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Pat No Pay

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Pat No Pay
Season №: 5
Episode №: 93b
Airdate: August 2, 2007
Sister episode(s): "Picture Day"
Writer(s): Zeus Cervas
Dani Michaeli
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Zeus Cervas
Animation: Alan Smart
Creative: Vincent Waller
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Previous: "Picture Day"
Next: "BlackJack"
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"Pat No Pay" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season five. In this episode, Patrick must work at the Krusty Krab because he can't pay for his food.



Patrick develops Krabby Patty withdrawal, so he goes to the Krusty Krab. Mr. Krabs is eager to have a customer, and asks Patrick if he could pay for the Krabby Patty. Patrick says he could, and proceeds to eat 50 Krabby Patties. When Mr. Krabs presents Patrick with the bill, the starfish realizes he doesn't have any money, so Mr. Krabs puts him to work.

However, Patrick messes up, even the smallest jobs, so Mr. Krabs places him in a room with a large trash compactor. Patrick places full trash bags into the machine, an easy job that the starfish handles well, until SpongeBob walks in to bumble check on him. SpongeBob is carrying a bag of money that Mr. Krabs wants him to put in the safe. When Patrick finishes the job of getting rid of the garbage, he notices the bag over SpongeBob's shoulder, and immediately thinks he forgot one. He takes the sack, and despite SpongeBob's loud protests, places it on the shredder. Since it's full of coins, the shredder can't slice the bag up, so Patrick flips the power switch up and down, causing the compactor to expand just as Mr. Krabs walks in. Suddenly, the compactor and the Krusty Krab explode, and the sack of money, which was launched into the air, lands in the compactor, where it shredded.

As bits of paper money fall like snow, Patrick asks Mr. Krabs if he can eat again, but Mr. Krabs isn't smiling and the episode ends. It's possible afterwards if Mr. Krabs will ban Patrick from eating at the Krusty Krab ever again.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Hawaiian Train - Victor Cavini [title card]
  The Drunken Sailor (b) - Robin Jeffrey, Tim Laycock [opening]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Patrick's stomach recedes]
  Cartoon Sting 2 - Gerhard Narholz, Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Krabby Patty withdrawal]
  Earl's Revenge - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick eating Krabby Patties]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [the bill]
  Drama Link (d) and (g) - Hubert Clifford ["NON-PAYING CUSTOMER!"/lockdown]
  Gator - Steve Belfer [Patrick mopping the bathroom]
  Dramatic Impact 3 - Ivor Slaney [Krabs gasps]
  Gator - Steve Belfer [Patrick eating hand soap]
  Steel Licks (b) - Jeremy Wakefield ["You've destroyed many of the things I love."]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick throwing trash bags down chute]
  The Achterhoek Dances - Jan Rap [Krabs gives SpongeBob a bag of money]
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob turns trash compactor on]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr [Patrick sees bag of money]
  ? ["Why won't you go down?!"]
  Kalua Jubilee - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]



  • 10 Seconds Later
  • SpongeBob says that Patrick needs a Krabby Patty or he will whine about it for the next three and a half minutes. That is about the amount of time remaining in the episode by that point. SpongeBob breaks the fourth wall by quoting this.
  • It would be almost impossible for anyone to stack ice that steeply when it appears that the bottom ice is thrown at random.
  • Patrick may be on welfare if he doesn't work and can still afford all of that. Welfare is money given to people who have a disability and/or are unable to work.
  • Things Patrick did wrong.
    • Eating the hand soap
    • Destroying the refrigerator
    • Causing the trash compactor to end up causing the restaurant to explode and be destroyed and then slices up Mr. Krab's money
  • This is one of the few episodes containing only three characters. In this episode, it was SpongeBob, Mr. Krabs, and Patrick.
  • In real life, a trash compactor would squeeze the trash instead of shredding it as seen in this episode.
  • In real life, ice wouldn't survive very long in salt water, especially in the tropical setting of Bikini Bottom it also wouldn't just sit there it would float to the surface.
  • This is the second time Patrick eats so much without paying. The first was in "Rule of Dumb." 
  • Mr. Krabs says to Patrick that he will never eat the Krusty Krab again but in later episodes, Patrick is shown eating at the Krusty Krab.

Cultural references

  • The sculpture Patrick makes resembles Titan arum.


  • When Patrick is throwing down the trash bags, the trash compactor switch cannot be seen.
  • When SpongeBob pulls the trash compactor switch and he and Patrick watch the trash go down, it looks like an endless hole but when the back of Patrick is shown the whole million dollars $ that shreds, the trash can be seen now.
  • Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob to put the bag of money into his safe but he goes into the room where Patrick is putting the bags in even though SpongeBob passed the safe in the office where he started.
  • When Mr. Krabs catches Patrick eating the hand soap, one of Patrick's eyebrows are missing for a small moment.

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