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"Help Wanted" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode that first released on May 1, 1999, in The United States of America (USA) and March 4, 2000, in Canada, as well as August 23, 2002, in Germany. In this episode, SpongeBob gets a job at the Krusty Krab.
1999 Version (Pilot)
The episode starts with a French Narrator introducing Bikini Bottom and SpongeBob. SpongeBob wakes up from his alarm and talks to Gary saying "Today's the big day Gary!". Gary then responds with a "Meow!". SpongeBob climbs up a diving board and lands in his pants. SpongeBob then weight lifts two teddy bears, which he struggles to lift and just barely lifts it afterwards until he drops it with a squeak. Then he exclaims he's ready. He says "I'm Ready!" several times before passing by an Easter Island Head with windows and a door, and a brown rock. The rock rolls up showing a pink starfish, Patrick, which he says "Go SpongeBob!" which then he falls. It then skips to SpongeBob looking at The Krusty Krab, home of the Krabby Patty, with SpongeBob pointing out "a Help Wanted sign in the window". SpongeBob says "for years, he has been dreaming of this moment" and he continues saying the steps he is going to do:
- He's going to go in there.
- March straight to the manager.
- Look at him straight in the eye.
- Lay it on the line.
And then he says he can't do this. He starts to run home, until Patrick stops him. SpongeBob is shocked and says "Uh, Patrick!". Patrick replies saying "Where do you think you're going?". SpongeBob starts to replies saying "I was just..." until Patrick cuts him off and says "No you're not. You're going to The Krusty Krab and get that job!" SpongeBob says he can't and he thinks he is not good enough. Patrick replies saying "Whose first words were, 'May I take your order?'." SpongeBob replies "Mine were". Patrick continues saying "Who made a spatula out of toothpicks in wood shop?". SpongeBob replies saying "I did". Patrick tries to continue but is trying to think of a good third line. Patrick then says "Who's a big yellow cube with holes?". SpongeBob replies "I am!". Patrick says "Who's Ready?". SpongeBob replies "I'm Ready!". Patrick and SpongeBob say this again. Patrick then says "Who's Ready?" in great excitement. SpongeBob then says "I'm Ready!" in great excitement. Then, an excited SpongeBob runs towards The Krusty Krab saying "I'm Ready, I'm Ready, I'm Ready" over and over. Squidward appears trying to clean graffiti that saying "LOSER" with an arrow pointing to a drawing of Squidward. Squidward then sees SpongeBob and then Squidward says "Oh No, SpongeBob. What can he possibly want?". In the background, you can hear SpongeBob saying "I'm Ready" six times until he says "Go SpongeBob, Go SpongeBob, Go SpongeBob, Go Self!". Squidward then sees a Help Wanted sign and screams. Squidward runs inside The Krusty Krab and says "Mr. Krabs!". Squidward tries to talk to Mr. Krabs until an extremely excited SpongeBob appears inside The Krusty Krab. SpongeBob says "Permission to come aboard, captain!". SpongeBob then says in a deep voice "I've been training my whole life for the day I can join The Krusty Krew," In a normal voice, SpongeBob continues and says "and now I'm ready".
1997 Version (Original Pilot)
After Patrick falls from his rock, the SpongeBob Action Theme plays, which you can see cutscenes of SpongeBob walking across rocks, some credits, SpongeBob running; with some bubbles being shown on the background, and it finishing off by SpongeBob looking at The Krusty Krab. The rest of the episode is the same in the 1997 version, with only minor tweaks.
Gallery of Images and Videos
If you would like to see images from the episode, check out The Help Wanted Gallery.
If you would like to see more images and videos, check out "This Page".
- Help Wanted play Tiny Tim's "Living In The Moonlight" song. This is the only episode to play this song.
- This episode didn't make it to The Complete First Season DVD due to copyright issues with "Living In The Moonlight".
- This is the first episode ever created in SpongeBob SquarePants.
- This is the first episode to feature SpongeBob, Gary, Patrick, Squidward, and Mr. Krabs.
- This episode is the first episode to feature The Krusty Krab as well as Barg-N-Mart.
- The French Narrator first appears in this episode.
- Why the episode name is called Help Wanted is because in The Krusty Krab, there is a "Help Wanted" sign and SpongeBob wants to join The Krusty Krew.
- SpongeBob first creates Krabby Patties in this episode.
- Sometime in 1997, there was an earlier version of “Help Wanted” containing a deleted scene and a "Created By Stephen Hillenburg" scene at the end of the credits.
- SpongeBob was originally going to be called SpongeBoy in this episode, however, this was copyrighted by a mop company.
- This episode along with “Reef Blower” and “Tea at the Treedome” was originally going to air on July 17, 1999.
- Tiny Tim died before the pilot was released on May 1, 1999. Tiny Tim died on November 30, 1996.
- Tiny Tim was also referenced in the episode MuscleBob BuffPants.
"I'm Ready!" - SpongeBob SquarePants
"Go SpongeBob! Woah, Woah! (falls down)" - Patrick Star
"Oh SpongeBob. What can he possibly want. Ah! Oh, Mr. Krabs! Oh, Mr. Krabs!" - Squidward Tentacles
"Do ya smell it? That smell. The kind of smelly smell. The smelly smell that smells... smelly!" - Mr. Krabs
"Anchovies. Anchovies!" - Mr. Krabs
Some Release Dates Are Unknown Or Unconfirmed!
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The United States Of America: May 1, 1999
Canada: March 4, 2000
Hong Kong: 1999
South Korea: 1999
France: November 17, 1999
Latin America: December 14, 1999
Venezuela: December 14, 1999
Israel (Arutz HaYeladim): 2000
United Kingdom: 2000
Brazil: February 1, 2000
Portugal: February 1, 2000
Spain (Nickelodeon): February 26, 2000
Norway: March 6, 2000
Hungarian: March 20, 2000
Southeast Asia: April 2000
Taiwan: April 2000
Spain: April 9, 2000
Russia (voice-over): 2001
Russia (dub): 2001
Spain (second version): April 3, 2001
Ukraine (Novy Channel): July 4, 2001
Romania: March 20, 2002
Japan: April 3, 2002
Germany: August 23, 2002
Israel (Nickelodeon Israel): July 1, 2003
Philippines: April 2003
Finland: August 21, 2003
Russia (possibly Nickelodeon): September 1, 2003
Russia (TNT) (possibly Nickelodeon): September 6, 2003
Spain (Antena 3): November 10, 2003
Slovenia (Nickelodeon): 2004
Slovenia (POP TV): 2004
Italy: August 30, 2004
Poland (Lektor Polski Version): October 1, 2004
Ukraine (ICTV): February 2005
Spain (Clan): 2006
Taiwan (YOYO TV): 2007
Poland (dub): July 10, 2008
Philippines (second version): August 11, 2008
Czech Republic: 2009
Ukraine (STB): 2010
Spain (TVE 1): 2010
Ukraine (QTV): August 30, 2010
Spain (Cuatro): March 4, 2011
Taiwan (Nickelodeon): 2012 (October 26, 2012?)
Israel (Makan 33): 2017
Mongolia: December 26, 2017
Ukraine (PlusPlus): February 1, 2018
Ukraine (TET): February 24, 2018
Bangladesh: April 14, 2019
China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Serbia's Release Date Are Unknown Or Unconfirmed.
Sweden, Israel, Netherlands, and South Korea’s release date is unknown.
Bulgaria, Egypt, Iran, and Macedonia’s Release Date Is Unknown.
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