Real Lawyer Reacts to SpongeBob SquarePants (Krabs vs Plankton) ft. TierZoo

  • Published on Oct 17, 2019
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    A depressed Plankton wakes up and goes to the Krusty Krab one morning without a plan to steal the Krabby Patty secret formula, telling Karen that he will "wing it", not knowing what he might get himself into. When he goes inside, he slips on the floor where SpongeBob just mopped and is ridiculed by Mr. Krabs. Two customers observing the incident comment that there should've be a wet floor sign and that they would sue Krabs for everything he possesses if that happened to them, including the Krabby Patty secret formula. Plankton then pretends to be badly injured and, after paramedics come and pick him up, Plankton threatens to sue Mr. Krabs unless he gives him the formula, but Mr. Krabs angrily refuses.
    Fearing that he will lose the case, Mr. Krabs hires a lawyer named Richard A. Bottomfeeder, who tells him that he will not charge him anything unless they win and that they will counter-sue Plankton for everything he owns. Later, in Mr. Krabs' office, SpongeBob wants to read his testimony speech to Mr. Krabs. However, Mr. Krabs declines SpongeBob's testimony and tells him that he could be more of a liability than an asset. Unfortunately, as they prepare to leave for the court hearing, Richard slips and falls, breaking his back. He gives SpongeBob his briefcase, saying that they only need what's inside the briefcase to win the case. SpongeBob takes Richard's suit and arrives late to the trial, dubbing himself "SpongeBob LawyerPants" to Judge Stickleback.
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Comments • 5 448

  • LegalEagle
    LegalEagle  Month ago +963

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    • John Heed
      John Heed 2 days ago


      Mr Krabs isn't liable to plankton, but he has definitely committed crimes that would or should earn him time in prison. You can find a summary of just SOME of these crimes. What would be the punishment for each of these crimes, especially for the Nasty Patty fiasco?

    • Randomly DIY
      Randomly DIY 6 days ago +1

      Can you cover Legal V? It's a Japanese drama, but I'm interested in what your perspective would be!
      Here's the link to the first episode! (I think I just committed piracy...)

    • David Erk
      David Erk 8 days ago

      How legal is it for TVclip passing the buck onto it's own Content Creators by having the Federal Trade Commission telling them to make sure that their Content is either for kids or not for kids, or they face a fine that's approximately $42,000 per video, because of COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998) guidelines?

    • Grant Goodwin
      Grant Goodwin 11 days ago

      @Tommy Nane He already has:

    • Nw2343
      Nw2343 14 days ago

      I really dont know where I have seen you before but Im sure it was in a movie... Have you played in any movies that have to do with your job or even commedies?

  • Raymond Grover
    Raymond Grover 9 minutes ago

    **Tier zoo would like to know your location**

  • Girly Changer
    Girly Changer 32 minutes ago

    There’s a Sonic boom Episode similarly to this and it’s called Don’t judge me although it probably wasn’t as smart as this one maybe you can take a look of that one

  • Rahul Bhardwaj
    Rahul Bhardwaj 2 hours ago

    To my knowledge approximately everyone in the Bikini Bottom hates Plankton so if he was being taunted or if Mr Krabs was being mean to him no one would really care. And the only reason everyone was sympathizing him in this episode is because he pretended to be injured because Nat (the green fish) gave him the idea of suing Mr Krabs for not having a wet floor sign and get the krabby patty secret formula as compensation. And if you haven't watched F.U.N (Spongebob Squarepants Season 1 episode 21) Squidward points out that Plankton is the most hated creature in the bikini bottom.

  • KevenKitsune
    KevenKitsune 3 hours ago

    Wouldn't SpongeBob be guilty of torturing the witness with waving the crabypatty in front of Plankton?

  • kissedbyfire
    kissedbyfire 5 hours ago

    .... oh no he's hott

  • Andrew Muradyan
    Andrew Muradyan 7 hours ago

    At least we get a free episode of Spongebob Squarepants

  • Snappy Llamas
    Snappy Llamas 7 hours ago

    So what I got out of this is that California law is incredibly stupid.

  • Charles Haddad
    Charles Haddad 8 hours ago

    Would it not be potentially worse if he did own a sign and willingly did not post the wet floor warning

  • Joshua Barry
    Joshua Barry 13 hours ago

    "Pineapple under the C" brilliant Esquire!

  • Wael Fdhila
    Wael Fdhila 17 hours ago +1

    Hold up...!! When did Ryan Reynolds become a lawyer????

