Nicole asks Gumball to return the DVD of Alligators on a Train back to Laser Video. However, Gumball does not want to, and talks back to his mother. He changes his mind when she punches a hole in the door in anger. Slightly shaken by his mother's outburst, he goes to the kitchen to ask Darwin if he has seen the DVD, and is shocked to see him using it as a pizza cutter. Gumball grabs it from him and starts cleaning it with the wrong side of the "scrubby" sponge. Darwin points this out, and Gumball realizes that the DVD is horribly scratched. Gumball screams and the DVD is flung into the air, landing in the waste disposal and getting torn into pieces. They flip out for a moment, but then Gumball decides they need to find a way to replace the DVD without their mom finding out, ignoring Darwin's suggestion to "tell the truth and face the consequences of their actions" throughout the episode.
Gumball replaces the DVD with a cardboard cutout and returns it, but Darwin thinks that Larry will not be fooled, which is true. Later, Gumball and Darwin receive a red envelope with red writing on it. It turns out that they knew the DVD was fake, and they want the real one. Now they must pay the DVD fee of $25, and Gumball tries again to make a new plan. Two days later, Gumball and Darwin decide to get money by pretending to be beggars on the streets, which gets them $3. A real hobo asks them if they are begging just to pay off a DVD replacement fee. Gumball admits they are, so the hobo switches the hat containing Gumball's money with his empty one. Every time Gumball reaches his hand out for his hat, the hobo growls at him, so Darwin starts beat-boxing and Gumball reaches for his hat rhythmically. Gary walks down the street and pays Gumball and Darwin a dollar, but the hobo steals it and heads inside the store. Gumball tells Darwin that their begging plan was wrong, since the hobo clearly needs the money more than they do. They feel sorry for him until he buys a winning scratch ticket and gets a million dollars. Gumball asks for his $4 back, but the hobo says he does not have any money, even though his pockets are full of it.
Later, Gumball and Darwin try to find jobs in the newspaper. They reject many jobs, as they aren't skilled enough (Ironically, Darwin turns down a job which he is suited for when Gumball asks him if he can speak Chinese, explaining in fluent Chinese that it is a difficult language). They finally find a job in cosmetics for make-up testing. As they test inside a customized photo booth, the boys have to look at a red dot and make a face, and then makeup is splatted at them. Darwin focuses the dot all the way through, giving him perfect results. However, Gumball yelped and lost focus when the blush was splatted on, and he also gets an allergic reaction, deforming his face. When he wipes off the makeup, his eye stretches, making him look at the floor. They only make $5, which isn't even enough for the bus ride home.
Gumball and Darwin find many more letters from Laser Video in their home, before hearing the telephone ring. Answering, he discovers his mom is on the other line and is suspicious, claiming she can "smell trouble" with her mother senses. He states that everything is fine, but she is unconvinced. Believing that Gumball is lying, she tells him that she is coming home. When Darwin hears this, he once more suggests they face the consequences of their actions, but Gumball instead thinks that they should download a copy the film. Darwin points out that it is illegal to do so, quoting an anti-piracy commercial, and comes up with a better plan, one that Gumball already assumes is stupid, desperate, very unlikely to save them, and above all humiliating, but decides to go along with it.
Nicole discovers one of the letters as she arrives home. Gumball and Darwin take out a replacement DVD and start running away, and Nicole chases them to find out what they did. They jump many fences until Nicole face-plants on the ground, and is even more furious. The boys escape a ferocious pet dog, leaving Nicole to fight the dog while Darwin worries that Nicole is getting hurt. The fighting stops, and they fear for Nicole's life until she smashes through the fence, riding the dog after them. She chases them until she hits a brick wall, knocking her out, giving Gumball and Darwin the advantage.
Gumball and Darwin arrive at the DVD store and hand over the disc, which turns out to be a homemade version of "Alligators on a Train." Unfortunately, Larry sees that it is fake. The movie is of poor quality, is five seconds long, and has only Darwin's and Gumball's names on the credits. They break down and tell him what happened and beg him not to tell their mom, who turns out to be right behind them. So she pays the $25 for the lost DVD, shocked that she went through all that trouble for this, and tells Gumball and Darwin about how she is not mad, but that she still loves them no matter what happens. After the speech, Larry tells her that she must pay the late fee which totals to $700. She calmly tells the boys that "sometimes in life, you have to face the consequences of your actions, and sometimes you just... RUN!". The episode ends with a freeze frame of the family running away while Larry tries to chase them.
Nicole is the first character to speak in this episode, making her the first character to speak in the entire series. If one counts the early reel, Gumball is the first character to speak.
