Deep-Sea Tales is a 6-in-one book written by many authors. It contains the following episodes: "Tea at the Treedome," "Naughty Nautical Neighbors," "Hall Monitor," "Valentine's Day," "Sandy's Rocket," and an exclusive story SpongeBob SuperStar.
"Tea at the Treedome"
SpongeBob meets Sandy Cheeks, a Texas squirrel who has a love for karate. After she gets done fighting a massive clam, Sandy invites SpongeBob to her treedome for a spot of tea and cookies. After he received the invitation, SpongeBob asks Patrick for advice on how to get to know Sandy better. At the treedome, not realizing it's full of air, SpongeBob tries to get water while Sandy isn't looking. Patrick comes by and tells him that water is for quitters. Soon enough, this drives SpongeBob insane, and Patrick comes inside the treedome to help SpongeBob out. Both of them end up drying up, and Sandy brings them back to life by making water helmets for them.
"Naughty Nautical Neighbors"
Squidward is making a cake one day, and he breaks up SpongeBob and Patrick's friendship by saying things they wouldn't dare say to each other. Then, Patrick and SpongeBob get mad at each other and end their friendship. Afterwards, Patrick starts sucking up to Squidward to make him be his friend. This slightly angers SpongeBob and he looks up a way to be Squidward's friend. Later, Squidward invites Patrick and SpongeBob to dinner at his house. During the dinner, SpongeBob and Patrick drink too much club soda, and they both become overweight as a result. Squidward leaves his house to go get some more. Inside the tiki, SpongeBob and Patrick are still mad at each other, the two ex-best friends look around the house. SpongeBob hiccups a bubble, and Patrick starts laughing while there were bubbles coming out of his mouth. SpongeBob, while steamed at Patrick, couldn't help but laugh. When Squidward comes home, his house is destroyed after the bubble storm that happened inside his house. He angrily sends SpongeBob and Patrick away while he stayed behind and cleaned up, but an extra bubble comes by, and pops on the door. The door loses balance, and falls on Squidward, breaking his back.
Today is the day where Mrs. Puff issues the hat and belt to the next Hall Monitor. SpongeBob is next in line, and when he went to the front of the class, he gave a speech that lasted until the end of the school day. After the speech, SpongeBob takes his hat and belt and goes home. Outside the school, he starts abusing his power by writing a citation for Patrick after a single drop of strawberry ice cream falls on his head, breaking into a neighbor's window, misdirecting traffic, and causing destruction to the city after Patrick gave him news about the maniac. After the event, Mrs. Puff takes back the hat and belt, but she ends up in prison because she said that she was responsible for giving SpongeBob hall monitor duties.
It's Valentine's Day in Bikini Bottom and SpongeBob has a special surprise for Patrick. He visits Sandy's house, so he and Sandy go over the plan on how to surprise Patrick. He runs to Patrick's house, and they both head off to the Valentine's Day carnival. On the way to the carnival with the balloon, Sandy is battling a flock of flying clams to ensure the balloon gets to the carnival safely. SpongeBob, worried, tries his best to stall Patrick until his balloon got there. On the Ferris wheel, SpongeBob gives him a handshake to calm him. This works for a while, but then Patrick decides to let his anger loose after 4 people come up to him thanking him for the gifts he got him. The chase ends when Patrick wrangles the passersby at the edge of the pier. Angry at the residents, Patrick was planning on hurting SpongeBob, and the passersby, but he was interrupted when Sandy comes to the carnival with the balloon in the nick of time. Patrick turns around, and he is very happy.
Sandy builds a rocket designed to go to the moon. SpongeBob decides to come and begins asking if he can go with him. Sandy hastily approves, and SpongeBob goes to sleep. But Patrick wakes him up, and they decide to go to the rocket themselves. When they reach there, they play with the buttons until one of them hits the Launch button. They are weightless and actually bypass the moon, but then gravity turns itself back on. They arrive from the rocket near Squidward's house, believing that they have reached the moon, when, in fact, they are still in their normal area. Then, they begin zapping SpongeBob's friends, calling them "aliens", and chaos ensues!
