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Krusty Towers

After an expensive stay at a high-end hotel, Mr. Krabs gets the idea to turn the Krusty Krab into a luxurious hotel. After some poor employee treatment at the expense of Squidward, he decides to turn the tables by booking a room and have Mr. Krabs at his beck and call. What could possibly go wrong?

Krusty Towers

  • Ambiguous Syntax: Played with. When Patrick signs into the hotel, he tells Squidward "One Krabby Patty and one room. With cheese. Ooh, and can I have cheese on the Krabby Patty?"
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Mr. Krabs is shocked of the high bills he has to pay for the hotel, but is mostly shocked of paying $25 for a hamburger.
  • Artistic License – Law: Mr. Krabs adopts the motto of the hotel he previously stayed at as the one for his own hotel. In reality, such an act would be considered copyright infringement as he presumably did this without the knowledge of the previous hotel, and this would almost certainly get him sued.
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  • Awesome, but Impractical: There's no way you can fit a huge staircase in an employee elevator.
  • Bad Boss: Mr. Krabs, but his abusive attitude towards Squidward comes back to bite him shortly.
  • Bait-and-Switch: At first, it looks like Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob kidnapped Squidward's mother, threw her in a bag and tried to shove her into the trunk of Mr. Krabs' boat. Then it's revealed that the bag is full of Mr. Krabs laundry which they were trying to shove in to make room for Mrs. Tentacles.
  • Brick Joke:
    • One of Patrick's requests is to fill his room with cheese. Later, when Squidward is a guest, he asks for a Krabby Patty and finds that it has no cheese. SpongeBob explains that they are all out of cheese, and then we cut to Patrick in a room covered in cheese.
    • After being told about the hotel, Patrick's response is "This is a hotel?". Cut to the end of the episode where Mr. Krabs is complaining about hospital bills. Patrick's response to that is "This is a hospital?".
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  • Bridal Carry: Squidward asks Mr. Krabs to take him upstairs in this manner, much to the latter's displeasure.
  • Butt-Monkey: Squidward, before he foists this role upon Mr. Krabs.
  • Continuity Nod: Squidward peeling off the crust of the krabby patty.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After being abused by Mr. Krabs, Squidward turns the tables on him by quitting his job and coming back as a customer. Squidward then uses the Hotel's policy to torture and abuse Mr. Krabs.
  • Exact Words: One of Squidward's requests is a Krabby Patty with cheese, toenail clippings, and nose hair, just so he can force Mr. Krabs to eat it. SpongeBob tells Mr. Krabs that it's not actually a patty with cheese, toenails, and nose hair, and Krabs eats it... only to find out that it's just toenails and nose hair.
    SpongeBob: Sorry, Mr. Krabs. We were all out of cheese.
    (Cut to Patrick in his cheese covered room)
    Patrick: Hooray!
  • Here We Go Again!: After receiving their hospital bill, Mr. Krabs decides to jump on the hospital bandwagon and enrolls SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward into medical school.
  • Loophole Abuse: "We shall never deny a guest even the most ridiculous request."
  • Mood Whiplash: The indoor pool scene suddenly shatters the mood when Patrick's weight causes the pool to crash through the floors and the Krusty Towers collapses back into the Krusty Krab it was originally.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Squidward, after being fed up with Patrick's ridiculous requests.
  • Series Continuity Error: At the beginning when SpongeBob and Squidward head for the Krusty Krab, they walk to the right, when the Krusty Krab is usually on the left.
  • Shockingly Expensive Bill: The reason Mr. Krabs built the hotel.
    Mr. Krabs: 25 dollars for a hamburger?!
  • A Taste of Their Own Medicine: After quitting over having to deal with Patrick's requests, Squidward comes back as a guest so that Mr. Krabs has to fulfill his ridiculous requests.

Mrs. Puff, You're Fired

After yet another failed driving test, Mrs. Puff's superior fires her and hires a new boating instructor, Sergeant Roderick, who proceeds to turn the place into a boot camp for SpongeBob. Can he prove to Roderick that he isn't "unteachable"?

