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Episode Information
Season №: 1
Episode №: 3b
Airdate: July 31, 1999
Sister episode(s): "Jellyfishing"
Guest(s): Alex, Labrador Retriever
Writer(s): Ennio Torresan, Jr.
Erik Wiese
Doug Lawrence
Storyboard Artist(s): Erik Wiese
Storyboard: Ennio Torresan, Jr.
Animation: Edgar Larrazábal
Creative: Derek Drymon
See all credits for this episode.
Previous: "Jellyfishing"
Next: "Naughty Nautical Neighbors"
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"Plankton!" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season one. In this episode, Plankton uses mind control to obtain the Krabby Patty formula.



At the Krusty Krab, Squidward sends SpongeBob an order for a Krabby Patty, and it ended up in his nose. After making the patty, it begins to "move" and makes its way towards the front door. Mr. Krabs pulls Plankton out of the burger and sends him back to the Chum Bucket. Krabs explains that Plankton is his arch-competitor, and has been trying to steal the Krabby Patty's secret formula for years.

That night, after the Krusty Krab closes, Plankton tries to convince SpongeBob he and the fry cook are friends, and that as such SpongeBob should come to Plankton's birthday, as it is supposedly the following day. Plankton says that friends give each other things. Plankton asks SpongeBob what he thinks he'd like for a birthday present, and SpongeBob then guesses a booster seat. Plankton is very happy with that proposition, but refuses. Plankton tells SpongeBob that, for his birthday, he wants SpongeBob to give him a Krabby Patty. SpongeBob loudly and boldly refuses and runs back home, but Plankton promises that SpongeBob will "hand deliver it to (him) personally".

Later that night, Plankton enters SpongeBob's head through a pore and makes his way to SpongeBob's brain. He attaches a mind control device to the brain and bends SpongeBob to his will, forcing him to walk to the Krusty Krab, get a Krabby Patty, and bring it to the Chum Bucket's Laboratory. He brings it to an analyzer, which is designed to figure out the ingredients of whatever is dropped into it. As Plankton gloats over his victory and begins to force SpongeBob to drop the Krabby Patty, SpongeBob laments his failure to save it, lovingly describing the Krabby Patty's ingredients and succulence (ironically revealing the Secret Formula). A hungry Plankton leaps out of SpongeBob's head and onto the Krabby Patty, but bounces off of it and falls into the analyzer, thus trapping him inside his computer screen. SpongeBob walks home with the Krabby Patty in hand, ignoring Plankton's angry demands for him to bring it back, his last plea being "I'll settle for some fries!"




In the audio commentary, Doug Lawrence revealed he won the voice of Plankton in an auditioning contest held at the beginning of production.


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Chill Out - The Surfdusters [title card]
  Titi De Paris - Daniel Janin [opening]
  Heavenly Voices (b) - David Farnon [shot of Krabby Patty]
  Death Trap - Gregor F. Narholz ["That Krabby Patty is haunted!"]
  Phantom Train - The Surfdusters [Plankton revealed]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [Plankton thrown back to Chum Bucket]
  Holiday Dream - Max Mahlmann [that night...]
  Haunted Surf - The Surfdusters ["Psst... young man."]
  Background Blues - Otto Sieben ["I just want to talk."]
  Black Stockings - David Lindup [Plankton drooling]
  Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob gasps]
  Verve - Jack Shaindlin [dramatic music on Plankton's record]
  Hawaiian Link (b) - Richard Myhill [SpongeBob in bed]
  Haunted Surf - The Surfdusters [Plankton disguised as a flower]
  The Alphabet Song (a) - Peter Gosling [wrong side of record]
  Verve - Jack Shaindlin [dramatic music again]
  House of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [Plankton in SpongeBob's head]
  Phantom Train - The Surfdusters [SpongeBob wakes up]
  Monks (c) - Dave Hewson [Plankton talking through SpongeBob]
  Shock (r) - Dave Hewson ["Something must be wrong with my brain!"]
  Shock (u) - Dave Hewson ["Plankton! What kind of friend are you?"]
  Phantom Train - The Surfdusters [Squidward faints]
  The Nightmare Begins (a) - John Devereaux [Plankton's lab]
  Verve - Jack Shaindlin [dramatic music on record]
  Enter the Villain - Chris Payne, Paul Rogers [Plankton's analyzer]
  Panic Stricken - Chris Payne, Paul Rogers ["This little piggy brought home a Krabby Patty."]
  Heavenly Voices (b) - David Farnon [SpongeBob's last words]
  Maui Beach - Hans Haider [SpongeBob describing the Krabby Patty]
  Hilo March - The Hawaiian Serenaders [ending]


