|Season 1, Episode 8b|
|Air date||September 4, 1999|
|Written by||Steve Fonti|
- Eugene H. Krabs
- SpongeBob SquarePants
- Pearl Krabs (debut/main)
- Squidward Tentacles
- Pearl's friends
- Customers at Krusty Krab
- Gary The Snail
For Pearl's birthday, Mr. Krabs selfishly gives her a pair of fishing boots that only cost $2. After Pearl doesn't accept the gift, Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob that the boots are special, and only worn by the best official fry cooks in the world. SpongeBob, excited, exchanges his paycheck for them, and starts wearing them all day and night. The squeak annoys Squidward so much that he goes on vacation, and Mr. Krabs has to fill in for him. After a sleepless night because of a squeaking window, Mr. Krabs can't stand the squeak of SpongeBob's boots anymore. At his wit's end, he steals the boots and buries them underneath the Krusty Krab. However, SpongeBob comes in the next day crying because he couldn't find the boots. Mr. Krabs feels guilty and starts going crazy, believing that he hears nothing but the constant squeaking of the boots (all text he sees is even replaced by the word "squeak"). Finally, he snaps and confesses that he stole the boots and hid them under the floor. He unburies the boots, shrinks them and eats them in a bout of insanity. He thinks he finally has peace and quiet and goes on vacation with Pearl, until he hiccups, making the boots (inside his body) squeak.
- Associated production music
The following is a list of music tracks used in the episode.
- What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor- Okko Bekker [removed from APM site] (title card)
- Captain Lenoe's- Michael Arthur, Colin Cater, Mick Graves, The Folk Players, Sarah Graves, Simon Ritchie (opening)
- Music Box (a)- Judith Leonie Cann (Pearl unwrapping presents)
- Sailor's Waltz- Heinz Matschurat (at the Krusty Krab)
- Seaweed[original music by Steve Belfer] ("SpongeBoy-Me-Bob!")
- What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor- Okko Bekker [removed from APM site] (Krabs describing boots)
- The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka- Chelmsford Folk Band (SpongeBob shows boots to Squidward)
- Maui Beach- Hans Haider (that night...)
- The Rake Hornpipe- Robert Alexander White (squeaky window)
- Here's Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy (b)- Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White (the next day)
- SpongeBob Closing Theme- Steve Belfer, Nicolas Carr ("Could the greatest fry cook do that, Mr. Krabs?")
- Shock (f)- Dave Hewson (Krabs screams)
- Shark Alert (b)- David Farnon (Krabs hides in his office)
- Footsteps of Horror- W. Merrick Farran (Krabs takes the boots while SpongeBob's asleep)
- Hawaiian Cocktail- Richard Myhill (SpongeBob's sad)
- Orchestral Effect (f)- Dick Stephen Walter (magic oven mitts)
- Botany Bay (b)- Robert Alexander White ("They're not the same!")
- Killer Birds- Gregor F. Narholz (Krabs hears squeaking)
- Muscovite Rebellion- David Arnold, Paul Hart (Krabs going crazy)
- Killer Birds- Gregor F. Narholz ("Oh, please, make it stop!")
- Death Trap- Gregor F. Narholz (Krabs eats the boots)
- The Twin Sisters- Chelmsford Folk Band (SpongeBob didn't need them)
- [original music by Sage Guyton and Jeremy Wakefield] (ending)
- Bossy Boots has been mistaken for this episode.
- This episode is based on Edgar Allan Poe's short story, The Tell-Tale Heart. Mr. Krabs even references the famous quote "the beating of the hideous heart".
- During a Nickelodeon movie promotion in 1999, a set of scratch and sniff stickers were released at specified fast-food restaurants to be used with certain Nicktoons. One of them was used when Mr. Krabs dropped the boots in the French Fry oil. Also, the symbol that signaled you to "sniff" at the bottom right part of the screen was accidentally filmed along with the episode, and not edited over until late 2002, almost 3 years after the scratch and sniff packs were put out of circulation.
- This is one of the six episodes in which the 1986 Paramount logo is plastered with the 2002 Paramount logo. The others are "Help Wanted", "F.U.N.", "Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost", "Employee of the Month" and "Rock Bottom".
- This episode, like The Paper, I Was a Teenage Gary, Ugh, Party Pooper Pants, Patty Hype, Sandy's Rocket, Truth or Square, Squid on Strike and Dumped rarely air on Nick.
- When SpongeBob asks Mr. Krabs "Could the world's greatest frycook do this?", SpongeBob moonwalks across the floor like Michael Jackson.
- This is the second episode to feature computer-made sequences.
- SpongeBob's original name (SpongeBoy) was used in this episode ("SpongeBoy me Bob!").
- The beginning of this episode shows one of Pearl's lame parties, the next one being in "Whale of a Birthday".
- Sixth time Patrick doesn't appear.
- The last episode of SpongeBob SquarePants to be TV-Y in 1999.
- When SpongeBob was in Mr. Krab's office and Mr. Krabs was giving the boots to SpongeBob and after he says, "These are my most expensive and most valuable possession I own." SpongeBob says, "Wow, really? Why is that? They just look like any other boots." "Why is that" isn't in the captions, they go right to the next sentence.
- When SpongeBob is demonstrating the talent he can do with the boots, he is the cashier and he asks the customer, with the boots, "Can I take your order?" "Can I take" isn't in the captions, so it says, "Your order?"
- When Mr. Krabs lets Pearl open her presents, the cake on the table disappears.