"Neptune's Spatula" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season one. In this episode, SpongeBob is challenged to a cooking competition with King Neptune.



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SpongeBob and Patrick are visiting the Fry Cook Museum, where they see a greasy griddle with a golden spatula embedded in the grease. On it is a plaque, which reads "Many have tried to pull this spatula out of this ancient grease, but all have failed." Larry the Lobster then attempts to pull it out but fails. SpongeBob then reads "Only a fry cook who's worthy of King Neptune himself can wield the golden spatula." SpongeBob, while posing for a photo, accidentally and effortlessly pulls it out while pointing out the menu section to a woman, then she says "Holy smoke!" but then it turns out she meant it in a literal sense because then King Neptune appears.

Neptune asks who pulled out the spatula, and everyone says it was SpongeBob. King Neptune refuses to believe this and asks for proof. Patrick shows him the photograph he took, but Neptune still refuses to allow such a lowly being as SpongeBob to become the royal fry cook. He challenges SpongeBob to a patty-making competition. If SpongeBob wins, he will stay at Atlantis forever and become a god. If he loses, he has to give up fry cooking forever. Patrick continually jeers to Neptune about SpongeBob's skills and says that he could complete up to 500 challenges. He is repeatedly zapped by Neptune three times until all that is left of him is a burnt mark on the floor. SpongeBob asks Neptune to revive Patrick, which he does, but with Patrick's face now on his butt.

Neptune tries to show SpongeBob the Poseidome, but it shows Tom Kenny showering.

In the Poseidome, King Neptune makes 1,000 burgers, in the time it takes SpongeBob to make just one, winning the challenge. However, when Neptune shares his patties with the audience, they think that they taste awful. Neptune is angered by this and asks why they would think that SpongeBob's would be any better.

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He tastes SpongeBob's Krabby Patty and finds it to be delicious. Neptune releases the patty back to his stomach and eats it again, disgusting the audience in the process.

SpongeBob is declared the winner, but when he finds out that his friends cannot come with him to Atlantis, he refuses to go, and instead arranges for King Neptune to be a trainee under SpongeBob at the Krusty Krab, teaching him that perfect Krabby Patties are made with love, not magic.




 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  The Tale of Ben Hur 1 - Gregor F. Narholz [title card]
  Hawaiian Link (a) - Richard Myhill [opening]
  Honolulu Lula - Terry Day [SpongeBob and Patrick at the Fry Cook Museum]
  Roman Legion - David Farnon [the golden spatula]
  Heavenly Voices (b) - David Farnon [choir]
  ? - SpongeBob pulls out the spatula
  Gates of Troy - David Farnon [Neptune appears]
  A Dangerous Affair [#30] - Richard Myhill ["A fine jest, boy."]
  The Black Death - David Farnon [hot dog vendor]
  A Dangerous Affair [#30] - Richard Myhill ["It is even funnier a second time!"]
  The Black Death - David Farnon [Neptune compliments Larry]
  Sunset Strip - Reg Owen [Neptune and Larry making poses]
  Brave and Bold - Chris Payne, Paul Rogers ["This joke has gone far enough!"]
  In the Taverna - Dick Stephen Walter [photo of SpongeBob holding spatula]
  Wargames Linking Section (h) - Keith Mansfield [Patrick zapped.]
  Wargames Linking Section (g) - Keith Mansfield [Neptune issues a challenge.]
  Battle March Link (f) - Keith Mansfield ["Your friend's arrogance will cost you dearly."/"Three challenges!"/"There will be but one challenge."]
  Salute to Caesar 1 - Gregor F. Narholz ["You will face me in... the ultimate cook-off!"]
  Hawaiian Link (a) - Richard Myhill [Patrick's face is on his butt]
  Happy Jose - Ulrich Hans Wenzel ["My beloved home of Atlantis."]
  Wargames Link (d) - Keith Mansfield [SpongeBob has to give up fry cooking if he loses]
  Timpani Signal 1 - Sammy Burdson ["Very well, then. To the Poseidome!"]
  Roman Legion - David Farnon [the ultimate cook-off]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band ["Don't worry, lad."]
  Whisper from the Past [#64] - Gregor F. Narholz ["Don't give up your dream, SpongeBob."]
  Entry of the Heroes E - Gregor F. Narholz [played during the challenge]
  Entry of the Heroes A - Gregor F. Narholz [played during the challenge]
  Time for Bed [#35.02] - Mark Emney ["Once upon a time..."]
  Entry of the Heroes E - Gregor F. Narholz [King Neptune laughs]
  Caesar's Entry - Gregor F. Narholz [Neptune wins]
  Short Fanfare [#29] - Alfred Kluten ["Free patties for everyone!"]
  The Oracle - David Farnon [Neptune eats SpongeBob's patty]
  Historical Fanfare [#32.07] - Gerhard Narholz [audience cheers]
  Vibe Link (b) - Richard Myhill ["You mean Patrick can't come?"]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill ["It was nice knowing you, buddy."]
  Short Fanfare [#29.03] - Alfred Kluten [bicycle appears]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill [SpongeBob cries]
  Power and Glory - Gregor F. Narholz [Neptune turns SpongeBob into a god]
  The Twin Sisters - Chelmsford Folk Band [ending]


