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"The Krusty Sponge" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season five. In this episode, Mr. Krabs makes the Krusty Krab SpongeBob-themed after a critic reviews SpongeBob's work.



One day at the Krusty Krab, Squidward had noticed that SpongeBob was not filling orders, so he goes to investigate with Mr. Krabs. He discovers that SpongeBob has something Mr. Krabs describes as the "1,000 yard stare" before asking him what the problem. They then discover a calendar in his hat that has the date of that day circled and on that day, a food critic was coming for a visit.

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Important food critic visits Krusty Krab?!

Squidward remarks only a moron would worry about that, in which both Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob are both in shock. Squidward states his point was proven and leaves. Soon Gene Scallop (the food critic) walks in the doors. As he is having his first glimpse of the restaurant, Squidward rudely talked to him, and nearly drove him away with other rude comments. Mr. Krabs stops him and SpongeBob serves him a Krabby Patty. Gene then takes a bite and leaves the restaurant in a hurry. Mr. Krabs loses hope.

SpongeBob, Mr. Krabs, and Squidward watch as Gene gave his review on the Krusty Krab, only to soil it. He says that the Krusty Krab smells "like the rear end of a goat" and that "you could find livelier help in a graveyard." The customers hear the review and they begin to leave in displeasure. However, an excited Gene says that the Krusty Krab is a big success because of the Krabby Patty and SpongeBob was no square when it came to cooking, ending with a good review. The customers come back pleased and prepared to eat. With things okay, SpongeBob is relieved and goes to cook while Mr. Krabs gets a money making idea.


Squidward, where did you find those shoes?

The next day, SpongeBob goes to work and sees that there is a new sign at the Krusty Krab, reading The Krusty Sponge, he also sees a long line, and Squidward in a SpongeBob costume as the restaurant's mascot. SpongeBob is oblivious to the costume and compliments him on his shoes but Squidward immediately scares him off with a hiss. A boy named Tyler asks Squidward in his SpongeBob costume for his autograph and Squidward accidentally slaps him, disappointing Mr. Krabs especially when the kid wouldn't pay for an autograph. Mr. Krabs assigns Squidward to cook while SpongeBob finds out that his new job is to run a train outside the Krusty Krab, which Mr. Krabs charged customers to ride.


Mr. Krabs overly obsessed with SpongeBob themed items.

Mr. Krabs has Squidward cook and bathes in his money before Squidward tells him of delivery man here to see him. It is shown he has continued to order more SpongeBob related items such as ice, aprons, and other things as Squidward questions if he is going too far. Mr. Krabs insists Squidward while showing clear signs of delusion. Mr. Krabs later has Squidward (who has managed to cook) serve the new Spongy Patties (actually tainted meat), Krabby Patties that look like SpongeBob since they couldn't fit in the fridge with the ice cubes. When Squidward questions him on serving rotten meat, Krabs at first seems to realize his point before he doubles the price for them.

When SpongeBob is out of energy from driving the train, he stops pedaling but his passengers unfortunately do not care in the slightest at how obviously exhausted he is and believe that he is an impersonator of SpongeBob. They soon threaten to riot if not given a ride. Using this distraction, SpongeBob manages to slip away after putting his statue in his place. He enters the Krusty Krab and discovers Mr. Krabs had gotten all kinds of new products, customized to look like SpongeBob.


The customers are sick from the Spongy Patties.

He also discovers that the new Spongy Patties were making people sick by turning them yellow with green spots (making them resemble SpongeBob) and giving them terrible stomach pains. SpongeBob gets Mr. Krabs to come out and when he sees the customers, he thinks he is invaded by zombies who want to eat his money and tries to protect his fortune. However, SpongeBob stops him and explains they are actually his customers who ate the Spongy Patties. A customer eats one of his sick friend's patty and is disgusted. He confronts Mr. Krabs over it and the latter meekly explains before the customer gets sick as well. A distraught SpongeBob tells his boss that he has poisoned all of his customers with the rotten patties. Mr. Krabs is shocked and guilty, as he realizes what he has done. Before he can fix his mistake, he is then immediately arrested by the angry customer who is actually a cop.

