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United States airdate: August 7, 1999

Canada airdate: March 25, 2000

Squidward's genius plan worked! While SpongeBob and Patrick were blowing bubbles to communicate, Squidward interfered by blowing his own insults at them, causing them to fight. Now they're not even friends anymore! Meanwhile, SpongeBob and Patrick separately perform acts for Squidward that earn his gratitude and 'friendship'. But what's this? The two are fighting over Squidward now?

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Naughty Nautical Neighbors tropes include:

  • Alliterative Title: Naughty Nautical Neighbors. Though the title is misleading because only Squidward did something bad, SpongeBob and Patrick were attacking each other out of misinformation.
  • An Aesop: Don't create conflict between friends.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    SpongeBob: My best friend, my ex best friend, and...RUBBER BATH TOYS!
  • Artistic License – Music:
    • Squidward's "Solitude in E Minor" is not in E minor. It is impossible to tell what key it is in, as there are only two notes (C and F, respectively).
    • When SpongeBob asks Squidward to "give him an A", he plays A sharp/B flat.
  • Bare-Handed Puppetry: After breaking up with Patrick, SpongeBob tries to think of three other friends. When he can't think of any, he draws smiley faces on the three fingers he's holding up and sadly entones "The gang's all here."
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  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Subverted twice. First, Patrick made friends with Squidward after performing CPR to get the fork out of his throat just until he fell asleep while Squidward was playing his clarinet in which he tries dragging him out of his house, throwing out his back on the process. This causes SpongeBob to ram his head on Squidward's back, putting him back to normal. The two are friends until SpongeBob breaks his double bass which prompts Squidward to literally kick him out of his house. Of course, this didn't stop SpongeBob and Patrick from fighting over Squidward.
  • Bottle Episode: The majority of the episode is set at and around SpongeBob’s home lane.
  • Close Up On Head: At first it appears that SpongeBob has impaled Squidward on the head with a double bass bow, but the camera pulls back to show that it was just a portrait of Squidward (which already had a scared expression for some reason).
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  • CPR: Clean, Pretty, Reliable: Patrick does CPR on Squidward by inflating him like a balloon and letting the air push the fork out of his mouth. He also mentions needing to wash his hands first, but then shrugs it off.
  • *Crack!* "Oh, My Back!": Squidward sprains his back dragging Patrick out of his home. He shouts it again when his door falls on him at the end.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: When SpongeBob and Patrick argue.
    Patrick: Hey, you're a turkey!
    SpongeBob: What's that?
    Patrick: It's what you are!
    SpongeBob: Yeah? Well, you're a bigger one!
    Patrick: Well, you're still yellow! And you know what else is yellow?
    SpongeBob: What?
    Patrick: You are!
  • Dinner Deformation: The fork that Squidward accidentally swallows is clearly seen sticking through his neck.
  • Door Slam of Rage: When Squidward successfully makes SpongeBob and Patrick mad at each other, SpongeBob slams the door of his house while Patrick goes back into his rock and closes it with him on it, only to come out like an accordion. Squidward also does this at the end out of frustration his house is completely demolished.
  • Evil Is Petty: Squidward becomes antagonistic simply for being annoyed by the duo's antics behind his house, even though they otherwise weren't bothering Squidward at the time.
  • Failed a Spot Check: SpongeBob and Patrick can't seem to tell each other's voices apart from Squidward's in the bubblegram scene.
  • Feud Episode: The very first one of many between SpongeBob and Patrick.
  • Garbage Hideout: Squidward hides in his own trashcan to escape SpongeBob and Patrick's bickering from his house.
  • High-Pressure Emotion: After SpongeBob smashed the bassinet due to Patrick interrupting his song, Squidward is shown to have red in the face and has steam erupting from his head, along with the kettle whistle sound effect, before kicking SpongeBob out of his house.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: After ending SpongeBob and Patrick's relationship with malicious insults, Squidward swallows his own fork and passes out. At the end, Squidward gets crushed by his own door re-igniting his back pain.
  • If I Had a Nickel:
    Squidward: (while pretending to sound like Patrick) "If I had a dollar for every brain you don't have, I'd have one dollar."
  • Impeded Communication: SpongeBob and Patrick are communicating with bubbles that contain their voices. Squidward, whose house is between theirs, gets annoyed and secretly sabotages their messages by using his own bubbles that let out mean insults to them. This causes Bob & Pat to hate each other for the episode.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Squidward's attempt to ruin SpongeBob and Patrick's day ends up with the two bugging him and fighting over him. As a result, they destroy his bass, his art paintings and ultimately his entire house.
  • Long Song, Short Scene: "Solitude in E Minor" is an actual stock song by Richard Myhill called "Wishful Thinking"; the entire track goes on for a minute, compared to the literal two notes heard in the scene where it plays.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Squidward. He quickly pays for it, though.
  • Minimalist Cast: SpongeBob, Patrick and Squidward are the only characters present.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Squidward's look on his face is quite noticeable when hiding from SpongeBob and Patrick, due to them fighting over him, causing him to find a way to fix their relationship.
  • Nap-Inducing Speak: Squidward's clarinet playing puts Patrick to sleep after one note.
  • No, You: Most of SpongeBob and Patrick's arguments revolve around this.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Squidward watches SpongeBob and Patrick argue while sitting in a lounge chair and eating a souffle.
  • Temporary Bulk Change: SpongeBob and Patrick get bloated from drinking too much soda. They are back to normal once they burp it all out.

