- SpongeBob SquarePants
- Eugene H. Krabs
- Mrs. Puff
- Big Fat Meanie (drawing cameo)
- Lighthouse Louie (debut)
- Perch Perkins (orange)
- Squidward Tentacles (statue cameo)
- Officer Slugfish (cardboard cutout cameo)
- Bikini Bottomites
- Ghost toast
- Snail babies
The episode begins with SpongeBob taking his boating test yet again at Mrs. Puff's Boating School. SpongeBob attempts to read while driving, but doesn't notice that they are about to crash into a brick wall. SpongeBob takes a sharp turn to avoid the brick wall, but starts driving towards Mrs. Puff's lighthouse. SpongeBob is able to break in time to avoid crashing into the lighthouse, but a wave of junk from inside the lighthouse ends up spilling onto them anyway. SpongeBob pulls Mrs. Puff out of the rubble, and tries to make up for the damage he caused, but nothing pleases her. Mrs. Puff exclaims that SpongeBob should clean up her lighthouse, since she's been tossing old junk in there for 20 years. She leaves SpongeBob to the task, and heads back into her classroom to listen to heavy metal music. SpongeBob heads into the lighthouse, and cleans it fairly quickly by eating all of the assorted objects and spitting them back out into boxes. He then notices that the lighthouse is extremely dusty, so he cleans the place up using a mop. As SpongeBob is about to head into the next room to shine the lighthouse's lantern, he hears moaning on the other side of the door.
He assumes the lighthouse is haunted; just like his toaster. After a cutaway reveals SpongeBob's toaster really is haunted, SpongeBob slowly opens the door. Suddenly a box drops from the ceiling, scaring SpongeBob into stumbling down the stairs, and onto a box, causing all the trash that SpongeBob just cleaned up to flood everywhere. SpongeBob is terrified as the box slowly approaches him, only to be relieved when it's revealed that a stray snail was inside. SpongeBob decides to name the snail "Louie" as he gets back to work cleaning. However, when SpongeBob tries to continue cleaning, he trips over Louie, prompting SpongeBob to leave Louie outside so he doesn't get in the way. Although when SpongeBob goes back inside, Louie is also somehow back inside, so SpongeBob decides to tie Louie to a nearby boat so he'll be out of his hair. Once again though, Louie is somehow back inside the lighthouse, so SpongeBob attempts to throw him out, only to be thrown out himself. SpongeBob refuses to be outsmarted by a snail, and in the next scene, we see SpongeBob trying to trap Louie in a box by using a can of Krabby Patties as bait. However, SpongeBob is outsmarted yet again as Louie traps him inside of a box. When SpongeBob is unable to lift up the box himself, he eats some Krabby Patty grease (in a reference to Popeye The Sailor Man) to grow buff and lift the box off of him. Soon after, SpongeBob finds Louie in the room with the lighthouse's lantern, but Louie suddenly becomes feral and attacks SpongeBob, biting him all over his face. In the scuffle, SpongeBob accidently turns on the lighthouse's light switch, shining a very bright light into Bikini Bottom. Bubble Bass, Larry The Lobster, and a 3rd fish notice the light, as SpongeBob and Louie's shadows are being cast onto it. Larry The Lobster thinks that they are a couple buff dudes, while Bubble Bass thinks they are giant monsters, causing the trio to panic.
The ruckus eventually causes the lighthouse to tip over and start rolling around Bikini Bottom (unbeknownst to Mrs. Puff, who is still listening to her heavy metal music). Larry and the other fish run away, but Bubble Bass ends up getting flattened by the lighthouse. Afterwards, Perch Perkins is seen interviewing Fred on the news, as Fred frantically explains that a lighthouse caused all the destruction. Perch Perkins asks Fred if the lighthouse injured "HIS LEGS" to which Fred sadly replies no. Mr. Krabs sees this on the news, and tells all of his customers to protect the Krusty Krab. They all run away however, and SpongeBob, not wanting to destroy the Krusty Krab, turns the lighthouse around with his feet. Although, when Louie attacks him again, the lighthouse turns back around and ends up destroying the Krusty Krab anyway, injuring Mr. Krabs in the process. The lighthouse ends up rolling back to Mrs. Puff's boating school and is thrown back into it's original position. After the chaos, SpongeBob frantically wonders where Louie is, only to find out that Louie was actually a mother taking care of her babies. SpongeBob comments on how he should start calling her "Louise" instead. In the next scene, SpongeBob shows Mrs. Puff the clean lighthouse, to which Mrs. Puff exclaims how proud she is of SpongeBob, giving him a gold star. SpongeBob then shows Mrs. Puff "Louise" and her babies, telling her how they were hiding inside the lighthouse. Mrs. Puff finds the snails adorable. SpongeBob leaves boating school for the day, as Mrs. Puff is relieved that SpongeBob didn't create a huge disaster. Just then, she is confronted by several Bikini Bottomites, including Mr. Krabs, Bubble Bass, and Larry The Lobster. They are furious that Mrs. Puff's lighthouse has caused so much damage in town, and demand to know what she's going to do about it. In response, Mrs. Puff puts on her headphones and (along with Louise and her babies) start jamming out to her heavy metal music, as the episode ends.
