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Krusty Love
Season №: 2
Episode №: 36b
Airdate: September 6, 2002
Running time: 11 minutes
Sister episode(s): "Graveyard Shift"
Writer(s): Doug Lawrence
Jay Lender
William Reiss
Storyboard Artist(s): William Reiss
Storyboard: Jay Lender
Animation: Sean Dempsey
Creative: Derek Drymon
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Previous: "Graveyard Shift"
Next: "Procrastination"
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"Krusty Love" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season two. In this episode, Mr. Krabs falls in love with Mrs. Puff.



Krabs Love
This episode starts at the Krusty Krab. Mr. Krabs is in his office stitching a cushion of money when he smells something weird. The scent is from the cash register, and Mr. Krabs panics because the smell of money is equal $49.08, meaning that one penny was lost. He starts crying, but SpongeBob appears and reassures him that losing one penny is not that big of a deal. Mr. Krabs then goes into a long speech that money goes towards various needs (keeping SpongeBob's pants square, keeping Squidward "in frilly soap," and paying for the restaurant's renovations). He then spots Mrs. Puff eating at the Krusty Krab, and instantly falls in love with her. When SpongeBob calls her a Mrs but claims she isn't married, Mr. Krabs asks what happened to Mr. Puff.

The screen changes to a live-action scene of a lamp-shade made from a dead puffer fish being turned on, hinting that Mr. Puff was turned into a lamp. SpongeBob says that Mrs. Puff doesn't like to talk about it, and offers to introduce Mr. Krabs to her. Despite Mr. Krabs pleas that he is too old for love, SpongeBob brings him over to Mrs. Puff's table. However, Mr. Krabs becomes extremely nervous and his attempts to introduce himself result in him talking in unintelligible speech as well as making strange body movements. SpongeBob steps in and tells Mrs. Puff that Mr. Krabs is trying to ask her out on a date. Surprisingly, she accepts, saying "You have a way with words, Mr. Krabs."

That night, Mr. Krabs takes Mrs. Puff to the Fancy! restaurant and spoils her with foot rubs in between courses, caricatures, imported music (a live-action scuba diver playing a piano), and transportation in a limousine. Mr. Krabs then receives a bill and is outraged that he is being charged $100. The waiter apologizes and hands out the proper bill, and upon learning that he is actually being charged $100,000, a horrified Mr. Krabs screams so loud it causes the glass bottle that the restaurant is contained in to explode.

Back at home, Mr. Krabs starts sobbing hysterically, and SpongeBob questions him on how he could spend such a ridiculous amount of money in one night. Mr. Krabs says that he couldn't help himself and starts to worry as he has another date the next day. He then gets an idea: he gives SpongeBob his wallet and tells him to come along on the date and don't let him spend any money. However, this does not go as planned.

The next day comes, and Mr. Krabs decides the cheapest way to not spend money is to take Mrs. Puff to the park. But after arriving at Mrs. Puff's House, Mr. Krabs forces SpongeBob to buy Mrs. Puff some flowers and a box of chocolates, as well as a long series of increasingly unnecessary things such as a sunhat, a fur coat, a pair of shoes, jewelry, etc. However, each time SpongeBob buys something, Mr. Krabs immediately scolds him for breaking their agreement. Eventually, a tired and fed up SpongeBob criticizes Mr. Krabs for constantly making him buy stuff and then being scolded for it. Mr. Krabs then starts to cry and tells spongebob that he does not want to lose Mrs. Puff, with the latter sitting upon a mountain of expensive gifts wondering if they are going to the park soon. 

Feeling bad, SpongeBob leaves and comes back shortly after with a washing machine that Mr. Krabs supposedly wanted. But Mr. Krabs again berates SpongeBob for spending his money, and after he makes a snide comment and wonders whether Mrs. Puff will need a dryer as well, SpongeBob finally snaps and mouths off Mr. Krabs before angrily leaving. A shocked Mrs. Puff walks up to an equally shocked Mr. Krabs and calmly tells him that she does not feel comfortable accepting all of the gifts and says that she would rather go Dutch. She then hands Mr. Krabs some money, kisses him, and the episode ends as his eyes form into a heart-shape.

