Take This Job and Squeeze It is the series premiere of 6teen that first aired on November 7, 2004 in Canada on Teletoon, on December 23, 2005 on Nickelodeon and March 26, 2009 in the United States on Cartoon Network.
When Caitlin runs over her credit card's limit, she has to get a job instead of spending every day shopping. Jen decides to help her out by giving her one at The Big Squeeze, but has trouble training her as Caitlin seemingly can't even grasp the basics of working.
Two wealthy best friends, Caitlin and Tricia, arrive at the Galleria Mall for a day of shopping and hanging out, while Jonesy, Jen, Nikki, Jude and Wyatt plan on getting part-time jobs at the mall so they can all work and hang out at the same place together during summer vacation. Jen, the only one of the gang of five currently with a job, has worked at the Big Squeeze lemonade stand at the food court for a year so she can get the work experience needed to land her dream job at the Penalty Box sporting goods store, where she has a job interview lined up later that day. The rest of the gang also have interviews lined up--Jonesy at the Gigantoplex Cinemas, Nikki at a travel agency, Jude at the North Shore Surf & Skate shop and Wyatt at the Grind Me coffee house--and Jen recommends that her friends should practice what to say so they'll be better prepared for their interviews. But Jen's advice goes unheeded by her friends, who seem confident that they'll ace their interviews and get the jobs they want.
While shopping at the Khaki Barn, Caitlin discovers after a purchase is denied that her credit card has reached its limit (she was unaware that credit cards had limits at all), so she phones her father for help with the card, and he recommends that she get a job in order to pay off the debt she has incurred and to teach her the value of the dollar, causing her to freak out before her card gets clipped in half by one of The Clones.
The gang and Caitlin then go to their job interviews, where each deals with the interviews in different manners. Not long after, the gang meets back at the food court, Nikki and the boys are moping because none of got their hoped-for jobs, and Caitlin shows up with an ice cream sundae and sits at a separate table, also dejected that she didn't get hired where she applied for work. Jen appears a moment later, wearing the Penalty Box's referee-style uniform, and announces that she got the job after breezing through her interview, meaning that her last day at the Big Squeeze is drawing near and she needs to find and train someone new to take over her old job. After hearing that none of the gang got hired, Jen offers to hire any of her friends on the spot, without an interview, to take over for her at the lemon stand, but they walk off laughing while going off to try their luck at other stores.
Just after her friends leave, Jen notices Caitlin crying by herself at another table and asks her what's wrong. Caitlin explains her plight to Jen, who, after sorting through some of the job applications for the Lemon (including one from a goth girl and one very scary-looking character), takes pity on Caitlin and offers to train her to take over her job at the Lemon. Caitlin accepts this, but starts having second thoughts when Jen shows her the uniform (an apron with a lemon it and a hat made to look like half a lemon). When Jen points out that she's required to wear it if she's going to be working at the Lemon, Caitlin concedes but claims that she can't start training right away because she has a manicure appointment, but she changes her mind when Jen asks how she plans to pay for her manicure without a credit card.
Jonesy, Nikki, Jude and Wyatt later return to the food court, all having landed new jobs, but none are what most of them had hoped for--Jonesy got hired at a 1950s-themed place called Soda Hop (but was fired ten minutes later for hitting on the hostess, who happened to be the boss's daughter), Wyatt got a job at a music store called Spin This and was placed in the country section (country is his least genre of music but Wyatt claims that all new employees are placed there), and Nikki refuses to discuss her new job. Only Jude has landed a job where he actually wanted to work--a food court kiosk called Stick It, where he was automatically hired to manage the stand after giving an embellished interview (at Jonesy's encouragement) where he claimed to already run two shops. But Nikki points out that Jude's never had a part-time job before this, let alone managed a business, and with him being the new manager of Stick It, he's now responsible for basically everything that has to do with the kiosk. The reality of the situation hits him and Jude's not happy anymore.
