"Bottle Burglars" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season eleven. In this episode, SpongeBob and Squidward accidentally let Plankton slip away with the formula, and it is up to them to retrieve it.
The episode begins at the Krusty Krab, where SpongeBob and Squidward are cleaning Mr. Krabs' office. Mr. Krabs tells them to clean the safe. SpongeBob has the combination to the safe. Meanwhile, Plankton is outside the Krusty Krab, planning on stealing the formula. He makes himself invisible and walks over the Krusty Krab. Inside the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob is holding the formula like baby. SpongeBob uses the trash can to lay the formula on. Squidward dumps the trash outside with the formula in it. Plankton now has the formula and takes it back to the Chum Bucket. Back at the Krusty Krab, Squidward and SpongeBob notices that the formula is missing. They look all over the office. Squidward says that it gone. SpongeBob went into tears. They check the security cameras to see what happened to the formula. They found out that it was Plankton who took it. Meanwhile, at the Chum Bucket, Plankton is trying to open the formula, but fails as there is a lock on the bottle cap that will only unlock after about 12 hours. Plankton then locks the formula in his own safe and celebrates his victory as he is prepared to finally open the formula the next day.
SpongeBob and Squidward decides to sneak into the Chum Bucket after Mr. Krabs closes and finds that Plankton is preparing for bedtime. The duo then starts to navigate to the safe, despite facing many impediments such as Spot, a sleepwalking Karen, and an electric eye that only detects and allows Plankton in. After SpongeBob uses a picture of Plankton to bypass the electric eye, they find the safe at the end of a hallway. Squidward tries to reach the safe, but he steps on a trap tile and gets smashed by a boot. SpongeBob tries to walk throughout the hallway but he activates more traps that only hurts Squidward. SpongeBob then takes the brutalized Squidward to the end of the hallway and opens the safe. However, as SpongeBob touches the bottle, an alarm goes off and sends him and Squidward into a rocket that sends them back into the back of the Krusty Krab. Mr. Krabs drives into the Krusty Krab to start a new day but finds SpongeBob and Squidward in a lot of pain from trying to get back the formula. Mr. Krabs finds out that Plankton stole the formula, but instead of getting very angry at SpongeBob and Squidward, he just breaks through the wall of the Chum Bucket and gets the formula back before Plankton can get back to the safe.
Plankton opens the safe, but finds out that the formula has been stolen back and Spot is in the safe with a nuclear rod. Back at the Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs decides to lock SpongeBob and Squidward into the safe so they can't keep their eyes off the formula again.
The episode was confirmed by Vincent Waller on January 1, 2018.
|( ‣ ) Associated production music|
|( • ) Original music|
|( ◦ ) SpongeBob music|
- Benny Carter [Title card]
‣ Sailor's Sting 9 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob and Squidward clean Mr. Krabs' office.]
‣ Zelle 501 - Gerhard Trede [Plankton puts on invisibility helmet.]
‣ Toy Piano - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob puts the secret formula bottle in a trash can.]
‣ Unknown Track 33 - Squidward drops trash on the trash can and dumps outside.
‣ Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr ["The secret formula!"]
‣ Tricks and Traps - James McConnel [Plankton takes the formula/Plankton enters the Chum Bucket with the formula.]
‣ Sailor's Sting 24 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob cleaning Mr. Krabs' desk.]
‣ Sailor's Sting 15 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob notices the formula's gone.]
‣ Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford ["The formula?!"]
• Hot Steel and Slide Licks (r) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob and Squidward searching for the formula in the trash outside.]
‣ Unknown Track 32 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob cries.]
‣ Fooling Around - Barry Anthony [Patrick and Bubble Bass are seen on the security footage.]
‣ Cartoon Sting 4 - The formula is seen in movement on the security footage.
‣ Zelle 501 - Gerhard Trede [Plankton is seen with the formula on the security footage.]
‣ Cartoon Sting 2 - Plankton trying to remove the cork from the bottle.
‣ ? ["Open sesame!"]
