SpongeBob goes into the freezer to find that the Krusty Krab has run out of Krabby Patties. He and Mr. Krabs try to make more, but cannot decide on the recipe. Krabs gives SpongeBob the key to the vault in which the recipe is hidden, and he and Patrick board a train to the bank for the safety deposit box. Sometime during the ride, the key to the box is stolen and SquarePants and Patrick Star must find the thief. Just then, Plankton walks up and Patrick searches him, but finds him clean. The duo stops the train to find the suspect responsible for stealing the key. A nanny and her baby were searched, only to find a stolen jewel that was stolen by triplets. The next suspect, the butler, was revealed to be a thief named Orin J. Ruffy who stole $75,000 worth of ham sandwiches. SpongeBob cried hopelessly but soon found Patrick having the key; in fact, he found it while he cleaned SpongeBob's shorts. They went back into the train and were on their way to the bank. Eventually, Plankton bats them out of a window and the best friends must chase the train. It is revealed that Plankton has the key. SpongeBob morphs himself into a hang glider and he and Patrick fly back onto the train to pursue him. Once they return, SpongeBob and Patrick chase Plankton. But, Plankton disconnects the cars of the train, leaving SpongeBob and Patrick in the front car. SpongeBob and Patrick try to stop the train but Patrick stupidly breaks the brake (of the train) causing the train to go out of control. He made several weird, futile attempts to stop the train, one of which is to put a heavy object on the tracks. This only caused the train to flip and move forward while some of the wheels were off the track. The two manage to bring all wheels back in place when they stopped in front of a retirement home. Then, Patrick stupidly breaks the throttle, which he thought said "BRAKE". Meanwhile, Plankton was caught trying to steal the formula by Krabs. However, he still escapes with it, but the train came into the bank and stopped Plankton before he could leave. Plankton's plan failed again, and Krabs had to pay the damage to the bank with his bank account. 75 years later, SpongeBob, shown as an elderly, finishes the story of the "Great Train Caper". His grandson responds with a cheer in excitement over his video game.
( ‣ ) Associated production music
( • ) Original music
( ◦ ) SpongeBob music
‣Sailor's Sting 5 - Robert Anderson White [title card] ‣Zoom D - Dick de Benedictis [SpongeBob enters the freezer] ‣Evil Mind 4 - Dick de Benedictis [SpongeBob enters the freezer] ‣Dramatic Impact 6 - Ivor Slaney [SpongeBob screams] ‣Dramatic Cue (e) - Ronald Hanmer ["We're all out of Krabby Patties, sir!"] ‣Botany Bay - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [making more patties] •Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["What are you on about, boy?"] ‣Botany Bay - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [S.C.A.B.S.] ‣Dramatic Cue (b) - Ronald Hanmer [Plankton flies out of Krabs' safe on a rocket] ‣Sneaking About - Phillip Green ["Don't you have any respect for tradition?"] ‣ ? ["I know!"] • ? - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob solves Krabs' dilemma] •Bikini Bottom News Theme - Nicolas Carr [news on TV] ‣The Adventurers - Paul Lawler [Krabs sends the formula away] ‣Danger Sign - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Plankton turns off the TV] ‣Terror - Alan Braden [Plankton laughs evilly] ‣Tympup A - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [SpongeBob and Krabs realize they forgot to look at the formula] •Hawaiian Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob and Krabs realize they forgot to look at the formula] ‣Steel Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs bangs his head against the wall] ‣Against All Odds - Paul Lawler [Krabs tells SpongeBob where the formula is] ‣Synopsis - Frank Harlow [the key to Krabs' heart] ‣Hall of Fame - Harry Bluestone [Krabs gives SpongeBob the safe deposit box key] ‣Zelle 501 - Gerhard Trede [Plankton listening] ‣Puffing Along - Harry Bluestone ["The Oceanic Express."] • ? - Nicolas Carr [bus runs over Plankton] ‣Opening Night - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["Your sleeping quarters."] ‣Train Ride - Sidney Torch [Plankton on top of the bus] •Steel Licks - Jeremy Wakefield [Plankton on a windshield] ‣Train Ride - Sidney Torch [dining car] ‣Drama Link (f) - Hubert Clifford ["The key!"] ‣Imminent 1 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [SpongeBob accuses Plankton of stealing the key] ‣Befuddled Gent - Phillip Green [Patrick puts on rubber gloves] ‣Beware the Ripper (c) - Richard Myhill [Patrick calls the cops] ‣Desperate Situation - Phillip Green [line of suspects] ‣Cloak and Dagger [#69] - Phillip Green ["...the nanny!"] ‣ ? ["The key!"] ‣International Law - Peter Yorke [diamond] ‣Cocksure Capers - Phillip Green ["I told you taking the train was a mistake."] ‣Dramatic Bridge 1 - Phillip Green ["If they didn't do it, that means the key was stolen by..."] ‣Cloak and Dagger [#70] - Phillip Green ["...the butler!"] ‣Dramatic Bridge 1 - Phillip Green ["You may not be a butler, but are you a werewolf?"] ‣The Creature B - Gregor F. Narholz [full moon] ‣The Creature A - Gregor F. Narholz [guy turns into a werewolf] ‣Tragic Bridge 2 - Phillip Green ["You may have hoodwinked the sponge, but I ain't no pushover!"] ‣Befuddled Gent - Phillip Green [Patrick eating popcorn] ‣Zelle 500 - Gerhard Trede ["I don't believe either of you."] ‣International Law - Peter Yorke [Orrin J. Roughy] ‣ ? [SpongeBob cries] ‣ ? ["The key!"] ‣Seaweed - Steve Belfer [SpongeBob, Patrick get back on the train] ‣Dramatic Bridge 7 - Phillip Green ["Me three."] ‣ ? [Plankton closes the door] ‣Train Ride - Sidney Torch [Plankton opens a window] ‣Tragic Bridge 4 - Phillip Green [Plankton kicks SpongeBob and Patrick out] •Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [they get up] ‣Dramatic Bridge 