"Born Again Krabs" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season three. In this episode, Mr. Krabs encounters the Flying Dutchman.



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Mr. Krabs forces SpongeBob to sell an old patty.

When SpongeBob finds an old, blackened, moldy krabby patty under the grill, he tries throwing it out. However, Mr. Krabs will not let him, as selling it will give him 5.2 cents, and orders him not to make another patty until that one is sold. This decision results in the Krusty Krab losing many weeks' worth of business. Squidward tells him that the patty has gone bad, but Mr. Krabs dismisses such a notion. He decides to prove it by eating the patty. Before Mr. Krabs eats it he sees an ambulance passing the Krusty Krab (mostly because the people already know he'll get sick from eating it.) He eats the spoiled patty, and he is promptly rushed to the hospital minutes later. As he's being dragged away, Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob to wrap up the rest of the patty because he still thinks it's worth eating.

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Mr. Krabs is taken to Davy Jones' locker by the Flying Dutchman

Soon in the hospital, the Flying Dutchman appears to condemn him in Davy Jones' Locker. Mr. Krabs falsely claims his name is "Harold Flower" but the Dutchman gets confirmation from the nurse that he is lying. When they arrive at the locker, Mr. Krabs begs to be freed. The Dutchman does, as long as he will always be generous from then on, Mr. Krabs then returns to the Krusty Krab (which went bankrupt and ended up going out of business due to the amount of business lost and Krabs' absence).

Returning to the Krusty Krab and re-opening it, Mr. Krabs begins to treat everyone nicer with the "employee lounge" and free refills. But soon, SpongeBob and Squidward become concerned when Mr. Krabs isn't the least bit fazed when he receives a $10,000 hospital bill and doesn't have any money in the register to pay for it. When they tell Mr. Krabs how weird he's been acting, he states that he’s having a bad dream and that there is nothing to worry about. After SpongeBob tells him otherwise, he realizes that the whole thing was real and panics. He revokes all the free things he gave to the customers and threatens to rip off one's arm over a penny. The Dutchman returns to take him
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back to the Locker. But SpongeBob bets that Mr. Krabs is generous, and bets that he would pick him over all the money in The Dutchman's pocket. Mr. Krabs promptly takes the money, sending a heartbroken SpongeBob to Davy Jones' Locker. Squidward is shocked at Mr. Krabs out for selling SpongeBob's soul for 62 cents and chews him out. Mr. Krabs sees the error of his ways and rejects the money. The Flying Dutchman then returns with SpongeBob, not because of Mr. Krabs' repenting, but because SpongeBob was WAY too annoying due to his talkative nature and he believes that letting Mr. Krabs have SpongeBob in his life would be "a fate worse than death."

Mr. Krabs apologizes to SpongeBob for his petty act but the latter dismisses it as he would do the same, but promptly denies it and the crew laugh.

At the end, the Flying Dutchman is seen reading near the locker when the phone rings. It's SpongeBob, who begins to annoy the Flying Dutchman again with his consistent chatting.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music
  Kerry Polka - Brian Peters [title card]

