Originally aired August 21, 1999; 10:00 a.m. on Nickelodeon
Recorded February 22, 2021; 11:30 p.m. from Nicktoons
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"Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy" and "Pickles" are episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants from Season 1. They premiered on August 21, 1999 along with a new episode of The Angry Beavers an hour and a half later.
These two episodes are some of -- if not -- my favorite episodes of Season 1. Not many people care for the first two Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy episodes because of how slow-paced they are compared to the later installments, but I think this one is the greatest. I'm a huge McHale's Navy fan so the fact they were able to get Ernest Borgnine and Tim Conway to voice these superheroes based off their likeness will always amaze me. Seeing Borgnine and Conway's voice acting play off of each other almost makes this episode feel like a spiritual successor to the series.
As for "Pickles", another great episode. While I feel like most people fixate on how great the writing is in this segment, I don't feel like enough people praise the sound design. It's not as if nearly every classic SpongeBob episode didn't have superb sound design, but I've always felt it shined through in this episode particular.
I recorded this airing (among many others) as part of this year's "Every SpongeBob Ever" marathon on Nicktoons. They ran a nearly-identical marathon back in 2019 before stopping half-way through, as the event was -- hilariously enough -- cutting away from Nick's viewership on the main channel. I recorded quite a bit of 2021's marathon from "Plankton!" to "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II", so maybe I'll make capsules for those episodes in the near future.
Embedded is the title card for "Pickles".