SpongeBob SquarePants

Season 4 Episode 1

Fear of a Krabby Patty / Shell of a Man

Aired Weekdays 5:30 PM May 06, 2005 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

Fear of a Krabby Patty:
Plankton unleashes a new plan; to get the Krusty Krab to work 24 hours. SpongeBob thinks this is a dream, until he thinks he is being chased by killer Krabby Patties.

Shell of a Man:
Mr. Krabs is going to a naval reunion, but molts (leaves his shell) before he goes. He asks SpongeBob to go in his shell and imitate him for the reunion.moreless

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  • This review is only about "Fear of a Krabby Patty".

    This episode was only average in my opinion. The plot is more or less a direct ripoff of "Graveyard Shift" and the strange thing is the characters don't seem to remember that the Krusty Krab had already stayed open 24 hours once before... There was also some really annoying parts like when Spongebob kept repeatedly pinching himself and screaming his head off. Which was unnecessary. He didn't do that the first time the Krusty Krab had stayed open 24 hours, so why make Spongebob do it in this episode? Granted, there were a few scenes that were funny, but wasn't enough to save this episode for me. Out of my four ratings of "Excellent" "Good" "Average" and "Poor", I only rate this episode "Average".

    Overall, a bad start to a mediocre season of Spongebob Squarepants.moreless
  • Good start for the Post-Movie Era

    I thought "Fear of a Krabby Patty" was a good episode, but something felt missing. I like the idea of SpongeBob becoming pattyaphobic and I thought his hullisination was funny. It was also funny when SpongeBob ran away from a man and the man's wife said, "I told you that shirt is I also cried tears of happiness when SpongeBob started liking krabby patties agian. Something still felt missing and I am unsure. Overall I give this episode a 7/10.

    I like "Shell of a Man" better than "Fear of a Krabby Patty". I thought it was funny simply because Mr. Krabs was naked, which was why "Shell of a Man" was my favorite episode when I was seven. (This was because I was obsessed with I also liked how SpongeBob pretended to be Mr. Krabs. He actually did a good job, even though he is nice while Mr. Krabs is mean. Just like "Fear of a Krabby Patty", I had that feeling where something felt missing. Overall, I give "Shell of a Man" a 7/10.moreless
  • Actually decent, to me

    These episodes were decent in my opinion. However, Fear of a Krabby Patty used a plot point already done before in Graveyard Shift. Graveyard Shift already used the "open 24 hours" plot point. But it was still a decent episode.
  • the beginning of the end of spongebob

    this episode was ok, along with on or two other decent episodes on season 4, but this is when spongebob started to decline in quality
  • When SpongeBob started to change.

    I decided to stop reviewing the spongebob episodes in order and just review them in a random order because reviewing them in order was fun at first, but it got tedious and just decided to not do it anymore.

    Fear of a Krabby Patty: I mentioned in my Help Wanted review that I thought SpongeBob was going downhill and looking back at it I regret saying that. Because on my hiatus of reviewing SpongeBob episodes, I watched a handful of season 4,5,6 and 7 episodes and I truly forgot that some of those episodes were actually good. There were some that were bad as I remembered, but most of them were good. I wouldn't say this is when SpongeBob went downhill, but it was when it started to change. When Plankton has the Chum Bucket opened for 23 hours, Mr Krabs decides to have The Krusty Krab opened for 24 hours just so he can stay opened later than Plankton. Plankton takes advantage of the whole thing and orders 10,000 Krabby Patties disguised as Peter Lankton... How obvious. When SpongeBob gets exhausted from making all those patties he becomes scared of them. The whole 24 hours idea makes this episode feel like a weak version of Graveyard Shift and SpongeBob being scared of Krabby Patties was plain stupid. I found the humor in this episode to be hit or miss. The funniest gag was when the bags in Squidward's eyes had bags. I find it surprising that two great writers like Paul Tibbit and CH Greenblatt could write such a mediocre episode. It's not the worst SpongeBob episode, but this was just a weak start for season 4. 5/10

    Shell of a Man: I actually didn't think this that bad of an episode. It's not perfect, but it's much better than Fear of a Krabby Patty. When Mr. Krabs molts his shell, he decides to have SpongeBob in his shell and have him act like Mr. Krabs for his reunion with his navy buddies. It was funny when SpongeBob gets sentimental about the Patty he made and when Squidward calls out "Number 5" it turned out then Spongebob ordered it. It was also funny when SpongeBob spits out teeth then coughs up his skull. It isn't without its flaws, though. I thought the ending was too identical to that Fairly OddParents episode where Cosmo pretends he's someone he's not at the high school reunion. It is the better episode of this pairing and if it's playing on TV, I'll wait for Shell of a Man to play. 7/10

