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"Born Again Krabs" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 3. In this episode, Mr. Krabs encounters the Flying Dutchman for his cheap actions after being sent to the hospital by eating a moldy Krabby Patty he tried to sell.



One day, it is closing time at the Krusty Krab, and Squidward is obviously delighted at being free of work, while a sad SpongeBob is not. He soon finds an old, blackened, moldy Krabby Patty under the grill, and he tries to throw it out. However, this triggers an alarm, and Mr. Krabs will not let him throw out the patty, as serving it will give him 5.2 cents, and he orders SpongeBob "not to make another patty until that one is sold."

The next day, Squidward is informed of the decision, and reluctantly holds out the rancid patty to the customer. The customer takes one sniff of the patty, screams in disgust, and backflips out the door.

Sure enough, this results in the Krusty Krab losing many weeks' worth of business. Mr. Krabs wonders if it is the new place mats, but Squidward angrily tells his boss it is the old rotten patty he keeps trying to serve to everyone. The stubborn Mr. Krabs dismisses such a notion and has SpongeBob bring it out. SpongeBob reveals that he has caged it since it became sentient enough to growl at him. Mr. Krabs decides to prove his views by eating the patty, though before he eats it he sees an ambulance passing the Krusty Krab (mostly because the people already know he will get sick from eating it). He eats the spoiled moldy patty, and he is promptly rushed to the hospital minutes later while now green. As he is being wheeled in, Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob to wrap up the rest of the patty because he still thinks it is worth eating, while the latter worries over his boss.

Mr. Krabs is taken to Davy Jones' locker by the Flying Dutchman.

Soon in the hospital, the Flying Dutchman appears to condemn him in Davy Jones' locker for his cheap actions. Mr. Krabs falsely claims his name is "Harold Flower," but the Dutchman gets confirmation from the nurse that he is lying. When they arrive at the locker, Mr. Krabs begs to be freed. The Dutchman agrees to do this, as long as he will always be generous from then on, and Mr. Krabs promises.

At the Krusty Krab (which went bankrupt and ended up going out of business due to the amount of business lost and Krabs' absence), Squidward is going through his boss' belongings while a tearful SpongeBob believes he will come back, though his co-worker is not convinced by the doctor's word. At that moment, Mr. Krabs returns to the Krusty Krab and his employees are shocked to see him again. SpongeBob celebrates as Squidward is deadpan, but Mr. Krabs promises to be less cheap and more generous.

Squidward tells Mr. Krabs about the hospital bill.

Re-opening his restaurant, Mr. Krabs begins to treat everyone nicer with the "employee lounge" and free refills. But soon, SpongeBob and Squidward become concerned when Mr. Krabs is not the least bit fazed when he receives a $10,000 hospital bill and does not have any money in the register to pay for it. When they tell Mr. Krabs how weird he has been acting, he states that he is having a nightmare and that there is nothing to worry about, much to their shock and confusion. After Squidward and SpongeBob tell him otherwise, he realizes that the whole thing was real and starts to panic. He now becomes a cheapskate once more and revokes all the free things he gave to the customers and threatens to rip off one's arm over a penny. The Dutchman then returns to take him back to the Locker for eternity, but SpongeBob bets that Mr. Krabs is generous, and bets that he would pick him over all the money in The Dutchman's pocket. Mr. Krabs promptly takes the money, sending a heartbroken SpongeBob to Davy Jones' locker. Squidward is shocked and outraged at Mr. Krabs for selling SpongeBob's soul for 62 cents and chews him out. Mr. Krabs sees the error of his ways and rejects the money for another chance, because he learns a lesson of what it's like to be Krusty Krab without SpongeBob, because without him, there will be no Krabby Patties to cook and he will never get more money and the Krusty Krab will never get the best ratings higher than the Chum Bucket and Plankton will steal the secret formula. The Flying Dutchman then returns with SpongeBob, not because of Mr. Krabs' repenting, but because SpongeBob was WAY too annoying due to his talkative nature and he believes that letting Mr. Krabs have SpongeBob in his life would be "a fate worse than death."

Mr. Krabs apologizes to SpongeBob for his petty act, but the latter dismisses it as he would do the same, but promptly denies it, and the crew laughs. At the end of the episode, the Flying Dutchman is seen reading near the locker when the phone rings. The caller is revealed to be SpongeBob, who begins to annoy the Flying Dutchman again with his consistent chatting.



