Original air date: 1/2/2010 (produced in 2009)
Squidward exits his house, saying "Another beautiful Sunday". He goes down the street, dancing, but steps on some gum and falls. He quickly 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.
- 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?
- Here We Go Again!: The episode ends with Squidward getting another ticket and this time, with SpongeBob.
- 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.
- Minimalist Cast: SpongeBob and Squidward are the only main characters to appear.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: SpongeBob getting rid of the garbage flooding the streets.
- Overly Long Gag: Squidward getting covered in gum and trying to get it off.
- Overused Running Gag: Squidward getting a ticket was too overused to the point that fans complained about it.
- Plot Hole: Squilliam somehow knows SpongeBob's name despite him forgetting it and failing to tell him his name in "Squilliam Returns".
- Running Gag: Squidward getting ticketed whenever he litters.
- The Scapegoat: Squidward, thanks to several trash issues leaving him 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.
- Trash of the Titans: SpongeBob somehow hides all of Squidward's garbage under his house, creating a complete replica of it.
- 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.
Original air date: 1/2/2010 (produced in 2009)
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, so he decides to get a companion for Gary to keep him company. 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 other pets like snails. Naturally SpongeBob ignores her and takes it home anyway without even paying, while the 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 immediately turns himself back into a nice fish; SpongeBob sees Gary hiding behind the TV and assumes he's ignoring the new pet, so he scolds him and 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 and is not happy about it; Gary then jumps on SpongeBob while Puffy looks like he has absolutely no idea why Gary's on SpongeBob. Annoyed that he's not being nice to Puffy Fluffy and he ruined his enchilada dinner, SpongeBob tells Gary he is going to sleep with Puffy Fluffy tonight. That evening, when SpongeBob puts Gary in the downstairs bed, he mistakes Gary's fearful meowing for apologizing and leaves; he is angered even further when Gary wakes him up, assuming he's still ignoring Puffy Fluffy and refused to sleep with him, and takes him downstairs and forces him back to sleep. Once he's gone, 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, and a huge brawl kicks out and SpongeBob does not even wake up.
The next morning, SpongeBob wakes up and he sees a mess in his library, and assumes Gary did it out of jealousy over Puffy Fluffy. 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 Puff Fluff, 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.
- If your pet is acting strange around its partner, try to listen to them instead of jumping the gun and berating them.
- Your pets deserve to be alone time to time; let them have the time they need.
- Artistic License: Mr. Krabs allowing household pets in the Krusty Krab kitchen would be a serious health code violation in real life.
- Artistic License – Marine Biology: Puffy Fluffy is referred to as a nudibranch. Most characters in the show are highly stylized versions of their real-life animal counterpart, but Puffy Fluffy barely resembles a nudibranch. Real nudibranchs are slug-like gastropods, while Puffy Fluffy is clearly some sort of odd fish.
- 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.
- Asshole Victim: SpongeBob almost being Eaten Alive by Puffy Fluffy serves as indirect karma for his jerkish and oblivious behavior towards Gary throughout the episode.
- Berserk Button:
- Don't you ever put Puffy Fluffy nor his species in a house with another pet. SpongeBob could've learned this the hard way, but sadly became such a big jerk to Gary. It's possible the little boy who bought Puffy's species suffered that fate as well.
- Seeing Gary not accept the new pet or avoid him makes SpongeBob livid.
- 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. Expose them to another pet, and once you're gone, a brawl breaks out.
- 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.
- Butt-Monkey: Poor Gary, thanks to getting attacked by Puffy Fluffy and mistreated and berated by the oblivious SpongeBob.
- Captain Oblivious: SpongeBob is completely oblivious to the fact that the monster is Puffy Fluffy at first, instead thinking Gary is responsible. Even after he realizes Puffy Fluffy is the monster, he's still oblivious to the fact that it tried to eat him.
- Cassandra Truth: SpongeBob, toward Gary's thoughts about Puffy Fluffy. No matter what Gary tries, he thinks Gary is ignoring him or avoiding him hastily, or just plain ol' jealous, prompting him to punish and berate him over resenting what he got him that's supposed to keep him from being lonely. Of course as the plot continues the trope clearly relies more SpongeBob being Too Dumb to Live over the usual lack of evidence, as shown when Puffy Fluffy reveals its monstrous true self to SpongeBob and openly attacks him...and SpongeBob still acts oblivious while he is being eaten. Even after saving him and sending the monster away, SpongeBob tries to get Puffy back, and scolds Gary once more.
- Cute Creature, Creepy Mouth: One of the signs that there's something wrong with the seemingly cute, round pet Puffy Fluffy is that, when it growls, it proves to have shockingly long, razor sharp teeth. Eventually that mouth also reveals to have long, toothed, worm-like tubes that shoot out of it as well, but by the time they show up, Puffy Fluffy is a massive monster on a rampage, not a cute little ball.
- Cuteness Proximity: Puffy Fluffy's cute state. SpongeBob 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 SpongeBob ignoring the seller's warning that the pet hates other pets, and he's too enticed by the pet's cuteness to even listen. It even continues when he sees the pet in monster form.
