The episode starts in the living room, where Richard is taking a nap on the couch and talking in his sleep as per usual, acting as a source of amusement for the kids. After poking fun at him for a bit, Nicole comes back from grocery shopping and scolds them for teasing their father. The kids help Nicole bring the groceries in, but are surprised at the high quality food she bought. Nicole explains that she took someone else's groceries by mistake, which causes the kids to wonder why they always get the cheapest things. Nicole is about to tell them the reason for their frugality, but catches herself, and disappears before saying anything else. The kids refuse to let this go, and complain about their other cheap commodities, like how their blender is a fan, and their MP3 player is a calculator with earphones jammed inside. Anais suggests finding out what Nicole is hiding, but is interrupted by the phone ringing. She answers it, and a strange voice tells her not to delve into the secrets of the Watterson family, which piques her curiosity. She succeeds in tricking the voice into telling her where the first clue is: the attic. The trio decides to begin searching.
In the cluttered attic of the Watterson house, the trio ponders where to start searching. Anais happens upon a box, which Gumball is immediately defensive of. He lunges at the box, but is held back by Anais while Darwin opens it. Inside are pictures of him as an ugly baby. Darwin and Anais crack up at the pictures, while Gumball counters with a photo of Darwin's own disfigured face. Going on the defensive, Darwin pounces on Gumball to snatch the photo from him. Their struggle knocks over a stack of boxes blocking a window. The light seeps into the room, refracts off of a snow globe, and reveals a hollow spot on the chimney. Anais picks away at the strange brick with a fire poker, but it turns out the brick was a weak point on the chimney. As soon as Anais removes it, the chimney crumbles apart. Gumball and Darwin sarcastically congratulate Anais on her discovery of the Watterson family conspiracy: that someone was trying to steal the chimney. Anais throws the brick at the floor in anger, knocking herself out with a floorboard. She comes to, and the trio discover a handful of bank statements and a key underneath the floorboard. The statements reveal that the Watterson's used to have a lot of savings, but at one point, a purchase was made to Stellar Corp. for $24,000, and ever since then, they've been poor. Gumball vaguely remembers seeing the key as an infant, but is unable to remember the context. The trio decides to hypnotize it out of him.
In the kids' bedroom, Darwin hypnotizes Gumball. He continually pushes him further and further back in his life, until he finally gets to the memory where he saw the key. Gumball was an infant, and Nicole hid a suitcase under her and Richard's wardrobe while telling Gumball not to tell anyone about it. Anais, delighted at this revelation, wants to get to that suitcase immediately. Right then, a magnet drops into the room from the window to snatch the key. Anais frantically tries to pull the key away from it and yells at the boys to help, but Gumball is still regressing further and further back into his life, until he starts reliving previous lives. At the end of the chain, he relives his life as a hypnotist, and hypnotizes Darwin, locking both of them in a duel. After successfully getting the key back, by herself, Anais splashes water at her brothers to snap them out of their trances. She decides to find the suitcase, but the boys are tired and want to go to bed. Anais splashes them again, urging the two to join in the search.
Later that night, Gumball walks into his parents' room and wants to sleep with them, his excuse being that he had a bad dream. Nicole reminds him he's too old to bed with his parents, but Gumball refuses to take no for an answer, flicking the lights on and off repeatedly. Nicole reluctantly agrees to let him stay.
He lies down in the middle of his parents and is about to make his way to the wardrobe, but Richard grabs him in his sleep. Gumball shrugs it off, but Richard starts moving again, pushing Gumball with his hands and eventually rolling over him. Gumball worms his way out from under his dad's fat, disturbed by the experience. He continues on to the wardrobe and pulls out the box. He enthusiastically opens it, but only finds a receipt from Stellar Corporation and a shovel.
He goes back to his room to show the others what he has found. Darwin comes to the conclusion that Nicole spent $24,000 on a shovel. The boys, satisfied with this illogical conclusion, retire for the night. Anais wants to push onward, arguing that great treasure awaits them. Gumball and Darwin flatly refuse, and Anais coerces them out of the house.
Outside, the trio finds their bike tires pierced. Gumball and Darwin appear indifferent, but Anais takes this as confirmation of the greatness of the treasure that awaits. She resolves to continue on foot towards the destination marked on the map, Gumball and Darwin following behind.
Their travels take them to an empty mailbox in the middle of a cornfield. Fed up with the searching, Gumball loudly vents his frustration, while Darwin beats the mailbox repeatedly with the shovel. Just when Gumball is about to tear the receipt, Anais sees a map drawn on the back. She snatches it away from him and plots their next move as Gumball and Darwin look towards the distance in horror. Anais fails to recognize the figure rapidly approaching their location. Gumball diverts her attention towards it, prompting the trio to frantically sprint through the cornfield and into the forest.
After crossing a shaky log bridge and nearly falling into the river, the group finds the crooked tree undoubtedly marked in the map. Darwin immediately starts digging while the other two take watch. After a while, he comes across a box and pulls it out. At this moment, the kids are confronted by their pursuer, who turns out to be Richard. He begs them not to open the box, offering something else in return. Anais flippantly states that they want the contents of the box. The three giddily open it, but are severely annoyed to find another piece of paper. Richard is forced to reveal the family's current financial state.
Twelve years ago, sometime after Gumball was born, Richard was surfing the internet. An advertisement for an out of space investment opportunity for the future of your kids appeared on the computer screen, and he accepted the offer on impulse. However, the page had not yet fully loaded when he clicked "yes". The rest of the page stated that the investment would be for the children nine generations in the Watterson bloodline (his children's great great great great great great great grandchildren's children). Richard tried to get the money back, but Stellar Corporation had gone out of business, taking the Watterson's savings with it. Ashamed of his blunder, he did all in his power to hide everything pertaining to the purchase - bank statements, receipts, the certificate for what he bought.
