SpongeBob SquarePants

Season 4 Episode 17

Driven to Tears / Rule of Dumb

Aired Weekdays 5:30 PM Feb 19, 2007 on Nickelodeon
out of 10
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Episode Summary

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.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • As one was eh, the other one is just one of the worst episodes ever.

    DTT: Meh, not a great episode. Better than most Post-Movie crap, but still not good. It was pretty dull , and really, Patrick was still a jerk here. Overall, this one is mixed. Not a good episode by any means, but not terrible either. Grade: 5/10

    ROD: This episode has just GOT to be one of the worst I've ever seen! I'll quote RWF when he said this episode should be called "Patrick acts like a jerkwad". "Now you can spend the rest of your life crying about it!" is possibly, Patrick's worst line EVER! also, there was no humor here, that's all it WAS, just Patrick being a douchebag for 11 minutes. I really hate this episode, and I hope the writers will either stop making episodes around patrick, or just remove him entirely (Well, at least until Hillenburg comes back by year's end). Grade:1/10moreless
  • Two Patrick episodes...one was good but the other wasn't that great

    Driven to tears: I liked this episode better but it still has its flaws...I'll tell you later after this. Funny parts in the episode include SpongeBob actually failing the test again a minute and a half later, Patrick actually passing the test, Patrick making some sound effect late at night, Patrick talking to SpongeBob's parents and those are pretty much it. However, the reason for my much lower score is that the episode itself was boring and never my favorite to begin with. Plus Patrick was getting a little OoC for rubbing the license in SpongeBob's face. Those problems were in the way of keeping my score high. So a decent and bearly enjoyable episode. 7/10

    Rule of Dumb: I didn't liked this one too much. It is 10 points worse than Driven to Tears. But I just hated how Patrick got OoC again (this might prove that got more dumber since this season) like making him and SpongeBob getting kicked out of the Krusty Krab because of the free price, making the comic book fish cry, and a couple more. Those parts were why my score is very low and I never really enjoyed this one. The only time I laughed was Patrick trying to eat the crown, the montage of Patrick doing stuffs as king, Patrick moving Squidward's house, and monster Patrick in the mirror. Overall score 6/10moreless
  • Driven to Tears saves this episode's score by FIVE points.

    Driven to Tears: SpongeBob is hoping to get his drivers license with Patrick supporting him. But when it turns out that he fails his test for the 58th time, Patrick suspects that the test is rigged. To prove this, Patrick takes the test himself and to SpongeBob's surprise, passes. When Patrick goes to get his picture taken for his new license, he learns that he is the 1,000,000th person to get his drivers license. He is then rewarded with a brand-new hotrod. While Patrick is having the greatest day of his life, SpongeBob is extremely jealous. Pretty soon, SpongeBob gets fed up with Patrick's bragging. While Patrick is giving SpongeBob a ride home, SpongeBob notices that he's a terrible driver. SpongeBob can't take any more of this and rips up Patrick's license and throws the pieces out the car. A police officer then goes after them for littering and, pretty soon, SpongeBob and Patrick find themselves in a massive car chase. Patrick is finally arrested and is sentenced to 90 days in prison for littering. SpongeBob, feeling guilty, takes the fall for it. After SpongeBob's term, he and Patrick are extremely glad to be reunited once again and SpongeBob gives patrick a license plate he made printed "Friends 4Ever". Patrick then says that his car stopped working (it was on "E", which Patrick knew/thought it was on "End") so he threw it away. But they still find use of the plate and pretend to drive away.

    1.5 out of 10

    Rule of Dumb: Patrick meets a guy with a top hat. He thinks his library books are so overdue that he will go to jail. But it is actually a guy who says that Patrick's ancestors had ruled over Bikini bottom, so he is a king. He goes to the Krusty Krab and orders one of everything, without paying. Then he steals a little fish's comic book collection. Then Patrick takes every thing from all of Bikini bottom. He tries to move away Squidward's house, but Squidward says he is not really a king. Everyone believes him and leave. Patrick tells Spongebob to get him a drink, but Spongebob does not listen anymore. Patrick looks in the mirror and sees he is a monster. So he gives the crown back to the king who gave him the crown, but he shows Patrick is not king. A mud stain was on the scroll of the ancestors, and now Gary is the "new" king.

