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Little Yellow Book: Squidward reads SpongeBob's diary out loud to the Krusty Krab.

"Little Yellow Book" contains examples of:

  • An Aesop: Never read someone else's diary, especially when it's a secret diary. That tiny incident will ruin your entire life.
    • Also, be mindful of other people’s belongings.
  • Asshole Victim: While the residents came off as no better by punishing Squidward for something that they themselves did too, Squidward technically deserved everything that happened to him. Although, as seen in the picture, Squidward does not care about his punishments in the slightest.
  • At Least I Admit It: Squidward does take fault for what he did, even if he doesn't feel sorry. Of course, the residents completely dismiss it.
  • Berate and Switch: This happens when Squidward tells a customer he's reading SpongeBob's diary:
    Customer: Reading somebody else's diary — that's terrible! Tell me more!
  • Continuity Nod: This isn't the first time Squidward made SpongeBob cry and getting scolded by the townspeople for it much like in "Fools in April". Only this time, Squidward lacks remorse for his actions and the townspeople are complete hypocrites.
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  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: When under a lot of stress in "Little Yellow Book", SpongeBob takes a break where blows bubbles in a manner akin to smoking.
  • Easily Forgiven: Despite that he was put to tears when Squidward read his diary with everyone, SpongeBob was very willing to forgive him for this.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Mr. Krabs was disgusted of Squidward for reading SpongeBob's diary to the point of calling it downright low even for him. This moment becomes particularly poignant when you realize that Krabs was NOT among the Hypocrites who were laughing at SpongeBob's secrets.
    • Similarly, only Squidward reads SpongeBob's real diary at the end, so everyone else is able to shame him without being hypocrites this time.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: Squidward is shamed by the townspeople, gets his house taken away, and is arrested just for reading SpongeBob's diary.
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  • Here We Go Again!: In the end, Squidward reads SpongeBob's actual diary, causing him to run away embarrassed and to be ridiculed again.
  • Hypocrites: Everyone laughs at SpongeBob's expense as Squidward reads his diary and his embarrassing secrets, and then became disgusted with Squidward when SpongeBob runs away crying, but hey, they all knew who they were laughing at in the first place. Made even worse when Squidward points out that Patrick also read the diary, only for Patrick to dismiss him as "blaming everyone else" when he actually isn't.
  • I Call It "Vera": Secretly, SpongeBob calls his spatula "Fifi". Patrick calls his "Frank".
  • Irony: For all the townspeople's hypocrisy and Disproportionate Retribution, they weren't actually laughing at SpongeBob's Diary. Not the real one, anyway.
  • Jerkass: Everyone, save for SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs. Squidward especially.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: As cruel as Squidward is here, he does rightfully point out to Patrick that he (along with the others) read the diary too. Not that Patrick agrees with it; he's just not smart enough. Also, just because Squidward won't apologize, that doesn't mean he's not taking responsibility.
    Patrick: Diary reader!
    Squidward: What?! You read it too!
    Patrick: Oh, sure. Blame it on everyone, except yourself. That is so you!
  • Karma Houdini: Squidward in a sense. While he was shunned, had his house taken, arrested by the police, and was placed on a pillory for people to throw fruit at him, it wasn't until he got to read SpongeBob's real diary and enjoys it while fruit was being thrown at him.
    • The same sense could also apply to everyone else as well, since despite their treatment of Squidward, they don't read the real diary.
  • Never My Fault: The Bikini Bottomites call out Squidward for reading the diary, all the while completely denying that they read the diary too out of their own free will. At best, they could just be accusing Squidward of this trope since A) He's Squidward, and B) They want to show he's just as guilty as they are, since he started it. They at least subvert this by not reading his real diary.
  • Nice Guy: SpongeBob is as nice as ever in this episode, forgiving Squidward even after reading his diary full of embarrassing secrets to the people of the Krusty Krab. Mr. Krabs is also pretty nice in this episode, as he is not amongst the hypocrites of Bikini Bottom who laughed at SpongeBob's diary, and while he does call Squidward out on what he did, he does not join in the townspeople when they go about inflicting Disproportionate Retribution on Squidward.
  • Ocular Gushers: SpongeBob lets these out after Squidward read his diary, with Squidward walking past him while holding an umbrella.
  • Ordered Apology: Mr. Krabs insists that Squidward apologizes to SpongeBob, only for Squidward to tell him that he'll get over it.
  • Planet of Steves: There's a fish already named Frank, and Patrick gives his spatula that name.
  • Revenge: The reason behind the whole diary plot was for Squidward to get back at SpongeBob for all the bad things he did to him over the past nine seasons. However, SpongeBob did nothing to hurt him in this episode, which only ends up making him look bad.
  • Secret Diary
  • Self-Serving Memory: SpongeBob's obliviousness to Squidward's hatred of him is best shown in this episode, where we're shown a scene of Squidward chewing SpongeBob out; while in reality, Squidward was furious at SpongeBob for letting Gary into his home and Gary chewing up many of his possessions, complete with Squidward screaming "horrible words that should never be used around strangers" in his face, SpongeBob sees it as Squidward giving him "his profound opinions on how to properly raise and care for a household pet."
    Squidward: Great Neptune, I had no idea. The depth of his delusion is awe-inspiring.
  • Series Continuity Error: One of SpongeBob's diary secrets is that he named his spatula Fifi, but in many other episodes it was named Spat. It could just be a different spatula however.
  • Shamed by a Mob: The townspeople jeer at Squidward for reading SpongeBob's diary, despite laughing at it earlier.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Turns out, Squidward only read SpongeBob's work diary which became a best seller, and not his personal one.
  • The Unapologetic: Squidward until he gets stuck in a pillory in the middle of town while people throw tomatoes at him. He asks SpongeBob to forgive him, until he reads his real diary.
  • With Friends Like These...: Patrick laughs at SpongeBob's embarrassing secrets from his diary.
  • Worth It: Squidward says this while reading SpongeBob's real diary and being thrown fruit by the other fish.

