- Sheldon J. Plankton
- Karen Plankton
- SpongeBob SquarePants
- SpongeBob LawyerPants (single appearance)
- Eugene H. Krabs
- Squidward Tentacles (cameo)
- Richard A. Bottomfeeder (debut)
- Incidental 23
- Incidental 41
- Incidental 48
- Incidental 92
- Incidental 46
- Incidental 106
- Incidental 73
- Incidental 25
- Incidental 30
- Incidental 2
- Incidental 21
- Incidental 27
- Incidental 154
- Incidental 31
- Incidental 94
- Incidental 65
- Incidental 9
- Incidental 15
- Old Man Walker
- Incidental 49
- Incidental 64
- Incidental 118
- Incidental 17
- Incidental 69
- Incidental 10
- Incidental 13
- Incidental 93
- Incidental 45
- Incidental 6
- Incidental 81
- Bailiff (single appearance)
- Judge Stickleback (single appearance)
- Lily Plankton (mentioned)
- Goose (mentioned)
In the opening, a depressed Plankton wakes up and goes to the Krusty Krab one morning without a plan to steal the Krabby Patty secret formula, telling Karen that he will "wing it," not knowing what he might get himself into. When he goes inside, he slips on the floor where SpongeBob just mopped and is ridiculed by Mr. Krabs. Two customers observing the incident comment that there should have be a wet floor sign and that they would sue Krabs for everything he possesses if that happened to them, including the Krabby Patty secret formula. Plankton then pretends to be badly injured and, after paramedics come and pick him up, Plankton threatens to sue Mr. Krabs unless he gives him the formula, but Mr. Krabs angrily refuses.
Fearing that he will lose the case, Mr. Krabs hires a lawyer named Richard A. Bottomfeeder, who tells him that he will not charge him anything unless they win and that they will counter-sue Plankton for everything he owns. Later, in Mr. Krabs' office, SpongeBob wants to read his testimony speech to Mr. Krabs. However, Mr. Krabs declines SpongeBob's testimony and tells him that he could be more of a liability than an asset. Unfortunately, as they prepare to leave for the court hearing, Richard slips and falls, breaking his back. He gives SpongeBob his briefcase, saying that they only need what is inside the briefcase to win the case. SpongeBob takes Richard's suit and arrives late to the trial, dubbing himself "SpongeBob LawyerPants" to Judge Stickleback.
When the plaintiff Plankton first takes the stand, however, SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs realize that Richard did not give them the combination of the suitcase. Plankton comes to court in a wheelchair and a few casts and bandages, and gives a convincingly painful testimony, dishonestly earning the sympathy of the jury. Meanwhile, SpongeBob desperately tries crazier and crazier attempts to open the briefcase, but to no avail. Plankton uses the fact that Krabs does not own a "wet floor" sign as evidence against him, while SpongeBob only inadvertently demonstrates Krabs' unhealthy greed in his attempts to defend him. Mr. Krabs also accuses Plankton of being a fake, but the courtroom goes against Krabs, not seeing Plankton's more apparent dishonesty. SpongeBob then calls Squidward to the stand, but Squidward testifies against Mr. Krabs, saying that this is his first day off in three years.
Disheartened, Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob to give up, but SpongeBob refuses and gives a short sermon telling him that they cannot quit now. When he finishes, he hits the case lightly, and it opens unexpectedly. They peer inside, only to find a Krabby Patty. Suddenly realizing that they can win the lawsuit once and for all with this, SpongeBob calls Plankton back to the stand and entices him into confessing his attempted theft with the Krabby Patty, eventually getting Plankton to expose his true actions. Plankton runs for the exit with the Krabby Patty, but is quickly stopped by Mr. Krabs, who eats it, much to Plankton's dismay. The judge asks the jury to go into deliberation and they find Mr. Krabs not guilty, though they still proclaim that he is admittedly cheap. Plankton is then arrested off-screen.
Mr. Krabs thanks SpongeBob and apologizes for not accepting his help in the first place. SpongeBob then gives Mr. Krabs a homemade "wet floor" sign, riddled with nails and a shoddy paint job. Mr. Krabs, while initially surprised, accepts the gift because it is free as the episode closes.