- A Day in the Limelight: This is definitely Gary's episode, with SpongeBob acting as a Hero Antagonist.
- Description Cut:SpongeBob: Poor little snail, just wanted some fun time. I can only imagine the tortured loneliness he must be feeling right now!
(Cut to Gary enjoying a western show with no trouble nor loneliness.)
- 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.
- Dramatic Irony: SpongeBob is oblivious to Puffy Fluffy's evil side, yet the audience knows.
- Easily Forgiven: SpongeBob seems to have made up with Gary for driving Puffy Fluffy away in the final scene, and instead chooses to bring him to work so he's not lonely.
- 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 about it.
- Failed a Spot Check:
- SpongeBob doesn't seem to take any notice that Gary has been acting strange ever since he brought Puffy Fluffy home, instead assuming Gary is ignoring or being mean to the pet and not willing to give it a chance.
- In the climax, SpongeBob tells Gary to put Puffy Fluffy down, not even noticing his pet is trapped and in near-fatal danger.
- Fall Guy: Gary again, due to suffering through everything Puffy Fluffy does and SpongeBob blames him for everything.
- First-Name Ultimatum: SpongeBob whenever he accuses Gary of mistreating Puffy Fluffy.
- Foreshadowing: The little boy who buys Puffy Fluffy's species seems as oblivious and naïve to the old lady's warning they're dangerous toward other pets, as he wants to give his pet a partner to play with. This is a foreshadowing toward how SpongeBob will act toward Gary much later.
- Forgot About His Powers: Apparently, SpongeBob forgot he had the ability to understand snail language as revealed in "Grooming Gary", since he doesn't show any knowledge of that sort once Puffy Fluffy is in the house. Especially shown when Gary tries to warn SpongeBob and he mistakes his cries for apologizing.
- 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.
- Frying Pan of Doom: Gary uses one when fighting Puffy Fluffy in monster mode.
- 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, and the smoke coming through his library door.
- Hey, Wait!: SpongeBob cries out, "Fluffy! Fluffy, waiiiit!" as Puffy Fluffy runs away, before he punishes Gary for sending away his "friend".
- Idiot Ball: SpongeBob, who would normally notice that his own pet is in trouble and would come running to save him, is completely oblivious to Gary's well being here. He keeps punishing Gary for the trouble Puffy Fluffy causes even though it's obvious that the snail has never and isn't capable of causing that much trouble. This all culminates in the scene where he is right in front of Puffy Fluffy about to eat Gary, and all he does is yell at Gary to put Puffy down. This comes from him ignoring the lady's warning that Puffy cannot be around other pets.
- Ironic Name: SpongeBob names the pet "Puffy Fluffy", but he is anything but that.
- Informed Species: Puffy Fluffy is stated to be a nudibranch, despite looking nothing how one actually looks.
- Irony: In spite of SpongeBob wanting to be a responsible pet owner, he ends up becoming irresponsible for the way he treated Gary.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: SpongeBob doesn't want Gary to be lonely and goes out of his way to ensure he has company, even if he has to force Gary to be nice to his new "pal" whether he wants to or not.
- Jerkass at Your Discretion: Puffy Fluffy only tries to attack Gary when SpongeBob leaves the room.
- Jerkass Ball: SpongeBob, who is normally is an All-Loving Hero, spends most of the episode only caring about Puffy Fluffy and constantly scolding Gary for being rude to his "partner", even though Gary is trying to save him (this is all because he ignored the lady's warning the pet is dangerous).
- Killer Rabbit: Puffy Fluffy. Put him in a house with another pet, and he'll ditch his cute exterior and go on rampage. Provides the page image for the Western Animation entry.
- Kindness Ball: Oddly Mr. Krabs, who post-Flanderization is typically a greedy Jerkass who puts others on the line all for the sake of money, is pretty reasonable here; willing to understand SpongeBob's dilemma with Gary and even accommodates him to take Gary to work at the end of the episode.
- Made Out to Be a Jerkass: Gary saves SpongeBob from Puffy Fluffy, only to get scolded again.
- Manipulative Bastard: Puffy Fluffy is this to SpongeBob. He completely showers his affection toward him despite his thoughts over neglecting the seemingly-lonely Gary, and he attacks Gary whenever SpongeBob is not around, only to revert to cute mode once the sponge is back, leaving SpongeBob to think Gary is ruining everything and berate him. He's even mad at his pet after Puffy Fluffy becomes a hideous beast overnight, and especially when he is sent away.
- Medium-Shift Gag: When the peddler is trying to warn SpongeBob of the creatures' danger, she shows a live action picture of a cat to one of them, who growls at such.
- Minimalist Cast: Only SpongeBob, Gary, and Mr. Krabs are present; oddly this is an episode to feature the Krusty Krab without Squidward. The absence of Patrick also gives a hint toward the episode's excessively dark nature.
- Mistaken for Brooding: Gary was completely fine alone at home, but SpongeBob interpreted this scenario as Gary missing him and feeling lonely. This in turn cues SpongeBob to get a second pet.
