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The Original Fry Cook
Season №: 5
Episode №: 82a
Airdate: July 30, 2007
Sister episode(s): "Night Light"
Guest(s): Patton Oswalt as Jim
Writer(s): Luke Brookshier
Tom King
Steven Banks
Dani Michaeli
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Luke Brookshier
Tom King
Animation: Andrew Overtoom
Technical: Vincent Waller
See all credits for this episode.
Previous: "Friend or Foe"
Next: "Night Light"
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"The Original Fry Cook" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season five. In this episode, SpongeBob feels inferior when a former Krusty Krab fry cook, Jim, visits.



It is a normal day at the Krusty Krab until Jim, the Original Fry Cook, arrives in his golden limousine. He, Mr. Krabs, and Squidward remember back when the Krusty Krab had "class". Jim makes a Krabby Patty and SpongeBob eats it and loves it. He wants to cook like Jim, and Jim says not to step on the patty, since the customers run over a Krabby Patty made by SpongeBob when headed to greet Jim. He then gives SpongeBob real lessons. But SpongeBob can't meet Jim's standards. So SpongeBob decides to resign and give his job to Jim. Jim tells SpongeBob he quit because Mr. Krabs laughed at him when he asked for a raise. Mr. Krabs reveals that SpongeBob has one thing Jim doesn't have: he's cheap! Jim tells SpongeBob that he could be an even greater frycook, but only if he leaves the Krusty Krab which he calls a dump. SpongeBob says that the restaurant isn't a dump. Mr. Krabs says it is a dump, but it's his dump.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  The Achterhoek Dances - Jan Rap [opening]
  Romantic Evening - Gary Hughes [adding the love]
  Gala Performance - Laurie Johnson [limo arrives]
  ? - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob's Krabby Patty stepped on]
  Gala Performance - Laurie Johnson ["It's Jim, me original fry cook!"]
  ? ["He who flipped Krabby Patties in the before time?"]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band ["You're doing well, Jim."]
  Skater's Waltz - Emile Charles Waldteufel, George Wilson [flashback to when the Krusty Krab had class]
  Steel Licks - Jeremy Wakefield [everyone laughs]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band ["Employee of the Month, huh?"]
  Cartoon Capers (b) - Dick Stephen Walter [SpongeBob crashes to the floor]
  Award Winner 1 - Harry Bluestone [Jim's "Best Employee Ever" award]
  Spanish Ladies (b) - Robin Jeffrey, Tim Laycock [Jim refuses to sign SpongeBob's patty]
  ? - Jeremy Wakefield ["Yeah... not unless you look RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU!"]
  Glory Road - Sam Fonteyn ["One patty, the right way!"]
  ? ["It's a thing of beauty!"]
  ? [SpongeBob eats Jim's Krabby Patty]
  A Christmas Fantasy (a) - Ron Goodwin ["Wow... that was amazing!"]
  Keel Row - Brian Peters ["Um, Mr. Jim, sir?"]
  Hawaiian Link (b) - Richard Myhill [SpongeBob grovels]
  Knights of the Air - Sam Fonteyn [Jim critiquing SpongeBob's work]
  Knights of the Air Alt. End - Sam Fonteyn [tons of patties in toilet]
  Fates - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob cries]
  ? - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob thinks Jim's replacing him]
  Fiesta Party - Norman Dane [Squidward dances]
  Drowsy Reef - Jeremy Wakefield, Sage Guyton [SpongeBob writes his resignation letter]
  ? [SpongeBob hides in the freezer]
  Drama Link (e) - Hubert Clifford ["This is terrible! No one's making patties!"]
  The Achterhoek Dances - Jan Rap [Jim asks where SpongeBob is]
  Drama Link (a) - Hubert Clifford ["Look at them."]
  ? ["Don't worry, Mr. Krabs."]
  Long Way Home - Gregor F. Narholz ["But you're the greatest fry cook in the world."]
  Soul Organ Impromptu - Alan Hawkshaw [Jim explains why he quit]
  ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs laughing]
  Daylight Shines Captain Lenoe's - Michael Arthur, Colin Cater, Mick Graves, The Folk Players, Sarah Graves, Simon Ritchie [ending]


This episode is ranked #1 on Tom Kenny's worst SpongeBob episodes list.


  • 298 Frozen Patties Later
  • Running Gag: Jim flushing SpongeBob's patties down the toilet.
  • The UK "Kraze Klub" magazine says that Jim is a sponge.
  • This is the first episode to have food create the title name, the next being Plankton's Regular, the third will be The Other Patty where it is written in chum.
  • On the Drawn to Life: SpongeBob SquarePants Edition video game, Jim is a character the player can draw, because he has a guideline.
  • In the Battle for Bikini Bottom game, Squidward says "I've always been bald!", but in this episode, he has hair in a flashback.
  • In Krusty Krab Training Video, when Mr. Krabs first opens the Krusty Krab, it looks the same as it does today, however in this episode, Mr. Krabs looks younger and the Krusty Krab looks different.
  • Jim says that he has a lake that is "solid gold". However, it would not be considered a lake if it was "solid" instead of "liquid".
  • It is revealed in this episode that Squidward once had flowing blonde hair.


  • In the crowd, Nat can be seen twice.
  • If one would listen closely when Jim's limo arrives and Squidward says "Look!', Squidward's voice is different.
  • At one point, SpongeBob creates a heart on a Krabby Patty with ketchup and it was completely "colored in", but in the next picture it was only an outline of ketchup.
  • In the opening and closing credits, Patton Oswalt's name was misspelled "Patton Oswald".
  • In the flashback, the Krusty Krab was shown to be magnificently designed with the best in architectural design. However, in the flashback where Jim shows why he quit, all the decor is replaced with the Krusty Krab as seen in most other episodes.
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