"Pranks a Lot" is the second segment of the 60th episode of SpongeBob SquarePants. Along with its partner episode, "SpongeBob Meets the Strangler", it was originally released on the SpongeBob SquarePants: The Seascape Capers VHS and DVD on January 6, 2004, before airing on Nickelodeon in October of the same year. It is the last episode of the third season, and as such, it was also the last episode produced before The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie was released in theaters.
SpongeBob and Patrick go to a prank store in search of the ultimate prank. To their delight, the manager sells them a rare can of invisible paint for one dollar. Before they decide on their prank, Patrick remembers the fact that the paint they purchased from Frank's stains clothes, and he and SpongeBob take their clothes off so they aren't stained with the invisble paint. 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 spray each other until they are both completely invisible.
SpongeBob realizes that he and Patrick can trick the residents of Bikini Bottom into thinking the town is haunted. They pretend to be ghosts and frigthen all of the citizens except for Mr. Krabs, who "ain't afraid of no ghosts". 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.
Though embarrassed, Mr. Krabs comforts SpongeBob and Patrick by saying he forgives them and was fond of pulling pranks in his youth. But he embarrasses them in front of the entire Bikini Bottom by revealing their nudity as a "punishment."
- The German Title: Die Geister von Bikini Bottom Meaning The Ghosts Of Bikini Bottom.
- Mr. Krabs' line "I ain't afraid of no ghosts" is a reference to the theme song from the movie Ghostbusters.
- When Sandy is frightened by the "ghosts", her escape pod breaks the Treedome. Sandy said the dome was made of polyurethane in "Tea at the Treedome", rather than glass. Furthermore, water should have flooded the dome when it shattered. The dome is fixed in the next shot.
- Mr. Krabs' Ghost Prevention Good Luck Charms includes having his underwear tied in a Melvin knot. A Melvin knot is used to hold a sail to a sailboat.
- SpongeBob and Patrick are not wearing water helmets when they are in Sandy's Treedome. Nevertheless, bubbles appear when Sandy removes their sheets.
- When the episode is aired in Spanish, the fish that says "toast" says "Fantasmas", or "ghost". In the Hebrew version, he says "sandwich"; in Korean, "What's that?," in the Chinese version, "You go now! No credit! You pay now! You go or I call police!"
- The prank toys Frank offers to SpongeBob are the Joy Buzzer (Hand Buzzer), Exploding Chewing Gum, Fake Dollar, Whoopie Cushion, Fake Vomit, Real Vomit, and Invisible Spray.
- When Mr. Krabs is inside the Krusty Krab, the windows have blinds. In subsequent scenes, the blinds are gone.
- The "Exploding chewing gum" prank may be a reference to Mission: Impossible.
- When SpongeBob bought the Invisible Spray for $1, he gave a couple of dollars, but he did not obtain any change. This must mean that they don't give change away like The Krusty Krab.
- It is revealed that Patrick apparently likes seanut brittle.
- When the invisible spray is washed off Patrick, his belly button is gone.
- The title card is a reference to comic book ads full of pranks for sale in the mail.
- When Sandy was at the Krusty Krab, she whistles by putting her fingers to her mouth, this is impossible because of her helmet.
- The Dutch title of this episode is "Top of the fops" (fop means prank in Dutch), which is a pun of a British music program called Top Of The Pops.
- This was the final episode before SpongeBob's voice changed and became slightly higher. It is also the final episode with the old animation.
- This is the fourth episode that SpongeBob was naked. The third was "Hooky, the second was "Nature Pants, and the first was "Ripped Pants".
- Frank shows SpongeBob a gag dollar bill, but it is illegal to sell fake money so SpongeBob would have called the police.
- If Mr. Krabs splashed a bucket of water on them to wash off the paint, the ocean water should've already washed off the paint.
Home video releases
- SpongeBob SquarePants: The Seascape Capers
- SpongeBob SquarePants: The Seascape Capers
- SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete 3rd Season
- SpongeBob SquarePants: The First 100 Episodes