SpongeBob SquarePants

Season 3 Episode 13

New Student Starfish / Clams

Aired Weekdays 5:30 PM Sep 20, 2002 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

New Student Starfish:
Patrick gets bored everyday when SpongeBob goes to boating school. So SpongeBob insists that Patrick could join him. But what happens when Patrick makes SpongeBob lose a Noodle Student Star?

In celebration for Mr. Krabs' one millionth dollar, he takes Squidward and SpongeBob on a fishing trip. But a giant clam snatches Mr. Krabs' precious dollar. How will he get it back?moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • I hate New student starfish but not clams

    Clams: Clams was a good episode of spongebob and i liked it alot. 9/10 now for New studen starfish : i hate this episode patrick is a jerk to spongebob and i didnt like that. 1/10 the beggining was good
  • which is 5, dull or good?

    New Student Starfish



  • Patrick joins SpongeBob's class; Mr. Krabs loses his dollar

    New Student Starfish: This episode is better in my opinion. I liked the plot of Patrick joining SpongeBob's boating school class, but there's a couple problems. I didn't liked how Spongebob and Patrick were fighting over a noddle star (because SpongeBob lost it) and the episode itself was a little boring. I laughed at the beginning, immigration of SpongeBob and Patrick in school together (with kinder kids), and the last part. i couldn't think of any more funny parts. This episode was just entertaining to see than to laugh. Score 8/10

    Clams: This one wasn't as good as New Student Starfish. There were a few funny parts such as something weird goes wrong which means that Mr. Krabs won a million dollar, suggestions to go to different place, but then they went to in a middle of a boat, SpongeBob catching things including Squidward's nose, and the music playing throughout (which happen to be the same music in the title card). What I didn't liked in this episode was the storyline. Mr. Krabs was getting very annoying crying over a dollar and I didn't liked him putting SpongeBob and Squidward tied up. The ending was lame as well. Score 6/10moreless
  • perfect

    New Student Starfish: Patrick gets bored everyday when SpongeBob goes to boating school. So SpongeBob insists that Patrick could join him. But what happens when Patrick makes SpongeBob lose a Noodle Student Star? Clams: In celebration for Mr. Krabs' one millionth dollar, he takes Squidward and SpongeBob on a fishing trip. But a giant clam snatches Mr. Krabs' precious dollar. How will he get it back?

    10 out of 10
  • New Student Starfish: This episode was okay but it could have been better Clams: This episode was seriously bizarre to me and it melts my eyes watching it

    New Student Starfish: This episode was okay but it could have been so much better. Patrick going to boating school with SpongeBob wasn't a bad idea but it's not good if Patrick is getting SpongeBob in trouble. This episode wasn't bad but there could have been some improvement in my opinion. The only thing I laughed at was the very beginning and the very end. The rest of the episode was just okay but boring most of the time. I didn't how Patrick keeps getting SpongeBob in trouble and I didn't like how SpongeBob and Patrick were fighting with each other. Overall, an okay episode of "SpongeBob SquarePants". 6/10

    Clams: Seriously? in my opinion... this episode was just horrible to watch. It was a bizarre episode to watch all the way and it makes my eyes melt everytime I watch it. This is definitely one of the episodes of SpongeBob that I never want to watch over and over again. The only thing I laughed at was Mr. Krabs getting excited about earning his 1,000,000th dollar in the beginning of the episode and the music playing on the boat. The rest of this episode just really showed how insane Mr. Krabs can get when it comes to his money being taken away and this episode surely proved it. Mr. Krabs getting crazy like crying crazy, using his eyeballs to jump rope, and more were just bizarre to watch and too childish and weird for me to watch. I also hated that he would want SpongeBob and Squidward to be eaten just to get his 1,000,000th dollar. The ending was also awful. Overall, a bad episode of "SpongeBob SquarePants". 3/10moreless
Bill Fagerbakke

Bill Fagerbakke


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Rodger Bumpass

Rodger Bumpass

Squidward Tentacles

Recurring Role

Mr. Lawrence

Mr. Lawrence

Plankton/Larry the Lobster/Other Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (31)

    • At the beginning of "Clams", Squidward tells the customer that he hates everything on the menu. However, it was revealed in "Just One Bite", an earlier episode, that he loves Krabby Patties, which are on the menu.