4 - Phillip Green ["Thanks for the key!"] ‣Chase Cue 1 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob, Patrick run after the train] ‣Mystery Murder [#60] - Phillip Green ["Patrick, hop up on my back."] ‣High Hazard - Philippe Pares [they jump off the cliff] ‣The Intruder - Phillip Green [they get back on the train] ‣Panic Patrol - Kenny Graham [SpongeBob and Patrick chase Plankton] ‣Rescue - Cecil Milner ["Over here, choo-choo heads!"] ‣Tragic Bridge 3 - Phillip Green [passengers complaining] ‣Excited Chase 1 - Phillip Green [SpongeBob and Patrick panicking] ‣Sword Fight - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [SpongeBob trying to stop the train] ‣Maui Beach - Hans Haider [rest home] ‣Sword Fight - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["And that means..."] •Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Oh, yeah."] ‣Sword Fight - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Patrick holds up a stop sign] • ? - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick selling lemonade] ‣Sword Fight - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [train flips over] ‣Maui Beach - Hans Haider ["There's a train behind you."] ‣Sword Fight - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [train stops] ‣Maui Beach - Hans Haider ["Hey!"] ‣Runaway Train - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [throttle] ‣Zelle 504 - Gerhard Trede [Plankton at the bank] ‣Cartoon Sting 8 - Gerhard Narholz ["Well, well."] ‣Excited Chase 1 - Phillip Green ["Checkmate, Krabs!"] ‣Expectant Stab - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [train crashes through the wall] ‣Steel Licks (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [Plankton crushed] ‣Sailor's Sting 10 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [giant hole in wall] ‣Hawaiian Sting 1 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [75 years later]
When this episode aired on November 11, 2010, it gained an audience of 6.6 million viewers and the most watched non-sports broadcast on cable for the week of November 14, and second overall only to a Monday Night Football game between the Steelers and the Bengals. It was the most viewed episode since "Truth or Square."
When Plankton uncoupled the tender from the engine, the steam engine still keeps moving. However, by uncoupling the tender, the steam locmotive would come to a complete stop, as it would involve disconnecting the water pipes and vacuum brake pipes between the cab and the tender, preventing water from coming to the boiler. Furthermore, tender engines do not store coal behind them: they store it in the tender.
The original name for this episode was "Krabby Patty No More," as seen on some of the original character storyboards on Facebook. To take a look, click here.
Even though the amount of views of this episode The Great Patty Caper were very high, even after the premiere, some SpongeBob SquarePants (series) fans were disappointed due to the fact that out of all the suspects that SpongeBob and Patrick accused, Sheldon Plankton was the culprit because of the fact that he is the main antagonist of the series.
This episode is also known as Mystery With a Twistery.
On one of the original storyboards, Patrick says the same line, "Don’t touch me, I’m sterile!" from the Season 1 episode Suds. Click here to take a look at the storyboard.
This is said to be the first ever SpongeBob mystery except Patty Caper was a mystery too. This may be why it says "the first ever SpongeBob mystery special" in a later commercial.
In this episode, it is revealed that some of the Krabby Patty formula ingredients are flour, barnacle shavings, and either salt or turmeric (Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob couldn't agree which)
The name of the special was originally going to be called "Krabby Patty No More". Then, it was changed to "The Great Patty Caper", not to be confused with "Patty Caper". And the commercial said it was entitled "SpongeBob's Mystery With a Twistery."
This episode premiered first in Latin America and in Brazil, on October 14.
There are 3 shorts for this episode. The episode can be downloaded on iTunes and comes with these shorts.
Why was Mr. Krabs the one who had to pay to fix the bank? When it was actually SpongeBob and Patrick who destroied it with the train.
When SpongeBob and Patrick were chasing Plankton, they pass Nat Peterson who is asleep on the train. But when they call for help, Nat is at the Emergency station, even though he was supposedly on the train.
When Plankton says "Oh, now there on time!" it may be a referance to One Coarse Meal when he was waiting for the bus to hit him.
This is the second time someone says the line "Cops! I need you!" in this episode, it was said by Patrick. The first time was in the episode Banned in Bikini Bottom where the line was said by Plankton.
The title is very simillar to the episode name "Patty Caper".
The last scene of this episode inspires by the Arthur episode: "The Curse of the Grebes" where Buster who is a grandpa tells his grand-kids the story about the Grebes winning again.
S.C.A.B.S. stands for "Salt Comes After Barnacle Shavings". This is a possible spoof to P.E.M.D.A.S. (Parentheses Exponents Multiplication Division Addition Subtraction).
The part where the locomotive crashes in to buliding was possilbly referenced from two Thomas the Tank Engine episodes, 'A Close Shave' and 'Thomas comes to Breakfeast' where an engine crashes into a building.
The number of passenger cars keeps changing throughout the episode.
When Patrick gets knocked over at the lemonade stand, his mouth is closed while he is talking.
When Mr. Krabs was banging his head on the wall, his lips don't move when he says "it".
When the runaway train goes through the tunnel, it flips around when it comes out to the other side.
When SpongeBob and Patrick look for Plankton in the train (before luggage was dumped on their heads), the people themselves change seats.