The episode starts from Nicole's point of view, being forced to deal with a hyperactive 4-year-old Gumball, who does all sorts of mischievious things, such as catapulting oranges, putting objects in the washing machine, breaking the ceiling, and is somehow able to bring both sand and snow into the house. She goes upstairs to find Richard in a bath of grape soda. She then finds Gumball in his room, acting so cute his mother can't even stay mad at him. Tired of their son's behavior, and in desperate need for sleep, the parents decide to get him a pet fish. Gumball is fascinated with his new pet, and decides to call it Darwin. Despite Darwin being unable to respond to his owner, Gumball enjoys playing with him very much. However, one early morning, Darwin doesn't wake up, and Nicole and Richard realize he's dead. Not wanting to upset Gumball, Richard buys a new fish to replace the dead one without telling his son that his first fish died.
After many fish end up dying because of Gumball and or Richard's irresponsibility, Richard goes to the pet store to buy yet another fish. While there, he is interrupted by Larry, who tells Richard the last two fish jumped out of the tank when they saw him coming. As Richard walks home wondering how he's going to explain this to Gumball, Richard is offered a fish by a man from a mysterious van. As Richard purchases the fish, the man tells him that this fish is very special, and must be treated with good care.
The new Darwin is placed as Gumball's new pet fish. Later on, Gumball is seen playing with Darwin under the kitchen table. However, he notices that Darwin is unusually intelligent for a goldfish, as he is able to understand everything he says, and is able to mimic facial expressions. Out of curiosity, they both reach their hands out for each other, and unknowingly establish a strong bond between them, which they can feel in their hearts. Then, Darwin demonstrates his ability to talk. Gumball, amazed at this wants to surprise his parents, and tells Darwin to look as dumb as possible. As he goes to tell Nicole, Richard walks into the kitchen and sees Darwin floating motionless in his bowl, thinking he's dead. Richard almost flushes him down the toilet, but Gumball stops him at the last second. Nicole then decides to take a family picture. When she tells everybody to say "Cheese," Darwin jumps out of his bowl to say it. Nicole and Richard are startled by this, and accidentally throw him out of the bowl. He lands on the lever and the toilet, and gets flushed, much to Gumball's horror. A title card saying "To Be Continued..." then comes up on the screen.
It also reveals that Gumball had a normal bed, instead of bunk beds.
This episode contradicts "The Game" where Darwin the First was originally under Gumball's bed instead of being flushed to the toilet.
This episode also contradicts "The Hero," as a photo in that episode shows that Darwin was a Christmas present for Gumball, but in this episode, he was bought by Richard as a replacement for the other fish that died.
This episode breaks the fourth wall when the camera bumps into Gumball when trying to warn him about Darwin.
[Episode starts off with the exterior of the Watterson's house, then an orange crashes through the left window.]
Nicole: Gumball! Stop using my bikini to catapult oranges at your dad!
[The scene then cuts to the front door, where water and bubbled soap are coming out the bottom of the door.]
Nicole: What the? Gumball! When I told you to clean your room, I didn't mean to put everything in the washing machine!
[Scene cuts to the interior of the house and to the stairway, in a 3-D first person point of view of Nicole, who is walking up the stairs.]
Nicole: Oh, not a moment's peace around here. Oh, where is he now?
[Nicole then opens the bathroom door, where she then finds grape soda in bathtub, and cans of it on the floor, and the soda in the bath is overflowing.]
Nicole: Gumball? Why is the bathtub full of soda?!
Richard: He must have been trying to make some kind of amazing home-made jacuzzi. I think it's important to encourage the creativity of a child because--
Nicole: It was you wasn't it?
[Richard then pops his head out behind from the curtain]
[Nicole then looks down at the ground, then to the right of her, where she finds grains of both sand and snow leading to Gumball's room.]
Nicole: Gumball! How did you manage to bring both sand and snow into the house?
[Nicole then looks up at the ceiling, where she then finds a huge hole in the ceiling.]
Nicole: I'm not even going to ask about that.
[The camera then zooms in on Gumball's bedroom door, just as Nicole is about to open it.]
[Nicole then opens the bedroom door, and we see it is an altered version of the room we are used to seeing.]
[Nicole looks around both left and right of the room to find him, but to no avail.]
Nicole: Oh my gosh! Richard! Grab the hunting net, he got out again!
Gumball: [Young voice] I'm here.
