"Mrs. Puff, You're Fired" is the second segment of the 69th episode of SpongeBob SquarePants.


At Mrs. Puff's Boating School, Mr. Fitz, the superintendent, is talking to Mrs. Puff about renewing her teaching certificate, but informed her of the high record of failing students. However, SpongeBob is the only student who has ever failed her class, but has done so 1,258,056 times. Mrs. Puff is told to show Mr. Fitz everything she has taught SpongeBob, and within seconds, he fails yet another driving test by bashing in a boat. Mr. Fitz fires Mrs. Puff (to her delight since she dislikes SpongeBob), and a new boating instructor named Sergeant Roderick (most likely a shark) comes in and takes over the school.

Sergeant Roderick is a viciously cruel drill instructor, who immediately throws out one student for talking and another for eating. All the other students run away, except for SpongeBob, who is now his only student. The new boating instructor has set up a difficult course, which he trains SpongeBob to crawl, walk, run, and eventually drive through while blindfolded. Surprisingly, he masters this.

When the time of SpongeBob's final exam, which Mr. Fitz personally comes to watch, SpongeBob realizes that he can only drive while blindfolded, and proceeds to take the exam with the same disastrous results. Roderick nearly dies attempting to stop his boat from destroying the city, and Mr. Fitz realizes that SpongeBob is "unteachable" and rehires Mrs. Puff.


  • Horlepiep - Jan Rap [title card]
  • Furtive Footsteps - Paddy Kingsland [opening]
  • Dramatic Impact 1 - Ivor Slaney [SpongeBob failed 1,258,056 times]
  • Furtive Footsteps - Paddy Kingsland ["You don't understand. SpongeBob is unteachable."]
  • Earl's Revenge - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob appears]
  • The Achterhoek Dances - Jan Rap [driving test begins]
  • Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Start the engine?"]
  • Evil Mind 8 - Dick de Benedictis ["What do I do now?"]
  • ? - Jeremy Wakefield [Mrs. Puff inflates]
  • Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill [Mrs. Puff fired]
  • Moloka'i Nui A - Kapono Beamer [Mrs. Puff laughs]
  • King Kong Coming - Gregor F. Narholz [loud footsteps]
  • Arnold is Back 1 - Gregor F. Narholz [new driving instructor]
  • Drummers and Fifers - Roger Roger ["No one's ever failed my class... that's lived through it."]
  • Dramatic Impact 2 - Ivor Slaney [instructor throws student out]
  • Finger of Fear - Fredric Bayco ["Would anyone care for a bon-bon?"]
  • Search Party 3 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [student eats bon-bon]
  • Dramatic Cue (a) - Ronald Hanmer ["No eating in my classroom!"]
  • Dramatic Cue (e) - Ronald Hanmer ["Looks like you're the man... sponge."]
  • Deadline - Sam Spence [obstacle course]
  • Pell-Mell - Sam Spence [SpongeBob crawling]
  • Astronauts March - Sam Spence ["I'm ashamed of you, cadet."]
  • Big Ed's March - Sam Spence [training montage]
  • ? ["Every good boater needs to know his vehicle inside and out."]
  • Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [boat taken apart]
  • Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield ["I might need a couple of minutes."]
  • Tympup A - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy ["Jumpin' jellyfish!"]
  • Proud Fanfare - David Farnon [rocket]
  • Running Bass - Sam Spence ["Watch for pedestrians. Check mirrors."]
  • Dangerous C - Mladen Franko [SpongeBob crashes into pedestrians]
  • Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill ["Why don't you ask the shattered remains of this pedestrian... HOW YOU DID?!?!"]
  • Up She Rises - Sam Spence [SpongeBob blindfolded]
  • Bonnie Blue Gal - Sam Spence [SpongeBob's final exam]
  • Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Drive, boy, drive!"]
  • Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob driving wildly]
  • Satin Slipper - Raymond Beaver [someone making a cake]
  • Sleepy Time - Dick Stephen Walter [Mrs. Puff painting]
  • Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob destroys the city]
  • Steel Licks - Jeremy Wakefield [Mrs. Puff hired again]
  • The Achterhoek Dances - Jan Rap [ending]

Home video releases

  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Season 4, Volume 1
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete 4th Season


  • "Mrs. Puff, You're Fired" was ranked #82 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.


  • This is another instance in which SpongeBob proves he can drive competently. Previously, in Boating School, he gets instructions from Patrick's walkie talkie, and is just about to pass the test. However, when Mrs. Puff tells him his method is a form of cheating, SpongeBob drives out of control and fails once again.
  • This is the second time SpongeBob says, Hey, a nickel! The first was in "Krab Borg".
  • This episode includes the footage from "No Weenies Allowed" where SpongeBob was out the water and back in.


  • When Sergeant Rodrick bent SpongeBob's arm, his hand went from a fist to an outstretched palm.