    1 out of 10

    FINAL SCORE: 1.5 out of 10moreless
  • These episodes prove how much I hate Patrick

    Yes,if you may have known,Spongebob has gone downhill lately,and if there is one character I cannot stand,it's Patrick. And these episodes prove my reasons why I hate him. Let's start with Driven to Tears:

    Driven to Tears:

    Okay,so Spongebob has gotten cheat cards from Patrick to finally get his license,but guess what? Patrick eats it. Man,what an idiot. Spongebob tries to pass without the cards,but ends up failing again,and I wouldn't blame him. Patrick decides to do the test,and passes it. He goes to the DMV to get his license,and ends up being the millionth customer,and wins a free boatmobile. And when he get it,he starts to act like a selfish jerk. I mean,half of the episode has him bragging about his stupid license. He even spends all night fixing it,and doesn't realize how much racket he makes. And even worse,wears a daredevil suit while driving. Geez,what a show-off. But it gets worse,he doesn't even look at the red lights. Spongebob finally gets fed up with Patrick,and they end up fighting. Spongebob rips Patrick's license despite the fact that licenses are made out of RUBBER,not paper. Patrick ends up in jail because of littering instead of getting a fine,so Spongebob takes his place. After a long time in jail,Spongebob returns out of jail,and he makes a license plate for Patrick. But Patrick threw the car away because it was on E. Seriously,he can fix a boat,but doesn't even know what E means. Overall,this was just a bad episode. Patrick was such a selfish jerk with his license and to Spongebob. And those are my thoughts.


    Then,Rule of Dumb:

    This was a bigger reason why I hate Patrick. At the beginning,a guy appears to Patrick's house,but he thinks he's a librarian for his overdue library moments,and burns the books. Seriously,Patrick is that stupid? It turns out the guy is someone who has a scroll proving that Patrick is a king. And Patrick mistakes the crown for candy (Sigh) moving on. Then,Patrick realizes that he can do anything he wants too after not paying for krabby patties. After that,Patrick becomes a bigger jerk. He keeps stealing everything from everyone,and even steals a walker from an old man when he is NOT crippled. And even steals pacifiers from babies. What a brain dead moron. Then,Squidward comes in to save the episode. Patrick moves Squidward's house for a ferris wheel,but Squidward gets angry and tells everyone that Patrick is an idiot and he is not a king. I originally hated him for doing that,but he did the right thing. That jerk deserved nothing at all. He even blames everything on Squidward,not him,when he is the jerk of this episode. Patrick finally realizes that he has lost it after he sees himself into the mirror. But it turns out,Gary was the real king despite a cute snail who only says "mow" couldn't even be a king. Overall,this was worse than Driven to Tears. Patrick was a bigger jerk than he was in every single episode. I was glad Squidward stood up to him. Don't even watch this episode,because you know how bad it is. 0\10

    These episodes prove something: Patrick is a idiot. Don't waste your time on these.moreless
  • Too underrated.

    Driven To Tears: I loved it. Sure Patrick was being a little jerky and showing off his new car. I loved how Patrick was always giving Spongebob rides and then the katastrophe came with the 3 red lights, the fighting, and the license ripping. I loved it when Patrick actually rubbed his license in Spongebob's face and the loud "horn". Very funny. Final Grade: A! (91%)

    Rule of Dumb: Just a little better. I love how Patrick became king and took everybody's stuff. The mirror monster gag was also pretty funny. I just didn't like the ending when Patrick was not royalty after all and Gary became king. Poor Patrick. Final Grade: A! (92%)moreless
Bill Fagerbakke

Bill Fagerbakke

Patrick Star

Clancy Brown (I)

Clancy Brown (I)

Mr. Eugene H. Krabs

Rodger Bumpass

Rodger Bumpass

Squidward Tentacles

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

SpongeBob SquarePants/Gary/Mr. SquarePants/Narrator

Mary Jo Catlett

Mary Jo Catlett

Mrs. Puff

Guest Star

Clancy Brown (I)

Clancy Brown (I)

Fish #1/Construction Worker

Recurring Role

Rodger Bumpass

Rodger Bumpass

Minister/Mirror Monster

Recurring Role

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

Old Fish

Recurring Role

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