He does some calisthenics, feeds Gary, cleans his kitchen, and takes copious breaks in between. It eventually becomes clear that SpongeBob is only looking for excuses to avoid the essay, as Patrick points out when SpongeBob calls to chat with him in the middle of the night. When SpongeBob attempts to engage in small talk, the mailman cuts him off and tells him to get back to writing.
Suspicious, SpongeBob slowly heads back inside to find the newscaster on TV reporting on SpongeBob's unfinished essay. He soon discovers that all of his possessions are conspiring against him to prevent the completion of his work.
Their interference results in the immolation of his house, which begs SpongeBob as it burns to stop wasting time. He attempts to reassure himself, but he starts to appear more and more unhinged. There lies the problem. So, Spongebob engages in calisthenics: Feeds his pet snail: And cleans his kitchen until it looks like this: Spongebob is so hell bent on avoiding the stress of his essay, he cleans his garbage: Finally, after 4 hours of completing many irrelevant and miscellaneous tasks, Spongebob realizes he needs to put his ass in the chair and get writing.
What follows is one of the most famous moments in Spongebob history. Spongebob suddenly decides that he is going to give the essay his heart and soul. Dramatic orchestral music is queued, and Spongebob flies off into a montage of what appears to be sweaty and frenzied inspiration: Just to produce this: Now, this is the point in the episode where Spongebob really starts to lose his shit.
He descends into a deep state of self delusion, neuroticism, and paranoia. When he checks the clock, he has five minutes until class starts and the paper is due. Can't he see that I'm busy? Now they're floating around my thinking space. I'm choking! Water, water! SpongeBob: What do you mean 'overly dramatic?
All that choking sure made me hungry. SpongeBob: I can't write on an empty stomach, Gary, I gotta have my brain food! Now let's see White or rye bread Gee, I guess it really depends on the meat inside For me!? Mailfish: Package for Mr. SpongeBob: Great, thanks! So, uh, do you like delivering mail? Mailfish: It puts bread on the table. SpongeBob: Rye or pumpernickel? SpongeBob: So, do you deliver your own mail or do you have your own mail person?
But then who delivers his mail? Is there a never-ending chain of mailmen delivering mail to other mailmen? Well, I guess a P. Mailfish: Don't you have a paper to write? SpongeBob: Hi-yah! Over here! Come on, take a seat, put your feet up and relax. SpongeBob: [gasps and a bell rings and drops the candle that went out and the clock lights up] Oh no! My pants! Pants: Yoo hoo! Down here! SpongeBob: You get up here! I've got to get back to work! Pants: [runs out of SpongeBob's Pineapple to the door] Freedom!
SpongeBob: [runs out the door] Stop, Pants! You get back here this instant! He looks in the window. The candle is still lighting. You have to submit an essay, not a photo of your immaculately organized desk or a stack of notes.
To control the urge to prolong pre-writing preparations, set a limited amount of time for getting ready to write. Allow yourself to indulge your inner perfectionist for 30 minutes or so, but after the time is up, sit down and start writing, even if you feel like there are still some things you need to do first.
Leave No Room For Excuses SpongeBob proves that finding excuses to avoid working is easier than finding reasons to do the job. For SpongeBob, the essay is less important than a conversation with a mailman or a late-night call to his friend.
He is desperate to get away from the desk and the looming deadline. If you are susceptible to this procrastination technique, be extra vigilant. For SpongeBob, the essay font, structure, and logic fall into place in just a few seconds. However, in the end, his hard work goes unappreciated, but even if he had managed to submit his writing, he would hardly have gotten an A.
Unfortunately, Patrick starts believing his own lies. Also, don't treat them like babies even when they're grown up. Make sure people you will associate with are who they say they are. Don't put down other people to make yourself look good in front of others. Believing Their Own Lies : The entire plot is kicked off when SpongeBob and Patrick come up with a plan to make Patrick's parents believe that SpongeBob is a complete idiot so that Patrick will look smarter by comparison.
Unfortunately, Patrick takes it too seriously and soon ends up believing that he truly is a genius and SpongeBob really is dumb.
Big "NO! He assumes this to be singing. Cassandra Truth : SpongeBob is unable to convince Patrick and his parents that he's not really stupid. Conspicuous CGI : Patrick's house rocking on its foundation at the beginning. Everybody Laughs Ending : The episode ends with Patrick and his real parents laughing as his rock house closes down on them.
Now lets see how it looks so far. Water, water! No more fooling around! When he checks the clock, he has five minutes until class starts and the paper is due.
Gee, I guess it really depends on the meat inside Class starts in 5 minutes! Medium-Shift Gag : As SpongeBob muses about getting his driver's license, it cuts to a live-action motor car racing down a track, immediately having an accident. And now pencil, get ready to do your stuff because here we go! And now, pencil, get ready to do your stuff because here we go! My house is on fire!
Social reputation means so much to us that many of us lie, cheat, and go through great amounts of pain to either protect the reputation we currently have, or gain a more prestigious one. Okay, okay here we go. White or rye bread Dumbass Has a Point : Patrick calls out SpongeBob for trying to have a conversation with him when he has an essay to write.