"No Free Rides" is the first segment of the thirtieth episode of SpongeBob SquarePants.
SpongeBob begins the episode by failing one of his many boating exams (which is the last exam of the year) which ends after SpongeBob runs over the French Narrator, which Mrs. Puff mistakes for another pedestrian. Mrs. Puff, tired of administrating boating exams for SpongeBob, makes SpongeBob take a (what she calls) extra credit exam, where SpongeBob has to write about one thing he learned in boating school. SpongeBob cannot decide, gets nervous, and starts having a spaz attack. But Mrs. Puff, completely tired of SpongeBob, lets him pass anyway. After SpongeBob leaves, Mrs. Puff considers that she has done the wrong thing, and starts feeling guilt. Luckily, she knows that he does not yet have a boat to drive. Later when Mrs. Puff gets home, she opens the door and SpongeBob and his parents are inside with a huge cake yelling "SURPRISE!" Mrs. Puff, surprised, starts feeling guilty again when SpongeBob's parents thank her for teaching SpongeBob how to drive. Then, SpongeBob gets a surprise when he sees that his parents bought him a brand new boatmobile. Suprised, SpongeBob falls into the cake. SpongeBob's parents drive him home (as seen in the picture above). Mrs. Puff realizes she needs to cover this up before anyone figures out she let him skip through boating school.
Later, Spongebob's parents tuck him into his bed and tell him that he cannot drive anywhere that night. When his parents are gone home, he sneaks out his bedroom window, gets into the car, and falls asleep. Not long after, Mrs. Puff highjacks SpongeBob's car and steals it. SpongeBob then wakes up constantly saying "You're not gonna get away with stealing my car" and him and Mrs. Puff start to fight. Then, he finds out that the thief is Mrs. Puff, and then the car crashes into a police car, and Mrs. Puff is arrested and put in jail for a short term. As for SpongeBob, he gets his license taken away.
- When this episode first aired on Nickelodeon, it came second, while "I'm Your Biggest Fanatic" aired first. This was due to "I'm Your Biggest Fanatic" being heavily advertised as the episode where SpongeBob tries joining the Jellyspotters club.
- Boaty appears years later in the video game SpongeBob's Boating Bash under the name Woody. It's unlockable via points or cheats.
- The accident company has the same phone number as the Tattletale Strangler (555-1234).
- The 4th Wall is broken when the French Narrator is run over by SpongeBob at the beginning of the episode.
- When Mrs. Puff enters her home, a small picture of her standing at the door in the same shot can be seen. In addition, the same picture is seen within this picture. This is an example of a recursive image, one that is repeated infinitely within itself.
- When Mrs. Puff gives SpongeBob his drivers license, he licks it and comments "It tastes just like I dreamt it would". Incidentally, he dreams he holds a drivers license and licks it in "Sleepy Time".
- If looked upon closely, SpongeBob has written on his paper, "What I learned in Boating School is how to drive" and if you look in the manga it says pays off.
- This is the last episode to use the "My Leg!" running gag until "Krusty Krushers", as well as the very last episode with the "MY LEG!!" gag in the Hillenburg era (1999–2004).
- The cliff that the police car is parked next to disappears in the next shot.
- Although SpongeBob is seen coming out of the radio slot in the car, earlier on in the episode this same radio is shown (when Mrs. Puff is first stealing the Boat), and it still had a SpongeBob-like appearance then.
- A scribbled out word that says "Pat" can be seen at the bottom of SpongeBob's paper.
- The radio station that SpongeBob hosted was called K.R.U.D.
- In the Cine-Manga adaptation of this episode, the scene between SpongeBob being kicked out of the boat and Mrs. Puff turning on the SpongeBob radio was cut out.
- After SpongeBob and his parents leave her house, Mrs. Puff says, "I gotta move out of town and change my name! ... No, not again." This implies that she has actually done so in the past, which also means that Mrs. Puff mightn't even be her real name.
- Mrs. Puff said that Spongebob had -224 points during the test, but later she says the final score was 6 points.
- In the scene where the cops look at the boat, it is downhill, but when the boat comes towards them it goes off a cliff. When it focuses on the cops again, it is back downhill, making the boat look like it got into the air from nowhere.
- Even though it is the final boating school exam for the year, SpongeBob says that he will see Mrs. Puff next Tuesday.
- There are candles on top of SpongeBob's bedposts that are lit. When SpongeBob's mom turns the lights out in his room, the candles go out too.
- In this episode, SpongeBob's room is missing his clock, the top part of his bed, and has a new wallpaper.
- When SpongeBob climbs inside Boaty, he is wearing socks. Although, seconds before, his socks fell on Boaty's floor.
- Boaty is much wider than Mrs. Puff's front door, though it still ends up in Mrs. Puff's house.
- When SpongeBob is being grated by cheese graters, his eyes come out the graters twice.
- When Mrs. Puff yells, "Extra Credit!", runs to SpongeBob with his unicycle, and leads him back into the classroom, the unicycle disappears.
- When Mrs. Puff imagines the news report on the destruction caused by SpongeBob, it says "Live", but at the end the of the report, when SpongeBob runs over the reporter, the reporter says "let's not use that take..."
Home video releases
- SpongeBob SquarePants: Sea Stories
- SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete 2nd Season
- SpongeBob SquarePants: The First 100 Episodes
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