- SpongeBob SquarePants
- Flabby Patty cook (debut)
- Sheldon J. Plankton
- Eugene H. Krabs
- Abigail Marge
- Fred (blue)
- Harold "Bill" Reginald
- Nat Peterson
- Nancy Suzy Fish
- Squidward Tentacles
- Norma Rechid
- Shelly Fishbowl
- Frankie Billy
- Jimmy Gus
The episode begins at the Krusty Krab when SpongeBob is taking out the trash. Then, Plankton is seen trying to, once again, steal the formula. This time, Mr. Krabs lets him have it, then the patty explodes as part of new Krusty Krab security measures that can backfire on customers who swallow patties whole. SpongeBob is upset that Mr. Krabs and Plankton can't cooperate with each other, and Mr. Krabs claims they're like enemies. The episode plot comes to a jumping-off point when a new eatery called the Flabby Patty Shack is established.
Things take an unexpected turn for them when it turns out the Flabby Patty is better than the Krabby Patty. Mr. Krabs and Plankton compete to see who can get the secret recipe, but SpongeBob explains it's best if they cooperate. They disguise themselves as an employee applying for a job. The employer hires them and their first assignment is to memorize the secret recipe.
They are excited until the recipe is revealed to be about friendship. SpongeBob is revealed to be the employer and says he created the restaurant to teach them about cooperation. This angers Mr. Krabs and Plankton who think about what they've been through the whole day and how it was all SpongeBob's fault. The episode ends when they chase SpongeBob to repay him with their newly formed "cooperation."
|( ‣ ) Associated production music|
|( • ) Original music|
|( ◦ ) SpongeBob music|
‣ Sea Shanty in Minor Key - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton [title card]
‣ Zelle 502 - Gerhard Trede [Plankton pops out of a trash bag]
‣ Sailor's Sting 10 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Aren't you gonna try, take it back from me?"]
‣ Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Enjoy your Krabby Patty."]
‣ Drama Link (c) - Hubert Clifford ["Wow, you must have snapped, Krabs."]
‣ Steel Sting (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [the Krabby Patty explodes]
‣ Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [two customers leave the Krusty Krab]
‣ Lite Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Oh, man."]
‣ Steel Licks (b) - Jeremy Wakefield ["If only there was some way to bring you two back together."]
‣ Fairies (a) - John Fox, Otto Sieben [Plankton smells something]
‣ Cosmos Adventure 1 - John Fox [rocket launch]
‣ Cocksure Capers - Phil Green ["That was fantastic!"]
‣ Sailor's Sting 7 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Mr. Krabs, I have great news!"]
‣ Fairies (a) - John Fox, Otto Sieben [customers vanish]
‣ Unknown Track 28 - Krabs and Plankton argue
‣ Steel Licks (e) - Jeremy Wakefield [they laugh]
‣ Chasey Racey - Norman Dane [Plankton jumps out of a plane]
‣ Mystery Murder [#60] - Phillip Green ["Mr. Krabs, I think we're here."]
‣ Battle Zone - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Plankton falling and screaming.]
‣ Slinky Panther Pants - Nicolas Carr [Krabs looking for the Flabby Patty formula]
‣ Battle Zone - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Plankton falls down the chimney]
‣ Horror Crash - Harry Lubin [Krabs screams]
‣ Jalopy - Ron Aspery [Krabs hits himself with a shovel]
‣ Steel Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs, Plankton refuse to work together]
‣ Cartoon Sting 3 - Plankton as a fake restaurant critic
‣ Secret Agent SquarePants - Nicolas Carr ["Okay, so here's the plan."]
‣ Cartoon Sting 2 - "Ooh, an announcement."
‣ Dramatic Cue (b) - Ronald Hanmer [customers run away]
‣ Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield ["Hey, how come you're not trampled?"]
‣ Zelle 501 - Gerhard Trede ["That fool Krabs, he blew it again!"]
‣ Dramatic Impact 5 - Ivor Slaney ["FISH HOOKS! AAAH!!!"]
‣ Steel Sting (r) - Jeremy Wakefield [Plankton trampled]
‣ Sneaking About - Phil Green [Krabs and Plankton in disguise]
‣ Cartoon Sting 1 - Krabs applies for a job at the Flabby Patty
‣ ? [Krabs and Plankton fight over the recipe]
‣ Light Interlude 2 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [they read the recipe]
‣ Steel Licks (b) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Sounds like a recipe for cannibalism."]
‣ Go Hawaii Slide - Michael Gurley, Billy Lincoln [ending]
- This episode is available on the SpongeBob's Frozen Face-Off, Disorder in the Deep, and Complete Eighth Season DVDs.
- As of September 30, 2017, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 7.3/10 based on 53 ratings by users. TV.com users give this episode a rating of 8.5/10 based on 75 votes.
- SpongeBob references "Friend or Foe" when he says that Mr. Krabs and Plankton were once best "palsie-walsies."
- The title card for this episode resembles that of "The Original Fry Cook."
- All Steel Stings and Steel Licks played in this episode are low pitched.
- This is the second episode where SpongeBob makes a different version of a Krabby Patty by himself. The first is "Patty Hype" when he makes Pretty Patties.
- This is the second episode where Plankton and Mr. Krabs team up together due to a new restaurant having a large amount of customers. The first is "Best Frenemies."
- This is the fourth episode where Mr. Krabs tries to steal another formula. The first is "Best Frenemies," the second is "Spy Buddies," and the third is "Plankton's Regular."
- SpongeBob yelling "The fish hooks are coming!" could be a reference to the episode "Hooky."
- This episode is also known as "Patty Panic" (not to be confused with the online game of the same name).
- This episode premiered on Ricky Gervais' 50th birthday.
- This episode premiered in Canada on John Lurie's 59th birthday.
- SpongeBob yelling "The fish hooks are coming!" could be a reference to Paul Revere saying "The British are coming!"
- When Mr. Krabs and Plankton are in the disguise and SpongeBob tells them about co-operation, SpongeBob blinks his eyes but his eyelashes are still seen.
- When the Krabby Patty explodes, Plankton looks injured, but in the next scene, Plankton is back to normal.
- This also happens when Plankton is trampled by the fish running from the "fish hooks."
- In a failed Danish translation dub, this episode is called "The Other Patrick," even though Patrick does not appear in this episode.