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"Upturn Girls" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 13. In this episode, Pearl and Narlene have a whales' day out in the big city.


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The episode begins at the Krusty Krab, where Pearl is cooking due to it being "Put Your Daughter to Work Day," as Mr. Krabs puts it. As she serves a customer, Narlene and Nobby pop out of some barrels and remind SpongeBob of his promise to show her around the big city. SpongeBob bemoans that he can't leave the Krusty Krab, so Pearl volunteers while Nobby takes her place. Pearl then takes Mr. Krabs' credit card so they can start their trip.

Pearl and Narlene soon arrive in the big city, where Narlene collects all the gum that's been left on the pavement. The two wander around and take in the sights, like the skyscrapers and public transport. Back at the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob stresses over the fact he can't reach the fryer from the grill, so Nobby starts moving all the various machines closer to SpongeBob.

Eventually, Pearl and Narlene end up at the heart of the big city; Upturn's, a large skyscraper-like department store. Narlene is fascinated by the automatic sliding door and accidentally rips it off, drawing the ire of Upturn's owner, Lady Upturn. Narlene flattens Upturn with the door, and Pearl apologizes for Narlene's behavior, before showing her their credit card. Lady Upturn forgives them, but warns them that at Upturn's, they take shopping seriously.

The two soon arrive at the perfume department, where Narlene is put off by the fancy smells. After the manager spray perfume in her face, she uses her own toadstool tang perfume, which causes a huge stink that drives everyone out. Pearl and Narlene then try some clothes, before going to a sale at the shoe department. Narlene's dislike of shoes makes her destroy a stiletto, causing the manager to realize the two are the wanted ruffians, before calling security.

Pearl and Narlene try to escape, but the security guards surround them as Lady Upturn arrives. Pearl tries to apologize, but Lady Upturn ignores her, stating that the two will never shop at Upturn's again. They escape to the store's roof, where Lady Upturn comments that the country Narlene is especially unwelcome. This makes Pearl stick up for Narlene, calling Lady Upturn a snob, before trying to use Narlene's gum to let them escape. The guards stop them, but Pearl throws their credit card off the building, causing the guards and Lady Upturn to jump after it.

The two make it back to the Krusty Krab, where Nobby is causing chaos. Narlene whistles for him to stop, before thanking Pearl for the day out and hopes to take her to the countryside as thanks. Mr. Krabs then complains about the credit card bill from their day out, causing Pearl to decide to go to the country right then. As Pearl and Narlene ride away on Nobby, Mr. Krabs gives chase, and the episode ends in the cluttered kitchen with SpongeBob calling for help beneath all the machines.


This episode was confirmed by Cartoonlounge.de on April 11, 2022.[2]