Nicole and Gumball are also the first characters to appear in this episode, making them the first characters to appear in the entire series.
Gumball is allergic to make-up, as shown when his face is severely swollen during the scene where they try to get money from doing a make-up test.
When this episode is shown by itself, or when it is seen on Hulu, an extended version of the Alligators on a Train credit song will play on the closing credits of the episode, therefore being the first episode to have an alternate credits theme.
Assuming 30 days to a month, a late fee of $700 over three months and three days means that it costs around $7.50 a day to rent from Laser Video.
A preview of the episode aired on May 3, 2011, and gathered 2.120 million viewers. When the episode aired on May 9, 2011, it gathered 1.937 million viewers.
Though this episode aired in the US as the series premiere, it was actually the final episode of Season 1 to be produced.
Nicole's line "I wasn't the one who watched Alligators on a Train seventy-two times" is a reference to "seen Star Wars twenty-seven times," a phrase that originated in Freaks and Geeks.
When Nicole jumps on Penny's Sister in the pool, there's a sound effect from the original Donkey Kong arcade game.
The Russian title of the episode, "Run, Mom, Run" ("Беги, мама, беги"), is a reference to the line "Run, Forrest, run!" from Forrest Gump.
When Darwin uses the DVD as a pizza cutter, a logo saying "HD DVD" can clearly be seen on it. HD DVDs were manufactured by Toshiba, and were the main high definition DVD format before the Blu-Ray format was released.
DVD players aren't normally able to play HD DVDs, meaning that the Wattersons' DVD player may be a rare model.
At one point, Nicole phones home because her "mother senses are tingling." This is a reference to Spider-Man's "spider-sense."
When Gumball is watching TV, the Laser Video letters are not on the floor. But when Darwin enters the room saying they received another letter from Laser Video, Gumball says to put them in the pile of letters that now appears on the floor. The letters then disappear again when the camera zooms out.
When both Gumball and Darwin wink, Darwin's eyelashes disappear. This also occurs when they are out on the streets to get money to pay for the DVD fine they owe Larry.
When Gumball and Darwin are running from Nicole, Gumball's whiskers disappear for a split-second.
Patrick is seen living in the same neighborhood as the Wattersons, but in "The Knights," he is seen living in a different neighborhood, even voicing his displeasure of the Wattersons' neighborhood. It is possible that he moved to a different neighborhood.
When Nicole face plants, Darwin's shadow and eyelashes disappear.
Despite the fact that Gumball is allergic to makeup in this episode, he has no reaction to the makeup he wears in "The Procrastinators."
Although Gumball and Darwin don't have much money when they are out on the streets, when the Hobo takes their money, Gumball asks him if he could have $3 back, even though Gumball and Darwin didn't have $3 in the first place.
Gumball asks Darwin if he speaks Chinese, but there are actually many types of Chinese, such as Mandarin, Cantonese, etc.
After Larry watches the fake Alligators on a Train, he says that the video is 5 seconds long. If timing it, its duration is actually 37 seconds long.
Hungary: Kölcsön lemez visszajár (Loan plate returned)
[The episode starts with Gumball on the couch watching television, while Nicole is folding laundry by the front door.]
Nicole: Gumball, don't forget to take that DVD back today or we'll get a fine.
Gumball: Can't you do it? You're the one with the car.
Nicole: I wasn't the one who watched Alligators on a Train seventy-two times.
Gumball: Ah! But technically, you rented it with your money.
Nicole: The money I have to go and earn to feed you kids.
Gumball: The kids you decided to have.
[Nicole angrily punches a hole in the door]
Gumball: [Nervously] Yep! No problem Mom, I'll take it back!
Nicole: [Picks up the laundry basket and carries it upstairs] Oh, very kind of you honey. And don't forget to put on some pants. Bye-bye.
Gumball: [Glances down at his pants-less legs, sighs, then walks into the kitchen where Darwin is cutting a pizza] Darwin, have you seen that DVD anywhere? I-- [Realizes Darwin is using the DVD to cut the pizza] DARWIN! What are you doing?!
Darwin: I'm using the pizza cutter.
Gumball: [Irate] That's not the pizza cutter! That's the DVD! Oh, gimme that! [Grabs it away from Darwin, seeing that it is covered with cheese] Aw man, you really have to be careful with these things. [Takes a scrubby sponge off the sink and starts wiping the DVD, unknowingly using the scouring side] The slightest scratch, and they're ruined. Forever.
Darwin: Uh, Gumball...
Gumball: [Interrupting] Ap-ap-ap. I am fed up with your carelessness, Darwin. This disc utilizes laser technology. You have treat it with respect.