  • fadola panoli
    fadola panoli 21 hour ago

    Most people forget Plankton was betrayed by Mr.Krabs when they both did the formula :x

  • hacker hacker
    hacker hacker Day ago +1

    Plankton, when you slipped in the Krusty Krab, did you state that your legs and arms were broken?
    Do you have any evidence from a doctor that states that you have a fracture and require a cast?

  • Scott Atlas
    Scott Atlas Day ago

    So.... If this was in California, Plankton would win. If it was literally anywhere else in the country, he loses....
    Yet another reason not to live there.

  • Jaxx YouTube channel :/

    Okay yeah but how was there water on the floor if it was in the ocean tho 🤔🤔

  • Canzandridas Joe

    OBJECTION!!! I can't find the link to the Monsanto trial in the description... Ok, I can look for it... But I was told I could find it in the description and I've been lied to!!! I DEMAND COMPENSATION!!!! CHOCOLATE COMPENSATION!!!

  • USERZ123
    USERZ123 Day ago

    The LAW and NATURE collab!

  • Deltasword
    Deltasword Day ago

    Of all the potential youtube crossovers, the last one I thought would ever happen is LegalEagle and TierZoo.

  • Arjen Passenier
    Arjen Passenier Day ago

    Interesting fact:
    In dutch dub (in The Netherlands) Spongebob called himself Moszkopants when he enters the court.
    It is a nod to Moszkowicz, a famous formerly lawyer in The Netherlands.

  • The Little Garage Studio

    I don't know how I found this, but "I'm lovin' it" (please don't sue me McDonald's)

  • PhoeniksoftheStorm

    Is it q common thing in the US to call hamburgers sandwiches. Seems weird to me.
    Sandwich to me is butter and ham or other toppings.

  • MrSpluker
    MrSpluker Day ago

    I would love a real layer to react to the murder trial of Tim Heidecker.

  • DynoSkrimisher
    DynoSkrimisher Day ago

    11:01 Plankton should of had more Defense.

  • Charles Mccrea
    Charles Mccrea Day ago

    I love the runescape theme.

  • Estarile
    Estarile Day ago

    Can anyone help me figure out what music was played when the ecology bit about crabs and plankton's real life counterparts happened? Its driving me nuts.

  • Brayness
    Brayness 2 days ago

    If it wasn't common practice to place wet floor signs, would establishment owners not be considered liable for falls?

  • Shawn Ravenfire
    Shawn Ravenfire 2 days ago

    A friend of mine once impersonated a lawyer, and turned it into a stand-up routine.

  • Creepykid And Infinite Dreams


  • Unsettling threats
    Unsettling threats 2 days ago

    Objection! Mr. Sqarepants is shown Destroying U.S. Currency, A violation of Title 18, Section 333 of the United States Code.

  • Andrew Bayer
    Andrew Bayer 2 days ago

    OBJECTION! Spongebob was standing next to the moping area and was clearly cleaning it. Wouldn't that exempt them from liability because someone was actively working on the problem and due to plankton's incompetence slipped?

  • RaptorofRex07
    RaptorofRex07 2 days ago

    I have a fun idea for your next video the 3 stooges episode disorder in the court

  • Benny Grau
    Benny Grau 2 days ago

    Krabs needs to get sued for the low salary and exploiting spongebob. .. and several health code violations XD

  • Miss K
    Miss K 3 days ago

    Wait, you said that the "homeowner gets sued by robbers that injured themselves and loses" was a myth. Now you just said that California changed the law to not distinguish between an intruder and an invited guest, which would make that "myth" a highly probable outcome, if it hasn't happened already. So which one is it?

  • Shy Lemon
    Shy Lemon 3 days ago

    Yeah okay I'm subbing

  • Legendären Feuer xvx

    Nothing about the sea creatures of bikini bottom needs to be questioned because luckily for us hillenburg studied marine biology😁

  • Riku Keyblade Master

    On the other hand mr. Krabs actually can counter Sue because of the fact that Plankton has tried several times of stealing the formula even though crabs knows that Plankton tries there have been a multitude of times where he's tried several diabolical schemes even killing innocent bystanders in that attempt so he should be able to counter Sue because not only is Plankton trying to steal the formula all the time but some of the time he actually ended up causing murder that the police could easily pin mr. Krabs for even though Plankton was the one at fault.

  • Riku Keyblade Master

    In all reasonability I've reviewed this episode time and time again and I think mr. Krabs did that on purpose to trap Plankton and stop him from stealing the formula much what how another person would trap an unsuspecting victim into something that is harmful to them but in that case they did nothing wrong but in plankton's case he was trying to steal the formula. Mr Krabs even stated that he knew he would try to steal the formula and came right out as soon as Plankton slipped so logically yes that was most definitely a trap that Eugene H Krabs actually set on purpose!