  • As of September 9, 2018, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 8.6/10 based on 431 ratings by users.[1] users give this episode a rating of 8.9/10 based on 185 votes.[2]
  • "Neptune's Spatula" was ranked #42 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.
  • On The Winner Take All Sunday, this episode was #10.





  • This is the first appearance of King Neptune.
  • This is one of the few times SpongeBob is seen working the Krusty Krab cash register.
  • This episode premiered in Canada on February 6, 2001.
  • In the beginning of the episode, Patrick wears his usual green swim trunks with purple flowers, along with a green baseball cap, a lavender shirt, and a camera.
  • Much like episodes that aired in Indonesia, the scene where Poseidome is shown often, if not always, cut. This is done due to time constraints.
  • In Bahasa Indonesia, Patrick's lines during the conversation with King Neptune are more profane or insulting than in the original version, and include:
    • "He is the new royal fry cook and you..." is changed to "He is a royal chef and you the hell know that!"
    • "Bring it on! SpongeBob can handle any... " is changed to "Just bring the hell it on! SpongeBob can handle anything!"
    • "Only two? What are two challenges to someone like SpongeBob?" is changed to "Only two? Two challenges to someone like SpongeBob!?"
    • "Three? [laughs] Three challenges is nothing. Might as well make it 500 challenges!" is changed to "Just three? [laughs] Three challenges is nothing at all. Might as well make it 500 challenges!"
  • A completely different King Neptune appears in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, and yet another different Neptune appears in the live-action segment of "Party Pooper Pants." However, the Neptune from this episode makes a brief reappearance in "SpongeBob vs. The Patty Gadget." In "Krusty Towers," Squidward mentions King Neptune XIV, which would explain that there are multiple incarnations of Neptune. Also, the same Neptune from this episode appears in "The Clash of Triton" and "Hello Bikini Bottom!"
  • The man taking a shower in the live-action sequence is Tom Kenny the voice actor of SpongeBob.
    • This is Kenny's third live-action cameo.
      • It has also become an internet meme.
        • Speaking of which, Tom Kenny was also in the shower in "Suds."
  • Neptune has a real-life human hand when SpongeBob asks him to fix Patrick, except that the human hand skin color is changed to green for Neptune.
  • This the first episode where Atlantis was shown. The second is "Atlantis SquarePantis," where SpongeBob actually goes to Atlantis but it looks much different.
  • This is the last episode to have Fred Miller as an animation director.
  • Just like "I Was a Teenage Gary" and "The Paper," this episode is never broadcast as much on TV because it is paired up with a holiday episode. It has been broadcast more often as of lately, though.
  • On SpongeBob's Grillin' and Villain Saturday, this episode was rated TV-Y instead of TV-Y7.
  • Miss Shell's eyes are seen in this episode (they are always behind her sunglasses in other episodes) and she has a male voice when she says "Holy smokes."
  • In this episode, Larry has white stripes on his back, though in other episodes he does not.
  • On the old Nickelodeon website, this episode was falsely listed as "The Spatula and the Stove."
  • This is the third episode where the Krusty Krab is present, but Squidward isn't. The first is "Suds" and the second is "Arrgh!"

Cultural references

  • The spatula in the grease is a parody of the Arthurian legend of Excalibur or the sword in the stone, in which whoever pulls the sword from the stone would become the King of England.
  • The Poseidome is named after Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea (Neptune being the Roman god).
  • The scene with Tom Kenny in the shower is similar to a running gag in the popular Japanese animated series Doraemon where Doraemon and Nobita Nobi walk in on Shizuka Minamoto in the shower or bathtub.


