"Shell of a Man" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season four. In this episode, Mr. Krabs molts and loses his shell just before meeting up with his Navy Buddies so SpongeBob takes his place.



At the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob is in the middle of making a Krabby Patty, and when he is finished, he cries as he gives it to Squidward so that he can give it to customer number 5. The customer is revealed to be SpongeBob, who grabs the order, and eats it. Meanwhile, outside the Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs calls SpongeBob into his "Hidey Hole" under the dumpster, where he keeps his belongings from when he was in the Navy in a treasure chest.

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SpongeBob in Mr. Krabs' shell

Later, at the reunion, SpongeBob initially puts on a convincing performance, but goes onstage to accept his "Trophy of Manly Toughness," he tells a story of him jellyfishing in Jellyfish Fields, and nearly reveals his true identity before Mr. Krabs tells him to get offstage.

He attempts to leave, but Torpedo-belly insists that he body-slam him to test if he still has "armor abs." When he punches SpongeBob, he flies around the room, cracking the shell and revealing SpongeBob. They get angry, but the real Mr. Krabs emerges from the bush that he had been watching from and reveals himself. He begins to walk away in shame, until Muttonchop gives him back his trophy, saying that revealing his condition was the manliest thing anyone could ever do, and revealing that they have all had unmanly secrets as well: Muttonchop's sideburns are fake, Torpedo Belly had his torpedo removed long ago after his retirement from the Navy, Lockjaw Jones lost his Navy choppers and now has to wear dentures, and Iron Eye's eye is actually made of Formica.

As Mr. Krabs walks away with SpongeBob, he says "Yeah, poor suckers. At least my shell will grow back!" and they both start laughing as the episode ends.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music
  Captain Lenoe's - The Folk Players [Title card]

  Snare Drum Suspense - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob preparing the Krabby Patty]
  Ta-Ra A - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy ["Perfection!"]
  Lonely Violin - Dick Stephen Walter [SpongeBob cries]
  Flextone Sting - Nicolas Carr ["That's me!"]
  Steel Licks 10 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob eats the Krabby Patty]
  Question Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Hello, what's this?"]
  Towerstreet 17 [#6] - Gerhard Narholz [Krabs' hidey-hole]
  Heavenly Voices (b) - David Farnon [choir]
  Mystery Chime - Nicolas Carr [Krabs' navy stuff is shown]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [Krabs' navy stuff/"Ok, maybe I'm a bit bigger. But I'm still the toughest of the tough."]
  Captain Lenoe's - The Folk Players ["Now be a good lad and go get your station in ship shape."]
  Astronauts March - Sam Spence ["All right, let's get this place ship-shape!"]
  Danger Zone - Mike Sunderland ["Mr. Krabs. Mr. Krabs?"/SpongeBob sniffs Mr. Krabs' arm.]
  Against the Law (b) - Wilfred William Burns [Krabs hiding behind a barrel]
  Lonely Heart's Club (a) - David Bell, Otto Sieben ["It's true. I've molted."]
  Up She Rises - Sam Spence ["You're acting like there never was a man in that shell."]
  Lonely Heart's Club (a) - David Bell, Otto Sieben [Krabs kicks his shell]
  Drama Link (b) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob screams]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [shell lands on SpongeBob's head]
  Idea Sting - Nicolas Carr ["SpongeBob, you're a genius!"]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["I get to be a Navy Buddy?"]
  Brahms Lullaby - Curtis Frederick Schwartz [wallet in bed]
  When Daylight Shines/Captain Lenoe's - The Folk Players [at the reunion/"What do you say, Krabs? Just like old times."]
  What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor - Okko Bekker [trophy awarded to Krabs]
  Finders Creepers - Paddy Kingsland [SpongeBob's speech]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield ["Huh?"]
  Towerstreet 17 [#24] - Gerhard Narholz ["Where do you think you're going?!"]
  Showdown Tension - Nicolas Carr ["Let's have at it."]
  Towerstreet 17 [#17] - Gerhard Narholz [body slam]
  Steel Licks 1 - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs' shell breaks apart, revealing SpongeBob]
  Dramatic Impact 3 - Ivor Slaney [everyone gasps]
  Fates - Gregor F. Narholz ["This is who I am."/"C'mon, lad, let's go home."]
  The Dreadnought Tea Clipper (b) - Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White ["I don't understand."]
  Tales from the Swamp (c) - Ron Goodwin [fake sideburns]
  Blow the Man Down - Brian Peters ["I had my torpedo removed long ago."]
  The Twin Sisters - Chelmsford Folk Band [ending]





