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Spy Buddies
Season №: 5
Episode №: 84a
Airdate: July 23, 2007
Sister episode(s): "Boat Smarts"
"Good Ol' Whatshisname"
Writer(s): Luke Brookshier
Tom King
Dani Michaeli
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Luke Brookshier
Tom King
Animation: Andrew Overtoom
Technical: Vincent Waller
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Previous: "Fungus Among Us"
Next: "Boat Smarts"
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"Spy Buddies" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season five. In this episode, Mr. Krabs hires SpongeBob and Patrick to spy on Plankton.



The episode begins with a shadowy figure that looks like Plankton opening a safe that has the Krabby Patty formula in it. SpongeBob turns the light switch on, and then it reveals it was just Mr. Krabs checking to make sure that the secret recipe is still safe and that Plankton did not try to steal it yet. He has not tried to steal it in a month, so he must be planning something big. Squidward had just entered the office and said, "Hello." When Mr. Krabs said one of his employees will have extra work, Squidward said "Good Bye," and left, leaving SpongeBob to do the work as being a spy to follow Plankton to see what he is up to (in this scene, SpongeBob makes a parody of the gun barrel sequence, from Patrick's straw). Then Patrick hollered that he also wanted to become a spy. Mr. Krabs gave them a Patty that will tell them that their assignment is to follow Plankton to see what his plans are. If they fail to get gadgets, and do not accept the task, they will be fired.

SpongeBob and Patrick go to Sandy's Treedome to ask her about spying, and Sandy shows them spy equipment. SpongeBob was excited to use the equipment, but Sandy refused to let them use any of them, as she felt they would just mess it up and then Patrick uses the knockout gun to knock Sandy out and they stole the equipment. One of the gadgets that they steal is the Laser pants. Patrick replaces his normal pants with these. Patrick wires the pants to his butt, so that it will fire lasers whenever he farts.

They started following Plankton, and it is revealed that Plankton buys baby clothes and has to buy stamps for mail. They tell Mr. Krabs everything and Mr. Krabs writes these on a chalkboard.

Later that night, SpongeBob and Patrick are on the rooftop of the Chum Bucket trying to get inside. Patrick lets out a large fart causing the laser pants to make a hole for them. Plankton thought that they came in late at night to eat his food while Mr. Krabs was absent. Patrick tells SpongeBob that he REALLY has to go to the bathroom and he cannot hold it in. Patrick also says that his laser pants are not working right. Without his control, Patrick farts causing the table behind him to disintegrate. As he keeps on trying to hold it in, Patrick's butt begins to shake because of the gas inside him. Plankton tries to offer a bran-muffin and a prune to Patrick, not realizing that he has to use the toilet. Patrick tells Spongebob that he has to go NOW. Because of the pressure, his gas bubble finally bursts and he lets out a barrage of farts. As Spongebob and Plankton scream because of the smell, the lasers shoot out of the laser pants making holes in the walls thus destroying the Chum Bucket. Angry, Plankton sends a giant blimp to the Krusty Krab. Mr. Krabs thought that night had come early, but Squidward points to Plankton's blimp. When Mr. Krabs tells everyone to get into their positions, Squidward runs into the men's bathroom. Plankton pushes a button that starts playing annoying music that makes the customers leave. Mr. Krabs says that if he wants his customers, he can have them. He sucked them into a giant cannon, and shot at the blimp using the customers and, unfortunately, Squidward. Unluckily, the attempt failed, as the customers always bounced off the blimp. SpongeBob tells Patrick that it is all up to them to save the Krusty Krab, but Patrick jumps off the blimp and accidentally lands in the cannon, which fires him right at the blimp, causing it to pop. The restaurant blows up as well. Plankton, now having the secret formula in hand, laughs and states "I WIN! I ALWAYS WIN!," but SpongeBob reminds him that he always loses. Plankton corrects SpongeBob that he always wins and reveals that it was Mr. Krabs in disguise. The other Mr. Krabs was actually a robot controlled by Plankton. Mr. Krabs and Plankton did a bet that if Mr. Krabs disguised himself as Plankton so he can steal the Krabby Patty formula better than him and if the Chum Bucket gets destroyed, Plankton would pay him a dollar. After Plankton gives money as part of the bet, Patrick yells at them to stop and rips his skin off showing that he is Squidward. SpongeBob asks that "if he is Squidward, then who is the other guy?" Just as SpongeBob tries to pull off the other guy's mask, Squidward was trying to tell Spongebob that he was not wearing a disguise and that he was the real Squidward. He takes his ripped face back, they then continue to take off disguises, and Sandy shows up and says that it is the wrong disguise, then SpongeBob appears. SpongeBob takes off his disguise and Patrick appears. Then both of them return to their real selves, then SpongeBob tells Mr. Krabs that he is confused that there are two Patricks, and they both started laughing. After two Patricks stop laughing, it cuts to black.

