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"Drive Happy" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from Season 11. In this episode, SpongeBob can't drive, but he doesn't need a license to operate a self-driving car.



SpongeBob meets Coupe.

The episode starts at Bikini Bottom Boats, where SpongeBob is being suggested numerous boatmobiles by a boat salesperson. The one that catches his attention the most is the self-driving car, Coupe, which he then buys. He shows his brand-new boat to Squidward and Mrs. Puff, who are really surprised that SpongeBob had the ability to obtain such a fancy vehicle.

At night, SpongeBob parks Coupe in his respective lot, but Coupe wants to be inside the house since it is raining, so SpongeBob carves a large quantity of his pineapple house to accommodate Coupe. The latter wants to sleep on SpongeBob's bed, leaving SpongeBob and Gary no choice but to sleep outside in the rain.

The following day, SpongeBob uses Coupe to get to the Krusty Krab and picks up Patrick, but Coupe ejects him after the latter annoys him with pushing his buttons. Arriving at the restaurant, he disapproves of being seen around the restaurant since he thinks it is too disgusting for his fanciness. As a result, instead of letting SpongeBob go to work, he forces him to do what he wants, which involves being pampered at an auto repair shop. SpongeBob lyingly claims that he has to use the bathroom, so Coupe sets him free for a moment, unaware of his intentions.

However, he suspects that SpongeBob is up to something harmful upon witnessing his buying a bag from the car store. When SpongeBob returns, he takes what is revealed to be a steering wheel out of the bag and installs it to Coupe to get to the Krusty Krab. Coupe prevents SpongeBob from getting to work by restraining him with his seatbelts. To escape from his manipulation, SpongeBob orders a triple Krabby Patty with five scoops of ice cream from the drive-thru and throws it onto Coupe, interfering with his operation. He is eventually lifted by Patrick, who wants the ice cream in which Coupe is covered.

SpongeBob gives up his self-driving days. Coupe asks what he plans on doing with him, and ends up becoming a kiddie ride outside of the Krusty Krab. He is rode excessively by Patrick while the latter eats ice cream, much to his misery and suffering, as the episode ends.


This episode was confirmed by Vincent Waller on December 28, 2017.[1]




Drive Happy Rough


Drive Happy Final


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Ripped Hide - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card]
  Stupid Plan-No Bass - Steve Belfer [The opening]
  Fun at the Seaside - Syd Dale ["You're a smart shopper."]
  At the Zoo - Gerhard Trede [The boat salesman shows SpongeBob the wimp wagon.]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Self-driving?"]
  Film Fanfare (a) - Dick Walter [The boat salesman introduces Coupe to SpongeBob.]
  Unknown Track 38 - The boat salesman flies away with the money.
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 14A - Jeremy Wakefield ["My very own boat!"]
  Fun Ahead - Eric Swan ["Settle down, Mr. SquarePants."]
  Man About Town - Laurie Johnson [SpongeBob goes for a drive with Coupe.]
  Annoying One Man Band - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob plays the accordion, trumpet, snare drum and clarinet.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 8B - Jeremy Wakefield ["Ah... I need to erase this from my mind."]
  City Bustle - Heinz Hoetter [Mrs. Puff drives next to SpongeBob.]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Transition to next scene]
  Aloha Oe - Hans Haider, Queen Lili'uokalani ["Ah... That was the best day of non-driving ever."]
  The Donut Dilema (With Triangle) - Nicolas Carr [Coupe honks at SpongeBob after it starts raining.]
  A Simple Conversation 1 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Hey, you know what would be fun?"]
  Solo Steel 2 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Well, I'm tired."]
  Dramatic Encounter - Gregor Narholz [Coupe enters SpongeBob's bedroom.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 37 - Jeremy Wakefield [Coupe breaks SpongeBob's bed.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 24B - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob and Gary go down the stairs.]
  Dramatic Cue (D) - Ronald Hanmer [Coupe honks, waking up SpongeBob and Gary.]
  All Cars and Thames! - Ralph Dollimore [Gary attacks SpongeBob.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 13B - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob goes outside with Gary to sleep.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 31B - Jeremy Wakefield [Transition to day.]
  Droopy - Arthur Wilkinson ["Mr. SquarePants, I can drive you to work."]
  Toy Piano 2 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob laughs and falls asleep.]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [Coupe runs into Patrick.]
  Highly Strung - George French [Patrick disturbs Coupe.]
  Cheap and Frozen Jig 2 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Coupe arrives at the Krusty Krab.]
  Who Said That - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob tries to undo his seatbelt.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 9A - Jeremy Wakefield [Coupe drives SpongeBob away from the Krusty Krab.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 9B - Jeremy Wakefield ["Today, we're going to do what I want to do."]
  Buying Spree - William Loose [Coupe goes with SpongeBob to the boat wash and to the garage.]
  Dramatic Encounter - Gregor Narholz [Coupe spies on SpongeBob.]
  All Cars and Thames! - Ralph Dollimore [SpongeBob steers Coupe towards the Krusty Krab.]
  For a Lonely Girl - Norman Candler [At the elevator]
  Tiki Land - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Coupe and SpongeBob arrive at the hotel rooftop.]
  All Cars and Thames! - Ralph Dollimore [SpongeBob speeds Coupe off towards the Krusty Krab.]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Coupe refuses to let SpongeBob go to work.]
  Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob and Coupe go through the drive-thru.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 13B - Jeremy Wakefield ["My self-driving days are over."]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 31B - Jeremy Wakefield ["I have an idea."]
  Caliope Carousel - Roger Roger [Patrick rides in Coupe.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 15 - Jeremy Wakefield [Coupe stops riding.]
  Unicorns and Rainbows - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob gives Patrick a bag of quarters.]
  Caliope Carousel - Roger Roger [The ending]




Cultural References

  • The title of this episode is a reference to the 2011 film Drive Angry.


  • The Mermaid Man bobble head with a ukulele is seen, but in the next two scenes, it is not here.

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  • SpongeBob's house never had a driveway in any previous episodes.
  • Throughout the episode, whenever the Krusty Krab is seen, the Chum Bucket across the street is missing.
  • SpongeBob saws a hole at the front of his house so Coupe can enter and seek shelter, but a garage can be seen in the back of his house in some episodes.



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