One day at the Krusty Krab, Squidward noticed that SpongeBob was not filling orders, so when he went to investigate, he discovered that SpongeBob had one Mr. Krabs described as the "1,000 YARD STARE" and they both discovered a Calendar in his hat that had the Date of that day circled and that a Food critic was coming for a visit.
Mr. Krabs, and SpongeBob were both in shock as The critic, Gene Scallop walked in the doors, as he was having his first glimpse of the Restaurant, Squidward rudely asked if he was coming in or out, and drove him away with other rude comments, Mr. Krabs stopped him and served him a Krabby Patty, he took one bite and left the restaurant in a hurry, Mr. Krabs lost hope.
SpongeBob, Krabs and Squidward watched as the critic gave his review on the Krusty Krab, only to soil it,he said that the Krusty Krab"smelt like the rear-end of a goat. Baaaaa! Phhhpt! as the customers heard the review they began to leave in displeasure, but Gene said that the Krusty Krab was a big success because of the Krabby patty, and he said that SpongeBob was no square when it came to cooking, ending with a Good review, the customers came back pleased and prepared to eat.
The next day SpongeBob came to see that there was a new sign at the Krusty Krab, reading the Krusty Sponge, he also found a long line, and Squidward in a SpongeBob costume as the Krusty Sponge's Mascot. A boy named Tyler ask Squidward in SpongeBob costume that he take autograph and accidentally slap a little boy which is Krab disappoint him. SpongeBob found that his new job was to run a train outside the Krusty Krab, which Mr. Krabs was charging people to ride it, SpongeBob was the driver, after he was out of energy from driving, His Passangers unfortunately didn't care in the slightest at how obviously exhausted he was and demanded on threat of riot that he keep pedaling. He managed to slip away and find Mr. Krabs had gotten all kinds of new products, customized to be like SpongeBob.
He also discovered that the New Spongy patties that were supposed to be a meal (Actually tainted meat) was making people sick, and Mr. Krabs was ordered to court by one of the customers which were actually a FBI agent. In court, Mr. Krabs decides to accept the charges and turn himself in. Just as Mr. Krabs was about to go to prison, when he made a deal with the Judge, whom was a huge SpongeBob fan, he ordered Squidward to drive the Judge around and around on the Train for the rest of the day, and he didn't go to prison, while SpongeBob happily worked back in his regular post, the Krusty Krab was changed back to normal.
The fame and popularity that SpongeBob has in this episode (and the episode itself) may be a shout out to the amazing amount of popularity that he actually has in the real world.
This episode may also be a shout-out to what Nickelodeon is doing with SpongeBob nowadays (marathons, tons of merchandise, theme park attractions, live appearances, and more).
The sign next to Squidward (when wearing a SpongeBob costume) says "As Seen on TV," a reference of the episode.
The SpongeBob costume that Squidward wears is based on the actual SpongeBob costume since he has no use of his arms like the real costume, they are pretty much like sticks.
The judge's last name is "Whopper", a parody of the hamburger sold by Burger King, which makes sense as Burger King often sets out SpongeBob toys when there's a big SpongeBob event and often promotes SpongeBob in any way. "Whopper" is also a fishing term for a very large fish, especially one that got away.
The music at the train ride is a carnival version of the SpongeBob SquarePants theme song.
When Squidward tells the kid that his arms can't move, though he can move it when "Whopper" rides to the fun train (which is found at the near-end of the episode).
In the courtroom scene, Gene Scallop says: "We, the jury, find the defendant, Eugene H. Krabs, guilty of all charges." The line that is typed into the closed-captions, however, is: "We, the jury, find the defendant, Eugene A. Krabs, guilty of all charges.
The changes Mr. Krabs made were:
New Krusty Sponge sign
Krusty Sponge Fun Train
Krusty Sponge napkins
Tangy Spongey Sauce
Mild Bobby Sauce
SpongeBob drinking straws
SpongeBob ice cubes
The calendar in SpongeBob's hat had a lion on it, which is the Zodiac sign Leo, which inticates it was probably between July and August 23rd.
In Bahasa Malaysia version the prison's word is replaced with river.
Some fish from "Krabs vs. Plankton" is seen in the court. That might be because the producers might had reused the court backgrounds.
One could question how legal it would be for Krabs to bribe the judge with Squidward's services, yet Mr. Krabs is not shown to be in trouble with the law.
The combination of spots and yellow skin is a reference to chicken pox and yellow fever which both show symptoms on a person's skin.
When it's revealed that SpongeBob is petrified because he's worried about an important food critic's visit, Squidward says, "Only a complete moron would worry about what some critic has to say". But in other episodes, Squidward himself worried about what other critics had to say.
People thought they were zombies before in the episode "Once Bitten."
Back in the episode, "Born Again Krabs," Mr. Krabs gets food poisoning himself by eating an old, rotten Patty.
The director's cut of this episode states that Gene Scallop could be alternately named as Gene Shallot, since shallots are also sea creatures.
The scene where the Spongy Patties are infecting customers in SpongeBob-like zombies is a parody of the franchise, The Sizzler. Where Sizzler's burgers are affecting customers and can not eat for eight days.
The Krusty Sponge's monument of a giant SpongeBob holding a giant Krabby Patty is a spoof of the 'Big Boy's Restaurants.
The thousand-yard stare is a real condition in which a person stares in deep space after a horrific event.