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"Nasty Patty" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 3. In this episode, trouble emerges when SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs create a tainted Krabby Patty to prank a seemingly false health inspector that they thought killed him.



As the episode starts on a dark and stormy night at Bikini Atoll, the French Narrator is reminded of the time when Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob thought they murdered a health inspector, and decides to tell the story.

"I call it the Nasty Patty."

One bright sunny morning at the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob is cooking and Mr. Krabs is having a "money bath" as the health inspector arrives for a surprise inspection. Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob to get him one of everything on the menu, which he does. After a few dishes, he orders one ordinary Krabby Patty before he can pass judgment. Meanwhile, a television report reveals that an impostor is passing himself off as a health inspector conning restaurants in order to get free food. Outraged at the prospect of giving away free food, Mr. Krabs believes that the one in their venue is not genuine and schemes to play a nasty prank on him. He and SpongeBob concoct the "Nasty Patty" using Volcano Sauce, seahorse radish, and toenail clippings. For good measure, SpongeBob drops it in the toilet and Mr. Krabs dries it with his gym socks.

However, before the health inspector could consume it, a fly goes into his mouth, chokes him, knocks him out, and then flies out of his mouth. As SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs enjoy watching him suffer from the kitchen, thinking he already ate it, another TV report confirms the impostor has been arrested and his picture is shown, revealing him to be a different individual. SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs then believe that their patty killed the real health inspector, and they begin to panic, blaming each other. Mr. Krabs ultimately decides to take the body out and bury it so that nobody would discover what they did.

SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs take the health inspector out to the top of a hill and quickly bury him. In the process of doing so, the health inspector, semi-conscious, gets hit in the head by a large rock SpongeBob dig up. The police then show up, offering to take them back to the Krusty Krab. Then it starts to rain, causing the dirt covering the health inspector (who was buried upright) to turn to mud and the health inspector slides back down the hill. Mr. Krabs has SpongeBob put him in the trunk of the police car with the shovel. On the way back to the Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob to bring the health inspector to the back door and put him in the freezer, using shovel as code for the body. SpongeBob thinks he is talking about the actual shovel and attempts to ask him what he wants him to do with the inspector, nearly revealing what they did. Mr. Krabs cuts him off and makes it look like he was asking about bottles of soda, which makes the cops suspicious.

Back at the restaurant, SpongeBob tries to take the body out back and hide it in the freezer. However, the back door is locked, leaving SpongeBob to carry on his most difficult task: he marches through the front door with the body stuffed inside his hat, making him lose his balance as he struggles to walk over to the kitchen door. The officers ask Mr. Krabs about SpongeBob's strange behavior, only for him to attempt to stall them and bribe them with money. The officers are then called through their walkie-talkies and receive a sudden report about two people burying a body on the hill on Shallow Grave Road (obviously Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob with the health inspector).

As they are about to leave, one of the cops asks for a soda and Krabs quickly hands it over. But then the cop wants ice as well and Mr. Krabs grows really nervous, prompting the officer to go inside the freezer and get the ice herself. Mr. Krabs freaks out, barricades the door, and makes excuses about not having any ice. The officer simply shoves him aside and she about to get the ice herself, when Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob confess that they have committed a murder and say the body has been hidden in the freezer.

"Ice is just a myth!"

When the police opens the freezer, however, they discover nothing and deem it as a hoax. One of the officers jokingly suggests that the health inspector became a zombie and walked out if he was killed and hidden there in the first place. Soon after, the health inspector shows up and the terrified officers savagely attack him, only stopping after they realize he is not zombified. The health inspector informs Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob that they have passed the test. They all go to have Krabby Patties to celebrate and the inspector is hit by the door. The narrator ends the episode by deeming the characters to be idiots.

Running gags

  • The health inspector is continually hit on the head by a variety of objects:
    • The table (after he slips on the Nasty Patty)
    • A large rock (which SpongeBob threw out of the hole he was digging to bury the inspector)
    • The trunk door (when SpongeBob shut it)
    • An anchor (by Officer John after believing the inspector was a zombie)
    • A barrel (by Officer Nancy after believing the inspector was a zombie)
    • The kitchen door (by itself)
  • The Realistic Fish Head starting the news by saying what SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs are doing such as doing the can-can and laughing.




