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Squidward's School for Grown-Ups
Season 8, Episode 157a
Squidward's School for Grown-Ups
Air date June 4, 2011
Written by Aaron Springer
Sean Charmatz
Richard Pursel
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Squidward's School for Grown-Ups is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season eight. In this episode, Patrick becomes a little mature after he grows a beard and hangs out with Squidward instead of SpongeBob.



After Grandma's Kisses


  • Bikini Bottom
  • Art Museum
  • The Famed Bikini Bottom Opera House



  • Disorder in the Deep
  • SpongeBob and Friends: Patrick SquarePants


The episode starts as SpongeBob and Patrick walking to each other and then they start to play - the idea of their game is to holler at the vehicles that pass by, which angers Squidward and some of the people in the vehicles. Then Patrick falls asleep and when he wakes up he has a beard. Then Squidward passes by and offers to teach Patrick everything he knows about how to be mature which upsets SpongeBob. SpongeBob decides to follow them promising he will learn how to be mature as well.

The three go into Squidward's house for a grown-up makeover. SpongeBob shows off his new look. Patrick likes his look until Squidward reminds him that he really shouldn't.

They then go to a restaurant, and Patrick and Squidward order some fettuccine while SpongeBob orders the milk and cookies.

Then they go to the art place and SpongeBob follows them around and Patrick and Squidward tell the security to kick him out and he first put him out softly, but he doesn't leave so he ends up kicking him. SpongeBob sees Squidward and Patrick walking and Squidward mentions that the beard was the best thing that ever happened to Patrick other than himself. SpongeBob tries to remove his beard to restore his friendship. Squidward stops him and says that they are through with him.

Then Squidward and Patrick go to the Opera house and they see a lady which is really SpongeBob singing opera which Patrick says "she's beautiful".

After SpongeBob sang opera to win Patrick back, Patrick begins to cry and sees the beard is really a sea urchin and the sea urchin woke up and ran away from Patrick. He chased it until SpongeBob says Patrick's name and he says "How do you know my name?" and he says that he is SpongeBob and they make up again then Squidward told all the guests that the show is horrible, but they disagree and threw food at him then the episode ends.


  • There was a promo for this episode when Sentimental Sponge aired but it didn't air then.
  • This is the third episode with a title card to be written on a chalkboard. The first was "New Student Starfish," and the second was "Professor Squidward."
  • Fifth appearance in the series of a sea urchin
  • This episode is part of SpongeBob's Summer of New Premieres.
  • This is the third time Patrick gets a beard. The first was To Save a Squirrel and the second was Pineapple Fever.
  • This episode was originally going to be called "Old Man Patrick" but it was changed to "Squidward's School for Grown-Ups".
  • This is the 4th consecutive episode in Season 8 in which Mr. Krabs doesn't make an appearance.
  • Ironically, one of the things thrown at Squidward was a pineapple.
  • Normally, sea urchins can inject poison.
  • This is the first time SpongeBob sang opera in a female way. He usually does it like a normal man.
  • Is the third time in the series SpongeBob sings with a voice that is not yours,the first time was in Band geeks and the second time in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
  • This is the second appearance of Plankton in Season 8, but he had a "short" appearance.
  • This is the 6th time Plankton does not appear with Eugene H. Krabs. The first was Walking Small, the 2nd was Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV, the 3rd was Patrick SmartPants, the 4th was Krabby Road, the 5th was Single Cell Anniversary.
  • This is the 3rd time Patrick acts like a dog. The 1st was I'm With Stupid, the 2nd was Grooming Gary.
  • When Squidward taught Patrick how to act like a Grown-Up, it's similar to when Patrick taught SpongeBob how to act like one in Grandma's Kisses.
  • In this episode, Squidward says that grown-ups should never play with children, give each other high fives or have fun. However, that's half true and half false. Adults will sometimes play with kids or give each other high fives. Also, they certainly do have fun.
  • When SpongeBob smudged the painting, he blurred the "mildly nude" parts. The painting was also a parody of a painting called The Birth of Venus, but with fish instead of people.
  • This episode shows Squidward as the antagonist.
  • This is one of few episodes with Squidward's full name on the title card instead of "Squid."
  • Note that when Squidward and Patrick were walking toward the Opera House Squidward changes clothing, from just a simple red bowtie and his regular brown shirt to a full on formal shirt, vest, purple bowtie, and jacket, it is possible that before that scene that Squidward went back to his house to change.
    • It should also be noted that the suit Squidward was wearing is the same one, Squilliam was wearing in Professor Squidward and I Heart Dancing.
  • This is the second time Patrick uses a lot of big words for nearly the entire episode. The first was in Patrick SmartPants.
  • How the sea urchin didn't wake up after Patrick started crying is unknown.
  • Running Gags: Squidward mumbling to himself and SpongeBob and Patrick screaming by different vehicles.
  • In Home Sweet Rubble, in Patrick's Dream office, two of his pictures from this episode can be seen on the walls.