After getting a call to have a pizza delivered, The Krusty Krab makes its very first pizza delivery. Mr. Krabs decides to have Squidward deliver it. Squidward hesitates and asks why SpongeBob cannot just deliver it by himself. Mr. Krabs is deliberately not listening clearly and declares that taking SpongeBob with him would be a great idea, so SpongeBob and Squidward go to deliver a pizza.
However, SpongeBob cannot drive, and is still in boating school. When he tries to shift into reverse he ends up "backing up" miles and miles into the middle of nowhere, until their boat runs out of gas whereupon Squidward and SpongeBob become stranded. SpongeBob then suggests delivering the pizza on foot, and they start walking. SpongeBob begins to sing a song about the Krusty Krab Pizza, and how it is the best pizza on the sea floor. After a while, SpongeBob does a pioneer trick of hearing the ground and hears a truck coming and tries to get its attention, but the driver ends up speeding up instead. Then, they get whirled into a tornado, and Squidward tells SpongeBob to let go of the pizza, but the pizza saves their lives when SpongeBob transforms it into a parachute. But when they land, they land further into the wilderness. SpongeBob tries to get Squidward to go in the direction the moss is pointing (one of his "pioneer tricks"), but Squidward goes in the other direction, despite there being civilization where the moss was pointing. After a while, Squidward tries to get SpongeBob to give him the pizza, but SpongeBob insists that it is for the customer. Squidward has about given up hope when SpongeBob finds a giant rock and says that pioneers rode them for miles.
Squidward does not believe SpongeBob, but after SpongeBob runs him over with it he hops on and they drive the rock all the way to the customer's house. The customer gets angry that he did not get the Diet Dr. Kelp he says he claims that he ordered and refuses to take the pizza or pay for it and becomes extremely nasty to SpongeBob, who starts crying (and absorbs his tears). Angered that the customer hurt SpongeBob (and won't pay for the pizza, making the ridiculous obstacles he and SpongeBob went through a complete waste), Squidward bangs on the door and slams the pizza into the rude customer's face, telling SpongeBob that he ate the whole thing in one bite. After the confrontation, they hop back on the rock and SpongeBob exclaims that they have just enough time to get back to work and backs up a short distance to the Krusty Krab, much to Squidward's dismay.
"Pizza Delivery" was written by Sherm Cohen, Aaron Springer, and Peter Burns, with Sean Dempsey serving as animation director. Cohen also functioned as storyboard director, and Springer worked as storyboard artist. The episode originally aired on Nickelodeon in the United States on August 14, 1999.
Series creator Stephen Hillenburg's original idea for the series pitch was that the writers would write a storyboard for a possible episode and pitch it to Nickelodeon. Hillenburg wanted to write an episode with SpongeBob and Squidward on a road trip, inspired by the 1989 film Powwow Highway.Derek Drymon said "It's a road trip movie starring Gary Farmer, who is an innocent, kid-like character who is traveling with a curmudgeon." Eventually, the idea developed while they were working on it, but Hillenburg gave up the idea for the initial pitch. Instead, they used another idea for the pitch which was in the series the pilot episode called "Help Wanted."  They resurrected the road trip idea during the first season and used a lot of the ideas for this episode.
"Pizza Delivery" was released on the DVD compilation called SpongeBob SquarePants: Christmas on September 30, 2003. It was also included in SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete 1st Season DVD released on October 28, 2003. On September 22, 2009, the episode was released on the SpongeBob SquarePants: The First 100 Episodes DVD, alongside all the episodes of seasons one through five.
As of June 10, 2014, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 8.4/10 based on 209 ratings by users.tt0769433 TV.com users give this episode a 9/10 based on 285 votes.
This episode is number twenty on Tom Kenny's Top 20 on iTunes. His description says "The classic setup: SpongeBob and Squidward lost in the desert while delivering a pizza to a customer's home. Squidward just wants to get out of there, but SpongeBob sees his pizza delivery as a sacred oath between himself and the customer. I like when SpongeBob singing to himself - 'The Krusty Krab pizza is the pizza' ...turns into a bizarre gospel jingle singer-'Krusty Kray -ya ya-yaa-aaab!'"
