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"Gary's New Toy" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season nine. In this episode, SpongeBob must take drastic measures when Gary becomes obsessed with his new red ball.



Gary's Tea Party.

Gary worshiping his toy

The morning starts off with SpongeBob waking up to his alarm clock acting strange. It eventually breaks apart and SpongeBob notices the clock has been chewed on. He assumes Gary is to blame. SpongeBob uses tape to fix it, though it just falls backwards. SpongeBob then jumps off his bed and into his slippers, but Gary has chewed on them as well. SpongeBob then goes to brush his teeth, but when he pulls out his toothbrush, Gary is on the other end, chewing on it. SpongeBob tries to pull it away from him, but receives no success. He then tickles Gary, which makes him finally let go of the toothbrush, but then he starts to chew on his toothpaste instead.

SpongeBob wonders if Gary is teething again as milk goes through his bowl of cereal, and then Gary starts chewing on the table. SpongeBob then decides to buy Gary a chew toy.

SpongeBob and Gary are at the Pet Store, looking to pick out which chew toy to get. They meet up with Patrick, who is having some "free samples" (which he punches a hole open in the worm food and starts to eat it). SpongeBob tells Patrick why he is here and Patrick tells them that the chew toy is on an aisle next to the "most delicious snail treats." They walk over to a stand that reads "Tasty Time Snail Treats" with the toy aisle right next to it. Patrick eats at the stand while SpongeBob and Gary browse for a new toy.

SpongeBob picks out a bone, but Gary bites right through it. SpongeBob takes out a toy fire hydrant, but Gary bites onto the end, causing water to spray onto SpongeBob's face. Patrick then points out the Pet Point 3000. SpongeBob is interested, but not so much Gary, who crawls away. Patrick then starts to play with the toy, but ends up getting the laser shot through his head and his brain pops out, which SpongeBob then puts back in. Gary then notices a shiny red ball and loves it, SpongeBob decides to buy it for him.

Back at SpongeBob's house, SpongeBob and Gary are playing with Gary's new toy ball. SpongeBob asks for Gary to bring it back, but notices he is constantly chewing on it. SpongeBob walks off, happy that Gary isn't chewing on any of his stuff anymore. SpongeBob notices that he hasn't heard Gary squeaking with the toy in awhile and starts to look for him. He then finds Gary having a tea party with his red ball. SpongeBob tries to join in, but Gary takes out a stroller, puts the red ball in it, and crawls away.

SpongeBob, thinking Gary loves the red ball more than him, decides to lure him out with some Slimycan Snail Food. He goes into the garage and notices Gary wearing lipstick, which he finds creepy. SpongeBob tells Gary that he needs to spend some time away from the ball, but Gary hits the garage door button, causing SpongeBob to be lifted up and crushed on the ceiling.

SpongeBob gets fed up with Gary's recent behavior and demands him to hand over the ball. SpongeBob hears from Gary that he has hidden it, but SpongeBob is suspicious, as Gary is crawling away. SpongeBob grabs Gary and opens up his shell to pull out three hairballs and his wallet. He reaches back into the shell and eventually finds the ball. SpongeBob then puts the ball on a high dresser and goes to sleep, telling Gary that he will be sick of the ball by the following morning. The red ball glows an ominous red, which causes Gary's eyes to turn red as well.

The next morning, SpongeBob wakes up and notices Gary and the red ball are gone. He starts to look for them and eventually finds Gary chewing on the ball on the ceiling. SpongeBob asks Gary to come down, but Gary does not budge. SpongeBob then walks on the ceiling to get him, but falls down. He then tries to use a broom, but ends up knocking his own eyes out of his head. SpongeBob eventually scrapes Gary down and tries to grab the ball, but Gary bites him. SpongeBob is shocked and tells Gary to make a choice: him or the ball. Gary leans toward the latter choice, leading SpongeBob to having to leave his pineapple house and find a new life.

Gary is watching television, but then gets hungry and looks for SpongeBob to feed him. He then remembers SpongeBob saying he is leaving. Gary knows what is best and tries to go and find SpongeBob, but the ball stops him. It then starts bouncing everywhere, destroying everything in the process. Gary tries to get out of the house.

He makes it outside and SpongeBob is seen laying under a bus bench, still sad about Gary's choice. He then notices Gary on the bus bench, happy that Gary changed his mind and finally decided to abandon the ball.

