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Recap / SpongeBob SquarePants S 7 E 13 "Keep Bikini Bottom Beautiful" / "A Pal for Gary"

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Airdate: January 2, 2010

Squidward exits his house, saying "Another beautiful Sunday". He goes down the street, dancing, but steps on some gum and falls. He quicky tries to get it loose. He finally does, and tosses the gum aside. Officer John sees the gum and inspects it. He walks over to Squidward, thinking he littered, and asks Squidward about the gum, to which Squidward replies, "I just stepped in it." Officer John says "Boy, you sure did", and gives him a ticket, punishing him with community service.


It then cuts to Squidward picking up trash, then Squilliam comes along and boasts about the statue that was built of him for cleaning up Bikini Bottom in a week, Squidward then replies, "I can clean it up in one day!". Squilliam then gets out a tissue and blows his nose on it, and says "Here, this should get you started.", and drops it on the ground. Officer John comes along, sees the tissue, and thinks Squidward dropped it. He then gives Squidward another ticket.

When Squidward looks for place to put his trash, he sees that all the cans and dumpsters are full, so he "borrows" a kid's toy wagon. Mabel sees Squidward with the trash and she tells everyone it's Trash Day, soon the trash in the wagon becomes a trash mountain. SpongeBob comes out of one of the garbage bags and offers to help Squidward when he discovers the life cycle of a Krabby Patty (one that was thrown out). Squidward says "He'd rather be beaten to a pulp", then the boy and his mother appear, with the boy telling his mother to beat Squidward to a pulp. Squidward is beaten and covered in trash. Officer John thinks Squidward made the mess and gives him another ticket. Squidward then accepts SpongeBob's offer and SpongeBob gets rid of all the trash.


Squidward goes home and relaxes, until he realizes his house is made of garbage. He runs outside and sees that the garbage was made into a replica of Squidward's house. Officer John gives Squidward two tickets (one for the garbage house and one for the first ticket falling on the ground). Squidward gets so angry, his nerves spell out "I am angry". SpongeBob asks why and Squidward finds out his house is on top of the replica because the dump is closed. SpongeBob took it to his house by sucking the garbage onto his body. When SpongeBob talked, garbage came out of his mouth, leading Officer John to give Squidward another ticket.

Squidward puts SpongeBob (trash-filled) in his trash can. The Officer then gives Squidward another ticket for putting his trash in someone else's property. SpongeBob finds that the reason why Squidward wants to get rid of the trash is to get a statue of himself. SpongeBob makes a statue of Squidward made of the garbage. Squilliam says the statue is just like Squidward, having the stench of failure. The horrible stench melts Squilliam's statue, ruining it, and Squilliam surprisingly gets a ticket from Officer John. Before the end of the episode, Officer John gives both SpongeBob and Squidward get tickets for the statue made of garbage.


Keep Bikini Bottom Beautiful contains examples of (YMMV goes here.):

  • Breather Episode: Sure this episode is humorous and comedic as usual, but it's the sister episode that takes a turn for the worse.
  • Butt-Monkey: As per usual, Squidward.
  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: The street Squidward is strutting down at the beginning.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Squidward seems not to notice he's in a trash house at first, and by the time he finds out, he's in for it.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: A lot of situations that result in Squidward getting ticketed.
  • Hey, You!: Squilliam somehow knows SpongeBob's name despite him forgetting it and failing to tell him his name in "Squilliam Returns".
  • Jerkass: The police officer who kept on giving Squidward tickets. While it is his job to enforce the law, does he have to have an attitude about it?
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Squilliam's statue gets melted by the smell of a garbage-filled Squidward statue made by SpongeBob and gets ticketed.
  • Letting the Air Out of the Band: When SpongeBob reveals Squidward's statue made out of the trash he absorbed, the fanfare in the background suddenly winds down to a stop.
  • Overused Running Gag: Squidward getting a ticket was too overused to the point that fans complained about it.
  • Running Gag: Squidward getting ticketed.
  • Shout-Out: Squidward sings "Ignoring, Ignoring" to the tune of "Good Morning" from Singin' in the Rain.
  • Tempting Fate: Squidward tells SpongeBob that he would rather be beaten to a pulp than let the sponge help him. Cue a young boy (from whom Squidward stole a wagon earlier to pick up trash) showing up with his angry, muscular mother, commanding her to do just that.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Despite satisfied that Squilliam's statue has melted and that Squilliam gets ticketed, Squidward, along with SpongeBob, gets ticketed for the last time.
There's Kafka Komedy and then there's just... this.

Airdate: January 2, 2010

The episode starts with SpongeBob feeding Gary. He accidentally drops the food and chaos comes. Then, SpongeBob goes to work. Gary tries to come with him but SpongeBob can't bring pets to work and leaves Gary. Gary then turns on the TV and watches a cowboy show. At the Krusty Krab, a customer comes in with his pet worm. SpongeBob explains that people can't bring their pets. The man is just about to leave when Mr. Krabs arrives and tells him to buy Krabby Patties. He says to the man that he is a responsible pet owner.