Mrs. Puff, You're Fired

  • Adults Are Useless: Mr. Fritz does not do the sensible thing and ban SpongeBob from ever having a license even after he still managed to level half the city while under Roderick's watch.
  • All There in the Script:
    • The shark drill sergeant that replaces Mrs. Puff is named Sergeant Roderick, according to the end credits.
    • The credits also reveal Mr. Fitz's first name as Gunther.
  • Blind Driving: SpongeBob learns the driving course blindfolded.
  • Cassandra Truth: Mrs. Puff's superior refuses to believe her claims that SpongeBob is unteachable, believing that Mrs. Puff is simply an incompetent teacher. It isn't until he fails the test even after being put through Training from Hell under Sergeant Roderick that he realizes that SpongeBob truly is unteachable.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: Patrick gets deprived of his pants during SpongeBob's rampage through Bikini Bottom; he's clearly not appreciative about this when he finally catches up and takes them back.
    The nerve of some people.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Roderick successfully taught SpongeBob how to drive while blindfolded. However, he failed to teach him how to drive without a blindfold after the fact.
  • Downer Ending: Mrs. Puff is given her job back, meaning she must deal with SpongeBob's clueless recklessness all over again.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Sergeant Roderick. Two former students learned it the hard way!
  • Epic Fail: Roderick teaching SpongeBob how to drive blindfolded ultimately ends up being this, as now SpongeBob cannot drive unless he wears one.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Summed up best by Mrs. Puff, who explains that SpongeBob is simply unteachable. By the end of the episode, Mr. Fritz seems to have come to the same conclusion. Unfortunately, he does not simply break the bad news to SpongeBob, instead opting to reinstate Mrs. Puff on the spot and forcing her to put up with his antics all over again.
  • Fired Teacher: Due to SpongeBob failing her class so many times, Mrs. Puff is viewed as an incompetent teacher and consequently fired.
  • Gasp!: The whole class lets out a rather shocked gasp when one student in the back falls for the drill sergeant's bon bon trick, leading him to be kicked out because of the "no eating" rule.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Sergeant Roderick tries to jump in front of the out-of-control boat, to no avail.
  • Idiot Houdini: Even with all the evidence placed squarely before him on why SpongeBob should never be allowed within five hundred yards of any moving vehicle, Mr. Fritz doesn't ban him from the roads and instead things go right back to where they were before he fired Mrs. Puff.
  • A Lesson Learned Too Well: After going through the sergeant's course, SpongeBob can now drive while blindfolded. And only while blindfolded.
  • Literal-Minded: SpongeBob, of course.
  • Loophole Abuse: SpongeBob's dossier containing a record of his failed driving tests, in excess of a million was completely destroyed when he demolished the school, so it's as if he never failed in the first place, according to a despondent Mrs. Puff.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: SpongeBob has this reaction when he realizes it was his actions that got his teacher fired. He doesn't have time to dwell on it though as Sergeant Roderick quickly takes charge.
  • Overly Long Gag: SpongeBob screaming "OWWWWW! WOOOOOW!" repeatedly after a pebble gets stuck in his hand.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Mr. Fritz seems to genuinely care about SpongeBob's standing in the class and genuinely thinks Mrs. Puff has let him down. It's only after Roderick fails to instill any lasting change in his driving tendencies that he hires Mrs. Puff back.
  • Run the Gauntlet: Spongebob does this crawling, walking, running, and blindfolded.
  • Schmuck Bait: Sergeant Roderick tells his class that there's no eating allowed in his classroom... then offers them a bon-bon. The others (SpongeBob included) keep shut, but one student takes the bait.
    Sergeant Roderick: Pick your favorite. How's it taste?
    Student: It's a delightful taste sensation...
    Sergeant Roderick: NO EATING IN MY CLASSROOM!! (tosses student through a door)
  • Status Quo Is God: SpongeBob has proven himself to be truly unteachable, but is allowed to keep working towards his license and Mrs. Puff is soon restored to her position as a result, much to her dismay.
  • Too Dumb to Live: SpongeBob naturally, for misinterpreting the blindfold as a necessary part of actual driving.
    • Also Mrs. Puff, who only got swept up in the chaos because she failed to get out of the way, which may very have led to her being rehired against her will as soon as SpongeBob has failed the test yet again.
    • The kid who fell for the Bon-Bon trick.
  • Training from Hell: What Sergeant Roderick puts SpongeBob through.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Poor Mrs. Puff not only gets reinstated as a teacher at the episode's end, but all evidence of SpongeBob ever failing her class was conveniently destroyed in the explosion, leaving him with a squeaky clean record.
    • Roderick's training actually works and SpongeBob finds himself capable of actually boat driving. Unfortunately because Roderick only taught him how to drive when blindfolded, SpongeBob can only drive when blindfolded, which is illegal.
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