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Drive Thru
Season №: 8
Episode №: 154a
Airdate: July 19, 2011 (USA)
December 14, 2011 (Canada)
Running time:
Sister episode(s): "The Hot Shot"
Writer(s): Aaron Springer
Dani Michaeli
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Aaron Springer
Animation: Tom Yasumi
Creative: Vincent Waller
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Previous: "The Other Patty"
Next: "The Hot Shot"
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"Drive Thru" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season eight. In this episode, Mr. Krabs finds a creative use for a hole in the Krusty Krab: he transforms it into a drive-thru.



Plankton Drive Thru

Plankton in his car

At the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob notices that Mr. Krabs is filling a hole in the wall with toothpaste. The toothpaste begins dripping and causes the hole to crack, making an even bigger hole in the wall. A fish and his children came to the Krusty Krab and orders from the hole, thinking it's a drive thru window. This gives Mr. Krabs an idea to create a Krusty Krab drive thru. SpongeBob brings in equipment for the drive thru but Mr. Krabs just uses a simple menu written on napkins, and a microphone with tin cans. A customer soon orders from the drive thru but SpongeBob has trouble getting the food out of the window. Later, Plankton drives by in his tiny car (and no one sees him) and an old man runs him over, then he drives away after he thinks Squidward said they were closed. The next customers are Pearl and her friends; they play a prank on Squidward by screaming through a megaphone, and ends up getting his ear replaced, making Mr. Krabs pay his bill. After that, Larry the Lobster shows up, accidentally breaking the drive thru microphone with the side of his SUV. SpongeBob then has trouble getting his food up to the window of his SUV and drops it on his head, so Mr. Krabs hammers a second hole in the wall much higher than the first. Soon, there is a huge line through the entire town to go to the drive-thru. The mayor comes and isn't happy about all the cars, so Mr. Krabs solves this problem by breaking a hole for another drive-thru. Then, SpongeBob and Squidward desperately try to feed all the customers at both sides. It ends up with a car accident and Plankton gets run over by an old man again. Mr. Krabs breaks another hole and says "More money!" Then, the Krusty Krab cracks and falls apart into a pile of dirt. The episode ends with Mr. Krabs crying.
I can turn into a skyscraper!
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 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Unknown Track 3 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  Sailor's Sting 2 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Krabs filling a hole in the wall]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [hole becomes bigger]
  Cocksure Capers - Phil Green [family driving to Krusty Krab]
  Fanfare (b) - Nicolas Carr ["We are putting in a drive-thru!"]
  ? ["Oh, nonsense."]
  Sailor's Sting 10 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [microphone system/signs]
  Earl's Revenge - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [customer orders through the drive-thru]
  Clumsy (a) - Bernd Gesell [dry cleaning bill]
  Sailor's Sting 4 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [meanwhile...]
  Steel Sting (b) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Problem solved!"]
  Zelle 501 - Gerhard Trede [Plankton approaches the drive-thru]
  Untitled Tune - Jack Shaindlin [Plankton orders a Krabby Patty]
  Steel Licks (f) - Jeremy Wakefield [Plankton weakly raises his arm]
  Surfing Sponge - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [later...]
  Steel Licks (c) - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward screams]
  Sailor's Sting 9 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [bill for ear replacement surgery.]
  Sailor's Sting 7 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Just then...]
  Tension Bits - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob struggles to give Larry his food]
  Botany Bay - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Mr. Krabs, I'm concerned."]
  Steel Sting (e) - Jeremy Wakefield ["There, problem solved."]
  Sailor's Sting 13 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [long line of cars]
  Bikini Bottom Police - Nicolas Carr [cop appears]
  Sailor's Sting 12 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Oh, sure, right."]
  Bikini Bottom Police - Nicolas Carr ["You're welcome."]
  Hall of Fame [#1] - Harry Bluestone [mayor appears]
  Sailor's Sting 12 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Don't you worry, Mr. Mayor."]
  Unknown Track 3 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob, Squidward serving customers]
  Befuddled Gent - Phil Green [Plankton selling chum]
  Untitled Tune - Jack Shaindlin [old guy runs over Plankton]
  Steel Licks - Jeremy Wakefield [Plankton's arm falls off]
  Armed Attack - Jean Clero ["They're everywhere!"]
  Cloak and Dagger [#70] - Phil Green ["Mr. Krabs, we gotta do something!"]
  Unknown Track 3 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Krusty Krab collapses]
  Traveling Along - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]