[Nicole then looks down right below her feet to find a toddler Gumball standing there with a cute smile on his face. Then the camera cuts back to third person perspective, where we find a very tired Nicole, who is wearing a 90's styled outfit.]
Nicole: [sighs with relief] You're so lucky you're so cute! Otherwise I would've sold you to the freak show by now. [picks Gumball up and kisses him on the cheek.]
Gumball: What's a freak show?
Nicole: It's like our family, but people pay to see it.
[Nicole then walks out of the bedroom with Gumball in her arms.]
Getting Gumball a Pet
[The scene then cuts to the table where we now see a first person perspective of Gumball, who is babbling and moving his arms around at hyper energetic speed. Nicole and Richard, who is also dressed differently, and who has a mustache and beard, are watching him.]
Gumball: [Babbling and waving his arms around]
Richard: Uhnn... [Nicole then takes a picture with her instant camera, and in the process, makes Richard fling food on his face.] Ahh! That's the 27th time!
Nicole: [Sighing as she looks at the pictures she took] I was an energetic kid, but this one operates in a different time frame.
[Gumball is still hyper energetic and waving his hands all over at his baby table, then Richard pulls out a spoon full of baby food.]
Richard: EAT! By the power of lunch, I command you to eat! By the power of lunch, I command you to eat!
[Gumball then stops and his head falls on his baby table.]
Richard: Ah! I killed his appetite! Or maybe worse...
Nicole: Shh! He's finally gone down! Quick! Sleep while you can!
[The two then fall on the table as well and begin to snore for a few seconds, before Gumball wakes back up again. The other two wake back up, and this time we see them with bloodshot eyes]
Gumball: Second wind! [He then begins acting hyper energetic again]
[Nicole and Richard both groan]
Nicole: [Sigh] This can't go on...
[The two then suddenly stop to think about a way to stop the madness, then they both come up with different solutions;They both gasp]
Nicole: Wait a minute!
Richard: Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
Nicole and Richard: Let's...
Nicole: Get him a pet!
Richard: Go back in time and make sure we never... [Nicole looks at Richard suspiciously/angrily, then Richard cuts his thought off.]
Richard: We get him a pet! [laughs] What a good idea we both just had... [baby food splatters on their face by Gumball.]
[Scene then cuts to the big table, where a goldfish in a bag is lying on the table (Darwin The First), as Gumball watches it swim in circles. Then it cuts to where both Nicole and Richard are biting their mouths, making sure nothing goes wrong]
Richard: He hasn't moved in over 13 seconds.
Nicole: And there isn't any alphabet soup on the ceiling. [Both of them then laugh in a sign of relief for a bit, then they stop]
Nicole: So what are you gonna call him, sweetie?
[Gumball then looks at his alphabet soup, almost with a confused look on his face, then he shakes the soup around a bit, then he looks at the soup, which is currently off screen]
Gumball: [gasps][answers quietly] Darwin!
[The scene then changes to the soup, which is sitting on the table, with letters spelling "JPXFRD" in the bowl]
Nicole: [confused] What? But that spells "JPXFRD." We really need to get you enrolled in school...
[Scene then cuts to Gumball's room, where Darwin The First is swimming around inside the water-filled bag on Gumball's play table]
Gumball: So, I can see by your serious expression that you ask yourself a lot of important questions. Like, "If I ate myself, would I grow twice as big, or just disappear?
[The scene cuts back to the water-filled bag, where Darwin The First is still swimming in circles, with no reply. The scene then cuts to Gumball's bedroom door, where Nicole and Richard are watching him, making sure that he doesn't see them]
Nicole: [Sigh] Finally, somebody else to answer his questions...
Richard: Yeah, I got a nosebleed just thinking "if there's nothing faster than light, then how did the dark get there first?"
[They then walk away from his bedroom, and into their bedroom. Then their muscles begin to sag down below their faces]
Nicole: [lisping] My muscles. They got all loose...
[They finally walk into their bedroom and Nicole shuts the door]
Richard: What happened?
Nicole: [lisping] I don't know, I think we just relaxed... for the first time in years... [The two then fall asleep on the bedroom floor and begin taking a nap]
[The scene then cuts to the next day before dawn, in Nicole and Richards bedroom, focused on their nightstand, where the alarm clock goes off at 6:00 with the sound of Gumball mimicking the alarm clock, with it actually sounding like it really is there. Nicole then wakes up and presses the snooze button, but the alarm won't go off, so she continues to attempt to turn it off, with no luck.]
