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Recap / SpongeBob SquarePants S 1 E 5 "Pizza Delivery" / "Home Sweet Pineapple"

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The Krusty Krab pizza is the pizza, for you and me!

United States airdate: August 14, 1999

Canada airdate: April 22, 2000

"Pizza Delivery": A special task has been assigned to SpongeBob and Squidward: Deliver the very first Krusty Krab Pizza. However, there's a slight problem. Squidward made SpongeBob drive, causing the two to end up in the middle of nowhere and run out of gas. Now it's up to SpongeBob and his knowledge on how the pioneers survived to figure out how to get back to shelter and find something to eat before Squidward eats the pizza.

"Home Sweet Pineapple": After a swarm of nematodes devours SpongeBob's house, he and Gary are left with nothing but a pebble. Without a place to stay, SpongeBob tries building a house and living with Patrick and Squidward (none of those attempts work out) before giving up hope to live in the neighborhood, and sees no other option than to leave and move back in with his parents.


The YMMV examples for these episodes can be found here.

"Pizza Delivery" provides examples of:

  • An Aesop: Be nice to the person who delivers your order (or anyone else giving you customer service, for that matter), even if they made what you perceive to be a mistake. And for that matter, don't lie about what you ordered just to get freebies. If you didn't lie, however, then try listening to the person about why your order came the way it did.
  • All for Nothing: After all those disasters, SpongeBob and Squidward finally reach the customer's house...only for him to reject the pizza because they didn't bring his drink.
  • And a Diet Coke: The customer wanted a Diet Dr. Kelp with his pizza, even though SpongeBob tried pointing out he failed to mention any drink (even pulling out a notepad describing his order!)
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  • Anti-Advice: SpongeBob claims to know which way town is from which side moss grows on rocks. Squidward then says "You want us to go that way? Well, then I'm going this way." Naturally, town was in the direction SpongeBob wanted to go.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: This exchange after Squidward implores SpongeBob to make the delivery drive, telling him to first back up the boatmobile (despite SpongeBob's protests that he's still in boating school and shouldn't be driving). Of course, it goes hilariously wrong:
    SpongeBob: Backing up! Backing up! [backs up... for miles, until the car dies] ... backing up.
    Squidward: Well... ya backed up. And you know what?! I think we're out of gas! And you know what else?! We're in the middle of nowhere!
    SpongeBob: And you know what else else? I think the pizza's getting cold.
    Squidward: [feigned gasp] AND the pizza's cold! The pizza's cold! Not the pizza! Oh, how could it get any WORSE?! [kicks boatmobile, which somehow takes the tank from "Empty" to "Full." The boatmobile drives off into the distance without them.]
  • Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: This line from Squidward when he and SpongeBob get sucked into a tornado:
    Squidward: Let go of the pizza! (Squidward looks down and sees a long fall below him.) Hang onto the pizza!
  • Badass Adorable: Silly, idealistic little SpongeBob survives a tornado just to protect the customer's pizza.
  • Bilingual Bonus: When SpongeBob is looking at the gears on his boat mobile, they change into Korean symbols, which are actually the correct ones. Of course, SpongeBob doesn't know Korean.
  • Bond One-Liner: Squidward busts out a surprisingly badass one when SpongeBob asks him if the customer changed his mind.
    Squidward: He ate the whole thing in one bite.
  • Break the Cutie: Happens to SpongeBob after the customer harshly berates him for excluding his drink and refuses to take the pizza, leaving SpongeBob sobbing hysterically on the ground.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: It isn't until the end that Squidward realizes that the customer's home, that they spent an entire day trying to get to was actually just a few short feet from the Krusty Krab, much to his chagrin. Although, as mentioned below, the plot is kind of Squidward's fault in the first place because he insisted Spongebob drive after Spongebob blatantly said he couldn't, and throws SpongeBob's anxiety through the roof when he can't figure out how to back the boat up.
