The episode starts at Elmore Shopping where Nicole is shopping for groceries. While Nicole is distracted, Anais, Gumball, Darwin, and Richard, all attempt to try and put snacks such as ice cream into the shopping cart, all of which failed as Nicole was quick to detect their attempts and fight them off. Gumball questions why they can’t get just one treat, and Nicole explains it is the end of the month and she barely makes any money at her job (even opening her wallet to show she is literally paid in peanuts). However, Nicole was able to get an advance on her next quarter, which literally meant she got an extra quarter. Anais sarcastically remarks she can only get a shopping cart full of groceries for a quarter in the 1860s. Nicole rebuts her, saying you can if you can sniff out a good bargain, and she literally starts sniffing for one. Richard explains to the kids she learned it from her family, who had a super ability to save money.
To her delight, Nicole sniffs out a case of corned beef underneath a shelf, corned beef that is from the 1960s but Nicole says it is only 20 cents for the whole case, and the 60s were great, if you were a man, not a minority, or not afraid of nuclear war. However, a man from the other side of the shelf starts to take the corned beef case away from Nicole, who demands it’s hers and the two start fighting over it. Nicole gets angry enough to use her extreme strength to win the case, only to knock down the shelf in the process. To Nicole's shock, the people on the other side are her estranged parents.
Nicole is now driving the family home as Richard eats corned beef. She is angry that the kids invited her parents over to their house. Gumball says they deserve it, and to think of it as a gift to them. Nicole admits she shouldn't deny them from knowing their maternal grandparents, but Gumball actually meant they owe them Christmas presents. Richard starts opening another can, and talks to it as he opens it, but Nicole thinks he is talking to her. She thinks he's telling her to give it another chance and to be good, and when he asks, "Why can't you open up?" Nicole explains her and her parents have a lot of bad history together, and she has not spoken to them in 20 years. However, she would try her best to be open and thanks a confused Richard (who wasn't paying attention to her) for the advice.
Back at home, Nicole and her parents sit at the dining room table, glaring and refusing to speak or make eye contact. The kids and Richard observe them from the kitchen and Gumball tries to lighten the mood by telling a joke, but the next scene cuts to Nicole and her parents screaming at one another, breaking things as they do it. Richard explains to Gumball that they blame each other for their strained relationship but no one really knows whose fault it is. Darwin concludes that the only way to figure that out is to have Nicole, Grandpa Daniel, and Granny Mary talk about their issues with one another, and they’ll decide who’s in the wrong.
The scene cuts to the whole family in the trashed living room, the kids and Richard hide behind the flipped over couch, and Nicole and her parents are on opposite sides of the living room, still glaring and facing away from the other. Nicole finally speaks up and tells her parents they have always been disappointed in her. Her mother explains that it's only because they loved her, but Nicole cuts her off and says it is because they had ridiculously high expectations of her, and complains that they made her wear ridiculous work clothes her whole life. Her mother says in life, you have to dress for the job you want, but Nicole counters that she took it too far, and we see a flashback of Nicole being born wearing a business suit. Nicole’s mom counters that she wasn’t exactly easy herself, and flashes back to when Nicole was in preschool and made her a finger-painting of thumbs-downs for Mother's Day. Nicole fights back and says they gave her a stupid name, revealing to the kids and Richard that "Nicole" is actually her middle name and her first name is "Doctor".
Nicole’s father argues they only wanted what was best for her, but Nicole says that mindset led them to do things like give her the wrong blood when she needed a blood transfusion; she needed B- but they gave her A+. Nicole shouts at them that nothing was ever good enough for them, as they made her sign up for every extracurricular activity. Her mother shouts back they were giving her opportunities to succeed, Nicole says, "All at the same time!", and flashes back to her as a child doing multiple activities simultaneously, such as playing the violin, baseball, track and field, chess club, drama club, and karate.
Back in the present, Nicole angrily laments over her stressful childhood, and crushes her coffee cup when her father fails to understand. Her parents then begin to lecture her on her anger problems and how it has caused trouble for them, such as when she destroyed the neighbor's car and a kid literally landed in the hospital. Daniel also reminds her about the time she stole their car to go on a date with Richard and they landed in court (literally, as the car crashed into a courthouse).
