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"Fear of a Krabby Patty" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season four. In this episode, the Krusty Krab opens up for 24 hours as part of Plankton's plan to get the Krabby Patty secret formula from an exhausted SpongeBob.



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"New business hours: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m."

The episode begins with Mr. Krabs making new business hours for the Krusty Krab until he sees that Plankton has the Chum Bucket open for 23 hours every day so he decides to have the resturant open 24/7.

Plankton calls Mr. Krabs using a fake name to order 10,000 Krabby Patties so he can get SpongeBob's mind to crack from exhaustion and make him tell him the formula. Mr. Krabs gives the order to SpongeBob, but after 42 days of cooking, he starts cooking Krabby Patties the wrong way.

When Mr. Krabs comes to check up on SpongeBob, he sees his boss as a Krabby Patty, scaring him. When he goes outside, he visualizes everyone as killer Krabby Patties and starts panicking. When Mr. Krabs sees that SpongeBob is not right, he tells him he should go to a psychiatrist.

At the same time, Plankton secretly gives a flier to SpongeBob to come to his place so he can get the formula, with him thinking he is a psychiatrist. He tries several methods, but fails to get SpongeBob to tell the formula.

Eventually, Plankton uses hypnosis to get the formula out of SpongeBob, but this ends up curing his phobia, as it gives him a dream where he conquers his fears. He goes back to the Krusty Krab, where Mr. Krabs is now opening the Krusty Krab for 23 hours a day instead of 24.

Running gags

  • Plankton constantly getting hit with a piano, including the one where SpongeBob turned the cards into another piano.
  • SpongeBob hallucinating people as killer Krabby Patties.



Deleted scenes

On the storyboard featured on the Fear of a Krabby Patty DVD, Plankton is shown waiting for SpongeBob instead of him having to get him up immediately after sitting down. There was another one when a bunch of Krabby Patties from a cave bring SpongeBob to his bed after he gets eaten by a Krabby Patty in his dream. Yet again, SpongeBob says another "K-R-A-B-B-Y-P-A-T-T-Y says I" during the day/night montage. Also, SpongeBob talks to Krabby Patties more in the storyboard animation. Squidward having bags in his eyes was originally going to be the ending theme.


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music
  March of the Aliens [#7] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [title card]

  The Rake Hornpipe - Robert Alexander White [opening]
  Dramatic Impact 6 - Ivor Slaney ["The Chum Bucket open 23 hours?!"]
  Hello Blues - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob pinching himself]
  Zelle 501 - Gerhard Trede ["Open 24 hours, eh?"]
  Keel Row - Brian Peters ["I don't care if we stay open till the day after the end of time."]
  Solo Steel 4 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Mr. Krabs, can I go home yet?"/"You could learn a few things from that boy."]
  Solo Steel 3 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob kisses the Krabby Patty.]
  Hercule Poirot - Gerhard Trede ["Drat! He's not collapsing from exhaustion."]
  Hawaiian Transition - Nicolas Carr [Mr. Krabs crushes Plankton]
  Motivating March - Nicolas Carr ["Kick it into high gear! We got a big order!"]
  Idyll in the Clouds - Ludo Philipp ["Now, make me 10,000 patties!"]
  Worker's Symphony - Hans May [“Day 15! Give it up for Day 15!” ]
  Twilight Zone - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [SpongeBob hallucinates Krabs as a giant Krabby Patty/SpongeBob hallucinates Krabs as a giant Krabby Patty again]
  House of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [SpongeBob screams.]
  Twilight Zone - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["Stay back! I'm warning you!"]
  House of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [SpongeBob sees giant patties everywhere/SpongeBob screams again/"I want to live!"/Squidward is shown exhausted/"Everywhere I look, I see killer Krabby Patties."]
  Footsteps of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [SpongeBob screaming]
  Planet Surface - Gregor F. Narholz ["What does this mean?"]
  ? [Krabs thinks SpongeBob should see a psychiatrist]
  Fear 1 - Louis Clark ["Dr. Peter Lankton, Psychiatrist."]
  Lap Steel Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Well, this looks like the place."]
  Like Strange - Kenny Graham [Chum Bucket disguised as psychiatrist's office]
  Games Played in the Dark - Richard A. Harvey [Plankton with a beard]
  ? [rimshot]
  Towerstreet 17 [#29] - Gerhard Narholz [SpongeBob closes his eyes]
  The Killing Ground (a) - Richard A. Harvey ["They're coming for me!"]
  Piano Crash - Nicolas Carr [Piano crashes on Plankton]
  Wooden Bear - Gil Flat, Tony Tape, Florian Voelxen [word association/Words on cards]
  Bill Piano Crash - Nicolas Carr [Card piano crashes on Plankton]
  Mists of Illusion - Gilbert Vinter [Plankton hypnotizes SpongeBob]
  Hypno Sponge Vibe - Nicolas Carr [Vibraphone overlays "Mists of Illusion"]
  Trumpet and Percussion - Nicolas Carr [Plankton plays the trumpet and the snare drum]
  Sponge Phone - Nicolas Carr [cell phone rings]
  Flashback - Nicolas Carr [Camera zooms in on SpongeBob]
  Solo Steel - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob dreams about jellyfishing]
  March of the Aliens [#7] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [SpongeBob eaten by giant Krabby Patty]
  South Pacific Island II - Victor Cavini [The patty gives him gifts]
  Dream Out - Nicolas Carr [Camera zooms in on SpongeBob again]
  Solo Steel - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob wakes up]
  The Rake Hornpipe - Robert Alexander White [ending]