 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Kerry Polka - Brian Peters [title card]
  Torn Apart - Mike Sunderland ["Closing time, the saddest time of the day."]
  Idea Vibe - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob finds a patty under the grill]
  The Rake Hornpipe - Robert Alexander White [Krabs wants to sell it]
  Dramatic Cue (H) - Ronald Hanmer [customer screams]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band ["We haven't had a customer in weeks."]
  Murder for Moderns (A) - D G Dolf Van Der Linden [Krabs in the hospital]
  Murder for Moderns (B) - D G Dolf Van Der Linden [Doctor talks to Krabs]
  Dramatic Cue (E) - Ronald Hanmer ["This is terrible!"]
  Malleus Mallificarum (A) - Dave Hewson [Flying Dutchman appears]
  In the Crypt - Dave Hewson ["Eugene Krabs, your time has come."]
  The Dreadnought Tea Clipper (B) - Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White ["I must have the wrong room."]
  Malleus Mallificarum (A) - Dave Hewson ["So, Krabs, you thought you could fool the Flying Dutchman?"]
  Cold Sweat - John Scott ["What do you want from me?"]
  Tales From The Swamp (C) - Ron Goodwin ["Davy Jones' locker!"]
  Cold Sweat - John Scott ["Davy Jones' locker?! Why do I have to go there? I'm not a bad crab!"]
  Tales From The Swamp (A) - Ron Goodwin [Krabs and Flying Dutchman leave the hospital]
  Monks (C) - Dave Hewson [sweaty socks]
  Church Bell - Nicolas Carr ["These are his socks."]
  Drowsy Reef - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs cries]
  Here's Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy (B) - Tim Laycock, Robert Alexander White [Krusty Krab out of business]
  The Promised Land - Kay Rudd [Krabs enters]
  The Promised Land - David Farnon ["Being sick made me do a lot of thinking."]
  Gay Dog - Francis Chacksfield [Krusty Krab reopens]
  Terror by Night - Hubert Clifford [Krabs realizes he is awake]
  Dramatic Cue (G) - Ronald Hanmer [Krabs takes everything back]
  Menilmontant - Eric Gesma, Bernard Rabaud [customer watches the movie in reverse]
  Dramatic Cue (G) - Ronald Hanmer [Krabs takes the penny]
  Malleus Mallificarum (A) - Dave Hewson [Dutchman reappears]
  Cold Sweat - John Scott ["That little display of parsimonious penny pinching..."]
  Tales From The Swamp (C) - Ron Goodwin ["...for eternity!"]
  In the Crypt - Dave Hewson ["Well, a deal's a deal."]
  Church Bell - Nicolas Carr ["Let's go."]
  The Haunted Castle - Paddy Kingsland [SpongeBob sticks up for Krabs]
  Steel Licks 8 - Jeremy Wakefield [62 cents]
  Tales From The Swamp (A) - Ron Goodwin [Dutchman takes SpongeBob]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill ["What have I done?"]
  Puka A - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Flying Dutchman takes SpongeBob back to the Krusty Krab]
  Hooka - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]




  • The episode was released on the Tales from the Deep DVD on January 28, 2003, nine months before it aired on American television.
  • The title card is similar to that of "The Chaperone," though it is orange instead of light blue, there are flowers added, there are more bubbles added, and does not have a 4:3 aspect ratio like-thing in it.
  • This episode and its sister have been pulled by Nickelodeon since February 21, 2020, likely because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Although a few SpongeBob episodes were also pulled for the same reason, they were restored on the network since February 2021.[2]
    • Nicktoons, however, continues to air this episode and its sister.[3][4]
  • In "Patty Hype," Mr. Krabs expresses concern for tainted patties when he thinks the green painted patty is spoiled and tries to burn it. In this episode, he has no concern for the rotten patty, and wants it served like a fresh patty.

Eugene Harold Krabs in a comic strip.

  • Mr. Krabs' "fake" name was "Harold Flower." According to the Only the Clonely comic strip found in SpongeBob Comics No. 54, Harold is actually Mr. Krabs' middle name.
  • In the Hebrew version of this episode, Mr. Krabs says his name is "Shimon Vaza" (which means "Simon Vase").
    • In the Brazilian version, Mr. Krabs says to The Flying Dutchman that his name is "Harold Flores" (Harold Flowers). Flores is an actual last name in Brazil.
    • In the European Portuguese version, Mr. Krabs' pretend name is "Horácio Flores," being both actual Portuguese names.
    • In the German version, Mr. Krabs says that his name is "Benjamin Blümchen," referencing an iconic children's cartoon character his voice actor is known for in Germany; Jürgen Kluckert, the voice of Benjamin, voices Mr. Krabs in the German dub.

Mr. Krabs throws his money in rejection.

