- Squidward Tentacles
- SpongeBob SquarePants
- Eugene H. Krabs
- Sea urchins (cameo on bumper sticker)
- Pioneers (debut; mentioned)
- Swordfish trucker (debut)
- Rude customer (debut)
As the episode starts, it is closing time at the Krusty Krab, and Squidward answers a last-minute phone call from a customer. Just as he is about to tell the customer the restaurant is closed, Mr. Krabs suddenly appears and snatches the phone from Squidward's hands. The customer tells Mr. Krabs that he wants to order a pizza and have it delivered, an order Mr. Krabs happily accepts, knowing he could get extra money. Squidward protests this by saying that the restaurant does not serve pizza nor do they deliver, but Mr. Krabs spontaneously makes a pizza out of Krabby Patties and forces Squidward and SpongeBob to deliver it.
After SpongeBob does a vehicle inspection on a boatmobile, Squidward tells him to drive. However, SpongeBob says that he is still in boating school, but Squidward does not want to drive either. He says the customer is around the corner and advises SpongeBob to do what he does in school. As expected, SpongeBob panics when he tries to shift the boat into reverse and ends up "backing up" for miles and miles until the boat runs out of gas in the middle of a big desert. Squidward complains about the situation and kicks the boat out of frustration after SpongeBob mentions the pizza is getting cold. This causes the boat to suddenly drive off back to the Krusty Krab, leaving the two stranded and forced to continue their delivery on foot.
Throughout the journey, the duo encounters numerous mishaps. First, SpongeBob tries a pioneer trick he claims to have seen in a movie where he listens to the ground and hears a truck coming. When SpongeBob tries to get the driver's attention by doing a ridiculous dance in the middle of the road, the driver speeds up and Squidward pushes SpongeBob out of the way so he does not get mowed down. Later, the pizza box gets caught in the wind. Squidward tells SpongeBob to let go of the pizza until they see a tornado. He then says to hang on to the pizza, which saves their lives after SpongeBob turns it into a parachute.
Upon landing on solid ground, Squidward panics when he cannot find the road. SpongeBob says that moss points towards civilization and that they should go in the direction at which the moss is pointing. Squidward goes in the other direction, unaware that they almost found a city.
They become tired and hungry, so SpongeBob suggests ridiculous things to eat. Squidward wants the pizza instead. SpongeBob runs away from Squidward. Squidward pauses for a moment so that when SpongeBob crashes into Squidward, he tries to grab it, but SpongeBob notices a giant rock that he claims the pioneers drove for miles. Squidward is incredulous at this claim and tries to tell SpongeBob to forget about the pioneers, saying that there are none left because of their unusual habits and traveling methods. However, he quickly changes his mind after SpongeBob runs him over with the rock and he chases after him for a ride out of the desert. With the giant rock, they drive it to the customer's house.
Unfortunately, their journey does not pay off very well. The customer is at first excited to get his pizza, but then frowns for a second and asks where is his drink, Diet Dr. Kelp, which he claims he had ordered. A confused SpongeBob checks the order, which says that the customer did not ask for a drink (though it is somewhat implied that Mr. Krabs either hung up the phone before the customer could finish his order or did not hear him correctly). Filled with anger, the customer harshly berates SpongeBob and refuses to take the pizza or pay for it before throwing it at SpongeBob's face and aggressively slamming the door in front of his face.
SpongeBob walks over to Squidward, who tries to console him, but his attempt ends in vain and SpongeBob collapses to the ground crying while also absorbing his tears. Appalled at how the customer treated SpongeBob and refused to accept the pizza all because of a drink (making this long journey and the ridiculous obstacles the duo went through a complete waste of time), Squidward furiously confronts the rude customer by brutally slamming the pizza into his face as a deserved payback, claiming it to be "on the house."
Squidward then cheers up SpongeBob by saying that the customer took the pizza and "ate the whole thing in one bite," even without a drink. Squidward calmly asks to be taken home, but SpongeBob instead drives them back to the Krusty Krab as he states that they have enough time to make it back to work, which is comically revealed to be right across the street, much to Squidward's dismay, as the screen fades black.
- SpongeBob singing "The Krusty Krab Pizza."
- Squidward trying to steal the pizza from SpongeBob.
