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"New Student Starfish" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 3. In this episode, Patrick joins SpongeBob's Boating School, but he gets him in trouble.



As the episode begins with SpongeBob getting ready to go to school in the morning, he heads out the door, only to see Patrick. Patrick eagerly asks him if he can go jellyfishing. SpongeBob says he has to go to school, and he asks Patrick what he usually does when he is gone. Patrick says that he waits for SpongeBob to get back, and SpongeBob feels sorry for Patrick. SpongeBob then tells Patrick that he can come to school with him.

They arrive at 6:20 AM, and class starts at 9:00 AM, which SpongeBob considers "Late for being early." He then shows Patrick around the school and explains their classroom's "Good Noodle Board" system, where "good noodle stars" are placed on a Good Noodle Board next to the chalkboard. SpongeBob has by far the most stars of anyone in the class, having 74 in total, and adds Patrick's name to the chart so he can start collecting his stars. He also shows to him Roger, an unborn animal egg in a case with only a light-bulb for warmth.

SpongeBob and Patrick making jokes in class.

When class starts, Mrs. Puff sees Patrick and asks him his name. He gets nervous and replies with "twenty-four," and the whole class laughs at his response. At their desks, SpongeBob and Patrick laugh among each other about what comes after number "twenty-four," and Mrs. Puff lets Patrick off and warns SpongeBob to pay attention. Later, Patrick draws an ugly picture of Mrs. Puff, calling her a "Big Fat Meanie," and throws it over to SpongeBob's desk. When SpongeBob looks at Patrick's drawing, he gets upset with Patrick and tells him that he cannot do that because Mrs. Puff is the teacher.

Mrs. Puff thinks the picture was made by SpongeBob, and she takes out a small plastic scraper to remove one of his stars from the good noodle board as a punishment, much to SpongeBob's horror. Mrs. Puff then tells SpongeBob to move to the available desk in the back of the room. Soon after, Patrick tries to tell SpongeBob something, and SpongeBob, becoming very irritated, tries to ignore him. Patrick begins spitting spitballs at SpongeBob to get his attention and says that he has "something important" to tell him. SpongeBob finally asks him what he has to say, and Patrick simply says "Hi." SpongeBob is furious and screams in frustration. Mrs. Puff angrily tells him that perhaps this would be a good time for recess.

Patrick going to retrieve the light bulb.

During recess, SpongeBob confronts Patrick in the hallway, and they start fighting (which is fake), so they are both given detention. During detention, the two say how much they hate each other, and SpongeBob says he would hate Patrick even if the light bulb keeping Roger alive went out. Suddenly, the light bulb goes out, and Roger starts to freeze. Frightened on the inside, SpongeBob and Patrick try to ignore both situations but end up tearfully apologizing, and then they work together to save Roger. SpongeBob keeps the egg warm, while Patrick gets a new light bulb. They both successfully save Roger from his death in the end.

Suddenly, Mrs. Puff appears, who had been watching the whole incident through her one-way chalkboard. She decides to give them each one a golden star for saving Roger. Patrick then realizes that this was a boating school and not "Spanish class." He leaves, saying goodbye to SpongeBob and Mrs. Puff. After Patrick leaves, Roger suddenly hatches from the egg, revealing him to be a live-action chick who asks what he had missed. Then the episode ends.



Deleted scene

SpongeBob saying, "Can I have his star?" in the original storyboard.

  • When asked to say his name, there is a deleted scene where Patrick glances at a calendar with the date number 24, prompting him to say, "24."
  • In the storyboard version featured on the Sponge for Hire DVD, after Patrick leaves at the end of the episode, there is a deleted line of SpongeBob saying, "Can I have his star?"[1] The ending would instead feature Roger hatching from his egg and asking "Hey, what'd I miss?"


