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My Pretty Seahorse
Season №: 3
Episode №: 42b
Airdate: July 12, 2002
Sister episode(s): "Club SpongeBob"
Writer(s): Kent Osborne
Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard Artist(s): Carson Kugler
William Reiss
Mike Roth
Storyboard: Kent Osborne
Paul Tibbitt
Animation: Tom Yasumi
Creative: Derek Drymon
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Previous: "Club SpongeBob"
Next: "Just One Bite"
List of episodes

"My Pretty Seahorse" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season three. In this episode, SpongeBob adopts a stray seahorse.



It is Springtime in Bikini Bottom, and Patrick is emerging from his rock and storing away his Winter "coat" (sweater), burying it like a dog bone. SpongeBob, meanwhile, proclaims that he has "Spring Fever", and greets the flowers in his yard. When Squidward steps out of his house, SpongeBob asks him if he has said hello to the flowers as well. Squidward does so sarcastically, and the flowers hiss at him, causing him to run inside, terrified. SpongeBob concludes that Squidward has "Hay Fever" and, as an act of kindness, decides to plant him some hypoallergenic flowers. He does so, and the moment he takes his eyes off the flower to grasp the watering can, he discovers it's been eaten. Surprised, he plants another one, which meets the same fate as he again reaches for the watering can. Determined, he plants another one and doesn't take his eyes off of it for 3 days. Patrick says Hi to SpongeBob, and SpongeBob looks at him and says the same thing. But after he looks at the flower again, it gets eaten. SpongeBob then discovers that the culprit is a green seahorse. SpongeBob is fascinated and imagines him and the horse together riding, and decides to tame her.

Later, as he watches the seahorse, it is lured toward him his floral bookmark, which it eats. They become friends and begin to ride around and do things together. As Squidward is biking to work the next morning, SpongeBob races past him on his seahorse, which he has named "Mystery". Squidward then rides off a cliff and causes a nuclear explosion when he hits the ground. When SpongeBob reaches work, he leaves Mystery outside at the bike post. Two fish approach Mystery and mistake her for a kiddy ride. One suggests the other to try it out, and when he inserts a coin into her "slot", Mystery kicks him into the distance, and he blows up on impact. The other fish runs away screaming, causing Mr. Krabs to come out and see what the trouble is. He sees Mystery and mistakes her for a monster; SpongeBob tells him she is his pet, but even though she is harmless to SpongeBob and not the others, he is ordered to get rid of it and if he disreguards his order, he will be fired for not cooperating with him.

My Pretty Seahorse 19

Patrick wearing a nail and board on his head

SpongeBob attempts to hide her in a cupboard in the kitchen until Patrick finishes building a stable. SpongeBob offers Mystery a Krabby Patty, which the horse begins craving after eating. After she craves, Mr. Krabs overhears this noice, and angrily comes in and confronts SpongeBob, threatening to fire him if he sees Mystery still here, but, however, he dosen't see her and leaves. After narrowly avoiding being caught by Mr. Krabs, SpongeBob realizes he has to be more careful. Squidward catches Mystery after an order goes missing, and Mystery goes on an eating frenzy while a crowd of customers became angry. Mr. Krabs finally catches SpongeBob nursing a sick Mystery in the kitchen, who is suffering from a stomach ache, now knowing that he had broken the rules. Mr. Krabs then becomes angry with SpongeBob and tells him that he plans to get rid of both, Mystery and SpongeBob. SpongeBob is responsible for breaking and disreaguarding the rule, but he pleads for mercy, explaining that Mystery is his friend and that he loves her.

