"Pressure" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season two. In this episode, SpongeBob and Sandy compete to see who's better.
One day, Sandy and SpongeBob are peacefully watching the clouds. SpongeBob spies one cloud that looks like a flower, but Sandy points out they all look like flowers all the time. Even the allure of a mountain-climbing contest cannot break their relaxation. That is, until they each casually mention that they would obviously win anyway, due to their respective land- and sea-based abilities. This prompts the race to begin after Sandy takes a head start. Despite his efforts to catch up, SpongeBob loses, and so challenges Sandy to another race to the Krusty Krab, taking the same head start as Sandy.
Upset at SpongeBob's cheap victory, Sandy boasts of the superiority of land creatures to sea creatures, listing the many skills and abilities that sea creatures lack. SpongeBob, joined by Patrick, Squidward and Mr. Krabs, stubbornly reject these allegations and point out things that Sandy cannot do, such as breathe underwater. She is quickly incensed and tears off her suit and helmet. Soon enough, the strain proves too much and Sandy is forced to use a pickle jar as a makeshift air helmet.
To settle the issue, Sandy challenges the group to the reverse: going up on dry land for one minute, which they brashly declare an easy feat. Once at the shore of the local island, however, their sudden trepidation threatens to make them forfeit. Unwilling to let her win, they charge up to the surface and find it to not only be easy to survive, but quite enjoyable. They even take the time to chat up a pair of native seagulls.
After the minute passes, Sandy lets go of her pride and heads up herself to congratulate the group. To her horror, she discovers her friends being chased and devoured by the seagulls, and so attacks the birds to save them. Back on the ocean floor, the two sides come to the realization that everyone, sea and land creature alike, is good at something, even if no one is good at everything. SpongeBob and Sandy apologize to each other, and the group gives a cheer in honor of feeling sorry for themselves. The seagulls, in a sorry state of their own (having been beaten up and lost their feathers), halfheartedly join in.
Storyboard of a deleted scene that may be from this episode. Jay Lender
commented that it was made "around 2000," and that Pressure is a "good guess." He added that there is a minor chance that it may also be from "Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm
|( ‣ ) Associated production music|
|( • ) Original music|
|( ◦ ) SpongeBob music|
‣ Cha Cha Nova - Gerhard Narholz [title card]
‣ Holiday Dream - Max Mahlmann [SpongeBob and Sandy relaxing]
‣ Banzai Rider - The Surfdusters [climbing Coral Cliffs/SpongeBob and Sandy running to the Krusty Krab]
‣ Tomfoolery - David Snell [Sandy thinks land creatures are best/"Give me that. They don't call me Cheeks for nothing."/"Admit it, Sandy, you can't do anything us sea creatures can do."]
‣ Danger Zone - Mike Sunderland [Sandy takes off her suit]
‣ Stepping into Danger - Mike Sunderland [everyone teasing Sandy]
‣ Tomfoolery - David Snell [Sandy challenges them to go above water]
‣ Hawaiian Link (a) - Richard Myhill ["Well, so are you going or not?"]
‣ Pomp and Circumstance No.4 A - Edward Elgar, John Fox ["We're sea creatures!"]
‣ Increase A - Dick de Benedictis ["Make it last."]
‣ Increase B - Dick de Benedictis [SpongeBob goes above water]
‣ Sunny Samoa - Jan Rap [everyone else goes above water]
‣ Cha Cha Nova - Gerhard Narholz ["This is pretty easy!"]
‣ Waikiki Queen - Hans Haider [ending]
- As of September 9, 2018, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 8.7/10 based on 381 ratings by users. TV.com users give this episode a rating of 8.8/10 based on 151 votes.
- "Pressure" was ranked #49 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.
- This is the first episode to be made in 2001 according to the credits.
- In the PS1 version of the SpongeBob SquarePants video game SuperSponge, four scenes from this episode are used in the intro.
- This is the last episode to be written by David Fain, and also the only season 2 episode written by Fain.
- Although this episode aired in 2001, it was made in 2000 according to the credits.
- This episode premiered in Canada on June 22, 2001.
- This is the first time where Sandy takes off her air helmet while underwater.
- This is the first time where Sandy uses something other than her space helmet to breathe underwater.
- This is the first of four episodes transcribed as a comic into the SpongeBob SquarePants/Tokyopop book Gone Nutty!. The other three were "Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm," "Karate Choppers" and "Sandy's Rocket."
- The title card for this episode is similar to the one used for "Bubble Buddy."
- On the island, SpongeBob is a kitchen sponge, Patrick is a real starfish, Mr. Krabs is a toy crab made to look like a real crab, Squidward is a puppet of an octopus with a big nose and his own eyes, and Sandy is a Ty Beanie Baby Plush Squirrel Toy with a small plastic dome on her head.
- On land, Squidward appears his regular teal/turquoise color above water. In "Reef Blower," Squidward appears purple when SpongeBob's reef blower sucks up all the water.
- Sandy dares SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, and Mr. Krabs to go on the island of Bikini Atoll, which was an island that was destroyed by the first Hydrogen Bomb test by the United States, that is infamous for showering a Japanese fishing boat with radiation. The fact that Bikini Bottom is implied to be directly underneath where Bikini Atoll was located explains the show's setting and anthropomorphic characters.
- This is the first time Mr. Krabs appears as a normal crab.
- The concept of the characters on land is used again in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.
- In the Polish dub, the episode's title is "Kto jest lepszy", which, in English, translates to "Who is Better."
- The part where SpongeBob gasps and says "Take that back!" was used in a 2001 promo for the Nick Jr. show Oswald.
- When Sandy mentions all the things that land creatures do, a few of them are based on western culture.
- Realistically, Mr. Krabs would have no problem being out on water, as crabs are amphibious.
- When SpongeBob floats with his umbrella up to the top of the cliff, the flying umbrella is a reference to Disney's 1964 film Mary Poppins.
- The Deluxe Krabby Patty is similar to the McDonald's Big Mac.
- When Sandy says "That's the way the coral crumbles," it's a parody of the idiom "That's the way the cookie crumbles."
- Dish Network accidentally labeled this episode as "#45" along with "The Smoking Peanut."
- The anchor on Mr. Krabs' office door is blue, but in the next scene, it is red like in the other doors.
- When SpongeBob arrives at the Krusty Krab, a set of tables is shown. After the next scene, they're all gone.
- When Sandy and SpongeBob race each other the second time to the Krusty Krab, the restaurant is facing the side, where the front door is to Sandy's right when she entered. However, when she goes in, the Krusty Krab goes back to facing the right way inside, and it makes it look like Sandy is coming in from the left, where there is no door.
- When Sandy struggles to breathe, she pours the pickles out of the pickle jar and puts it on her head in order for her to breath. However, the water would have filled up the jar so when she put it on her head it wouldn't have made a difference.
- When SpongeBob says "First one to the Krusty Krab is the winner," the Chum Bucket is missing.
- The brick wall is also missing.
- Patrick makes a statement, but something happens that goes against his statement:
- Patrick laughs at the term "airhead" said by Mr. Krabs, then his head deflates.
- Patrick says that he isn't chicken, then drops his popcorn and proceeds to peck kernels with his mouth like a chicken.
- Patrick, Mr. Krabs, and Squidward say that they're not afraid to go on land, then hide behind SpongeBob in fear.
- Someone saying they're already halfway there while the other character boasts about their skills.