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Episode Title: "Doing Time"

Episode Airing Number: 40

Episode Production Number: 45

Original Airdate: January 21, 2002

Season: 3

On DVD: "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete Third Season," "SpongeGuard on Duty"

On VHS: (none)

Aired With Episode: "Mermaidman and Barnacleboy IV"

Running Time: 11:04

Storyboard Director:
Aaron Springer

Storyboard Artist: C.H. Greenblatt

Writers: Aaron Springer, C.H. Greenblatt and Merriwether Williams

Animation Director: Frank Weiss

Creative Director: Derek Drymon

In Brief: Mrs. Puff is arrested after encountering the police during SpongeBob's driving test.

SpongeBob is once again taking Mrs. Puff's boating exam, and doing a bad job as usual. SpongeBob jumps off the track and flies through Mrs. Puff's Boating School sign. The boat flies through the air as Mrs. Puff is screaming. SpongeBob lands on the road and swurves back and forth. The boat crashes into a cart of watermelons and speeds past two cops. The cops jump in their boat chasing after them, soon followed by the rest of the police force. SpongeBob drives off an unfinished bridge and crashes into a truck delivering juice to the senior center. All the cops crash as well causing the truck to tip over and spill all the juice in the building. Mrs. Puff is arrested and taken to jail.

Mrs. Puff sits in jail and ponders all the positive things about prison, especially not having to deal with SpongeBob anymore. SpongeBob feels guilty about causing Mrs. Puff to go to jail and goes to talk to Patrick. He tells SpongeBob it's all his fault. Together they decide they will break Mrs. Puff out of prison. To get in jail SpongeBob and Patrick try to rob a bank, but it doesn't work. Next, they disguise themselves as pink and yellow rocks. Mrs. Puff hears the rocks talking but thinks she's imagining things. After yelling at the rocks the guards take Mrs. Puff inside. Donna, one of the prisoners, breaks SpongeBob and Patrick with her pick. Then, while working in the kitchen, they come up in Mrs. Puff's chili pot. SpongeBob tells her that they want to help her break out, but Mrs. Puff refuses and yells at them. The guard thinks she's yelling at the chili and is taken back to her cell.

After a series of more attempts by SpongeBob and Patrick, the guards are convinced that Mrs. Puff is insane and throws her in a yellow, padded cell. Mrs. Puff imagines that the room is turning into SpongeBob, and his face appears in all the walls. It turns out Mrs. Puff is dreaming and we go back to the same scene of SpongeBob crashing the boat into the juice truck.

The cops arrest SpongeBob and take him away. Mrs. Puff is releaved and says how happy she is that she doesn't have to go to jail. The cop tells her that she already did her time. Mrs. Puff screams after seeing that she is now wearing black and white striped prison clothes. The scene cuts back again to the boat flying through the air. This time instead of SpongeBob, Donna is driving the boat. Mrs. Puff starts to scream. Cuts to SpongeBob driving the boat again. Mrs. Puff starts to scream, but then says, "Oh, forget it."

Song: (none)


Officer Nancy: (after SpongeBob and Mrs. Puff speed past and crash into a building) Barnacles! Did you see that?

Cop: Yeah, that guy has no front license plate. Let's get him!

SpongeBob: Wow. The police. I wonder if the presidents in town?

Mrs. Puff: This is all a horrible mistake. I don't belong here!

Prisoner: I don't belong here either.

Prisoner #2: Yeah, me too.

Prisoner #3: I belong here!

SpongeBob: Maybe if I go talk to Patrick, he can ease my guilt.

Patrick: Well, it sounds like it's all your fault.

SpongeBob: I brought Patrick along too.

Mrs. Puff: Why?

SpongeBob: Cause we're going to set you free.

Mrs. Puff: No, I mean why'd you bring him?

SpongeBob: He likes chili.

Mrs. Puff: Guards! Guards, come quick! There's a crazed, ex-student of mine, and his overweight friend here to break me out.

Guard: That's just raw material used to make coat hangers. You need some rest.


Ways that SpongeBob and Patrick try to break Mrs. Puff out of Jail:

-Try to rob a bank.

-Disguise themselves as rocks.

-Hide in a pot of chili.

-Ride on an assembly line used to make coat hangers.

-Come up through Mrs. Puff's toliet.

-Hide in the top bunk of Mrs. Puff's cell.

-Disguise themselves as the guards.

Police Officer One of the cops who arrested Mrs. Puff was Officer Nancy, who also appears in "Nasty Patty," "Party Pooper Pants," and "SpongeBob Meets the Strangler."

Fast Police The Bikini Bottom Police Department is very fast. There were eight cop cars chasing SpongeBob and Mrs. Puff within seconds.

Fruit Punch The red fruit punch destroys the seniors white clothes and an old fish's memiors of his life he had written in red ink.

Starfish spots Patrick takes off one of his dots and puts it where his nose is supposed to be.

Mrs. Puff's pick Mrs. Puff's pick she throws behind her back gets stuck in the guard's head.

Tiny SpongeBob and Patrick appear very small while hiding in the pot of chili.

Ouch! Mrs. Puff rips the guard's faces off, revealing their skulls.

Arrests This is the third time Mrs. Puff gets taken to jail. The other two times are seen in "Hall Monitor" and "No Free Rides."