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"Kooky Cooks" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 12. In this episode, after a disaster at a fancy restaurant, Mrs. Puff thinks Mr. Krabs is too cheap, so he hires SpongeBob and Squidward as waiters to impress her.



The episode begins with Mr. Krabs and Mrs. Puff's date at Fancy! As the waiter gives them their menus, Mr. Krabs gets nervous at the food prices. Mrs. Puff places the order for them, which causes Mr. Krabs to panic at the threat of spending a lot of money. He uses a dinner roll in an attempt to make the waiter slip and spill soup on him so he can get his meal for free, but the waiter lands the soups successfully. Mr. Krabs then tricks the waiter by telling him an eyelash is in his soup, which the waiter pulls on and unveils SpongeBob, who tells Mrs. Puff that Mr. Krabs brought him along for a free meal.

Mrs. Puff gets furious and leaves the restaurant, while the waiter kicks out Mr. Krabs afterwards since he did not want to pay the bill. Mr. Krabs goes after Mrs. Puff to apologize to her, as she is mad at him for being cheap again. He offers to make it up to her by offering a date at his house, which Mrs. Puff agrees to. Mr. Krabs asks SpongeBob to help him with this date.

SpongeBob and Squidward arrive at Mr. Krabs's house the following night. Mr. Krabs originally offers SpongeBob to cook food on the date, but after Squidward speaks against it, he is assigned to help SpongeBob. Mr. Krabs asks Pearl to serve the food. Mrs. Puff arrives soon after, and Mr. Krabs accompanies her to their table.

SpongeBob and Squidward prepare several foods to serve, but all of which have problems that Mr. Krabs notices, and he takes the food away from Mrs. Puff. She soon gets frustrated at Mr. Krabs for denying her food, and he scolds SpongeBob and Squidward out of desperation for them to prepare a decent meal. When it seems SpongeBob has prepared a good dish, he fumbles it and it lands on Squidward's face, which erupts a food fight between the two. SpongeBob ends up sliding into butter and lands in the stove afterwards.

After SpongeBob is set on the counter table, Pearl serves it to Mr. Krabs and Mrs. Puff. Mr. Krabs wants to do a quality check on the dish, but Mrs. Puff quickly denies him out of wanting to eat. Squidward informs Mr. Krabs and Pearl that the dish is SpongeBob, and all three try to prevent Mrs. Puff from eating him, but Mrs. Puff ends up doing so. Squidward, Mr. Krabs, and Pearl inform Mrs. Puff that she ate SpongeBob, to which she asks for an operation to remove him from inside her. After the operation, SpongeBob serves Mrs. Puff a Krabby Patty at the Krusty Krab, but Mrs. Puff is still hungry and goes after SpongeBob, as the episode ends.

Running gags

  • Serving food when it is not fancy enough.


The episode was confirmed by Vincent Waller on June 29, 2019.[4]



 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Greenhorn Rag Remix No Whistle - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card]
  ? [Mr. Krabs dating Mrs. Puff at Fancy! restaurant]
  Oh My Neptune! - Nicolas Carr ["Do something, Krabs! You're gonna go broke!"]
  ? ["Hehehe. I'll get soup all over me nice shoot and our meal will be free."]
  Ta-ra A - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [Krabs and Mrs. Puff get their bowl soup given]
  ? [Mrs. Puff discovers Krabs took SpongeBob to the Fancy! restaurant to get a free meal]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 5C - Jeremy Wakefield [Waiter kicks Krabs out of Fancy! restaurant]
  Salt Water Works - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Mrs. Puff gets angry at Krabs for ruining their date because of his cheapness]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 11B - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs eats the soup]
  In a Minor Mood Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Krabs orders SpongeBob to cook a fancy dinner for him and Mrs. Puff]
  Parting of the Clouds - Nicolas Carr ["Fancy pants for a fancy meal."]
  Credit Card Heaven - Nicolas Carr ["Fancy pants for a fancy meal."]
  In a Minor Mood Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Ha! SpongeBob can't cook anything but grease trap muck, he's not a gourmet like moi."]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 24A - Jeremy Wakefield ["I once made a Krabby Patty with three buns."]
  Galley Cooks Shanty - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Krabs orders Squidward to be the food supervisor and Pearl to be the waiter]
  Drunken Sailor Solo Accordion-2 - Nicolas Carr [Sailors escape from Krabs' oven]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 2C - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs runs to open his house's door to Mrs. Puff]
  Lounging and Fine Dining - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Krabs receives Mrs. Puff at his house]
  The Dreadnought Tea Clipper (B) - Robert Alexander White, Tim Laycock [SpongeBob makes two "fancy" salads for Krabs and Mrs. Puff]
  Lounge O Rama - Billy Lincoln, Michael Gurley [Krabs discovers the "fancy" salads have dish soap on them]
  Melodramatic Moments - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Krabs scolds SpongeBob and Squidward for adding dish soap in the "fancy" salads]
  Fooling Around 2 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob makes "soup" for Krabs and Mrs. Puff]
  Lazybones - Xavier Edmunds, Zoltan Biscotti [Krabs avoiding Mrs. Puff to eating the food made by SpongeBob]
  Melodramatic Moments - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["You two better come up with something tasty, or you're both double fired!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 1A - Jeremy Wakefield ["Just make something eatable!!"]
  Humorous Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob takes a dessert from the oven]
  Greenhorn Rag - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob and Squidward having a food fight which ends with SpongeBob covered with batter and baked in the oven]
  Impending Danger - Otto Sieben [Pearl serves the "dessert" to Krabs and Mrs. Puff]
  Like Strange - Kenny Graham [Mrs. Puff grabs Krabs' claw and throws him on the floor]
  Horror-Scope - Ronald Hanmer [Closeup of the baked SpongeBob]
  Porous Pursuit - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs, Squidward and Pearl trying to avoid Mrs. Puff to eat the baked SpongeBob]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 28 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Uh... Puffykins... I don't know how to say this but..."]
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Mrs. Puff realizes she ate SpongeBob]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [One operation later...]
  Accordeon Ta Da - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob serves a Krabby Patty to Mrs. Puff at the Krusty Krab]
  Credit Card Heaven - Nicolas Carr [Closeup of the Krabby Patty with three buns]
  Another Krusty Krab Day 3 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Mrs. Puff eats the Krabby Patty with three buns]
  Porous Pursuit - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Ending]




