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"The Friend" is the thirtieth episode of Season 3 of The Amazing World of Gumball, and is the 106th episode overall.

Synopsis

Gumball and Darwin help Anais make up an imaginary friend who turns out to be too real.

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The episode starts with Gumball and Darwin in the backyard, where Anais has prepared for a party. They run through a field of popping balloons to go eat Anais' cupcakes. The duo manages to take cover, only to confront Anais herself. Even when they succeed in distracting her and eating her cupcakes, they find that her cupcakes were actually lemon and baking soda decoys. After they realize this, Anais blasts them with a bottle of soda and mint.

The brothers try again on eating her cupcakes, this time by "blending with the crowd." Though they succeed again, they notice the lack of a real crowd and ask Anais about this. Anais sadly reveals she has no friends to invite, although the purpose of the party was to make friends. Gumball and Darwin come up with an idea to create an imaginary friend for their sister, and along with her start imagining. They stop when they see a chimera near them.

When the chimera says that they did create him after Anais asks him about this, they all become excited. Gumball tries to talk with the chimera, but it becomes awkward after he gets scared by the chimera using its nose to high five him. Anais' brothers encourage her to make friends with him, helping her to make eye contact, smile, and talk together. After the chimera and Anais become friends with each other, Darwin declares party time.

Inside the house, Nicole and Richard watch the news and learn of an intruder breaking into houses across the neighborhood. While they learn of this, the chimera continues to have fun with Anais and her brothers. After he sends their piñata beyond the sky, they go back inside to make another. When Nicole sees the chimera, she panics and Richard calls the police. Anais promptly lets them out of the house, thinking that they'll be calming down soon.

Instead, the Elmore Police Department arrives on the scene. As the Doughnut Sheriff and Nicole argue with each other and demand the chimera to "release" her children, Gumball, Darwin, and Anais also demand to know why the chimera pretended to be their imaginary friend. The chimera reveals his true story: that he was created by a lonely toy maker, and was best friends with his creator until his death. He wandered the streets and broke into houses after this, trying to look for a new friend. The Watterson kids are swayed and set up traps to protect him when the sheriff informs them that the police will be attacking in in two minutes.

With the two minutes up, the police raid the house, but the traps set are so successful that all the police officers are taken down. The sheriff resorts to sending in Nicole if they do not get out in 30 seconds. This finally makes the chimera leave the house. Outside, he threatens to blow himself up with mints and 3 bottles of soda. The sheriff soon orders his men to fire their tasers at him, and this causes the mints to fall in the chimera's mouth and cause an explosion.

At night, a sad Anais thinks of her friend in the bedroom. But she becomes happy when she sees that the chimera is still alive after his parts reassemble back. The chimera thanks her, and says goodbye. He promises to visit sometime, and they smile at each other as he leaves.

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Trivia

  • This episode was originally supposed to air on January 15, 2015, but, it was pushed to January 22, 2015, and "The Saint" was aired instead.
  • This episode revealed that Anais has no friends.

Continuity

  • This is the second time the Hamburger Cop scatters. The first time was in "The Butterfly."
  • This is the second episode to be revolved around friendship. The first was "The Third."

Cultural References

  • When The Chimera is telling the kids about his early life where was built by a lonely toy maker, and they were friends until the day he died is similar to the 1990 movie "Edward Scissorhands", in which Edward was created by a lonely inventor, they were friends until the day the inventor was about to give him real arms but he died almost instantly.
  • This episode is largely an homage to the 1999 movie The Iron Giant, in which a nerdy child befriends an enormous robot from outer space. The two stories share major plot points:
    • When they first meet, Anais and the Chimera teach each other some social graces.  In The Iron Giant, the child teaches the giant to talk.
    • In both The Iron Giant and "The Friend," the townspeople are initially frightened of the giant, and the authorities are sent in to attack. 
    • The Chimera, like the giant, sacrifices himself in an explosion to save the town.
    • As in the ending of The Iron Giant, the Chimera reassembles himself after being blown apart.
  • The booby traps set up by the kids to thwart the police are reminiscent of the traps used in the Home Alone movies.
  • The Chimera's right leg resembles that of the Thing from the Fantastic Four.

