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Fear of a Krabby Patty

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Episode Information
Fear of a Krabby Patty - Title Card
Season №: 4
Episode №: 61a
Airdate: May 6, 2005
Sister episode(s): "Shell of a Man"
Writer(s): C.H. Greenblatt
Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard Artist(s): Zeus Cervas
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: C.H. Greenblatt
Animation: Alan Smart
Technical: Vincent Waller
See all credits for this episode.
Previous: "Pranks a Lot"
Next: "Shell of a Man"
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"Fear of a Krabby Patty" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season four. In this episode, the Krusty Krab opens up for 24 hours as part of Plankton's plan to get the Krabby Patty secret formula from an exhausted SpongeBob.



Mr. Krabs is painting a sign that says "New Business Hours: 6 AM to 11 PM." Squidward then criticizes that this new policy is unfair, while SpongeBob then suggests some earlier times that they can go to work at. As he is hanging the sign on the window, Mr. Krabs finds out that Plankton reopened the Chum Bucket for twenty three hours a day. He announces the Krusty Krab is opening twenty four hours, to be better than the Chum Bucket much to the dismay of Squidward and the excitement of SpongeBob. This was Plankton's plan to force SpongeBob to crack and tell him the formula. However, after several days of nonstop service, SpongeBob is still going strong. As a result, Plankton calls, placing an order for 10,000 Krabby Patties under the disguise of Peter Lankton.

After 43 days of nonstop service, SpongeBob finally cracks, and cannot finish the order because everywhere he looks, he sees killer Krabby Patties. Plankton then throws a flyer at SpongeBob, saying: "Dr. Peter Lankton, Psychiatrist, specializing in Krabby Patty phobias."
Fear of a Krabby Patty

Professor P. Lankton

SpongeBob goes to the Chum Bucket, which is disguised as Dr. Lankton's office, and meets Dr. Peter Lankton (who is really Plankton in new clothes and a fake mustache and beard). Plankton tries several methods to get the formula out of SpongeBob, all of which end with Plankton getting crushed by a piano.

Finally, Plankton tries hypnosis to get SpongeBob to tell him the formula and he succeeds in making SpongeBob fall into a deep sleep. Unfortunately for Plankton, he cannot get SpongeBob to wake up and tell him the formula, even after trying several loud and annoying sounds in an attempt to wake him up. Meanwhile, SpongeBob dreams that he is jellyfishing when a giant Krabby Patty appears and eats him up. He then finds himself in his bed, and a giant Krabby Patty enters the bedroom. The Krabby Patty turns out to be friendly and gives SpongeBob a cookie-pizza and chocolate milk, thus curing his fear. SpongeBob wakes up and says he's cured, and goes back to the Krusty Krab as Plankton begs him to return and reveal the formula to him, insisting that hypnosis and therapy do not work, and that he is still very sick.

When SpongeBob gets back to work, he tells Mr. Krabs that he's okay, and that all he needed was a little sleep. Mr. Krabs says that there will be no more 24 hour shifts, "...because 23 hours will be plenty!" They laugh a little but Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob to get back to work.



Deleted Scene

On the storyboard featured on the Fear of a Krabby Patty DVD, they show Plankton waiting for SpongeBob instead of him having to get him up immediately after sitting down. There was another one when a bunch of Krabby Patties from a cave bring SpongeBob to his bed after he gets eaten by a Krabby Patty in his dream. Yet again, SpongeBob says another "K-R-A-B-B-Y-P-A-T-T-Y says I" during the day/night montage. Also, SpongeBob talks to Krabby Patties more in the storyboard animation. Squidward having bags in his eyes was originally going to be the end theme.


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  March of the Aliens - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [title card]
  The Rake Hornpipe - Robert Alexander White [opening]
  Dramatic Impact 6 - Ivor Slaney ["The Chum Bucket open 23 hours?!"]
  Hello Blues - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob pinching himself]
  Zelle 501 - Gerhard Trede ["Open 24 hours, eh?"]
  Keel Row - Brian Peters ["I don't care if we stay open till the day after the end of time."]
  Solo Steel 4 - "Mr. Krabs, can I go home yet?"
  Solo Steel 2 - "You can learn some things about that boy"
  Hercule Poirot - Gerhard Trede ["Drat! He's not collapsing from exhaustion."]
  Lap Steel - Hawaiian Sting [Nicolas Carr]
  ? - "Kick it into high gear! We got a big order!"
  Idyll in the Clouds - Ludo Philipp ["Now, make me 10,000 patties!"]
  Worker's Symphony - Hans May [images floating by]
  Space Critters A - Gregor F. Narholz [Mr. Krabs notices SpongeBob looking like a wreck]
  Twilight Zone - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [SpongeBob hallucinates Krabs as a giant Krabby Patty]
  House of Horror (5) - W. Merrick Farran [SpongeBob sees giant patties everywhere]
  House of Horror (4) - W. Merrick Farran ["Mr Krabs, what's happening?"]
  Footsteps of Horror (2) - W. Merrick Farran [SpongeBob screaming]
  Planet Surface - Gregor F. Narholz ["What does this mean?"]
  ? - Krabs thinks SpongeBob should see a psychiatrist
  Fear 1 - Louis Clark ["Dr. Peter Lankton, Psychiatrist."]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["Well, this looks like the place."]
  Like Strange - Kenny Graham [Chum Bucket disguised as psychiatrist's office]
  Games Played in the Dark - Richard A. Harvey [Plankton with a beard]
  ? - rimshot
  Towerstreet 17 (#29) - Gerhard Narholz [SpongeBob closes his eyes]
  The Killing Ground (a) - Richard A. Harvey ["They're coming for me!"]
  Wooden Bear - Gil Flat, Tony Tape, Florian Voelxen [word association]
  Mists of Illusion - Gilbert Vinter [Plankton hypnotizes SpongeBob]
  ? - cell phone rings
  Solo Steel 2 - SpongeBob dreams about jellyfishing
  March of the Aliens - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [SpongeBob eaten by giant Krabby Patty]
  Camilla - Nino Nardini [the patty gives him gifts]
  Solo Steel 2 - Richard Myhill [SpongeBob wakes up]
  The Rake Hornpipe - Robert Alexander White [ending]




