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Best Frenemies
Season №: 4
Episode №: 78b
Airdate: March 31, 2007
Sister episode(s): "Born to Be Wild"
Writer(s): Zeus Cervas
Erik Wiese
Dani Michaeli
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Zeus Cervas
Erik Wiese
Animation: Alan Smart
Technical: Vincent Waller
See all credits for this episode.
Previous: "Born to Be Wild"
Next: "The Pink Purloiner"
List of episodes

"Best Frenemies" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season four. In this episode, a new restraunt called Kelpshake opens in Bikini Bottom.



The episode starts at a normal day at the Krusty Krab. Mr. Krabs is doing paperwork and is confused as to why his profits are down. He goes out into the restaurant to see Squidward making a sale, minus the price of a drink. Mr. Krabs sees everyone is drinking a thing in a bottle, including SpongeBob. He tells Mr. Krabs about the drink called the "Kelpshake". Mr. Krabs worries that people aren't buying drinks with their food, so he bans outside drinks in his restaurant, forcing the customers to leave. He goes to see what Plankton has done this time. He doesn't know Plankton isn't behind this. Plankton tells Mr. Krabs he has no idea what is going on because he was relaxing in a beach chair. Then the two try to steal a Kelpshake and discover what it is made of. They go to a Kelpshake stand and try to get Plankton to find out, and all attempts fail. That night they both try to enter but an alarm wakes up a guard worm who attacks them. The next day Mr. Krabs reluctantly buys a Kelpshake and goes to the Chum Bucket to analyze what is made of. Karen starts analyzing, but Plankton gets impatient and interrupts the progress of the analyzer. They find out that the drink is made of, simply, Kelp Juice. The two drink the shake and find it to be delicious, but they ignore Karen who says that there is another ingredient. SpongeBob also runs out of the restaurant covered in kelp. Then they go out and see that all Kelpshake restaurants are closed because their shakes contained a toxic and dangerous ingredient. Two decontaminants revealed that it will take decades to get rid of the unhealthy toxic waste and they're sorry for whoever drank the stuff. Then Mr. Krabs and Plankton grow kelp all over their body. So Plankton decides to go back to stealing The Krabby Patty formula and Mr. Krabs gives him a Krabby Patty and then chases him just for the fun of it.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  The Girl I Left Behind Me - Brian Peters [title card]
  ? - Jeremy Wakefield ["Profits... are... down."]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band ["Would you like a drink with that order?"]
  ? [shot of kelpshake]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Kelpshake?"]
  Dingle's Regatta - Brian Peters [everyone drinking kelpshakes]
  ? - Jeremy Wakefield [everyone leaves]
  Steel Licks - Jeremy Wakefield ["I'd better get to the bottom of this."]
  Dramatic Impact 2 - Ivor Slaney [kelpshake store]
  Lonely Heart's Club (a) - David Bell, Otto Sieben [Pearl drinking a kelpshake]
  Goofy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Aha! I knew you were behind this!"]
  Lonely Heart's Club (a) - David Bell, Otto Sieben ["Wait a minute!"]
  King Kong Coming - Gregor F. Narholz [kelpshake stores multiplying]
  Panther Prowl - David Farnon ["You sure this is gonna work?"]
  City Heat - Gerhard Trede [Krabs pretending to sneeze]
  Hercule Poirot - Gerhard Trede [mechanical arm]
  ? - Nicolas Carr ["What about SpongeBob?"]
  Towerstreet 17 [#33] - Gerhard Narholz ["Mr. Krabs, I'm a little confused."]
  ? - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob leaves]
  City Heat - Gerhard Trede [Krabs and Plankton on the roof]
  Towerstreet 17 [#6] - Gerhard Narholz [Krabs and Plankton trying to get a kelpshake]
  Keel Row - Brian Peters ["All these convoluted plans are getting us nowhere."]
  ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs buys a kelpshake]
  Like Strange - Kenny Graham ["I can't believe we did it!"]
  Lonely Stranger - Laurie Johnson [Plankton's lab]
  Wooden Bear - Gil Flat, Tony Tape, Florian Voelxen [Karen warns them not to drink the kelpshake]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield ["Aw, phooey."]
  House Of Horror - W. Merrick Farran ["What's happening to me?!"]
  Footsteps of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [SpongeBob covered in algae]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Huh?"]
  Dramatic Cue (d) - Ronald Hanmer [Krabs screams]
  Twelfth Street Rag - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]


