At the beginning, some trumpets are played and Harold holds an Olympic like Torch while running to a ceremonial braiser. When he lights it up, the fire on the ceremonial torch suddenly gets blown out. The "PLEASE STAND BY" screen appears, and the torch is re-lit, at the expense of the torch-bearer, Harold, who is forced to run there again, catches on fire himself.
Mr. Krabs and Plankton had competed in the games for several years, each winning several medals. This year, SpongeBob is representing the Krusty Krab. While he is training, Patrick appears and asks SpongeBob what he's doing. SpongeBob responds that he's training for the games. Excited by the idea of a game, Patrick asks if he can play too. SpongeBob tells him that he has to be a fry cook to compete. Patrick says that it must be pretty easy to be a fry cook, which angers SpongeBob because he takes his job seriously. This begins a rivalry between the two.
Plankton then appears and introduces his competitor, who at first appears to be a terrifyingly huge and muscular fish which the audience is even scared of, but he is only carrying the real contestant strapped on his back, who is none other than Patrick Star, who got a job at the Chum Bucket in order to compete, only having worked there for 5 minutes.
The competitions include fast food-related versions of actual Olympic sports, such as the "Deep Fry Pole Vault" (Pole-vaulting over a deep-fryer) and the "Chocolate High-Dive" (Diving from a springboard to a vat of chocolate, making the diver look like ice cream), among others.
Finally, after a short montage, SpongeBob and Patrick's scores are tied when they face off against each other in the final event, "Bun Wrestling", which is just regular wrestling only on a bun. Mr. Krabs and Plankton instigate by saying: (Mr. Krabs) "Don't forget he called ye yellow" and (Plankton) "Don't forget, he called you pink!" To intimidate Patrick, SpongeBob bites a chain and grins with the chains wrapped around his teeth looking similar to braces. To intimidate SpongeBob, Patrick rips a lemon in half an pushes the halves into his eyes, then screams. SpongeBob rips his robe off revealing a large muscular body. Patrick follows by ripping his robe off, revealing only a business outfit. He realizes his mistake and tears of the suit revealing a body similar to SpongeBob's. As the bell sounds for the fight to begin, they jump into the air yelling.They collide and begin fighting.
Patrick decides to throw away his ambition to fight for the Chum Bucket by saying, "Forget the Chum Bucket. This is personal." He takes off SpongeBob's shoe and then he licks his foot which cause SpongeBob to scream out in disgust. In retaliation for this, SpongeBob erases the "Pat" in "Patrick" on Patrick's nametag. Patrick responds by yelling, "My name's not Riiiiiiiiiiiiick!" Towards the end of the fight they get into a grapple stating how much they hate each other. Suddenly their pants rip revealing underwear similar to each other's skin color. Both of them cry, "You do care!". Afterwards they vow to never fight each other again and leave the stadium. Mr. Krabs and Plankton demand that they "Get back here and kill each other!". Patrick says, "You're my best friend ever SpongeBob". SpongeBob responds by saying,"You too, Patrick." As the episode ends with the two walking down the road into the sunset, Patrick says "You know these were white when I bought them", referring to his underwear.