Then, SpongeBob feels that Gary is lonely after what Mr Krabs says, and buys another pet. He spots a stand with ridiculously cute bloated creatures. SpongeBob sees a cute green one with purple eyes, huge pink lips and blue fins He says he wants that one, however the old peddler woman who owns them tells him that the creatures are violent and dangerous around other animals, especially snails. Naturally SpongeBob ignores her and takes it home anyway while lady says to herself that the people never listen. When he gets home Gary is watching TV. SpongeBob gets in front of the screen to show Gary his new friend, then leaves to make enchiladas. While in the kitchen, Gary is chewing his toy in front of Puffy. Puffy then growls and scares Gary to go behind the couch while Puffy chews his toy apart. Puffy, about to bite Gary, sees that SpongeBob is coming back and turns himself back to a nice Nudibranch. SpongeBob gets Gary's bowl and makes a slash on it with marker. On the other side of the slash, he writes "Puffy Fluffy". Gary starts to eat when Puffy Fluffy growls at him again. Then Puffy eat every single piece of food in the bowl. SpongeBob sees that Gary is hiding from Puffy again. Gary then jumps on SpongeBob while Puffy looks like he has absolutely no idea why Gary's on SpongeBob. Spongebob tells Gary he is going to sleep with Puffy Fluffy tonight. When he puts Gary in the bed, he hisses at Puffy. During the night Gary wakes up and sees Puffy's skin on the bed. He walks in the kitchen to see a huge eel eating in the refrigerator. The eel is revealed to be Puffy Fluffy! He seems to now have five tongues with a mouth on each.

The next morning, SpongeBob wakes up and he sees a mess in his library. Cut to Puffy attacking Gary. SpongeBob then bangs the door open. Gary is relieved when SpongeBob enters the kitchen, only to be shocked when instead of helping him, his owner starts berating him for how he's still treating Puffy, even when the eel is clearly about to eat him. Puffy uses its tongues and grabs onto Spongebob, who's still berating his snail even as he's about to be eaten. It's up to Gary to save his master. Using a leash he whips at Puffy, driving it from the Pineapple home. SpongeBob chases after the beast crying for it not to go, then turning and ungratefully scolding Gary for chasing Puffy away, to which Gary gives a ruthless glare. In the end, SpongeBob brings Gary to work the next day so he's not lonely, where Mr. Krabs puts Gary to work waiting on tables.

A Pal For Gary contains examples of (YMMV goes here.):

