- SpongeBob SquarePants
- Eugene H. Krabs
- Incidental 107
- Incidental 41
- Incidental 48
- Old Man Jenkins
- Fishboy (debut)
- Incidental 87
- Squidward Tentacles
- Identity thief
- Big-Mac Lemont
- Tough green fish
- Sewer monster (debut)
- Patrick Star
- Pole (debut)
- Mrs. Puff
- Highway Speed Patrol Officer
- Incidental 27
- Incidental 46
- Incidental 49
- Incidental 45
- Incidental 40
- Larry the Lobster
- Sheldon J. Plankton
- Karen Plankton
- Andy Yellowtail (last name revealed)
- Incidental 23
- Incidental 37B
- Incidental 73
- Incidental 90
- Incidental 20
- Sandy Cheeks
- The Neptunian Science Committee
- Other Krabby Kronicle Readers
- Incidental 64
- Incidental 8
- Incidental 6
- Incidental 108
- Incidental 10
- Incidental 63
- Incidental 17
- Incidental 31
- Incidental 36
- Incidental 3
- Incidental 93
- Incidental 12
- Incidental 7
- Incidental 60
At the Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs finds out that there have been no new customers since he put a microscopic Krusty Krab ad in the Bikini Bottom Examiner newspaper. He goes out and finds out people are buying a different newspaper called the Bottomfeeder. A buyer informs Mr. Krabs that the Examiner is not interesting, and he also learns that not all of the stories in the newspaper are entirely truthful. Mr. Krabs looks at the newspaper and finds out that they charge 25 cents per word, much to his delight. Due to this, Mr. Krabs decides to open his own newspaper business. The next day, SpongeBob finds out that Mr. Krabs has given him new responsibilities: being the lead reporter for the Krabby Kronicle, and he is then given a badge and a camera.
After finding no interesting stories (though there are many interesting stories like a thief robbing a bank, two muscular fishes smashing a car, and a giant monster coming out of the sewers), SpongeBob finds Patrick waiting for the bus. Deciding that this common event would make a juicy story, SpongeBob takes a picture of the scene, but Patrick insists that he is only watching the pole so that the next time it moves, he will be there to see it. At the Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs is expecting huge profits for the Krabby Kronicle, only for Squidward to tell him nobody is buying the paper as the stories are too boring. Mr. Krabs is confused at first, but as soon as he sees what passes for news with SpongeBob, he is not at all surprised. Upset by this nonsense, he tells SpongeBob that his stories are not good enough, as nobody would be caught dead reading about such trivial things. He then turns the story of Patrick watching a pole into Patrick marrying a pole. SpongeBob points out that that is lying. Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob that it is not lying: it is instead giving the people something to laugh about.
After this, SpongeBob writes several lies about people, which leads to Mrs. Puff losing her reputation as a good boating teacher, Larry being kicked out of the gym, the Chum Bucket being shut down by Health Inspector Yellowtail Andy, and Sandy's science trophies being confiscated by the Neptunian Science Committee. SpongeBob tries to convince Mr. Krabs to find a way to write good stories without hurting people, but Mr. Krabs does not listen, threatening to take his spatula away if he doesn't follow orders. That night, Mr. Krabs tells him to give him the wildest story ever and he spends the entire night fabricating one.
The next day, Mr. Krabs is shocked to discover an angry mob (led by Martha) in his restaurant. It turns out SpongeBob wrote a story about Mr. Krabs overworking him and forcing him to write lies that ruins other people's lives. Furious at what Mr. Krabs put Spongebob through, the angry mob decided to take their money back. Mr. Krabs, who breaks down crying in the kitchen, missing his money so much that he is not even upset with Spongebob for exposing his deceit.
However, Krabs finds a single dollar that the angry mob missed. He decides to use the printer to print counterfeit money. He tells SpongeBob to get some scissors so he can start using his imagination with the printer. The episode ends with Patrick arriving with the Pole, having married it for real after seeing the news, and orders a Krabby Patty for both of them as SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs stare at him and the pole in surprise.
|( ‣ ) Associated production music|
|( • ) Original music|
|( ◦ ) SpongeBob music|
• Drunken Sailor - Nicolas Carr [title card]
• Noodly Shenanigans - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["How's it looking out there, boy?"]
• Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr [tiny Krusty Krab ad in newspaper]
• Noodly Shenanigans - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["So tell me now, boy. How many new customers we got out there so far?"]
‣ Dramatic Impact 3 - Ivor Slaney ["25 cents per word?!"]
• Great Idea Patrick - Nicolas Carr [Krabs gets an idea]
‣ ? [Krabs gets an idea]
‣ The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band ["What a fantabulastical day, eh, Squiddy?"]
‣ Spritely Sprite [#63] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [printing press]
‣ Spritely Sprite [#67] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["...you'll be twice as busy. And I expect you to wear 2 hats."]
‣ Showtime Fanfare 4 [#3.02] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["My very own press badge!"]
