SpongeBob is cleaning up the Krusty Krab, when a gang of sharks, called the Sharks, see SpongeBob dancing to music while cleaning up. When SpongeBob comes out, the Sharks introduce themselves. Their names are Ronnie, Donnie, Lonnie, and Sharkface. They ask SpongeBob to join the Sharks. SpongeBob excitedly says yes. Then, the Sharks and SpongeBob drive around town. When a group of girls see them, they scream, and faint. Then, a fruit vendor dumps all his fruit on the Sharks' car. The Sharks then drive to a club called the Howlin Marlin. The Howlin Marlin Bouncer tells them they are not allowed in the club. Then, the Sharks' rival, the Pods come out. The two groups snarl at each other, until the police come and break up the argument. SpongeBob does not want to be part of the group anymore, because he fears that he will have to fight at the face off, so he goes home. At home, he finds a note left by the other Sharks, saying that they have abducted SpongeBob's pet, Gary. SpongeBob, scared that he may never see Gary again trains for the face off. He arrives at the face off just before it starts, but SpongeBob discovers that Squidward is part of the Pods. SpongeBob explains that he does not want to fight Squidward and joined the Sharks by mistake. Squidward tells SpongeBob that the two groups are in a dance-off and that there will be no fighting. SpongeBob asks about the screaming girls. The Sharks say that the girls were fans. Then, he asks about the fruit vendor. The Sharks explain that the fruit vendor thinks they don't eat enough fruit. Then, SpongeBob asks about the Howling Marlin Bouncer. The Sharks then talk about Jonnie, who SpongeBob replaced. At the Howlin Marlin, Jonnie did a dance move, which resulted in the wrecking of the Howlin Marlin floor with his teeth. They also mention that Gary is their DJ and that he was not abducted, but gave a ride to the dance-off. The dance-off begins with the Sharks and Pods doing a dance sequence. But then, the police arrive at the scene — only to join the dance. They dance until the Internal Affairs show up, who also attend the dance. Then, Mr. Krabs announces the Sharks as the winners. The episode ends with the Sharks and Pods jumping up.
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In Croatian dub, the episodes name is "Plesni dvoboj" meaning "Dance Battle."
Which reveals that the plot is not about gangs' fight, but about dance battle.
The title of this episode is similar to the name of the game, "Sharks vs. Minnows."
The ending is a reference to 70's - 80's dance films. In fact, the Sharks are voiced by the original cast of Happy Days.
This episode is likely based on the novel/movie "Outsiders" because of the repetitive mention of a 'showdown.' Also, the rivalry between The Sharks and The Pods could be a reference to The Greasers and The Socs.
This episode could be based on the 1961 film West Side Story because of the rivalry between the two street gangs The Sharks and The Pods.
Patrick's line "We saved the Rec Center!" is a reference to the movie "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo."
When Ronnie tells SpongeBob not to be such a baby, his jacket disappears. But in the next scene, it reappeared.