  • Determinator: SpongeBob when he insists that the pizza be delivered to the customer, no matter what. This is what makes the customer's line "Didn't you ever once think of the customer??" especially harsh.
  • Diving Save: Squidward does this to save SpongeBob from a boat that was about to run him over. Both survive but are covered in sand.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    "Didn't you ever once think of the customer?"
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Tom's appearance is significantly different from his later appearance, being red instead of green and being more visibly overweight. He's also not half as nasty in his later characterization.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Squidward of course cannot stand SpongeBob, and is rightly frustrated with him over the unnecessary hell they've had to endure just to deliver a pizza (although the latter was Squidward’s fault to begin with). However, watching the customer insult SpongeBob and refuse to pay for the pizza over a stupid drink (which he didn’t even order) and in doing so leaving him a sobbing mess proves to be too much for even Squidward to do. Furious over what he's just witnessed, he quickly sets the record straight with the ungrateful customer for wasting their time.
    Customer: Look, I already told your friend I'm not paying for that!
    Squidward: Well this one's on the HOUSE! (Smashes the pizza right in the jerk's face)
  • Fat Bastard: The customer, obviously.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • When Mr. Krabs talks to the customer over the phone, you can hear the phone's gibberish start to continue before he hangs up.
    • The fact the guy orders a pizza delivered to his house from a restaurant that doesn't deliver or even make pizzas is more than a subtle sign he is not of reasonable custom.
  • Hate Sink: The customer who doesn't pay for the pizza or takes it all because of a drink.
  • Heel Realization: After the customer is mean to SpongeBob and crushes his spirits, Squidward sees that he actually has been kind of acting like that and decides to put that customer in his place.
  • Improvised Parachute: SpongeBob uses the pizza as one after being spit out by the tornado.
  • In the Style of...: SpongeBob makes up several renditions of his Krusty Krab Pizza song, including beatboxing and a killer Joe Cocker impersonation.
  • Inflating Body Gag: SpongeBob tests the air pressure on Squidward's tires by putting his mouth on the plug, causing him to inflate like a balloon and talk with a helium voice.
  • Insane Troll Logic: The customer orders for a pizza delivery from the Krusty Krab (which neither makes pizzas nor takes deliveries) and when they serve him his order anyway, he cruelly tears SpongeBob to shreds for forgetting his drink.
  • Jerkass: The customer, who slams the door in SpongeBob's face and yelling at him for forgetting his drink (which he did not even order, as SpongeBob points out complete with a notepad).
  • Karma Houdini: Mr. Krabs for forcing Squidward and SpongeBob to deliver a pizza when it's not on their menu. Although one must note that he did not get paid for the dish.
  • Kick the Dog: SpongeBob gets chewed out by the customer for forgetting the customer's drink (which he did not even order), then he asks "Didn't you ever once think of the customer?!" before rudely slamming the door in his face for good measure.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Squidward sees how broken up SpongeBob is because of the customer harshly yelling at him. Appalled at how the customer treated SpongeBob and won't pay for the pizza (making the long journey the duo went through a total waste of time), he furiously confronts the customer and literally throws the pizza in the bully's face.
  • Madness Mantra: "Backing up!"..."Backing up!"..."Backing up!"
  • Mean Boss: Even though it's after closing, Mr. Krabs forces SpongeBob and Squidward to deliver a pizza. And he doesn't even pay them overtime.
  • Mickey Mousing: When Squidward stomps up to the customer's door to teach him a lesson, his knocks sync up with the background music.
  • Mock Meal: The Krusty Krab pizza is just some Krabby Patties crushed to look like a pizza.
