This episode was watched by a total of 4.66 million households, up from the previous episode's viewing by 0.52 million viewers. Critical reception has been positive.
The AV Club gave the episode a B+ rating, stating It's Tina and Linda's turn to keep Bob's Burgers from, ahem, jumping the shark.
This episode and the script cover is a parody of Jaws
Bob's Burgers supervising director Bernard Derriman is caricatured as the man vacuuming while wearing headphones in a property along ocean avenue which the shark smashes the glass. His name tag says Derriman.
In every episode after this episode, there are visible shark bites on the side of the ice cream machine. It is still fully operational as seen in Friends with Burger-fits.
This is the first episode where Gretchen is shown wearing her actual clothes. She wore a Lobster-maiden dress in Lobsterfest, she only wears a towel in Beefsquatch and wears a cheerleading fancy dress costume in Full Bars.
When Bob is attempting to blow his block captain whistle, a caricaturized version of Jaws director Stephen Spielberg can be seen behind Tina and Mr. Fischoeder. Interestingly he doesn't appear in the promo image from the same scene and behind Tina and Mr. Fischoeder is a man who got moved over to the left of the screen. (see The Deepening/Gallery)
The sign on the door of the restaurant when the townspeople are gathered there reads "Emergency all block shark stopping meeting."
In Jaws fashion, the script cover shows Bob as a shark while Linda is resting on an inflatable bed.
The number on the helmet of the fireman behind Bob is reversed in the shot after the shark becomes electrified.
Kristi Sanducci's prosthetic arm switches back between being a left arm and a right arm when Bob pries it off Louise and when Kristi slaps Bob with it. Also when the hand is over her head the hand becomes Kristi's skin color as if it were her hand.