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 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  James Blond - Jurgen Schlachter [title card]
  Zelle 504 - Gerhard Trede [opening]
  The Dreadnought Tea Clipper (b) - Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White ["Just making sure the formula's safe."]
  ? - Nicolas Carr ["Spy?!"]
  James Blond - Jurgen Schlachter [007 parody]
  Gator - Steve Belfer [Patrick looking through a straw]
  Mission to Kill - Tony Kinsey ["Hooray! We're spy buddies!"]
  ? [guitar sting]
  Zelle 504 - Gerhard Trede ["Your instructions are on this Krabby Patty."]
  Mission Just Possible! - David Lindup ["The fate of the Krusty Krab rests in your hands."]
  Secret Service - Syd Dale [SpongeBob and Patrick listening to instructions]
  Towerstreet 17 [#6] - Gerhard Narholz [Sandy's spy gadgets]
  Slinky Panther Pants - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob spying on Plankton]
  Off to Play - David Snell [Plankton buying baby clothes]
  Slinky Panther Pants - Nicolas Carr [Plankton buys a stamp]
  Towerstreet 17 [#5] - Gerhard Narholz [magnifying glass]
  Towerstreet 17 [#7] - Gerhard Narholz [jet pack]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob, Patrick's faces smeared]
  Secret Service - Syd Dale [spy mobile]
  Towerstreet 17 [#5] - Gerhard Narholz [phone call from Krabs]
  ? [SpongeBob gets a quarter out of his pocket]
  Secret Agent - David Lindup [Patrick and SpongeBob sneak into the Chum Bucket]
  Zelle 503 - Gerhard Trede ["Secret mission, eh?"]
  Cartoon Sting 3 - Gerhard Narholz [Plankton thinks they want to eat]
  Zelle 501 - Gerhard Trede ["Can't you go later?"]
  Licence to Thrill - Robert Cornford [blimp]
  Zelle 502 - Gerhard Trede ["Merciful Neptune!"]
  Beauty Parade - Syd Dale [Plankton pumps up the volume]
  World in Action - Laurie Johnson [Krabs shoots customers at Plankton's blimp]
  Towerstreet 17 [#33] - Gerhard Narholz [Plankton has the formula...]
  Drama Sting - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [...or does he?]
  Keel Row - Brian Peters [Krabs says he made a bet with Plankton]
  Steel Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield ["You can't beat me, Plankton. I always win."]
  Tympup B - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy ["...and destroyed his place of business!"]
  Hawaiian Sting - Nicolas Carr ["...and destroyed his place of business!"]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Not so fast!"]
  Hawaiian Trax - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]



  • The episode title was going to be called "SpyBob" but later, it was changed to "Spy Buddies."
    • Dish Network, Time Warner Cable, the Nickelodeon schedule, and used the original title.
  • In the entrance to The Krusty Krab, the password was: 2684
  • In the safe at Mr. Krabs' office at The Krusty Krab, the combination was: 30-5-20-0
  • At the beginning, it appears that Plankton knows the code to the Krusty Krab and the vault combination, but then it turns out to be Mr. Krabs.
    • In the end of the episode, Plankton turns out to be Mr. Krabs in disguise and Mr. Krabs is revealed to be robot Krabs being controlled by Plankton.
    • This means that Plankton actually does know the code and vault combination, it seems that he only knows them in this episode.
      • Or did know the whole time, as in most episodes, Plankton usually does not make it to the safe, and he did end up in the safe in the beginning of The Great Patty Caper.
  • The Secret Formula: (x-2)+1=Krabby Patty as seen on the page of the secret formula after Plankton said "I always win."
  • On Mr. Krabs' calendar, it starts with Monday and ends with Sunday. In real life, the only chance of this happening would be if February 1 started on Monday and February 28 ended on Sunday.
  • List of spy gadgets (Introduced and invented by Sandy)
    • High-Power Magnifying Glass (SpongeBob used it.)
    • Jet Packs (Patrick used it.)
    • Bermuda Shorts with Walkie-Talkie (Resembles Patrick's shorts; Patrick used it.)
    • Microscopic cameras (They do not use it.)
    • The Knock-Out Ray (Her favorite; Patrick used it to put her to sleep.)
  • The two background music shots were heard in the credits roll in Nickelodeon's Action League Now!
  • When Plankton (Mr. Krabs in disguise) is in the blimp and plays music, Plankton (Mr. Krabs), is actually driving his own customers out of his restaurant.
  • Mr.Krabs' line "Tell it to the claw, sister" was reused in "Bikini Bottom Brawlers."
  • In Poland, it was titled "Sponge Bond."
  • It is unknown what the stamp or buying baby clothes were for but he was probably doing daily labors.
  • Plankton's line "What the barnacles is going on here?" from The Algae's Always Greener was reused in this episode.

Cultural references

  • Guppies R Us is the parody of Babies "R" Us.
  • When SpongeBob is seen walking inside the dot (when Patrick was looking through the straw), it is a parody of every James Bond movie before this episode.
    • In this episode, SpongeBob walks into the dot onscreen and spins around with his spatula in hand.
    • In the movies, Bond walks into the dot (which is a gun-barrel pointed at him), spins around and shoots the screen. Trading Places.


  • One of the scenes from this episode is where SpongeBob and Patrick are walking behind Plankton, Plankton yells at them in high-pitched gibberish and the two have no idea what he is saying.
    • In earlier episodes, SpongeBob and Patrick can understand what Plankton says to them.
  • "The Krusty Krab" sign has black writing and is a bit darker.
  • SpongeBob said Plankton bought some baby clothes.
    • He walked out of the store with nothing.
  • If this episode was on DVD, and if you play it frame by frame, you can see in the cloud that the Krusty Krab is not destroyed.
  • If you look closely, when Patrick blows up, when he speaks his feet are skeletal, but when he pulls his pants up they are normal.
  • After Patrick destroyed the Chum Bucket with lasers, it was night.
    • When they were lying on the ground after that, it was daytime.
  • After Patrick cuts off a rectangular hole on Chum Bucket's roof, the excess roof is missing on the bird's eye view when SpongeBob enters.
    • The crash of the excess roof is not heard.
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  • Spy Buddies ._.'

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    • ZeoSpark wrote:Lolz. Yeah, Good Ol' Whathisname was kinda bad due to Squidward's extreme nature to get a vacation. And then he got arrested try...
    • Yeah...many people don't like seeing the contents of the face. Also, I always refer to that guy "Mr. Whatshisface".

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