Alright, my previous review was overly angry. I'm going to write a new one...
First of all, were the writers seriously thinking that being overly oblivious about your pet being in danger is funny? Because, it's not. It's irritating. No, scratch that, it's more than irritating. Enough said.
Second of all, SpongeBob stole the freaking thing! That is wrong. Behinds, he completely ignored the pet shop owner's warnings. Already, you know something bad's going to happen.
Third of all, SpongeBob has left Gary alone multiple times before this episode, yet he doesn't start worrying about that until NOW? What the heck, writers? There's bad continuity, and then there's obvious plot holes.
Animal abuse seems to be lit in the "funny" light in this episode. It's not funny. It's sickening. And this episode only sledgehammers that in even further.
I think I explained very well why this is one of the most hated episodes of the show.
Okay, I no longer think this is the absolute worst of the series. That now goes to Someone's in the Kitchen With Sandy followed by Demolition Doofus. However, that's an understatement. It deserves every last bit of hate it gets!!! Saying something that hasn't been said before is virtually impossible at this point. All I'll be saying would boil down to someone else's words like "SpongeBob was extremely cruel to Gary" or "The monster is really disturbing and scary" or I'd talk about the infamous scene. I hate this episode A LOT!!! EVERYONE SHOULD!!!