The episode starts with the Watterson family driving towards the mall for a family day out. As Nicole parks the car in the parking lot, Richard yells at her to stop and take the space that is closer to the entrance. Once she leaves the space for the other one, a car comes and occupies it. When she turns around, another car takes away the space she previously took. Though Nicole is frustrated at the prospect of searching for a new parking space, Gumball points at Betty, who is going back to her car. This prompts the Wattersons to stalk her until she reaches her car. After waiting for a long time for her to move past one car, Anais suggests they should have more details before following someone.
She points out three shoppers who are returning to their cars. Shopper no.1 is a family man who is forced to return to his car while his wife goes ahead with more shopping, leaving him to wait for hours. Shopper no.2 is unmarried but is unattentive and may have forgotten where he parked his car. Finally, shopper no.3 has already left the space open while Anais was profiling and some other shopper has taken his space. Gumball then reminds everyone that Betty has reached her car, but to their disappointment she only stops to catch her breath. Gumball then tries to deceive the Milk Guy into parking the car for them but fails miserably.
The Wattersons try searching in the mall's parking garage for a space but it is full. Richard then spots THE Spray-Paint Bottle and uses him to create their own parking space, right in the middle of the driving path. The milk guy sees him doing that and chases after him, but Richard accidentally drops the spray can man over the edge of the building during the chase and the milk guy sees that Richard unwittingly sprayed a path toward the edge causing a long line of cars to drive out of the building causing a pileup of cars. Richard smiles sheepishly at the milk guy who looks angrily at him as Richard returns to his car. As the cars continue to pileup, the Wattersons believe to have found a parking area with no cars; a true parking paradise, but to their dismay they discover that it is a giant sign for a future carpark. The kids and Richard decide to spend the time by singing "99 Bottles of Age-Appropriate Beverage On The Wall" while slowly degrading Nicole's sanity in the process. Before they can start again Nicole quickly suggests that they play a game of "I Spy," only to lose another empty parking space.
The family decides to leave the garage which still has a growing pileup of cars next to it. They finally discover an empty space but they are challenged by Marvin, who wants it. A little standoff occurs followed by a race towards the space but the Wattersons lose due to their car running out of fuel and Richard forgetting to stay in the driving seat while they were pushing. Nicole is so furious that she resorts to defacing the driver's car, but Darwin points out that it is a disabled parking place. Surprised by this, Nicole quickly explains that she was just putting artwork on it and turns her defacement into a drawing before running away. They return to following Betty, while yelling at her to pick up the pace, but Darwin suggests they give her a lift toward her car. On the way, she gives them some details about her car in which they discover that she tricked them into giving her a ride to the bus stop. That is the last straw for Nicole's patience, who asserts that they will find a space outside of the mall parking lot.
The Wattersons drive to all sorts of locations like a dumpster alley, a car wash and a runway and they still have no luck. They even park in a junkyard where they are caught by a magnet crane and are about to be dumped into a crusher when another car goes in first. Their list of locations becomes more absurd as they try to park in an elevator, a window cleaner's lift, an operating room and a cinema; including the movie in the cinema. In their tireless search they finally see someone leaving a space and notice that other cars are stalking nearby, ready to claim it first. Unwilling to let this spot go, Nicole speeds towards it while the other cars are tailing her to get that spot. She rams them aside as she warns her family to brace themselves and sends the car crashing directly onto the spot. Though their car is busted, they finally succeed in parking their car. They celebrate their hard-earned victory, but Gumball breaks the mood when he points out that the space is directly in front of their house; right back where they started.
55 characters appeared in this episode, tying it with "The Oracle" on fourth most characters in the series. The ones beating it are "The Safety" (in which 57 appeared), "The Butterfly" tied with "The Spoiler" (in which 65 appeared), and "The World" (in which 83 appeared).
This is the second episode in which "I Spy" is played. The first was in "The Password."
The poster on the bus advertises the shampoo from "The Downer," complete with the woman from the shampoo commercial in said episode.
[Episode starts and this morning, Richard gets in the car. The Wattersons arrive at the mall parking lot, Nicole is in a parking spot]
Nicole: What? What?
Richard: There's a space closer to the entrance. [Points to spot]
[Nicole sighs and moves the car to park there. Before she can park, another car takes the spot]
[Nicole tries to go back to the previous space, but another car parks in it]
Nicole: Gosh darn it, it's going to take ages to find a spot now!
Nicole: Oh don't worry honey, these thing happen...
Richard: I know, I'm crying because i'm going to have to walk now!
Finding a parking space
Gumball: There! An old lady walking back to her car!
[Car horn honks and the whole family wakes up]
Anais: Okay, it's a good idea to follow someone, but we need to be more intelligent with their profiling. Take those three. Shopping bags tell us they're going back to their cars, which will leave us with the choice of three spaces. The question is: which one will leave the space first. Look at the pepperoni guy's bags: the contours suggest he's bought toys and juice boxes, so he's a happy family man. Right? Wrong. Look closely at his face: see his constrained smile? That's the face of a man who has been broken by too much shopping: his wife has sent him to pick car so she can continues in peace. Now he's having a nervous breakdown 'cause he's gonna wait there for hours. Now take guy number two: notice he doesn't have a wedding ring? He's on his own, he doesn't have to wait for anyone, he'll be out of here quickly, but observe the tan mark on his wrist where the watch should be, was it stolen? Possibly, but judging from the rest of his clothes, the watch wouldn't be worth stealing, more like he just lost it or forgot to put it on this morning, either way this means he's sloppy, inattentive, forgetful.
Gumball: Ok, what's the point?
Anais: He can't remember where he parked. This leave us with our third subject. Who... left while I was busy showing off and gave some other guy time to take his space...
