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Frozen Face-Off
Season №: 8
Episode №: 156
Airdate: July 15, 2011 (USA)
July 24, 2011 (Canada)
Writer(s): Casey Alexander
Zeus Cervas
Derek Iversen
Dani Michaeli
Richard Pursel
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Casey Alexander
Zeus Cervas
Animation: Andrew Overtoom
Tom Yasumi
Creative: Vincent Waller
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Previous: "Sentimental Sponge"
Next: "Squidward's School for Grown-Ups"
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"Frozen Face-Off" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season eight. In this episode, everyone in Bikini Bottom is participating in a worm-sled race to win one million dollars.



Johnny Erain and Perch Perkins announces on the news that a sled race is occurring in Bikini Bottom with the prize being one million dollars and that all of Bikini Bottom has entered. Patrick says that he hopes he wins but
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only has gummy worms that lead his sled. Mr. Krabs, Plankton, Squidward, SpongeBob, and Sandy also prepare for the race. However, Plankton sneaks off to the Krusty Krab just before the race begins and uses a robot as his replacement in the race. Patrick soon catches up to SpongeBob and he agrees to let Patrick come along, much to Gary's dismay. Meanwhile at the Krusty Krab, Plankton has trouble opening the safe of the Secret Formula.

Back in the race, Sandy's sled crashes and Squidward's worm stops racing. Squidward gets angry and goes on foot, only to fall through the ice and freeze. He is soon discovered by SpongeBob and Patrick, who take him along with them. Shortly after, they find Sandy in a pile of snow and they bring her along too. Mr. Krabs' worms become hungry, and they get mad and chase Mr. Krabs. SpongeBob lets Mr. Krabs come along as well. The worms chase SpongeBob and the gang, and Gary has trouble pulling all of them. They are cornered at a dead end and Gary roars like a lion to scare the worms away.

The gang decides to stop there and make a fire. Squidward thaws, just before encountering The Abominable Snow Mollusk who tries to attack the group. Squidward runs away and jumps into a cold body of water which freezes him again. The group (minus Squidward) continue the race and realize that they forgot Squidward soon after. They go after him and save him from the Snow Mollusk with the help of Patrick's last gummy worm. They continue on and Sandy realizes that Mr. Krabs has betrayed the group and gone off on his own so that he could win the prize himself, but got stung by a jellyfish that went into his mouth in the process.

Patrick then points out that he "saw something shiny" and SpongeBob notices that it is Karen. They also discover robot Plankton who is buried in the snow and Karen explains that the whole race was a plot for him to steal from the Krusty Krab. SpongeBob and the group go sidewest to find Mr. Krabs. Gary is unable to go any further.

Back at the Krusty Krab, the real Plankton fails to break open the Secret Formula safe yet again. Frustrated, Plankton proceeds to rip an "atom" in half which causes a nuclear explosion, destroying the Krusty Krab and opening the safe. Meanwhile, SpongeBob pulls the sled until they find a frozen Mr, Krabs, whom they inform about what Plankton is doing. All of them, except Sandy, freeze. Sandy saves their lives by starting a fire with parts from the sled. Sandy figures out how to use the members of the group as a substitute sled. They return to Bikini Bottom to see that the Krusty Krab has been destroyed and Plankton has stolen the formula. However, he cannot get the bottle open. The group finds Plankton trying to open it. An angered Karen zaps Plankton. When Plankton expresses his frustration at not being able to open the bottle, Patrick opens the bottle, allowing Plankton to finally take the formula out.

Plankton then pretends to surrender and uses a pen to fly away. The group chases Plankton into a net trap that Plankton trapped them in. However, the Snow Mollusk returns and eats Patrick's Jelly Beans, then hugs the little pink sea star. Plankton escapes but the Snow Mollusk mistakes him for a jelly bean and eats him, returning the formula to Mr. Krabs with Karen showing no sympathy for Plankton. The episode ends as Plankton waits to be digested.


The production name for this episode was "The Great Sleigh Race," as seen on some of the original character storyboards on Facebook. To take a look, click here. It may have been possible that they changed the name because it was to similar to "The Great Snail Race."



