"Graveyard Shift" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season two. In this episode, SpongeBob and Squidward work the night shift.



One night, the Krusty Krab staff prepares for its 8:00 PM closing, which comes none too soon for Squidward. However, a customer walks up to the door and attempts to make an order. Squidward smugly informs him that they are closed, and the customer prepares to take his money elsewhere. Discovering the potential of late night customers, Mr. Krabs tears apart the "Closed" sign and, against Squidward's wishes, proclaims the Krusty Krab to now be open 24 hours a day. Mr. Krabs then promptly leaves his employees while SpongeBob is overjoyed at this prospect and, as the night goes on, takes pleasure in the chores he had no time to do during the day with him exclaiming "Night! Night! Night!" joyfully while doing said chores. When the time comes to take out the trash, however, he shows some trepidation towards the darkness outside. After going outside screaming to throw away the trash, he comes back in and calls it an easy task.

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Tom does not read the "Closed" sign.

Squidward, sensing SpongeBob's fear, weaves him a terrifying tale of the "hash-slinging slasher," a clumsy Krusty Krab fry cook from years past who accidentally chopped off his own hand and replaced it with a rusty spatula. Due to being run over by a bus, and his employment being terminated at his funeral, the horrific specter returns every Tuesday night to exact vengeance on all who reside in the restaurant. Squidward goes on to explain the three signs of the ghost's return: the lights flickering on and off, the phone ringing with no one at the other end, and the arrival of the bus that had run the fry cook over. Squidward then laughs at SpongeBob's shrieks of fright, but when the screaming fails to stop, an annoyed Squidward stops this and tells SpongeBob that the story is not true. This prompts annoying laughter from SpongeBob that also fails to stop for some time.

The hash slinging slasher

"The Hash-Slinging Slasher!"

By 3:00 AM that night, the restaurant is completely devoid of customers. While contending with SpongeBob's diligent ceiling cleaning, Squidward complains about the Krusty Krab being open 24 hours a day and wonders who would want a Krabby Patty at this time of night. Coincidentally enough at that moment, Patrick is having a patty in his bed.

Suddenly, at the Krusty Krab, the lights begin to flicker. SpongeBob initially thinks this is another joke from Squidward, who in turn, denies this and blames the electrical wiring. The next moment, the phone rings, but remains silent when Squidward answers. Growing more nervous, Squidward tries to remember the third sign from his story. After ruling out the normal green ooze coating the walls, he and SpongeBob see a bus pulling up to the restaurant. As the bus leaves, its lone departing passenger, a shadow-covered figure with glowing red nostrils wielding a spatula, shambles toward the door. Fearing it to be the hash-slinging slasher, Squidward panics. SpongeBob believes it to be Squidward disguised to entertain him.

Squidward tells SpongeBob that two things make his theory wrong, by pointing out his hatred of him and the impossibility of him being disguised as he is standing right next to him. Realizing the obvious now, SpongeBob panics as well before he and Squidward share their final words, now frightened out of their wits. As the figure enters the light and approaches them, however, it is revealed to be an ordinary guy, whose spatula is held in a fully-unchopped hand up his sleeve. He states that he had arrived to apply for a job at the Krusty Krab, explaining that he tried to call ahead, but hung up due to nervousness. Though Squidward and SpongeBob are relieved, Squidward notes that this turn of events does not explain the flickering lights.

Suddenly, the lights begin turning off and on again as everyone looks around. They are relieved to discover that it is only the vampire Nosferatu. Smiling at them mischievously, he flicks the lights off once more as the episode ends.



Deleted scene

The Nautical Nonsense and Sponge Buddies DVD features Tom Kenny and Rodger Bumpass recording a scene from this episode. It also includes storyboards of the episode and a deleted scene, in which SpongeBob does another activity "at night" as he delivers the mail to "Floorboard Harry." Floorboard Harry was also originally going to be the one responsible for flickering the lights, not Nosferatu.


