At the Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs is holding a meeting with his employees, informing them that Pearl is going to be working at the Krusty Krab during her summer vacation and that she has lots of new ideas to improve the restaurant. Squidward does not like the idea of being told what to do by a teenager, and he and SpongeBob agree to stand up to her to protect their jobs. Pearl soon arrives and SpongeBob's resolution quickly crumbles, adoring the flamboyant new uniform Pearl gives them. After exchanging many ideas, Pearl and SpongeBob agree to turn the Krusty Krab into "The Kuddly Krab," and re-purpose the restaurant into a hip café, all with Mr. Krabs' blessing.
Squidward remains the only holdout and shakes the newly-designed sign in frustration. Two passersby are surprised the Krusty Krab is seemingly gone and, thinking Squidward is a woman, ask him where's a place to eat. Enraged, Squidward quits on the spot and rips off his costume, only for a police officer to write him up and stick the ticket on him as a loincloth.
The Kuddly Krab quickly becomes a hit with the teenage crowd. SpongeBob is told to make a salad, which he has never heard of, so he makes a Krabby Patty and shows it to Pearl. Disgusted, she tells him to take off the buns and the patty, leaving only tomatoes and lettuce. Upon returning to the kitchen, SpongeBob is horrified to see that his stove is gone. Pearl explains to him that Krabby Patties are no longer "hip," and that they now serve only tea and salad. SpongeBob is then given a humiliating mascot costume to wear out front, which finally drives him to complain to Mr. Krabs.
Despite putting on a brave face, Mr. Krabs admits that the renovations are indeed causing the restaurant to lose money. He agrees that Pearl has to be let go, but can't bring himself to actually fire his own daughter, and decides SpongeBob shall do it in his place ("It's okay if she hates you!"). When SpongeBob calls Pearl into the kitchen, dreading what he has to do, Pearl starts crying and reveals the truth: she hates working at the Krusty Krab and has been trying to get herself fired from the beginning. Upon hearing this, SpongeBob hatches a plan to stage Pearl being fired outside of Mr. Krabs' office.
As Mr. Krabs listens in to the exchange, he debates with himself whether he should allow it to happen. The sight of his empty safe finally convinces him to let SpongeBob get on with it, but with the words, "Pearl, you're fired," the strain on Mr. Krabs' heart knocks him out cold. Pearl thanks SpongeBob for letting her go and kisses him on the cheek before dashing off to the mall with her friends. SpongeBob enters Mr. Krabs' office to report his success, only to find him passed out on the floor. After being revived with a twenty dollar bill, Mr. Krabs laments what's been done to Pearl, but SpongeBob assures him that she's happy with her life outside of the family business. However, Mr. Krabs does not know how to get his money back for the Kuddly Krab's decorations, so SpongeBob happily takes them all home in exchange for one year's salary.
This episode was originally called "Working Pearl," but was later changed to the final title. Comcast still lists the original title but this has been fixed, and DirecTV originally used it too, but it was soon fixed. During the Best Day Ever marathon, it was referred to by its original title by Patchy the Pirate.
All-caps captioning ceased until the Best Day Ever marathon when they went back to all-caps captioning. However, every episode from "Help Wanted" to this had text in explanation brackets in non-caps to make it stand out, and then, as of "Best Day Ever," the text in explanation brackets are in all-caps. These days, when it comes to captioning on "SpongeBob," the captions don't put text in explanation brackets in all-caps to make it stand out.
This is the first time SpongeBob's grill is removed. The second time is in "Krusty Dogs."
Pearl does it this time, while Mr. Krabs does it in the latter.
This is the first episode where Nancy Suzy Fish is seen without lipstick or nostrils in one scene. However, in one of the scenes of this episode in which she appears, she does have nostrils.
This is the second episode with the word "Boots" in the title. The first was "Squeaky Boots."
Because of this, many fans usually get the plots of these episodes mixed up, confusing one for the other.
Both episodes feature Mr. Krabs, SpongeBob, and Pearl as characters.
This is the second episode to feature Chrome. The first was "SB-129."
The ideas Pearl and SpongeBob come up for the new Krusty Krab are:
Pearl: The Kutie Krab
Pearl: The Kooky Krab
SpongeBob: The Khaotic Krab
Pearl: The Kissy Krab
SpongeBob: The King Krab
Pearl: The Kandy Krab
SpongeBob: The Kool Krab
SpongeBob: The Kowboy Krab
SpongeBob: The Kurly Krab
SpongeBob: The Kreepy Krab
SpongeBob: The Killer Krab
Both: The Kuddly Krab
When Jimmy Gus drives by SpongeBob and then insults him, he inadvertently insults himself: by saying, "... I was just on my way to the big doofus convention!" he implies that he will be attending as a doofus as well.
Pearl's idea of The Kissy Krab has the word "Kissy" in the title that would later be referenced in a character's name (the Kissing Fish) in the animated film, Romeo & Juliet: Sealed with a Kiss which came out 6 years after this episode aired.
Both SpongeBob and Squidward have seniority in this episode. Therefore, this episode must take place after "SpongeBob You're Fired" because Squidward couldn't get fired as he had seniority, unlike SpongeBob in that episode.
When Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob and Squidward to get to his office, in the end, there is the noise that a walkie talkie or electronic megaphone makes before and after one talks into it. However, Mr. Krabs was using a non-electronic megaphone.
When SpongeBob and Squidward are in Mr. Krabs' office, his door has a porthole window; but when he leaves and they're shaking hands, the porthole is gone and there's a life ring instead.
When Squidward is outside after SpongeBob and Pearl go inside, a car seen beside Krusty Krab. When Squidward shakes The Kuddly Krab sign, it disappears.
The "K"s on Mr. Krabs new uniform are rounded, but when it zooms into the scene of him lying on the floor, they are straight.
When Pearl said "SpongeBob, order up!," to SpongeBob, the closed-captions said "Order up!."
SpongeBob's sleeves are gone during one shot of the new menu.
When SpongeBob says "No patties," he removes the bottom bun from the patty instead, and removes the actual patty when he says "happenin'."
When SpongeBob enters the Kuddly Krab office, the Sea Unicorn has a horn, but when Mr. Krabs points it out, the horn is gone. It then returns when Mr. Krabs is crying on his desk.
When SpongeBob is in Mr. Krabs' office he said, "Sure Mr. Krabs, but I've got some bad news," captions said "I've got some bad news."
When SpongeBob bumps into Pearl, her eyes are black.
When SpongeBob walks into the kitchen to fire Pearl, on a close-up on his face, he's missing his K's on his uniform.
When SpongeBob knocks on Mr. Krabs' metal office door, the knock sounds like a knock from a wooden door instead of a metal door.
In one of the final shots, SpongeBob's house is shown, but not Squidward's house next-door.
In some of the closed-captioning, "Krabby Patty" is written as "Crabby Patty."
Mr. Krabs' blue stress toy is on his desk before SpongeBob came over. When SpongeBob comes over and the view zooms out his stress toy is gone.