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Welcome to the Chum Bucket

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Episode Information
Welcome to the Chum Bucket
Season №: 2
Episode №: 34a
Airdate: January 21, 2002
Sister episode(s): "Frankendoodle"
Writer(s): Walt Dohrn
Paul Tibbitt
Doug Lawrence
Storyboard Artist(s): Carson Kugler
Erik Wiese
William Reiss
Storyboard: Walt Dohrn
Paul Tibbitt
Animation: Andrew Overtoom
Creative: Derek Drymon
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Previous: "Gary Takes a Bath"
Next: "Frankendoodle"
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"Welcome to the Chum Bucket" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season two. In this episode, SpongeBob is forced to work at the Chum Bucket.



It is closing time at the Krusty Krab, and Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob that he is going to play a card game against Plankton. SpongeBob is shocked at this. Mr. Krabs explains that Plankton is the worst card player in Bikini Bottom, and he is been winning every week for the last 15 years. In the morning, he tells SpongeBob that he lost, and Mr. Krabs bets SpongeBob's contract. SpongeBob is then taken to the Chum Bucket and forced to work for Plankton, who commands him to make a Krabby Patty, threatening to remove SpongeBob's brain and put it in a robot if he refuses to do what he is told. However, SpongeBob is unable to work in the Chum Bucket's cold, laboratory-like kitchen and Karen suggests Plankton to show SpongeBob compassion and understanding so that he will obey him. Plankton goes to great lengths to accommodate SpongeBob's working conditions, eventually converting the Chum Bucket kitchen into an exact replica of the Krusty Krab kitchen. However, SpongeBob is still not satisfied, and demands even more of Plankton, acting like a spoiled brat.

Eventually, Plankton takes out SpongeBob's brain and implants it in the robot as a punishment but the robot turns out to be a total failure. The robot refuses to make a Krabby Patty, so Plankton restores SpongeBob back to normal and gives him back to Mr. Krabs, saying that he cannot stand him and admitting that he cheated in the card game. Mr. Krabs welcomes him back and encourages SpongeBob to return to work. However, SpongeBob still does not want to make a Krabby Patty, but when Mr. Krabs starts becoming angry, he quickly goes back to work.


Deleted scene

There was a deleted scene where Plankton was taking out SpongeBob's brain before he puts SpongeBob's brain into the robot. [citation needed]


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Oyster Girls - Robert Alexander White [title card]
  Danger Zone - Mike Sunderland ["Plankton?!"]
  Spanish Ladies (b) - Robin Jeffrey, Tim Laycock ["Plankton is the worst card player in Bikini Bottom."]
  Botany Bay (b) - Robert Alexander White [Krabs crying the next morning]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob laughs]
  Botany Bay (b) - Robert Alexander White ["I'm afraid you don't work here anymore."]
  Like Strange - Kenny Graham ["I'm afraid he's not joking."]
  Finger of Fear - Fredric Bayco [SpongeBob put in a cage]
  Hercule Poirot - Gerhard Trede [SpongeBob at the Chum Bucket]
  This Grill is Not a Home - Eban Schletter, Paul Tibbitt
  Zelle 501 - Gerhard Trede ["All these tears? And the show tunes?"]
  Dramatic Impact 6 - Ivor Slaney [patty with arm]
  Wooden Bear - Gil Flat, Tony Tape, Florian Voelxen [Plankton moving the grill]
  The Rake Hornpipe - Robert Alexander White [replica of Krusty Krab kitchen]
  Lonely Violin - Dick Stephen Walter [SpongeBob cries]
  Hawaiian Link (a) - Richard Myhill [vibrating shoes]
  Ulk-Fox Nr.2 - Gerhard Trede [SpongeBob getting spoiled]
  Frankenstein's Niece D - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob's brain put in robot]
  Steel Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [Plankton screams]
  Paradise Isle - Jan Rap [Plankton begs Krabs to take SpongeBob back]
  Captain Lenoe's - Michael Arthur, Colin Cater, Mick Graves, The Folk Players, Sarah Graves, Simon Ritchie [ending]



  • "Welcome to the Chum Bucket" was ranked #94 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.
  • As of August 11, 2015, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 9/10 based on 228 ratings by users. users give this episode a 9.1/10 based on 169 votes.


