When the kids find out that Mom's life hasn't panned out as she'd hoped, they start taking on her chores, but they accidentally grab her bucket list instead of her to-do list.
The episode starts with Gumball and Darwin concerned with Nicole, who is looking at artifacts of her childhood and a list of dreams she wrote with resignation. She laments about how reality gets in the way of ambition, and realizing how much she gave up for them, Gumball and Darwin decide to take care of her chores list for the day. Unbeknownst to them, though, she accidentally hands them her bucket list instead.
First, Gumball and Darwin head to the school library to get a degree; they achieve this by paying for a degree in holistic medicine online and printing it out. By coincidence, Gary collapses across from them, so the two put their newfound knowledge to the test with a wide variety of gemstones, surrounding him with candles. Gumball stuffs amethyst up his nostrils, causing him to struggle breathing. In spite of their valient efforts, Gary faints once more and the two lament his passing, though he manages to blow the gems out of his nose and wake up, causing them to deem their procedure a success, only to be angrily chased away by their patient.
On the run, Gumball and Darwin stumble upon wanted posters of themselves for medical malpractice, which Gumball celebrates as another item off their list: getting something named after them. (The posters have their names on them.) Next, the run a marathon, which takes the form of them riding on the back of two marathoners under the presumption of them being sick children, and later at school, Gumball conducts an orchestra by mouth-trumpeting his way through a performance.
Next on the list is starting their own business, so Gumball creates an infomercial for his new product, the Stump Butler, a hook designed to make up for the inconveniences caused by having fingers on account of being too sensitive, sweaty, awkward, and sausagey. Against all odds, they become millionaires off of the product - another item off their list - and further, they use it as an opportunity to make a difference in someone's life. They do so by giving all of their profits to Hobo through an ATM, but the sheer amount of money it spits out causes him to suffocate in the pile.
Far off, a monk is shown meditating, only for Gumball to smack him in the back of the head with a frying pan, successfully beating a Shaolin monk per the bucket list. They then climb a mountain by the loosest, most technical terms possible, deeming marginal ascension as "climbing." Eventually, Nicole catches up with the two hoisting a dolphin ashore in an attempt to save its life; confused with what they are doing - among other things, this includes having learned Spanish and taking Chad Johnson to prom - she realizes and tells them that they were doing the dream list she wrote when she was sixteen. However, Darwin makes her realize that the real lie in her life is telling her that she lacks the opportunity to do anything about it. With the reassurance, she decides to accompany Gumball and Darwin on their final task: an around-the-world trip.
They achieve this through Elmore Maps, taking a virtual adventure. Starting at home, they click towards the highway, where they watch Richard get in a car accident, before heading out of town and on-board an airplane. From there, they take a trip to the Carribean and end up at a nudist beach, which Nicole graciosly covers up, asking them to select another place. Instead, they go to the North Pole, though with each step, the ice below them cracks until they fall into the water, only to be eaten by a fish. They keep clicking to find that the fish was eaten by a person who ends up choking, so they rush off to the emergency room. Afterwards, they head to Tokyo, though alarmed by its hectic nature, they take one final detour to outer space before rocketing back to earth.
With the conclusion of their trip, Gumball checks off the final item from Nicole's list. The episode ends with Nicole giving them what the list of chores she intended to give them in the first place, and Gumball and Darwin look on grumpily.
This episode premiered in Italy and Spain before airing in the US.
The same audience from "The Shell" appears watching Gumball's solo.
Several objects from Nicole's childhood memorabilia shown in the first shot of the episode allude to previous episodes:
Several photos, karate trophies, and an acorn pertain to events from "The Choices," as well as a necklace containing portraits of her parents.
A birthday card is signed by Yuki, Nicole's childhood rival from "The Fury."
Richard with his mouth agape in the yearbook may suggest continuity with "The Wand," where Richard allegedly screamed non-stop through his teenaged years. (The photo used, however, differs from the one used in that episode.)