  • In this episode, Mr. Krabs nearly rips off a customer's arm for a penny. In "Sleepy Time," he lands Moby Dollar in a dream sequence but tells SpongeBob to "never mind" the small change (when it spouts pennies). It may be because this time, he has no money at all and is desperate to pay the bill.
  • The Flying Dutchman has six coins that added up to 62 cents. One possible combination is two quarters, two nickels, and two pennies.
  • In the Russian version, Mr. Krabs sells SpongeBob for 68 cents instead of 62.
  • In the Spanish (Spain) version, Mr. Krabs sells SpongeBob for 72 cents instead of 62.
  • This episode is one of the rare times when Mr. Krabs turns down money. He states "I don't want this foul money" and would rather want "SpongeBob back."
  • This is the first (and so far only) episode that shows a time card with SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, and Mr. Krabs on it.
  • This episode shows that even though Squidward can be rude and hateful, he has more morals than Mr. Krabs.
  • The Let's Just Play live broadcast after a test card on Nickelodeon aired with this episode and "I Had an Accident during its American television premiere.
  • In the Polish dub, the episode's title is "Drugie życie Kraba" (Krabs' Second Life).
  • In the German dub, the episode has the cynical title of "Geizig bleibt geizig" (Stingy remains stingy).
  • In one scene, Squidward is shown flicking the bun off the patty and telling SpongeBob to give him a different patty, but when the view is back to the patty, the bun is back on the patty. Squidward simply puts the bun back on the patty offscreen.
  • When Incidental 60 is about to pick up the penny, the penny is on the ground. However, in the next scene, when the camera zooms out to see that Mr. Krabs parsimoniously grabs a hold of Incidental 60's right arm, the penny is gone. It is possible that Incidental 60 already picked up the penny by the time Mr. Krabs grabs his arm.
  • When the Flying Dutchman returns and gives SpongeBob back, he says he only had him for thirty seconds; exactly thirty seconds elapse between the time the Dutchman leaves with SpongeBob and returns him to Mr. Krabs.
  • This episode marks the first time Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy are mentioned outside of a Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy episode.

Cultural references

  • In James Joyce's Ulysses, Leopold Bloom uses the pen name 'Henry Flower' when exchanging adulterous letters with 'Martha Clifford'.
  • This episode's title parodies the phrase "Born Again Christian."


  • Even though Mr. Krabs made it a rule not to serve any normal Krabby Patties until the rotten patty is served, Squidward attempts to serve a customer the rotten patty and other people are eating in the background.
    • They could have been eating other items on the menu besides Krabby Patties.

Squidward's detached hand.

  • For one frame, Squidward's hand appears to be detached from the rest of his arm.
  • The door Mr. Krabs enters the office through leads to the kitchen, yet there is no sign of the condiments or freezer door, and it is incredibly dark.
  • When Squidward wakes up from his nap, he enters from the right. Mr. Krabs' office is to the left of the order counter.
  • When Flying Dutchman says, "...but you were cheap,...", his green glowing silhouette behind himself freezes, even though he moves slightly.
  • When SpongeBob says, "...the 'employee lounge'.", there is a white border on the right.
  • The 62 cents that Flying Dutchman gives to Mr. Krabs have four errors.
    • One error is that when the 62 cents are first shown, their position is on Flying Dutchman's right hand. However, after the next two scenes, when Flying Dutchman gives 62 cents to Mr. Krabs, their position is on Flying Dutchman's left hand.
    • The other one is the number of coins that are supposed to be 62 cents. When the 62 cents are first shown, the number of coins is six. However, after the next two scenes, when Flying Dutchman gives 62 cents to Mr. Krabs, the number of coins is eight instead of six.
    • The other one is the colors of the 62 cents. When the 62 cents are first shown, three of them are silver, two of them are copper, and one of them is in gray-green color. However, after the next two scenes onwards, all of them are in copper colors and the sizes are the same, which is incorrect.
    • The other one is that when Mr. Krabs throws the 62 cents onto the floor, they are still there. However, after one scene and one flashback, they are gone.
  • When Davy Jones' locker is first shown, there are two rocks on the bottom left. However, after the next scene, the two rocks are gone.
  • When Incidental 116 drops the clipboard onto the floor after seeing that Mr. Krabs has done a terrible thing, the clipboard is there. However, when Flying Dutchman appears, the clipboard is gone.

SpongeBob's front belt is missing.

In this scene, his whole belt is gone.

  • When Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob to get a fresh patty, his front belt is gone but his side belt is still intact, but when SpongeBob says "aye-aye sir," his whole belt is missing.