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music
  Finger of Suspicion 2 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Title card]

  Queen's Aloha Oe C - Kapono Beamer, Queen Lili'uokalani [opening]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Money?"]
  Hello Sailor (b) - Richard Myhill [Krusty Krab open 24 hours]
  On the Beach - Kapono Beamer ["Isn't this great, Squidward?"/"All right! Taking out the trash. Taking out the night."]
  Menace [#36] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["You mean outside?"]
  Menace [#41] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [SpongeBob runs out screaming to the dumpster]
  Finger of Suspicion 1 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["What? What do I know?"/"..."Hash-Slinging Slasher?"/Squidward's story about the Hash-Slinging Slasher begins]
  Shock Attack [#25] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [SpongeBob screams]
  Finger of Suspicion 2 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Squidward continues his story]
  Danger Lurks [#34] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["The phone will ring and there will be nobody there."]
  Finger of Suspicion 3 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Squidward finishes the story]
  House of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [SpongeBob screams repeatedly]
  Moloka'i Nui (a) - Kapono Beamer [SpongeBob laughs repeatedly]
  Footsteps of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [Squidward hearing noises/Squidward continues hearing noises/Squidward hearing more noises/Squidward looking everywhere]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["What?"]
  House of Horror - W. Merrick Farran [Squidward's story starts coming true/"The walls will ooze green slime?!"/A bus arrives/The "Hash-Slinging Slasher" is real.]
  Hawaiian Link (a) - Richard Myhill ["Can I have a job application?"]
  Steel Sting (c) - Jeremy Wakefield [ending]



  • This episode is number 10 on Tom Kenny's Top 20. His description says:

"'Night, night, night, night.' Having Nosferatu, the vampire from the 1922 silent German Expressionist horror film appear in a Nicktoon is exactly the kind of 'what the?' moment that sets this series apart from more conventional animated shows!"

  • "Graveyard Shift" was ranked #64 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.



  • This episode aired on September 6, 2002 and has a 2002 copyright date along with its sister episode, "Krusty Love." However, it was actually made in 2001, due to the next episode "Procrastination"/"I'm with Stupid" actually having a 2001 copyright date.
  • This episode premiered in Canada on May 30, 2003.[1]
  • Mr. Krabs breaks the law by forcing Squidward and SpongeBob to work 24/7.
  • This and "Club SpongeBob" are the first two episodes to premiere on home video before being aired on television. It was featured on the Sponge Buddies VHS and on the Nautical Nonsense and Sponge Buddies DVD, which were released on March 12, 2002, seven months before being aired on television.
  • Squidward wonders who would eat a Krabby Patty at three in the morning, even though in "Just One Bite," he sneaks into the Krusty Krab at that hour to eat some.
  • There is a book based on this episode named Shiver Me Timbers!
  • The title card background is similar to the one from the episode "Rock Bottom."
  • In Indonesia, there were few lines that had been edited:
    • The line "But what was that third thing?" was changed to "Who changed the colors?"
    • The line "How are you doing that without moving the switch?" was changed to "What are you doing with the switch?"
    • The line "And then, he got hit by a bus! And... at his funeral, they fired him!" was changed to "And then, he became crazy! And... after that, the fire burned him!" This one changes the hash-slinging slasher's backstory completely.
    • The line "Squidward, I use your clarinet to unclog my toilet!" was changed to "Squidward! Get rid of him!"
    • Near the end of the episode, the line "Nosferatu!" was changed to "Don't be naughty!" because there is no Indonesian translation for "Nosferatu."
  • This is the first time the Krusty Krab is open 24/7. The second is "Fear of a Krabby Patty."
  • This is the first episode to use any Harry Bluestone/Emil Cadkin-composed APM tracks.
  • This is the third time a phone is seen at the cash register at the Krusty Krab. The first time was in "Pizza Delivery" and the second time was in "Big Pink Loser."
  • SpongeBob screams 27 times and laughs eight times.
  • To "sling hash" means to work in a restaurant.
  • This is the one of the few times Squidward admits to liking SpongeBob.
  • The hash-slinging slasher also appears in the video games SpongeBob's Truth or Square and SpongeBob SquigglePants.
  • This episode is later referenced in "Restraining SpongeBob," where Patrick uses Squidward's clarinet to unclog the toilets at the Krusty Krab like SpongeBob says he does in this episode.
  • Squidward and SpongeBob's hair-raising screams when the hash slinging slasher is about to approach them have become very popular internet memes.
    • Also, SpongeBob eating his own hands when Squidward tells his story and SpongeBob messing up the hash slinging slasher's name have also become popular.
    • Patrick saying "Oh boy! 3 AM!" has become a semi-popular internet meme.
  • The word "night" is mentioned 23 times.
  • On the Nautical Nonsense and Sponge Buddies DVD, it has a storyboard version and a deleted scene where SpongeBob does another thing at night where he brings mail to floorboard Harry.
  • Nosferatu reappears at the end of this episode. His real appearance is based from the 1922 German silent horror film of his name "Nosferatu," played by the late Max Schreck.
    • This episode aired on September 6, 2002. Friedrich Gustav Maximilian Schreck (who is known professionally as Max Schreck) was born on September 6, 1879 and passed away of a heart attack on February 20, 1936. This episode is dedicated to him as his 123rd birthday in honor of him.
  • In the Polish dub, the episode's title is "Nocna Zmiana," which translates to "Night Shift."
    • According to European folklore, 3 a.m. is the witching hour when witches, ghosts, and demons are said to be active.
  • In the German dub, the episode's title is "Nachtschicht," which translates to "Night Shift."
  • In the Russian dub, Nosferatu was renamed to Count Dracula.
    • Also, the hash-slinging slasher was renamed to "Гарри-Рубленое Мясо" in Russian dub, which translates to "Harry-Chopped Meat."
  • In the Turkish dub, the line "Nosferatu!" was changed to "So, it was you!"
  • According to a page at, Jay Lender revealed that Nick Jennings photoshopped the smile onto Nosferatu that matched Jay's drawings for that shot.[citation needed]

