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"The Check-Up" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from Season 11. 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. If Mr. Krabs doesn't get his checkup then the Krusty Krab will get shut down by the Bikini Bottom Better Business Bureau (known as the B.B.B.B.B) Because he will not do the checkup, SpongeBob and Squidward tell the nurse they will 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. Afterwards, SpongeBob and Squidward disguise themselves as a tailor and pretend to check Mr. Krabs' eyestalks, but he thinks the "employee" is abusing him and leaves.

Then, they 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 will 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 does not want to pay.


This episode was confirmed by Vincent Waller on May 24, 2017.[2]




The Check Up; Rough 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 29A - 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 17A - 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 Simple Conversation 1 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob and Squidward waiting for Mr. Krabs behind a building.]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Free money, eh?"]
  Silly Bob Conversation 2 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob trying to do the pinch test on Mr. Krabs/Squidward's nose gets grabbed by Mr. Krabs' claw.]
  Got It! - Nicolas Carr ["... Mr. Krabs himself!"]
  Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob makes Krabs pinch himself.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 9A - Jeremy Wakefield ["Me achin' pinchers!"]
  It's Magic - Nicolas Carr [shot of penny]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 9B - 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 2C - Jeremy Wakefield ["Well, I am very photogen-eric."]
  In the Cooler Tension Build Up - Nicolas Carr [X-rays of Krabs.]
  Alien Spacecraft (a) - Gregor F. Narholz [Krabs exits the photo booth.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 30 - 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 18D - Jeremy Wakefield ["SpongeBob, you moron!"]
  Humorous Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Krabs frozen.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 8D - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs cries.]
  Sponge Surf No Guit Me - Billy Lincoln, Michael Gurley [Krabs doing exercise at Mussel Beach.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 9C - Jeremy Wakefield ["I don't know what we did wrong, Squidward!"]
  Shanty Dirge - 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 11A - Jeremy Wakefield [Larry pretending to be Mr. Krabs.]
  The Frycook's 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 25B - Jeremy Wakefield [The ending]




Cultural references

  • One of the photos seen on the sign for SpongeBob and Squidward's photo booth references the American Gothic.
  • 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 alludes to the clothing company Tom Tailor.


SpongeBob's yellow teeth.

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

SpongeBob's 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.



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