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Pizza Delivery
Season №: 1
Episode №: 5a
Airdate: August 14, 1999
Sister episode(s): "Home Sweet Pineapple"
Writer(s): Sherm Cohen
Aaron Springer
Peter Burns
Storyboard Artist(s): Aaron Springer
Storyboard: Sherm Cohen
Animation: Sean Dempsey
Creative: Derek Drymon
See all credits for this episode.
Previous: "Boating School"
Next: "Home Sweet Pineapple"
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"Pizza Delivery" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season one. In this episode, SpongeBob and Squidward deliver a pizza.



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 was deliberately not listening clearly and declares "Great idea, take him with ya!", so SpongeBob and Squidward go to deliver a pizza. 

However, SpongeBob can't drive, and is still in boating school. When he tries to shift into reverse, the Korean words for "go forward" and "go backward" appear in SpongeBob's illusion as he starts to hesitate. Then, he "backs it up" whereupon Squidward and SpongeBob become stranded in the "middle of nowhere" (or in a sandy desert). SpongeBob then suggests delivering the pizza on foot, and they start walking. SpongeBob begins singing a song about the Krusty Krab Pizza, and how it's the best pizza on the sea floor. 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. SpongeBob shows Squidward some pioneer tricks, such as hitch-hiking, eating coral, telling where civilization is by looking at what direction moss points, and even driving rocks.

The eternally sceptic Squidward does not believe SpongeBob, but has to reconsider when they end up driving the rock all the way to the customer's house. Sadly, their journey didn't pay off too well. The customer gets extremely angry that he didn't get the soda he says he ordered (which he ordered, but at that time, Mr. Krabs put the phone down) and refuses to take or pay for the pizza. SpongeBob starts crying (and absorbs his tears). Angered that the customer made SpongeBob cry, Squidward knocks on the door and ruins the customer's head (and face) by brutally shoving it in his face. After the confrontation, the two drive back to work, which ironically is only a few feet away, but Squidward is already very worn out from the long pizza delivery.



Deleted Scene

The last scene showing Squidward saying "Oh, my aching tentacles!" this scene was cut in some countries because viewers thought he said  "Tes****es".


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  ? - Nicolas Carr [title card]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [opening]
  Captain Lenoe's - Michael Arthur, Colin Cater, Mick Graves, The Folk Players, Sarah Graves, Simon Ritchie [customer orders pizza on phone]
  Gator - Steve Belfer [vehicle inspection]
  Death Trap - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob backs up]
  Stand Boys Stand - Jerry Burnham, Tony Ellis, Stephen Wade ["It's an old pioneer trick."]
  Hog Fever (a) - Graham D.H. Preskett [hitchhiking]
  On Fire - Gregor F. Narholz [tornado]
  Merlin's Hill - Jennifer Jones [harp music]
  Action Cut A - Gregor F. Narholz ["Where's the road?"]
  Vibe Link (b) - Richard Myhill [moss on rock]
  Hawaiian Link (b) - Richard Myhill ["I know where I'm going."]
  Funeral March - Otto Sieben [SpongeBob and Squidward exhausted]
  Cold Fear - Dick Stephen Walter [SpongeBob refuses to give Squidward the pizza]
  Love for Sale A - Peter Fallowell [Squidward tries to tempt SpongeBob]
  Death Trap - Gregor F. Narholz ["Wait a second!"]
  Chase Cue 1 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward chases SpongeBob]
  ? - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob dances]
  Nostalgic Romance - Gregor F. Narholz ["It's not just a boulder, it's a rock."]
  Moloka'i Nui A - Kapono Beamer [pizza delivered to customer]
  Stack of Leis - Kapono Beamer [SpongeBob cries]
  Leaf Blower - The Blue Hawaiians [Squidward walks up to the customer's door]
  Hilo March - The Hawaiian Serenaders [ending]


This episode is available on DVD on Christmas, The Complete 1st Season, and The First 100 Episodes


  • As of October 29, 2013, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 8.1/10 based on 163 ratings by users.tt0769433 users give this episode a 9/10 based on 282 votes.[1]
  • 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!'"

  • This episode was voted to be the number one SpongeBob episode of all time by fans in The Ultimate SpongeBob Sponge Bash.
  • In fan-voted SpongeBob SquarePants marathons, "Pizza Delivery" was ranked #29 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006 and #1 during The Ultimate SpongeBob SpongeBash event on July 17–19, 2009.
  • On November 17–18, 2012, this episode was ranked #1 on the SpongeBob Top 100 Weekend on Nickelodeon Germany.


  • This is the first time a tornado appears. The second time will be in "Pineapple Fever".
  • This is one of the few episodes in which Squidward likes SpongeBob, despite the fact that he forcibly attempts to take the pizza from him in this episode as well.
  • 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 says, "HUU! SQUIDWARD!"
  • SpongeBob can drive rocks, but not boats.
  • This is the first time the Krusty Krab is shown to sell pizza. The second will be in I ♥ Dancing.
  • The truck driver is voiced by Doug Lawrence, but the end credits mistake him to be voiced by Rodger Bumpass.
  • On the Nick Scene It game, a card asks "What are the toppings on the pizza?" and the answer is "Pepperoni, mushrooms, and cheese."

Cultural references

  • SpongeBob was called "Jethro" twice in this episode by Squidward. This is a reference to the T.V. show,  "The Beverly Hillbillies".
  • Diet Dr. Kelp is a parody of Diet Dr. Pepper.


  • The steering wheel in the car is on the right instead of the left, suggesting that the car is British.
  • When SpongeBob is running away from Squidward, then hits him and falls on the ground, SpongeBob sits on the ground, missing his hat.
  • After Squidward is run over by SpongeBob's rock, his eyes just momentarily become the same color as his skin.
  • When SpongeBob is being blown around holding the pizza, the writing was towards him. When they were spit out, the writing was facing away from him.
  • When SpongeBob fills up the "pressure" in one of the car's tires, the hub cap disappears.

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