Goofs/Errors

  • The Chimera's hand reappears on his arm even though it is tickling Anais.
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Dash for the Cupcakes

[From the opposite side of the backyard, Gumball and Darwin zero in on some cupcakes on a table; while they run to them, Gumball snags himself on a line, and accidentally pops a balloon, setting of a chain reaction of balloons popping around him and Darwin; the balloons pop like gunfire, and one takes him down; Darwin is taken down afterwards; Gumball regains consciousness, his ears ring]
Gumball: [Muffled] Darwin! You okay?
[Still with balloons popping like gunshots, Gumball drags Darwin and takes cover behind a chair]
Gumball: Come on, buddy. We're almost there!
[An eagle squawks, and Anais slams open the shed's door, soda bottle in hand]
Anais: Not so fast, boys! [Holds up mint] I drop this non-branded mint into this unbranded cola, it'll give me enough firepower to blast you through that darn fence.
Gumball: What'cha gonna do with all that cupcake? There's only one of you, and there`s two of us!
Anais: They're for my friends only! I don't want you there, eat'n everything and weird'n them out. Just give up, and that'll be the end of it. [Raises mint] Otherwise-
Gumball: Okay okay! Wait.
[Gumball and Darwin raise their hands]
Gumball: We surrender. [Points somewhere] Oh look! Your friends are here!
Anais: [Gasps] Really!?
[Gumball and Darwin are seen gobbling up all the cupcakes; suddenly they stop, twitch, and make gruesome faces]
Gumball: [Holding out lemon with powder on it; disgusted] These aren't cupcakes, they're lemons, and the icing is baking soda-
[Their mouths and eyes explode with foam]
Anais: [Sinisterly] The real stuff is in the shed.
[She drops the mint, and shoots her brothers away with a powerful blast of soda]

