Shell of a Man (Episode)

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Shell of a Man
Titlecard-Shell of a Man.jpg

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Episode No.: 61b
Season: 4
Airdate: May 6th 2005
Previous Episode: Fear of a Krabby Patty
Next Episode: The Lost Mattress
Characters Voice actors
SpongeBob SquarePants Tom Kenny
Patrick Star Bill Fagerbakke
Squidward Tentacles Rodger Bumpass
Gary Tom Kenny
Sandy Cheeks Carolyn Lawrence
Mr. Krabs Clancy Brown
Mr. Krabs without his shell crying © Viacom

"Shell of a Man" is an episode from Season 4.





In the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob is making Number five's order, and when he is finished, he gives it to Squidward so that he can give it to the fifth customer. The fifth customer is revealed to be SpongeBob, who grabs the order, and eats it. Meanwhile, outside the Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs calls SpongeBob to go to his 'Hidey Hole', where he keeps his old Navy stuff in a treasure chest. They drag it into Mr. Krabs' office. Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob about the Navy reunion and also tells him about his old Navy buddies and his nickname "Armor Abs Krabs". After he has heard all about the Navy, SpongeBob goes to the kitchen to get it in "shipshape." After a few minutes, he makes a perfect Krabby Patty. Meanwhile, Mr. Krabs molts his shell, leaving him a fleshy pink mess, and very fat and not strong. With his exoskeleton still intact, he puts SpongeBob in it and tells him to go to the reunion, and take Mr. Krabs' identity.

When he gets there, he almost reveals his identity by telling a jellyfishing and bubble-blowing story. So he goes to leave, but an old Navy friend of Mr. Krabs (Torpedo-belly) wants to do a body-slam, to test if he still has "armor abs". When he punches SpongeBob, he flies around the room, cracking the exoskeleton, revealing SpongeBob. When they get angry, the real Mr. Krabs pops out (he was watching from the bush the whole time) and reveals himself. He then talks about how he is still the same person even though he is what he is now. One of Mr. Krabs's navy buddies gives him a "Manly Toughness Trophy" which is a reward at the reunion that Krabs mostly wins, for admitting he lost his shell. It then turns out everyone has had a drastic change of themselves. For example, Torpedo Belly had his torpedo removed. Mr. Krabs is still fleshy, pink, and fat, but he tells SpongeBob that his shell will grow back.


  • This episode was originally titled "Molting".
  • Mr. Krabs had no nose when he was out of his old shell. His shell did not have it either. Somehow his nose disappeared when he molted.
  • Mr. Krabs molds again in Shell Shocked (Episode)
  • When SpongeBob spits out his skeleton, his teeth are both in the skeleton and still in his mouth, not that he should have any of those things, as he is a sponge.
  • When Mr. Krabs molts, his shell does not have eyes or a nose. However, in the SpongeBob comic in Nickelodeon Magazine for October 2006, Mr. Krabs molts and his shell looks just like him.
  • Before Mr. Krabs molts, his eyelids are red. When he molts, they turn pink. Somehow, his eyelids change color when he molts.
  • The title is based on the phrase "Hell of a man".
  • This is the second episode with crabs on the title card. The first one was Krusty Love.
  • When Mr. Krabs defends SpongeBob, his size is taller for the rest of the episode.
  • This is another episode pair not to feature Patrick, Sandy, or Gary
  • This is the first and only episode pair to have the episodes have the words "of a" in them.
  • When SpongeBob punches Mr. Krabs stomach, his arm disintegrates but when we see him again he has his arm back and disintegrated arm is gone.
  • Why couldn't Mr. Krabs wear an article of clothing after he molted his shell?


Transcript for Shell of a Man

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61a 61b 62a 62b 63 64a 64b 65a 65b 66 67a 67b 68a 68b 69a 69b 70a 70b
71a 71b 72a 72b 73a 73b 74a 74b 75a 75b 76a 76b 77a 77b 78a 78b 79a 79b 80a 80b
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