Help Wanted is the pilot episode of SpongeBob SquarePants. It aired on May 1st, 1999 along with Reef Blower and Tea at the Tree Dome. It introduces many of the main characters including SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, Squidward Tentacles, Eugene Krabs, and Gary. It begins with SpongeBob waking up and going to the Krusty Krab to apply for the fry cook job. He reaches the entrance but turns back after getting nervous. After a pep talk from Patrick, SpongeBob marches determinedly into the restaurant. However, he falls comedically around the Krusty Krab, losing the interest of Mr. Krabs. In order to prevent his employment, Mr. Krabs demands SpongeBob bring him a rare hydro-dynamic spatula. SpongeBob goes to the Barg'N-Mart and finds it with little effort. Meanwhile, back at the Krusty Krab, hungry anchovies attack the restaurant and run Mr. Krabs and Squidward to the roof. SpongeBob returns to the Krusty Krab and serves the hungry customers, earning Mr. Krabs a large sum of money. As a result, SpongeBob is hired as the permanent fry-cook of the Krusty Krab. Finally, Patrick walks in and orders a Krabby Patty, but Spongebob goings back into battle mode and chucks hundreds at him.
- This episode was produced well before all the others in Season One. There are a number of stylistic differences in the show as a result of this:
- Spongebob's bed is on the other side of his bedroom.
- Mr. Krabs office is on the right side of the Krusty Krab, instead of the left.
- Mr. Krabs eyelid color is a light red instead of a dark red.
- The Chum Bucket is not across the street from the Krusty Krab.
- The animation style is cruder than later episodes, as creators attempted to get a feel for the series.
- This is the first appearance of Spongebob, Patrick, Squidward, Mr. Krabs, and Gary.
- Spongebob, The French Narrator, and Gary are voiced by Tom Kenny, who at that point had been a well-known voice actor for over a decade.
- Patrick is voiced by Bill Fakerbakke, a well-known voice actor.
- Squidward is voiced by notable voice-actor Rodger Bumpass.
- Mr. Krabs is voiced by Clancy Brown, known for his live action roles in The Shawshank Redemption and Highlander (film), his voice acting roles as Lex Luthor in various media and Long Feng in Avatar: The Last Airbender.
- This episode was not released on DVD for over ten years because of copyright issues regarding "Living in the Sunlight," the song played at the end of the episode by Tiny Tim.
- Spongebob: "Who's Hungry?"
- Mr. Krabs: (sniffing) "Do ya smell it? That smell. The kinda smelly smell...the smelly smell that smells...smelly. (gasp and whispers). Anchovies."
- Squidward: "What?!!"
- Mr. Krabs: "Anchovies!!!!!!"
- Patrick: "Good Morning Krusty Crew!"
- Squidward: "What would you like to order, Patrick?"
- Patrick: "One Krabby Patty please." (Spongebob goes back into overdrive and out flies patties knocking Patrick out of the restaurant)
May 1st, 1999.
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