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"The Chaperone" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 1. In this episode, SpongeBob takes Pearl to her prom.



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.

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At home, using a magazine Gary provides as a guide, SpongeBob dresses up and uses extremely long and unstable 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.

SpongeBob and Pearl doing the Sponge dance.

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.

Running gags

  • 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.




 ) 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 marks the first of many things in the series:
    • The first episode in the series where SpongeBob and Pearl interact with each other. SpongeBob is already familiar with Pearl in the beginning.
      • This is also the first episode in which Pearl plays a major role.
    • The episode marks the first usage of the tracks "Lonely Violin" and "Hawaiian Breeze."
    • This is the first episode to premiere during March Toon Mania.
    • This is the first episode to premiere on a Wednesday.
    • The episode and its sister are the first episodes to premiere in another country before premiering in the United States.
      • This is also the first episode to air in Canada before airing in the United States.
    • This is the first episode where SpongeBob wears a long pair of pants.
      • In the trailer for the episode, "SpongeBob LongPants," it was said that "we" have never seen SpongeBob wearing long pants.
  • "My leg!:" When the music is playing, everyone struggles to dance as the prom is ruined because of Fred being injured.
  • This is the last episode in airing order where "Chief Taravana" plays in the higher pitch.
  • All the customers at Krusty Krab use Fred's character model.
  • Clips 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.
  • During the Mix n' Match-a-thon event, this episode was paired with "Squid on Strike."[4]
  • 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.

    "Saltpeter" instead of "Peter Strauss."

  • 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.
  • 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 Chaperone error in the Lost at Sea DVD.

Cultural references


  • 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 seen at the beginning initially contain the patty meat as it should be, but when one table is suddenly cleared of customers refusing to go to the prom with Pearl, the sandwiches 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.