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Episode Information [edit]
Season №: 2
Episode №: 33a
Airdate: March 9, 2001
Running time:
Sister episode(s): "Gary Takes a Bath"
Guest(s): Brian Doyle-Murray as Flying Dutchman
Writer(s): Aaron Springer
C.H. Greenblatt
Merriwether Williams
Storyboard Artist(s): C.H. Greenblatt
Main: Aaron Springer
Animation: Frank Weiss
Creative: Derek Drymon
See all credits for this episode.
Previous: "The Smoking Peanut"
Next: "Gary Takes a Bath"
List of episodes

"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 episode starts with SpongeBob at home opening a box of Kelpo, the box is labeled as having "One of eight essential prizes inside." He pours out the whole box, but cannot find any prize. Suddenly, a giant anchor crashes into SpongeBob's house, which SpongeBob then 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 into Squidward's house as well. Squidward begins climbing 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 (and eyes). He tells SpongeBob and Patrick that "you're next," and they attempt to jump over board, but land back on the ship every time with the Dutchman welcoming them back. 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 chaotic 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 cannot 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 vegetarian. 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.


Development/Deleted Scenes

The episode is 16 minutes long, longer than an average length of a short but shorter than one of the halves of a 22-minute episode. The episode was later featured on the "Sea Stories" VHS and DVD releases, after being shown on television. The Sea Stories DVD release featured all three endings (see below).

When this episode was first aired, segments with Patchy the Pirate where shown to announce a poll which was held that lets viewers decide between three possible endings to the episode, with a different character receiving the final wish in each ending.

After the commercial break, Patchy introduced the two alternate endings that were shown before Spongebob's ending.

Patrick: He wishes that he had gum that never lost its flavor, and thus, they are eaten by the Flying Dutchman, begging him to let them out.

Squidward: He wishes that he had never met SpongeBob and Patrick. They get eaten and are still introducing themselves in the Dutchman's belly.

Patchy then states that if the viewer watches the episode "Land lubbin' style" (as a rerun), Nick will only play the voted ending. He also calls the viewer an official big time decision maker and a video of monkeys playing instruments is shown. Patchy says not to let it go to the viewer's head and signs off.

Since then, the Patchy voting footage has never aired again. The Patchy segments without the voting mentions are called "Patchy's Pick" which was shown on The Complete 2nd Season DVD, and the footage with the voting was shown on The First 100 Episodes DVD 8 years later.

