Classic TV Review – SpongeBob SquarePants: “Pizza Delivery/Home Sweet Pineapple”

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The Krusty Krab Pizza is the pizza for you and me!

If I had to offhand name the three most famous moments of SpongeBob, I’d point to the F.U.N. song, the Super Bowl performance, and the Krusty Krab Pizza song. (That these are all musical moments says a lot about SpongeBob SquarePants and its humor.)

Of those three moments, I’d argue that the Krusty Krab Pizza song has the highest likelihood of placing number one on most people’s lists. And so I headed into my viewing of “Pizza Delivery” with apprehension–I did not want to be letdown by what I would consider the single most iconic episode of SpongeBob ever.

Thankfully, I was not let down. “Pizza Delivery” is hilarious throughout its whole runtime, offering up funnies regarding the pioneers and Mr. Krabs’ greediness.

“Pizza Delivery” is even more effective coming off of “Boating School,” an episode that saw the series dive more heavily into the ins-and-outs of SpongeBob SquarePants. Knowing SpongeBob can’t drive increases the laughs of watching him reverse the boat until he runs out of gas.

If anything, “Pizza Delivery” continues to stack moral goodness onto SpongeBob, allowing us to see what he places above all other things: the customer. SpongeBob proves to be an incredible customer service employee, going above and beyond to deliver this pizza to a fish who ends up being a real asshole over some Diet Dr. Kelp.

“Pizza Delivery” is the easiest episode of SpongeBob to review: it’s the most iconic episode the show has ever done!

Grade: A

Oddly, “Pizza Delivery” is not paired with a strong episode. “Home Sweet Pineapple” is cute, but it’s not nearly as funny or imaginative as “Pizza Delivery.” (Perhaps that’s just because any episode that followed “Pizza Delivery” was bound to be a letdown.)

“Home Sweet Pineapple” sees the destruction of SpongeBob’s home by nematodes, feisty little creatures that devour all in their path. They’re a fun addition to the SpongeBob universe, a wrinkle of chaos that goes relatively unexplained. I hope that future episodes return to the threat of the nematodes and expand on them; here, they simply arrive, eat all of SpongeBob’s possessions and his house, and disappear.

The animation given to the destruction of the pineapple home is certainly fun. Watching the nematodes whip out straws and start slurping down all of SpongeBob’s livelihood was delightfully cartoony.

Where “Home Sweet Pineapple” goes wrong is in its follow up, particularly an odd scene where SpongeBob spends the night at Patrick’s place. It’s already been established that under Patrick’s rock is a whole house with a couch and a TV; here, there is nothing under the rock, and it is used solely as a blanket that SpongeBob and Patrick fight over. Maybe continuity on SpongeBob is nil, and I think usually that works in the show’s favor when it’s expanding things like the inside of SpongeBob’s house. However, I think it works at a disadvantage when continuity is ignored to eliminate things. 

Grade: C

Notes:

  • “The Kru-uh-uh-stee Krab Pi-eee-eeeza iiiiiis the pizza, for you andddd….. MEEEEEE!!!!!” *smashes guitar*
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