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"Banned in Bikini Bottom" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 5. In this episode, Krabby Patties are banned from Bikini Bottom, so Mr. Krabs secretly sells them at SpongeBob's house.



♪I love Krabby Patties! I think they're swell.♪

The episode begins with SpongeBob singing about Krabby Patties in the Krusty Krab kitchen. He then takes in a large amount of air and yells the next verse to his song out loud, knocking Squidward to the ground, along with cups he stacked in the shape of a pyramid. Soon after, a tour bus full of old ladies pulls up to the Krusty Krab. An elderly woman named Miss Gristlepuss enters the Krusty Krab with her accomplices, and, being unhappy with what they see, they ban Krabby Patties.

The Krusty Krab has been closed.

Mr. Krabs causes the Krusty Krab to be closed by threatening Miss Gristlepuss with a french fry strainer and insulting her by calling her a disgusting old prune, not knowing her husband, Al, is the police chief. Meanwhile, Plankton at first thinks Mr. Krabs has changed the name to "The Closed Krab," but soon figures out he can take advantage of the moment and goes out to celebrate. Plankton soon discovers in surprise that the Krusty Krab has secretly been reopened at SpongeBob's house. Patrick, serving as a guard, asks Plankton for the password to enter, to which Plankton responds with a series of threats. Surprisingly enough, these threats constitute the password and Plankton is allowed in.

While Mr. Krabs scans to make sure the area is clear of police officers, he goes to check on SpongeBob, who is afraid of getting arrested for making an illegal product. Mr. Krabs forces him to work, threatening to make him take weekends off. Plankton discovers Mr. Krabs is doing his regular business "under the table" and calls the cops. In the blink of an eye, they arrive to clean up the Krabby Patties and arrest the employees.

However, Al is caught eating a Krabby Patty and before Miss Gristlepuss could stop him, she trips on her loose shoelaces and a Krabby Patty drops into her mouth, instating her love for the burger and apologizing to the Krusty Crew. She decides not to send SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs to jail and unbans Krabby Patties, also deciding to reopen the Krusty Krab.

Once again, Plankton's plan has failed; he hides inside one of the Krabby Patties, only to be eaten by Miss Gristlepuss, as a "The End" card is shown, followed by a gulping sound, ending the episode.


The Viking hat that Mr. Krabs wears when he greets T.U.O.O.F.A.T.T.A.F.A.D. was originally going to have a joke surrounding it. It would have been something to do with whom Mr. Krabs expected to be on the bus.[2]

Andrea Martin's line were either recorded through the phone or in New York and was sent to Nickelodeon Animation Studio.[2] The commentary this information comes from is not very clear on which it was.

Al Gristlepuss' design was based off casting director, Maryanne Dacey's late brother-in-law, whom was also a cop. It is implied that he died sometime before this episode premiered.[2]

A deleted scene featured Pearl singing at the secret Krusty Krab.[3] Steven Banks mentions Pearl's deleted scene in the audio commentary, which can be watched here.


 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card]
  Love Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob sighs]
  I Love Krabby Patties - Aaron Springer, Eban Schletter [SpongeBob sings]
  One Over The Eight - Len Stevens [A bus full of old ladies arrives]
  Comic Drum Drops - Nicolas Carr [rimshot]
  Krusty Krab Tango - Steve Marston [Mr. Krabs yells at Squidward]
  Lonely Heart's Club A - David Bell, Otto Sieben ["Mr. Krabs, you seem to know the basic rules of behaving like a civilized bottom feeder."]
  I Love Krabby Patties - Aaron Springer, Eban Schletter [SpongeBob sings again]
  Editor's Falling Over (G) - Dick Walter [SpongeBob falls to the floor]
  Lonely Heart's Club A - David Bell, Otto Sieben ["Look at this wild hooligan!"]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill ["She closed us down!"]
  Steel Licks 4 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Thanks again, Al."]
  Country Romp [#24] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["Mmm, I'm starving."]
  Botany Bay (b) - Robert Alexander White [Mr. Krabs sadly tugs on the lock]
  Harp! - Nicolas Carr ["That's it! A secret Krusty Krab!"]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [The Krusty Krab secretly reopens at SpongeBob's house]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band ["There you are, Betsy, good as new."]
  Hercule Poirot - Gerhard Trede ["Happy day, Karen!"]
  Background Blues - Otto Sieben [Customers are waiting in line to get a Krabby Patty]
  Captain Lenoe's - The Folk Players [Inside the Secret Krusty Krab]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["SpongeBob?"]
  The Dreadnought Tea Clipper (B) - Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White [SpongeBob is under the table]
  Zelle 501 - Gerhard Trede [Plankton calls the cops]
  Police Car - Sam Spence [The cops arrive]
  West Side Rumble - Sam Spence [The SWAT team enters]
  Steel Licks 1 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs are arrested]
  Dramatic Impact (3) - Ivor Slaney ["Al, what are you doing?!"]
  On Fire - Gregor F. Narholz ["Miss Gristlepuss, look out!"]
  I Love Krabby Patties - Aaron Springer, Eban Schletter [Miss Gristlepuss sings]
  Legends Of The Silver Screen - Cedric King-Palmer ["I... I feel reborn!"]
  Wahini Wobble Faster - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Ending]




