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Shanghaied is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season two. In this episode, Squidward, Patrick, and SpongeBob board the Flying Dutchman's Ship.




The episode begins with a short Patchy the Pirate segment. Patchy tells the audience that they will be watching his favorite episode, "Shanghaied", but Potty shoots him out of a cannon.

The SpongeBob episode starts with SpongeBob opening a box of cereal, labeled as having "One of eight essential prizes inside". He pours out the whole box, but cannot find a prize. Suddenly, a giant anchor crashes into SpongeBob's house, which SpongeBob believes to be a "baby" from the sky. He and Patrick alert Squidward that the sky had a baby, and he explains that it is a giant anchor. Suddenly, the anchor moves, crashing in to Squidward's house as well. Squidward begins climbing up the anchor's rope to complain to the owner, and SpongeBob and Patrick follow. They find out that the anchor was dropped from the Flying Dutchman's ghost ship. When the trio set foot on the ship, the Flying Dutchman emerges from his cabin, terrifying Squidward. SpongeBob and Patrick tell the Dutchman of Squidward's intentions to complain to him, and he repeatedly burns Squidward with fire from his nostrils. He tells SpongeBob and Patrick that "you're next", and they attempt to jump over board, but land back on the ship every time. The Dutchman then tells them that for setting foot on his ghost ship, they shall be forced to work as his ghostly crew for all eternity.

Squidward proceeds to complain about this, and the Dutchman throws him into a zipper-like portal to a heckish dimension, called the "Fly of Despair". The Flying Dutchman then has SpongeBob and Patrick help him go around Bikini Bottom and scare people. However, they cause more harm than good for the Dutchman, who then tells him that he has decided to eat them instead. He locks them in their room, as he prepares for his dinner. SpongeBob and Patrick reluctantly decide to escape through the "perfume department", where perfume is constantly getting sprayed in their faces as they walk through it. After getting through the perfume department, they steal the Flying Dutchman's dining sock , which he can't eat without. The Flying Dutchman catches the two as they try to escape. SpongeBob and the Flying Dutchman begin fighting over the sock, until the Flying Dutchman decides to grant them three wishes in exchange for it. Patrick wishes he knew about this earlier, thus wasting the first wish. SpongeBob wishes that Squidward was here to see this. Meanwhile, Squidward, after passing through the Fly of Despair, is dropped into his bedroom, but is then immediately transported back to the Dutchman's ship. The trio begin arguing over who should get the last wish, until the Dutchman gives Spongebob the last wish. Spongebob wishes that the Flying Dutchman turns into a vegitarian. Spongebob and the others are turned into fruit and are chased by the Dutchman who is now a hippie. The episode itself ends and Patchy returns to greet the audience. After a totally random outburst in which he tells the audience to walk the plank, he announces that they are going to read a fan letter. Unfortunately, Potty shows up with a fuse in his head from an evidently unplanned explosives stunt. Potty and Patchy are blown up and Patchy decides to sign off the show.


"Shanghaied" aired with Rugrats in Parisin 2000. This makes it the only SpongeBob SquarePants short to appear in theaters, and the Rugrats Movie had earned over $103 million at the box office. This is a possible reason why the short is 16 minutes long, longer than a average length of a short but shorter than one of the halves of a half-hour episode. {C It was later featured on the "Sea Stories" VHS and DVD releases, before being shown on television. This release featured all three endings (see below).

When this episode was first aired, a poll was held that let viewers decide between three possible endings to the episode, with a different character receiving the final wish in each ending.

After the commercial break, the two alternate endings were shown before the actual conclusion to the episode:

Patrick: He wishes that he had gum that never lost its flavor, and thus, they are eaten by the Flying Dutchman.

Squidward: He wishes that he had never met Spongebob and Patrick. They get eaten, and are still introducing themselves in the Dutchman's belly. This footage was never seen again.

In all future airings of the episode, only the SpongeBob ending is shown. The episode is paired with "Gary Takes a Bath", which is shorter than a regular 11 minute segment.