Darwin: You're using the wrong side of the scrubby sponge.
Gumball: [Realizes what he is doing, sees the DVD all scratched up, and screams, throwing it into the air. It rolls around the sink basin before falling down the drain, where it is destroyed by the garbage disposal. He begins to cry] Noo! No! What are we gonna do?!
Darwin: Face the consequences of our actions and tell mom?
Gumball: [Stops crying] Don't be silly. I've got a much better idea.
[Scene cuts to The Laser Video Rental Store. Gumball puts a cardboard replica of the disc into the DVD case]
Gumball: There. You can make anything with cardboard and no one will notice the difference.
Darwin: [Skeptical] Really? It looks kind of obvious.
Gumball: Man, you say that, but I lost my trousers three weeks ago, and still no one's noticed. [Starts walking away very awkwardly in the stiff cardboard pants]
Darwin: Everyone's noticed that walk, though.
Darwin: You look like you went to the bathroom in a spacesuit.
[Cuts back to the Wattersons' house, Gumball is lying on the couch watching TV. Darwin runs in, holding a red envelope]
Darwin: [Panicked] Dude! It's a letter from Laser Video!
Gumball: [Nonchalant] Ah, so what? Put it with the others.
[A small pile of letters is shown beside the couch]
Darwin: No, this one's red! It means urgent!
Gumball: Red envelope or red writing?
Darwin: [Looks at the envelope closely] Red writing on red envelope. It's really hard to read actually. [Opens the envelope, reading the note inside as Gumball sits up in concern.] It says we have to pay twenty-five dollars for the DVD.
Gumball: AH! What are we gonna do?!
Darwin: Face the consequences of our actions and tell mom?
Gumball: No-no-no-no-no. Just give me a little time to think.
On the Streets
[Scene cuts to outside a convenience store, where Gumball and Darwin are begging using an old hat]
Darwin: It took you two days to think of this?
Gumball: Less complaining, more begging. How much have we got anyway?
Darwin: [Rifles through the change in their hat] Like three dollars?
Gumball: Great. Twenty-two more, and we can pay for the DVD. Now pinch me. We get more when it looks like I'm crying. [Darwin pinches his arm, causing him to tear up]
Otter Hobo: The reason you guys are on the streets is to pay a DVD fine?
Gumball: Yeah, I know. It's crazy, right? People don't understand how hard our life is.
[The Otter Hobo reaches down, switching his empty hat with theirs]
[When Gumball tries to take their money back, the hobo starts grunting. Every time his hand moves towards the hat, the hobo growls. Darwin starts to beatbox, and the hobo grunts along to the rhythm. Gary passes by and drops money into the boys' hat]
[The Otter Hobo swipes the money and walks into the store]
Darwin: That guy stole our cash!
Gumball: [Sighs] Well Darwin, sometimes in life you have to realize that there are less fortunate people than ourselves. He needs that money more than we do.
Otter Hobo: [Leaving the store; his arms raised in the air] Woo-hoo! I won! I spent your money on a scratch card, and now I'm a millionaire!
Gumball: That's great! So, can we have our four dollars back?
Otter Hobo: [Pretends to check his pockets] Oh uhh, s-sorry, guys. I-I don't have any, any change. [Walks away, the sound of numerous coins jingling in his coat; Gumball sighs]
[Back at the house, Darwin checks the answering machine]
Machine: You have eight new messages
Larry: [Through the answering machine]Hi, Laser Video Here --[Darwin skips the message]Hello, it's Laser Video, we --[Skip]You need to bring back -- [Skip]You need --[Skip]to bring --[Skip]the film -- [Skip]back to the shop.[Skip]Ha ha, I knew you were trying to skip my messages.
Darwin: Gumball, I think we need to get a job.
Gumball: [Looking through the newspaper] Hmm. Can you cook?
Gumball: Can you drive?
Gumball: Can you speak Chinese?
Darwin: [Speaks fluently in a Chinese dialect; subtitles] No.
Gumball: Can you provide inspirational leadership to a core team of thirty people, covering both national or international markets?
Darwin: Mmm, no.
Gumball: [Excited] Wait, how about this one? "Looking for a person with no skills or training to serve as a scientific subject for the cosmetics industry."
Darwin: What does that mean?
Gumball: It means they'll put makeup on us and see if it looks nice.
Darwin: [Gasp] Kind of like modeling?!
Darwin: I've always thought I'd make a good model.
Gumball: What makes you think that?
Darwin: High cheekbones.
Gumball: There are bones in there? [Pushes his hand into Darwin's cheek. It goes in past his wrist before it hits something] Oh, huh. There are.
