"Patty Hype" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from Season 2. In this episode, SpongeBob makes Pretty Patties.



SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs giving a Krabby Patty and a soda to a poor customer.

The episode begins at the Krusty Krab, having gone without a customer for 36 days, is filled with dust, cobwebs, and even a skeleton. An emaciated fish crawls in, claiming that he hasn't had any sustenance in three days. After confirming the fellow can pay, Mr. Krabs has SpongeBob bring him a meal. However, the fish refuses, saying that there's no pizzazz in the Krusty Krab, and so resumes his search for food, water, and atmosphere. Mr. Krabs remains skeptical, but then he overhears a conversation between Tom and Fred about a talking dog at the Shell Shack, and realizes that what he needs is a gimmick to attract customers. SpongeBob tries to share an idea, but Mr. Krabs decides instead to bury himself alive and which will easily draw in a crowd. When news of the talking dog singing reaches them, though, they quickly leave.

SpongeBob remains ignored by Mr. Krabs, who desperately racks his brain for an answer, until he appears from the heavens heralding to Mr. Krabs his idea. Finally having his attention, SpongeBob shows him a green patty. Mr. Krabs is disgusted, thinking that the patty is spoiled, and he tries to incinerate it. SpongeBob then removes his fire-proof suit to reveal Pretty Patties, Krabby Patties painted in "six designer colors." Mr. Krabs and Squidward laugh at this notion, mocking SpongeBob with other ridiculous novelties such as sequin milkshakes and bow-tie French fries. Deeply hurt, SpongeBob quits his job as a fry cook and vows to open his own restaurant and prove them wrong, making them laugh all the more.

With Patrick's help, SpongeBob sets up a stand in front of his house to sell his Pretty Patties, though it initially seems unsuccessful. He tries to give a passerby a Pretty Patty, who laughs at its green color. SpongeBob is about to give up when the fish notices a Patty in purple, his favorite color, and proclaims Pretty Patties to be the best idea ever.

"Isn't this great?"

News of the skyrocketing sales of Pretty Patties reaches Mr. Krabs at a rundown Krusty Krab, who incredulously decides to take a look. There are thousands of customers surrounding the stand, clamoring for their turn. Mr. Krabs notes that he's never had a line before, much less the 46,853 customers that SpongeBob is currently waiting on. Finally making it through the crowd, Mr. Krabs meekly congratulates SpongeBob on his success. While proud of what he's achieved, SpongeBob admits he misses his days at the Krusty Krab. Seeing an opportunity, Mr. Krabs persuades SpongeBob to give him the rights to his Pretty Patty stand in exchange for the key to the Krusty Krab. Utterly entranced with his fortune, SpongeBob starts rollicking inside and outside his new restaurant.

The next day, as Mr. Krabs prepares to rake in the dough, the customers all angrily arrive, demanding refunds. They complain that the Pretty Patties had an unfortunate side effect: whatever color was eaten is what color part of the customer's body became. A fish demonstrating a glow-in-the-dark tongue states that all 46,853 of them want their money back, but under the cover of darkness, the cheapskate Mr. Krabs has hightailed it.

The customers form an angry, rainbow-colored mob and begin chasing Mr. Krabs, leaving a rainbow trail behind them. He runs to the Krusty Krab and attempts to unlock the door, but remembers that he gave his key to SpongeBob, who is currently preoccupied with the sound of his beloved squeaky pickles. The episode ends with Mr. Krabs unsuccessfully trying to get SpongeBob's attention as the mob continues to chase him.

Running gags

  • Patrick activating his inflatable pants.
  • Fred mentioning the talking dog in the Shell Shack.





