"Move It or Lose It" is the second segment of the 178th episode of SpongeBob SquarePants.
During an ordinary afternoon in Bikini Bottom, a vehicle pulls up with a vinyl that reads "City of Bikini Bottom." A fish that is apparently an employee of this company steps out of the car and places a sign with two notes on each side. Both Mr. Krabs and Plankton think this is suspicious and step out of their restaurants to this employee. After the employee assures himself that the people standing next to him are Eugene Krabs and Sheldon Plankton, he claims the signs are for them. Simultaneously, Mr. Krabs and Plankton read aloud from the signs. The sign claims that it is now a law that states that two restaurants cannot be within 100 feet of each other.
After hearing that one of their restaurants will be bulldozed if the action is not carried out, Mr. Krabs and Plankton simultaneously measure with measuring tape the distance between the restaurants. It is revealed that their restaurants are exactly 99 feet away, and they have a dispute on who's restaurant is being bulldozed. The employer assures them that they have 24 hours to decide who's restaurant is being bulldozed. After further disputing, Plankton decides to start a petition in order to save the Chum Bucket, while Mr. Krabs does the same in order to save the Krusty Krab. Mr. Krabs hands Squidward and SpongeBob petition forms for people to sign. SpongeBob loves the idea, and even signs his name first, while Squidward disappears, leaving his petition on the floor. SpongeBob heads to Mrs. Puff's classroom, where she is startled at the sight of him.
He asks her if she would sign the petition, only for her to question why she would do such a thing. A shipping man walks into the classroom and claims that Mrs. Puff's new boat has arrived. SpongeBob asks the shipping man if he would sign the petition, only for him to ask the same question as Mrs. Puff. The shipping man unloads the new boat seconds after, only for SpongeBob to put the car in reverse and for it to crash into the classroom. SpongeBob spots a police officer later on the street and asks him if he would sign the petition. He firmly disagrees and hands SpongeBob a flyer stating that Krabby Patties are dangerous. SpongeBob, knowing that this is the work of Plankton, heads to the Krusty Krab, only for angry mob disputing at Mr. Krabs. Nat Peterson questions why Krabby Patties are dangerous, only for Mr. Krabs to stutter in his reply.
SpongeBob saves him by bringing out a batch of Krabby Patties and stating they are dangerous due to them being so delicious. The mob calms down from their rage and eat the Krabby Patties. Plankton decides to accept fate and says goodbye to his inventions. SpongeBob arrives and cries with Plankton, for he feels that a part of this demolition of the Chum Bucket is somewhat his fault, since he makes the Krabby Patties so delicious. SpongeBob, in his weeping, gives Plankton an idea to give people money to make them sign his petition. Karen reassures him that they are 372 dollars in debt, but Plankton extends the idea. Mr. Krabs uses his telescope to spot the Chum Bucket, for it seems Plankton is receiving an abundance of money.
It is shown that Plankton is having a yard sale to make money, yet then he uses the money and sells it for free only if people sign the petition to save the Chum Bucket. Mr. Krabs, angered at the idea, has to accept fate and tells SpongeBob to pack up belongings in the Krusty Krab. The employer fish returns with a bulldozer to bulldoze a restaurant.
Plankton shows he has a majority of the people in Bikini Bottom on his petition, so the employer fish has no choice but to bulldoze the Krusty Krab. Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob chain themselves to the Krusty Krab, except for Squidward who is at home enjoying a glass of lemonade. The employer fish gives Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob two chances to move, yet they refuse. The employer fish begins to move the bulldozer forward, while Plankton pulls up a seat. The employer fish turns out to only push the Krusty Krab backward and measures the distance he moved the restaurant, being exactly one more foot.
Plankton is enraged and questions why he saw no destruction. The employer fish responds he only wanted to make sure the restaurant met the requirements of the new law. Plankton, in his fit of rage, becomes stuck in his foldable chair. SpongeBob is reassured that the Krusty Krab will not be shut down. SpongeBob hops into the bulldozer, hugging the employer fish so much, he is unaware he set the bulldozer in reverse. The bulldozer smashes through the Chum Bucket. Plankton then is able to escape from the chair and sees his Chum Bucket destroyed. He then places himself back into the foldable chair so he does not have to see the restaurant in its smashed remains.
Home video releases
- SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete Eighth Season
- When Nat shouted out "Free Money!," he sounded exactly like Patrick.
- The title card is similar to "Free Samples" except with measuring tape and zoomed out much more.
- This episode also aired on BBC.
- Considering Mrs. Puff did not have a good time working at the Krusty Krab in "Summer Job," it would make sense why she would not care about what happens to the Krusty Krab now.
- Lines in this episode suggest Karen and Plankton live under poverty as she says that they are "375 dollars in debt."
- Plankton's statement about the majority on his side is all he needed in a Democracy, suggests that Bikini Bottom's government is a Direct Democracy.
- The sign with the updated ordinances disappears throughout the episode.
- When Plankton says, "Free Money!," multiples clones of some fish appear.
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