|( ‣ ) Associated production music|
|( • ) Original music|
|( ◦ ) SpongeBob music|
‣ The Achterhoek Dances - Jan Rap [Title card]
‣ Feeling Happy - Alan Perry [Opening at Mrs. Puff's Boating School]
‣ Tiptoe Footsteps - [ProjectSAM Symphobia Colours: Animator] ["Assuming crash position."]
‣ Uh Oh Flutter-Eyed - [ProjectSAM Symphobia Colours: Animator] [Boat approaches to the wall]
• Monster Wave - Nicolas Carr, Fabian Fernandez, James King [Boat about to crash into the lighthouse]
• Great Idea Patrick - Nicolas Carr ["Oh, there you are."]
‣ Charlie's Bike C - Peter Balding, Otto Sieben [SpongeBob trying to make it up]
• Hot Steel and Slide Licks 22 - Jeremy Wakefield [Mrs. Puff removes off his body the oil]
‣ Charlie's Bike C - Peter Balding, Otto Sieben ["Oh, I love cleaning!"]
• Bathroom Nirvana - Nicolas Carr [Mrs. Puff puts relaxing music on her headphones]
‣ ? [Mrs. Puff puts rock music on her headphones]
• 12th Street Rag with Bass - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob dives into lighthouse trash and starts cleaning it]
• 12th Street Rag - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob spits the trash out of his pores]
• Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Transition to next scene]
‣ Marching Along the Ocean Wave - Colin Frechter [SpongeBob scrubbing the lighthouse]
‣ Med Evil A - Alexander Rudd [SpongeBob hears noises from inside the lighthouse lantern's room]
‣ Neutral Mood - Simon May [A walking box comes out and follows SpongeBob]
‣ Five Dramatic Bridges B - Kurt Rehfeld [A snail comes from the box]
‣ Whimsey - Arthur Wilkinson [SpongeBob calls the snail Louie]
• Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Transition to next scene]
• Hello Blues - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Louie keeps staying around the lighthouse]
• Hot Steel and Slide Licks 39 - Jeremy Wakefield [Transition to next scene]
‣ Spooks - Fredric Bayco [SpongeBob puts a trap to catch Louie]
• What's This - Nicolas Carr ["I don't got ya."]
‣ Spooks - Fredric Bayco [Louie traps SpongeBob in its own trap]
‣ Charlie's Bike E - Peter Balding, Otto Sieben [SpongeBob trying to lift the box]
• Hot Steel and Slide Licks 13 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob tastes a pinch of the Krabby Patty in a Can]
‣ Jolly Jack Tar - Frederick Charrosin [SpongeBob gets strength and lifts the box ]
• Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Huh? Where'd Louie go?"]
• Hot Steel and Slide Licks 1 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob's arm deflates]
‣ Alone and Lost - Norman Dane [SpongeBob finds Louie at the top of the lighthouse's lantern]
‣ Neutral Mood - Simon May [Louie attacks SpongeBob]
• Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Those monsters have vanished."]
• Great Idea Patrick - Nicolas Carr ["We're saved!"]
‣ Brickbat (Battle) - Laurie Johnson [Lighthouse crushes Bubble Bass]
• Bikini Bottom News Theme - Nicolas Carr [News on TV]
‣ Dramatic Cue (h) - Ronald Hanmer [Fred telling Perch Perkins the cause of the destruction]
‣ Finger of Fear - Fredric Bayco [Lighthouse rolling to the Krusty Krab]
• Melodramatic Moments - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Krabs tells his customers to put in front of the lighthouse]
‣ Project X - Cedric Palmer [Customers run out of the Krusty Krab]
• Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Lighthouse rolls away from the Krusty Krab]
‣ Project X - Cedric Palmer [Lighthouse crushes the Krusty Krab]
• Hot Steel and Slide Licks 14 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Oh. It came back."]
‣ Project X - Cedric Palmer [Lighthouse returns to Mrs. Puff's boating school]
‣ ? [Mrs. Puff still listening to rock music]
‣ Project X - Cedric Palmer [Lighthouse returns to the exact place it was]
• My Three Fish - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Louie's babies are revealed]
‣ Horlepiep - Jan Rap [SpongeBob gives them to Mrs. Puff]
• Cheap and Frozen Jig 2 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [People complaining to Mrs. Puff]
‣ ? [Mrs. Puff puts her headphones back on]
- This episode is available on The Complete Twelfth Season DVD.
