SpongeBob SquarePants: Season 1, Episode 12

The Chaperone/Employee of the Month (2 Oct. 1999)

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The Chaperone: When Mr. Krab's daughter Pearl is stood up for her prom, SpongeBob agrees to step in. Not wanting Pearl to feel bad about her date, SpongeBob tries to make himself tall, dark... See full summary »

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Episode cast overview:
SpongeBob SquarePants / Billy Fish / Photo Fish (voice)
Pearl Krabs (voice)
Girls #1 / #2 (voice)


The Chaperone: When Mr. Krab's daughter Pearl is stood up for her prom, SpongeBob agrees to step in. Not wanting Pearl to feel bad about her date, SpongeBob tries to make himself tall, dark and handsome. His efforts cause much embarrassment and Pearl is distraught but not as much as SpongeBob. Pearl is finally able to see SpongeBob for the great guy that he is. Employee of the Month: Mr. Krabs uses the award to drive SpongeBob, but he dupes SpongeBob into believing he might break his ongoing winning streak and lose this month to Squidward. Squidward could care less but goes along with the ruse for fun. But when a fearful SpongeBob works so hard he humiliates Squidward at work, the battle for the award begins. Written by NAS

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The calendar that SpongeBob looks at says that there are 28 days in the month. However, he is trying to win the employee of the month award for January, which has 31 days. February is the only month with 28 days. See more »


SpongeBob SquarePants: Hey Squidward. Hey Squidward. Hey Squidward. Hey Squidward.
Squidward: Okay, I'll bite. What is it.
SpongeBob SquarePants: Do you know what day it is?
Squidward: Annoy Squidward Day?
SpongeBob SquarePants: No, silly. That's on the fifteenth.
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Remade as SpongeBob SquarePants: Employee of the Month (2002) See more »


SpongeBob SquarePants Theme Song
Written by Stephen Hillenburg and Derek Drymon
Composed by Hank Smith Music
Performed by Patrick Pinney
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Episode 12: The Chaperone/Employee of the Month
28 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

These episodes didn't live up to their potential, but had some great moments.

"The Chaperone" Pearl's boyfriend breaks up with her, so SpongeBob has to take her to prom. This episode had a great premise, but didn't deliver. It had some funny moments, like the montage toward the beginning and the dance trophy gag. Good. 8/10

"Employee of the Month" Squidward and SpongeBob compete for the employee of the month award. This episode definitely had most of its funny moments toward the end, my favorite being when Squidward is cleaning the tables and he rubs the rag into the table so hard it snaps in two. That's hilarious. And also it leaves you with a good ending when you don't know who actually won the award. However, could have been much, much better. 8.5/10

Whole Episode: 8.25/10

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