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"The Card" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 6. In this episode, Patrick finds a rare trading card and SpongeBob is determined to protect it.



In the beginning of the episode, SpongeBob withdraws some money from the bank to buy the new Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy trading cards that are on sale, but he keeps on asking for an unscathed bill, so he is kicked out. SpongeBob goes to the store and finds Patrick, who is checking out a counting book. SpongeBob buys a pack of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy cards and thinks they are valuable, but the clerk tells him that the cards are worthless compared to the super-rare platinum holographic animated talking #54 cards of which there are only five in existence. SpongeBob asks the clerk if he could buy the one on display, but the clerk reveals that it is not genuine and he can only find the cards by buying card packs.

SpongeBob starts buying all the packs, but soon runs out of money. Patrick gives up on the counting book and buys the last pack and shows a shocked SpongeBob the card. He then starts picking his teeth with the card, much to SpongeBob's horror. SpongeBob goes into a rant about how valuable the card is, but Patrick is not paying attention and soon leaves.

SpongeBob finding card 54.

SpongeBob follows Patrick home, determined to protect the card from Patrick's carelessness. When they get home, Patrick offers SpongeBob the opportunity to keep the card because he seems very fond of it. SpongeBob happily agrees and allows Patrick to keep the card for the rest of the evening. He uses the card to get his rock open and cleans the top of his grill with it, causing it to catch on fire.

After Patrick finishes making dinner, he uses the card as a plate and it gets completely covered in melted cheese (he also uses it as a napkin). When sundown arrives, Patrick gives the card to SpongeBob only for it to explode and turn into dust. SpongeBob begins crying copiously and explains that the card was a very rare one and now it is extinct. Patrick says he might be able to get another card some day, but SpongeBob says that he bought the last pack which means that there are no more left in all of Bikini Bottom until the new shipment comes (judging by his crying, the shipment must take a long time).

Patrick then reveals that he has four other copies of the #54 card that were also in the pack he bought and gives the four other cards to SpongeBob, who is surprised in delight, knowing that he got what he wanted and was glad that his day was saved by a miracle. The episodes ends with Patrick asking to use one of them because he locked himself out of his house again.

Running gags

  • SpongeBob opening card packs.
  • Patrick protects SpongeBob's card by not ruining it in multiple ways.
  • Patrick counting different things.



 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  SpongeBob Theme II - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  Goofy Conversation Continued - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [opening]
  Gator - Steve Belfer [SpongeBob sees Patrick and his counting book]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield ["Not so fast."]
  Harp Gliss & Bell w/ Carrol Chimes - Nicolas Carr ["Here you are, my good sir."]
  Adventurers - Larry Hochman [SpongeBob opens the training cards]
  Steel Licks 28 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Those cards aren't worth nothing."]
  Arizona Fanfare - Jack Shaindlin [shot of rarest card]
  Monocle And Pocket-Watch - Brian Gulland [SpongeBob buys another pack of cards]
  Adventurers - Larry Hochman ["Oh, I have a good feeling about this one!"]
  Monocle And Pocket-Watch - Brian Gulland [SpongeBob buying more cards]
  Goofy Conversation 2 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Patrick buys the last pack of cards]
  Arizona Fanfare - Jack Shaindlin [Patrick caught card number 54]
  Drama Link (D) - Hubert Clifford [Patrick picks his teeth with the card]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [shot of Patrick's teeth]
  Mists Of Illusion - Gilbert Vinter [Patrick not understanding SpongeBob]
  Steel Licks 10 - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick still picks his teeth with the card]
  From The Dead - Ronald Hanmer ["I can't let anything happen to that card. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy would never forgive me!"]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [shot of cracked road]
  Goofy Conversation 2 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob fastens the card to Patrick's hand]
  The Jitters - Raymond Jones [SpongeBob blocks Patrick to save the card]
  Drama Link (G) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob jumps in front of the card to avoid the mud]
  Steel Licks 3 - Jeremy Wakefield ["That was close."]
  What's This - Nicolas Carr [Patrick walks through Goo Lagoon]
  Dramatic Cue (A) - Ronald Hanmer ["The card!"]
  Steel Licks 8 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob drags out Patrick at Goo Lagoon]
  Dramatic Cue (B) - Ronald Hanmer [Patrick walks across a planted grider and falls]
  Dramatic Cue (G) - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob rescues Patrick with a crane]
  Steel Licks 4 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob drags Patrick home]
  Epic Struggle - Fredric Bayco [SpongeBob notices that Patrick lost the card]
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick tells SpongeBob that he doesn't believe in pockets]
  Solo Steel 3 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob cries]
  Solo Steel 2 - Jeremy Wakefield ["You're the best pal ever!"]
  Slide Whistle Stooges 2 - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick uses SpongeBob's card to unlock his rock]
  The Pollywog Strut - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Why don't we eat some dinner?"]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick cleans his grill with the card]
  The Jitters - Raymond Jones [Patrick burns the card]
  Tomfoolery - David Snell [SpongeBob and Patrick eat dinner]
  On The Beach - Kapono Beamer [the sun sets]
  Arizona Fanfare - Jack Shaindlin [the card turns to dust]
  Drowsy Reef - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob feels bad because his card is ruined]
  Arizona Fanfare - Jack Shaindlin [SpongeBob sees four packs of rare cards]
  Wahini Wobble Faster - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]



