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"Pull Up a Barrel" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 9. 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 burst 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.

A young Mr. Krabs cooking in the Navy.

After seeing the poorly looking fish eating the slop, Mr. Krabs feels bad for them as the crew glare at Mr. Krabs, very upset with him for making such a nasty slop. Finally fed up with captain's cruel and ruthless orders, Mr. Krabs determines to turn the nourishment into a tasty treat, which gets seen by the captain, who gets furious 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 is distracted and form a key to unlock the cell. At that moment, Mr. Krabs made a wise decision until he sees that the jail is 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. Unfortunately, much to his dismay, the SpongeBob guard is still asleep and the crew (including the octopus sailor) are very sick, courtesy of Scarfish's ruthlessness.

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 cannon 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 fish on the island from getting disintegrated. The fish soon revive and swam upon the cargo, to capture the pirates.

The pirate is put behind bars, and Mr. Krabs gives her a pie with a key molded from cotton candy.

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

Running gags

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


The episode was confirmed by Vincent Waller on August 26, 2015.[2]



 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Drunken Sailor - Nicolas Carr [Title card]
  Daily Chores Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [opening at Krusty Krab]
  Ad Lib Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Squidward shoes an old customer to eat fries faster.]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [thunderstorm]
  Drunken Sailor Solo Accordion-2 - Nicolas Carr ["Why don't you pull up a barrel, me laddies?"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 1D - 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.]
  Happy Sails - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Sea cucumber sandwich]
  Break In - Harry Lubin ["This is the Navy, son!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 2C - Jeremy Wakefield ["You were transporting suntan lotion?"]
  Guerilla Warfare [#22] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [The 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!"]
  Another Tragic Tale Of Woe - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Mr. Krabs serves slop.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 15 - 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 is on fire.]
  Another Tragic Tale Of Woe - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Mr. Krabs is locked up.]
  Mysterious Clarinet 3 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [First guard plays clarinet.]
  Seaweed 1 - Steve Belfer [Second guard plays with toy boat.]
  Sneaky Panther Pants - Nicolas Carr [Mr. Krabs makes a key out of cotton candy.]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Second guard eats cotton candy.]
  Sponge Burgler Revisited - Nicolas Carr ["This was me chance to use me sweet key to freedom."]
  Nautical Fantasy - William Trytel ["I'd be in violation of the naval code."]
  Buccaneer Overture - David Arkenstone [The pirates attack.]
  Sword Fight - Sam Fonteyn [The pirates preparing to board the vessel]
  Enemy Sighted - Sam Fonteyn ["Do as he says, Captain."]
  Great Idea Patrick - 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 [The guard cuts suntan lotion barrel open.]
  Sword Fight Alt. End - Sam Fonteyn ["Huzzah for Mr. Krabs!"]
  Sword Fight - Sam Fonteyn [The 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]





  • Sandy's pirate counterpart does not wear a helmet despite being underwater, but is supposedly able to breathe perfectly well.
  • 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.
    • He might be referring to the customer's 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 eyes, which does not make sense, because their eyes were opened and did not burn.
  • The July 24, 2020 airing on Nick@Nite accidentally used the Nick Jr. summer 2020 screenbug.[3]



SpongeBob SquarePants - "Pull Up a Barrel" Official Promo



SpongeBob SquarePants Krabs the Sailor Nickelodeon UK