  • In most another episode, the Krusty Krab grill is either right outside the window or at the backside in/of the kitchen. In this episode, the grill is on a side wall.
  • Neptune appears to change size throughout the episode.
  • Unlike some other characters, such as SpongeBob, Kevin C. Cucumber, and Sandy, who have four fingers, Neptune has five fingers on each hand in this episode.
    • However, he has four fingers in "The Clash of Triton."
      • This could be a technical fault since four fingers were easier to draw for some artists. It could also be because of the fact that King Neptune is a god, which gives him the power to change several things, including himself.
  • When Patrick takes the picture of SpongeBob holding the spatula, he has his mouth wide open and there are clouds above him. However, when Patrick shows Neptune the picture, SpongeBob is smiling and there are no clouds, just light.
  • Several fish members of the audience at the challenge change colors between scenes.
  • When SpongeBob was showing Neptune his blue and red underwear, he lets go of the golden spatula. It was supposed to fall onto the ground, but it stays there instead.
  • When Neptune says SpongeBob needs to be "left-handed," SpongeBob says he has two left hands, but later, his hands are normal. Plus, in "The Splinter" and "You Don't Know Sponge," he is revealed to be ambidextrous.
  • When SpongeBob speaks to Neptune in the kitchen at the end, the walls are light blue instead of teal in the long shots.
  • When SpongeBob is standing on the grease the spatula is as tall as him. But when he is cooking in the challenge, it is the normal length like Spat.

Running gags

  • King Neptune zapping Patrick.

External links


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Awards and nominations for SpongeBob SquarePants (VE)

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Best Sound Editing in Television Animation – Music

Nominees: Stephen Hillenburg, Donna Castricone, Nicholas R. Jennings, Alan Smart, Peter Burns, Doug Lawrence, Derek Drymon, Alex Gordon, Donna Grillo, Jennie Monica, Krandal Crews, Jim Leber, Justin Brinsfield, Tony Ostyn, Nicolas Carr (for "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy"/"Pickles;" 2000)Nicolas Carr (for "Fools in April"/"Neptune's Spatula" in 2001; for "Jellyfish Hunter"/"The Fry Cook Games" in 2002; for "Wet Painters"/"Krusty Krab Training Video" in 2003; for "The Great Snail Race"/"Mid-Life Crustacean" in 2004) • Jimmy Lifton, D.J. Lynch, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn and Paulette Lifton (for "Mid-Life Crustacean;" 2004)

Best Sound Editing in Television Animation – Sound

Nominees: Nicolas Carr (for "Karate Choppers;" 2000) • Andrea Anderson, Jimmy Lifton, Monette Holderer, D.J. Lynch, Vincent Gutisetti, Jeff Hutchins and Gabriel Rosas (for "Rock Bottom"/"Arrgh!;" 2001)

Best Sound Editing in Television – Animation

Nominees: Timothy J. Borquez, Jeff Hutchins and Daisuke Sawa (for "The Secret Box"/"Band Geeks;" 2002)

Best Sound Editing in Television Animation

Nominees: Jimmy Lifton, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn and Chris Gresham (for "Nasty Patty"/"Idiot Box;" 2012)

Best Sound Editing in Television: Animated

Nominees: Jimmy Lifton, Nicolas Carr, D.J. Lynch, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn, Chris Gresham and Paulette Lifton (for "Pranks a Lot"/"SpongeBob Meets the Strangler;" 2005) • Vincent Gutisetti, Jimmy Lifton, Nicolas Carr, Monique Reymond, D.J. Lynch, Mark Howlett, Jeff Hutchins, Aran Tanchum, Mishelle Smith and Paulette Lifton (for "Have You Seen This Snail?;" 2006)Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Jason Stiff, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "SpongeHenge;" 2008)

Best Sound Editing: Television Animation

Nominees: : Chiho Oyamada Carr, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Daisuke Sawa, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Eric Freeman, Dan Cubert, Lawrence Reyes, Jason Stiff, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "Suction Cup Symphony;" 2009) • Chino Oyamada Carr, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Eric Freeman, Tom Syslo, Keith Dickens, Jason Stiff, Sergio Silva, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One;" 2010)

Best Sound Editing – Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR Animation in Television

Nominees: Devon Bowman, Justin Brinsfield, Nicolas Carr, Andrea Anderson, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Eric Freeman, Tony Orozco and Danny Tchibinda (for "Gary's New Toy;" 2013) • Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Eric Freeman, Bobby Crew, Keith Dickens, Gabriel Rossas and Tony Orozco (for "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!;" 2013)