On the Job (With a Makeup Mishap)
[Cut to the cosmetics building, Gumball and Darwin answer questions from the Cupcake Woman]
Cupcake Woman: Are you boys eighteen?
Gumball: Uh, does it count if I've been both eight and ten?
Cupcake Woman: [Sighs] I suppose so. Now step into the makeup booth.
Voice: Please relax. Look into the red dot and pout.
[Gumball and Darwin do as the machine says. Different makeup is then shot onto their faces. It gets applied perfectly for Darwin, but Gumball screams as the makeup hits him, and he falls to the floor.]
Darwin: [Admires himself in the mirror] Hey, that's not bad! Looking good. [Screams as he sees Gumball] What happened to you?!
Gumball: [His face is badly swollen] I think I'm allergic. [Sucks back some saliva] How come you look so good?
Darwin: I don't know. Maybe it has something to do with my... [Strikes a pose]Perfect skin.
Gumball: I think I'm gonna get this off. [Wipes his face with a cloth, causing both the makeup and his eye to smear] What happened? Why am I looking at the floor?
Cupcake Woman: Okay, boys. So how did the tests go? [Screams as she sees Gumball]
Mom Senses Tingling
[Cuts back to the Wattersons' house]
Gumball: I can't believe she only gave us five bucks. It cost more than that to get home on the bus. [Struggles to open the door, because there is now a huge pile of letters behind it] Huh? Oh man! More letters from Laser Video! Oh, we are in so much trouble. We have to hide these before mom gets home.
[The phone suddenly rings, and Gumball goes to answer it]
Nicole: Honey, are you in trouble? Because my mother senses are tingling. I can smell trouble.
Gumball: Trouble? [Chuckles nervously] No, we're fine. Absolutely fine. No trouble here, bye.
Nicole: Are you lying?
Gumball: [Laughs] Oh, no, of course not.
Nicole: Right. You're lying. I'm coming home now.
Gumball: Mom's on her way home. Now.
Darwin: [Gasps] What should we do? Should we tell the truth and face the consequences of our actions?!
Gumball: What is it with you with and tryin' to be honest all the time? No! We need a copy of Alligators on a Train. I know. I'm gonna download it.
Darwin: [Gasps] Gumball! You wouldn't steal a car! You wouldn't steal a woman's purse! You wouldn't steal a cell phone! Piracy is stealing!
Gumball: I know. I'm... I'm so sorry.
Darwin: Anyway, I got a better idea.
Gumball: [Speaking quickly] Is it stupid, desperate, and very unlikely to get us out of this mess?
Darwin: [Also speaking quickly] Yes.
Gumball: Is it humiliating?
Darwin: If we get it wrong.
Gumball: Are we likely to get it wrong?
Gumball: In the time it's taking me to ask you these questions could you have just told me what it is?
Gumball: Should we get on with it then?
Darwin: Yeah, we better.
[Cuts to the front of the house, where Nicole's car pulls up]
Nicole: [Walks towards the house, but stops after passing the mailbox, sniffing the air like a dog picking up a trail. The trail leads her to the mailbox, which dumps letters at her feet as she opens it. She picks one up and reads it] I knew it! You are in so much TROUBLE!
[Gumball and Darwin are in their bedroom putting a DVD into the Laser Video case when they hear Nicole]
Gumball: We need to get to Laser Video before Mom kicks our butt!
[Gumball and Darwin race out the back door, with Nicole right behind]
Nicole: What did you do this time?!
Nicole: Stop right there!
Gumball: Quick! [Grunts and pulls Darwin over the fence]
Nicole: [Easily jumping the fence] Where do you think you're going?! Don't you dare run away from your mother!
[Gumball and Darwin run through a yard, knocking over an umbrella, a table, and a lawn recliner. Nicole vaults up the umbrella, leaps off it, grinds across the table edge on the grill cover, then flips through the air, slides down the chair, and lands perfectly on her feet]
Gumball and Darwin: Whoa!
[Gumball and Darwin run through the Fitzgerald's back yard, crossing the pool by jumping on Patrick and his inflatable raft. Nicole crosses by jumping off Penny's sister's head. Gumball and Darwin then land on a trampoline in the next yard, with Nicole coming right down at them like a pouncing tiger]
Gumball and Darwin: Aah!
[Gumball and Darwin manage to bounce away, taking the trampoline with them, resulting in Nicole face-planting into the dirt]
Gumball: [Worried] Mom, are you okay?
Nicole: [Muffled] You're in so much trouble.
Gumball: What was that?
Nicole: [Lifts her head] You're in so much trouble!
