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One Coarse Meal

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One Coarse Meal
Season №: 7
Episode №: 137a
Airdate: March 25, 2010
Sister episode(s): "Gary in Love"
Writer(s): Casey Alexander
Zeus Cervas
Doug Lawrence
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Casey Alexander
Zeus Cervas
Animation: Andrew Overtoom
Creative: Vincent Waller
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Previous: "Summer Job"
Next: "Gary in Love"
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"One Coarse Meal" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season seven. In this episode, Mr. Krabs discovers that Plankton is afraid of whales, and uses his daughter Pearl to scare Plankton.



Mr. Krabs is sleeping in his money bath, then he smells something burning, then SpongeBob tells Mr. Krabs that it smells like Plankton with his new explosives. Plankton then explodes the Krusty Krab, while his machine caught SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs. Then Pearl comes to the kitchen and scares Plankton, which makes him go to the Chum Bucket.

He tells Karen about his fear of whales and she tells him there's no whales in the Chum Bucket. Then, Mr. Krabs, disguised as Pearl, scares Plankton. He enters in the Chum Bucket and Mr. Krabs appears saying that he wants the meat of Plankton. Plankton then runs away and has nightmares about an evil Pearl eating him and his cousins.

Plankton appears in the road, about to commit suicide by being run over by a bus, but SpongeBob talks him out of it and tells Plankton that it is Mr. Krabs disguised as Pearl. Plankton is angered until SpongeBob talks about Mr. Krabs' fear of mimes. Plankton decides to torment Mr. Krabs with a mime. Later, SpongeBob scares Plankton away with holographic whales to keep him from getting the formula. SpongeBob then releases Krabs and the mime continues to torment him.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  SpongeBob History Song - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  Hawaiian Sting 12 - Otto Sieben [Krabs takes a money bath]
  ? - Nicolas Carr ["Something don't smell right."]
  ? - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob cooking Krabby Patties]
  Crime & Danger Sign No. 3 - Hans Conzelmann, Delle Haensch ["Explosive?!"]
  ? - Jeremy Wakefield ["It didn't go off."]
  Guerilla Warfare - Harry Bluestone ["A dud, huh?"]
  Zelle 501 - Gerhard Trede [Plankton tickling Krabs]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield ["Clever."]
  Guerilla Warfare - Harry Bluestone [Plankton smells blubber]
  Drama Link (g) - Hubert Clifford ["Call off your daughter, Krabs!"]
  Drama Link (e) - Hubert Clifford ["Stay back, whale!"]
  Steel Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [Plankton leaves]
  ? - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Krabs gives Pearl mall money]
  Tympup A - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [wacky bucks]
  Hawaiian Sting - Nicolas Carr [Plankton running home]
  Sneaking About - Phillip Green ["My triumphant husband returns."]
  Austin Western - Mladen Franko [flashback to Plankton's ancestors on a picnic]
  Lovely Scenery C - Mladen Franko [whale eats them]
  Sneaking About - Phillip Green [Plankton takes out the trash]
  Tales from the Swamp (a) - Ron Goodwin ["I'm hungry!"]
  Wooden Bear - Gil Flat, Tony Tape, Florian Voelxen [empty laboratory]
  Hawaiian Sting - Nicolas Carr [16 paranoia-filled days later]
  Lonely Stranger - Laurie Johnson ["Yes, I can hear you."]
  ? [Pearl snickers]
  Death Throws - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Plankton's nightmare]
  ? ["Hey, Plankton!"]
  Cellar Search - Philippe Pares ["Gastric acid?"]
  ? [Plankton crying]
  The Drunken Sailor - ? [Krabs disguised as Pearl]
  ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Plankton driven to suicide]
  ? - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Krabs in his office]
  ? - Jeremy Wakefield [Plankton lying in the street]
  Hawaiian Sting 1 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob tells Plankton about Krabs' secret fear]
  Vibe Sting - Dick de Benedictis [Plankton laughs evilly]
  The Drunken Sailor - ? [Krabs putting on the disguise]
  Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford [Krabs tries to scare Plankton]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [Krabs imitates Pearl]
  Shock Entrance - Harry Bluestone ["The jig is up, Krabs!"]
  Dramatic Cue (e) - Ronald Hanmer ["Secret fear?"]
  Dachshund Walk - John Fox, Mac Prindy [Krabs afraid of mimes]
  Slide Whistle Song - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]


This episode is widely deplored by many fans and critics (including Stephen Hillenburg himself), and is considered one of the worst ever, because Mr. Krabs drove Plankton to suicidal thoughts, Mr. Krabs only got his comeuppance for a few seconds, Karen showed no empathy for Plankton when he was scared and sad, and SpongeBob betrayed Plankton. 


