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A Pal for Gary

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A Pal for Gary
Season №: 7
Episode №: 131b
Airdate: January 2, 2010
Sister episode(s): "Keep Bikini Bottom Beautiful"
Writer(s): Casey Alexander
Zeus Cervas
Richard Pursel
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Casey Alexander
Zeus Cervas
Animation: Andrew Overtoom
Creative: Vincent Waller
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Previous: "Keep Bikini Bottom Beautiful"
Next: "Yours, Mine and Mine"
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"A Pal for Gary" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season seven. In this episode, SpongeBob gets Gary a pet.



The episode begins as SpongeBob is feeding Gary. He accidentally drops the food and chaos ensues. Then, SpongeBob goes off to work. Gary tries to come with him but SpongeBob cannot bring pets to work and leaves Gary at home. Gary then turns on the TV, uses his leash as a lasso to grab a cowboy hat in a cupboard, and watches a cowboy show or movie. A customer comes in with his pet worm Jan. SpongeBob explains to Gary that people cannot bring their pets. The man is just about to leave when Mr. Krabs came and told him to buy Krabby Patties. He says to the man that he is a responsible pet owner. Then, SpongeBob feels guilty for leaving Gary alone after what Mr. Krabs says, and decides to call Gary. Gary is too busy watching TV to answer the phone. SpongeBob thinks he is too sad to answer. SpongeBob then listens to the message on the answering machine. It is a message that SpongeBob and Gary made that talks about SpongeBob and Gary having fun, this makes SpongeBob feel even guiltier. He then leaves a message saying that he knows that Gary is feeling lonely and that he will be home soon. While this is happening, Gary is watching TV and having a good time.

SpongeBob flips the "open" sign to "closed." He sneaks out of the Krusty Krab hoping not to be noticed so he can just go home without doing any more work. However, this is stopped when Mr. Krabs notices him closing the door to the Krusty Krab. Mr. Krabs is seen covered in tar and holding a shovel. He is next to a tar maker about to retar the parking lot. He asks SpongeBob to join him and SpongeBob declines. Mr. Krabs understands and tells him to come to work 5 hours early to finish the parking lot. He spots a stand with Nudibranchs. SpongeBob sees a green one with purple eyes, huge pink lips and blue fins. He says he wants it, but an old peddler woman (she owns the Nudibranchs) warns him that looks can be deceiving because they are violent and dangerous, especially around other animals. SpongeBob ignores her warning and takes it home anyway while the old peddler woman says to herself that the people never listen.

When he gets home, Gary is still watching TV. SpongeBob gets in front of the screen to show Gary his new friend, which he named "Puffy Fluffy," then leaves to make enchiladas. While in the kitchen, Gary is chewing his toy in front of Puffy. It is then shown that the peddler's warning was right as 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 eats every single piece of food in the bowl. SpongeBob sees that Gary is hiding from Puffy again, and scolds him. Gary then jumps on SpongeBob while Puffy looks like he has absolutely no idea why Gary is on SpongeBob.

At bedtime, SpongeBob tells Gary he is going to sleep with Puffy Fluffy tonight. When he puts Gary in the bed, he hisses at Puffy. As SpongeBob is about to go to sleep, Gary bursts in, scared about Puffy Fluffy, but SpongeBob takes him back downstairs, seeing this as Gary thinking his friend is mean. He puts Gary back in the living room and tells him to let him sleep, before going back to bed.

Some time later, 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, who now has five tongues with a mouth on each. Puffy then attacks Gary and SpongeBob does not wake up throughout.


Monster Fluffy

In the morning, SpongeBob wakes up and discovers the damage to his library. He assumes it was Gary who did it because he's jealous about the new friend. After bursting through the door downstairs, he finally sees Gary is about to be eaten. Gary is relieved, only to be shocked when instead of helping him, his owner starts to scold him for his destruction and how he's still treating Puffy Fluffy, even when the eel is clearly about to eat him. SpongeBob continues to lecture Gary until Puffy Fluffy's tongues grab onto SpongeBob, who's still scolding his snail even as he's about to be eaten. Using a leash as a lasso, Gary whips at Puffy Fluffy, driving it away from SpongeBob's pineapple home. SpongeBob chases after the beast crying for it not to go, then turns and admonishes Gary for chasing Puffy Fluffy away, to which Gary gives an annoyed glare.

