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Krabs à la Mode
Season №: 5
Episode №: 85b
Airdate: July 25, 2007
Running time:
Sister episode(s): "New Digs"
Writer(s): Luke Brookshier
Tom King
Eric Shaw
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Luke Brookshier
Tom King
Animation: Tom Yasumi
Creative: Vincent Waller
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Previous: "New Digs"
Next: "Roller Cowards"
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"Krabs à la Mode" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season five. In this episode, Mr. Krabs turns the Krusty Krab into an ice rink after Plankton turns down the heat.



During the freezing, cold weather in Bikini Bottom, Squidward complains about the temperature in the Krusty Krab. When Squidward tries to turn up the heat on the thermostat, Mr. Krabs berates him, allowing Plankton to get an idea to freeze his competition out of business. He sneaks into the Krusty Krab late at night and takes toilet paper. He then starts rapidly changing the temperature on the thermostat, with an elderly fish coming out of the bathroom realizing he was locked in. The next morning, Plankton has frozen the Krusty Krab down to -15 degrees causing Squidward to complain even more, but Mr. Krabs does not allow him to turn up the thermostat because of the piece of toilet paper Plankton taped on showing exactly the same temperature as before. Squidward notes that there are even icicles on the ceiling and the customers start to leave due to SpongeBob and Squidward slipping everywhere with their food. Plankton sees the customers leaving and rejoices. He then puts up a sign saying that the Chum Bucket is warm and speaks to a fish walking by, who is frightened by Plankton's eye looking through the huge telescope. Plankton is angry when he realizes the customers come back in winter wear. Mr. Krabs has turned the restaurant into an ice rink complete with a train ride for children and SpongeBob invents Patty Skates to help him keep his balance, Squidward and the customers to get around, which is bought by the customers telling SpongeBob not to cook them. Mr. Krabs is very happy that he is selling Krabby Patties without even needing to cook them and claims that he has made even more money than with the old Krusty Krab.
Patrick's tongue stuck on a pole
Plankton sees Mr. Krabs with his money and is furious. Karen advises Plankton to swipe a Krabby Patty and he attempts to steal one but SpongeBob and the local hockey players (Who were actually trying to take the puck SpongeBob took by mistake) block the door after Plankton tries to run them over with the train but squashes them between the door. Plankton then goes over to the thermostat and reveals the true temperature, infuriating Mr. Krabs, and begins freezing and boiling the patrons by repeatedly turning the dial in both directions. He then falls off the dial, allowing Mr. Krabs to freeze him. Later, Mr. Krabs turns the Krusty Krab into a swimming pool, relaxing on a floating chair, while he thanks Plankton (trapped in an ice cube) for his ideas, and sips lemonade with Plankton as the ice in the drink, resulting in Plankton screaming.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Tripping Upstairs - Brian Peters [title card]
  The Rake Hornpipe - Robert Alexander White [opening]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [62 degrees]
  Dramatic Cue (b) - Ronald Hanmer ["WHO TOUCHED ME THERMOSTAT!?"]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield ["Oh, thanks a..."]
  Keel Row - Brian Peters [Krabs tells Squidward not to touch the thermostat]
  Off to Play - David Snell [kids playing in Krabs' yard]
  Like Strange - Kenny Graham ["That's right, run, Krabs."]
  Abject Terror - Paul Lewis [Plankton gets eaten]
  Towerstreet 17 [#33] - Gerhard Narholz ["In four to six hours, I will have my revenge."]
  Mission Improbable - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [old man exits bathroom]
  Zelle 501 - Gerhard Trede [Plankton freezes the Krusty Krab]
  Steel Sting (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [mittens on SpongeBob's eyelashes]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Huh?"]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [Krabs opens the Krusty Krab]
  Dramatic Impact 6 - Ivor Slaney ["The temperature stays at 62 degrees."]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Don't touch..."]
  Dramatic Impact 2 - Ivor Slaney ["...THE THERMOSTAT!"]
  Drama Link (a) - Hubert Clifford [Plankton spying]
  The Dreadnought Tea Clipper (b) - Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White [customers complaining]
  Steel Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield [customers leave...]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr [...then come back]
  Tripping Upstairs - Brian Peters [SpongeBob skating]
  A Christmas Fantasy (a) - Ron Goodwin [everyone buying frozen patties]
  Like Strange - Kenny Graham ["No! How is this possible?!"]
  Goofy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["That's because unlike you, he's a good businessman."]
  Jolly Sleighride - Ib Glindemann [Krusty Krab turned into ice rink]
  Charge - hockey team practicing
  Drama Link (b) - Hubert Clifford [Plankton tries to steal a patty]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob stops him]
  The Pollywog Strut - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Hey, SpongeBob, long time no see!"]
  Earl's Revenge - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [hockey team chases Plankton]
  Death of the Alien 1 [#38] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["The clamboni!"]
  Skater's Waltz - Emile Charles Waldteufel, George Wilson [Squidward skating]
  Death of the Alien 1 [#38] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [everyone blocking the exit]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill [clamboni breaks down]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band ["You lose again, Plankton!"]
  Death of the Alien 1 [#38] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["The thermostat!"]
  Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Plankton changing the temperature]
  Sunny Samoa - Jan Rap [swimming pool]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [ending]



