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The Krusty Sponge
General
Season №: 5
Episode №: 89a
Airdate: July 24, 2007
Sister episode(s): "Sing a Song of Patrick"
Credits
Guest(s): Gene Shalit as Gene Scallop
Writer(s): Aaron Springer
Eric Shaw
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Aaron Springer
Animation: Andrew Overtoom
Creative: Vincent Waller
See all credits for this episode.
Chronology
Previous: "Slimy Dancing"
Next: "Sing a Song of Patrick"
List of episodes

"The Krusty Sponge" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season five. In this episode, Mr. Krabs makes the Krusty Krab SpongeBob-themed after a critic reviews SpongeBob's work.

Characters

Synopsis

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One day at the Krusty Krab, Squidward noticed that SpongeBob was not filling orders, so he goes to investigate with Mr. Krabs. He discovers that SpongeBob has something Mr. Krabs describes as the "1,000 yard stare" and they both discover a Calendar in his hat that has the Date of that day circled and that a food critic was coming for a visit.

Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob are both in shock as Gene Scallop (Food critic) walks in the doors. As he is having his first glimpse of the restaurant, Squidward rudely asked if he was coming in or out, and drove him away with other rude comments. Mr. Krabs stops him & serves him a Krabby Patty but he takes a bite and leaves the restaurant in a hurry. Mr. Krabs loses hope.

SpongeBob, Mr. Krabs, and Squidward watched as the critic gave his review on the Krusty Krab, only to soil it. He says that the Krusty Krab "smelt like the rear-end of a goat. Baaaaa! Phhhpt!" as the customers hear the review they begin to leave in displeasure, but Gene says that the Krusty Krab is a big success because of the Krabby Patty and SpongeBob was no square when it came to cooking, ending with a good review. The customers come back pleased and prepared to eat.

The next day, SpongeBob goes to work and sees that there is a new sign at the Krusty Krab, reading The Krusty Sponge, he also sees a long line, and Squidward in a SpongeBob costume as the resturant's mascot. A boy named Tyler asks Squidward in his SpongeBob costume for his autograph and Squidward accidentally slaps him which disappoints Mr. Krabs. SpongeBob finds out that his new job is to run a train outside the Krusty Krab, which Mr. Krabs was charging people to ride. When he is out of energy from driving he stops pedaling but his passengers unfortunately do not care in the slightest at how obviously exhausted he is and demand on threat of riot that he keep pedaling. He manages to slip away and discovers Mr. Krabs had gotten all kinds of new products, customized to be like SpongeBob.

He also discovers that the new Spongy Patties (actually tainted meat), Krabby Patties that look like SpongeBob, were making people sick by turning them yellow with spots like SpongeBob and giving them terrible stomach pains. Mr. Krabs comes out and thinks he is invaded by zombies but SpongeBob explains they are actually his customers who ate the Spongy Patties. Mr. Krabs is ordered to court by one of the customers who is actually an FBI agent. Mr. Krabs is shocked and realizes what he has done. In court, Mr. Krabs feels guilty and decides to accept the charges and turn himself in. Just as Mr. Krabs is about to go to prison, he makes a deal with the Judge, who was a huge SpongeBob fan. The deal is that Squidward has to drive the Judge around on the SpongeBob Train for the rest of the day, and Mr. Krabs does not go to prison. SpongeBob happily works back in his old job and the Krusty Krab is changed back to normal.

Production

Music

 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  The Drunken Sailor - Nicolas Carr [title card]
  The Achterhoek Dances - Jan Rap [opening]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob not moving]
  The Pollywog Strut - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Well, his spatula's still warm."]
  Dramatic Impact 6 - Ivor Slaney [Krabs enters]
  Someone Coming - Raymond C. Jones ["He's got the thousand-yard stare."]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Important food critic visits Krusty Krab?!"]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob and Krabs shivering]
  High Noon - John Anthony [Gene Scallop enters]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band ["Well, hello!"]
  High Noon - John Anthony [Gene walks up to the register]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [Gene's about to leave]
  The Gunfighter - Franco Micalizzi, Roberto Predagio [SpongeBob makes him a Krabby Patty]
  Bikini Bottom News Theme - Nicolas Carr [news on TV]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [customers start to leave]
  Keel Row - Brian Peters [Gene praises SpongeBob]
  Hollywood Glitz - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [new sign]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band ["Just making a few cosmetic changes."]
  Captain Lenoe's - Michael Arthur, Colin Cater, Mick Graves, The Folk Players, Sarah Graves, Simon Ritchie ["I got it right here."]
  Steel Sting (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs puts Squidward on grill duty]
  SpongeBob's Train Ride Theme - Barry Anthony [train ride]
  Goofy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward in the kitchen]
  The Rake Hornpipe - Robert Alexander White [boxes of SpongeBob merchandise]
  The Achterhoek Dances - Jan Rap [rotten yellow patties]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [everyone yelling at SpongeBob]
  Furtive Footsteps - Paddy Kingsland [SpongeBob sneaks away]
  Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob screams]
  House of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [zombies]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr [Krabs having dinner with his money]
  Cellar Search - Philippe Pares ["Great Neptune's mother's stockings!"]
  Steel Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield [sick customers]
  Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford ["Mr. Krabs, what have you done?"]
  Steel Licks (Original Version) - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs arrested]
  People's Court - Alan Stanley Tew [Krabs in court]
  Funeral Music - Alfred Kluten [Krabs found guilty]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["Eh, hang on a second there, judge."]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["Permission to approach the bench, Your Honor."]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [SpongeBob back in the kitchen]
  SpongeBob's Train Ride Theme - Barry Anthony [ending]