 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Morning Commute - Ronald Hanmer [Title card.]
  Jovial Pirate's Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Opening.]
  What's This - Nicolas Carr ["Huh?"]
  Melodramatic Moments - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Mr. Krabs watching Pearl make the Krabby Patties.]
  Pirate's Opus - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Pearl making Krabby Patties.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 39 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Do you mind?"]
  Pirate's Opus - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["No, not at all!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 1G - Jeremy Wakefield ["Isn't this just the best job ever?"]
  Missing Frycook - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob gets pulled by his hand in the barrel.]
  Light Suspense Segway - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob puts his hand back in the barrel.]
  ? [Narlene arrives.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 18D - Jeremy Wakefield ["No, I can't abandon these lovely people."]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [Shot of the customers at the Krusty Krab.]
  Great Idea Patrick - Nicolas Carr ["Ooh..."]
  Shop O Rama - Nicolas Carr, Fabian Fernandez ["...then why don't I show you around the big city?"]
  Blue Acres 2 - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Anything to get out of this place!"]
  Apples And Pears - Bruce Campbell [Pearl attempts to get an advance on her allowance.]
  Heavenly Sanatized Choir - Nicolas Carr [Shot of the diamond unlimited card.]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Transition to the next scene.]
  Fashion on Parade - Ronald Hanmer [Pearl and Narlene walking through the city.]
  Another Krusty Krab Day 3 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Nobby moving things around in the Krusty Krab kitchen.]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Transition to the next scene.]
  Market Day - Kurt Rehfeld [Pearl and Narlene see the mall.]
  Shopping Trip - Bruce Campbell [Pearl helps Lady Upturn get up.]
  Fully Fashioned - George French [Pearl and Narlene enter the perfume section.]
  Glamour Foxtrot - Lillian Munsie [Salesperson sprays perfume into Narlene's mouth.]
  Hillbilly Tension Build - Nicolas Carr [Narlene uses her Toadstool Tang perfume.]
  Trap Door - David Lindup [Narlene stenches the mall.]
  Terror - Alan Braden [The hideous stench spreads across the mall.]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Transition to the next scene.]
  Twilight Stroll - Len Stevens [Pearl shows off her new dress.]
  Five More Comical Cuts - Ronald Hanmer [Narlene and Pearl go up the elevator.]
  Spring in New York - Sam Fonteyn [Pearl and Narlene arrive at the shoe department.]
  Charlie's Bike C - Peter Balding, Otto Sieben ["Well, if the shoe fits..."]
  Incidental Pieces 17 - Dennis Wilson ["Wait a minute, I know you two!"]
  Eight Dramatic Bridges - Ronald Hanmer ["It's those whiney whales!"]
  Breakout - Syd Dale [Mall security chases after Narlene and Pearl.]
  Alone And Lost - Norman Dane ["Narlene and I were just having some fun!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 9A - Jeremy Wakefield [Pearl cries.]
  Eight Dramatic Bridges - Ronald Hanmer [Narlene grabs Pearl and runs.]
  Elevator Music - Heinz Hoetter [Elevator music.]
  Desperate Escape - Kenneth Essex [Pearl and Narlene reach the edge of the roof.]
  Eccentric March - Peter Hope [Pearl stands up for Narlene.]
  Earl's Revenge - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefeild [Pearl and Narlene fly away from Lady Upturn.]
  Cheap and Frozen Short - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Pearl and Narlene arrive back at the Krusty Krab.]
  ? [Narlene whistles as she sees Nobby again.]
  Melodramatic Moments - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Pearl, what's the deal with all these charges at Upturn's?"]
  Hillbilly Chase - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton and Jeremy Wakefield [Pearl and Narlene ride Nobby out of the Krusty Krab.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 25B - Jeremy Wakefield ["Hello? Anybody there?"]



  • This is Narlene's and Nobby's second appearances in the main series, after "Something Narwhal This Way Comes."
  • This is the first episode to have two storyboard directors since "SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout."
  • This is the second episode which was written by Danny Giovannini. The first was "Potato Puff."
  • This episode reveals that Lady Upturn is the owner of a large department store named Upturn's.
  • Roh and Rea, Lady Upturn's cabin roommates from Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years, make cameos in various posters at Upturn's revealing what happened to them after Kamp Koral; Roh is a clothing model, and Rea is the face of a perfume company.
  • This episode marks the return of characters that haven't appeared for many years in the series.
    • This episode marks the second appearance of the female collector from "One Krabs Trash" after a 20 year absence.
    • This is Incidental 61's first appearance in 22 years after "Walking Small."
    • The Atomic Flounder's civilian form appears after a 21 year gap since "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II."
    • Incidental 124 and the chubby orange fancy fish make their second appearance in the show after 22 years after "Sleepy Time."
  • The Scuber from "Man Ray Returns" reappears, where Pearl and Narlene take it to get to the city.
  • Although Pearl says that she has never cooked a Krabby Patty before, she is seen cooking them in "Welcome to the Bikini Bottom Triangle."
  • Mr. Krabs' wood balsa card has the same number as his card in "Whale of a Birthday" (00012387). His diamond card is one number higher, at 00012388. In both episodes, the cards feature the same "Master-Carp" logo.
  • After Lady Upturn is crushed by the glass door, her makeup can be seen smeared on it while Pearl flips it over.
  • The elevator has the text "UP-TURN elevation co." written above it.
  • This was the last segment to credit Vincent Waller and Marc Ceccarelli as co-executive producers.

Cultural references

  • This episode's title is a reference to the 2003 film Uptown Girls and the 1983 hit "Uptown Girl" by Billy Joel.
  • Mr. Krabs' Master-Carp card is a reference to Mastercard.
  • When Pearl and Narlene enter the 10th floor of Upturn's and Narlene tries out a slipper, it is a reference to Cinderella.
  • The brand of shoes featured on the poster with Roh is called Beckett Salmonson, a reference to the Beckett Simonon brand of leather shoes.


  • In the "Wanted" sketch of Pearl and Narlene, the "P" on Pearl's shirt is missing.