"Lame and Fortune" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season nine. In this episode, when fortune cookies start predicting the future, Plankton realizes he can twist them into his own evil schemes.
The episode starts with a crane being lowered, looking as though the load is going to land onto a boat, but instead sinks into Bikini Bottom. SpongeBob and Gary are looking at clouds until they see the box full of fortune cookies before it lands on SpongeBob. Gary realizes that it is not a cloud, and decide to look inside where they find many fortune cookies. SpongeBob tries it with one of them, as does Gary. Before coming to the conclusion that they can indeed accurately predict the future, giving SpongeBob an idea to sell them at the Krusty Krab.
SpongeBob then takes them to the Krusty Krab where he tries to convince Mr. Krabs to give them away with every purchase but Mr. Krabs shuts down his idea. Squidward backs him up by saying that they are lame and that fortune cookies never come true. SpongeBob tells Squidward to try one, and when he opens it, it reads, "You will be rewarded for your particular talents." Squidward is presumably about to say how that will not happen before he wins the "most miserable cashier in Bikini Bottom" contest. He then gets a cash prize, which gets immediately purloined by Mr. Krabs. Soon after Mr. Krabs snatches Squidward's prize, SpongeBob assures Mr. Krabs about selling his magical cookies, which flips his thoughts about selling them, and decides to share them with the folks of Bikini Bottom.
Plankton finds out that this is happening and says Mr. Krabs is assured he is going to fail. Karen then yells for Plankton, causing him to crash into the Chum Bucket. She then asks if he could take out the trash. But he told Karen he had a plan to make fortunes that say bad things about the Krusty Krab. He then makes the fortunes. As soon as he finishes making fortunes, there was another can full of cookies but he destroyed it. As soon as SpongeBob took the cookies, the customers get fortunes that falsely advertise the Chum Bucket and slander the Krusty Krab.
Later, Plankton creates another fortune that says Mr. Krabs will die unless he gives up the Krabby Patty formula. Mr. Krabs is very shocked to see that. Then Mr. Krabs has a vision of what will happen if he dies. After his thought, SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs agree to give Plankton the formula. Back at the Chum Bucket, Karen is giving the customers some Chumbalaya but even though the customers find it disgusting, they still eat it due to the fake fortunes. Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob both make it to the Chum Bucket to deliver the formula to Plankton. SpongeBob tries to give Plankton the formula but it falls down. After getting smashed and stepped on, Plankton tells everyone to get out of the restaurant because he wrote the fake fortunes. Mr. Krabs grabs the formula and then gives him one fortune cookie. The fortune says:
You will go on a long voyage where you will get everything you deserve.
Plankton is then taken to a different restaurant called Chinese Food where a live-action customer eats him.
This is the second time SpongeBob has been trampled by the customers. The first was in "The Original Fry Cook."
This episode takes place before "Have You Seen This Snail?" and possibly "Born to Be Wild" because this is the episode that Lenny and Mable-Monica fall in love and in Have You Seen This Snail? they are shown to be dating or married.
This is the fourth time something has been dropped into Bikini Bottom. The first time was in the episode "Frankendoodle," being the Magic Pencil, the second time in "Truth or Square," being the pineapple that SpongeBob lives in, and the third in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, being the page ripped off the Magic Book that said THE END.
The "MY LEG" gag is obviously referenced in this episode, when Ivy gets a fortune saying "You will soon injure your legs," and a piano crashes down on his legs. He also screams "My legs!" after the piano crashes.
This is the second time Ivy gets injured at the Krusty Krab. The first was in "Stuck in the Wringer."
In the Polish dub, the episode's title is "Ciastko z wróżbą" (Fortune Cookie).
In Greece, the episode premiered approximetely 1 year after the US release, on Wednesday July 19, 2017. This episode title is Τα Τυχερά Μπισκότα (The Fortune Cookies)
An upside down version of the title card background is used in "Plankton Retires".
When Plankton states fortune cookies are "hollow, full of lies, and leave a bad taste in your mouth" is taken from the speach the Mandarin gives in Iron Man 3.
The title is a reference to the phrase "fame and fortune" and the 1960Elvis Presley song of the same name.
The splat Plankton formed when he was squished is a reference to the old Nickelodeon splat and The Splat logo.
When SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs enter the Krusty Krab, the doors are missing.
When a fortune cookie is opened, the cookie is eaten instead of the fortune. At the ending, when Plankton falls out of a fortune cookie, the customer is trying to eat the fortune.
Although they might have thought Plankton was part of the fortune cookie.
In the scene right after SpongeBob takes Plankton's fortune cookies, Lenny is shown without his suit on in the wide shot, but in the shot where Squidward asks for a break, Lenny is wearing his suit.
When SpongeBob reads Gary's fortune, a trail of slime can be seen behind him. However, it is unseen after.
In one scene, Squidward was at his post at the cash register, but in the next scene, he is at a table.