SpongeBob SquarePants

Season 3 Episode 18

Plankton's Army / Missing Identity

Aired Weekdays 5:30 PM Jan 19, 2004 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

Plankton's Army: It's the 25th anniversary of Plankton's first attempt to steal the Krabby Patty Secret Formula, and Plankton is lurking around for another attempt, his relatives.

Missing Identity: While at a diner, SpongeBob tells the story of when he lost his name tag (identity) and searched for it all day.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • SpongeBob tells the story about losing his identity and Plankton calls his family for help

    Missing Identity (since it is aired first): This episode was excellent and had funny parts all the way through. I laughed at the morning routeline (mainly cracked up at tasting Gary's treats and he would go blech), SpongeBob later repeating this just for Patrick to say hi to him (although it went a little too long but not slow moving), SpongeBob and Patrick at the dump, and the last minute of it. Overall score 10/10

    Plankton's Army: This episode was a little funnier than Missing Identity. It is one of the funniest Plankton episodes I've seen. I laughed at the flashback of Plankton using disguies, the robot, Plankton on the dollar, Plankton trying to join the tough guys, but get beaten up, all of Plankton's family are rednecks/hillbilles, Sheldon being made fun of (first episode that reveal Plankton's first name), and a few more parts. Overall 10/10moreless
  • Perfect

    Plankton's Army: The show starts out when Plankton attempts to steal a Krabby Patty. He is then caught and flushed down the toilet by Mr. Krabs. He returns to the Chum Bucket, sulking to his computer wife Karen about his failures. She then suggests to hire an army to help him. He first tries a bar, but the tough guys beat him up. He then realizes he could call his entire family to help. He messages them all to come to the Chum Bucket. Thinking they will all be evil geniuses, he finds out they are all hillbillies; saying "I've been away from home longer that I thought." He then gets them to agree to his plan in exchange for Root Beer. They then attack the Krusty Krab, tying up Mr. Krabs and Squidward in a toilet (SpongeBob is cleaning the bathrooms, totally unaware of the crisis). The Planktons open the safe containing the Krabby Patty secret recipe. Before Plankton reads the recipe, Mr. Krabs pleads him not to read it, saying "There are secrets not meant for mortal eyes!". Plankton reads it anyway. The ingredients turn out to be:A pinch of salt 3 tsp. of chopped onions A cup of love 4 lb of ground PlanktonNo. 4 causes Plankton to panic, running away. The other Planktons read it and run (except for one, saying he can't read). Mr. Krabs and Squidward manage to escape from the toilet. It is then revealed to SpongeBob (who has finished cleaning the bathrooms) and Squidward that the recipe that Plankton has read is a fake, and the real one is hidden somewhere. Squidward then guesses it is under Mr. Krabs' mattress. Mr. Krabs runs towards his house, yelling "Curse you, Squidward!"Missing Identity: SpongeBob SquarePants is at a diner, late at night. It is a dark and weary day, and the rain is pouring down. A patron is solving a crossword puzzle, and realises he had lost his pen. A waitress says he can borrow hers, and does. SpongeBob says he once lost something more important than a pen. He once lost his identity.He recounts the events of last Monday. He wakes up, and throwing his blanket into the air, says "Good morning world, and all who inhabit it!" The blanket falls on him and SpongeBob, not being able to see, falls off his bed and his alarm clock falls on top of his head. He falls down the stairs and the alarm propels him into the window. He feeds Gary, and realises that he has been feeding Gary snail food for years and doesn't even know what it tastes like. He tastes a little bit, and is horribly disgusted, and his disgust is even heard at the headquarters of the company that makes Gary's snail food. He looks at the clock and realises that he's late for work, so he quickly gets changed and skips to work.While he skips to work, he says hello to Patrick Star, says hello to Old Man Jenkins, then places an apple on Mr. Krabs' desk. Then, two guys throw him into the dumpster.Later, as SpongeBob serves food to a customer, the customer tells him that he should wear a name-tag so that she can thank him in a sophisticated and civil manner. He assures her that he is wearing a name-tag, but then sees nothing but a shirt. He immediately hyperventilates, and tells Squidward that he has lost his name-tag. SpongeBob faints almost immediately. When he wakes up, he asks Squidward what happened. His response is that he fainted because he lost his name-tag. Squidward assures him that his name-tag is not that important, but just as he says that Mr. Krabs informs them that there's a uniform inspection in one hour. Squidward tells SpongeBob that he should retrace his steps.SpongeBob does, but fails in finding it. Patrick suggests looking in the dumpster, and they go searching there. Patrick finds SpongeBob's name-tag, but it seems to keep disappearing. SpongeBob is confused, but all the mysteries are cleared when Patrick says "At least I don't wear my shirt backwards!" SpongeBob then realizes that he had his name-tag all along, his shirt was just backwards. At the uniform inspection, Mr. Krabs smells SpongeBob and is horribly disgusted. He kicks SpongeBob out of the Krusty Krab.SpongeBob finishes telling his story, and thanks the waitress for listening, calling her "Betty". She says that her name isn't Betty, she just borrowed someone else's uniform while hers is getting cleaned. When SpongeBob learns this, he ends the episode doing a Jack Benny double-take.