 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Horlepiep - Jan Rap [title card]
  Hilo Rag - Guy Fletcher [opening]
  Harp! - Nicolas Carr ["Wait a second, Patrick."]
  ? Vibes - Nicolas Carr [Patrick imagines himself in SpongeBob's class]
  Stiff Upper Lip - Paddy Kingsland [SpongeBob showing Patrick around]
  Hula Festival - George Elliott [the classroom]
  The Oracle - David Farnon [SpongeBob describing Roger]
  Steel Licks 8 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob and Patrick giggling]
  Dramatic Climax - Mike Sunderland [Patrick is nervous to reveal his name]
  So Tired - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [Everyone laughs]
  Stepping into Danger - Mike Sunderland [Big Fat Meanie/Mrs. Puff sees Patrick's drawing]
  Staatstrauer - Gerhard Trede [Mrs. Puff removes one of SpongeBob's stars]
  Lonely Heart's Club A - David Bell, Otto Sieben [SpongeBob is sent to the back of the room]
  Tomfoolery - David Snell [Patrick shoots spitballs at SpongeBob]
  Steel Licks 9 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob and Patrick fighting]
  Steel Licks 10 - Jeremy Wakefield ["This is embarrassing."]
  Point of Departure O - Gregor F. Narholz [Mrs. Puff catches SpongeBob and Patrick "red-handed."]
  Point of Departure M - Gregor F. Narholz [Mrs. Puff sentences SpongeBob and Patrick to detention]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill ["In one day I've gone from good noodle to bad egg."]
  Idea Vibe - Nicolas Carr ["Hmm..."]
  Killer Birds - Gregor F. Narholz [Roger's light bulb goes out]
  Heroes Win [#34] - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob and Patrick save Roger]
  Tiroler Jodler 2 - Werner Brueggemann [Patrick climbing the mountain of light bulbs]
  French Horn Sting - Nicolas Carr [Patrick plays a horn]
  Heroes Win [#34] - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob and Patrick save Roger]
  Horlepiep - Jan Rap [ending]



  • "New Student Starfish" was ranked #55 during the Best Day Ever event from November 9–10, 2006.
  • This episode and "Clams" were nominated for an Emmy at the 2003 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour).[2]



  • There is a chapter book based on this episode.
  • The scene where SpongeBob says "25" became a popular internet meme.
  • The scene where Patrick passes a note saying "Big Fat Meanie" became popular on YouTube and it has been parodied on various videos.
  • When Mrs. Puff opens the drawers in her desk to put the paper that Patrick drew of her, many different papers making fun of Mrs. Puff can be seen inside that drawer.
  • In the Hebrew dub, Roger, at the end of the episode, says, "תעברו לסיפור הבא," which translates to "Get to the next story!"
  • In most episodes, the Boating School is just one room. In this episode, however, it looks like a real school. This also happens in "The Bully."
  • This is the only episode to show the boating school having stairs and thus two stories.
  • This is the first episode to have a chalkboard as the title card background.
  • This is the first time Patrick goes to Mrs. Puff's Boating School.
    • Despite having known her before in "Boating School," Patrick and Mrs. Puff are properly introduced to each other in this episode.
  • This is the first time SpongeBob loses a star from his records. He loses a star again in "Restraining SpongeBob".
  • The graffiti on the desk in the back of the classroom depicts the following:
    • "Down With Learning"
    • "Mrs. Puff" with a crudely drawn version of her to the right, which is just a circle with a face and arms/legs.
    • "Skool is 4 Chumps"
    • A peace sign symbol
    • A tic-tac-toe puzzle
  • When the egg hatches at the end, Roger is seen as a live-action baby chick. This is actually stock footage owned by Image Bank Film. The footage can be found on Getty Images.[3][4]
  • SpongeBob has a large amount of Good Noodle stars in this episode, but in "Teacher's Pests", he has no stars.
  • For unknown reasons, this episode and its sister episode were rated 13+ on Amazon Prime Video in August 2020.
    • This has since been corrected as of October 2020, and the episode is back to being rated its original TV-Y7 rating on Amazon Prime Video.
  • On the November 10, 2006 airing, this episode was paired up with "Hooky."[5]
  • Comcast/Xfinity claims this episode and its airing partner first aired on October 4, 2002, two weeks after the episode originally aired in America.

Cultural references

  • When Mrs. Puff tells SpongeBob and Patrick, "May Neptune have mercy on your souls," it is a reference to the phrase, "May God have mercy on your soul," which a judge says to a convict who is about to receive the death penalty.


  • In early airings, the episode had an incorrect copyright date of 2001 in the credits. Later airings (and the original print of this episode) have the correct date of 2002.[6]
  • When Patrick pictures Mrs. Puff's class like a class photo day, the black sign in front of the kids in the front reads "Mrs. Puff's Driving School," but Mrs. Puff's school sign says "Mrs. Puff's Boating School."

There are no stars on the Good Noodle Board.

  • When SpongeBob and Patrick take their seats in the callsroom, the Good Noodle Board appears to be blank.
  • When Mrs. Puff became large in her "Big Fat Meanie" form, her shoes matches the same color as her legs and arms.
  • Patrick's "Big Fat Meanie" drawing before being put into Mrs. Puff's drawer appears different from the one that appears as it is put into Mrs. Puff's drawer.
  • When Mrs. Puff removes one of SpongeBob's good noodle stars, the star appears bigger than the other ones.
  • When Mrs. Puff tells SpongeBob that she is done with his nonsense and tells him to get all of his stuff, SpongeBob appears to have nothing with him despite the fact that he brought his backpack earlier in the episode.