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  • During production, this episode was originally titled "Molting." The case for the screener version of the Fear of a Krabby Patty VHS uses this title. Airings on Nickelodeon from 2019 onward also list the title as "Molting" in the on-screen credits.
  • At the beginning, when SpongeBob and Squidward talk in their usual work positions, the Krusty Krab through the window alternates from the outer walls and windows seen through the window to simple yellow, orange, and black paint.
  • It is revealed that Mr. Krabs has a hiding hole under the dumpster behind the Krusty Krab.
  • Lockjaw Jones offers SpongeBob grog, a watered-down form of rum.
  • A yellow version of Reg from "No Weenies Allowed" can be seen at the Navy reunion. A purple version of the fish who says "I ain't calling you for dinner" from the same episode can also be seen.
  • This was the first episode to be written by Mike Bell.
  • This is the second episode to have crabs on the title card. The first is "Krusty Love."
  • This was the last episode until "Lost in Bikini Bottom" to credit storyboard artists in the opening credits. That is why this is the only episode in which Brad Vandergrift's name is seen in the opening credits.
  • In the Polish dub, the episode's title is "Zmiana skorupy," which translates to "Changing the Shell."
  • In the French dub, the episode's title is "Les Gars de la Marine," which translates to "The Guys of the Navy."


Shell of a Man credits

Lock Jaws and Patrick is credited in this episode

  • In the end credits of this episode, Lockjaw Jones' name is spelled as "Lock Jaws" instead of "Lockjaws."
  • Also in the end credits, Patrick is listed even though he is neither seen nor heard in this episode.
  • Mr. Krabs doesn't have his nose after he molts, and his shell doesn't have it either.
  • Also, before Mr. Krabs molts, his eyelids are red. But after he molts, they're pink.
  • Number 5's Krabby Patty looks different in both shots.
  • When Mr. Krabs shows SpongeBob his navy treasures, the left flag with the white and blue triangles keeps rotating.
  • SpongeBob is nearly as tall as Mr. Krabs' shell, but when Iron Eye punches him in the gut, he bounces around inside, making him appear very small in comparison to the shell.
  • SpongeBob spits out his whole skull, including his two buck teeth, but his buck teeth are still in his mouth after he spits them out.


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Awards and nominations for SpongeBob SquarePants (VE)

Emmy Awards Cup Emmy

Daytime Emmy Awards

Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program

Directors: Andrew Overtoom, Andrea Romano, Alan Smart and Tom Yasumi (2010)Casey Alexander, Luke Brookshier, Nate Cash, Zeus Cervas, Sean Charmatz, Andrew Overtoom, Andrea Romano, Alan Smart, Aaron Springer, Paul Tibbitt, Vincent Waller and Tom Yasumi (2012)

Outstanding Special Class Animated Program

Animators: Dina Buteyn, Stephen Hillenburg and Paul Tibbitt (2010)

Outstanding Children's Animated Program

Nominees: Stephen Hillenburg, Jennie Monica Hammond and Paul Tibbitt (2012)

Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program

Voice actors: Rodger Bumpass as Squidward Tentacles (2012)

Outstanding Sound Editing – Animation

Nominees: Todd Brodie, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Chris Gresham, Matt Hall, Jeffrey Hutchins, James Lifton, Paulette Lifton, D.J. Lynch, Aran Tanchum and Kimberlee Vanek (2012) • Mishelle Fordham, Vincent Guisetti, Jeffrey Hutchins, James Lifton, Paulette Lifton, D.J. Lynch, Wes Otis, Monique Reymond and Aran Tanchum (2013) • Devon Bowman, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Jeff Hutchins, Aran Tanchum and Vincent Guisetti (2014)

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