SpongeBob SquarePants

Season 2 Episode 4

Dying for Pie / Imitation Krabs

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Dec 28, 2000 on Nickelodeon



  • Trivia

    • This is the first episode of SpongeBob SquarePants to depict blood, but not the first Nicktoon. Doug, The Ren and Stimpy Show, Rocko's Modern Life and Rugrats have depicted blood in a non-violent manner.

    • In "Imitation Krabs", when SpongeBob was asking both Krabs that last question, why didn't he ask the robot Krabs the question, how could he guess that he was the real one without asking him the question?

    • In "Imitation Krabs", during the storage room scene Plankton has imitation crabs use heat vision on the trash SpongeBob was supposed to take out. But when they show the door again, the trash is back.

    • In "Dying for Pie," blood squirts out of Squidward's heart when SpongeBob is poking it. It is the only SpongeBob episode with bloodshed.

    • When Plankton in a Mr. Krabs suit goes in the cannon, he passes a burning hoop. But they're underwater.

    • In "Dying For Pie," at the beginning of the episode when Squidward points at SpongeBob, Mr. Krabs' legs disappear.

    • When SpongeBob was checking his fun things list, the list kept changing each time. For example, when he checked the introduce Squidward to everyone wearing a salmon suit, the next thing was knock knock jokes, but when he did it and checked it on the list above it was something else other than what was there before, also the last thing they checked was the same clip of the first check, the salmon suit thing.

    • Earlier in "Dying for Pie," SpongeBob seems to have eaten the pie already, since it is shown that it reached his lower intestine, yet SpongeBob later reveals that he was actually saving the pie for him and Squidward to share.

    • At the beginning of "Imitation Krabs," in the background, you can see a fish licking a Krabby Patty and holding a patty bun.

    • In Imitation Krabs, wouldn't have been easier for Plankton to just simply have the robot Mr. Krabs ask SpongeBob to make him a Krabby Patty instead of going through all of those ridiculous things just to get the formula when he could taste what's in the actual food?

    • Squidward: Hello, doctor? Won't do any good? 11 times?

      This is a goof because the doctor apparently answered Squidward's question and he didn't even explain the problem!

    • When Plankton sent the penny into Mr. Krabs' office in "Imitation Krabs," the door was open, yet Mr. Krabs knocked down a closed door (on top of SpongeBob) when he was chasing the penny.

    • At the end of "Dying For Pie," SpongeBob pulled the pie out of his pocket and said "Let's eat", but didn't Squidward just tell him it was bomb?

    • When the pie crumb exploded, shouldn't the steel wall be blown outwards, not inwards?

    • We learn that Frank might be an old friend of Squidward's.

    • When SpongeBob says, "What pie?" Squidward replies, "The one I left sitting on the counter this morning." Squidward left the pie bomb on Mr. Krabs' desk, not on the counter.

    • At the beginning of "Imitation Krabs," SpongeBob is balancing his spatula on his nose, and there are no holes, but in all the other episodes, his spatula has 2 holes.

    • If SpongeBob was going to die if the pie blew up inside him, then why didn't Squidward die when the pie blew up in his face?

    • In "Dying for Pie," SpongeBob said that he made Squidward's sweater out of his eyelashes, but his eyebrows are the ones that were shaved. His eyelashes should of been gone instead of his eyebrows.

    • In "Dying for Pie," after Squidward bought the pie and brought it to Mr. Krabs, he dropped it on the desk. Why didn't the pie explode then?

    • The orange fish refered to as Dave in "Valentine's Day" is refered to as Frank in this episode.

    • Addition to a previous goof: In "Bubble Buddy" Spongebob also had a day off.

    • the cloths pen on sponges nose soon disappears

    • Squidward could to breath out of his mouth SpongeBob was tied to Squidward's face.

    • In Imitation Krabs Plankton throws the penny and it rolls into Mr. Krabs'office with the door open. But when it rolls out the door is closed

    • After Squid figured out what Sponge did, the fallen brick wall was there as well as for the second time. But the third time it was GONE.