Mr. Krabs, feeling sympathy for SpongeBob, tells him a story of his favorite dollar and how he eventually spent it for a soda on a hot day. He tells SpongeBob that Mystery needs to be freed because the indoors is not a place for a wild animal, and SpongeBob consents and takes the horse out the front door where he painfully asks her leave. He cries as she leaves without hesitation. Mr. Krabs comforts SpongeBob until Squidward shows him an empty safe. Realizing that Mystery ate the Krusty Krab's finances, SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs chase after her. The show ends with Patrick trying to get into a hat store, but the wooden plank nailed to his head blocks his way.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Popcorn - John Scott [title card]
  Pastime - Gerhard Trede [opening]
  ? ["I've got spring fever!"]
  Hula Festival - George Elliott [SpongeBob smelling flowers]
  ? - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob's flowers keep disappearing]
  On the Beach - Kapono Beamer [three days later]
  Dramatic Cue (d) - Ronald Hanmer [dramatic sting]
  Magical Effect (e) - Paddy Kingsland [SpongeBob sees seahorse]
  The Way West - Jack Dorsey ["She's beautiful!"]
  Stepping into Danger - Mike Sunderland [seahorse eating flowers]
  Youthful Days - Mike Sunderland [SpongeBob writes in his diary]
  Stepping into Danger - Mike Sunderland [seahorse coming toward SpongeBob]
  Braden Beat - Alan Moorhouse [montage of SpongeBob and Mystery together]
  Best of the West - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob riding Mystery to work]
  The Homeward Trail - John Fox [SpongeBob tells Mystery to wait outside]
  Death Trap - Gregor F. Narholz ["Help! Kiddy ride on the loose!"]
  Hawaiian Link (b) - Richard Myhill ["It's either you or Mystery."]
  Botany Bay (b) - Robert Alexander White [SpongeBob sad]
  ? ["Ha! It worked, girl!"]
  Stepping into Danger - Mike Sunderland ["SpongeBob, what was that?"]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Huh?"]
  Dramatic Cue (e) - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob worries that the Krusty Krab is haunted]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch [Mystery eating Krabby Patties]
  Danger Zone - Mike Sunderland [Mystery ate everything]
  Dramatic Impact 2 - Ivor Slaney ["David H. Jones!"]
  Fates - Gregor F. Narholz ["Please don't make me give up Mystery!"]
  Tympup A - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [bowl of onions]
  Blow the Man Down (c) - Robert Alexander White [Krabs' story about his dollar]
  Blow the Man Down (d) - Robert Alexander White [Krabs' story about his dollar]
  My Horse and I - Norman John Warren [SpongeBob lets Mystery go]
  SpongeBob Theme - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Get that horse!"]
  My Horse and I - Norman John Warren [ending]


  • "My Pretty Seahorse" was ranked #91 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.


  • March 20: First Day of Spring
  • March 23: Day SpongeBob meets Mystery
  • March 24: SpongeBob brings Mystery to work
Twelve Seconds Later
  • Mystery also appeared in the GBA version of the video game SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom.
  • Mr. Krabs also yelled "scaring away me customers!" in "Imitation Krabs".
  • The "3 Days Later" card has the same pattern as the title card for Squidville.
  • Mr. Krabs would have obviously heard Mystery eating his money and noticed because Mystery's chewing sounds are considerably loud.
  • The Twelve Seconds Later time card is like the Help Wanted title card, except it is orange.
  • Just like in Jellyfishing, Squidward fell off a cliff and exploded once he landed.
  • The Dutch version, this episode is called "Mystery",
  • Patrick with a wooden plank nailed in his head has become an internet meme.
  • This is the second time Patrick has a board and a nail on his forehead. The first was Life of Crime.
  • Patrick removed his winter sweater to begin his spring, but in "Snowball Effect", he is not wearing a sweater despite the fact that it is winter. He is also not wearing one in "Survival of the Idiots" or "Christmas Who".
  • Running Gags: A bowl of onions is making Squidward cry but then gets mad when he sees the bowl. The first time the bowl is on the ledge between the register and the kitchen. The second time the bowl of onions is on the register. The final time Squidward is shown pushing the bowl under a customer so he won't be the butt of the joke anymore.
  • Mr. Krab's narration about his dollar is still similar to SpongeBob when they lose their beloved ones. Yet, it is unrelated to what he forces SpongeBob to get rid of Mystery. This contradicts his advice.
  • When SpongeBob and Mystery were dancing on TurboNick, a song from Nickelodeon's old show "The Naked Brothers Band" can be heard for an unknown reason.

Cultural References

  • Mystery's nickname, "Sir Eats-A-Lot" is a reference to Sir Lancelot, one of the most famous knights from the tales of King Arthur of Camelot.
  • The title of the episode is most likely a parody of 'My Little Pony".
  • During the montage, Mystery paints SpongeBob like in the 1997 movie, Titanic.
  • When a fish complains "Where's our food?" with another saying, "I'm so hungry!", it references the live-action film Animal Farm, where farm animals complain of hunger like the fish customers.
  • The ending of the episode, where SpongeBob chases away Mystery, references the end of the movie Harry and the Hendersons.


  • Among the things eaten by Mystery is SpongeBob's hat, but in a later scene, where he attempting to give Mystery a bicarbonate soda, his hat is whole again.
  • Frank Welker is erroneously credited as Tom Welker.
  • In one scene, SpongeBob is shown holding the bag of hypo-allergenic flowers, but a few seconds later, the bag disappears.
  • The captions, "(all yelling)" is shown on the bottom of the screen in the eastern version, but a little bit slow.

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