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Whale of a Birthday is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season four. In this episode, Mr. Krabs sends SpongeBob to get Pearl a birthday present.

Whale of a Birthday


  • May 11
    • 7:00 AM: Pearl wakes up.
  • May 12 (Pearl's birthday)




Whale Of A Birthday (DVD)


Pearl Krabs has had 15 horrible birthday parties (seeSqueaky Boots as an example), and her 16th birthday is just one day away. Her father, Eugene H. Krabs, is forced to give Pearl the best birthday ever, or else Pearl's high school reputation will "collapse, she will have to drop out of high school to avoid embarrassment, she will not go off to college, she will never leave home, and Mr. Krabs will have to support Pearl for the rest of her life."

While Mr. Krabs works on the party, SpongeBob SquarePants is assigned the task of figuring out what Pearl would like for a present. Mr. Krabs gives him his credit card, so that if something Pearl wants should be bought, it can be bought with any credit card. So SpongeBob trails Pearl and her friends through the Bikini Bottom mall and takes note of everything she wants. However, he uses Mr. Krabs' credit card to buy Pearl's gifts, so that Pearl's party shouldn't be a disaster and that Pearl will get all she wants.

Once Pearl arrives at her party with her friends, she is horrified to find that her dad's miserly ways have won out again. The popcorn is stale, the drinks are dishwater, Pearl's ice sculpture is made out of 400 pounds of rawKrabby Patties, the cake is made out of cardboard and frosting, and even Squidward Tentacles sings a song called "Four-Ply," which disgusts everyone. Once more, what is supposed to be the most fun and fabulous event has ended up cheap and lame, and she will be secluded for the rest of her life. Pearl is also extremely hurt that her father couldn't even stop being cheap for her, even despite the fact that he says he will make it up to her somehow. It looks like Pearl's birthday will go down in history as the worst one ever - until SpongeBob shows up with a truck-load of presents. Everything Pearl has looked at in the mall has been so Coral (which means cool) that SpongeBob has bought it all - maxing out Mr. Krabs' credit card in the process. Finally, he reveals one last gift: A live performance from Boys Who Cry! Pearl is thrilled and thanks her dad for getting everything she wanted, even though he's stifling his intense annoyance with SpongeBob (Has he done a great job for Pearl but not Mr. Krabs).


  • The beat to 4-ply is the same beat to It's All About You, implying that it could possibly be a parody.
  • This was the fourth time SpongeBob has dressed in women's clothing as a cartoon gag.
  • This episode and "Karate Island" were shown before "Chimps Ahoy" and "Ghost Host" on YTV.
  • This is the second time the episode is focusing on Pearl Krabs. The first was The Chaperone, the third will beGrowth Spout and the fourth will be in Barnacle Face.
  • It is revealed that Boys Who Cry, is Squidward's favorite band.
  • The forty-first time Patrick does not appear.
  • Goof: In this episode, when Pearl runs out of her school, right directly across from her school is the Krusty Krab, when in most episodes, right directly across from the Krusty Krab is the Chum Bucket.
  • This is the Bikini Bottom High School's second appearance in the series (The first being in "The Chaperone").
  • The music heard during the title card of this episode is xylophone/guitar music, a mix of two instruments that had never been heard on this show until this episode. (The song could be heard from "The Lost Mattress".)
  • In this episode Pearl's room is on the second floor, but in "Sleepy Time" her room was on the first floor.
  • While singing boys who cry, Pearl's friends had copies of themselves; three of her friend with the blue hair, and two of her yellow-haired friend.
  • This is the second episode to have hearts on the title card.The first one is Valentine's Day, the third one is To Love a Patty and the fourth one is Gary in Love.
  • Mr. Krabs could not stop being cheap, even for Pearl's 16th birthday, even though he was surprisingly generous in The Best Day Ever, paying for SpongeBob's play. This shows how selfish and miserly he can really be.
  • Squidward would have used real sculpting material instead of reducing himself to using Krabby Patty meat. He also protests when Mr. Krabs says he should have hired someone to make an ice sculpture of Pearl, which he would have offered to do himself.
  • Mr. Krabs considers hiring an ice sculptor, but that would have been expensive.
  • When Mr. Krabs asks SpongeBob where Pearl's present is, SpongeBob says the delivery truck will be there momentarily. Mr. Krabs should have seen this as a red flag as to how much he actually spent.
  • This episode was one of the episodes that were originally supposed to air during Season 3, but didn't and got remade. The other episodes were Krusty TowersPatrick SmartPantsMermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV: The Motion Picture, and The Lost Mattress.
  • This is her second birthday. Her first birthday was Squeaky Boots.
  • When Pearl said about a girl named Angela that she likes a guy named Brad, it could be a reference to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
  • This is episode is the first appearance of a credit card and atm