United States airdate: August 7, 1999

Canada airdate: March 25, 2000

Another day at Boating School means another day with SpongeBob for Mrs. Puff, his Boating School teacher. Unfortunately, SpongeBob might just be her eternal burden, because as it stands, he's never going to pass his driver's test.

Boating School tropes include:

  • Acting Unnatural: For SpongeBob, acting natural apparently means acting like a cow.
  • An Aesop: It's good to ask for help, but don't cheat. If you're not sure what applies as cheating, ask your teacher first.
  • Big "NO!": As Mrs. Puff is being put on an ambulance, SpongeBob assures her that he'll try harder next year. She yells "NO!" as the ambulance drives away.
  • Big "WHY?!": Mrs. Puff each time SpongeBob fails the test.
  • Butt-Monkey: Mrs. Puff.
  • Clothing Switch: Patrick tries on SpongeBob's clothes.
    What's pink and square at the same time? Patrick SquarePants!
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "I am confident in my abilities to successfully succeed."
  • Earpiece Conversation: Patrick coaches SpongeBob through his boating test by a walkie-talkie hidden under a cowboy hat. Mrs. Puff compliments SpongeBob on his improvement, joking that it's as if someone were telling him all the answers. But when she mentions that that would be cheating, SpongeBob freaks out and confesses... and crashes the boat, failing the test once again.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: This is the most competent Patrick has been in any episode. He even had to talk SpongeBob out of being dumb.
  • Hallucinations: After SpongeBob gets in the boat and starts to freak out, he hallucinates the track before him getting progressively longer and longer.
  • Larynx Dissonance: Mrs. Puff's voice deepens significantly when she inflates. Though she doesn't seem to do this anymore whenever she inflates as the series progressed.
  • Genius Ditz: SpongeBob knows all the answers to the verbal test, he just gets nervous and floors it when he's behind the wheel.
  • Helping Granny Cross the Street: SpongeBob during his 39th boating test attempt.
  • It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: SpongeBob having Patrick help him out with an Earpiece Conversation to pass his boating exam seemed like a clever idea...until Mrs. Puff mentioned that situation would be cheating.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": The 1/2 Shell audience fish only appear to give this reaction.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: SpongeBob's reaction when he realizes that what Patrick is telling him is cheating. It causes him to fail the test. Again. Patrick also has this reaction when he's also told it's cheating then cries and runs back to his rock.
  • Overly Long Gag: Patrick going "Testing" over and over into his walkie talkie, waiting for SpongeBob to respond, eventually starting to scream it.
  • Staggered Zoom: When SpongeBob realizes he's cheating.
  • Wham Line: "That would be cheating!"


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