Encyclopedia SpongeBobia
Encyclopedia SpongeBobia
If you were looking for the article about the DVD, then see To Love a Patty (DVD).

"To Love a Patty" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 5. In this episode, SpongeBob refuses to let a perfect patty go and instead falls in love with it.




The episode starts off at the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob is seen cooking Krabby Patties. He makes several of them and falls in love with one of them, naming it "Patty." The patties are taken to customers, who start wolfing down on the food. Consumed by guilt, SpongeBob rescues Patty and Squidward's sarcastic suggestion takes it out but not before replacing her with a patty that has his shoe on it, which the customer still enjoys.

SpongeBob takes Patty to his house. Patrick and Sandy arrive, both hoping to play with SpongeBob, only for him to ignore them in favor of spending the day with Patty. Patrick is especially dismayed to have been rejected by his best friend. Meanwhile, SpongeBob takes Patty to several activities while singing a song, such as going to the Valentine's Day Carnival, eating cotton candy, the mall, the beach, and when clams try to eat Patty, SpongeBob attacks them with karate. Later, they ride a boat down a river and go down a waterfall. Patty falls apart in the water, so SpongeBob puts the sandwich back together, but now Patty is soggy and gloomy looking. SpongeBob ends the song at this point.

The Krabby Patty starts to go rotten.

After six hours of activity, SpongeBob takes Patty on a picnic in the park, but by now, the patty has spoiled. Somewhat oblivious to this, SpongeBob decides to take it on a date to the Krusty Krab. Once there, SpongeBob informs Mr. Krabs about his date and Mr. Krabs gets excited, thinking he is dating a rich girl, but finds it strange when he discovers the date is a Krabby Patty, with a rancid smell that drives off other customers. Squidward sullenly tries to tell SpongeBob that his date is just a rotten Krabby Patty, but SpongeBob still thinks Patty is beautiful until he smells her, then sees the hideous appearance of the spoiled patty.

SpongeBob questions how this came to be. Mr. Krabs tells the fry cook that he once fell in love with a Krabby Patty. He then tells SpongeBob that Krabby Patties are meant to be loved and eaten. SpongeBob finally knows what he must do and eats his date, feeling nauseous afterward. SpongeBob asks Mr. Krabs for a doggie bag as the episode ends.


There were 12 different models made for what SpongeBob would look like after Patrick ties him up.[2]


 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Drunken Sailor - Nicolas Carr [title card]
  Surreptitiously Mine - Casey Alexander [SpongeBob sings this]
  Great Idea Patrick - Nicolas Carr ["Hey!"]
  Earl's Revenge - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob making Krabby Patties]
  Romeo & Juliet Overture - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Fiachra Trench [SpongeBob falls in love with one of them]
  Keel Row - Brian Peters [SpongeBob gives the other patties to Squidward]
  Tearjerker [#78] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["A patty like you comes around once in a lifetime."]
  Space Fanfare - Gregor F. Narholz ["No, the job must come first."]
  The Legend Spreads - Steve London [sacred fry cook oath]
  Bad to the Spongebone - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony, Roberto Vergara [table of tough guys]
  Steel Licks 3 - Jeremy Wakefield [patty sheds tear]
  Tearjerker [#78] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["I can't let them eat you!"]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch [Squidward teases SpongeBob]
  Bad to the Spongebone - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony, Roberto Vergara [grilled shoe]
  Alekoki - Kapono Beamer [SpongeBob at home]
  Dramatic Cue (B) - Ronald Hanmer ["Fire!"]
  Steel Licks 8 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob still running around]
  Seaweed - Steve Belfer [Patrick at the door]
  Spring Cleaning [#5] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["...with Patty. As soon as the little lady dries her hair, we're heading out."]
  Spring Cleaning [#4] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["No time for karate today. After our walk, I'm going for a rowboat ride with Patty."]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill ["I've been replaced by a sandwich!"]
  I Can't Keep My Eyes Off of You - Zeus Cervas, Eban Schletter [SpongeBob sings this]
  Bliss - Alec Gould [SpongeBob on a picnic]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [Krabs wondering where SpongeBob is]
  Place Bleu - Werner Von Overheidt [SpongeBob in a tuxedo]
  Elegance [#27] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [limo arrives]
  The Pollywog Strut - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [customers leave]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [shot of moldy patty]
  Background Blues - Otto Sieben [reserved seat]
  Drama Link (D) - Hubert Clifford [patty filled with maggots]
  Elegance [#27] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["She's the most gorgeous creature in the sea!"]
  The Jitters - Raymond C. Jones ["Patty...?"]
  House of Horror - W. Merrick Farran ["What's happened to you?!"]
  The Dreadnought Tea Clipper (B) - Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White ["Krabby Patties are meant to be eaten."]
  Romantic Ending [#32] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["I see what I must do."]
  Drunken Sailor (B) - Robin Jeffrey, Tim Laycock [ending]



