"Pranks a Lot" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season three. In this episode, SpongeBob and Patrick use invisibility spray to play pranks on the citizens of Bikini Bottom.



The episode begins with SpongeBob introducing Patrick to the Palace of Pranks. SpongeBob tells Patrick that he bought a gag can of Seanut Brittle from there, with which Patrick gets pranked and is sad there is no actual snack.

SpongeBob and Patrick then enter the store in search of the ultimate prank. Patrick falls for the Seanut Brittle prank again before SpongeBob introduces Patrick to the store owner, Frank, who then suggests numerous gags in stock to prank all of Bikini Bottom with, though none of them interest the pair until they are offered a rare can of Invisible Spray for just one dollar.

SpongeBob and Patrick then proceed to purchase it and are warned that it stains clothes. Before they use the spray, Patrick remembers it will stain clothes, so he and SpongeBob take their clothes off in order to prevent the spray from staining their clothes. They decide to spray a park bench and sit on it but get in an argument over who gets to spray the bench. During the fight, they are embarrassed by a passing tour bus before they spray each other until "several bad puns later," after which both of them are completely invisible and the Invisible Spray can is empty. SpongeBob throws it out of sight and blames Patrick since their chances at pulling off the ultimate prank are now ruined.

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"The nerve of that guy and his driving eyeballs."

After asking a man for the time and accidentally scaring him away, SpongeBob realizes that he and Patrick can pretend to be ghosts and prank the whole town. They pretend to be ghosts and go around frightening everyone - moving things around in Sandy's treedome, eating a cake Mrs. Puff was going to eat, painting a mustache on Squidward's face, etc. - until Mr. Krabs, who is confirmed not to be afraid of ghosts, is the last person in Bikini Bottom who has yet to be haunted.

They attempt to frighten him and succeed until they attempt to burn a dollar bill. Mr. Krabs' fear is overcome by his love of money, and he attempts to extinguish the match with a bucket of water. The invisible spray is washed off of Patrick and SpongeBob, exposing their identities, and their nudity.
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Mr. Krabs' anti-ghost outfit

Though embarrassed, Mr. Krabs comforts SpongeBob and Patrick by saying he forgives them and was fond of pulling pranks in his youth. However, when they attempt to leave, the Krusty Krab now contains nearly everyone in Bikini Bottom, which also includes Sandy, Squidward, and Mrs. Puff, and Mr. Krabs showcases the "live, nude pranksters." SpongeBob and Patrick, now extremely embarrassed, try to cover themselves while everyone looks and laughs at them, and SpongeBob mentions how he and Patrick should have brought the whoopie cushion instead as the episode ends.



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Flop and Go A - John Fox [Title card]
  Prankster - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob introduces Patrick to the Palace of Pranks.]
  Witty Fellow - Gerhard Trede ["Good to see you, SpongeBob!"]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["They're floating in midair!"]
  Tomfoolery - David Snell [SpongeBob and Patrick spray each other.]
  Glissando Up - Eric Allen ["...half past invisible."]
  Tomfoolery - David Snell ["Gee, it's getting late."]
  Hercule Poirot - Gerhard Trede [SpongeBob and Patrick are at Sandy's treedome.]
  Alien Spacecraft C - Gregor F. Narholz ["It is ghosts!"]
  Dramatic Cue (d) - Ronald Hanmer [Sandy screams.]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Sandy escapes to Texas.]
  Horlepiep - Jan Rap [SpongeBob and Patrick scare everyone.]
  Steel Licks 8 - Jeremy Wakefield [Mr. Krabs has yet to be haunted.]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [Mr. Krabs' anti-ghost armor]
  Captain Lenoe's - The Folk Players ["Bring it on!"]
  House of Horror - W. Merrick Farran ["Krabs, we've come to haunt you!"/Mr. Krabs screams.]
  Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Mr. Krabs tries to escape.]
  Dramatic Cue (b) - Ronald Hanmer ["No! Don't burn me dollar!"]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch [SpongeBob and Patrick become visible again.]
  Strip Tease - David Farnon [The ending]




