Spongebob Squarepants: The Final Episode

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With the passing of his employer, Robert Squarepants is forced to make important decision as he endures having to mature for the first time.

(This is meant to be live action, hence the real life perspectives on certain aspects of the show. It was intended as a YouTube Project. This is my first attempt at writing a script so criticism on the format is greatly appreciated.)

Submitted: August 31, 2015

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“Spongebob Squarepants: The Final Episode”

 

October 29, 2014

First Draft

 

Scene One

The scene opens to a newsroom with anchor Perch Perkins sporting a serious face.

 

Perch

In other news, Bikini Bottom stands, hats off to a lost icon...

 

The sound of rain is audible as the screen cuts into an OUTDOOR, RAINY, and GRAY-SKYED scene. The shot shows Robert Squarepants (Early 20’s) standing stiff, among a crowd, staring intensely into the camera.

 

Back to the newsroom

 

Perch

One we will all remember, not only for his name, but for his legacy.

Back to the OUTDOOR scene.

 

As crying becomes audible he looks, without expression, to his left, where he sees Betsy Krabs (60’s) crying into Sandy Cheeks’ (Early 20’s) shoulder. Sandy gives Robert a saddened look for a moment and the camera reverts back to his own face. He slowly looks down and away to avoid her gaze.

 

Back to the newsroom

 

Perch

Today, we bow our heads as we mourn the end of an era...

 

Back to the OUTDOOR scene.

 

Looking to his right, Robert sees Patrick Star (Early 20’s) sniffling and fighting back tears alongside Sheldon Plankton, also fighting to keep a stiff expression. To their right is Pearl Krabs (17) bawling. Patrick looks towards her and his struggle intensifies.

 

Back to the Newsroom

 

Perch

For today is the day that we finally say farewell to a father...

 

Back to the OUTDOOR scene with news report still audible

 

The camera returns to Robert, who begins to tear up.

 

Perch

A son...

 

He closes his eyes for a moment.

 

Perch

And a friend.

 

As he opens his eyes he stiffens into a salute.

 

The camera then presents what is between the group. A flower decked grave with a tombstone reading “Eugene H. Krabs.”

 

Perch

Rest in peace, Mr. Krabs.

 

Black Out

 

Title Display “Spongebob Squarepants: The Final Episode”

 

Title fades into SCENE TWO.

 

Scene Two

 

Crowd exits. Robert notices Patrick making his way to the BUS STOP and follows behind. As he catches up a somber Patrick puts on a comforting smile as he notices him.

 

Patrick

Hi Bob.

 

Robert

Hello Patrick.

 

Reaching the BUS STOP the two share an awkward silence in which they look around avoiding each other's gaze.

 

Patrick

I didn't see Squid anywhere

 

Robert pauses awkwardly.

 

Robert

I'm sure he has a good reason

 

Patrick looks to Robert, CONFUSED by his statement

 

Patrick

I don't think...

 

Robert

Patrick, please, just...

 

Down the street Poppy Puff is putting her bag into her car when she notices the two standing in the rain.

 

Puff

Would you boys like a dry seat?

 

Robert looks to Patrick, who then looks down to the ground.

 

Patrick

Go ahead... I kind of like it (He looks up through the rain and then shares another smile with Robert)

 

Robert reluctantly leaves Patrick and makes his way to Mrs. Puff’s CAR.

 

Scene 3

Mrs. Puff is already waiting for Robert in the driver’s seat. He climbs in still expressionless.

 

Robert

Thanks Mrs. Puff.

 

Puff

It’s no problem, really. Maybe next time you’ll be the one driving. (She CHUCKLES and gives Robert a SMALL SMILE)

 

Robert

We can only hope (He laughs a little but quickly falls silent again)

 

The two ride silently for a moment.



 

Puff

Who knows, maybe tomorrow will be the big day. (She SMILES again, desperately trying to cheer him up)

 

Robert

Actually, Mrs. Puff, I’m not sure if I’ll be coming tomorrow.

 

(She sighs. She expected this but didn’t want to hear it)

 

Puff

I understand. Take as much time as you need, Robert.

 

The two pull into Robert’s home (Two Story. ORANGE)

 

Robert

(As he goes to exit the car) Thank you again Mrs. Puff.

 

She starts to speak as he exits the car and then decides against it. She pulls away as he walks to his door. He reaches to open it and then looks to Edward’s house next door (Blue). He looks to his hand on the door knob in thought. After a moment he pulls away to walk next door.

