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"Bucket Sweet Bucket" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 5. In this episode, Plankton gets SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward to fix up the Chum Bucket.



In the beginning of the episode, Plankton is tired of the Chum Bucket's lack of business, so he attempts to remodel it and fails due to size deduction. As a result, he tricks SpongeBob and Patrick into fixing it up by whimpering an excuse for him not to remodel. Soon, he realizes that they both have done everything wrong and breaks down sobbing about his failure, which attracts their loyalty towards him to make the Chum Bucket a success.

Plankton bites off the bolt with his teeth and starts to crack.

Soon after seeing their progress, Squidward criticizes them and tells them that they are not painting correctly. He joins in and paints different, unexpected art on the front of the restaurant. Plankton sees Squidward's joining the experiment, as an opportunity to purloin the Krabby Patty secret formula, but Plankton sees that Squidward's art is paintings of himself, causing him to repaint it into a log cabin. SpongeBob requests something to drink, but Plankton says that his pipes are not working and he can't get water even if he wanted to, they were rusted shut. This causes SpongeBob and Patrick to start replacing every part of the Chum Bucket with parts from the Krusty Krab.

SpongeBob and Patrick taking parts of the Krusty Krab.

When Plankton slides into the safe after the others are still working, he finds out that Mr. Krabs is nowhere to be seen and has replaced the formula with a to-do list. An angry Plankton bursts out of the safe, he sees the Krusty Krab is gone and in the place of the Chum Bucket. Mr. Krabs then returns and it turns out that he was on vacation (on a safari maybe) and keeps the formula in another safe while away (inside him). He sees the rearranging of his business and literally pushes the Krusty Krab back to its normal spot. He picks Plankton up and is about to tell Plankton the usual stay away from his restaurant speech. However, an exasperated Plankton cuts him off by finishing the sentence for him, as Mr. Krabs is confused. Plankton states they've done this many times and he saves Mr. Krabs the trouble, with Plankton launching himself back to the Chum Bucket, which is completely gone. He tells a frustrated Karen not to nag him after the day he just had.

After about 1 day, Mr. Krabs is enjoying the remodeled Krusty Krab, which was remodeled by Squidward, who used parts of the Chum Bucket, including the floors of the restaurant for the new wall areas, the walls of it for the central fountain, and Plankton's wife, Karen, like the computer.

The episode ends with a customer wanting to order a Krabby Patty for $25 until Mr. Krabs persuades him to get four of them for $100 because of the decorations.

Running gags

  • Whenever someone uses the word "pizzazz," sparkles fall from their hands.
    • The former gag also happens in "Idiot Box," but when somebody said "imagination."
  • SpongeBob and Patrick getting parts from the Krusty Krab.



