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Mid-Life Crustacean
Season №: 3
Episode №: 55b
Airdate: January 24, 2003
Running time: 11 minutes
Sister episode(s): "The Great Snail Race"
Writer(s): C.H. Greenblatt
Mark O'Hare
Storyboard Artist(s): Chuck Klein
Storyboard: C.H. Greenblatt
Animation: Frank Weiss
Creative: Derek Drymon
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Previous: "The Great Snail Race"
Next: "Born Again Krabs"
List of episodes

"Mid-Life Crustacean" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season three. In this episode, Mr. Krabs has a mid-life crisis when he realizes that he is old.



Mid-life crustacion

"Art thou feeling it now, Mr. Krabs?"

Mr. Krabs wakes up with a suspicion of being old. After a conversation with Pearl, he shrugs off his doubts until he is discouraged by a fish telling him to walk faster and later ask a bunch a kids to play with him which later they left him and approach seeing the Bikini Bottom Cemetery and later screamed "I ain't old" and ran off . He then goes to the Krusty Krab and overhears a mother refer to him as old. He then overhears SpongeBob and Patrick's plans to spend the night out doing cool things, and Mr. Krabs offers to join them. They then show up at his house and go out to town. However, he is severely disappointed with the activities, which include going to the laundromat, picking up trash under the freeway, live action role-playing games, and other such uncool things. Eventually, Krabs snaps and destroys a children's play area, and dismisses SpongeBob and Patrick as "babies." However, he regains interest when Patrick tells him that he will miss the panty-raid. He stays and joins them for the panty raid, only to realize that the house they are raiding is his own mother's house. As he gets caught, she sends Mr. Krabs to his room, grounding him for the night as she would a child. SpongeBob apologizes to him through his bedroom window, and Mr. Krabs admits that he is "certainly feeling younger."

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 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Drunken Sailor (b) - Robin Jeffrey, Tim Laycock [title card]
  You're Old - Eban Schletter, Stephen Hillenburg [plays on the radio]
  Hawaiian Party - Peter Dennis [breakfast]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [Krabs going to work]
  Hawaiian Link (b) - Richard Myhill [Krabs sighs]
  Dramatic Cue (e) - Ronald Hanmer [cemetery]
  Steel Licks - Jeremy Wakefield [exterior of Krusty Krab]
  Botany Bay (b) - Robert Alexander White [old Krabby Patty]
  Hilo Rag - Guy Fletcher ["Good morning, Krusty Krew!"]
  Police Car - Sam Spence ["Style!"]
  Unease - Dick Stephen Walter [secret cool guy handshake]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [8:01 PM]
  Steel Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield ["You're embarrassing me, Dad!"]
  Tympup (a) - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [SpongeBob's bike]
  Steel Sting (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs in a wagon]
  Gruesome - The Surfdusters ["Hey, you guys must be lost."]
  Konfetti - Claude Carrasu, Krys Moram, Jan Tyski [in the laundromat]
  Psychedelic Guitar - Ian Henry Marsh, Phil Pickett ["Oh, yeah!"/"That's what I'm talking about!"]
  Konfetti - Claude Carrasu, Krys Moram, Jan Tyski ["You guys want another rinse cycle?"]
  Ulk-Fox Nr. 2 - Gerhard Trede [picking up trash]
  Dombummel - Gerhard Trede [Bunny Buns]
  Kamakani (b) - Kapono Beamer ["Lame?"]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["The what?"]
  Police Car - Sam Spence ["Not lame!"]
  Tomfoolery - David Snell [panty raid]
  The Plot Thickens - Dick Stephen Walter [Mama Krabs appears]
  Drunken Sailor (b) - Robin Jeffrey, Tim Laycock [Krabs grounded]
  Emotion Blues - Francois Fournet, Eric Gemsa [ending]



  • As of February 8 2017, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 8.7/10 based on 258 ratings by users.[1] users give this episode a 8.6/10 based on 144 votes.[2]


