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Salsa Imbecilicus
Season №: 9
Episode №: 203b
Airdate: July 15, 2016 (USA)
September 5, 2016 (Canada)
Running time: 11 minutes
Sister episode(s): "Pineapple Invasion"
Writer(s): Kaz
Supervising Producer: Marc Ceccarelli
Vincent Waller
Storyboard: Brian Morante
Animation: Tom Yasumi
See all credits for this episode.
Previous: "Pineapple Invasion"
Next: "Mutiny on the Krusty"
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"Salsa Imbecilicus" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season nine. In this episode, Sandy must save the day when a freak accident causes everyone in town to become as stupid as Patrick.



The episode begins on another beautiful day at the Krusty Krab. Mr. Krabs once again foils another one of Plankton's attempts to steal the Krabby Patty Secret Formula and kicks him out. After having a chat with Sandy, Plankton comes up with an idea.

Plankton breaks into Patrick's rock and takes a sample of his saliva. Plankton then makes sauce in his kitchen, which smells horrible. Plankton explains to Karen that when he adds Patrick's saliva in the sauce, it will become Salsa Imbecilicus (aka, "Idiot Sauce"). He plans on giving the sauce to Mr. Krabs so he will become as dumb as Patrick and get the secret formula. Karen offered to help but Plankton refuses. Plankton began adding the Patrick's saliva in the sauce, however, the sauce boils over and splatters onto Plankton, which causes him to act stupid. The steam from the sauce gets flown through the chimney and absorbs a nearby cloud. The cloud then rains the sauce over Bikini Bottom, which causes the town to become idiots.

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The next day, Sandy notices that everyone, including her friends, are acting stupid. She learns about the accident from Karen—Sandy and Karen deduce that neither of them were affected by it because Sandy was in her treedome at the time and Karen's a computer. They try snapping Plankton out of his idiocy by doing many things like shining a light on him, feeding him with nuts, and even yelling at him. But their efforts were no avail. However, after Karen points out that being smart takes work, Sandy gets an idea—she and Karen start Bikini Bottom University to try and educate the entire town back into their normal selves. By the end of the semester, Karen and Sandy have managed to educate the entire town except for Plankton, who continued to act dumb and became a school bully (particularly to Mr. Krabs).

On the day of graduation, Mr. Krabs perfects the Krabby Patty-secret formula in Home Economics, but when Plankton gets a taste of it, he tries forcing Mr. Krabs into giving him the formula. However, SpongeBob shows up to give Mr. Krabs his diploma, as neither he nor Plankton had shown up for the ceremony. It also turns out that Mr. Krabs had taken accelerated class and actually graduated months ago—it also turns out that he was never actually scared of Plankton, but was just acting it out for an acting class he was taking. Sandy gives Mr. Krabs his final grade for it (an A+) and Mr. Krabs launches Plankton outside through the window, where he smacks into Karen's computer screen. Karen takes Plankton home so he can start his "post-college years."


Vincent Waller confirmed this episode on Twitter on May 17, 2016[1] and at time it was under a working title called "Idiot Sauce."[2]


