- Squidward Tentacles
- SpongeBob SquarePants
- Nathiel Waters
- Abigail Marge
- Frankie Billy
- Executive dance mistress (debut)
- Ribbon T-Rex (debut)
- Ribbon Mermaid (debut)
- Twin sisters (debut)
- Squilliam Fancyson
- Patrick Star (cameo)
The episode starts in one morning, Squidward is walking to work with SpongeBob, who is dancing.
Squidward is annoyed by the dancing. When Squidward asks SpongeBob where the music is, SpongeBob states that it is in his mind and plays some music from his head, the music considered to be from title screens. When they are at work, SpongeBob does dance routines while he is giving people their orders. He happens to be giving an order to a talent scout, and she thinks he has talent, so she gives SpongeBob a card for the dance auditions. Squidward hears this, and he gets jealous that SpongeBob was invited and he was not, so he hatches an evil plan to make SpongeBob work so hard so that SpongeBob will collapse from exhaustion then he can take SpongeBob's audition. To Squidward's annoyance, SpongeBob seems to dance better than he does. Frustrated, Squidward has SpongeBob perform a series of moves that SpongeBob cannot perform correctly, and he tells him to keep practicing and not stop no matter what.
SpongeBob continues practising through the night while Squidward rests, leaving him feeling exhausted the next morning. But Squidward, determined to make SpongeBob collapse, only pushes harder. After many hours of practice and yelling from Squidward, SpongeBob, at the end of his rope, finally performs the moves right. However, Squidward forces him to do it again. SpongeBob attempts the move again, but he is so tired that he finally stops and falls asleep, collapsing to the ground in the process.
Squidward heads to the audition. He dances very awfully for the audition lady, who is shocked at how great she sees his dancing. Squidward ends up winning the audition and the prize of the audition; dancing in a production led by his own arch rival Squilliam Fancyson and Squidward is horrified that his arch nemesis is in charge of him now. To make things worse, Squilliam clearly plans to overwork him, just as Squidward did to SpongeBob.
In the end, while an appalled Squidward gets overworked by Squilliam, SpongeBob, having recovered from his exhaustion, watches from the audience with Patrick and popcorn.
|( ‣ ) Associated production music|
|( • ) Original music|
|( ◦ ) SpongeBob music|
‣ Old Hilo March - Kapono Beamer [title card]
‣ Silly Shenanigans - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["The coast looks clear."]
‣ 12th Street Rag 3 with Bass - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Hi, Squidward!"]
‣ Surfing Sponge - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [brain music #1]
‣ Old 49er Banjo Fiddle - Nicolas Carr [brain music #2]
‣ Chum Bucket Rhumba - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [brain music #3]
‣ Salty Krab Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob dancing while making Krabby Patties]
‣ Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["Really? You like my dancing?"]
‣ Gorgeous Girl - Kurt Schick [talent agent invites SpongeBob to a dance audition]
‣ Steel Link (b) - Jeremy Wakefield ["That's right! So I gotta practice as much as I can before tomorrow. Got a dance audition."]
‣ Comic Walk - Nicolas Carr [Squidward gets an idea]
‣ Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [transition to next scene]
‣ Noodly Shenanigans - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward tells SpongeBob to run to the top of Oyster Peak]
‣ The Nutcracker: Waltz of the Flowers - Peter Tchaikovsky [ribbon dancing]
‣ Steel Sting (c) - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward stomping on the ribbon]
‣ Gala Premiere - Laurie Johnson [Squidward's cane routine]
‣ Vaudeville Show - Larry Hochman [SpongeBob's cane routine]
‣ Comic Walk - Sidney Torch ["Listen, you pea-brain, we are gonna keep working on your routine until you get it right!"]
‣ Blue Danube Waltz - Johann Strauss I ["And a-one... and a-two... and... aha!"/"And a-one, and a-two, and a..."/"And a-one, and a-two, and a..."/"And a-one, and a-two, and a..."]