Nicole changes the subject on how they never approved of Richard. Mary denies it at first, but then admits to Richard that their daughter could do a lot better than him. Daniel then sadly asks Nicole why she walked out, who explains that she wanted to start over and there was no point trying to fix their relationship because it was so broken. Daniel states that they wanted too, but then accidentally proves her point by stating they wanted to have another child, nervously backpedaling and saying they have a dog instead. Nicole argues that they did not even show up at her and Richard’s wedding. Her mother explains they tried to and they went to "Rsvp", (which Nicole corrects her as R.S.V.P), because that is what it said on the invite, and they ended up in a town in Moldavia.
Nicole questions if that’s why they sent her and Richard divorce papers for their anniversary. Mary says that was for sending her retirement home leaflets with glitter for her 50th birthday, which Nicole says that was for trying to ship Richard to Guatemala. Daniel says that was after she got them committed for six weeks, and Nicole angrily says that was after paying for their honeymoon but replaced Richard with a neurosurgeon. Daniel begins to explain why they did that... but then he realizes he cannot remember, to which Nicole also realizes she can’t either. Darwin asks why they can’t just apologize and make peace. Nicole solemnly states they were at peace - separately.
Gumball, in a cheesy dirty way to manipulate their emotions, starts singing "If It's Too Hard To Forgive", as Nicole sadly turns away from her parents, who begin to tear up as they start to leave. Nicole looks at her mother one last time, and the two share sad glares with each other. Daniel and Mary walk to their car as Nicole washes dishes with tears in her eyes. Daniel puts the key in to start the car, and we see his keys have a keychain picture of Nicole as a child. They drive away. Nicole, still upset, takes off a photo on the fridge of herself as a child opening Christmas presents. She unfolds the other half of the photo to reveal her parents watching her lovingly. Daniel and Mary continue driving as Mary looks at a picture of her grandchildren on her cellphone. Behind them, we see Nicole run outside in an attempt to stop them, but she’s too late and they cannot hear her.
As Daniel drives toward the end of the street, he looks in the rear view mirror to see Nicole as she sadly walks back inside. He looks to Mary as the two have tears in their eyes, and Daniel hits the brakes, just as a truck runs through the intersection (implying if he had not, the truck would have hit them).
Nicole is about to go inside, but she sees her parents pull up, and she goes up to them. Mary tries to tell her something, but Nicole angrily cuts her off, saying she doesn't want to hear their excuses, but then sheds a tear as she admits she just wants them back in her life. Her parents get out of their car and the three embrace, finally reconciling with each other after so long as Gumball ends his song. Anais and Richard congratulate him on his song and how he used it to sum up their relationship and tell them how to fix it. Gumball scoffs that it's not what it was about: it was about the Christmas presents Daniel and Mary owe them. The others are unamused by this, and Darwin smacks Gumball's head into the window, ending the episode.
It is revealed in this episode that Nicole's first name is "Doctor", and Nicole is actually her middle name,
It is revealed that Mr. and Mrs. Senicourt's names are Daniel and Mary.
This is also their first appearance in the present day.
It is revealed that Nicole has been estranged from her parents for 20 years up until this episode.
This episode reveals that the reason why Nicole parents did not show up at her wedding in "The Choices" was because they mistook RSVP for Rsvp, a small town in Moldavia.
It is revealed Nicole was forced by her parents to take every extra curricular activity in school, including karate, violin, baseball, track and field, chess club, football, and drama club.
It is revealed Nicole has B- blood.
During the flashback to Nicole in preschool, Nicole is wearing a dress and socks similar to Anais, although Nicole's dress is yellow while Anais's is orange.
Footage from "The Choices" is reused.
The scene where Nicole storms out of her parent’s house is used, although the footage is flipped.
It is revealed that in the scene where teen Nicole and Richard are about to kiss in a car at a lookout point, only for the car to roll down the hill, Nicole took her parent’s car without permission, and the car rolled into a courthouse.
Nicole being born wearing a suit may be a reference to the Dreamworks animated movie, “The Boss Baby.
In Nicole's flashback to the time when she was young and performing in multiple extracurricular activities, her voice was different from "The Choices."