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Peg Leg Waltz - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton [Title card.]
  The Rake Hornpipe - Robert White [Krabs kicks Plankton out of the Krusty Krab.]
  Fooling Around - Barry Anthony [Sandy talks to Plankton.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (c) - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick rides a skateboard on the wrong side.]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr [Plankton gets an idea.]
  Tales from the Swamp (a) - Ron Goodwin [Plankton laughs diabolically.]
  Agitation [#29] - Phil Green [Plankton in Patrick's mouth.]
  The Fruitcake Vendor - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Plankton making sauce.]
  Dramatic Bridge 7 - Phil Green ["Idiot sauce!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (e) - Jeremy Wakefield ["I think I prefer the boiling underpants."]
  Break In - Harry Lubin [Plankton mutes Karen.]
  Dark and Scary - Harry Lubin [Cloud absorbs idiot gas.]
  Cloak and Dagger [#70] - Phil Green [Cloud rains idiot sauce on entire town.]
  Gator - Steve Belfer [Sandy sees citizens acting like idiots.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (u) - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick puts a balloon in his mouth.]
  Gator - Steve Belfer [Krabs throwing money around.]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [Sandy sees a line at the Chum Bucket.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (r) - Jeremy Wakefield [A fish sucks Sandy's helmet.]
  Clowning Around - Barry Anthony [Karen explains to Sandy what happened.]
  Cartoon Sting 9 - Barry Anthony [Sandy and Karen trying to snap Plankton out of it.]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr [Sandy gets an idea.]
  Skyline - Anthony Mawer [Karen and Sandy create Bikini Bottom University.]
  Lipstick and Charm - Wilfred Burns [Montage of Sandy and Karen educating everyone.]
  Befuddled Gent - Phil Green [Plankton writing graffiti.]
  Seaweed - Steve Belfer [SpongeBob stuffed in locker.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (c) - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick as a janitor.]
  Legion of Honor [#22] - Harry Bluestone [Graduation day.]
  ? - Nicolas Carr [Squidward playing clarinet.]
  Sneeky - Gregor Narholz [Krabs making a Krabby Patty.]
  ? - Nicolas Carr ["Yes! That's it!"]
  Tipsy Turvy - Phil Green ["Something smells good!"]
  Dramatic Bridge 4 - Phil Green ["With this recipe, I could own the most popular fast food restaurant in Bikini Bottom!"]
  Pomp and Circumstance #1 (a) - John Fox [Graduates throw their caps into the air.]
  Hawaiian Adventures SpongeBob Theme - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob goes to give to Mr. Krabs his diploma.]
  Danger Sign - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Krabs about to give Plankton the formula.]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr [Krabs gets his diploma.]
  Peg Leg Waltz - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton [Krabs says he graduated months ago.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (x) - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs gets an A+ in acting.]
  The Rake Hornpipe - Robert White [Ending.]


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  • As of October 17, 2016, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 8.4/10 based on 24 ratings by users.[3] users give this episode a 7.6/10 based on 9 votes.[4]


  • One Semester Later...
  • Graduation Day
  • This episode was originally going to be called "Idiot Sauce," but the title was changed because it sounded too mean.[5]
    • Despite this fact, there is "Survival of the Idiots" and "Idiot Box." Possibly, the change comes from the difference in times.[6]
    • Plankton mentions both the actual episode title and the original title.
  • Karen breaks the fourth wall by playing a laugh track after Plankton gets humiliated.
  • Running Gags: Karen playing a laugh track after each humiliation and Patrick riding a skateboard upside down.
  • This episode shares similarities with the Angry Beavers episode "Moronathon Man" (
  • This is the second time SpongeBob has a lump on his head. The first was in "What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?"
  • This is the first appearance of the Bikini Bottom University.
  • The clarinet song Squidward is seen playing at the graduation is also the song he performs in "SquidBob TentaclePants" and "No Hat for Pat."
  • This is the first time Karen and Sandy work together.
  • This episode marks the first time The Rake Hornpipe theme is heard since "Plankton's Regular" from Season 6.
  • This episode has a similar ending to "Face Freeze!" as things did not completely go back to normal by the end of the episode.
  • This is the second time Plankton uses another character's DNA for one of his plans. The first time was in "Plankton's Good Eye." In that episode, Plankton uses SpongeBob's DNA and in this episode, he uses Patrick's DNA.
  • This episode takes place after "Perfect Chemistry" because that is the episode where Sandy and Karen met.
  • This episode might take place after "Patrick SmartPants," which would explain why Karen and Sandy don't try to teach Patrick because Sandy knows what smart Patrick is like.
  • This episode marks the second time a "One-Way Chalkboard" can be seen at the end of an episode. The first was in "New Student Starfish."
    • However, in that episode, the one-way chalkboard is in the opposite direction.
  • There is a reference to "New Student Starfish" when Sandy observes Mr. Krabs and Plankton through a chalkboard, which is what Mrs. Puff did for SpongeBob and Patrick in the aforementioned episode.
  • Sandy would've been okay even if she had been outside her treedome because of her space suit.
  • All of the main characters appear except Gary the Snail.


  • When Plankton goes into Home Ec, his lips are out of sync for a moment.
  • When Karen carries Plankton away, he disappears and reappears for a few seconds.
  • When Nat Peterson eats the cereal, he also eats part of the spoon.


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