The short begins with Mr. Krabs making Krabby Patties without SpongeBob. As he serves them, he trips on soda and accidentally throws it on a customer. He smells something in the kitchen, which turns out to be the patties burning. Mr. Krabs then blows the fire out, but he drops his hat on the stove, causing a fire in the kitchen.
With the Krusty Krab being ruined, and everyone running away, including Squidward, Mr. Krabs realizes that if SpongeBob was there, everything would've been fine and that he needs him.