  • All There in the Manual: Puffy Fluffy is a nudibranch, which isn't referred to throughout the episode but confirmed by sources.
  • An Aesop:
    • Some things are not what they appear to be.
    • Always listen to important advice or else you'd expect the worst.
    • Your pets deserve to be alone time to time; let them have the time they need.
  • Aside Comment: The peddler after SpongeBob leaves with Puffy Fluffy:
  • Aside Glance: Gary gives a very annoyed one to the camera after being scolded one last time for chasing Puffy Fluffy away despite saving SpongeBob's life. He gives another one after SpongeBob brings him to work with him.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Puffy Fluffy and the other puffy fish look sweet and harmless, but they are more than just that — in reality, they are extremely dangerous around other pets, especially snails.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Gary successfully gets rid of Puffy Fluffy, but is punished by SpongeBob for sending away his "pal" instead of being thanked for saving his life, and is brought with him to the Krusty Krab so he won't be alone.
  • Book-Ends: The episode begins with SpongeBob leaving Gary alone to go to work, and ends with him bringing Gary to work with him so he's not alone.
  • Captain Oblivious: SpongeBob is completely oblivious to the fact that the monster is Puffy Fluffy at first. Even after he realizes Puffy Fluffy is the monster, he's still oblivious to the fact that it tried to eat him.
  • Characterization Marches On: During the beginning of the episode, SpongeBob acts rather nicely and is genuinely concerned about Gary, wanting him to have the companion and feel happy. But it all goes downhill when Puffy Fluffy appears.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Puffy Fluffy's cute state. SpongBob is so touched by such that he only pays attention to him and not Gary, and scolding him for not being nice to his "friend". Naturally, this comes from SpongBob ignoring the seller's warning that the pet hates other pets, and he's too enticed by the pet's cuteness to even listen.
  • Darker and Edgier: This takes a turn for the worse when the new pet SpongeBob gets for Gary terrorizes him, and he does nothing about it in return.
  • A Day in the Limelight: This is definitely Gary's episode, with SpongeBob acting as a Hero Antagonist.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The scene where SpongeBob is in Puffy Fluffy's mouth. Many people half-jokingly compare it to tentacle porn as the extra mouths probe SpongeBob's mouth in an attempt to eat him.
  • Downer Ending: From Gary's perspective, as he doesn't get the alone time he wants, is punished for sending his "pal" away and taken to the Krusty Krab by SpongeBob where Mr. Krabs forces him to work as a waiter.
  • Dramatic Irony: SpongeBob is oblivious to Puffy Fluffy's evil side, yet the audience knows.
  • Exact Words: The puffy fish that the peddler is selling, especially Puffy Fluffy, are very dangerous around other pets. Puffy Fluffy proves exactly that, but SpongeBob remains painfully oblivious it.
  • For Want of a Nail: The second half of the episode happens simply because SpongeBob ignored the gypsy's warning about Puffy Fluffy being dangerous around other pets.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: SpongeBob assumes Gary is this after believing he caused the damage to his library.
  • Heavy Sleeper: SpongeBob somehow manages to sleep through Puffy Fluffy's rampage all night, not even paying attention to all the smashing and banging in his room.
  • Hey, Wait!: SpongeBob cries out, "Fluffy! Fluffy, waiiiit!" as Puffy Fluffy runs away, before he punishes Gary for sending away his "friend".
  • Idiot Ball: SpongBob, Up to Eleven. If he had just heeded the old lady's warning about Puffy Fluffy, none of the traumatic events that Gary goes through would've happened.
  • Ironic Name: SpongeBob names the pet "Puffy Fluffy", but he is anything but that.
  • Irony: Mr. Krabs seems oddly kinder than usual and acts as a Reasonable Authority Figure, compared to his depictions in later seasons, while SpongeBob takes several levels in both jerkass and dumbass.
  • Jerkass at Your Discretion: Puffy Fluffy only tries to attack Gary when SpongeBob leaves the room.
  • Jerkass Ball: SpongeBob, of all characters, gets this here due to his poor treatment of Gary.
  • Karma Houdini: SpongeBob suffers no consequences for treating Gary poorly.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After everything SpongeBob did throughout Puffy Fluffy's stay, the monster rightfully rewards him by nearly devouring him whole.
  • Made Out to Be a Jerkass: Gary saves SpongeBob from Puffy Fluffy, only to get scolded again.
  • Naïve Animal Lover: This episode certainly showcases SpongeBob as one. He's too fooled by Puffy Fluffy's cuteness to realize how dangerous it is, completely ignoring the seller's warning and stealing it without paying.
  • Never My Fault: SpongeBob blames Gary like it's the snail's fault for disturbing Puffy Fluffy, even though it's obvious to him (and the audience) that the pet is dangerous.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Whenever SpongeBob is about to come back, Puffy Fluffy notices and returns to his cute appearance, leaving Gary to blame.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: SpongeBob, who's usually nice and listens to others, even Gary (he even speaks snail), somehow refuses to believe what Gary is telling him, even punishing him for being rude to Puffy Fluffy when it's really the other way around.
  • Pun-Based Title: The title can be a pun on the phrase "Appall for Gary", referring to what happens in the episode.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Mr. Krabs oddly fills this role compared to other episodes, as he understands SpongeBob needs to tend to Gary and is happy to let him work at the Krusty Krab.
  • Retcon: SpongeBob can speak snail, yet he doesn't believe Gary's thoughts against Puffy Fluffy.
  • Shout-Out: Spongebob has a collection of books by T.S. Halibut, which is a parody of T.S. Eliot.
  • Tempting Fate: SpongeBob, while going to bed, claims he can sleep peacefully now that Gary has a partner to keep him company. Cue Gary barging into his room and waking him up.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In the first half, SpongeBob genuinely thinks Gary is lonely and he decided to buy a new pet for Gary. In the latter half of the episode, he only cares about Puffy Fluffy and constantly scolds Gary, even though Gary is trying to save him. He acts like that until near the end of the episode where he brings Gary to the Krusty Krab.
  • Trouble Making New Pet: Puffy Fluffy. He terrorizes Gary even when SpongeBob's back isn't turned, and he doesn't even bat an eye and instead blames Gary for everything.
  • Undying Loyalty: If Gary's rescuing SpongeBob from Puffy Fluffy near the end despite the sponge treating him like crap and ignoring his concern isn't considered this trope, we don't know what is.
  • Unexpectedly Dark Episode: Taken Up to Eleven; this episode is the darkest ever in the series, hence SpongeBob ignored the gypsy's warnings and brought home a rather dangerous pet. To make matters worse, he puts the blame on Gary.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: After Gary chases Puffy Fluffy off, SpongBob gets angry and scolds Gary for chasing him off even though Puffy Fluffy was trying to eat him.
  • Unsuccessful Pet Adoption: After one night of almost trying to devour Gary and later SpongBob, Puffy Fluffy runs away to parts unknown, leaving SpongeBob to punish Gary for sending his "friend" away thus leaving him potentially lonely all over again.
  • The Unreveal: It is unknown whatever species Puffy Fluffy is.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • We never find out what happens to Puffy Fluffy after being sent away, nor do we find out if he turned back to his cute state.
    • Whatever happened to the little boy who also bought one of Puffy Fluffy's species? Did he suffer the vicious consequences, too?
  • What You Are in the Dark: Gary has every reason to just abandon SpongeBob to his fate after the way SpongeBob has treated him. He instead chooses to come to the rescue, not hesitating for even a second.
  • Whole Plot Reference: To the horror/comedy Gremlins - an adorable creature turns into a vicious bone-crushing monster overnight, and has a warning shortly before being taken home. Only here the buyer blatantly ignores the warning.


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