The short begins with Mr. Krabs making Krabby Patties without SpongeBob. As he serves them, he trips 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, then everything would've been fine.