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New Leaf is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season four. In this episode, Plankton turns the Chum Bucket into a gift shop.

New Leaf



Friend or Foe: Before This One


Plankton gives up his restaurant and turns it into a store that sells knick-knacks. Mr. Krabs doesn't believe this, and he tries to lure Plankton out. It fails, and Mr. Krabs decides to go into the store himself. He then confronts Plankton, and, in a rage, he destroys many of Plankton's items. Finally, Mr. Krabs realizes that Plankton is telling the truth about his surrender and walks away in shame. Later, Mr. Krabs calls Plankton, apologizes for what he did, and he takes Plankton to a carnival. After having so much fun, Mr. Krabs decides to share the secret Krabby Patty formula with Plankton. Plankton refuses to take it, but eventually, Krabs talks him into taking the paper. The scene fades to black, but after a few minutes, Plankton pops out a laughs evily with the formula held above him. Plankton reveals that the knick-knack store was a trick to get the formula and prepares to read the formula. But it reveals to be a note that says:"Gotcha! - ♥ Krabs" Mr. Krabs tells he had fooled him with a bigger scheme. The episode ends with Plankton screaming in anger and frustration.


  • This is the second episode where SpongeBob dissapeared for about 90% of the whole episode, after Plankton's Army in season 3. This will happened again in season 5, in Rise and Shine.
  • This episode connects with Friend or Foe, as it works in canon with that episode - Plankton could be referring to when they were friends when saying "Let's go back to the old days,". It also connects to The Other Patty.
  • 9th episode where Squidward's rear end is noticable.
  • Also regarding Friend or Foe, Mr. Krabs says "Actually I don't recall ye ever havin' a customer." However, in Friend or Foe, Mr. Krabs witnesses Johnny eating a chum burger and in another episode, someone came to the Chum Bucket everyday to eat there. It could be possible that Mr, Krabs forgot, or the events take place in the future.
  • When Mr. Krabs came into the store to talk with Plankton, he is wiping one of his snow-globes with a rag, he puts it down to talk with Krabs, but afterwards it disappears.
  • When Plankton waves a white flag and tells Mr. Krabs that he's given up the restaurant business, Mr. Krabs thinks there is writing on it and mentions that he is illiterate. However, in other episodes, such as What Ever Happened to SpongeBob? he is able to read.
  • The items sold at the Chumporium include Lava lamps, Snow globes, Knickknacks, Teddy Bears and T-Shirts. Plankton also mentioned it could sell bubblegum.
  • This episode originally had The at the beginning of the title, making it The New Leaf. It was called "The New Leaf" during the Best Day Ever marathon. It is also called "The New Leaf" on the Nickelodeon schedule.
  • Patrick SmartPants re-aired with this episode.
  • This episode is one of the worst episodes ever according to fans. Plankton's RegularThe Thing andThe Krusty Plate are also count as one of the worst episodes ever
    • The rat may have died of food poisoning when eating the awful burger.
  • The song from the title card of Karate IslandWigstruckThe Thing, and Friend or Foe can be heard when Plankton opens the "Gotcha!" letter from Mr. Krabs.
  • Normally, Plankton's mouth is red, but in this episode, it is purple.
  • When Plankton and Mr. Krabs come into the Krusty Krab to talk, Plankton gets on the soda and starts drinking it. But in the next shot it is gone.
  • After Plankton opened the "gotcha!" letter, Mr. Krabs bursts through the door of the Chum Bucket. However, the door is transparent with rectangular knobs rather than the usual red with round windows.
  • 43rd time Patrick doesn't appear.
  • 35th episode with its name in it.
  • This is the first time Plankton tries to lift Mr. Krabs. This will happen again in The Other Patty.
  • Mr. Krabs tells Squidward to dance or he was fired. Squidward danced with fear, as if he doesn't want to lose his job. This is odd, because Squidward hates working at the Krusty Krab. This may be a reference toCan You Spare a Dime? because he may not have wanted to lose his job again.
  • This is the first time Mr. Krabs and Plankton become friends.
  • Plankton tells a seal plushie that they need some rest for the next day and Plankton was leaving the Chum Bucket, even though he lives there.
  • The scene where Mr. Krabs destoys the chumporium store is similar to the scene in the movie Falling Down when protaganist Bill Foster destroys a convenience store.
  • In Imitation Krabs, Robo-Krabs was destroyed in an explosion, but this time it's seen again in the pile of junk from previous episodes, without a scratch on it.


Original Music

  • Steel Sting - "Now, that's an employee who follows orders." {Jeremy Wakefield}
  • Vibe Sting - #1: "Wait...did you say...'no'"? {Nicolas Carr}
  • Vibe Sting - #2: Plankton glances at the formula. {Nicolas Carr}

APM Music