Airdate: August 7, 2008
Squidward is given a ticket for speeding while trying to get away from SpongeBob. His sentence: traffic school at Mrs. Puff's Boating School, and guess who his classmate is?
Boating Buddies contains examples of:
- Alliterative Title: The word Boating Buddies, of course.
- Big "WHAT?!": Squidward shouts this to SpongeBob after he keeps shouting his name over and over. SpongeBob actually wanted to give him his car keys.
- Butt-Monkey: Squidward.
- The Cat Came Back: A brief example. Squidward tries to avoid eating lunch with SpongeBob. He tries to eat next to some garbage cans and then inside a bathroom. This ends when Squidward mistakes a tough muscular fish for SpongeBob and gets beat up for his troubles.
- Comically Missing the Point: When Mrs. Puff asks SpongeBob to explain his side of Squidward's story of why is he attending Boating School, he draws a "SpongeBob + Squidward, Best Boating Buddies 4-ever" picture on the chalkboard, much to the confusion of the students and to Squidward's annoyance.
- Commonality Connection:Squidward: I was trying to get away from him! [points at SpongeBob who is gazing at him creepily] He is the bane of my existence!
Mrs. Puff: Yours too?
- Continuity Nod: During the driving lesson, Squidward and SpongeBob fight over the wheel of the boat, similar to "Pizza Delivery".
- Downer Ending: For Squidward, he and SpongeBob fail the boating test and have to come back to school next week.
- Eating Lunch Alone: Squidward wants to sit at the lunch table at boating school, but refuses to sit with SpongeBob, so he has to eat alone behind a dumpster "just like in grade school". That didn't end when SpongeBob pops up from a trash can and Squidward goes to eat alone in a bathroom.
- Negative Continuity: Squidward is never shown at Boating School the next episode on.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Squidward gives one to SpongeBob after all the pain he received throughout the episode because of him.Squidward: How many times do I have to tell you?! I am not your buddy! I don't need your help, and I don't need you, ever! Now just kindly let me take this stupid test, so I can get out of here and never have to see you again for the rest of my life!
- Stalker Without a Crush: SpongeBob to Squidward, even more than usual.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!:SpongeBob: Didn't you used to have one of those cucumber bicycles?
Squidward: Oh, (laughs) that was a recumbent bicycle, and I sold it.
Squidward: SO I COULD GET FURTHER AWAY FROM YOU! (rushes off)
- Tempting Fate: When SpongeBob offers to help Squidward with the final test, Squidward tells him "I don't need your help, and I don't need you! Ever!". Unfortunately, he ends up needing his help when his pencil ends up rolling out under the classroom door.
- Verbal Backspace: When Mrs. Puff speaks to the students:Mrs. Puff: Okay class, how about we get to know our new students, by telling each other why we were sentenced to— I mean, why we are enrolled in boating school.
- Then Mrs. Puff says "Yours, too?" when Squidward says that SpongeBob is the bane of his existence. She corrects herself by asking him to come to the board and draw a diagram of how he got to boating school.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: SpongeBob considers him and Squidward boating buddies, much to the dismay of the latter.
- What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: Squidward says a variant of this as he is sent to boating school. Then SpongeBob open the doors.
Airdate: August 8, 2008
Mr. Krabs decides to go into the publishing business, with SpongeBob as his star reporter. But SpongeBob faces a dilemma when Mr. Krabs asks him to "embellish" his stories and the results start hurting his friends.
The Krabby Kronicle contains examples of:
- Accidental Truth: Patrick and the pole are actually married.
- An Aesop: Dont say anything about your friends thats untrue as it could hurt their feelings.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: When mentioning how Mr. Krabs ruined their lives, Plankton says he lost his business, Larry is being bullied by all the kids in town, and Mrs. Puff had go back to watching daytime television.
- Bad Boss: Mr. Krabs! He threatens SpongeBob to swallow his guilt over the phony news stories or he'll lose his spatula. SpongeBob exaggerates this a little in his news story by claiming he's an underage, overworked employee who is given a meager salary.
- Blatant Lies: SpongeBob wrote obvious lies about Patrick, Mrs. Puff, Larry the Lobster, Plankton, and Sandy (although for Patrick, this turned out to be true).
- Counterfeit Cash: After his newspaper goes under, Mr. Krabs decides to use the printing press to make money.
- The Dog Bites Back: In order to get revenge for making him ruin everybody's lives, SpongeBob writes about Mr. Krabs torturing him, forcing him to write stories that lie and ruin other people's lives and keeping the money for himself, only caring for the money and not caring about others.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Plankton calls out Mr. Krabs for writing lies about him.Plankton: I lost my restaurant because of you! And I thought I was evil...
- Mr. Krabs' usual obsession with money and how much he hates to spend it implies that he'll keep the Counterfeit Cash at the end to himself.
- Hot Pursuit: One story claims that Mrs. Puff was in a high speed chase with a police officer. Unfortunately, this ruins her boating school.
- Lack of Empathy: Mr. Krabs is all over this in this episode.
- Mundane Made Awesome: How SpongeBob modified what he saw throughout the episode.
- Obliviously Evil: Mr. Krabs. Best illustrated when he responds to SpongeBob's concern about the newspaper:Mr. Krabs: How many times do I have to tell you, boy? We're not hurting anyone!
- Out-of-Character Moment: SpongeBob is upset for writing a story about Plankton causing the Chum Bucket to be shut down, when really, Plankton is the enemy.
- The Secret of Long Pork Pies: In one story, it's told that Plankton's chum is made out of citizens, resulting in Health Inspector Yellowtail shutting down the Chum Bucket.
- A Taste Of His Own Medicine: How SpongeBob gets back at Mr. Krabs.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: While looking for his first story, SpongeBob sees a bank robbery, thugs going on a rampage, a fire in the background, and a mystery monster climbing out of a manhole.SpongeBob: No news to report here.