This episode is a boating video put together by Mrs. Puff, and sponsored by C.O.B.B.U.T.K.S.B.S.P.O.T.R.A.O.O.B.A.T.: (Citizens Of Bikini Bottom United To Keep SpongeBob SquarePants Off The Road And Out Of Boats All Together). Mrs. Puff first introduces herself and discusses the good and bad drivers (Squidward is the one with the Boat Smarts, and SpongeBob is the one without it).
A driver with boat smarts fills his (or her) tire up to the appropriate level, but a driver without boat smarts pays no attention to how much air he (or she) is using. Squidward fills it up to the exact measurement while SpongeBob pumps it up too much, making the boat tip over, crushing half of Squidward's boat and having the wheel pop right in front of his face.
The next section is about buckling up. This shows Squidward in a boat mobile with his seatbelt in the proper manner. He then starts driving until he sees a Bikini Bottom Traffic light and he stops. Once Squidward stops, we see SpongeBob crazily speeding around a corner with no regard for safety and probably with no seatbelt on. He hits Squidward who goes flying into a steamroller. He gets severely hurt.
In the next scene, it shows Squidward adjusting his mirrors before he begins to start the boat. Squidward starts the boat and begins to drive. SpongeBob adjusts his mirror dangerously while turning the steering wheel with one leg. He hits many fish, although he does not know because he is focusing on the mirror. He then swerves right in front of Squidward. SpongeBob adjusts the other mirror and hits Squidward with a beam of light and he is almost blinded until he puts on sunglasses. But Squidward did not see a wall and crashes into it. It shows a crash dummy, although instead of the head it shows Squidward's.
Mrs. Puff is in Squidward's boat talking about not drinking or eating while driving. Squidward is driving well, as usual. Mrs. Puff explains how Squidward's eyes are locked firmly on the road. SpongeBob is then shown swerving while eating a hamburger and reading a magazine. When some fish are behind him, he turns around and says: "Hi there!", causing them to crash. Eventually there is a huge stockpile of cars and the owners are furious. SpongeBob still speeds past, runs over a puddle and slides around saying: "Wheeeeeee!." SpongeBob then says hi to Mrs. Puff and Squidward when SpongeBob's boat slips on a mini pebble, strangely making his boat act as a ramp in which Squidward's boat travel over. They fly into the big stockpile of all the cars and it makes a huge crash. Mrs. Puff blows up very fat and SpongeBob drives past saying: "Looks like you guys forgot your Boat Smarts!," he smiles and drives off, and Mrs. Puff and Squidward are not amused, making dust and the low quality video tape recorder stops with Mrs. Puff saying: "Never mind."
Squidward gets squeezed through the steamroller, because he is unable to take off his seatbelt in time.
Squidward's head gets smashed into the windshield and slides.
Several citizens were run over by SpongeBob's boat while SpongeBob was adjusting his mirror and not focusing on the road.
SpongeBob's face is wiped off.
Destruction and Abuse
SpongeBob's boat tire is deflated after pumping too much air in it.
Squidward's boat is smashed in half.
Squidward's boat is collided by SpongeBob's boat, causing the seat to go off.
Squidward's boat gets crashed into a wall, turning into a crash test dummy with his head.
Sadie's boat gets crashed into a lamp post.
Several boats were flipped over by SpongeBob's boat, causing an accident.
When Squidward crashes into the brick wall, a reference to crash-test dummies is made.
On the TV version of this episode, when the crash test dummy that Squidward crashes into the wall, his mouth opens as he says "Ow"; on the DVD version, his mouth opens two seconds after he crashes but the audio is heard at the end of the crash.
A clip from this episode was used in a Toyota commercial.
Ironically, Squidward does not drive very often. Usually, he is either walking or biking. He does, however, drive in "Boating Buddies," which is when he gets his first ticket.
This episode is somewhat out of context for SpongeBob. He just threw the Krabby Patty he was eating away, into the street. While as in "Shuffleboarding," he criticizes the guard for tossing a Krabby Patty.
This is the second time the title card is in the episode itself, but it says "Boat Smarts with Mrs. Puff" instead of "Boat Smarts", the first time this happened was Karate Island.