 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  On the Beach - Kapono Beamer [Title card]
  Kona Angel - The Surfdusters [opening]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band ["Hold on, me bucko, food's on the way!"]
  Hawaiian Link (B) - Richard Myhill ["Food! Water! Atmosphere!"]
  Dramatic Climax - Mike Sunderland ["Money walking!"]
  Harp! - Nicolas Carr [Krabs gets an idea]
  Here Comes the Band! (a) - Dick Stephen Walter [Krabs buried alive]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [later...]
  Here's Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy (B) - Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White [Krabs trying to think of an idea]
  Heavenly Voices (B) - David Farnon [SpongeBob dressed as an angel]
  Heavenly Harp - Nicolas Carr [harp overlays "Heavenly Voices (B)"]
  Snr. Drum Climax - Nicolas Carr [drum roll]
  The Circus Comes to Town! - Dick Stephen Walter ["Ta-da!"]
  Showtime (C) - Robert Sharples ["Pretty Patties, available in six designer colors."]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill [Krabs and Squidward make fun of SpongeBob's Pretty Patties]
  Puka A - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob opens his own restaurant]
  Steel Licks 4 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob getting old]
  Death Bell - Nicolas Carr [tombstone]
  The Rake Hornpipe - Robert Alexander White [Patrick climbs into SpongeBob]
  Hawaiian Link (B) - Richard Myhill ["Mr. Krabs was right!"]
  Grand Orchestral Fanfare - Gregor F. Narholz ["Pretty Patties is the best idea ever!"]
  Dreamy Serenade - Len Rawle [Krabs watching TV]
  Stop Press - Vivian Kennard [Bikini Bottom News]
  Scotland the Brave/The Rowan Tree - Rob Mathieson [plaid Pretty Patty]
  Vibe Link - Nicolas Carr ["How can you make money with such a stupid idea?"]
  Arnold Is Back 2 - Gregor F. Narholz ["We tried burying it, shredding it and burning it."]
  Flight in Panic 1 - Gregor F. Narholz [Krabs runs outside]
  Steel Licks 4 - Jeremy Wakefield [line of customers]
  Botany Bay (b) - Robert Alexander White ["Isn't this great, Mr. Krabs?"]
  Tri-Ding - Nicolas Carr [Krabs gets an idea]
  Footsteps of Horror - W. Merrick Farran ["I bet you miss Squidward, and the grill, and the crow's nest."/SpongeBob skips and hops happily]
  Idea Vibe - Nicolas Carr ["Uh... yes, I do, lad."]
  Glamorous Affair A - John Fox, Otto Sieben [Krabs gives SpongeBob the Krusty Krab key]
  Nostalgic Romance - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob overjoyed]
  On the Beach - Kapono Beamer [the next day]
  King Kong Coming - Gregor F. Narholz [everyone demands a refund]
  12th Street Rag - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]





Bottom right: Mrs. Puff in the shape of a background fish.

  • In the scenes where there is a crowd surrounding Mr. Krabs, Mrs. Puff's color palette and hat are used on a background fish's model. Mrs. Puff's dress changes from blue to red several times, when it is actually blue with a red skirt.
  • When SpongeBob is cleaning the Krusty Krab near the end, the drive-through window also seen in "Driven to Tears" is shown.
  • This is the first episode where SpongeBob makes a different version of a Krabby Patty by himself.
  • Tom's and Fred's names are both revealed in this episode.
  • Pretty Patties come in a different variety of colors, such as:
    • Red
    • Purple
    • Yellow
    • Green
    • Fuchsia
    • Orange
    • Plaid
    • Various other unseen colors
  • Various episodes show Bikini Bottom to have anywhere from no people to over 500 people living there. Many surrounding cities must have had to come to Bikini Bottom to obtain a Pretty Patty as there were over 46,853 customers.
  • After Mr. Krabs comes to see SpongeBob, Patrick's stand is no longer seen, and Patrick is not seen for the rest of the episode.
    • Patrick most likely left due to Mr. Krabs becoming the new owner or Mr. Krabs fired him due to not wanting his money to be given away.
  • On the Krusty Krab window, along with the picture of a Krabby Patty, there are also pictures of fries and a soda. In other episodes, there is only the Krabby Patty poster.

Bill Reiss

  • This is the only time William Reiss is actually credited as Bill Reiss in the opening credits, however in the closing credits for season 1, he is still credited as Bill Reiss.
  • Like some fish food, especially goldfish food, Pretty Patties change the color of the fish who eat it.
  • This is the first episode to use the track "Steel Sting."
  • This episode's Japanese title is "Bāgā urikomi sakusen," which translates to "Burger Selling Strategy."