Nicole: [frustrated grunt, then begins pressing the snooze button.] Aghh! [continues pressing the snooze button, then bangs it.]
Richard: [wakes up and begins screaming at the top of his lungs, fully awake.]
Nicole: [She then pounds the alarm clock several times, breaking it, then she looks and sees that the alarm clock is unplugged, causing her to scream angrily.] Why?!
[The camera then moves to the left a little, where Gumball can now be seen in his pajamas, still mimicking the alarm clock, this time actually sounding less electronic.]
Gumball: [quietly] Time to wake up! I made you breakfast! [He hands them both a bowl, which is on fire.]
Nicole: [Sighs] Thank you sweetie, but don't you have anything else to do? [Both Nicole and Richard begin digesting the food, which is still on fire.]
Richard: [Continues eating his burning breakfast] Go play with Darwin. [Continues eating.]
Gumball: I can't. He won't wake up. He looks like this. [He then jumps on the bed, landing on his back and copies the face of Darwin The First, who is now dead][Softly] Agh!
Nicole and Richard: [Both gasp and look at each other in horror as they realize that Darwin The First is now dead]
Richard: [Nervously][He then nervously rushes to his wardrobe to grab some clothes] Uh... Excuse me wife and my son, why don't you stay here while I go buy another f--orange! [speeds out the door, then comes back again] By which I mean replacing the old orange in fact that there is no old orange and that there is just one continuous orange. Bye! [Then he walks out of the bedroom]
[The scene then cuts to where Richard is now seen at the door of Gumball's bedroom door, where he then sighs and then the scene cuts again to where he then grabs a fishing net to pick up Darwin The First out of the bowl, then the scene then cuts to where Richard is then in the bathroom, where he is giving Darwin The First a funeral/burial ceremony]
Richard: [Singing in a low, opera-like voice] Swing low... Sweet chariot... [The scene then cuts to a realistic toilet being flushed, representing the visual fact that Darwin The First has been flushed away, like someone being buried at sea]
[The scene then cuts numerous times for numerous events, the first showing Richard pointing at the fish he wants, then a cash register adding a total of $2.50 to buy a new fish, then cutting to Richard giving the money to the cashier, then cutting to Richard grabbing the fish, and finally cutting once more to the fish (Darwin The Second) on the table, where Gumball looks at it suspiciously]
Gumball: [suspiciously] Wait a minute...
[The scene then shows Nicole, who gets very nervous, as well as Richard, as a result of him buying him another fish (Darwin The Second.)]
Gumball: [Then turns confused] Did you just go to the store wearing that?
[Then the camera shows the living room, where Gumball and Nicole are looking at Richard, who is wearing a number of ridiculous pieces of clothing, including a ski mask and roller blades]
[Sigh in relief]
[The scene then cuts to the backyard, where Gumball is jumping on the trampoline with his new fish (Darwin The Second), also both the water and fish are dangerously high in the air. Then after a few jumps, the fish lands next to Richard, who is sitting down playing on a handheld device, he then gasps and performs "reverse CPR" on the fish (Darwin The Second), but fails to keep him alive, and later holds another funeral in the bathroom for the fish (Darwin The Second). ]
Richard: [Singing in a low, opera-like voice] Swing low...
[Then, the scene cuts again as it shows the same realistic scene of a toilet being flushed, meaning the fish (Darwin The Second) has had a proper burial.]
[Then it cuts to the store again, where Richard buys another fish (Darwin The Third) for $2.50, and him getting the fish from the cashier, then the scene cuts to where Gumball puts the fish bowl on top of the car. Then Gumball and Nicole enter the car, and Nicole drives off, forgetting they put the fish bowl on the car, and the bowl falls off, and shatters, and the water spreads in a circle, once again killing the fish (Darwin The Third).]
Richard: [Singing in a low, opera-like voice] Swing low...
[Again, the scene cuts again as it shows the same realistic scene of a toilet being flushed, meaning that the fish (Darwin The Third) had passed on.]
[Again, it cuts to the store, where Richard buys another fish (Darwin The Fourth) for another $2.50, and getting the fish from the cashier, then the scene cuts to the kitchen counter, where Richard notices that the new fish has black scales on it, so he grabs a can of orange paint with a paint brush in his hand, then he he lowers the paint brush into the bowl, killing the fish (Darwin The Fourth). (Though it is not shown onscreen that he died.)]
