At the dining table for breakfast, the Watterson family excitedly talk about the shows they plan on watching that evening. Gumball and Darwin want to watch Cutie Pets to see a submitted picture set to be featured, Nicole wants to watch Win or Don't Win to win a new microwave, and Anais wants to watch a new episode of the Daisy the Donkey show. All is well until they discover that their respective shows are scheduled to air at eight o'clock. They all rush into the living room in a race for the remote. Richard informs them that he has been saving his seat all night for the series finale of a soap opera entitled La Casa De Las Lagrimas, having already hidden the remote prior. After informing the family of this, he promptly falls asleep on the couch. An argument ensues in the living room, which goes on until Anais exasperatedly decides to go to her room, loudly wishing she could buy her own remote. Hearing this, Nicole leaves to do so herself.
With Nicole having left, Gumball and Darwin resort to manually changing channels on the television. Gumball attempts to do so, but collapses a few inches away from the TV out of laziness. Darwin gets him back on the couch and breaks a chocolate bar to revitalize Gumball. The snap of the chocolate bar catches Richard's attention, immediately awakening and asking for it. This prompts the boys to taunt him with it, demanding the remote in exchange for the chocolate bar. The phone starts ringing, and Anais answers it. Nicole is on the other end of the line, who asks Anais for the brand of the TV. After threatened to be grounded for six months, Anais concedes and answers Nicole's question.
Meanwhile, Gumball and Darwin give Richard the chocolate bar, who in return hints the duo on the remote's location in a riddle. They deduce the meaning of the riddle: the remote is between their father's butt, but not after thinking that the remote is in a valley shaped like a butt and going there. However, upon trying to obtain the remote, they discover a hole in the couch where he was sitting, and that the remote is not there. With Nicole out to buy a remote, they conclude that only one person who could have gotten the remote was Anais. Richard and the boys go upstairs to their bedroom, where they find Anais sewing up her Daisy the Donkey plush. The three confront Anais about the remote, and Gumball snatches Daisy from Anais' hands, using the doll as hostage. Surprisingly, Anais quickly pulls what appears to be the remote out from behind the desk. As she is about to give them the remote, she promptly smashes it on the ground in front of them, much to the boys' dismay. After Gumball threatens to destroy the Daisy doll, she tells the group that Nicole went to the store to buy another remote. From there, they rush off to the store get it from her, with Gumball giving Anais back her Daisy plush. Anais remains behind, explaining to Gumball that she did not care about watching TV anymore and that she only needed her Daisy plush.
At the parking lot of the mall, Nicole is seen exiting from an elevator but is suddenly confronted with an angry Gumball, Darwin and Richard staring her down. The boys charge at her to attack, with everyone prying to get the remote from each other's hands. At one point, Richard gets the remote, and the boys run straight into his gut in an attempt to grab it, which momentarily knocks them unconscious, only to have Nicole steal the remote back from her husband. At the next level of the parking garage, Nicole is cornered. Much to the boys' surprise, she jumps from the parking lot to the next building, landing perfectly and making a run for it. The boys decide to just take the stairs instead of following her. Richard, on the other hand, tries the same jump his wife made, only to fail horribly and plummet down below. Nicole starts running for the parking lot exit, but the gate suddenly makes its descent. Gumball and Darwin get down the stairs and notice the gate closing, so Gumball shouts to his mother that not paying the toll would set a bad example to her children. As she hastily sprints towards the exit, she digs frantically through her skirt pockets for the correct change, but she finds it too late and is clotheslined by the gate's arm, knocking the change and the remote off her grasp. Gumball thanks Nicole for being a good citizen as he grabs the remote, and he and Darwin run home.
