Richard is driving the kids to school with his GPS guiding him there destructively. During the trip, Gumball questions the purpose of getting a job and Richard explains it's to earn money to buy things which in turn keeps others in their job. No longer seeing the point in getting an education for a job, Gumball tries to make a break for freedom by launching himself out of school with the help of Hector. Unfortunately, the plan doesn't work as Gumball falls flat onto the ground and continues to complain about the repetitive nature of life. During a conversation, he learns of Idaho's simpler lifestyle, giving him an idea.
At The Wattersons' house, Richard brings home a bag of fast food for supper, promptly tossing it out the window when he meets Idaho and learns that he's a potato. Nicole tells him that Gumball intends to convert the family to a simpler life, as evidenced in their missing chairs. Gumball then announces that Idaho will show the family "the way to ultimate happiness" (i.e. no electricity, no cars, no supermarkets).
None of the other family members are pleased with Gumball's decision as they all sit outside in the backyard with Idaho. Idaho suggests playing "rough and tumble" in which Darwin participates. The activity goes awry, when Darwin, in a state of panic, kicks Idaho over the neighbor's house. Next, Idaho suggests a sing-along to cheer things up, which doesn't help their frustrations much. They panic when a wasp flies by, and Gumball, who hides himself from it in Nicole's skirt, confronts it, which results in him getting stung. Rather than seek first aid, he sucks the poison out of his stung finger, ending up with swollen lips. Nonetheless, he refuses to go back indoors. After a brief journey to the forest and around the neighborhood, the family settles down back at the backyard for a meal, with lousy results.
As the night rolls in, The Wattersons start warming up to the simpler lifestyle, because it gives them time to bond as a family. They thank Idaho, and they fall asleep underneath the stars. During the night, Idaho enters the house and catches Gumball gobbling junk food and playing video games on the couch. Before he can talk, Gumball convinces him easily into joining him. For the rest of the night, they party wildly.
The next morning, Gumball finds Idaho unconscious on the floor. The whole family rushes to the hospital, with Richard once again recklessly driving and the rest angrily blaming Gumball for backing out of the simpler lifestyle. Anais figures that the "filthy suburban lifestyle" has sent Idaho into a state of toxic shock, and that he needs to return to his home instead of going to the hospital. The family then goes through a wild drive all over Elmore.
Eventually they arrive at Idaho's home, which is a farmland, and Gumball carries the ailing potato to his family. Idaho's father takes him, and buries him. The Wattersons assume he has died, so they begin crying and singing an elegy for him. Shortly, Idaho pops out of his dirt bath, completely refreshed. The Wattersons are relieved, and Idaho's uncle offers them to stay in the fields in order to get away from their unhealthy lifestyle; however, the Wattersons drive off as he finishes speaking and arrive at Joyful Burger.
The GPS in the Watterson's car "Mumu" is a reference to Tomtom.
In the scene where Idaho first comes to the Watterson house, Richard presents the fast food meal he bought with a few French words - "poulet" translates to chicken, so "poulet a la deep fried" refers to the chicken nuggets, the "fries of the French" obviously means "French fries", and "Mmm, délicieux." simply means "delicious".
Idaho's statement about the earth being flat is a reference to the old belief that the entire earth was flat.
The whistling noise Richard makes when he speaks with a broken tooth makes him sound like Gopher from the Winnie the Pooh franchise.
The dialogue between the Orange Security Guard and Richard is the same dialogue used in Ghostbusters.
When Richard is driving the kids to school in the beginning, Anais is sitting behind him, but when they get there, she is sitting behind Gumball.
The broken part on Richard's tooth changes its location when he switches direction.
When Idaho was buried and Gumball sings, one of Nicole's eyebrows goes missing as she blinks in a scene.
This episode contradicts the Elmore Stream-It video "The Flying Potato", since it showed Idaho living in a modern house.
In the photo that shows Gumball and Idaho wearing shuttershades, the shuttershades cut into Gumball's mouth.
