At the Krusty Krab, Frankie is ordering food for Evelyn. He does not realize that Squidward was on his break and cannot read his sign. Evelyn sees that he cannot read and reveals that she can't read either, so they comment that they were meant for each other. Learning that his books about love are only "torturing" him, the depressed Squidward throws away his book and impacts on evil widsom SpongeBob. When SpongeBob tries returning the book, Squidward claims the book is "just a cruel reminder that I'm single, and likely to remain that way." SpongeBob tries cheering Squidward up by pointing out that while he's currently never found true love, that doesn't automatically mean he won't ever find it, and says, "There's a squid for every pot!," but Squidward complains about that being a very clichéd saying.
Just then, a female customer walks in and Squidward becomes instantly smitten with her. The woman admires the "decor" and Squidward believes that she's perfect since they seem to have the same interests and hobbies. Squidward decides to ask her out on a date, but when she comes up to the register, and Squidward's too nervous to ask her out on a date. Just as the woman is about to leave the restaurant, SpongeBob turns on the motor that's in the boat containing them and the register, and manages to prevent her from leaving. Squidward's still too nervous and love struck to say anything to her, so SpongeBob introduces them to each other, during which it's revealed that the woman's name is Squilvia. After SpongeBob tells Squilvia about Squidward, she agrees to go on a date with him later that night.
After she leaves, SpongeBob points out that Squidward was pretty nervous back there and asks him about the last time he actually went on a date. Squidward gets even more nervous when he realizes just how long it's been since the last time he actually went on a date, so SpongeBob offers to help him prepare for it by making him go on a "practice date." As practice for the real date, he was tested at SpongeBob's House on complimenting about his date, giving flowers, driving to dinner, and having dinner which all annoy him. He was driving in a circle from and to SpongeBob's house (which would be where the restaurant is). At the "restaurant" (SpongeBob's roof), Patrick is serving plastic dinner which he literally took a bite on. When Squidward had enough, he left and shouted angrily over how it was pointless. He went down the stairs, and SpongeBob convinced Squidward to come back, but his shoe gets caught, causing him to fall down the stairs, revealing his true identity.
Squilvia showed up and reveals that Squidward's true personality was better than what she expected. SpongeBob comments that his work was done, only to find Patrick in drag, demanding a movie and plastic popcorn.
As of August 8, 2016, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 6.5/10 based on 84 ratings by users. TV.com users give this episode a 6.9/10 based on 8 votes.
SpongeBuddy Mania gives this episode a rating of 7.9/10.
5:00 P.M.: Squidward arrives at SpongeBob's for a practice date
This episode is one of the few to feature the Krusty Krab without Mr. Krabs.
Vincent Wallerposted on Twitter about what probably happened to Squilvia after this episode: "😊She couldn't stand his clarinet player, or possibly she was eaten by a whale. I hear that happens from time to time 😉."
The title and episode is a parody of the 2001 Sharon Creech novel, "Love That Dog."
Squidward references Giacomo Casanova, a famed Italian adventurer and womanizer from the 18th century.
SpongeBob's first big nose pose looks similar to Smurfette's "un-smurfy" self from the Smurf episodes "The Smurfette" and "Smurfette Unmade."
Squidward's "I'm On Break" sign disappears after Squidward tossed his love book back into the kitchen.
When the book is on SpongeBob's tongue, it disappears after he says to Squidward "You dropped your book."
When Squilvia is walking away from the register, a motor appears in the boat, and then disappears again once they get to the front of the dining room.
Squidward's boat disappears in one shot at the door, when the camera focuses on SpongeBob, but is back in the next far out shot.
While SpongeBob in talking to Squilvia about Squidward, there are two buildings behind the window glass in the background. But in the next shot, the one to the left disappears.
When Squidward arrives at SpongeBob's house for the practice date, he rings the doorbell and it disappears in the next shot.
The tulips in Squidward's hand disappear right after SpongeBob sneezes on them.
SpongeBob's purse disappears after he gets into Squidward's car, but reappears after SpongeBob gets out.