At Bikini Bottom's Fast Food Coliseum, the 21st annual Fry Cook Games are underway. The top contenders for the gold medal have traditionally been Mr. Krabs and Plankton. This year, however, SpongeBob has been chosen to represent the Krusty Krab and is diligently warming up to compete. Patrick wanders by and also wants to play in the games, but is shut down by SpongeBob as only fry cooks may enter. Patrick scoffs at this, considering fry cooking to be no great feat. After a heated argument, Patrick storms off while SpongeBob intensifies his workout.
Plankton soon enters the stadium and engages in verbal fisticuffs with Mr. Krabs. Plankton reveals he has also recruited a contender to represent the Chum Bucket and calls forth a colossal giant. Strapped to his back is Patrick, who turns out to be the new fry cook Plankton hired five minutes prior. Now standing on equal ground, SpongeBob and Patrick each vow to defeat the other, despite feeling more hurt than angry. Mr. Krabs and Plankton fan the flames of their charges’ rivalry, inciting them to show no mercy in the games.
In their first event, the "Deep Fry Pole Vault," SpongeBob pulls off a nearly perfect jump, while Patrick only manages to scald the audience into fish sticks. Next, during the "Chocolate High-Dive," SpongeBob also does well, but Patrick is able to out-perform him with his concentration and impeccable form. The events continue, the two combatants maintaining an even score all the way to the final challenge: "Bun Wrestling."
As the bell sounds for the fight to begin, SpongeBob and Patrick rip off their robes to reveal muscularly toned bodies before leaping up and colliding with each other midair. They go at each other in fury, their grudges driving them more than their loyalty to their restaurants. They pull off increasingly dirty moves, practically torturing one another. They eventually end up in a grapple, each straining to bring the other one down, until the strain finally proves too much for their pants to take. They tear away to reveal that all along, SpongeBob and Patrick each wore underwear in the color of his best friend.
Moved to tears, the two friends reconcile and agree never to fight each other again, walking side by side out of the arena. This doesn't sit well with Mr. Krabs and Plankton, their pride and blood-lust remaining unsatisfied. As SpongeBob and Patrick leave, Patrick notes that his underwear were originally white.
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 in the ending of "Shanghaied," after Patchy attempts to make the viewers 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 become a famous internet meme.
SpongeBob telling Patrick he has no fingernails is similar to Hooky, where he told Patrick he has no fingers. Similarly, Patrick was annoyed when SpongeBob said it.
At the end of the episode, Patrick says his underwear is originally white. This means that he possibly urinated on it.
Throwing a big straw in cola is a reference to the javelin throw.
In this episode, SpongeBob is able to do push-ups. However, in "MuscleBob BuffPants" during Sandy's workout, he hurts his arms after attempting to do just one. This may be because he was determined to win in this episode or he was able to improve.
In this episode, SpongeBob is also stronger than usual and having a muscular body, but he was shown to be very weak physically in "MuscleBob BuffPants" to the point that he wears a pair of inflatable fake arms to look strong, only for the arms to burst while he's struggling to throw a heavy anchor.
Plankton says that the square is "the shape of evil."
This is the second time SpongeBob is shown muscular. The first time is in "MuscleBob BuffPants" when SpongeBob orders fake arms, the third time is in "Blackened Sponge" when SpongeBob was dreaming. The fourth time is in "Larry's Gym" when SpongeBob is full of water.
This is the third episode in which, at no point, SpongeBob wears his normal clothes. The first is "Ripped Pants." The second is "Walking Small."
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."
On current reruns, the title card is edited out.
In addition, on the July 20, 2015 airing, the episode goes faster than normal.
This episode reveals that SpongeBob polishes his fingernails.