SpongeBob shows Patrick a flyer he picked up at the Krusty Krab, which encourages the yellow sponge to be a famous daredevil. Patrick is appalled at the idea, and he and SpongeBob both think of stunts to perform at the audition. At home, SpongeBob watches the Mermaidman and Barnacleboy marathon, which causes him to completely forget to practice. The next morning, he wakes up realizing this after looking at the news station. SpongeBob gets up from his chair and immediately runs to the Krusty Krab to find a very long line of people who want to perform in the show. Everyone, except SpongeBob, bought their talents, and this encourages SpongeBob to force his way to the front of the line to see Squidward play Solitude in E Minor. This "stunt" immediately bores the director and Squidward becomes offended at what he says. The angered squid storms off while the nearby patrons laugh at him on his way out. SpongeBob signs up, and sees Patrick. The director calls upon Patrick, and at first, Patrick forgets what his talent was until his sponge buddy made funny faces that caused him to remember. The director was very appalled at Patrick's ice-cream eating stunt, and this causes everyone to take a break. Sandy Cheeks stops by SpongeBob and Patrick as she auditioned for the position of guest star. SpongeBob makes a little lie, and then he runs into the kitchen to see Mr. Krabs. The sponge begs his boss to use the kitchen, which Mr. Krabs agrees to while counting the money.
It was then time for SpongeBob's audition to begin. The director and his crew all go into the kitchen to watch SpongeBob's stunt. For the kitchen stunt, SpongeBob makes three-hundred Krabby Patties while wearing a blindfold with one hand tied behind his back. The stunt goes on, and SpongeBob is then filled with anxiety which causes him to make the many Krabby Patties inside out. The spectators all laughed, which makes SpongeBob think they were doing it out of jealousy. SpongeBob tries to flip with his left hand, but due to imprecise flipping, the Patties all start flying over the place, causing those nearby to cover their heads. At the end of the stunt, everyone was laughing their heads off. SpongeBob is then introduced to Barry Cuda, the director of the stunt show. Barry makes SpongeBob the next daredevil superstar. A thrilled SpongeBob causes Barry to think of ways to manipulate him into doing the things he wants. Barry kicks everyone out of the Krusty Krab except for SpongeBob and his friends. The audition was planned to go on the next morning. SpongeBob wakes up the next day energetic, and he runs over to Oyster Bay to see Barry Cuda and his directing crew setting up. Barry goes over to SpongeBob and has his makeup crew give SpongeBob a costume.
The daredevil program begins with SpongeBob diving for a black pearl that was guarded by The Big Kahuna. SpongeBob, thinking it was easy, was then handed a red skateboard that he had to ride over the oyster bed that was buried with twenty electric eels. Before the stunt, SpongeBob cries and is comforted by Barry. The director's urging caused SpongeBob's head to inflate a little bit. The yellow sponge races down the track, he tried to keep the twenty eels at bay and then he saw the black pearl. The stunt ends with SpongeBob doing several flips in the air and crashing into The Big Kahuna for the black pearl. The production crew rescues SpongeBob, and then Barry runs over to SpongeBob and praises him. The crew surrounds SpongeBob with applause, and this causes the sponge's ego to inflate some more. At Goo Lagoon the next day, SpongeBob was waiting for his next stunt while Mr. Krabs came to visit the born star. SpongeBob refuses the Krabby Patties, which surprises Mr. Krabs. Barry comes to the trailer to get his star ready for the next stunt. SpongeBob loses himself in one of his fantasies, and comes to realize that he was on a surfboard. The second stunt begins with SpongeBob surfing on one foot, juggling ten plates, balancing a stack of coral on his head, and a spoon on his nose all at once. It comes to an abrupt end when a huge wave crashes on SpongeBob, sending the things he was balancing flying in different directions. SpongeBob then tries bodysurfing, which wows Barry. The wave crashes SpongeBob, the surfboard, and a lot of water onto the shore.