"Pizza Delivery" was written by Sherm Cohen, Aaron Springer, and Peter Burns, with Sean Dempsey serving as animation director. Cohen also functioned as storyboard director, and Springer worked as storyboard artist. The episode originally aired on Nickelodeon in the United States on August 14, 1999.
Series creator Stephen Hillenburg's original idea for the series pitch was that the writers would write a storyboard for a possible episode and pitch it to Nickelodeon. Hillenburg wanted to write an episode with SpongeBob and Squidward on a road trip, inspired by the 1989 film Powwow Highway. Derek Drymon said, "It's a road trip movie starring Gary Farmer, who is an innocent, kid-like character who is traveling with a curmudgeon." Eventually, the idea developed while they were working on it, but Hillenburg gave up the idea for the initial pitch. This idea was later scrapped into the season 12 episode, "Pineapple RV." Instead, they used another idea for the pitch which was in the series pilot episode called "Help Wanted." Writers Aaron Springer and Sherm Cohen resurrected the road trip idea during the first season and used a lot of the ideas for this episode.
|( ‣ ) Production music|
|( • ) Original music|
|( ◦ ) SpongeBob music|
• Nick's Conga Line - Nicolas Carr [Title card]
‣ The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [The opening]
‣ Captain Lenoe's - Michael Arthur, Colin Cater, Mick Graves, The Folk Players, Sarah Graves, Simon Ritchie [The customer orders pizza on phone.]
• Seaweed 1 - Steve Belfer [SpongeBob inspects the vehicle.]
‣ Death Trap [#25] - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob backs up.]
‣ Stand Boys Stand - Jerry Burnham, Tony Ellis, Stephen Wade ["It's an old pioneer trick."]
‣ Hog Fever (a) - Graham Preskett [Squidward and SpongeBob hitchhike.]
‣ On Fire - Gregor F. Narholz [A tornado is shown.]
‣ Merlins Hill - Jennifer Jones [Harp music]
‣ Action Cut A - Gregor F. Narholz ["Where's the road?"]
‣ Merlins Hill - Jennifer Jones [SpongeBob lands.]
‣ Vibe Link (B) - Richard Myhill [Moss is shown on the rock.]
‣ Hawaiian Link (B) - Richard Myhill ["I know where I'm going."]
‣ Funeral March - Otto Sieben [SpongeBob and Squidward are exhausted.]
‣ Cold Fear - Dick Stephen Walter [SpongeBob refuses to give Squidward the pizza.]
‣ Love for Sale A - Peter Fallowell [Squidward tries to tempt SpongeBob.]
‣ Death Trap [#25] - Gregor F. Narholz ["Wait a second!"]
• Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward chases SpongeBob.]
• Nick's Conga Line - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob dances]
‣ Conga Real - Ronnie Hazzlehurst ["That's just a stupid boulder."]
‣ Nostalgic Romance - Gregor F. Narholz ["It's not just a boulder, it's a rock."]
‣ Moloka'i Nui A - Kapono Beamer [The pizza is delivered to customer.]
‣ Stack of Leis - Kapono Beamer [SpongeBob cries.]
• War Blowers - The Blue Hawaiians [Squidward walks up to the customer's door.]
‣ Grass Skirts Blowing (Hilo March) - Jan Rap, The Hawaiian Serenaders [The ending.]
- This episode is available on the Christmas, SpongeBob Schwammkopf Folge 3, Complete 1st Season, The 1st Season: Volume 1, Nick For the Holidays!, Tea at the Treedome, My house, My pineapple, The Tom Kenny Collection, Sweet Pineapple Caca, First 100 Episodes, Working is Amazing!?, Collection Triple, Christmas Who? (South Korea version), SpongeBob SquarePants, iSponge Offer Pack, Set Sail for Silly, Holidays with SpongeBob 3-DVD Gift Set, The Ultimate SpongeBob Box Set, SpongeBob SquarePants Vol. 1, Employee of the Month, Christmas DVD Double Pack, The Complete First Season, From the Beginning, Part 1, The SpongeBob SquarePants Collection, SpongeBob, You're Fired!, Laugh Pack, The SpongeBob SquarePants 8 Season DVD Collection, The First & Second Seasons, Movies & TV Collection, and The Best 200 Episodes Ever DVDs.
- This episode is also available on Nicktoons Collection Volume 1 on GBA Video and on VideoNow.
- "Pizza Delivery" was ranked #29 during the Best Day Ever event from November 9–10, 2006.
