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"Friend or Foe"
SpongeBob SquarePants episode
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Title card
Episode no.Season 5
Episode 1 (81)
Directed byAlan Smart (animation and supervising)
Tom Yasumi (animation)
Casey Alexander (storyboard)
Zeus Cervas (storyboard)
Mike Mitchell (storyboard)
Written byCasey Alexander
Zeus Cervas
Mike Mitchell
Steven Banks
Tim Hill
Narrated byTom Kenny
Produced byStephen Hillenburg (executive)
Paul Tibbitt (supervising)
Original air dateApril 13, 2007 (2007-04-13)
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"Friend or Foe" is the first episode of the fifth season and the 81st overall episode of the American animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. It was written by Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, Mike Mitchell, Steven Banks and Tim Hill, and the animation was directed by supervising director, Alan Smart and Tom Yasumi. Alexander, Cervas and Mitchell also function as storyboard directors. The episode originally aired on Nickelodeon in the United States on April 13, 2007.

The series follows the adventures and endeavors of the title character and his various friends in the underwater city of Bikini Bottom. In this episode, Mr. Krabs reveals to SpongeBob that he and his business rival Plankton were actually best friends during their childhood. Through a series of flashbacks, Mr. Krabs tells the story of how that friendship deteriorated, the cause of their rivalry, how Mr. Krabs became obsesive with money, how Plankton became evil, and how the Krabby Patty sandwich was created in the process. The episode became available on DVD on April 17, 2007. "Friend or Foe" received positive reviews upon release.


Patchy the Pirate Subplot[edit]

Patchy and Potty are working at a restaurant called "Poop Deck," hoping to be just like SpongeBob. Patchy has new ideas (he makes three burgers of his own he calls "Buried Treasure", Walk-the-Plank", and the "Patchy Patty") which Potty disagrees with, and after an argument with Potty, Patchy ends their friendship and goes home. He compares himself and Potty to Mr. Krabs and Plankton, starting the SpongeBob Plot.

Later, Potty appears to Patchy and tells him that he is now assistant manager. Potty says that his fancy book smarts got him the promotion and Patchy thinks it's unfair. When Patchy realizes his food is terrible, Potty tells him that he needs to practice his cooking skills. After a montage of training, Patchy makes his first burger. He tries it and realizes it's just as bad and has it walk the plank (in other words, throw it into the garbage). Patchy shrugs and says that SpongeBob's first patty probably didn't go so well. However, Potty shows SpongeBob (as a baby) making his first patty and it's perfect on the first try.

Potty then scolds Patchy for his unsanitary environment (such as keeping ground beef in an old boot, having rats in the kitchen, not washing his hands after using the bathroom and not wearing a hair net). Fed up with Potty's criticisms, Patchy starts throwing patties at Potty, but they keep missing, and one eventually hits Mr. Pirateson, the Owner of Poop Deck. Patchy then tells the viewers to watch the rest of the SpongeBob episode while he watches Potty get fired, just as Mr. Pirateson forcefully shouts for Patchy to get in his office.

After the episode is over, Patchy claims he took some time off, but Potty then tells the viewers that Patchy actually got fired, and Patchy gets back at Potty by saying that he got fired too, which is also true (but Potty also got a golden parachute). Patchy then says that they cannot replace him, but Potty tells him that they already did. When Patchy finds out that he's been replaced by a gorilla, he calls it a "smelly, hairy fleabag", to which the gorilla fiercely responds to by throwing patties at Patchy. The narrator then tell the Viewers to always follow your dreams (unless you're Patchy), and then the episode ends.

Main Plot[edit]

After yet another attack at the Krusty Krab by Plankton, SpongeBob asks Mr. Krabs why they hate each other. Mr. Krabs tells his side of the story, in a series of flashbacks. In the flashback, Mr. Krabs and Plankton were best friends from birth, and did everything together. Both were outcasts, Plankton being viewed as a nerd for his intelligence and Mr. Krabs (ironically) being extremely poor, and victims of cold-hearted ridicule and social prejudice by other children. One day, Mr. Krabs finds a penny at the carnival, his first exposure to money, which he spends on a balloon for Plankton. Later, they get enough money to buy a burger from Stinky's Burgers, which, despite having horrible food and being located in a landfill, is very popular among the local children due to being the only place in town to get a burger. When Stinky refuses to give them a burger, saying that freaks like them are bad for business, Plankton and Krabs decide to go into the burger business themselves, and create their own burger, but no one wants to try it. They then find out that the local health department closed Stinky's, so the two open "Plabs Burgers" at the dump, which the children are now forced to eat at, despite it being even worse than Stinky's. Plankton says that they are now ruling the children. Mr. Krabs argues that it should be about satisfying the customers, rather than power. Soon they get into an argument, and Krabs is ejected into a dump pile and tells Plankton that he will one day regret this.

