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



At the Krusty Krab, Pearl runs in crying so profusely that her tears begin literally flooding the restaurant. Mr. Krabs asks her what's wrong, and she explains that her prom date has just dumped her, and the high school prom is tomorrow night. 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 chooses SpongeBob to be the one to go with her. Pearl doesn't want to be embarrassed by SpongeBob, and begs him to do his best not to.

At home, using a magazine as a guide, SpongeBob dresses up and uses extremely long artificial legs to make himself look "long, tan, and handsome" for Pearl.

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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.

The chaperone

SpongeBob and Pearl doing the Sponge dance

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 this means that they are popular until the mob throws them out of the building.

SpongeBob apologizes, and Pearl says even though it was a disaster, it was really fun. 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, and the real SpongeBob appears to retrieve his wax dummy of himself (which was seen earlier in the episode), and carries it off, laughing.



 ) 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 [SpongeBob getting dressed]
  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 premiered in Canada on September 30, 2000.
  • 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.
  • All the customers at Krusty Krab during the scene where Mr. Krabs offers them to be Pearl's prom date are all character models of Fred.
  • 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.
  • 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're cheering. This was done to deceive the audience.
  • This is the first episode in which SpongeBob and Pearl interact with one another.
  • This is the first time SpongeBob has worn long pants.
  • In "Your Shoe's Untied," SpongeBob does not how to tie his shoes, but in this episode he does.
  • "My leg!:" When the music is playing, everyone struggles to dance as the prom is ruined because of Fred being injured.
  • The "Doing the Sponge" song in the prom in Filipino dub was played in an instrumental version.
  • In the Croatian dub, the episode name is "Maturalna Večer," which translates to "Prom."
  • This marks the first time where Patrick Star is absent in both episode segments.

Cultural references


  • 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's 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.
TC Error

SpongeBob's pink arm.

  • In TV airings of the episode, when SpongeBob asks if Mr. Krabs is still talking to the dummy, his left arm turns pink when he crosses his arms together.
  • In the shot immediately after SpongeBob's legs malfunction, they are back to normal.
  • In the scene where SpongeBob is coming to Mr. Krabs' 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, and the cast on her arm is missing.
  • In some scenes, Pearl's ponytail is the same color as her hair.
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"Saltpeter" instead of "Peter Strauss."

  • In the credits, Peter Strauss, writer of "Doing the Sponge," is credited as "Saltpeter."
  • On some of the DVDs like "Lost at Sea," in the description, it says "tall dark and handsome" instead of what Pearl says "long tan and handsome."
  • While the real SpongeBob is offscreen as Pearl is crying about her prom, the supposed dummy SpongeBob can be seen blinking.

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.

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  • SpongeBob meets pearl

    3 messages
    • It does not really mention the first time Spongebob met Pearl, but, Pearls first appearence is in "Squeaky Boots", and Spongebob alre...
    • He couldn't have met her for the first time in that episode, since at the beginning he sees Pearl and immediately says "what...
  • Spongebob and Pearl's relationship

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    • That makes tons of sense,but get this. Spongebob was 13 when the prom happened and Pearl was 16. The episode released in 1999. In 2006,Whale o...
    • She's nine in 1999. (Or 7, from the math i did.)
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