- People slipping on the wet floor.
- Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob struggling to open the case.
- Plankton faking his injury.
|( ‣ ) Production music|
|( • ) Original music|
|( ◦ ) SpongeBob music|
• Perry Mason's Pants - Nicolas Carr, based on "Park Avenue Beat" by Fred Steiner [Title card]
• M'Wanna - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Plankton wakes up]
‣ Monster Bug A - Gregor F. Narholz [Plankton slips]
‣ The Girl I Left Behind Me - Brian Peters [Krabs teases Plankton]
• Idea Vibe - Nicolas Carr [Plankton gets an idea]
‣ Fates [#61.03] - Gregor F. Narholz [Plankton pretending to be hurt]
‣ Funeral Music - Alfred Kluten [Plankton on a stretcher]
‣ Furtive Footsteps - Paddy Kingsland ["See you in court, Krabs!"]
‣ Funeral Music - Alfred Kluten ["I mean... oh, the pain!"]
‣ Witty Fellow - Gerhard Trede ["Richard A. Bottomfeeder, Attorney at Law."]
‣ Keel Row - Brian Peters [SpongeBob's testimony]
‣ Lovely Scenery C - Mladen Franko [Lawyer slips]
‣ Beautiful Moonlit Night - Carl Maria Von Weber, George Wilson ["Wracked with pain... can't move..."]
• Steel Licks 6 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Really? Everything?"]
‣ People's Court - Alan Stanley Tew [At the courthouse]
‣ Melodrama - Eric Spear, The Melody Light Orchestra [Plankton's sob story starts]
‣ Savage Episode - Len Stevens [SpongeBob trying to open the briefcase]
‣ Melodrama - Eric Spear, The Melody Light Orchestra ["Then came the fateful day that I paid an innocent visit to the deathtrap known as the Krusty Krab."]
‣ Savage Episode - Len Stevens [SpongeBob trying to open the briefcase with a knife.]
‣ Melodrama - Eric Spear, The Melody Light Orchestra ["Upon entering said establishment, I found myself without any warning..."]
‣ Savage Episode - Len Stevens [SpongeBob gets shot to the light on the roof.]
‣ Melodrama - Eric Spear, The Melody Light Orchestra [Plankton finishes the story.]
• Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["Poor Gram-Gram!"]
‣ Finger of Fear - Fredric Bayco [Krabs says he does not own a wet floor sign]
• Idea Vibe - Nicolas Carr ["Huh?"]
• Tension Bit - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob puts a dollar into a blender]
‣ Menace [#41] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["No! No! No!"]
‣ Dramatic Cue (E) - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob nervous]
‣ The Quest (A) - Will Schaefer ["Must... open... case!"]
‣ Pomp and Ceremony - Frank Damico ["We can't give up just because things look bleak."]
• Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [Briefcase opens]
• Harp! - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob gets an idea]
‣ People's Court - Alan Stanley Tew ["Defense calls Plankton to the stand."]
‣ Soho Club - Gerhard Trede [SpongeBob tempts Plankton with the Krabby Patty]
‣ Dramatic Cue (E) - Ronald Hanmer [Plankton takes the patty]
‣ Dramatic Impact (1) - Ivor Slaney ["Finally it's mine!"]
‣ The Girl I Left Behind Me - Brian Peters [Krabs takes the patty from him.]
‣ Hawaiian Link (B) - Richard Myhill ["No, no, no, no!"]
‣ Hawaiian Party - Peter Dennis [Ending]
- This episode is available on the Where's Gary? DVD and VHS, Season 4 Volume 1, First 100 Episodes, SpongeBob SquarePants Vol. 5, Get to Work!, From the Beginning, Part 2, Sheldon Plankton: Mean and Green, 3 DVD Pack, 2-Movies-Edition, 2-Season TV Pack, The Ultimate SpongeBob Box Set, SpongeBob SquarePants: Volume 1, The SpongeBob SquarePants Collection, The SpongeBob SquarePants 8 Season DVD Collection, Triple Pack 4, Big Hits: Volume 2, Easter with SpongeBob, Favorite Episodes Volume 2, Double Feature Volume 2, Complete Fourth Season, Triple Pack 4, The Third & Fourth Seasons, Big Hits: Volume 2, and The Best 200 Episodes Ever DVDs.
