"Bottle Burglars" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season eleven. In this episode, SpongeBob and Squidward accidentally let Plankton slip away with the formula, and it is up to them to retrieve it.



The episode begins with SpongeBob and Squidward cleaning Mr. Krabs' room, with Mr. Krabs telling them to watch over the formula. Meanwhile, Plankton is using an invisibility cloak to steal the formula, and ends up doing so when Squidward accidentally throws it out due to being in the trash. He goes back to the Chum Bucket to tell Karen this, and she becomes extremely happy.

SpongeBob tries to look for the formula, but can't find it. SpongeBob and Squidward look at the security footage to see what happened, and see that Plankton had stole it. They devise a plan to steal the formula back, while Plankton fails to open the formula due to there being a 12 hour time lock.

SpongeBob and Squidward go inside the Chum Bucket, right when Plankton finishes watching his show and goes to bed. After SpongeBob makes sure Plankton's asleep, they face many obstacles before eventually reaching the safe. However, whenever SpongeBob steps on a tile, he activates a trap which hurts Squidward. When they finally reach the safe, SpongeBob tries to take it, but this causes a rocket to take SpongeBob and Squidward and blast them outside of the restaurant.

Mr. Krabs comes back to the Krusty Krab, where SpongeBob and Squidward tell him that Plankton stole the formula. He gets very mad, but ends up stealing the formula back very easily by punching a hole through the safe outside the restaurant. The episode ends with Plankton mad that his formula is gone, while Mr. Krabs puts SpongeBob and Squidward in his safe to further protect the formula.


The episode was confirmed by Vincent Waller on December 31, 2017.[1]


Bottle Burglars Rough

Bottle Burglars Rough

Bottle Burglars Final

Bottle Burglars Final


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music
  Discovery - Benny Carter [Title card]

  Another Krusty Krab Day 3 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob and Squidward clean Mr. Krabs' office.]
  Zelle 501 - Gerhard Trede [Plankton puts on invisibility helmet.]
  Toy Piano - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob puts the secret formula bottle in a trash can.]
  Who Said That - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward drops trash on the trash can and dumps outside.]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr ["The secret formula!"]
  Tricks and Traps - James McConnel [Plankton takes the formula/Plankton enters the Chum Bucket with the formula.]
  Mr Krabs Happy Jig Short Version - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob cleaning Mr. Krabs' desk.]
  Melodramatic Moments - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob notices the formula's gone.]
  Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford ["The formula?!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (r) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob and Squidward searching for the formula in the trash outside.]
  M'Wanna - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob cries.]
  Fooling Around 2 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Patrick and Bubble Bass are seen on the security footage.]
  A Casual Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [The formula is seen in movement on the security footage.]
  Zelle 501 - Gerhard Trede [Plankton is seen with the formula on the security footage.]
  Noodly Shenanigans - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Plankton trying to remove the cork from the bottle.]
  ? ["Open sesame!"]
  Noodly Shenanigans - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Plankton uses flamethrower and dynamite to remove the cork.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (h) - Jeremy Wakefield ["It's no use, Karen. It won't budge."]
  Noodly Shenanigans - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Cork has a time lock.]
  Tip Toe Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Closing time at the Krusty Krab.]
  Slinky Panther Pants - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob and Squidward sneak into the Chum Bucket.]
  New Threat - Roger Roger [Plankton watching a scary movie.]
  ? - unknown public domain movie soundtrack samples [Plankton watching a scary movie]
  Humorous Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Plankton preparing for bed.]
  Happy Links 6-9 - Paul Fenoulhet [Plankton arrives at his bedroom.]
  Mission Improbable - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob makes sure that Plankton is slept.]
  Dramatic Cue (a) - Ronald Hanmer [Spot growls at SpongeBob and Squidward.]
  Droopy - Arthur Wilkinson [Spot licking Squidward.]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob gets an idea.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (z) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob takes a spent fuel rod.]
  Eight Comical Cuts - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob plays fetch with Spot.]
  Dirty Dick - Ralph Dollimore [Karen appears in sleep mode.]
  Dramatic Episode 2 - Kurt Rehfeld [SpongeBob and Squidward arrive at another part of Chum Bucket.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob takes a Plankton's prison photo.]
  Space Horizons - Wolf Helling [Retina scans Plankton's photo.]
  Discovery - Benny Carter [Traps fall on Squidward while trying to approach to the safe.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (c) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob takes Squidward's remains into the bucket.]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr [Safe opens.]
  Crime and Danger Sign #3 - Hans Conzelmann, Delle Haensch [Alarm goes off and Squidward and SpongeBob get into a rocket.]
  Mr Krabs Happy Jig Short Version - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Krabs arrives at the Krusty Krab at the morning.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks - Jeremy Wakefield ["Why are you two smoldering?"]
  Deeply Moving Experience - Gerhard Trede [SpongeBob confesses Mr. Krabs that the secret formula is on the Chum Bucket.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (l) - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs steals the formula back from the Chum Bucket.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (e) - Jeremy Wakefield [Spot in Plankton's safe.]
  Ahoy Landlubbers - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Ah... I'm sure glad the formula is back in the safe where it belongs, Mr. Krabs."]
  Unknown Track 99 - ? [Ending]




  • This episode is considered one of John Trabbic's personal favorites.[citation needed]
  • In the French dub, Spot's name is not translated.
  • This episode references numerous past episodes:
  • Plankton's bedroom in this episode is completely different from the bedroom he was previously shown with in "One Coarse Meal." Also, in "One Coarse Meal," Plankton sleeps in his bedroom alone, but in this episode, Karen and Plankton both share the same bedroom. As a result, "Bottle Burglars" is the first time that both Plankton and Karen are shown sleeping together in the same room.
  • This is the second episode to show Plankton's skinned form. The first is "Plankton's Regular."
  • This is the third time the RMS Titanic is shown. The first time was in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and the second time was in "Moving Bubble Bass."
  • This is the third appearance of Spot, the first being in "Plankton's Pet" and the second being in "Spot Returns."

Cultural references

  • When Spot chases after the fuel rod that SpongeBob threw, the lightsaber activation sound from Star Wars is heard.
  • The boat that falls on top of Squidward is the RMS Titanic, a British passenger liner that sank in the Atlantic after colliding with an iceberg on April 15, 1912.
  • The movie Plankton is seen watching is the 1961 horror film Creature from the Haunted Sea.
  • While Karen is in sleep mode, the floating shapes on her screen are a reference to the Mystify screensaver included in Windows XP and earlier.
  • SpongeBob's cat suit is similar to the one in the 2013 video game Super Mario 3D World.


Error in Bottle Burglars OPC

It says one animation director but there are two.

  • The opening credits read "animation director" even though there are two animation directors.
Missing eyelashes error

SpongeBob's missing eyelashes

  • When SpongeBob says "I'm not even doing anything!," his eyelashes are missing.
Nose behind mouth error

Squidward's nose is behind his mouth.

  • When SpongeBob takes off the cat burglar suit, Squidward's nose is behind his mouth for one frame.


Bottle Burglars Promo

Bottle Burglars Promo


SpongeBob SquarePants - Serious Security Nickelodeon

SpongeBob SquarePants - Serious Security Nickelodeon



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