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Banned in Bikini Bottom
Season №: 5
Episode №: 100a
Airdate: November 23, 2007
Sister episode(s): "Stanley S. SquarePants"
Guest(s): Andrea Martin as Miss Gristle-Puss
Writer(s): Aaron Springer
Steven Banks
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Aaron Springer
Animation: Alan Smart
Creative: Vincent Waller
See all credits for this episode.
Previous: "SpongeHenge"
Next: "Stanley S. SquarePants"
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"Banned in Bikini Bottom" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season five. In this episode, Krabby Patties are banned from Bikini Bottom.



While SpongeBob is making Krabby Patties, he sings a song about how much he loves them, but stops in the middle and, while Squidward is stacking cups (in the form of a triangle), he yells the rest of the song out loud, annoying Miss Gristlepuss and causing Krabby Patties to be banned. Mr. Krabs causes the Krusty Krab to be closed by threatening Ms. Gristle Puss with a French fry strainer and calling her a disgusting old prune. Meanwhile, Plankton at first thinks Mr. Krabs changed the name to "The Closed Krab," but soon figured out he could take advantage of the moment and went out to celebrate. Mr. Krabs's archenemy soon discovered in surprise that the Krusty Krab has secretly been reopened at SpongeBob's Pineapple. He threatens Patrick who was asking Plankton for the "password" while finding that his threats make up the password. While Krabs was checking for cops, he goes to check on SpongeBob who was afraid of becoming arrested for making an illegal product. Mr. Krabs forces SpongeBob to work otherwise there would be weekends off. Plankton discovers Krabs is doing his regular business "under the table" and calls the cops. In the blink of an eye, they arrive to clean up the Krabby Patties and arrest the employees. Miss Gristlepuss trips and a Krabby Patty dropped into her mouth which made her love the sandwich and forgave the Krusty Crew. Again, Plankton's plans failed and he hides inside one of the Krabby Patties only to be eaten by Ms. Gristlepuss.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Hawaiian Sting 1 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  ? [SpongeBob sighs]
  I Love Patties - Aaron Springer, Eban Schletter [SpongeBob sings]
  One Over the Eight - Len Stevens [bus full of old ladies]
  ? [rimshot]
  ? [Krabs yells at Squidward]
  Lonely Heart's Club (a) - David Bell, Otto Sieben ["You seem to know the basic rules of behaving like a civilized bottom feeder."]
  I Love Patties - Aaron Springer, Eban Schletter [SpongeBob sings again]
  Lonely Heart's Club (a) - David Bell, Otto Sieben ["Look at this wild hooligan!"]
  ? - Jeremy Wakefield ["She closed us down!"]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill [Krabs cries]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield ["Thanks again, Al."]
  Country Romp - Harry Bluestone ["Mmm, I'm starving."]
  Botany Bay (b) - Robert Alexander White ["I'M RUINED!"]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["That's it! A secret Krusty Krab!"]
  ? [Secret Krusty Krab opened at SpongeBob's house]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band ["There you are, Betsy, good as new."]
  Hercule Poirot - Gerhard Trede ["Happy day, Karen!"]
  Background Blues - Otto Sieben [people waiting in line to get a Krabby Patty]
  Captain Lenoe's - Michael Arthur, Colin Cater, Mick Graves, The Folk Players, Sarah Graves, Simon Ritchie [inside the Secret Krusty Krab]
  ? - Nicolas Carr ["SpongeBob?"]
  The Dreadnought Tea Clipper (b) - Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White [SpongeBob under the table]
  Zelle 501 - Gerhard Trede [Plankton calls the cops]
  Police Car - Sam Spence [cops arrive]
  West Side Rumble - Sam Spence [SWAT team enters]
  Steel Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob, Krabs arrested]
  Dramatic Impact 3 - Ivor Slaney ["Al, what are you doing?!"]
  On Fire - Gregor F. Narholz ["Miss Gristlepuss, look out!"]
  I Love Patties - Aaron Springer, Eban Schletter [Miss Gristlepuss sings]
  Legends of the Silver Screen - Cedric King-Palmer ["I... I feel reborn!"]
  Hawaiian Trax - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]



