Note: There is an asterisk (*) icon for all of these characters, except SpongeBob, Mr. Krabs and French Narrator, because they are all illusions created by The Tidal Zone.
- SpongeBob SquarePants
- Patrick Star*
- Eugene H. Krabs
- French Narrator
- Spider creature (debut)*
- Jennifer (debut)*
- The Fisherman*
- Spongy Spongy (cameo)*
- Heart man (cameo)*
- Trench monsters*
- Sandy's robot*
- Invisible Stan (debut)*
- Squidabeth (debut)*
- Maitre D. (debut)*
- Barry Blobfish (debut)*
The episode begins with SpongeBob and Patrick worn-out and hungry after being at Glove World! for so long, so they go to the Krusty Krab. It turns out the restaurant is in its night shift, and the customers as well as the workers are different from the usual ones. The two go to the cashier, Squidabeth, for Krabby Patties, but since they don't serve that during the night shift, they order the Great Pacific garbage patch.
SpongeBob wants to thank the cook for making the great meal he ordered, so he goes into the kitchen to do so. However, since he shook the cook's hands so hard, they get hurt and a backup cook is needed as Barry the Blobfish, the cook, is unable to do so. After Nosferatu checks SpongeBob to see if he can take over Barry's job, SpongeBob starts making Krabby Patties. However, the customers who come during the night shift dislike them.
While SpongeBob is trying to find something he thinks the customers will like, the Krabby Patties that were already getting cooked burn and the smoke that came out of them form into the shape of a Krabby Patty. The night shift customers enjoy these and all praise SpongeBob. Afterwards, the fisherman comes to the restaurant to rob their money. SpongeBob stops him from doing so by fighting with him and putting him inside the deep fryer, but it turns out the fisherman was robbing the place because it was their tradition.
SpongeBob apologizes to the fisherman, and the fisherman apologizes back. The fisherman decides to order many night patties, and right after, it's time for the night shift to end. Everyone except for SpongeBob leaves, and Mr. Krabs comes inside, wondering why SpongeBob is at work so early. The episode ends by revealing that SpongeBob had worked a shift in The Tidal Zone, and everything he saw during this time period was just an illusion.
|( ‣ ) Production music|
|( • ) Original music|
|( ◦ ) SpongeBob music|
‣ Mod Ghost - Gary Caroll, Harry Breuer, Jean-Jacques Perrey [Title card]
• Welcome to Glove World - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Opening at Glove World]
• Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob and Patrick get off Glove World]
• Hot Steel and Slide Licks 3 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob's foot tired and Patrick's foot hungry]
• Hot Steel and Slide Licks 2 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Yes, it does!"]
• Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Huh?"]
• Chromatic Runs - Nicolas Carr, [ProjectSAM Symphobia Colours: Animator] [SpongeBob and Patrick drop their Glove World stuff]
• Hot Steel and Slide Licks 31 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob and Patrick enter the Krusty Krab]
‣ L'Horloge Hantee - Harry Breuer, Jean-Jacques Perrey [Deep sea creatures greet Patrick]
• Hot Steel and Slide Licks 1 - Jeremy Wakefield ["The night shift surely attracts a different crowd."]
‣ La Panthere Cosmique - Jean-Jacques Perrey [SpongeBob meets Squidabeth]
‣ Sailors Delight - Harry Breuer, Jean-Jacques Perrey [SpongeBob meets Barry]
• Hot Steel and Slide Licks 14 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Sorry."]
‣ One Zero Zero - Harry Breuer, Jean-Jacques Perrey [More crowd arrive at the Krusty Krab by train]
• Phantom of the Haunted Houseboat - Nicolas Carr [Nosferatu emerges from ice chest]
• Ghoulish Fools - Nicolas Carr [Nosferatu checks SpongeBob]
‣ One Zero Zero - Harry Breuer, Jean-Jacques Perrey [SpongeBob is the fry cook]
• Hot Steel and Slide Licks 2 - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick and Invisible Stan take Barry to the hospital]
‣ Funny Blues - Jean-Jacques Perrey [SpongeBob serves Krabby Patties to the customers]
• Sponge Monger - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Customers hate Krabby Patties]
• Hot Steel and Slide Licks 26 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob emerges from the mountain of rejected Krabby Patties]
‣ ? [SpongeBob goes back to the kitchen]
• Hot Steel and Slide Licks 28 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Krabby Patties aren't slop."]
