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Krabs à 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.



On a freezing winter day in Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob and Squidward are at work, and Squidward notices Krabs has the thermostat set to 62°. Squidward, feeling cold, decides to raise it to 63°. Mr. Krabs bursts out of his office and complains about spending the money on heating and changes it back to 62° and then Squidward made rude comments. Plankton is spying on the restaurant and decides that night that he was going to change the thermostat and freeze the Krusty Krab. Mr. Krabs says that it is still on 62°; it was actually -15°. The customers started to leave because of this. When they came back, they were bundled in coats and then Plankton felt shocked. SpongeBob, meanwhile, was serving food on ice skates made from frozen patties. Soon, the customers began to strap patties to their feet and skated across the ice covered floor. Plankton goes in and attempts to steal a patty but gets pummeled by an ice machine. Then, as he tries to escape, some hockey players that were there to practice were blocking the exit. Plankton then remembers the thermostat and unfroze and froze the customers, but Krabs stops him and sets the thermostat at 100 degrees. The Krusty Krab is turned into a popular public pool the following summer. Mr. Krabs then thanks Plankton for his "good ideas."



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Tripping Upstairs - Nate Cash, Nicolas Carr, Tom Kenny [title card]
  The Rake Hornpipe - Kapono Beamer [opening]
  Hawaiian Sting 1 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [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]
  {#33} Towerstreet 17 - Gerhard Narholz ["In four to six hours, I will have my revenge."]
  Creepy Sting 3 - W. Merrick Farran, Gerhard Trede [old man exits bathroom]
  Cell 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."]
  Drama Sting - 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]
  Hawaiian Sting 8 - Jeremy Wakefield [customers leave...]
  ? - 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?!"]
  Cartoon Sting 2 - 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]
  Chase Cue 1 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob stops him]
  Cartoon Sting 3 - Gerhard Narholz, Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Hey, SpongeBob, long time no see!"]
  Hawaiian Trax - 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!"]
  Chase Cue 2 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Plankton changing the temperature]
  Honolulu March - George de Fretes [swimming pool]
  Hawaiian Sting - Nicolas Carr [ending]


This is tied with Idiot BoxSomething Smells, Dying for Pie, Snowball Effect, and Christmas Who? for the highest ranked episode on SpongeBuddy Mania with a 9.8/10.


After Christmas Who? and Help Wanted
  • After coming out of the bathroom, Old Man Jenkins says he is "Locked in again" which implies that he may have gotten locked in the Krusty Krab before.
  • The first time Plankton talks, the captions say "[Male Voice]". They also call Karen "[Female Voice]".
  • 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 succesful pool. The one from "The Endless Summer" evaporated, after it became too hot.
  • This is the first time the Bikini Bottom Hockey Team appears. They will appear again in the episode Chum Bucket Supreme.
  • 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 62 degrees 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 replies, "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've noticed this.
  • This is the second time Plankton has hid inside something on Old Man Jenkins' tray. The first time was in "The Algae's Always Greener", where he hid inside his ketchup bottle.
  • 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...".

Cultural References

  • The episode's title is French for "Krabs with Ice Cream". Also, the title is a pun on the food, pie a' 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 heal.
  • The scene when Mr. Krabs tells the kids to get off his lawn is similar to Mr. Horace Nebbercracker tells Eliza to stay away from his house in the Columbia Pictures movie, Monster House.


  • 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 doesn't 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 62 o 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.
  • Plankton says "...I've found your Achilles' heel". This is an error because the sea creatures should not know about Achilles.
  • Moments before the scene with the frozen cash register the register 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.

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