Cultural references

  • The Watusi was a solo dance from the early 1960s that was popular in the United States.
  • Al Gristlepuss strongly resembles Duke Nukem.
    • Duke Nukem is a confident and aggressive action hero in the Duke Nukem video game series.
  • The scene where Plankton has to guess the password is based on a gag done by the Marx Brothers family comedy act where they would make someone guess the password, which was "Swordfish."[2]
  • The scene where Squidward says, "Do you want to 'Secret Size' that for two dollars more?" is a parody of McDonald's and their former policy of allowing their customers to "Super Size" their meal for more money.
  • The episode is heavily based on the Prohibition era in American History,[2] which was a time when alcohol was illegal in America. The references are:
    • The banning of Krabby Patties is similar to the outlawing of alcohol.
    • The Secret Krusty Krab is a references to Speakeasies, which were a place where people would secretly get alcohol.[2]
    • The raid towards the end of the episode is a reference to the raids of speakeasies.[2]


  • When SpongeBob first starts singing, there are four patties on the grill. Later, there are eight.
  • When SpongeBob inflates himself, his belt breaks. After he deflates back to normal moments later, his belt is intact as if nothing ever happened.
  • Towards the end of SpongeBob's self-inflation, the two spatulas he was gripping disappear.

Mr. Krabs' missing belt.

  • When Mr. Krabs greets Miss Gristlepuss, his belt is missing. In the next shot, he is wearing his belt.
  • When Mr. Krabs greets Miss Gristlepuss, the Krusty Krab door handles are blue instead of yellow.
  • When everyone is standing by the cash register boat, they are larger than normal, being bigger than the boat and the "Galley Grub" sign.
  • When Mr. Krabs goes to the cash register to Squidward for joking at Miss Gristlepuss and her sisters, he is standing behind the boat and his body is overlapping the cash register part.
  • When Miss Gristlepuss blows her whistle and lets go, the black lanyard and whistle ends at her chest. But when the next scene cuts, her whistle is connected to the thread of her shirt without the black lanyard.

Mr. Krabs' eyelashes are missing.

  • When Mr. Krabs screams, "I'm ruined!," his eyelashes are gone.
  • If one were selling an illegal product in secret, it would be a dead giveaway with a banner at the location in plain view.
  • When Plankton looks out his window to see the Krusty Krab, the road following to the Chum Bucket doors are not there.
  • Squidward's house is not shown when the police arrive at SpongeBob's house.
  • When the Secret Krusty Krab is found by the cops, SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs are handcuffed, but when Miss Gristlepuss accidentally falls down and eats a Krabby Patty, they are not handcuffed. Later, Mr. Krabs appears handcuffed again.

A Krabby Patty with no seeds.

  • The Krabby Patty Plankton is seen hiding under has no seeds, unlike the other Krabby Patties.
  • Even though she calls herself Miss Gristlepuss, she should be called Mrs. Gristlepuss because she is married.
  • The police cannot make a food illegal, as the police only enforce the law. It is the government that makes the laws. Even then, it would take some time to get it passed (if it even is passed), while here, it only took one day to pass.

"Miss Priss" in the end credits.

  • In the end credits, Miss Gristlepuss is mistakenly called "Miss Priss."
    • The same mistake goes for Al Gristlepuss, where his name is written as "Al Priss."
    • She is also called Miss Priss in the YouTube description of the episode.
  • When Ms. Gristlepuss' buss pulls up to the Krusty Krab, the pathway to the Chum Bucket is missing.
    • The same error is present when Plankton sees the Krusty Krab closed through his telescope.
  • In the Kazakh dub, the first part of Miss Gristlepuss' singing is undubbed.