This may be due to the fact she was in middle school in "The Choices” and according to Nicole she was eight years old in the flashback.
Mary's tail disappears after she tells Daniel that they should be on their way after Gumball started to sing.
[The episode starts at Elmore Shopping, where Nicole is shown leaving the cart as Anais nervously waits behind a shelf. She then tries to slam dunk a box of sweets into the cart, just as Nicole returns back and launches herself to kick it off her hands]
[Gumball and Darwin summon out of the shelves, and Richard crashes through a box of cans, accidentally splitting his legs. They are all each carrying a box of treats]
[Gumball runs up to Nicole and fails to combat her, as Darwin tries to reach into the cart. Nicole tangles their arms and chokes them, and Richard comes up to the battle, ending up tangled also. The trio gets thrown off. Anais, from behind, tries to sneak her box into the cart. Nicole notices and kicks the cart, catapulting the product away into Darwin's arms. She then slams the fridge door into Darwin's face, stuffs Richard into the fridge, and kicks the flying product, launched by Gumball and caught by Anais, into a mess of marshmallows. She roars]
Gumball: Why can't we just have one treat?
Nicole: Because it's the end of the month, and I work a dead-end job where I get paid peanuts.
That's not a figure of speech, by the way. [Shows wallet full of peanuts]
Gumball: Then why are we even here?
Nicole: Because I asked for an advance on my next quarter, and they said "Yes." [Shows quarter]
Anais: Great! I know a place where we can get a full shopping cart for twenty-five cents. It's called the eighteen-sixties. [Frowns]
Nicole: But not if you're shopping for a good deal. [Sniffs around]
Darwin: What's she doing?
Richard: Sniffing out a bargain. Your mom's family always had this super ability to save money. I mean, she had a bowl haircut until she was six, but her parents didn't want to wear down a good bowl, so technically, she had a "doing a handstand in a pothole" haircut.
Nicole: [Sniffs, notices] Aisle thirteen. [Reaches behind shelf] Ha-ha-ha! [Drags out box of corned beef] Corned beef!
Anais: [Reads can] "This can can be opened by women of reasonable intelligence with limited male supervision"?
Nicole: Well, they're from the sixties, but look, only twenty cents for the whole pallet. I guess times were easier then if you were a man and not a minority and were comfortable with the constant threat of nuclear annihilation. Ha, how things have changed, huh?
All: [Inhales] Mm…
Nicole: [Dejectedly] Yeah.
[The box of corned beef is being dragged by a man at the other side]
Hey. Hey! [Pulls back] This is our food for the next month.
Daniel: Back off, lady! We saw it first!
Nicole: I grabbed it first!
Daniel: Just leave it already. It's ours!
[Nicole generates muscles and pulls the box with all her might, cleaning the shelves off of items. Nicole gasps, as the scene reveals her parents]
Nicole: Dad? Mom?
Inviting the Senicourts
[Scene switches to the Wattersons in the car. Richard is shown eating corned beef off a can]
Nicole: Oh, I can't believe it!
Richard: Yeah. You'd think that finding a tooth in this can would've put me off, and yet—
Nicole: [Slaps can of corned beef off] I meant how could you kids invite them to the house?
[Scene switches to Nicole's parents driving their car and following the Wattersons]
Gumball: Because we deserve it, Mom. Think of it as a gift to us.
Nicole: [Sighs] True. I can't deny you the right to know your grandparents just because of a grudge.
Gumball: What? No! I meant that they owe us hundreds of Christmas presents.
Nicole: I really thought I raised my children better.
Gumball: Yeah, you're right. I'm sorry. We'd profit much more if they bought one awesome, huge, lump present instead of a bunch of crummy ones.
Richard: [Talking to can] Come on. Let's give this another chance.
Richard: Just promise me you'll be good this time.
Nicole: I can't just promise that.
Richard: Why won't you open up?
Nicole: There's so much bad history between us. I mean, we stopped talking over twenty years ago.
Richard: Why are you so hard inside?
Nicole: I guess it's a way to protect myself, but… [Sighs] you're right. I'll try my best to be open. Thank you, Richard.
Richard: [Throws away bolt from corned beef can] Uh… anytime?
