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SpongeBob SquarePants
"The Chaperone"
Season 1, Episode 12A
The Chaperone
Airdate: October 2, 1999
Written by: Sherm Cohen
Aaron Springer
Peter Burns
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"The Chaperone" is the first segment of the twelfth episode of SpongeBob SquarePants.


At the Krusty Krab, Pearl runs in crying so profusely that her tears begin literally flooding the restaurant. Mr. Krabs asks her what's wrong, and she explains that her prom date has just dumped her, and the prom is tomorrow night. Mr. Krabs suggests taking Squidward, himself or one of the restaurant's customers to the prom, but ultimately SpongeBob is the one that has to go with her. Pearl doesn't want to be embarrassed by SpongeBob, and begs him to do his best not to. At home, using a magazine as a guide, SpongeBob dresses up and uses extremely long artificial legs to make himself look "long, tan and handsome" for Pearl. On the night of the prom, things initially work well for SpongeBob and Pearl. However, SpongeBob's costume soon begins malfunctioning, resulting in disaster and severely embarrassing Pearl. SpongeBob, after having broken everything at the prom, runs into the ladies' restroom crying. Pearl, feeling sorry for him, attempts to console him and restore his confidence.

This ultimately succeeds, and Pearl and SpongeBob join the prom dance. They begin doing a dance called "The Sponge", which everyone else soon begins doing. However, this results in many deaths and mass destruction. An angry mob forms and lifts up Pearl and SpongeBob, who think this means that they are popular until the mob throws them out of the building. SpongeBob apologizes, and Pearl says even though it was a disaster, it was really fun. Pearl says goodnight to SpongeBob as she returns home, and tries to get SpongeBob's attention, but as she does so SpongeBob appears to be frozen. Mr. Krabs congratulates SpongeBob on his success at the prom, and the real SpongeBob appears to retrieve his wax dummy of himself (which was seen earlier in the episode), and carries it off, laughing.


  • All the customers at Krusty Krab during the scene where Mr. Krabs offers them to be Pearl's prom date look identical. (They are all Freds).
  • When SpongeBob asks what's wrong, there is a window on the door that goes to Mr. Krabs office, rather than an anchor ,But the anchor is back in a later shot
  • This is the first episode to focus on Pearl.
  • At nine minutes and thirty-four seconds into the episode, there is a reference to the film "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" (1978), when a girl in a white dress is chased by a giant apple.
  • At the beginning when SpongeBob makes a Krabby Patty, the patty looks wider than usual. Also, the bottom bun looks smaller and narrower.
  • Interestingly, there is no chaperone watching Pearl and Spongebob.
  • Pearl's "pizza topping" remark is a reference to anchovies being used as a topping for pizza. At first glance, one would think she's referring to his acne, since "pizza face" is a term for a bad case of acne.
  • Even though it was everyone else's dancing during "The Sponge" which caused havoc, not Spongebob or Pearl, they're thrown out and blamed for the prom being ruined.
  • It is unknown witch SpongeBob is the dummy and who is real because it is like the dummy talks.
  • In some scenes Pearl's rubberband was the same colour as her hair.
  • When Spongebob and Pearl are getting thrown out,the sign says "Prom Nite" instead of "Prom Night"


  • In the shot immediately after Spongebob's legs malfunction, they are back to normal.
  • In the scene where Spongebob is coming to Mr. Krabs' house before the prom, sounds of him struggling to walk can be heard, though his legs can clearly be seen through the window, not having moved the whole time.
  • When Pearl floods the Krusty Krab with her tears, the customers are thrown up into the air. When they fall, Fred can be seen falling twice, one on the floor and one on Mr. Krabs .
  • In one scene,when talking to Gary,Spongebob clearly has lighter than usual blue eyes.This error goes on until the middle of the prom.
  • One of Pearl's friends is seen on a stretcher during The Sponge, But when the teens throw SpongeBob and Pearl out of the prom, She is one of the teens who threw them out.

Home video releases

  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Anchors Away
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Lost at Sea
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete 1st Season
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The First 100 Episodes

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