  • Negative Continuity: The customer's house is across the street from the Krusty Krab, when in all other episodes, the Chum Bucket is there.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Squidward pulls an Idiot Ball when he kicks the boat out of frustration, making it suddenly and spontaneously drive away on its own at full speed. It doesn't help that SpongeBob told him he doesn't know how to drive, but he wouldn't listen.
  • Not So Remote: Had Squidward heeded SpongeBob's advice and gone where the moss was facing, he would have found Bikini Bottom right over the ridge.
  • Ow, My Body Part!: Squidward twice.
    • The first time is when SpongeBob is singing while they're walking in the desert and Squidward adds the line "and my feet are killing me!"
    • The second is at the very end of the episode after The Reveal that the customer was right next door to the Krusty Krab. After the blackout, Squidward whines "Oh, my aching tentacles!" This is cut in later airings, though, either because Nickelodeon wanted to air more commercials, or because it sounded like Squidward was saying "testicles" instead of "tentacles".
  • Pet the Dog: Squidward not only throws a pizza in the customer's face after he made SpongeBob cry, he saves Spongebob from getting run over.
  • Pie in the Face: Or in this case, pizza.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "Well, this one's ON THE HOUSE!!" (Slams pizza in the guy's face)
  • Percussive Maintenance: Squidward kicking the boat in frustration causes it to fill up with gas. Unfortunately, because the boat was still in drive, it drives away in full speed, leaving SpongeBob and Squidward stuck to travel on foot.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The customer seems to assume the worst after not getting his drink and apparently doesn't hear (or more likely, ignores) Spongebob trying to tell him he didn't order one as far as they know. It's hinted Mr. Krabs likely hung up on him before he could, and he might have saved himself some trouble with Squidward if he had just heard out the previous delivery boy.
  • Road Trip Across the Street: After delivering the pizza, Squidward asks SpongeBob to drive him home, but SpongeBob tells him they have enough time to go back to work because the customer was just down the street from the Krusty Krab all along.
  • Saw It in a Movie Once: After being stranded in the middle of nowhere, SpongeBob tries to get himself and Squidward back home by using tactics from old pioneers which he says he "saw in a movie once." Most of them worked, albeit their progress was constantly hindered by Squidward.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: SpongeBob and Squidward didn't have to get lost because the customer lived right next door to the Krusty Krab.
  • Shout Out: Diet Dr. Kelp is apparently Bikini Bottom's counterpart to Diet Dr. Pepper.
  • Skewed Priorities: The customer is much more upset of the fact that he didn't get his drink rather than the fact that it took an entire day to deliver the pizza to him. If he behaved like that because of that reason, we would've blamed him somewhat less.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Squidward survives a ridiculously long journey (in which he suffers the majority of the punishment), saves SpongeBob from being run over by a truck, survives a tornado (with the pizza intact), and when the obnoxious customer refuses to pay, Squidward snaps.
  • Unsatisfiable Customer: The customer who orders the pizza rejects it because it did not come with his Dr. Kelp, which he did not even ask for in the order (though it is somewhat implied that Mr. Krabs didn't let him finish the order), from a place that doesn't even serve pizza and was already closed when he called.
  • Unstoppable Mailman: Neither fast sea currents nor searing heat nor a very hungry Squidward will stop SpongeBob from getting the pizza to the customer.
  • Vehicular Assault:
    • The truck driver SpongeBob tries to flag down with a pioneer hitchhiking dance instead tries to run him over because he thought he was a "thrashin', frashin' breakdancer!"
    • Done to Squidward by SpongeBob when he accidentally drives over him with the rock.
  • Wrong Restaurant: The customer calls the Krusty Krab for a pizza by mistake. Not one to miss out on a quick buck, Mr. Krabs smashes some Krabby Patties into a pizza and has SpongeBob and Squidward deliver it.