• A Sequence of Events - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob looking for something at the ice chest]
‣ Dramatic Impact (6) - Ivor Slaney [Patties burned on the grill]
‣ Mod Ghost - Gary Caroll, Harry Breuer, Jean-Jacques Perrey [Customers eating night patties]
‣ La Panthere Cosmique - Jean-Jacques Perrey [More customers eating night patties]
‣ Tales From The Swamp (A) - Ron Goodwin [Fisherman enters the Krusty Krab and takes money from the customers]
‣ Horror-Scope - Ronald Hanmer [Fisherman takes money from the register/Fisherman orders money to SpongeBob]
‣ Tales From The Swamp (B) - Ron Goodwin ["I don't want a loan!"]
• Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy Action Theme - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr, Pat Irwin ["I'm putting you under fry cook's arrest."]
• Oh Really - Nicolas Carr [Fisherman pulls out fishing pole]
‣ Horror-Scope - Ronald Hanmer [Fisherman tries to reel SpongeBob in the pole, but SpongeBob catches him]
• A Simple Conversation 1 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Fisherman is not a criminal]
‣ L'Horloge Hantee - Harry Breuer, Jean-Jacques Perrey [Night shift is over]
• Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob rubs his eyes]
• Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Night shift?"]
• Ahoy Landlubbers - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr ["Must have been a bad dream, kiddo."]
• New Vibe Hits 2007 - Nicolas Carr ["A fish hook?"]
• Tidal Zone Theme - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Ending]
- This episode is available on the SpongeBob SquarePants Vol. 19 and The Complete Eleventh Season DVDs.
- When this premiered, it and its sister episode are switched.
- This was the first episode to premiere during the Sunday SpongeDay event.
- This is the second appearance of The Tidal Zone, the first being in "No Pictures Please."
- This marks the second appearance of the Oceanic Express, the first being in "The Great Patty Caper."
- Heart man, Sandy's robot, Nosferatu, Spongy Spongy, and the Fisherman all return in this episode.
- Heart man, Sandy's robot, and Spongy Spongy have minor cameos, while Nosferatu and the Fisherman are supporting characters.
- Squidward's statue from "Are You Happy Now?" also appears.
- Also, Nosferatu's name is revealed here in Bahasa Indonesia version despite being previously appeared in "Graveyard Shift". See this trivia for more details.
- Glove World! reappears in this episode even though it got shut down in "Glove World R.I.P."
- It could be actually possible that the Glove World! is also an illusion created by The Tidal Zone in this episode.
- This episode, alongside a couple of episodes, were leaked in Turkey before its Turkish premiere in a Turkish satellite television provider's (Digiturk) streaming service called beIN CONNECT in January 2019.
- In the line in front of the cash register, the trench monsters from The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie can be seen.
- In this episode, Patrick is revealed to be an illusion created by the Tidal Zone.
- This is the fifth episode where everything was a dream, following "Procrastination," "Doing Time," "Dunces and Dragons," and "The Main Drain."
- Mr. Krabs says the Krusty Krab doesn't do night shifts, but he held one in "Graveyard Shift."
- When SpongeBob looks at the night shift menu and says "boo-gers" his mouth doesn't move for a split second.
- When SpongeBob picks up all of the character cameos from the old episodes, his eyelashes are missing.
- Even though Jennifer (anemone) had devoured a fish known as Chuck (skeleton) and turned him into a skeleton, Chuck still appeared as a fish in later scenes after he got turned into a skeleton.
- In the French opening credits, Bob Jaques' name is misspelled as Bob Jacques.
- Vincent Waller's last name is also misspelled as well.