If you were looking for the article about the character, then see Fiasco.
If you were looking for the article about the art, then see Fiasco (art).

"Fiasco!" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season eight. In this episode, Plankton mistakenly swipes a piece of art instead of a Krabby Patty.



The scene opens up with Patrick, dressed in a business suit, asking where can he get something to eat. Squidward walks in and tells him the answer is before him: the Krusty Krab. Mr. Krabs, dressed in a leotard, jumps out of the restaurant and SpongeBob slides down a rainbow to his side. Squidward rides a dolphin while holding a plate of Krabby Patties, which Patrick eats. Suddenly, SpongeBob describes Patrick's actions.

Then the scene turns to him and Mr. Krabs in front of a storyboard planned for a commercial. Mr. Krabs asks why he is in a leotard, and he says it is because he is the mascot. Mr. Krabs does not like this, so he tears up the storyboard, telling him he needs a "masterpiece." Saddened, SpongeBob walks to Squidward's counter in depression and tells him about his problems, but Squidward does not care.

After having seen a patron squirt ketchup and mustard onto a plate, Squidward looks at said plate and recognizes it as the art style of Fiasco. Although initially having planned to throw it away, Mr. Krabs, seeing an opportunity to make money, tries to take the artwork from Squidward, and they argue over who really owns it. Just then, Farfel Bainbridge, an art evaluator, comes in and declares the work to be authentic, and thereby a national treasure, thus meaning neither Mr. Krabs nor Squidward own it. Mr. Krabs will allow people to view it in his restaurant free, provided they buy Krabby Patties (two each).

Later, Plankton sees the artwork and mistakes it for garbage. Planning to reverse-engineer the recipe, he steals it. Police officers immediately chase him and dog him every step of the way. When he loses them, he is baffled as to why the police are chasing him, rather than Mr. Krabs.

At night, Plankton knocks on Patrick's rock, but when Patrick answers, he angrily tells him that he has a busy day of doing nothing the following day. Plankton then goes to SpongeBob's house and demands an explanation as to why the police are after him. SpongeBob explains that what he has stolen is, in fact, a priceless work of art. Plankton gets the idea to sell the artwork and declares SpongeBob and Gary to be accomplices to his crime.


Patrick's stomach

Patrick is later revealed to have eaten the artwork, which he mistook for hors d'oeuvres. Plankton declares him an accomplice as well. Suddenly, Squidward bursts in with the police and then lies to them about all of the noise. When they see Plankton, they immediately arrest him, along with Squidward (for lying to them) and everyone until they can figure this whole situation out.

At the Bikini Bottom Police Department, Plankton and Squidward are locked away. Gary, Patrick, and SpongeBob are free since Mr. Krabs explains they were not involved with the theft. However, since the artwork is now in Patrick's stomach, Mr. Krabs (with SpongeBob’s suggestion) has him stand behind an X-Ray machine, which shows the artwork inside him. Fiasco is moved by Patrick's style, stating that he will never paint again.

The last scene changes to show Squidward, behind bars, asking about his phone call as the episode ends.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music
  Hawaiian Adventures SpongeBob Theme - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card]