( ‣ ) Associated production music
( • ) Original music
( ◦ ) SpongeBob music
‣Up She Rises - Sam Spence [title card] ‣ ? [opening] ‣Age of Discovery - Sam Spence [lighting the torch] ‣Bonnie Blue Gal - Sam Spence [announcer talks about the rivalry between Krabs and Plankton] ‣ ? [drum roll] •Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [after drum roll] ‣Heavenly Voices (b) - David Farnon [choir] ‣Andy Anorak - Chris Marshall [SpongeBob and Patrick arguing] • ? - Nicolas Carr ["What's that smell in the air?"] ‣Six Powerful Cues (d) - Wilfred William Burns ["I smell Plankton!"] ‣Superquick B - Daniel Janin [Krabs and Plankton approach each other] ‣Iron and Steel Fanfare - John Epping ["Are you ready to do or die, Krabs?"] ‣Monster Bug A - Gregor F. Narholz [Plankton introducing his competitor] ‣Royal Gala - Dick Stephen Walter ["...Patrick Star!"] • ? - Jeremy Wakefield ["I can't believe it, Mr. Krabs."] ‣Big Ed's March - Sam Spence [Plankton and Krabs' pep talks] ‣Caesar's Entry - Gregor F. Narholz [deep fry pole vault] ‣The Equalizer - Sam Spence ["For the Krusty Krab!"] ‣A Chilling Championship - Sam Spence [chocolate high dive] ‣Tightrope E - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [drum roll] ‣Circus Parade (a) - Dick Stephen Walter ["And just look at that even coating!"] ‣Zelle 501 - Gerhard Trede ["Almonds?! Curse him, that's good."] ‣Zelle 505 - Gerhard Trede [Patrick on the high dive] ‣ ? [drum roll] ‣Ta-Ra C - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [live-action ice cream cone] ‣Jungle Baby - Hans Ehrlinger [montage of events] ‣Skills 2 Make Mills - David Robidoux [bun wrestling] • ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [ending]
"The Fry Cook Games" was ranked #59 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.
In some airings, SpongeBob and Patrick are shown holding each other's shoulders instead of each other's hands.
For the crowd sequences, only six character models are used, repeated many times over in different spots in the bleachers.
The "PLEASE STAND BY" screen after the failed attempt of the torch is also seen on the ending of "Shanghaied," after Patchy attempts to make the viewers to walk the plank. A similar one is seen in "Ugh," when Patchy loses his balance while riding a fake dinosaur.
The scene where Patrick yells MY NAME'S NOT RICK! has became a famous internet meme.
Throwing a big straw in cola is a reference to the javelin throw.
A deleted scene of SpongeBob and Patrick leaving the stadium holding hands was cut. However, before they leave, theyare holding hands.
In this episode, SpongeBob is able to do push-ups. However, in "MuscleBob BuffPants" during Sandy's workout, he breaks his arms after attempting to do just one. This may be because he was determined to win in this episode.
In this episode, SpongeBob is quite muscular, but he was shown to be very weak physically in "MuscleBob BuffPants," to the point that he needed to buy inflatable muscles to look strong.
Plankton says that square is "the shape of evil." Coincidentally, his computer wife Karen has been shown to be a square flatscreeen, or a cube which is considered a three dimensional (3D) square.
This is the second time SpongeBob is shown muscular. The first time in MuscleBob BuffPants when SpongeBob order a fake arms, the third time in "Blackened Sponge" when SpongeBob was dreaming.
The music played when Patrick said, "BECAUSE YOU TOLD ME TO!!!!" was also the opening music to the Nick GAS sketch, "Heroes of the Game."
When this episode aired on December 12, 2013, they forgot to show the title card.
This episode reveals that SpongeBob polishes his fingernails.
Technically, a fish eating a fish stick would be cannibalism. But it might have just been put in as a joke.
The Fry Cook Games is a spoof of the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.
The huge guy carrying Patrick on his back is a reference to a scene in "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls".
When Johnny Erain describes the Fry Cook Games, the background music is The Bonnie Blue Flag, a Confederate song.
The captions refer the 21st Annual Fry Cook Games as the 12th Annual Fry Cook Games.
When SpongeBob and Patrick are leaving, Patrick is on SpongeBob's right, but moments later, he is on the left. They could have decided to change sides when walking out.
When the fish holding Patrick arrives he breaks the wall. But when he screams after Patrick and SpongeBob scream, the wall is put back together.
When Patrick was holding SpongeBob's foot, his sock was the same length as the other. But when Patrick was licking it, it was longer than the other.
In the Netflix version if you put captions when the Realistic Fish Head said for the first time "the 21st annual fry cook games" the captions read "12th annual fry cook games."
When Patrick took off SpongeBob's right shoe the toes on his right foot are switched around making it look like he has 2 left feet.
SpongeBob's foot normally has 4 toes. But when Patrick was licking it, his foot had 5 toes.
When Plankton says "Almonds?," his mouth doesn't move.
After SpongeBob does the "Deep Fry Pole Vault," one of the audience members has a deformed face.