- 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. The little boy who also bought Puffy's species might be this as well.
- Negative Continuity: Gary had been inside the Krusty Krab kitchen before in "Suds", and Mr. Krabs gives no violations for such.
- 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. This even occurs when SpongeBob sees him in his true form.
- Oh, Crap!: Gary whenever Puffy Fluffy sees him and is on the verge of attack, and especially when he sees his true form.
- Only Sane Man: Mr. Krabs is the only character in the episode other than Gary with his head straight, as he understands SpongeBob's needs to attend to Gary and is happy to let him work when he brings him to the Krusty Krab.
- "Open!" Says Me: SpongeBob busting down the locked door to the exercise room, allowing him to finally witness Puffy Fluffy's attack.
- 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. He also lets Gary suffer and be tortured through Puffy's torment and never even hear him in danger (even when he sees Puffy in monster form), when he's usually a Papa Wolf who can tell if his pet is in danger or being threatened.
- Poor Communication Kills: SpongeBob takes this up to eleven, toward Gary's way of seeing Puffy Fluffy. He assumes Gary is ignoring the pet out of strife or roughhousing the pet, when really, the pet is trying to attack him. Even when Gary worryingly meows when forced to sleep with the pet for the night, SpongeBob assumes he's apologizing.
- Rage Breaking Point: Upon seeing his house trashed and believing Gary did it out of jealousy, SpongeBob's oblivious anger is pushed over the mark.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Mr. Krabs fills this role, 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.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: When SpongeBob sees his library a mess, he thinks Gary did it out of jealousy over Puffy Fluffy. He was right about Gary's negative thoughts, only Gary isn't jealous of the new pet, he's afraid of him.
- Selective Obliviousness: Not only does SpongeBob ignore the lady's warning about Puffy Fluffy, he also completely shrugs off Gary's fear of him, assuming he's not being nice to his partner or bullying him, even when it turns into a beast and is about to eat Gary right in front of him.
- Shout-Out: SpongeBob has a collection of books by T.S. Halibut, which is a parody of T.S. Eliot.
- Silence Is Golden: The fight between Gary and the beast-turned Puffy Fluffy is completely dialogue-free, aside from meows, roars, and the oblivious SpongeBob's snoring and occasional sleep-talking.
- Small Role, Big Impact:
- The fortune teller selling Puffy Fluffy and his species only appears in one scene, but her trying to warn SpongeBob they're not as cute as they appear to be is what results in the major conflict for the episode. Specifically SpongeBob completely chooses to ignore her warning the creatures cannot be near other pets because of how adorable they look, and he even escapes without even paying for one; she even comments aside that nobody listens to her, showing just how oblivious and jerkish SpongeBob will become toward Gary.
- The little boy who also bought Puffy's species also plays a huge part, as he gets said fish as a partner for his pet, hinting that SpongeBob is not the only one who ignored the lady's warning.
- Snap Back: Gary is not seen coming to work with SpongeBob every day since this episode.
- Swapped Roles: In this episode, Mr. Krabs is oddly kinder than normal, compared to how he acts post-Season 3, while SpongeBob ends up taking over eleven levels in jerkass.
- Switching P.O.V.: The first part of the episode is from SpongeBob's viewpoint as he tries to find a playmate for Gary so he's not lonely; after Puffy Fluffy is brought home, the episode shifts to Gary's perspective, showing just how dangerous that creature is if put in a house with another pet, and the deception it pulls once SpongeBob arrives just so the poor snail can take the heat for it.
- Take a Third Option: In the end, rather than just leave Gary at home alone or give him a playmate which he sent away, SpongeBob decides to bring Gary to work with him so he's not lonely.
- Talking in Your Sleep: SpongeBob during the one-on-one overnight fight between Gary and Puffy Fluffy, completely ignoring all the ruckus downstairs due to his heavy sleeping. Notably, his sleep-talking is the only dialogue for the fight scene all together.
- 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.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: SpongeBob gives several toward Gary for his supposed mistreatment over Puffy Fluffy, despite him ignoring the old lady's warning the pet is dangerous.
- 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: Easily one of the darkest episodes to date.
- Ungrateful Bastard: After Gary chases Puffy Fluffy off, SpongeBob gets angry and scolds Gary for chasing him off even though Puffy Fluffy was trying to eat him.
- Unstoppable Rage: Assuming Gary is not being nice to Puffy Fluffy, SpongeBob is undeniably furious with him.
- Unsuccessful Pet Adoption: After one night of almost trying to devour Gary and later SpongeBob, 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.
- 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 the Hell, Hero?: SpongeBob repeatedly toward Gary, berating him for mistreating and ignoring his "friend".
- 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's also the only one who would know what he did, since SpongeBob would be dead and Puffy Fluffy certainly wouldn't tell anyone. 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.
- You Are Grounded!: As punishment for not being nice to Puffy Fluffy and apparently messing up his enchilada dinner, Gary is forced to sleep with Puffy Fluffy for the night.
- You Have to Believe Me!: Gary nonstop, toward the disbelieving and fed-up SpongeBob, about Puffy Fluffy.