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Unknown Track 3 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  Bikini Bottom News Theme - Nicolas Carr [breaking news]
  Jubilee Sports - Dennis Berry, Stuart Crombie [contestants lined up]
  Steel Sting (Original Version) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Best of luck to you."]
  ? - Plankton sneaking away
  Mr. Swashbuckle - James McConnel [race begins]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["Meanwhile, back in the lowlands..."]
  Down in Davy Jone's Locker - Plankton at the Krusty Krab
  Chasing Dragons - Assaf Rinde [race continues]
  ? - Pat Irwin [Plankton sneaks into Krabs' office]
  Mad Street - James McConnel [Sandy's remote shorts out/Squidward is frozen]
  ? - Pat Irwin ["Wow, look at that!"]
  Steel Sting (g) - Jeremy Wakefield ["He doesn't look so hot."]
  ? - Patrick throws Squidward into the sleigh
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Patrick, did you hear that?"]
  Steel Sting (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [Sandy emerges from the snow]
  Sailor's Sting 13 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Sniff out the money, little guys."]
  From the Dead - Ronald Hanmer [worms growl at Krabs]
  ? - worms chasing Krabs
  ? - Jeremy Wakefield [Gary roars at the worms]
  Steel Sting (a) - Gary scares away the worms
  Heroes to the Rescue - everyone cheers
  Murder Scene 2 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [avalanche]
  Goofy Conversation - everyone gathered around a fire
  Fruity Flute - Harry Bluestone [Gary retreats into his shell]
  Harp Ding - SpongeBob gets an idea
  Goofy Conversation - "Hey, how about a campfire song?"
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["This isn't mine."]
  Monster Bug (a) - Gregor F. Narholz [abominable snow mollusk appears]
  The Creature A - Gregor F. Narholz [snow mollusk shoots snowballs]
  Steel Link (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward frozen again]
  The Creature C - Gregor F. Narholz ["She's reloading."]
  Gargantuan - Harry Lubin [Krabs explains]
  A Pirate's Life for Me (a) - Ron Goodwin [flashback to Krabs as a sea captain]
  Gargantuan - Harry Lubin [snow mollusk appears]
  Dramatic Encounter - Gregor F. Narholz [snow mollusk eats Krabs and crew]
  Cloak and Dagger [#70] - Phillip Green ["Weren't bravery that got us out."]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Hmm? Oh!"]
  Steel Sting (Original Version) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Ew!"]
  The Creature A - Gregor F. Narholz [they escape from the snow mollusk]
  Tragic Bridge 4 - Phillip Green [Squidward's missing]
  Touch the Skies - Barrie Hingley [they go back for Squidward]
  Attack of the Giant Robots - Cris Velasco [SpongeBob saves Squidward]
  Touch the Skies - Barrie Hingley [snow mollusk roars]
  ? - snow mollusk eats gummy worm
  The Silver Blade - Ilona Sekacz ["That was a close one, wasn't it, Mr. Krabs?"]
  Drunken Sailor A - Krabs tries to sneak away
  Heroes to the Rescue - "Full speed ahead!"
  ? - Jeremy Wakefield ["What's the big emergency, Patrick?"]
  Closing the Door - Dick de Benedictis [Karen frozen]
  Murder Scene 1 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["I'd say she's in swift need of a reboot."]
  Retro Cool 03 095 D - Sandy karate kicks Karen
  Zoom D - Dick de Benedictis ["You can't stand a chance, Krabs."]
  Horror Strike - Harry Bluestone [broken robot]
  Imminent Action - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Karen says the race was devised by Plankton]
  The Silver Blade - Ilona Sekacz [they head southwest]
  Mission Improbable - Plankton uses a flamethrower to open the safe
  ? - Pat Irwin ["So the safe is impervious to flame, eh?"]
  Crescendo Fin 10 A - "I meant destructive!"
  Accusation - Gerhard Trede [Gary struggling up a mountain]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [Gary stops]
  Sword Fight (Harry Bluestone & Emil Cadkin) - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [sleigh goes downhill]
  Shark Attack A - John Charles Fiddy [snow mollusk reappears]
  ? - Pat Irwin [Plankton uses dynamite to open the safe]
  Agitation Bridge 3 - Phillip Green ["All right, fellas, I know it's cold."]
  Tragic Bridge 2 - Phillip Green ["You said it, SpongeBob."]
  Steel Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield [jelly beans]
  Tragic Situation - Phillip Green [Gary shivering]
  High Hazard - Philippe Pares ["We must be headed in the right direction."]
  Attack - Tony Hymas [Plankton flying a rocket]
  Unknown Hawaiian Sting (p) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Perhaps I misjudged the scale on that one."]
  Dramatic Bridge 4 - Phillip Green ["I will spill your contents even if I have to tear you apart!"]
  Steel Link (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [Krusty Krab destroyed]
  Parting of the Clouds - "Come to papa!"
  Accusation - Gerhard Trede [SpongeBob pulling the sleigh]
  Tragic Situation - Phillip Green [Krabs frozen]
  Animal Antics (b) - Phillip Green [Sandy burning wood from the sleigh]
  ? - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward playing clarinet]
  Thrill Ride - Gregor F. Narholz [one frozen wasteland later]
  Steel Link (a) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Perhaps over there."]
  Dramatic Cue (e) - Ronald Hanmer [Chum Bucket serving Krabby Patties]
  Cartoon Sting 1 - "Whoa, whoa, whoa! You can't cut in line!"
  ? - Plankton struggling to open the bottle
  Dramatic Impact 6 - Ivor Slaney [Patrick opens the bottle]
  Cartoon Sting 1 - Karen zaps Plankton
  Unknown Track 3 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [everyone chases Plankton]
  Long Distance Mission - Phillip Green [Plankton traps everyone in a giant fryer]
  The Creature A - Gregor F. Narholz [snow mollusk returns]
  Unknown Track 1 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [The abominable snow mollusk likes Patrick's jelly beans.]
  Unknown Track 2 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Ending]