The same yearbook page shows Nicole with the same dress and hairstyle she has at her prom as seen in a flashback in "The Ape."
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Realizing Nicole's Sacrifices
[The episode begins with Nicole looking at her old stuff in her bedroom, then she sighs]
Gumball: Mom? What are you doing?
Nicole: Oh, just looking at this list of dreams that I traded with this list of chores.
Gumball: Uh... you might want to add cleaning the house to it.
Nicole: What? How? I just finished cleaning literally two minutes ago. How could you guys make a mess so quickly?
[A flashback occurs, depicting Gumball and Darwin getting their milk carton and cereal. However, items around the kitchen are chaotically falling out and breaking on their own, causing a mess around the kitchen; the flashback ends]
Gumball: Just by being kids, I guess.
[Items around the bedroom are falling and breaking on their own; Nicole sighs]
Darwin: What's wrong, Mrs. Mom?
Nicole: Oh, nothing. It's just when you grow up, reality gets in the way of your ambitions. Like, I always thought I would go to college. Instead, I majored in shopping with coupons with a minor in tension headaches.
Darwin: What are you talking about? Look at this! [Pulls a certificate out of a box] You got a PhD!
Gumball: In petty theft, it appears. This belongs to some girl called Kathy Taylor.
Nicole: [Laughing nervously while snatching the certificate] How did that get there?
[Gumball pulls out a stack of photos: the first is Nicole enjoying while belly dancing. From there, her bright moods degenerates in a horrendous, tremendously exhausted mood as she raises her children]
I never realized how much you had to give up for us. I mean, look at these vacation pictures.
Nicole: Oh, I gave up all my hopes and dreams, and now I have nothing to show for it.
Darwin: That's not true. Mister Dad said you have lots of wrinkles.
[Nicole grunts in annoyance; Darwin grows anxious]
Gumball: Okay, let me paint a picture of what your life would have been like if you've never had us.
[A vision occurs, presenting Nicole, given tending upon by servants while dressed in a classically stylized manner]
Nobleman, offscreen: I'm begging your pardon, milady, but the Duke of Camembert requests the pleasure of your company, for supper at the Château.
Nicole: Ha! Tell him I'm not here. He'll call again if he's serious,.
[The vision ends]
Gumball: And so the Duke arrives in person on horseback, and he's like, ripped, and he—
Gumball: So yeah, and then, and then, you get married and become super rich, but it-it turns out that he chews his toenail, so... deal's off.
Darwin: Sorry you had to give up so much for us.
Gumball: Is there anything we can do to help?
Nicole: You can do my chores.
Gumball: Yeah, yeah, that's cool, we can do a chore.
Nicole: Chores. Plural. [Gets out a list of chores]
[Gumball reluctantly snatches the list, and frowns]
Get a Degree
[Scene transitions to Elmore Junior High]
Gumball: Right, number one: get a degree. [Reading from a computer] "First question: [Sighs] what is your credit card number? [Enters credit card number] Congratulations: you are now a doctor."
[The printer produces a diploma, in which Darwin grabs it and celebrates, along with Gumball. They adopt a baby face and voice]
Darwin: But what is a doctor of holistic medicine?
Gumball: It's kind of like a doctor, but instead of using science, you use... imagination!
[Scene now focuses on Gary, who falls and passes out; the librarian notices]
Librarian: [Whispering] Help! Is there a doctor in the library?!
Darwin: What do we do?!
Gumball: We do the next chore on the list: save someone's life.
Save Someone's Life
[Gumball and Darwin run up to Gary]
Gumball: Stand back!
Librarian: You look awfully young to be a doctor.
Gumball: [Chuckles] Well, you look awfully young to be a librarian.
Librarian: [Blushing] Oh, stop, please, go ahead, good doctor.
Gumball: Darwin, please, the holistic candles! [Gets candles]
[The holistic candles are placed in a triangle format around Gary's head; nothing happens]
Gumball: Darn it! It's worse than I thought! I'm gonna need two amethysts and a lapis lazuli! [Puts the amethyst gems in Gary's nostrils and the lapis lazuli on his forehead]
[Gary regains consciousness and chokes]
Darwin: He's not breathing!
