- Sheldon J. Plankton
- Karen Plankton
- Eugene H. Krabs
- Nat Peterson
- Abigail Marge
- Squidward Tentacles (cameo)
- Richard A. Bottomfeeder (debut)
- Jimmy Gus
- Old Man Jenkins
- Norma Rechid
- Officer John Slugfish
- Bailiff (debut)
- Judge Stickleback (debut)
- Medley Fishbowl
- Miss Shell
- Ella Plankton (mentioned)
- Goose (mentioned)
SynopsisA depressed Plankton diffidently goes to the Krusty Krab one morning without a plan to steal the formula, telling Karen that he will "wing it." When he goes inside, he slips on the floor where SpongeBob just mopped and is ridiculed by Mr. Krabs. Two observing customers comment that there should be a wet floor sign and that they would sue Krabs if that happened to them. Plankton then pretends to be horribly injured and threatens to sue unless Mr. Krabs gives him the formula, but Krabs obviously refuses.
Fearing that he will lose the case, Mr. Krabs hires a lawyer named Richard A. Bottomfeeder, who tells him that he will not charge him anything unless they win and that they will counter-sue Plankton for everything he owns. Later, in Mr. Krabs' office, SpongeBob wants to read his testimony speech to Mr. Krabs. However, Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob he could be a liability. As they prepare to leave for the court hearing, Bottomfeeder slips and falls, breaking his back. He gives SpongeBob his briefcase, saying, "The one thing you need to win this case is in this here case." SpongeBob takes Bottomfeeder's suit and arrives late to the hearing, dubbing himself "SpongeBob LawyerPants." When the first witness takes the stand, however, SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs realize that Bottomfeeder did not give them the combination of the suitcase.
Plankton comes to court in a wheelchair and cast, and gives a convincing testimony, earning the sympathy of the jury. Meanwhile, SpongeBob desperately attempts to open the case, but to no avail. Plankton uses the fact that Krabs does not own a "wet floor" sign as evidence against him, while SpongeBob only demonstrates Krabs' unhealthy greed in his attempts to defend him, accuses Plankton of being a fake, but the courtroom goes against Krabs. He then calls Squidward to the stand, but Squidward testifies against Mr. Krabs, saying that this is his first day off in three years.
Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob to give up, but SpongeBob gives a short sermon telling him that they cannot quit now. When he finishes, he hits the case lightly, and it opens. They peer inside, only to find a Krabby Patty. Realizing that they can win the lawsuit with this, SpongeBob calls Plankton to the stand and seduces him with the Krabby Patty, eventually getting him to confess. Plankton then tries to steal the Krabby Patty but is quickly stopped. The jury goes into deliberation and finds Mr. Krabs not guilty, but still proclaiming that he is cheap. Mr.Krabs thanks SpongeBob and apologizes for not accepting his help in the first place. SpongeBob then gives Mr. Krabs a homemade "wet floor" sign, riddled with nails and shoddy paint. Mr. Krabs accepts the gift because it is free.
|( ‣ ) Associated production music|
|( • ) Original music|
|( ◦ ) SpongeBob music|
‣ Perry Mason's Pants - Nicolas Carr [Title card]
‣ Blue Tide - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Plankton wakes up]
‣ Monster Bug (a) - Gregor F. Narholz [Plankton slips]
‣ The Girl I Left Behind Me - Brian Peters [Krabs teases Plankton]
‣ Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [Plankton gets an idea]
‣ Fates [#61.03] - Gregor F. Narholz [Plankton pretending to be hurt]
‣ Funeral Music - Alfred Kluten [Plankton on a stretcher]
‣ Furtive Footsteps - Paddy Kingsland ["See you in court, Krabs!"]
‣ Funeral Music - Alfred Kluten ["I mean... oh, the pain!"]
‣ Witty Fellow - Gerhard Trede ["Richard A. Bottomfeeder, Attorney at Law."]