Upon arriving home, the Wattersons begin to fight over the remote again, pressing the buttons on the remote in the process. A repetitive smashing sound can be heard as they press the buttons, and Gumball points out that the remote their mother bought was a garage door remote, not a TV remote. Asked by her angered son, Nicole informs him that Anais told her what brand of remote to buy. An epiphany dawns on the Watterson family: it was an elaborate plan orchestrated by Anais. One at a time, the family recounts the entire day, beginning with Anais giving her mother the idea to buy another remote by yelling that she wished she could buy her own; Nicole calling and asking Anais for the TV brand, Anais overhearing Richard's riddle and stealing the remote from underneath him by cutting a hole in the couch, and Anais apparently smashing the remote, which turned out to be a calculator. They discard the garage door remote and rush to the window where they see Anais sitting in the living room, unzipping the back of her Daisy doll and taking out the real remote. The rest of the family watches with horror as Anais switches from the channel of Richard's show, causing him to exclaim "Oh, Madre Mia!" and pass out. Nicole is conflicted, feeling both pride and fear for her daughter. The last shot of the episode shows Anais' face as she joyously watches her show, with an ominous, looped rendition of the Daisy the Donkey theme song playing in the background.
In the East Coast premiere of this episode, the scene where Nicole drinks coffee was accidentally cut due to technical difficulties.
This episode was revealed on the Cartoon Network schedule before it was officially announced.
In the Latin American version of the episode, the lines spoken in Spanish by Richard (in the original version) are spoken in English instead.
The episode was aired as a preview of season two, just as "The DVD" was for the first season. This technically makes it the second season premiere.
Richard's soap opera, La Casa de las Lagrimas, translates into English as The House of Tears.
Darwin reveals that he prefers the term "animal companion" instead of "pet" in this episode.
The signs in the Elmore Mall'sparking garage say: "Strictly no Kung-Fu within this car park" and "How come you're reading this, this is like 50 pixels on the picture?? Seriously, even I have trouble reading myself while writing this text. You have very good eyes. I strongly suggest you apply for a plane pilot position or a small animal spotter for a nature TV show. Bye."
The fight in the car garage is in the style of several karate films.
When Nicole talks about how scared she is while Gumball is blinking, Gumball's right ear is missing.
When Gumball is mashing on the Logikar remote's buttons, Darwin disappears.
When Anais is about to destroy the calculator, it is turned off, contains no numbers on its screen, and only has 9 buttons. However, in the flashback scene, it is revealed to be turned on and has numbers on its screen, as well as 16 buttons.
When Gumball explains that Anais took the remote, Richard's whiskers are missing.
When the Watterson's house is seen in daytime, there is no lamp by Mr. Robinson's house, but when the Watterson's house is seen in nighttime, there is a lamp next to Mr. Robinson's House.
When Gumball asks Nicole why Anais told her to get the wrong remote, he has a slight lazy eye.
When Gumball yells "Tell us where it is!" when interrogating Anais, his ears disappear for one frame.
At the start of the long "Nooooooo," Gumball has eyelashes.
When Gumball is yelling at Anais, Anais' doll cuts through her legs.
In one scene when Gumball, Darwin, and Richard are fighting Nicole, her eyelashes disappear.
Although Gary is the Wattersons' next door neighbor in "The Wand" as well as episodes after "The Remote," he lives across them in this episode.
Richard states that it was twenty to eight despite the sun shining brightly outside their bedroom window.
Latinoamericano español (Latin-American Spanish): El Control Remoto (The Remote Control)
Español en españa/Castellano (Spanish in Spain/Castilian Spanish): El Mando a Distancia (The Remote Control)
Français (French): La télécommande (The Remote Control)
Italiano (Italian): Il Telecomando (The Remote Control)
Magyar (Hungarian): A távirányító (The Remote Control)
Português (Portuguese): O Controle Remoto (The Remote Control)
[Episode starts with Gumball, Darwin, and Anais sitting at the table, while Nicole is at the kitchen]
Gumball: Tonight is going to be awesome! I can't believe they're going to show it!
Darwin: TV is finally gonna acknowledge our existence!
Anais: What are you talking about?
Darwin: Only "Cutie Pets."
Gumball: The number one pet show on TV.
Darwin: They're gonna show this photo! [Holds photo of Gumball and Darwin running in the rain with puppy eyes]
Anais: Pets? I thought you preferred "animal companion."
Darwin: Aw, who cares about moral principles? This is TV we're talking about!