- This episode is number 20 on The Tom Kenny Collection on iTunes and Amazon.com. His description says:
- "The classic setup: SpongeBob and Squidward are lost in the desert while delivering a pizza to a customer's home. Squidward just wants to get out of there, but SpongeBob sees his pizza delivery as a sacred oath between himself and the customer. I like when SpongeBob singing to himself - 'The Krusty Krab pizza is the pizza' ...turns into a bizarre gospel jingle singer-'Krusty Kray -ya ya-yaa-aaab!'"
- In 2009, "Pizza Delivery" was chosen by viewers on Nick.com as the number one episode of all time during the The Ultimate SpongeBob SpongeBash television marathon.
- On November 17–18, 2012, this episode was ranked #1 on the SpongeBob Top 100 Weekend on Nickelodeon Germany.
"Pizza Delivery" received very positive reviews. Nancy Basile of About.com ranked the episode number 2 on her "Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes" list. She said, "[It] is the perfect episode to depict SpongeBob's enthusiasm for all things Krusty Krab against Squidward's apathy and cynical nature." Basile cited her favorite scene in the episode where "After the customer slams his door in SpongeBob's face, Squidward makes sure he swallows the pizza 'in one bite.'"
Giving the episode 5 out of 5 stars, Bill Treadway of DVD Verdict said the episode is his "personal favorite all the episodes," writing that "this one is loaded with enough unique twists and hilarious comedy to bear repeat viewings."
Emily Estep of WeGotThisCovered.com ranked the episode Number 1 on her "Top 10 Episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants" list, saying, "But – the pizza is for the customer, and flawless employee SpongeBob won't let Squidward eat any of it." She wrote, "[The episode] has the undervalued nostalgia of being episode five of the entire series and it benefits from the aforementioned chemistry of SpongeBob and Squidward." She also praised the episode as "an in-depth look at their SpongeBob and Squidward relationship, and it set the tone for just how strange the show could be." Estep lauded the hitchhiking dances by SpongeBob, saying, "These moves are amusing and charming, while Squidward's bitterness is easy to relate to."
- The original plot for the episode was slightly different than it turned out to be.
- SpongeBob and Squidward were meant to go on a road trip to deliver the pizza instead of going through a dust storm and literally riding a boulder to get to the customers' house.
- The flowers in the title card are used as enemies in the video game SpongeBob's Truth or Square.
- The driver seat and steering wheel in the car SpongeBob and Squidward use is on the right instead of the left, suggesting that the car is from a country that uses left-hand traffic.
- In the shot where the gears on the boat change, the words change to the Korean words for "forward" and "reverse:" 앞으로가 (ap'euroga) and 뒤로가 (dwiroga).
- If SpongeBob sees this in Korean though, he should still be able to tell which is forward and backward by just following the arrow marks.
- The fourth wall is broken when SpongeBob and Squidward are in the storm, everything stops, and SpongeBob is in midair when he gasps and says, "Squidward!"
- This episode was paired with "Wet Painters" during the Best Buddies Week.
- When Squidward knocks on the door of the customer's house, his knocking syncs up with the background music.
- When Mr. Krabs is ending the phone call, if listened closely the phone's gibberish starts to continue before he hangs up, suggesting the customer ordered his drink as Mr. Krabs put the phone down.
- At the end of this episode, Squidward's line "Oh, my aching tentacles!" was cut in some countries due to the line being said at an inappropriate timing (causing the screen to go black when the line is said). It is also cut on the Nicktoons Collection Volume 1 Game Boy Advance cartridge and current Nickelodeon USA/Nick@Nite airings. It is still left intact on digital releases, DVD releases, and Nicktoons airings. Sometime in 2013, it was also deleted from Polish and Greek airings, and on some open air channel in Latin America. On Italian airings, instead cutting to black, it still cuts to SpongeBob and Squidward arriving at the Krusty Krab with the rock, then it fades to black.
- Despite being a jerk, it reveals in this episode that Squidward has standards. In this case, he feels angry at the customer for making SpongeBob cry.
- This is also the first time Squidward feels sorry for SpongeBob.
- This is also a rare occasion where he is nice to SpongeBob, as he stands up for him.
- This episode marks the first of several things:
- The first occurrence of a tornado in the series.
- The first time the Krusty Krab is shown to serve pizza.
- The first usage of the APM tracks "Captain Lenoe's" and "Stack of Leis."