‣ Hawaiian Link (b) - Richard Myhill [the next morning]
‣ Steel Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward goes to check on SpongeBob's progress]
‣ Blue Danube Waltz - Johann Strauss I [SpongeBob still practicing]
‣ Steel Licks (b) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Oh, come on now, after all I've done for you?"]
‣ The Nutcracker: Russian Dance - Peter Tchaikovsky [montage of Squidward overworking SpongeBob]
‣ Blue Danube Waltz - Johann Strauss I ["And a-one... and a-two..."]
‣ Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield ["I'm still not convinced."]
‣ Blue Danube Waltz - Johann Strauss I ["And a-one... and a-two..."]
‣ Solo Steel 4 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob falls asleep]
‣ Steel Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward laughs]
‣ Bubbly Wubbly Huggly - Nicolas Carr [dance auditions]
‣ Tympup A - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy ["You're out."]
‣ Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["SpongeBob?"]
‣ Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Squidward appears]
‣ Sylvia: Pizzicati - Leo Delibes [Squidward auditions]
‣ Curtain-Raiser - Alan Braden ["Congratulations! You got the gig."]
‣ Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [Squidward stammering]
‣ Chum Bucket Rhumba - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward starts dancing/Squilliam's dancing/Ending]
- This episode is available on the Triton's Revenge, Complete Seventh Season, and Next 100 Episodes DVDs.
- This episode preceded The Ultimate SpongeBob SpongeBash marathon's Top 10 Celebrity Favorites.
- The scene where SpongeBob says, "Who put you on the planet? Ugh!" has become a popular internet meme.
- In Indonesia, SpongeBob does not say, "Who put you on the planet? Ugh!" Instead, he says "Are you ever watching TV? Ugh!"
- However, in English, Squilliam does say, "Who put you on the planet? Ugh!"
- This episode has spawned multiple GIFs of SpongeBob dancing.
- During the montage of Squidward overworking SpongeBob, it shows the same title card backgrounds as "Culture Shock" and "Hall Monitor" except that they are different colors.
- This is the first episode that Doug Lawrence wrote since the season 2 episode "Procrastination."
- This episode marks the second appearance of the Krusty Krab pizza. The first is "Pizza Delivery."
- This is the second episode to feature Squidward's library. The first is "Squid Wood."
- This episode's title is the only one with a special, hard-to-type character in it; in this case, it is the ❤.
- In the Polish dub, this episode is called "Kocham tańczyć," which translates to "I love to dance."
- On "gubkabob.net" site - Russian site with Russian SpongeBob's series from season 1 to season 7 - this episode is called "I Heart Dancing," without the heart emoticon.
- The 1963 hit song "Surfin Bird" by the "The Trashmen" is heard when SpongeBob changes stations on his brain radio.
- The popular phrase "Who put you on the planet? Ugh!" comes from a man dancing "Spirit of the truth Scroll Dance" saying the same phrase defending his dancing at 1:32. This clip can be viewed here. This can be compared to both SpongeBob's and Squilliam's situation here.
- Squidward's line "Good night sweet prince" is a reference to Shakespearean play Hamlet.
- It was previously said before in "Frankendoodle."
- SpongeBob is seen wearing a Krusty Krab employee hat, but when he pulls out his brain, his hat disappears, but reappears when he is dancing.
- During SpongeBob's entire cane routine, he is wearing a red bow tie, but after Squidward interrupts him, it disappears.
- When SpongeBob pulled out his brain, his tooth turned yellow for a frame.
- Soon after SpongeBob's cane dance, Squidward's nose turns transparent for one frame.
- The neckline on Squidward's leotard keeps changing at the end of the episode.
- There are at least three of the same portraits of Squidward hung on his wall. The background of those pictures also changes from purple to green a few times.
- The executive dance mistress states that SpongeBob should go to her studio for the audition, but the audition is actually held at the Recreation Center.