  • This is the third time where the episode ends when "The End" is shown. The first two was in I Had an Accident and Wishing You Well. The fourth will be in Planet of the Jellyfish.
  • She says her name is Miss Gretel Puss, but SpongeBob, Squidward, Karen, and Mr. Krabs call her "Miss Gristlepuss"
  • In the credits and TV Guide description, Mrs. Gretel Puss is called 'Miss Priss'.
  • This episode was set to premiere with "The Battle of Bikini Bottom" but aired with "Stanley S. SquarePants" instead.
  • When SpongeBob is under his table, Mr. Krabs says he'll make SpongeBob take weekends off if he doesn't continue cooking Krabby Patties, but in SB-129, he is off on Sunday, which is the weekend. Mr. Krabs must have meant the entire weekends.
  • The episode alludes to the Prohibition Era, with the Krabby Patties representing alcohol and the secret Krusty Krab representing a Speakeasy.
  • Mrs. Gretel Puss's husband strongly resembles Duke Nukem.
  • Also, Miss Gretel Puss's husband say "Hello, This is Al G.", which sounds like algae.
  • This is the 100th episode in the series.
  • Miss Gretel Puss is voiced by SCTV alumna Andrea Martin.
  • The police can't make a food illegal, as the police only enforce the law. It is the government that makes the laws. And even then it would take some time to get it passed (if it is even passed). While here, it only took one day to pass.
  • Mr. Krabs calls the cash register "Betsy" in this episode, but in SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One, and Sponge-Cano! he calls it "Cashy"
  • If one were selling an illegal product in secret, it would be a dead-give away with a banner at the location in plan view.
  • Even though she calls herself Miss Gretel Puss, she should be called Mrs. Gretel Puss, because she's married.
  • SpongeBob had a watch when Krabs was standing outside the Krusty Krab, saying that Krabs was standing there for four days. It is possible he had a stopwatch or digital watch.
  • The Galley Grub wasn't seen in the Secret Krusty Krab. A probable explanation was that Mr. Krabs didn't have time to write another one after his original one was still locked in the Krusty Krab.
  • Harold was seen outside the pineapple when Plankton hears his "shoving" conversation, but he was found waiting in line inside the Secret Krusty Krab.
  • The Secret Krusty Krab most likely made a rule in which there is a limit of customers present within the building.
  • Patrick and Squidward weren't seen being arrested when the police arrived at the Secret Krusty Krab. Maybe it's because they weren't making Krabby Patties.

Cultural References

  • A banner in SpongeBob's house says "Keep it secret. Keep it safe." This is a reference to a line said by Gandalf the Grey in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
  • When Squidward said "Do you want to 'Secret Size' that for $2 more" is a parody of McDonalds and their policy of allowing their customers to 'Super Size' their meal for more money.


  • In reality, Miss. Gretel Puss has no power of shutting down the Krusty Krab and banning Krabby Patties only for the reason of it being "Fun and Delicious", even if her husbend is Chief of Police. They must have a better reason like it being poisonous for it being banned. But, if the previous is true, and the KK is still shut down, they can be arrested for false accusations.
  • When Mrs. Gretelpuss meets Mr. Krabs, his belt is missing. In the next shot, he was wearing his belt.
  • When SpongeBob is singing his song about Krabby Patties, the patties on the stove disappear.
  • When Plankton asked Harold and Nat what was going on, he was wearing a suit. When he went up to SpongeBob's door and talked to Patrick, his suit was gone.
  • When Mr. Krabs went to the cash register to Squidward for misbehaving at Mrs. Gretel Puss and her crew, he was behind the boat and his body was overlapping the register.
  • When the Secret Krusty Krab was found by cops, SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs are handcuffed, but when Mrs.Gretel Puss accidentally falls down and eats a Krabby Patty, SpongeBob's handcuffs disappear.

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