    Season 4 wasn't a bad season. It is actually the best post-movie season, but there were a few episodes from that season that I just couldn't stand.moreless
Clancy Brown (I)

Clancy Brown (I)

Mr. Eugene H. Krabs

Bill Fagerbakke

Bill Fagerbakke

Patrick Star

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

SpongeBob SquarePants/Gary/Mr. SquarePants/Narrator/Various Others

Mary Jo Catlett

Mary Jo Catlett

Mrs. Puff/Mrs. SquarePants

Lori Alan

Lori Alan

Pearl Krabs

Rodger Bumpass

Rodger Bumpass

Squidward Tentacles

Dee Bradley Baker

Dee Bradley Baker

Various Voices

Recurring Role

Mr. Lawrence

Mr. Lawrence

Plankton/Larry the Lobster/Other Voices

Recurring Role

Sirena Irwin

Sirena Irwin


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (17)

    • Reg from "No Weenies Allowed" is seen in "Shell of a Man," but he's yellow instead of brown.

    • These two episodes gave two changes to the series-- the animation is more fluid, and SpongeBob's voice has gotten a lot more high pitched for an unknown reason, although he is still voiced by Tom Kenny.

    • When SpongeBob spits out his skeleton, the skeleton had SpongeBob's two buck teeth attached, but the buck teeth were on SpongeBob as well.

    • In normal restaurants, there's more than one employee at each shift, so if the diner is open for 24 hours, there's somebody to take a guy's place if he/she needs sleep. But if the diner has only one employee at each shift, and is open 24 hours and doesn't let employees get sleep, the diner could get sued or even closed down. This should have happened to the Krusty Krab since Mr. Krabs only has one cook and one cashier, but yet, even though Squidward was really tired, Mr. Krabs remained in business.

    • How would Mr. Krabs call Plankton when the patties are ready when he didn't get his phone number?

    • What happened to the 10,000 patties Plankton ordered? If they were delivered to the disguised Chum Bucket, why didn't Plankton just analyze them to find out the secret formula?

    • How could SpongeBob have a skeleton if he's an invertebrate?

    • Why would Plankton having the Chum Bucket open 23 hours bother Mr. Krabs? No one ever goes there.

    • Mr. Krabs had no nose when he was out of his old shell. His shell didn't have it, either. Somehow his nose disappeared when he molted.

    • This is the second time SpongeBob and Squidward have to work 24 hours.

    • When Torpedo Belly hits SpongeBob, he spits up three teeth and then his spine with two more teeth, but it was shown in earlier episodes he only has two teeth and no spine.

    • Why would SpongeBob need to make all those patties? In an earlier episode, "Just One Bite", it was revealed that they had a patty vault with loads of patties.

    • How did Plankton escape from jail if he was sent to a tiny jail for tiny criminals? He was sent to jail from The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.

    • In this episode, SpongeBob pinches himself and cries in pain, but in "The Bully," SpongeBob didn't feel a thing as he was being beaten.

    • When Mr. Krabs' shell is hollow you see four holes, but when SpongeBob puts it on there's only three.

    • After SpongeBob gets punched in the stomach, he spits out his skeleton, but in "Squirrel Jokes," he says he has no bones.

    • Mr. Krabs had made the Krusty Krab open 24 hours a day before in "The Graveyard Shift."

  • QUOTES (27)

    • (images are flying across the screen)
      Plankton: (laughs as he flies across the screen)
      Mr. Krabs: (as an image of himself flies across the screen) Day 23! Give it up for day 23!
      SpongeBob: (as an image of himself flies across the screen) 10,621...
      Old Man Jenkins: (as he flies across the screen) Hey, what's goin' on? Whoa! Whoa!

    • Mr. Krabs: Okay, SpongeBob, I want you to *turns into a Krabby Patty and starts speaking gibberish) Got that?
      SpongeBob: I'm sorry can you run that by me again?
      Mr. Krabs: Sure, I said (turns into a Krabby Patty and starts speaking gibberish)
      SpongeBob: That's what I thought you said, now let me offer this as a rebuttal: AHHHHHHHH!!!!!

    • Lockjaw Jones Here's some grog. You still like pineapple, right?
      SpongeBob: (as Mr. Krabs) Like pineapple? I live in one! (everybody laughs)

    • Mr. Krabs: No more 24 hour shifts because 23 hours will be plenty. (laughs) No, seriously, get back to work!