  • As of August 9, 2016, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 7.3/10 based on 63 ratings by users.[1] users give this episode a 8.4/10 based on 72 votes.[2]


  • Meanwhile...
  • Later...
  • Just Then...
  • Running Gags: Mr. Krabs smashing holes into the Krusty Krab with a mallet; Plankton getting run over and squished by the old man.
  • Mr. Krabs's drive-thru idea is nothing new. It was featured in a previous episode, "Driven to Tears" (SpongeBob manned it but Patrick interrupts him). The difference is that Mr. Krabs had a real drive-thru window and microphone in the earlier episode.
  • There was a small drive thru window in the first three seasons. After season 4, the window disappeared.
  • Mr. Krabs used so-called "junk" instead of the things SpongeBob bought because he said it was free. However, if SpongeBob already has it, it is presumably already paid for by SpongeBob. So using it would not cost Mr. Krabs any money.
    • Though it is possible that Mr. Krabs was trying to avoid the use of technology. As heard in "Krusty Krab Training Video," Mr. Krabs keeps the balance of technology in check at the Krusty Krab due to his fear of robot overlords.
  • The side walls of the Krusty Krab are wooden instead of glass in this episode for an unexplained reason. This is so far the only episode where this occurs.
  • The green fish Mayor from "Doing Time" and "The Great Snail Race" is shown rather than the purple fish Mayor from "SpongeBob's Last Stand" and "Sponge-Cano!" It is possible that he was re-elected at some point.
  • There was a total of three drive-thrus Mr. Krabs made.
  • This is one of the few times Plankton makes money. Ironically, it is the only time where he didn't have the Krabby Patty formula and someone didn't try to intervene.
  • Squidward was possibly referencing "Accidents Will Happen" when his ear was injured by Pearl and her friends' prank when he said, "I'm not faking it, you know. That really hurt, a lot." This is also a fourth wall break.
  • This is the sixth episode to show a sign as its title card. The others being "Squid on Strike," "No Weenies Allowed," "Krabby Land," "Chum Bucket Supreme," and "SpongeBob's Last Stand."
  • Squidward said that he wished he had gone to college, but in "Atlantis SquarePantis," he said that he learned more about art in Atlantis than he did in four years of community college, indicating he did go to college. It is possible that Squidward meant that he wished he had gone to college longer or a university.
  • Pearl's red-headed friend looks like a girl who appeared in "Friend or Foe."
  • Two ways of Mr. Krabs being cheap are shown: smashing a hole in the wall for a drive-thru window instead of having someone install one properly, and using old napkins as a menu board and tin cans as a microphone rather than the microphone and menu board SpongeBob bought.
  • This is the second time a "telephone" made out of two cans and a string is used. The first was in "Fools in April."
  • The hat Plankton wore was similar to the one he wore in "Komputer Overload."
  • This is the second time Chum Nuggets are heard. The first was in "Chum Caverns."
  • When Squidward says, 'That's nice, that's interesting', it was a possible reference to "Someone's in the Kitchen with Sandy," as it is the same thing said by Plankton in his Texas drawl voice as he impersonated Sandy.
  • When Squidward says that his ear hurts, he looks at the screen, and happens to talk to it, which breaks the fourth wall. Plankton also breaks the fourth wall, when he looks at the screen as he pulls up to the drive thru and says he's going to order a Krabby Patty.
  • SpongeBob refers to Larry's boatmobile as an S.U.B., which is ironic because while it most likely means Sport Utility Boat, it spells SUB, an underwater vehicle that can dive very deep underwater.
  • This episode premiered two years after the premiere of "Goo Goo Gas," "Chum Bucket Supreme," "No Hat for Pat," "Overbooked," "I ♥ Dancing," "Tentacle-Vision," "Growth Spout," "Stuck in the Wringer," "Someone's in the Kitchen with Sandy," and "The Inside Job."
  • This episode premiered in Canada on John Lurie's 59th birthday.


  • At the point where Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob to get the order for the policeman, SpongeBob appears through the kitchen window. Earlier due to Squidward's complaining, Mr. Krabs moved SpongeBob and the grill to his office and moved his desk to the kitchen.
  • When the green and blue fish collide with their car, the green fish's underarm is orange for a second.
  • There appeared to be a large traffic in the drive thru, filled with hungry customers. However, the customers could have just entered through the front door and ate inside if they were so hungry.
  • The left and right sides of the Krusty Krab are windows. In this episode, they're solid walls.
    • However, this may been done on purpose so they could tell the plot.


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