"Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost" is the second half of the eleventh episode of SpongeBob SquarePants.
Squidward has just finished his wax sculpture of himself and declares that he has "conquered all artistic medium" (referencing a large diversity of art styles and reproductions of famous pieces which all have Squidward for subject). While he goes to take a bath, SpongeBob and Patrick throw a shell with which they are playing frisbee into Squidward's house, and it hits the sculpture. SpongeBob and Patrick think they've injured Squidward, and after several humorous attempts to "resuscitate" him, they believe that Squidward is dead. Squidward, fresh from his pampered bath, dramatically emerges in a rush of steam from the warm bathroom, wearing talcum powder and a white bathrobe and towel. SpongeBob and Patrick believe they are seeing Squidward's ghost and, hoping to avoid any hauntings or punishments, place themselves as Squidward's willing servants. Squidward gleefully takes advantage of the situation, having them serve and pamper him, do chores, and simply entertain him. Eventually, SpongeBob and Patrick, while entering a "messy" room, come across a comic book inspired by the story of the Flying Dutchman (who haunted the seas because his body was used as a window display in a clothing store), and decide that since Squidward is a vengeful spirit, he needs to be put to rest. Thus, SpongeBob and Patrick try to give him a proper burial as well as a funeral. Squidward eventually admits his charade, but SpongeBob and Patrick believe that Squidward is simply in denial about his death. SpongeBob blows a giant bubble that engulfs Squidward and sends him floating up to 'the great beyond'.
Home video releases
- SpongeBob SquarePants: Halloween
- SpongeBob SquarePants: Halloween
- SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete 1st Season
- SpongeBob SquarePants: The First 100 Episodes
- When SpongeBob says G7, the chord is played on a ukulele, which is technically an Eb.
- The episode's name is a takeoff on Casper the Friendly Ghost.
- This is the only episode where Squidward's house is depicted with an elevator in it, which would allude to Squidward having a high income or simply the house having a convenient feature.
- During the scene when Patrick and SpongeBob are carrying Squidward around in servitude to him, with Squidward complaining it is "too hot" or "too wet", they stumble onto an aquatic version of the painting La Troupe de Mlle. Eglantine. Squidward quips that it is "Too loose, Lautrec" (a pun on the name of the painting's artist, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec) with an accompanying sting.
- When Squidward says "I have conquered all artistic medium", the original captions say "I have conquered all artistic media".
- After Squidward's statue melts, SpongeBob and Patrick try to put it together. Putting Squidward's nose in the wrong place is a reference to Mr. Potato Head.
- When Squidward asks, "What are you invertebrates doing?" to SpongeBob and Patrick, it seems that Squidward is insulting them about not having a backbone. However, Squidward is a cephalopod, making him an invertebrate as well.
- When Squidward is on the royal bed, you can see that Patrick's house is missing.
- After Squidward throws the cherry pie and tells Patrick to find it again, he says SpongeBob's name. SpongeBob's frown grew bigger when Squidward said his name, but if you look closely, you can see SpongeBob smile for not even half a second.
- When SpongeBob says "Oh, look, the mourners have arrived," original closed captioning said "Look, the mourners."
- When Squidward gives SpongeBob a piece of tissue paper and asks that he plays a song with it, SpongeBob refuses, saying he cannot. However, in the episode The Paper, SpongeBob is shown to be able to replicate the notes of a clarinet perfectly with a gum wrapper. This is quite different, since the gum wrapper isn't exactly a lot like the tissue Squidard gave.
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