Nicole: I'm pretty excited too! "Win or Don't Win" is calling tonight. All I have to do is answer one question and I'll win a new microwave!
Gumball: What's wrong with our microwave?
[Nicole places a flower in front of microwave; the flower burns and shrivels to a pile of ashes]
[Gumball, Darwin, and Anais chatter in agreement]
Anais: Well, I can't wait to watch Daisy tonight. You're going to meet Sally the Snake, aren't you Daisy?
Anais: [Voices over Daisy] Yes, I am.
Gumball, Darwin, Anais and Nicole: Ahh... I can't wait till eight.
[Everyone looks at each other in sudden realization of their situation, in an awkward silence]
Gumball: Well, then I guess it's whoever gets to the remote first!
[Everyone begins frantically wolfing their breakfast down. They all finish at the same time. They rush for the table where the remote usually is, climbing and tripping over each other. Richard is shown sitting on the couch with bloodshot eyes]
Richard : Upupupupup! I've been up all night saving my seat for... El gran final de "La Casa de las Lágrimas" [Translates to: The grand finale of "La Casa de las Lágrimas"] ...and just to make sure no one changes the channel, I've hidden the remote! Ahaha-- [snores]
[Everyone except Richard erupts into a raging argument, explaining why they should get to watch the TV]
Anais: Can I please watch Daisy?
[They all stop to yell at Anais]
Gumball, Darwin, Nicole and Richard: No!
[They begin arguing again]
Darwin: This face was made for TV!
Nicole: I don't want grow a third arm next time I make a cup of coffee!
Anais: I wish I had enough money to buy my own remote!
[Anais goes to her room; Nicole gets an idea, shown by the expression on her face: shocked or awestruck]
Nicole: Okay, well, you know what? I'm going... grocery shopping!
[Nicole runs out of the house]
Gumball: Hey! We're not done with you yet!
Darwin: Wake up!
[They repeatedly slap his cheeks attempting to wake him up, to no avail]
Gumball: Wait a minute. We don't need the remote. We can change the channel... on the TV.
Darwin: You mean get up from the sofa and change it manually, like they did in ancient times when people weren't lazy? That sounds a little extreme, man!
[Camera zooms out]
[Camera shows Gumball's face zoomed in; Gumball is in a space mission-like mission]
Gumball: Check-check. Okay, control, I'm going in.
Darwin: Okay. Ksh. How you feeling?
Gumball: To be honest, I'm feeling pretty lazy.
Darwin: Keep going. You're doing great.
Gumball: Something's happening. It's like no one's ever walked here before. I...I can't do it. I'm gonna turn around.
Darwin: No. You've got to keep going. You've passed the Christmas carpet stain. There won't be enough willpower to send you back.
Gumball: Okay, I'll try. Gravity pulling me down. I'm not gonna make it. I...can't...be...bothered... [Passes out]
Darwin: Abort the mission! I repeat, abort the mission!
After the mission
Gumball: I'm sorry buddy, but it wasn't possible. Now I know why remotes were invented. [coughs]
Darwin: Here. Take this. It'll make you feel better.
[Darwin snaps a chocolate bar in half to wake him up]
Richard: [suddenly wakes up] Did I hear chocolate?
Gumball: Yes, and we'll give you some, when you tell us where the remote is!
Richard: No, never!
Gumball: Really? Not even for the chocolate choo-choo train? Ch-ch-ch-ch-choo-choo! Ch-ch-ch-ch-choo-choo!
[Richard is tempting to grab it wth his mouth. The phone rings; they stop]
Anais: I'll get it!
[Gumball, Darwin, and Richard resume]
Nicole: Anais, I need you to tell me what brand the TV is.
Anais: OK, but does this mean I can watch Daisy tonight?
Nicole: No. It means you won't be grounded for six months.
Anais: WHAT? But I'm four! That's like one eighth of my life!
Nicole: Then you don't want to spend it locked up in your bedroom.
Anais: Ugh! Fine!
[Scene cuts back to Richard tempting to get the chocolate bar]
Darwin: Bing-bong! The train will not be stopping at this mouth.