Barry was vey happy about SpongeBob's stunt, which, like the last two times, causes SpongeBob's head to swell up, and the applause boosted SpongeBob's ego. Barry then calls for Sandy, and sets up a karate match between Sandy and SpongeBob. The next scene begins with SpongeBob and Sandy standing on top of two rocks at Rock Falls re-enacting the episode Karate Choppers. SpongeBob's inflated head flattens Sandy, and this causes her to send him flying and landing between the two rocks. At the end of the scene, Barry was angry at SpongeBob, and Sandy criticizes him for what he did. A bitter SpongeBob replies, and this jeopardizes his friendship with Sandy. Barry praised SpongeBob for the acting and inflates his ego some more. The last stunt featured SpongeBob riding a paddle bike down a huge ramp while being intercepted by jellyfish. One of the jellyfish stings SpongeBob, which makes him lose his balance. The paddle bike SpongeBob was riding plummets into the canyon and SpongeBob lands in a boatmobile. He races through the area while still being chased by the jellyfish. Barry and his crew received stings from the angry jellyfish. Meanwhile, SpongeBob leads the jellyfish intercepting him on a wild chase through the sets he previously went through, and even into Bikini Bottom. SpongeBob then calls for Barry to play music that pacifies the jellyfish. The stunt ends, and SpongeBob got out of the boat, but he did not receive any applause due to the crew recovering from stings. Later, Patrick invites SpongeBob to eat ice cream with him, but SpongeBob declines, causing Patrick's feelings to become hurt.
The next night, it was time for the premiere of the TV show SpongeBob was auditioning for. All of the stars from Celebrity Sea come to watch SpongeBob in his grand debut. When the title of the special comes on the screen, SpongeBob's eyes bugged out, and the people in the movie theater all roar with laughter. SpongeBob's ego greatly takes a beating as he hears families inside their houses laughing at the TV special. Morbidly depressed, SpongeBob heads to the Krusty Krab where he feels a glimmer of hope. Inside the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob's friends were laughing, and when SpongeBob gave his friends a hello, no one responded. The yellow sponge goes to talk to his friends, but they all give him the silent treatment. Everyone then laughs, and when SpongeBob joins in, the place fell into complete silence. SpongeBob feels completely defeated for what he did and he heads toward the kitchen and starts crying. Barry angrily calls for SpongeBob and started heading to the Krusty Krab's kitchen. SpongeBob swallows his pride and chastises Barry for what he did. Barry, looking for excuses, whips out his contract. Mr. Krabs decodes that the contract Barry wrote was illegal, and SpongeBob apologizes for being obnoxious. Everything is all back to normal.
Book and episode differences
- In Tea at the Treedome, the scene where SpongeBob picks flowers for Sandy was edited out in the episode, but in the book, it remains the same.
- In the book version of Naughty Nautical Neighbors, SpongeBob and Patrick ate Krabby Patties before they drunk the soda pop. In the episode, they both drunk the soda instead of eating Krabby Patties. However, both of the outcomes resulted in the sponge and starfish being extremely fat.
- In Valentine's Day, which is classified as The World's Greatest Valentine, the scene where Patrick went crazy had more detail, whereas the episode counterpart featured small acts of destruction caused by Patrick.
- Near the end of Sandy's Rocket, SpongeBob was caught by Sandy after he and Patrick played around with her rocket. However, in the episode counterpart, Sandy was captured, and Patrick captured himself. The scene pertaining to the moon was not shown.
- The director's name, Barry Cuda, who appeared in SpongeBob Superstar is a pun on "Barry", a male name, and "barracuda", a type of fish.
- The song Squidward plays on his clarinet in SpongeBob SuperStar is the exact same song that lulled Patrick to sleep in "Naughty Nautical Neighbors".