  • 16 Paranoia Filled Days Later
  • The original title was "Plankton Got Served".
  • This is one of the seven episodes that was revealed on the Internet before it aired on TV.
  • On the SpongeBob site, this episode is referred to as "One Course Meal".
  • Plankton is scared of whales in this episode. Although in earlier episodes, he has encountered Pearl without panicking. However, it is possible his ancestors were eaten after these episodes took place. Also, in one of the episodes, The Algae's Always Greener, Plankton says "look at his daughter, she's as big as a whale". This indicates that he may not have realised that Pearl was a whale. In a later episode, he interacts with another whale and is not scared of him. This could imply he concured his fear. 
  • "Coarse" is another term for "rough". Therefore the title of the episode means, "One rough meal."
  • This episode shows that Plankton is a skilled bubble-blower, as he was able to make a bubble shield strong enough to withstand peas that SpongeBob was spitting at the speed of a bullet.
  • It is revealed that Plankton is afraid of whales and that Mr. Krabs is terrified of mimes. Krusty Krab Training Video mentioned that Mr. Krabs was also afraid of robot overlords. 
  • The main difference between Plankton's and Mr. Krabs' phobias is that Plankton's technically rational, while Mr. Krabs' is obviously irrational.
  • When Plankton called SpongeBob "cheesehead," it is actually a reference to "Whatever Happened to SpongeBob?".
  • The transmutator was a scanner in "Plankton!". It's possible Plankton may have modified the scanner into a transmutator since then.
  • Even though Plankton has encountered Pearl in previous episodes, he's never been afraid of her until now.
  • When Plankton asks SpongeBob to step on him, SpongeBob declines, saying it goes against his "good nature". However, SpongeBob has done things contradictory to his good nature, such as sabotaging Squidward to win Employee of the Month, and trying to get Patrick arrested for speeding, out of jealousy in Driven to Tears.
  • Karen has no compassion for Plankton over his intense fear of Pearl. Though it could be argued that computers don't have feelings, she has shown emotions before (such as crying).
  • Just before Pearl comes into the kitchen, Plankton wonders what the smell is. SpongeBob says it smells like blubber, and Plankton panics. In Spongicus, he says one of the ingredient to his chum is whale blubber, so it's unusual that he wouldn't know what blubber smells like.
  • Pearl claims the Chum Bucket is "totally gross", meaning she must have gone inside of the restaurant before.
  • It is unlike SpongeBob to say "okay" and leave when Plankton refuses to let SpongeBob help him, except SpongeBob goes to Mr. Krabs for help which is not helping because Mr. Krabs is the reason for Plankton lying the road.
  • In this episode, it is revealed that Mr. Krabs has a fear of mimes. However, at the end, he says he just finds them weird.
  • It is unknown how SpongeBob knew about Mr. Krabs' fear of mimes.
  • One of Plankton's Ancestors looks like Clem.
  • In the Dutch version, a narrator read the title card.

Cultural Refences

  • After "16 paranoia-filled days", Plankton is seen having grown a full head of long grey hair falling into his grey beard, as well as claws. Not only do these quickly disappear moments afterward, but the claws could bear a resemblance to Wolverine.
  • When Plankton has long white hair, long fingernails, and tissue boxes on his feet, it's a parody of Howard Hughes.
  • When SpongeBob spits peas at Plankton, it resembles the Grass type Pokemon move Bullet Seed.


  • When SpongeBob goes into Mr. Krabs's office after he erases a drawing of Plankton, his used paper and pencil are gone.
  • When SpongeBob and Pearl both say "Huh?", the Season 7 DVD captions refer to it as (confused babbling).

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