• Mission Improbable - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [bank robbery]
• Tension Threat - Nicolas Carr [sewer monster]
‣ Workers Playtime - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Patrick watching a pole]
‣ Darting Around - Harry Bluestone [SpongeBob typing]
‣ The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band ["What a moneytastical day, eh, Mr. Squidward?"]
• What's This - Nicolas Carr ["What do you mean we haven't sold any newspapers?"]
• Great Idea Patrick - Nicolas Carr ["Certainly this gentleman would like a copy of The Krabby Kronicle!"]
• Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield ["Looks boring. Can I just have a Krabby Patty?"]
• Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr ["SpongeBob!"]
• Nautical Hijinx - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Local Resident Watches Pole/"Mr. Krabs, isn't that lying?"]
‣ Gala Premiere - Laurie Johnson ["So I want you to go out there, and get me a lead story that'll sell!"]
‣ Skyscraper City - Ronald Hanmer [cop pulls up behind Mrs. Puff]
• Steel Licks 20 - Jeremy Wakefield [Boating Teacher in High Speed Chase]
‣ The Achterhoek Dances - Jan Rap [everyone reading newspaper]
• Steel Licks 3 - Jeremy Wakefield [Mrs. Puff out of business]
• Mission Improbable - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Let's see what there is to see."]
• Sponge Twist - Nicolas Carr, Fabian Fernandez, James King [guy punches Larry in the gut]
‣ Dramatic Impact 1 - Ivor Slaney ["Very interesting..."]
• Steel Licks 1 - Jeremy Wakefield [Larry the Loser Beaten Up by Pipsqueak]
‣ Dramatic Impact 6 - Ivor Slaney [SpongeBob gasps]
‣ Botany Bay (b) - Robert Alexander White ["Mr. Krabs, can I have a word with you?"]
‣ Keel Row - Brian Peters [Krabs' office full of money]
‣ Like Strange - Kenny Graham [at the Chum Bucket]
‣ Death in the City - Jack Beaver [health inspector]
‣ Surrender 8 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Chum Bucket out of business]
‣ Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill ["You're reaching new levels of imagination!"]
‣ Taps - ["Aye aye, captain."]
‣ Stepping Up [#61] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [exterior of treedome]
• Unknown Goofy Cue - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Scientists at Sandy's treedome/Sandy reads the newspaper]
‣ The Dreadnought Tea Clipper (B) - Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White [line of customers]
‣ City Desk - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob typing]
‣ War Statement 3 - Laurie Johnson [customers angry]
‣ Guerilla Warfare [#22] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["Krabs Overworks Employees?!"]
‣ Drama Link (O) - Hubert Clifford ["And I thought I was evil."]
‣ From the Dead - Ronald Hanmer [everyone takes their money back]
‣ Here's Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy (b) - Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White [Krabs cries]
‣ Workaday World - Jack Beaver [Krabs prints counterfeit money]
‣ Bridal Chorus - Richard Wagner [Patrick and his "wife" appear]
• Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Ending]
- This episode is available on the Absorbingly SpongeBob, SpongeBob's To SquarePants or Not to SquarePants, Season 6 Volume 1, Slumber Party, The Ultimate SpongeBob Box Set, Kids Double Pack: Volume 4, Kids Double Pack: Volume 7, SpongeBob SquarePants Vol. 9, Complete Sixth Season, The SpongeBob SquarePants Collection, 3 DVD Value Pack, The SpongeBob SquarePants 8 Season DVD Collection, Next 100 Episodes, and The Best 200 Episodes Ever DVDs.
- This episode has an animated title card.
- The plot of this episode is similar to a book published in 2005 called Stop the Presses!
- However, the difference between this episode and the book is that SpongeBob and Patrick write truthful gossips of others rather than write bogus news about others like what Mr. Krabs did, and, at the end of the book, both SpongeBob and Patrick reform, unlike Mr. Krabs, who did not change his ways.
- It is also similar to the to the episode of Ed, Edd N' Eddy, "Truth or Ed."
- The background for the title card is the same background used in "Krusty Krab Training Video" when SpongeBob is shown holding a mop bucket, and the Krabby Patty secret formula is about to be revealed by the episode's narrator.
- SpongeBob says, "Imagination..." again since "Idiot Box," but he says it in a higher tone and does not form a rainbow over his head this time.
- The sewer monster that appears in this episode looks similar to a water bear (tardigrade), but is notably different in that it has six arms, purple skin, and is much larger.
- The two science committee fish were influenced by what SpongeBob wrote in the paper and thought that Sandy was a dumb mammal. However, in "Overbooked," many fish were in Sandy's treedome and knew her already. Also, in "Texas," many of the fish knew Sandy and had a party for her.
- The health inspector from "Nasty Patty" is the same health inspector who shuts down the Chum Bucket.
- Also, the health inspector's last name is revealed in this episode.