    • In Dying for Pie, SpongeBob had his eyelashes shaved off for his eyelash shirt he made for Squidward. A few seconds later, his eyelashes are back.

    • On Dying For Pie when spongebob was marking of his list when spongebob was laughing, he marked off the second thing that they did on the list.

    • During the 3rd question with the 2 mr krabs, he said "If its the third week of january and its not raining out side" or something like that... WAIT... it can NEVER be raining outside, because they are under water~!

  • Quotes

    • (SpongeBob is strapped to Squidward's face)
      Spongebob: Turn left... and stop! See? That's what it'd be like if you had me for a face!
      Squidward: I can't breathe.

    • Mr. Krabs: That's no reason to rip off someone's head.

    • SpongeBob: Mr. Krabs, what happened to your metal pants?

    • SpongeBob: This is great, just the three of us. You, me, and this brick wall you built between us.

    • SpongeBob: I'm sorry, Mr. Krabs.
      Mr. Krabs: It's okay, however, that penny is coming from your paycheck. (laughs)
      SpongeBob: Really?

    • Mr. Krabs: 25 bucks, a bomb.
      Squidward & Mr. Krabs: (screaming) In the Krusty Krab.

    • Spongebob: Quiet! Until I know who the real Mr. Krabs is! Nobody move, nobody gets hurt!
      Plankton & Mr. Krabs: Tartar sauce!

    • Plankton: Why don't you tell me the secret formula?
      SpongeBob: It's your rule never to speak of the formula!

    • SpongeBob: Wow, it feels like something just dropped into my lower intestine, tastes like cherry, maybe grape, blueberry.

    • SpongeBob: Oops, don't forget your lucky penny. (inserts penny) This must be your lucky day!
      Karen: Self-destruct coin slot has been activated. Ten seconds until detonation..
      Plankton: Coin operated self-destruct, not one of my best ideas.

    • Fish: Hmm, these patties sure are delicious. I wonder what's in that secret formula.
      (alarm sounds)
      SpongeBob: Code 12! Code 12! (leaps at the fish and grabs his head) Your disguises can't fool me this time, Plankton! (he pulls the fish's head off revealing he has a smaller, silly-looking head)
      Fish: Everybody at the Head Enhancement Clinic said no body would notice!

    • Mr. Krabs: Where in the high seas is Squidward?!
      SpongeBob: You gave him the day off.
      Mr. Krabs: DAY.... OOOOOOFFFFF?!?!? I don't know the meaning of them horrible words!

    • Plankton in disguise: Are you Spongebob Squarepants?
      Spongebob: Why yes... yes I am!
      Plankton: Then you've just won 1 million dollars!
      Spongebob: Wow!
      Plankton: Well all you have to do is answer this question! What is the krabby patty secret formula?
      Plankton: Yes? (Spongebob gasps) YES? (Spongebob gasps) YES! (Spongebob gasps)
      Spongebob: (fast) The krabby patty formula is the sole property of the Krusty Krab and is only to be discussed in part or in whole with it's creator Mr. Krabs. Duplication of this formula is punishable by law. Restrictions apply, results may vary. (Smiles)

    • Plankton: (in robot) Now for the finishing touch (puts on mustache) PERFECT!

    • SpongeBob: Here it is, the sunset! I just love to count it down! 5! You do the rest, buddy!
      Squidward: 4...3...2...1...
      Sun: (is still there)
      SpongeBob: ...I guess we started too early!
      Squidward: 5...4...3...
      Squidward: Two...(sobbing) O-o-one! (cries) At least I was able to make his last few hours meaningful...(sniffle) I am such a good person. (KA-BOOM!!!)
      Wall: (falls on Squidward)

    • Squidward: (On phone) Hello, doctor...won't do any good?...11 times?

    • Plankton and SpongeBob: MEATBALL, MEATBALL, spaghetti underneath! Raviolli, Raviolli, Great Barrier Reef!

    • Imitation Krabs (Plankton): Hello spongebob it is me, Mr. Krabs *sputter* in the flesh *sputter* standing right in front of you *sputter* with no one else around.