Later on, SpongeBob brings Gary to work, so he is not lonely, and then Mr. Krabs gives Gary a spatula to help work. Gary meows in a disappointed tone.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Clownfish Capers - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [opening]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Gary grabs everything he needs to watch TV]
  ? [Gary turns on the TV]
  Unknown Hawaiian Sting (e) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Poor little snail."]
  ? [Gary watching TV]
  Botany Bay - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [at the Krusty Krab]
  Steel Licks (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [no pet policy]
  Drama Link (d) -  Hubert Clifford ["Eh?!"]
  Sailor's Sting 4 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Hey, let's not be hasty."]
  Steel Link (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob feels guilty]
  ? [Gary still watching TV]
  Steel Licks - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob calls Gary]
  Unknown Hawaiian Sting (e) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob leaves a message]
  Steel Sting (f) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob puts the phone down]
  Slinky Panther Pants - Nicolas Carr [closing time]
  Sailor's Sting 12 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Krabs re-tarring the parking lot]
  Steel Link (c) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Poor Gary's been home alone all day."]
  The Pollywog Strut - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Wow, Dad, is it really mine to keep?"]
  Why Am I So Poor? B - Laszlo Borteri [SpongeBob buys another pet]
  ? [Gary still watching TV]
  Cartoon Sting 1 - Nicolas Carr, Steve Marston ["I brought you a surprise!"]
  Tales from the Swamp (c) - Ron Goodwin [Puffy Fluffy roars at Gary]
  Cartoon Sting 1 - Nicolas Carr, Steve Marston ["Eat up, you two."]
  Jarabe Tapatio (a) - Gerhart Frei, Carlos Periguez ["I'm gonna make some enchiladas."]
  Horror House of Wax Retro 2 - Ron Wasserman [Puffy Fluffy eats the entire food bowl]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["I hope you're happy now."]
  Finger of Fear - Fredric Bayco [Gary has to share his bed with Puffy Fluffy]
  Solo Steel 4 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob goes to bed]
  Drama Link (f) - Hubert Clifford [Gary enters]
  Rock-a-Bye Baby - traditional ["See? There he is, fast asleep."]
  Drama Link (c) - Hubert Clifford [balloon deflates]
  Cellar Search - Philippe Pares [Puffy Fluffy's grown to gigantic size]
  Horror House of Wax Retro 2 - Ron Wasserman [Puffy Fluffy roars at Gary]
  Lullaby Box - Leo Nissim [SpongeBob talking in his sleep]
  Abject Terror - Paul Lewis [Puffy Fluffy chases Gary]
  Stealth by Night - Jack Coles ["Mmm, you're making meatballs, Grandma?"]
  Sword Fight - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Gary putting out the fire]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Huh?"]
  Alone in the Old House - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob's library destroyed]
  Terror - Alan Braden [Gary's about to be eaten]
  Sword Fight (Sam Fonteyn) - Sam Fonteyn [SpongeBob breaks down the door]
  Tales from the Swamp (a) - Ron Goodwin ["Gary!!!"]
  Horror House of Wax Retro 2 - Nicolas Carr, Ron Wasserman [Puffy Fluffy tries to eat SpongeBob]
  ? [Gary saves SpongeBob]
  Sailor's Sting 1 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [ending]


  • This is the lowest ranked episode on SpongeBuddy Mania with a 1.8/10.
  • As of August 19, 2016, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 3.7/10 based on 218 ratings by users.[1] users give this episode a 7.2/10 based on 153 votes.[2]



  • This is the second episode where Gary wears a Krusty Krab hat. The first was in "Banned in Bikini Bottom," the third was in "One Coarse Meal," and the fourth was in "Shellback Shenanigans."
  • In real life, Nudibranches (Sea Slugs) are worm-like creatures. However, in this episode, they are portrayed as fluffy fish.
  • Puffy Fluffy tries to eat SpongeBob, which is appropriate, since real nudibranchs eat sponges.
  • There is an online game based on this episode titled Gary's Revenge, which is based off of the game Angry Birds.
  • This episode has a phone that is not a "shell phone."
  • The title card is very similar to the title card of "Culture Shock," the only difference being the title card for "Culture Shock" is a lighter colored red.
  • This is the fourth episode for the Krusty Krab's appearance without Squidward, the first was "Suds," the second was "Nasty Patty," and the third was "Pat No Pay."

Cultural references

  • The theme of getting a pet from a mysterious old person that is potentially dangerous, a cute creature becoming a monster, and a good pet destroying the monster parodies Gremlins.


  • Mr. Krabs told SpongeBob to come in five hours early at work, so he should have woken up at 4 a.m. instead of 9 a.m.
  • It is unknown why the fire log was lit in SpongeBob's library, when SpongeBob was sleeping in his bedroom and there was nobody to watch over it.

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