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Pet or Pests is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season six. In this episode, SpongeBob adopts a stray worm who gives birth to worm babies overnight.

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7:00 AM/Monday: SpongeBob knocks on Squidward's door/Mrs Puff says, "I hate Mondays."



One day, SpongeBob and Patrick are playing, when they land in a bush. They destroy it, and the two find a worm that lived in the bush. SpongeBob takes it home, and introduces him to Gary, which takes an immediate dislike to. They fight, and SpongeBob pulls them apart. Later that night, SpongeBob lets his new pet stay where Gary usually sleeps, and Gary is sent to the guest room, which he doesn't like. The next morning, SpongeBob wakes up and sees the worm in a type of pain. He runs to Patrick because he doesn't know what to do. They go back to SpongeBob's house and see that the worm had given birth to baby worms. SpongeBob and Patrick try and put Gary and Mrs. Wormsley together, but she attacks Gary again and Gary chases Mrs. Wormsley out of town on a bus, so SpongeBob is left to take care of the worm babies. He tries to sell them, but he fails, because the babies spit an acid onto the person's face. After trying to sell them to Mr. Krabs, and he said to take them out of his restaurant. SpongeBob puts them by the garbage, but the babies spit on him too. Garbage men come up and they are about to take the garbage away when they see the acid on SpongeBob's face. They see that it is a very rare type of worm, and Mr. Krabs comes out, hearing how it is rare and they would bring a lot of money. So, SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs sell the worms to the people of Bikini Bottom.


  • This episode aired on the 18th of March 2009.
  • In recent airings this paired with Komputer Overload.
  • When SpongeBob tells Gary to sleep in the closet, his face is filled with bandages. However, when SpongeBob goes in the closet, his bandages disappear and don't reappear for the rest of the episode.
  • Towards the end of the episode when SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs are selling the worms, one of SpongeBob's holes is red for less than a second.
  • Mable appears to be pink, but in usual episodes she is olive green. This confusion also happens in Le Big Switch.
  • Patrick disappears smack in the middle of the episode.
  • This is the third episode to premiere during Nickelodeon's "The Bob Squad".
  • Larry the Lobster apparently doesn't know who SpongeBob is in this episode. This happens also in A Life in a Day.
  • Like other worms in the series, the mother worm growls, barks, and even whimpers like a dog.
  • The title card is similar to Have You Seen This Snail and Wet Painters.
  • The garbage man who smells the slime of the worms changes color (from blue to green).
  • When Patrick says "look out for my body", his buck tooth makes an appearence, but when he falls on Spongebob and they tumble down the hill, his bucktooth disappears for the rest of the episode.
  • Goof: Spongebob should of picked up the babies right before the truck hit them instead of making the truck stop.
  • When Spongebob puts Gary in the Guest room, he turns on a light. But when he closes the door, it becomes dark.
  • Mrs. Puff says "I hate Mondays" which is a reference to Garfield.
  • Gary hates worms because in Sandy's Rocket a worm is considered as a sea dog and maybe Gary is a sea cat.
  • This is one of the few episodes where Patrick is smarter than SpongeBob. He is aware of Gary and the worm not liking each other. Other episodes are JellyfishingSB-129Patrick SmartPantsPineapple Fever, and Cephalopod Lodge.
  • In the scene where Spongebob says "Patrick?",when one looks closely,you will see a signage that says:"Join the Krusty Krab crew!".

APM Music Identification

  • Dramatic Impact - A pink ball turns itself into a stray worm.
  • Drama Link G - "Mother of Neptune! Get away from me!"
  • "It's ok SpongeBob, it's just a little worm."
  • Killer Birds - Gary drives SpongeBob crazy.
  • Unpreventable - Gary and Mrs. Wormsley growl at each other.
  • Baby Elephant - SpongeBob takes Gary to the guests newspaper.
  • Dramatic Cue G - Mrs. Wormsley and Gary attack each other.
  • Dramatic Impact 2 - Mrs. Puff gets scared by the baby worms and puffs up, destroying her house.
  • Drama Link D - SpongeBob screams realizing that he's 3 hours late for work.
  • Dramatic Impact - "Get that disgusting vermin out of me restaurant, pronto!"
  • Alekoki Stand - SpongeBob asks Squidward if he can take care of the baby worms.
  • Happy Choo Choo A - SpongeBob offers baby worms to Larry at the supermarket.