|"Food Con Castaways"|
|Season 9, Episode 202A|
|Original air date:||July 13, 2016|
|Written by:|| Josh Androsky|
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The episode opens at the Krusty Krab with a bored Squidward blowing a bunch of paper from straws onto a stack. Mr. Krabs suddenly busts into the Krusty Krab and announces that tommorow is Food Con. SpongeBob asks what it is and Mr. Krabs replies that it is an event where cooks and chefs battle for the top prize: the Golden Cornucopia. Mr. Krabs plans to win with the Krabby Patty and decides to take SpongeBob and Squidward with him and even Patrick needing the extra muscle. Mr. Krabs leads everyone to his car and shows that he has a bunch of Krabby Patties packed in a trailer to sell at the event. SpongeBob and Patrick are excited to be going on a road trip with Squidward being the only one not too thrilled to go.
Sometime later, Mr. Krabs drives everyone out of Bikini Bottom and SpongeBob and Patrick are playing "I Spy" where they are constantly "spying" Mr. Krabs. Mr. Krabs quiets them, but then they start to see a bunch of billboards. Mr. Krabs and Squidward both reject stopping to see what the billboards were advertising with Mr. Krabs saying they're not stopping until Food Con. Later, SpongeBob and Patrick are signaling to truck drivers to blow their horns which wakes Squidward at both times. SpongeBob asks Squidward to do it and when Squidward does, he gets exhaust blown on his face. Patrick tells Squidward he did it wrong but Squidward says he did the exact same thing he and SpongeBob did. An annoyed Mr. Krabs tells everyone to be quiet until they make it to Food Con and doesn't want to hear another peep. SpongeBob suddenly starts saying "Peep" which he was trying to warn Mr. Krabs of Peep's Cliff. Mr. Krabs drives down the cliff and everyone ends up going through a dam and a tornado until they end up in a desert. The boat breaks apart and Patrick ends up eating nearly every Krabby Patty except one. Mr. Krabs is still determined to make it to Food Con and has SpongeBob and Patrick haul the trailer.
The French Narrator begins to speak as SpongeBob and Patrick begin to pull the trailer with Mr. Krabs and Squidward on it. They go through the desert and up a snowy mountain until they make it to a forest. SpongeBob and Patrick are worn out from the trip. Squidward advises to Mr. Krabs that they stop for the night since SpongeBob and Patrick are in no condition to continue. Later, the four of them are around a fire frightened by the creatures in the forest. SpongeBob tells everyone that they must guard the last Krabby Patty, but a small snail comes out of the woods. Unfortunately, it transforms into a large, winged monster that grabs the Krabby Patty and flies off. Mr. Krabs then tosses Squidward at the Krabby Patty knocking it out of the monster's claws. The monster takes a bite out of Squidward but spits him out in disgust. SpongeBob grabs the Krabby Patty while Squidward lands on his face.
More time later, Patrick, Squidward, and Mr. Krabs are showing signs of hunger and think about eating the Krabby Patty. SpongeBob tries to get everyone not to eat the Krabby Patty but the others only care for eating it now. Patrick nearly eats the Krabby Patty by tricking SpongeBob but his plan fails. Squidward then tries to put SpongeBob to sleep with his clarinet, but the Snail Monster returns and grabs Squidward by his head. It then drops Squidward on his face and he comments "Everybody's a critic." Mr. Krabs' turn to trick SpongeBob as he created a safe to put the Krabby Patty in. However, the other side of the safe leads into Mr. Krabs' mouth and SpongeBob backs him away. SpongeBob then offers everyone a solution: Nature Patties. Only Patrick seems to enjoy these patties while Squidward and Mr. Krab show great disgust for them. Having enough, Mr. Krabs, Squidward, and Patric all decide to chase SpongeBob down to get to the Krabby Patty.
SpongeBob manages to outrun them and fight his own urges to eat it and makes it to Food Con. However, Mr. Krabs, Squidward, and Patrick are still chasing him for the Krabby Patty and SpongeBob makes it inside. SpongeBob hands over the Krabby Patty to the Mayor, but upon closer inspection, it's actually one of the Nature Patties from before. Patrick somehow switched the real Krabby Patty with the fake one and eats it. Fortunately, the Mayor ends up enjoying the Nature Patty and rewards the Golden Corncupia to the Krusty Krab. Everyone cheers, but Squidward gets more exhaust blown in his face.
- Running Gag: Squidward getting covered in ashes, and the flying snail picking him up.
- The woods SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, and Squidward get stuck in look similar to the woods in which SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward got lost in "Club SpongeBob".
- This episode reveals that Herb and Margie Star fell in love at the World's Least Exciting Sweater.
Home video releases
- SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete 9th Season
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