 

Scene 4

Robert approaches Edward's house. He glances at the second floor window. He knocks. He waits a moment, but no one answers the door.

 

Robert

(Knocking) Squid, I know you're in there, just, please... Talk to me.

 

We see Edward “Squid” Tentacles (Mid to late 20’s) place a paint brush below a canvas and hear him sigh. We do not see his face or what he’s painting.

 

Robert

Edward, just open...

 

He is interrupted by the door swinging open, an annoyed Edward standing in front of him.

 

Edward

What do you want?

 

Robert struggles with what to say. He hadn’t thought this far ahead.

 

Robert

I... well...

 

Edward

Spit it out.

 

Robert

(Takes a deep breath and finally blurts...) Why weren’t you at the funeral?!

 

The two share a moment of silence, Robert looking down nervously, Edward still annoyed.

 

Edward

Why would I be, Bob. The man wasn’t my friend, he wasn’t family. He was my boss. He signed my checks. That’s it. And he wouldn’t have even done that much if it was his choice.

 

Robert

They asked about you...

 

Edward

And did you tell them to mind their own business?

 

Robert looks to Edward in horror, shocked by his statement. Edward’s expression still unchanged.

 

Robert

(A disappointed expression, looking down to avoid eye contact) I see... Well Squid, if you need to talk about...

 

Edward

Then I’ll turn on the news. They can’t shut up about it.

 

Another silence.

 

Robert

Right... I’ll be on my way then.

 

He begins to walk away slowly, hoping for Edward to have some sort of resolve. As he hears the door slam behind him, he breathes, and hurries away.

 

Scene 5

Robert returns to his home where he is greeted at the door by GARY, his affectionate and loyal cat.  He oversteps his pet, hardly aware that he is even there. He reaches his bedroom and falls back onto his mattress with a sigh. As he does so, Gary leaps onto his chest.


 

Robert

Oh, hey Gary.

 

Gary meows.


 

Robert

 It was hard Gary. It's just, I've never thought of Mr. Krabs being gone. I've never thought of anyone being gone. It's just too... Real.

 

Another meow.

 

Robert

And tomorrow is when the real emotions come out. I'm not sure if I can handle it...

 

Another.

 

Robert

Right... I guess I don't really have a choice.

 

He looks up for a moment, and then to Gary.

 

Robert

Well, I guess I better get some sleep then. (Reaches to turn off lamp) Goodnight Gary.

 

A final meow.

 

Scene 6

 

Mr. Krabs (30’s, Jeans and a blue button up work shirt with a white t-shirt beneath) and Robert are in Krabs’ office in the KRUSTY KRAB. Krabs is sitting at his desk and has just finished scolding Robert, who is standing towards the entrance, looking displeased with himself.

 

Krabs

Ye can’t be scarin’ me customers off like that, lad!

 

Robert

Yes sir, I understand sir. (Looks downwards in shame)

 

Krabs

(Sighing, and continuing with a softer tone.) Ye know what’s runnin’ this restaurant, me boy? The reason she’s still standin’?


 

Robert

(Confidently and assertively) Money, captain!

 

Krabs

(He laughs, rising from his seat and beginning to walk across the room) Actually, no. Even more important than that.


 

Robert

(Taken back) More important than money, sir?!

 

Krabs reaches a vault on the wall and opens it. He reaches in and pull out the restaurant's SECRET FORMULA among a large amount of cash. He holds it in his hands, staring down at it.

 

Krabs

It’s comfort boy. (He turns to show Robert what is in his hands.) The peace of knowin’ there are people out there ye can trust with ye deepest secrets. That’s what  keeps me business alive. Heck, that’s what keeps me alive.

 

Scene 7

Robert wakes up in his bed to his alarm. He rolls over and observes the time on it. 7:30. His face is emotionless. Finally he smacks down onto it to silence it.

 

Robert rolls from his bed, still in his suit from the day before. He stands at his window and observes a silent neighborhood. He then looks to Gary’s bed on the floor, where the cat is still sleeping.

 

The scene now cuts to short clips of Robert redressing into his casual attire (Brown khakis, a white button up shirt, and a red tie).

 

Scene 8

Robert exits his home in this attire, walking towards Patricks home beside Edward’s. As he passes he stares absently at Edward’s window, longing to see some sign of life. He sees nothing, much to his disappointment.

