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"I Was a Teenage Gary" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 1. In this episode, SpongeBob leaves Gary in the care of Squidward and when he gets back, he transforms into a snail after accidentally being injected with snail plasma.



In the beginning of the episode, SpongeBob is helping Gary get some exercise by putting the snail on his exercise wheel and throwing his toy on the other side of the room. Gary, being a snail, takes until the next morning to bring the toy back to SpongeBob, at which point Patrick comes in and reminds SpongeBob about the Jellyfishing Convention in Ukulele Bottom that weekend. Realizing that he will not be able to take Gary, SpongeBob hoists the responsibility of feeding onto Squidward.

SpongeBob takes Squidward around his house, telling him that he will have to feed Gary for three days. There are very large cans of snail food with the words "morning" and "night" written on them so that Squidward will be able to keep track. Eager to get rid of both of them, Squidward lies and says that he will do it to get SpongeBob and Patrick to leave. Finally they do, and Squidward runs out of SpongeBob's house and sits in a lounge chair to sunbathe for the whole weekend, thus ignoring Gary. He soaks up plenty of sun, but Gary is left in the house, looking longingly in the direction where SpongeBob left, horribly neglected.

When SpongeBob gets back, Squidward suddenly remembers that he was supposed to take care of Gary. However, when he goes to get to the snail, he finds him very sick, due to lack of food, water, and attention. Squidward, thinking he will be able to help, tries to give Gary some food. However, Gary is so weak from waiting for SpongeBob to come home, he is limp in Squidward's arms and will not eat. Squidward puts Gary down as he hears SpongeBob and Patrick saying goodbye to each other and tries to force feed Gary. When he hears SpongeBob coming in, Squidward gives up and puts all of Gary's food into his mouth. He greets SpongeBob awkwardly and explains that he was only checking on Gary.

Just as Squidward is about to leave with a smirk on his face, Gary slowly enters the room. SpongeBob realizes that something is wrong, and quickly calls the local veterinarian, Dr. Gill Gilliam. The vet comes over to SpongeBob's house and concludes that a syringe full of snail plasma must be administered to Gary; Dr. Gilliam leaves SpongeBob with the syringe, claiming that he is too squeamish to perform the injection himself. SpongeBob asks Squidward to give Gary the plasma, as he too is squeamish, and Squidward reluctantly agrees. However, an anxious SpongeBob constantly moves Gary around instead of holding him still, fearing that Squidward's attempts to inject the plasma in a quick stabbing motion will hurt Gary. In the commotion, Squidward accidentally injects SpongeBob with the plasma, causing SpongeBob to worry about the consequences; Squidward tells him not to worry.

As the two argue, Gary goes to take a drink of water and immediately feels better. Annoyed, Squidward leaves, insisting to SpongeBob that nothing will happen. Sometime later, SpongeBob starts acting slow and somewhat like a snail, as well as eating Gary's food himself after SpongeBob thinks that he is fine like Squidward had said. When he goes to the bathroom, his eyes stretch out of his body and grow, his body becomes flat to the ground, his arms and legs disappear into his body, his body reshapes itself, and he also loses the ability to talk after saying "Something is wrong with meeeeeeeeeow!" As a finished result, SpongeBob has turned into a snail.

The snail plasma pokes Squidward.

Afterwards, he goes over to Squidward's house to get help, but Squidward is terrified of the fact that SpongeBob turned into a snail because of his lousy aim ,and he throws the snail plasma away and he tries to reassure himself. He hears SpongeBob at the door and starts blocking the doors and windows and tries to run and hide from SpongeBob as he realizes that he should have taken care of Gary and none of this would ever have happened if he had. SpongeBob chases him for help, but Squidward keeps running, thinking he is under attack, and ultimately makes a mess of his house. Amongst the chaos, Squidward accidentally injects himself with the plasma, turning him into a snail as well, ironically getting his well-deserved punishment for his gross negligence towards Gary.

The ending has Gary, SpongeBob, and Squidward meowing to the tune of "Blow the Man Down" on top of a fence. Patrick, who has been awakened and annoyed by this, yells at them to clam up and throws a boot at Squidward, knocking him off the fence while the screen fades to black.




 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  House Of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [Title card]
  Honolulu March - George K, J Dounfrey, Hans Haider [opening]
  Aloha - Dick Stephen Walter [the next morning]
  The Achterhoek Dances - Jan Rap [Squidward at the door]
  Me for You - George Callert [Squidward not listening to SpongeBob]
  Cream Pie - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [bus arrives]
  On The Beach - Kapono Beamer [Squidward sunbathing]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward tries to feed Gary]
  Funeral March - Peter Lea-Cox [Gary's sick]
  Dramatic Impact (5) - Ivor Slaney [SpongeBob screams]
  Woe is Me! - Richard Myhill ["Squidward, something's wrong with Gary!"]
  On The Beach - Kapono Beamer [snail plasma]
  Cello Link (a) - Dick Stephen Walter [Gary coughs]
  Seaweed 1 - Steve Belfer [Squidward tries to give Gary the plasma]
  Dream Sequence - Dave Hewson ["I don't know, I feel kind of funny."]
  Hawaiian Holiday - Kapono Beamer ["He just needed water?"]
  12th Street Rag - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob eating snail food]
  Curse of Evil 2 [#45] - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob beginning to transform into a snail]
  Curse of Evil 1 [#43] - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob transforming into a snail]
  Esta Noche - Hans Ehrlinger [Squidward in bed]
  House Of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [Squidward screams/Squidward sees SnailBob]
  Hawaiian Link (A) - Richard Myhill [The moon shines]
  SpongeBob ScaredyPants - The Ghastly Ones [closing credits]



  • "I Was a Teenage Gary" was ranked #41 during the Best Day Ever event from November 9–10, 2006.
  • "I Was a Teenage Gary" was ranked #12 during the SpongeBob's Top 100 event in the UK and Ireland from June 4-8, 2012.