    10 out of 10moreless
  • These episodes were so enjoyable that it's hard to pick which one I like better

    Missing Identity: I thought that this was an excellent episode of "SpongeBob SquarePants". It was very funny and pretty classic. SpongeBob telling the whole story to the people at the diner about how he lost his name tag was very funny. SpongeBob's morning routine was very funny especially he would taste Gary's food. The way SpongeBob would breathe in this episode was very funny. I also liked how Patrick was breathing in this episode. SpongeBob retracing his steps over and over again was funny. Patrick calling SpongeBob "SpongeBoob" was hilarious. SpongeBob and Patrick searching in the dumpster was funny but kind of gross. SpongeBob having his name tag on the back of this shirt all this time was also funny. Overall, an excellent episode of "SpongeBob SquarePants". 10/10

    Plankton's Army: Oh my gosh, this episode was absolutely hilarious. They had less SpongeBob in this episode though but the way the writers handled this episode was very funny. SpongeBob would only appear for a quick 30 seconds or so in the beginning of the episode and then appear a quick 30 seconds or so at the end of the episode... that's how short his role was. Anyways, Plankton finding out that he has a bunch of hillbilly cousins was absolutely hilarious. Plankton's cousins wanting to help him for root beer was very funny. Karen laughing at Plankton's first name "Sheldon" was also hilarious. It was absolutely hilarious when Plankton and his cousins chased after Mr. Krabs and Squidward and tied them to the toilet. It was absolutely hilarious when Plankton was reading the cook book which was how to make Plankton and then Plankton runs home... oh my gosh, that part always makes me laugh hard. The ending was also funny when Squidward knew where Mr. Krabs hides the formula and then Mr. Krabs runs back to his house. Overall, a hilarious episode of "SpongeBob SquarePants". 10/10moreless
  • great

    plankton's army- plankton has a new plan to get the recipe for the krabby patty, will his new plan work? and if so, can he handle the secret ingredient?

    missing identity- spongebob tells two people in a restuarant the story of how he lost his nametag, and the struggle he had to go through to eventually find it.

    Both were just OK, they weren't terrible but they were not out right fantastic either, missing identity was a tad better i think, but neither is anything i would brag about, they had their overall moments i guess, they get a low B from memoreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show spongebob planton returns and its the 25th annversary of the first time he tried to steal the formula and he decides to go trough the plans he used but then he goes and decides to round up all his family and relitives around and they go and take down the krusty krab and they find out formula has planton in it but it was a trick this was funny and in the second ep spongebob loses his name tag and goes and trys to retrace his steps on how and were he lost it and then he decides to retell the story on how he lost it to jog his memory this was a good epmoreless
Bill Fagerbakke

Bill Fagerbakke


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Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

SpongeBob SquarePants/Gary/Mr. SquarePants/Narrator/Various Others/Peterson/Cousin #1

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Rodger Bumpass

Rodger Bumpass

Squidward Tentacles

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (34)

    • In "Missing Identity," the one step SpongeBob didn't retrace was when he was having trouble putting his pants on right.

    • When Plankton said "...or a thousand!" there were 88 names in the phone book, not 1,000.

    • In "Plankton's Army," there is no way Plankton can reach the fake formula book. Plankton is too small and he couldn't do it that fast.

    • Goof: In the several instances in which SpongeBob is shown from the back, his lapels are never seen until Patrick notices it in the dumpster, while the lapels are never on the front either.

    • Until this episode, SpongeBob has never had a name tag nor have there been uniform inspections.

    • SpongeBob doesn't appear in the majority of the scenes on "Plankton's Army".

    • When "Betty" says SpongeBob story took 11 minutes, she must be talking about the length of the episode.

    • Goof: When SpongeBob and Patrick go to the dumpster, they are shown from the back. But SpongeBob's nametag and lapels aren't on the back of him.

    • In "Missing Identity", you can see SpongeBob's collar on his shirt is missing also. This might be one of the clues where his name tag is.

    • If you look closely at the Plankton family when Plankton says, "victory thy name is Plankton". You can see there are many copies of the main family members that have speaking parts.

