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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, who takes an immediate dislike to it. 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 has 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 says 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

  Kalua Jubilee - 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 ["Theres nothing to be afraid of. Its just a little worm."]
  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]
  Cartoon Sting 1 - Gerhard Narholz [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]
  Steel Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield [worm leaves on a bus]
  Hawaiian Sting 1 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob asks Squidward if he wants a baby worm]
  Happy Bridge 1 - Harry Bluestone [SpongeBob rings Mrs. Puff's doorbell]
  Steel Link (b) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Good morning, Mrs. Puff."]
  Dramatic Impact 2 - Ivor Slaney [Mrs. Puff screams]
  Steel Sting (b) - 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?"]
  Musical Box (a) - David Farnon [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]
  Solo Steel - Jeremy Wakefield ["Oh, well, at least I still have you guys."]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [garbageman sniffs]
  Spellweaver - Jane Antonia Cornish ["What is it?"]
  Hawaiian Trax - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]



  • 7:00 AM/Monday: SpongeBob knocks on Squidward's door/Mrs. Puff says, "I hate Mondays."
  • After "Help Wanted"
  • Before any other Larry the Lobster episode
  • 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."
  • Running Gag: Baby worms throwing up.
  • 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."
  • This is one of the few episodes to feature Gary as the antagonist.

Cultural References

  • Mrs. Puff says "I hate Mondays" which is Garfield's famous catchphrase.


  • The garbage man who smells the slime of the worms changes color (from blue to green).
  • When SpongeBob picks up the worms his hands are spread apart slightly yet the slime on the worms did not drip through the space between his hands and look as if it was flat.
  • 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.
  • Gary attack SpongeBob without even Patrick rescuing him. The same mistake occurred in "Frankendoodle" and "Sun Bleached."

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