 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Hercule Poirot - Gerhard Trede [Title card]
  The Dreadnought Tea Clipper (B) - Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White [dark and stormy night]
  Hawaiian Link (B) - Richard Myhill [bright and sunny morning]
  Dramatic Impact (3) - Ivor Slaney ["The health inspector!"]
  The Rake Hornpipe - Robert Alexander White ["Wash your hands! Clean the floors! Change your underwear!"]
  Glissando (G) - Skaila Kanga, Richard Myhill ["The Krusty Krab is the most perfect place in the universe."]
  The Rake Hornpipe - Robert Alexander White [inspector asks for one of everything]
  Harp! - Nicolas Carr ["The future of the Krusty Krab is at stake."]
  Cha Cha Nova - Gerhard Narholz [smorgasbord]
  ? Vibes - Nicolas Carr [inspector asks for a plain Krabby Patty]
  Can Can - Dick Stephen Walter [SpongeBob and Krabs dancing]
  Bikini Bottom News Theme - Nicolas Carr [news on TV]
  Dramatic Impact (5) - Ivor Slaney ["Free... food?!"]
  Zelle 501 - Gerhard Trede [they think the inspector is a fake]
  When Daylight Shines/Captain Lenoe's - The Folk Players [putting disgusting things on the Krabby Patty]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band ["Hey, hurry up with that patty!"]
  Idea Vibe - Nicolas Carr [fly]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch [inspector choking]
  Bikini Bottom News Theme - Nicolas Carr [news again]
  Dramatic Impact (1) - Ivor Slaney ["Because that patty killed him!"/Krabs and SpongeBob scream again]
  Dramatic Climax - Mike Sunderland [" Mr. Krabs, what are we gonna do?"]
  The Dreadnought Tea Clipper (B) - Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White [burying the inspector]
  Hawaiian Link (A) - Richard Myhill [rock hits inspector]
  Tympup A - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy ["His head's sticking out!"]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill ["What a brave man, going in the line of duty like that!"]
  Death in the City - Jack Beaver ["Stop right where you are!"]
  Hercule Poirot - Gerhard Trede [cops take SpongeBob and Krabs back to the Krusty Krab]
  Steel Licks 9 - Jeremy Wakefield [they laugh nervously]
  Steel Licks 10 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob taking the inspector to the back door]
  Unknown Vibe Sting 1 - Nicolas Carr [back door locked]
  SpongeBob Closing Theme - Steve Belfer, Nicolas Carr ["I thought you were taking care of that shovel!"]
  Stepping into Danger - Mike Sunderland ["Ice? Ice? You want ice, is that what you want?"]
  Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs confess]
  Frankenstein's Niece A - Gregor F. Narholz ["It's the zombie!"]
  Steel Licks 11 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Take that, you zombie!"]
  Hawaii Bob - The Blue Hawaiians [they passed the inspection]



  • "Nasty Patty" was ranked #76 during the Best Day Ever event from November 9–10, 2006.
  • "Nasty Patty" was ranked #74 during the SpongeBob's Top 100 event in the UK and Ireland from June 4-8, 2012.



  • In this episode, the Krusty Krab has a green neon sign in the rain as opposed to its normal red color.
    • It is also on the right side of the Krusty Krab, rather than on the left.
    • This is also the second time the Krusty Krab is shown with a neon sign, the first being in "Graveyard Shift" with the "Open Forever" sign.
  • The additional ingredients to the Nasty Patty:
  • In the video game Lights, Camera, Pants!, there is a level called "Flippin' Out." In it, there are enemies called "Chum Bucket Patties," which resemble the Nasty Patty itself.
  • In the video game SpongeBob HeroPants, Nasty Patties can be used for throwing at enemies.
  • The Nasty Patty can be seen in a cabinet in the PC game Employee of the Month, in the Krusty Krab.
  • Mr. Krabs calls SpongeBob a "loony loofah," implying that he resembles a household sponge material rather than a true sea sponge.
  • The menu item, Diet Red Tide, is based on red tide, a large, poisonous concentration of algae which discolors the water, usually into a reddish color.
  • This the first episode for two things:
    • The first episode where the title card has its own shadow.
    • The first episode to be written by Kaz.
  • This is the second appearance of Volcano Sauce. The first was "Karate Choppers."
  • This is the second episode where a disgusting-looking Krabby Patty is seen up close. The first was "The Algae's Always Greener."
  • This is the only episode so far where there is thunder at Bikini Atoll.
  • In South Korea, the episode was banned on EBS due to being too scary, however, it is available on South Korean DVD releases and the JEI dub did air it
    • This was also banned on ETTV Yoyo and Variety in Taiwan for the same reason, black humor and intense murder (which is somewhat ironic, as the inspector was only knocked out by a fly and nobody was murdered or killed otherwise), but is available on CHT MOD, Nick Asia airings, DVD, and Netflix releases.[citation needed]
  • When SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs laugh and scream about killing the health inspector, the stove is sitting to the right of the order window. Normally, it is centered under the order window.
  • This episode was paired with different episodes in different airings:
  • The French dub calls the episode" Killers in spite of themselves."[citation needed]