  • Although this episode premiered in 2004, it was made in 2002 according to the credits.
    • It was also the last episode produced in that year.
    • It is also the last episode to be produced until the series went back into production two years later when the next episode was produced in 2004.
    • Although this is the last pre-movie episode, the first few episodes of season four had already finished production by the time this episode aired.
  • This episode was available on The Seascape Capers DVD and VHS nine months before it aired on American television.
  • This is the last episode to use the character designs from seasons 2-3, due to the fact that the crew in Rough Draft Studios changed the coloring software from Toonz Premium to Toon Boom in season 4.
  • This was the last episode to premiere in 2004.
  • This was the last episode to air before The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie was released.
    • Also this was supposed to be the last episode produced for the series, before the release of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie in November 2004. Once the film was completed, Stephen Hillenburg wanted to end the series "so the show wouldn't jump the shark," but Nickelodeon wanted to do more episodes.[1]
  • This is the last episode until "Lost in Bikini Bottom" from season 9 to have Stephen Hillenburg credited as the executive producer.
  • This is the last episode to have Derek Drymon, Kent Osborne, and Merriwether Williams' names seen in the opening credits.
  • In the Brazilian dubbing, the line "Fake vomit? Real vomit?" is changed to "Gosta disso? Coisas sem forma?" ("Do you like this? Shapeless things?")
  • In Sweden, "Invisible Spray" is "Spöke Färg" ("Ghost Color").
  • In the Latin Spanish dubbing, this is the last episode where Paul Gillman voiced Patrick due to his focus on his music career.
  • Somehow, no one seems to notice that the voices of the "ghosts" sound like SpongeBob and Patrick.
  • This is the only appearance of Sandy's treedome in season 3.
  • In Germany, this episode is titled "Die Geister von Bikini Bottom," which translates to "The Ghosts of Bikini Bottom."
  • Mr. Krabs' ghost prevention good-luck charms include having his underwear tied in a Melvit knot.
    • A Melvit knot is used to hold a sail to a sailboat.
  • In Spanish and Indonesian, the fish who says "Toast" says "Ghost;"(In Indonesian, Toast means "Roti Panggang" and "Ghost" means "Hantu") in the Filipino dub he says "Want some?;" in the Hebrew version, he says "Sandwich;" in Korean, he says "What's that?;" in Polish, he says "Crunchy."
    • Also, in the Indonesian version, SpongeBob does not say "We'll go spray the park bench and then sit on it;" he says, "We'll go spray ourselves and let the show begin!," which makes many people confused.
  • The novelty items Frank offers to SpongeBob are:
    • A joy buzzer
    • Exploding Chewing Gum
    • A gag dollar
    • Whoopie cushion
    • Fake vomit
    • Real vomit
    • Invisible Spray
      • There are also the cans of seanut brittle (a pun on peanut brittle) that Patrick fails to realize is only just a gag, not the real snack food he wants to eat.
  • In Dutch, this episode is titled "Top of the fops" (fop means prank in Dutch), which is a pun of a British music program called Top of The Pops.
    • On the Dutch version of the Seascape Capers DVD, this episode is listed as "SpongeBob is onzichtbaar" (SpongeBob is invisible) instead of that title.
Pranks a Lot (A.K.A. Naked Pants)

Naked Pants

  • On the Seascape Capers DVD episode selection screen, it mentions that another name for this episode is "Naked Pants."
    • This title is also seen on Digiturk listings.
    • This episode is also listed as "Pranks a Lot (AKA Naked Pants)" on Amazon Video.
  • The Krusty Krab's layout differs from other episodes. Notably, the restroom is located where Mr. Krabs' office usually is.
  • This is the first episode where real vomit is seen.
  • The puns that SpongeBob and Patrick say while spraying each other with the Invisible Spray are:
    • "I gotta hand it to you!" (Patrick sprays SpongeBob's right hand.)
    • "Kind of gives you an empty feeling, huh?" (SpongeBob sprays Patrick's chest.)
    • "I see what you mean!" (Patrick sprays SpongeBob's left eye.)
    • "No guts, no glory!" (SpongeBob sprays Patrick's gut.)
  • The toys that are featured in title card:
    • X-Ray glasses ($1.00)
    • U-Control 7-Foot Life-Size Ghost (95 cents)
    • Joy buzzer (25 cents)
    • Secret Spy Scope (Unknown price)
    • Greedy Fingers Bank ($2.45)
    • Secret Pocket Pen (Unknown price)
    • Phony Cast (4.81)
    • Various amount of unknown toys.
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Mrs. Puff deflated