Once the two walk home, SpongeBob's house explodes and is set on fire. The red ball flies out beside them and SpongeBob says, "Hey look, isn't that your ball?" Gary viciously hisses at it as the episode ends.

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 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music
  Ripped Tide - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]

  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (p) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob's alarm clock coughs]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Hmm..."]
  Unknown Track 1 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob tapes up his alarm clock]
  Cartoon Sting 4 - hole in SpongeBob's cereal bowl
  Cocksure Capers - Phil Green [at the pet store]
  Hop and Skip - Phil Green [wall of toys]
  Shellfish Behavior - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Look, a red dot!"]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Where is Gary anyway?"]
  Parting of the Clouds - Nicolas Carr [Gary sees a red ball]
  Fanfare (b) - Nicolas Carr [Gary sees a red ball]
  Hop and Skip - Phil Green [Gary slithers up to the red ball]
  Tentically Speaking - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob and Gary come home]
  Mini Skirt - Norman Dane [SpongeBob watching TV]
  Cartoon Sting 9 - Barry Anthony [SpongeBob looking for Gary]
  Spindlelegs - Cedric King-Palmer [tea party]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (e) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob drinks tea]
  Me for You - George Callert [SpongeBob opens a can of snail food]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (r) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Darn it, Gary!"]
  Creeping Up 29 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Gary with lipstick]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (s) - Jeremy Wakefield [Gary takes the ball, leaves]
  The Donut Dilemma - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob searches Gary's shell for the ball]
  Drama Sting 3 - Steve Marston [Gary stares at the ball]
  Cartoon Sting 5 - SpongeBob wakes up
  Fates [#61] - Gregor F. Narholz [Gary bites SpongeBob]
  Unknown Track 56 - Gary watching TV
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Gary looking for SpongeBob]
  Fates [#62] - Gregor F. Narholz [Gary remembers SpongeBob leaving]
  Danger HQ - Norman Dane [Gary glares at the ball]
  Battle Zone - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Gary puts the ball in a blender]
  Saltwater Works - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob under a bus stop]
  Rip Tide - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob hugs Gary]
  Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford [ending]



  • As of June 21, 2019, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 7.2/10 based on 166 ratings by users.[1] users give this episode a rating of 7.1/10 based on 32 votes.[2]




Gary looks like Lary.

  • Gary hissing at the end with thick eyebrows alludes to Lary from the episode "Dumped."
  • Gary's red ball appears in the title card between the words "new" and "toy."
  • This episode takes place before "The Great Snail Race" because SpongeBob talks about Patrick not having a pet.
  • This episode shows that Gary understands SpongeBob's language as gibberish, but still knows what he is saying just as SpongeBob understands Gary's "meow"s.
    • This could mean that in Bikini Bottom, fish are what pets are to them, and pets are what fish are to them.
  • SpongeBob also said "Outta sight, outta mind" in "Fungus Among Us."
  • Gary remembering SpongeBob leaving and speaking gibberish is similar to how Patrick listens to SpongeBob in "The Card" and "The Main Drain."
  • This episode confirms that Plankton's number is 1-800-EAT-CHUM, which could also be shortened to 328-2486.
    • When calling 1-800-EAT-CHUM in real life, it directs one to a Toyota sales place.
  • This episode reveals that Gary has some canine instincts.
  • This was the only season 9 episode not to be in HD until it got paired up with "Patrick-Man."
  • This is the only episode that writer Marc Ceccarelli worked on without Luke Brookshier.
  • This is the second episode where Gary bites SpongeBob and the latter replies "Gary, how could you?" The first was "Once Bitten."
Squidward in Gary's New Toy

Squidward portrait in SpongeBob's house

  • Before the tea party scene, a picture of Squidward is briefly seen.
    • This seems odd, as SpongeBob has never been shown to have any portraits of Squidward in his house before.
  • This episode premiered seven years after "Enemy In-Law" premiered and four years after SpongeBob's WhoBob WhatPants? was released.
  • This episode premiered in Canada on Johnny Knoxville's 42nd birthday and eight years after The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie was released in Austria.
  • List of items in SpongeBob's house that Gary has chewed on:
    • SpongeBob's alarm clock
    • Bunny slippers
    • A toothbrush
    • A tube of toothpaste
    • A bowl
    • The ball that holds up SpongeBob's kitchen table
  • To date, this episode marks the last usage of the APM track Me for You.
  • This is the first time that Fates #62 plays since "You Don't Know Sponge" in season 7.


