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"Pizza Delivery"
SpongeBob SquarePants episode
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Episode no.Season 1
Episode 5a
Directed byNick Jennings (art)
Sean Dempsey (animation)
Sherm Cohen (storyboard)
Alan Smart (supervising)
Written bySherm Cohen
Aaron Springer
Peter Burns
Original air dateAugust 14, 1999 (1999-08-14)
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"Pizza Delivery" is the first segment of the fifth episode of the American animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. The episode was written by Sherm Cohen, Aaron Springer, and Peter Burns, and the animation was directed by Sean Dempsey. Cohen also functioned as storyboard director, and Springer worked as storyboard artist. It originally aired on Nickelodeon in the United States on August 14, 1999.

In the episode, the Krusty Krab receives a call from a customer ordering a pizza, and Mr. Krabs sends SpongeBob and Squidward to deliver it. When the two employees become stranded in the middle of a desert, they get into numerous predicaments, including running out of gas, and a tornado. Along the way, SpongeBob tries to show Squidward the way of the pioneers. These ways include eating coral, yodeling to hitchhike, and driving rocks.

In pitching the show to Nickelodeon, creator Stephen Hillenburg originally wanted the idea of having the characters on a road trip, inspired by the 1989 film Powwow Highway. However, he eventually gave up the idea, and resurrected it in "Pizza Delivery". The episode received critical acclaim, with most media critics considering it one of the show's best episodes.

Plot[edit | edit source]

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SpongeBob (right) performs a beatbox ("The Krusty Krab pizza! Is the pizza! For you and me! The Krusty Krab pizza!") while he and Squidward (left) deliver the pizza on foot in the middle of a desert after losing their boatmobile.

It is closing time at the Krusty Krab, and Squidward answers a last-minute phone call from a customer. The customer wants to order a pizza and have it delivered, an order Mr. Krabs happily accepts, knowing that he could earn extra money. Squidward protests this by saying that the restaurant doesn't serve pizza nor do they do deliveries, but Mr. Krabs makes a pizza out of Krabby Patties, and tells Squidward to deliver it. Much to Squidward's dismay, after he asks Mr. Krabs to get SpongeBob to do it, Mr. Krabs insists that Squidward take SpongeBob with him. Squidward says that's not what he had in mind. Squidward makes SpongeBob drive the delivery boat, despite SpongeBob saying he can't drive as he is still in boating school. Squidward insists, and SpongeBob ends up "backing up" too far until the boat runs out of gas in the middle of a desert.

Stranded, the duo tries to hike back to the Krusty Krab, on the way encountering numerous mishaps: failing to hitch a ride with a truck driver, getting sucked up in an underwater tornado, and becoming hungry. Squidward demands SpongeBob to hand over the pizza so he can eat it, but SpongeBob refuses out of loyalty to the waiting customer. In the ensuing argument, SpongeBob notices a type of rock that he claims the pioneers drove for miles, and drives it all the way to the customer's house.

The customer is happy to finally receive the pizza, but he is indignant that the group forgot that he ordered a drink as well (although it is implied that Mr. Krabs didn't hear the order properly or hung up halfway through the call). He refuses to take the pizza or pay for it before angrily slamming the door in SpongeBob's face, making him cry. Appalled at the fact that the customer made SpongeBob cry and refusing to pay for the pizza because of a stupid drink after the journey they went through, Squidward returns to the customer and brutally slams the pizza in his face, claiming it was "on the house" as payback for his mean attitude. Squidward then goes back to SpongeBob who, still devastated, asks, "Did he change his mind?" Squidward cheers him up by saying, "He sure did. Ate the whole thing in one bite." The two then drive back to the Krusty Krab, which is revealed to be right across the street, much to Squidward's dismay, arriving just in time for work.

Production[edit | edit source]

"Pizza Delivery" was written by Sherm Cohen, Aaron Springer and Peter Burns, with Sean Dempsey serving as animation director. Cohen also functioned as storyboard director, and Springer worked as storyboard artist.[1] The episode originally aired on Nickelodeon in the United States on August 14, 1999.[2]

Series creator Stephen Hillenburg's original idea for the series pitch was that the writers would write a storyboard for a possible episode and pitch it to Nickelodeon.[3] Hillenburg wanted to write an episode with SpongeBob and Squidward on a road trip, inspired by the 1989 film Powwow Highway.[3] Derek Drymon said "It's a road trip movie starring Gary Farmer, who is an innocent, kid-like character who is traveling with a curmudgeon."[3] Eventually, the idea developed while they were working on it, but Hillenburg gave up the idea for the initial pitch.[3] Instead, they used another idea for the pitch which was in the series pilot episode called "Help Wanted".[3] Writers Aaron Springer and Sherm Cohen resurrected the road trip idea during the first season and used a lot of the ideas for "Pizza Delivery".[3]

