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To Love a Patty (SpongeBob SquarePants)

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To Love a Patty (SpongeBob SquarePants)
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"Oh baby our love is so strong, and Hillenburg's rules are wrong!" - The makers of this episode
Series: SpongeBob SquarePants
Part of Season: 5
Episode Number: 7a
Air Date: July 26, 2007
Writer: Casey Alexander
Zeus Cervas
Eric Shaw
Director: Vincent Waller
Previous episode: Bucket Sweet Bucket
Next episode: Breath of Fresh Squidward

"To Love a Patty" is the first segment of the seventh episode of the fifth season of SpongeBob SquarePants.


SpongeBob falls in love with a Krabby Patty. After some time, the patty has spoiled. Oblivious to this, SpongeBob decides to take it on a date. When at the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob still thinks the sandwich is beautiful until he smells it, then sees the hideous appearance of the expired patty. Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob that Krabby Patties are meant to be loved and eaten. SpongeBob then eats the spoiled Krabby Patty, feeling nauseous afterward.

Why We Don't Love This Patty

"I've been replaced by a sandwich!" - Patrick
  1. The entire premise of this episode is SpongeBob falling in love with a Krabby Patty, which is not only nonsensical but also completely goes against one of SpongeBob's traits. Series creator Stephen Hillenburg has stated that Spongebob is essentially asexual, and should not show any signs of romantic feelings for anyone or anything.
  2. This is another early sign of SpongeBob's flanderization. He literally stole a Krabby Patty from a patron so he could keep it when he simply could've made himself a fresh one.
  3. SpongeBob communicates with "Patty" that he even has plans even though "Patty" is a Krabby Patty, which is food, which more feels like he's doing it on purpose.
  4. The infamous scene where SpongeBob gruesomely destroys scallops for simply trying to eat "Patty", even showing SpongeBob literally ripping a scallop in half by the jaws, which is also disturbing for a children's cartoon. It is also contradictory to the fact that he (and Patrick) raised one in "Rock-A-Bye Bivalve" and also has a pet scallop named Junior in one episode. This scene becomes even worse when you consider the fact that one of the clams he killed could have potentially been the clam he raised, which makes it more heartbreaking.
  5. "I Can't Keep My Eyes Off of You", despite being sung decently at first, gets cringeworthy.
  6. After "Patty" falls off of a waterfall, SpongeBob still keeps it, even though the Krabby Patty became even worse as a result of the aforementioned waterfall incident, in terms of smell and look.
  7. Disturbing and gross imagery, such as close-up shots of the expired "Patty", Squidward squeezing and showing SpongeBob the patty that it is, as well the ending where SpongeBob ate "Patty" despite it being rotten.
  8. To make things worse, originally there was a deleted scene containing Spongebob in his underwear in the bed with Patty.
    • At least this scene was later removed and we had a picnic scene.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Mr. Krabs teaches SpongeBob a lesson that Krabby Patties are meant to be loved and eaten.
    • SpongeBob learns that food is meant to be loved and eaten only and that objectophillia is a bad idea.
  2. Six words: ”I've been replaced... BY A SANDWICH!”
  3. A few funny moments, such as SpongeBob giving a patron a grilled shoe that replaces a patty, and it requires that the patron loves "grilled shoes".
  4. It's possible that SpongeBob didn't kill Junior from Rock-A-Bye Bivalve, because he doesn't like Krabby Patties.
    • It is also possible that he didn't really killed the scallops as most of the characters of the show are unkillable due to the show's extreme standards of comedy.
  5. Great rock instrumentation for "I Can't Keep My Eyes Off of You".


This episode has received overly negative reviews by fans and critics. Many have cited the episode's disturbing and creepy nature.



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