At the Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs receives a notice from the fry cooks' union saying that SpongeBob has worked too much without any vacation break and that if SpongeBob doesn't take a vacation, he will have to pay a fine. So he sends SpongeBob on a vacation. SpongeBob goes home, goes to bed, eats breakfast the next morning, flosses his teeth, showers, sprays deodorant, and makes himself sparkle, and lift weights as part of his "vacation." He comes back to the Krusty Krab where Mr. Krabs kicks him out because that wasn't really a vacation. SpongeBob then asks what a vacation is and is horrified when he learns it means he's not allowed to work. He panics and Mr. Krabs tells him that Patrick will be his "unpaid replacement". He realizes that he shouldn't remind himself of the Krusty Krab and that he is very hungry. So, SpongeBob goes back to the Krusty Krab. This time, it's not to work, but to buy some food. Patrick is seen cooking the Krabby Patties incorrectly by putting them on his belly and not having the exact temperature. SpongeBob shows him how to do it correctly, but he is caught and is kicked out. To remind SpongeBob of the Krusty Krab, he plays with his Krusty Krab playset where he moves models of him, Squidward, and Mr. Krabs. SpongeBob pretends that the Mr. Krabs model kicks him out. The model of SpongeBob goes to his miniature pineapple and plays the same game. To relax, SpongeBob goes to Jellyfish Fields to jellyfish, however he sees reminders of the Krusty Krab. Now SpongeBob tries a series of attempts to get back in the Krusty Krab. Every time he tries, Mr. Krabs catches him. Finally, Mr. Krabs drives SpongeBob to a forest where he commands him to fetch the spatula, and then drives away, leaving him alone. SpongeBob fetches it and starts to think that this is a permanent vacation. Blaming Patrick for trying to take away his job, he walks to Patrick's rock. When Patrick gets there, the rock automatically opens and he finds SpongeBob, who is seemingly going out of his mind. Patrick backs away, becoming extremely nervous at his friend's behavior. We then see the Krusty Krab where SpongeBob is frying the Krabby Patties in a Patrick costume. Mr. Krabs notices and announces that SpongeBob's vacation is officially over and that he doesn't have to pay a fine. SpongeBob explains that he left Patrick at home watching TV, which was really static, and happily returns to his job as a fry cook.
The April 21st, 2013 airing was paired with "20,000 Patties Under The Sea." This was for the Spongecation Sunday marathon. This episodes are both travel-themed.
This episode was originally going to be called "Bummer Summer," but the name was changed to "Bummer Vacation," likely because SpongeBob was taking a vacation from work, not boating school.
"Chimps Ahoy" aired with this episode when it premiered.
In this episode, SpongeBob says that he gets less than a nickel a year, but in "Squeaky Boots," he gets 5 dollars a month. The statement can be reinforced in the episode "Money Talks" where SpongeBob said that Krabs is five dollars short on payday and Krabs would be cheap enough to refuse paying.
While playing with the Krusty Krab Playset, SpongeBob plays Squidward smiling, even though Squidward always frowns at work, but only for SpongeBob's liking. Maybe the figure's facial expressions were changed to a smile.
In the part where Mr. Krabs brings SpongeBob into the woods, the way it is done has an "Artificial Intelligence (2001 film)" theme, when the mother throws the robot child into the woods.
This is the second time Patrick is shown with ears, and the first time he noticed he had any. The first time was in "Survival of the Idiots," where Patrick said "Who you callin' a pinhead?" The third was in the ending of "No Nose Knows." The fourth was in "A Friendly Game."
The scene where SpongeBob advances towards Patrick mentally and the scene cuts to black was quite infamous for scaring younger viewers because they might think SpongeBob is going to kill Patrick.
Even in Indonesia, this episode only cut until that scene, likely due to possible time constraint much like other episodes as it was cut with ads during it's airing. But it's possible that scene where SpongeBob disguised as Patrick seemed too gruesome, as it seemingly shown SpongeBob had Patrick skinned alive and uses his skin for his disguise.
When Patrick was cooking the patties wrong, SpongeBob said that Krabby Patties must be cooked at exactly 298 degrees, but in "Someone's in the Kitchen with Sandy," he said that Krabby Patties must be cooked at exactly 274 degrees.
The facial expressions of toy figures of SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs in the Krusty Krab playset are similar to the faces of the characters in "Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends" until that show changed into CGI.
SpongeBob: "I happily acquiesce." Some viewers might be confused on what the word "acquiesce" means. It means to accept something reluctantly but without protest.
In Greek version this episode is called Ατυχείς Διακοπές which means Unlucky Vacations.
In Polish version this episode called Koszmar na wakacje which means Nightmare for Vacation.
The part where SpongeBob says, "I've been waiting for you, Patrick!" has been popular on YouTube. Someone even made SpongeBob in G-Major acting demonic after he said, "I've been waiting for you, Patrick!"
Despite Patrick's stupidity and SpongeBob's offer to teach him, Mr. Krabs denied because he thought it would be a work fine. However, in "Big Pink Loser," he did a horrible job for his stupidity, it might be possible that this happened before this episode, or Mr. Krabs did not notice.
The magazine Squidward is reading is called Squid Ink. This is a parody of the 1991 magazine Teen Ink.
During the scene where Mr. Krabs told SpongeBob to get out, the Chum Bucket was missing.
When Mr. Krabs is driving, his eyes become white in one scene.
Mr. Krabs drives SpongeBob deep into the woods when he throws SpongeBob's spatula into the woods, but when SpongeBob walks away (to the path Krabs drove away) thinking Krabs is replacing him, he exits the woods almost immediately.
When SpongeBob says he needs to get out of the house, if you look carefully where his legs should be, his legs are not there.