Cultural references

  • SpongeBob's "Night Song" has the tune of a Baseball/Hockey Charge Stadium organ song.
  • The hash-slinging slasher is an apparent parody of the story The Hook, where a man has a hook instead of a hand.
  • The sign about the telephone ringing is similar to a scene from the 1996 horror film Scream.
  • Nosferatu is from the 1922 horror film of the same name.


  • The Krusty Krab closes at 6:00 PM in other episodes, but in this episode, it closes at 8:00 PM.
  • Squidward says that the hash-slinging slasher comes out every Tuesday night and his ghost returns to the Krusty Krab. However, when the person who was thought to be the hash-slinging Slasher came to apply for a job, it was 3:00 AM, meaning that it was early Wednesday morning.
  • At one scene when SpongeBob is about to walk outside to take out the trash but then stops, the night sky outside the window is normal, but in the next scene when the camera zooms out of the glass door, the night sky is green with spooky flower clouds, then remains throughout the episode.
  • Before Squidward says the three signs that signal the approach of the hash-slinging slasher, the wrinkles on his forehead are gone.
  • When Squidward tells SpongeBob "No" to "He didn't wash his hands," Squidward's eyes overlap his eyebrows.
    Squidward's eyes and eyebrows overlap error

    Squidward's eyes overlapping his eyebrows

  • When Squidward tries to stop SpongeBob's screaming session, his eyes are not aligned with his eyebrows.
  • The garbage bin outside the Krusty Krab is by the street in this episode, but it is in the back of the building in all other episodes.
  • When SpongeBob is mopping the ceiling, the water from the bucket does not fall to the ground.
  • The cash register is missing for a majority of the episode. Near the end, it returns.
  • The only time a phone is there is when it rings. However, there is nobody there.
  • When Squidward says "And he appears with the ghost of the bus" and "He opens the door, and approaches the counter!," the "Order Here" and "Galley Grub" signs are missing.
  • In the picture shown in the background, there is a porthole window on the window.
  • The Galley Grub sign reads "Gally Grub" at one point in the episode. At another point, the Order Here sign reads "Order Hear."

    Sign reads "Order Hear" instead of "Order Here"

  • An "Open Forever" neon sign is seen on the Krusty Krab in one shot. However, when the "hash-slinging slasher" approaches the Krusty Krab, the sign is gone.
  • Squidward says that the Krusty Krab walls always ooze green slime. However, they never do that in all other episodes that show the inside of the Krusty Krab.
  • When the customers come in after Mr. Krabs says the Krusty Krab will be open for 24 hours, they are missing when Squidward goes back to the register.
  • On the Box Set/DVD releases, this episode is listed as "The Graveyard Shift" instead of the normal "Graveyard Shift" name, except for the 10 Happiest Moments DVD.

Running gags

  • When asked for assistance, the character replies "I can't hang out here all night! I've got a life."


Oh boy! 3 A.M

Oh boy! 3 A.M.!-1

Can I have some ketchup

Can I have some ketchup


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