"Pizza Delivery" was released on the DVD compilation called SpongeBob SquarePants: Christmas on September 30, 2003.[4][5][6] It was also included in SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete 1st Season DVD released on October 28, 2003.[7][8][9] On September 22, 2009, "Pizza Delivery" was released on the SpongeBob SquarePants: The First 100 Episodes DVD, alongside all the episodes of seasons one through five.[10][11]

Reception[edit | edit source]

"Pizza Delivery" received critical acclaim and is frequently cited as one of the show's best episodes. Nancy Basile of About.com ranked the episode No. 6 on her "Best SpongeBob SquarePants Episodes" list. She said "[It] is the perfect episode to depict SpongeBob's enthusiasm for all things Krusty Krab against Squidward's apathy and cynical nature." Basile cited her favorite scene in the episode where "After the customer slams his door in SpongeBob's face, Squidward makes sure he swallows the pizza 'in one bite.'"[12]

Giving the episode 5 out of 5 stars, Bill Treadway of DVD Verdict said the episode is his "personal favorite of all the episodes",[13] writing that "this one is loaded with enough unique twists and hilarious comedy to bear repeat viewings."[13]

Emily Estep of WeGotThisCovered.com ranked the episode No. 1 on her "Top 10 Episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants" list,[14] saying "But – the pizza is for the customer, and flawless employee SpongeBob won't let Squidward eat any of it."[14] She wrote "[The episode] has the undervalued nostalgia of being episode five of the entire series and it benefits from the aforementioned chemistry of Spongebob and Squidward."[14] She also praised the episode as "an in-depth look at their [SpongeBob and Squidward] relationship, and it set the tone for just how strange the show could be."[14] Estep lauded the hitchhiking dances by SpongeBob, saying "These moves are amusing and charming, while Squidward's bitterness is easy to relate to."[14] In 2009, "Pizza Delivery" was chosen by viewers on Nick.com as the No. 1 episode during a television marathon called "The Ultimate SpongeBob SpongeBash".[15]

In the iTunes collection, "SpongeBob SquarePants: Tom Kenny's Top 20", Tom Kenny, the voice actor for SpongeBob, lists it as among his all-time favorite episodes. He writes in the description for the episode:

“"The classic setup: SpongeBob and Squidward lost in the desert while delivering a pizza to a customer's home. Squidward just wants to get out of there, but SpongeBob sees his pizza delivery as a sacred oath between himself and the customer. I like when SpongeBob singing to himself - 'The Krusty Krab pizza is the pizza' ...turns into a bizarre gospel jingle singer-'Krusty Kray -ya ya-yaaa-aaab!'"[16]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete 1st Season ("Pizza Delivery" credits) (DVD). United States: Paramount Home Entertainment/Nickelodeon. October 28, 2003. 
  2. "SpongeBob SquarePants". TV Listings. Zap2it. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Heintjes, Tom (September 21, 2012). "The Oral History of SpongeBob SquarePants". Hogan's Alley. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  4. SpongeBob SquarePants: Christmas. DVD. Paramount Home Entertainment, 2003.
  5. Bovberg, Jason (October 6, 2003). "SpongeBob Squarepants: Christmas". DVD Talk. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  6. "SpongeBob SquarePants - Christmas". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved September 1, 2013.  Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete 1st Season. DVD. Paramount Home Entertainment, 2003.
  8. Bovberg, Jason (October 26, 2003). "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete First Season". DVD Talk. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  9. "SpongeBob SquarePants - Season 1". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on July 25, 2013. Retrieved September 1, 2013.  Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. SpongeBob SquarePants: The First 100 Episodes. DVD. Paramount Home Entertainment, 2009.
  11. Lacey, Gord (September 29, 2009). "SpongeBob SquarePants - The First 100 Episodes (Seasons 1-5) Review". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved September 1, 2013.  Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. Basile, Nancy. "Best 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Episodes". About.com. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 Treadway, Bill (November 10, 2003). "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete First Season". DVD Verdict. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved September 1, 2013.  Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 Estep, Emily (December 5, 2011). "Top 10 Episodes Of Spongebob Squarepants". WeGotThisCovered.com. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  15. "Pizza Delivery". The Ultimate SpongeBob SpongeBash. July 17–19, 2009. Nickelodeon. 
  16. "SpoongeBob SquarePants: Tom Kenny's Top 20". iTunes. 2009. Retrieved April 10, 2018. 

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