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"Tutor Sauce" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 9. In this episode, Mr. Krabs tries to teach SpongeBob how to drive after he fails his driving test again.



The episode begins with a normal day at the Krusty Krab. The customers, however, are praising the Krabby Patties, which makes Mr. Krabs think they paid 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 to Squidward, with him saying that SpongeBob failed his boating exam and that is why he is crying. Mr. Krabs goes to the kitchen to check. SpongeBob tells him 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 forward, causing them to crash. Mr. Krabs says it is a simple mistake.

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

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

"Wait until I say, "Put 'er into gear."

During the fourth attempt, Mr. Krabs says he will give a signal, but as soon as he tells SpongeBob to put the boat into gear, he crashes into the Krusty Krab yet again.

During the fifth attempt, Mr. Krabs is already exhausted, but before they start, SpongeBob 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.

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

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

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

During the ninth attempt, they crash into a sign. As they keep on driving, many 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 completely.

The scene transitions to Mr. Krabs looking very unhappy. He is holding the bill as SpongeBob crashes into the Krusty Krab for the tenth time. The repairman enters again to raise up the price on the bill.

The scene transitions again as SpongeBob apologizes. Mr. Krabs says he is doing it all wrong and thinks that SpongeBob does better 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. Mr. Krabs literally proves that even Gary could do it by letting him drive a boat through the roundabout. A few seconds pass and he makes it with flying colors. Now it is SpongeBob's turn. He is just about to take the wheel when the police show 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, as the episode ends.

Running gags

  • SpongeBob causing damage to the Krusty Krab with his driving.
  • Mr. Krabs saying, "Put 'er in gear!"




 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Jovial Pirate's Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Title card]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [opening at the Krusty Krab]
  A Simple Conversation 1 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward pours salt on Mr. Krabs.]
  Daily Chores Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["All right, that's enough."]
  Drowsy Reef - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob crying]
  Silly Bob Conversation 1 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Mr. 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 17C - Jeremy Wakefield [Mr. Krabs laughs nervously.]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["We need a change of venue."]
  Jolly Little Roger - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Empty parking lot]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 15 - Jeremy Wakefield [Boat crashes into the Krusty Krab.]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob trying to inch forward]
  Silly Bob Conversation 1 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Mr. Krabs examining the damage]
  Unease - Dick Walter [Mr. Krabs' inner monologue]
  Solo Steel 2 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Now here's a place you should be comfortable with."]
  Lap Steel Lullabye - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob falls asleep.]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Boat crashes into Patrick's rock.]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 21 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Okay, that was just fine."]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 30 - Jeremy Wakefield ["A simple trip to Patrick's house."]
  Great Idea Patrick - Nicolas Carr ["Or can ye?"]
  Ready Set Game Over - Nicolas Carr [arcade music]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Transition to next scene]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 1A - Jeremy Wakefield [Worker climbs ladder]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 4 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob drives into the Krusty Krab chimney/Boat crashes into the worker.]
  Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob driving wildly]
  Disastrous Event 2 [#37] - 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 6C - Jeremy Wakefield ["I'm sorry, Mr. Krabs."]
  The Irish Patriot - Sam Spence [Pep talk]
  Up She Rises - Sam Spence [Double roundabout]
  Unholy Makarel - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Gary navigates the roundabout]
  Lopey Sailor's Jig - 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]




  • Although the plot is about driving, Mrs. Puff only makes a cameo at the end of this episode.
  • This episode premiered on the same day as the 2015 Kids' Choice Sports Awards.
  • When this episode premiered, it aired first, before its sister episode, "Lost in Bikini Bottom." In all subsequent airings and production order, the episode segment order is reversed.[2]
  • Mr. Krabs actually is not cheap here. Pearl shows up, wanting money for shoes and he happily gives her the money without a fuss and pays for the damages SpongeBob caused.
  • This episode has a total of 14 bubble transitions, which is the most for any episode.
  • This and "Lost in Bikini Bottom" are the first episodes in 10 years since "Good Neighbors" to be written by only one writer.
  • This is the first episode that Mr. Krabs got Gary's name right.
  • This episode marks the first time Mr. Krabs is seen in Mrs. Puff's Boating School.
  • This is the second season 9 episode where SpongeBob takes a boating test. The first was "Bumper to Bumper."
  • This is the second episode to use "Jovial Pirate's Jig" as the title card music. The first was "Summer Job."
  • This is the third time a main character goes to boating school with SpongeBob. The first was Patrick in "New Student Starfish," and the second was Squidward in "Boating Buddies."
  • This is the fourth episode where SpongeBob learns from a different person about driving rather than Mrs. Puff. The first was "Boating School," in which Patrick gives him answers from a walkie-talkie. The second was "Mrs. Puff, You're Fired," in which Sergeant Roderick teaches boating school after Mrs. Puff gets fired. The third was "The Hot Shot," in which Tony Fast Jr. teaches SpongeBob some driving tips.
  • According to this episode, salt hurts Mr. Krabs' eyes even though he is a salt water crustacean. This also happens in the episode "Krab Borg."
  • This episode reveals that when the jellyfish convention is not happening, Jeffrey the Jellyfish works at an arcade.
  • This episode reveals that Mrs. Puff's Boating School charges $100 a semster.
  • This episode reveals that Mr. Krabs taught Pearl how to drive.
  • This episode reveals that Gary knows how to drive.
  • Both this episode and its sister episode, "Lost in Bikini Bottom," feature a character referencing a straight line between two points.
  • SpongeBob has Beary from "Skill Crane" in this episode.
  • In the German dub, this episode is called "Fahrschule Krabs," which means "Krabs Driving School," a pun on driving school.
  • Currently, this is the last episode to play "The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka."
  • The title card background for this episode is similar to that of "Choir Boys."

Cultural references

  • The title is a pun on the condiment and one of the most well-known euphemisms in the series, tartar sauce.


The Galley Grub and Order Here signs are missing.

  • When the patties are burning, the Galley Grub and Order Here signs are missing.

The Galley Grub is misspelled as "Gally Grub."

  • When Squidward says, "You missed one," the Galley Grub is misspelled as "Gally Grub."

Lori Alan and Mary Jo Catlett are uncredited.



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