If you were looking for the article about the character, then see Fiasco.
If you were looking for the article about the art, then see Fiasco (Art).

"Fiasco!" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season eight. In this episode, Plankton mistakenly swipes a piece of art instead of a Krabby Patty.



The scene opens up with Patrick, dressed in a business suit, asking where he can get something to eat. Squidward walks in and tells him the answer is before him: the Krusty Krab. Mr. Krabs, dressed in a leotard, jumps out of the Krusty Krab, and SpongeBob slides down a rainbow to his side, and Squidward, who rides a dolphin while holding a plate with Krabby Patties, which Patrick eats. Suddenly, SpongeBob describes Patrick's actions, then the scene turns to him and Mr. Krabs in front of a storyboard planned for a commercial. Mr. Krabs asks why he is in a leotard, and he says it is because he is the mascot. Mr. Krabs does not like this, so he tears up the storyboard, telling him he needs a "masterpiece". Sad, SpongeBob walks to Squidward's counter, sighing. When Squidward ignores him, he sighs repeatedly, each sigh more drawn-out than the one before, until Squidward gets so annoyed that he asks what is troubling him. He tells him about his problems, but Squidward does not care. As he walks into the dining area, Squidward notices a patron squirting ketchup onto a pile of Krabby Patties.

The patron slaps the Krabby Patties off the plate. He asks Squidward for mustard, which he squirts onto a plate. When the patron leaves, Squidward looks at the plate and recognizes it as the art style of Fiasco. Mr. Krabs is about to throw it away when Squidward tells him it is actually a masterpiece. He exclaims: ' This is an authentic Fiasco!', and people run over to him, offering to buy it, but Mr. Krabs, seeing an opportunity to make money, tries to take the artwork from Squidward, and they argue over who really owns it. Just then, Farfel Bainbridge, an art evaluator, comes in and declares the work to be authentic, and thereby a national treasure, thus meaning neither Mr. Krabs nor Squidward own it. Mr. Krabs will allow people to view it in his restaurant free, provided they buy Krabby Patties (two each).

Later, Plankton sees the artwork and mistakes it for garbage. Planning to reverse-engineer the recipe, he steals it. Police officers immediately chased him. They dog him every step of the way, from a movie theater, a grocery store, and a satellite in space. When he loses them, he is baffled as to why the police are chasing him, rather than Mr. Krabs. At night, he knocks on Patrick's rock, but when Patrick answers, he angrily tells him that he has a busy day of doing nothing tomorrow. Plankton goes to SpongeBob's house, using a spoon to hold SpongeBob and Gary hostage, and demands an explanation as to why the police are after him. SpongeBob explains that what he has stolen is, in fact, a priceless work of art. Plankton gets the idea to sell the artwork and declared SpongeBob and Gary to be accomplices to his crime. Patrick comes in and yells at everyone for making so much noise as to keep him awake while eating something.


Patrick's Stomach.