On November 17–18, 2012, this episode was ranked #1 on the SpongeBob Top 100 Weekend on Nickelodeon Germany.
"Pizza Delivery" received very positive reviews. Nancy Basile of About.com ranked the episode Number 2 on her "Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes" list. She said "[It] is the perfect episode to depict SpongeBob's enthusiasm for all things Krusty Krab against Squidward's apathy and cynical nature." Basile cited her favorite scene in the episode where "After the customer slams his door in SpongeBob's face, Squidward makes sure he swallows the pizza 'in one bite.'"
Giving the episode 5 out of 5 stars, Bill Treadway of DVD Verdict said the episode is his "personal favorite all the episodes," writing that "this one is loaded with enough unique twists and hilarious comedy to bear repeat viewings."
Emily Estep of WeGotThisCovered.com ranked the episode Number 1 on her "Top 10 Episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants" list, saying "But – the pizza is for the customer, and flawless employee SpongeBob won't let Squidward eat any of it." She wrote "[The episode] has the undervalued nostalgia of being episode five of the entire series and it benefits from the aforementioned chemistry of Spongebob and Squidward." She also praised the episode as "an in-depth look at their SpongeBob and Squidward relationship, and it set the tone for just how strange the show could be." Estep lauded the hitchhiking dances by SpongeBob, saying "These moves are amusing and charming, while Squidward's bitterness is easy to relate to." In 2009, "Pizza Delivery" was chosen by viewers on Nick.com as the Number 1 episode during a marathon (television)|television marathon called "The Ultimate SpongeBob SpongeBash".
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Despite the fact that Squidward does not like SpongeBob and forcibly attempts to take the pizza from him, he shows respect for SpongeBob when he tries to cheer him up after the customer was nasty to him, and then forces the pizza in the customer's face for making SpongeBob cry.
In the shot where the gears on the boat change, the words change to "Forwards" and "Backwards" in Korean.
The scene when SpongeBob and Squidward back up the boat with SpongeBob saying "backing up, backing up" repeatedly has become a popular meme on YouTube.
The fourth wall breaks; when SpongeBob is in the tornado, everything stops, and he is in midair, when he gasps and says "Squidward..."
This is the first time the Krusty Krab is shown to sell pizza. The second will be in "I ♥ Dancing."
Running Gag: SpongeBob singing the Krusty Krab Pizza song and Squidward trying to get the pizza from SpongeBob.
The episode foreshadows the ending towards the beginning of the episode when Squidward says "It is just around the corner."
Irony: The customer that ordered the pizza asks SpongeBob, "Didn't you ever once think of the customer?" In which case SpongeBob always tends to the customer.
Tom does not even seem to care that SpongeBob and Squidward took a long time to deliver the pizza.
This is one of the few Season 1 episodes where the Krabby Patty buns' sesame seeds are white. In most Season 1 and early Season 2 episodes, they are black.
Tom might have been ordering his drink when Mr. Krabs hung up the phone.
This episode showed SpongeBob inflating for the first time in the series.
SpongeBob was called "Jethro" twice in this episode by Squidward. This is a reference to the T.V. show The Beverly Hillbillies.
When Squidward "takes a look" at the pizza, the box opens to the east. However, when he fully opens it, It opens to the north.
The boat's antenna disappears after SpongeBob's "Vehicle Inspection".
The first shot shows two boats outside the Krusty Krab, but only the delivery boat appears afterwards.
It's most likely the other boat was Mr. Krabs' boat.
The delivery boat is white and purple on the sides and front, But the rear has a classic red stripe. It starts off red, However, when the boat is spinning down the road, It has a purple tint. It turn entirely Purple when it breaks down.
This episode has similarities to the Hey Arnold!episode "Buses, Bikes, and Subways." SpongeBob takes Harold's role of misdirections and Squidward is reluctant like Helga following them. At the very end SpongeBob and Harold both shout victoriously being saved.