 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Drunken Sailor - Nicolas Carr [Title card]
  Goofy Conversation 3 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Plankton trying to paint the Chum Bucket]
  Hawaiian Link (b) - Richard Myhill [Plankton spits out paintbrush]
  Hello Blues - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob, Patrick playing leapfrog]
  Woe is Me! - Richard Myhill [Plankton's sob story]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick puts a watermelon over his head]
  The Pollywog Strut - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Plankton giving instructions]
  ? ["Well, hop to it, lads!"]
  Squanny Smooth Jazz - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [plays on Squidward's headphones]
  Tomfoolery - David Snell [SpongeBob and Patrick painting the Chum Bucket]
  Hercule Poirot - Gerhard Trede ["My plan is falling right into place!"]
  Steel Licks 3 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob asks for a drink]
  Hawaiian Flower - Jon Jelmer [rusty pipes]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Where'd he go?"]
  Closing Door Sting - Nicolas Carr [Plankton laughs]
  Clownfish Capers - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob getting pipes from the Krusty Krab]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr
  ? - Nicolas Carr
  Terror by Night - Hubert Clifford ["Secret formula, here I come!"]
  Steel Licks 7 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Perfect!"]
  Historical Fanfare [#31.04] - Gerhard Narholz [Squidward's painting revealed]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch ["No, no, no! It's all wrong!"]
  Log Cabin Banjo Stinger - Nicolas Carr [Plankton paints a log cabin]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch ["Everyone's a critic."]
  Seaweed 1 - Steve Belfer [windows]
  Drama Link (D) - Hubert Clifford ["Can't you two do anything right?!"]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill ["Just forget it."]
  12th Street Rag - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [interior decorating]
  Mission Improbable - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Plankton sneaks into the Krusty Krab/Plankton enters the kitchen]
  The Promised Land - David Farnon [inside the safe]
  Percussive Annoucement - Nicolas Carr [drum roll]
  Tympup C - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [Plankton reads the to-do list]
  Drama Link (D) - Hubert Clifford ["This isn't the secret formula! It's a to-do list!"]
  Dramatic Impact (6) - Ivor Slaney ["What happened to the Krusty Krab?"]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [they've moved it to where the Chum Bucket was]
  Gator - Steve Belfer ["This isn't what I meant by renovation!"]
  Keel Row - Brian Peters [Krabs returns from his vacation]
  Great Idea Patrick - Nicolas Carr [The word "Exposition" appears behind SpongeBob]
  Keel Row - Brian Peters ["And it's time for The Krusty Krab to return from its vacation."]
  Ready for Combat [#2.02] - Gregor F. Narholz [The Krusty Krab returns from its "vacation"]
  Drunken Sailor (B) - Robin Jeffrey, Tim Laycock ["And I bet you tried to steal this, too."]
  Steel Licks 1 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Oh, excellent job, genius."]
  Classy Harpsichord - Nicolas Carr [ending]




  • This episode was available on the Bikini Bottom Adventures DVD, released on June 5, 2007, a month and a half before it aired on American television.
  • Karen implies it is the poor upkeep of the Chum Bucket that keeps customers away, but numerous other episodes imply that it is really the poor quality of the food.
  • Squidward has headphones on when he is walking, but when he walks up to the Chum Bucket, the headphones have vanished.
    • It is possible that he removed it off-screen while he approaches the Chum Bucket.
  • Squidward uses SpongeBob's line "Everyone's a critic" from "Frankendoodle."
  • At the end of the episode, Squidward says he built a computer out of Karen, but in the scene, prior to that one, she is okay even after the Chum Bucket is destroyed.
    • It's possible that he built the computer out of Karen after the scene where the Chum Bucket is destroyed.
  • This episode marks the first time the basement of the Krusty Krab is seen.
  • This episode marks the first time Karen works at the Krusty Krab.
  • This is the second episode to parody the phrase "home sweet home" in the title. The first is "Home Sweet Pineapple." Also, both episodes involve fixing the "home."
  • This was Larry Leichliter's last episode as an animation director on SpongeBob SquarePants; he left to work on The Mighty B!, which is another Nickelodeon animated series.

Cultural references

  • This episode's title is a pun of the phrase "home sweet home."
  • The computer game SpongeBob plays at the end of the episode is Solitaire, a game that is pre-installed on Windows computers.


  • After doors fall on Plankton, his eyebrow is missing for three seconds.

SpongeBob's visible eyelashes mistake.

  • When SpongeBob talks to Squidward and says, "He calls it 'pizzazz'," SpongeBob blinks his eyes, but his eyelashes are still seen for a split second.
  • When Plankton and SpongeBob walk over to the window that Patrick made, it has eight bolts on it. However, after Plankton notices that the window is closed, it has six bolts on it. Then, when Patrick comments on how weird it is for Plankton wanting to see out the window, it has seven bolts. Finally, after Plankton bites off one of the bolts, eight spots are seen again.

The incorrect writers are listed.



Nickelodeon Split Screen Credits (July 27, 2007)


Nickelodeon Split Screen Credits (August 3, 2007)