  • Despite this episode being advertised, its sister episode "Bubble Bass's Tab" premiered first during the original airing.
  • This episode was released on The Complete Twelfth Season DVD on January 12, 2021, almost three months before airing on American television.
  • The title card is similar to those of "Lame and Fortune," "Plankton Retires," and "Insecurity Guards," but the flowers are absent.
  • This is the third episode where Mrs. Puff and Mr. Krabs go on a date at Fancy! The first was "Krusty Love," and the second was "My Two Krabses."
    • This is also the second time in season 12 Mr. Krabs and Mrs. Puff go on a date at Fancy!
  • SpongeBob and Squidward were previously waiters in "Krusty Katering."
  • Incidental F9's old model is used in this episode.
  • This is the first episode directed by Bob Camp, filling the spot of former director Adam Paloian.
  • Both this episode and its sister involve Mr. Krabs having SpongeBob and Squidward do something for his own benefit.
  • In the Hebrew version, the "Zee Next Morning" and "One Operation Later" time cards are not translated.
  • This is the first episode to use the track "The Dreadnought Tea Clipper (B)" since "The Curse of Bikini Bottom."
  • This episode marks the final appearance of Mrs. Puff and Pearl in season 12.
    • Pearl also seems to have been drawn bigger than usual.
  • The Hebrew version of the title card translates to "Madness in the Kitchen."
  • A clip from this episode was released in "Top 5 Funniest Moments from New Episodes" video on the official Nick Poland on November 22, 2020,[5] Russia and Asia Facebook account on November 24, 2020,[6][7] Hungary on November 29,[8] Turkey on December 20,[9] and France on January 2, 2021.[10]
  • This marks the first time "Greenhorn Rag" plays as the title card music since the season 9 episode "Jailbreak!" (which premiered eight years earlier).
    • However, it is the remixed version that is played.
  • When Mr. Krabs blows a bubble, a message is heard after it pops. This is a callback to "Naughty Nautical Neighbors."
  • SpongeBob adding soap to the salads when says he can't forget the special sauce is a callback to "The Inside Job" when SpongeBob mistakenly uses dish cleaning items to make a Krabby Patty and Plankton says, "Soap is the special sauce?"
  • A clip from this episode was used in "Funniest Moments from NEW SpongeBob Episodes! 😂" on the Nickelodeon Cartoon Universe channel on March 19, 2021.[11]


Mr. Krabs' mouth is missing.

  • In one frame, Mr. Krabs' mouth is missing.

Cropped Mr. Krabs.

  • For a split second, Mr. Krabs is strangely cropped while drinking soda.
  • Just before Pearl takes the now-fried SpongeBob, he is not shown with an apple, but when she places it on the table, there is somehow an apple in his mouth.
  • After Mr. Krabs is flipped by Mrs. Puff, his claw detaches from his arm for a frame.

Incorrectly painted background on the time card.

  • In Korean dub, the "One Operation Later..." time card was dubbed with an incorrectly painted background.