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Episode Title: "Mermaidman and Barnacleboy"

Episode Airing Number: 6

Episode Production Number: 6

Original Airdate: August 28, 1999

Season: 1

On DVD: "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete First Season", "Tales from the Deep", "Absorbing Favorites"

On VHS: "Deep Sea Sillies"

Aired With Episode: "Pickles"

Running Time: 11:01

Storyboard Director: Paul Tibbitt

Storyboard Artist: Mark O'Hare

Writers: Paul Tibbitt, Mark O'Hare, and Mr. Lawrence

Animation Director: Sean Dempsey

Creative Director: Derek Drymon

Guest Voices: Ernest Borgnine as "Mermaidman" and Tim Conway as "Barnacleboy"

In Brief: SpongeBob and Patrick try to get Mermaidman and Barnacleboy out of retirement.

Story: After watching their favorite show, The Adventures of Mermaidman and Barnacleboy, SpongeBob and Patrick play as their heroes and pretend that Squidward is their enemy, Reflecto. As they hide in the pineapple, Squidward tells them that their heroes are down at the retirement center.

They arrive at the Shady Shoals Retirement Home and ask the manager to see their heroes. When they do, they ask if they are their heroes, Mermaidman and Barnacleboy. Barnacleboy says they but they are retired now. SpongeBob says they can't be retired because there is evil afoot. The word "evil" is not a very good word to Mermaidman because he goes insane when he hears it. Patrick comments by saying that it's too bad that they are old. SpongeBob will not rest until his heroes are out of retirement.

Later, as Mermaidman and Barnacleboy are sitting in the cafeteria, SpongeBob walks up to them and reminds them of one of their episodes. Then he says that they need to come out of retirement. Mermaidman acts like a minister and tells SpongeBob that he and the manager may kiss each other because they are married. The manager kicks him out.

Patrick and SpongeBob try out their next plan: cops and robbers. SpongeBob, acting like the old lady with a purse, shouts that he needs help. Barnacleboy walks up to him and SpongeBob thinks he's there to help him. Barnacleboy shouts at SpongeBob telling him to pipe down because Mermaidman is taking a nap. SpongeBob walks over to Mermaidman and notices that he sleeps with his eyes open. Barnacleboy shouts at him again to get away from Mermaidman. This awakens Mermaidman and he starts yelling at Barnacleboy. They get into an argument and while this is going on, SpongeBob and Patrick are painting the invisible boatmobile.

When Mermaidman and Barnacleboy see their painted boatmobile, they decide it's time to come out retirement. First, they throw waterballs at SpongeBob but he just absorbs them like an evil sponge. Then they try the raging whirlpool but SpongeBob and Patrick enjoy that. Finally, they decide to get help from the sea creatures. The sea creatures throw SpongeBob and Patrick away from the retirement home and Mermaidman and Barnacleboy feel great about coming out of retirement.

The next day, SpongeBob and Patrick are watching "The New Adventure of Mermaidman and Barnacleboy". After the episode airs, Patrick thanks SpongeBob for getting their heroes out of retirement.

Song: (none)


SpongeBob: You guys are the greatest heroes of all time, and I think you should come out of retirement.

Mermaidman: Listen up, you villains. I wanna eat my meatloaf. If you don't get out of here, then by the power invested in me, I now pronounce you man and wife.

Manager: What is going on in here?

Mermaidman: You may kiss the bride! *Spongebob gets kicked out*

Patrick: Did you re-unite our heroes?

SpongeBob: No, but I'm married.

Spongebob: *dressed up as a woman* Oh, my. This purse is so big and heavy.

Patrick: *dressed up as the bad guy robber* Hold it right there, maam. I'll be taking that.

Spongebob: Aah! Help! Help! Help!

Patrick: It's working.

Spongebob: Why, are you here to rescue little ol' me?

Barnacleboy: Pipe down! You could wake Mermaidman and he's ori when he's disturbed.

Spongebob: Ever alert, Mermaidman has trained himself to sleep with his eyes open.

Barnacleboy: Confound it, get away from him.

Mermaidman: Stop shoutin'. I'm napping!!

Barnacleboy: Its not me, you ol' coot!

Retired Elderly #1: Yes.

Retired Elderly #2: That's me.

Retired Elderly #3: I'm over here.


Newspaper The articles in the newspaper the nursing home worker was reading are "School Drop Out Rate Sours" and "Global Ocean Warming."

Commercial Mermaidman and Barnacleboy are watching a commercial for Tarter Sauce when SpongeBob and Patrick show up.

No Pants Patrick isn't wearing any pants, or underwear for that matter, when he's dressed up as the robber.

First Mentioned ManRay who appears in MM and BB III and V is mentioned in this episode.