[Scene shows a normal neighbourhood somewhere in Elmore but the Watterson car pops out from one of the houses and continues into another house's front yard]
GPS: [Camera changes to the GPS on the car's windscreen] In 25 yards, turn left.
[Richard turns left, smashing through the fence. The sheer force of the turn, combined with the high speed, causes Darwin and Anais' colors to come off and splat on the car door. Scene changes to Purple Moose who is trying to cross the road; the car runs over his right foot then smashes through another house and continues on a road]
Gumball: Dad, why do we have to go to school?
Richard: So you can get a job.
Gumball: But why do I need a job?
Richard: So you can earn money.
GPS: Continue ahead.
[The car smashes through "Danger" signs at the expressway]
Gumball: But why do I need money?
Richard: To buy the stuff that the TV makes us want.
[The car continues forward on an unfinished expressway and drops off]
Gumball: But why do I need to buy stuff?
[Camera changes to the inside of the car while it is free-falling]
Richard: Because if you didn't buy stuff, everyone would be out of a job and no one would have any money.
Gumball: Wait, so I have to work for the rest of my life to pay for stuff that I don't want, just so that everyone else can suffer the same horrible fate as me?
[The car drops to another expressway and continues on, a container truck horns and turns left, causing traffic accidents]
Gumball: You just live your life without thinking don't you?
Richard: I believe you are underestimating me, son.
GPS: Turn right.
[Richard turns right onto oncoming traffic, hits the guardrail and goes off the expressway. Richard stops the car in front of the school and one of the wheel rolls off]
GPS: You have reached your destination.
[Darwin and Anais are both panting and Darwin wipes some of his color on the car's door onto himself]
Gumball: Come on, surely there's more to life than that.
Richard: Hmmmmm nope.
Gumball: [folds his arms in anger] Argh.
What's a TV?
[The schoolyard. Several students are gathered around Gumball.]
Gumball: I'm outta here, enjoy your pathetic lives working from 9 to 5, Hector send me to freedom.
[Hector sends Gumball in the air by stepping on the seesaw, nothing happens in the scene for awhile until Gumball falls back and faceplants into the ground]
Gumball: [Points at students] That's it, laugh at me but at least I'm not a mindless zombie going through life doing what they tell me to.
[Points at the sky]
Gumball: You know, them!
Idaho: Who's them?
Gumball: You know, the man.
Idaho: What man?
Gumball: The man who tells you what to do!
Idaho: Who? My dad?
Gumball: No, Ughh, the people who tells you what to watch on TV and stuff.
Idaho: What's...a TV?
Gumball: Its a-[pauses] Hmmm.
The Way to Ultimate Happiness
[Scene changes to the front of the Wattersons' house and nothing happens for a while until Richard, in the car, drops onto the road]
GPS: You have reached your destination.
[Richard goes into the house with a box of chicken nuggets and french fries in one hand and a towel in another like a butler, walking to the dining table while Darwin is playing a video game]
Richard: [With French accent] On ze menu today, poulet a la deep fried, accompanied by the fries of the French. [Eats a french fry] Mmm, délicieux.
[Idaho taps repeatedly on Richard's legs]
Idaho: What are the fries of the french?
Richard: [back in his normal voice]Are you a potato?
Idaho: [Slaps his butt] As sure as the world is flat.
[Richard turns around, camera changes to the front window where the box of chicken nuggets and french fries were thrown out, breaking the window]
Richard: Who's the bumpkin?
[Camera shows Nicole and Anais are seated down without chairs while Richard stands like a butler]
Nicole: This is Idaho, Gumball's friend from the country, he's gonna be staying with us this weekend.
Richard: Where's your chair?
Nicole: Gumball threw it away, we are getting rid of our possessions to lead a simpler and better life.
[Anais stops floating and drops onto the floor]
Richard: What's going on here?
Gumball: It's Idaho, he's gonna show us the way.
[Camera changes and shows Gumball preparing to pull the plug off the TV]
Richard: The way to what?
