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Skill Crane

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"Skill Crane"
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SpongeBob winning a teddy bear
Season number: 4
Production code: 64a
First airing: USA May 20, 2005
Sister episode(s): Good Neighbors
Writer(s): Kyle McCulloch
Aaron Springer
Vincent Waller
Storyboard director: Vincent Waller
Animation director: Alan Smart
Technical director: Vincent Waller
Supervising producer: Paul Tibbitt

“Only the greatest money maker since the Krabby Patty. Gentlemen, meet Skill Crane!”
Mr. Krabs

"Skill Crane" is the first segment of the fourth episode of season 4, and it is paired with "Good Neighbors." In this episode, Mr. Krabs brings a new skill crane to the Krusty Krab which Squidward struggles to win a prize from.



R.A. PennyPincher comes over to the Krusty Krab with a skill crane Mr. Krabs ordered. He says the machine will pay for itself in no time, and gives his employees one shot for free. Squidward loses and says he almost got it, while SpongeBob wins a stuffed bear on his first try. Squidward tries again but loses once more.

SpongeBob also tries again to get a friend for the bear. Squidward realizes the skill crane is a trick by Mr. Krabs for him to earn money, so he stops using it. However, after seeing SpongeBob win many toys and the skill crane speaking his name, he continues using it until he's out of money. Later, Mr. Krabs announces payday and gives Squidward's paycheck in quarters so he can still continue playing the game.

He does so for 6 hours but has no luck getting a prize, while SpongeBob accidentally wins two at once and puts one back. At his house, he is unable to pick anything up as his tentacles act like the crane. He eventually can't take it and gets a piggy bank to continue using the skill crane, but still has no luck winning. SpongeBob tells him he knows the secret to winning the crane, and says he has to close his eyes and be the crane to win.

After finally winning using this technique, he shows off around the Krusty Krab and later leaves with SpongeBob. He sees an actual crane and uses it like how he used the skill crane. He accidentally destroys a mall in construction and it goes out of control until crashing into the Krusty Krab. The construction workers surround him, while SpongeBob is unable to help him escape using the crane as he only knows how to pick up toys.