"This may come off as a surprise because some people think of this as one of the worst episodes of Season 8, but I personally found this one of the more relatable episodes. I actually feel they mostly handled the subject matter pretty well. Squidward falls into a deep depression after he realizes that he doesn't have any happy memories. He even ends up bursting into tears while at the Krab, and overtime, starts falling into a deep, rooting depression. I honestly wasn't expecting SpongeBob to do such a good job at portraying depression. But I found myself empathizing with Squidward after seeing him decline into a numb, unhygenic recluse, who's lost all hope of finding any pleasure in life. I think the ending is actually subtle, three-dimensional lesson on learning to better handle and perhaps eventually overcome depression. Even though Squidward was enraged with SpongeBob at the end, he was feeling something. Depression isn't just feeling sad; it often leads to a loss of any emotional feeling. So sometimes, what's important is just allowing ourselves to just feel again, even if that feeling is anger."
May 8, 2018
"As I mentioned before in chatting with Enter, this episodes does so much with so little! And it even has its great moments of humor with its leg-based comedy. The episode also gives us a look at the life of a relatively minor character, and adds a clever detail to a long-running joke."
February 25, 2017
"Again, I talked about this one in the list of the Best SpongeBob Episodes of All Time. And frankly, it is one of the absolute best episodes of all! If I hadn't discussed it before, I'd probably place it at #1 on this list. I think the biggest reason this episode is so good is that the episode capitalizes on Tom Kenny's voice-acting; giving him center stage to show off his vocal talents. His impressions are spot-on, and I can definitely recommend this episode."
February 15, 2016
"It's weird that it took 9 seasons to get an episode on Larry the Lobster, but this episode shows that it was worth the wait. We see Larry open his new gym, and we have characters like SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs join. We see SpongeBob get extremely fit, while Larry himself starts to gain weight. It's an interesting role-reversal. And we get a couple of really good jokes out of it. While there isn't a ton of story within this episode, it's jam-packed with clever gags, solid pace, and interesting interactions between characters that don't normally hang out. I mean, it's extremely rare to see characters like Larry and Mr. Krabs interact at all, but it's a welcome addition. Larry's Gym is a great change of pace to the show and a refreshing watch."