It is a normal day at the Krusty Krab where Old Man Jenkins is making an order until Jim, the original Krusty Krab fry cook, arrives in his golden limousine. Jenkins, Mr. Krabs, and Squidward remember back when the Krusty Krab had "class." Squidward had long hair and Jim was the fry cook. Jim makes a Krabby Patty and SpongeBob eats it and loves it. He wants to cook like Jim, and Jim says not to step on the patty, since the customers run over a Krabby Patty made by SpongeBob when headed to greet Jim.
Jim then gives SpongeBob real lessons, but the latter cannot meet the former's standards, so SpongeBob decides to resign and give his job to Jim. Jim tells SpongeBob he quit because Mr. Krabs laughed at him when he asked for a raise. Mr. Krabs reveals that SpongeBob has one thing Jim does not have: he is cheap. Jim tells SpongeBob that he could be an even greater fry cook, but only if he leaves the Krusty Krab which he calls a dump. SpongeBob says that the restaurant is not a dump. Mr. Krabs says it is a dump, but that it's his dump, as the episode ends.
As of August 17, 2016, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 7.1/10 based on 156 ratings by users. TV.com users give this episode a rating of 7.7/10 based on 119 votes.
This episode reveals that Jim was the fry cook at the Krusty Krab before SpongeBob.
Running gag: Jim flushing SpongeBob's patties down the toilet.
In the Battle for Bikini Bottom video game, Squidward states he's always been bald. However, this episode portrays Squidward with long, blonde hair.
This episode premiered on Jim Wise's 43rd birthday.
This episode premiered one month after the Disney/Pixar movie Ratatouille (film) Ratatouille was released, which coincidentally starred Jim's voice actor, Patton Oswalt, as the main character and was about cooking.
In the opening and closing credits, Patton Oswalt's name was misspelled "Patton Oswald."
Towards the beginning of the episode, SpongeBob creates a heart out of ketchup on a Krabby Patty and it is entirely colored in. In the next shot, it is only an outline.
In the flashback, the Krusty Krab is shown to be designed in architecturally superior light than its normal state. However, in the flashback where Jim explains why he quit, all the decor is replaced with normal Krusty Krab decor.
When SpongeBob is talking to Mr. Krabs and says "I never thought about it that way!" one of his green holes turns gray for a split second.