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"The Executive Treatment" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 9. In this episode, while trying to order a special sandwich, Patrick gets swept up in the fast-paced world of business.



The episode begins with Patrick entering the Krusty Krab, where he spots many fish wearing suits and ties. Having arrived at the counter, he asks Squidward for a Krabby Patty, but Squidward says that he can only serve the Executive Treatment sandwich due to the business people eating there, but only the Executives can eat it. As a result, Patrick gets a tie and a pair of glasses. He orders the Krabby Patty and attempts to eat it. However, just before he is able to, all of the executives see that their lunch break is over and they all have to return to work, and they grab Patrick with them.

Patrick in the elevator.

As they arrive at the building, Patrick tries to tell them that he is not an executive, but keeps his mouth shut after hearing that those who pretend to be executives will be considered spies and thrown in jail. During a meeting, Patrick meets with the boss and is given numerous chances in the building. The boss, finally fed up with Patrick's antics, fires him, but Patrick reveals that he is not an executive at all and therefore cannot be fired. The stockholder has Patrick arrested for corporate espionage.

At jail, while talking to SpongeBob, SpongeBob learns that Patrick is in charge of the laundry room on Thursdays, which makes him an executive, so SpongeBob gives Patrick the Krabby Patty he wanted to eat. Patrick then rips off his prison clothes and puts back his tie and glasses, which causes a guard to wonder what happened to Patrick, despite having seen him change, and sound the alarm, announcing Patrick had escaped. Patrick and SpongeBob leave the prison while the prison is still searching for Patrick. The episode ends with SpongeBob asking Patrick who he is.


The episode was confirmed by Vincent Waller on August 10, 2015.[2]



 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  SpongeBob Theme II - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card]
  Jolly Little Roger - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Patrick enters the Krusty Krab]
  Man on the Go - Harold Smart [businessmen talking about the Executive Treatment sandwich]
  Jovial Pirate's Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Patrick orders one]
  Fates [#62] - Gregor Narholz [Patrick talks about eating a donut]
  Drama Link (B) - Hubert Clifford ["The donut is gone!"]
  Silly Bob Conversation 1 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Patrick buys glasses and a tie]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["Here's your Executive Treatment!"]
  Rat Race - Maynard Nelson [businessmen take Patrick away]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 1A - Jeremy Wakefield ["What are you doing throwing away a perfectly sellable sandwich?"]
  Rat Race - Maynard Nelson [businessmen going to meeting]
  Latin Nights - Sam Spence [elevator music]
  Rat Race - Maynard Nelson [Businessmen exit the elevator.]
  Disastrous Event 2 [#37] - Harry Lubin ["Not 4B!"]
  The Coming Conflict - Sam Spence [businessman talks about room 4B]
  Proud Citizen - Stuart Crombie [businessmen enter room 4B]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 4 - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick leaving]
  Busy Schedule - Cyril Watters [meeting begins]
  A Fishy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [businessmen laugh at Patrick/"Now all of you just hold it right there! It's easy to laugh and judge."]
  ? [rimshot]
  A Fishy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Patrick draws a sun / Bossman growls at Patrick.]
  Misty Menace - Max Saunders ["I don't know who you are, but you better not be an imposter."]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [boss facepalms]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 15 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Aw..."]
  Morning Commute - Ronald Hanmer [montage]
  A Simple Conversation 1 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Patrick submits his official report]
  Bikini Bottom Police - Nicolas Carr [cops appear]
  M'Wanna - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick in jail]
  Shop O Rama - Nicolas Carr, Fabian Fernandez ["An executive!"]
  SpongeBob Theme II - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]




  • When this episode premiered, it aired first, before its sister episode, "Squid Plus One." In all subsequent airings and production order, the episode segment order is reversed.
  • This and its sister episode were the first two episodes to premiere during Labor Day.
  • This episode was banned in India due to the stockholder eel being frightening to children. As a result, its sister episode also got banned.
  • Despite the fact that the guard presses the alarm, the prison does not go into lockdown, and SpongeBob and Patrick are able to walk right out.
  • When Patrick is being shoved into business industries, he loses his hands, but he is seen with them in the next shot.
    • However, since starfish can regenerate their limbs, this can be explained.
  • This is one of the smallest appearances of SpongeBob in an episode. He appears for a brief moment in the Krusty Krab, and again at the end of the episode.
    • Because of this, this is the second episode where Patrick has more screen-time than SpongeBob. The first was "Rise and Shine."
  • This is the fourth episode where Patrick goes to jail. The first was "Life of Crime," the second was "SpongeBob Meets the Strangler," and the third was "Good Ol' Whatshisname."
  • In the French dub, this episode is called "Le Cadre," which translates to "The Framework."
  • In the Croatian dub, the episode is titled "Specialna narudžba," which translates to "Special Order."
  • The title card is almost identical to the time card in "Enchanted Tiki Dreams" that states "One Extremely Annoying Shift Later." The only difference is that the title card's letters are more shiny.

Episode references

  • Mr. Krabs asking if Patrick brings money is possibly a callback to "Pat No Pay," when Patrick ordered a large amount of Krabby Patties, but unable to pay it.
  • Patrick tells about eating SpongeBob's donut, referencing the season 5 episode "The Donut of Shame."

Cultural references

  • The scene where Patrick and Marv are stamping each other with no-symbol stamp is somewhat similar to a scene from the Chowder episode, "Banned from the Stand."
    • Incidentally, Chowder is created by former SpongeBob SquarePants crew member, C.H. Greenblatt.
    • That Chowder scene would later be referenced in "Plankton Paranoia."
  • At one point, the boss impersonates Groucho Marx.
    • Ironically, Stockholder eel's actor played Groucho in the Arthur Marx/Robert Fisher play Groucho: A Life in Revue.


  • In the German dub, the title card was mistakenly cut. While it got fixed in May 2017, the title card is sometimes still cut during airings.
  • When Patrick is being shoved, there are seven executive fish, but the next scene shows that there are 22 executive fish. Then, in one of the following scenes, there are only five executive fish.
  • The elevator takes Patrick to floor number "115," but the Business Industries building appears to only have around 18 floors from the outside.
  • Right after Patrick says, "What if I have a meaningless chart?," the screen cuts to the boss and the chart is missing from the paper.
  • The last straw shot shows every business executive having a cup. Those cups are not there in the shots before or after that joke.
  • Marv was sent home after stamping "VOID" on Patrick's head, but he is seen again after Patrick reveals that he is not an executive.



SpongeBob SquarePants - "The Executive Treatment" trailer



SpongeBob SquarePants Executive Treatment Nickelodeon UK