SpongeBob and Patrick are lying around, bored. Therefore, they sneak into Squidward's shed, and find his lawn mower. Then, they notice Squidward coming in, so they hide on the tool wall. Squidward sees them, and SpongeBob explains to Squidward that they want to play with "that thingy" over there. Squidward says it is his lawn mower, and then he is about to yell, but he comes up with the thought that the two would be shaved in and would be either seriously hurt or killed. Therefore, Squidward pull the cord, and SpongeBob and Patrick ride it. However, eventually the two get out of control, and they end up in the cemetery. They do not care about this.
Underground, the Flying Dutchman is trying to pick out a shirt for his date, and finally finds one. Then, the two run over the grave, and dirt gets all over the Dutchman's shirt. He comes up, only to get his beard shaved off by the mower. The Dutchman becomes angry, so he stops SpongeBob and Patrick and starts yelling at them. Then SpongeBob explains they do not know what it is like to be a ghost. Therefore, the Dutchman turns them into ghosts.
The two fly over to Squidward's garden, and they try to scare Squidward, but they are sprayed by his hose. Therefore, the bubbles fade comes to night, and SpongeBob picks up his key, but it falls through him. He leans on the door, And he falls through. Therefore, SpongeBob goes through the walls and doors to get to his bedroom. When he lays down, he falls through many floors, and eventually ends up underground.
The next morning, it reveals that both did not get enough sleep, as Patrick could see through his eyelids. Therefore, SpongeBob goes to The Krusty Krab for work, and goes to the kitchen. He picks up his spatula, but like his house key, it falls through. SpongeBob then breaks it, and its ghost comes out. However, when he flips patties, they fall through his spatula. He tries this repeatedly, but the spatula went straight through the patty and one of the patties burn. He goes straight through the door, sobbing. Patrick has problems, too. He explains that the food goes right through him, and Mr. Krabs and Squidward are grossed out. Then, the customers notice the two, and they run off screaming thinking they were "mermaids". Therefore, SpongeBob and Patrick become upset, so they go to the cemetery to visit the Dutchman.
When they get there, they plead the Dutchman to turn them back to normal, so he does, but does not succeed. The Dutchman says the curse will not wear off until his beard grows back for his date, so SpongeBob and Patrick decide to give him a "makeover". At the end, SpongeBob himself replaces the Dutchman's beard, and the "Several Months Later" card appears. The two are eventually normal, lying around, bored again, but then the Dutchman comes and tells them the date wants to marry him. Then popping out of the horizon of the background is a giant, horrifying monster, which is apparently the Dutchman's date, and causes the Dutchman to scream and fly away.
This was the first episode to premiere after Nickelodeon's 2009 logo redesign.
When the Flying Dutchman says, "At least I still have my personality", it mirrors a scene in "Pre-Hibernation Week" where a fish says the same quote after having his face burnt to a crisped coal color full of mush after getting burned.
The proper term for "ghostify" would be "discorporate".
Many errors show ghosts being hit. When a person is a ghost, stuff goes through them. This is supported by:
A lawn mower shaved the Flying Dutchman's beard off even though he is a ghost, it would just go through him, unless it was a supernatural mower.
When Squidward sprays ghost SpongeBob and Patrick, the water hits them, as it would do if they were not ghosts.
When the Flying Dutchman comes out of the ground, he has dirt on him. The dirt would immediately go through him.
Patrick used a two-by-four to smash the jellyfish hive. It should have fallen through his hands.
Patrick holds a Krabby Patty in his hand. Immediately after, when he eats the Patty, it goes straight through his body. Being a ghost, Patrick should not be able to hold the Krabby Patty in the first place.
When Squidward was in his shed with SpongeBob and Patrick, he has yellow teeth in one scene.
The Flying Dutchman said that it takes a thousand years to grow his beard back, but several months later, he is shown to have it again.
Even though ghost Patrick stated that his eyelids are clear and he can see right through, many scenes of the episode do not show Patrick eyelids being transparent.
A spatula does not have a ghost, as it is an inanimate object.
In this episode using much the joke that ghosts are intangible and every solid object is transferred, however, in previous episodes is the Flying Dutchman take solid things and was not transferred from the hands.
After the patty goes through Patrick, when the camera goes back to him, the patty is gone.