"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 with extra cheese. When Mr. Krabs presents Patrick with the bill, Patrick realizes he does not have any money, so Mr. Krabs puts him to work.

Patrick eats soap

However, Patrick messes up on even the simple jobs, so Mr. Krabs places him in a room with a large trash chute. Patrick places full trash bags into the machine, an easy job that he handles well until SpongeBob walks into 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 into the shredder. Since it is full of coins, the shredder cannot 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 is shredded.


As bits of paper money fall like snow, Patrick asks an unamused Mr. Krabs if he can eat again, and the episode ends.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Hawaiian Train - Victor Cavini [title card]
  Drunken Sailor (b) - Robin Jeffrey, Tim Laycock [opening]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Patrick's stomach recedes]
  Goofy Conversation - 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) - Hubert Clifford ["NON-PAYING CUSTOMER!"]
  Drama Link (g) - Hubert Clifford [lockdown]
  Gator - Steve Belfer [Patrick mopping the bathroom]
  Dramatic Impact 3 - Ivor Slaney [Krabs gasps]
  Gator - Steve Belfer [Patrick eating hand soap]
  Steel Licks (d) - 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]
  Unknown Track 47 - "Why won't you go down?!"
  Kalua Jubilee - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]



  • As of August 17, 2016, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 6.8/10 based on 123 ratings by users.[1] users give this episode a rating of 6.9/10 based on 129 votes.[2]


  • 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.
  • The things that Patrick does wrong:
    • Eating all the hand soap
    • Destroying the refrigerator
    • Making the trash compactor to back up, causing the restaurant to explode and be destroyed, and then slice up Mr. Krabs' money
  • It would be almost impossible for anyone to stack ice that steeply when it appears that the bottom ice is thrown at random.
  • In real life, ice would not survive very long in salt water, especially in the tropical setting of Bikini Bottom. Ice would also not just sit there and it would float to the surface instead.
  • In real life, a trash compactor would squeeze the trash instead of shredding it, as seen in this episode.
  • This is the second episode where Patrick eats large quantities of food without paying. The first is "Rule of Dumb."
  • Much like in the short "The Endless Summer," Tom Kenny, Clancy Brown, and Bill Faggerbakke are the only voice actors in this episode.

Cultural references

  • The sculpture Patrick makes resembles Titan arum.
  • Patrick's line "It doesn't taste as good as it smells," may be the reference to Maxwell House Coffee's slogan.


  • When Mr. Krabs is offering the Krabby Patty with extra cheese and Patrick tries to get it, the cash register between them is missing.
  • When the camera pans down to the filthy floor in the bathroom, Mr. Krabs talks but his mouth remained completely opened.
  • When Mr. Krabs catches Patrick eating the hand soap, one of Patrick's eyebrows are missing for a few seconds.
  • Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob to put the bag of money into his safe and he goes into the trash room where Patrick is putting the bags in even though the safe is right over Mr. Krabs' left shoulder.
  • 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 with the whole dollar $ bag that shreds, the trash from before can be seen at that point.
  • The trash compactor should have also exploded at the end because it was what caused the Krusty Krab to explode.