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"The Ghost of Plankton" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season twelve. In this episode, Plankton becomes a ghost to steal the secret formula, but requires a few lessons from the Flying Dutchman.



The episode starts with Plankton watching a horror movie on movie night. When he pretends to be a ghost, he gets an idea. He creates a Ghost extracting machine, and turns into a ghost. By being a ghost, he can go through walls, which is how he got into the safe in the Krusty Krab. However, by being a ghost, he can go through walls, but he can't pick things up either, leading to what seems to be a failure.

That's when the Flying Dutchman appears on Mr. Krabs' chair, cackling, and tells Plankton that it takes some training to pick things up, and he picks up the bottle on his first try. So the training begins.


First off, you need to learn the art of shapeshifting. You should think of a scary thought, and then you become that scary thought. The Flying Dutchman turns into multiple scary things, and then it was Plankton's turn. He turns into a weird shape, but since it isn't scary, he becomes a duplicate of the Flying Dutchman. Accepting the pupil's talent, the Flying Dutchman whacks him with a mallet. Lesson one complete.


In order to be a proper ghost, you got to scare others. The Flying Dutchman scares the life out of a robber, and when Plankton did his scare, he accidentally scared himself through a reflection. The Flying Dutchman accepts it, hits him with a golf club, and they move on to lesson three.

Haunting Houses

For this lesson, you have to make another's life a nightmare by haunting their house. The Flying Dutchman and Plankton go over to Squidward's house, and the haunting begins. Plankton becomes Squidward's bed and shakes, waking Squidward up. When he finds out his bed is haunted, Squidward hides in the dresser, with his clarient. But he plays his clarient badly, and a few seconds later, an annoyed Plankton pulls the clarinet from Squidward and morphs into a SpongeBob ghost, and becomes visible. Squidward tries to escape, but knocks himself unconscious. Plankton, realizing he took the clarinet, finds out that he can pick things up now!

How to Pick Things Up

On a second attempt to steal the formula, Plankton picks it up just fine, but when he tried to take it out of the safe, the bottle wouldn't go through the wall, as it is not a ghost. After admitting defeat, he decides to go back to his regular body.

But when he enters the Chum Bucket, he is surprised to find out that Karen had invited everyone to Plankton's funeral. His corpse lay on a coffin, and Plankton feels like getting into his body when the Flying Dutchman says he is dead forever. Plankton denies it, saying he's only a "temporary" ghost, but an eager Flying Dutchman goes into Plankton's body to be alive again. But the disappointed Bikini Bottomites started to stomp the Flying Dutchman, in Plankton's body, and he decides to give up and give Plankton his body back. Plankton happily accepts, and after being stomped multiple times by the people, he says that it's good to be back. The episode ends with the Flying Dutchman doing a jump scare in front of a "The End" card.


The episode was confirmed by Vincent Waller on June 29, 2019.[2]


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music
  Mostly Ghostly A - John Rowcroft [Title card]

