"The Check-Up" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season eleven. In this episode, Mr. Krabs is too afraid of his medical examination, but if he fails it, the Krusty Krab will get closed.



The episode starts with the Krusty Krab employees having their checkups from a nurse. SpongeBob and Squidward take their checkups, but Mr. Krabs is afraid to do so. Because he won't do the checkup, SpongeBob and Squidward tell the nurse they'll do his checkup over the weekend.

They first check Mr. Krabs' pinching ability by tricking him into thinking money is inside a box. However, Mr. Krabs severely hurts his hands due to pinching his own hands. Afterward, SpongeBob and Squidward disguise themselves as a tailor and pretend to check Mr. Krabs' eyestalks, but he thinks the "employee" is abusing him and leave.

They then open a photo booth to take an X-ray of Mr. Krabs, but accidentally take too many, causing Mr. Krabs to come out all mutated. Next, they open a massage parlor for the cold-blooded test, but SpongeBob thinks this means putting Mr. Krabs in extremely cold temperatures, rather than Mr. Krabs' temperature compared to the water around him, and traps him in a freezer.

Mr. Krabs finds out that SpongeBob and Squidward have been secretly testing him for his checkup and cries because the Krusty Krab will be shut down. The two try to make Mr. Krabs exercise so he'll be in fit shape when the nurse returns, but he fails to do any of the exercises. Mr. Krabs is now even more hurt than he already was, but he comes up with a plan to get Larry to fill in for him for the check-up. This plan works, and the episode ends with Larry asking for the money he heard he would get, only for Mr. Krabs to run away as he doesn't want to pay.


This episode was confirmed by Vincent Waller on May 24, 2017.[1]



The Check Up; Rough StoryBoard

The Check Up; Rough StoryBoard

The Check Up Final StoryBoard

The Check Up Final StoryBoard


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Cream Pie - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card]
  Humorous Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["What do you think the nurse is doing to him in there?"]
  Dramatic Encounter - Gregor F. Narholz [Silhouettes of SpongeBob and the nurse.]
  Spongey Bubbles - Steve Belfer [The nurse tries to test SpongeBob's reflexes/"Ah... You seem fine... physically, at least."]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 27 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Wow! Imagine if it was this easy to get your boating license!"]
  The Fruitcake Vendor - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob describes his checkup to Mr. Krabs.]
  Stupid Plan - Steve Belfer [Squidward gives the nurse an ink sample.]
  Dramatic Cue (c) - Ronald Hanmer [Krabs hides in his office.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 16 - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward laughs.]
  Wargames Linking Section (g) - Keith Mansfield ["Every employee must get their checkup or the restaurant will be closed under orders of the Bikini Bottom Better Business Bureau."]
  Credit Card Heaven - Nicolas Carr ["Everybody wins!"]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [Nurse takes Squidward's money.]
  A Casual Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob and Squidward waiting for Mr. Krabs behind a building.]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Free money, eh?"]
  A Simple Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob trying to do the pinch test on Mr. Krabs/Squidward's nose gets grabbed by Mr. Krabs' claw.]
  Great Idea Patrick - Nicolas Carr ["... Mr. Krabs himself!"]
  Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob makes Krabs pinch himself.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 9 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Me achin' pinchers!"]
  Unknown Track 117 - Nicolas Carr [shot of penny]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 9 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Pinch test failed."]
  Lazybones - Xavier Edmunds, Zoltan Biscotti [Eyestalk test at the tailor shop.]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Transition to next scene.]
  Unknown Track 17 - SpongeBob disguised convincing Mr. Krabs to use the photo booth.
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 2 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Well, I am very photogen-eric."]
  In the Cooler Tension Build Up - Nicolas Carr, Dick de Benedictis [X-rays of Krabs.]
    Alien Spacecraft (a) - Gregor F. Narholz [Krabs exits the photo booth.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 28 - Jeremy Wakefield [Transition to next scene.]
  Unknown Track 106 - SpongeBob appears disguised as a hippie.
  Battle at Sea - Johnny Pearson [Krabs launched into the freezer.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 17 - Jeremy Wakefield ["SpongeBob, you moron!"]
  Humorous Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Krabs frozen.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 8 - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs cries.]
  Surf Happy Fun (Underscore) - Billy Lincoln [Krabs doing exercise at Mussel Beach.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 9 - Jeremy Wakefield ["I don't know what we did wrong, Squidward!"]
  Dirgey - Nicolas Carr, Steve Marston ["I guess that nurse is gonna close the Krusty Krab after all."]
  Drunken Sailor Solo Accordion-2 - Nicolas Carr [Krabs says he has a plan.]
  Light Conversation 1 No Triangle - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Nurse returns to the Krusty Krab.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 10 - Jeremy Wakefield [Larry pretending to be Mr. Krabs.]
  The Frycooks Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Whoo-hoo! We did it, boys! The Krusty Krab lives to see another day!"]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [Krabs disappears.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 23 - Jeremy Wakefield [The ending]




Cultural references

  • One of the photos seen on the sign for SpongeBob and Squidward's photo booth is a parody of the American Gothic.
  • When Squidward is doing his "ink test" and says that he wants "a little privacy," this shows that the "ink test" is similar to a real-life urine test.
  • At one point, SpongeBob tells Squidward that he is going to make Mr. Krabs an "offer he can’t resist." This is a reference to the quote "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse" from The Godfather.
  • Tailor Tom's Tailor Shop is a parody of the clothing company Tom Tailor.


  • During Squidward's check-up, SpongeBob's teeth turn yellow for one frame.
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SpongeBob's yellow teeth.

  • The nurse says that every Krusty Krab employee must have their checkup when Mr. Krabs refuses. However, Mr. Krabs does not technically count as an employee, as he is the founder and boss of the Krusty Krab.
Error in the Xheck Up

His eyelashes are missing

  • When SpongeBob says "It's your turn, Mr. K!" his eyelashes are missing for a few seconds.
    • The same error happens when SpongeBob is putting on his nurse hat.
  • Mr. Krabs does not have his money with him when he runs away at the end, so Larry could have gone inside his office and taken his money.


SpongeBob SquarePants - Krabs Test Nickelodeon

SpongeBob SquarePants - Krabs Test Nickelodeon


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