[5]
  • During the SpongeBob vs. The Goo marathon, this episode was paired up with "Ditchin'."[6]

Cultural references

  • The trailer that has the suitcases full of money reads "U Pull" on the side. This is a parody of U-Haul.
  • Krabby O'Monday's is a parody of TGI Fridays. The employees all wear colorful lapel buttons on their vests and the restaurant also has red-and-white pinstripe tables, which used to be a trademark of the latter restaurant.


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  • At one point, Mr. Krabs says that he does not know how to ride a bike, yet earlier in the episode, when he is singing the "Feeling of Greed" song with the photo album of Pearl, one of the photos shows Mr. Krabs teaching Pearl how to ride a bike.
  • The boat is parked in front of the restaurant, however, Mr. Krabs passes the restaurant again when he drives away.

Krabby O' Monday's parking lot.

  • After Pearl kicks Mr. Krabs out of the house, he searches for metal on the beach with his metal detector. However, he walks into Krabby O'Monday's in the middle of the beach. When he looks up at it, he is suddenly at the Krabby O'Monday's parking lot.
  • The human resource room should be a fish resource room because most of the Bikini Bottom residents are fish.
  • Incidental 42 has a female voice when he says, "What did he say? Garbage?"
  • All the customers scream when they run out of the Krabby O'Monday's, but their mouths are closed.
  • All the customers flee after they see the gray gunk they are eating. However, when Krabby O'Monday's gets flooded with the gunk, all the customers are back in the restaurant.



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