  • This episode was originally titled "You Wish", but was changed to "Shanghaied". On the Season 2 DVD box set, it is listed as "You Wish/Shanghaied".
  • The "A Few Inches Later" time card is similar to the title card of "Dumped," but brighter.
  • This is so far the only episode to air on March 9.
  • This is the first 15-minute episode. The second was Back to the Past.
  • On the first one hundred SpongeBob episodes, the number to call "was retired to Davy Jones locker."
  • This episode contradicts The Battle of Bikini Bottom, because Patrick says he has clean hands.
  • The Flying Dutchman can open rifts, as well as transporting Spongebob into a perfume department, and putting Squidward in a bottomless pit.
  • This was the first ever SpongeBob special to be shorter than a double length (22 minutes), but longer than a regular episode (11 minutes), at a length of 16 minutes. It was paired with the episode "Gary Takes a Bath".
  • This is the only episode with three different endings.
  • Title card music is the same as "Arrgh!"
  • The Flying Dutchman was first mentioned to wear a sock in "Your Shoe's Untied."
  • When Patrick said "Leedle leedle leedle lee", it became an internet meme.
  • Patrick says his hands are clean. However, in "The Battle of Bikini Bottom", he claims he's never washed his hands and never will.
  • The scene where the Flying Dutchman's head turns 360 degrees around is a reference to the film The Exorcist.
  • The running gag in this episode is when Squidward keeps getting burned by the Flying Dutchman. And when Spongebob falling from the ship, Flying Dutchman said "Welcome"
  • The Flying Dutchman's ship is featured in the computer version of Lights, Camera, Pants!, even featuring the ice skates in SpongeBob and Patrick's room.
  • The perfume department was filmed at an actual department store.
  • The episode's name refers to shanghaiing, coercive techniques such as violence, threats, or kidnapping to force men into joining a ship's crew.
  • Big Guy would later appear in "Krabby Land" and "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV".
  • The DVD release contains commentary on this episode.
  • On the Sea Stories DVD, the episode (all three versions within the DVD) is featured without Patchy and Potty.
  • This episode (along with its episode partner, "Gary Takes a Bath") was banned in the United Kingdom and Australia due to its frightening and dark storyline involving ghosts, along with a disturbing and offending, slow-motion scene involving a tired and scared SpongeBob and Patrick getting sprayed with perfumes along to spooky, unsettling music. It was deemed too uncomfortable to watch for younger viewers. After seven years of not airing, both episodes finally returned to Nickelodeon (UK & Ireland) and Nickelodeon Australia in September 2008 for a single air. It also aired with "Gary Takes a Bath" in Australia in November 2010 and February 27, 2011 in the United Kingdom.
  • In Latin America, all endings have aired at least twice and are randomly chosen
  • This is one of few episodes with a graphically animated sequences (The Fly of Despair).
  • In the Latin versions, the Squidward ending is canon.
  • When SpongeBob says 'Squidward, this ship belongs to the Red Baron.'. This is could be a reference to Snoopy's alter ego from Peanuts.
  • During the shot where Patchy is fired away, his foot and peg leg look like they are still standing on ground, which is probably true as the foot doesn't move at all. It is just the peg leg that is moving off of the set while the moving background is made and the flying pirate is tilted after recording.
  • The title song was same as Atlantis SquarePantis.
  • When Patrick and Flying Dutchman argue about how many wishes, it is a lot like Patrick and the King Neptune arguing about how many days on in their journey in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
  • A recent YouTube Poop video was created where instead of the cereal box promotion, it was a Pokemon, and Squidward, instead of saying "giant anchor", he says "Mama Luigi", an Internet meme.


  • In "Your Shoe's Untied", the Flying Dutchman says he that hasn't worn a shoe for 3,000 years, yet he's only 137 years old.
  • When SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward are climbing the ship's anchor, the rope's shape and art changes right after SpongeBob says "Squidward, wait!".
  • In "Your Shoe's Untied", the Flying Dutchman claims he hasn't worn shoes for over 3,000 years. At the end of the episode, he is wearing a shoe.
  • When the Flying Dutchman picks who gets the last wish, he goes back and forth, ending with SpongeBob. However when the scene cuts closer to them all, the Flying Dutchman starts with Squidward again, skipping Patrick.
  • At the beginning of the episode, it is morning. However, when SpongeBobPatrick, and Squidward got on the ship, it is night for the rest of the episode.
  • When SpongeBob and Patrick return to their cabin on the ship after their scaring spree, their ice skates, which they used during their final "scare", are hanging on the wall.
  • After SpongeBob is chosen to get the last wish, Squidward knows that they are about to be eaten, even though he wasn't present when SpongeBob and Patrick were informed.
  • Patrick does not have a nose(as shown in "Something Smells"), so if he only covered his eyes while running through the perfume department he would have been fine. Even so he wore a safety mask as a futile attempt to avoid perfume.

APM music identification

  • Oyster Girls - "And now it's time for Patchy's Pick hosted by SpongeBob's number one fan, Patchy the Pirate!"
  • A Pirate's Life for Me A - Title card
  • Hawaiian Hula - Shot of the island at dawn
  • The Pirate's Waltz - Now listen. (takes out a "Ghost Rule Book".)
  • Dramatic Cue A - "Holy shrimp! Squidward!"
  • Finders Creepers - "All right, who owns this crate?"
  • The Tip Top Polka/Cliff Polka - Second time this song was not used at the Krusty Krab. "It's Squidward, he wants to complain."
  • The Drunken Sailor B - "Yer part of my crew now and our job is to sail around and frighten people."
  • Bobby Shaftoe - "Look, Patrick, a real live ghost mop."
  • House of Horror - The Flying Dutchman tries to make SpongeBob and Patrick scare the kid fish
  • Playing with Toys - "I had four biscuits, then I ate one. Now I only have three."
  • Dombummel - SpongeBob and Patrick Ice-skate.
  • Dramatic Impact 3 - SpongeBob and Patrick steal The Flying Dutchman's sock
  • Hawaiian Cocktail (Squidward's ending only) -The star-octopus-sponge duo are eaten.