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Episode Information
Season №: 1
Episode №: 17a
Airdate: March 15, 2000
Sister episode(s): "Rock Bottom"
Guest(s): Brian Doyle-Murray as Flying Dutchman
Writer(s): Sherm Cohen
Vincent Waller
Merriwether Williams
Storyboard Artist(s): Vincent Waller
Storyboard: Sherm Cohen
Animation: Sean Dempsey
Creative: Derek Drymon
See all credits for this episode.
Previous: "The Paper"
Next: "Rock Bottom"
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"Arrgh!" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season one. In this episode, SpongeBob, Patrick and Mr. Krabs go on a treasure hunt.



At the Krusty Krab, it is a very slow day with no customers. Mr. Krabs hears SpongeBob shout "Eight gold doubloons! I'm rich!" Upon hearing this, he jumps over to SpongeBob to take the coins for himself. SpongeBob explains to him that he and Patrick are merely playing a board game called "The Flying Dutchman's Treasure Hunt", which is based on a real treasure map. Mr. Krabs sits down to play with them, and wins the game. He instantly becomes addicted, and continues to play with them, winning 17 times in a row. They play until late at night, when SpongeBob gets tired and wants to go to bed. Despite Mr. Krabs attempts to persuade him to stay and play more, SpongeBob goes home to get some sleep, much to Mr. Krabs's disappointment.

The following morning, SpongeBob wakes up to see Mr. Krabs in a pirate ship outside his house. Mr. Krabs tells him that they are going to be real pirates and go on a real treasure hunt, and SpongeBob and Patrick eagerly join him. However, the two struggle to learn how to act like "real" pirates, and end up causing the boat to crash. The trio are forced to continue on foot, following instructions from the map, read by Mr. Krabs, who also tells them that they're not allowed to look at the map. Eventually, the map tells them to go 10,000 paces East, and Mr. Krabs asks Patrick which way is East. He looks at a compass, and points West. After walking 10,000 paces West, they realize that they have taken the wrong direction, and begin walking back.

After going around 20,000 paces East, they are exhausted, and set up a camp to stay for the night. While trying to fall asleep, SpongeBob and Patrick get excited and decide to look at the map. When they open it, they realize that it is actually their board game taped to a piece of paper. Mr. Krabs catches them, and they beg for mercy outside. However, his anger is forgotten when they realize that they are directly on top of the "X" that marks the spot, and start digging. (SpongeBob and Patrick use their hands to dig instead of shovels) They find the treasure, and SpongeBob and Patrick ask each other what they will do with their shares. Upon hearing this, Mr. Krabs says that, he being the captain, all of the treasure belongs to him. They begin fighting over the chest, and their arguing wakes up The Flying Dutchman, who appears and congratulates SpongeBob and Patrick for saving him "a lot of digging". He takes the treasure, but gives them two gold coins. Mr. Krabs asks for a reward, but only receives a tiny plastic treasure chest, which the Dutchman explains is "based on a real treasure chest!" as he disappears, laughing maniacally.



Deleted Scene

There is a deleted scene where a vision shows Mr. Krabs sitting atop and sniffing a pile of treasure. That scene was cut for unknown reasons.


