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Krabs a la Mode
Season №: 5
Episode №: 85b
Airdate: July 25, 2007
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. The next morning, Plankton has frozen the Krusty Krab down to -15 degrees, but the customers continue to stay due to the Krabby Patties and the new patty skates SpongeBob invented. Mr. Krabs has turned the restaurant into and ice rink. Karen advises Plankton to swipe a Krabby Patty in the confusion, but SpongeBob and some local hockey players prevent him from escaping. When SpongeBob blocks the doors, Plankton turns to the thermostat, and begins freezing and boiling the patrons. He then gets careless and falls off the dial, allowing Mr. Krabs to freeze him. Later, Mr. Krabs has turned the Krusty Krab into a swimming pool, relaxing on a floating chair, while he thanks Plankton (trapped in a ice cube) for his ideas, and sips lemonade with Plankton as the ice in the drink.

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 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Tripping Upstairs - Nate Cash, Nicolas Carr, Tom Kenny [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 (Original Version) - 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 - W. Merrick Farran, Gerhard Trede [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 - 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 - Gerhard Narholz, 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 - Will Schaefer [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 - Gerhard Narholz ["Hey, SpongeBob, long time no see!"]
  Earl's Revenge - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [hockey team chases Plankton]
  Death of the Alien 1 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["The clamboni!"]
  Skaters Waltz - Emile Charles Waldteufel, George Wilson [Squidward skating]
  Death of the Alien 1 - 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 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["The thermostat!"]
  Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Plankton changing the temperature]
  Honolulu March (Version 2) - George de Fretes [swimming pool]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [ending]



  • 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 DVRs (like Comcast) say this episode aired in the year 2000 instead of its real date, 2007.
  • This is the second time that there is a pool opened up at the Krusty Krab.
    • The first time was in "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 appeared in "Eek, an Urchin!"
  • This is the first episode to use French in the title.
    • The second is "Le Big Switch."
    • Ironically, both episodes are in Season 5.
  • This episode is one of the reasons why Mr. Krabs is a hated character on the show, according to a TV forum.
    • This is because Mr. Krabs was selfish with the thermostat, not caring to change it under any circumstances even though there were icicles hanging from the roof of the restaurant.
    • He apparently did not notice that the thermostat really was not 62o 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 had noticed this.
  • This is the second time Plankton has hid 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.

Cultural references

  • The episode's title is French for "Krabs with Ice Cream." Also, 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.
  • There are two Jimmy-Guses, one was scared from Plankton but he was in his winter clothes going to the Krusty Krab.
  • When Mr. Krabs turns the thermostat back to 62o 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.

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