      SpongeBob: I can see that Mr. Krabs

    • Squidward: I spent the whole day with you, doing all kinds of ridiculous things, because you were supposed to explode!
      Spongebob: You want me to explode?
      Squidward: Yes! That is what I've been waiting for!
      Spongebob: Okay, I'll try, mphphphPHPHPH, GARY, YOU ARE GONNA FINISH YOU DESSERT, AND YOU ARE GOING TO LIKE IT! (Laughs) Now it's your turn.
      Spongebob: (Clapping) Oh, good one!

    • Squidward: This time there's gonna be love. So much, he's gonna drown in it. (Walks to the door.) DROWN IN IT!!!!
      Mr. Krabs: Note to self: Watch out for Squidward.

    • Mr. Krabs: You had to kill him; The boy cries you a sweater of tears and you kill him. How are you gonna live with yourself?

    • Spongebob: Knock, knock!
      Squidward: Who's there?
      Spongebob: (Giggle) I am!

    • Squidward: What flavor pie is it?
      Pirate 1: Apple
      Pirate 2: Blueberry
      Pirate 3: Key Lime
      Pirate 4: Blackberry

    • Spongebob: You know, if I where to die in some firery explosion due to the carelessness of a friend right now; well, that would just be okay.

    • Squidward: Why are you still here?
      Spongebob: Well, I thought since we finished the first list, I'd make up a new one. I already filled this book with ideas. We should be able to finish by January.
      Squidward: (Knocking a book out of Spongebob's hands) FORGET THE BOOK!

    • Squidward: I always thought the most important rule was "Why do today what you could put off till tomorrow?"
      Mr. Krabs: What is today, but yesterday's tomorrow?

    • Pirate Fish: If you drop one single slice of me booty, I'll have... your booty.

    • Mr. Krabs: (imagination bubble) I figure he's got till sunset till that bomb goes up to deck.
      SpongeBob: Hey, look! It's Mr. Krabs!
      (Mr. Krabs cries and walks away)
      SpongeBob: Ooooh kay, buh bye, Mr. Krabs!

    • SpongeBob: Hi, this is my friend Squidward! Hi, this is my best friend Squidward!(Kids throwing rocks at Squidward)KNOCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Hi this is my friend Squidward!
      Squidward:Hi Frank.

    • Plankton: (as Mr. Krabs shoots him out of a straw) You can't do this to me, Krabs... I WENT TO COLLEGE!!

    • Plankton: THAT'S IT!!!!?? You'd better cough up that formula or else!!!!!
      (Mr. Krabs comes by)
      Mr. Krabs: Plankton!
      Plankton: Krabs!
      Mr. Krabs: PLANKTON!
      Plankton: KRABS!
      SpongeBob: SpongeBob!

    • SpongeBob: ORDER UP, SQUIDWARD!

    • Plankton & SpongeBob: Meatball! Meatball! Spaghetti underneath! Ravioli! Ravioli! Give me the formu-oli!

    • Bikini Bottom Anthem:
      O Bikini Bottom,
      We pledge our hearts to you.
      As faithful,
      As deep,
      As true, as blue.
      Bikini Bottom, we love you.

    • Plankton: Okay, now let's hear that formula.
      SpongeBob: Sorry, no can do, Mr. Krabs.
      Plankton: WHAAAAAT? But we did everything you said! I followed all the rules! I even ate 105 black licorice jellybeans through a STRAW!

    • Plankton: Yum, yum. This spaghetti sure is good. Belch.

    • Mr. Krabs: That sound... it sounds like... the pitter-patter of... MONEY!

    • SpongeBob: Don't worry, Mr. Krabs, as long as these pants are square, and this Sponge is Bob, I WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN! (lifts Mr. Krabs above him)
      Mr. Krabs: Uh, SpongeBob, could you let me down?

    • SpongeBob: Hi! This is my best friend, Squidward!

    • (SpongeBob is touching something on the inside of Squidward's body)
      Squidward: Uh, I don't think you should be touching it like that.
      SpongeBob: Hey, who's the doctor here?

    • SpongeBob: Squidward, we already played babble like an idiot!

