''Procrastination'' and ''I'm With Stupid'' are episodes from the second season of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''.


[=SpongeBob=] has to write an essay for boating school about what not to do at a stoplight, but keeps putting it off by the most mundane things.

'''I'm With Stupid'''

Patrick's parents are visiting and he doesn't want them to think that he's an idiot, so he asks [=SpongeBob=] to act like an idiot to make Patrick seem smart by comparison. Unfortunately, Patrick starts [[BelievingTheirOwnLies believing his own lies.]]

!!''Procrastination'' provides examples of:
* AllForNothing: [[spoiler:After [=SpongeBob=] spends the episode procrastinating and then jotting down a bunch of things just before class starts, he's told by Mrs. Puff that the assignment has been cancelled because she has to go to a conference.]]
* AllJustADream: Some of the later events ([=SpongeBob=] getting visited by the mailman, the chair talking to him and his house being set on fire) didn't really happen.
* {{Bowdlerized}}: [=SpongeBob=]'s brief little workout, in which he stretches his arms, eyelashes and nose, were rather jarringly cut from syndication after too many people complained that his nose exercises [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything looked phallic]].
* CompressedVice: Before this, [=SpongeBob=] has never, ''ever'' been shown to put off a task, given how big a {{Workaholic}} he is.
* DumbassHasAPoint: Patrick calls out [[RidiculousProcrastinator SpongeBob]] for trying to have a conversation with him when he has an essay to write.
--> '''Patrick:''' SpongeBob, you and I both know that you're just using me as a distraction, so you don't have to write your essay.
* MediumShiftGag: As [=SpongeBob=] muses about getting his driver's license, it cuts to a live-action motor car racing down a track, immediately having an accident.
* RidiculousProcrastinator: As the title implies. [=SpongeBob=] is initially very eager and motivated to writing the 800 word essay due the following day, unlike the rest of class, but when upon discovering that coming up with ideas isn't as easy (or necessarily fun) as he thought it would be, he starts finding any possible way to avoid it, from feeding Gary an enormous amount of food and saying he's not leaving until he eats it all...which he does in about two seconds. [=SpongeBob=] then decides that he must clean up Gary's enormous mess he made (actually just one small drop of snail food) and the rest of the kitchen pristine before going back to work. He then decides to stop goofing up and we a monologue of him appearing to be writing something very creative, but we see he actually just wrote the word "the" in a very fancy manner. Several other humorous distractions occur.
* ShaggyDogStory: [=SpongeBob=] completes the essay, but [[spoiler: Mrs. Puff ends up having to leave for a teacher's convention and she tells him she decided to cancel the assignment.]] [[note]] Probably a good thing, since the resulting report (filled with things like "karate chopping the TV" and "shooting the breeze with the mailman") would probably get him an F if it actually mattered. [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption Not that SpongeBob can ever get a passing grade anyway]].[[/note]]
* TitleDrop: In the German dub, the episode is simply titled "Der Aufsatz" ("The Essay").
* WhatHaveIDone?: "Help! ''Help!'' My house is on fire!"

!!''I'm With Stupid'' provides examples of: (YMMV [[YMMV/SpongebobSquarePantsS2E17ProcrastinationImWithStupid here]])
* BelievingTheirOwnLies: The entire plot is kicked off when Spongebob and Patrick come up with a plan to make Patrick's parents believe that Spongebob is a complete idiot so that Patrick will look smarter by comparison. Unfortunately, Patrick takes it too seriously and soon ends up believing that he truly is a genius and [=SpongeBob=] really is dumb.
* CassandraTruth: [=SpongeBob=] is unable to convince Patrick and his parents that he's not really stupid.
* ConspicuousCGI: Patrick's house rocking on its foundation at the beginning.
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: The episode ends with Patrick and his (real) parents laughing as his rock house closes down on them.
* GainaxEnding: Patrick discovered that the two people he's been entertaining aren't his parents, finds his real parents right outside and the three of them laugh while the fake parents simply shrug it off, remembering that they don't even ''have'' a son, and walk off. Rock closes. The end. [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse We never even find out what happened to Spongebob after he ran off screaming]].
* GoneHorriblyRight: [=SpongeBob=] fakes dumbness as part of his and Patrick's plan, but Patrick begins to believe he's actually dumb.
* HypocriticalHumor:
-->'''Patrick:''' Yeah,dumb people are blissfully unaware of how dumb they really are [[SimpletonVoice duuuuh...]]
* KarmaHoudini: Patrick gets no punishment for essentially [[DrivenToMadness tormenting SpongeBob into insanity]].
* NoodleIncident: "Patrick! You forgot how to eat again! Quick, I'll get the funnel!"
* ObfuscatingStupidity: [=SpongeBob=] pretends to be stupid to make Patrick look smarter in front of his parents. Unfortunately, Patrick starts to believe that he ''is'' stupid.
* ObliviousToHisOwnDescription: Over the course of the episode, Patrick begins to believe [=SpongeBob=] really is dumb, forgetting about their own plan.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: After various failed attempts at getting Patrick's parents to believe he's actually dumb, [=SpongeBob=] screams and runs out of the house in frustration. [[spoiler: What he doesn't know is that the starfish couple he met are not Patrick's real parents.]]
* ShaggyDogStory: [[spoiler:Patrick manages to impress his parents - at the cost of poor [=SpongeBob's=] sanity. Then Squidward brings over Patrick's real parents, who'd been standing outside all day wondering where their son was.]]
* TitleDrop: Patrick briefly wears a "I'm With Stupid" [[FunTShirt T-shirt.]]
* TooDumbToLive: Patrick lampshades this, feeling this is how his parents view him. It turns out they aren't exactly mistaken about their son, who can't even ''recognize'' them until after he's already mistaken two other people for his parents!
** On that note, Marty and Janet are ''definitely'' this, for thinking Patrick was their son in the first place and going through the trouble to see him only to remember they have no son.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Patrick starts to believe that [=SpongeBob=] really ''is'' dumb, forgetting that [=SpongeBob=] is only pretending. Patrick then starts making personal insults, and when [=SpongeBob=] tries to remind him that they're only pretending, he denies it.
* VisualPun: A classic example.
-->'''Spongebob:''' (''in response to a piece of paper Patrick is holding'') Hey, a note! (''takes it to reveal that there's a music note on it'')\\
'''Patrick:''' Yeah, but turn it over, there's a letter!\\
'''Spongebob:''' (''turns the "note" around to reveal the letter B on the back'') You're right!
* WhamLine: Courtesy of Patrick at the end, to his "parents":
-->'''Patrick:''' Janet!? Marty!? ''WHO '''ARE''' YOU PEOPLE!?''