‣ Cartoon Sting 2 - Plankton uses flamethrower and dynamite to remove the cork.
• Hot Steel and Slide Licks (h) - Jeremy Wakefield ["It's no use, Karen. It won't budge."]
‣ Cartoon Sting 2 - Cork has a time lock.
‣ Sailor's Sting 6 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Closing time at the Krusty Krab.]
‣ Slinky Panther Pants - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob and Squidward sneak into the Chum Bucket.]
‣ New Threat - Roger Roger [Plankton watching a scary movie.]
‣ Cartoon Sting 7 - Plankton preparing for bed.
‣ Happy Links 6-9 - Paul Fenoulhet [Plankton arrives at his bedroom.]
‣ Mission Improbable - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob makes sure that Plankton is slept.]
‣ Dramatic Cue (a) - Ronald Hanmer [Spot growls at SpongeBob and Squidward.]
‣ Droopy - Arthur Wilkinson [Spot licking Squidward.]
‣ Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob gets an idea.]
‣ Hot Steel and Slide Licks (z) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob takes a spent fuel rod.]
‣ Eight Comical Cuts - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob plays fetch with Spot.]
‣ Dirty Dick - Ralph Dollimore [Karen appears in sleep mode.]
‣ Dramatic Episode 2 - Kurt Rehfeld [SpongeBob and Squidward arrive to another part of Chum Bucket.]
• Hot Steel and Slide Licks (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob takes a Plankton's prison photo.]
‣ Space Horizons - Wolf Helling [Retina scans Plankton's photo.]
‣ Discovery - Benny Carter [Traps fall on Squidward while trying to approach to the safe.]
• Hot Steel and Slide Licks (c) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob takes Squidward's remains into the bucket.]
‣ Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr [Safe opens.]
‣ Crime and Danger Sign #3 - Hans Conzelmann, Delle Haensch [Alarm goes off and Squidward and SpongeBob get into a rocket.]
‣ Sailor's Sting 24 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Krabs arrives at the Krusty Krab at the morning.]
‣ Hot Steel and Slide Licks - Jeremy Wakefield ["Why are you two smoldering?"]
‣ Deeply Moving Experience - Gerhard Trede [SpongeBob confesses Mr. Krabs that the secret formula is on the Chum Bucket.]
• Hot Steel and Slide Licks (l) - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs steals the formula back from the Chum Bucket.]
• Hot Steel and Slide Licks (e) - Jeremy Wakefield [Spot in Plankton's safe.]
‣ Sailor's Sting 30 - "Ah... I'm sure glad the formula is back in the safe where it belongs, Mr. Krabs."
‣ ? [Ending]
- As of August 5, 2018, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 8.7/10 based on 55 ratings by users. TV.com users give this episode a rating of 0.0/10 based on 0 votes.
- After "Help Wanted," "Plankton!," "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy," "Pickles," "Frankendoodle," "Wet Painters," "Wishing You Well," "Plankton's Pet", "Mimic Madness," "Spot Returns," "Spin the Bottle," and "Grandmum's the Word"
- When Spot chases after the fuel rod, the lightsaber activation sound from Star Wars is heard.
- The boat that falls on top of Squidward is the RMS Titanic, a British passenger liner that sank in the Atlantic after colliding with an iceberg on April 15, 1912.
- The movie Plankton is seen watching is the 1961 horror film Creature from the Haunted Sea.
- While Karen is in sleep mode, the floating shapes on her screen are a reference to the Mystify screensaver included in Windows XP and earlier.
- The opening credits read "animation director" even though there are two animation directors.
- In one scene, inside the Chum Bucket, SpongeBob's eyelashes disappear.
- In this scene, the table is sliced, but Plankton appears to be standing on the sliced part, when he should be falling.
- When this episode is shown in Canada, the description for the episode is mistakenly shown as the description for "Sanitation Insanity" and "Bunny Hunt."
- When SpongeBob takes off the cat burglar suit, Squidward's nose is behind his mouth.