    • In "New Student Starfish," isn't it dangerous to remove a lightbulb without turning it off?

    • How could Mrs. Puff take off the good star? Glue is so hard to be taken off. And the little shovel wouldn't even take it off.

    • In "New Student Starfish", when SpongeBob asks Patrick if he can handle the second chair, Patrick yells out, "I'm learning!", but the closed captions translate it as "I'm waiting!"

    • How did Patrick go to school without signing up? SpongeBob signed him up, due to writing his name on the good noodle board.

    • Response to the comments about where Mr. Krabs got the tombstone, dress, the giant thumb & how his eyes turned into faucets: a lot of children's cartoons do that for comedic effect.

    • SpongeBob said that he had 75 stars, but only 25 of his stars were seen.

    • When Mrs. Puff asks for Patrick's name, he gets nervous, and shouts out "24!" Could this mean that his age is 24, instead of saying his name, he said his age? Also, according to the novel, based on the episode, Patrick was referring to the calendar's date number, which apparently wasn't seen in the episode.

    • When Spongebob gets scared of the writing on the last desk, his arms are on his chest. They are back on his sides.

    • The order of the names on the good noodle star list changes a WHOLE LOT! "Horis" was once the 4th on the list, then last.

    • In New Student Starfish, Patrick's watch disappeared when he entered the Classroom.

    • Where did Mr. Krabs get the tombstone, and that dress from.

    • Where did Mr. Krabs get the Giant thumb???

    • Patrick acts like he doesn't know that life involves working and education in "New Student Starfish." But in "I'm With Stupid," Patrick understands that. Perhaps even more than SpongeBob. Even worse, the line "Wanna go jellyfishing?" is used in both. Did the writers make a goof on purpose?

    • Responce to the Squids shirt and nose: TV shows tend to do that on purpose. It gets tedious for them to do it like that, plus they have to make them come back some how.

    • In "Clams", after SpongeBob hooks Squidward's nose and casts it off, a couple scenes later, it's back.

    • Chickens can't live underwater!!! People may think that it is possible because the egg is in the tank, but the tank has no roof... (From New Student Starfish)

    • How did Spongebob's class have a science project if this was boating school?

    • The stars change their position many times throughout the episode

    • When SpongeBob and Patrick are running with Roger and the lightbulb the chalkboard has several new names ex:Philly Phil,Baby Face.(Since this only appears for a second I only had time to see 2 names)

    • In several scenes Horace has 3 stars but he actually only had 1.

    • When Spongebob first puts Patrick's name on the board, it's in caps, But when Patrick is struggling with his name, in the background it's in lowercase.

    • When Mr. Krabs lands next to Squidward after the alarm goes off, you hear him laughing but his mouth isn't moving!

    • Several times in the episode, Mr. Krabs rubs a dollar bill on his body, but stretches much more than any dollar is supposed to, dollar bills.

    • response to coral bits: Mr. Krabs kicked him and all the customers out, so he could have private time with his millionth dollar.

    • Since the lightbulb is above the cage (which is covered, BTW), how could it generate substantial heat to keep Rodger (Roger?) alive anyway?

    • The fish that gave Mr. Krabs his millionth dollar never got his coral bits.

    • In Clams (or SpongeJaws or any of the million names they call this episode), at the very beginning of the episode the anchor on Squidward's hat is red. But later on it is dark blue.

    • In New Student Starfish, When SpongeBob is waiting for Patrick to bring back a lightbulb, the chalkboard in the background says, "Lesson 22: Docking", but in the beginning of the episode Mrs. Puff said, "Today's lesson will be about turning."

    • In "New Student Starfish", SpongeBob says he has 74 stars but there are only 21 stars.

    • When Spongebob is putting things in his locker, (right before Spongebob and Patrick fight) you can see that there are six lockers right next to each other. However, when Mrs. Puff picks Spongebob and Patrick up to stop their fighting, there are about 8 lockers right next to each other!