The confused Mr Krabs meme.

  • The scene where everyone wants a refund from the Pretty Patties has become a popular internet meme. More particular, the part where the camera focuses on Mr. Krabs as he frantically looks around. The meme is titled "Confused Mr. Krabs." The image is edited with a distorted spiral starting at the edges.
    • The scene with Mr. Krabs running from the mob while showing SpongeBob playing with pickles is also popular, with someone replacing the mob with something else, such as Galeem’s light beams from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
    • The scene where Mr. Krabs uses a flamethrower to destroy a Pretty Patty also became popular on YouTube.
  • After SpongeBob quitting his job as a fry cook and vows to open his own restaurant, Squidward does not appear again for the remainder of the episode.
    • After giving sacks of free money to the Bikini Bottomites, Patrick does not appear again for the remainder of the episode.


  • On Nickelodeon Latin America airings, after Harold says "Pretty Patties is the best idea ever!," the episode goes to commercials, and goes back from commercials in the scene where Mr. Krabs is crying in the next scene.[citation needed]
  • Frank mentions that there are 46,853 customers who want their money back, but there should be more because that is the number of customers that SpongeBob had when Mr. Krabs arrived and because there were a lot more customers waiting.
    • It is most likely done to save time from animating so many characters.
  • Before SpongeBob gets interviewed, on the aerial view of their stand, he and Patrick are just heads without bodies, behind their stand. During the interview, however, they are in front of their stand, full body.
  • Mr. Krabs says that he has never had a line before, though there is a line at the Krusty Krab.

The Color-palette fishes that appears at the crowd of the episode, instead of background characters.

  • In TV airings from 2001 to 2005, the logo from the Nickelodeon animated series SpongeBob SquarePants - the color-palette fishes, which features their SpongeBob-like color-palette crowd - appears instead of the normal List of characters/Background character. The reason the wrong fishes was inserted is that the show's color-palettes were electronically inserted alongside fishes from other Nickelodeon programming and the show's closing logos. When the data was entered for this episode, the wrong fishes were programmed in. Video evidence can be seen here.
    • The background characters at the crowd of SpongeBob episodes normally has colors sounds from the Background Characters fishes, but due to the error, it had the crowd track from Color-palette fish-produced incidentals.
    • However, during airings on Nick@Nite from 2001 to 2003, the fish colors play normally and have the Background Characters incidental.

A few of the fish are facing on the wrong side and one green does not have pupils.

  • There are four errors from the long front line.
    • A few of fish in the line are facing the wrong side.
    • There is one fish that does not have pupils.
      • The blue anchovy behind him is facing the right side; his eyes are above his head.
    • Ivy's shirt is also left transparent and is not colored in.
  • If SpongeBob gave the anchovy a Pretty Patty after he asks who #46,853 is, the "Now Serving" sign should have flipped to #46,854, but it does not, and even Frank says that 46,853 of them want their money back.
  • At the beginning of the episode, when the fish crawls into the Krusty Krab, he says he needs food, water, and atmosphere. He would not need water because he is already underwater, so he is not dehydrated.
  • Mr. Krabs' flamethrower has no trigger.
  • When SpongeBob wakes up and says, "Patrick! How long have we been sitting here?," his pineapple vanishes.
  • Part of Mr. Krabs' claw overlaps the "Enter" sign when he falls after hitting the back of the line.
  • When SpongeBob holds the patties, they can be seen in the following order: green, red, purple, orange, pink, and yellow. However, after Harold says, "Purple is my favorite color," the red and purple patties are swapped.
  • In some frames throughout the episode, Patrick can be seen with his original M-shaped eyebrows from season 1 or drawn unevenly. That same error happens in "Squid's Day Off".
  • When Mr. Krabs is being chased by everyone while SpongeBob is squeaking pickle slices, the road is missing. Plus, the Chum Bucket is nowhere to be seen.
  • The Scottish man's body under his kilt including his legs were turned plaid by the pretty patties, but before he pulled his kilt up to reveal his plaid body, his legs were their normal color.


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