"The Wreck of the Mauna Loa" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season seven. In this episode, SpongeBob and Patrick find a lost ship.
During a game of tag between SpongeBob
, they accidentally go off a cliff into an underground cavern with a shipwreck called the "Mauna Loa
." They then spend the day playing and exploring the ship, soon discovering a gigantic hoard of gold coins. The next day, despite SpongeBob and Patrick wanting to keep their "hideout" a secret, Patrick repeatedly and loudly talks about the Mauna Loa in the Krusty Krab
and even wears a shirt that says "Follow Me to the Mauna Loa". Mr. Krabs
then finds out about the hideout after Patrick pays for a Krabby Patty with one of the gold coins.
He claims that the Mauna Loa houses the world's largest hoard of treasure and that he has been searching for it his entire life. Therefore, he follows them down to the ship, where SpongeBob and Patrick discover him and they show him where the hoard is. However, as Mr. Krabs celebrates his lifelong goal being achieved, SpongeBob notices that the gold coins are actually tokens and have no monetary value. Mr. Krabs thinks that the hoard is a decoy and believes the real treasure is hidden somewhere else on the ship, but upon further exploration, the trio find a ticket booth, a height restriction chart, and a plastic skeleton wearing a captain's uniform. From this, Mr. Krabs comes to the conclusion that the ship is simply an abandoned amusement park ride and holds no actual treasure.
Angered, Mr. Krabs decides to leave, but then realizes he could make lots of money by opening the hideout to the public as an attraction, although he refuses to pay to have the ship properly repaired (being the cheapskate that he is). The ride proves to be quite popular despite the obvious dangers (it swings back and forth like a pendulum, yet there are no safety harnesses installed, causing the riders to be tossed around and even thrown off), and many citizens ignore the required safety height so they can ride it. SpongeBob and Patrick are at first dismayed that their secret hideout is no longer a secret, but eagerly join in anyway.
As expected, the old ship starts to lose bits of wood during a cycle, and one of the pieces hits the speed control, switching it from "slow" to "beyond comprehension". The ride starts to pick up speed and spins around the swing, ejecting many riders and terrifying everybody except SpongeBob and Patrick, who are having the time of their lives.
Soon enough, the high speed causes the swing to collapse and the ship shoots up high into the air, before plummeting to the ground and exploding into a pile of smithereens on impact. SpongeBob and Patrick soon emerge from the debris unharmed and excitedly compliment how awesome they had thought the ride was, oblivious to the carnage that surrounds them until the other riders and bystanders emerge from the debris and point this out to them.
They are covered in various injuries and angrily blame Mr. Krabs for putting their lives in danger. While they yell at Mr. Krabs for not repairing things, an officer quickly shows up and arrests Mr. Krabs for operating a danger to public safety, and the hideout is condemned and boarded up, much to the sadness of SpongeBob and Patrick.
They then leave to find another hideout and accidentally fall into another pit into yet another underground cavern containing the real Mauna Loa shipwreck. The episode ends with SpongeBob asking Patrick if he can keep a secret, and Patrick replying "Nope".
|( ‣ ) Associated production music|
|( • ) Original music|
|( ◦ ) SpongeBob music|
‣ The Drunken Sailor - Nicolas Carr [title card]
‣ Unknown Track 1 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob and Patrick playing tag/SpongeBob and Patrick continue playing tag. ]
‣ Dramatic Impact 2 - Ivor Slaney [SpongeBob falls off a cliff]
‣ Drama Link (g) - Hubert Clifford ["Hang on, I'm coming!"]
‣ Setting Sail - Dick Stephen Walter ["Whoa, what is this place?"]
‣ The Jovial Buccaneers [#33] - John Fox [pirate ship]
‣ Sea Battle [#45] - John Fox [SpongeBob and Patrick swordfighting]
‣ Dramatic Impact 5 - Ivor Slaney ["Patrick! I'm coming, buddy!"]
‣ Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["Patrick!"]
‣ Parting of the Clouds - Nicolas Carr [treasure]
‣ Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Wow, what's this?"]
‣ Steel Sting (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob goes to work]
‣ Nautical Hijinx - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["SpongeBob, what are you doing?"]
