"Pull Up a Barrel" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season nine. In this episode, Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob tales from his old navy days.



The episode starts at the Krusty Krab, where Squidward is eager to leave early. By then, a defective storm dashes upon Bikini Bottom, and the Krusty crew is stuck inside the building. Until then, Mr. Krabs decides to share one of his stories about a time when a gusty wind tossed around his cargo ship. Mr. Krabs was cooking up some food for his crew, and during his cookery, Captain Scarfish bursts into the kitchen telling Mr. Krabs to refrain from making delicious food, and to keep the crust on the bread. He was explaining to him that he has a cargo load full of sun tan lotion. Soon into the story Mr. Krabs brings in a load of slob for the hungry fish.
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A young Mr. Krabs cooking in the Navy.

After seeing the poorly-looking fish eating the slob, Mr. Krabs determines to turn the nourishment into a tasty treat, which gets seen by the captain and decides to send him to jail. After sharing about his horrible journey to prison, Mr. Krabs gives the foolish guard an assignment to make a cathedral of cotton candy, so that he can snatch a piece while he's distracted and form a key to unlock the cell. At that moment, Mr. Krabs made a wise decision until he saw that the jail was being under hostage by the pirates. He knew he had to act fast, so he unlocked his way out, and told the crew to wake up. Mr. Krabs was on his own, he had to poke holes in the barrels of sun tan lotion to keep the other fish on the island alive. While threatened to be attacked, the guard used piles of moldy crust to form canon balls to shoot at the ship. After the pirates sail sunk down, the guard poked holes in the barrels of suntan lotion to keep the other fishes on the island from getting disintegrated. The fish soon revived, and swam upon the cargo, to capture the pirates. The pirate is put behind bars, and Mr. Krabs giving her a pie with a key molded from cotton candy.

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The episode ends with Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob continuously winking at each other, which deeply annoys Squidward.


The episode was confirmed by Vincent Waller on August 26, 2015.[1]


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Drunken Sailor - Nicolas Carr [title card]
  Daily Chores Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [opening at Krusty Krab]
  Happy Crusty Crew - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Squidward helps an old customer to eat fries faster]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [thunderstorm]
  The Drunken Sailor - "Why don't you pull up a barrel, me laddies?"
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (V) - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward disintegrates]
  Attack of the Giant Robots - Cris Velasco ["It was a day just like this one."]
  Bloodbath - Harry Lubin [ship being tossed about]
  Peg Leg Waltz - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton [Krabs cooking food]
  Armed Attack - Jean Clero ["The man whose mission was to make my life a living nightmare."]
  Dramatic Impact 6 - Ivor Slaney ["They called him... Captain Scarfish!"]
  Armed Attack - Jean Clero [SpongeBob screams.]
  Sailor's Sting 17 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Sea cucumber sandwich]
  Break In - Harry Lubin ["This is the Navy, son!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (b) - Jeremy Wakefield ["You were transporting suntan lotion?"]
  Guerilla Warfare [#22] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [ship heads into pirate territory]
  Guerilla Warfare [#29] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["So, tonight's meal is gonna be terrible! You understand, me?!"]
  Guerilla Warfare [#28] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["The kind of slop that will put some steel in their spines!"]
  Poor Old Sod Shanty - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Krabs serves slop]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (f) - Jeremy Wakefield ["...bad"]
  Funeral March - Otto Sieben ["Sorry, boys"]
  Sword Fight - Sam Fonteyn ["Oh, I can't stand it!"]
  The Silver Blade - Ilona Sekacz ["I don't care what that captain says."]
  Guerilla Warfare [#24] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Scarfish enters.]
  Guerilla Warfare [#27] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Flaming cherries jubilee.]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [Scarfish's head on fire]
  Poor Old Sod Shanty - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Krabs locked up]
  ? - Nicolas Carr [First guard plays clarinet]
  Seaweed - Steve Belfer [second guard plays with toy boat]
  Slinky Panther Pants - Nicolas Carr [Krabs makes a key out of cotton candy]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [second guard eats cotton candy]
  Spongeburglar - Nicolas Carr ["This was me chance to use me sweet key to freedom."]
  Nautical Fantacy - William Trytel ["I'd be in violation of the naval code."]
  Buccaneer Overture - David Arkenstone [pirates attack]
  Sword Fight - Sam Fonteyn [pirates preparing to board the vessel]
  Enemy Sighted - Sam Fonteyn ["Do as he says, Captain."]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["That's it!"]
  A Pirate's Life for Me (a) - Ron Goodwin [firing moldy crusts from cannon]
  Pirate Ship - David Farnon [guard checks on captain]
  Sword Fight - Sam Fonteyn [guard cuts suntan lotion barrel open]
  Sword Fight Alt. End - Sam Fonteyn ["Huzzah for Mr. Krabs!"]
  Sword Fight - Sam Fonteyn [sunburn brigade traps pirates in a net]
  Fry Cook Ballad A - Steve Marston [Pirate Queen locked up/Mr. Krabs winks at the Pirate Queen.]
  Drunken Sailor - Nicolas Carr [ending]