Jen is in the middle of training Caitlin at the Big Squeeze when Caitlin spots Tricia walking by and calls her over. Tricia initially doesn't recognize her friend (on account of the uniform she is wearing), but Caitlin explains that she's going to be in charge of the Lemon, then accidentally spills some lemonade on Tricia, who decides to end her friendship with Caitlin and walks off, pointing out that she can't be seen with someone who works for a living. Jonesy and Jude excuse themselves for lunch and head to Wonder Taco, where they get served by Julie, a skinny and nerdy girl with braces and headgear, who, after thinking that the guys are making fun of her for working at the eatery, fills their orders, then empties a dustpan into the tacos and spits on them for good measure before handing them over to Jonesy and Jude.
Later, while Jen cleans up and Caitlin is about to answer her cell phone, she accidentally drops the phone in a blender and shreds it when the blender activates, causing Jen to lose her patience and list (quite loudly) the many reasons why Caitlin is not suitable for the job, when Coach Halder, Jen's new boss, comes by the food court, witnesses what is going on at the lemon and berates Jen, telling her that he's now having second thoughts about hiring her over what he saw. Caitlin, not wanting to be the reason for Jen potentially losing her Penalty Box job, then steps up and pleads Jen's case to Halder, explaining that Jen has been nothing but kind and patient with her while training her to take over the Big Squeeze and that she should be given a chance, making Halder reconsider and allow Jen to keep her new job.
Nikki, who initially was not fond of Caitlin because of her being a rich girl, witnesses her saving Jen's Penalty Box job and expresses her admiration over Caitlin's resourcefulness, but when Caitlin tells everyone just how much she spent using her credit card (consisting of two vespas, all of the new spring wardrobe and a new handbag), Nikki tells her that she's going to be working at the Big Squeeze for quite a while. While the rest of the gang welcomes Caitlin into their inner circle, Nikki announces that she has to get ready for work, but not before telling Jonesy and Jude that Julie "horks" in the orders for customers she doesn't like (Jonesy and Jude being two of them). Jen asks where Nikki is working, but she still won't say where her new job is, so the gang follows her and they find out - Nikki is now employed at the Khaki Barn, where The Clones all greet her, and she is revolted about having to work there because the store stands for all that she is against (including conformity and mass consumerism).
Caitlin:(on the cell phone) You want me to what...? I have to get a job?! No! (Kirsten uses scissors to cut Caitlin's credit card)
Jonesy:(to Nikki) Okay, I know it's just a part-time summer job, but today, I feel like more of a man. Nikki: Oh yeah, nothing says maturity like the phrase, "Do you want to gargantu-size that, sir?"
Caitlin:(to Jen) Hey, do you know where Nice cinnamon buns is? Nikki:(in girlie voice, imitating Caitlin) Oh, it's just over there. Make sure you ask for one with a hole in it. They are like so much better. Caitlin: Thanks!
Jen: Now I just have to find some loser to take my job... hey! Any of you guys want it? I'll hire you on the spot! No interview! (everyone else laughs) Wyatt: We have SOME pride!
(after the interviews) Jonesy: ... Well that sucked!
Jude:(on getting his new job) Awesome! The dude made me the manager of Stick It! Jen:(surprised) Get out! How did you do that? Jude: I told him I ran two shops already and he just gave me the job. Jonesy's advice totally worked! Jonesy: What'd I say, always trust the Jonesmeister! Jude:(as he and Jonesy pound their fists together) Dude! Jonesy: Jude! Nikki: But you've never even worked in a store before. You're gonna be responsible for all that food and all those sticks? Jude:(reflecting a moment) Whoa. I'm in trouble, bro. Nikki: Uh, that's "bra" when you're addressing a girl, remember?
Wyatt:(to Nikki) Did you get a job? Nikki: Yes. I don't wanna talk about it. Caitlin: Your first job! Aren't you excited? Nikki:(sarcastically) I'm bursting with fruit flavor.