  Torn Apart - Mike Sunderland ["Closing time, the saddest time of the day."]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob finds a patty under the grill]
  The Rake Hornpipe - Robert Alexander White [Krabs wants to sell it]
  Dramatic Cue (h) - Ronald Hanmer [customer screams]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band ["We haven't had a customer in weeks."]
  Murder for Moderns (a) - D G Dolf Van Der Linden [Krabs in the hospital]
  Murder for Moderns (b) - D G Dolf Van Der Linden [Doctor talks to Krabs]
  Dramatic Cue (e) - Ronald Hanmer ["This is terrible!"]
  Malleus Mallificarum (a) - Dave Hewson [Flying Dutchman appears]
  In the Crypt - Dave Hewson ["Eugene Krabs, your time has come."]
  The Dreadnought Tea Clipper (b) - Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White ["I must have the wrong room."]
  Malleus Mallificarum (a) - Dave Hewson ["So, Krabs, you thought you could fool the Flying Dutchman?"]
  Cold Sweat - John Scott ["What do you want from me?"]
  Tales from the Swamp (c) - Ron Goodwin ["Davy Jones' Locker!"]
  Cold Sweat - John Scott ["Davy Jones' locker?! Why do I have to go there? I'm not a bad crab!"]
  Tales from the Swamp (a) - Ron Goodwin [Krabs and Flying Dutchman leave the hospital]
  Monks (c) - Dave Hewson [sweaty socks]
  Drowsy Reef - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs cries]
  Here's Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy (b) - Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White [Krusty Krab out of business]
  The Promised Land - Kay Rudd [Krabs enters]
  The Promised Land - David Farnon ["Being sick made me do a lot of thinking."]
  Gay Dog - Francis Chacksfield [Krusty Krab reopens]
  Terror by Night - Hubert Clifford [Krabs realizes he is awake]
  Dramatic Cue (g) - Ronald Hanmer [Krabs takes everything back]
  Malleus Mallificarum (a) - Dave Hewson [Dutchman reappears]
  Cold Sweat - John Scott ["That little display of parsimonious penny pinching..."]
  Tales from the Swamp (c) - Ron Goodwin ["...for eternity!"]
  In the Crypt - Dave Hewson ["Well, a deal's a deal."]
  The Haunted Castle - Paddy Kingsland [SpongeBob sticks up for Krabs]
  Steel Sting (c) - Jeremy Wakefield [62 cents]
  Tales from the Swamp (a) - Ron Goodwin [Dutchman takes SpongeBob]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill ["What have I done?"]
  Puka A - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Flying Dutchman takes SpongeBob back to the Krusty Krab/SpongeBob talking to the Flying Dutchman through the phone]
  Puka B - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]



  • As of September 10, 2018, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 8.8/10 based on 367 ratings by users.[1] users give this episode a rating of 9.0/10 based on 145 votes.[2]


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  • Although this episode aired in 2003, it was made in 2002 according to the credits.
  • This episode was available on the Tales from the Deep DVD before it aired on TV.
  • This episode was originally planned to premiere on July 7, 2003. However, due to new episode delays, it was rescheduled to October 4, 2003.
  • This episode aired in Germany on September 22, 2003, before it aired in the USA.
  • The time card that has characters on it are on is similar to the chapter cards from the video game Employee of the Month.
  • In "Patty Hype," Mr. Krabs expresses concern for tainted patties when he thinks that the green painted patty is spoiled and tries to burn it. In this episode, he has no concern for the old rotten patty and wants it sold like any other patty that would be fresh. So this episode could've taken place before "Patty Hype" or, knowing Mr. Krabs, he would always try to find ways to get money.
  • The paramedics are seen in "The Smoking Peanut" as zookeepers.
  • Mr. Krabs' pretend names may vary from country to country. In English, Mr. Krabs calls himself "Harold Flowers."
    • In the Hebrew version of this episode, Mr. Krabs says that his name is "Shimon Vaza" (which means "Simon Vase").
    • In the Brazilian version, Mr. Krabs says to The Flying Dutchman that his name is "Harold Flores" (Harold Flowers). Flores is an actual last name in Brazil.
    • In the German version, Mr. Krabs says that his name is "Benjamin Blümchen," referencing an iconic children's cartoon character his voice actor is known for in Germany; Jürgen Kluckert, the voice of Benjamin, voices Mr. Krabs in the German dub.
  • In this episode, Mr. Krabs nearly rips off a customer's arm for a penny. In "Sleepy Time," he lands Moby Dollar in a dream sequence but tells SpongeBob to "never mind" the small change (when it spouts pennies). It may be because, this time, he has no money at all and is desperate to pay the bill. However, it can also mean that he values the larger currency in comparison to the pennies that Moby Dollar is spitting out.
  • The Flying Dutchman says "parsimonious penny-pinching" when referring to how Mr. Krabs nearly ripped a man's arm off over a penny. Parsimonious is another word for stingy or thrifty.
  • The Flying Dutchman has six coins that added up to 62 cents. One possible combination is two quarters, two nickels, and two pennies.
  • In the Russian version, Mr. Krabs sells SpongeBob for 68 cents instead of 62.
  • In this episode, Squidward yells at Mr. Krabs for trading away SpongeBob for 62 cents to the Flying Dutchman, exclaiming that it was wrong, even though Squidward hates SpongeBob. It should be noted that Squidward stated he could not believe he was going to say that shows that, despite him hating SpongeBob a lot, he would not have traded SpongeBob away like what Mr. Krabs did if the latter stuck up for him. (He also admitted that he sort of liked SpongeBob in the episode "Graveyard Shift.")
    • This shows that even though Squidward is an ungrateful person, he's more caring than Mr. Krabs.
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Mr. Krabs throwing pennies and silver coins on the ground, in anger from losing SpongeBob for worthless pennies and silver coins