SpongeBob asks what it is that Patrick ate, and Patrick reveals it was the artwork, which he mistook for hors d'oeuvres. Plankton declares him an accomplice as well. Suddenly, Squidward bursts in with the police then lied to them about all of the noise. When they see Plankton, they immediately arrest him, along with Squidward (for lying to them) and everyone until they can figure this whole situation out. At the BBPD, Plankton and Squidward are locked away. Gary, Patrick, and SpongeBob are free since Mr. Krabs explains they were not involved with the theft. However, since the artwork is now in Patrick's stomach, Mr. Krabs has him stand behind an X-Ray machine, which shows the artwork inside him. Fiasco is moved by Patrick's style, stating 'I will never paint again!'. The scene changes to show Squidward, behind bars, asking about his phone call.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Hawaiian Adventures SpongeBob Theme - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  Busy Life - Cedric King-Palmer [opening]
  Sailor's Sting 10 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob about the storyboard]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks - Jeremy Wakefield [Mr. Krabs places SpongeBob near Squidward]
  Sailor's Sting 10 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob complains]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["Great idea Squidward!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (h) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Of course he actually has one."]
  Cristallisation - Vladimir Cosma [Fiasco making a messing plate]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["What's this?"]
  Fooling Around - Barry Anthony [Squidward tells customers about Fiasco]
  Sailor's Sting 8 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["I'll take a million for it."]
  A Fishy Conversation - Barry Anthony [Farfel appears]
  Cartoon Sting 10 - "It's authentic!"
  Sailor's Sting 4 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [The customers line up]
  Zelle 501 - Gerhard Trede [Plankton is showing spying]
  Sailor's Sting 11 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Mr. Krabs sniffs money]
  Cloak and Dagger [#69] - Phil Green [Plankton runs away with the art]
  Big City Sidewalks - Sam Spence [Mr. Krabs call the cops]
  Grand Pastures [#28] - Harry Bluestone [Plankton hiding at the movie Theater]
  Crime & Danger Sign #3 - Hans Conzelmann, Delle Haensch [The police spot Plankton at the movie theater]
  Shop-O-Rama - Nicolas Carr, Fabian Fernandez [Plankton hiding at the supermarket]
  Crime & Danger Sign #3 - Hans Conzelmann, Delle Haensch [The police spot Plankton at the supermarket]
  Blue Danube - Johann Strauss [The police catch Plankton in outer space]
  Animal Antics [#45] - Phil Green [Plankton tried from chasing with the police and knock Patrick's house]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Wait, what?"]
  Apprehensive 2 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Plankton enters SpongeBob's house]
  Desperate Situation - Phil Green ["Now you've gone too far!"]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob and Plankton gasp]
  Cloak and Dagger [#70] - Phil Green ["Now Patrick is harboring stolen merchandise in his belly!"]
  Bikini Bottom Police - Nicolas Carr [The cops finally catch Plankton stealing the piece of art]
  Shellfish Behavior - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Plankton gets put in jail]
  Sailor's Sting 7 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [ending]



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  • Mr. Krabs is right when he says that the art is his, as it was made from parts of his restaurant, which he owns.
  • Mr. Krabs calls Farfel Bainbridge "Farkle" despite never having found his name out before.
  • The Old Man Jenkins from "My Pretty Seahorse" makes a cameo at the Bikini Bottom Supermarket in this episode.
  • In Germany, this episode has two title cards.
  • Plankton accuses SpongeBob of harvoring an art thief, yet he actually wasn't, as all Plankton did was enter his house (not to mention that it was technically breaking into it).
  • This episode marks the second time Plankton meets Gary. The first is in "Shellback Shenanigans."
  • This episode marks the third time Squidward goes to the BBPD. The first is in "Good Ol' Whatshisname" and the second is in "Professor Squidward." Once again, however, no one bails him out.
  • This episode marks the fifth time Plankton goes to jail. The first is in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, the second is in "Krabby Road," the third is in "Someone's in the Kitchen with Sandy," and the fourth is in "Sweet and Sour Squid."
  • This episode marks another instance where Patrick does something stupid, which causes people to think he has artistic talent. A previous instance is in "The Googly Artiste," in which he simply glues googly eyes onto rocks and other objects, which are considered great art.
  • Plankton reveals that he has pollen allergies when he sneezes and says, "Blasted pollen allergies!"
  • This episode takes place after "Penny Foolish" because in that episode, the Movie Palace is built and reappears in this episode.
  • In "Squid's Visit," Squidward says that he has never gone to SpongeBob's house, but he goes there in this episode. It is most likely that this episode takes place after "Squid's Visit."
  • This episode premiered seven years after SpongeBob Saves the Day was released and five years after "Remodeling" premiered.
  • SpongeBob's storyboard shows pictures from that scene, such as Mr. Krabs ripping up the storyboard itself.

Cultural references

  • The episode title actually means a thing that is a complete failure, especially in a ludicrous or humiliating way.
  • Fiasco is a parody of the famous artist Pablo Picasso.
  • When Plankton hides from the police in the movie theater, the movie that is playing is called Goo Lagoon, which is a spoof of {{W|The Blue Lagoon}).
  • When Squidward is in jail at the end, he says "Hey, don't I get a phone call?," which is a quote from the "Daniel and the Lion's Den" segment from the first VeggieTales video,"Where's God When I'm S-Scared?"


  • Old Man Jenkins has two looks. First, when Plankton goes in the store, and different when he leaves.
  • Gale has a blue shirt, not a red one like the one she usually wears.
  • Closed-captions error: "artiste" is misspelled as "Ar-teest."
  • When Plankton walks to SpongeBob's house after Patrick's, Squidward's house is absent from the scene.