  • "Fear of a Krabby Patty" was ranked #11 during the Best Day Ever event from November 9–10, 2006.
  • This episode and "Shell of a Man" were nominated for an Emmy at the 2005 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour).[1]
  • "Fear of a Krabby Patty" was ranked #35 during the SpongeBob's Top 100 event in the UK and Ireland from June 4-8, 2012.



  • The Krusty Krab was opened 24 hours a day, for 43 days, with no breaks.
    • This means that SpongeBob, Squidward, and Mr. Krabs stayed awake for an astounding 1,032 hours, which is logically impossible as they would have died from a severe case of sleep deprivation.
    • In the Russian dub, Squidward says they have been working for 48 days straight, meaning the Krusty Krew has been up for an even longer period, which is 1,152 hours.
  • The drive-thru that was installed in "Driven to Tears" is seen when Mr. Krabs announces Day 10 of non-stop service.
  • Old Man Walker breaks the fourth wall by asking why he is moving.
  • Plankton's eye seems to be much smaller in the last half of this episode, due to his beard.
  • Plankton is revealed to have a cell phone.
  • Irony: Plankton's last attempt to get SpongeBob to tell him the formula is hypnotizing him to sleep so he can subconsciously tell it to him, yet this is what cures his fear of Krabby Patties moments later.
  • Starting with this episode, the cast list in the end credits is listed separately for both segments instead of all together.
  • This is the first episode to be PAL Pitched in some countries.
  • This is Alan Smart's first episode as an animation director since the season 1 episode "Jellyfishing."
  • This is the first episode to have Paul Tibbitt as the showrunner and executive producer, replacing Stephen Hillenburg. Hillenburg later returned to the position in 2015, starting with the season 9 episode "Lost in Bikini Bottom," until his death on November 26, 2018.
  • This is the second episode where the Krusty Krab is open 24/7. The first is "Graveyard Shift." However, unlike in the aforementioned episode, Mr. Krabs stays at the restaurant with his employees and thus suffers from the same lack of sleep that they do.
  • This is C.H. Greenblatt's final episode on the show as a writer and storyboard director before leaving to work on The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy and after create the show Chowder.
  • In the French dub, this episode is called "Ouverture Non-stop!," which translates to "Opening Non-stop!"
  • In the Polish dub, the episode's title is "Kraboburgerofobia," which translates to "Krabby Patty Phobia."
  • This episode was paired with "Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm" during the Massive Monster Mayhem Marathon.

Cultural references

  • In SpongeBob's dream, the Krabby Patty tells him that he will always be with him in his arteries, a reference to the 1982 Universal Pictures movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, complete with the glowing finger.


  • In the Greek dub, in the beginning, Mr. Krabs says, "The Chum Bucket will open for 24 hours" instead of saying "The Krusty Krab will open for 24 hours." It was a mistake from the Greek voice actor.[citation needed]
    • In the Russian dub, Squidward says that they are working for 48 days instead of 43.
      • Also, when Mr. Krabs says that they are working for 15 days, the Russian dub says 10; 30 days instead of 23; 35 instead of 30.
SpongeBob's eyelashes mistake in Fear of a Krabby Patty

SpongeBob's visible eyelashes mistake.

  • When SpongeBob says, "I've got to pinch myself, because I must be dreaming," he blinks, but his eyelashes are still seen for a split second.
The Kitchen door error

The front door is farther to the grill.

  • When Mr. Krabs enters the kitchen, the front door is far away from the grill when usually it is much closer.
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The anchor is missing on Squidward's Krusty Krab employee hat.

  • When SpongeBob is dropping trays out of the chef's window, the anchor on Squidward's Krusty Krab employee hat is missing.
  • When SpongeBob gets up from his trauma, his tie is missing and it reappears seconds later.
  • When SpongeBob sees killer Krabby Patties everywhere, the Chum Bucket across the street is gone in the window.
  • When SpongeBob is being dragged into the kitchen by Mr. Krabs, his Krusty Krab employee hat is on his head. When he reopens the door and shouts, "I want to live!," his hat is missing.
Fear of a Krabby Patty credits

"Kraby" instead of "Krabby."