Gumball: The way to ultimate happiness.
Richard: Is that a theme park?
Gumball: No, it's a free world with no electricity, no cars, no supermarkets and especially no TV.
[Gumball pulls the plug and the TV switches off then Mozart's Requiem Mass in D minor - Lacrimosa plays as Richard, Nicole and Anais sheds a tear but camera zooms out showing Darwin laughing and sad music stops]
Darwin: [laughs] He's not joking, is he?
[The music continues and Darwin sheds a tear]
[The Wattersons and Idaho are in the backyard. The family looks angrily at Gumball]
Gumball: [Relieved] Ahhh, isn't it better to simply communicate rather than being brainwashed by the TV?
Darwin: Dude, no one said a word for half an hour!
Richard: Nicole, punish Gumball for being boring!
Nicole: I really want to, but I can't. Gumball is exploring his outlook on society and it is our job as parents to encourage that no matter how much we might think it's [angrily] COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS!
Gumball: [nervously] Heh heh, so what do you noble savages do to entertain your tribe?
Idaho: We play rough and tumble.
Darwin: What's that?
Idaho: Come on, I will show you. [Walks to another part of the backyard and Darwin follows] Now the rules is there are no rules, you wrestle and make your friend tumble.
Darwin: Wait, so you can like punch and stuff?
Idaho: Well heh heh, well you can try but I have to warn you, I have never been defeated in Elmore County, come on.
[Darwin and Idaho prepares to wrestle each other]
Darwin: [Scared] Ahhhhh.
Idaho: AHHHHHHHHH! [Runs toward Darwin but Darwin kicks him to another backyard]
[Richard starts laughing while the rest of the family looks angrily at Darwin]
Darwin: He said there were no rules!
Nicole: You didn't have to kick him over a house!
Darwin: I was defending myself!
Anais: Against what? You're like 8 times his size!
Darwin: I panicked, OK?
[Everybody looks angrily at Richard while he laughs and clap his hands]
Richard: Ha ha, do it again, do it again! [Richard notices that everyone is glaring at him and stops laughing and clapping]
[Idaho has a plaster on his head while the Wattersons look nervous]
Idaho: You know what we do when we need to cheer up, we sing songs! [Clears throat] Aberdeen, in the wind! And the field potato.
[The Wattersons awkwardly sings along]
All: Aberdeen, in the wind! And the field potato.
[Richard starts singing too loud and the rest of the Wattersons cover their ears]
Richard: Ahhhhhhhh! [Half of his front tooth breaks off] Ah!
Anais: I hope the tooth fairy accepts change.
Richard: That's it, I've had it with your "alternative new age nonsense", it started boring and now it's painful, I'm going to the chicken place and get a family bucket of comfort food.
Gumball: Look, we are at such freedom and it comes with a price, it's tough but it's beautiful, it's rough but it's real, it's dangerous but it's...it's-
Anais: It's a backyard, there is nothing dangerous around here. [A wasp flies in and she screams] Wasp!
[The Wattersons starts panicking and jumping around while Darwin keeps blowing the wasp to Nicole]
Nicole: Darwin, don't blow it at me, blow it away!
Idaho: [Slaps his leg, amused] I have never seen this much dancing since they invented the mashed potato.
[Gumball drops out from Nicole's skirt]
Gumball: Calm down guys, it's just a tiny insect, I will show you how to handle it. [Points to wasp] Hey wasp, how about you just go- [Gets stung by the wasp] owwww, what the owwww, that stung me like a million times!
[Gumball faints while the rest of the Wattersons continue panicking and the wasp flies away]
Idaho: Suck the poison out and you will be just fine.
[Gumball wakes up]
Gumball: Ya, chill out people, it's only a wasp sting. [Sucks the poison out from his finger] Just gonna suck the poison out. [Relieved] Ahhh.
Anais: That's not how you deal with a wasp sting.