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


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Oyster Girls - Robert Alexander White ["Patchy's Pick" intro]
  'Er Indoors - Johnny Hawksworth [Patchy gets shot out of a cannon]
  A Pirate's Life for Me (a) - Ron Goodwin ["Shanghaied" title card]
  Hawaiian Hula - Terry Day [SpongeBob having breakfast]
  Dramatic Cue (a) - Ronald Hanmer [giant anchor lands in SpongeBob's house]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Squidward, the sky had a baby!"]
  Steel Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [climbing anchor rope]
  The Haunted Castle - Paddy Kingsland [SpongeBob sees a ship]
  Finders Creepers - Paddy Kingsland ["All right, who owns this crate?"]
  Malleus Mallificarum (a) - Dave Hewson [Flying Dutchman appears]
  In the Crypt - Dave Hewson ["I am the Flying Dutchman!"]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [Squidward's nervous]
  Dramatic Cue (b) - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob and Patrick scream]
  Dramatic Cue (d) - Ronald Hanmer [Squidward zapped]
  The Pirate's Waltz - Robert Alexander White [Dutchman reads ghost rules]
  Drunken Sailor (b) - Robin Jeffrey, Tim Laycock ["You're part of my crew now."]
  The Creature (a) - Gregor F. Narholz [fly of despair]
  Bobby Shaftoe - Brian Peters [ghost mop]
  The Haunted Castle - Paddy Kingsland ["What a night be this."]
  Wargames Linking Section (g) - Keith Mansfield [SpongeBob has to find the first victim]
  Next - Chris Goulstone [big tough guy]
  Playing with Toys - John Charles Fiddy [little kid]
  Call to Destiny (a) - Ron Goodwin ["Moving behind the rocks!"]
  House of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [Dutchman begins to scare a little kid/Dutchman scares the little kid.]
  Steel Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob, Patrick trying to act scary]
  The Girl I Left Behind Me - Brian Peters [Dutchman scaring more people]
  Dombummel - Gerhard Trede [ice skating]
  Blow the Man Down (b) - Robert Alexander White [Dutchman says he's gonna eat SpongeBob and Patrick]
  Dramatic Cue (d) - Ronald Hanmer [they scream]
  Dramatic Cue (b) - Ronald Hanmer [perfume department]
  ? - Eban Schletter [perfume sprayed in their faces]
  The Dreadnought Tea Clipper (b) - Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White [dining sock]
  Dramatic Impact 3 - Ivor Slaney [Dutchman screams]
  Dramatic Cue (c) - Ronald Hanmer ["Give me back my sock!"]
  The Rake Hornpipe - Robert Alexander White [Dutchman gives them three wishes]
  The Creature (a) - Gregor F. Narholz [Squidward exits the fly of despair]
  Hawaiian Link (a) - Richard Myhill ["Squidward, you're back!"]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob realizes he used the second wish]
  Dramatic Cue (e) - Ronald Hanmer ["Now think, SpongeBob!"]
  Sitar Gliss (b) - Harbhajan Singh [Dutchman becomes a vegetarian]
  Steel Sting (c) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Hooray! We're home!"]
  Jungle Baby - Hans Ehrlinger [fruit in a blender]
  Horlepiep - Jan Rap [ending]



  • As of August 12, 2016, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 9.1/10 based on 291 ratings by users.[1] users give this episode a 9.1/10 based on 182 votes.[2]