  • The Krusty Krab was opened 24 hours a day, for 43 days, with no breaks.
  • This is the second time the Krusty Krab is open 24/7, the first is Graveyard Shift.
  • This is the first episode to premiere in 2005, the fourth season, and the Tibbitt Era of SpongeBob.
  • This is C.H. Greenblatt's final episode on the show as a writer and storyboard director.
  • This was Alan Smart's first episode since Season 1's "Jellyfishing," as an animation director.
  • Normally, in a restaurant open 24 hours, there are different employees that work different times in the day (some at day, some at night). It is actually illegal to work your employees this long.
  • In 2005, this episode and "Shell of a Man" were nominated for an Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program, but lost to the Comedy Central animated series South Park.
  • This is the first episode to use the 3-D computer coloring rather than digital ink and paint or traditional cel animation. This is pretty obvious, as the colors are duller, and the characters' facial expressions are also different.
  • Mr. Krabs previously made the Krusty Krab open 24 hours in one day in "Graveyard Shift." However, unlike in the aforementioned episode, Mr. Krabs stays at the Krusty Krab with his employees, and thus, suffers from the same lack of sleep that they do.
  • At the beginning, SpongeBob pinches himself nine times.
  • From June 2009 to April 2010 (The mistake corrected,) Charter Communications & Time Warner Cable mistakenly labeled this & "Shell of a Man" as the shopping show "SpongeBob Fun."
  • The Background of the DVD/VHS cover is from the episode "Just One Bite" where Squidward eats the Krabby Patties at the Patty Vault.
  • In "Help Wanted," "Employee of the Month," and "The Clash of Triton," SpongeBob makes possibly millions of Krabby Patties in seconds with no mental strain, but in this episode, SpongeBob goes insane from making 8,659 Krabby Patties over a period of possibly 33 days (Days 10-43). However, he may do this because he had no breaks over the time period.
  • In this episode, SpongeBob is able to lift an entire grand piano by himself (and smash it onto Plankton). In other episodes like "MuscleBob BuffPants," SpongeBob was barely strong enough to lift a weight of stuff animals.
  • Running Gag: Plankton gets smashed with a piano as a result of his therapy.
  • Old Man Jenkins breaks the fourth wall by asking why is he moving.
  • Plankton's eye seems to be much smaller in this episode due to his beard.
  • The Giant Krabby Patty also appears in the video game Creature from the Krusty Krab as the main antagonist.
  • Apparently Plankton, in this episode, has a cell phone. His cell phone is seen again in the later episode "Eek, an Urchin!"
  • When Mr. Krabs forgot how many days its been he looks tired and wrecked, but after he see's SpongeBob made some really bad patty's he seems fresh.
  • In Greece, Mr. Krabs at the beginning says The Chum Bucket will open for 24 hours instead of saying The Krusty Krab will open for 24 hours. It possibly was a mistake from the Greek voice actor.
  • This is the second episode where the Krusty Krab was open for 24 hours. The first was "Graveyard Shift."
  • The drive-thru that was installed in "Driven to Tears" is seen when Mr. Krabs announces Day 10 of non-stop service. 

Cultural references

  • In SpongeBob's dream, the Krabby Patty tells him that he'll always be with him (in his arteries), a reference to the 1982 Universal's big movie E.T. The Extra Terriestrial, complete with the glowing finger.
    • Also, the fact that the Krabby Patty said he'll be with him in his arteries may be a reference that Krabby Patties have high cholesterol.
  • The episode's title card is similar to the start of the Heisei Godzilla movies.


  • In this episode, Mr. Krabs' eye stalks are slightly shorter than normal.
  • In the scene where SpongeBob is dropping trays at the window, the anchor on Squidward's work hat disappears.
  • When the largest Krabby Patty gives SpongeBob SquarePants food in his dream, the chocolate milk is orange (As orange juice) and the cookie pizza just looks like a big cookie and has no looks to a pizza.
  • Near the beginning of the episode, there is a solid wall behind the cashier's boat that SpongeBob bursts through; yet that section of wall is typically shown to have a window. It's just because Squidward zipped the window.
  • When SpongeBob gets up from his trauma, his tie is missing and it reappears seconds later.
  • After SpongeBob's eyelids are ripped off, they reappear in the next shot looking fine.
  • Mr. Krabs penciled over his painted sign. This is impossible.

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