The episode begins with the Wattersons handing over their valuable possessions to a strange figure, which turns out to be Nicole, who plans to hide their valuables from Frankie, Richard's father, before they go to visit him as she views him as a manipulative con artist. As they arrive at Frankie's junkyard, Frankie gives them a warm welcome and invites the family to his overwhelmingly filthy trailer. While Frankie goes out to get some water for his guests, the family begins to sympathize with him due to his living conditions. While discussing Frankie's absence during Richard´s childhood, Anais concludes that he must have been in prison and suggests they invite him to their house and create a familiar prison-like environment.
When Frankie arrives, the Wattersons have already turned their home into a correctional facility with Anais acting as the warden, Nicole as a prison guard and Gumball, Darwin and Richard as inmates. Nicole and Anais give Frankie a rather harsh welcome by forcing him into prison clothes and putting him in a "cell," where he endures some abuse from Gumball and Richard.
The next morning, the family continues to abuse the confused and disturbed Frankie. Upon waking up, its his turn to empty the bucket. When trying to shower, Richard appears and asks Frankie to assist him in bathing. Frankie is given slop for breakfast. He is forced to sit on Richard's lap and loses his appetite quickly. He questions Darwin's behavior, and as a result, Darwin puts a spork through his nose. In the yard, he is crying due to the punishment. Gumball decides to give him some cookies, but then accuses him of possessing contraband. He is put in the shed, which they call the hole. Anais then interviews him to get him out of the hole. Soon, Frankie realizes he can just leave, but the Wattersons stop him before he can get out the door. Thinking they are doing a great job, they decide to electrocute Frankie using the doorknob.
At night, he escapes with Gumball. The others realize their break out and try to track them. Frankie tries to call the police on the Wattersons, but the Doughnut Sheriff decides to go after them due to the striped jumpsuits. The Wattersons track down Frankie and Gumball to a forest and tracks them down with Richard being a hound. After going down to a sewer pipe, Frankie tells the Wattersons he will jump off into a cliff. The Wattersons then explain they thought he was in prison. However, Frankie says he never went to prison. He explains he got sentenced to 3 days in jail for selling parcels of the moon to senior citizens and was running away from it. After being questioned as to why he can not cope with living on the outside, Frankie confesses he was trying to get free rent and food out of them. Richard then says he could have just asked and offered to let him live with them. However, after all the abuse from the Wattersons, he declines, and jumps off the pipe with Gumball.
It is soon revealed that the pipe is not too far from the ground. The Doughnut Sheriff catches him confessing and says he is going to prison. Frankie decides to accept since there is no rent and free food, ending the episode.
Although he says "Sure!" and "Nah" with the other Wattersons, Darwin does not have any particular lines in this episode.
This is Frankie's second appearance and major role. The first was in "The Signature."
This is the sixth episode where Darwin is seen wearing pants.
The item Darwin hands over to Nicole when she is collecting for prized possessions is a small treasure chest filled with bubbles. This is the same chest his biological parents gave him, first seen in "The Spoiler."
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Nicole: [Deep voice] Hand it over-- everything of value.
[Gumball gives Nicole his wallet, Anais gives in her watch, Darwin gives her the treasure chest that contains bubbles and Richard gives his tie.]
Nicole: I said everything!
[Richard plucks off his front tooth then gives it to her]
Anais: Is this really necessary, Mom?
Nicole: I'm not taking any chances!
Richard: But he's my father! He's not gonna steal from us.
Nicole: Richard, he's a con artist. That 24-karat necklace he sold you was made of actual carrots.
Richard: Yeah, but at least I remembered your birthday.
[On the car ride]
Richard: Come on, he invited us over. He's making an effort.
Nicole: He probably wants something from us.
Gumball: Or sell something to us.
Anais: Or sell one of us.
GPS: You have arrived at your destination. It is an awful neighborhood.
[The Wattersons walk toward a small house.]
Annie: Does Grandpa Frankie really live in there?
Nicole: It could be worse. He could live in that. [Points over a caravan then knocks the door]
Frankie: Hello, Wattersons! [His voice is coming from the caravan]
Frankie: Come on in! [Cockroaches come out of the caravan] Oh. Excuse the house guests.
[Nicole shudders as Richard pulls her to the caravan.]
Frankie: So, let me give you a tour. Here's the living area and that's the end of the tour.
Nicole: It's, uh...
Frankie: Well, it might not be much, but it's home for me and about 25 different species of parasite.
Nicole: [Quietly] 26, including you.
Richard: It's good to see you, Pop. Nice to have the family all together.
Frankie: I was gonna get in touch sooner, but my phone broke. [Holds up a tin can with string tied to it] Anyway, you guys hungry?
All excluding Frankie: Sure!
Frankie: Me too.
Gumball: I thought there'd be some food coming after that question.
Frankie: No, just sad music. [Turns on melancholy music on the radio]
Gumball: Okay... How about a glass of water?
Frankie: Sure. [Opens the door]
Gumball: Where are you going?
Frankie: I get my water from the toilets. I'll boil it when I get back. [Walks out]
Richard: Is anyone thinking what I'm thinking?
Richard: This is great!
Nicole: Let's leave now.
Both: Wait, what?!
Nicole: Richard, listen. I'm gonna try and say this as nicely as I can. This place is worse than a Porta-Potty at a punk music festival that's been left stewing in the sun for a week.
Richard: Wow! What was the harsh version like?
Nicole: I would expanded on what the punks did inside.
Anais: Don't you get it? He lives in a confined space. He's not used to modern technology, and look-
Gumball: -Two rats roasting a cockroach over an open fire?