Gumball: We're losing him! Engage reiki massage.
[Darwin prepares in position to "give off energy"]
Gumball: Okay, clear!
[Darwin rubs his hands and gives off energy, screaming]
Gumball: Again! Clear!
[Darwin repeats the process; Gary passes out, seeming dead]
Gumball: Looks like he's gone...
[Gary barely regains consciousness, his nostrils stretched out]
...na make it after all! [Brings up list] Saving a life— done.
[Gary groans at them, whistling with his nostrils; Gumball laughs nervously]
Getting Something Named After Me
[Gumball and Darwin run away from Gary across the streets of Elmore; Darwin notices something and stops]
Darwin: [Gasps] Have you seen this? We've got arrest warrants on our heads for medical malpractice.
Gumball: [Gasps] Does it have our names on it?
Gumball: [Gasps] Awesome!
Gumball: Yeah, another one off the list: getting something named after us.
Darwin: Oh, great. What next?
Gumball: "Win a marathon."
Darwin: Good, 'cause we're gonna need to get away from here fast. There's only so much time these acupuncture needles will buy us.
[Both notice Gary, scream and run away; Gary, full of needles all over his face, enters in]
Gary: Come back here, you little— Wait, this stuff does work. The pain my chest is totally gone... becuase my face hurts so much. [Moans and falls]
Win a Marathon
[Gumball pops up during a marathon]
Gumball: You okay, dude?
Darwin: [Appearing] Hmm, I thought that doing a marathon would be more hardcore.
Gumball: I know, right? We're so close I can already taste that gold medal. [Trying to taste] Ah, tastes like coins.
Darwin: [Looking down] Come on, guys! Can you oick up the pace a little?
[Scene reveals that Mr. Corneille and the Hexagon Lady are carrying Gumball and Darwin, respectively]
Mr. Corneille: [Weakly] Anything for a weak child. This is why we run.
Gumball: What, to cure children? How does that work? You're the only one getting fitter here.
Mr. Corneille: It's about raising awareness, showing others what good people we are.
[Both of the runners cross the finish line, and collapse, several Elmore residents surrounding the track, cheering them; the Cupcake Man enters in with two gold medals]
Mr. Corneille: No, give the medal to them. These sick children are the real winners.
Gumball: Oh, thanks.
[Gumball and Darwin step on their heads and walk]
Hexagon Lady: Wait, you can walk?!
Gumball: [Along with Darwin, receiving the gold medals] Yep. And fortunately for us, you can't anymore.
Hexagon Lady: Why, you little— [Tries to get up, but falls, then tries to, by any way she can, at least catch up and reach Gumball and Darwin]
Learn how to Play the Trumpet [Win a Symphony]
[Scene switches to Elmore Junior High; Leslie is about to begin his flute solo in front of the audience. Gumball pushes him off, imitating a trumpet with his mouth, and Principal Brown appears to agree with his rendition. The orchestra accompanies. Gumball now exits the school, along with Darwin]
Gumball: Learn how to play the trumpet: check. Hmm, start your own business.
The Stump Butler [Start Your Own Business]
[The scene switches to a shot of Gumball reaching for a mug of coffee on his kitchen counter, rendered in film grain to imitate an infomercial]
Infomercial Spokesman: Are you tired of your hands?
[Gumball cautiously blows on the coffee before dumping it all over his face and screaming. A red "X" appears on the screen]
Infomercial Spokesman: Too sensitive!
[Gumball is shown running and tries to grab his phone out of his pocket, but he panics as it repeatedly slips out of his hands. Another red "X" appears on the screen]
Infomercial Spokesman: Too sweaty!
[Hot Dog Guy is shown putting his hand on a bus pole and caressing Gumball's, causing him to freak out and run away screaming. Another red "X" appears on the screen]
Infomercial Spokesman: Too awkward!