Bumper to Bumper: Mrs. Puff must think outside the box when SpongeBob fails his driving test again.

"Bumper to Bumper" contains examples of:

  • Acid-Trip Dimension: Several of these appear as SpongeBob repeats the mantra.
  • An Aesop: Don't take someone's advice too seriously.
  • Broken Record: "Focus on the road, there is nothing but the road." Repeated ad infinitum.
  • Continuity Nod: This is not the first time SpongeBob's license gets torn up the moment he officially gets it.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Mrs. Puff's advice for SpongeBob to repeat her helpful mantra suddenly gets stuck in his head and he is unable to follow the last step: safely dock the vessel.
  • Madness Mantra: Mrs Puff advises SpongeBob to "Focus on the road. There's nothing but the road"; this eventually deteriorates into such and gets to his head and repeats it over and over.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: SpongeBob's eyes turn into blue spirals as he gets stuck on repeating Mrs. Puff's mantra.
  • Never My Fault: At the end of the episode, as she is being arrested, Mrs. Puff blames SpongeBob. This is despite the fact that she was the one who took him over the county line.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Mrs. Puff gives one to SpongeBob for failing yet another boating exam.
  • Show Within a Show: Two people were watching "Going Bananas 3 in 3-D".
  • Sudden Downer Ending: Right when SpongeBob finally gets his license and everything seems normal, the police show up and arrest Mrs. Puff for crossing the county line. As a result, the test results are voided and SpongeBob's license is torn up.
  • Survival Mantra: Mrs. Puff's advice to SpongeBob to "Focus on the road, there is nothing but the road" starts out as this, but it quickly changes into a Madness Mantra when he's stuck on saying it.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: SpongeBob finally passes but, to his and Mrs. Puff's dismay, a police officer declares the test null and void because she broke parole by crossing the county line during the test.


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