- SpongeBob SquarePants
- Pearl Krabs
- Eugene H. Krabs
- Squidward Tentacles (cameo)
- Gary the Snail
- Patrick Star (mentioned)
- Margie Star (mentioned)
- Fish on magazine (debut)
- Octavius Rex (debut)
- Multiple Freds
- Teen 12
- Billy Fishkins (debut)
- Incidental CM12 (debut) (named Brian Flounder)
- Teen 9 (debut)
- Teen 5
- Frizzy-haired glasses anchovy (debut)
- Yellow dress anchovy (debut)
- Teen 4 (debut)
- Teen 8 (debut)
- Teen 10
- Incidental 8
- Jennifer (debut)
- Teen 11 (debut)
- Teen 7 (debut)
- Incidental 25
- Incidental 26
- Incidental 60
- Marty McFluke (debut)
- Norman Rockbass (debut)
The episode begins at the Krusty Krab, with SpongeBob making a Krabby Patty in the kitchen. Just then, Pearl runs in crying so profusely that her tears begin to literally flood the restaurant. Mr. Krabs asks her what is wrong, and she explains that her apparently "long, tan, and handsome" prom date has just dumped her the day before prom. Mr. Krabs offers to take her instead, but she starts crying, causing an earthquake. He then suggests she take Squidward or one of the restaurant's customers to the prom, but she continues crying, which causes the earthquake to become worse. Ultimately, he offers to have SpongeBob accompany her. Pearl does not want to be embarrassed by SpongeBob, and begs him to try his best to not do anything embarrassing.
At home, using a magazine Gary provides as a guide, SpongeBob dresses up and uses extremely long artificial legs to make himself look "long, tan, and handsome" for Pearl. On the night of the prom, things initially work well for SpongeBob and Pearl. However, SpongeBob's costume soon begins malfunctioning, resulting in disaster and severely embarrassing Pearl. SpongeBob, after having broken everything at the prom, runs into the ladies' restroom crying.
Pearl, feeling sorry for him, attempts to console him and restore his confidence. This ultimately succeeds, and Pearl and SpongeBob join the prom dance. They begin doing a dance called "Doing the Sponge," which everyone else soon begins doing. However, this results in many injuries and mass destruction. An angry mob forms and lifts up Pearl and SpongeBob, who think they are popular enough to be lifted as until the mob throws them out of the building.
SpongeBob apologizes, but Pearl tells him not to worry as she knew it was going to be a total disaster the whole time and even though it was a disaster, it was really fun. Mr. Krabs opens the door with a rake saying "Keep away from me flower!" Pearl thinks he is talking about her, but Mr. Krabs really meant a literal flower on the walkway. Pearl says goodnight to SpongeBob as she returns home, and tries to get SpongeBob's attention, but as she does so, SpongeBob appears to be frozen.
Mr. Krabs congratulates SpongeBob on his success at the prom, then goes in his house and closes the door, then the real SpongeBob appears to retrieve his wax dummy of himself, and carries it off, laughing as the episode ends.
- SpongeBob appearing to freeze, only for the real SpongeBob to appear somewhere else and the other is revealed to be a wax dummy in his likeness.
|( ‣ ) Associated production music|
|( • ) Original music|
|( ◦ ) SpongeBob music|
‣ Border Run - The Surfdusters [title card]
‣ The Rake Hornpipe - Robert Alexander White [opening]
‣ Lonely Violin - Dick Stephen Walter [Pearl crying/Pearl crying again]
‣ Vibe Link (b) - Richard Myhill ["What do you mean?"]
‣ The Rake Hornpipe - Robert Alexander White [Krabs asks who wants to take Pearl to the prom]
‣ Hawaiian Breeze - Jon Jelmer ["Just don't be late, SpongeBob."]
‣ Orchestral Climax 12 - Gregor F. Narholz ["I am a prom expert!"]
‣ Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill ["Oh, Gary, I'm a prom failure."]
‣ Cha Cha Nova - Gerhard Narholz [Montage of SpongeBob getting ready for the prom]
‣ Hawaiian Link (a) - Richard Myhill [later...]
‣ Love for Sale A - Peter Fallowell [SpongeBob at the door]
‣ Baby Elephant - Dick Stephen Walter [SpongeBob listing all the things Pearl wants to do]
‣ Chief Taravana - Kapono Beamer ["A limo!"]
