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Tutor Sauce
Season №: 9
Episode №: 190b
Airdate: July 16, 2015 (USA)
January 21, 2016 (Canada)
Running time:
Sister episode(s): "Lost in Bikini Bottom"
Writer(s): Jack Pendarvis
Storyboard: Fred Osmond
Animation: Alan Smart
Tom Yasumi
Creative: Vincent Waller
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Previous: "Lost in Bikini Bottom"
Next: "Squid Plus One"
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"Tutor Sauce" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season nine. In this episode, Mr. Krabs tries to teach SpongeBob how to drive after he fails his driving test again.



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The episode begins with a perfectly normal day at the Krusty Krab. The customers, however, are praising the Krabby Patties which makes Mr. Krabs think they payed extra but they did not. Mr. Krabs finds tears in a Patty, Patties without buns, and Patties with only buns and no meat inside. Mr. Krabs asks why with Squidward saying that SpongeBob failed his boating exam and that is why he is crying. Mr. Krabs goes to the kitchen to check. SpongeBob tells everything that happened, so Mr. Krabs offers to give him lessons for more money and shorter time. He mentions teaching Pearl how to drive to make Spongebob feel more comfortable.

During the first attempt, they get in a boat outside the Krusty Krab but SpongeBob reverses instead of going forwards, causing them to crash. Mr. Krabs says it is a simple mistake.

During attempt 2 Mr. Krabs takes SpongeBob to a massive parking lot to practice on but SpongeBob reverses again and crashes into the doors of the Krusty Krab. Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob to drive forward slowly but ends up pulling the whole Krusty Krab wall off. Mr. Krabs checks the damage and totals up the cost in a upset manner. Mr. Krabs thinks for a moment then gets an idea.

During attempt 3 Mr. Krabs thinks that if SpongeBob is by his house he will be more comfortable. His vocabulary even puts him to sleep only for SpongeBob to be woken up. Even SpongeBob cannot drive to Patrick's house without crashing into the rock. Mr. Krabs ends up flying into the Krusty Krab.

During attempt 4 Mr. Krabs says he will give a signal but as soon as he says the words "Put her into gear," he crashes into the Krusty Krab yet again.

During attempt 5 Mr. Krabs is already exhausted but before they start, SpongeBob gives in which gives Mr. Krabs an idea. In order to get the hang of it, they practice on a simulator arcade machine. SpongeBob thinks he has mastered it but yet again he manages to somehow destroy the Krusty Krab (This time, it is the roof in which he falls in).

During attempt 6 SpongeBob manages to crash into the Krusty Krab sign, knocking it over.

During attempt 7 it starts off smoothly but yet SpongeBob slides up some kind of metal ramp and ends up hitting the sign. The sign bounces them back into the roof, destroying the Krusty Krab yet again.

During attempt 8 they manage to go into the roof and out through the doors of the Krusty Krab. Then they appear out of nowhere, destroying the Krusty Krab yet again.

During attempt 9 they crash into a sign. As they keep on driving, lots of Bikini Bottomites are swerving in and out so they can avoid SpongeBob's reckless driving. They spin out of control, almost about to crash into the Krusty Krab but strangely, they do not. However, the Bikini Bottomites do, causing the Krusty Krab to be once again destroyed (This time, it is completely destroyed).

The scene transitions to Mr. Krabs looking really unhappy. He is holding the bill as SpongeBob crashes into the Krusty Krab for the tenth time. The repair man enters again to write a 

The scene transitions again as SpongeBob apologizes. Mr. Krabs says he is doing it all wrong and thinks that SpongeBob does well when there is a lot of damage potential, so he takes SpongeBob to the most dangerous road in Bikini Bottom: the double roundabout. SpongeBob is so nervous that he does not want to do it. So Mr. Krabs literally proves that even Gary could do it by letting Gary drive the boat through the roundabout. A few seconds past and he made it with flying colors. Now it is SpongeBob's turn. He is just about to take the wheel when the Police shows up. Apparently, it is against the law to let a snail or any other animal drive a boat especially in dangerous places. But Mr. Krabs only makes it worse after he claims he taught Pearl to drive without permission or a license. Mr. Krabs thinks he is getting a ticket but then realizes he is sentenced to be taught at Mrs. Puff's Boating School.

