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"New Student Starfish" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season three. In this episode, Patrick joins SpongeBob's Boating School.



SpongeBob is getting ready to go to school in the morning, and heads out the door, only to see Patrick. Patrick eagerly asks him if he can go jellyfishing. SpongeBob says he has to go to school and asks what Patrick usually does when he's gone. Patrick says that he will "wait for you to get back" and SpongeBob feels sorry for Patrick. SpongeBob then tells Patrick that he can come to school with him.

They arrive at 6:20 a.m., and class starts at 9:00 a.m., which SpongeBob considers "Late for being early," he then shows Patrick around the school and explains their classroom's "Good Noodle board" system, where "good noodle stars" are placed on a good noodle board next to the chalkboard. SpongeBob has by far the most stars of anyone in the class, (seventy-four) and adds Patrick's name to the chart so he can start collecting stars. He also shows Roger, an unborn animal egg in a case with only a light-bulb for warmth.

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When class starts, Mrs. Puff sees the new student and asks him his name, Patrick gets nervous and replies with "twenty-four," and the whole class laughs at his response. At their desks, SpongeBob and Patrick laugh among each other about the what comes after number "twenty-four," SpongeBob said "twenty-five," and Mrs. Puff warns them to pay attention. Later, Patrick draws an ugly picture of Mrs. Puff, calling her a "Big Fat Meanie," and throws it over to SpongeBob's desk. Mrs. Puff believes the picture was made by SpongeBob and she has a small plastic spatula to remove one of his stars from his good noodles, much to SpongeBob's horror. Mrs. Puff then tells SpongeBob to move to the available desk in the back of the room. Soon after, Patrick tries to tell SpongeBob something, and SpongeBob, becoming very irritated with him, tries to ignore him. Patrick begins tossing spitballs at SpongeBob to get his attention and says that he has "something important" to tell him. SpongeBob finally asks him what he has to say, and Patrick simply says "Hi." SpongeBob is furious, and screams out "Hi!" in frustration, causing the spitballs on him to fly all the way to Mrs. Puff, who angrily says "Perhaps this would be a good time for recess."

During recess, SpongeBob confronts Patrick in the hallway, and they start fighting, which they are given detention.

During detention, the two say how much they hate each other, and SpongeBob says "I'd hate you even if the light bulb keeping Roger alive went out!" Suddenly, the light bulb goes out, and Roger starts to freeze. Frightened on the inside, SpongeBob and Patrick try to ignore both situations but end up tearfully apologizing, and then they work together to save Roger. SpongeBob keeps the egg warm, while Patrick gets a new light bulb. Patrick reaches the closet and finds a mountain of light-bulbs, but he thinks that the light bulb at the top that is operating is the only one that works and starts climbing the mountain to reach it. SpongeBob is impatient and starts running towards the closet with Roger in his hands, and bumps into
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Patrick going to retrieve the light bulb.

Patrick, causing the egg and light bulb to fly into the air. Patrick catches the light bulb, and SpongeBob catches Roger. Suddenly, Mrs. Puff appears, who had been watching the whole incident through her one-way chalkboard. She decides to give them each one golden star. Patrick then leaves, upon realizing that this was boating school and not a "Spanish class" he calls Mrs. Puff "Big Fat Meanie." After Patrick leaves, Roger suddenly hatches from the egg, revealing to be a live action chick who says, "Hey! What did I miss?" as the episode ends.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music
  Horlepiep - Jan Rap [title card]

  Hilo Rag - Guy Fletcher [opening]
    Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["Wait a second, Patrick."]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr [Patrick imagines himself in SpongeBob's class]
  Stiff Upper Lip - Paddy Kingsland [SpongeBob showing Patrick around]
  Hula Festival - George Elliott [the classroom]
  The Oracle - David Farnon [SpongeBob describing Roger]
  Steel Licks (i) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob, Patrick giggling]
  Dramatic Climax - Mike Sunderland [Patrick nervous]
  So Tired - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [everyone laughs]
  Stepping into Danger - Mike Sunderland [Big Fat Meanie/Mrs. Puff sees Patrick's drawn]
  National Mourning - Gerhard Trede [Mrs. Puff removes one of SpongeBob's stars]
  Lonely Heart's Club A - David Bell, Otto Sieben [SpongeBob is sent to the back of the room]
  Tomfoolery - David Snell [Patrick shoots spitballs at SpongeBob]
  Steel Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob and Patrick fighting]
  Steel Licks - Jeremy Wakefield ["This is embarrasing."]
  Point of Departure O - Gregor F. Narholz [Mrs. Puff catches SpongeBob and Patrick "red-handed."]
  Point of Departure M - Gregor F. Narholz [Mrs. Puff sentences SpongeBob and Patrick to detention]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill ["In one day I've gone from good noodle to bad egg."]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Hmm..."]
  Killer Birds - Gregor F. Narholz [Roger freezing]
  Heroes Win - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob and Patrick save Roger]
  Tiroler Jodler 2 - Werner Brueggemann [Patrick climbing the mountain of light bulbs]
  Heroes Win - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob and Patrick save Roger]
  Horlepiep - Jan Rap [ending]



  • As of September 10, 2018, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 8.8/10 based on 365 ratings by users.[1] users give this episode a rating of 9.0/10 based on 147 votes.[2]
  • "New Student Starfish" was ranked #55 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.




