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Pranks A Lot
Season №: 3
Episode №: 60b
Airdate: October 11, 2004
Sister episode(s): "SpongeBob Meets the Strangler"
Writer(s): Paul Tibbitt
Kent Osborne
Merriwether Williams
Storyboard Artist(s): Carson Kugler
Caleb Meurer
William Reiss
Storyboard: Paul Tibbitt
Kent Osborne
Animation: Andrew Overtoom
Creative: Derek Drymon
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Previous: "SpongeBob Meets the Strangler"
Next: "Fear of a Krabby Patty"
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"Pranks a Lot" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season three. In this episode, SpongeBob and Patrick use invisibility spray to play pranks.



SpongeBob and Patrick go to the Palace of Pranks, a prank store in search of the ultimate prank. To their delight, the manager named Frank sells them a rare can of invisible paint for just one dollar. Before they use it, Patrick remembers that the paint will stain clothes, and then he and SpongeBob take their clothes off so they aren't stained with the invisible paint. They decide to spray a park bench and sit on it, but get in an argument over who gets to spray the bench. During the fight, they spray each other until "several bad puns later," they are both completely invisible.

After asking a man for the time and accidentally scaring him away, SpongeBob realizes that he and Patrick can pretend to be ghosts and prank the whole town. They pretend to be ghosts and go around frightening everyone (moving things around in Sandy's treedome, eating a cake Mrs. Puff was going to eat, painting a moustache on Squidward's face, etc.), until Mr. Krabs, who "ain't afraid of no ghosts," is the last person in Bikini Bottom to be haunted. They attempt to frighten him and succeed until they attempt to burn a dollar bill. Mr. Krabs' fear is overcome by his love of money, and he attempts to extinguish the match with a bucket of water. The invisible spray is washed off of Patrick and SpongeBob, exposing their identities, and their nudity.

Though embarrassed, Mr. Krabs comforts SpongeBob and Patrick by saying he forgives them and was fond of pulling pranks in his youth. However, when they attempt to leave, the Krusty Krab now contains nearly everyone in Bikini Bottom, and Mr. Krabs showcases the "live, nude pranksters." An extremely embarrassed SpongeBob and Patrick try to cover themselves, and SpongeBob says "We should've bought the whoopee cushion!" as the episode ends.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Flop and Go (a) - John Fox [title card]
  ? [Palace of Pranks]
  Witty Fellow - Gerhard Trede ["Good to see you, SpongeBob!"]
  ? - Nicolas Carr ["They're floating in midair!"]
  Tomfoolery - David Snell [SpongeBob and Patrick spraying each other]
  Glissando Up - Eric Allen ["...half past invisible."]
  Hercule Poirot - Gerhard Trede [at Sandy's]
  Alien Spacecraft C - Gregor F. Narholz ["It is ghosts!"]
  Dramatic Cue (d) - Ronald Hanmer [Sandy screams]
  Chase Cue 1 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Sandy escapes to Texas]
  Horlepiep - Jan Rap [SpongeBob and Patrick scaring everyone]
  Steel Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs last to be haunted]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [Krabs' anti-ghost armor]
  Captain Lenoe's - Michael Arthur, Colin Cater, Mick Graves, The Folk Players, Sarah Graves, Simon Ritchie ["Bring it on!"]
  House of Horror - W. Merrick Farran ["Krabs, we've come to haunt you!"]
  Chase Cue 2 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs tries to escape]
  Dramatic Cue (b) - Ronald Hanmer ["No! Don't burn me dollar!"]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch [SpongeBob and Patrick become visible again]
  Strip Tease - David Farnon [ending]



  • Several Bad Puns Later
  • This is the final episode until "Extreme Spots" to use digital ink and paint.
  • In the Brazilian dubbing, the line "Fake vomit? Real vomit?" was changed to "Gosta disso? Coisas sem forma?" ("Do you like This? Shapeless things?")
    • This makes this strange, because then SpongeBob says "eww" to "shapeless things."
  • This is the last episode where the names Derek Drymon, Kent Osborne and Merriwether Williams are seen in the opening credits.
  • In Germany, it was titled "Die Geister von Bikini Bottom" ("The Ghosts of Bikini Bottom.")
  • Mr. Krabs' ghost prevention good luck charms includes having his underwear tied in a Melvit knot.
    • A Melvit knot is used to hold a sail to a sailboat.
  • This is the last episode of Season 3 and to air in 2004 before The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
  • It is revealed in this episode that Sandy is originally from Austin, TX.
    • When her escape pod lands it's in the Austin area.
  • In Spanish, the fish that says "toast" says "Fantasmas," or "ghost," in the Filpino dub he says "gusto nyo?," or "want some?" In the Hebrew version, he says "sandwich"; in Korean, he says "What's that?" in Indonesian version the fish says "Hantu (Indonesian version translated "Ghost")," not "Toast."
    • Also, Spongebob didn't say "We'll go spray the park bench and then sit on it." he said "We'll go spray ourselves and let the show begin!"
      • This makes so many people confused.
  • The specter deflector and the escape pod to Texas have incidentally been seen on two other Nickelodeon shows, Danny Phantom and The Fairly OddParents, respectively.
  • The prank toys Frank offers to SpongeBob are:
    • a Joy Buzzer (Patrick gets shocked by it)
    • Exploding Chewing Gum (Patrick eats it and his head explodes)
    • Fake Gag Dollar
    • Whoopie Cushion
    • Fake and Real Vomit
    • and Invisible Spray (SpongeBob buys it)
  • The title card design is a reference to old-fashioned newspaper ads for pranks.
  • In Dutch, it was titled "Top of the fops" (fop means prank in Dutch), which is a pun of a British music program called Top of The Pops.
    • On the Dutch version of the "The Seascape Capers" DVD, this episode is listed as "SpongeBob is onzichtbaar" (SpongeBob is invisible) instead of that title.
Pranks a Lot (A.K.A. Naked Pants)

