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Driven to Tears is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season four. In this episode, SpongeBob and Patrick fight over their grades.

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July 14, 2003:

  • 10:00 AM: SpongeBob gets ready for the test.
  • 10:02 AM: SpongeBob starts crying.

July 15, 2003:

  • 3:00 AM: SpongeBob is awoken by Patrick fixing his boatmobile.
  • 4:00 AM: Patrick shows up at SpongeBob's door.
  • 7:00 AM: SpongeBob's alarm saxophone rings.
  • 1:25 PM: SpongeBob arrives at the Krusty Krab.
  • 4:30 PM: Patrick gets arrested.
  • 4:40 PM: SpongeBob by bars.
  • 5:15 PM: Survival.

Time Cards Shown

  • One minute, thirty seven seconds later...
  • One debt to society later...



SpongeBob is willing to pass his driving license now with Mrs. Puff, but fails. Patrick passes it, and gets a new Bumperville. SpongeBob is jealous that his friend has got a new car. They went around Patrick's house for an hour and SpongeBob is tired. Patrick drives SpongeBob to his parents. Patrick nearly crashes, but doesn't wreck it. Patrick shows SpongeBob's mother and father his driving license. However, when they went back home, the duo passed a sign informing drivers to travel forty mph. SpongeBob checks the speedometer and finds that Patrick is traveling at forty and a half mph. SpongeBob goes to the police and tells the story. But the police dosen't believe him due to the stop which brought the speed of the boat forty under the limit which was zero an hour. At an intersection, Patrick passes the red light, causing cars to crash and pedestrians running away. SpongeBob rips Patrick license and Patrick is blamed for being a litterbug. Patrick was taken to jail, but SpongeBob begs for the police to send him to jail, since he was the litterbug. Judge Sardine agrees, and 90 days of social work later, SpongeBob made a plate for Patrick's car. But Patrick said he threw it away because the needle was pointing at E, meaning the gas tank was empty, but Patrick thought his Bumperville had died.


  • This is one of the episodes where Patrick acts like a complete bully. The second being its sister episode,Rule of Dumb.
  • The boat Patrick gets is a driveable boat in SpongeBob's Boating Bash .
  • When Patrick plays his hotrod's horn, it's a parody of the Dukes Of Hazzard's "General Lee"
  • This is the only season 4 appearance of SpongeBob's Mom and Dad.
  • Patrick weighs two ounces and it is revealed in earlier episodes SpongeBob weighs just one ounce.
  • This is the second time the police called SpongeBob a "tattletale" The first time was in "SpongeBob Meets the Strangler"
  • German Title: Eine Träne im Schlagloch.In English this translates to "A Tear In The Pothole" is a pun on a German saying.
  • When the guards escort Patrick away, he says to SpongeBob, "Don't forget to feed Gary. Sometimes you forget to feed him," a reference to the episode Have You Seen This Snail?
  • Throughout the episode, the car slopes forward more and more.
  • Patrick changes color during the close-up near the end.
  • When a close up of Patrick's license comes up, after he tells Mr and Mrs SquarePants about it, his glove turns pink.
  • In Brazil, the title for this episode is called "License for Patrick"
  • SpongeBob's eyelashes were not shown for most of the episode.
  • This is the second time Patrick was in Mrs. Puff's class. The first was in New Student Starfish.
  • This episode was a new episode for Patrick for President, along with Sing a Song of PatrickWaitingGift of GumRule of Dumb, and Rise and Shine.
  • This is the second time SpongeBob gets arrested. First time was in "Party Pooper Pants".
  • Patrick is later seen driving in Slide Whistle Stooges.
  • Patrick threw his boat away for nothing; when the needle pointed to E, it meant his gas tank was empty, not that the car reached its end. All he had to do was put more gas in it. Of course, Patrick is somewhat dumb, and he usually doesn't think right.
  • This is the second time SpongeBob is bullied and fights with Patrick. The first are in The Bully and in New Student Starfish.
  • The Drive Thru is an Important plot in "Drive Thru."
  • SpongeBob fights with rage on Patrick because he got 0/600 and an F-.
  • In the quarreling scene, SpongeBob and Patrick aren't punching/killing each other. They're just scream fighting.
  • This is the first time Patrick gets a driver's license. SpongeBob started to feel furious.
  • This is the second time SpongeBob and Patrick are arrested. The first is in Life of Crime.
  • SpongeBob holds out a number plate said,"Best Friends 4ever" after he is released from prison.
  • SpongeBob cries after he failed his driving test. His stupidity made him cry. Remember: Crying doesn't solve your problems! There is one episode crying DOES solve your problems: It's Stuck in the Wringer.
  • This is the third time Patrick becomes a bully. The second and first are in The Pink Purloiner and New Student Starfish.
  • After Patrick destroyed a billboard, SpongeBob pretends to be a woman while Patrick pretends to be a baby.
  • After Patrick saw Mr. and Mrs. SquarePants at the bus stop, they're Patrick's "parents". They first appear in Home Sweet Pineapple.
  • This is the first time a drive-thru is open in the Krusty Krab. The second is in Drive Thru.
  • A raging SpongeBob started to getting revenge on Patrick because their friendship broke once more.
  • This is the third time SpongeBob and Patrick broke their friendship. The second and first are in You Don't Know Sponge and Naughty Nautical Neighbors.
  • When Patrick tells Spongebob his boat's needle was on "E",Spongebob's pants had a darker color.

Cultural References

  • When the announcer said that Crust Blaster 3000 is the ultimate boating machine, it's the allusion to BMW when it's called an ultimate driving machine.
  • The Announcer for Patrick's new car says "Women will want you. And men will want to be you" This is a quote from Austin Powers.
  • A Police Officer says "Oww, I got me a runner!". This line is from the science fiction movie Logan's Run.
  • Patrick's horn plays the song La Cucaracha.
  • Patrick doesn't get arrested for the crimes he commited in the car until Good Ol' Whatshisname.


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