SpongeBob SquarePants

Driven to Tears / Rule of Dumb

Season 4, Ep 17, Aired 2/19/07
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  • Episode Description
  • Driven to Tears: For the 58th time in a row, SpongeBob has failed his driving test, so Patrick takes the test and passes. But SpongeBob is angry that he did. Rule of Dumb: Patrick's ancestors were adlings, so Patrick is the legal king of Bikini Bottom and now he reigns/misrules Bikini Bottom.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bill Fagerbakke

    Patrick Star

  • Clancy Brown

    Mr. Eugene H. Krabs

  • Rodger Bumpass

    Squidward Tentacles

  • Tom Kenny

    SpongeBob SquarePants/Gary/Mr. SquarePants/Narrator

  • Dee Bradley Baker

    Announcer/Cop/Judge/Soap Actor/Fish #68/Nerdy Fish

  • Fan Reviews (20)
  • As one was eh, the other one is just one of the worst episodes ever.

    By kingnicky1, Jun 07, 2014

  • Two Patrick episodes...one was good but the other wasn't that great

    By fsaenz0125, Jul 15, 2012

  • Driven to Tears saves this episode's score by FIVE points.

    By jmbsonic555, Nov 03, 2011

  • These episodes prove how much I hate Patrick

    By Woahwoah312, Aug 05, 2011

  • Too underrated.

    By PichuFan1982, Mar 05, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (18)

    • SpongeBob: (half-heartedly) Welcome to the Krusty Krab; can I help you? (car horn honks loudly to "La Cucaracha") SpongeBob: GAH!! Patrick: The horn still works!

    • Starfish: Oh, just as well. I've come to take the crown back, as it seems that you aren't royalty after all. Patrick: Huh? Starfish: (takes out family history) I've discovered this coffee stain, which upon removal, reveals that Sir Gary is the true heir to the king's crown. (cut to Gary having a crown put on his head)

    • SpongeBob: Uh... (laughs) You know, Mr Krabs is probably wondering where I am...and... Patrick: And what... SpongeBob: Um, well...it's just that, um, you're kinda being a jerk. Patrick: Huh? (laughs) I thought you were going to say I was abusing my power.

    • Fish: I finally did it! At long last, I've acquired issue #2 of Wonder Space Fish, and in mint condition. Now my 40 year- old life and my comic book collection are complete. Mom's gonna be so proud of me. (bumps into Patrick) Patrick: No, she won't be, because these comic books are mine! Fish: But, I've spent my entire life collecting those. Patrick: Yeah, well, now you can spend the rest of your life crying about it. I'm the king! Fish: I will cry about it. (sobs) I'll cry to my mom.

    • Lady on TV: Jason, I have to be honest. There's someone else. (grabs an elderly fish) Man on TV: Grandpa!

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    Notes (28)

    • Patrick didn't have to assume that E meant end and throw out the car. He could of just asked a car expert or repairmen for help.

    • In Latin America, 40 MPH was mistranslated to 90 KPH, which doesn't make much sense, due to 40 MPH is about 60 KPH.

    • Patrick was the One Millionth person to get a driver's license, as said in the episode.

    • This episode premiered as part of the Patrick for President's Day marathon.

    • Mr. Krabs was trying to convince Patrick to marry Pearl in this episode.

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    Trivia (20)

    • How can Gary, a snail be related to a starfish?

    • As soon as Patrick's demonic reflection says, "Knock, knock..." in "Rule of Dumb", a sound effect reminiscent of the Windows 2000 "ding" plays.

    • There is a glitch in the closed captions for the broadcast version of "Rule of Dumb". When SpongeBob says, "Patrick, I'm not sure if this is what being king is all about," the captions freeze for about 30 seconds. Then, the captions that were missed are rapidly flashed until they catch up to the point where Patrick says, "I love being king!"

    • SpongeBob said he failed his driving test 58 times, but in "Mrs. Puff, You're Fired", it was mentioned he failed his test over 1 million times. Then she said SpongeBob's expedient destroyed on the gas explosion, then she said that it was like he had never failed so this was correct.

    • How is SpongeBob able to rip up Patrick's driving license? It's hard material and SpongeBob is very weak.

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    Allusions (6)

    • When the guards escort Patrick away, he says to SpongeBob, "Don't forget to feed Gary. Sometimes you forget to feed him," a reference to the episode "Have You Seen This Snail?"

    • Police Officer: Oww, I got me a runner! This line is from the science fiction movie, Logan's Run.

    • La Cucaracha Patrick's horn plays the song, La Cucaracha.

    • When Patrick gave back the crown, the man from the royal ministry said, "With great power comes great responsibility." Same as the famous quote used in Spider-Man.

    • Ultimate Boating Machine When the announcer said that Crust Blaster 3000 is the ultimate boating machine, it`s the allusion to BMW when it`s called an ultimate driving machine.

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