Naked Pants

  • On The Seascape Capers DVD Episode Selection, it mentions that another name for this episode is (A.K.A. Naked Pants).
    • None of TV guides use this name.
  • The Krusty Krab's layout differs from other episodes.
  • Sandy's rocket breaks the surface of the water in the Pacific Ocean near the bottom of South America, revealing Bikini Bottom's location, and gives how it can snow in Bikini Bottom because of its location.
  • The bad puns what SpongeBob and Patrick said while spraying each other with the Invisible Spray was...
    • "I gotta hand it to you!" Patrick sprayed SpongeBob's right hand.
    • "Kind of gives you an empty feeling, huh?" SpongeBob sprays Patrick's chest.
    • "I see what you mean!" Patrick sprays SpongeBob's left eye.
    • "No guts, no glory!" SpongeBob sprays Patrick's gut.
  • SpongeBob actually sprayed Patrick in the crotch when he says "No guts, no glory."
  • The toys that featured in title card:
    • X-Ray Glasses ($1.00)
    • U-Control 7-Form Life-Size Ghost (95 cents)
    • Joy Buzzer (25 cents)
    • Secret Spy Scope (Unknown price)
    • Greedy Fingers Bank ($2.45)
    • Secret Pocket Pen (Unknown price)
    • Phony Cast (4.81)
    • Various amount of unknown toys
  • This is the first time Mrs. Puff deflates.
  • Mr. Krabs had a gold necklace that said "Foxy" in this episode.

Cultural references

  • The episode's name is a pun on "Thanks a lot."
  • The scene at the Palace of Pranks is a tribute to Pee-wee's Big Adventure, and even uses the "Fake vomit? Real Vomit?" joke from that show.
  • SpongeBob's Sea Brittle Nut Can is a parody of Snake Nut Can.
  • Mr. Krabs' line "I ain't afraid of no ghosts" is the same as the lyrics of the original song Ghostbusters.


  • When SpongeBob asked a guy what time it is, he said that it's 10 to 3 (2:50), captions said that it's 3:00.
    • In Bahasa Indonesia, instead of saying it's 10 to 3, the guy said it's 10:03.
  • Mrs. Puff never deflates turning very thin.
    • As in other episodes, she deflates back to normal size.
    • She may have possibly deflated out of fright.
  • When Sandy is frightened by the "ghosts," her escape pod breaks the Treedome.
    • Sandy said the dome was made of polyurethane (plastic) in "Tea at the Treedome," rather than glass.
    • The dome is not flooded with water and is fixed in the next shot.
  • SpongeBob and Patrick are not wearing water helmets when they are in Sandy's Treedome.
    • Bubbles appear when Sandy removes their sheets.
  • Spongebob and Partrick read that Mr. Krabs was the only one not scarred yet when Spongebob and Partrick clearly haven't been scarred yet.
  • All of Mr. Krabs' ghost prevention charms are gone in the next shot.
  • When Mr. Krabs is inside the Krusty Krab, the windows have blinds.
    • In subsequent scenes, the blinds are gone.
  • When the invisible spray has washed off Patrick, his belly button is gone.
  • Sandy went to Texas with the rocket, but in the end she was in the Krusty Krab.
    • It is possible that she came back.
  • At the Krusty Krab, Sandy whistles by putting her fingers to her mouth, which is impossible because of her helmet.
  • Mr. Krabs splashes a bucket of water on SpongeBob and Patrick to wash off the paint, despite the fact that they live underwater.
    • Even while surfing, the water did not wash off their paint.
  • SpongeBob and Patrick glued the door to the Krusty Krab shut, yet a huge crowd of people came in to see the "live, nude pranksters."
  • When Frank was holding the Invisible Spray, a the bottom it said "danger." However, in every other shot of the Invisible Spray, the "danger" part is missing.
  • After Mr. Krabs throws water on SpongeBob and Patrick, SpongeBob's shoes and socks are visible, despite the fact that the invisible paint stains clothes.
    • When SpongeBob explains that fact, he says "paint" instead of "spray."
  • When Mr. Krabs grabs SpongeBob and Patrick, the dollar in Patrick's hand disappears.
  • Mr. Krabs says that he has taped the hairs on the back of his neck down.
    • When he is fleeing from the "ghosts," there is no tape on his neck.
  • When SpongeBob and Patrick fight over the Invisible Spray, they are by the road.
    • When they are completely invisible (After the "Several Bad Puns Later" timecard,) the road isn't there.
  • Frank says the Invisible Spray is $1.
    • SpongeBob gives him $3 and doesn't get the other $2 back.
  • The credits mention Plankton, but he didn't appear in this episode.
  • The toilet (Mr. Krabs tries to swim through) is out in plain sight and not hidden by a divider.
  • You can see the background behind the toast in the scene where Sandals says "Toast."
  • Patrick, Mr. Krabs, and SpongeBob was in the restroom.
    • After SpongeBob and Patrick came out, they were near Mr. Krabs' office.

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