[The boys scream, then resume running. They jump over another fence, only to find themselves confronted by an angry dog on a leash. They edge around the fence, but Gumball notices the stake holding the dog's rope coming loose]
[Gumball and Darwin escape through a loose plank on the other side of the fence, as the pursuing dog smacks into it, and keeps barking. Nicole enters the yard from the other side, and the dog turns its attention to her. The boys stop running when they hear Nicole scream]
Darwin: Gumball, we have to help Mom!
Gumball: I don't know, I mean m-maybe she'll be all right? [Chuckles nervously]
Darwin: [Angry] Gumball! There's a monstrous creature attacking our mother! We need to face the consequences of our actions and help her out!
Gumball: Yes. I'm-I'm sorry. You're right. [Suddenly the barking stops] Wait a minute. Why has it gone quiet?
[There's a brief moment of tension as they watch the fence. Then suddenly, Nicole bursts through the fence, riding the dog]
Gumball and Darwin: AAAAAAAAHHHH!
[A birds-eye view is shown of several more yards being crashed through]
Nicole: Stop right now!
[Gumball and Darwin stop, separating just as Nicole and the dog rocket between them, leaving a long line of fence holes in their wake until they collide with a brick wall. Gumball and Darwin look at each other a moment, then run off]
Sometimes You Just Have To Run
[Scene cuts to Laser Video. Gumball and Darwin race inside]
Gumball: [Panting] Stop the letters! Stop the letters!
Larry: [Looks up from a newspaper] Ah... The Wattersons. It's about time you showed up. I assume you have my money?
Gumball: Better than that, Larry. We got the DVD.
Larry: I hope you don't mind if I make sure it's real. Last time it was a piece of cardboard.
Gumball: Heh, go for it.
[Gumball and Darwin wink at each other. Larry loads the DVD into a DVD Player. The screen cuts through static to an obviously homemade version of the movie. Darwin's hands are seen holding a cardboard sign with "Alligators on a Train" written in crayon]
Darwin: Alligators on a Train. [The movie cuts to Darwin, wearing a fake mustache, standing in front of a cardboard alligator and a cardboard train backdrop. The backyard fence is visible through the train windows] OH NO! There's alligators on this train! [Darwin is shown "fighting" the "alligator" for a while, then he wipes the sweat off his brow, before saying his next line. The alligator, however, is still in the background] Thank goodness we got all the alligators off this train.
[The scene then changes to the backyard, where the sun is setting. Gumball and Darwin are standing with their backs to the camera, their arms hugging themselves]
Gumball: [Feminine voice] Thank you so much for saving us from all the alligators on this train. [Kissy noises]
[The movie then shows a list of credits, almost all of which are credited to either Gumball, Darwin, or "cardboard"]
Gumball: Doo-doo-doo. Alligators off this train. [Humming] Alligators off this train. [Humming] Alligators on a Train!
Larry: [Turns to Gumball and Darwin, unimpressed] This had better be a joke.
Gumball: Aw man, what gave it away?
Larry: Dude, it's five seconds long and every name in the credits is one of you two.
Darwin: [Whispering] I told you we should have put some other people on the credits.
Gumball: [Whispering] What? And let them have all the glory?
Larry: Well there's no way I can accept this. You need to give me the real DVD now!
Gumball and Darwin: [Sobbing] We can't! We used it to cut a pizza, and then we scratched it with the wrong side of the scrubby sponge, and then we threw it in the waste disposal! Please don't tell our mom!
Nicole: [Standing right behind them] I already know. [Gumball and Darwin scream] How much is the DVD, Larry?
Larry: Twenty-five dollars.
Nicole: WHAT?! You made me leave work and chase you through the neighborhood on a dog for twenty-five dollars?!
Gumball: But... But we were scared to tell you.
Nicole: Oh, silly... There's nothing you can do that will ever stop me loving you. Come here. [She hugs her sons] Now, let me pay for that.
Gumball: See Darwin, you should always tell the truth and face the consequences of your actions.
[Darwin looks surprised, then punches Gumball in the arm]
Nicole: Come on. Let's go home, you little troublemakers.
Larry: [Stopping them] Uh, just a minute. There's also the lateness fee.
Nicole: Oh yes, of course. How much is it, please?
Larry: Let me see. [Calculating] Three months and three days late. That will be seven-hundred dollars.
Nicole: [Chuckles] You see boys, sometimes in life you really have to face the consequences of your actions. And sometimes you just [Suddenly grabs Gumball's hand]RUN!
Larry: Hey, hey, HEY!
[The episode ends with a freeze frame of Nicole, Gumball, and Darwin running from Larry]