Listening in on a conversation Mr. Krabs is having on the phone, SpongeBob thinks he's going to get fired because he heard Mr. Krabs was going to "let the little guy go" today. He tries to be taller than Squidward using his abilities, seeing who was the "little guy," eventually realizing that he is indeed smaller. Distraught, he leaves for home. Back in Mr. Krabs' office, we see him letting the "little guy," who is a pet scallop in a cage, go and it flies out of the window.
SpongeBob sits at home depressed when Patrick arrives to borrow the refrigerator because his was empty. When he learns of SpongeBob's predicament, he tells him that he should find a new job. SpongeBob tries out banking and architecture, but finds that fry cooking is the only thing he knows how to do. With some encouragement from Patrick, he tries out for a sponge role at a TV station and, despite a complete lack of talent, gets it. When SpongeBob arrives at work the next day, he thinks he's going to be a big actor, but it turns out the "acting" he'll be doing is the role of a sponge in a bathroom cleaning commercial. So he appears as his natural self in order to be the appearance of the New Sponge. Before they get to cleaning the toilet, he quits and returns to the Krusty Krab, begging Mr. Krabs for his old job back. He's lucky enough to get it, under the condition that he also cleans the restaurant's toilets, which he does happily, while a talking hand is reading a newspaper, sitting on one of the toilets.
SpongeBob sings badly in this episode and in "Sleepy Time," but in other episodes, he sings better.
It was unknown why they used SpongeBob instead of the product they were advertising. Maybe they didn't have any or the money to buy it. They probably thought it was cheaper to hire a commercial actor for free and not pay them. On the other hand, if they did use the product they were advertising, the commercial would have been better.
The name for the advertised product is New Sponge. This is not a very good name, because even when it's old, it'll still say 'New'.
Even with SpongeBob's job, he could still have financial problems because of his low salary, but in many other episodes, he could be seen with a lot of money.
This episode reveals that Mr. Krabs had a pet scallop.
This is the last episode of the series to air in 2009.
The music heard at BBTV is the same as The Sims: Superstar.
There is story based on this episode on the educational kid tablet known as a InnoTab.
One kitchen sponge could not possibly pick up that much dirt. In addition, SpongeBob is a kitchen sponge, so cleaning the toilet was totally unnecessary.
In "Suds," SpongeBob was happy when he was used to clean things. This time, he gets upset about it, drawing the line at cleaning the toilet. He was never used to clean a toilet in "Suds" that was Patrick. So it is possible Patrick told him what happened to him.
The scene where SpongeBob was thinking of a suitable job while standing in front of a billboard is reminiscent of the series the Explorer Dora the Explorer.
When SpongeBob sees the director for the first time, he states "I am ready for my closeup, Mr. Director" which is a reference to the film Sunset Boulevard.
When the hook takes off SpongeBob's clothes, SpongeBob's sleeves are still on, but in the next scene, they're gone.
While SpongeBob still has his clothes on, the bathroom background seems to be clean.
When SpongeBob first enters the set of the commercial, everything is normally sized, but after the filming starts, the set is so big that SpongeBob seems to be the size of a normal kitchen sponge, and also, once the filming stops, the set is normal sized again.
When SpongeBob leaves the Krusty Krab, he shows up at numerous jobs and when he applies to the New Sponge commercial he is told by the desk clerk to come back tomorrow at 10 a.m. It is unknown why this whole time Mr. Krabs does not try to find SpongeBob, as there would be no fry cook and no business. SpongeBob would've most likely been out of the job for days looking at new jobs, so it is unknown why Mr. Krabs did nothing.
Even though the BBTV Lady gave SpongeBob a script, it seems that the script had no use. This is because SpongeBob had a non-speaking role and only the commercial announcer spoke.
When SpongeBob is kicked off the house-building job, and he gets thrown into the sand, the Krabby Patty house he designed is nowhere In sight, and the tower is not there when SpongeBob shows the worker the house.