In court, Mr. Krabs feels remorseful and guilty on his actions. The jury headed by Gene Scallop finds him guilty, and Mr. Krabs accepts the charges. Just as Mr. Krabs is about to go to prison, he realizes the Judge has a SpongeBob gavel, and it turns out he is a huge SpongeBob fan. The deal is that SpongeBob goes back to cooking while Squidward has to drive the Judge around on the SpongeBob Train for the rest of the day if Mr. Krabs does not want go to prison. Squidward depressingly drives the Judge around the SpongeBob train and the Krusty Krab returns to normal.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music
  Drunken Sailor - Nicolas Carr [title card]

  The Achterhoek Dances - Jan Rap [opening]
  What the Huh Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob not moving]
  The Pollywog Strut - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Well, his spatula's still warm."]
  Dramatic Impact 6 - Ivor Slaney [Krabs enters]
  Someone Coming - Raymond C. Jones ["He's got the thousand-yard stare."]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Important food critic visits Krusty Krab?!"]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob and Krabs shivering]
  High Noon - John Anthony [Gene Scallop enters]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band ["Well, hello!"]
  High Noon - John Anthony [Gene walks up to the register]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [Gene's about to leave]
  The Gunfighter - Franco Micalizzi, Roberto Predagio [SpongeBob makes Gene a Krabby Patty]
  Bikini Bottom News Theme - Nicolas Carr [news on TV]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [customers start to leave]
  Keel Row - Brian Peters [Gene praises SpongeBob]
  Hollywood Glitz [#12] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [new sign]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band ["Just making a few cosmetic changes."]
  Captain Lenoe's - The Folk Players ["Captain! My spatula is missing, sir!"]
  Steel Licks 10 - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs puts Squidward on grill duty]
  SpongeBob SquarePants Theme - train ride
  Goofy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward in the kitchen]
  SpongeBob SquarePants Theme - SpongeBob getting tired at the train ride
  Goofy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward enters Mr. Krabs' office]
  The Rake Hornpipe - Robert Alexander White [boxes of SpongeBob merchandise]
  The Achterhoek Dances - Jan Rap [rotten yellow patties]
  SpongeBob SquarePants Theme - SpongeBob gets tired at the train ride
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [everyone yelling at SpongeBob]
  Furtive Footsteps - Paddy Kingsland [SpongeBob sneaks away]
  Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob screams]
  House of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [zombies]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr [Krabs having dinner with his money]
  Cellar Search - Philippe Pares ["Great Neptune's mother's stockings!"]
  Steel Licks 1 - Jeremy Wakefield [sick customers]
  Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford ["Mr. Krabs, what have you done?"]
  Steel Licks 9 - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs arrested]
  People's Court - Alan Stanley Tew [Krabs in court]
  Funeral Music - Alfred Kluten [Krabs found guilty]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["Eh, hang on a second there, judge."]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["Permission to approach the bench, Your Honor."]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [SpongeBob back in the kitchen]
  SpongeBob SquarePants Theme - ending




  • This episode was paired up with "Squid Wood" during the original American airing, but has since been re-airing with "Sing a Song of Patrick."
  • This episode's title card has a plate, even though it fits another season 5 episode, "The Krusty Plate," more, which has a similar title.
  • The calendar in SpongeBob's Krusty Krab employee hat has a lion on it. This is the Zodiac sign Leo, which indicates it was between July and August 23.
  • When it is revealed that SpongeBob is petrified because he is worried about an important food critic's visit, Squidward says, "Only a complete moron would worry about what some critic has to say." In other episodes, Squidward himself is worried about what other critics have to say about his art.
  • Gene Scallop has a similar appearance to the DJ in the Thug Tug from The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
  • Despite his last name, Gene Scallop is not actually a scallop.
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Gene Shallots fact.


Mr. Krabs having a back issue.