  • The magazine that Robot-SpongeBob is reading has a SpongeBob comic strip in it, featuring SpongeBob, Patrick and Squidward.
  • This is the first of four episodes to premiere on January 21, making it the first episode of 2002.
  • The book Plankton reads to SpongeBob is also seen in "Grandma's Kisses." Even though the plots seem to be different. In this episode it was about Sea Elves. In Grandma's Kisses it was about a Sea Leprechaun.
    • It is possible that this book contains multiple stories.
  • The robot chef reappeared in the The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie PC game.
  • Chum Bucket Lego set features Robot SpongeBob as well.
  • Mr. Krabs' singing voice in this episode is similar to Louis Armstrong.
  • Plankton breaks the fourth wall when he says to the audience "I put the brain in the robot, you know..."
  • This episode was the subject of a clue on the episode of Jeopardy! that aired on October 10, 2005, during Back to School Week.
  • Things Plankton did to try to get SpongeBob to make a Krabby Patty:
    • New shoes
    • Grill
    • Krusty Krab kitchen replica
    • Bathing him
    • Ice cream
    • Pushing him on a rolling seahorse
    • Reading him a book
    • Not hitting him
    • Rubbing his feet
  • Plankton put SpongeBob's brain into Robot SpongeBob's positronic head. If Plankton took out SpongeBob's brain and then put it back in after (he put it back into SpongeBob's head when Robot SpongeBob would not take commands), SpongeBob would have died when the brain was taken out, because once a brain is taken out, it cannot be put back into a head without the person resulting in death.
  • This is the second episode to have computerized picture-shaking effects. They occur whenever Plankton moves the grill. The first time to use these effects was "Neptune's Spatula."
  • The premise of Robot SpongeBob is similar to the plot of The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror II segment featuring Homer's nightmare. Homer, a lazy worker, is kidnapped by Mr. Burns and Smithers, who put his brain into a robot. The robot ends up being lazy and refusing to work, just like Homer.
  • The PlayStation version of SuperSponge shows clips of this episode in the "introducing Mr. Krabs and Plankton" scene. It is unknown how the clips could have gotten in the game because SuperSponge was released about two months before this episode aired.
  • The scene where SpongeBob and Krabs singing as they missed each other was rarely shown in Indonesia. This was done due to time constraints as its airings were paired with ads.
  • The title card music for this episode is the same as "Employee of the Month."
  • This is the first time SpongeBob cries with a different character, other than Patrick. In this episode, he cries with Mr. Krabs.
  • Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob that he and Plankton play cards every Thursday night, implying that this is his first week at the Krusty Krab.

Cultural references

  • At the beginning of the episode, right when Plankton appears, there's a bottle cap laying on the ground. The logo on this bottle cap is a variation of the Pepsi logo emblem.
  • Mr. Krabs' and SpongeBob's duet is almost certainly a parody of the popular show tune, "A House Is Not A Home."
  • When Plankton gives Mr. Krabs $50 to take away SpongeBob, it parodies the O. Henry short story, "The Ransom of Red Chief."
  • The story that Plankton reads to SpongeBob about sea elves might be a parody of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears."



The "Help Wanted" sign on the Krusty Krab window.

  • When SpongeBob was bathing, his sleeves were shown. This could be an error. This error also occurs in the previous episode "Gary Takes a Bath."
  • At the end of the episode, when it shows the Krusty Krab, a "Help Wanted" sign can be seen on the right window. This error happens again in "Krab Borg."
    • In this episode, it is possible that Mr. Krabs had just not taken the sign down from when SpongeBob was gone.
  • Throughout the entire scene where Plankton moves SpongeBob's grill, there is a light blue border. This error also occurs in "The Secret Box" and "Band Geeks."
  • When Mr. Krabs throws SpongeBob down near the opening, when he is down his right arm [viewers left], his arm flashes about eight to ten seconds until Squidward appears.
  • In the opening credits, the k in Carson Kugler's name is lowercased instead of capitalized. This also happens again in "The Secret Box" and "Procrastination."

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