  • This is one of the very few episodes where Mrs. Puff, apparently, does not show any hatred towards SpongeBob. She treats him equally, compared to everyone else. It's likely that this episode takes place before all the other episodes where Mrs. Puff became fed up with SpongeBob's antics.
  • This is the first time Patrick goes to Mrs. Puff's Boating School.
  • In the original storyboard featured on the special features on the Sponge for Hire DVD, after Patrick leaves in the ending, SpongeBob says "Can I have his star?"
    • In all airings, it wasn't animated and the line was cut.
  • This episode and "Clams" premiered on Canada on December 13, 2002.
  • There is a chapter book based on this episode.
  • When Patrick pictures Mrs. Puff's class like a class photo day, the black sign in front of the kids in the front reads "Mrs. Puff's Driving School," but Mrs. Puff's school sign says "Mrs. Puff's Boating School."
  • SpongeBob and Patrick arrive at school at 6:20 A.M.
  • When Mrs. Puff opens the drawers in her desk to put the paper that Patrick drew of her, many different papers making fun of Mrs. Puff can be seen inside that drawer.
  • When Mrs. Puff tells SpongeBob and Patrick, "May Neptune have mercy on your souls," it is a reference to the phrase, "May God have mercy on your soul," which a judge says to a convict who's about to receive the death penalty.
  • In one airing, Roger says "Hey!," but the second sentence, "What did I miss?," is absent, because the episode instantly ended.
  • In Israel, Roger, at the end of the episode, says "תעברו לסיפור הבא," which translates to "Get to the next story!"
  • In most episodes, the Boating School is just one room. In this episode however, it looks like a real school.

Cultural references

  • The chick being named Roger might be a nod to Rodger Bumpass who plays Squidward.
  • The scene where Patrick is using his skills of reaching the light bulb may be a reference to The Price Is Right's Cliff Hanger.
  • When SpongeBob is at the back of the class, the desk reads, "Down with learning," which could be a reference to The Simpsons because in the episode "Team Homer," Bart wears a shirt that reads, "Down with Homework."
  • The made-up phrase "good noodle" could be a possible attempt to make an opposite of the real-life phrase "bad egg," since noodles and eggs often go together in a dish.


  • When Patrick arrives at the boating school, he says, "And no line." Captions say, "I have no line."
  • When Patrick yelled "I'm learning!," captions said "I'm waiting!"
  • When Patrick stands up to tell his name, the name Rich is added on the good noodle board.
  • Patrick's "Big Fat Meanie" drawing before being put into Mrs Puff's drawer appears different from the one that appears as it is put into Mrs Puff's drawer.
  • When Mrs. Puff removes one of SpongeBob's good noodle stars, the star appears bigger than the other ones.
  • When Mrs. Puff tells SpongeBob that she is done with his nonsense and tells him to gather all of his stuff, SpongeBob appears to have nothing with him despite the fact that he brought his backpack earlier in the episode.
  • When SpongeBob says "You cost me one of my good noodle stars," the closed captions say "You caused me one of my good noodle stars."
  • When Roger says "Hey, what I miss?" his mouth does not sync up to what he was saying.
    • The words are faster than his mouth.
    • This is because the chick was shot from a real-life camera, instead of animated.
  • On some airings of this episode, it instantly ends after Rodger says "Hey! What'd I mi-"
  • SpongeBob writes Patrick's name on the good noodle board in capital letters.
    • Later on when SpongeBob and Patrick are saving Roger, Patrick's name is in lower case and when Mrs. Puff tells them that she'll give them a golden star each, it is in capitals again.
  • The names on the good noodle board change throughout the episode.
  • The number of stars per student changes throughout the episode.
  • When Patrick calls Mrs Puff "Big Fat Meanie" after he leaves, Mrs Puff is calmed and doesn't have a reaction to it.


Awards and nominations for SpongeBob SquarePants (VE)

Emmy Awards Cup Emmy

Daytime Emmy Awards

Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program

Directors: Andrew Overtoom, Andrea Romano, Alan Smart and Tom Yasumi (2010)Casey Alexander, Luke Brookshier, Nate Cash, Zeus Cervas, Sean Charmatz, Andrew Overtoom, Andrea Romano, Alan Smart, Aaron Springer, Paul Tibbitt, Vincent Waller and Tom Yasumi (2012)

Outstanding Special Class Animated Program

Animators: Dina Buteyn, Stephen Hillenburg and Paul Tibbitt (2010)

Outstanding Children's Animated Program

Nominees: Stephen Hillenburg, Jennie Monica Hammond and Paul Tibbitt (2012)

Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program

Voice actors: Rodger Bumpass as Squidward Tentacles (2012)

Outstanding Sound Editing – Animation

Nominees: Todd Brodie, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Chris Gresham, Matt Hall, Jeffrey Hutchins, James Lifton, Paulette Lifton, D.J. Lynch, Aran Tanchum and Kimberlee Vanek (2012) • Mishelle Fordham, Vincent Guisetti, Jeffrey Hutchins, James Lifton, Paulette Lifton, D.J. Lynch, Wes Otis, Monique Reymond and Aran Tanchum (2013) • Devon Bowman, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Jeff Hutchins, Aran Tanchum and Vincent Guisetti (2014)

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