- SpongeBob SquarePants
- Gary the Snail
- Patrick Star
- Squidward Tentacles
- SWAT Team
- Old Man Walker
- Incidental 41
- Incidental 42
- Incidental 104
- Incidental 92
- Eugene H. Krabs
- Incidental 49
- Incidental 102
- Incidental 103
- Incidental 31
- Incidental 63
- Incidental 60
- Incidental 40
- Incidental 64
- Incidental 65
- Incidental 37B
- Health inspector (debut)
- Shelley (cameo)
- King Neptune (mentioned)
In the beginning of the episode, SpongeBob is asleep, and Gary has no food, so he wakes SpongeBob up. SpongeBob attempts to feed Gary some organic snail food, which he instantly gags at. Instead, Gary would rather eat some contagious sea fungus on the floor, much to the dismay of SpongeBob. As he tries to clean the ick off the floor, Patrick arrives at the Pineapple, where he points out the fungus stuck to SpongeBob's head. Patrick then gives SpongeBob the terrible advice of scratching his head "like there's no tomorrow." After that plan fails, SpongeBob tries to clean it off his head. He also tries not to scratch it because it is itchy, but it only further spreads across his head.
At the Krusty Krab, he flicks off some contagious sea fungus on his nose, but it grows on the wall and grows back and bigger on him. He tries scraping it off his arm into the trash, but the same thing happens. Squidward sees SpongeBob in his state and calls the SWAT team. It is claimed that SpongeBob has the most severe case of ick yet. When the team is carrying SpongeBob away in a cage, some contagious sea fungus flies off of him and lands on Squidward's head. After Squidward itches it, when giving a Krabby Patty to Old Man Jenkins, it gets onto him. Meanwhile, the SWAT team has SpongeBob quarantined in his house with a bubble around him with the contagious sea fungus having taken a turn for the worse.
Patrick comes in and does idiotic things that could pop SpongeBob's bubble before SpongeBob has him stop. The two then partake in a game of "Pirate Wrestling," which ends with Patrick destroying the bubble, which SpongeBob points out to him. Afterward, Patrick blows another bubble around SpongeBob. Back at the Krusty Krab, the contagious sea fungus is spreading like wildfire. Squidward unknowingly spreads it all over the food Mr. Krabs is cooking, and the customers get infected. After Squidward sees he is infected, he announces this to where a mob forms to attack him. Mr. Krabs (who is infected too) stops it and defends his restaurant to a health inspector snaps at Mr. Krabs for thinking everyone was healthy.
However, SpongeBob arrives in his bubble, having taken another turn for the worse. The health inspector points this out and instigates everyone to riot as Mr. Krabs blames Squidward who shifts it to SpongeBob since he technically started it. Everyone prepares to attack SpongeBob for spreading the contagious sea fungus as SpongeBob cries icky tears in his bubble.
From outside, Gary sees everything. SpongeBob notices everyone attacking is spreading the ick and warns them, but it's too late and the ick gets on everybody in the Krusty Krab when the bubble pops, releasing a huge amount of fungus, covering many areas of the Krusty Krab.
Gary then arrives and starts licking the contagious sea fungus off of Mr. Krabs, as SpongeBob criticizes him until Mr. Krabs explains to SpongeBob that Gary is supposed to eat the fungus since he is a bottom feeder and that's their job. Indeed, Gary has cured Mr. Krabs and quickly eats the fungus off Squidward, curing him too. Seeing this, the customers all beg for Gary to help them as well until Mr. Krabs comes up with an easy solution. The episode ends with Gary "de-icking" the Bikini Bottomites, by simply eating all the ick off their bodies, for $5.00 to Mr. Krabs' profit, as the episode ends.
|( ‣ ) Associated production music|
|( • ) Original music|
|( ◦ ) SpongeBob music|
• Happy Sponge Chase Vibes - Nicolas Carr [title card]
‣ Pacific Romance - Jan Rap [opening]
• ? [drum roll]
‣ Hawaiian Party - Jan Rap, Peter Smid [organic snail food]
• Steel Licks 7 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Oh, company!"]
• Goofy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [green fungus on SpongeBob's head]
‣ Housewives Choice - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [SpongeBob taking a shower]
‣ The Jitters - Raymond C. Jones ["ITCH!!!"]
‣ The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [at the Krusty Krab]
‣ Graveyard - Johnny Pearson [fungus grows on SpongeBob's arms]
‣ The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [SpongeBob puts on rubber gloves]
‣ Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob itching]
‣ Tomfoolery - David Snell ["Oh, hi, Squidward."]
