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This episode is really funny. Squidward going insane is one of the funniest things in this show! Another "Squid Torture Episode" done right! While I don't hate Good Neighbors, this one is obviously better! 9/10
A lot of season 4 episodes feel pre-movie, especially the first-half. If this was pre-movie it would fit in rather well and could still be one of the better episodes, it's a shame this had to be paired with Good Neighbors. I love Squidward's insanity and addiction over the claw machine and the characterizations are excellent.
A classic episode. Squidward repeatedly failing the skill crane despite it seemingly grabbing the toy and letting go at the last second is funny and also somewhat relatable to anybody who has tried to win something out of a claw machine. Despite Squidward's repeated failures, this also doesn't feel like a Squidward torture episode, as it's all done in humour and he eventually wins the prize. The ending scene was funny and memorable with Squidward and SpongeBob realising "being the crane" doesn't apply outside of the skill crane machine.
10/10, imo it's one of the funniest and most memorable episodes of season 4, and maybe even the show as a whole.