  Busy Life - Cedric King-Palmer [The opening]
  Lopey Sailor's Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob about the storyboard.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks - Jeremy Wakefield [Mr. Krabs places SpongeBob near Squidward.]
  Lopey Sailor's Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob complains.]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["Great idea Squidward!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (h) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Of course he actually has one."]
  Cristallisation - Vladimir Cosma [Fiasco makes a messing plate.]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["What's this?"]
  Fooling Around - Barry Anthony [Squidward tells customers about Fiasco.]
  Daily Chores Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["I'll take a million for it."]
  A Fishy Conversation - Barry Anthony [Farfel appears.]
  Cartoon Sting 10 - "It's authentic!"
  Jovial Pirates Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [The customers line up.]
  Zelle 501 - Gerhard Trede [Plankton is shown spying.]
  Pirate's Opus - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Mr. Krabs sniffs money.]
  Cloak and Dagger [#69] - Phil Green [Plankton runs away with the art.]
  Big City Sidewalks - Sam Spence [Mr. Krabs call the cops.]
  Grand Pastures [#28] - Harry Bluestone [Plankton hides at the movie Theater]
  Crime & Danger Sign #3 - Hans Conzelmann, Delle Haensch [The police spot Plankton at the movie theater.]
  Shop-O-Rama - Nicolas Carr, Fabian Fernandez [Plankton hides at the supermarket.]
  Crime & Danger Sign #3 - Hans Conzelmann, Delle Haensch [The police spot Plankton at the supermarket.]
  Blue Danube - Johann Strauss [The police catch Plankton in outer space.]
  Animal Antics [#45] - Phil Green [Plankton tries from chasing with the police and knocks on Patrick's rock.]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Wait, what?"]
  Apprehensive 2 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Plankton enters SpongeBob's house.]
  Desperate Situation - Phil Green ["Now you've gone too far!"]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob and Plankton gasp.]
  Cloak and Dagger [#70] - Phil Green ["Now Patrick is harboring stolen merchandise in his belly!"]
  Bikini Bottom Police - Nicolas Carr [The cops finally catch Plankton stealing the piece of art.]
  Shellfish Behavior - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Plankton gets put in jail.]
  Jolly Little Roger - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [The ending]


  • As of June 18, 2019, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 6.2/10 based on 129 ratings by users.[1] users give this episode a rating of 5.8/10 based on 37 votes.[2]




  • Mr. Krabs is right when he says that the art is his, as it was made from parts of his restaurant, which he owns.
  • Mr. Krabs calls Farfel Bainbridge "Farkle" despite never having found his name out before.
  • The Old Man Jenkins from "My Pretty Seahorse" makes a cameo at the Bikini Bottom Supermarket in this episode.
  • In Germany, this episode has two title cards.
  • Although this episode premiered in 2012, it was made in 2011 according to the credits.
  • Plankton accuses SpongeBob of harboring an art thief, yet he actually was not, as all Plankton did was enter his house. Not to mention that he was technically breaking into it.
  • This episode marks the third time Squidward goes to the BBPD. The first is in "Good Ol' Whatshisname" and the second is in "Professor Squidward." Once again, however, no one bails him out.
  • This episode marks the fifth time Plankton goes to jail. The first is in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, the second is in "Krabby Road," the third is in "Someone's in the Kitchen with Sandy," and the fourth is in "Sweet and Sour Squid."
  • At one point, Patrick was the third time he went to BBPD, the first is SpongeBob Meets the Strangler and second to Good Ol' Whatshisname. Later arrested in The Executive Treatment.
  • This episode marks another instance where Patrick does something stupid, which causes people to think he has artistic talent. A previous instance is in "The Googly Artiste," in which he simply glues googly eyes onto rocks and other objects, which are considered great art.
  • Plankton reveals that he has pollen allergies when he sneezes and says, "Blasted pollen allergies!"
  • This episode takes place after "Penny Foolish" because in that episode, the Movie Palace is built and reappears in this episode.
  • This episode premiered seven years after SpongeBob Saves the Day was released and five years after "Remodeling" premiered.
  • SpongeBob's storyboard shows pictures from this actual episode, with the opening scene and the parts leading up to Mr. Krabs tearing up the storyboards and SpongeBob being dropped out of the kitchen.
  • This is the only season 8 episode to use the APM track "Shellfish Behavior."
  • The working title for this episode was "The Priceless Patty." This title is used on several international TV guides, such as iDNES Europe.[3]
  • This episode premiered in the "Two Whole Weeks of Never Before Seen SpongeBob" event.

Cultural references

  • Fiasco is a parody of the famous artist Pablo Picasso.
  • When Plankton hides from the police in the movie theater, the movie that is playing is called Goo Lagoon, which is a spoof of The Blue Lagoon in addition to being a reference to the in-universe location, Goo Lagoon.


  • Old Man Jenkins has two looks. First, when Plankton goes in the store, and it is different when he leaves.
  • Gale wears a blue shirt in this episode, not a red one like the one she usually wears.
  • Closed-captions error: "Artiste" is misspelled as "Ar-teest."
  • When Plankton walks to SpongeBob's house after Patrick's, Squidward's house is absent from the scene.


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