Julie: Welcome to Wonder Taco where tacos are your hunger heroes. Can I take your order? Jonesy:(mock drama) I have an evil hunger brewing inside! Jude:(mock drama) Yes! What kind of food could possibly defeat it? Jonesy: A bird? Jude: A plane? Jonesy and Jude: No! It's... WONDER TACOS! Julie: You know, I know you guys all make fun of me because I work here. Jonesy: What? Oh no no no! We LOVE Wonder Taco! Jude: Long live Wonder Taco! Julie:(snidely) Two tacos coming right up. Jude:(speaking in mic) In the name of all that is true, hurry my good woman! Julie:(empties a dustpan into their tacos as well as spitting in them before serving them up) There you go, guys! ENJOY. Jonesy:(eats his taco) It would suck to work there, but man, they make a good taco!
Nikki:(to Jude and Jonesy) By the way, I can't believe you guys actually eat at Wonder Taco. You know that girl horks in the food. Jonesy:(gulps) What, you mean in everyone's food? Nikki: No, only to the people she doesn't like. (Jonesy becomes nauseated, while Jude finishes up his taco, deciding he'll come out no worse for wear)
The Clones:(simultaneously) Welcome to the Khaki Barn team! Nikki:(groaning) This is going to be a loooong summer!
Nikki: "What are my worst qualities?" Like they'd hire me if I told them! Jude: I told them mine. Jen: For real? How many did you give them? Jude: Seventeen. (awkward pause) Oh man, was I supposed to lie?
Nikki: What about you, Romeo? Get a job yet? Jonesy: Yeah, I got a great one at that fifties joint, the Soda Hop... Jen: So why the long face? Jonesy: I got fired ten minutes later. Jen: Uh! Jonesy! Jonesy: What? How was I supposed to know the hostess was the boss's daughter?
Caitlin: I don't get it... she was my best friend for like... a whole year! How could she do that to me? Wyatt: Some friend. What kind of person judges someone by their clothes anyway? Caitlin:(blushes as she raises her hand) Okay, but I never did it to a friend!
Jen:(to Caitlin) That's it! I am so done with you! You have got to be the most irresponsible, clumsy, SPOILED girl I've ever met! This GRAPEFRUIT has more sense of responsibility than you! At least it knows it supposed to get squished today! I knew I should've hired that weird goth chick!
Here are the questions the gang is asked during their interviews:
Why do you want to work here?
Where do you see yourself in five years?
If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?
What was your biggest accomplishment?
What are your worst qualities?
Jen worked at the Big Squeeze a year before all the rest of her friends got jobs so in the future she could work at the Penalty Box. She also worked here to pay for repairs to the team bus she crashed and the equipment shed it crashed into.
This episode is focused on the main group to introduce them to the series.
Caitlin and Tricia were friends for a whole year before Tricia ended their friendship.
There are many hints dropped that Caitlin is new to the area; for example, Jen says she started at their school this year.
Although Jen had been aware of Caitlin for quite some time (even to the point of knowing her parents were wealthy), she'd never made an effort to get to know the new girl at their school. The rest of the gang are even less familiar with Caitlin, with only Wyatt recognizing her "from somewhere".
We learn in this episode that Jonesy's dad and Jen's mom are dating, something which becomes more of a subplot in seasons 2 and 3.
Jen has worked at the Big Squeeze for a year before giving the job to Caitlin.
This is the only episode in the entire series where we see Jen working at the Big Squeeze.
The first major 6teen character to appear in the episode is Caitlin.
This title is a spoof of the saying "Take this job and shove it."
This is the only episode where the text at the beginning is purple, instead of yellow.
Julie spitting on the tacos is a reference to the music video for "The Real Slim Shady" where in the video, he spits on some onion rings while working at a fast food restaurant before serving them to a woman.
Jen trying to offer her soon-to-be former job at the Big Squeeze to the rest of the gang!
Nikki being mocking.
Finding Stick It.
Going to interviews.
Nikki's job interview.
Julie adds some new "seasonings" to their tacos.
Jen, Caitlin, and Jonesy at the Big Squeeze. Jonesy tries chatting up Caitlin!