  • Meanwhile, Back In The Lowlands...
  • One Frozen Wasteland later...
  • When this episode was first advertised, the original plot was that Bikini Bottom became the coldest place on Earth, and SpongeBob and the gang would race for survival.
  • This is the second time that a plot change occurs between airing and advertisement, the first was in "Truth or Square."
  • The fighter jet that Plankton flew in the episode resembles the real life Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon. The F-16 was first manufactured by General Dynamics, the same company that created the F-111, and later by Lockheed Martin. Today, the F-16 is used by the US Air Force, and its export customers such as Israel.
  • This marks the 300th episode segment of the series.
  • Squidward's outfit resembles those worn in Russia during winter.
  • This episode was promoted as SpongeBob's Frozen Face-Off.
  • Johnny Elaine said that everyone in Bikini Bottom entered; however, Fred Rechid didn't and there were people waiting at the Chum Bucket for a Krabby Patty. Maybe it's because they finished the race and realized there were no winnings. It could also be because that he could've been talking figuratively.
  • SpongeBob mentions the Campfire Song Song and Squidward reacts annoyed again. This breaks the fourth wall as SpongeBob references a previous episode.
  • Third time to show the live-action atom bomb test. The first was "Dying for Pie" and the second was "The Krusty Plate."
  • The title card (and the entire episode) was winter-themed, although this episode premiered in mid-summer in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • When the campfire was first made, the main characters' winter clothes came back to normal clothes for the rest of the episode.
  • This is the second appearance of claymation in the series. The first being the intro to "Truth or Square" and the third being throughout the entire episode of "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!"
  • In Indonesia, One Frozen Wasteland Later was translated to Satu Menit Kemudian (One Minute Later).
  • Running Gag: Squidward always running into frozen water, being frozen in an ice block.
  • This episode takes place after "Perfect Chemistry" because Karen and Sandy met in that episode.
  • It is unknown where the finish line was or if there even was a finish line.
  • This is the second time Gary roars like a lion, the first time was in Your Shoe's Untied to talk to Spongebob. This time he roars like a lion to frighten off vicious worms.
  • This episode premiered in Canada four years after The Krusty Sponge and Squid Wood premiered.

Cultural references

  • One of the fish in line for the Chum Bucket yell at Mr. Krabs, Sandy, Karen, SpongeBob, Gary, Squidward and Patrick when they ambush Plankton: "We've been waiting for Krabby Patties for three stinking days!" - this is a reference to the Orcs in "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers."
  • The Abominable Snow Mollusk's name is a reference to a Yeti, which is also called, "Abominable Snowman".
  • The Abominable Snow Mollusk is, or at least its actions to the Mr. Krabs' ship were, a reference to the myths of Krakens.


  • When Patrick opens the Krabby Patty formula, everyone but Plankton and Patrick, including Karen, yell "Patrick!," though Karen was on Plankton's side and was hoping for him to steal the formula. However, maybe since Karen was really mad at Plankton for letting her freeze, that she didn't want him to get the formula.
  • When Plankton preformed an atomic bomb explosion the safe broke, however it didn't kill Plankton.


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