  • 8:01 PM
  • At the beginning of the episode, a song plays on the radio called "You're Old." The song is sung by writer Martin Olson, who appeared as the live-action chief in "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V."
  • The song on the radio is by Martin Olson, who does the voice of Marceline's father in Adventure Time and whose daughter did the voice of Vanessa Doofenshmirtz in Phineas and Ferb.
  • This is the first time a highway is seen. The next two are "SpongeBob's Last Stand," and "The Good Krabby Name."
  • KOLD-TV is the name of an actual television network, and is a reference to the radio station K-OLD in the Rugrats episodes "Baseball" and "No Bones About It."
  • This episode came off very controversial among the fans and parents when they used and demonstrated a panty raid in a children's show.
  • This is the first time a character was forced to swallow a ridiculously large pill. The second time is Plankton in "Shellback Shenanigans."
  • In some countries, the radio broadcasted the instrumental version of "You're Old," due to the controversial lyrics.
  • A picture of Victor Krabs is seen when Mr. Krabs tries to explain why he was going through Mama Krabs' underwear.
  • In the Hebrew version, after Mr. Krabs is being yelled at by the elderly fish, the fish that asks "What's his problem?" says it in Yiddish, a common language between old folks in Israel, rather than in Hebrew.
  • The radio station mentioned is K-OLD, which sounds like a cold.
  • This is the first time a reference to Dungeons and Dragons is used. The second time is the title of the episode "Dunces and Dragons."
  • This episode and "The Great Snail Race" have been rumored to be banned in Canada. This is very likely true because recently in reruns of SpongeBob episodes in Canada, this episode tends to be skipped, even when they are airing reruns in production order. However, this episode used to air in Canada but doesn't anymore. The reason why for being banned in Canada is unknown, but could possibly be because this and the sister episode are controversial among fans. The controversy with this episode is the adult jokes, making fun of old people, and the panty raid scene.
  • The line "Are you feeling it now Mr. Krabs?" has become an internet meme.
  • This episode premiered on Ernest Borgnine's 86th birthday.
  • This is the first episode to feature more than two generations of a family in it. In this case, the Krabs Family. The only other episodes to do this is are "Grandpappy the Pirate," "Pest of the West," and "BlackJack." The latter two of which features the SquarePants family.
  • This episode is the only episode in the entire series to feature a "grounding." It happens at the end of the episode when Mama Krabs catches Mr. Krabs doing a panty raid.
  • This is the 25th episode appearance of Gus.
  • K-OLD is a play on letters which meaning Krabs Old which is the way Mr. Krabs feels throughout the episode

Cultural references

  • This episode's title is a parody of the phrase "mid-life crisis."
  • One of the locations SpongeBob and Patrick bring Mr. Krabs in this episode is called "Bunny Bun's," which could be a possible parody of "Chuck E. Cheese's."
  • "P and P" (seen on book), the game that SpongeBob, Mr. Krabs, and Patrick were playing is a parody to Dungeons and Dragons.


  • When Betsy grounded Eugene to sleep; Eugene has his room when he was a little kid but this was never shown in "Friend or Foe."
  • When Mrs. Krabs' bloomers are first seen during the panty raid, they are shaped like normal panties. But when Mr. Krabs pulls one out, it is instantly rather shaped like boxers.
  • After Mr. Krabs uses the word "coral," Pearl says to her friend Jenny on the phone "Coral is definitely out." However, she continues to use it in later episodes.
    • A possible reason to this, is this was Pearl's last big role in an episode before The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie premiered. Since the first movie was intended to be the series finale, Pearl, nor any other Bikini Bottomite, would be in any new episodes after it. Therefore, if the series hadn't continued onward for Season 4, 'coral' would have been out for good.
  • During the scene transition from the ice cream stand to the Krusty Krab, bubble sounds can be heard, but no bubbles actually appear. This error also occurs in "Boating School" and "Welcome to the Chum Bucket."
  • In the Polish version, the title card was mistakenly cut. However, it was fixed in 2017.


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