Making A friend

[Cuts to the duo crossing their arms, unhappy on the couch]
Richard: I know, and my decoy cupcakes were made out of toilet paper. But I kept eating anyway! [Plunges mouth with plunger]
Nicole: You two need to learn to give your sister more space. [A bubble growing from her mouth pops; sad] Mine were made from soap.
[Gumball and Darwin go back to the backyard]
Gumball: [Quietly]Okay. We'll just blend in with the crowd, and then go straight for the cupcakes.
[They both put on pompous expressions, pretend to be part of the "crowd," and walk discreetly to the cupcakes.]
Gumball:Hey Mel!
Darwin: Hi!
Gumball: Always great to see you. [Turns to invisible person] Hey Barbara!
Darwin: [Turns] Hi!
Gumball: [Kisses invisible person's cheeks] Looking good. [Aside to Darwin] She had a lot of work done. Jeff my man! [Laughs] Sorry to hear you broke up with Karen. Karen! Love the dress. [Whispers] Call me.
[At the table, they immediately gobble up the cupcakes once again]
Gumball: [With mouth full] Wait, where is everyone?
Anais: [Sad] I don't know! I prepared everything, and no one came!
Darwin: Did you invite anyone?
Anais: Of course not, I have no friends.
Gumball and Darwin: Hmm.
Anais: [Shrugs]
Gumball: [Sighs] You know, you're really clever but… sometimes you're kind of an awkward sausage.
Darwin: You need friends to have a party.
Anais: But the whole point of this party was to make friends.
Gumball and Darwin: Hmm…
Gumball: Hey, How 'bout we make one up for you...
Darwin: Like an imaginary friend?!
Anais: [Sniffs] Okay.
Gumball: Come on! think hard!
[He and Darwin think so hard their eyes pop out]
Gumball: Come on. You, too.
Darwin: Close your eyes and imagine!
[Anais sighs and joins them in imagining a friend. Then the chimera appears, and they see it and stop imagining]
Darwin: Shouldn't we be screaming?
Anais: I was kind of waiting for you.
Gumball: Let's do it on three, two, one.
[They inhale]
Gumball: Nah, I think the moment's passed. [Walks up to chimera] Why does he look like that?
Anais: I guess because we imagined him all together. I didn't think he'd be so… real.
Gumball: Can it speak? [To chimera] Hello!
Anais: Did we really make you up?
Chimera: Uh… yeah.
Gumball: [Excited] If we can imagine him into life, we can imagine anything!
Darwin and Anais: Yeah!
Darwin: We can imagine money and give it to the poor!
Anais: We could imagine an extinct species and bring it back to life!
Gumball: We could imagine I never got caught by mom using her hair-removal cream on my butt! Or we could imagine I never said that.
[They nod, and imagine for a while again]
Gumball: Okay! [To chimera] Hi! Nice to meet you! High five!
[The chimera doesn't move, and Gumball motions to his upraised hand; the chimera nudges it with his nose, and scares Gumball]
Gumball: Right. Well, Anais, looks like we found someone as socially awkward as you.
Anais: Ah! [Raises hands up in joy]
Darwin: Why don't you guys try and be friends? [Pushes Anais to chimera] Go on.
[Anais stands afraid in front of the chimera]
Gumball: Come on guys, make an effort. Make eye contact. Come on. Come on!
[Gumball grabs Anais' head, and tries to aim her eyes at the chimera's]
Gumball: I said eye contact- with him!
[Their eyes stretch, and literally make contact]
Gumball: Hm. That'll have to do. Now let's try a smile. Like this.
[Gumball and Darwin smile really wide; Anais copies them, and the chimera smiles back awkwardly; they continue smiling at each other]
Darwin: [Quietly] More teeth! We need more teeth!
[The chimera smiles to the point of almost baring his teeth, and Anais gives a full-toothed smile]
Darwin: Uh… good?
Gumball: [Aside to Darwin] If you wanna make friends with straitjacket. [Aloud] Let's move on to making small talk. Demonstration!
[Cut to the brothers picking food at the table, while Anais and the chimera watch]
Gumball: Oh hi. Oh, I love your hair! What's your secret?
Darwin: Male-pattern hair loss with a sprinkle of stress. So, who do you know here?
Gumball: Oh, I'm Anais' brother.
Darwin: Really? Me, too! [Quietly] She's so weird-looking, right?
Gumball: [Quietly] Yeah. She's like a garden gnome who got her head transplanted from an Easter island statue.
Gumball and Darwin: [Laughs]
Gumball: We both like to have fun at the detriment of others!
Gumball and Darwin: [Dancing] We should totally be friends!
Darwin: Alright, your turn.
Anais: Uh.
Chimera: Uh…
Gumball: Come on. Say something.
Chimera: Uh. I like... hair?
[Gumball sighs in disbelief]
Anais: Uh, here. [Rips off Gumball's hair] Have some!
[Gumball winces, and the chimera eats his hair]
Anais: [Nervously] Hm. Yeah.
Chimera: Oh uh… you have some hair too.
[He tries to pull out some of his, but ends up pulling his head out]
Chimera: Oh uh… [Offers head] here. [Drops head]
Gumball: I'm pretty sure that's not how you make friends. Put it back on.
Chimera: [Puts head back]
Gumball: Okay, you weirdos just say hi, and shake hands.
Anais: Hello.
Chimera: Hi
[Anais shakes his hand, then his hand falls off]
Chimera: Oh man! I'm so sorry.
Anais: No no, wait!
[His hand hides behind his leg, then peeks]
Anais: Don't worry. It's okay.
[The chimera smiles, and tickles Anais with his detached hand]
Anais: [Laughs] Stop, it tickles!
Gumball: It's hard to know how to feel about this. On one hand it's "awwww." But n the other hand, it's [Retches]
Anais: It doesn't matter. I made a friend.
Darwin: Which means it's time to PARTY!

A Criminal?

