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At Goo Lagoon, Plankton arrives to turn the beach into the future site of the "Chum Bucket Mega Bucket", and demands everyone to leave the beach. However, due to his tiny size and small voise evan his bulldozer is slow, no one listens to him. He concludes that he needs someone big to help clear the
sea creatures of the beach for him, and encounters SpongeBob. Plankton decides to trick SpongeBob into being "assertive" in order to get the things that he wants. At first this doesn't work, as SpongeBob is naturally kind and naive. Plankton decides to give up, but SpongeBob promises to prove to him his ability to be assertive. Plankton gives SpongeBob another chance, and this time is successful in teaching him how to be mean. After a series of cruel and rude actions by SpongeBob, such as stealing everyone's hot dogs and popping a volleyball, everyone leaves the beach. Plankton then reveals his true intentions to SpongeBob, making him very upset. SpongeBob defeats Plankton by becoming "aggressively nice", performing kind actions that attract the people back to the beach. Plankton leaves the beach, disgusted by the overwhelming amounts of kindness.


  • Plankton: Don't let that guy sit on you! Be assertive!
SpongeBob: (Pokes finger into fish's pocket) Bee-beep!
Plankton: Not insertive!
  • SpongeBob: You can have it.
  • Eel: Say, thanks!
  • Plankton: You just let people step all over you. You're just like stairs.
SpongeBob: Wait, Plankton! Give me another chance-
  • SpongeBob: Excuse me...You are sitting on my body, which is also my face.
  • Plankton: I guess you don't have what it takes to be a stand up guy.
SpongeBob: Well, what about airline food?
Plankton: Huh?
SpongeBob: Airline food! My gosh, what is up with that stuff? Thank you, good night! (rimshot) See, I can be a stand-up guy!
  • Plankton: Is that an all over tan?
SpongeBob: Well not all of me...
  • SpongeBob: I'll do better than that!
  • Plankton: Oops...
  • SpongeBob: Mega Bucket? You used me... for land development! (mumbles) That wasn't nice.


  • This is the first out of six episodes (as of Season 6) where Patrick, Squidward, Sandy and Mr. Krabs are all absent. The other five are Mermaidman and Barnacleboy II, No Free Rides, Mrs. Puff, You're Fired, BlackJack, and Nautical Novice.
  • The name "Walking Small" is a parody of the film Walking Tall.
  • The rhythm of "Steppin' on the Beach" is similar to Jethro Tull's Aqualung.
  • In Czech Republic, this episode aired with a Season 3 episode, in 2009.
  • This episode aired on Nicktoons Network on October 19, 2006 with a western version of the theme song over the end credits due to being paird with Texas.
  • After SpongeBob cleans the girl's ice cream, it is still dirty in a later shot.
  • MY LEG: SpongeBob blows sand around with a towel.
  • The United Plankton Pictures Inc. logo for this episode strangely has cows mooing due to being paird with Texas.
  • After Scooter rode with SpongeBob (who was shaped as a surf board) his pants are green. Though when Plankton is seen moping away in public Scooter's pants suddenly turned purple.
  • The Title Card music for this episode is the same as "Plankton!".
  • This is the first time that Plankton appears without Mr. Krabs, the third being in "Patrick SmartPants" the fourth being in "Krabby Road", the fifth being Single Cell Anniversary, sixth Single Cell Anniversary, seventh That Sinking Feeling, eighth will be Squidward's School for Grown Up.
  • The title card design is similar to that of "Ripped Pants".
  • This is the second appearance of SpongeBob's blue bathing shorts, the first being "Ripped Pants".
  • This episode is featured on SpongeGuard on Duty (DVD), and Walking Small (DVD). 
  • This episode's title card design is used on many time cards in later episodes.
  • SpongeBob's tan permanently disappears after just one shot with it.
  • SpongeBob's stand-up routine is patterned after Jerry Seinfeld. ("What's the deal with...?")
  • When SpongeBob is being "assertively nice", he gives out five kites. At the end of the episode there are only four.
  • When Plankton is putting things in his suitcase he puts in a shirt that looks like Charlie Brown's, except it has a red zig-zag.
  • 18th time Mr. Krabs doesn't appear.
  • 12th time Patrick doesn't appear.
  • 7th time Squidward doesn't appear.
  • When the girl lying on the beach says, "Do you hear something?". The violet liquid on the nose at the guy at the bottom left side is shaped like Squidward's head.
  • This is the only time Plankton is seen on the beach, even though he mentions the beach in "Single Cell Anniversary."
  • The eel is seen in a later episode, "Enchanted Tiki Dreams".
  • When Plankton packs a suitcase, a doll can be seen that says "Mama." This doll also appears and says "Mama" near the beginning of "Toy Store of Doom."
  • In Indonesia, Airline food is said in English.

APM music identification

Original Music'

  • Seaweed - "Isn't it great to get the things you desire?"
  • Gator - "Um, excuse me, sir."

APM Music

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