- This episode was released on The Complete Twelfth Season DVD on January 12, 2021, 6 days before airing on American television.
- When SpongeBob falls into the trash pile, many objects from previous episodes can be seen:
- Bold and Brash ("Artist Unknown").
- Big Fat Meanie ("New Student Starfish").
- Mrs. Puff's hat and coat ("Krusty Love").
- One of the enchanted tikis ("Enchanted Tiki Dreams").
- The #1 hat and swordfish skull ("One Krabs Trash").
- Krusty Krab Pizza ("Pizza Delivery").
- Patrick's shoes ("Your Shoe's Untied").
- Squidward's piggy bank, Teddy bear, Ms. Nibsy, Clown Frown ("Skill Crane").
- Seahorse plush ("Stuck in the Wringer").
- Help Wanted sign ("Help Wanted").
- "Wanted Maniac" poster, hall monitor's belt, and cap ("Hall Monitor").
- Mrs. Puff's hair curlers ("Life of Crime").
- "Save the Jellyfish" sign ("SpongeBob's Last Stand").
- Mermaid Man's belt ("Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV")
- Mrs. Puff's nameplate ("Mrs. Puff, You're Fired")
- Part of the ripped "extra credit" test ("No Free Rides").
- Mrs. Puff's washing machine ("Krusty Love").
- Radio, SpongeBob's diary ("Boating School").
- A brown treasure chest ("Arrgh!")
- An empty box ("Idiot Box" and Battle for Bikini Bottom, Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated)
- A license ("Sleepy Time, No Free Rides, Nautical Novice and Girls' Night Out")
- One of the many objects within the lighthouse is a newspaper about Mrs. Puff with the headline "Deranged Boat Teacher Makes Getaway" and the subtitle "Distracts authorities with balloon animals." This is referring to an incident Mrs. Puff implies to in "No Free Rides," where she moved towns and changed her name. The picture of Mrs. Puff on the newspaper is taken from the same episode.
- "My leg!:" Perch Perkins yells "Your legs!" when he interviews Fred to see if himself and his legs were injured from the Boating School lighthouse, which Fred denies.
- In the promos Nickelodeon falsely claims that in this episode SpongeBob will finally get his driving license, and everyone in Bikini Bottom is in a panic. However in the actual episode, SpongeBob has to clean inside Mrs. Puff's lighthouse and finds a cute and uncomfortable companion named Louie, which is very misleading.
- SpongeBob mentions this episode's title when he says "I think I'll call you Louie. Lighthouse Louie."
- SpongeBob's Gold Star is a reference to New Student Starfish.
- Mrs. Puff breaks the fourth wall by saying she's been throwing junk in the lighthouse for 20 years.
- This is the third episode where SpongeBob owns a pet whom he initially thinks is male, but is later revealed to be female. The first is "Pet or Pests" with Mrs. Wormsley and the second is "Sanctuary!" with Esmerelda.
- Although "Louie" is a masculine-sounding name, the snail is revealed to be female when it is revealed that she can give birth; with the exception of seahorses, male organisms cannot get pregnant. Its female identity is further confirmed when SpongeBob jokes that he should have named her "Louise."
- This is the first episode to use the track "Finger of Fear" since "The Main Drain."
- This is the first episode to use the original "12th Street Rag 3" since "Pet Sitter Pat."
- At the end of the episode, an image from "Hiccup Plague" was revealed by accident in the UK and Ireland airing.
- In this episode, the Krusty Krab is shown to have hills in front of it, despite this never being shown in any other episodes.
- This is the only boating school episode in season 12.
- In the UK and Ireland airing, the moment where SpongeBob chews balloons when blowing them is cut out.
- This is the first episode to show the complete interior of the boating school's lighthouse.
- When this episode first aired in South Korea, it was paired up with "The Goofy Newbie."
- The ghost toast is a reference to a scene from "Pranks a Lot."
- Nick originally planned to broadcast its sister episode on January 18, 2021, but was pulled a week before its premiere. "My Two Krabses" will take its place.
- On the official SpongeBob SquarePants YouTube channel, a clip of Fred making an interview on the Bikini Bottom News was in a My Leg! compilation which was posted on May 1, 2020.
- An image was posted on the Official SpongeBob SquarePants account on Twitter.
- SpongeBob flexes his arm like Popeye.
- During the scene where Mr. Krabs watches the lighthouse head to destroy the Krusty Krab, the lighthouse is missing.
- When SpongeBob starts to open the door and hears a meow, his eyelashes are missing.
- The Chum Bucket is not in front of the Krusty Krab in this episode.
- During a couple frames, a part of Bubble Bass' face is orange between his glasses.
- A pearl necklace in front of a TV in the pile changes from white to green in one frame.
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