‣ Keel Row - Brian Peters [SpongeBob's testimony]
‣ Lovely Scenery (c) - Mladen Franko [Lawyer slips]
‣ Beautiful Moonlit Night - Carl Maria Von Weber, George Wilson ["Wracked with pain... can't move..."]
‣ Steel Sting (b) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Really? Everything?"]
‣ People's Court - Alan Stanley Tew [At the courthouse]
‣ Melodrama - Eric Spear [Plankton's sob story]
‣ Savage Episode - Len Stevens [SpongeBob trying to open the briefcase]
‣ Melodrama - Eric Spear [Plankton continues telling the story.]
‣ Savage Episode - Len Stevens [SpongeBob continues trying to open the briefcase.]
‣ Melodrama - Eric Spear [Plankton finishes the story.]
‣ Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["Poor Gram-Gram!"]
‣ Finger of Fear - Fredric Bayco [Krabs says he does not own a wet floor sign]
‣ Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Huh?"]
‣ Unknown Track 40 - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob puts a dollar into a blender]
‣ Menace [#41] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["No! No! No!"]
‣ Dramatic Cue (e) - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob nervous]
‣ The Quest (a) - Will Schaefer ["Must... open... case!"]
‣ Pomp and Ceremony - Frank Damico ["We can't give up just because things look bleak."]
‣ Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [Briefcase opens]
‣ Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob gets an idea]
‣ People's Court - Alan Stanley Tew ["Defense calls Plankton to the stand."]
‣ Impression - Gerhard Trede [SpongeBob tempts Plankton with the Krabby Patty]
‣ Dramatic Cue (e) - Ronald Hanmer [Plankton takes the patty]
‣ Dramatic Impact 1 - Ivor Slaney ["Finally it's mine!"]
‣ The Girl I Left Behind Me - Brian Peters [Krabs takes the patty from him.]
‣ Hawaiian Link (b) - Richard Myhill ["No, no, no, no!"]
‣ Hawaiian Party - Peter Dennis [Ending]
- This episode is available on the Where's Gary?, Season 4 Volume 1, Complete Fourth Season, and First 100 Episodes DVDs.
- As of November 5, 2017, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 8.4/10 based on 266 ratings by users. TV.com users give this episode a 8.3/10 based on 190 votes.
- "Krabs vs. Plankton" was ranked #69 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.
- This episode premiered on Paul Tibbitt's 37th birthday.
- This and "The Lost Mattress" are the first to premiere on Friday the 13th of a certain year. The others are:
- The title card music is the theme song from the T.V. show Perry Mason.
- The colors for 'Krabs' and 'Plankton' in the title card represent their respective skin colors.
- When SpongeBob enters Mr. Krabs' office, he is humming the end credits music.
- Richard A. Bottomfeeder later appears in "Suction Cup Symphony," "Truth or Square," and makes cameos in "Super Evil Aquatic Villain Team Up is Go!" and "Goodbye, Krabby Patty?"
- When SpongeBob asks Plankton what he was doing in the Krusty Krab, he says, "To say hello to my once good friend Mr. Krabs, why?" This alludes to "Friend or Foe," which this episode predates.
- Oddly, TurboNick called this episode "Krabs vs. Patty."
- The inside of a courtroom will be seen again in "Driven to Tears," "The Krusty Sponge," and "Patty Caper."
- Running Gags: People slipping on the wet floor; Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob struggling to open the case.
- This is the first episode to contain a title of two characters being versed. The second will be in "SpongeBob vs. The Patty Gadget," the third will be "Mermaid Man vs. SpongeBob," and the fourth will be in "SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One," the fifth will be the alternative title for "It Came from Goo Lagoon," which is "SpongeBob vs. The Goo," and the sixth will be "Sharks vs. Pods."
- This is the first episode in which something is set to "obliterate," in this episode's case, SpongeBob's blender. The second will be in "License to Milkshake" with Captain Frostymug and The Shake Simulator.
