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"Séance Shméance" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 9. In this episode, SpongeBob attempts to make contact with the holy Sandwich Spirits in order to uncover a long-lost rare sandwich recipe.



The episode starts off with SpongeBob and Squidward watching a show on television that includes a séance in it. When the séance is finished, Squidward is unimpressed of the plot, while SpongeBob is afraid of it. Soon, Old Man Jenkins enters the restaurant and orders an unusual sandwich called a "Rusty on Rye."

Squidward tells the customer to order something that is on the menu which causes Old Man Jenkins to get mad. SpongeBob tells Squidward that he'll handle it but soon realizes that he has no idea how to make a Rusty on Rye. SpongeBob asks Old Man Jenkins how to make it but the customer replies by telling him that it was on rye bread and that it was number nine on the menu. People in line for a Krabby Patty start to get impatient so Mr. Krabs asks Old Man Jenkins to leave. Squidward states that he is identified as an unsatisfied customer, which upsets SpongeBob. SpongeBob then runs into Mr. Krabs' office, crying, and asks him why the Krusty Krab does not sell the Rusty on Rye. Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob that the sandwich was on the menu of an old restaurant called Rusty's Rib Eye, made by the owner, Rusty Rickets, who died 20 years ago.

So, later that night, SpongeBob calls Patrick over to the Krusty Krab. Mr. Krabs tells them not to eat any furniture, which upsets Patrick and causes him to ask SpongeBob why he called him there. SpongeBob replies by saying that they are going to perform a séance at the Krusty Krab. After SpongeBob reads the ingredients of a mustard container and summons the spirit of Rusty's Rib Eye, the ghost soon appears. Patrick runs to get Mr. Krabs after being scared by the "big ghost."

SpongeBob asks Rusty how to make a Rusty on Rye but both attempts to say and write down the recipe fail so, Rusty just shows SpongeBob how to make Old Man Jenkins' order. SpongeBob is surprised to see that the ingredients are driftwood, speckle, and shellac. He asks SpongeBob to try it and SpongeBob rejects it and says that it has an inquired taste.

Because of the delicious smell of the Rusty on Rye, several ghosts infiltrate the Krusty Krab and eat the sandwiches.

Ghosts cause chaos at the Krusty Krab.

After hanging around for a while, SpongeBob asks them to leave, but they begin to cause chaos at the Krusty Krab! Patrick and Mr. Krabs return and see the horrifying cause of SpongeBob's séance. Patrick, still scared, runs around the Krusty Krab screaming. Mr. Krabs sees the orb that the ghosts came from and defeats the ghosts by pushing them back in the orb and pops it. Mr. Krabs warns SpongeBob never to hold a séance without his permission, because "ghosts are like relatives. Once you let them in, they'll never leave."

The next day, SpongeBob serves Old Man Jenkins the driftwood sandwich. After he takes a bite, SpongeBob is now satisfied that Old Man Jenkins is satisfied. Then, they hear Patrick still running around the Krusty Krab, moaning ghost sounds, as the episode ends.



 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Ghosts - Eban Schletter [Title card]
  Ghoulish Fools - Nicolas Carr [The opening]
  In the Cooler Tension Build Up - Nicolas Carr ["I now summon the unliving!"]
  Phantom of the Haunted Houseboat - Nicolas Carr [Organ sting]
  Drama Link (B) - Hubert Clifford [An empty toilet paper roll is revealed.]
  Soapy Organ - Hiram Titus [Ending of Squidward's TV show]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 5A - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob whimpers.]
  Jolly Little Roger - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Old Man Jenkins demands a Rusty on Rye.]
  What's This - Nicolas Carr ["What the barnacle is a Rusty on Rye?"]
  The Donut Dilema - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob does not know how to make a Rusty on Rye.]
  Jolly Little Roger - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Jenkins describes a Rusty on Rye.]
  Dramatic Impact (3) - Ivor Slaney ["No!"]
  Fry Cook Ballad A - Steve Marston [Mr. Krabs explains.]
  Shanty Dirge - Nicolas Carr, Steve Marston ["Old Rusty bought the farm 20 years ago."]
  Great Idea Patrick - Nicolas Carr ["I believe I've seen a program on this matter!"]
  A Simple Conversation 1 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob calls Patrick.]
  Dramatic Impact (2) - Ivor Slaney ["We shall make contact with the unliving!"]
  Expectant Stab [#28] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["By performing... a seance!"]
  Evil Horror - Harry Lubin [Patrick screams.]
  Deep Shadows - Eban Schletter [SpongeBob reads from the sacred text.]
  Evil Apparition [#21] - Harry Lubin [The spirit of Rusty Rickets appears.]
  Drama Sting 5 - Steve Marston ["A big ghost?!"]
  Something Creepy Looming - Eban Schletter ["He means freak in the nicest possible way."]
  Ghoulish Scoundrel - Eban Schletter [A sandwich made of driftwood is made]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 24A - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob takes a bite.]
  Crypt Keeper Comedy - Eban Schletter [Other ghosts emerge from the floor/SpongeBob sees more ghosts.]
  Ghoulish Scoundrel - Eban Schletter [A ghost throws tree stump through window.]
  Monster Bash Blitz - Eban Schletter [The ghosts destroy the Krusty Krab/Mr. Krabs and Patrick see all of the disaster.]
  Black Shadows - Eban Schletter [Mr. Krabs warns SpongeBob about seances.]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Hawaiian sting]
  The Krusty Krab Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [The next day]
  Crypt Keeper Comedy - Eban Schletter [The ending]




Cultural references


"Krabby Pattie" error.

  • When SpongeBob goes running to Mr. Krabs' office, the Galley Grub says, "Krabby Pattie" instead of "Krabby Patty."
  • The physics with ghosts throughout the episode seem to be inconsistent:
    • When SpongeBob tries to hand Rusty a pencil and paper, the objects fall through Rusty's hands due to him being a ghost, as to be expected as regular items cannot normally be held by ghosts. However, in Rusty's Ribeye, Rusty is seen handling items, such as a knife and driftwood, that are not outlined in a green color, signifying that these items are regular items and should not be held by ghosts. This is also applies to a later scene when ghosts are seen destroying the Krusty Krab. Ghosts are shown picking up wooden barrels, throwing tables across the Krusty Krab, and even ingesting Krabby Patties; all of which contradict ghost physics.
    • Since Rusty's restaurant was a 'ghost' building, SpongeBob should have been able to walk through the door without opening the door. Since the door is also a ghost object, SpongeBob should not have been able to open the door at all, as his hands would go through the door.
  • A ghost saws down a load bearing column in the Krusty Krab, but in the next scene and throughout the rest of the episode, both of the columns are standing in the Krusty Krab.
  • When Mr. Krabs and Patrick stand in the front door of the Krusty Krab, the Chum Bucket cannot be seen in its usual spot.