    • Plankton: (under disguise as psychiatrist) Mr. SquarePants. Please have a seat.
      (SpongeBob sits on couch; Plankton appears in chair beside couch in disguise)
      Plankton: Now, let's unload some of that harmful information in your little yellow head.
      SpongeBob: You're a bit smaller than I imagined, Doctor, but I guess that's why they call you a shrink. (beat)
      (SpongeBob laughs)
      Spongebob: Do you think there is any hope for me, Doctor?
      Plankton: Hope...! Hope..! When I get my hand on that formula, there won't be any hope for any of you! (laughs; nervously) I mean... you'll be cured in no time.

    • SpongeBob: Easy, perfection.
      Squidward: Is #5's order ready yet?
      SpongeBob: Just a second, Squidward. Well, krabby patty, it's time for you to go now, you grew up so fast, I...oh, promised myself not to do this! Just take it away, Squidward, take it away! (cries)
      Squidward: Oh brother, #5, #5!
      SpongeBob: That's me!

    • (SpongeBob skips and sings in a happy dream of jellyfishing)
      SpongeBob: La la la la la!
      Giant Krabby Patty: Roooaaarrrrr!
      (then we see SpongeBob sleeping in bed, the bedroom door creaks open slowly)
      Giant Krabby Patty: Hey, SpongeBob, I'll always here for you. Right here.
      SpongeBob: In my heart?
      Giant Krabby Patty: Actually, in your arteries!

    • SpongeBob: Holy shrimp, they're everywhere!
      (SpongeBob is panicked and hallucinating)
      SpongeBob: AEEEAAAH!
      Customer & His Wife: I told you that shirt was hideous!

    • Plankton: Drat, he's not collapsing from exhaustion, but with a little more pressure, that sponge will crack like an egg and I'll be there to feast on the shattered yellow pysche!

    • Strong Fish: There's one thing Mr. Krabs would never do, and that's leave without giving Torpedo Belly one of your world famous steel belly butts.
      SpongeBob: Oh! I thought you'd see through my ruse!

    • Strong Fish: I have a confession!
      (rips off sideburns) These are fake!

    • Plankton: Since your mind has been resisitent to every mental trick I have tried, I must resort to my final treatment.
      SpongeBob: Fiber?

    • Plankton: Let's start with a simple exercise.
      Spongebob: Jumping jacks?
      Plankton: I want you to close your eyes. (SpongeBob does so) Tighter... Tighter... (He tightens them so much that his eyelids rip) Too tight! Now, tell me what you see?
      SpongeBob: I see giant Krabby Patties.
      Plankton: Good! And what are they made of? (He starts a tape recorder)
      SpongeBob: Hatred!
      Plankton: No, I mean ingredients. What are the stinking ingredients?
      SpongeBob: They're coming for me. No! No! No! Stay back! (Grabs a piano and holds it over his head)
      Plankton: Wait, where'd you get that piano?

    • Mr. Krabs: Armor Abs Krabs can't show up the reunion like this. All pink, and soft, and unmanly. I'm all flab (Poking at place where abs were) and no ab! (Cries)
      SpongeBob: Barnacles!
      Mr. Krabs: (Shocked) SpongeBob!
      SpongeBob: Sorry about the foul language, Mr. Krabs.

    • Mr. Krabs: (Crying) It's true. I've molted.
      SpongeBob: What's "molted?"
      Mr. Krabs: It's when a crab gets too fat -- er, well-- outgrows its shell. It falls off!
      SpongeBob: Wow!

    • SpongeBob: (As Mr. Krabs) Look at me. I'm Mr. Krabs, and I love money.
      Mr. Krabs: Hey, that's not half bad.
      SpongeBob: (As Mr. Krabs) I once won a marathon because someone dropped a penny at the finish line.
      Mr. Krabs: That's me! (laughs)
      SpongeBob: (As Mr. Krabs)Every night I tuck my wallet in and read it a bedtime story. Goodnight, Wallety. (Kisses wallet)
      Mr. Krabs: Yeah, okay. I get the point
      SpongeBob: (As Mr. Krabs) Argh, what's that you say? Me daughter Pearl needs an operation? I'll do it meself and save a nickel! (Imitates Mr. Krabs' laugh)
      Mr. Krabs: That'll do, SpongeBob.

    • (Mr. Krabs is hiding behind a barrel and moaning)
      SpongeBob: Is someone there?
      Mr. Krabs: (Moaning; holds claw out) Don't look at me.
      SpongeBob: Mr. Krabs? (Runs over and picks barrel up)
      Mr. Krabs: (Shaking) Leave me be.
      SpongeBob: (Surprised; smiles) YOU'RE ALIVE! And... naked.