  • QUOTES (34)

    • Crowd: Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!
      Patrick: I don't see anyone fighting.
      SpongeBob: They're talking about us! We're fighting!
      Patrick: Well, don't mind if I do!
      Crowd: Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight...fight...fight? (shows SpongeBob and Patrick swinging wildly without making any contact)

    • Mr. Krabs: Have you boys met me millionth dollar? (laughs)
      SpongeBob: Wow! How'd you get it back?
      Mr. Krabs: It wasn't easy. Old Blue Lips is quite the fighter! So eventually we settled on a trade.
      SpongeBob: What'd you give him?
      (Mr. Krabs hops up on the mast, missing his body from the neck down)
      Mr. Krabs: Nothing important.

    • Squidward: If we're really quiet, we can sneak up to the life boats.
      SpongeBob: OK. (SpongeBob and Squidward freak out to the lifeboats)

    • Patrick: Mrs. Puff, is it nap time?

    • Baby Chick: Hey! What I miss?

    • SpongeBob: I'm a good noodle, I'm a good noodle!!
      Ms. Puff: You'll get this star back when you earn it.

    • SpongeBob: She made it.
      Mr. Krabs
      : (laughs happily) Oh, and for a second or two, I thought she was a goner.

    • Mr. Krabs: Quick, SpongeBob, reel it in! Can't you hear the music?! That's a 4/4 string ostinato in D minor! Every sailor knows it means death!

    • SpongeBob: Oh, poor Mr. Krabs, gone forever from our lives. WHY COULDN'T IT HAVE BEEN ME?!
      Squidward: Yeah, why couldn't it have been you?!
      SpongeBob: Why did he have to go like this?! WHY?!
      Squidward: Why did he have to go like this and leave me tied to this idiot?!

    • Squidward: Mr. Krabs, listen! I work with SpongeBob all day long. So I know what I'm talking about when I say YOU ARE COMPLETELY OUT OF YOUR MIND!!!

    • SpongeBob: And I've gotta get home to feed Gary.
      (shot of Gary eating the couch, half of it already gone)

    • Patrick: Boating school? I thought this was Spanish class! See ya, SpongeBob. See ya, Big Fat Meanie!

    • SpongeBob: In one day, I have gone from good noodle to bad egg. It's all stupid Patrick's fault. (turns around and looks at Patrick meanly) I hate you, Patrick!
      Patrick: I hate you more!
      SpongeBob: I'd hate you no matter what!
      Patrick: I'd hate you even if I didn't hate you!
      SpongeBob: (pauses) I'd hate you even if that made sense!
      Patrick: I'd hate you even if you were me! That's how much I hate you.
      SpongeBob: I'd hate you even if... I'd hate you even if the light-bulb keeping Roger alive burned out!
      (Roger's light goes out)

    • SpongeBob: Poor Mr. Krabs. Gone out of our lives forever..

    • Squidward: SpongeBob, have you noticed that Mr. Krabs has gone COMPLETELY INSANE?!

    • Squidward: We're gonna die out here just because a giant clam ate Mr. Krabs' STUPID dollar!

    • (a single ceiling light shines over a mound huge of light bulbs)
      Patrick: The light bulb. (seeing the mound) But why does it have to be so far away?

    • Spongebob: And now for the room with the most class--the classroom!

    • Mrs. Puff: May Neptune have mercy on your souls!

    • SpongeBob: (after seeing a sketchy doodle of Mrs. Puff that Patrick drew) Big fat meanie. Pat! You can't do that, she's the teacher!
      Mrs. Puff: (grabbing the drawing) What about the teacher? (looks at the drawing and somehow turns into exactly how Patrick drew her) As if I really looked like this!

    • Spongebob: The lightbulb, without it Roger will die!
      Patrick: Roger, Without him the lightbulb will have nothing to warm!

    • SpongeBob: I've never seen Mr. Krabs so broken up.
      (Mr. Krabs lays on ground with body parts scattered about)

    • Squidward: Hey, Mr. Krabs! I found your millionth dollar!
      Mr. Krabs: Yeah! Whoo-hoo! I...wait a minute! This isn't me millionth dollar. This is an ordinary dollar that's been crumpled up, torn slightly, soaked in the lagoon, and kissed with Coral Blue Number 2 Semigloss lipstick.
      SpongeBob: (putting lipstick on) Actually, it's Coral Blue Number--
      (Squidward hits Spongebob on the head with a fishing pole)

    • Mr. Krabs: Congratulations, sir, you have just given me my one millionth dollar!
      Scooter: Great, what do I win?
      Mr. Krabs: Nothing, now get out!
      Scooter: (gets disappointed) What?
      Mr. Krabs: Get out, everybody, get out, you're spoiling me precious moment!