  New Threat - Roger Roger [Horror movie in Karen's screen]
  ? - Unknown public domain movie soundtrack samples [Horror movie in Karen's screen]
  Down in Davy Jones' Locker - Nicolas Carr ["I'm the ghost of Plankton! Uuuh...!"]
  ? [Plankton falls from the sofa]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr [Plankton gets an idea]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [Plankton jumps onto Karen's hand and turns off her screen]
  ? [Plankton realizes he could steal the Krabby Patty secret formula if he were a ghost]
  Fooling Around - Barry Anthony [Karen unplugs herself]
  ? [Plankton gets into the ghost extracting machine]
  ? [Plankton becomes a ghost and gets into the Krusty Krab's safe]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks (h) - Jeremy Wakefield [Plankton cries]
  Malleus Mallificarum (a) - Dave Hewson [Flying Dutchman laughing at Plankton]
  Ghostly Scoundrel - Eban Schletter [Flying Dutchman tells Plankton he can teach him how to pick things up]
  ? ["Shapeshifting it's one of the easiest things a ghost can do."]
  Monster Movie Orchestra - Steve Sechi, Kostas Varotsis [Big Fish Audio] [Flying Duthman adopts different forms of horrible things]
  ? ["Now, you try."]
  Bad Slide - [ProjectSAM Symphobia Colours: Animator] [Flying Dutchman facepalms]
  ? ["What were you thinking!? Bad ghost! Bad!"]
  Ghostly Scoundrel - Eban Schletter [Plankton adopts the form of the Flying Dutchman]
  Deep Shadows - Eban Schletter ["Pay close attention, this is how you scare someone."]
  Tales from the Swamp (b) - Ron Goodwin [Flying Dutchman scares the robber]
  ? ["Shh, someone's coming. Watch me scare this dummy real good."]
  House of Horror - William Farran [Plankton scares himself accidentally]
  ? ["Next lesson!"]
  ? [Flying Dutchman and Plankton at Squidward's house at night to scare him]
  The Creature (a) - Gregor Narholz [Squidward gets scared]
  A Haunting We Will Go - Ronald Hanmer [Squidward hides in his drawer]
  ? [Flying Dutchman marks Plankton's scare]
  Cartoon Sting 5 - "Oh, what a terrible nightmare."
  ? - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward playing clarinet]
  House of Horror - William Farran [Plankton takes Squidward's clarinet adopting SpongeBob's form]
  ? - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward unconscious on the floor]
  Ooh-Er - Fredric Bayco ["Hey, I picked something up! I can take things up!"]
  ? [Plankton and Flying Dutchman exit Squidward's house]
  Spooks - Fredric Bayco ["To pick things up, you gotta get REALLY ANGRY!!"]
  Fraidy Cat - Fredric Bayco [Plankton adopts a mallet form and hits Flying Dutchman]
  Spooks - Fredric Bayco [After Plankton hits Flying Dutchman]
  Love Story: Lonely - Laurie Johnson [Flying Dutchman sobs]
  Bump in the Night - Fredric Bayco [Plankton goes to the Krusty Krab again]
  Long Legged Beasties - Fredric Bayco [Plankton tries to take the secret formula out of the safe]
  Creepy Crawly - Ronald Hanmer [Plankton goes back to the Chum Bucket]
  Funeral March - Frederic Chopin [Plankton's funeral at the Chum Bucket]
  Creepy Crawly - Ronald Hanmer [Flying Dutchman possesses Plankton's body]
  Eight Dramatic Bridges - Ronald Hanmer [Everyone gasps]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["Hooray!"]
  Cellar Search - Philippe Pares [Everyone gets angry at Plankton]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Everyone stomps Plankton]
  Ooh-Er - Fredric Bayco [Flying Dutchman exits Plankton's body]
  Bump in the Night - Fredric Bayco [Plankton puts his body back on]
  Slipping and Sliding Stooges - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Everyone surround Plankton/Everyone stomps Plankton again]
  Mostly Ghostly A - John Rowcroft [Ending]



  • When this episode first aired, it was paired up with "A Cabin in the Kelp."
  • This is the ninth Halloween-themed episode of the series, the other eight being "Scaredy Pants," "The Curse of Bikini Bottom," "Ghoul Fools," "Don't Look Now," "Séance Shméance," "The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom," "Krabby Patty Creature Feature," and "The Night Patty."
  • The title card is similar to that of "Cephalopod Lodge."
  • When the Flying Dutchman shapeshifts into Pearl, the "P" on her shirt is replaced with an "F" for Flying Dutchman.
  • Plankton being afraid of the Flying Dutchman's form of Pearl is a reference to his fear of whales in "One Coarse Meal."
  • Along with A Cabin in the Kelp, this is currently the third least-watched episode with 1.00 million behind "ChefBob" with 1.04 million
  • The Flying Dutchman breaks the fourth wall at the very end when he pops up after the "The End" title card, scaring the viewers.
  • Irony: Knowing that he can't get the formula out of the safe, Plankton could just take the formula, and read it in the safe.
    • However, this is a continuity irony.

Running gags

  • The Flying Dutchman hitting Plankton when ever they go on to a new lesson.


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