The episode opens with an introductory glimpse of the aquatic community of Bikini Bottom. The audience is then introduced to SpongeBob SquarePants, an ecstatic, hyperactive, and anxious young sea sponge preparing to fulfill a lifelong dream and passion by applying for a fry cook job at the underwater fast food restaurant, the Krusty Krab, to the annoyance of the restaurant’s cashier and SpongeBob’s irritable neighbor Squidward. Spongebob then gets nervous and almost decides not to get a job at the Krusty Krab until his best friend, Patrick the starfish, convinces him otherwise. Humored with SpongeBob’s vulnerability, gullibility, and impenetrable enthusiasm and innocence, both Squidward and the restaurant’s proprietor, Mr. Krabs, decide to manipulate SpongeBob, whom they secretly consider unqualified for the position, by sending him on an impossible errand to purchase a seemingly non-existent high-caliber spatula.
Soon after his anxious departure, five buses containing crowds of ravenous tourist anchovies stop at the Krusty Krab, its abundance of passengers furiously demanding meals. Unable to satisfy the anchovies’ hunger and alarmed by the mob, Squidward and Mr. Krabs are left to helplessly deal with the unsatisfied crowd. Before long, SpongeBob SquarePants returns from his errand, having fulfilled the request of Mr. Krabs and found a mechanical spatula, which he uses in speedily whipping up bundles of Krabby Patties for the anchovies and satisfying their hunger. After the mob subsides, SpongeBob is welcomed as a Krusty Krab employee, much to Squidward’s dismay. In a coda, Patrick orders a Krabby Patty and is hurled from the establishment upon a mostly-unseen, and audibly manic, reprise of SpongeBob’s cooking feat.