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"Chatterbox Gary" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 11. In this episode, Gary has a pet translation collar, and he's talking up a storm. Everyone loves it, except for Squidward.



The episode begins with SpongeBob trying to do things for Gary, but has trouble, as Gary cannot tell him what he wants. SpongeBob sees that he can buy a chatterbox collar for Gary in a magazine, so he orders one and the package arrives immediately.

SpongeBob starts asking Gary a couple questions now that he can talk, and afterwards shows several of his friends that Gary is able to talk now. However, when SpongeBob shows Gary to Squidward, he mocks Squidward on many of the things he does. Because of this, Squidward goes into SpongeBob's house at night and makes Gary's collar an irritation to SpongeBob so he will remove it from him.

Squidward takes out Gary's collar and puts on another collar in which he can talk through using a walkie-talkie. After a while of making SpongeBob do tasks due to Squidward making Gary supposedly ask him for tasks, he stops doing so when SpongeBob has moved his house faraway.

Unfortunately, SpongeBob's house rolls down the hill he put it in, causing it to roll down Bikini Bottom. After a while, SpongeBob's house falls down an extremely steep cliff, making SpongeBob homeless. Back at where SpongeBob's house used to be, SpongeBob is crying immensely. Gary finds out that Squidward has caused all of this, and throws his collar into Squidward's mouth. The episode ends with Squidward only being able to meow and getting beaten up by worms, while SpongeBob's house rolls back into position.


This episode was confirmed by Vincent Waller on November 3, 2017.[1]



ChatterBox Gary Rough


Chatterbox Gary Final Storyboard


 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Clownfish Capers - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card]
  Hello Blues - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [The opening]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr [Gary points to the magazine.]
  Bobmatisme - Achille Alberto Scotti [SpongeBob orders translation collar for Gary.]
  World of Fantasy - Gregor Narholz [The collar starts translating what Gary says.]
  Rainbow Delights - Magnum Opus ["I dream I'm flying above it all."]
  The Creature (a) - Gregor Narholz [Gary throws fire through his mouth to Bikini Bottom.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 24A - Jeremy Wakefield ["Hey, if you're gonna dream, dream big, right?"]
  Monster Surf Party - Nicolas Carr [The hot rod shell is shown.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 6C - Jeremy Wakefield ["How do I look in these pants?"]
  Skipping to School - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob shows Patrick that Gary can talk.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 5E - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick licks his hand.]
  Rip Tide - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob shows Sandy that Gary can talk.]
  TV Bodhisattva - Nicolas Carr [Squidward meditates.]
  Silly Bob Conversation 1 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob shows Squidward that Gary can talk.]
  Harpsichord Classical Bits 1 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward shows Gary his art gallery.]
  Fooling Around 2 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Gary criticizes Squidward's art.]
  TV Bodhisattva - Nicolas Carr [Gary sees the meditation video.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 38 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Come, Papa Bob. Let's get out of here before this bad taste rubs off on us."]
  TV Bodhisattva - Nicolas Carr [Meditation video again.]
  Oh My Neptune! - Nicolas Carr ["Oh, I will...!"]
  Solo Steel 2 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob and Gary go to sleep.]
  Sneaky Panther Pants - Nicolas Carr [Squidward replaces Gary's collar.]
  The Fruitcake Vendor - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Gary orders SpongeBob water and to go to the park.]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Transition to next scene]
  The Fruitcake Vendor - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob and Gary return from the park.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 18D - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob moves his house a block away.]
  Breathing Underwater Short - Nicolas Carr ["You're right, Gary. The view is nicer over here."]
  Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob's house rolls away down the road.]
  Invasion - Alfred Ralston [SpongeBob almost falls off the cliff.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 22B - Jeremy Wakefield ["Uff... That was close, huh, Gary?"]
  Invasion - Alfred Ralston [SpongeBob's house rolls off the cliff.]
  Drama Link (F) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob's house rolls away.]
  M'Wanna - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob cries.]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Gary throws Squidward's walkie-talkie to his throat.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 36D - Jeremy Wakefield [Gary meows.]
  Tentically Speaking - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob's house comes back.]
  Clownfish Capers - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [The ending]




  • This is the first episode to use "Clownfish Capers" as the title card music since "Patrick-Man!"
  • The walnut is very similar to the peanut from "Chimps Ahoy."
  • This episode's title card would later be used for a future episode from season 12, "Gary's Got Legs."
  • The nicknames Gary gives the main characters are:
    • Papa Bob (SpongeBob)
    • Stinky Man (Patrick)
    • Hairy Astronaut Lady (Sandy)
    • Grouchy Man (Squidward)
  • This episode reunites Tom Kenny and Keith David as they were previously casting together in the TBS animated series Final Space.
  • It is unknown what happened to the collar after Squidward switched it.
  • On the description of the The Complete Eleventh Season, it claims that "Hear Gary speaks for the first time," but the first time he actually spoke was in "Sleepy Time."
  • The Chatterbox translation collar activates whenever Gary meows, but when Squidward is speaking through the knockoff collar, Gary does not meow.
    • Irony: SpongeBob should have gotten a little suspicious when the knockoff collar works without Gary's meowing.
  • The title card for this episode is similar to the title card of "Pet Sitter Pat," except it is green instead of lavender, there are more Garys, and it is in widescreen.

Episode references

Handsome Squidward in this episode.


Squidward's wrinkles are gone.

  • When Squidward meditates, the wrinkles on his head are gone.

The rake is missing.

  • When Squidward climbs down SpongeBob's house, the rake is not there.



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