A notorious rebel finally gets released from deadtention only to find another ghoul has taken up residence in his old haunting grounds.


Johnny Spirit, the troublemaker with the worst reputation at Monster High, has sat through three thousand years of detention and is allowed out today. His impending release is the cause of much commotion among the students. Operetta is an exception of sorts: she is not convinced that Johnny lives up to the name, but the fact he used to hang out in the catacombs before Operetta enrolled and made them her own has her worried.

The trouble starts the moment Johnny Spirit leaves detention, though he is only partially to blame. Most students run away screaming at the sight of him, which he does not promote nor mind in the slightest. During lunch, Toralei, Purrsephone, Meowlody do try to socialize with him because they view him as a peer, but Johnny curtly tells them to take a hike.

Later that day, Johhny returns to the catacombs when Operetta coincidentally is elsewhere and starts redecorating the place to suit his tastes once more. When Operetta hears music coming from below, she rushes downstairs to chase Johnny out. The two find each other to be equally dead set on having the place, so Johnny proposes they musically compete for it. Operetta confidently steps to her organ while Johnny takes out his violin. Unexpectedly, the two are equally skilled and they enjoy the competition as a jam session. Johnny calls a draw on the match, which Operetta raises to a best two out of three. Amused, Johnny suggests they make if a best five out of nine.


  1. Jackson Jekyll
  2. Spectra Vondergeist
  3. Frankie Stein
  4. Clawdeen Wolf
  5. Operetta
  6. Heath Burns
  7. Manny Taur
  8. Hoodude Voodoo
  9. Deuce Gorgon
  10. Cleo de Nile
  11. Ghoulia Yelps
  12. Sloman Mortavitch
  13. Ms. Bloodgood
  14. Johnny Spirit
  15. Don of the Dead
  16. Herbert East
  17. Robecca Steam
  18. Iris Clops
  19. Draculaura
  20. Gillington Webber
  21. Gilda Goldstag
  22. Eyera
  23. Scarah Screams
  24. The short lunch lady
  25. Toralei Stripe
  26. Purrsephone
  27. Meowlody
  28. Rochelle Goyle
  29. Holt Hyde





  • "Playing the Boos" was initially scheduled for a dual release with "Inscare-itance" on December 5th, but wasn't uploaded until the tenth on the Monster High website, which coincided with the addition of the first five Volume 4 webisodes to the website.
  • "Playing the Boos" was announced as "Spirit Without a Cause", a reference to the 1955 USAmerican movie Rebel Without a Cause.
  • Upon his transformation to Holt Hyde, Holt uses the same animation as he used for that same occasion in "Here Comes Treble".