[Gumball tries to pet a dog, but it bites his hand, causing him to scream and flail it around. Yet another red "X" appears on the screen.]
Infomercial Spokesman: Too sausage..y... Well, after years of research, our scientists have come up with a solution. We proudly present the Stump Butler.
[Gumball is shown putting on the Stump Butler, a hook hand, and poses with it.]
Infomercial Spokesman: No more butter fingers, because no more fingers!
[Gumball smashes the hook through the center of a coffee mug, pouring a single drop into his mouth and smiling while making a thumbs-up. A green check appears on the screen]
Infomercial Spokesman: No more sweaty fingers, because no more fingers!
[Gumball, while running, smashes his phone with his hook to retrieve it, smiles, and gives a thumbs-up. Another green check appears on the screen]
Infomercial Spokesman: No more awkward touching, because no more fingers!
[Gumball pierces through the bus pole that Hot Dog Guy is holding onto, causing him to recoil in shock. Gumball looks at him with a brief glimmer of victory before turning to the camera and smiling with a thumbs-up. Another green check appears on the screen]
Infomercial Spokesman: Even animals love it!
[A dog is shown flinching and whimpering as Gumball pets it using the Stump Butler]
Infomercial Spokesman: The Stump Butler, the truly hands-free solution!
[The scene cuts to Richard watching the commercial in the living room]
Infomercial Spokesman: Order your Stump Butler now for only five hundred dollars a pair!
Richard: What? Five hundred dollars? What do they think I am, employed?
[Darwin appears in the commercial with a headset]
Darwin: Hold on, viewers! For the next hour, I've been authorized deductive price these Stump Butlers by four hundred dollars!
Richard: [Gasps] Honey! Where's your purse?!
[Richard claws his way off the sofa and over to the landline. He tries to pick up the phone, but it repeatedly slips out of his hand, infuriating him]
Richard: GAH! CURSE THESE USELESS HANDS!
Make a Difference to Someone's Life
[An ATM shows Gumball and Darwin's Stump Butler profits shooting to the million dollar mark]
Darwin: Become millionaires: check.
Gumball: Next one is... "Make a difference to someone's life."
Gumball and Darwin: Hmm...
[Hobo, sitting across from them, clears his throat]
Darwin: So many dollars! How could we help someone with that money?
[Hobo continues to cough]
Gumball: Okay, it's not quite there yet, but I've got this vision of us pouring the money into a lake.
Darwin: It's not quite there, but there's something in it. Maybe a furnace. Some kind of incinerator.
Gumball: Yeah, we could warm up a whole buncha people that way!
[Hobo's coughing intensifies and he sprawls across the concrete; Gumball and Darwin take notice]
Gumball: [Laughing] What were we thinking? The answer is right in front of us! This guy needs help! Let's buy him some cough medicine.
Gumball: Just kidding, dude. Have at it.
[Hobo gasps in excitement. Gumball then withdraws all of the money in the ATM for Hobo, causing bills to spit out of it]
Hobo: [Laughing] Thank you guys! Thank you! Thank you! Oh, that's too much, you guys are nuts! Oh, this is crazy, thank you! [The stack of bills around Hobo begin to take over the screen] Oh, wait! Oh [Muffled] wait! No, no! HELP!
Beat a Shaolin Monk
[A monk made of a cup of ramen is shown meditating in a temple. He is suddenly struck in the back of the head by Gumball with a frying pan, causing him to collapse onto the floor while his noodles spill out]
Darwin: Wait, you can't just hit an unarmed old guy with a frying pan!
Gumball: He's a quadruple black belt. His hands are legally considered as weapons.
Darwin: Mmm. [Pulls out list] Beat a Shaolin monk: check. What's next?
Climb a Mountain
[Gumball and Darwin are shown grunting and climbing a mountain. Gumball reaches a ledge and halts]
Gumball: [Breathless] Alright. I think that's enough of that.