[The camera shows that there are two rats roasting a cockroach over a fire then screech.]
Anais: No, those; The bars on the windows. Hmm. Where did Grandpa say he was all those years when he was away?
Richard: I don't know, he just said he was somewhere no one could contact him or visit.
Anais: [Gasps] Don't you see? He was in prison! He can't do anything for himself anymore. He needs routine and people telling him what to do. We should create a familiar environment for him.
[While Anais is talking, Frankie puts his ear against the door, trying to eavesdrop on the conversation.]
Anais: [Muffled voice] We need to bring Grandpa Frankie home-- our home.
Frankie: Yes! [He accidentally pinch the bottle he was carrying with, splashing the water over the camera and himself and grunts.]
Frankie in "Prison"
[The camera is showing Frankie's trip in a bus and soon as he arrives he sees Anais dressing up as an accountant]
Frankie: Oh, hey, Anais! It sure is kind of you guys to invite me--
Anais: It's "Miss Watterson" to you, perp! Walk and talk with me. I haven't got all day.
Frankie: Huh. Rude.
Anais: Okay, you're going inside. Keep your nose clean, your head down, and with good behavior, you'll be out of here in time for my graduation ceremony.
[Nicole peeps out behind the curtain, then sticks in her head back.]
Nicole: Right, operation Make Grandpa Frankie Feel At Home By Turning Our House Into A Prison is a go. I just wish it had a catchier title.
[Doorbell rings and Nicole opens the door with a straight face and with dressing as a prison officer.]
Frankie: Oh, hey Nicole. I hope I'm not late for dinner.
Nicole: Hand it over!
Nicole: And the rest.
Frankie: Oh. [Takes off his hat, trench coat, shirt, tie, pants and underwear.]
Nicole: Too much.
Frankie: [Takes back his underwear] Sorry. Careful when you launder that shirt, doll. It's real silk. So, uh, where is everyone?
[Nicole throws out those things he gave]
Frankie: And what's with the face? I got a warmer reception at the igloo convention!
[Nicole stares at him furiously]
Frankie: Which is actually a thing, by the way.
[Nicole still is glazing at him furiously]
Frankie: How about you fix us a drink?
[Nicole spits out water at Frankie then throws a jail uniform]
Nicole: Put that on!
Frankie: [Sarcastically] A gift? Too kind. I think I just shed a tear. Although, my face is wet so it's hard to tell.
[Scene cuts to Gumball and Darwin's bedroom]
Nicole: You sleep here!
Frankie: Thanks Nicole, and can I just say that-[Nicole slams the door] I guess I can't.
[Gumball is on the bed covered in tattoos and Frankie greets him]
Frankie: Oh, hey kid, looks like we're sharing. Nice tattoos, what's that one?
[points towards Gumball's arm. Penny is badly drawn on his arm]
Gumball: [tough voice] That's a portrait of my girl, she's waiting for me.
Frankie: Quite the looker. And that one?
[Points towards Gumball, two unicorns are drawn on his chest]
Gumball: A unicorn battling another unicorn means I'll always defend my homies.
Frankie: And that?
[Points towards Gumball's back]
Gumball: A lion with a baseball bat so people know not to mess with me.
Frankie: Kinda looks like a butt with a wig playing the oboe.
Gumball: Does it? [looks at the tattoo]
Gumball: Well it's hard to draw on your own back, okay?!
Frankie: Woah, woah, woah! Why is everyone so tense around here? And what's up with him?
[Frankie points towards Darwin. Darwin is seen in the corner taking off a doll's head and licking it, looking criminally insane]
Gumball: Yeah I wouldn't mess with that one, he belongs in a more "padded" cell if you catch my drift.
Frankie: So do you.
Gumball: Aww, you think I'm criminally insane too. Thanks. [smiles]
Frankie: I think I'm going to bed. [Tries getting on the top bunk]
Gumball: Hey! [Whacks Frankie with a sock making him yell] I get the top bunk fish!
Frankie: Ugh, what is this?!
Gumball: Shower gel in a sock. I couldn't find any soap.
Frankie: [Grumbles] Whatever, goodnight.
[Frankie gets on the bed and tries to sleep. Richard comes in and lays next to him]
Richard: Hey Pop. How you holding up? They say the first night's the hardest but don't worry I gotcha. [kisses Frankie on the cheek]
Nicole: LIGHTS OUT!
[Scene fades to morning]
Nicole: RISE AND SHINE MAGGOTS!
Frankie: [gets up and hits his head on the top bunk] Ow!
Richard: Hurry up Pop, you don't want to find out what happens if you're late. And it's your turn to empty the bucket.
[Scene cuts to Frankie in the shower]
Frankie: Finally, some privacy.
[Richard shows up behind him]
Richard: Hey, pop. We all shower together here. Can you do my back?
Frankie: Uhhh, sure.
Richard: Thanks. [kisses Frankie]
[Scene cuts to Nicole serving breakfast]
Frankie: So what's for breakfast doll? Waffles? French toast? Froot loops? [Nicole slams mushy food on his plate] It doesn't look good but I'm sure it tastes-[eats it] nope. So not that I really mind but aren't you gonna eat with us?
Nicole: [grabs Frankie by the neck] I don't eat with you. I'm not your friend. I don't even wanna see you unless I have to!
Frankie: [walks towards the table] Hmm, I think she's warming to me. Uhh, do you mind if I sit in that chair?
[Richard pats on his lap and winks. Frankie sighs and sits]
Frankie: I think I've lost my appetite.
Richard: Thanks Pop. [kisses Frankie and eats the food from hiss plate]