It is an average day at the Krusty Krab, until an overweight bass named Bubble Bass comes along and then makes a tricky order. SpongeBob quickly serves him, but then Bubble Bass complains about there being no pickles on the patty, much to SpongeBob's horror.
Mr. Krabs takes it out of his pay because Bubble Bass reads the microscopic print below the menu that says: "Money Back Guarantee" on it. SpongeBob loses his confidence (and his mind), and cannot remember how to do anything. Mr. Krabs tells him to go home and get some rest. He has Squidward take over the grill, which leads to disaster, with Squidward burning all the food (including milkshakes) and driving away customers.
Mr. Krabs is worried about losing money, so he goes to SpongeBob's house, where everything is mixed up (such as eggs being nailed to the walls). The music and SpongeBob's speech are both mixed up too. Mr. Krabs explains to SpongeBob that if he remembers how to make a Krabby Patty, he will be back in order. It takes days, but SpongeBob eventually learns how to make a Krabby Patty properly again (unintentionally due to believing he could not do it).
He returns to the Krusty Krab, where Bubble Bass confronts him again. SpongeBob serves him his meal confidently, but Bubble Bass announces again that there are no pickles. However, SpongeBob reveals that Bubble Bass has been hiding the pickles under his tongue the whole time to avoid paying, as well as Shubie's car keys. Bubble Bass runs away, and everyone cheers at SpongeBob's return. SpongeBob then wants three cheers for Squidward for taking his place while he was gone. However, the crowds jeers instead of cheers, but SpongeBob assumes they're cheering. The last jeer then goes: "Boo, you stink!" before the episode ends.
As of October 29, 2013, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 8.2/10 based on 155 ratings by users. TV.com users give this episode a 8.6/10 based on 199 votes.
"Pickles" was ranked #27 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.
3:57 p.m.: Bubble Bass leaves the Krusty Krab
7:55 p.m.: SpongeBob goes to bed
11:40 p.m. SpongeBob sleeps with his head over the bed
12:40 a.m.: SpongeBob stands on his second mattress
8:00 a.m.: SpongeBob wakes up
SpongeBob picks up a bun
SpongeBob thinks he can't make a Krabby Patty
3:05 p.m.: SpongeBob gives Bubble Bass a Krabby Patty.
It is revealed that Krusty Krab has a "Money Back Guarantee" written on the Galley Grub, only with a literally microscopic font size, probably so they don't notice it and nobody gets their money back, with the exception of Bubble Bass.
When Bubble Bass is examining the first Krabby Patty SpongeBob serves him and shuffles all the ingredients, each is individually visible. The pickles are, indeed missing.
When SpongeBob talks to Mr. Krabs, he speaks in improper grammar, then later, he spoke with perfect grammar.
Bubble Bass is voiced by Dee Bradley Baker but did not get credited for this episode.
Before SpongeBob makes the second Krabby Patty, he looks at his reflection in the spatula. In all other episodes his spatula has slits, but here it is solid.
This episode and "Help Wanted" are the only two that show SpongeBob's bed is on the right side of his room.
Despite the fact the Mr. Krabs is terrible at making Krabby Patties, he actually knows the ingredients and if necessary, has the secret formula.
In this episode, SpongeBob says the ingredients of the Krabby Patty, although he does not mention the secret ingredient. In Plankton!, SpongeBob also lists the parts of the patty. One theory behind this is that the secret sauce is an ingredient in the secret patty batter, which makes the patties. This is further supported in Friend or Foe.
When SpongeBob regains his knowledge of making Krabby Patties, the order of his ingredients is switched around. For example, at the beginning of the episode, he had ketchup and mustard immediately following the patty, but when he unknowingly makes a Krabby Patty correctly in front of Mr. Krabs, the ketchup and mustard are more towards the top.
It is unknown why Mr. Krabs printed "Money Back Guarantee" in microscopic print on the menu. It is probably because it is illegal to not give refunds, so he wrote it that small so he could keep the money, and avoid being arrested.
The way SpongeBob messed up the order of ingredients is this:
Bun, ketchup, mustard.
Bun, mustard, ketchup, lettuce, mustard.
Bun, mustard, bun.
Bun, mustard, bun, ketchup.
Bun, mustard, bun, ketchup, shoe, mustard, pan, bun
When SpongeBob asks where his house is, Mr. Krabs points north, even though that way leads to the Chum Bucket.
The line from this episode, "He burnt my shake!" ,has became a popular Internet meme.
When SpongeBob is leaving the Krusty Krab after Mr. Krabs shows him the door, he says "Sorry about that, Mr. Krabs. This pickle thing has got my head all messed up." However, his mouth movements don't match up when he says "messed." Instead, SpongeBob was actually supposed to say "screwed up". The original line was most likely removed for being slightly inappropriate.
When Mr. Krabs says "We got Squidward!" the cash register sound is heard, along with Squidward's hand near the register, but there is no customer. However, it is possible he was trying to steal the money from the register, or he was checking to see how much money was in there.
When Mr. Krabs goes to SpongeBob's house to visit him, the current background music is heard playing reversed or in a different way . Most likely this was to reference SpongeBob's actions after he forgot how to make a Krabby Patty, how he also forgot how to use words in a sentence correctly, and also how his house was "decorated".
The 'stare off' between Bubble Bass and SpongeBob is a obvious reference to the 1966 Italian film 'The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly'.
Closed captions misspell "Bubble Bass" as "Bubble Bath".
When SpongeBob is going back to the Krusty Krab, he is wearing his hat. When he looks into the spatula, it is gone. It reappears in all other scenes.
When SpongeBob looks into the spatula, the spatula has no holes through it. However in the rest of the scene his spatula does have holes through it.
When SpongeBob is trying to remember how to get into bed, he says "Mattress, mattress", but he has 3 mattresses.
When SpongeBob says "I'm right here Bubble Bass", SpongeBob's footsteps can be heard, even though he does not take any steps at all.
When Suzie says "And there's my car keys!" after SpongeBob shows the bottom of Bubble Bass's tongue, there are no car keys visible.
When the fish said, "BOO, you stink!" to Squidward, SpongeBob gave 4 cheers instead of 3.
On a close-up of the menu, Krabby Patty is spelled, Krabby Pattie.
When SpongeBob says "roar", closed caption says, "right". It was fixed in the DVD version of SpongeBob SquarePants: Sea Stories. The next paragraph is the same thing.
When Bubble Bass says "Afraid not", captions says "Free".
After the fish gasp and the whole school of fish is zooming up, at the bottom center-left a fish is sitting at a table.
When Mr. Krabs first unrolls the blue mat of Krabby Patty ingredients, the ketchup bottle is significantly smaller than the mustard. After the passage of several days, it is equal to the mustard in size.
When SpongeBob said, "I got it!", the onions were replaced with cheese, and in the next scene the cheese was replaced with onions.
When Mr. Krabs says "SpongeBob" when he goes to his home, his white undershirt is missing.
When Bubble Bass says, "You lose" John doesn't have a mouth.
In this episode, on the Galley Grub, Krabby Patty is incorrectly spelled out as "Krabby Pattie."
When SpongeBob confronts Bubble Bass at the end of the episode, the Krusty Krab has no tables.
When Bubble Bass runs from the Krusty Krab at the end of the episode, he is panting. However his mouth is not open.
SpongeBob says he can't make a Double Krabby Patty with the works, but only one patty is used.