Darwin: But we haven't got to the top yet!
Gumball: All it says on the list is "Climb a mountain." We've climbed it.
[Gumball starts to climb down the mountain, revealing he was only a few feet above a parking lot. He walks away disinterestedly while Darwin, tied to him by a rope, gets dragged off]
Save the Dolphins
[Gumball and Darwin hoist a dolphin ashore; Nicole confronts them]
Nicole: Oh, there you are! I've been looking for you for hours!... What are you doing?
Gumball: Saving the dolphins!
[The dolphin chirps angrily]
Nicole: From what?
[Nicole sighs and facepalms before quickly throwing the dolphin back into the ocean]
Nicole: What have you two been up to?
Gumball: Uh, tu lista de obligaciones, mamá? [Subtitles: "Your chores list mom."] Why else do you think we learned to speak Spanish?
Nicole: Wait a minute. This isn't the chores list. It's my dream list that I wrote when I was sixteen!
Darwin: [Sighs] I wish you'd told us that before we let Chad Johnson take us to the prom.
Gumball: He was a true gentleman.
Nicole: So, you really did all this stuff?
Gumball: Well... yeah.
Nicole: You're lying.
Darwin: I don't know, Mrs. Mom. Maybe the real lie is telling yourself that at some point in your life, you lose the opportunity to change it.
Nicole: Oh! That's a very mature thing to say, honey.
Darwin: Thank you! It's from that movie about a poodle who proved to the world he could play ping-pong.
[Nicole laughs in disbelief; Gumball and Darwin shrug to each other]
Gumball: Want to do the last one on the list with us?
Nicole: [Laughing] Of course.
Gumball: Then pack your bags. We're going on a round-the-world trip.
Going on a Round-the-World Trip
[Scene changes to Gumball, Darwin and Nicole, all dressed as tourists, sitting in the childrens' bedroom; Gumball and Darwin are on the computer]
Nicole: But how? It'll cost too much.
Gumball: Nowadays you don't need money to travel. [Typing] Welcome to the twenty-first century.
[The computer, having been searched for Elmore Maps, shows the frontal view of the Wattersons' house]
Nicole: Uh, guys, I have been outside our house before.
Gumball: [Turns the view 90 degress right] Ah-ah-ah. Just wait a minute, Mom. [Clicks to relocate on the Elmore Highway]
Nicole: Whoa, that was fast. [Noticing the Wattersons' car] Oh, look, there's our car up ahead.
Gumball: Pedal to the medal. [Goes forward to view Richard driving the car]
Darwin: Oh, look, it's Mister Dad.
[Gumball and Darwin laugh, as the computer shows several views of Richard noticing the camera, then pulling up his shirt out the window]
Nicole: Ah, I really wish he'd watch where he's—
[The final shot shows Richard chaotically driving off the road into the air, due to the presence of a construction site]
Gumball: Now I guess we know how he swallowed the steering wheel.
[Laughter occurs; the mouse clicks through a tunnel]
Nicole: Out of town we go.
[The screen ends up in the countryside, showing two cows merged together]
Darwin: [Laughs] Look at that glitch!
[The monitor then shows a cow wearing a distorted face]
Gumball: Yeah, and that one!
[The view reveals the cows are living near a nuclear power plant]
Nicole: Yeah, glitches. [Transitioning to the airport] Um, let's try somewhere else. Ooh! I'm so excited. I've never been on a plane.
[A view inside the airplane shows]
What's the view like?
[Leonard Daniels is shown sitting next to the view, wearing no pants and revealing his underwear]
Eh, maybe we should fly first-class next time. Where are we going anyway?
Gumball: [Selecting a destination] How about the Caribbean?
[The screen shows a beach on the Caribbean Islands; the trio gasps in delight]
Darwin: The beach!
Nicole: [Reading the sign] "Nudist beac"— Oh, no, no, no, no, no.
Darwin: What's wrong, Mrs. Mom?
Nicole: Maybe we should go some place where we need clothes.