One morning, Squidward is walking to work with SpongeBob, who is dancing. Squidward is annoyed by the dancing. When Squidward asks SpongeBob, "Where's the music?" SpongeBob replies, "in my mind!" SpongeBob plays some music from his head, the music considered to be from title screens. When they are at work, SpongeBob does dance routines while he is giving people their orders. He happens to be giving an order to a dance searcher and she thinks he has talent, so she gives SpongeBob a card for the dance auditions. Squidward hears and he gets jealous that SpongeBob was invited and he wasn't, so he has an evil plan, to make SpongeBob collapse so he can take SpongeBob's audition. To Squidward's annoyance, SpongeBob seems to dance better than he does. So Squidward has SpongeBob perform a series of moves that SpongeBob can't perform correctly. SpongeBob continues through the night leaving him feeling exhausted the next morning. After hours of practice and yelling from Squidward, SpongeBob finally performs the moves right. However, Squidward isn't convinced and has him do it again. When SpongeBob attempts the move again this time he finally passes out from exhaustion and Squidward heads to the audition. He passes, and he ends up with the prize: being in Squilliam Fancyson's play. Squidward is upset that he is being taught by his rival. He was supposed to do the same thing SpongeBob does from the beginning, and Squilliam does the same talking to Squidward just like what he did to SpongeBob.
( ‣ ) Associated production music
( • ) Original music
( ◦ ) SpongeBob music
‣Old Hilo March - Kapono Beamer [title card] ‣ ? ["The coast looks clear."] •Twelfth Street Rag - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Hi, Squidward!"] ‣Surfing Sponge - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [brain music #1] ‣ ? [brain music #2] ‣Chum Bucket Rhumba - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [brain music #3] • ? - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob dancing while making Krabby Patties] ‣ ? ["Really? You like my dancing?"] ‣Gorgeous Girl - Kurt Schick [talent agent invites SpongeBob to a dance audition] • ? - Jeremy Wakefield ["I gotta practice as much as I can."] •Comic Walk - Nicolas Carr [Squidward gets an idea] • ? - Nicolas Carr [transition to next scene] ‣ ? [Squidward tells SpongeBob to run to the top of Oyster Peak] ‣ ? [moonwalking on the treadmill] ‣The Nutcracker: Waltz of the Flowers - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky [ribbon dancing] • ? - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward stomping on the ribbon] ‣Gala Premiere - Laurie Johnson [Squidward's cane routine] ‣Vaudeville Show - Larry Hochman [SpongeBob's cane routine] ‣Comic Walk - Sidney Torch ["We are gonna keep working on your routine until you get it right!"] ‣Blue Danube Waltz - Johann Strauss Jr ["And a-one... and a-two... and... aha!"] ‣Hawaiian Link (b) - Richard Myhill [the next morning] • ? - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward goes to check on SpongeBob's progress] ‣Blue Danube Waltz - Johann Strauss Jr [SpongeBob still practicing] • ? - Jeremy Wakefield ["Oh, come on now, after all I've done for you?"] ‣The Nutcracker: Russian Dance - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky [montage of Squidward overworking SpongeBob] ‣Blue Danube Waltz - Johann Strauss Jr ["And a-one... and a-two..."] •Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield ["I'm still not convinced."] ‣Blue Danube Waltz - Johann Strauss Jr ["And a-one... and a-two..."] ‣ ? [SpongeBob falls asleep] ‣Bubbly Wubbly Huggly - Nicolas Carr [dance auditions] ‣Tympup A - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy ["You're out."] • ? - Nicolas Carr ["SpongeBob?"/Squidward appears] ‣Sylvia: Pizzicati - Leo Clement Delibes [Squidward auditions] ‣Curtain-Raiser - Alan Braden ["Congratulations! You got the gig."] ‣Tympup B - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [Squidward stammering] •Hawaiian Sting - Nicolas Carr [Squidward stammering] ‣Chum Bucket Rhumba - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]
In Slimy Dancing, SpongeBob is portrayed as a terrible dancer, but in this episode, he is a wonderful dancer. His moves must have improved since then.
It is possible that SpongeBob set Squidward up as revenge due to the fact that despite he was completely exhausted he was seen sitting in the crowd along with Patrick with a bag of popcorn after Squidward won the competition as well as the fact that Squilliam's dance moves were the same ones SpongeBob did at the beginning of the episode.
In the ribbon dancing scene, SpongeBob shaped the ribbon into a helicopter, a T-Rex and a mermaid. Squidward spits his tea (but it's brown, it's actually hot cocoa) when SpongeBob shapes the ribbon.
In the beginning of the episode, the coast is clear but when Squidward tries to get to the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob appeared. When Squidward tries to run away, SpongeBob quickly dances in front of him badly. Remember: SpongeBob's running speed is x4 while Squidward's running speed is x2. So that's why SpongeBob chases Squidward quickly.
While SpongeBob dances to serve the customers, Billy gets a Krusty Combo, a giant pizza and a knight's armor.
SpongeBob has a bamboo cane, a top hat and a red bowtie. Squidward also got the same.
The Popular phrase "Who put you on the planet? Augh" Comes from a man Dancing "Spirit of the truth Scroll Dance" Saying the exact same phrase defending his dancing 1:32 , this clip can be viewed here This can be compared to both SpongeBob's and Squilliam's situation here This has gotten much popularity, and a famous phrase from the show.
SpongeBob does Michael Jackson's moonwalk on the treadmill, and other times in the episode. This episode possibly can be a tribute to Michael Jackson's death on June 25, 2009 when this episode was still being made.
The episode's title card is similar to the popular t-shirt slogan "I♥NY".