  • When Mr. Krabs escorts the SpongeBob boxes into his kitchen, he is seen spazzing, as to indicate that he either pulled a muscle or cracked his back. This was first seen and mentioned in "The Lost Mattress."
  • A fish riding the fun train says, "That's the worst SpongeBob costume I've ever seen," yet the actual SpongeBob is operating the train.
  • The combination of spots and yellow skin is a reference to chickenpox and yellow fever, both of which show symptoms on a person's skin similar to the effects of Pretty Patties in the episode "Patty Hype."
  • Bikini Bottomites thought they were zombies before in the episode "Once Bitten."
  • The changes Mr. Krabs made were:
    • New Krusty Sponge sign.
    • Krusty Sponge Fun Train.
    • Krusty Sponge napkins.
    • Tangy Sponge Sauce.
    • Mild Bobby Sauce.
    • SpongeBob drinking straws.
    • Coasters.
    • Bibs.
    • SpongeBob ice cubes.
    • Spongy Patties (which were really rotten patties).
    • SpongeBob costumes.
  • This is the second time Mr. Krabs goes to court. The first was in "Krabs vs. Plankton."
  • In the Bahasa Malaysia version, the prison's word is replaced with river.
  • In the Welsh dub, Gene Scallop is named Dudley Dwr.
  • In the Indonesian dub, Gene Scallop is named Jim Scale.
  • In the Croatian dub, the episode's name is "Spužva Bobova Poslastica," which would translate, if it was the name of the restaurant "SpongeBob's Confectionery."
  • This episode aired on the same day Behold, No Cavities! was released.

Cultural references

  • The thousand-yard stare is a real condition wherein a person suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder stares into deep space after continuous exposure to traumatic events.
  • Gene Scallop is a parody of Gene Shalit and is portrayed by him as well.
  • There is a fish that resembles Napoleon Dynamite.
  • The Krusty Sponge's monument of a giant SpongeBob holding a giant Krabby Patty is a spoof of the Big Boy Restaurants chain.
  • When Mr. Krabs is in the courtroom with the poisoned customers, the music from the reality TV show The People's Court can be heard.
  • The judge's last name is "Whopper," which is a fishing term for a very large fish, especially one that got away.


Writers and storyboard directors - Welsh

The incorrect writers are listed.

  • In the Welsh dub, Luke Brookshier, Tom King, and Steven Banks are all listed as writers of this episode, even though none of them wrote this episode. Brookshier and King are also erroneously listed as storyboard directors.
  • In the beginning, Dale and Jimmy Gus are behind the orange fish customer, but in the next scene, Nat gets his order taken. 
  • When Squidward is hissing at SpongeBob, his mouth is shown, even though the part of the SpongeBob costume (the Krusty Krab hat) doesn't have a hole for it.
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The sign is missing

  • Squidward in the SpongeBob costume is seen standing near the "As Seen on TV" sign, but when the kid comes to ask for his autograph, the sign gone.
  • Squidward's arms cannot move when he is trying to give the child an autograph while he is in the SpongeBob costume, but they can when the judge rides the Krusty Sponge Fun Train.
  • Mr. Krabs calls the child a little girl, despite him being a boy.
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Incidental 105 in the background with his miscolored area above his mouth.

  • When Mr. Krabs is showing Squidward the SpongeBob napkins, the lighter area of Incidental 105's body above his lips is miscolored like the rest of his body.
  • When the train is first shown in the second to last car, Norma's daughter is gray, but in the next shot she is blue.
  • When Mr. Krabs is talking about condiments, one of them reads "Tangy Sponge Sauce," but he calls it "Tangy Spongy Sauce" instead.
  • When Squidward is cooking Krabby Patties with his nose, the grill is on the opposite side of the kitchen. Although, earlier in the episode, the grill is in its original area.
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Mr. Krabs' weirdly placed eyestalks.

  • Right before Mr. Krabs throws the Spongy Patty on the grill, his eyestalks are placed much farther down than usual.
  • When a female fish says, "That's the worst SpongeBob costume I've ever seen," she has a man's voice.
  • Even though the Spongy Patties make the fish yellow with green spots, when Jimmy Gus is shown in the stands he is normal with yellow spots.
  • In the courtroom scene, Gene Scallop says: "We, the jury, find the defendant, Eugene A. Krabs, guilty of all charges," but Mr. Krabs' middle name starts with H. It is possible that since Gene Scallop doesn't know Krabs very well (other than poisoning his customers, including Gene Scallop himself) is why he thought A was Krabs' middle initial.
  • At the end, with Squidward driving the Judge on the Krusty Sponge Fun Train, and SpongeBob behind the grill, it is not mentioned if there is still a cashier at the Krusty Krab.
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