- "Krabs vs. Plankton" was ranked #69 during the Best Day Ever event from November 9–10, 2006.
- "Krabs vs. Plankton" was ranked #64 during the SpongeBob's Top 100 event in the UK and Ireland from June 4-8, 2012.
- The colors for "Krabs" and "Plankton" in the title card represent the characters' respective skin colors.
- When SpongeBob enters Mr. Krabs' office, he hums the tune to the SpongeBob Closing Theme, thus breaking the fourth wall. This also happens in "Breakin'."
- In most other episodes, there is a wet floor sign at the Krusty Krab.
- It is likely that they were thrown away because they became worn out and Mr. Krabs would not buy new ones.
- When SpongeBob asks Plankton what he is doing in the Krusty Krab, he says, "To say hello to my once good friend Mr. Krabs, why?" This alludes to "Friend or Foe," which this episode predates.
- Although SpongeBob says that Mr. Krabs being cheap is a "ludicrous statement," in many other episodes, SpongeBob agrees that Mr. Krabs is cheap. For example, in "Krabby Land," SpongeBob says that all he saw was "Cheapy the Cheapskate" in reference to Mr. Krabs' imitation of Krabby the Clown, and in "Pickles" and "Can You Spare a Dime?," SpongeBob calls Mr. Krabs a "crustaceous cheapskate."
- According to SpongeBob, Mr. Krabs' gold bar eyes are usually silver bar eyes.
- In the French dub, this episode is called "Le Procès," which translates to "The Trial."
- This episode's premiere was simulcast on Nicktoons.
- This is William Reiss' final episode on the show as a storyboard artist.
- Technically, the episode title should be "Plankton vs. Krabs" because Plankton is the one suing.
- This episode along with its sister episode is low tone on Netflix.
- The title card music is similar to the theme song from the TV show Perry Mason.
- When Plankton and Mr. Krabs enter the courtroom, the music from the reality TV show The People's Court can be heard.
- When Plankton is about to leave the Chum Bucket, you can see the Chum Bucket menu. The word "Chili" is misspelled to "Chli". The "M" for "Chum Chili" and "Chum Pie" are also missing.
- When Plankton enters the courtroom and stops to talk to Mr. Krabs, A dot is seen hovering over Planktons antenna.
- At the end of the episode, the jury deems Mr. Krabs not guilty. However, this was a civil trial, meaning Krabs could have been found liable. "(not) Guilty" is only used in criminal court.
- When Plankton enters the courtroom, the fish on the right on the door is blue. When the jury is seen again, the fish is orange. The third time they are seen, she is blue again.
- When Plankton slips and falls, he is next to the counter, but later, he is next to Charlie and Nat's table. After Mr. Krabs says, "...and You never will!," Plankton is away from Nat and Charlie's table. When Charlie speaks, Nat and Charlie's table is at the front of the Krusty Krab.
- In the Malay version, when the jury cries after hearing Plankton's fake story, their cry sound was mute.
- When Mr. Krabs goes after the dollar in the room, Tom's eyeballs are white instead of yellow, and after SpongeBob yells "Answer the question!" to Mop, Tom's eyeballs are white again.
- Charlie and Nat are seen at the table when Plankton slips on water. However, when Mr. Krabs teases Plankton, they are both nowhere to be seen. They do return afterwards when Nat gives Plankton an idea.
- Before Plankton says, "Ow, my other arm!," Mr. Krabs has his hand next to Plankton's wheelchair, but then when he says it, Mr. Krabs' hand is right next to Plankton, and then in the next shot, both of his hands are down.
- When Mr. Krabs yells, "Never, you little runt!," Fred is blue and has the same eye scale as Tom. He is brown before and after that moment.
- When Mr. Krabs walks and complains about Plankton, Squidward has two eyebrows instead of one.
- When SpongeBob says "They're usually silver," his mouth does not close.
- When Mr. Krabs walks back and forth, his legs are transparent.
- At multiple points in the beginning, SpongeBob's Krusty Krab employee hat is larger than usual.
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