Release

Reception

  • As of August 17, 2016, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 7.7/10 based on 132 ratings by users.[1] TV.com users give this episode a 6.6/10 based on 128 votes.[2]

Trivia

Timeline
  • 4:22 PM:
    • Gene Scallop arrives at the Krusty Krab.
    • The Krustomers are about to leave.
  • After "Help Wanted"
  • Before "SB-129"
  • July or August
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  • Gene Scallop has a similar appearance to the DJ in Thug Tug from The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
  • The fame and popularity that SpongeBob has in this episode is a shout-out to the amazing amount of popularity that he actually has in the real world.
    • This is also a shout-out to what Nickelodeon is doing with SpongeBob nowadays (marathons, merchandising, theme park attractions, live appearances, and more). 
  • This episode is paired up with "Squid Wood" on Tv.com.
  • The sign next to Squidward (when wearing a SpongeBob costume) says "As Seen on TV," a reference to the episode of the same name.
  • The calendar in SpongeBob's hat had a lion on it, which is the Zodiac sign Leo, which indicates it was probably between July and August 23.
  • When Mr. Krabs escorts the SpongeBob boxes into his kitchen, you can see him spazz, as to indicate that Mr. Krabs either pulled a muscle, or cracked his back. This was first seen and mentioned in "The Lost Mattress."
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    Mr. Krabs having a back issue

  • The SpongeBob costume that Squidward wears is based on the actual SpongeBob costume since he is unable to use his actual arms like the real costume and the costume's arms are like sticks. 
  • The judge's last name is "Whopper," which is a parody of the hamburger sold by Burger King, which makes sense as Burger King often sets out SpongeBob toys when there's a big SpongeBob event and often promotes SpongeBob in any way. "Whopper" is also a fishing term for a very large fish, especially one that got away.
    • The Judge's name may also be a reference to Judge Joseph A. Wapner, a retired former American judge & former TV judge in the courtroom reality show "The People's Court." The show's theme plays during the episode after the cut to the courtroom.
  • The music at The Krusty Sponge Fun Train is a carnival version of the SpongeBob SquarePants Theme Song.
  • In the courtroom scene, Gene Scallop said: "We, the jury, find the defendant, Eugene H. Krabs, guilty of all charges." The captions, said: "We, the jury, find the defendant, Eugene A. Krabs, guilty of all charges.
  • The changes Mr. Krabs made were:
    • New Krusty Sponge sign
    • Krusty Sponge Fun Train
    • Krusty Sponge napkins
    • Tangy Spongey Sauce
    • Mild Bobby Sauce
    • SpongeBob drinking straws
    • Coasters
    • Bibs
    • SpongeBob ice cubes
    • Spongy Patties
    • SpongeBob Costumes
  • In Bahasa Malaysia version, the prison's word is replaced with river.
  • Some fish from "Krabs vs. Plankton" are seen in the court. That might be because the producers might had reused the court backgrounds.
  • One could question how legal it would be for Mr. Krabs to bribe the judge with Squidward's services, yet Mr. Krabs is not shown to be in trouble with the law.
  • The combination of spots and yellow skin is a reference to chicken pox & yellow fever which both show symptoms on a person's skin.
  • When it's revealed that SpongeBob is petrified because he's worried about an important food critic's visit, Squidward said, "Only a complete moron would worry about what some critic has to say." In others, Squidward himself worried about what other critics had to say.
  • People thought they were zombies before in the episode "Once Bitten."
  • Back in "Born Again Krabs," Mr. Krabs gets food poisoning himself by eating an old, rotten Patty.
  • The director's cut of this states that Gene Scallop could be alternately named as Gene Shallot, since shallots are also sea creatures.
  • This Episode was made on the exact same day as the book Behold, No Cavities!.

Cultural references

  • Gene Scallop is a spoof of his portrayer Gene Shalit.
  • The scene where the Spongy Patties are infecting customers and turning them SpongeBob-like zombies is a parody of The Sizzler series, where Sizzler's burgers affect customers and make them unable to eat for 8 days.
  • The Krusty Sponge's monument of a giant SpongeBob holding a giant Krabby Patty is a spoof of the 'Big Boy's Restaurants.
  • The 1,000 yard stare is a real condition in which a person stares in deep space after a horrific event.
  • The man in the beginning who is of low intelligence and obese is similar to Fred Fredburger from The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, of whom writer/storyboard artist C.H. Greenblatt had voiced.

Errors

  • Sadie has a male voice in this episode.
  • When the train is first shown in the second to last car, Miss Rechid is gray, but in the next shot she is blue.
  • At the end of the episode, with Squidward driving the Judge on the train, and SpongeBob behind the grill, it is not mentioned if there is still a cashier.
  • Squidward's arms cannot move when he is trying to give the child an autograph while he is in the SpongeBob costume, but they can when the judge rides the SpongeBob train.
  • In the beginning, Dale and Jimmy Gus are behind the orange fish customer, but in the next scene, Nat gets his order taken. 
  • When Squidward was cooking Krabby Patties with his nose, the grill is not in its original area.
  • Even though the patties make the fish yellow with green spots, when Jimmy Gus is shown in the stands he is normal with yellow spots.
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