      Plus, there's Plankton family members that have the same body features and look exactly alike, but they have different shades of green.

    • In "Missing Identity," SpongeBob says that he has never tried Gary`s food, but he had tried it in earlier episodes.

    • In "Missing Identity," when SpongeBob yells to Patrick from his window explaining what he's going to do, Squidward's house is missing! You can tell, because you can see Patrick's rock, but not Squidward's house.

    • When they show the scene of all four things SpongeBob keeps doing to find his identity, the third scene, the one where SpongeBob is feeding Gary, and then you see the one where SpongeBob hits the window. These two should be switched. Also SpongeBob makes the "Yuck!" sound when he hits the window. He was supposed to say that when he licked the snail food.

    • Plankton's relatives include Clem, Zeke, Rufus, Jeke, Billy Bob, Billy Jim, Billy Billy Bo Willy Banana Fanna Fo Filly, Toad, Enis, and Rainchild.

    • Patrick is a huge fan of the band Stingray 5000.

    • The real Krabby Patty formula is hidden in Mr. Krab's house, under his matress.

    • When Spongebob says hi to Old Man Jenkins, his nametag is missing.

    • In Missing Identity, SpongeBob says he has never tried Gary's food. In the episode "I was a Teenage Gary", SpongeBob did try it.

    • 1. the thing which holds the notes on the diner window is missing the second time we see it.
      2. at the start of missing identity, we see a close up of the note holder thing, we see only one note but in the next wide shot it had several.

    • In Plankton's Army. This is the only time that SpongeBob was a minor character. Mr Krabs told SpongeBob to mop the floors and towards the end SpongeBob reappears.

    • A few moments after you find out that Plankton's first name is Sheldon, Karen types it on the screen in computer writing, but in the next scene, it's thicker, and in regular writing.

    • In Plankton's Army,Karen wanted to know what happened but she never heard what happened because Plankton didn't want to talk about it but later Karen showed plankton what had just happened

    • In one time when Spongebob was retracing his steps, it was not in sequential order. The order was blinded by blanket, fell down stairs, sing Gary the feeding song, and crash into window.

    • The Dumpster Is Bigger when Spongebob And Patrick Gets In Than When It Is Shown At The Begining

    • When Spongebob Retraces His Steps And Serves Food To Gary,He Turns Around.There's No Nametag On His Back

    • It appears that the path that Plankton goes screaming on to the Chum Bucket is the same one Mr. Krabs takes to his house.

    • How could Plankton have fit inside a dollar? It's flat!

      Reply: It probably wasn't a real dollar.

    • In "Missing Identity", when Spongebob tastes Gary's food, it tastes so bad that he tries to take it out, but in "Dumped", Spongebob eats it and it tastes fine.

    • In "Plankton's Army" Squidward said the real formula is under Mr. Krabs's Mattress, but in "Squeaky Boots", and in "Mid-Life Crustcean", he was sleeping in a HAMMOCK!

    • when spongebob first woke up and went to feed gary, spongebobs TV was on the right side of the window, but when he was putting on his pants the TV was on the left side of the window

    • When Clem is introducing the family and when they're walking, Plankton's eyebrow turns yellow for a moment. You have to be really, really quick to catch this. I have a pic of this if you want to see.

    • When Patrick talks about not having a nose in,"Missing Identity", real-life starfish actually have a nose but no eyes(They smell their way around).

    • When SpongeBob and Patrick talk right before SpongeBob starts trying to "retrace his steps", Squidwards house isn't there.

    • How and where does SpongeBob lose a nametag???

      Reply: The way he struggled to put his pants on after he first fed Gary

  • QUOTES (18)

    • SpongeBob: Hey, guys, what'd I miss?
      Squidward: Mr. Krabs, is that really that Krabby Patty secret recipe?
      Mr. Krabs: A'course not! And Plankton'll probably figure that out and be back here tomorrow. Besides, I keep the recipe in a secret place. A place so secret, not even Plankton could figure it out.
      SquidwardLet me guess...it's at home, under your mattress.
      Mr. Krabs: (runs home) CURSE YOU, SQUIDWAAAAAAAAAAARD!!!

    • Plankton: Felicitations, malfactors! I am endeavoring to misappropriate the formula reper the planning of affordable commestables! WHO WILL JOIN ME!?!? (back in lab in a wheelchair and completely bandaged) I just don't get it.