- There is a headline that reads "Plankton's Chum Made of Your Chums!" In the episode "Spongicus," however, Plankton reveals his chum is made up of whale blubber, jellyfish squeezings, seahorse snot, and a sprinkle of anchor rust.
- Despite the Chum Bucket being shut down, neither SpongeBob or Mr. Krabs comment on the fact that Plankton will not have any use for the formula anymore.
- It is unknown how SpongeBob was able to obtain a picture of Mr. Krabs yelling at him.
- The last article is titled "Krabs overworks employee, reaps rewards," but Mr. Krabs misreads it as "Krabs overworks employees, reaps reward."
- In the Indonesian version, despite Mrs. Puff appearing as an angry mob near the end of this episode, the scene where SpongeBob writing lies about Mrs. Puff was omitted and skipped immediately to Larry, as well as brief scene of Mr. Krabs checking SpongeBob just before facing the angry mobs. This was done most likely due to the time constraints.
- However, on the Netflix version, it is not cut.
- Mr. Krabs does several illegal things in this episode, such as stealing paper out of a machine without paying, slander/libel in the newspaper, and counterfeiting currency.
- The Krabby Kronicle reappears in the online game Sponge Star Patrick Pants.
- This is the second episode to mention daytime television, the first being "Shanghaied." This term is mentioned a third time while having an actual appearance in "The Clash of Triton."
- This is the second appearance of the bank robber. The first was "Missing Identity."
- The Korean title card uses a different newspaper from "Friend or Foe"
- This is the third episode where SpongeBob is seen with a card to show his identity on his outfit. The others are "Missing Identity" and "As Seen on TV."
- This episode marks one of few times that SpongeBob complains about receiving low pay from Mr. Krabs, as he usually does not mind his low salary.
- The last episode to play the track “Keel Row” to date.
- On the September 28, 2019, This episode was paired up with "Squirrel Jokes."
- In this episode, there is a board over the Krusty Krab sign that reads "Over 8 Bajilion Served." This sign may be a reference to "Over 8 Billion Served" text on the McMeaty's sign from the Invader Zim episode "Career Day."
- This could also be a reference to the McDonald's boards that read "Billions and Billions Served."
- When Mr. Krabs talks to SpongeBob in the first scene, SpongeBob's legs are not attached to his feet.
- Mr. Krabs could not have gotten the latest issue of the Examiner if the machine that sold it had not been touched in months.
- When Mr. Krabs holds open the newspaper container, there is a coin slot on it, but instead of being on only one side, it is on both sides.
- When Incidental 48 takes a paper out of the machine, no paper seems to be removed from the stack. This does not happen when Mr. Krabs drags one out.
- When Mr. Krabs puts the "Press" identification badge on SpongeBob, it puts it over the belt-holder on SpongeBob. However, when it zooms in, the belt-holder can be seen to the right.
- The newspaper machines are not there when SpongeBob walks into the Krusty Krab, and after Mr. Krabs takes a paper.
- When Mr. Krabs walks into the Krusty Krab, saying, "What a money-tastical...," there is a sticker on the Krusty Krab of a burger, but when he finishes his sentence "...day, eh, Squidward?," once entering the restaurant, the sticker is no longer there.
- When SpongeBob takes a picture of Patrick staring at the pole, he does not seem to be smiling. However, in the newspaper, he is seen smiling in the picture.
- At first, the picture of Patrick shows him not holding the pole, but when Mr. Krabs draws a tuxedo on Patrick, he is holding it.
- When SpongeBob takes a picture of Mrs. Puff, she is facing forward, but in the newspaper picture, she is looking behind her at the officer.
- After Larry shakes hands with Incidental 107, there is a road when the two are walking away, which does not appear in the scene until then.
- In the newspaper, there are two photos of Larry and Incidental 107, but SpongeBob takes one photo, not two.
- When Larry read the newspaper, he adds an additional "gets" to the title. Likewise, when Mr. Krabs read the article about Mrs. Puff, he adds "school" to the title, reading it as "Boating School Teacher in High-Speed Chase."
- When the two fish run out of Sandy's treedome, there are bubbles trailing behind them despite not being in underwater.
- When Mr. Krabs throws SpongeBob to the typewriter, SpongeBob has his camera, but when he gets to the typewriter, the camera disappears.
- After Mr. Krabs leaves his office for the night, and SpongeBob begins typing on the press, Mr. Krabs' office door is behind SpongeBob, but in the next shot, the door is not there.
- When the picture with Mr. Krabs shouting at SpongeBob is shown, Mr. Krabs' shirt is shown with no collar.
- When the Bikini Bottomites want their money back, they go into the kitchen even though all of it is in Mr. Krabs' office.
- Though, it is likely possible that they went through the kitchen to get to Mr. Krabs' office.
- In the scene where Patrick watches the pole, the pole is more than double the size of Patrick, but at the end of the episode, the pole is roughly as tall as Patrick.