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Pest of the West is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season five. In this episode, The story of SpongeBob's western ancestor, SpongeBuck, is told.

Pest of the West

Time\Date:

  • 19th century 

Characters

Cameo past time characters:


Western flashback:


Places

Songs

Marathon

There is a marathon of episodes prior to the premiere of "Pest of the West" that people voted upon online.

Winner Loser Time
"Shell of a Man" "Plankton!" 5:00 PM – 5:15 PM
"F.U.N." "Walking Small" 5:15 PM – 5:30 PM
"Frankendoodle" "Imitation Krabs" 5:30 PM – 5:45 PM
"The Great Snail Race" "The Fry Cook Games" 5:45 PM – 6:00 PM
"Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III" "The Algae's Always Greener" 6:00 PM – 6:15 PM
"Help Wanted" "The Chaperone" 6:15 PM – 6:30 PM
"Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V" "Plankton's Army" 6:30 PM – 6:45 PM
"Opposite Day" "New Leaf" 6:45 PM – 7:00 PM
"SB-129" "Enemy In-Law" 7:00 PM – 7:15 PM
"Fear of a Krabby Patty" "Reef Blower" 7:15 PM – 7:30 PM
"Band Geeks" "Krabby Road" 7:30 PM – 7:45 PM
"Stanley S. SquarePants" "Welcome to the Chum Bucket" 7:45 PM – 8:00 PM

Trivia and Goofs

  • The starting scene were Patchy says "Hi kids, you're watching a SpongeBob SquarePants special" is similar to the starting scene of Have You Seen This Snail? where he says the same line. This happened again in the episodes Dunces and Dragons and What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?.
  • Mystery makes a small cameo in this episode. When the Krusty Kantina is first shown, Mystery is tied up to a pole. This may be a reference to My Pretty Seahorse.
  • This episode doesn't air on TV very often, as well as many of the other double-length episodes.
  • This episode has scenes from 1993 TV Series, Walker, Texas Ranger, and 1994 TV Series, Renegade.
  • You can watch it here.
  • Dead-Eye Gulch was called "Bikini Gulch", before being attacked by Dead Eye.
  • This is the first Western themed episode.
  • This episode is similar to a Backyardigans episode Blazing Paddles.
  • After SpongeBuck states to Dead Eye Plankton, "Hey, that ain't your money," his eyebrows disappear.
  • This is the fourth time Mrs. Puff cries. The other times were in Boating SchoolThe Sponge Who Could Flyand "Mrs. Puff, You're Fired".
  • Towards the end of the episode, when Sandy tell SpongeBob to "keep dreaming", the light brown part of her head disappears.
  • When SpongeBuck and Dead Eye walk towards each other, they were a few feet away from each other, but the next clip they were still walking without reaching each other.
  • This episode aired in the Netherlands on April 92008, 2 days earlier than in the United States.
  • The buildings in Dead Eye Gulch are constantly changing. The Krusty Kantina and the Bank are mostly the same, but some buildings change color throughout the episode. Also, the names of the stores are changing, too. For example, the "Dead Eye General Store" turned into "Dead Eye Boots".
  • The word "idiot" is prominent in this episode. According to the SpongeBob's Greatest Hits CD booklet, it was said seventeen times. It was used in the featured song, Idiot Friends.
  • The "Family Histories of Bikini Bottom" isn't written in English or, at least, doesn't appear to be, but Sandy could still read it. Sometimes it written with Cyrillic Alphabets (Russian language).
  • When SpongeBuck comes to Dead Eye Gulch and sits at the bar, he is somewhere in the middle, but later he is sitting at the end.
  • In the song about Dead Eye, Patrick's ancestor, Pecos, says he had pulled his pants down, but as Dead Eye returns, he rips off Pecos' clothing and he says, "Not again".
  • Many years before, in Dunces and Dragons Bikini Bottom was a huge kingdom. Here it is a tiny town. InBack to the Past it is a small village and in most episodes it is an average city. Also, in SB-129 it is a desolate land of nothing. Years later, Bikini Bottom is spread over a jungle in "Ugh". Overall, Bikini Bottom's size and location changes several times along with the population.
  • Hopalong calls SpongeBuck a "yokel". Yokel is a derogatory term for someone from a poor country or the rural areas.
  • Dead Eye's name may reference dead eye mode in Red Dead Redemption, a western shooting game. Its interesting to mention this because in Red Dead Redemption, dead eye mode shows the skill with weapons that the protagonist has, as Dead Eye Plankton has the ability to use a whip normally (It makes a cracking sound, as if swung hardly) considering how small the whip is, a theory, but interesting to talk about.
  • Nat Peterson has two ancestors shown in this episode: one that appears in a flashback where Patrick's ancestor, Patrick Revere, warns Bikini Bottom of the mollusks and the other while SpongeBuck entered the Krusty Kantina, his western ancestor is seen at far away corner from the stage and counter. Later, when SpongeBuck is approaching the counter, Nat's ancestor is seen near the center of the cantina.
  • Both of Patrick's ancestors in this episode are shown warning their town or what it was during their era that something is coming to town.
  • Hopalong seemed slightly surprised that SpongeBuck asked for milk but it is true that most of the drinks shown are milk containers.
  • After SpongeBuck stepped on Dead Eye Plankton, in the Krusty Kantina, Pecos Patrick Star and SpongeBuck are drinking milk. Patrick spills it on himself, and SpongeBuck has a milk mustache. But in the next scene showing them, the mustache is gone, while the milk on Pecos' shirt is still there.
  • Patrick Revere is a reference to Paul Revere.
  • Dead Eye Plankton is mentioned riding from the east. Oddly enough, his voice actor is from New Jersey.
  • It's hard to hear, but at the very end of the Idiot Friends song, about a quarter of a second before the episode ends, you can hear a fish yell "Help Me!" or something similar to that really fast.
  • The name Dead Eye Gulch may be a reference to the infamous gold rush town of deadwood which was popularized by the HBO show of the same name the Dead Eye Gulch also bears a strong resemblance to the actual town.
  • When SpongeBuck finishes drinking the milk in the beginning of the episode, one of his tooth is turned to yellow for a second.
  • This is the second special characters are shown dressing up. The first was Dunces and Dragons.
  • Archetypal Western references:
  1. Town is strikingly close to a railroad
  2. "High noon" duel (High noon is a term used in the frontier to refer to the time of day which the sun was at its peak and usually deviated from true noon... though not by much)
  3. Newcomer named Sheriff in a haste
  4. Tyrant Bandit
  • Improbable features:
  1. A cactus propelling someone miles away (an example of cartoon physics)
  2. A pillow stuffed with a log
  3. Dead Eye Plankton being able to scare the townspeople
  4. Dead Eye (Bikini) Gulch has a clock (While clocks had been invented long before this episode takes place it was extremely rare to find any mechanical time keeper in the old west)
  5. It is unknown how Dead Eye was capable of killing all of those sheriffs
  • When Pecos Patrick says, "...'Til one day a beast came ridin' from the east..." you can see the Dead Eye General Store witch means that the store was already named Dead Eye before Dead Eye Plankton arrived.
  • At the end of the episode with people stepping on Dead Eye, William Krabs and Polene Puff didn't sync up to their sentences.
  • In Bahasa Indonesia version, the epilogue is cut for unknown reason.
  • When this episode aired on November 30, 2011, it had the Rainbow S.r.l. logo due to a mistake on Nickelodeon's part.
  • When Plankton dances bubbles come out of his bottom meaning that he must have farted.
  • When Dead Eye Plankton Says "I love this town." In the Background you see the Dead Eye Bank and there is no clock.

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