Richard: OK! OK! Just give me the chocolate and I'll tell you!
Gumball and Darwin: Yes!
Richard: [Swallows chocolate bar] But in the form of a riddle. The remote is in the valley betwixt two hills. Its name begins with a "B", ends with two "T"s, and has "U" in the middle. And you'll never find it! [Laughs and falls asleep]
Darwin: Oh, I know this one! I know this one!
[Gumball and Darwin go to Butt Valley: a valley with two hills]
Gumball: Dude, there's no remote here.
Darwin: Wait a minute. B-U-T-T. It's under his butt, isn't it? [Facepalms several times]
Back at Home
[Scene cuts back to Richard snoring at the house; Gumball makes Richard lean over]
Gumball: I got him! Get the remote!
[It is shown that the remote has been lost, and that there is a hole]
Richard: Aah! Where is it? I've been sitting on it all day long!
Gumball: There's only one person that could have taken it.
Darwin: Yeah, you! Because it definitely wasn't me! [Shouts as he sprays out saliva] Where did you put it?! Where did you put it?! Where did you put it?!
Gumball: Dude, say it, don't spray it!
[Richard grabs Darwin; they argue]
Gumball: Chill everybody, I meant Anais. It could only be Anais.
Darwin: Oh! 'Cause we both want to watch the same thing. Yeah, right.
Richard: Get her!
[They bust the door into the children's room]
Gumball, Darwin and Richard: Where's the remote?!
Anais: What remote?
[They start looking for the remote, messing up the bedroom in the process]
Anais: What are you doing?!
Gumball: Look! The scissors she used to cut a hole in the sofa!
Anais: What are you talking about?!
Gumball: TELL US WHERE IT IS! [Grabs Daisy] Or Daisy won't have to worry about headaches ever again.
Anais: No, please wait! [Reveals remote] Here it is. I'm sorry.
[Gumball, Darwin and Richard smile]
Anais: But I just want you to know, I AM DOING THIS FOR YOUR OWN GOOD! [Smashes remote]
Gumball, Darwin and Richard: Noooooooooooooooooooo-!
Gumball: All right, Daisy's getting it.
Anais: No. There's another.
Gumball: Another what?
Anais: Another remote. Mom went downtown to buy one.
Richard: It's twenty to eight!
Gumball, Darwin and Richard: We need to get that remote!
Gumball: Thanks for the tip.
[Gumball, Darwin, and Richard run away]
Gumball: [Throws Daisy to Anais] Oh yeah. [Runs back] Wait. You're not coming?
Anais: I don't care about your stupid TV anymore! All I need is my Daisy.
At the Mall
[Camera fades to the mall, then cuts into the elevator]
[Ancient Chinese music begins playing. Gumball, Richard and Darwin are waiting her at the car. Nicole runs away]
Richard: Get her!
[Gumball, Darwin, and Richard chase her. After she bounces off a car, Nicole grabs Richard and uses him to knock Gumball off; she uses Darwin to hinder Richard. She fights Gumball, who comes back, and spins him; Richard grabs Nicole]
Richard: Get the remote!
[Gumball tries to get the remote, but Nicole jumps away from his head and gets into the car; Darwin jumps onscreen, but he knocks Richard. Nicole laughs, but can't get the car keys from her shirt pockets]
Gumball: [holding the keys outside the window] Looking for these?
[Richard breaks the window with his fist, grabs the remote, and laughs. He runs away with Gumball and Darwin chasing him. Once he realizes this, he runs faster, but accidentally slams his head against a sign that says "MIND YOUR HEAD."]
Gumball: Thank you!
[Gumball and Darwin chuckle and run away; Richard sleeps, but he gets up all of a sudden]
Richard: No! ¡Tengo que saber si Consuela sobrevive a la operación! [Translates to: I have to know if Consuela survives the medical operation!]
[Nicole chases Gumball and Darwin]
Gumball: She's gaining on us!
[Gumball and Darwin scream; they bump into Richard, who grabs the remote]
Nicole: That remote is mine!
Richard: Then come and get it!
