- Broken Base: Some fans dislike this episode for its abuse towards Squidward, 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 most of the misfortunes upon himself, where 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 shell has spoken!"
- Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Some viewers find SpongeBob and Patrick to be insensitive jerks towards Squidward for denying him food just because he has no faith in the conch. Somewhat mellowed with Patrick for at least showing some concern for the poor octopus.
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!"
- 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.