- When SpongeBob said that Mr. Krabs being cheap was a "ludicrous statement," in many other episodes SpongeBob agrees that Mr. Krabs is cheap for example, in "Krabby Land," SpongeBob said that all he saw was "Cheapy the Cheapskate" (Mr. Krabs), and in "Pickles" and "Can You Spare a Dime?" SpongeBob calls Mr. Krabs a "crustaceous cheapskate" which kind of proves that SpongeBob thinks that Mr. Krabs is cheap.
- Plankton describes the water by saying that he slipped on a viscous fluid (probably because the ocean is already water).
- Plankton will later eat his first Krabby Patty in "For Here or to Go."
- When Plankton said "That was easy," he sounded extremely similar to the "That Was Easy" button normally sold at the Staples store.
- Squidward mentioned, when he was called up to defend, he said that it was his first day off in three years. He is most likely referring to the episode "Imitation Krabs."
- According to SpongeBob, Mr. Krabs' gold bar eyes are usually silver bar eyes.
- In real life, the jury would have had to deliberate to review the evidence before giving the verdict.
- Despite the fact that Plankton was faking his injuries, Mr. Krabs would be liable because there was a potential for injury. Mr. Krabs had a duty of care to keep the floor slip free and/or provide proper signage to designate a slippery floor, and he could be charged with negligence because he did not meet whatever standard of care that exists in Bikini Bottom.
- This is Medley Fishbowl's 25th episode appearance.
- The French title of this episode is "Le Procès," or "The Trial."
- When Plankton and Mr. Krabs enter the courtroom, the music from The People's Court can be heard.
- When SpongeBob opened the case, the Krabby Patty was not hot, but when he showed Plankton, it was.
- At the end of the episode, the jury deems Krabs not guilty. However, this was a civil trial, meaning Krabs could have been found liable. "(not) Guilty" is only used in criminal court.
- In most other episodes, there is a wet floor sign at the Krusty Krab.
- When Plankton enters the courtroom, the fish on the right on the door is blue. When the jury is seen again, the fish is orange. The third time they are seen, she is blue again.
- When Plankton slips and falls, he is next to the counter. But later, he is next to Charlie and Nat's table. After Mr. Krabs says, "...and You never will!," Plankton is away from Nat and Charlie's table. When Charlie speaks, Nat and Charlie's table is at the front of the Krusty Krab.
- In the Bahasa Malaysia version, when the jury cries after hearing Plankton's fake story, their cry sound was mute.
- When Mr. Krabs goes after the dollar in the room, Tom's eyeballs are colored white instead of yellow and after SpongeBob yells "Answer the question!" to Mop, Tom's eyeballs are white again.
- In the beginning, when SpongeBob says, "Careful Plankton, I just mopped there, the word "Plankton" is missing from the closed-captions.
- Charlie and Nat are seen at the table when Plankton slips on water. However, when Mr. Krabs teases Plankton they are both nowhere to be seen. They do return afterward when Nat gives Plankton an idea.
- Before Plankton goes, "Ow, my other arm!" Mr. Krabs had his hand next to Plankton's wheelchair, but then when he says it, Mr. Krabs' hand is right next to Plankton, and then in the next shot, both of his hands are down.
- When Mr. Krabs yells, "Never, you little runt!", Fred is blue and has the same eye scale as Tom. He is brown before and after that moment.
- Numerous objections could have been made, such as speculation, leading the witness, etc. None ever were called.
- When Mr. Krabs was walking and complaining about Plankton, Squidward has two eyebrows instead of one.
- When SpongeBob said, "They're usually silver.," his mouth doesn't close.
- When Mr. Krabs walks bath and forth, his legs are transparent.
- Amazon Prime Video lists it and its sister episode's name with a corrupted combination of the previous season 4 episode "Fear of a Krabby Patty"/"Shell of a Man"
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