- The first time SpongeBob wears his Krusty Krab employee hat throughout the entire episode.
- The first of four episodes transcribed as a comic into the SpongeBob SquarePants/Tokyopop book Krusty Krab Adventures. The other three were "The Algae's Always Greener," "Culture Shock," and "Pickles."
- The first episode and only episode in season 1 that does not feature any character laughing of some type besides the episode "Reef Blower" (which has no spoken dialogue).
- This is one of the few season 1 episodes where the Krabby Patty buns' sesame seeds are white. In most season 1 and early season 2 episodes, they are black.
- There is an online game based on this episode called SpongeBob's Pizza Toss.
- In 2021, the scene where Squidward tries to take the pizza from SpongeBob became an internet meme, with edits featuring a different character replacing Squidward and a different character replacing SpongeBob.
- The bit where the fish said to SpongeBob that he forgot his drink was inspired by Aaron Springer's time as a food delivery guy when this actually happened.
- Irony: Since Mr. Krabs hung up the phone while the customer was still talking, it is possible that the customer did actually order a drink.
- On the November 10, 2006 airing, this episode was paired with "Prehibernation Week."
- SpongeBob is called "Jethro" twice by Squidward. This is a reference to the TV show The Beverly Hillbillies.
- Diet Dr. Kelp is a parody of real-life Diet Dr Pepper.
- The first shot shows two boats outside of the Krusty Krab, but only the pizza delivery boat appears afterward.
- When SpongeBob is shining a table at the Krusty Krab, the size of the anchor on his Krusty Krab employee hat is much bigger in the reflection than how it is on the actual hat.
- The boat's antenna and sticker disappears after SpongeBob's "vehicle inspection."
- When SpongeBob "checks" the tire pressure in one of the car's tires, the hubcap disappears.
- The delivery boat is white and purple on the sides and front, but the rear has a classic red stripe. It starts red, but when the boat is spinning down the road, it has a purple tint. It turns entirely purple when it breaks down.
- When the truck driver realized that SpongeBob was in the middle of the road, his air horn lever was moving, but a couple of seconds before he honks the truck, it stays still.
- When SpongeBob is blown around holding the pizza, the writing is towards him. When they are spat out, the writing is facing away from him.
- In one scene where Squidward is panicking for losing the way, one of his tentacles becomes translucent.
- When Squidward "takes a look" at the pizza, the box opens to the east. However, when he fully opens it, it opens to the north.
- When SpongeBob runs away from Squidward and then hits him and falls on the ground, SpongeBob sits on the ground, missing his Krusty Krab employee hat.
- After Squidward is run over by SpongeBob's rock, his eyes just momentarily become the same color as his skin.
- While the customer says, "You call yourself a delivery boy!?," for a brief second, his fin slightly comes off his body.
- When SpongeBob falls to the ground after failing to serve the customer his pizza, his feet face sideways. But in the next shot, his feet face upright.
- In the end, it is shown that the customer's house is across the street from the Krusty Krab, whereas in other episodes, the Chum Bucket is supposed to be across the street.
- There is more/less pepperoni on the pizza in different shots.
- The swordfish trucker is voiced by Doug Lawrence, but the end credits mistake him to be voiced by Rodger Bumpass.
- When Mr. Krabs tells the customer that Squidward will deliver the pizza, he refers to Squidward as a squid when he is in fact an octopus.
- ^ "Pizza Delivery" credits
- ^ SpongeBob SquarePants : Pizza Delivery; Home Sweet Pineapple. TV Listings. Zap2it. Retrieved on September 2, 2013.
- ^ a b c d e Heintjes, Tom (September 21, 2012). The Oral History of SpongeBob SquarePants. Hogan's Alley. Retrieved on September 1, 2013.
- ^ Basile, Nancy. Best 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Episodes. About.com. Retrieved on September 1, 2013.
- ^ a b Treadway, Bill (November 10, 2003). SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete First Season. DVD Verdict. Retrieved on September 1, 2013.
- ^ a b c d e Estep, Emily (December 5, 2011). Top 10 Episodes Of SpongeBob Squarepants. WeGotThisCovered.com. Retrieved on September 1, 2013.
- ^ https://twitter.com/ShermCohen/status/1413955242492719105/photo/1
- ^ https://nickstory.fandom.com/wiki/November_10,_2006
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