It's the end of the year at Mrs. Puff's Boating School, and SpongeBob tries to give her a note. Then, after trying to avoid the note in any way, Mrs. Puff drives away and accidentally wrecks the Krusty Krab's doors when the note was in Mrs. Puff's eyes, while trying to escape SpongeBob and his note. To pay off the damage she caused, Mrs. Puff works as a cashier while Mr. Krabs gives Squidward a summer off vacation. SpongeBob teaches Mrs. Puff what to do, and disguises himself as the Duke (customer) ordering food. He asks for beans on toast and Mrs. Puff tries to write the order in a note, but SpongeBob whispers her to tell the Duke they don't serve beans on toast. Then, Mrs. Puff gets annoyed, but a real customer comes to the Krusty Krab then SpongeBob tells that she's doing good. She tries to give the customer a Krabby Patty, but she trips in a barrel and wrecks the Krusty Krab. Mrs. Puff and SpongeBob, somehow, rolled the barrel into the ceiling and both falls down in the ground. She runs away, and rips SpongeBob's note, Mrs. Puff is arrested for this. Mrs. Puff believes that she will never see SpongeBob for many years but she is sent to the prison's Driver's Ed. class. At first she is pleased to be in an easy class until she sees the teacher, who unfortunately, was SpongeBob. SpongeBob taped the note back together and showed her the true message. He was just trying to tell her that he was becoming a temporary boating school teacher for the summer. Mrs. Puff wants to escape, but is stopped by the police man, and she screams in terror.
( ‣ ) Associated production music
( • ) Original music
( ◦ ) SpongeBob music
‣Sailor's Sting 4 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [title card] ‣Horlepiep - Jan Rap [opening at boating school] ‣Murder in Mind - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob has a note for Mrs. Puff] •Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Mrs. Puff screams] ‣Drama Link (g) - Hubert Clifford [Mrs. Puff crashes into the Krusty Krab] ‣Steel Licks (c) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Oh, no! Not again!"] • ? - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Quite a conundrum you have here."] •Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Huh?"] ‣Sailor's Sting 8 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Uh... interesting."] ‣Tympup B - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy ["You have a new coworker!"] •Hawaiian Sting - Nicolas Carr ["You have a new coworker!"] ‣Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford [Mrs. Puff screams] ‣Late Night Jinx - Phillip Green [Mrs. Puff's filling in for Squidward] •Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["Oh, boy!"] •Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Hey, it's kind of like I'm the teacher!"] ‣Sailor's Sting 1 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["I'm gonna be teaching you now."] ‣Cartoon Sting 3 - Gerhard Narholz [Mrs. Puff at the cash register] •Light Conversation Harpsichord - Ron Wasserman [role playing] ‣Hawaiian Link (b) - Richard Myhill ["Oh, dear. Message received, Mr. Krabs."] ‣Steel Sting (f) - Jeremy Wakefield [customer enters] •Botany Bay - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Mrs. Puff takes his order] ‣ ? [Mrs. Puff trips on a barrel] ‣Proud Fanfare - David Farnon ["And the patty is unscathed!"] ‣Dramatic Cue (e) - Ronald Hanmer [Mrs. Puff quits] ‣ ? [Mrs. Puff sees the note] •Drama Sting - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Mrs. Puff tears up the note] •The Mob - Nicolas Carr [cop appears] • ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Mrs. Puff arrested] ‣Aloha Oe - Hans Haider, Queen Lili'uokalani [Mrs. Puff in jail] ‣Happy Boy - Jack Shaindlin [traffic school] ‣Drama Link (d) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob enters] ‣Say it with a Smile (a) and (e) - Dick Stephen Walter [SpongeBob got a job as a driver's ed teacher/SpongeBob got a job as a driver's ed teacher] •SpongeBob Theme - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]
In Driven to Tears, SpongeBob litters and is sentenced to jail for a really short time. Only this time, Mrs. Puff gets sentenced to jail for more than 6 and a half years.
This is the second time SpongeBob's perfectionist standards drive someone to quit what they are doing. The first was Someone's in the Kitchen with Sandy, when Plankton, disguised as Sandy, fails to place the top bun in the perfect spot as he was off each time by mere millimeters. He gives up and goes for the formula instead.
In Plankton's Army, Plankton's robot destroys the Krusty Krab's door. However, it isn't punished, unlike Mrs. Puff, who destroys the door by driving through it.
When SpongeBob talks about the cash register, he makes a reference to the rifle scene in the movie Full Metal Jacket.
In this episode, a Krabby Patty only costed a dollar. Back in the episode Imitation Krabs, Krabby Patties were revealed to cost only $.99 on Wednesdays. So, it is assumed that this episode took place on a Wednesday.
When SpongeBob says "This is my register. There are many like it, but this one is mine!" it is a reference to the Full Metal Jacket line "This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine!"
SpongeBob pops up in front of Mrs. Puff in her own car.
When Mrs. Puff yells at SpongeBob to tell him the order, there was no bell. However, when SpongeBob tells Mrs. Puff to ring the bell, it just appeared out of nowhere.
Mr. Krabs said that Mrs. Puff would be working for no pay, but due to the fact that she has to pay for the broken front door, it was unclear why she was working there in the first place.
Mrs. Puff says that she is in jail for 2,529 days, which she claims to be almost four years. However, 2,529 days is almost seven years, not four years. In fact, it actually equals to 6.92 years.
In the beginning of the episode, Mrs. Puff drove into the Krusty Krab and destroyed the front door and her boat. Oddly enough, near the end of the episode, both Mrs. Puff's boat and the front door of the Krusty Krab were somehow fixed, even though she worked for absolutely no pay whatsoever.