‣ Drama Link (f) - Hubert Clifford [Squidward screams]
‣ Dramatic Cue (e) - Ronald Hanmer ["Help me..."]
‣ Command Post 1 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Squidward calls SWAT team]
‣ The Escape - John Scott [SpongeBob put in a cage]
‣ House of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [Squidward gets infected]
‣ Keel Row - Brian Peters ["Here's your change, sir."]
‣ Orchestrated Devices C - Raymond C. Jones ["What was that?"]
‣ Twilight Zone - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [SpongeBob in a protective bubble]
‣ Lonely Stranger - Laurie Johnson [SpongeBob breathing heavily]
• Seaweed - Steve Belfer [Patrick enters]
• Swell Idea - Nicolas Carr ["I've got an idea!"]
• Mission Improbable - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Patrick blows another bubble]
• Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["Patrick, you're a genius!"]
‣ The Rake Hornpipe - Robert Alexander White [Squidward spreads fungus to customers]
‣ Wild Eyes - Ronald Hanmer [Squidward screams]
‣ Orchestrated Devices B - Raymond Jones [Angry mob forms around Squidward]
‣ The Dreadnought Tea Clipper (b) - Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White ["What's all the commotion about?"]
‣ Death of the Alien 1 [#38] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [SpongeBob returns]
‣ Rescue - Cecil Milner ["Who's with me?"]
‣ Farewell to the Islands - Kapono Beamer [Gary slithers into dumpster]
‣ Rescue - Cecil Milner [everyone attacks SpongeBob]
‣ Dramatic Impact 6 - Ivor Slaney [SpongeBob's bubble bursts]
‣ Chief Taravana - Kapono Beamer [Gary eating fungus]
‣ Nostalgic Hawaii - George de Fretes, Jan Rap [ending]
- This episode is available on the Friend or Foe?, Season 5 Volume 1, SpongeBob StarPants, First 100 Episodes, SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis (Korean only), The Ultimate SpongeBob Box Set, SpongeBob SquarePants Vol. 7, The SpongeBob Super Square Collection, Complete Fifth Season, From the Beginning, Pt.2, The SpongeBob SquarePants Collection, The SpongeBob SquarePants 8 Season DVD Collection, and The Best 200 Episodes Ever DVDs.
- This episode was available on the Friend or Foe? and Season 5 Volume 1 DVDs, released on April 17 and September 4, 2007, respectively, before it aired on American television.
- This episode was paired up with "Le Big Switch" during the original American airing, but has since been re-airing with "Rise and Shine" and "Waiting."
- This episode was pulled from reruns due to the plot being similar to the COVID-19 pandemic. The last time that had ever aired on Nickelodeon was on April 6, 2020.
- Along with "Le Big Switch," these two preceded the Nickelodeon animated series Back at the Barnyard.
- The title card background is similar to that of "Sandy's Rocket," but it has a purple background instead of a red one.
- The ick is an actual disease that affects fish.
- No one seems to notice the ick on Squidward or the Krabby Patties until Squidward finds out he got infected.
- Since SpongeBob owns Gary, he didn't really need to pay Mr. Krabs to have Gary remove his ick, but did so anyway.
- This was Richard Pursel's first episode as a writer.
- This is the last episode to play the APM track "Nostalgic Hawaii."
- This is the only season 5 episode where Gary plays a major role.
- In the Welsh dub, this episode is called "Haint yn y Pant," which translates to "Infection in the Pants."
- At the beginning of this episode, the windows outside of SpongeBob's house are facing backwards; in this episode, the low window is on the left while the higher one is on the right. In most others, the high window is on the left and the low window is one the right.
- When Old Man Walker leaves after getting his change, Squidward Tentacles calls himself "Mr. Squidward," even though Squidward is his first name. A more proper way of saying this would be "Mr. Tentacles."
- When SpongeBob wakes up in his quarantine house, he sees two silhouettes of hazmat fish with "eye" holes. In the next shot, the workers have a singular glass visor.
- When SpongeBob says, "Where's my snail, Gary?," his side belt is missing.
- Gary is shown to be trapped in a bubble at SpongeBob's house, but later in the episode, Gary appears at the Krusty Krab without being trapped in a bubble. It's never shown exactly how Gary got out of his bubble.
- When the Bikini Bottomites jump on SpongeBob's bubble and on the scene when the bubble explodes, Patrick is not seen by the doors, in the next scene he is seen getting "the ick" all over him.
- In real life, the Krusty Krab would have been temporarily shut down until the ick was under control as Squidward would have been at risk of infecting other customers.