SpongeBob SquarePants: Season 1, Episode 6

Mermaidman and Barnacleboy/Pickles (21 Aug. 1999)

TV Episode  |  TV-Y7  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Family
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Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy: SpongeBob and Patrick visit a retirement home. Pickles: SpongeBob loses his confidence.

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Episode cast overview:
Squidward Tentacles / Old Coot #2 (voice)
Patrick Star / Old Coot #3 (voice)
Narrator / Villain / Old Coot / Intern (voice)
Customer #3 (voice)
Mermaid Man (voice)
Barnacle Boy (voice)


Mermaidman and Barnacleboy: Watching their favorite show, reruns of the TV duo superhero show Mermaidman and Barnacleboy, SpongeBob and Patrick hear that their beloved heroes are living in a nearby retirement home. The aging superheroes discover their toughest challenge yet will be SpongeBob and Patrick, who have decided the duo must come out of retirement. Pickles: SpongeBob loses his self-confidence when an arrogant customer wrongfully claims SpongeBob forgot to put pickles on his Krabby Patty. With his perfect record now ruined, SpongeBob quits his job as he begins doubting his ability to do even the simplest task. Without SpongeBob, the restaurant fails to attract customers. When SpongeBob learns the Krusty Krab is in dire straits, he returns from the skids to save the Krusty Krab in an ultimate show down with the arrogant customer. Written by NAS

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Did You Know?


After SpongeBob explains how great old people are, there's a live-action shot of an old guy in a captain's hat giving a thumbs-up. This is Don Newhouse, a parking lot security guard for Nickelodeon. He would later appear as a Nickelodeon security guard in the Fanboy & Chum Chum (2009) episode "Slime Day", and was the model for the "Old Kid" character in Invader ZIM (2001). See more »


When Spongebob and Patrick pull out donuts to "unite", Patrick is clearly seen to pickup a donut, leaving the chocolate one in the box. When they "unite" he is shown having a half eaten chocolate donut. The switch continues to repeats throughout the show. See more »


Mr. Krabs: Three cheers for SpongeBob! Hip-hip...
Crowd: Hooray!
Squidward: [unenthusiastic] Hooray.
Mr. Krabs: Hip-hip...
Crowd: Hooray!
Squidward: Whoop-dee-doo.
Mr. Krabs: Hip-hip...
Crowd: Hooray!
Squidward: Oh, Boy...
SpongeBob SquarePants: And three cheers for the fry cook who took my place while I was gone: Squidward. Hip-hip...
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Episode 6: Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy/Pickles
26 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

These episodes were good. But after Pizza Delivery, I expected more of these.

"Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy" This episode has some very funny parts like when SpongeBob re-enacts a battle the heroes had with Man Ray and when SpongeBob and Patrick pretend Squidward is a villain. However, many of the other MM+BB episodes were better, especially when Barnacle Boy is evil. But it's still great. 9/10 "Pickles" A fish named Bubble Bass comes to the Krusty Krab one day and claims that SpongeBob forgot the pickles on his Krabby Patty. SpongeBob now can't remember how to make the formula after his screw-up, and soon he can't remember how to do anything. This episode is very clever, but I don't see why Bubble Bass is such a jerk to Squidward. I love the car keys gag, though. 9/10

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