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  A Pirate's Life for Me (a) - Ron Goodwin [title card]
  The Achterhoek Dances - Jan Rap [opening]
  Orchestral Climax 13 - Gregor F. Narholz ["Look, Patrick, eight gold doubloons!"]
  Hawaiian Happiness - Jon Jelmer [SpongeBob and Patrick playing a game]
  SpongeBob Closing Theme - Steve Belfer, Nicolas Carr [Krabs joins them]
  Sea Battle - John Fox [Krabs wins]
  On the Beach - Kapono Beamer [that night]
  Hawaiian Link (b) - Richard Myhill [SpongeBob goes home]
  Vibe Link (b) - Richard Myhill ["Huh? Who's there?"]
  The Rake Hornpipe - Robert Alexander White ["Come on, SpongeBob, one more game."]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill ["A game... that's right."]
  A Pirate's Life for Me (a) - Ron Goodwin [pirate ship]
  Captain Lenoe's - Michael Arthur, Colin Cater, Mick Graves, The Folk Players, Sarah Graves, Simon Ritchie [peg legs and eye patches]
  The Jovial Buccaneers - John Fox ["Keep a sharp lookout, SpongeBob."]
  Botany Bay (c) - Robert Alexander White [seaweed with two leaves]
  Hawaiian Link (a) - Richard Myhill ["That's west, Patrick."]
  Botany Bay (b) - Robert Alexander White [getting tired]
  Lonely Violin - Dick Stephen Walter [Krabs' sob story]
  Historical Fanfare [#32.05] - Gerhard Narholz ["One for all... and all for one!"]
  Queen's Aloha Oe C - Kapono Beamer, Queen Lili'uokalani [that night]
  ? ["The treasure map!"]
  SpongeBob Closing Theme - Steve Belfer, Nicolas Carr [touching the map]
  ? [map opens]
  Dramatic Cue (h) - Ronald Hanmer [the game board is the map]
  Honolulu March - George de Fretes [digging up the treasure]
  The Killing Ground (a) - Richard A. Harvey [they fight over it]
  Malleus Mallificarum (a) - Dave Hewson [Flying Dutchman appears]
  Unpreventable - Gregor F. Narholz ["So you two scallywags dug up me treasure?"]
  What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor - Okko Bekker* [ending]

*removed from APM site


  • As of November 9, 2013, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 7.5/10 based on 129 ratings by users.tt0769426 users give this episode a 9/10 based on 197 votes.[1]
  • "Arrgh!" was ranked #30 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.



  • 5:00 PM: SpongeBob, Patrick and Mr. Krabs are playing the board game
  • 5:03 PM: Customer walks in
  • The title of this episode is a homage to the famous pirate stereotype of saying "arrgh!" when threatening, cussing, shouting, etc.
  • The scene where Fred says, "Rev up those fryers! Cause I am sure hungry for one... Help! HELP!!! MY LEG!!!" has become a popular Internet meme, mostly for the parts when he says, "Rev up those fryers!" and, "MY LEG!!!"
  • This episode won the letter "X" in the Atlantis SquarePantis marathon.
  • "My Leg!!" gag: Mr. Krabs throws Fred out of the Krusty Krab.
  • The Flying Dutchman is revealed to be greedy in this episode since he only gives SpongeBob and Patrick one doubloon each. In Born Again Krabs, he scolds Mr. Krabs by telling him that "being greedy is a terrible thing."
  • This is the first time SpongeBob and Patrick dig together. The second will be in Wishing You Well, the third will be for SpongeBob in Chum Caverns and the fourth will be in That Sinking Feeling.
  • The tent and the inside of the tent is seen in Lights, Camera, Pants!
  • Running Gag: Mr. Krabs being called sweaty by SpongeBob or Patrick.

Cultural References

  • The game cards of the gameboard are a spoof of the Monopoly game cards.


  • When Mr. Krabs looks through his telescope at the beginning of the episode, The Chum Bucket is missing.
  • After SpongeBob says Mr. Krabs is all sweaty again, the X seems as if Mr. Krabs never dug yet.
  • When SpongeBob wakes up to find Mr. Krabs yelling, a bell sound is heard, yet there is no bell on the ship.
  • When SpongeBob and Patrick first spot Mr. Krab's map in the tent, there is a compass next to the map. When they go over to touch the map, the compass is gone. It does not reappear.
  • When SpongeBob and Patrick are looking over the map, it appears flat as their eyes smoothly go over it. But when they take a closer look, it's their gameboard with lots of props like a tree and sand where the treasure is.
  • When SpongeBob wakes up the next morning, he is wearing just his underwear, but after he talks to Mr. Krabs, he has pants on.


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