    • Plankton: (Ding Dong) They're here! Welcome, brethren! (There's thousands of Plankton and they're all country-like)
      Clem: Hey, look, everybody! It's cousin, Plankton!
      Family: Yee-Haa!
      Plankton: I've been away longer than I thought.
      Clem: Howdy cousin!
      Plankton: (Looks at his hand after shaking Clem's hand) Ugh...
      Clem: It's me, Clem! Of course you remember Zeke, Rufus, Jeke, Billy Bob, Billy Jim, Billy Billy Bo Wil Banana Fanna Fo Filly, Toad, Enis (It's been along time) Retro McGee Rainchild...
      Plankton: All right! I get it! I mean, come inside, make yourself at home.

    • Plankton: The Plankton family has been always pushed around and stepped on. Wait, that's it, acting alone we're powerless, but united the Plankton family would be a real pain in the fanny!

    • SpongeBob: Patrick, why didn't you say hi to me?
      Patrick: Hi.
      SpongeBob: Oh, let's take it from the top.
      Patrick: Hi, SpongeBob.
      SpongeBob: Don't forget your line this time.
      Patrick: I won't.
      SpongeBob: Good morning world, and all who inhabit it. The most important meal of the day lalala Gary's way. Blah! Patrick, why didn't you say hi to me?
      Patrick: What's my motivation?
      SpongeBob: Forget the motivation, just say hi! Urgh!

    • (SpongeBob starts to tell the story)
      SpongeBob: I was in my way to work...
      Lalalalalala lalalalala lalalalala...
      Customer: Hey, start your story.

    • SpongeBob: Quick, Patrick. I need you to say hi to me again.
      Patrick: That wasn't part of the deal, SquarePants!
      SpongeBob: What do you mean?
      Patrick: My hello's aren't just some recording you can rewind and play over and over again. They're special!

    • Spongebob: Now that my horrific incident of terror is over, how about some breakfast?

    • Plankton's Cousin: Golly, she sure is pretty Sheldon.
      Karen: Sheldon?
      Plankton: Yes, that my first name.
      Karen: HAHAHA Sheldon. (still laughing)
      Plankton: Will you please..
      Karen: (laughing) I'm sorry, im sorry.
      Plankton: Alright, as I was saying..
      Karen: HAHAHA
      Plankton: O.K we all know Sheldon's a funny name.
      Karen: O.K, im done no more.
      Plankton: Good, to continue, only you can bring honor...
      (Karen types out SHELDON behind Plankton's back and everyone laughs.)
      Plankton: ...and dignity...
      (Karen types out SHELDON with an arrow behind Planktons back and everyone laughs.)
      Plankton: ...back to the plankton family...
      (Karen types out SHELDON, in flashy Las Vegas style rainbow letters.)
      Plankton: ...for years it has been my goal to unravel the secret formula...
      (Karen does it one last time, this time with an animated entrance, red and gold letters, and stars too!)
      Plankton: AHAH! (spots what his computer wife was doing and pulls the plug)

    • SpongeBob: Have you forgot what we're looking for knee deep in yesterday's top 40 songs?!?
      Patrick: Yes.
      SpongeBob: I'll give you a hint. Two words: First word, "My", second word, "Nametag!"
      Patrick: Can I have another hint?

    • Plankton: Victory! My name is Plankton! (turns around and on his back, there's a paper that says "Sheldon")

    • Mr. Krabs: Plankton, wait. You can't look at the formula.
      Plankton: Begging won't help.
      Mr. Krabs: I'm telling you, you won't be able to handle the truth. There are some things in this world that weren't meant for mortal eyes.
      Plankton: Eye.
      Mr. Krabs: Eye.
      Plankton: I don't care. Drum roll please! (Plankton rolls himself a drum roll and runs to Mr. Krabs's desk, where a book labeled "Recipe for a Krabby Patty" sits on it) Finally, after all these years, I'm about to find out what makes a Krabby Patty taste so good. (opens book) The secret recipe for one Krabby Patty is.... a pinch of salt....
      Mr. Krabs: Plankton! Wait!
      Plankton: (turns page) Three teaspoons of chopped onions....
      Mr. Krabs: I'm warning ya....!
      Plankton: (turns page) A cup of love....
      Mr. Krabs: Don't do it!
      Plankton: Mixed together with the most important ingredient. Four HEAPING POUNDS OF FRESHLY GROUND (turns page) plankton?
      Mr. Krabs: I warned ya.
      (Plankton runs back to the Chum bucket screaming his head off; back at the Krusty Krab, the book drops and all the plankton gasp and scream in chaos)
      Mr. Krabs: (laughing)....... Hey, why aren't you runnin'?
      Family member: Well I can't read!
      Mr. Krabs: Get outta' here!
      Family Member: Huyhuyhyhuhuy!