Gumball: Don't worry, it was pretty impressive and it gave time for the old lady to reach her car! Ok ok, I got an idea. People make assumptions based on how you behave, right? So if you act like a rich person, they think you are a rich person.
Richard: How's that gonna help?
Gumball: Just give me your tie. [Talking to employee] Son, park her up, will you? And be careful with the paint job, it costs more than you make in a year. [Throws the keys at him which stabs him] Oh, ehm, let me fix that. [Puts a dollar where he stabbed him] Oh, there you go. [Whistles and runs away]
Richard: Ow, every space is taken. Honey, stop! Wait here a second.
Gumball: Can't we just go the mall with dad, and then you can find the space on your own?
Nicole: No, we're a family which means we do our suffering together. [The kids frown] Come on, guys, it's still a fun family day out. Let's turn those frowns upside down.[They move their faces upside down, but their eyebrows look like they're still frowning] Good enough.
Guard: Hey, you're not allowed to do that!
Richard: Ah! It wasn't me!
Spray-Paint Bottle: Yeah, it was.
[Richard becomes scared and starts running away with the Spray-Paint Bottle, spraying it all over the road. He then drops him]
Guard: Oh my Gosh, are you ok?
Spray-Paint Bottle: What do you think?
[The rest of the cars start driving where Richard spray painted, causing them to drive off the parking lot building. The family next sees a area of parking space]
Gumball: [Whispering] It's a parking paradise.
Anais: It's a vehicular Valhalla.
Darwin: It's a short stay Shangri-La.
Richard: No, it's not, it's parking lot.
Nicole: Let's go!
[They crash realizing it was just a wall]
Gumball: [reading off wall] More parking coming soon. [They all sigh and back up. Richard crashes into the wall again] Dad!
Richard: Sorry, I needed to see if it opened yet. Ah, massive sandwich! Darn you, giant pictures of things I want!
Richard & Darwin & Anais & Gumball: [Singing]Ninety-nine bottles of age-appropriate beverage on the wall, ninety-nine bottles of age-appropriate beverage on the wall, take one now, pass it around, ninety-eight bottles of age-appropriate beverage bottles on the wall... Fifty-two bottles of age-appropriate beverage on the wall, fifty-two bottles of age-appropriate beverage on the wall... One bottle of age-appropriate beverage on the wall, one bottle of age-appropriate beverage on the wall, nanananananananana...
[They start to sing again but Nicole stops the car]
Nicole: Why don't we play a game?
Richard: Good idea! I spy with my little eye something beginning with S.
Gumball: Is it the... suffocating feeling that we're never gonna leave this car?
Anais: Is it the slow onset of insanity?
Darwin: Is it super shiny sparkling sunflowers?
Richard: No, give up. It was: space.
Nicole: What? Where?
Richard: It was there. But, it's gone now.
Nicole: What is wrong with you?! Why didn't you just tell us straightaway?! [Sees Richard about to cry] No no no, wait! [Gives him a cookie. Richard asks for another one, he wipes away his tears and feels content]
Gumball: There! [Points to a parking space. They see Marvin also want to park in that spot. They each go for it]
Richard: No! We're out of gas! [They start pushing the car]
Nicole: Keep pushing!
Anais: Wait, if you're there, then who's...
[The car crashes and Marvin takes the spot]
Nicole: He took it. He knew we were going for it. And he TOOK IT!
[Nicole takes a lipstick out of her purse and scribbles with it on his car]
Darwin: Mrs. Mom?
Nicole: Yes, sweetheart?
[Darwin points to the handicap sign]
Darwin: [Whispering] That's really bad.
Nicole: Oh, what? You thought I was defacing this poor person's car? What kind of a mother would do that? I was - I was making a decorative piece of art, showing my love for diversity because everyone is different and uh-[Draws people holding hands on earth, on the car] Look! See!
Darwin: No, I meant: look. [Points to Marvin's face]
Nicole: [Laughs] I see, well, in that case: run!
[They go back to Betty walking and start honking at her and telling her to hurry up]
Gumball: Wait! Why are we screaming at this poor old lady? It's mean and it's totally unconstructive. Let's just find a where her car is, have it towed, and take her space.
Darwin: Or we could just give her a lift back to her car. [To Betty] Could we be of assistance and help you to your vehicle?
[The kids are squished in the back seat with Betty]
Gumball: So, what does your car look like?
Betty: It's made of metal.
Gumball: [Laughs] Right, I thought it would be. Okay, what else?
Betty: It has a steering wheel.
Betty: It's quite loud.
Gumball: Good, good, that's useful. Could you be more precise?
Betty: It smells like damp laundry and despair.
Betty: Oh, it's got a lady on the side selling shampoo and it's usually parked right there. [Points to the bus stop]
Anais: [Face palms herself] It's the bus, isn't it?
Betty: Sure is and I've sucked you into giving me a lift! [Laughs and enters the bus. She then makes a L and puts it on her forehead while mouthing "Losers."]
Nicole: Alright, enough with the parking lot, let's just find a space. Any space.
Montage of finding spaces
[A montage of them finding spaces everywhere but something bad happens each time]
All: Ah, come on!
Employee: And when finished there'll be more than...
Richard: Wait, wait, wait! Hot and buttered, please!
[They finally find a space]
Gumball: Oh, no, look! [Points to a car. Then various cars appear]
Nicole: Not this time!
Gumball: Mom, slow down, you're gonna miss the spot!
Nicole: Hold on your hats! [All grab a hat and hold on to it]
[The car flips in mid-air and parks in the spot]
Gumball: My friends, we have achieved total parking.
All: [Start cheering] Yeah! In your face, we got our space! In your face, we got our space!