SpongeBob's arms are tiny and the text is gone.

  • When SpongeBob is being sentenced to sit in the old desk at the back, the text says "Skoll is 4 chumps," but in the next scene, the text is gone and SpongeBob's arms are tiny.
  • SpongeBob writes Patrick's name on the Good Noodle Board in capital letters. Later on, when SpongeBob and Patrick are saving Roger, Patrick's name is in lower case, and when Mrs. Puff tells them that she will give them a gold star each, it is in capitals again.
  • The names on the Good Noodle Board change throughout the episode.
  • The number of stars per student changes throughout the episode.


Awards and nominations for SpongeBob SquarePants VE

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Primetime Emmy Awards

Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour)

Nominees: Sean Dempsey, Derek Drymon, Juli Murphy Hashiguchi, Sam Henderson, Stephen Hillenburg, Jay Lender, Mark O'Hare, Kent Osborne, Alan Smart, Paul Tibbitt, Tom Yasumi (for "New Student Starfish"/"Clams," 2003)Derek Drymon, Juli Murphy Hashiguchi, Stephen Hillenburg, Kent Osborne, Andrew Overtoom, Alan Smart, Paul Tibbitt (for "Ugh," 2004)Mike Bell, C.H. Greenblatt, Stephen Hillenburg, Alan Smart, Paul Tibbitt, Vincent Waller, Tom Yasumi (for "Fear of a Krabby Patty"/"Shell of a Man," 2005)Casey Alexander, Luke Brookshier, Stephen Hillenburg, Tom King, Dani Michaeli, Chris Mitchell, Andrew Overtoom, Alan Smart, Paul Tibbitt and Tom Yasumi (for "Bummer Vacation"/"Wigstruck," 2007)Steven Banks, Charlie Bean, Stephen Hillenburg, Dani Michaeli, Chris Reccardi, Alan Smart, Aaron Springer, Paul Tibbitt, Tom Yasumi (for "The Inmates of Summer"/"The Two Faces of Squidward," 2008)

Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Animated Programs

Nominees: Dina Buteyn, Stephen Hillenburg, Dani Michaeli, Alan Smart, Aaron Springer, Paul Tibbitt and Tom Yasumi (for "Dear Vikings," 2009)

Outstanding Short-format Animated Program

Nominees: Luke Brookshier, Dina Buteyn, Nate Cash, Stephen Hillenburg, Doug Lawrence, Andrew Overtoom, Alan Smart and Paul Tibbitt (for "That Sinking Feeling," 2011)Marc Ceccarelli, Stephen Hillenburg, Kyle McCulloch, Jennie Monica, Jack Pendarvis, Alan Smart, Paul Tibbitt, Vincent Waller, Tom Yasumi (for "Company Picnic," 2016)Luke Brookshier, Marc Ceccarelli, Stephen Hillenburg, Jennie Monica, Adam Paloian, Alan Smart, Vincent Waller, Tom Yasumi (for "Plankton Paranoia," 2019)

Daytime Emmy Awards

Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program

Directors: Andrew Overtoom, Andrea Romano, Alan Smart and Tom Yasumi (2010)Casey Alexander, Luke Brookshier, Nate Cash, Zeus Cervas, Sean Charmatz, Andrew Overtoom, Andrea Romano, Alan Smart, Aaron Springer, Paul Tibbitt, Vincent Waller and Tom Yasumi (2012)

Outstanding Special Class Animated Program

Animators: Dina Buteyn, Stephen Hillenburg and Paul Tibbitt (2010)

Outstanding Children's Animated Program

Nominees: Stephen Hillenburg, Jennie Monica Hammond and Paul Tibbitt (2012)Stephen Hillenburg, Marc Ceccarelli, Vincent Waller and Jennie Monica (2018)

Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program

Voice actors: Rodger Bumpass as Squidward Tentacles (2012)Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants (2018)Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants (2020)

Outstanding Sound Editing – Animation

Nominees: Todd Brodie, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Chris Gresham, Matt Hall, Jeffrey Hutchins, James Lifton, Paulette Lifton, D.J. Lynch, Aran Tanchum and Kimberlee Vanek (2012) • Mishelle Fordham, Vincent Guisetti, Jeffrey Hutchins, James Lifton, Paulette Lifton, D.J. Lynch, Wes Otis, Monique Reymond and Aran Tanchum (2013) • Devon Bowman, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Jeff Hutchins, Aran Tanchum and Vincent Guisetti (2014)

Outstanding Sound Mixing for an Animated Program

Nominees: D.J. Lynch, Justin Brinsfield, Ryan Greene, Manny Grijalva, Jeff Hutchins and Aran Tanchum (2020)