"You used me... for land development!!! That wasn't nice!"
―SpongeBob upon finding out Plankton tricked him

"Walking Small" is the second segment of the eighteenth episode of SpongeBob SquarePants.


At the beach, 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, no one listens to him. He concludes that he needs someone big to help clear 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.

Home video releases

  • SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeGuard on Duty
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete 1st Season
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeGuard on Duty
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The First 100 Episodes


  • 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.
  • After SpongeBob cleans the girl's ice cream, it is still dirty in a later shot.
  • 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.
  • This is the first time that Plankton appears without Mr. Krabs, and also the first episode where Plankton is not trying to steal the Krabby Patty formula.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The eel reappears in "Enchanted Tiki Dreams".

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