Back at the Krusty Krab, Plankton comes in and disagrees with Mr. Krabs' story and tells SpongeBob his own version. His story is the same as Mr. Krab's, except that their roles during the fight at the end are reversed, with Krabs wanting to rule the money of the children and when they disagreed shot Plankton out of a straw into the dump. Plankton and Krabs begin arguing about the story, until Karen arrives and tells the real story. In the story, the restaurant initially has no customers, and Old Man Jenkins, an elderly resident and an old friend of Krab's family, is the first to try their burger, but collapses, having been poisoned by the patty. Krabs and Plankton become angry and accuse each other of tainting the patty. They begin fighting over the recipe, eventually tearing it in two. Their friendship over, Plankton storms out to pursue his own career in food. However, during the struggle, a shelf was knocked down, dumping various ingredients into the patty batter, creating the Krabby Patty recipe, which Krabs is left with. The two go their separate ways, each trying to open their own establishment. Mr. Krabs' "Krabby Patty" became a success, while Plankton's Chum Burger is horrible, making him to swear stealing the formula and taking revenge.

After hearing the story, Plankton and Krabs begin to make up, until Plankton takes the formula from his pocket. Then the two start chasing after each other.


"Friend or Foe" is a special episode written by Casey Alexander, Zeus Cervas, Mike Mitchell, Steven Banks and Tim Hill, with Alan Smart and Tom Yasumi serving as animation directors. Alexander, Cervas and Mitchell also function as storyboard directors.[1] It originally aired on Nickelodeon in the United States on April 13, 2007, with a TV-Y7 parental rating.[2] On April 2, 2007, Nickelodeon released a preview clip of the episode on TurboNick.[3] Immediately following the episode's on-air premiere, "Friend or Foe" was streamed on TurboNick.[3] On April 5, launched an online game themed to the special episode called "Friend or Foe Trash Bash."[3]

Tom Ascheim, executive vice president and general manager for Nickelodeon Television, said "We are always looking for new ways to tell stories and go beyond the traditional platforms of presenting them to our audience[...] "'Friend or Foe?' reveals the great back story of the long-standing feud between Mr. Krabs vs. Plankton and we're offering kids an interactive opportunity to get involved in the story and spirited contest by rooting for one or the other."[3] As part of the special programming event, Nickelodeon held "The Friend or Foe-Down", a convergent contest where two teams of children meet a series of challenges before the episode's premiere.[3] Team Krabs and Team Plankton each consisted of three children led by team captains and hosts Alexandra Gizela and Jordan Carlos.[3] Each team was infiltrated by a "foe" who is secretly working for the other team, as they partake in a series of "funny and messy" physical group challenges refereed by Tom Kenny as Patchy the Pirate.[3]

The episode was later released on the DVD of the same name on April 17, 2007.[4][5] The DVD featured six other episodes, including "The Original Fry Cook", "Night Light", "Rise and Shine", "Waiting", "Fungus Among Us" and "Spy Buddies", and the original uncut animatic for "Friend or Foe" and special Plankton and Mr. Krabs photo gallery as bonus features.[4][5] It was also released on the SpongeBob SquarePants: Season 5, Vol. 1 DVD on September 4, 2007.[6][7][8] On September 22, 2009, "Friend or Foe" was released in the SpongeBob SquarePants: The First 100 Episodes DVD, alongside all the episodes of seasons one through five.[9][10]


In 2007, Nickelodeon partnered with Stride Rite Corporation to co-sponsor the SpongeBob SquarePants Friend or Foe? network event on Nickelodeon on Friday, April 13.[11][12][13] Stride Rite utilized Nickelodeon as the exclusive marketing platform for its SuperBall footwear line, in support of the SpongeBob event.[11][12][13] Stride Rite vice president Phil Risinger said "SpongeBob SquarePants Friend or Foe? not only gives the stride rite brand exposure during the highest rated kids' television show, but creates awareness for SuperBall with kids during our peak spring season."[11][12]

Nickelodeon announced a strategic partnership with Kajeet.[14][15][16] Advertising and promotional elements of the partnership include sponsorship of a number of Nickelodeon's big television events, starting with this episode.[14][17] To support the SpongeBob SquarePants Friend or Foe? television event, Kajeet and Nickelodeon launched exclusive mobile content related to the episode.[14] Kajeet was also the exclusive sponsor of "Trash Bash".[14]


