- Broken Base: Some fans dislike this episode for its abuse towards Squidward in the second half, even when he didn't bring it upon himself, while others still consider it funny in its own right.
- Franchise Original Sin: Later seasons will be torturing Squidward for no good reason, but here, he gets nearly starved to death because of the duo's stupidity. The only difference is that at least here, he brought the misfortunes in the first half upon himself and SpongeBob and Patrick are in character for the rest, whereas the later seasons will torture him mercilessly just for minding his own business.
- Funny Moments: The magic conch saying "No" to Squidward over and over and over is pretty funny on it's own, but when she says it one last time with a slightly cockier inflection, it's a million times funnier.Squidward: "Can I have something to eat?"
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Spongebob asked the magic conch if he would ever get married and the answer was "maybe someday." In Truth Or Square, Spongebob almost married Sandy... Almost...
- Jerkass Woobie: Squidward. His arrogance caused them all to end up here, but his suffering and Sanity Slippage is just brutal. Also, that magic conch shell really has it in for him.
- Memetic Mutation: "The conch has spoken!"
My Pretty Seahorse:
- Memetic Mutation
- "Hey, who left this bowl of onions here?"
- The shot featuring Patrick sitting with a thousand-yard stare and a board nailed into his head as he's building the stable.
- "JUST GET OUT OF HERE, YOU STUPID, DUMB ANIMAL!"
- Squidward's explanation of how things work is pretty popular for fans who grew up and realized the repetitive realities of being an adult.
- SpongeBob's impression of Mystery: "Weesnaw!"
- A shot of Patrick wearing a purple sweater at the beginning of the episode is a popular reaction image with the phrase "Mom come pick me up, I'm scared." edited in.
- Tear Jerker:
- SpongeBob saying goodbye to Mystery could strike this.
- Mr. Krabs' story about spending a dollar he cherished as a kid. While it's still a funny joke, it's still a story about a little boy giving up his most prized possession.