"20,000 Patties Under the Sea" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season five. In this episode, Mr. Krabs sends SpongeBob and Patrick to run a traveling restaurant.
While jellyfishing in Jellyfish Fields, SpongeBob and Patrick encounter an object sticking out of the ground. They decided to dig it up, and they discover an old submarine. Meanwhile, at the Krusty Krab, Squidward and Mr. Krabs think of an idea to bring the Krusty Krab to the customers. SpongeBob and Patrick drive the submarine into the Krusty Krab, which gives the idea to Mr. Krabs to have SpongeBob and Patrick take the submarine and sell Krabby Patties to any passersby. Seeing this, Plankton gets upset since he had the idea years ago. He takes the fist of the Chum Bucket and uses it as a mobile Chum Bucket.
SpongeBob and Patrick are unsuccessful with their first customers, so SpongeBob offers to pay them to take the Krabby Patties, which they agree to. Meanwhile, Plankton attempts to sell food to a child, whom he then insults out of impatience. All of a sudden, the child's parents, great grandmother, Harold, and even Jack M. Crazyfish start throwing rocks at Plankton. Soon, the mob runs out of rocks, but since Patrick was not paying attention to the Krabby Patties, they burned and hardened. SpongeBob and Patrick are able to sell the burnt patties to the mob for them to throw, and the two friends head off.
Later on, SpongeBob and Patrick fall into an abyss and wake up a ginormous sea monster who has been asleep for the past 79 years. Starved after his hibernation, the monster purchases 640 Krabby Patties. However, just as SpongeBob and Patrick are running out of patties, Plankton's Chum Bucket vehicle comes crashing into the submarine. Chum squeezes through the cracks of the submarine, so SpongeBob and Patrick decide to use the chum to make the burgers, which the monster ends up enjoying even more than the Krabby Patties. Plankton sees the sea monster hand SpongeBob and Patrick giant dollar bills in exchange for the chum burgers, and he attempts to get the monster to refuse the food. However, Plankton is mistaken for a chocolate éclair and the monster chases him away. Meanwhile, because they are down in the abyss, SpongeBob and Patrick have to let go of all the money they have earned to float back up. Instead, they bring back 37,000 pounds of decorative undersea rocks, much to Mr. Krabs' disappointment.
|( ‣ ) Associated production music|
|( • ) Original music|
|( ◦ ) SpongeBob music|
‣ Once Upon a Time - Gregor F. Narholz [title card]
‣ Towerstreet 17 [#6] - Gerhard Narholz [SpongeBob and Patrick with walkie-talkies]
‣ Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [running away from the jellyfish]
‣ Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [Patrick lands on a rock]
‣ Goofy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward sunbathing]
‣ Cosmos Adventure 1 - John Fox [submarine unearthed]
‣ Weird Bridge - Roger Roger [SpongeBob and Patrick get inside]
‣ Missile Disaster - John Fox [submarine takes off]
‣ Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob and Patrick fight over the steering wheel]
‣ Keel Row - Brian Peters [Krusty Krab empty]
‣ Steel Link (c) - Jeremy Wakefield [submarine crashes]
‣ Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["That's it!"]
‣ Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["So long, lad!"]
‣ Zelle 501 - Gerhard Trede ["A traveling restaurant, eh?"]
‣ Towerstreet 17 [#25] - Gerhard Narholz [fist submarine takes off]
‣ Tripping Upstairs - Brian Peters [SpongeBob and Patrick selling Krabby Patties]
‣ Hercule Poirot - Gerhard Trede ["Thank you, sir, come again!"]
‣ Off to Play - David Snell [Plankton approaches a little kid]
‣ Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Plankton insulting people]
‣ Steel Licks (b) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Maybe you're right"]
‣ Dramatic Cue (c) - Ronald Hanmer [everyone throws rocks at Plankton]
‣ The Rake Hornpipe - Robert Alexander White [Patrick burned all the Krabby Patties]
‣ Dramatic Cue (c) - Ronald Hanmer [Mable's husband throws the last rock]
‣ Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Hey, the rocks are all gone!"]
‣ Dingles Regatta - Brian Peters [everyone buys the burnt patties]
‣ Dramatic Cue (e) - Ronald Hanmer ["Oh, okay. What's an abyss, SpongeBob?"]
‣ Dramatic Cue (b) - Ronald Hanmer [Submarine fails into abyss]
‣ Dramatic Cue (g) - Ronald Hanmer [Plankton cheers as the submarine continues to plummet.]
‣ Monster Bug (a) - Gregor F. Narholz [sea monster wakes up]
‣ The Rake Hornpipe - Robert Alexander White ["Look, Patrick, we floated back up!"]