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 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Sailor's Sting 4 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [title card]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [opening at the Krusty Krab]
  Cartoon Sting 4 - Squidward pours salt on Mr. Krabs
  Sailor's Sting 8 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["All right, that's enough."]
  Drowsy Reef - Jeremy Wakefield, Sage Guyton [SpongeBob crying]
  Cartoon Sting 5 - Krabs offers to teach SpongeBob how to drive
  Armed Attack - Jean Clero ["It's all a racket."]
  Achievements in Aviation - Anthony Mawer ["Now put her in gear!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (e) - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs laughs nervously]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["We need a change of venue."]
  Sailor's Sting 7 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Empty parking lot]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (f) - Jeremy Wakefield [Boat crashes into the Krusty Krab]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob trying to inch forward]
  Cartoon Sting 5 - Krabs examining the damage
  Unease - Dick Walter [Krabs' inner monologue]
  Solo Steel - Jeremy Wakefield ["Now here's a place you should be comfortable with."]
  Unknown Track 13 - SpongeBob falls asleep
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Boat slashs into Patrick's Rock]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (q) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Okay, that was just fine."]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (r) - Jeremy Wakefield ["A simple trip to Patrick's house."]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["Or can ye?"]
  ? [arcade music]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Transition to next scene]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks - Jeremy Wakefield [Worker climbs ladder]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (u) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob drives into the Krusty Krab chimney.]
  Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob driving wildly]
  Disastrous Event 2 - Harry Lubin [Several cars smash into the Krusty Krab]
  The Fruitcake Vendor - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Worker gives Krabs the bill]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (t) - Jeremy Wakefield ["I'm sorry, Mr. Krabs."]
  The Irish Patriot - Sam Spence [Pep talk]
  Up She Rises - Sam Spence [Double roundabout]
  Unknown Track 14 - Gary navigates the roundabout
  Sailor's Sting 10 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["There you go, SpongeBob."]
  Bikini Bottom Police - Nicolas Carr [Cop pulls up]
  The Fruitcake Vendor - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Cop writes Krabs a ticket]
  Horlepiep - Jan Rap [Krabs at Boating School]


  • As of October 17, 2016, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 7.1/10 based on 92 ratings by users.[1] users give this episode a 6.5/10 based on 32 votes.[2]



  • Although the plot is about driving, Mrs. Puff (who usually a main character in those episodes) only makes a cameo at the end of the episode
  • This episode premiered on the same day as the 2015 Kids' Choice Sports.
  • This episode is the first time since "Pranks a Lot" that Stephen Hillenburg is the executive producer.
  • This episode had a total of 14 bubble transitions, which is the most for an episode.
  • This was the first episode to both be produced and premiered after the production of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.
  • The title is a reference to Tartar Sauce.
  • This is the second time SpongeBob takes a driving test in Season 9. The first time was in "Bumper to Bumper."
  • This is the second time Sailor's Sting 4] plays as the title card music. The first time was in "Summer Job."
  • This is the first time Mr. Krabs is seen in Mrs. Puff's Boating School.
  • Running Gags: SpongeBob causing damage to the Krusty Krab with his driving, Mr. Krabs saying, "Put 'er in gear!" and Steel Sting playing every time SpongeBob damages/destroys the Krusty Krab.
  • The premiere of this episode did not feature the title sequence.
  • This episode takes place after "Skill Crane" because SpongeBob has Beary in this episode.
  • This episode reveals that when the Jellyfish convention is not happening, Jeffrey the Jellyfish works at an arcade.
  • This episode reveals that Mr. Krabs taught Pearl to drive.
  • Both this episode and its sister episode, "Lost in Bikini Bottom," feature a character referencing a straight line between two points.
  • This episode takes place after "Krusty Love" because in that episode, Mrs. Puff met Mr. Krabs.
  • This episode premiered on Will Ferrell's 48th birthday.
  • The episode's German title is "Fahrschule Krabs", a pun on driving school "Fahrschule Krebs".
  • This is the fourth time SpongeBob almost knows how to drive, following "Boating School," "The Hot Shot," and "Bumper to Bumper."
  • The episode premiered in the United Kingdom on March 28, 2016.
  • This episode premiered in Canada 14 years after "Welcome to the Chum Bucket," "Frankendoodle," "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV," and "Doing Time" premiered.
  • When this episode premiered, this aired first, before "Lost In Bikini Bottom." In all subsequent airings and production order, the episode order is reversed.


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