[Inside the house, Nicole and Richard watch some news; the kids are heard cheering in the background]
News Anchor (TV): Elmore residents are reporting a series of break-ins across the neighborhood with-
Richard: Hey kids! You alright?
Anais: Yeah! We're just playing with our imaginary friend.
Richard: Well, you better leave me some cupcakes.
Anais: Don't worry, he only eats hair.
Richard: Well you better leave me some of that too. I've been saving a space in my stomach right here. [Pushes spot on tummy, submarine sandwich comes out] [Pushes back sandwich] I mean right here. [Pushes tummy, whole chicken comes out] [Pushes back chicken] I mean- oh, you know what I mean.
Nicole: Sh! This looks important.
News Anchor (TV): …who is said to be over seven feet tall.
[Scene cuts back to the backyard.]
Anais: Now just hold still. [Blindfolds chimera] Good. Okay, and go!
[With just a tap, the chimera unintentionally sends their piñata flying up into the sky until it becomes a star in the sky and disappears.]
Chimera: Hm? [Takes off blindfold] Aw sorry.
Gumball: Nah, it's okay. No harm dooo-
[His hand is missing, and he screams; everyone else screams until Gumball reveals his hand hidden by his long sleeves; everyone sighs in relief, then Gumball hides his hand again and screams; Everyone screams for fun this time, and laughs after Gumball reveals his hand again]
Anais: Come on. Let's go inside and make another piñata. I'm sure the last one made some kids in the south pole very happy.
[Scene cuts back to Nicole and Richard]
News Anchor (TV): And now an update on the terrifying intruder who is breaking in to Elmore homes. Here is a police sketch based on eyewitness reports.
Nicole: Um, guys, I think it would be better if you played inside today. There's a-
[Nicole sees her kids with the chimera; she looks back to the TV, and sees that the chimera is the intruder; everyone gasps and holds their faces with Richard pushing back a pizza coming out of his mouth]
Nicole: Oooh my gosh! There's a criminal in my house! Stay away from my kids! Richard, call the police! AHHHH!!! [Runs around, flailing arms]
Richard: [Dials phone] Hello police, I don't know why I'm screaming. But we really need some help right now! [Runs around, flailing arms]
Anais: Let's all run out of the house with our arms flailing!
[She opens the door, and lets her parents run outside]
Anais: I'm sure if we give them a minute, everything will calm down.

Police Standoff

[The scene switches to a group of police cars and officers surrounding the front yard of the Watterson's house, with police helicopters flying nearby; Richard restrains his wife, while the Doughnut Sheriff watches her try to struggle free]
Nicole: Let me in there! Let me in there!
Doughnut Sheriff: Sorry ma'am, but this is a police matter. We're professionals, you can trust us. [Looks through manual] Okay, let me see… police negotiations. "Police." Is that one word, or two? You know how some people say "pow-lis?"
Nicole: [Grabs megaphone] RELEASE MY BABIES, OR I'M SENDING IN THE SPECIAL TACTICAL FORCES-
Doughnut Sheriff: Hey, give me that! I'm the one with the manual! [Through megaphone] Release my tactical forces, or I'm sending in my special babies!
[From inside the house, Gumball and Darwin glare at the chimera]
Chimera: Aw, I'm sorry. This is all my fault.
Anais: Why did you pretend to be our imaginary friend?
Gumball: Yeah. You better have a good story, man!
Chimera: Uh… [Sees Anais' pleading face] oh okay. I was made by an old lonely toy maker. We were the best of friends until the day he didn't wake up. I wandered the streets, then to people's homes hoping to find a friend. Everyone was so scared of me, and chased me away. Everyone… except you guys.
[Gumball and Darwin continue glaring at him, with their arms crossed while heavy streams of tears rush from their eyes.]
Gumball: Okay, that was pretty good.
[He and his brother wipe their eyes]
Doughnut Sheriff: [Megaphone] You have two minutes to comply, or we're coming in!
Darwin: What're we gonna do!?
Anais: Whatever it takes to protect our friend.
[Cuts to them in the living room with rolls of shrink-wrap; Darwin plays some action music]
Anais: What're you doing?
Darwin: I'm setting the mood.
Anais: For what?
Darwin: The bit where we make the traps.
Anais: We've only got two minutes. Faster! [Speeds up the music]
[They quickly set up traps, with some involving putting shrink wrap in place of the window, putting a sprinkler in the backyard, and a pail of water atop a slightly ajar door; Then Anais stops the music]
Anais: Alright, I think we're ready! Everyone in their posts.
Gumball: [Fast and high-pitched] Okay!
[He runs upstairs, full of energy and hits the wall; then he gets up and continues running in place]
Gumball: Sorry, I was in the zone. WHOO!

