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SynopsisSpongeBob gets an invitation to his grandma's birthday party, so he decides to go, but then, he remembers that he needs to take care of Gary. First, he asks Squidward to watch Gary, but he refuses because Gary ate his kelp garden. Later on, SpongeBob asks his best friend Patrick to watch him while he is at his grandma's birthday party, and Patrick accepts. SpongeBob shows him a schedule of all the things he needs to do that involve Gary, which Patrick acknowledges and agrees to follow.
With the two now alone, Patrick does the first thing on the schedule: feed Gary. He grabs a bag of snail and checks if it is okay for him to eat by chugging down on all the food inside, much to Gary's displeasure.
While SpongeBob is at his grandmother's house, he gets distracting visions about Patrick doing bad things to 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 (laughing and having fun).
Later, Patrick attempts to give Gary a bath, though the latter, immune to water, strongly refuses. After this attempt fails, Patrick tries to give Gary a "bath" that involves the opposite of water: burning him alive with a flamethrower, but the next time SpongeBob calls, they are actually having fun, thanks to a flood that Patrick caused by spraying a running hose at him previoisly, 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 Tails to Patrick. SpongeBob said how nice it was for Gary reading Patrick the book but Patrick said he thought the book was actually called "Meow, meow, meow." The episode ends after this.
|( ‣ ) Associated production music|
|( • ) Original music|
|( ◦ ) SpongeBob music|
‣ Coconut Cream Pie - Nicolas Carr, 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]
‣ Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["But if I'm not here, who's gonna take care of you?"]
‣ 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]
‣ Cartoon Sting 9 - Barry Anthony [Patrick exits the bathroom]
‣ Clowning Around - Barry Anthony [Patrick opens the refrigerator]
‣ Flower Display - Jack Shaindlin [Grandma serves dessert]
‣ Cloak and Dagger [#70] - Phil Green [SpongeBob asks to use the phone]
‣ Befuddled Gent - Phil Green [Patrick answers the phone]
‣ Hot Steel and Slide Licks (i) - 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]
‣ Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, 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."]
‣ Unknown Track 27 - Fabian Fernandez [Patrick torches SpongeBob's bed]
‣ Earl's Revenge - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Gary slithers away]
‣ Hot Steel and Slide Licks - Jeremy Wakefield [can falls on Gary]
‣ Red Alert [#8] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [hairdryer]
‣ Rasping Brass - Harry Bluestone ["There, doesn't that feel better?"]
‣ Hot Steel and Slide Licks (t) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Okay, let's see."]
‣ Hot Steel and Slide Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick gets sleep.]
‣ Unsettled Menace - Phil Green [SpongeBob's house flooding]
‣ Tipsy Turvy - Phil 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]
‣ Hot Steel and Slide Licks (a) - 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]
‣ Toy Piano - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Gary reading a bedtime story]
‣ Hot Steel and Slide Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Snail Tales?"]
‣ Hot Steel and Slide Licks (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [Ending.]
- This episode is available on the SpongeBob on Tour, SpongeBob and Friends: Patrick SquarePants, and Complete Eighth Season DVDs.
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- This episode is paired with "Barnacle Face" although it was confirmed by Nickelodeon scheduled that "House Sittin' for Sandy" would be paired with it. They changed this later on.
- SpongeBob has a phone next to his TV in his house.
- There's a scallop in the cage that was also seen in "Help Wanted," "Missing Identity," "Night Light," and "Pineapple Fever."
- This is the second time Gary stays with Patrick, the first was in "Dumped."
- SpongeBob is shown to have 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 that 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 gastropods to come into contact with.
- In SpongeBob's flashback, Gary looks up after Patrick drops him even though Gary doesn't look up.
- 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."
- This is the second time "The Pineapple" was used as SpongeBob's address. The first time was "BlackJack."
- There are 18 snails on the title card.
- This is the third time "Pat" was used in a title card. The first was "Pat No Pay" and the second was "No Hat for Pat."
- This episode premiered on Amy Poehler's 40th birthday, eight years after the Krusty Krab Adventures book was released, and six years after The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie was released in Greece.
- This is the only time (excluding its sister episode) that realtime captioning is used. This is likely because they didn't have time to get offline captioning, but they still air the realtime captioning in reruns.
- This is the second episode in which someone mistook Gary's name for Fred. The first was Squidward in "I Was a Teenage Gary."
- When Patrick tries to clean Gary with a flamer, he burns SpongeBob's bed to ashes; but at the end of the episode, his bed is only destroyed in the flood and is seen again at the end of this episode.
- Grandma SquarePants' phone has only seven number dials when usually there are nine.
- The closed captions are very slow and sometimes incorrect in this episode, along with "Barnacle Face."