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 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Latin Lesson - Rolf Asberg [title card]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [opening]
  Steel Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs crying]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr [Krabs sees Mrs. Puff]
  Clear as Daylight - Gerhard Trede [Krabs sees Mrs. Puff]
  Tales from the Swamp (a) - Ron Goodwin [Mrs. Puff panics]
  Witty Fellow - Gerhard Trede [Krabs speaking gibberish]
  Cha Cha Nova - Gerhard Narholz ["You have a way with words, Mr. Krabs!"]
  Deadline - Sam Spence ["Ready for your date, Mr. Krabs?"]
  Cocktail Lounge - Dick Stephen Walter [fancy restaurant]
  Dramatic Impact 3 - Ivor Slaney [Krabs screams]
  Drowsy Reef - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs crying]
  More or Less Romantic (a) - Peter Balding, Otto Sieben [Krabs tells SpongeBob to buy things for Mrs. Puff]
  Hawaiian Link (b) - Richard Myhill [Krabs apologizes]
  The Dreadnought Tea Clipper (b) - Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White [sailor's promise]
  Latin Lesson - Rolf Asberg [SpongeBob running back and forth]
  Lonely Violin - Dick Stephen Walter ["Please, lad, I'm begging you."]
  Timpani - Glissandos (a) - Gary Kettel ["Do you think Mrs. Puff will need a dryer?"]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch [SpongeBob yelling at Krabs]
  Holiday Dream - Max Mahlmann [ending]



  • "Krusty Love" was ranked #83 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.


  • A Few Moments Later
  • There are 3 crabs on the title card.
  • The Dish Network plot for this episode was "Mr. Krabs likes Mrs. Puff."
  • Items that Mrs. Puff gets on her and Mr. Krabs' second date:
    • Flowers
    • Chocolates
    • A sun hat
    • A fur coat
    • A pair of shoes
    • Fine jewelry
    • An umbrella
    • A bicycle
    • A surfboard
    • A grandfather clock
    • An anchor weight
    • A television set
    • A canopy bed
    • Golf clubs
    • A teddy bear
    • An inner tube
    • A bowling ball
    • A baseball
    • A dart board and 3 darts
    • A sink and faucet
    • A plant
    • A table
    • A washing machine
    • A toaster with some bread
    • A beach ball
    • A glass
    • At least 8 books, including a dictionary
    • A stereo system
    • A crown
    • A ruby
  • The copyright information at the end of the episode is dated in 2001, even though this episode aired in 2002. This is because the episode was made in 2001.
  • The fancy restaurant Mrs. Puff and Mr. Krabs were at was the same in the episode "Chocolate with Nuts."
  • In this episode, it was revealed that Mrs. Puff's husband was turned into a lamp. In The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, there was a similar pufferfish and it is possible that Mr. Puff is currently at Shell City.
  • SpongeBob has cursed in front of Mr. Krabs before, in "Sailor Mouth." However, since no sound effects (such as dolphin chirps) were heard during his cursing this time, it may have been a different vocabulary.
  • This marks the first and only time Mr. Krabs fell in love with Mrs. Puff and fell in love with something/someone besides money.
  • In "Summer Job," Mrs. Puff asks Mr. Krabs, "Are you saying we should go on a date?" It is a likely reference to this episode and may indicate that Mr. Krabs and Mrs. Puff broke up at some point.
    • However, in "Whirly Brains," they are revealed to have been secretly dating for the past 16 years.
  • SpongeBob talking gibberish to Mr. Krabs was meant to be swearing. This may imply that this episode takes place after "Sailor Mouth."
  • In European Spanish, SpongeBob says the same curse as the original, although in the Latin American Spanish version, it is babbling and every sentence ends in-ufala. At the end, he shouts: "In the wallet of Mr. Krabs!"
  • Despite this episode dealing with romance, it aired after Valentine's Day 2002.
  • In the Valentine's Day week, it airs with "Valentine's Day."
  • This is the second time where SpongeBob's speech is gibberish due to him swearing. The first time was "Rock Bottom," while he also did this again in Employee of the Month.
  • After Mrs. Puff was looking up SpongeBob's language and sets the dictionary down, when she gets up, the dictionary instantly moves to the pillow.
  • In the Croatian dub, the episode name is "Zaljubljeni Klještić" translating to "Krabs in Love."
  • Mr. Krabs meets Mrs. Puff in this episode. However, in an older episode, "Life of Crime," he gets a gift from her. It is possible that it just said "from Mrs. Puff" and he never met Mrs. Puff until now.

Cultural references

  • SpongeBob and Krabs making the dotted shapes with their hands may be a reference to a scene from Pulp Fiction, in which the character Mia Wallace makes a square with her fingers to tell Vincent Vega to "not be a square."


  • When SpongeBob says, "It's all really confusing" Mr. Krabs' nose turns light red.

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