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We interrupt your laughter at other people's expense to bring you this news flash. The fake inspector has been captured. Here is his picture. If a health inspector comes to your restaurant and he's not this guy, he's real.
— Johnny Elaine, revealing the fake health inspector, "Nasty Patty"
The fake health inspector is a criminal that pretended to be a health inspector in order to receive free food. He only appears on the news, in the episode "Nasty Patty."
The fake health inspector is a large dark tan/brown fish with a 5 o'clock shadow. He also appears to be bald, except for a few short hairs on his head, and he has a visible double chin. He also has a stitched scar on the left side of his face, and three moles.
He is seen on TV as part of an emergency news broadcast in Bikini Bottom, and he passed through various restaurants posing as a health inspector in order to obtain free food. Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob think that Health Inspector Yellowtail in the Krusty Krab is him. He is eventually caught and arrested, as announced on the Bikini Bottom News. The announcement shows his picture, telling viewers that "The fake inspector has been captured. If a health inspector comes to your restaurant and he's not this guy, he's real."