 

He reaches Patrick’s home (A dirty trailer). Stumbling and mumbling can be heard from within.

 

Robert

(Knocking) Patrick?

 

Patrick

Uhhh... You have the wrong number.

 

Robert

(Silently laughing) Pat, it’s me, Bob.


 

Patrick

Oh... Uh... One second.

 

Moments later Patrick appears in the doorway sporting a pink t-shirt with green and purple, hawaiian printed shorts. He is holding a fishing pole and a net.

 

Robert

Pat... (Looking awkwardly to the equipment) You know we’re going to Mrs. Krabs’ place, right?

 

Patrick

(Showing no acknowledgment to Robert’s concern) I know.

 

The two share an awkward silence, Robert waiting for Patrick to explain the equipment and Patrick staring at his friend with a spacey smile.

 

(Finally understanding) Oh, this! I thought maybe we could do some fishing afterwards, get your mind off of things.

 

Robert

(Smiling) Sure buddy, that sounds great.

 

Scene 9

The two are walking along the side of the road. Patrick is now sporting a large backpack with two fishing poles visible through the top. Robert is staring at the ground while Patrick is gazing blankly around.

 

Patrick

(Continuing to gaze around) You know, Bob, I’m not sure I was close enough to old man Krabs to be there today.

 

Robert looks at his friend disapprovingly.

 

I mean, I’m still going. To far of a walk to just turn around, right? (He smiles awkwardly at Robert)

 

I just don’t really think I’ll be mentioned.

 

Robert moves his eyes to his friend but doesn’t move his head. He disagrees but isn’t in the mood to cheer anyone else up at the moment.

 

Did you ever talk to Squid?

 

Robert

(Still not looking at Patrick lying to avoid the conversation) No.

 

Patrick

Oh... Well I’m sure he’ll come around. Might even be there today.

 

Robert look away from Patrick in frustration. He knows it isn’t true.

 

The two arrive at Mrs. Krabs house (Pink and two storied). Several cars are parked outside. From a distance we see the two place their bags on the front porch. At a closer view we see Patrick walk in. Robert hangs back for a moment, takes a breath, and follows.

 

Scene 10

The home is homely and tight. Decorated nicely and minimally packed with familiar faces. Patrick has gone straight to the orderves table and has begun digging in alongside Sheldon Plankton who is nibbling slowly and nervously, obviously feeling out of place.

 

Sandy Cheeks notices Robert andales her way through the room to him.

 

Sandy

Howdy, Bob.

 

Robert

 Hiya, Sandy.

 

Sandy

Sure is awful quiet. Some of these critters are shakier than a long tail cat in a room full of rocking chairs.

 

She bumps his shoulder and they both fake a smile.

 

Mama Krabs best get this show on the road before Pat finishes off the fixins and makes his way to the kitchen.

 

Mrs. Krabs makes her way to the center of the room, ringing her glass with a fork.

 

Well, s'pose I spoke too soon.

 

Mrs. Krabs

(Fighting tears) Thank you everyone for coming. Me boy would tickled to see how he was missed, it sure warms me heart, that's for sure. (Struggle Intensifies) I never dreamed me son would be so well known by a community of such fine folk. But then again, (Breaks) I never dreamed I'd be out-living me only child.

 

Sandy

Oh dear.

 

Sandy rushes to comfort Mrs. Krabs and pull her to the side. Pearl takes her place.

 

Pearl

Sorry, guys. We'll start the private readings in the back room. (Fumbles with a slip of paper from her pocket) This will include Grandma Krabs, Myself, Edward, Robert, and... (Pulls the paper closer to be sure she's reading it correctly) Plankton?

 

Sheldon's eyes widen and his hands freeze. He nervously glances around as everyone looks to him confusedly.

 

Welp, we'll give grandma a minute to calm down and then we'll meet you back there.

 

Scene 11

 

SpongeBob makes his way into a study-like room and sits in a chair in front of a desk. He glances around to see pictures of young Mr. Krabs and Mrs. Krabs and Pearl. Suddenly the door creaks open and Sheldon peaks in. He notices only Robert is in the room so he hurries in.

 

Plankton

Hey Bob (stifling nerves). Look, I don't think I'm very welcome here, so if you could just come by later and fill me in-

 

Robert

Plankton, sit down. This isn't a place for grudges.

