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To Love a Patty
Season №: 5
Episode №: 87a
Airdate: July 26, 2007
Running time:
Sister episode(s): "Breath of Fresh Squidward"
Writer(s): Casey Alexander
Zeus Cervas
Eric Shaw
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Casey Alexander
Zeus Cervas
Animation: Andrew Overtoom
Creative: Vincent Waller
See all credits for this episode.
Previous: "Bucket Sweet Bucket"
Next: "Breath of Fresh Squidward"
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"To Love a Patty" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season five. In this episode, SpongeBob falls in love with a Krabby Patty.



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At the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob is seen cooking Krabby Patties. He makes several Krabby Patties and falls in love with one, naming it "Patty." The patties are taken to customers who start wolfing down on the food. Consumed by guilt, SpongeBob rescues Patty by replacing her with a shoe, which the customer still enjoys.

SpongeBob takes Patty to his house. Patrick and Sandy arrive, both hoping to play with SpongeBob, only for SpongeBob to ignore them in favor of spending the day with Patty. Patrick is especially dismayed to have been rejected. Meanwhile, SpongeBob takes Patty to several activities, such as going to the fair eating cotton candy, the mall, the beach, and when clams try to eat Patty, SpongeBob attacks them with karate. Later, they ride a boat down a river, and they go down a waterfall and Patty falls apart in the water. SpongeBob puts the sandwich back together, but now Patty is soggy and gloomy looking.

After six hours of activity, SpongeBob takes Patty on a picnic in the park, but by now, the patty has spoiled. Somewhat oblivious to this, SpongeBob decides to take it on a date to the Krusty Krab. Once there, SpongeBob informs Mr. Krabs about his date and Mr. Krabs gets excited, thinking he is dating a rich girl, but finds it strange when he discovers the date is a Krabby Patty, with a rancid smell that drives off other customers. Squidward tries to tell SpongeBob that his date is just a rotten Krabby Patty, but SpongeBob still thinks Patty is beautiful until he smells her, then sees the hideous appearance of the spoiled patty.

SpongeBob questions how this came to be. Mr. Krabs tells the fry cook that he once fell in love with a Krabby Patty. He then tells SpongeBob that Krabby Patties are meant to be loved and eaten. SpongeBob finally knows what he must do and eats his date, feeling nauseous afterward. The episode ends with SpongeBob asking for a doggie bag.


There were 12 different models made for what SpongeBob would look like after Patrick ties him up.[2]


SpongeBob SquarePants - I Can't Keep My Eyes off of You (Animatic)02:10

SpongeBob SquarePants - I Can't Keep My Eyes off of You (Animatic)


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  The Drunken Sailor - Nicolas Carr [title card]
  Surreptitiously Mine - Casey Alexander [SpongeBob sings this]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["Hey!"]
  Earl's Revenge - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob making Krabby Patties]
  Romeo & Juliet Overture - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Fiachra Trench [SpongeBob falls in love with one of them]
  Keel Row - Brian Peters [SpongeBob gives the other patties to Squidward]
  Tearjerker [#78] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["A patty like you comes around once in a lifetime."]
  Space Fanfare - Gregor F. Narholz ["No, the job must come first."]
  The Legend Spreads - Steve London [sacred fry cook oath]
  Bad to the Spongebone - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony, RobertO Vegara [table of tough guys]
  Steel Licks (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [patty sheds tear]
  Tearjerker [#78] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["I can't let them eat you!"]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch [Squidward teases SpongeBob]
  Bad to the Spongebone - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony, Robert Vegara [grilled shoe]
  Alekoki - Kapono Beamer [SpongeBob at home]
  Dramatic Cue (b) - Ronald Hanmer ["Fire!"]
  Steel Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob still running around]
  Gator - Steve Belfer [Patrick at the door]
  Spring Cleaning [#5] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [SpongeBob says he already made plans]
  Spring Cleaning [#4] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [SpongeBob says he already made plans]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill ["I've been replaced by a sandwich!"]
  I Can't Keep My Eyes Off of You - Zeus Cervas, Eban Schletter
  Bliss - Alec Gould [SpongeBob on a picnic]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [Krabs wondering where SpongeBob is]
  Place Bleu - Werner Von Overheidt [SpongeBob in a tuxedo]
  Elegance [#27] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [limo arrives]
  The Pollywog Strut - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [customers leave]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [shot of moldy patty]
  Background Blues - Otto Sieben [reserved seat]
  Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford [patty filled with maggots]
  Elegance [#27] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["She's the most gorgeous creature in the sea!"]
  The Jitters - Raymond C. Jones ["Patty...?"]
  House of Horror - W. Merrick Farran ["What's happened to you?!"]
  The Dreadnought Tea Clipper (b) - Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White [patties are meant to be eaten]
  Romantic Ending [#32] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["I see what I must do."]
  Drunken Sailor (b) - Robin Jeffrey, Tim Laycock [ending]



  • As of August 17, 2016, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 6.6/10 based on 145 ratings by users.[1] users give this episode a 6.5/10 based on 142 votes.[2]


  • There are 32 hearts on the title card.
  • The tough fish who wanted to eat Patty, but instead got a shoe burger is the same tough fish that was the first fish in the telescope in "Shanghaied." He's also one of the fish who helps SpongeBob stall the kids in "Krabby Land." This also reveals he loves grilled shoes.
  • In Dutch, this episode is called "Allerliefste Krabby" which means "Beloved Krabby."
  • The I Can't Keep My Eyes Off of You song that SpongeBob sings was used for Rock Band 2 DLC.
  • The Patty is similar to the one they once tried to feed the health inspector in "Nasty Patty."
  • SpongeBob did not notice the patty was rotten until Mr. Krabs and Squidward revealed it to him.
  • This is one of the few episodes in which Mr. Krabs offers a discount to a patron.
  • This episode premiered four years after "Gary Takes a Bath" premiered and one year after "New Leaf" premiered in Australia.
  • This is the first time Patrick cries by covering his eyes. The second was "No Hat for Pat," the third was "Truth Or Square," the fourth was "Yours, Mine and Mine," the fifth was "That Sinking Feeling," the sixth was "The Main Drain," the seventh was "Hide And Then What Happens?," the eighth was "Big Sister Sam," and the ninth was "The Googly Artiste."
  • All of the main characters appear in this episode except Sheldon J. Plankton.
  • In the Croatian dub, the episode name is "Zaljubljena Spužva" or "Sponge in Love."
  • This episode aired in Germany on June 7, 2007, before it aired in the USA.

Cultural references

  • Squidward saying "How should I know? Am I an idiot's keeper?" is a reference to the Bible, when Cain answers God's question by saying "Am I my brother's keeper?"
  • The song SpongeBob sings to his patty sounds a little similar to "Go Your Own Way" by Fleetwod Mac.


  • The appearance of SpongeBob's Krabby Patty keeps changing throughout the episode. Example: When Squidward holds the patty, there are worms. But when SpongeBob holds it, there is mold.
  • Even though SpongeBob says it is his and Patty's six hour anniversary, by the time Patty arrives at the Krusty Krab only an hour has gone by between when SpongeBob left with her and the date.


  1. ^ To Love a Patty audio commentary
  2. ^ Audio Commentary for this episode

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