    • Mr. Krabs:I don't understand
      Ol' Muttonchop: Admittin' you lost your shell was the toughest thing I've ever seen... and uh, I have a confession to make myself. (Pulls sideburns off) THESE ARE FAKE!
      (Everyone gasps)
      Torpedo Belly: Over here!
      Mr. Krabs: You too, Torpedo Belly?
      Torpedo Belly: Actually, (Pulls up his shirt revealing a huge scar) I had my torpedo removed long ago.
      Lockjaw Lenny: And these choppers are the same one that I used in the Navy. (Pulls out his dentures)
      Old Ironeye: And this iron eye is actually formica.

    • Mr. Krabs: I've molted me shell and I'm... vulnerable! (Crying) But I'm certainly no bubble blowin' jelly fisher.

    • Giant Krabby Patty: Hey SpongeBob. I heard your brain was sick, so I brought you this cookie pizza.
      SpongeBob: Gee, thanks.
      Giant Krabby Patty: And here's a glass of chocolate milk.
      SpongeBob: The king of flavored dairy drinks! (Hugs Krabby Patty) Oh Krabby Patty. I'm so glad we can be friends again.
      Giant Krabby Patty: Just remember, SpongeBob, I'll always be with you. (Points a finger at SpongeBob's chest) Right here.
      SpongeBob: In my heart?
      Giant Krabby Patty: Actually, in your arteries. Now, do me a favor and wake up, wake up...
      Plankton: (On a megaphone) WAAAKKKKEEE UPPPPPPP!
      SpongeBob: (Yawns) It worked. I'm cured!
      Plankton: But what about the formula?
      Spongebob: Ohh, you're right. I better get back to work. Thanks for everything, Doc!
      Plankton: No, it's a lie! Therapy doesn't really work. You're still sick! VERY, VERY SICK!

    • Mr. Krabs: Here's your spatuler.
      SpongeBob: Spatuler.
      Mr. Krabs: The grill.
      SpongeBob: Grill.
      Mr. Krabs: Some fresh Krabby --
      SpongeBob: (Screams)

    • Mr. Krabs: Go on, punch me.
      SpongeBob: You want me to punch you in the stomach?
      Mr. Krabs: No, in the abs!
      SpongeBob: (After punching) Wow! My whole arm disintegrated!

    • Mr. Krabs: SpongeBob, I think you need to see a professional.
      SpongeBob: Wrestler?

    • Mr. Krabs: SpongeBob, I think you should (Turns into giant Krabby Patty) rah-ba-blub. Rah-bla-bla-bla-blub.
      SpongeBob: (Rubs eyes) Sorry, Mr. Krabs. Can you run that by me again?
      Mr. Krabs: I said you should rah-ba-blub. Rah-bla-bla-bla-blub.
      SpongeBob: That's what I thought you said. Allow me to offer this as a rebuttal: AAAHH!!!

    • Plankton: I'm going to say a word and you say the first word that pops into your head. Patty.
      SpongeBob: Patty.
      Plankton: Spatula.
      SpongeBob: Spatula.
      Plankton: Bun.
      SpongeBob: Bun.
      Plankton: You have to say a word other than the one I said.
      SpongeBob: Oh!
      Plankton: Potato.
      SpongeBob: Po-ta-to.
      Plankton: Tomato.
      SpongeBob: To-ma-to.

    • Plankton: (While trying to wake up SpongeBob) Let's see, what else is loud and obnoxious? (Holds up cell phone ringing)

    • Plankton: Now, what do you see?
      SpongeBob: Giant Krabby Patties.
      Plankton: (Holding out tape recorder) Great! And what are they made of? (Presses the record button)
      SpongeBob: Hatred!
      Plankton: No, the ingredients! Tell me the stinking ingredients!
      SpongeBob: They're coming closer! No! Get away from me! (Pulls out piano)
      Plankton: Hey, where did you get that piano? (SpongeBob smashes him with the piano) OOF!
      SpongeBob: I'm finished! I arranged the cards into a piano. (Card piano falls on Plankton)

  • NOTES (32)


    • Outfit
      Plankton's psychiatrist outfit on "Fear of a Krabby Patty" imitates the man considered as the father of psychology: Sigmund Freud.

    • Shell of a Man
      This episode is based on a song called "Son of a Man" sung by Phil Collins on a Disney movie, Tarzan.

    • Friendly Krabby Patty: I will always be with you in here.
      When the giant Krabby Patty in SpongeBob's dream says "I will always be with you in here," it pokes SpongeBob in the chest. You'll also see that its finger is lit up. This is a reference to the movie E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, because E.T. did the same thing to Elliot in the movie.