  • In the captioning, it says Gary is grunting when he is really meowing.
  • When the ball hits Gary, he gets a black eye. When he puts the ball in the blender, he does not have a black eye.
  • In this episode Gary hears SpongeBob in gibberish, but in "Have You Seen This Snail?," he hears words (revealed when Gary looks at the picture of SpongeBob).
    • It's possible, however, that he wasn't really listening this time.
  • When Gary is asked if he has eaten the bowl, he replies "meow," but in the captions, he replies "No."
  • On the June 8, 2014 airing of this episode, it was not shown in HD on Nickelodeon east HD channel.
  • SpongeBob's chewed up alarm clock floats instead of falling down at the beginning.
  • The top of SpongeBob's house is not present when the Fire Fish put the house out.
    • It's possible that it burned off.

Running gags

  • Gary chewing on SpongeBob's household items.
  • SpongeBob losing his wallet and talking about his canceled credit cards.
  • SpongeBob's alarm clock breaking down every time when it rings.


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Awards and nominations for SpongeBob SquarePants (VE)

Golden Reel Awards StatueStraight

Best Sound Editing in Television Animation – Music

Nominees: Stephen Hillenburg, Donna Castricone, Nicholas R. Jennings, Alan Smart, Peter Burns, Doug Lawrence, Derek Drymon, Alex Gordon, Donna Grillo, Jennie Monica, Krandal Crews, Jim Leber, Justin Brinsfield, Tony Ostyn, Nicolas Carr (for "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy"/"Pickles;" 2000)Nicolas Carr (for "Fools in April"/"Neptune's Spatula" in 2001; for "Jellyfish Hunter"/"The Fry Cook Games" in 2002; for "Wet Painters"/"Krusty Krab Training Video" in 2003; for "The Great Snail Race"/"Mid-Life Crustacean" in 2004) • Jimmy Lifton, D.J. Lynch, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn and Paulette Lifton (for "Mid-Life Crustacean;" 2004)

Best Sound Editing in Television Animation – Sound

Nominees: Nicolas Carr (for "Karate Choppers;" 2000) • Andrea Anderson, Jimmy Lifton, Monette Holderer, D.J. Lynch, Vincent Gutisetti, Jeff Hutchins and Gabriel Rosas (for "Rock Bottom"/"Arrgh!;" 2001)

Best Sound Editing in Television – Animation

Nominees: Timothy J. Borquez, Jeff Hutchins and Daisuke Sawa (for "The Secret Box"/"Band Geeks;" 2002)

Best Sound Editing in Television Animation

Nominees: Jimmy Lifton, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn and Chris Gresham (for "Nasty Patty"/"Idiot Box;" 2012)

Best Sound Editing in Television: Animated

Nominees: Jimmy Lifton, Nicolas Carr, D.J. Lynch, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn, Chris Gresham and Paulette Lifton (for "Pranks a Lot"/"SpongeBob Meets the Strangler;" 2005) • Vincent Gutisetti, Jimmy Lifton, Nicolas Carr, Monique Reymond, D.J. Lynch, Mark Howlett, Jeff Hutchins, Aran Tanchum, Mishelle Smith and Paulette Lifton (for "Have You Seen This Snail?;" 2006)Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Jason Stiff, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "SpongeHenge;" 2008)

Best Sound Editing: Television Animation

Nominees: : Chiho Oyamada Carr, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Daisuke Sawa, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Eric Freeman, Dan Cubert, Lawrence Reyes, Jason Stiff, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "Suction Cup Symphony;" 2009) • Chino Oyamada Carr, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Eric Freeman, Tom Syslo, Keith Dickens, Jason Stiff, Sergio Silva, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One;" 2010)

Best Sound Editing – Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR Animation in Television

Nominees: Devon Bowman, Justin Brinsfield, Nicolas Carr, Andrea Anderson, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Eric Freeman, Tony Orozco and Danny Tchibinda (for "Gary's New Toy;" 2013) • Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Eric Freeman, Bobby Crew, Keith Dickens, Gabriel Rossas and Tony Orozco (for "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!;" 2013)

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