  • Currently retired critic Mina Rhodes of the DVD Verdict criticized the episode in a review of the DVD release of the same name. She called the idea "stupid," and panned the musical number featured. "[The song] serves to remind one of when the show's musical numbers were actually a) funny, and b) catchy."[3]



  • "Drunken Sailor" is low-pitched this episode.
  • The tough fish who wants to eat Patty, but instead gets a shoe burger, is the same tough fish who is the first fish seen through the telescope in "Shanghaied."
    • He is also one of the fish who helps SpongeBob stall the kids in "Krabby Land."
    • This episode also reveals that he loves grilled shoes.
  • This is the second episode where Sandy wants to do karate with SpongeBob, and he turns down on the offer, after "Waiting" earlier in the same season.
  • "I Can't Keep My Eyes Off of You" (aka "Oh, Baby") is a downloadable song on Rock Band 2.
  • "I Can't Keep My Eyes Off of You" appears to have been based on rock love songs from the 1980s.

The word "LORD" can be seen.

  • When SpongeBob falls down a waterfall, a rock formation which spells "LORD" can be seen in the background.
  • The first and last words of SpongeBob's song to Patty are "Oh, baby."
  • Innuendo: After the song there was a deleted scene of SpongeBob, in his underwear, is in his bed with Patty. This was toned down to them having a picnic in the finished episode to remove any sexual undertones.[citation needed]
  • When Patty becomes rotten, it is similar to the tainted burger that SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs gave to the health inspector in "Nasty Patty." Both patties went through an arguably similar ordeal, including both of them falling into dirty water.

SpongeBob wearing his wig in the original storyboard.

  • In the original storyboard, SpongeBob was shown wearing his wig and suit from "The Chaperone" on his date with Patty. The colors of his suit were changed for the final version of this episode, and his wig was removed entirely.
  • In "Nasty Patty" and "Born Again Krabs," spoiled Krabby Patties are potentially lethal if consumed.
  • SpongeBob does not notice that the Krabby Patty is rotten until Mr. Krabs and Squidward reveal it to him.
  • Irony: SpongeBob should've thrown the rotten Krabby Patty away rather than eating her.
  • The two close-ups of a rotten Krabby Patty were drawn by Kenny Pittenger, who said on his blog that he wasn't satisfied while working on them.[4]
  • The later episode "The Donut of Shame" also ends with SpongeBob eating a spoiled food item that makes him sick.
  • This is one of the few episodes in which Mr. Krabs offers a discount to a customer.
  • In the Dutch dub, this episode is called "Allerliefste Krabby," which translates to "Beloved Krabby."
  • In the Croatian dub, this episode is called "Zaljubljena Spužva," which translates to "Sponge in Love."
  • In the German dub, this episode is called "Burgina," which is also the German name for Patty.

Cultural references

  • Squidward saying, "How should I know? Do I look like my idiot's keeper?" may be a reference to the Bible, when Cain answers God's question by saying, "Am I my brother's keeper?"


  • When SpongeBob first looks at Patty, it has a face made out of condiments on the patty, but in every scene before and after, it has a whole tomato slice covering the patty.

SpongeBob's yellow teeth.

  • When SpongeBob says, "Oh, Patty, when we're together, I feel like we're in our own little world like, like— nothing can hurt us," his white teeth turn yellow for a split second.
  • Even though SpongeBob says it is his and Patty's six-hour anniversary, by the time Patty arrives at the Krusty Krab, only an hour has gone by between when SpongeBob left with her for the date.
  • The appearance of SpongeBob's Krabby Patty keeps changing throughout the episode. When Squidward holds the patty, there are maggots, but when SpongeBob holds it, there is mold.

The incorrect writers are listed.