After watching an episode of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, SpongeBob and Patrick see a commercial for the new book telling their origin and that they will be signing the book starting at 8. SpongeBob is unhappy due to the fact that he has to go to boating school. Patrick suggest calling in sick, but SpongeBob doesn't want his perfect attendance record to end. They concoct a plan that SpongeBob will pretend to go to the bathroom but will sneak
to the comic book store.
The next day in boating school SpongeBob pretends to have to go. Mrs. Puff gives him the bathroom key and tells him to return it to her desk, with that SpongeBob exits the school. Him and Patrick get to the store and get their books signed and walk through jellyfish fields. The jellyfish start to lift up Patrick and let him sit on them with Patrick stating their "friendly". They then throw themselves into SpongeBob's net then leave. SpongeBob and Patrick continue ending up buying Ice cream. Sadie congratulates SpongeBob on being her 100th costumer and tells him he can come back for free Ice cream anytime.
The two pursuit into Goo Lagoon where they get into a Badminton match with Sandy and a friend named Dale. SpongeBob and Patrick end Sandy's reign and unbeatable and are convinced by their fans to play another round. Then the cops come and arrest Dale, who is an ex-con on probation, for eating gummy fish (in Bikini Bottom, a reference to drug use). A fish tells SpongeBob that Dale was a nice guy until he started cutting class and ever since then, he became a criminal. With this, SpongeBob fears that he'll meet the same fate as Dale and he continues into the school.
SpongeBob has to race through the Bikini Bottom hug fest where a woman grabs him. He forces her to let go and continues. He ends up in a pit of tar and starts to drown, remembering the last words that Mrs. Puff said to him. SpongeBob then fights his way out with a crowd cheering him on. He makes it back to the school with Mrs. Puff at the door and she becomes mad.
He explains what he did with her not knowing what he is talking about. Cops appear behind her because she is being arrested for missing jury duty. The car pulls off with her telling SpongeBob do not ditch. SpongeBob says he will never ditch again leaving her confused and angry.
( ‣ ) Associated production music
( • ) Original music
( ◦ ) SpongeBob music
• ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card] ‣Arizona Fanfare - Jack Shaindlin [opening] ‣Pell-Mell - Sam Spence [Man Ray trapped inside bubble] ‣Life on the Wild Side - Sam Spence [book signing announced] ‣ ? [SpongeBob says he can't come] ‣ ? [SpongeBob gets an idea] ‣ ? ["I won't go to the bathroom till tomorrow."] ‣The Achterhoek Dances - Jan Rap [boating school the next day] • ? - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob takes the bathroom key] ‣Curtain-Raiser - Alan Braden [at the comic book store] ‣On the Beach - Kapono Beamer [SpongeBob and Patrick's books signed] • ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [jellyfishing/ice cream] ‣ ? ["You're my 100th customer!"] • ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Goo Lagoon] ‣ ? [Sandy wants SpongeBob to stay] ‣ ? [badminton with Dale] ‣Blood in the Gutter - Laurie Johnson [Dale arrested] ‣Woe is Me! - Richard Myhill ["It's a shame what happened to Dale."] ‣Dramatic Cue (e) - Ronald Hanmer ["Ever since then, he's lived the lonely life of a criminal."] • ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["I gotta get back to class!"] ‣Hawaiian Flower - Jon Jelmer [Bikini Bottom Hug Fest] ‣Drama Link (h) - Hubert Clifford ["That sounded like a threat."] • ? - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob falls off a cliff] ‣Expectant Stab - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["The tar pits?"] ‣Invasion Force - Harry Bluestone [SpongeBob sinking] ‣Drama Link (o) - Hubert Clifford ["Goodbye, world. Goodbye, Mrs. Puff."] ‣The Achterhoek Dances - Jan Rap [SpongeBob remembers what Mrs. Puff said] ‣Shock Entrance - Harry Bluestone [SpongeBob sinks] ‣No Fear OL - Udi Harpaz [SpongeBob emerges with the bathroom key] • ? - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob runs to boating school] ‣Tympup A - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [SpongeBob runs into Mrs. Puff] • ? - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob runs into Mrs. Puff] • ? - Jeremy Wakefield ["I'm really sorry, please forgive me."] • ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]
Ditchin' is actually episode A and Dear Vikings is episode B, as specified by the episode credits (similar to Le Big Switch). However, they air backwards.
In The Fry Cook Games, fish are cooked as fish sticks, and Lou sells them. In this episode, Dale gets arrested for eating Quasi Gummy Chewy Candy Fish . The fish sticks were made from real fish, but the gummy fish weren't, so Dale shouldn't have gotten arrested, even though these are both just jokes and the cop might've thought the candy was real.
SpongeBob cannot go to see Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy because class starts before 8:00, but in the episode "New Student Starfish" SpongeBob says that class doesn't start until 9:00. So, the time school starts had to have changed.
SpongeBob says he has a reputation for never missing boating school. This makes it sound like he never has missed a day. This means he didn't have school when he had the Suds.
This is the fourth time Mrs. Puff gets arrested. The first time was Hall Monitor, the second time was No Free Rides, and the third time was Doing Time. This is the first time, however, that SpongeBob was not in any way involved in her arrest.
Sandy's good at Badminton and was undefeated before being beaten by SpongeBob and Patrick, yet the crowd only cheered for SpongeBob and not Patrick.
This is the last episode to air in 2008. The next episode Shuffleboarding airs in 2009.
In German this episode is called "schulschwänzer", which means Trauncy, a synonym for ditching.
Dale's friend said that Dale has been a criminal ever since he started cutting class even though everyone else in this episode calls it ditching class.
The place where SpongeBob thought he would drown to death is a parody of the Tar Pits in North America, where extinct skeletons are found.
Patrick makes a reference to "Boating Buddies" when he says that Squidward calls in sick all the time so he doesn't have to go to boating school. But he might be talking about his job at the The Krusty Krab.
In the scene when SpongeBob and Patrick are in the bookstore, and the camera is panning over the people in line, if one would look closely, one can see two Octopus kid's that look like Squidward.
Although the kid before SpongeBob and Patrick was young, he had a man's voice.
Dale's friend says that Dale started to become criminal when he started missing the school of navigation, but as it was sailing school and no a regular school. It is impossible to become criminal by never learned to drive.
Chewy Gummy Fish is a parody of Soylent Green from the 1973 dystopian film of the same name. Another parody is in Krabby Kronicles.
When SpongeBob got his legs back before "The Hug Festival" his left eye flickers.
When Patrick eats his chocolate ice cream, Patrick has only one tooth, but when he is done swallowing, he is seen with a full set of teeth.
When SpongeBob is trapped in tar, he remembers Mrs. Puff's "kind last words". However after she said those words that SpongeBob claimed were her last, she said "and no dilly dallying!"
The fans outside of Near Mint Comics should not have their comic books yet because when you get a book signed, you buy the book at the store and then go over to the signer and get it signed.
SpongeBob claims he cannot get his book signed at 8am in the morning because he will be in boating school, however in the episode New Student Starfish, class does not start until 9am.