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064a - Skill Crane

´╗┐At the Krusty Krab, a guy dressed in a suit comes to the door. Mr. Krabs believes him to be a tax collector and panics, until the man shows his business card, which identifies him as an employee of "R.A. PennyPincher Vending Supplies". Mr. Krabs is overjoyed as the delivery men bring the claw vending machine that he ordered into the Krusty Krab. Mr. Krabs explains that it will "pay for itself in no time" and insists that SpongeBob and Squidward try it, giving them each a free quarter.

Squidward plays the machine, and almost picks up a stuffed snake and loses. He excitedly exclaims to SpongeBob that he "almost got that on his first try!" When SpongeBob tries the machine, Squidward expects him to lose, but SpongeBob effortlessly wins a toy from the crane, and then another.

Later on, SpongeBob continues to effortlessly win several more stuffed animals from the machine. Squidward desperately tries to win, even using his money from payday but he still doesn't win.

When Squidward goes home, he finds he cannot do anything because of the crane, and he caves in, convinced he must win. He puts back on his normal clothes, gets his piggy bank and runs to the Krusty Krab, to of no avail. Mr. Krabs then empties the machine and finds an enormous amount of Squidward's money, along with the deed to his house. SpongeBob tells Squidward the secret to winning, which is to be the crane, and he wins a teddy bear and rubs it in everyone's face.

At the end of the day, Squidward walks home with SpongeBob, and sees a construction site. He operates the unoccupied crane with his eyes closed and picks up a girder, but he cannot apply the same secret with that type of crane. He destroys a mall and the Krusty Krab. Spongebob tries to rescue him but only picks up Squidward's toy.