"As a collector of weird old stuff - records, comic strips, anything Popeye - I like how this episode gets into the fanatical mindset of hardcore collectors. The desire to possess that 'certain item' and then to keep it in 'mint-plus' condition can take over the mind. And the sight of a non-collector handling 'the grail' improperly ..."
  • "The Card" was ranked #32 during the SpongeBob's Top 100 event in the UK and Ireland from June 4-8, 2012.



  • This episode premiered as one of seven in the Super Stuffed Nicksgiving Weekend 2008.
  • The Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy cards are similar to Pokémon cards.
  • The ways that Patrick destroys the card:
    • Picks his teeth with it
    • Sticks it in the fat folds of his back
    • Wrinkles it while trying to open his house
    • Cleans his grill with it
    • Spits on it when it catches fire
    • Uses it as a plate
    • Wipes his face with it like a napkin
  • In the Indonesian dub, the scene where SpongeBob protecting Patrick and the card from the mud were simply skipped to the scene where they exit from Goo Lagoon.[citation needed]
  • Patrick tells SpongeBob in this episode, "You can't always expect my usual brand of stupidity," implying that Patrick is aware that he is stupid. He also shows awareness towards his stupidity in "Tentacle-Vision," saying that it varies and in "I Had an Accident" when he said he is not supposed to be stupid until 4:00.
  • This is the second episode where Patrick's barbecue grill is shown. The first was in "Naughty Nautical Neighbors."
  • This is the second episode in which SpongeBob is a neat freak, while Patrick is very dirty and careless about filth. The first was "The Battle of Bikini Bottom."
  • This is the third episode to feature Goo Lagoon without Larry the Lobster. The first was "No Weenies Allowed," and the second was "Sun Bleached."
  • This is the only episode where Mermaid Man speaks, but Barnacle Boy does not speak.


  • In the opening shot of the inside of the bank, Incidental 49 appears after Incidental 107, but when the fish tell SpongeBob to hurry up, Incidental 23 appears where she was. He is not in the opening shot.

SpongeBob's eyes mistake.

  • While still searching for the #54 card, SpongeBob's eyes are out of position for a few frames.
  • Patrick says that he:
    • Does not believe in pockets, but at the end of the episode, the other four talking cards are pulled out of his pocket.
    • Has a landlord, but in "Home Sweet Pineapple," he says he built his home.
  • Before sundown approached, SpongeBob was holding a Krabby Patty, but then in the shot where he gives the card back to SpongeBob, the Krabby Patty is gone. Because of this, there are no frames of how either Patrick or SpongeBob ate it while the sun was going down and it was just seen in lapse of something else.
  • All of the five rare cards were in the same pack but had no other cards, while the other packs had more than five cards.

Missing hand error on the second card.

  • When Patrick shows SpongeBob the four #54 cards, the second one he is holding does not show a giant fist punching Barnacle Boy.