  • This episode is currently the only episode where Mr. Krabs actually does directly disgraces his money at some point of the series. He states "I don't want this foul money" and would rather want "SpongeBob back."
  • The scene where Mr. Krabs says "You have me word as a sailor" and the scene in the Krusty Krab where a giant 'Grand Re-Opening' sign is hanging was cut in Indonesia. Like other episodes that currently aired in Indonesia, this was done likely due to time constraints due to being aired along with ads that last for 5 minutes.
  • This is the first (and so far only) episode that shows a time card with SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, and Mr. Krabs on it.
  • This episode premiered on Bill Fagerbakke's 46th birthday.
  • The Let's Just Play live broadcast after a test card on Nickelodeon aired with this episode and "I Had an Accident."
  • In the Polish dub, the episode's title is "Drugie życie Kraba" (Krabs' Second Life).
  • In the German dub, the episode has the cynical title of "Geizig bleibt geizig" (Stingy remains stingy)
  • This episode takes place after "Cuddle E. Hugs," due to SpongeBob being willing to throw away an old Krabby Patty.
    • This was further supported by the fact that he believed the patty to have gone bad whereas in the latter episode he didn't believe.

Cultural references

  • This episode's title parodies the phrase "Born Again Christian."
  • Mr. Krabs trading SpongeBob to the Flying Dutchman for 62 cents is a reference to Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.
  • When Mr. Krabs screams, and his head keeps reappearing, this is a reference to the Russian Matryoshka stacking dolls.


  • In one scene, Squidward is shown flicking the bun off the patty and telling SpongeBob to give him a different patty, but when the view is back to the patty, the bun is back on the patty.
  • Even though Mr. Krabs made it a rule not to serve any normal Krabby Patties until the rotten patty is sold, Squidward attempts to serve a customer the rotten patty and other people are eating in the background.
    • They could have been eating other items on the menu besides Krabby Patties.
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Squidward's detached hand.

  • For one frame, Squidward's hand appears to be detached from the rest of his arm.
  • The door Mr. Krabs enters the office through leads to the kitchen, yet there's no sign of the condiments, freezer door, and it's incredibly dark.
  • When Mr. Krabs says "You have me word as a sailor," the closed-captioning shows "You have my word as a sailor."
  • When Squidward wakes up from his nap, he enters from the right. Mr. Krabs' office is to the left of the order counter.
  • When Flying Dutchman says, “...but you were cheap,...”, his green glowing silhouette behind himself freezes even though he moves slightly.
  • When SpongeBob says, “...the 'employee lounge'.”, there is a white border on the right.
  • 62 cents that Flying Dutchman gives to Mr. Krabs have four errors.
    • One error is that when 62 cents are first shown, their position is on Flying Dutchman’s right hand. However, after the next two scenes, when Flying Dutchman gives 62 cents to Mr. Krabs, their position is on Flying Dutchman’s left hand.
    • The another one is the number of coins that are supposed to be 62 cents. When 62 cents are first shown, the number of coins is six. However, after the next two scenes, when Flying Dutchman gives 62 cents to Mr. Krabs, the number of coins is eight instead of six.
    • The another one is the colors of 62 cents. When 62 cents are first shown, three of them are silver, two of them are copper and one of them is in gray-green color. However, after the next two scenes onwards, all of them are in copper colors.
    • The another one is that when Mr. Krabs throws 62 cents onto the floor, they are still there. However, after one scene and one flashback, they are gone.
  • When Nathiel is about to pick up the penny, the penny is on the ground. However, in the next scene, when the camera zooms out to see that Mr. Krabs parsimoniously grabs a hold of Nathiel’s right arm, the penny was gone.
  • When Davy Jones’ locker is first shown, there are two rocks on the bottom left. However, after the next one scene, the two rocks are gone.
  • When Purple Doctorfish drops the clipboard onto the floor after seeing that Mr. Krabs has done a terrible thing, the clipboard was there. However, when Flying Dutchman appears, the clipboard was gone.