  • A Few Inches Later
  • Please Stand By
  • This episode was originally titled "You Wish," but was changed to "Shanghaied." The original Patchy segments were called "SpongeBob's You Wish Spectacular Special," and on the Season 2 DVD box set, it is listed as "You Wish/Shanghaied."
  • This is the first 16-minute episode (approximately 14 mins and 30 seconds). The second is "Back to the Past."
  • This was Frank Weiss's first episode as an animation director.
  • On the First 100 Episodes release of this episode, the number to call to vote was changed to "Yikes matey! Original 800 number as aired has been retired to Davy Jones locker!" This could be a reference to the fact that this footage was not seen in years, and the voting was only temporary when aired. The phone number was 1-800-624-4094.
  • On recent airings of this (After the original airing), the Patchy voting sequences have been removed, but the commercial break warnings are removed from all airings (Excluding the original airing), including the VHS/DVD releases, due to no commercials.
  • On the Sea Stories DVD (excluding the VHS) and on the July 26, 2003 airing, the episode (all three versions within the DVD) is featured without Patchy and Potty, and with them on the two other releases.
  • This episode contradicts "The Battle of Bikini Bottom," because Patrick says he has clean hands.
  • The Flying Dutchman can apparently 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 special (22 minutes), but longer than normal (11 minutes), at a length of 16 minutes. It was paired with the 6-minute episode "Gary Takes a Bath."
  • Typically, the last wish should have gone to Squidward as Patrick used the first wish and SpongeBob used the second one to make it fair.
  • This is the only episode with three different endings.
  • The Flying Dutchman was first mentioned to wear a sock in "Your Shoe's Untied."
  • Running Gags: Squidward keeps getting burned by the Flying Dutchman. SpongeBob and Patrick falling from the ship, Flying Dutchman said "Welcome back."
  • The Flying Dutchman's ship is featured in the PC version of Lights, Camera, Pants! It even features the ice skates in SpongeBob and Patrick's bunk room from this episode.
  • The Perfume Department was filmed at Macy's. Macy's West gives a special thanks credit along with Nickelodeon's The Amanda Show.
  • The title refers to shanghaiing, coercive techniques such as violence, threats, or kidnapping to force men into joining a ship's crew.
  • The Tough Guy would later appear in "Krabby Land" and "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV."
  • The Complete 2nd Season DVD contains an audio commentary on this episode.
  • Squidward was in the Fly of Despair for about 7 minutes of the episode.
  • This episode and "Gary Takes a Bath" were 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 with spooky, unsettling music. It was deemed too uncomfortable to watch for viewers. After seven years of not airing, both episodes finally returned to Nickelodeon (UK & Ireland) and Nickelodeon Australia in September 2008 for another chance to air. It also aired with "Gary Takes a Bath" in Australia in November 2010 and on February 27, 2011 in the UK.
    • In Indonesia, though it is allowed to be aired, the scene where Squidward is thrown by the Flying Dutchman into a bottomless pit full of demonic faces is rarely aired. This, however, was due to time constraints like others.
  • In Latin America, all endings have aired at least 2x and are randomly chosen.
  • This is one of a few episodes with a graphically animated sequence (The Fly of Despair).
  • In the Latin American version, the Squidward ending is canon.
  • 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.
  • When Patrick and the Flying Dutchman argue about how many wishes, it is a lot like Patrick and King Neptune arguing about how many days it's going to take on in their journey in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
  • Excluding the Patchy segments, the episode is 13 minutes long.
  • Spaghetti can be seen in the background during the second scene of Squidward in the "Fly of Despair."
  • The part where Patrick continuously yells "Leedle Leedle Leedle Lee" has somewhat become an internet phenomena.
  • The background music during the ice-skating sequence will be used for the title card music for "Skill Crane." It also is heard outside of the Fun Arcade in "The Cent of Money."
  • Because of an alteration between the original airing and the reruns and The Complete 2nd Season release, the scenes in the latter versions are cut down and some are redubbed to just introduce the cartoon.
  • In the Croatian dub, the episode name is "Loši Mornari" translating to "Bad Deckhands."
  • On the October 30, 2016 airing, the sister episode was absent, the closing credits were shown at the episode's ending and it was paired with "Patrick-Man!"
  • This episode takes place after "Ghost Host" because in that episode, Squidward says that he doesn't believe in ghosts, but he meets the Flying Dutchman in this episode.

Cultural references

  • The scene where the Flying Dutchman's head turns 360 degrees around is a reference to The Exorcist.
  • The 3 wishes is also the same with Aladdin when the Genie says for three wishes.
  • When SpongeBob says "Squidward, this ship belongs to the Red Baron," this is could be a reference to Snoopy's alter ego from Peanuts.
  • According to the audio commentary, when SpongeBob does the little trick with his fingers, this was happening in the culture at the time.
  • The Fly of Despair is a parody to the Pit of Despair.


  • When SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward are climbing the ship's anchor, the rope's shape and art changes right after SpongeBob says "Squidward, wait!"
  • 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 SpongeBob, Patrick, 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.
  • At one point while Squidward falls through the Fly of Despair, 2 of his 4 legs are missing.
  • In the current aired version of this episode, Patchy's lips sometimes don't match with what he is saying. This is because in the current rerun version of the episode, some scenes are edited down and dubbed over, due to the originally aired version being a contest where people were able to select one of the three alternate endings 'live' by calling an on-screen number, which is no longer in service.


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  • What Ending Would've You Chosen?

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    • I would've also closed Patrick's ending, mainly because I prefer Patrick over SpongeBob.
    • <div class="quote">TrevorOntario719 wrote:<br />I would've also closed Patrick's ending, mainly because I pre...
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    • Because he already had a chance to eat them XD
    • <div class="quote">Nehemiah Sorokopud wrote:<br />Because he already had a chance to eat them XD</div> This thread...

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