"The Cent of Money" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season seven. In this episode, Gary looks for loose change at Mr. Krabs' behest.



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SpongeBob is taking Gary for a walk. They spot Mr. Krabs in a free parking spot.

Gary gets a little spazzy, so Mr. Krabs asks what's wrong. SpongeBob says that's what Gary does when he finds money. Mr. Krabs decides to take Gary to look for spare change all around town to feed his obsession with money. When SpongeBob asks what Mr. Krabs is doing with Gary, he just gives SpongeBob an impossible task (like painting the Krusty Krab with a toothbrush, or rearranging all the wall rivets from largest to smallest).

Mr. Krabs collects money from people at the Krusty Krab, Goo Lagoon, and the Laundromat. He then finds an arcade and goes inside. Mr. Krabs decides to disguise himself and Gary as a pregnant woman. Mr. Krabs tries to take everyone's money, but Gary is so worn out that he can't attract money anymore, as doing so causes him pain. Meanwhile, SpongeBob is finished with his tasks, so he looks for Mr. Krabs, but the guy Mr. Krabs took money from tells SpongeBob that Mr. Krabs and "his snail" have been stealing money.

SpongeBob finds Mr. Krabs and is mad at him for putting Gary through all that pain just for money. They begin to argue, but they get distracted as Gary involuntarily starts collecting all of the money in the arcade. The huge amount of money forms a massive wave of coins, which begin sliding towards all the Bikini Bottomites in an avalanche sort of fashion. Everyone tries to exit the arcade to avoid being swept away, except for Mr. Krabs, who runs toward the large wave of coins in a fit of money madness and gets literally crushed by them and is taken to the hospital.

At the hospital, after discussing what happened to Mr. Krabs, SpongeBob asks what caused Gary to begin attracting money. The doctor discovers that he had swallowed SpongeBob's Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy fridge magnet, which had quite a strong magnetic pull.

When the doctor points out the bill to Mr. Krabs, he responds that he doesn't have enough money to make his payment. The doctor corrects him by mentioning that all the change he collected with Gary would cover it, prompting Mr. Krabs to suffer in defeat as the episode ends.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music
  Hawaiian Adventures SpongeBob Theme - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card]

  Dachshund Walk - John Fox, Mac Prindy [SpongeBob taking Gary for a walk]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Mr. Krabs?"]
  The Pollywog Strut - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["What's happening to your critter there?"]
  Jovial Pirates Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Gary attracting coins]
  Animal Antics [#74] - Phil Green [Gary attracting other people's change]
  Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford ["Close up?!"]
  Jolly Little Roger - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Uh... You haven't de-greased the fryer."]
  ? [Krabs at the beach]
  Happy Choo Choo (a) - Otto Sieben [Krabs using Gary to find more change]
  Lopey Sailor's Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob rearranging the wall rivets]
  Hawaiian Link (b) - Richard Myhill [Gary getting tired]
  Sailor's Sting 6 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey. We ain't got time for that!"]
  Danger HQ - Norman Dane [SpongeBob looks at Gary]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["Oh, okay!"]
  Sailor's Sting 6 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Krabs tells SpongeBob to paint the Krusty Krab]
  Bobsled - Caesar Giovannini, Wayne Robinson [at the laundromat]
  In a Minor Mood Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [wagon full of money]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Hey, what's the big idea... er?"]
  Dombummel - Gerhard Trede [arcade]
  Mission Improbable - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Old guy talking to a security guard]
  Rodeo Daze - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob finishes painting]
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Pardon me sir. You haven't seen a crab walking around with a snail, have you?"]
  Dramatic Bridge 3 - Phil Green ["Mr. Krabs, what have you done to my Gary?"]
  Dombummel - Gerhard Trede [SpongeBob enters the arcade]
  Befuddled Gent - Phil Green [Krabs wearing a dress]
  Steel Licks (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [Gary's sick]
  Befuddled Gent - Phil Green ["You look fine to me."]
  Cockney Capers 1.3 - Ray Davies [Strip Sounds] [Krabs leaves the restroom]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield ["Uh, yeah..."]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs sees people playing arcade games]
  Unknown Track 33 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [buckets of change]
  Steel Sting (l) - Jeremy Wakefield [Gary not attracting any change]
  Cloak and Dagger [#70] - Phil Green ["Mr. Krabs, for shame!"]
  Dramatic Bridge 1 - Phil Green [Gary starts to react to the change]
  Dramatic Bridge 3 - Phil Green ["Don't you have work you should be doing?"]
  Dramatic Bridge 7 - Phil Green ["No, if I was rich I wouldn't have to hire the likes of you!"]
  Dramatic Bridge 4 - Phil Green [Gary attracts everyone's change]
  Monster Wave - Nicolas Carr, Fabian Fernandez, James King ["Jackpot!"]
  Kalua Jubilee - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs in the hospital]



  • As of June 18, 2019, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 6.4/10 based on 181 ratings by users.[1] users give this episode a rating of 7.6/10 based on 62 votes.[2]



  • Mr. Krabs wears the same outfit to obtain money again in "Safe Deposit Krabs."
  • This is the second episode where someone does not get Gary's name right; the first was "I Was a Teenage Gary" where Squidward called Gary "Fred."
  • This episode was originally paired with "Enchanted Tiki Dreams" but it was later paired with "Gramma's Secret Recipe."[citation needed]
  • Mr. Krabs calls Gary by "sneagle" in this episode. The word "sneagle" is similar to the word "snegle," which is Norwegian for "snail."
  • The music coming from Fun Arcade is the title card music for "Skill Crane."
  • This episode reveals that money in Bikini Bottom is magnetic.
  • This episode reveals that Mr. Krabs can speak at least a little snail.
  • The title card background is Plankton's 1M dollars from "Imitation Krabs."
  • The closed captions on the Complete Seventh Season DVD capitalize the first letters of the words "dumpster" and "laundromat," making them "Dumpster" and "Laundromat" respectively.
    • This, however, is not an error, as "dumpster" and "laundromat" used to be registered trademarks in the United States, and all trademarks must be capitalized. Their patents have since expired, so they are now usually written in lowercase.

Cultural references

  • When the scene shows the fish playing the arcade games, one of them has a character and game similar to Pac-Man.
  • One of the games features creatures that look and move like the aliens from Space Invaders.

Running gags

  • Mr. Krabs keeps calling Gary by a different name. Also, he mispronounces snail, instead saying that Gary is a "sneagle."
  • SpongeBob keeps getting impossible jobs to do at the Krusty Krab to keep him busy.


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  • SpongeBob's eyelashes disappear after he sees Mr. Krabs in the free parking area.


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