|The Great Snail Race|
|Season 3, Episode 55a|
|Written by||Paul Tibbitt|
- Friday at 11:35 AM: SpongeBob wakes up.
- Saturday at 11:40 PM: SpongeBob is shown in bed, training Gary.
- 11:45 AM: SpongeBob with Gary.
- 11:50 AM: SpongeBob and Gary arrive at the race.
- SpongeBob SquarePants
- Squidward Tentacles
- Gary the Snail
- Patrick Star
- Sandy (2 speaking cameos)
- Snellie the Snail (debut)
- Rocky (debut)
- Mayor (debut)
- Lighting Larry Luciano (debut)
- Sports guy (light green)
- Bikini Bottom's Snail Race
- SpongeBob's House
- Conch Street
- Oyster Stadium
- 2 hours later
SpongeBob wakes up as well as waking up Gary. He tells the world he is ready. He sees Squidward getting a package in the mail, with the mailfish erroneously pronouncing his last name as "Tennisballs". SpongeBob questions that Squidward's last name is "Tentacles", and Patrick says poor guy. He opens the cage, which contains a snail named Snellie. Patrick checks out Squidward's new snail. SpongeBob sees this and tells Gary that he has a new little playmate. However, Squidward immediately protests and explains that Snellie is a purebred of the highest pedigree, and that she is going to be entered in the Bikini Bottom Snail Race on Sunday and she will win it.
- The music played during the title card and when Lightning Larry is heading to light the torch is identical in tune to "Now that We're Men from The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, which this episode predates by over a year.
- The winner was Patrick's snail (rock), Rocky.
- Running Gag: Someone mispronouncing Squidward's last name, and Patrick saying his snail (rock) has nerves of steel.
- The mayor in this episode is also the 1st mayor of New Kelp City in "What Ever Happened To Spongebob?".
- A snail identical to Snellie appears in "The Sponge Who Could Fly" as Mrs. Puff's snail. However, she states that, "I've had her since I was a little girl," meaning that this could not be Snellie. Also in "Gary in Love" Snellie appears as Mary. This could be because Snellie is likely a character model.
- SpongeBob: "...raw eggs 'cause they're cliche," is a clear reference to Rocky (coincidencially, Patrick's snail is named Rocky).
- This episode was the only episode from the Hillenburg era (1999–2004) and season 3 on the "Where's Gary"? DVD.
- The first episode to air in 2003.
- There is a deleted scene in which Sandy is arrested for kicking Spongebob's butt. This was cut for unknown reasons.
- SpongeBob's unicycle, first seen in "Boating School", appears in this episode.
- SpongeBob shouts "Move it! Move it!" like Lt. Harris in Police Academy.
- This is the second time SpongeBob had rivalry with Squidward. The first time was in the episode,"Employee of the Month", while the third time will be in "SpongeBob vs. The Patty Gadget".
- In the Hebrew version, the word "Tennisballs" is replaced with the inappropriate word "Testacles".
- In the Brazilian dubbing, Squidward's last name "Tentáculos" is misspelled "Tem Tacos" (have clubs) by the mailman and "Tem Óculos" (have eyeglasses) by Patrick. Snellie is called "Caracolina", a combination of "Caracol" (snail) and "Carolina" (a given name).
- It is revealed that a scene where Sandy gets arrested for kicking SpongeBob is cut for unknown reasons.
- In a recent airing (4/18/2012) at the Philippines (a single episode) the credits are different form that of the original because it uses the credits from a future episode, Boating Buddies.
- In ealry Russian airings Chocolate With Nuts was aired first and The Great Snail Race was second; however, in later Russian airings, the order of the two episodes is changed.
- "Lightning Larry Luciano" might be a reference to the mobster "Lucky Luciano".
- This is another episode to show Spongebob as the main antagonist.
- At the title screen the music is Now that we're Men like in the Spongebob Squarepants Movie.
- There is a book of the same name based on this episode.
- Nat could've been arrested for "illegally" taking over as the host.
- You can see 2 Nat's in the audience.
- If you look at Fred closely in the audience, he's missing his pants.
- When SpongeBob runs to Gary his hat and mustache are gone.
- Gary crashes into a wall and is still on the track. However, when the race begins, the track is in the center of the stadium, far from the walls.
- SpongeBob was wearing red pants, but in the stadium, there is a close-up where Gary is in the floor and SpongeBob's pants are blue.
- Fight! Fight! Fight! - Title card
- William Tell Overture - The song SpongeBob plays on the bugle
- Dancing the Hula - Squidward's new snail
- Meet the Family - Gary imagines himself watching TV.
- Deadline - "Looks like we're gonna start our training now, ladies."
- Astronauts March - SpongeBob makes a protein shake.
- Pell-Mell - Gray practices sprints.
- Meet the Family - Gary watching TV again.
- Steve's March - Training montage
- Hawaiian Link (b) - Gary is exhausted.
- The Zodiac - At the stadium.
- Fight! Fight! Fight! A - Pre-game ceremony.
- Charge - "The torch is lit! Let the race begin!"
- Open - SpongeBob gives pep talks.
- The Wild Bunch - The race starts.
- Dramatic Cue G - Firefighters put out the fire on Gary's shell.
- Romeo And Juliet Fantasy Overture - Snellie comforts Gary.
- Miss World (c) - Rocky wins the race.