  • Squidward does not seem to recognize Gary in this episode, even though he interacts with him in "Culture Shock," when he introduces Gary to the audience.
  • The "3 Days Later..." time card is the first time card in the series, but is not read aloud in this episode. Stephen Hillenburg, however, thought it would be funny to have the French Narrator read over time cards, and the narrator does so in almost all subsequent episodes, starting with "SB-129."[citation needed]
    • In the Filipino dub of this episode, a narrator does read the time card, albeit in English.
  • The aftermath of Snail SpongeBob chasing Squidward leaves the latter's house a mess with the wreckage including a self-portrait of Squidward with his clarinet stuck in the nose. This mirrors how the snail plasma syringe is caught on Squidward's nose a few seconds afterward.
  • This episode might be the reason why Gary hates Squidward in subsequent episodes, as he is the reason Gary almost dies.
  • Mr. Krabs and Plankton are the only 2 male main characters absent in this episode. All 4 female main characters are also absent in this episode. The first time this occurred was in "Home Sweet Pineapple."
  • It is unknown how SpongeBob and Squidward recovered from the incident, though it is likely the snail plasma eventually wore off.

SpongeBob SquarePants - "I Was a Teenage Gary" Deleted Scene Debunked (Original airing; October 28, 1999)

The original airing on October 28, 1999, which proofs that the Squidward's transformation scene was fake.


Nickelodeon- “I Was A Teenage Gary” Ending Error (10 19 20)

The October 19, 2020 airing on Nickelodeon USA where Squidward's final meow is missing.

  • As of October 2020 onward, at the end of this episode when snail Squidward is meowing the the tune of "Blow the Man Down," the final meow is cut off in Nickelodeon USA and Nicktoons USA airings TV airings. This is due to the line being said at an inappropriate timing (the screen slowly fading to black when the line is said). However, the end plays uncut on all digital and streaming releases on Amazon Prime Video, Paramount+, and iTunes; all physical media issued since containing the episode; and all airings outside the US.

Cultural references


  • When SpongeBob plays fetch with Gary, there is a watch on his arm, but when Gary returns the fetch toy back to SpongeBob, it is gone permanently for the rest of the episode.
  • When Gary returns with the ball, the exercise wheel is no longer there.

Three errors in one: SpongeBob's house is missing a window and the chimney, Squidward's house's eyebrows and nose are connected, Squidward's model is off and his height is much larger than usual.

  • There are a few errors in the scene where Squidward is going to sunbathe.
    • SpongeBob's house is missing a window and the chimney.
    • Squidward's house's eyebrows and nose are connected.
    • Squidward's model is inaccurate and he is substantially taller than usually.
  • Gary would have mostly likely died of starvation since Squidward forgot to feed him for 3 days.
  • When Squidward says, "Eat, eat, eat, eat, eat, eat, eat! You've gotta finish this food!" Gary's lip syncs to what Squidward is saying.
  • When SpongeBob gets home from the jellyfishing convention, he sticks his key in a scallop-shaped keyhole on his front door, but when he opens the door and enters his house, the keyhole disappears.

Gary's green stalks.

  • When Squidward leaves SpongeBob's house, Gary's eye stalks turn green instead of blue.
  • When SpongeBob's arm falls off, he says, "It's okay, I'm a lefty anyway," despite the fact that it is his left hand that falls off.
    • This can be excused, since in "Neptune's Spatula," he has two left hands.
    • This error is corrected in the Romanian dub. He says, "Eh, nu-i nimic, oricum sunt dreptaci.," which translates to, "Eh, it's okay, I'm a righty after all."
  • In this episode, SpongeBob says that he is left handed. However, in "You Don't Know Sponge" SpongeBob says that he is ambidextrous, meaning that he can use both hands. He might have discovered his ambidexterity later.
  • When the camera cuts to the living room, just before Squidward answers the door for SpongeBob, if one were to observe carefully, there is a picture on the wall that resembles the top half of Squidward's head with huge eyes. But when Squidward turns on the light, the eyes in the picture shrink and the nose crawls up the face.
  • When Squidward answers the door for SpongeBob, the inside of the door has a handle. But after Squidward's house flips and everything is a wreck, the door has a knob.
    • Also, when Squidward freaks out as he first sees SpongeBob, he barricades his front door using some wood and nails. However, when Squidward runs up the wall next to the door, the wood is gone.
  • Squidward throws the snail plasma earlier in the episode and it makes a breaking sound. However, the syringe is completely intact at the end of the episode, as he is injected with it.
  • When Squidward's house flips over, it lands on its left side. However, the interior shows everything has fallen to the right side.
  • At the end of this episode, the snails are seen sitting on a wooden fence. However, there are no fences near Conch Street seen in almost any other episode.



Nickelodeon SNICK Commercials Oct 2 1999


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