  • Kelp Shakes have actually appeared in the series before, the Krusty Krab has had them on stock. They are presumably normal shakes but with the same name.
  • This episode aired Thursday March 29, 2007 in Latin America.
  • When Plankton came out of the sink someone dumped their kelpshake down the sink and Plankton fell back down, why would someone dump their kelpshake if it is supposed to be good.
  • This is the second appearance of a guard worm. The first appearance was in The Lost Mattress.
  • This is the second appearance of the analyzer, the first was in Plankton!
  • The title is a mixture of "Best Friends" and "Enemies", giving "Frenemies".
  • The German title for this episode is "Beste Fr-einde", in English meaning "Best F(r)iends".
  • This is the third time Mr. Krabs has been in the Chum Bucket. The first was in Enemy In-Law, the second was in New Leaf. The fourth was Spy Buddies and the fifth was Plankton's Regular.
  • This is the first time Mr. Krabs has interacted with Karen. He interacts with her again in Friend or Foe and Mermaid Man vs. SpongeBob.
  • The Kelp Shake buildings divide like bacteria and seem 'contagious'.
  • The expression "frenemies" is inspired by Elizabeth Everitt's term of her crush Bailey Valint and her acquaintance Shane Griffin. She is a friend of the creator's daughter.
  • This is the second episode where Mr. Krabs and Plankton do become friends. First time was New Leaf, third was Friend or Foe and the fourth was The Other Patty.
  • This episode was originally going to be called "Kelpshakes".
  • This is the first time Plankton and Mr. Krabs unite due to a new restaurant having many costumers. The second is in The Other Patty.
  • At the part where Mr. Krabs sneezes, you can see the employee sign says "Employes Only". It is missing the third "e". Also, the sign was purple. But when Plankton landed, the sign was yellow.
  • On Nickelodeon UK when this episode aired on August 15, 2010, Mr. Krabs says: "Hey, hahahahahaha!" while in other countries like the US, he says "Hey, get back here you little booger, Hahahahahahahaha!" to Plankton. This is because the word 'booger" sounds similar to "bugger" which is a word deemed profane in the UK, while in other English-speaking countries it is a nickname for a mischievous child.
  • The last time the Chum Bucket was shown, it was destroyed by the Kelp Shake building, but it was shown again later when Mr. Krabs and Plankton tried to analyze the ingredients.
  • The "Well, good luck with that." quote SpongeBob said was also used in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
  • Mr. Krabs and Plankton would later work together again in The Other Patty.
  • It is not known why SpongeBob was hanging around the Kelpshake Store at night.
  • This is one of few episodes where SpongeBob plays a minor role.
  • The customer who just ordered a Krabby Patty only paid a dollar for it. This episode may have taken place on a Wednesday because according to SpongeBob back in the episode Imitation Krabs, a single Krabby Patty only costed a dollar on Wednesdays.
  • In Greek, this episode is called Φικοσέικ which means Kelp-Shake.

Cultural References

  • Kelpshake stands are a parody of Starbucks coffee chains, which have a reputation of suddenly popping up in large numbers all over the place.


  • When the guy who said "Wow, what a steal" ordered food, he just walked away without taking any food.
  • Jill Talley's name at the end of the credits is spelled as Jill Taliey.
  • There were three Kelp Shakes next to the Krusty Krab, two on the left and one on the right, but when SpongeBob was talking to Mr. Krabs and Plankton, two of Kelp Shakes on the left were gone.
  • When SpongeBob sucked the Kelpshake for the first time, the straw was outside his mouth.
  • After Mr. Krabs says "Hey, get back here you little booger.", Plankton disappears before the episode fades out.
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