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Grooming Gary
Season №: 6
Episode №: 110b
Airdate: November 28, 2008
Sister episode(s): "The Slumber Party"
Writer(s): Casey Alexander
Zeus Cervas
Dani Michaeli
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Casey Alexander
Zeus Cervas
Animation: Alan Smart
Creative: Vincent Waller
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Previous: "The Slumber Party"
Next: "SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One"
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"Grooming Gary" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season six. In this episode, SpongeBob enters Gary into a pet show.



SpongeBob enters Gary in a contest and sees a man with a snail who wears very expensive clothing and thinks Gary needs to get a makeover. After Gary finishes his makeover, he and SpongeBob go to the contest and Gary gets angry about expensive clothing and turn the Pet Contest into a Pet Riot. All the other pets began to burn all the clothes and attack their owners. One of the owners  named Charles asked his pet Foofie why he is so angry and asked somebody who can understand what the pets are saying. SpongeBob explains what Gary is saying and said that the pets don't want to be in these pet shows because they want to be treated fair and want to be themselves instead of being treated like "rag dolls in scratchy outfits" and the riot is over. However, it is Patrick that wins the pet show, probably because he wanted to see SpongeBob win the contest close-up.

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 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Marlin March - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card/opening]
  Wahini Wobble - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Opening]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Gary?"]
  Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob looking for Gary]
  Bikini Bottom News Theme - Nicolas Carr [news on TV]
  Nude Sting - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [Squidward kicks SpongeBob out]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["Gary, there you are."]
  Earl's Revenge - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [testing slime viscosity]
  Shock (f) - Dave Hewson [undercarriage check]
  Steel Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [Gary tries to leave]
  Curtain-Raiser - Alan Braden [at the pet show]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [closeup of Gary's eyes]
  Witty Fellow - diamond-studded leash
  Final Summit A - Mladen Franko ["But no longer."]
  ? - "Enough dilly-dallying."
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [back at home]
  Steel Licks (Original Version) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Oh, you're like a little cuddly present."]
  Alien Spacecraft C - glow-in-the-dark paint
  Steel Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield ["We got to go back to the pet show."]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr [diamond-studded collar]
  Goofy Conversation - Gerhard Narholz, Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [brushing Gary's teeth]
  Starlight Flight - Jane Antonia Cornish ["Let's go win our battle, Foof."]
  ? - "This is it, Gary."
  Fruity Flute - Harry Bluestone [everyone grooming their pets]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill ["I'm all alone behind this rope!"]
  Fruity Flute - Harry Bluestone ["There it is, Mrs. Squiggles, your new hairdo."]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [Gary biting the leash]
  Fruity Flute - Harry Bluestone ["Now let's try this cape."]
  Dramatic Climax (Harry Bluestone and Emil Cadkin) - Gary resisting
  Steel Sting (c) - Jeremy Wakefield ["There you go."]
  Fashionable Enclosure - Phillip Green [pets judged]
  Footsteps of Horror (2) - W. Merrick Farran [Gary bites judge]
  Revolution - David Arnold, Paul Hart [Gary makes a speech]
  House of Horror (5) - W. Merrick Farran [pet riot]
  It Is Never Too Late - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob translates Gary's speech]
  State Processional - Barrie Hingley [Trophy awarded to SpongeBob]
  Steel Sting (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [ending]



  • This is the second time SpongeBob looks for Gary in Squidward's bathtub. The first was in "Have You Seen This Snail?"
  • The way Squidward threw SpongeBob out of his house was the same as in "Not Normal."
  • This episode was originally supposed to air on August 7, but a change in schedule lead to "Boating Buddies" being aired on that day, when it was supposed to air on the 8th. On August 8, "The Krabby Kronicle" aired, which was not a scheduled episode at the time.
  • This is third time Gary is aggressive. The first is "Once Bitten" and the second is "What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?"
  • Running Gag: Whenever Gary is given an undercarriage check, he bites the person doing it.

Cultural references

  • A parody of Mary Poppins is shown when Charles & Foofie glide via umbrella.
  • The scene where the pets go on a rampage is similar to the Anti-Matrix segment, The Second Renaissance, where robots attack humans in revenge of having to do their bidding and labor work.


  • Closed-captions misspell Foofie as "Foofy."
  • The fact that SpongeBob is the only one who can understand Gary isn't true, as other characters have understood him numerous times throughout the series.
  • One time when Gary was talking to the other pets, he had arms, but in the next scene, he didn't.
  • While Muffsies' owner is backing away from her, the snail isn't Muffsies, it's Victoria.
  • The pets' owners change throughout the episode.

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