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YMMV / SpongeBob SquarePants S7 E11 "One Coarse Meal/Gary in Love"

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"One Coarse Meal" contains examples of:

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: "One Coarse Meal" is quite complicated when it comes to interpretations. As a result of the episode, many fans have started to view Plankton as just a mere thief who receives undue torment by Mr. Krabs, and Mr. Krabs as crossing the Moral Event Horizon and taking his greed to a whole new level.
  • Broken Base: The quality of the episode is often contested, due to the torment Plankton received. Many feel that his torture and his attempt at suicide was undeserved, saying that Plankton hasn't done anything that grievous to deserve it. Others feel that his suicide attempt was deserved, saying that Plankton would try to murder other people in his attempts to obtain the secret formula if he were left unstopped (see the subpoint under Alternate Character Interpretation above).
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  • Designated Villain: When SpongeBob offers Plankton a chance of revenge towards Krabs, it is meant to be a villainous act clearly seen from the way Plankton laughs and smiles like he a bad guy. But to fans who felt hurt that Krabs is so willing to stoop so low to drive Plankton to suicide, it is a well-deserved Kick the Son of a Bitch towards his rival only for it to be yanked from him when SpongeBob betrays Plankton.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: As arguably the most infamous episode of the series, it has fallen victim to this. The fact that even the cast members themselves hate the episode too, certainty doesn’t help.
  • Funny Moments: Even those who hate the episode consider it to have a good amount of funny moments. In particular:
    • Mr. Krabs' butt being ticklish.
    • A fearful Plankton accidentally going into the freezer in an attempt to escape.
    • Mr. Krabs' fear of mimes, particularly in the very end of the episode.
  • Genius Bonus: The number in the bottom right of Mr. Krabs's Wacky Bucks is actually the start of the Fibonacci sequence.
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  • He Really Can Act: Tom Kenny manages to make the normally goofy-sounding SpongeBob sound quite concerned about Plankton's fate as he confronts Mr. Krabs. It's relatively minor in comparison to other examples of this trope, but you can still hear the concern in his voice.
    SpongeBob: I know you and Plankton are sworn enemies and all, but...putting on a dress to frighten him? Isn't that taking it a little too far?
  • Jerkass Woobie: As villainous as Plankton is, becoming suicidally depressed as the result of largely unprovoked psychological torment makes him this by default.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Mr. Krabs driving Plankton to suicide by preying upon his fear was, for many, the one moment which solidified Mr. Krabs' Flanderization and the show’s Seasonal Rot.
  • Never Live It Down: Mr. Krabs, due to this episode, is always thought to be an evil jerkass in the later seasons.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The nightmare Plankton has of him being devoured by Pearl.
    • Even the title card of the episode is eerie to some viewers. It would have looked perfectly innocuous, if not for the mysterious, black shadow around the border of the screen. The cheerful background music certainly doesn't help.
  • Signature Scene: The scene where Plankton walks to the road and lies down on it wishing for a bus to run over him is what most people remember about this episode.
  • So Okay, It's Average: This opinion does pop up about the episode from time to time; to some, the episode isn't bad, but nothing in it particularly stands out as interesting.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Some people would have liked to see Plankton succeed in getting his revenge on Mr. Krabs at the end, rather than having SpongeBob scaring him off with the projector.
    • Plankton meeting his grand dad in his dreams. This would have been a great opportunity to be a spiritual pep talk of sorts to help Plankton get over his fear of whales, but instead he points out how brave Plankton is for standing in the gastric acid, driving him even further into panic.

"Gary In Love" contains examples of:

  • Heartwarming Moments: It's quite touching to see Gary fall in love with and pursue another snail, even if it doesn't last for too long.
    • On that same note, he ends up befriending the snail he was competing against for her affections when they're both turned down.

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