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Airdate: May 6, 2005

In the first post-first movie episode, Plankton (as Dr. Peter Lankton) gives an order of 10,000 Krabby Patties to wear SpongeBob out, and ends up making SpongeBob afraid of Krabby Patties.

Fear of a Krabby Patty contains examples of:

  • An Aesop: Don't try to one-up someone at the cost of your own health.
  • Animation Bump: Although on par with season 1's animation, it is much smoother than the previous two seasons.
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  • Art Evolution: Starting with this episode, the colors are brighter than it was in the first three seasons and the first movie. Also, since C.H. Greenblatt mainly worked on this episode, the facial expressions are a lot more exaggerated and expressive (which is common in his episodes and will show quite a bit in season 4). See Off-Model.
  • Bad Boss: One of Mr Krabs' harsher examples is when he forces his employees to work 24 hours a day with no breaks, or even being allowed to go home! It comes back to bite Krabs as he ends up suffering from the same lack of sleep his employees do. At the end of the episode, Krabs is genuinely happy that SpongeBob has been cured of his phobia and they both share a healthy, happy laugh until Krabs angrily demands him to get back to work.
  • Bait-and-Switch Sentiment: The Krabby Patty in SpongeBob's dream tells him that "I'll always be with you, right here, and points to his chest. SpongeBob asks "My heart?", but the Patty clarifies "actually, your arteries."
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  • Bedtime Brainwashing: After using hypnosis to put SpongeBob to sleep, he subliminally tries to get him to tell the krabby patty formula, but it fails and SpongeBob instead gets a dream which gets rid of his fear and he can finally make patties again.
  • Hammerspace: SpongeBob gets a piano out of nowhere.
  • Hypno Pendulum: Plankton uses this as his final psychiatric exercise for SpongeBob so he can hypnotize him to tell him the formula, but it doesn't work and ends up curing him of his fear.
  • Karma Houdini: Plankton, purely because Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob were too stupid to recognize his ploys to exhaust SpongeBob into divulging the formula. Though in the end his scheme doesn't accomplish anything.
  • Meat-O-Vision: SpongeBob sees Krabby Patties everywhere after too much working.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: In his final attempt to get SpongeBob to tell him the formula, Plankton resorts to hypnotherapy; but this technique is what cures him of his fear of krabby patties minutes later.
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  • Off-Model: Due to Greenblatt's distinct art style, the characters looks off in this episode, especially Mr. Krabs, who had smaller eyes.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: "Dr. Peter Lankton" is really Plankton in disguise, yet he manages to fool Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob easily.
  • Shout-Out:
    Krabby Patty: Remember, SpongeBob. I'll always be with you, (points a glowing finger at SpongeBob's chest) right here.
    SpongeBob: My heart?
    Krabby Patty: Actually, your arteries.
    • The word association exercise between Plankton and SpongeBob references the famous line of the song "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off" from Shall We Dance? that named You Say Tomato.
    Plankton: Tomato.
    SpongeBob: Tomahto.
    Plankton: Potato.
    SpongeBob: Potahto.
  • Sue Donym: Plankton is nicknamed as Dr. Peter Lankton.
  • Time Passes Montage: One occurs during the day the Krusty Krab stays open endlessly without any breaks.
  • Too Dumb to Fool: SpongeBob, naturally.
  • Warm Milk Helps You Sleep: In SpongeBob's dream, the Krabby Patty gives him a cookie pizza and a glass of chocolate milk ("The king of flavored dairy drinks!") to comfort him.
  • What Happened to the Mouse? : What became of the 10,000 Krabby Patties?
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: SpongeBob's fear of Krabby Patties after working too much.
  • Word Association Test: Plankton tries one on SpongeBob to trick him into revealing the ingredients to the Krabby Patty, but SpongeBob takes it as repeating the same words Plankton just said.

Airdate: May 6, 2005

Mr. Krabs is planning to attend a reunion for his old navy buddies, but unfortunately, he sheds his shell the day of the reunion, so SpongeBob uses his shell to go to the reunion in his place, pretending to be his boss.

Shell of a Man contains examples of:

  • An Aesop:
    • True friends accept you for who you are.
    • Everyone has a secret, and it isn't necessarily bad.
    • Everyone's body changes as they get older and it's better to accept it than trying to hide it.
  • Big "NO!": Mr. Krabs screams this right when he molts (though it happens offscreen), which startles SpongeBob.
  • Bigger on the Inside: When SpongeBob is punched while wearing Mr. Krab's shell, the inside of the shell is big enough for him to ricochet between the walls.
  • Flock of Wolves: After Mr. Krabs confesses to the ruse, his navy buddies each confess their own secrets, showing that they too weren't as tough as they used to be.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The noticeable absence of Torpedo Belly's prized torpedo could be taken as a dead giveaway to the ending when Mr. Krabs finally comes clean to his navy buddies.
  • Removable Shell: Mr. Krabs molts his shell for the first time (in which it will happen again in Shell Shocked and Company Picnic).
  • Teeth Flying: After being punched while pretending to be Mr. Krabs, SpongeBob spits out a tooth. Krab's navy buddies are not impressed, but then SpongeBob spits out a couple more. "Teeth. Now that's manly!" And then he spits out his skull.
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