The episode begins at the Krusty Krab when SpongeBob is taking out the trash. Then, Plankton is seen trying to, once again, steal the formula. This time, Mr. Krabs lets him have it, then the patty explodes as part of new Krusty Krab security measures that can backfire on customers who swallow patties whole. SpongeBob is upset that Mr. Krabs and Plankton can't cooperate with each other, and Mr. Krabs claims they're like enemies. The episode comes to a test when a new eatery called the Flabby Patty is created.
Things take an unexpected turn for them when it turns out the Flabby Patty is better than the Krabby Patty. Mr. Krabs and Plankton compete to see who could get the secret recipe, but SpongeBob explains it's best if they cooperate. They disguise themselves as an employee applying for a job. The employer hires them and their first assignment is to memorize the secret recipe.
They are excited until the recipe is revealed to be about friendship. SpongeBob is revealed to be the employer and he said he created the restaurant to teach them about cooperation. Mr. Krabs and Plankton are angry and the episode ends when they chase SpongeBob with their newly formed "Co-operation."
( ‣ ) Associated production music
( • ) Original music
( ◦ ) SpongeBob music
‣Sailor's Sting 10 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [title card] ‣Zelle 502 - Gerhard Trede [Plankton pops out of a trash bag] ‣Sailor's Sting 12 - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Aren't you gonna try, take it back from me?"] • ? - Nicolas Carr ["Enjoy your Krabby Patty."] ‣Drama Link (c) - Hubert Clifford ["Wow, you must have snapped, Krabs."] ‣Steel Sting (b) - Jeremy Wakefield [the Krabby Patty explodes] ‣Hawaiian Sting 1 - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [two customers leave the Krusty Krab] ‣Cartoon Sting 8 - Gerhard Narholz ["Oh, man."] ‣Steel Licks (b) - Jeremy Wakefield ["If only there was some way to bring you two back together."] ‣Fairies A - John Fox, Otto Sieben [Plankton smells something] ‣Cosmos Adventure - John Fox [rocket launch] ‣Cocksure Capers - Phillip Green ["That was fantastic!"] • ? - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Mr. Krabs, I have great news!"] ‣Fairies A - John Fox, Otto Sieben [customers vanish] ‣ ? [Krabs and Plankton argue] ‣Steel Sting (h) - Jeremy Wakefield [they laugh] ‣Chasey Racy - Norman Dane [Plankton jumps out of a plane] ‣Mystery Murder [#60] - Phillip Green ["Mr. Krabs, I think we're here."] ‣Battle Zone - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Plankton falling and screaming] ‣Creepy Sting 4 - W. Merrick Farran [Krabs looking for the Flabby Patty formula] ‣Battle Zone - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Plankton falls down the chimney] ‣Horror Crash - Harry Lubin [Krabs screams] ‣Jalopy - Ron Aspery [Krabs hits himself with a shovel] ‣Steel Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield [Krabs, Plankton refuse to work together] ‣Cartoon Sting 9 - Gerhard Narholz [Plankton as a fake restaurant critic] ‣Creepy Sting 6 - W. Merrick Farran ["Okay, so here's the plan."] ‣Cartoon Sting 4 - Gerhard Narholz ["Ooh, an announcement."] ‣Dramatic Cue (b) - Ronald Hanmer [customers run away] •Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield ["Hey, how come you're not trampled?"] ‣Zelle 501 - Gerhard Trede ["That fool Krabs, he blew it again!"] ‣Dramatic Impact 5 - Ivor Slaney ["FISH HOOKS! AAAH!!!"] • ? - Jeremy Wakefield [Plankton trampled] ‣Sneaking About - Phillip Green [Krabs and Plankton in disguise] ‣Cartoon Sting 1 - Gerhard Narholz [Krabs applies for a job at the Flabby Patty] ‣ ? [Krabs and Plankton fight over the recipe] ‣Light Interlude 2 - Harry Bluestone [they read the recipe] ‣Steel Licks (b) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Sounds like a recipe for cannibalism."] ‣ ? [ending]