‣ Monster Bug (a) - Gregor F. Narholz ["Who are you calling dark and depressing?!"]
‣ Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Hungry?"]
‣ Kerry Polka - Brian Peters [sea monster enjoys Krabby Patties]
‣ Like Strange - Kenny Graham [Plankton spying on them]
‣ Flare-Up - Robert Pagan [chum charges]
‣ Steel Sting (b) - Jeremy Wakefield ["I sunk the Krusty Krab!..."]
‣ Dramatic Cue (d) - Ronald Hanmer [Plankton's submarine crashes]
‣ Glissando (h) - Skaila Kanga, Richard Myhill ["Who needs that rust bucket anyhow?"]
‣ King of the Giants (a) - John Fox, Otto Sieben [sea monster demands more food]
‣ Fanfare (b) - Nicolas Carr ["Mmm... now that's a sandwich!"]
‣ Happy Sponge Chase Vibes - Nicolas Carr [more chumwiches]
‣ King of the Giants (a) - John Fox, Otto Sieben [sea monster demands dessert]
‣ Editor's Falling Over (f) - Dick Stephen Walter [Plankton falls and gets covered in dirt]
‣ Cartoon Capers (c) - Dick Stephen Walter [Plankton rolls down the abyss]
‣ Earl's Revenge - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [sea monster chases Plankton]
‣ The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [back at the Krusty Krab]
‣ Captain Lenoe's - Michael Arthur, Colin Cater, Mick Graves, The Folk Players, Sarah Graves, Simon Ritchie [ending]
- "Jellyfishing" (1999) - Footage of a jellyfish swimming around at the beginning is actually reused from this episode.
- "Krabs à la Mode" - The animation of Plankton's telescope shaking was reused.
- As of March 4, 2017, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 7.2/10 based on 140 ratings by users. TV.com users give this episode a rating of 6.6/10 based on 11 votes.
- When the monster mistakes Plankton for dessert, he breaks the fourth wall through talking with the audience.
- This is the fourth episode to use footage from past episodes. The first is "Ugh," the second is "The Sponge Who Could Fly," and "Mrs. Puff, You're Fired."
- Plankton saying "Someone should put you in a box, floating down the river, Grandma!" has become a popular internet meme.
- The full scene where Plankton insults the family has also become popular on the internet.
- The con man from "Chocolate with Nuts" returns in this episode and cons SpongeBob and Patrick one more time, this time without even trying, as they hand him money for trying some Krabby Patties. It seems like he remembers SpongeBob and Patrick since he says "Hey, thanks again guys."
- Jack M. Crazyfish, who first appeared in "Blackened Sponge," can be seen hurling things at Plankton.
- His voice sounds different in this episode than in that episode.
- The sea monster is voiced by Gene Simmons, who is well known for being the bass player for the band KISS.
- The mother who is insulted by Plankton is voiced by Simmons' partner, Shannon Tweed.
- In a way, SpongeBob and Patrick helped the Chum Bucket more than the Krusty Krab because the sea monster preferred Plankton's chum over the Krabby Patties.
- SpongeBob confirms the Krusty Krab does not have desserts on the menu.
- Running gag: SpongeBob drives the submarine and bumps into the Krusty Krab, destroying the front window.
- This is the only episode where the Krusty Krab comes to the customers.
- If counting this episode segment and its sister in one episode instead of separate segments, the previous and next episodes are both specials in between this episode.
- This episode marks the second and last usage of "Happy Sponge Chase Vibes" outside of a title card, the other being in "The Lost Mattress."
- The title is a spoof of Jules Verne's classic novel and the movie adaption, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, which revolves around its characters traveling the ocean in their submarine and encountering strange creatures.
- At one point, the lens of SpongeBob's jellyfishing glasses are the wrong shape.
- There is a short distance between the grass in Jellyfish Fields to the submarine stuck in the ground, but later, the grass does not appear.
- In addition, it is shown in numerous episodes there is not any grass around SpongeBob, Squidward, and Patrick's houses.
- As SpongeBob and Patrick are running away from the jellyfish, SpongeBob's left shirt sleeve is not colored in for a split second.
- Usually the series is shown that any underwater creature is much smaller than anything on the surface, but in this episode, it is shown that the submarine and the human skeleton are the same sizes as SpongeBob and Patrick.
- In the Krusty Krab, in one shot, the cashier boat is floating, but it is on the ground in the next shot.
- When the sea monster takes the submarine off his head, the periscope at the top of the submarine is missing.
- When Plankton says "Ah, who needs that old Rust Bucket anyhow?," his voice is out of sync with the animation.
- Water leaks into the submarine, but they are underwater already so it should have leaked in.
- SpongeBob is seen driving a submarine although he does not have his license.