Richard: [Singing in a low, opera-like voice] Swing low... [The scene cuts again, to the same realistic scene of a toilet being flushed, but the only difference is that there is orange colored water in the toilet, meaning that the fish (Darwin The Fourth) had passed away.]
[Again, it cuts to the same store, where Richard buys yet another fish (Darwin The Fifth), for another $2.50, and grabbing the fish from the cashier, then the scene cuts to where Gumball and Richard are at a lake, and in the distance, a young Banana Joe and his father are fishing. As Gumball and Richard walk away with the fish in the bowl, then Richard can be seen running away (to get a new fish), as Banana Joe's dad accidentally reels in Gumball's fish out of the bowl once again killing it (Darwin The Fifth)]
Richard: [Singing in a low, opera-like voice] Swing low...
[Once again, the scene cuts again, to the same old realistic scene of a toilet being flushed, meaning that the fish (Darwin The Fifth) has passed away]
[It then cuts to the pet store, where Richard buys another fish (Darwin The Sixth), for another $2.50, and grabbing the fish from the cashier. The scene then cuts to where the fish is on the counter, then it shows Nicole, who is a bit tired, accidentally puts fish food in her glass of water, then she accidentally drops a grape-flavored fizz pill into the fish bowl.]
Richard: [Singing in a low, opera-like voice] Swing low...
[The scene then cuts to the realistic toilet-flushing scene. This time, it shows purple colored water during and after it has been flushed meaning that the fish (Darwin The Sixth), has bit the dust.]
[The same store scene then plays, where Richard has bought another fish (Darwin The Seventh). The scene then cuts to the park, where Richard is seen sitting on a picnic cloth on a hill, while Nicole feeds Gumball, with the new fish, and then, out of nowhere, a soccer ball rolls up to the fishbowl, and a young Leslie (whose bulb isn't fully grown yet), accidentally kicks the fishbowl instead of the soccer ball, killing the fish (Darwin The Seventh). The toilet scene then plays.]
Richard: [Singing in a low, opera-like voice] Swing low... [then it shows Richard at the pet store, where he is going to buy another fish, still singing the hymn. ] Sweet chariot...
Larry: I'm sorry sir, but there are none left.
Richard: What?! What do you mean? I need a fish now! [Bangs fist on the table as he says this.]
Larry: I'm afraid the last 2 jumped out of the tank when they saw you coming...
Richard: Aww... [He then slowly walks away from the pet store. Larry is still looking at him as he walks away from him.]
[The scene then fades to where we now see Richard in the empty parking lot feeling bad for Gumball, sitting on the front of the car next to a mysterious van]
Richard: [sighs] What will I say to Gumball?
Richard: [Gasps][He then puts the palm of his hand over his ear, mimicking someone listening for something] The call of a freshly opened soda!
?: No, over here.
[Richard turns to the left where he now sees the van right before him]
Richard: [Gasps] A talking van!
?: No... I'm inside...
Richard: [confused] My head?
?: [Frustrated] No! The van! [He then pulls Richard inside the van, then it cuts to black]
[The scene then fades in where we now see what appears to be a mobile antique store and we also see the mysterious figure's eyes]
Richard: [gasps in amazement] Ahh...
?: What do you seek? Please choose from the many wondrous items in my store...
[Richard walks to the left a little bit, before he eventually stumbles across a fishbowl with rocks and a little castle inside of it.]
Richard: What about this?
?: No, no... That's not for sale...
Richard: [Confused] Then why is it on a pillow under a spotlight?
?: Look, it's part of the game, you insist, I insist, [Sigh] fine... whatever, it's $100.
?: Okay, 10.
Richard: Okay, a 100 bucks! But you're twisting my arm!
[We then get a close up of the fishbowl, then Darwin swims out of the miniature castle, then swims back inside, then back out. Richard then makes an interesting face, then Darwin mimics it]
?: There's just one thing... [Richard turns around] ...Whatever you do, don't get it wet...
Richard: [Confused] Uh... it's a fish.
?: No, wait there was something else... ...Whatever you do, don't feed it after midnight...
Richard: [Still confused] But it's... kinda always after midnight.
?: No, wait there was something else... Anyways, be careful. That fish is more special than you think... [Richard can be seen walking away from the van, to his car]
[The scene then cuts to the kitchen table, where Gumball then can be scene playing with his two toys, snarling aloud while Darwin can be seen watching him.]