Raiding the House

Doughnut Sheriff: Okay, on my mark-!
Nicole: CHARGE!
Doughnut Sheriff: Hey, I'm the officer in charge here.
Richard: Didn't you hear her? She said CHARGE!
[Police officers charge to the house, A can police officer pulls the door knob, activates a trap, and gets squished by a washing machine; in the backyard, french fry cops try to go through the backdoor, but become soggy when a sprinkler is activated]
French Fry Cop: It's a mashacre!
[Back in the front porch, the coffee cop sees a rake in the house]
Coffee Cop: Not falling for that trick.
[He jumps through the window, but instead gets wrapped in shrink-wrap; the wrap causes him to fall on the rake, puncturing his bottom, and causing the coffee in him to spill; A hot dog police officer comes through the door, and goes up the stairs; Gumball then activates the attic ladder trap which slices the hot dog cop up; In the kitchen, the hamburger cop spots the pail near the top of the slightly ajar door]
Hamburger Cop: [Laughs] Thought you got me, eh?
[Then he sees it activate another trap, which sends a boot to his face that knocks his head/top bun off; the Doughnut Sheriff comes in, and gasps when he sees his badly hurt officers]
Hamburger Cop: Careful! The guy's a monster.
[The sheriff walks to a door, and tries to grab the greasy knob]
Doughnut Sheriff: Son of a gun, he buttered the doorknob! This guy must be a criminal mastermind. I need to consult the manual. [Reads] "If the situation requires tact and intellectual effort, call someone else." Oh. [Flees]
Doughnut Sheriff: [Megaphone] You've got thirty seconds to get out, or I'm sending in their mother!
Anais: Okay, there's a very slim chance of any of us surviving that. Put your heads together, and come up with a plan!
[Gumball and Darwin bump heads]
Gumball: I got nothing.
Darwin: Me neither.
Anais: Oh, come on guys! We've gotta think of something. They'll never believe he's innocent, and they won't leave him alone for as long as he lives.
Doughnut Sheriff: [Megaphone] STOP RIGHT THERE! Put the soda down, and your hands in the air!
[The chimera is seen out of the house, chugging down a bottle of soda]
Chimera: I drank three bottles of unbranded soda, and I got a whole tube of unbranded mints. So please, just let me go, or else... [Slowly motions to eat mints]
Hamburger Cop: Sir, put the mints down!
Doughnut Sheriff: Hold on! [Reads] "In case of sensitive situation"-- FIRE!
[All the police officers fire their tasers at the chimera; one of the taser's ends hit the chimera's hands, and this makes him drop the mints into his mouth; he explodes]
Doughnut Sheriff: Uh.. wait a minute. No. It says "F.I.R.E: Find the problem, Initiate a dialogue, Reason with the aggressor, and Evacuate the area." Oops.

Saying Goodbye to a Friend

[In the bedroom, a sad Anais stares out into the night; then suddenly, the parts of the chimera come together, and reassemble; Anais sees this, and gasps in amazement; The chimera completely reassembles himself in front of her view]
Anais: You're alive!
Chimera: I just wanted to say thank you… and goodbye.
Anais: But you will come back and visit, right?
Chimera: I promise.
Anais: High five.
[She high fives his nose, then watches him leave; he turns around and smiles, and she smiles back; then once again, he continues walking along the road; episode ends]
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