"Home Sweet Pineapple" provides examples of:

  • Basement-Dweller: SpongeBob fears he'll have to go back to moving back with Mom and Dad since the nematodes ate his pineapple home. His parents are quite eager to take him back.
  • Blanket Tug O' War: Between SpongeBob and Patrick. Only instead of a blanket, it's Patrick's rock.
  • Bottle Episode: The entire episode takes place on Conch Street.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The tiny pebble that SpongeBob found after his home was destroyed. He later buries it when it's time for him to leave. It turns out that the pebble is actually a pineapple seed, and it grows into a new house.
  • Continuity Snarl: In other episodes, Patrick's house has living space under the rock complete with a comfy arm chair and TV. In this episode, it's made out so that Patrick has nothing under the rock but the flat ground. The rock itself acts more like a blanket.
  • Creepy Changing Painting: A comical version. When SpongeBob says he'll have to move back in with his parents, we cut to a painting of them smiling. When Patrick says that he doesn't, we cut back to the same paining, now with his parents frowning.
  • Cue the Falling Object: Patrick brags that he build his home himself. Cut to Patrick's house, which is just a rock with a crudely made TV antenna mounted on top, which snaps in half and falls over.
  • Delayed Reaction: Doubles as an Overly Long Gag; a half-asleep Squidward not realizing that SpongeBob just came into his house. See also Late to the Realization below.
  • Depth Deception: The house SpongeBob and Patrick build looks normal-sized, until they step forward and loom over it.
  • Double Take: Squidward does an epic one. He half-groggily lets SpongeBob sleep with him, even giving him a glass of water. It's only moments after the two are asleep that Squidward's eyes pop open and he throws SpongeBob back out.
  • Drool Deluge: As Spongebob sleeps at Patrick's house, the drool coming from Patrick's mouth spills across the house and ends up being absorbed by SpongeBob's body.
  • Extreme Omnivore: The Nematodes eat and drink almost anything. From coral, car to SpongeBob's house. Later in "Best Day Ever", they tried to eat the Krusty Krab. Fortunately, SpongeBob distracted them, but they did eat his pants.
  • Failure Montage: SpongeBob and Patrick while trying to build a new house. Neither of them have any training or experience in building a house whatsoever.
  • Fantastic Vermin: A herd of nematode worms quite literally eats Spongebob out of house and home. They do, however, leave behind a seed, which Spongebob mistakes for a pebble, buries, and cries over, and from which a brand-new, fully-furnished pineapple house grows. Nematodes are later mentioned by a realtor who is helping Squidward sell his house in "Opposite Day", and it's implied that they are the undersea version of termites.
  • Gag Echo: Squidward gets a call from SpongeBob and answers "Is it time already for you to ruin my day?" Moments later, Patrick wakes up and asks "Is it time already to ruin Squid's day?"
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: Of the enormous pool of saliva in Patrick's mouth as he sleeps.
  • Happy Dance: Done by Squidward when he sees SpongeBob finally leaving. Unfortunately, he does it on the spot where SpongeBob's house was, and ended up getting flattened when it grew back.
  • Hive Mind: The nematodes are like this. Whenever the leader makes a decision, the group goes along with it.
  • Impact Silhouette: Squidward's impression is left on the floor of SpongeBob's house after it reforms on top of him.
  • Karma Houdini: The nematodes that eat SpongeBob's house and leave him homeless. A reminder that this is the only episode they appear in.
  • Late to the Realization: Patrick only realizes that SpongeBob's house is gone a while after he arrived and SpongeBob himself had said it was gone.
    • Likewise, Squidward only realizes that Spongebob is in his house after they're both sleeping. Naturally, he kicks him out when he wakes up.
  • Noodle Implements: "Ruining Squid's day" apparently required Patrick to dress up in a tux and top hat.
  • Oh, Crap!: SpongeBob when he realized that his house was shrinking.
  • Post Wake Up Realization: When Spongebob loses his house from a nematode infestation, one of the two houses that he goes is Squidward's. Squidward was asleep by then, and Spongebob just creeps in to his bed and asks for water from him, which he does so. Just as Squidward returns to bed, he wakes up and realizes everything. Cue Spongebob booted out from the house. Currently provides the page image.
    Squidward: [as he boots Spongebob out of the house] Goodnight, Spongebob.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Viewers upon watching this episode again will know the little pebble that was left of SpongeBob's pineapple is really a seed that will make it grow back.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Nematodes aren't exactly common in cartoons.
  • Shout Out: Squidward's visible impression on the floor of SpongeBob's new pineapple could be a nod to Han Solo's carbonite freeze from The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: The nematodes destroy SpongeBob's house, rendering him homeless and nearly making him having to leave Bikini Bottom.
  • The Swarm: The nematodes who devour SpongeBob's house.
  • Swiss Army Tears: SpongeBob's tears restore his house back to normal.
  • Toon Physics: SpongeBob manages to stay in the air by hammering boards one by one to the chagrin of Patrick.
  • What Happened to the Pet?: Gary disappears right before SpongeBob plants the seed for his new pineapple and he isn't seen coming inside at the end.
  • With a Foot on the Bus: SpongeBob is about to leave Bikini Bottom, but the seed he inadvertently watered grows a new pineapple, allowing him to stay.


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