‣ The Drunken Sailor - Krabby Patty sculpture of pirate ship
‣ Steel Sting (a) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Here you go."]
‣ Nautical Hijinx - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Patrick's t-shirt]
‣ Steel Sting (c) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob quickly leaves]
‣ Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield ["Keep the change, my good man."]
‣ Mr. Swashbuckle - James McConnel [Krabs talks about the Mauna Loa]
‣ Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Hmm..."]
‣ The Drunken Sailor - "Come on, Squidward."
‣ Seaweed - Steve Belfer ["Do you think we gave away too much about our secret hideout?"]
‣ Primitive Force - Raymond C. Jones [seaweed moving]
‣ Drama Link (b) - Hubert Clifford ["We're being followed."]
‣ Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr ["I just saw the sign."]
‣ Sailor's Sting 9 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Krabs at the hideout]
‣ Unknown Track 33 - Krabs asks where the treasure is
‣ Steel Licks - Jeremy Wakefield ["Pushovers."]
‣ Mr. Swashbuckle - James McConnel ["I knew I'd find it!"]
‣ Befuddled Gent - Phil Green [Token Has No Monetary Value]
‣ The Jovial Buccaneers [#32] - John Fox [treasure chest]
‣ The Jovial Buccaneers [#36] - John Fox [Krabs falls, breaking the box.]
‣ Cartoon Sting 1 - "Very clever, captain."
‣ Unknown Track 33 - Krabs realizes it's an amusement park ride
‣ Welcome to Glove World - Barry Anthony ["No wonder we were so amused."]
‣ Lite Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["This place ain't got no treasure."]
‣ Welcome to Glove World - Barry Anthony ["Brace yourselves, fellers!"]
‣ Steel Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob, Patrick sad]
‣ Welcome to Glove World - Barry Anthony [they ride on the ship]
‣ Slide Whistle Song - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ride speeds up]
‣ Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill [Krabs arrested]
‣ Pua Paoakalani (b) - Kapono Beamer, Queen Lili'uokalani [hideout condemned]
‣ Horror Crash - Harry Lubin [SpongeBob and Patrick fall underground]
‣ Mr. Swashbuckle - James McConnel [The Real Mauna Loa]
- As of February 12, 2017, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 7.2/10 based on 34 ratings by users. TV.com users give this episode a rating of 7.7/10 based on 83 votes.
- There are 50 anchors in the title card.
- The word "Mauna" is in Filipino language, it means to "anticipate."
- In real life, Mauna Loa is actually the largest volcano in the world (in terms of volume). There was also an actual ship called the S.S. Mauna Loa, which sunk in February 1942.
- The beginning of the episode is similar to the beginning of "Patrick SmartPants" except SpongeBob fell off a cliff but did not break his head and turn smart.
- When Patrick flings the token at SpongeBob, if one were to pause the screen image and look closely, the token clearly reads "Token has no monetary value."
- Mr. Krabs only pronounces Mauna Loa two times correctly, when he discovers the token and when he goes into the Captain's Quarters.
- In this episode, Patrick does not understand (or care) about keeping secrets. However, in "The Secret Box," he not only understood keeping secrets, he was adamant about keeping the contents of his box a secret. He even admonished SpongeBob, telling him that if he showed him what was inside, and then it would not be a secret anymore.
- It is possible this episode takes place before Secret Box, as Patrick would most likely have gained a better understanding of secret keeping.
- This is the second time a cavern appears. The first was in "Chum Caverns."
- This is the third time SpongeBob and Patrick are pirates. The first was "Arrgh!" and the second was "Grandpappy the Pirate."
- This is the third time Mr. Krabs is arrested, the first is in "The Krusty Sponge" and the second is in "Patty Caper." He was almost arrested in "Banned in Bikini Bottom" for illegally selling Krabby Patties.
- This is the fifty-eighth episode with the title's name being a part of the story.
- This episode premiered on John O'Hurley's 56th birthday and three years after the Atlantis SquarePantis book was released.
- Though Mr. Krabs' token had no monetary value, Patrick bought something at the Krusty Krab with one.