"Shanghaied" is the first segment of the 33rd episode of SpongeBob SquarePants.
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 actual episode starts with Spongebob opening a box of cereal (Kelpo), 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 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 in to Squidward's house as well. Squidward begins climbing up 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. He tells SpongeBob and Patrick that "you're next", and they attempt to jump over board, but land back on the ship every time. 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 heckish 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 can't 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 around his ship which turned into a hippie van.
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.
When this episode was first aired, the segments with Patchy the Pirate were shown to announce a poll was held that let 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 were shown before the actual conclusion to the episode:
- Patrick's ending: He wishes that he had gum that never lost its flavor, and thus, they are eaten by the Flying Dutchman.
- Squidward's ending: He wishes that he had never met SpongeBob and Patrick (but the flying Dutchman only erases their memories of meeting Squidward). They get eaten and are still introducing themselves in the Dutchman's belly.
Since then, the Patchy voting footage has never aired again. The Patchy segments without the voting mentions called "Patchy's Pick" were included on The Complete 2nd Season DVD set in 2004, but the footage WITH the voting was shown on The First 100 Episodes DVD set seven years later.
In all future airings of the episode, as well as the TV reruns, only the SpongeBob ending is shown. The episode is paired with "Gary Takes a Bath", which is shorter than a regular 11-minute segment.
- This episode was originally titled "You Wish". 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".
- On the First 100 Episodes release of this episode, the number to call to vote was changed to "was 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.
- The Flying Dutchman can 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 double length (22 minutes), but longer than a regular episode (11 minutes), at the length of 16 minutes.
- The Flying Dutchman was first mentioned to wear a sock in "Your Shoe's Untied".
- Patrick saying "Leedle leedle leedle lee" became an internet meme.
- Patrick says his hands are clean. However, in "The Battle of Bikini Bottom", he claims he's never washed his hands and never will.
- The scene where the Flying Dutchman's head turns 360 degrees around is a reference to the film The Exorcist.
- The running gag in this episode is when Squidward keeps getting burned by the Flying Dutchman. And when SpongeBob falling from the ship, Flying Dutchman said "Welcome"
- The Flying Dutchman's ship is featured in the computer version of Lights, Camera, Pants!, even featuring the ice skates in SpongeBob and Patrick's room.
- The perfume department was filmed at an actual department store.
- The episode's name refers to shanghaiing, coercive techniques such as violence, threats, or kidnapping to force men into joining a ship's crew.
- Big Guy would later appear in "Krabby Land" and "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV".
- On the Sea Stories DVD, the episode (all three versions within the DVD) is featured without Patchy and Potty, and with Patchy and Potty on the two other releases.
- This episode (along with its episode partner, "Gary Takes a Bath") was 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 to spooky, unsettling music. It was deemed too uncomfortable to watch for younger viewers. After seven years of not airing, both episodes finally returned to Nickelodeon (UK & Ireland) and Nickelodeon Australia in September 2008 for a single air. It also aired with "Gary Takes a Bath" in Australia in November 2010 and February 27, 2011, in the United Kingdom.
- In Latin America, all endings have aired at least twice and are randomly chosen
This is one of few episodes with a graphically animated sequence (The Fly of Despair).
- In the Latin versions, 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 the 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.
- Patrick and the Flying Dutchman arguing about how many wishes they're allowed to have is similar to Patrick's arguments with King Neptune about how many tasks SpongeBob must complete in "Neptune's Spatula", and how many days in which SpongeBob can find the stolen crown in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
- This is the first episode to have alternate endings, however the alternate endings are only shown on the SpongeBob SquarePants: Sea Stories DVD.
- In "Your Shoe's Untied", the Flying Dutchman says he that hasn't worn a shoe for 3,000 years, yet he's only 137 years old.
- When SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward are climbing the ship's anchor, the rope's shape and art changes right after SpongeBob says "Squidward, wait!".
- In "Your Shoe's Untied", the Flying Dutchman claims he hasn't worn shoes for over 3,000 years. At the end of the episode, he is wearing a shoe.
- 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-time 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.
Home video releases
- SpongeBob SquarePants: Sea Stories
- SpongeBob SquarePants: Sea Stories
- SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete 2nd Season
- SpongeBob SquarePants: The First 100 Episodes
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