[Nicole runs up to him and kicks the remote away from his shirtpocket, causing the remote to fly in the air; Nicole and Richard both hinder each other and struggle to get the remote. Nicole clenches Richard's nipple, causing him to release it; Nicole fights Gumball, Darwin, and Richard for the remote. She knocks them all down, and runs toward the edge of the parking lot. Principal Brown's car gets in the way; Nicole goes through the car, Gumball and Darwin jumps over the hood of the car, and Richard simply fails to go through due to his body. Nicole runs and jumps away from the edge of the parking lot onto the top of another parking lot. Gumball and Darwin runs toward the edge also, but they realize the risk of doing Nicole's task]
Gumball: Let's take the stairs.
[They go to take the stairs; Richard carelessly jumps off the edge, bumps into the wall, and falls. Nicole is still running; Gumball and Darwin open the door]
Gumball: She's getting away!
[Nicole laughs, but finds that the gate of the parking lot is closing]
Gumball: If you leave without paying, you're setting a bad example for your children!
Nicole: I can't find the right change! [Tries to find change] Oh no. Come on. Aah! [bumps into the gate]
Gumball: Thank you for being a responsible citizen.
[Scene cuts to the house, with Gumball and Darwin running]
Gumball: Come on dude. "Cutie Pets" starts in five minutes.
[Richard jumps on them]
Richard ¡Paren! ¡"La Casa de las Lágrimas" comienza en cinco minutos! [Translates to: Stop! "La Casa de las Lágrimas" starts in 5 minutes!]
[Richard seizes the remote; Nicole runs on-screen]
Nicole: Oh no, it doesn't! "Win Or Don't Win" does!
[They fight again, arguing to get the remote]
Darwin: I'm a celebrity!
Gumball: Wait a minute!
[Gumball takes it away from them]
Richard: That's mine hey...
Gumball: This isn't a TV remote...
[As Gumball presses the buttons on the remote, Gary's garage door crushes his car]
Gary: Why?! My car!
Gumball: Dag-nabbit! It's for a garage door! What did you buy this for?!
Nicole: What? It's the one Anais told me to get.
Gumball: Why would Anais tell you to buy the wrong... remote? She planned this whole thing from the start.
[Gumball flashes back]
Gumball: First, she gave Mom the idea to buy a new remote.
Anais: I wish I had enough money to buy my own remote!
Nicole: So when I called, she must have given me the name of a garage door opener.
Anais: Fine. Let me have a look... It's a Logikar two-thousand.
Nicole: Thanks honey.
Richard: She overheard my riddle...
Darwin: I know this one!
Richard: Waited 'til you guys were at Butt Valley, and cut a hole in the sofa so she could take the real remote.
[Anais holds a pair of scissors as she is about to cut a hole under the sofa]
Darwin: And the remote she smashed upstairs must have been a decoy.
[Screen shows the remote Anais gave them was actually a calculator]
Gumball: Which means the real one must still be in the house!
[Nicole tries to open the locked door; they see through the window that Anais is unzipping and opening her Daisy doll, revealing the remote]
Gumball: [gasps] I had it in my hands!
Gumball: Thanks for the tip!
Gumball: Oh yeah.
Anais: All I need is my Daisy.
[Flashback ends; Anais waits for her Daisy show]
Anais: [flashback voice] I wish I had enough money to buy my own remote. All I need is my Daisy. It's a Logikar two-thousand. I don't care about your stupid TV anymore!
TV: Y a continuación, el último episodio de "La Casa de las Lágrimas." [Translates to: And now, the final episode of "La Casa de las Lágrimas"]
[The clock shows 8:00. Anais changes the channel to the "Daisy the Donkey Show."]
Richard: Oh, madre mia! [Translates to: Oh my goodness!][passes out]
Nicole: I feel so proud of her, yet really scared at the same time.
Gumball and Darwin: [Banging the window] NOOOOOOOOOOO!
[Anais moves her head left to right trance-like and creepily with the camera zooming in with every "Daisy"]
Daisy the Donkey: Daisy, Daisy, Daisy, Daisy, DAISY!