‣ Surf Buggy - The Surfdusters [at the prom]
‣ Romeo & Juliet Overture - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Fiachra Trench [Pearl's ex-boyfriend]
‣ Border Run - The Surfdusters [the whack]
‣ Lonely Violin - Dick Stephen Walter [Pearl cries]
‣ Kona Angel - The Surfdusters [SpongeBob cries]
◦ Doing the Sponge - Peter Strauss
‣ Kamakani (b) - Kapono Beamer ["Gee whiz, Pearl."]
‣ Dramatic Cue (h) - Ronald Hanmer ["Aha!"]
‣ Kamakani (b) - Kapono Beamer [ending]
- This episode is available on the Lost at Sea, Complete 1st Season, Karate Choppers, First 100 Episodes, From the Beginning, Part 1, SpongeBob SquarePants Vol. 1, Tales of a Teenage Whale, Beach Bob, Exposed!: The Ultimate Box Set, The Ultimate SpongeBob Box Set, The SpongeBob SquarePants Collection, The SpongeBob SquarePants 8 Season DVD Collection, Holiday Cruise Collection, The Complete First Season, The First & Second Seasons, Movies & TV Collection, and The Best 200 Episodes Ever DVDs.
- This episode is also available on the Lost at Sea and Anchors Away VHS tapes.
- This episode is also available on VideoNow.
- This is the first episode in the series where SpongeBob and Pearl meet each other.
- This is also the first episode in which Pearl plays a major role.
- This episode marks the first usage of the tracks "Lonely Violin" and "Hawaiian Breeze."
- This is the last episode in airing order where "Chief Taravana" plays in the higher pitch.
- This is the first episode to premiere during March Toon Mania.
- This is the first episode to premiere on a Wednesday.
- This episode and its sister are the first episodes to premiere in another country before premiering in the United States. In this case, they aired in Mexico two months earlier.
- "My leg!:" When the music is playing, everyone struggles to dance as the prom is ruined because of Fred being injured.
- All the customers at Krusty Krab are character models of Fred.
- Clip in this episode were used during bumpers seen in the Bikini Bottom Block Party event, even though the episode didn't air in the marathon.
- Pearl's "pizza topping" remark is a reference to anchovies being used as a topping for pizza.
- When the people at the dance throw Pearl and SpongeBob out, rather than sounding angry, they sound more like they are cheering. This was done to deceive the audience.
- The long, tan, and handsome anchovy leader's voice was done by Tom Kenny, using his voice he did for Heffer Wolfe in Rocko's Modern Life.
- In the credits, Peter Strauss, writer of "Doing the Sponge," is credited by his alias from band Dwarves, "Saltpeter."
- The opening credits look different in this episode, as the sand and rocks background have some more brightness, the text looks darker blue, and the waves are darker.
- This is the first episode where SpongeBob wears a long pair of pants.
- On some of the DVDs like Lost at Sea, the description says "tall, dark, and handsome" instead of what Pearl says: "long, tan, and handsome."
- The scene where a girl in a white dress is chased by a giant apple is a reference to the 1978 film Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.
- At the beginning, when SpongeBob makes a Krabby Patty, the patty looks wider than usual. Also, the bottom bun looks smaller and narrower than usual.
- When SpongeBob listens to Mr. Krabs talking to Pearl in his office, the outside door is a wooden door instead of the usual metal door.
- When SpongeBob asks what is wrong, there is a window on the door that goes to Mr. Krabs' office, rather than an anchor, but the anchor is back in a later shot.
- The Krabby Patties that Fred clones are shown eating are initially shown to contain the patty meat as it should be, but when one table of clones are shown vanishing, the burgers are shown to only contain lettuce.
- In the shot immediately after SpongeBob's legs malfunction, they are back to normal.
- In the scene where SpongeBob is coming to Mr. Krabs and Pearl's house before the prom, sounds of him struggling to walk can be heard, though his legs can clearly be seen through the window, not having moved the whole time.
- One of Pearl's friends is seen on a stretcher during "Doing the Sponge," but when the teenagers throw SpongeBob and Pearl out of the prom, she is one of the teens who threw them out.
- During the "Doing the Sponge" song, another of Pearl's friends is seen sitting on the floor with her arm in a cast. When the song ends, she throws Pearl and SpongeBob out with both arms, and the cast on her arm is missing.
- In some scenes, Pearl's ponytail is the same color as her hair.
- While the real SpongeBob is off-screen as Pearl is crying about her prom, the supposed dummy SpongeBob can be seen blinking.