  • This is the first episode where Mrs. Puff deflates.
  • No ghost will come near a fella as long as he, the fella, is:
    • Wearing a spotted handkerchief
    • carrying a dried-up sea leprechaun
    • Wearing a gold necklace (at least it wouldn't hurt)
    • Wearing his pants in a "melvin" knot (his underwear strung up with rope)
    • Wearing his "shivering timber brace" (a chain around both his ankles)
    • Wearing a piece of duct tape on the back of his neck to cover the hairs
    • Wearing a "suit of anti-ghost armor" (a barrel and a silly headpiece holding lanterns)
    • MOST IMPORTANTLY: Equipped with a specter deflector (a paddle ball)
  • Mr. Krabs' gold necklace reads "Foxy."
  • Even though most of the words in the newspaper surrounding the article about Mr. Krabs are not real words, the following can be made out: (by line)
    • On the left-column: "was in," "in the," "can not," "world," "are," skip two lines, "I was in," "in," "I can not," skip two lines, "then he I," "so down I," "happen I," "of the," "said what," "equipped," "then he I," "so down I," "happen I" "way of the," "said what," "equipped," skip two lines, "He I was in," "down in the," "I can not," "of the world," "what are," skip two lines, "He I was in," "down in the," and "I can not."
    • On the upper column: "So then," skip a line, "it be the way," "and then He I was in So then he said what are," "are in the way of the west," "out their the way of the we how," and "bacon, eggs, and toast. With the same energy" (skip two words) "so is a" (skip one word) "that."
    • On the bottom-left column: Skip two lines, "and then He I was in," "I wasn't in so down in the," "how did it happen, I can not," "it be the way of the world," "So then he said what are," skip two lines, "and the He I was in," "I wasn't in so down in the," and "happen, I can not."
    • On the bottom-middle column: Skip two lines, "and then He I," ""I wasn't in so down I," "how did it happen, I," "it be the way," "So then he said what," and "equipped."
    • On the bottom-right column: Skip two lines "In the door, but I," "he village is so," "not say but how," skip a line, "you are in or out," "much stuff I," "out the disk," "mankind or crab kind" (kind is cut off to only show "ki"), "how," "so is a" (skip a word) "that," skip two lines, "and then He"
    • On the right column: Skip a line, "I wasn't" ("wasn't" is cut off to show "wasn'"), "how," "it be," "So the," "boat," skip a line, "I was," "how," "it be," "So," "boat," skip two lines, "in," and "he"
    • The words "leprechaun" and "hippopotamus" are also in the article, but they are misspelled.
  • Irony: Mr. Krabs could have taken out the toilet paper in the toilets and then escaped.
  • In the Polish dub, the episode's title is "Psikus za psikus" or "A Prank for a Prank."
  • In the Croatian dub, the episode name is "Najbolja Psina" or "The Best Prank."
  • "Grass Skirt Chase" plays in this episode, but only the last few notes as well as slightly sped up.

Cultural references

  • The episode's name is a pun on "thanks a lot."
    • Coincidentally, what it is a pun on is said in the episode when SpongeBob says "Thanks a lot, Patrick, you used the last of it."
  • The scene at the Palace of Pranks is a tribute to Pee-wee's Big Adventure and even uses the "Fake vomit? Real Vomit?" joke from that show.
  • SpongeBob's gag Seanut Brittle can is a parody of the snake nut can.
  • Mr. Krabs' line "I ain't afraid of no ghosts" is the same as the lyrics of the song, "Ghostbusters" from the 1984 film of the same name.
  • The title card design is a spoof of old-fashioned newspaper ads for pranks.


  • In the Turkish dubThe episode is called "Çıplak Şortlar" but it is supposed to be "Çıplak Şort" because "Çıplak Şortlar" cannot be translated and is not a word in Turkish.
  • In Bahasa Indonesia, instead of saying it is 10 to 3, Nat says it is 10:03.
  • When Sandy is frightened by the "ghosts," her escape pod breaks the treedome. The dome is not flooded with water and is fixed in the next shot.
  • SpongeBob and Patrick are not wearing their water helmets when they are in Sandy's treedome. Additionally, bubbles appear when Sandy removes their sheets, and when she opens and closes the door to her escape pod.
  • When Mr. Krabs is inside of the Krusty Krab, the windows have blinds. In subsequent scenes, the blinds are gone.
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Exploding Chewing Gum s spelled as Explpding Chewing Gum

  • The Exploding Chewing Gum box has a typo that reads the product as "Explpding Gum" instead of "Exploding Gum."
  • When the Invisible Spray washes off Patrick, his belly button reappears and disappears.
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The danger sign is missing

  • When Frank is holding the Invisible Spray, at the bottom of it reads "danger." However, in every other shot of the Invisible Spray, the "danger" label is missing.
  • SpongeBob asks Frank what they can buy for one dollar, but when he pays for the Invisible Spray, he gives Frank multiple dollars.
  • After Mr. Krabs throws water on SpongeBob and Patrick, SpongeBob's shoes and socks are visible, despite the fact that the Invisible Spray stains clothes. When SpongeBob explains that fact, he says "paint" instead of "spray."
    • Also, the Invisible Spray is occasionally referred to as "paint."
  • When Mr. Krabs grabs SpongeBob and Patrick, the dollar in Patrick's hand disappears.
  • Mr. Krabs says that he has taped the hairs on the back of his neck down. When he is fleeing from the "ghosts," there is no tape on his neck.
  • If the Krusty Krab contained all of the people SpongeBob and Patrick scared, it would have been completely filled and went past its capacity.
    • Furthermore, there's no way others would've been inside the restaurant, as SpongeBob and Patrick glued the entrance doors shut and replaced all glass windows with rubber moments before.
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He already sprayed invisible paint in his guts

