Alvin is desperate to buy a Trans-Go-Go Bot, but his brothers nor Dave will lend him any cash. After getting $40 from Simon by using Theodore, he decides to have a garage sale in which he sells his brothers' stuff instead of his own. Angered by Alvin's selfishness, Dave forces him to go and buy back what he sold at the expense of losing all the money he has. Wanting $700 fast, Alvin starts job hunting. At the Employment Office he is thrown out when he makes crazy salary and vacation demands considering his education and work experience. Other places throw him out for similar lack of qualifications. Once a zookeeper proclaims he needs some help, Alvin volunteers and is hired on the spot.
Alvin's new job is very labor intensive and he hides the fact he works at the zoo from Dave and his brothers. On his second day, he discovers, with the help on a monkey, there are many maintenance issues that need to be fixed. After learning of the zoo's financial difficulties, Alvin convinces Handley that the zoo would have plenty of money if they reduced bills by fixing problems (applying what Dave told him the day before). Seeing as they need money for the repairs, Alvin hosts a car wash and circus bringing in little money. After hearing "We're The Chipmunks" on the radio, they make a band out of the animals and they perform for the public. The zoo makes enough money for the repairs, but Alvin rushes in to give up his pay check in order to save two baby pandas from being taken from their parents. Dave buys the bot as a reward for Alvin's unselfish act.
- This episode is also known as "Going For Broke."
- This is the first episode with the new opening sequence of The Chipmunks exiting the Mercedes.
- The Trans-Go-Go Bot toy is a combined spoof of Transformers and the GoBots.
- Part of the Alvin and the Chipmunks: School's Out for Summer VHS.