[Gumball's lips swell up]
Gumball: I think I'm ready-
Nicole: To go back inside?
Gumball: No, to live in a forest.
[Scene changes to a big field and the camera is zoomed out far away from the Wattersons as they walk along a dirt path]
Gumball: Come on, to the forest of freedom, where we can pick ripe fruits off the laden trees and loot fresh fish from the teeming rivers, paying for nothing and living for freedom!
Richard: Ok. [Panting] But where is it?
Gumball: Wait, were you following me because- Ar, let's just forage around the neighborhood, it's as good as it sounds.
[Scene changes to a cardboard with a few insects and worms and a dead frog on it]
Gumball: Ugh, is this what you eat everyday?
Idaho: No, what I eat is healthier, it's the thing all food comes from and goes back too.
Darwin: Discount supermarkets?
Idaho: Nope, soil. [Grabs some soil and gives it to Gumball]
Gumball: Ok... [Eats the soil and pretends it's tasty]
[Scene changes to the x-ray of the organs in Gumball's body]
Tongue: Bah, this is disgusting, hey brain dude, can I spit?
Brain: Sorry tough guy, just man up and swallow it.
Stomach: What, me and my boys are not digesting that.
Small Intestine: Who are you calling boy stomach man, I'm five times the length of this body.
Large Intestine: Pfft, forget it intestine, pfft I'm tired off you, pfft always pfft blowing pfft hot air.
Heart: Come on guys, can't we learn to love each other?
[All the organs starts arguing and the camera zooms out of Gumball's body]
Idaho: You are not supposed to eat the soil, you just rub it on youself to get the good things from. [Gumball spits the soil at Idaho]
Gumball: Oh thank goodness, I felt like my stomach was gonna punch my brain.
[Scene changes to night time where the Wattersons are laying on the grass and enjoying the night sky]
Anais: Ahh, how often we get to sit back and gaze at the stars?
Darwin: And it's actually pretty comfortable out here.
Richard: [While twisting and turning] Speak for yourself, sleeping on the ground is more painful, like your back being shredded by a million dirty claws.
Darwin: I think you are sleeping on Gumball.
[Richard rolls away, revealing Gumball underneath him while the rest of the Wattersons laughs]
Nicole: This new lifestyle might be a pain, but at least we finally get some time together as a family.
[The Wattersons and Idaho hug each other]
Nicole: Thanks for showing us the way Idaho.
[After some time, a strange light coming from the house wakes Idaho up while the rest of the Wattersons are sleeping in the backyard]
[Idaho walks inside the house and loud music can be heard then Idaho gasps as he sees Gumball laughing maniacally and filling his mouth with whipped cream then eating some french fries then opens a soda bottle and pours soda all over himself while playing video games and listening to loud music, Idaho walks in the living room and Gumball stops laughing]
Gumball: Shhhhh, I know what this looks like but before you tell me how wrong it is, don't you wanna try it?
[Gumball gives a slice of pizza to Idaho which he eats. Camera rapidly shows a series of pictures of Gumball and Idaho partying.]
[The next morning, Gumball wakes up.]
Gumball: Ughh, let's do it again.
[Gumball taps on Idaho who appears white]
Gumball: [While drinking soda] Dude, wake up.
[Gumball flips Idaho over and sees him pale and passed out from all that partying]
[The Wattersons are in their car, while Richard drives and Gumball holds Idaho in his arms. Darwin and Anais are glaring at Gumball.]
Nicole: [angrily] What did you do to him?
Gumball: Nothing, we just ate junk food and played video games.
Anais: That's it, his pure country body couldn't handle the all filthy suburban lifestyle, it sent him into toxic shock!
Darwin: Wait, what were you doing playing video games, leaving us outside all night, you...you...you...
Gumball: Hypocrite? I know, I'm sorry, I hated this whole lifestyle from the moment I turned off the TV.
Darwin: Then why did you force us to keep it up?
Gumball: Because I got principles, just turns out I can't live by them.
