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"The Cent of Money" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 7. In this episode, Gary looks for loose change at Mr. Krabs' behest.



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 is wrong. SpongeBob says that is what Gary does when he finds money. Mr. Krabs is impressed at this skill, but SpongeBob says he would never do it because it causes Gary extreme discomfort and risk for his health. Mr. Krabs decides to take Gary to look for spare change all around town to grow his obsession with money. When SpongeBob asks what Mr. Krabs is doing with Gary, just gives him an impossible task (like rearranging the wall tiles from largest to smallest or painting the Krusty Krab with a toothbrush) to avoid revealing the truth.

Mr. Krabs using Gary to collect money.

Mr. Krabs collects money from people at the Krusty Krab, Goo Lagoon, sewers, parking meters, and the laundromat; after each location, he is surprised when SpongeBob finishes every impossible task he gave him. After lying to him once more saying he and Gary are doing some laundry, he then finds an arcade and goes inside. Meanwhile, SpongeBob is finished with his most recent task to paint the whole Krusty Krab with a toothbrush, so he looks for Mr. Krabs, but the guy Mr. Krabs took money from at the Laundromat tells SpongeBob that he and "his snail" have been stealing money. Upon realizing Mr. Krabs lied to him and was using Gary to steal people's change behind his back, SpongeBob finds the arcade and looks for Mr. Krabs.

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 cannot attract money anymore, as doing so causes him pain. At that moment, 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 does not 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.

Running gags

  • Mr. Krabs keeps calling Gary by a different name. Also, he mispronounces snail, instead saying that Gary is a "sneagle."
  • Mr. Krabs keeps giving SpongeBob jobs to do at the Krusty Krab to keep him busy to distract him so he can go around town and use Gary as a coin magnet.



 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  SpongeBob Theme II - Nicolas Carr, 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 Pirate's 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."]
  Surf'n Groove - Pat Irwin [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]
  Tip Toe Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey. We ain't got time for that!"]
  Danger HQ - Norman Dane [SpongeBob looks at Gary]
  Great Idea Patrick - Nicolas Carr ["Oh, okay!"]
  Tip Toe Jig - 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]
  What's This - 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]
  Rodeodaze - 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 3 - 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]
  Who Said That - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [buckets of change]
  Steel Licks 16 - 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 Full Mix - Nicolas Carr, Fabian Fernandez, James King ["Jackpot!"]
  Monster Wave WO Sax - Nicolas Carr, Fabian Fernandez ["Oh boy"]
  Kalua Jubalee - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs in the hospital]




  • The title card background is the robot game show host's one million dollar bill from "Imitation Krabs."
  • Mr. Krabs calls Gary a "sneagle" in this episode. The word "sneagle" is similar to the word "snegle," which is Norwegian for "snail."
    • Mr. Krabs only acknowledges Gary as a snail once in this episode when he says, "I'm gonna' give him a snaily treat."
  • This is the second episode where someone does not get Gary's name right; the first was "I Was a Teenage Gary" where Squidward calls Gary, "Fred."
    • Mr. Krabs calls Gary Jerry, Terry, Harry, and Rory, in order.
  • Mr. Krabs' injury is similar to that of Petunia's death in the Happy Tree Friends episode, "As You Wish."
  • This episode reveals that money in Bikini Bottom is magnetic.
  • This episode reveals that Mr. Krabs can speak at least a little snail.
  • Gary's role in this episode could possibly be similar to how people use metal detectors.
  • This is the third season 7 episode where the Krusty Krab appears without Squidward, the first being "A Pal for Gary" and the second being "One Coarse Meal."
    • SpongeBob brings up Mr. Krabs' hatred of pets in the Krusty Krab from the former aforementioned episode.
  • The odd jobs Mr. Krabs gives SpongeBob to stop him from seeing what he did to Gary, are:
    • Scrubbing the dumpster
    • Scrubbing the fryer
    • Rearranging the wall rivets
    • Repainting the Krusty Krab with a toothbrush

Cultural references

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


SpongeBob's eyelashes are gone.

  • SpongeBob's eyelashes disappear after he sees Mr. Krabs in the free parking lot.
  • After SpongeBob says, "You're gonna' do what, sir?," he can be seen slightly popping out of nowhere when the camera pans to the left.

Gary's shell error.

  • When Mr. Krabs says, "Now quit being such a baby and start making me some money," the spots and spiral on Gary's shell disappear for a few frames.