[The Wattersons' car and the Senicourts' car stop in front of the house. Scene switches to the inside of the Watterson house, where Nicole and her parents angrily sit at the table, having no eye contact with each other. The rest of the family stands in the kitchen]
Gumball: [Muffled] The atmosphere is so thick you could cut it with a knife.
Gumball: Oh, hang on. [Cuts a hole into the "atmosphere"] I said, "The atmosphere is so thick you could cut it with a knife." [Sticks his head through the hole] Maybe I'll join them and try to lighten the mood. [Struggles to go through hole and sits at the table] Hey, how about a joke? I like my coffee the way I like jokes about the way about my coffee. I don't. [Chuckles]
[The scene suddenly shows Nicole and her parents frantically arguing in the background. Gumball enters the kitchen]
Gumball: Wow, that's the second worst that joke ever went down.
Richard: It's not you, son. They just blame each other for what happened between them, but no one really knows whose fault it is. It's like "potato," "potart-wah." Who's to say which is wrong?
Darwin: There's only one way to find out.
Richard: Of course. A backyard royal rumble. Last one standing gets to name the vegetable.
Darwin: I mean we ask Mrs. Mom, Grandpa Daniel, and Granny Mary to air their issues, and we'll decide who's in the wrong.
Richard: And then we—
Anais: It's pronounced "potato," and no one's doing a Canadian Destroyer off a shed in the backyard!
[Scene shows Nicole and the Senicourts standing aloof and frowning off of each other. There is a mess of smashed plates, and the couch is flipped over, as the rest of the family hides behind it]
Nicole: Okay, I'll start. [Inhales deeply] You have always been disappointed in me.
Mary: Only because we loved you.
Nicole: No! Because you always had insane expectations for me. Like how you made me wear those ridiculous clothes my whole life.
Mary: In life, you have to dress for the job you want.
Nicole: Don't you think you started a little early?
[Scene switches to in the hospital, when Nicole was just born. Mary lies in her bed alongside Daniel]
Doctor: Congratulations. It's a…
[Newborn Nicole is shown wearing a formal suit]
Mary: Well, you were hardly easy yourself. Remember that finger painting you did for Mother's Day?
[Scene shows toddler Nicole in Kindergarten handing her mother a finger painting]
Mary: Hmm? [Turns painting, depicting thumbs, so that thumbs are up]
[Nicole turns the painting to show thumbs down; Mary sighs. Flashback ends]
Nicole: Well, maybe it all comes back to the stupid name you gave me.
Gumball: Uh, what's wrong with "Nicole"?
Nicole: "Nicole" is my middle name. My first name is "Doctor"!
[Stifled laughter across the Wattersons behind the couch]
Nicole: Oh, it's all very funny until someone shouts, "It's there a doctor in the house?" and your parents say, "Yes." Turns out people choking on a chicken wing rarely stay conscious long enough to enjoy the [Furiously] punch line!
Daniel: But we only wanted the best for you.
Nicole: What? Like the time I needed a blood transfusion, and you gave me the wrong blood type?
Daniel: Why settle for B minus when you can have A plus—
Nicole: Nothing was ever enough! You forced me to join a gazillion after-school clubs!
Mary: We gave you every possible chance to succeed!
Nicole: Yeah! All at the same time!
[Scene shows when young Nicole was a student; she is playing the violin, hits an incoming baseball with the violin over a goalpost, runs while jumping over hurdles, leaps a huge distance to a seat in playing a move in chess, and kicks a costumed lady over to the ground]
[The referee blows his whistle and enters]
Melted Cheese Guy: That's a foul, Doctor Nicole.
Melted Cheese Guy: It wasn't a karate match. It was a drama-club rehearsal of "Madame Butterfly."
[Nicole sighs. A karate student kicks her away]
Melted Cheese Guy: That was the karate.
Nicole: What kind of childhood was that? I was only eight years old.
Daniel: Well, at that age, I was already ten.
[Nicole's forehead turns red as she crushes her cup]
Mary: See? That's your problem. You always let your anger get the better of you.
Daniel: I spent years fixing the consequences of your outbursts.
Nicole: Oh, please! There's nothing a child can break that can't be fixed with a bit of duct tape.