This episode is avaliable on DVD on Lost at SeaThe Complete 1st Season, and The First 100 Episodes. This episode features audio commentary on the The Complete 1st Season DVD.

  • There is a LEGO SpongeBob set called Build-a-Bob that is based on this episode.


  • As of October 29, 2013, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 8/10 based on 143 ratings by users.tt0707296 users give this episode a 8.6/10 based on 250 votes.[1]


  • This episode features audio commentary on the The Complete 1st Season DVD.
  • On the schedule the episode is called "Plankton", not adding the "!".
  • This is the first appearance of a golden spatula. The other appearance will be in "Neptune's Spatula."
  • In Plankton's laboratory, Karen is on the right wall from the doors, rather than the usual location straight ahead of the doors.
  • As Plankton says, "This is my lab." it shows a real live Labrador. This would also appear on the second SpongeBob level on the game Nicktoons Unite!.
  • This is the last episode of the series where the "a"s in the crew member's names were filled in. All episodes starting with Naughty Nautical Neighbors have the "a"s unfilled.
  • The Labrador/laboratory gag was used before in another cartoon, Dexter's Laboratory.
  • According to the captions, when Plankton speaks to Squidward through SpongeBob, he says Squidward's creations are "worth less than a protozoan's waist". This might be an error, as Plankton could have meant, "protozoan's waste". Since protozoans are extremely tiny creatures, and thus their waists would be small as well, it's possible that the captions were accurate.
  • Plankton has a record in which to dramatize his evil schemes. The record is Verve by Jack Shaindlin, and it's B-side is The Alphabet Song sung by John Gosling.
  • Although it is not very likely, the scene where Spongebob turned his head 180 degrees may have been a parody of, or reference to, the film "The Exorcist".
  • According to Karen, Plankton is 1% evil, 99% hot gas.
  • When SpongeBob is first making Krabby Patties, he throws one up in the air that disappears, probably because he had already put one in his head.
  • The scene when Plankton says "Come back here you swine!" is sometimes cut because swine is offensive in some countries.
  • This is the first episode to have live action within the cartoon world.

Cultural references

  • A scene from Melon Felons appears on the big TV at the Chum Bucket, when it shows Plankton's "lab" (dog).
  • Plankton plays the nursery rhyme "This Little Piggy" on SpongeBob while trying to force him to drop the Krabby Patty.
  • When Plankton says "You weak-minded fool!", this is a reference to Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.


  • When SpongeBob walks into Squidward's room, it is on the first floor. However, in other episodes, it is on the second. It's possible Squidward moved upstairs.
  • When Mr. Krabs first appears on this episode, his first lines are "Avast ye patty pirate! This is no ghost. This is... Plankton!" When he says "This is no ghost" his mouth is visible, however, his lips do not move.
  • After Plankton yells, "Never, never!" and Squidward faints, Squidward is incorrectly colored pale yellow.
  • The captioning makes a spelling mistake for this episode. It spells "Krabby Patty" as "Crabby Patty".
  • When SpongeBob drops the golden spatula it is right next to him. When he walks away from Plankton, it is gone.
  • At night when SpongeBob is walking home, he moves his head to his left and right. The Krusty Krab then disappears.
  • The brain-control device says "Total Control", however, all Plankton controls is SpongeBob's movements.
  • When SpongeBob first walks toward his pants, his tie is red. When SpongeBob's pants are pulled across his face, his tie is black. Right after his pants are back in there normal spot on the hanger, his tie is red again. This error also occurs in "Rock-a-Bye Bivalve".


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