  • The episode was supposed to be named "Krabs' Army" but the name got changed for another episode to be in development, but that got cut.[citation needed]
  • This is the first episode to use "Drunken Sailor" as the title card music since "The Wreck of the Mauna Loa" from season 7.
    • This is the only episode in season 9 to use "Drunken Sailor".
  • This episode aired in Greece on June 19, 2016.
  • The title is both a pun on the phrase "Pull up a chair" and a reference to the fact that the Krusty Krab's dining area uses barrels instead of chairs.
  • The title card is similar to that of "Selling Out."
  • The island that the Sunburned sailors were on is a reference to Bikini Atoll.
  • This episode confirms that Mr. Krabs naval days occurred before his professional pirate days. It was implied in "Grandpappy the Pirate."
  • This episode contradicts "SpongeBob You're Fired," SpongeBob Moves In!, and "Squilliam Returns" because in this episode, Mr. Krabs can cook, but in those episodes and app game, he cannot. It is possible that he was just rusty from not cooking for a while.
  • This episode premiered on Dan Povenmire's 52nd birthday, 16 years after "Culture Shock" and "F.U.N." premiered, and five years after "Shellback Shenanigans" and "Buried in Time" premiered.
  • Captain Scarfish's self-portrait painting is similar to Squidward's self-portrait painting in "Bubble Buddy Returns." Both also resemble Napoleon Bonaparte.
  • The ship shown during Mr. Krabs' story is probably the S.S. Diarrhea.
  • Mr. Krabs mentions the episode title when he says "pull up a barrel, me laddies?"
  • Patrick does not appear in this episode, but a form of him does.


  • Mr. Krabs states he cannot smell any money in a 5-mile radius. This would be impossible because he has his cash register and safe, which are both usually filled with money.
  • Mr. Krabs explains in "Shell of a Man" that he worked in the navy along with his navy buddies. However, In this episode, Mr. Krabs is not wearing his navy uniform that he showed in "Shell of a Man," his boat does not look the same in the picture, none of his shipmates are there, and his name was not "Armor Abs Krabs," he was a chef on a suntan lotion boat.
  • None of the suntan lotion got in the marooned sailor's eye, which doesn't make sense, because their eyes were opened and didn't burn.
  • In the German dub, the title card was mistakenly cut. However, it got fixed in May 2017.

Running gags

  • Someone getting putting in "the brig" and using a sweet key.
  • Someone saying, "Chafted!"



SpongeBob SquarePants Pull Up a Barrel Official Promo

SpongeBob SquarePants Pull Up a Barrel Official Promo


SpongeBob SquarePants Krabs the Sailor Nickelodeon UK

SpongeBob SquarePants Krabs the Sailor Nickelodeon UK


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