  • The toilet in the Krusty Krab restroom through which Mr. Krabs tries to swim is out in plain sight and not hidden by a divider.
  • SpongeBob actually sprays Patrick in the crotch when he says "No guts, no glory."
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A mouth can be seen but there invisible

  • The Invisible Spray makes SpongeBob and Patrick completely invisible, but when Patrick belches after finishing Mrs. Puff's cake, his mouth is clearly seen, being wiped with a napkin.
  • When the crowd is cheering at SpongeBob and Patrick who were naked, in the scene with Mrs. Puff and Sandy, Sandy whistles through her helmet.
  • When SpongeBob and Patrick turn visible, SpongeBob has more holes on the bottom of his head and remains like that for the rest of the episode.
  • In the German dub, during the montage of various people screaming "Ghosts!" (German: Geister!), Francis has a female voice.
  • Frank offers SpongeBob and Patrick a fake dollar. However, it is illegal to sell fake money so Frank would have been arrested.
  • The spray should not work at all since it comes off with water, and SpongeBob and Patrick live underwater.


  1. ^ Heintjes, Tom (September 21, 2012). The Oral History of SpongeBob SquarePants. Cartoonician. Retrieved on February 15, 2018.
Awards and nominations for SpongeBob SquarePants (VE)

Golden Reel Awards StatueStraight

Best Sound Editing in Television Animation – Music

Nominees: Stephen Hillenburg, Donna Castricone, Nicholas R. Jennings, Alan Smart, Peter Burns, Doug Lawrence, Derek Drymon, Alex Gordon, Donna Grillo, Jennie Monica, Krandal Crews, Jim Leber, Justin Brinsfield, Tony Ostyn, Nicolas Carr (for "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy"/"Pickles;" 2000)Nicolas Carr (for "Fools in April"/"Neptune's Spatula" in 2001; for "Jellyfish Hunter"/"The Fry Cook Games" in 2002; for "Wet Painters"/"Krusty Krab Training Video" in 2003; for "The Great Snail Race"/"Mid-Life Crustacean" in 2004) • Jimmy Lifton, D.J. Lynch, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn and Paulette Lifton (for "Mid-Life Crustacean;" 2004)

Best Sound Editing in Television Animation – Sound

Nominees: Nicolas Carr (for "Karate Choppers;" 2000) • Andrea Anderson, Jimmy Lifton, Monette Holderer, D.J. Lynch, Vincent Gutisetti, Jeff Hutchins and Gabriel Rosas (for "Rock Bottom"/"Arrgh!;" 2001)

Best Sound Editing in Television – Animation

Nominees: Timothy J. Borquez, Jeff Hutchins and Daisuke Sawa (for "The Secret Box"/"Band Geeks;" 2002)

Best Sound Editing in Television Animation

Nominees: Jimmy Lifton, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn and Chris Gresham (for "Nasty Patty"/"Idiot Box;" 2012)

Best Sound Editing in Television: Animated

Nominees: Jimmy Lifton, Nicolas Carr, D.J. Lynch, Jeff Hutchins, Tony Ostyn, Chris Gresham and Paulette Lifton (for "Pranks a Lot"/"SpongeBob Meets the Strangler;" 2005) • Vincent Gutisetti, Jimmy Lifton, Nicolas Carr, Monique Reymond, D.J. Lynch, Mark Howlett, Jeff Hutchins, Aran Tanchum, Mishelle Smith and Paulette Lifton (for "Have You Seen This Snail?;" 2006)Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Jason Stiff, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "SpongeHenge;" 2008)

Best Sound Editing: Television Animation

Nominees: : Chiho Oyamada Carr, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Daisuke Sawa, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Eric Freeman, Dan Cubert, Lawrence Reyes, Jason Stiff, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "Suction Cup Symphony;" 2009) • Chino Oyamada Carr, Nicolas Carr, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Eric Freeman, Tom Syslo, Keith Dickens, Jason Stiff, Sergio Silva, Tony Orozco and Kimberlee Vanek (for "SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One;" 2010)

Best Sound Editing – Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR Animation in Television

Nominees: Devon Bowman, Justin Brinsfield, Nicolas Carr, Andrea Anderson, Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Eric Freeman, Tony Orozco and Danny Tchibinda (for "Gary's New Toy;" 2013) • Mishelle Fordham, Monette Becktold, Jeff Hutchins, Timothy J. Borquez, Tom Syslo, Eric Freeman, Bobby Crew, Keith Dickens, Gabriel Rossas and Tony Orozco (for "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!;" 2013)

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