"The Cent of Money" is the second segment of the 140th episode of SpongeBob SquarePants


SpongeBob is taking Gary for a walk. They spot Mr. Krabs in a free parking spot. Gary gets a little spazzy so Mr. Krabs asks what's wrong. SpongeBob says that's what Gary does when he finds money. Mr. Krabs decides to take Gary to look for spare change all around town to feed his obsession for money. When SpongeBob asks what Mr. Krabs is doing with Gary, he just gives SpongeBob an impossible task (like painting the Krusty Krab with a toothbrush, or rearranging all the wall rivets from largest to smallest). Mr. Krabs collects money from people at the Krusty Krab, Goo Lagoon, and the Laundromat. He then finds an arcade and goes inside. Mr. Krabs decides to disguise himself and Gary as a pregnant woman. Mr. Krabs tries to take everyone's money, but Gary is so worn out, that he can't attract money anymore, as doing so causes him pain. Meanwhile, SpongeBob is finished with his tasks, so he looks for Mr. Krabs, but the guy Mr. Krabs took money from tells SpongeBob that Mr. Krabs and "his snail" have been stealing money. SpongeBob finds Mr. Krabs and is mad at him for putting Gary through all that pain just for money. They begin to argue, but they get distracted as Gary involuntarily starts collecting all of the money in the arcade (even from inside the game machines themselves!) The huge amount money forms a massive wave of coins, which begin sliding towards all the Bikini Bottomites in an avalanche sort of fashion. Everyone tries to exit the arcade to avoid being swept away, except for Mr. Krabs, who runs toward the large wave of coins in a fit of money madness and gets literally crushed by them. Mr. Krabs ends up in the hospital. After discussing what happened to Mr. Krabs, SpongeBob asks what caused Gary to begin attracting money. The doctor discovers that he had swallowed SpongeBob's Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy fridge magnet, which had quite a strong magnetic pull. When the doctor points out the bill to Mr. Krabs, he responds that he doesn't have enough to make his payment. The doctor corrects him by mentioning that all the change he collected with Gary would cover it, prompting Mr. Krabs to yell "Nooooooooooo!" in defeat as the episode ends.

Home video releases

  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete 7th Season


  • Running Gags
    • Mr. Krabs keeps calling Gary by a different name. Also, he mispronounces snail, instead saying that Gary is a "sneagle."
    • SpongeBob keeps getting impossible jobs to do at the Krusty Krab to keep him busy.
  • This was originally going to be in Season 8, but this episode was aired in 2010 and cannot be paired with an episode that's in another season because "Gramma's Secret Recipe" is part of Season 7 along with "The Cent of Money" which means both episodes to be a part of Season 7. Season 8 moved and aired in 2011.
  • Mr. Krabs wears the same outfit to obtain money again in Safe Deposit Krabs
  • This is the second episode were someone does not get Gary's name right; the first was in "I Was a Teenage Gary" where Squidward called Gary "Fred".
  • This episode was originally paired with Enchanted Tiki Dreams but then it was paired with Gramma's Secret Recipe.
  • Mr. Krabs calls Gary by "sneagle" in this episode. The word sneagle is similar to the word "snegle" which is Norwegian for "snail".

Cultural References

  • The Cent of Money is a pun on "The Scent of Money."
  • When the scene shows the fish playing the arcade games, one of them has a character and game similar to Pac-Man.
  • When Mr.Krabs calls Gary "Sneagle", it sounds very similar to a character in The Lord Of The Rings, whom is named "Smeagol".


  • Usually, in reality, the only coins that work in arcade machines are quarters. Also, coins cannot be obtained magnetically, because they are not made out of magnetic material.
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