"Friend or Foe" received mostly positive reviews. Paul Mavis of DVD Talk was positive towards the episode specifically on the live action scenes, writing "Patchy and Potty are always funny, so it's great to see them slinging hamburgers in honor of their idol, SpongeBob. I particularly liked the gorilla at the end, whipping burgers at Patchy ('You got me right in the buns!')."[18] Mavis also praised the episode calling it "brilliant" because "[Mr.] Krabs and Plankton are strong enough characters, with their own mythology, that they can sustain their very own episode with only a cameo from SpongeBob."[18] He also said the episode is "[...]hilarious (I love the fact that it's a barely disguised version of Rashomon), with an especially funny look at Krabs, Plankton, and even SpongeBob, as babies."[18]

David Packard of DVD Verdict said that the live action scenes "add to the silliness."[19] He also said "It's a nice change of pace to see Plankton and Krabs as chums pre-Chum Bucket and finding out what led to their friendship's eventual demise. Viewers also get to see Mr. Krabs introduced to 'the love of his life' as he develops the secret formula to the Krabby Patty that Bikini Bottom's residents know and love today."[19] On the DVD, Patrick Cossel of Blogcritics said "Children and adults will laugh out loud at the crazy slapstick antics of the one who lives under the sea." He added that "This release is sure to be huge hit for SpongeBob fans everywhere."[20] Lesley Aeschliman of Yahoo! Voices was negative on the episode saying "'Friend of Foe?' just felt like a regular episode that really had no reason to be hyped a special."[21]


  1. ^ SpongeBob SquarePants: Season 5, Vol. 1 ("Friend or Foe" credits) (DVD). United States: Paramount Home Entertainment/Nickelodeon. September 4, 2007.
  2. ^ "SpongeBob SquarePants : Friend or Foe". TV Listings. Zap2it. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
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  4. ^ a b "SpongeBob Returns With Seven All New DVD Episodes In 'Friend Or Foe,' Coming April 17". Starpulse. April 2, 2007. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
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  6. ^ SpongeBob SquarePants: Season 5, Vol. 1. DVD. Paramount Home Entertainment. 2007.
  7. ^ Mavis, Paul (September 3, 2007). "Spongebob Squarepants - Season 5, Vol. 1". DVD Talk. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  8. ^ Hrab, Roy (December 12, 2007). "Spongebob Squarepants: Season 5, Volume 1". DVD Verdict. Archived from the original on September 22, 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  9. ^ SpongeBob SquarePants: The First 100 Episodes. DVD. Paramount Home Entertainment, 2009.
  10. ^ Lacey, Gord (September 29, 2009). "SpongeBob SquarePants - The First 100 Episodes (Seasons 1-5) Review". Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
  11. ^ a b c "Nickelodeon and stride rite Form New Partnership Around SpongeBob SquarePants Network Event". New York, NY: PR Newswire. April 9, 2007. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  12. ^ a b c "Stride Rite sponsors SpongeBob". The Boston Globe. April 9, 2007. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  13. ^ a b "Nickelodeon, Stride Right Team for Footwear Launch". Chief Marketer. April 10, 2007. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  14. ^ a b c d "kajeet and Nickelodeon Partner On Multi-Platform Advertising and Promotions Deal; Offers Mobile Content For Kids". New York, NY: PR Newswire. April 11, 2007. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  15. ^ Cole, Wendy (February 16, 2007). "Cell Phones for the SpongeBob Set". Time. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  16. ^ Hefflinger, Mark (April 11, 2007). "Kajeet Signs Wireless Content Deal With Nickelodeon". Digital Media Wire. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  17. ^ Lombardi, Candace (April 11, 2007). "SpongeBob SquarePants goes mobile". Cnet. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  18. ^ a b c Mavis, Paul (April 13, 2007). "Spongebob Squarepants - Friend Or Foe?". DVD Talk. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  19. ^ a b Packard, David (August 29, 2007). "Spongebob Squarepants: Friend Or Foe?". DVD Verdict. Archived from the original on December 18, 2012. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
  20. ^ Cossel, Patrick (April 16, 2007). "DVD Review: Spongebob Squarepants Friend or Foe". Blogcritics. Archived from the original on November 3, 2011. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
  21. ^ Aeschliman, Lesley (April 14, 2008). "SpongeBob SquarePants: Pest of the West". Yahoo! Voices. Archived from the original on July 28, 2014. Retrieved September 14, 2013.

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