 

Sheldon avoids Roberts eyes, nods, and takes a seat beside him.

 

A moment later Mrs. Krabs and Pearl enter. Mrs. Krabs sits behind the desk while Pearl sets herself beside Robert.

 

Mrs. Krabs

(Takes a breath) Well boys, ye should consider yerself mighty special to be in this room today. (Looks to Robert) Is Edward coming? (Robert shakes his head) I see. Well, I suppose you'll be passing along the news.

 

Pearl

What news?

 

Mrs. Krabs

Well, sweetie. It seems yer father wants you to stay with me. Me. Tentacles will keep over yer old place until ye be of age.

 

Pearl

(Shows signs of wanting to protest but decides against it.) Fine.

 

Mrs. Krabs

As for you, Mr. Plankton. I have to say, I was surprised of how fondly he spoke of you in his papers. He wanted to wish you and your business both the best of luck.

 

Sheldon is unsure how to react, but is obviously becoming more emotional.

 

He wanted to leave you this as a merit of peace between the two of ya.

 

She reaches below the desk and retrieves a framed dollar bill.

 

Pearl

Daddy's first dollar!

 

Plankton

(Taking the frame and giving into tears.) Curse you Krabs.

 

Mrs. Krabs

(Smiling at Sheldon) Pearl, sweetie, why don't you escort Mr. Plankton out. I need to speak to Mr. SquarePants privately.

 

Pearl nods and leads Sheldon out of the room. Mrs. Krabs watches patiently as the door shuts. When they're gone she sits up and looks at Robert compassionately.

I know it's hard, me boy. Ye just have to remember, we all miss him.

 

Break

 

He thought a lot of you, ya know? Cared for ye as if you were his own. He didn't get to come visit very often, but anytime he did he'd mention some way you had thrown'em off guard again. Always talkin about how ye had a bit of growin up to do. But... I suppose he decided you had done it.

 

Robert looks up in confusion as Mrs. Krabs reveals a sheet of paper and begins to read. As she does the scene fades into a separate study in Mr. Krabs home. He is at the desk writing and we hear his voice over.

 

Krabs

Bob, me boy, if ye readin this then I'm gone. I've been thinking a lot lately about a lot of things, and I guess I decided if anything were to happen to ye old boss there are some things ye should know. I know I didn't always show it, but I appreciated ye, Bob. If it weren't fer you me restaurant would've sunk ages ago. You've become one of me best friends, someone I can trust more than anyone, and that's why I want to trust you with something that means the world to us both. I know this is sudden, and ye may not be up for it, so you're welcome to turn it away. Take some time to think on it, but when yer ready, she's all yours.

 

The scene returns to the study with Robert and Mrs. Krabs. Robert is shocked.

 

Mrs. Krabs

The Krusty Krab.

 

There's an awkward silence. Robert is dumbfounded but quickly changes his expression and looks away from Mrs. Krabs to hide it.

 

It's been decided that if ye turn down the offer than Mr. Tentacles will be next in line, but it's all he left for ye. I really believe he was depending on ye to-

 

Robert

(Suddenly, but not rudely) I'll have to think about it.

 

Mrs. Krabs

(Sighing) I understand. Take ye time but understand there's not a lot of it. Decisions have to be made.

 

Robert

(Nodding) Yes ma'am.

 

Scene 12

 

Robert and Patrick are now sitting at the end of a pier at sundown. Both are fishing silently with their bag and nets laid out near them.

 

Patrick

Poor Mama Krabs. Sure was rough back there.

 

Break

 

Well, at least I gotta full belly out of it.

 

He laughs and looks at Robert who doesn't react.

 

Look (he puts aside his rod), Bob, you can't stop speaking for the rest of-

 

Robert

He gave me the Krusty Krab, Pat.

 

Patrick

(Surprised) Well, that's great!

 

Robert

No, Patrick, it's not (Sets his rod aside)

 

Patrick

Well, why not?

 

Robert

Because, I'm not sure I'm ready for that kind of responsibility.

 

Patrick

(Raising his voice) Oh, Barnacles, of course you are. Why else would he give it to you?

 

Robert

(Compensating) It's not that simple.

 

Patrick

Well, I don't see why not.

 

Robert

(Near shouting) I wouldn’t expect you to.

 

Patrick

(Shouting back) What's the supposed to mean?!

 

Robert takes a moment, breathes, and regains his composure.