Gumball: [snarling, then throws his toys to the side] As a fish, can you tell be who would win a a fight between a shark and a thousand piranhas? [Darwin then makes a face of a piranha, and pretends to snap its mouth with its own sharp teeth]
Gumball: Hmm... you seem different today... Sort of more... ...awake. [Gumball begins to think about the situation, then Darwin mimics his moves. Gumball turns around to find Darwin still copying him, then Darwin stops.]
Gumball: Hmm... [Gumball then makes a goofy face, then Darwin still mimics it, then Gumball gasps in realization.]
Gumball: Hey, are you... ...copying me?
[The two then slowly reach their hands out toward the bowl, then when they did that, a blinding light came out of nowhere, causing them to shut their eyes, then they stopped]
Gumball: Did you... did you feel that? [Darwin nods again, then points to his heart]
Gumball: Yeah, me too... ..In my heart... [he then points to his heart as well][In realization] Wait a minute... can you understand everything I'm saying?! [Darwin then nods again.]
Gumball: This is amazin--! [He then jumps up, but bumps his head on the top of the table] Ow! OK, OK, my name is Gumball... Gumball...
[Darwin then sticks his head out of his bowl, then he speaks]
Gumball: Hold on a second... [Grabs a bicycle helmet and straps it to his head][Jumps up again and hits the table with his helmet] This is amazing! Wait 'till mom and dad see this! [Hesitates for a moment to think] Um... let's surprise them! Act as dumb as possible!
[Darwin then copies a face of Richard]
Gumball: [laughs] Like that! But dumber! [Darwin then plays dead] Yeah, like that! And you don't move a muscle until I say so! OK? [Runs out the door.]
[Richard comes into the kitchen to get a snack, looks over to Darwin and screams, thinking he is dead. Richard walks over to the window telling Nicole not to come in with a series of hand movements. Nicole understands and turns over to Gumball who is still calling her]
Nicole: Honey, I've been trying to avoid this but, I need to be honest with you. Darwin is not the first fish. The ones before him, well.... they stopped moving which means that they... [Gumball slowly frowns] they... They're asleep! And your father put them on a super fun water slide that goes round and round and round to a magic place where they hang out with all their friends and fishy friends and they dance and dance forever!
[Laughs and dances maniacally]
Gumball: Are you saying you replaced the fish because they croaked and then dad flushed them down the toilet?
[Nicole inhales sharply.]
Gumball: But it's okay 'cause Darwin hasn't stopped moving! [Camera dramatically zooms into Gumball's face. ] I feel like I should be worried about something but I don't know what. [Camera zooms into his face again.] Nope, still don't get it. [Camera moves slowly with more dramatic music.] No. [Camera moves back and hits Gumball's face causing him to remember about Darwin.][Monotone]Don't move a muscle until I say so.[Voice] DAD NO! [Nicole picks up Gumball but tries to escape from her grip.]
Nicole: Gumball, it's too late, honey.
Gumball: I'm a hyperactive 4-year-old! I live on a different time scale! It's never too late!
[Gumball starts running as fast as hyper sonic speed trying to save Darwin while everything else is super slow. Gumball runs too fast and flies out of the house.]
Gumball: Too fast. [Runs back to the house, trying to open the bathroom door. He grabs a chair and still tries to open it only to find out that it's locked.] OH COME ONN-[Screams really high-pitched causing him to shatter glass.] Okay, this is it! [Runs back into the house and breaks the bathroom door.] STOP!
[Richards drops Darwin in the toilet.]
Gumball: Darwin, I'll sav- [Grabs a pair of gloves] Darwin, I'll save you! [Picks Darwin up and puts him back in the fish bowl.] There. You can stop faking now.
[Darwin stops acting dead and moves around.]
Richard: Aw, I'm sorry. I thought he was deaaaa- asleep! And ready to go to a magic place wonderland where-
Nicole: [Comes through the door and interrupts Richard ] He knows.
Gumball: Buddy! I thought I 'd lost you! Give me a hug. [Both try hugging each other.] Uh. [Shrugs][Tries hugging the fish bowl again. Gumball sticks a finger in and Darwin hugs it.] Ah! [Gumball sticks his head in the bowl and Darwin hugs his face.]
Richard: I guess that fish was special after all.
Nicole: Oh, lets take a picture! [Nicole grabs a camera.]
Gumball: Welcome to the Watterson's Darwin.
Nicole: Okay everybody say "cheese!" in 3, 2-
[Nicole and Richard scream, causing Richard to move the bowl and Darwin accidentally flushing himself.]