Daniel: What about the time you kicked the neighbor's car?
[Flashback briefly shows Nicole's father slowly applying a piece of duct tape over a completely wrecked car. When the hood pops, he runs away, and the flashback ends]
Nicole: Come on, I wasn't that bad.
Daniel: You kidding me? You landed a kid in the hospital!
[Flashback shows a child literally flying into the hospital and ends]
Daniel: Literally. Not to mention the time you stole our car to see your boyfriend and landed in court!
[Flashback shows teenage Nicole driving the car alongside Richard into court]
Daniel: Again, literally.
Nicole: What else was I supposed to do? You always disapproved of Richard. You never thought he was good enough for me.
Mary: That's not true.
[A formally dressed bank employee holding flowers appears behind the window. Mary signals to cut off his encounter with Nicole, and he awkwardly shuffles away]
Nicole: Really? Still trying to set me up with some banking dweeb?
Mary: No offense, but we always thought she could do better than a slacker with a dead-end job who got their pants at the Army surplus store… in the parachute aisle.
Richard: How dare you! My wife's behind is so small only bats can hear her toot.
Mary: I meant you.
Richard: Then the joke's on you! I don't have a job.
Daniel: But did you really have to walk out like that?
Nicole: I left, because there was no point in trying to fix something that was beyond repair. I wanted to start over and create something better.
Daniel: Us too, but we were too old to have another chiiiild— We have a dog now!
Nicole: [Sighs] You never even came to our wedding.
Mary: We did. We went to Rsvp.
Mary: On your invite, it said, "Rsvp."
Nicole: No, Mom. It said, "RSVP."
Mary: Oh, right. Well, we went to the town of Rsvp in Moldavia.
[Flashback shows Nicole's parents in Rsvp, Moldavia, a barren city, along with a constantly barking dog]
Mary: I was the only woman in the region. Everybody tried to marry me, even a dog.
Daniel: Like I said, we have a dog now.
Nicole: Wait, is that why you sent Richard and I divorce papers for our first anniversary?
Mary: No, that was because you sent me retirement-home leaflets for my fiftieth birthday… with glitter!
Nicole: Well, that's because you tried to ship Richard to Guatemala!
Daniel: No, that was after you took power of attorney over us and got us committed for six weeks!
Nicole: No, that was after you paid for our honeymoon, but replaced Richard with a neurosurgeon.
Daniel: Well, that was after— After… Uh… Uh… Mm. I don't remember.
Nicole: Me neither.
Darwin: Then why are you still angry at each other? Why can't you just make peace?
Nicole: We were at peace, Darwin, separately.
"If It's Too Hard to Forgive"
[As the Senicourts get angry in reaction, solemn music plays]
Gumball: [Sighs] Okay. I know this is the cheapest, dirtiest kind of emotional manipulation, but there's too much on the line here, so...
[Sings] Ten thousand reasons to give up
Too many words that piled up
Mrs. Senicourt: [Spoken] I think we should go.
Gumball: But you refuse to try and mend
Your broken past before the end
Your heart's too hard to understand
That sands of time slip through your hands
And no excuses can erase
The scars of time left on your face
If it's too hard to forgive
Then just give
Let go of the weight that won't let you live
Why keep playing this sad game
Of who should really take the blame?
The memories will fade away
They're growing further every day
You want the stream to change its course
Before it floods you with remorse
You only need to hit the brakes
To free yourself of your mistakes
If it's too hard to forgive
Then just give
Let go of the weight that won't let you live
Mary: [Spoken] Nicole, I—
Nicole: [Spoken] Look, I don't wanna hear your excuses. [Tears up] I just want you guys back.
[The Senicourts all hug each other]
Gumball: Mm, mm, mm-mm, mm
Mm, mm, mm-mm, mm
Anais: Well done, Gumball.
Richard: You really summed up their relationship with each other and helped them reconnect.
Gumball: [Spoken] What's that now?
Anais: You know, "If it's too hard to forgive, then just give."
Gumball: Pfft! That wasn't about them. That was about the Christmas presents they owe us!
[Richard, Anais and Darwin express disappointment. Darwin slaps Gumball at the back of his head into the window, ending the episode]