Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost (Episode)

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Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost
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Episode No.: 11b
Season: 1
Airdate: September 25, 1999
Previous Episode: MuscleBob BuffPants
Next Episode: The Chaperone
Characters Voice actors
SpongeBob SquarePants Tom Kenny
Patrick Star Bill Fagerbakke
Squidward Tentacles Rodger Bumpass
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Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost is an episode from Season 1.






Squidward is proud of having just finished his wax sculpture of himself and declares 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 haunting 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', right into a huge swarm of seagulls while Squidward is in a fetal position.


  • The episode's name is a parody of 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.
  • When Squidward says, "Enough of that!" Patrick's skin tone changed into dark pink but when Patrick says,"What do you hunger for Master?" his skin tone is back to normal,
  • When Squidward asks, "What are you invertebrates doing?" SpongeBob and Patrick seem to make up a nonsensical game having to do with (presumably among other things) chess boards, bubbles, and rocks. SpongeBob and Patrick say, "We don't know." This may be a reference to Calvinball, a game played in the defunct comic strip Calvin and Hobbes.
  • 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.
  • When SpongeBob says "Oh, look, the mourners have arrived." Original closed captioning said "Look, the mourners."
  • SpongeBob has lighter holes on his front face, but an extremely trivially darker-colored holes on the sides of his head.
  • The title card for this episode is similar to the one for Rock Bottom.
  • When it's night, you can see through the head of Squidward's bed and you see sand.


Episode Transcript: Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost

Season 1 Season 2 →
01a 01b 01c 02a 02b 03a 03b 04a 04b 05a 05b 06a 06b 07a 07b 08a 08b 09a 09b 10a 10b
11a 11b 12a 12b 13a 13b 14a 14b 15a 15b 16a 16b 17a 17b 18a 18b 19a 19b 20a 20b
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