At the Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs is holding a meeting, saying that Pearl is going to be working at the Krusty Krab during her Summer vacation and that she has lots of new ideas to help improve profits for the restaurant. Pearl immediately arrives, and Mr. Krabs comes out of the office to greet her. 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, but SpongeBob quickly falls through on this, and loves the flamboyant new uniform that Pearl gives them. After exchanging many ideas, Pearl and SpongeBob agree to turn the Krusty Krab into "The Kuddly Krab," and from a restaurant into a teen hangout cafe. This gets Squidward frustrated and shakes the sign, while two spouses on a car surprised the Krusty Krab is gone, and thinking Squidward is a woman asking him where to eat. This rages Squidward to quit, rips his costume off leaving him naked, a police officer makes a note and puts it on Squidward as a loincloth.
The Kuddly Krab quickly becomes a hit, but when SpongeBob is told to make a salad, which he has never heard of, he makes a Krabby Patty and shows it to Pearl. 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 goes into Mr. Krabs' office to complain, and Mr. Krabs admits that they are indeed causing the restaurant to lose money. He agrees that Pearl has to be fired, but can't bring himself to actually fire his own daughter, and asks SpongeBob to fire her for him ("It's okay if she hates you!"). When SpongeBob calls Pearl into the kitchen to fire her, Pearl starts crying and reveals the truth to SpongeBob: she hates working at the Krusty Krab and has been trying to get herself fired since the beginning, but did the job anyway to please her father. After hearing this, SpongeBob comes up with an idea and he and Pearl stage her being fired outside of Mr. Krabs' office. Mr. Krabs hears this from his office and, not knowing that Pearl and SpongeBob are simply acting it out and not being serious, keeps having a fight with himself on whether to go with it or stop SpongeBob, and has a heart attack upon hearing Pearl being fired after shouting at SpongeBob to get on with it because of his empty safe.
Pearl thanks SpongeBob and kisses him on the cheek for helping her, and then she goes to hang out at the mall with her friends. After Pearl leaves, SpongeBob enters Mr. Krabs' office to report his success, and sees him passed out on the floor. He revives him with a twenty dollar bill, and Mr. Krabs is initially mad at SpongeBob for what he did, but SpongeBob assures him that Pearl'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, and SpongeBob buys it all for one year's salary.
This episode was originally called "Working Pearl," but was later changed to this title. Comcast still lists the original title but this has been fixed, and DirecTV originally used it too, but it was soon changed to this title. During the Best Day Ever marathon, it was referred to the 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 will be "Krusty Dogs." Pearl did it this time, Mr. Krabs did 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, thinking one is 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 (Pearl got scared by this one)
Both: The Kuddly Krab (They used this one)
When Jimmy Gus drives by SpongeBob and then insults him, he is also insulting himself because he says "... I was just on my way to the big doofus convention!" This means that if Jimmy was on his way to the convention, he would be 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.
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 to SpongeBob, "SpongeBob, order up!," 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.