    • Squidward: (wearing SpongeBob's present) It's kinda itchy! What's this thing made out of anyway?
      SpongeBob: EYE LASHES!!

    • Plankton: Formula time?
      SpongeBob: Almost.

    • Mr. Krabs: Just remember the most important rule!
      SpongeBob: No free napkins?
      Mr. Krabs: NO! The OTHER most important rule!

    • Hand: (poking Mr. Krabs with a fork trying to eat the food he's in) Yum, yum.
      Mr. Krabs: (trying to defend himself a with a french fry) Back! Back, you hungry hand! Back!

    • Plankton: It may look like just an ordinary penny... because it IS just an ordinary penny!

  • Notes

    • The explosion at the end of the episode has become an internet meme. It has been mostly used in SpongeBob SquarePants YouTube Poops.

    • Mr. Krabs seeing the whole bomb-eating pie thing about 11 times could be a reference to the running time of each episode. Other episodes that reference the running time are "Nature Pants" and "Missing Identity".

    • "Dying for Pie" won under the letter "D" of the Atlantis SquarePantis marathon.

    • We learn that Squidward owns a car. Only this is the only time he's seen driving it.

    • In this episode, we learn Mr. Krabs hates giving his employees days off.

    • We learn that Plankton knows more about the Krusty Krab than Mr. Krabs.

    • We learn that the Krabby Patty costs $2.99, and on Wednesdays, it costs $0.99.

    • We learn that the Krusty Krab opens at 9:30 AM in the morning.

    • Plankton doesn't appear in "Dying for Pie."

    • Sandy and Gary do not appear in this episode.

    • "Dying for Pie" was ranked #52 in the "Best Day Ever Countdown."

    • We learn in "Dying For Pie" that someone eating a pie-bomb has happened before (11 times according to Mr. Krabs).

    • DVDs these episodes are on:

      Dying For Pie: Nautical Nonsense And Sponge Buddies,
      Imatation Krabs: Halloween.

    • Some of the music played in the "Imitation Krabs" episode were also used for the show, Danger Mouse. (An old cartoon that used to be broadcasted on Nickelodoen (US)/ITV (UK) in the '80s.)

    • On the DVD Nautical Nonsense/Sponge Buddies, if you turn on Backstage Pants and watch DFP, during the explosion at the end, the BSP interview with Hillenburg explains how they are all walking and talking sea animals- Bikini Bottom is near an island where N-bombs were tested. Radiation sifted through the water to Bikini Bottom, where they were all infected.

    • In "Imitation Krabs", we learn the 2 most important rules at the Krusty Krab: 1 - Only discuss the secret formula with Mr. Krabs and 2 - No free napkins!

    • The sequence where Spongebob checks off the list is looped. He checks off "in a salmon suit" twice.

    • We learn that at the Krusty Krab, napkins aren't free.

    • We learn the name of that orange fish with a white t-shirt is Frank.

    • The giant hand and voice from 'suds' makes a return.

    • We see that Squidward has a bumper sticker that says 'don't ask me about my day'

    • Patrick doesn't appear in this episode

  • Allusions

    • Squidward: Why do today what you can put off till tomorrow?
      This was originally a line used by the comedian Janeane Garafalo.

    • Spongebob: How much does a Krabby Patty cost?
      Krabs: $2.99!
      SpongeBob: On Wednesday. Plankton: $.99

      The prices in that question above are the same prices used at McDonald's: $2.99 for burger, $.99 on Wednesday

    • The Explosion: N/A
      As mentioned, Stephen Hillenburg said that the creatures of Bikini Bottom were affected by radiation from nuclear tests. In 1946, extensive atomic bomb testing by the US occurred in and around a small island in the PACIFIC known as Bikini Atoll (which is where the got the name for the swimsuits from). The explosion actually shown here is from the H-Bomb tests of the 1950s (I have seen it on the History Channel in a program related to this subject, along with numerous other places), which rules out it being from World War II, which lasted from 1939-5 (and the only A-Bombs in that war were used at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the films of those bombings look nothing like the explosion seen in Dying For Pie.