  • As of August 17, 2016, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 8/10 based on 147 ratings by users.[1] users give this episode a 8.5/10 based on 107 votes.[2]


  • This was the first episode to be written by Eric Shaw.
  • After coming out of the bathroom, Old Man Jenkins says he is "Locked in again" which implies that he may have been locked in the Krusty Krab before.
  • Some guides such as Comcast say this episode aired in the year, 2000 instead of its real date, 2007.
  • This episode takes place before "Barnacle Face." Because in this episode, SpongeBob cannot swim and is in need of a floaty. But in "Barnacle Face," he is seen swimming just fine.
  • This is the second time that there is a pool opened up at the Krusty Krab.
    • The first time was in the short, "The Endless Summer."
      • This is the first successful pool. The one from "The Endless Summer" evaporated, after it became too hot.
  • This is the first time the Bikini Bottom Hockey Team appears.
  • Mr. Krabs' thermostat also appears in "Eek, an Urchin!"
  • This is the first episode to use French in the title.
    • The second is "Le Big Switch."
    • Coincidentally, both episodes are in Season 5.
    • The French title translates to "Krabs Fashionable."
  • Mr.Krabs apparently did not notice that the thermostat really was not 62° and that the false temperature was written on a piece of paper taped to the thermostat.
  • When Squidward says "Thanks a lot" against SpongeBob because he gets into trouble with Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob happily replied "You're welcome," it is similar to "New Student Starfish" where SpongeBob, who gets into trouble with Ms. Puff, does the same thing against Patrick.
  • It seems that the thermostat also affects areas outside the Krusty Krab.
  • The numbers on the thermostat are digital, but Plankton wrote them in analog on his piece of paper. Mr. Krabs should have noticed this.
  • This is the second time Plankton has hidden inside something on Old Man Jenkins' tray.
  • This episode is after "Christmas Who?" because Mr. Krabs says, "I don't care if Santy Claus and Jack Frost are having ice cream cones."
  • This episode (along with its paired episode, "New Digs") was banned in Israel for unknown reasons.
    • In 2015, it, along with its sister episode, was no longer banned in Israel.
  • This episode premiered one year after Who's Hungry? was released.
  • The episode's title is French for "Krabs with Ice Cream."
  • This is is Evelyn's 50th episode appearance.
  • Before and after this episode the thermostat was never shown.This means after this episode Eugene H. Krabs removed it due to Plankton's touching the thermostat.

Cultural references

  • The title is a pun on the food, "pie à la mode," which is French for "Pie with ice cream."
  • Clamboni is a parody of Zamboni.
  • Plankton sarcastically refers to Karen as "the wind beneath my wings."
    • This is a reference to the 1989 Bette Midler song of the same name.
  • Plankton says he found Mr. Krabs' "Achilles' heel," referring to the ancient Greek hero Achilles' only weak spot, his heel.


  • When Plankton is freezing and unfreezing people, the water is waist high. But when he falls off and Mr. Krabs freezes him, the water is only an inch high.
  • When SpongeBob gets unfrozen, all of his teeth are showing.
  • When one of the Krabby Patties lands on Squidward, it was green. In the next shot, it was brown.
  • When Mr. Krabs is relaxing in the pool, SpongeBob approaches him with a tray that has a Krabby Patty and lemonade on it. He says "Here's your Krabby Patty and lemonade." but while he gives Mr. Krabs the lemonade, he does not give him the Krabby Patty, and just goes away with it.
  • When Nat is shown entering the Krusty Krab, he and the two other customers are smaller than SpongeBob, Squidward, Mr. Krabs and the two other customers.
  • When Mr. Krabs turns the thermostat back to 62° at the beginning of the episode, he turns it the wrong way, he turns the way it is to increase the temperature not the way to decrease the temperature.
  • Moments before the scene with the frozen cash register, it is not frozen.
  • When Plankton falls in the water, Mr. Krabs freezes him using the thermostat. Mr. Krabs and every other person at the Krusty Krab should have frozen too since they were also in the water.
  • When Plankton was frozen, he should not able to move if he is frozen.
  • The first time Plankton talks, the captions said "[Male Voice]."
    • They also call Karen "[Female Voice]."
  • SpongeBob's hat is missing when customers want patty skates, but it is back on when he delivers them.
  • At one point, when Plankton is driving the Clamboni, Monroe Timmy and Susie Fishbowl do not have legs and Nat does not have lower legs.
  • Plankton's scheme is too steal a Krabby Patty but it's not a burger yet it's just the patty, the ingredient Plankton already knows. This makes Plankton's plan pointless. When SpongeBob starts giving people patty skates he gives them burgers not frozen patties.


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