[Richard reaches the hospital and causes Purple Moose to fall then Richard stops the car out of the scene]
Anais: Wait a minute, he's a vegetable, he doesn't need a doctor, he needs a gardener, take him back to his home!
[Richard reverses, causing Purple Moose to fall again]
Idaho: [weakly] I- I- I-
Gumball: [Hugs Idaho] Shhhh, I love you too, my friend.
Idaho: I- I live about an hour away.
Gumball: Dad, hurry up!
Richard: Ok, let's take a shortcut!
GPS: In 20 yards, turn left.
[Richard immediately turns left, scene changes to the gas station where Sal Left Thumb tries to steals from Larry again]
Sal: Give me all your money and don't try and call for help.
[Richard rams through the entrance and runs over Sal Left Thumb]
Sal: Call for help!
GPS: Continue straight.
[Richard rams through the gas station wall and rams into the parking lot on the mall]
GPS: Turn left.
[Richard turns left and goes up the ramp]
GPS: Turn left.
[Richard turns left and goes up the ramp again, then camera changes back into the car]
Gumball: I'm so sorry buddy, this is all my fault.
Idaho: Agh, it's OK.
Anais: Hey, looks like he's getting better!
[Richard drives up a ramp too fast causing the car to jump and making Idaho hit the car's roof then Gumball gasps]
Gumball: Dad, faster!
GPS: Turn left.
[Richard turns left and goes up another ramp]
GPS: Turn left.
[Richard turns left and goes up another ramp again]
GPS: Turn right.
[Richard rams out of the parking lot and into a nearby building, scene changes to a lift where the car in inside while a Orange Security Guard is standing outside]
Richard: Going up?
Orange Guard: I will take the next one.
[Lift's door closes and goes up, scene changes to a random floor where Charlie, Newspaper Employee and 3D Cube Employee are waiting for the lift then lift's door opens and Richard drives out causing them to fall]
Charlie, Newspaper Employee and 3D Cube Employee: Ahhh!
[Richard drives out of Chanax Inc and falls into Mr. Fitzgerald's pool and causing office equipment to land on Mr. Fitzgerald's pool too then scene changes to the inside of the car in the sewers]
Gumball: What kind of shortcut is this? We're running out of time!
[Camera zooms out and shows the car looping around in the sewers]
Nicole: Don't worry honey, your father knows exactly what he's doing!
[Scene changes to the Stomach Destroyer as Richard uses the car to ride on it]
Gumball: No, he doesn't!
[Scene changes to a ice rink which the car slides on while a skater continues skating and the judges gives scores]
Gumball: Aghhh this satnav is broken, we've been everywhere apart from where we need to be!
[Scene changes to the sea where Richard drives through it]
Richard: What are you talking about-
[Scene changes to a farmland and the car spills out water]
Richard: We made it till another 3 minutes.
[Gumball carries Idaho to his family who are working on the field]
Gumball: Are you Idaho's family? Please, you have to help him. [Gumball pants]
[Idaho's father takes Idaho then the whole family looks sad while Idaho's father buries Idaho]
Gumball: [Gasps] We were too late.
[Idaho's father finish burying Idaho then Gumball drops to the ground and starts crying and singing]
Gumball: Aberdeen, in the wind, in the field, potato.
[The rest of the Wattersons follow along and start crying too]
All: Ohhhhhh, ohhhhhh, ohhhhh.
[Everybody looks down and suddenly Idaho comes out, completely refreshed]
[Idaho hugs Gumball and goes back to his family]
Gumball: But how?
Idaho: [Slaps his leg] There's nothing a good old-fashioned dirt bath can't fix, I still don't know how you all can survive the life y'all city folks live.
Nicole: I know, we're disgusting.
Idaho's Uncle: Oh well, that's potato's duty that help his neighbors, so why don't you stay here with us, do hard work in the fields and- [Gets blown by dirt]
[The Wattersons drives off and scene changes to the Joyful Burger where the car falls down again with Richard driving]