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Pet or Pests
Season №: 6
Episode №: 118a
Airdate: March 18, 2009
Sister episode(s): "Komputer Overload"
Writer(s): Aaron Springer
Richard Pursel
Supervising Producer: Paul Tibbitt
Storyboard: Aaron Springer
Animation: Andrew Overtoom
Creative: Vincent Waller
See all credits for this episode.
Previous: "Professor Squidward"
Next: "Komputer Overload"
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"Pet or Pests" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season six. In this episode, SpongeBob adopts a stray worm who gives birth to worm babies overnight.



One day, SpongeBob and Patrick are playing, when they land in a bush. They destroy it, and the two find a worm that lived in the bush. SpongeBob takes it home, and introduces him to Gary, which takes an immediate dislike to. They fight, and SpongeBob pulls them apart. Later that night, SpongeBob lets his new pet stay where Gary usually sleeps, and Gary is sent to the guest room, which he doesn't like. The next morning, SpongeBob wakes up and sees the worm in a type of pain. He runs to Patrick because he doesn't know what to do. They go back to SpongeBob's house and see that the worm had given birth to baby worms. SpongeBob and Patrick try and put Gary and Mrs. Wormsley together, but she attacks Gary again and Gary chases Mrs. Wormsley out of town on a bus, so SpongeBob is left to take care of the worm babies. He tries to sell them, but he fails, be

Snails and Meadow Worms Don't go together

Mrs. Wormsley with Gary

cause the babies spit an acid onto the person's face. After trying to sell them to Mr. Krabs, and he said to take them out of his restaurant. SpongeBob puts them by the garbage, but the babies spit on him too. Garbage men come up and they are about to take the garbage away when they see the acid on SpongeBob's face. They see that it is a very rare type of worm, and Mr. Krabs comes out, hearing how it is rare and they would bring a lot of money. So, SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs sell the worms to the people of Bikini Bottom.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  Twelfth Street Rag - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob, Patrick playing leapfrog]
  ? - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob finds a "ball"]
  Dramatic Impact 6 - Ivor Slaney [it's really a worm]
  Drama Link (g) - Hubert Clifford ["Mother of Neptune, get it away from me!"]
  A Jolly Jaunt (a) - Dick Stephen Walter [they take the worm to SpongeBob's home]
  One Over the Eight - Len Stevens [Gary wakes up]
  The Jitters - Raymond C. Jones [Gary hisses at the worm]
  Dachshund Walk - John Fox, Mac Prindy ["Let's touch soft parts in a friendly manner."]
  Killer Birds - Gregor F. Narholz [Gary attacks SpongeBob]
  Jolly Clarinet - Ilan Harel [guest newspaper]
  ? - Nicolas Carr [the next morning]
  ? [SpongeBob hears howling]
  Epic Tragedy - Gerhard Trede [worm howling]
  Tympup A - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [baby worms]
  Box Melody - Leo Nissim ["Oh Patrick, it's a miracle!"]
  Unpreventable - Gregor F. Narholz [Gary and the worm growl at each other]
  Dramatic Cue (g) - Ronald Hanmer [they fight]
  ? - Jeremy Wakefield [worm leaves on a bus]
  ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob asks Squidward if he wants a baby worm]
  Happy Bridge 1 - Harry Bluestone [SpongeBob rings Mrs. Puff's doorbell]
  ? - Jeremy Wakefield ["Good morning, Mrs. Puff."]
  Dramatic Impact 2 - Ivor Slaney [Mrs. Puff screams]
  ? - Jeremy Wakefield ["I'll just come back later."]
  Happy Bridge 3 - Harry Bluestone ["Don't worry, little worms."]
  Happy Choo Choo (a) - Otto Sieben [at the supermarket]
  Death and Destruction 1 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [the worms are about to get run over]
  Fantasy Princess - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["Oh, little wormies, I'm so glad you're safe."]
  Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob screams]
  ? - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["SpongeBob, are you sure you're feeling ship shape?"]
  ? - Nicolas Carr ["Babies?"]
  ? [Krabs looks at the baby worms]
  Dramatic Impact 6 - Ivor Slaney ["Get that disgusting vermin out of me restaurant pronto!"]
  Steel Licks - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob runs out crying]
  ? ["Oh, well, at least I still have you guys."]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [garbageman sniffs]
  Spellweaver - Jane Antonia Cornish ["What is it?"]
  ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]


  • 7:00 AM/Monday: SpongeBob knocks on Squidward's door/Mrs. Puff says, "I hate Mondays."
  • In recent airings, this paired with Komputer Overload.
  • Mable appears to be pink, but in usual episodes she is olive green. This confusion also happens in Le Big Switch.
  • This is the third episode to premiere during Nickelodeon's "Bob Squad".
  • Larry the Lobster apparently doesn't know who SpongeBob is in this episode. This happens also in A Life in a Day.
  • Gary hates worms because in Sandy's Rocket, a worm is considered as a sea dog which would make snails sea cats.
  • In a recent airing (12/21/13), this accidentally aired with The Great Snail Race.

Cultural References

  • Mrs. Puff says "I hate Mondays" which is Garfield's famous catchphrase.
  • Running Gag: Baby worms throwing up


  • The garbage man who smells the slime of the worms changes color (from blue to green).
  • SpongeBob should've picked up the babies right before the truck hit them instead of making the truck stop.
  • When SpongeBob puts Gary in the guest room, he turns on a light. When he closes the door, it becomes dark.
  • Towards the end of the episode when SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs are selling the worms, one of SpongeBob's holes is red for less than a second.

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