  • Mr. Krabs discusses a jar of his toenail clippings and an old gym sock of his, despite not having proper feet.
  • After the health inspector falls, Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob should have noticed the Nasty Patty did not have a bite in it, thus proving it was not responsible for his "death."
  • After the health inspector drops the Nasty Patty, it looks like a normal Krabby Patty.
  • The health inspector does not do his job accurately; a critic eats the food in a restaurant, while a health inspector checks the conditions of the restaurant to make sure it is healthy and safe.
  • When the camera is in a foreground of Mr. Krabs when he screams "Free food?!", his nose is much smaller and shorter, and it also has a triangular shape.
  • While SpongeBob tells Mr. Krabs, "But you told me to give it to him!", his nose quickly flashes blue.

SpongeBob's visible eyelashes.

  • When the Health Inspector starts checking the inspection and SpongeBob begins to blink, his eyelashes are visible when they really should not be.
  • When SpongeBob is dragging the health inspector to get him buried, the health inspector is not wearing his hat. But when he wakes up and gets hit in the head with a big rock, he is wearing his hat.
  • When SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs bury the health inspector, his head is sticking out with the rest of his body in the ground, but when they are talking to the police, he is buried in the traditional way: horizontally.
  • Sandy is listed in the credits, but she does not appear in this episode nor its sister episode.
  • Officers Slugfish and Nancy are radioed to respond to a crime while at the Krusty Krab, but they never end up responding to it.

Two storyboard directors but it says one storyboard director.

  • The opening credits say "storyboard director" instead of "storyboard directors."
  • In the French dub, the inspector does not groan when the fly comes out of his mouth.
    • The exact same error happens minutes later after the rock hits him.



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Awards and nominations for SpongeBob SquarePants VE

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Best Sound Editing in Television Animation – Music

Nominees: Stephen Hillenburg, Donna Castricone, Nicholas R. Jennings, Alan Smart, Peter Burns, Doug Lawrence, Derek Drymon, Alex Gordon, Donna Grillo, Jennie Monica, Krandal Crews, Jim Leber, Justin Brinsfield, Tony Ostyn, Nicolas Carr (for "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy"/"Pickles;" 2000)Nicolas Carr (for "Fools in April"/"Neptune's Spatula" in 2001; for "Jellyfish Hunter"/"The Fry Cook Games" in 2002; for "Wet Painters"/"Krusty Krab Training Video" in 2003; for "The Great Snail Race"/"Mid-Life Crustacean" in 2004) • Jimmy Lifton, D.J. Lynch, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn and Paulette Lifton (for "Mid-Life Crustacean;" 2004)

Best Sound Editing in Television Animation – Sound

Nominees: Nicolas Carr (for "Karate Choppers;" 2000) • Andrea Anderson, Jimmy Lifton, Monette Holderer, D.J. Lynch, Vincent Gutisetti, Jeff Hutchins and Gabriel Rosas (for "Rock Bottom"/"Arrgh!;" 2001)

Best Sound Editing in Television – Animation

Nominees: Timothy J. Borquez, Jeff Hutchins and Daisuke Sawa (for "The Secret Box"/"Band Geeks;" 2002)

Best Sound Editing in Television Animation

Nominees: Jimmy Lifton, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn and Chris Gresham (for "Nasty Patty"/"Idiot Box;" 2003)

Best Sound Editing in Television: Animated

Nominees: Jimmy Lifton, Nicolas Carr, D.J. Lynch, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn, Chris Gresham and Paulette Lifton (for "Pranks a Lot"/"SpongeBob Meets the Strangler;" 2005) • Vincent Gutisetti, Jimmy Lifton, Nicolas Carr, Monique Reymond, D.J. Lynch, Mark Howlett, Jeff Hutchins, Aran Tanchum, Mishelle Smith and Paulette Lifton (for "Have You Seen This Snail?;" 2006)Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Jason Stiff, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "SpongeHenge;" 2008)

Best Sound Editing: Television Animation

Nominees: : Chiho Oyamada Carr, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Daisuke Sawa, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Eric Freeman, Dan Cubert, Lawrence Reyes, Jason Stiff, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "Suction Cup Symphony;" 2009) • Chino Oyamada Carr, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Eric Freeman, Tom Syslo, Keith Dickens, Jason Stiff, Sergio Silva, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One;" 2010)

Best Sound Editing – Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR Animation in Television

Nominees: Devon Bowman, Justin Brinsfield, Nicolas Carr, Andrea Anderson, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Eric Freeman, Tony Orozco and Danny Tchibinda (for "Gary's New Toy;" 2013) • Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Eric Freeman, Bobby Crew, Keith Dickens, Gabriel Rossas and Tony Orozco (for "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!;" 2013)