- All of the Other Reindeer: Squidward and the other citizens who cruelly mock Spongebob's kissy mark, and they even laugh when watching him and his grandma share a moment together in the ending.
- An Aesop: Just because you're an adult doesn't mean you still can't enjoy being "kiddie" around your loved ones (though it's probably best not to do it in public.)
- Answer Cut: Patrick asking "Have I ever not been right?'' Followed by a montage of paintings depicting Patrick feeding Spongebob a huge pumpkin through a funnel whole, revolutionizing travel by strapping an enormous firework to a bike, and the two of them wearing black thongs to the beach. The short answer: yes, he has. Many times.
- Break the Cutie: Twice: first when Spongebob gets picked on for having a kissy mark on his forehead, and again when he can't keep up his "adult" facade any longer.
- Covered in Kisses: Everyone makes fun of SpongeBob for the big kissy mark on his forehead. His attempt to get it off with a mop doesn't work.
- Doorstopper: Grandma gives Spongebob the technical manual on routine active maintenance, which is as tall as he is, so he won't have to listen to the fairy tale she's reading to Patrick.
- The Freelance Shame Squad: Squidward and the Krusty Krab customers laugh at SpongeBob's kissy mark on his forehead, then follow him all the way to Grandma's house just to peep through the window and keep laughing at him.
- Growing Up Sucks: Patrick and SpongeBob come to this conclusion from spending time with Grandma SquarePants.
- Not Growing Up Sucks: It's this mentality that kicks off the episode.
- Hot Blooded Sideburns: SpongeBob gives himself sideburns to make himself look more grown-up.
- Kneel, Push, Trip: While reviewing what SpongeBob is going to tell Grandma, Patrick adds "and then you get behind her and I'll push", which SpongeBob, shocked, says they didn't discuss.
- Large Ham: Spongebob does not hold back during his "Growing Up Sucks" rant.
- Ocular Gushers: SpongeBob does this when he breaks down in his Grandma's house. Soon, his tears flood the whole house, leading Grandma to pull out a plug in the floor to drain the tears away.
- Overly Long Gag: The first Krusty Krab patron to shame Spongebob calls him a big baby who wears diapers, then proceeds to list more and more "baby things" he could do, like suck his thumb and carry a blankie, until the other patrons tell him to give it a rest.
- Vacuum Mouth: Patrick eats an entire plate of cookies this way.
SquidvilleSquidward finally has enough with SpongeBob and Patrick and decides to move away to the octopus-populated Tentacle Acres. He enjoys it at first, but will the duo's absence cause him to snap from boredom?
- All of the Other Reindeer: Inverted. Squidward ends up becoming hated by everyone in Tentacle Acres due to gleefully causing trouble for them with a reef blower. Although a few of the residents do mock him for playing with said reef blower.
- Aluminum Christmas Trees: Canned bread is a real product.
- An Aesop: Life can be very dull when you have everything your own way. A regular life is truly a blessing.
- Apology Gift: SpongeBob and Patrick went to find Squidward and give him a cake in which the word "sorry" was engraved on with frosting to make up for destroying his house, although they never really done it since both are confused on which octopus is Squidward.
- Boredom Montage: Provides the page image.
- Breath Weapon: Patrick's stink breath knocks the guards unconscious.Patrick: I love fried oyster skins!.
- Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: Squidward realizes this as he gets bored of Tentacle Acres.Squidward: (glumly) Yep, this is great. They might as well rename this town "Squidward's Paradise." Or perhaps "too much paradise."
- Coincidental Broadcast: A TV commercial for Tentacle Acres plays after Squidward's very specific description of how much he's had it with SpongeBob's antics after his house gets destroyed, copying it nearly word for word.Squidward: SpongeBob, this is the final straw. I am going to move so far away, that I will be able to brag about it! I would rather tear out my brain stem, run into the nearest four-way intersection, and skip rope with it, than continue living where I do now!
(Television falls in front of them and turns on)
TV Spokesman: Hi there! Is this the final straw? Do you want to move so far away that you will be able to brag about it? Would you rather tear out your brain stem, run into the nearest three way—"
Squidward: Four way!
TV Spokesman: "...four way intersection, and skip rope with it, than continue living where you do now?"
- Fantastic Racism: When SpongeBob and Patrick try to get into Tentacle Acres, a guard tells them "[their] kind isn't welcome [there]".
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Squidward removes the facial features of two other octopi in the reef blower, then puts two sets of eyes on one and two noses on the other.Octopus With Two Noses: What are you looking at?
Octopus With Four Eyes: Those.
- Hate at First Sight: As Squidward enters Tentacle Acres, he bumps into another octopus and the two get into a brief argument. Squidward takes it as a sign that this is where he truly belongs.
- Insult Backfire: "FYI, you don't have to live here, you know!" "Hey, you're right! And I'm leaving ASAP!!"
- Ironic Echo: Squidward's argument with SpongeBob is spoken again between Squidward and another octopus, including the line "How could you possibly have fun with one of those oversized hairdryers?"
- Letting the Air Out of the Band: The music that plays during the montage slows down as Squidward becomes more and more bored.
- Mistaken from Behind: When SpongeBob and Patrick are trying to find Squidward in the Squidville mob, Spongebob (and the audience) sees an octopus who looks like Squidward from behind, since he's wearing the same brown shirt that Squidward usually wears. But when SpongeBob embraces him, we see his face and he has heavy eyebrows and a big black mustache.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Squidward becomes so bored with Tentacle Acres that he ends up having fun with a reef blower just as SpongeBob and Patrick did in the beginning (which is the reason why he decided to move away in the first place). By the end, SpongeBob and Patrick fail to recognize him as they watch him fly out of the town using said blower, mainly because he was laughing and shouting maniacally while doing so.
- Planet of Hats: Tentacle Acres.
- Reaching Between the Lines: SpongeBob and Patrick are at the Tentacle Acres gate, asking to be let in. Patrick's bad fried oyster skin breath goes through the intercom, knocking out the guards, one of whom falls on the button that opens the gate.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The plot's genesis - after Squidward's house is destroyed by SpongeBob and Patrick, he finally declares it the "final straw" and announces his intent to "move so far away that [he] can brag about it."
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: As Squidward enters Tentacle Acres, he and the other Octopus engage into this after bumping into each other:Other Octopus: I've seen more alert people in a retirement home.
Squidward: Oh, which way to the Living-without-a-brain seminar? Don't be late.
Other Octopus: I've heard better comebacks from a turkey sandwich, get a life!
- Wrong Restaurant: At the Tentacle Acres gate, Patrick mistakes the intercom for a restaurant take-out and makes an order.