  • The end credits call this episode "Fear of a Kraby Patty," missing the second "b."


SpongeBob - “Fear of a Krabby Patty” Promo 1 (April 30, 2005)

SpongeBob - “Fear of a Krabby Patty” Promo 1 (April 30, 2005)

SpongeBob - “Fear of a Krabby Patty” Promo 2 (partial) (May 6, 2005)

SpongeBob - “Fear of a Krabby Patty” Promo 2 (partial) (May 6, 2005)


Awards and nominations for SpongeBob SquarePants (VE)

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Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Television Production

Voice actors: Mary Jo Catlett as Mrs. Puff (in "No Free Rides;" 2001)

Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Television Production

Voice actors: Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants (in "Wormy;" 2001)

Outstanding Individual Achievement for a Song in an Animated Production

Singers: Peter Strauss and Paul Tibbitt for "The Very First Christmas" (in "Christmas Who?;" 2001)

Best Writing in an Animated Television Production

Writers: C.H. Greenblatt, Paul Tibbitt, Mike Bell, and Tim Hill (for "Fear of a Krabby Patty;" 2006)

Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production

Voice actors: Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants (in "Spy Buddies;" 2008)

Direction in an Animated Television Production or Short-form

Directors: Alan Smart (for "Penny Foolish;" 2009)

Best Home Entertainment Production

DVDs: SpongeBob vs. The Big One (DVD) (2010)

Best Voice Acting in a Television Production

Voice actors: Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants (in "Truth or Square;" 2010)

Music in a Television Production

Composers: Jeremy Wakefield, Sage Guyton, Nicolas Carr, and Tuck Tucker (2011)

Writing in a Television Production

Writers: Dani Michaeli, Sean Charmatz, Nate Cash, Luke Brookshier, and Paul Tibbitt (for "Patrick's Staycation;" 2012)

Character Animation in an Animated Television or other Broadcast Venue Production

Animators: Dan Driscoll and Savelen Forrest (for "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!," 2013)

Directing in an Animated Television or other Broadcast Venue Production

Directors: Mark Caballero and Seamus Walsh (for "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!," 2013)

Emmy Awards Cup Emmy

Daytime Emmy Awards

Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program

Directors: Andrew Overtoom, Andrea Romano, Alan Smart and Tom Yasumi (2010)Casey Alexander, Luke Brookshier, Nate Cash, Zeus Cervas, Sean Charmatz, Andrew Overtoom, Andrea Romano, Alan Smart, Aaron Springer, Paul Tibbitt, Vincent Waller and Tom Yasumi (2012)

Outstanding Special Class Animated Program

Animators: Dina Buteyn, Stephen Hillenburg and Paul Tibbitt (2010)

Outstanding Children's Animated Program

Nominees: Stephen Hillenburg, Jennie Monica Hammond and Paul Tibbitt (2012)

Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program

Voice actors: Rodger Bumpass as Squidward Tentacles (2012)

Outstanding Sound Editing – Animation

Nominees: Todd Brodie, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Chris Gresham, Matt Hall, Jeffrey Hutchins, James Lifton, Paulette Lifton, D.J. Lynch, Aran Tanchum and Kimberlee Vanek (2012) • Mishelle Fordham, Vincent Guisetti, Jeffrey Hutchins, James Lifton, Paulette Lifton, D.J. Lynch, Wes Otis, Monique Reymond and Aran Tanchum (2013) • Devon Bowman, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Jeff Hutchins, Aran Tanchum and Vincent Guisetti (2014)


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International Category

Recipients: Stephen Hillenburg and Alan Smart (2007)Paul Tibbitt, Casey Alexander and Zeus Cervas (2012)Marc Ceccarelli, Luke Brookshier and Vincent Waller (2014)

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Special Award

Episodes: Fear of a Krabby Patty (2005)

Special Award for a TV Series

Episodes: It's a SpongeBob Christmas! (2013)

Artios Awards

Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Animation TV Programming

Nominees: Sarah Noonan (2010)

Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Television Animation

Nominees: Sarah Noonan (2011; 2013)

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Top Television Series

Nominees: Steven Belfer, Nicolas Carr, Derek Drymon, Mark Harrison, Stephen Hillenburg, Pat Irwin, Stephen Marston, Blaise Smith, Barry Trop and Ron Wasserman (2011-2013)

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BMI Cable Award

Nominees: Michael Bolger, Sage Guyton, Eban Schletter and Jeremy Wakefield (2013)

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Best Youth DVD

DVDs: The Complete 2nd Season (2005)

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Outstanding Achivement - Attraction

Rides: SpongeBob SubPants Adventure (2016)

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