Fear of a Krabby Patty

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"Fear of a Krabby Patty"
SpongeBob SquarePants episode
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Episode no.Season 4
Episode 61a
Directed byC.H. Greenblatt (storyboard)

Alan Smart (animation)

Vincent Waller (technical)
Written byC.H. Greenblatt
Paul Tibbitt
Narrated byTom Kenny
Produced byPaul Tibbitt (supervising)
Original air dateMay 6, 2005 (2005-05-06)
Running time11 minutes
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"Fear of a Krabby Patty", is the first half of the first episode of SpongeBob SquarePants' fourth season, and the 61st episode overall. It originally aired on Nickelodeon on May 6, 2005. In the episode, Mr. Krabs opens the Krusty Krab 24 hours to compete against Plankton.

The episode was written by C.H. Greenblatt and Paul Tibbitt, with animation being directed by Alan Smart and Greenblatt also directing the storyboards.

The episode received 2.60 million viewers and was met with positive reception.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Mr. Krabs is painting a sign that says "New Business Hours: 6 AM to 11 PM." He then shows it to SpongeBob and Squidward. Squidward criticizes that this new policy is unfair, while SpongeBob suggests some earlier times that they can go to work at before Squidward promptly shuts him up. As he is hanging the sign on the window, Mr. Krabs finds out that Plankton reopened the Chum Bucket for 23 hours a day. Afterwards, he announces that the Krusty Krab will be open for 24 hours a day to be better than the Chum Bucket, much to the dismay of Squidward and the excitement of SpongeBob. This is Plankton's plan to force SpongeBob to crack and tell him the Krabby Patty secret formula. However, after several days of nonstop service, SpongeBob is still going strong and wide awake, despite Squidward and Mr. Krabs failing in that regard. As a result, Plankton calls the restaurant, placing an order for 10,000 Krabby Patties under the disguise of Peter Lankton. Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob to make the patties and never stop to take a break, which the latter naturally takes on with as much enthusiasm.

After 43 days of sleepless nonstop service, SpongeBob finally cracks, and cannot finish the order because everywhere he looks, he sees killer Krabby Patties. Plankton then throws a flyer at SpongeBob's head, saying "Dr. Peter Lankton, Psychiatrist, specializing in Krabby Patty phobias."

SpongeBob goes to the Chum Bucket, which is disguised as Dr. Lankton's office, and meets Dr. Peter Lankton, who is really Plankton in new clothes and a fake mustache and beard. Plankton tries several methods to get the formula out of SpongeBob, all of which end with him getting crushed by a piano by SpongeBob.

Finally, Plankton tries hypnosis to get SpongeBob to tell him the formula and he succeeds in making him fall into a deep sleep. Unfortunately for Plankton, he cannot get SpongeBob to wake up and tell him the formula, even after trying several loud and annoying sounds in an attempt to do so. Meanwhile, SpongeBob dreams that he is jellyfishing when a giant Krabby Patty appears, catches him with a jellyfish net and eats him up. He then finds himself in his bed, and a giant Krabby Patty enters the bedroom. The patty turns out to be friendly and gives SpongeBob a cookie pizza and chocolate milk, thus curing his fear. SpongeBob wakes up and says he is cured, and goes back to the Krusty Krab as Plankton begs him to return and reveal the formula to him, insisting that hypnosis and therapy do not work, and that he is still very sick

When SpongeBob gets back to work, he tells Mr. Krabs that he is okay, and that all he needed was a little sleep. Krabs says that there will be no more 24 hour shifts, "...because 23 hours will be plenty!" They laugh a little but Mr. Krabs promptly tells SpongeBob to get back to work at the end of the episode.

Production[edit | edit source]

Development on the episode began after the completion of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. Creator Stephen Hillenburg initially wanted to end the show after the movie to prevent it from "jumping the shark". However after awhile, Hillenburg decided to allow the show to continue.

Despite this, Hillenburg decided to resign as showrunner and appointed Paul Tibbitt, though he would still review episodes and give recommendations.

In November 2004, the crew members confirmed that the first four episodes of the season had been completed set for broadcast in early-mid 2005, and that they planned to finish 20 episodes.

Reception[edit | edit source]

"Fear of a Krabby Patty" received critical acclaim, and is cited as one of the show's best episodes. On IMDb (Internet Movie Database) the episode alongside "Shell of a Man" have a 8/10.

The episode was also nominated and won several awards. The episode was nominated at the 57th Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour), but lost to South Parks's "Best Friends Forever". It also won at the 33rd Annie Awards which C.H. Greenblatt, Paul Tibbitt, Mike Bell and Tim Hill represented. The episode also won a special award at the 2005 Annecy International Animated Film Festival

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