SpongeBob gets mail and has a letter from Grandma SquarePants telling him that his grandmother is getting older, so he decides to go. But then, SpongeBob remembers that he needs to take care of Gary. He first ask Squidward to watch Gary, but he refused because Gary ate his kelp garden. Later on, SpongeBob asks his best friend Patrick if he can take care of Gary while he is gone, and Patrick accepts. While SpongeBob is at his grandmother's, he gets distracting visions about bad things happening to Patrick and Gary. Once SpongeBob is anxious enough, he calls home numerous amounts of times to check and see how the two are doing. A couple of times, Gary was being put in mortal danger by Patrick, but SpongeBob "thought" they were fine [and laughing and having fun.] Later, Patrick attempts to burn Gary alive with a flamethrower, possibly out of actual malice, but the next time SpongeBob calls, they are really actually having fun thanks to a flood, but SpongeBob mistakes them for being in "danger." SpongeBob quickly ends his grandmother's birthday and rushes home to see what the fuss is about, so he arrives home after a long, tiring run and sees that his house is destroyed and filled with water when he opens the door. He walks upstairs to the sound of Gary's meowing and sees Gary reading "Snail Stories" to Patrick. SpongeBob said how nice it was the Gary was reading Patrick the book but Patrick replies thinking the book was actually called "Meow, meow."
( ‣ ) Associated production music
( • ) Original music
( ◦ ) SpongeBob music
‣Hawaiian Sting 14 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card] •Solo Steel - Jeremy Wakefield [opening] ‣Happy Home - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [letter from Grandma] •Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob trips over Gary] ‣Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford [Squidward screams] •Twelfth Street Rag - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward refuses to take care of Gary] •Gator - Steve Belfer [SpongeBob asks Patrick to take care of Gary] •Hello Blues - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick eating chips] •Seaweed - Steve Belfer ["Looks like it's just you, me."] ‣Hawaiian Link (b) - Richard Myhill [Gary sighs] ‣ ? [Patrick exits the bathroom] ‣Flower Display - Jack Shaindlin [Grandma serves dessert] ‣Cloak and Dagger [#70] - Phillip Green [SpongeBob asks to use the phone] ‣Befuddled Gent - Phillip Green [Patrick answers the phone] ‣Steel Licks (c) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Gary, we don't eat the bath."] •Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Gary attacks Patrick] ‣Tom Fool - Van Phillips [SpongeBob calls again] •Drama Sting - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick throws the phone out the window] •Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick slips on Gary's slime] •Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Wait a minute, Patrick."] ‣Drama Link (c) - Hubert Clifford ["Hey buddy, I got something cool to show you."] • ? - Fabian Fernandez [Patrick torches SpongeBob's bed] •Hawaiian Trax - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Gary slithers away] •Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [can falls on Gary] ‣Red Alert - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [hairdryer] ‣Rasping Brass - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["There, doesn't that feel better?"] • ? - Jeremy Wakefield ["Okay, let's see."] ‣Unsettled Menace - Phillip Green [SpongeBob's house flooding] ‣Tipsy Turvy - Phillip Green ["If you wanted another bath, why didn't you ask?"] ‣Untitled Tune - Jack Shaindlin [SpongeBob serves cake] ‣Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob imagines his house on fire] ‣Happy Boy - Jack Shaindlin [SpongeBob asks to use the phone again] ‣Steel Sting (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick answers the phone] ‣Armed Attack - Jean Clero ["Everything okay over there?"] ‣Happy Home - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Grandma trying to blow out the candles] ‣Armed Attack - Jean Clero [SpongeBob runs home] ‣Musical Box (a) - Dave Hewson [Gary reading a bedtime story] • ? - Jeremy Wakefield [ending]
As with A Pal for Gary, this episode has been heavily criticized due to the excessive animal abuse Gary is portrayed as receiving at Patrick's hand. TheMysteriousMrEnter called this his most hated episode of the show (but only by a few hairs ahead of Demolition Doofus). Although he praised the fact that Spongebob, unlike in A Pal For Gary, was completely believable and completely innocent, he crticized how Gary received more cruel treatment including not being fed at all, being chased down with a flamethrower, and how Patrick stated "Unfortunately I couldn't find any salt" when he wanted to dry Gary off because salt kills snails.
He also was very critical of how the episode was an even worse sequel to A Pal for Gary despite all the scorn A Pal For Gary received, interpreting it as a sign that the writers either hadn't known or hadn't cared that this "sequel" failed to fix the problems.
Patrick's attempt to burn Gary alive with a flamethrower has been regarded by several fans as amongst the worst deeds Patrick has ever done.
Due to it having a simialr concept (and how both show Gary endangered), many people refer this as the "sequel" of A Pal for Gary. Both are criticized for the animal abuse.
This is the second time Gary stays with Patrick, the first was in "Dumped."
Apparently SpongeBob has a storage room/pantry that hasn't appeared in any episodes before this one.
SpongeBob can be seen swimming in this episode and its sister episode, "Barnacle Face." Although, it was previously shown in "SpongeGuard on Duty" that he couldn't swim. It's possible Larry's swimming training worked out.
Patrick wanted to dry Gary off with salt. If Patrick had used salt, he would've dried Gary up, while shriveling him up, and killing him, as salt is a dangerous thing for slugs to come into contact with.
When Patrick sprays water on Gary with a hose, he says, "If you don't want to go to the bath, then the bath's coming to you." This is similar to SpongeBob in "Gary Takes a Bath," when he says, "If I can't bring you (Gary) to the bath, then I'll just have to bring the bath to you."
It is unknown why Gary couldn't have just come with SpongeBob to Grandma's house.
This is the second time "The Pineapple" was used as SpongeBob's address. The first time was "BlackJack."
When Patrick stupidly tries to clean Gary with a flamer, he burns SpongeBob's bed to ashes; but in the end of the episode, his bed is only destroyed in the flood and is seen again at the end of this episode.