    • Mr. Krabs: There's going to be a surprise uniform inspection in one hour. Anyone who doesn't pass... gets the boot! This boot to be exact. It's very stinky, and you have to wear it all day.

    • Waitress: Wait a minute, when exactly did you lose your identity?
      Fish: Yeah, and who's Patrick? (camera pans back and the cook is hanging out the pick-up window)
      Cook: And why did you eat Snailpo?

    • Spongebob: (camera fades to Spongebob's room; Spongebob is sleeping; his alarm goes off; he shoots out of bed and his blanket goes off screen) Good morning, world, and all who inhabit it! (his blanket lands on his head; he fights to get it off) Gary, help! I can't see! Gary! (Spongebob steps off bed looking for Gary) Gary, are you there!? (loses balance and falls onto the floor; his alarm then falls on him) Ow! (stands up) Gary? (walks off) Gary, buddy? I need you to be my eyes, okay? Am I near the bathroom? (Spongebob falls through a door and down the staircase; he lands in his living room and his alarm clock spits him out, shooting him through the air) Gary? (he lands face first into a window) Gare? (slides off the window into the kitchen where Gary is waiting with an empty food dish; Gary meows; Spongebob pops up happily) Gary! Now that my horrific incident of terror is over, how about some breakfast? (reaches arms off screen and grabs a can of Snailpo; breaks into song) The most important meal of the day, serving it up Gary's way! Pop! (pours can into Gary's bowl) Enjoy, buddy. Hmm, you know, I've been feeding this to Gary for years, and I don't even know what it tastes like. (Spongebob rolls his tongue out to taste the residue left in Gary's can; he has a look of giddy anticipation on his face; as his tongue touches the food, he makes a "blech" noise; sound waves travel through Bikini Bottom and to Snailpo World Headquarters)
      Snailpo Employee: What is it, Peterson?
      Peterson: I'm not sure. I feel... a disturbance.

    • Squidward: Is this the secret formula, Mr. Krabs?
      Mr. Krabs: Of course not! And Plankton will probably figure that out and be back again to find out what the real formula is. But don't worry, boys, the formula's safe from harm. I got it hidden in me most secret hiding place, a place no one, not even Plankton, would ever figure out.
      Squidward: Let me guess. It's at home, under your mattress.
      Mr. Krabs: (gasps and runs to his house, screaming) Curse you, Squidward!

    • (SpongeBob is trying to retrace his steps to find his name tag, but Patrick keeps messing up)
      Patrick: Hi, SpongeBoob. (laughs) SpongeBoob? SpongeBoob! (laughs more)

    • Plankton: (when he has nothing else to do with stealing the Krabby Patty formula) I never thought I would get this far.
      Mr. Krabs: Then allow me to suggest your next move.
      (cuts to Plankton getting flushed down the toilet)

  • NOTES (25)

  • ALLUSIONS (11)

    • Snailpo
      Snailpo is a reference to Alpo dog food.

    • Name: Billy Bob

      The name of one of Plankton's cousins is maybe a parody to actor Billy Bob Thorton.

    • Sign: I Am Not A Roach

      The sentence that was said on Plankton's sign is a parody of Richard Nixon's famous quote "I Am Not A Crook."

    • Battlestar Galactica
      The robot in "Plankton's Army" looks like a Cyclon from the show Battlestar Galactica.

    • United Plankton Pictures Inc.

      The logo of the studio above is Plankton and his family members from this episode, but in a crudely hand-drawn form.

    • Plankton's Computer Wife: Your name is Sheldon?
      A possible nod to Robin Hood: Men in Tights, where everyone cracks up when they find out that the Sheriff of Rottingham is named Mervin.

    • A Pinch of Love
      Perhaps the Pinch of Love was based loosely on the Powerpuff Girls' formula of sugar, spice, and everything nice (namely love).

    • Stingray 5000
      This is an obvious reference to the heavy metal band Powerman 5000.

    • SpongeBob: Porquoi.
      SpongeBob yells out "Porquoi." Which, in French, means "Why."

    • Bank Robber: Attica!
      In "Missing Identity" Spongebob has a fantasy of a person robbing a bank while wearing Spongebob's nametag. In this fantasy, the bank robber shouts "Attica!", which is a reference to the 1975 movie "Dog Day Afternoon" about a bank robbery with the main character chanting "Attica!" several times.

    • Guy at Snail Po headquarters: "I've felt a strange disturbance..."
      This is a reference to Star Wars Episode 4, when planet Alderan blows up. Obi-Wan Kenobi says he's "felt a great disturbance in the force. As if a million voices cried out and were suddenly silenced." The guy at Snail Po headquarters heard Spongebob taste the Snail Po and go "Bleh!!!"