|Season 2, Episode 24B|
|Airdate:||December 28, 2000|
|Written by:|| Walt Dohrn|
|Directed by:|| Walt Dohrn|
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A robotic fish controlled by Plankton and designed to look like a salesman walks into the Krusty Krab. He tells SpongeBob that he will win $1,000,000 if he tells him the Krabby Patty secret formula, but SpongeBob says that it can only be discussed with Mr. Krabs in private.
Later, Plankton creates a robotic version of Mr. Krabs in order to make SpongeBob reveal the formula to him. He tells Squidward he can have the whole day off to get rid of him, and tries to make SpongeBob, who is working in the supply room, tell him the secret formula. However, the real Mr. Krabs keeps on coming into the room they are in, so he has to hide and he emerges again when the real Mr. Krabs leaves. Eventually, Plankton throws a penny out the window and the real Mr. Krabs runs after it, thus completely distracting him.
Afterwards, Robot Krabs learns that for the secret recipe to be discussed, he must first do a ridiculously long and complicated ceremony that takes around seven hours to accomplish. SpongeBob is about to give him a bottle with the recipe inside when the real Mr. Krabs comes into the kitchen right after the penny Plankton threw earlier. SpongeBob gives them both a quiz about the Krusty Krab, threatening to blast the fake one with tartar sauce. The imitation Krab gets all the answers to the quiz correctly (obvioulsy via its technology) and Mr. Krabs somehow gets them all wrong. SpongeBob squirts Mr. Krabs with tarter sauce and rolls him out the door. SpongeBob presumes that the robotic Mr. Krabs is the real one, and gives him a penny that he "dropped". The penny goes into its coin-operated self-destruct mechanism, blowing Plankton into the sky right after he makes a frantic run for the Chum Bucket with the secret formula bottle still in his possession. With the secret formula bottle rolling down torwards SpongeBob, he then realizes that it was Plankton and that he threw out the real Mr. Krabs. He saves Mr. Krabs, who is being attacked by a live-action hand with a plastic fork, and rolls him back into the Krusty Krab. SpongeBob apologizes, and Mr. Krabs forgives him, but tells SpongeBob that the penny is coming out of his paycheck, with both of them laughing at the end, with SpongeBob asking if it's true.
Home video releases
- SpongeBob SquarePants: Halloween
- SpongeBob SquarePants: Halloween
- SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete 2nd Season
- SpongeBob SquarePants: The First 100 Episodes
- The title of the episode, "Imitation Krabs", is a play on imitation crab, fake crab meat, used in salads and California rolls.
- After SpongeBob tells Mr. Krabs that he was going to ask a question, the clipper on SpongeBob's nose disappears.
- When Spongebob is about to take out the garbage, Plankton uses the robots heat to disintegrate it. However, later on, the garbage is still seen in the corner.
- In this episode, Mr. Krabs says that he doesn't know the meaning of "day off". However, in the episode "Bubble Buddy", SpongeBob had the day off. Mr. Krabs even insists to let SpongeBob be excused from work until he can think straight again in "Pickles". Also, the Krusty Krab is closed in some episodes.
- Running gag: Every time Plankton's robot Krabs says a lie, its engine backfires and smoke can be seen from the exhaust pipe. Also, Plankton says, "Ouch" throughout the episode.
- The prices of the Krabby Patty as mentioned in the question below are the same prices used at McDonald's: $2.99 for a burger, 99¢ on Wednesday.
- When Squidward is doing the inspection, there is a bag that says "Kelp Meal", but in a later scene, the bag says "Keep Meal".
- Mr. Krabs is again accused of being a robot imposter in "Krab Borg".
- In "New Leaf", the robot Mr. Krabs is seen again in a pile of Plankton's old experiments. Also, In "Spy Buddies", when Mr. Krabs and Plankton change positions, Plankton uses a Krabs robot again.
- Mr. Krabs later gets eaten in "Wishing You Well".
- Although "tartar sauce" is commonly used as a minced oath in the series, this is the first episode to actually show the sauce. Tartar Sauce is a kind of sauce eaten with seafood.
- When Plankton goes into the Krusty Krab as the Mr. Krabs robot, for the few seconds the door is open, the Krusty Krab is dark.
- When SpongeBob asks the question "If we're discussing the secret formula on the third Wednesday in January, and it's not raining outside, after we gargle with vanilla pudding, what do we do?", the word "vanilla" is excluded from the captions.
- The captions were extensively modified for when SpongeBob told about the disclaimer for the Krabby Patty secret formula.
- At the beginning of the episode SpongeBob's nose is slightly larger than usual. It's longer again when plankton jumps on Spongebob's nose.
- In Bahasa Indonesia, the narator says "2 1/2 Hours Later", not "6 1/2".
- In the Hebrew version, the card saying "6 1/2 hours later" is writen in words instead of numbers, and moreover, the word "half" is misspelled "חציא" instead of "חצי", similar to writing "halfe" instead of "half".
- Considering SpongeBob asked questions that Mr. Krabs was unable to answer, it's possible he knows more about the Krusty Krab (and probably the rules) than his employer. However, since Mr. Krabs was the one who created the Krusty Krab, it's also possible he was under pressure and forgot the rules.
- Robot Krabs's transformation into a toaster may be a reference to the Transformers toy line.
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