Sandy is going out of town for a few days, and she asks SpongeBob and Patrick to care for her numerous pets while she’s away. Note that we never see these pets again. SpongeBob and Patrick take a particular liking to her caterpillar, named Wormy. Of course they don’t know what a caterpillar is, they don’t know what most of these creatures are. So when they come back the next day and find a butterfly in Wormy’s cage, they think it’s a monster that has eaten their friend. The butterfly gets out of the tree dome (it’s in a bubble) and the entire town is terrified of it, which leads to complete chaos.
What I like about this episode is that, even though Sandy is only in it for like a minute total, it does something with her that I wish more episodes did. That is, it remembers that she is a land creature living among sea creatures, and it lets those world collide in a way that’s very amusing.
SpongeBob and company are faced with something they’ve never seen before: a butterfly. They have no idea what it is, and by all accounts it looks like it ate a friend. How are they supposed to know that Wormy is now the butterfly? It’s even funnier when you think about the fact that Wormy probably has no idea why they’re scared, he may not even realize that they’re scared at all. The whole time he’s “chasing” them, he may just be thinking that they’re playing a game.
What I don’t like about this episode is the same thing that most people don’t like about this episode. There’s this gag in the episode where they will sometimes show a closeup of the butterfly’s face, and then show a horrified reaction from the characters. The closeup they show is an actual, real bug’s face. I’ve heard people say it’s not actually a butterfly, it’s some other type of bug, but I’m no bug expert I can’t confirm or dispute that. Now, objectively, I think it’s a pretty funny gag, because while everyone considers butterflies pretty and cute, their faces are pretty gross and scary-looking, and to a bunch of creatures who already think this thing is a monster, it’s probably terrifying. But here’s the thing. I have a terrible phobia of bugs and insects. There are certain ones that I can admire from afar, but I don’t want them anywhere near me (and yes that does include butterflies) and I certainly don’t want to see closeups of their faces. So, that particular gag does lower this episode’s appeal for me to some extent. (Funny thing, I’m actually pretty okay with caterpillars and worms most of the time and may even pick them up if I find them.)
Still, this is a pretty amusing and clever episode, and I wish we had a few more episodes that used the fact that Sandy is a land creature in a similar way. I think having the sea creatures react to things from land that they’re not used to can be really funny.
You know, whenever I see macaroons, I think of this episode. They look like little Pretty Patties!
Pretty Patties are the idea SpongeBob comes up with to attract customers to the Krusty Krab, which is in a slump. They’re essentially Krabby Patties that come in different colors. When Mr. Krabs and Squidward mock the idea, SpongeBob leaves to start his own business selling Pretty Patties.
Hey, so, when SpongeBob makes these Pretty Patties, is he using the Krabby Patty formula? They never say he changes to recipe, he just changes that color. Doesn’t that make SpongeBob a thief?
Well, anyway, the Pretty Patties are a huge success, so Mr. Krabs approaches SpongeBob. SpongeBob confesses that he really misses the Krusty Krab, and Mr. Krabs suggests that they trade. SpongeBob can have the Krusty Krab, and Mr. Krabs will run the Pretty Patty stand.
Mr. Krabs really just wants all of the money and success from the Pretty Patties for himself, of course, but he ends up not getting it. Apparently, the Pretty Patties have a side effect that has just been discovered. They turn your tongue or skin different colors when you eat them. A mob forms and demands their money back, and Mr. Krabs can’t even run back to the Krusty Krab for safety. Why doesn’t he just run home?
This is a pretty funny episode, and also a very quotable one. I like it when we get to see SpongeBob’s creativity pay off for him, especially when it happens after he’s been made fun of by other characters. I also like that SpongeBob is so nice that the success never goes to his head. When Mr. Krabs approaches him later in the episode, SpongeBob greets him as if nothing had happened between them.
SpongeBob was never in this for his own gain, he just wanted to share his idea. He even gives most of the money he makes away because he doesn’t know what to do with all of it. So I’m glad that he wasn’t the one who had to deal with the angry customers in the end. It’s a fitting punishment for Mr. Krabs, though, who was rather selfish throughout the episode.