    • SpongeBob: What's wrong with Mr. Krabs?
      Mr. Krabs: Nothin, lad. Do you know what this is?
      Squidward: A very dirty dollar?

    • Customer: Uh... What do you like better, the Coral Bits or the Nacho Oyster Skins?
      Squidward: I like neither. May I take your order?
      Customer: How about the Barnacle Rings, are they any good?
      Squidward: No.
      Customer: What's your vote on the Kelp-
      Squidward: Sir, let's get this out of the way, I hate everything on the menu! Now what do you want!?!?
      SpongeBob: Psst... try the Coral Bits.
      Customer: I'll have the Coral Bits.
      Squidward: That will be one dollar.

    • SpongeBob: (giving Patrick a tour of the boating school) This is the hallway of learning. These are the classrooms of learning.
      Patrick: And these are the stairs of learning, right?
      SpongeBob: No, those are just the stairs. (walks over to a different staircase) These are the stairs of learning.
      Patrick: Oohh.

    • Patrick: Who cares about a stupid star?
      SpongeBob: Gee, Patrick. It seems like you would care alot about stupid stars considering YOU ARE ONE!
      Patrick: I'll deal with you after class!
      SpongeBob: It is after class!
      Students: Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!

    • Spongebob: I'm sorry I called you a stupid star!
      Patrick: I'm sorry I made you lose one of your good noodle stars, got you move to the back of the room, shooted spitballs in your face, and threw stuff at you!!
      Spongebob: I'm sorry your apology is so long!
      Patrick: Me too! Let's go save Roger!!

    • SpongeBob: (snickers) Hey Patrick, I thought of something funnier than 24!
      Patrick: (snickers) What?
      SpongeBob: (starts to laugh) 25.

    • SpongeBob: And this is our class project. The egg represents our life, and all that surrounds us. And this lightbulb represents life, this is the only thing keeping the egg alive...
      Patrick: (flips the switch repeatedly) Life, death, life, death, life, death, life, death, life, death!

    • (confetti falls and music plays in the Krusty Krab)
      Fish: What's going on?
      Squidward: Something stupid, most likely.
      (Mr. Krabs comes out and starts hopping around with his millionth dollar)
      Squidward: See, I told you...

    • (Spongebob had to be moved to the back of the classroom, so Patrick is trying to get his attention-)
      Patrick: Psst... Psst! SpongeBob! SpongeBob! Psst! Hey!
      Spongebob: (Thinking to himself) I have to try and ignore him.
      Patrick: SpongeBob... I'm trying to get your attention! Psst!
      Spongebob: What?!
      (Patrick smiles in a meek why and raises his hand)
      Patrick: Hi...
      Spongebob: (Spongebob snaps) HI?!

    • Patrick: Who's the fat kid talking to?
      SpongeBob: You, Patrick, she's the teacher!

  • NOTES (25)


    • When Gary helps SpongeBob get ready for school, it sort of parodies Wallace and Gromit when Gromit sometimes helps Wallace in the mornings.

    • In "Clams," it sometimes mocks the movie they are parodying (Jaws) by breaking the fourth wall by having the shark (or in this case, the clam) show up every time the Jaws theme plays (even in one scene, Mr. Krabs begs the band who is playing the theme to stop).

    • When SpongeBob loses a gold star, his head makes complete rotations, a la "The Exorcist."

    • When Mr. Krabs nailed the last sandwich to the mast it's a reference to when Captain Ahab nailed a Spanish gold coin to the mast in the famous book "Moby Dick".

    • It is possible that the misspelling of "skool" on SpongeBob's desk ("Skool Is 4 Chumps") is a reference to "Invader ZIM".

    • Title: Clams
      The background for the title of Clams was modeled after the original Jaws poster.

    • Jaws: Mr. Krabs went through desperate measures to get that clam to return his dollar
      To do this he uses Spongebob and Squidward as bait and conducts an orchestra to play dramatic music, the music has a strong set of Cello's and Violins playing in a very desperate, scary, on the edge way (very noticeable in the 'Jaws is coming theme')

      And indeed when that music played Jaws did come, as did the Clam for this episode.