  • Ariel Weinstein
    Ariel Weinstein 3 days ago +2

    Leagle Eagle? More like LEEDLE LEEDLE

  • Alina Ferguson
    Alina Ferguson 4 days ago +1


  • Sabastion Haywood
    Sabastion Haywood 4 days ago

    I understand why their are laws that say you cant represent anyone unless you are a Lawyer. I might be wording this terribly wrong which is highly likely but according to one amendment it said that you have a right to a council. it does not say that you have to have a law degree. If someone can clear this up thank you!

  • Banana Boy
    Banana Boy 4 days ago

    who else got annoyed when he paused the video

  • Fat Bastard
    Fat Bastard 4 days ago

    Objection: *POOR GRAM GRAM*

  • Sugar Strawberry
    Sugar Strawberry 4 days ago

    Here from teirzoo!

  • A-A-RON
    A-A-RON 4 days ago

    Please look at Apple Tree Yard

  • KareBear
    KareBear 4 days ago +1

    Why didn’t I watch this before I took my torts final??? 😫

  • Autumn Peirson
    Autumn Peirson 4 days ago

    The same way, they can have fire underwater.XD and at my place of business our motto is "Don't pass it up, pick it up" meaning if you see a spill, clean it up.I would have loved to see you do the episode where Squidward gets hurt on the job.

  • MatthewPlayz247
    MatthewPlayz247 4 days ago


  • Draugr
    Draugr 4 days ago

    Did Hello Kitty ever go to court?

  • Draugr
    Draugr 4 days ago

    OBJECTION your Honor
    Didnt Ted Bundy represent him self and won?

    _There's an case fr NYC (I think) with a knife wealding maniac representing him self. Refering to him self in 3:de person_

  • Draugr
    Draugr 4 days ago

    OBJECTION your Honor!
    Slapstick is dead!

  • FlyingShoe
    FlyingShoe 4 days ago

    Definitely enjoy your videos.

    Even if you don't do one for this request, I feel like you'd at least enjoy watching something old school. s1e8 of Get Smart - The Day Smart Turned Chicken.

  • Gojirasans 228
    Gojirasans 228 5 days ago

    Okay, so, I have this unhealthy "thing." I think the closest term is a "saying" or a "stereotype." I like to think _"Don't trust a lawyer unless he is, of course, on your side."_ I don't know where it came from, or why I think it, but I do. You're the *one* exception and whether or not you really care, I just wanted to tell you.

  • Suhail Alhegry
    Suhail Alhegry 5 days ago +1

    First, it's 4 am, second, I am not a citizen of the U.S., and third, I don't even watch spongebob. Regardless, an interesting video.

  • lord cobi
    lord cobi 5 days ago

    U know the secret formula is crab meat

  • Stardust Duck Duck
    Stardust Duck Duck 5 days ago

    Mr.krabs was even worse in one course meal mr. Krabs drove Plankton to attempt suicide

  • hunter lund
    hunter lund 5 days ago

    If plankton just wanted to wat the krabby patty cant he just go in and buy one

  • J S
    J S 6 days ago

    you have to be a lawyer to defend someone? I don't believe that

  • Michael Pisciarino
    Michael Pisciarino 6 days ago +3

    1:30 A Classic Slip and Fall Case
    2:05 Mr Krabs laughs in Plankton's face
    2:22 A Wet Floor Sign is brought up
    3:33 _Whelen vs Van Natta_ shows us an example of Invitee vs Tresspasser
    You have a duty of care to Invitees
    4:50 California law comes from _Rowland vs Christian_
    5:36 Plankton is committing fraud, but Plankton could be entitled to Nominal damages
    6:47 _No Charges unless we win_ , known as a *Contingency fee* , or a % of the future recovery to be won in court
    7:27 Counter suing with Compulsory Counterclaims
    9:04 What happens if your Lawyer is rendered incapacitated or is injured?
    11:20 You need Law School and Pass The Bar Exam to be a Lawyer
    14:19 You have to prepare before a Trial
    14:32 Plankton's Cross Examination
    15:57 The Defense Opening Statement
    18:00 Spongebob's Cross Examination
    19:19 It is a Civil Case, deciding Damages and Liability, not Guilt or Innocence
    20:02 _Grade for Legal Realism_ : *C+*

  • Reckless Roman
    Reckless Roman 6 days ago

    I just came here for the episode....

  • Car hunting 309
    Car hunting 309 6 days ago

    Isn’t destroying money illegal in the USA