 

Robert

Look, I just have to figure some things out first.

 

They share a calming silence.

 

Patrick

(Standing) It doesn't look like we're getting anywhere out here today, you wanna head back?

 

Robert

(Thinking for a moment) Actually, you go on, buddy, I'm gonna make a quick stop.

 

Patrick packs up the rods and nets and begins to walk off.

 

Patrick

(Turning for just a moment) Lemme know if you need anything, okay, pal?

 

Robert

(Without turning) Sure thing, Pat.

 

Scene 13

 

Nighttime. Robert approaches a building dimly lit by a streetlamp. He admires the building and then begins to fumble for keys. As he does this the screen pans to the restaurant's sign revealing the words “The Krusty Krab.”

 

Robert enters, deeply examining his surrounding and running his hands across a table in a nostalgic fashion.

 

Robert

I don’t understand. What are you getting at?!

 

He approaches the door to Krabs’ office and takes a breath before entering. He walks to the desk where he examines a picture of Krabs, Squid, and Himself.

What gives you the right?! I know, you don’t have a say on when you go, but what makes you think it’s okay to disappear and leave someone with a choice like this?! You’ve said it a million times, “I have some growing up to do.” So what now? Do you just expect me to believe I’m able to step up and maintain what you’ve spent your whole life accomplishing? I’m not ready for this. You know I’m not ready for this! What were you thinking?! I don’t get it!

 

He slams his hand onto the table and the picture falls to the ground, breaking. Robert scrambles to pick up the pieces, places this photo onto the desk, face down. As he is placing the broken pieces of frame around the image he double takes. Scribbled on the back, along with the date is the caption. “Trust,” it reads.



 

Scene 14

 

It’s morning. Robert is leaving his home, locking his door behind him. He looks over to Squid’s home and walked over, producing confidence before he starts. He approaches, sour clarinet music ringing from the home, and bangs on the door.  The music ceases. The door swings open and Edward is taken back by the serious expression on Bob’s face, his aggravated face forming into a more concerned one.

 

Robert

He want’s you to take care of his home. So there you go, you can finally move away from here.

 

Edward is shocked.

 

Edward

(As Robert turns to leave, regaining his composure and returning to his grumpy self, crossing his arms) And what if I decide I don’t want that musty old place?

 

Robert

(Taking a breath of aggravation not bothering to turn back around) Then don’t take it. Maybe someone who isn’t afraid to show a little emotion will get it instead.

 

Shocked again, his arms drop to his sides.

 

Edward

(More sympathetic) Bob? Are you alright?

 

Robert

(Turning around now, angry.) No, Squid, I’m not. The old man had the nerve to leave the Krusty Krab to me, as if I could actually take care of it-

 

Edward

You should take it.

 

A moment.

 

Robert

What...

 

Edward

(Trying to once again hide his sympathy by crossing his arms.) Because if you don’t take it they’ll offer it to me, and I’d hate to have to tell them no.

 

Robert is not fooled.

 

Robert

I gotcha.

 

Edward

And be sure to let them know I want the place dusted and polished if I’m gonna have to move into it anytime soon. (Begins to close the door)

 

Robert

Squid. (Edward stops the door halfway.) Thank you. (The door slams.)

 

Scene 15

Edward walks back into his home where he takes a seat, staring at the canvas across from him.

 

Edward

Well, Krabs. Looks like made at least one good choice.

 

The camera now presents us with what he has painted. A portrait of Mr. Krabs.

 

Scene 16

 

Perch Perkins is voiced over, as we see a car pull up to the Krusty Krab.

 

Perch

However, Mr. Krabs is no where soon to be forgotten.

 

Robert steps out from the car. He looks confident.

 

Eugene lives on through an endless amount of family and friends that will spend the rest of their lives appreciating him for what he has left behind.

 

He walks into the Krusty Krab, where he nods towards Edward placed at the cashier’s desk. Through the window behind him, Patrick salutes, flinching as he singes his forehead with a spatula.

 

And through his employees, who will continue to practice what they have proudly been taught by their beloved boss, as he has trusted them to do for so long.

 

Robert walks into the office, where he takes a seat. He straightens the picture of Mr. Krabs, Edward, and himself and then sits straight up. The camera focuses on his face as he closes his eyes, and take a deep breath.

 

Robert

(Opening his eyes) I’m ready.

 

Roll Credits.

 


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