Sarcastically remarking how interesting that story was, Gumball angrily demands what it was that cost them their entire fortune. Anais is about to tell him, excited that she would be the one to solve the mystery, but is beaten to the punch by Nicole smiling smuggly, to her dismay. The "out of this world property investment" turned out to be The Watterson Family Star. The family shares a tender moment, forgiving Richard for blowing all their money away and instead gazing at their bright, shiny star. Anais explains the science around stars, and how they are visible, even lightyears away. Darwin relates this to love, and Richard and Gumball expand on this. The poignant moment is short-lived when the star fizzles out. The Wattersons eye each other nervously, ending the episode.
This episode has the least amount of character appearances, with a total of 5.
This episode reveals what Gumball looked like when he was a baby.
This episode shows that Nicole receives $950 a month from the Rainbow Factory.
Like in "The Job", this episode begins with one of the Watterson parents having a nightmare; in this case, it is Richard.
This is the first episode where Anais gets a black eye. The second was "The Vacation."
The promo for this episode was put up on Cartoon Network's site over two weeks before its scheduled premiere date.
This episode premiered out of schedule - promos stated it would air Tuesday, October 30, but it instead aired on the 25th, on one of the rerun slots.
The DVD case for How toRatatwang Your Panda carries a logo for Mic GravesFilms.
The scene showing the cut of How toRatatwang Your Panda has been removed in Russian and some other countries localization of this episode.
This is the third time Richard blames the Internet. The first time was in "The Responsible," and the second time was in "The Mustache."
This is the second time Darwin speaks another language: French. The first time was in "The DVD," where he spoke Chinese.
It is implied in this episode that the Wattersons might live in poverty.
In one of the flashback sequences, Richard can be seen wearing a Nirvana shirt.
The sound that played when the light shines on the chimney is an homage to the iconic sound in the Legend of Zelda games that plays when a secret is discovered.
When Gumball, Darwin, Anais are running inside of the cornfield, the scene focusing on Anais vision is very similar to the 2002 film Signs.
The movie How to Ratatwang Your Panda is a parody of Mockbusters of Pixar and DreamWorks films made by Video Brinquendo. The name is a play on the DreamWorks movie "How To Train Your Dragon" (Now as a series on Cartoon Network called DreamWorks Dragons), Ratawang/Ratatoing (a mockbuster of Ratatouille) and Your Panda/The Little Panda Fighter (a mockbuster of Kung Fu Panda).
The "buy a star" scheme is a parody of International Star Registry, a company where people can buy as gifts their own star named after someone.
Anais mentions a philosopher's stone, a legendary stone said to have great power, such as turning metals into gold.
While Richard is dreaming about being in space, he says, "When I scream it makes no sound!". This is a possible reference to the tagline of the 1979 film Alien: "In space, no one can hear you scream."
In the scene where Gumball opens the box, he is wearing his pajamas. Then, when he shows Anais and Darwin what he had found, he has his sweater on (it switches again when he turns out the light and gets dragged outside).
When Gumball, Anais, and Darwin are in the attic, Anais gets a bruise after the accident, but her bruise is gone when she is in the bedroom with Gumball and Darwin.
After Anais splashes Gumball and Darwin with Darwin's fish bowl, it is shown to be empty. When Gumball asked if they could rest before continuing their investigation, she splashes them again even though the bowl was empty.
The bank statements Gumball holds are dated September–October 1976. That can not be true because Richard's flashback involves him using a 1990's style internet.
Although the internet did exist in 1976, it was only in businesses, the military, and government, so, very few consumers had access to it then.
[Scene starts at the Wattersons' living room where Richard is sleeping on the sofa dreaming, while Gumball, Darwin and Anais mess with him]
Richard: [Dreaming] AHH! It's the internet's fault!
Gumball: [Whispers] Shh, shh! What did the internet do, dad?
Richard: I clicked the wrong link and it sent me to space! I can't breathe in space! And when I scream it makes no sound! Like this. [Richard screams with no sound; Darwin, Anais, and Gumball laughs]
[Nicole walks in]
Nicole: Stop laughing at your father and help me put away the groceries.
[In the kitchen, Darwin, Gumball and Anais look at the groceries; Gumball pulls out a box of cereal]
Gumball: Dude, I think there's something wrong with this cereal.
Gumball: IT LOOKS DELICIOUS!
[Anais holds up a bagel]
Anais: This bagel is like three times the size of our burger buns. [Anais puts the bagel and the burger bites together] Wait a minute...
[Darwin grabs a carton of orange juice]
Darwin: And this orange juice has oranges in it, instead of letters and numbers!
Nicole: Ugh... I picked up someone else's groceries by mistake.
Anais: How come we can't get this good stuff all the time?
Nicole: Look, we'd be able to afford this good stuff if it wasn't fo- [Catches herself] rrrrrrrrrrrrrr...
[Camera changes to show Gumball, Darwin and Anais, still waiting for Nicole to finish; the camera changes back to Nicole, who is now looking around suspicously.]
[Camera changes to show Gumball, Darwin and Anais still looking at Nicole; Camera changes back to Nicole but she has inexplicably disappeared]
Darwin: What was that all about?
Gumball walks into the living room, Darwin and Anais follow him.
Gumball: You know that good stuff's got me thinking, what else is cheap in this house?
[Gumball, Darwin and Anais walk into the living room]
Gumball: I mean, look at this MP3 player. Now tell me it's not a calculator with headphones stuck in it. [Grabs a copy of "How to Ratatwang Your Panda"] And that DVD isn't even the real film. It's some mock buster from the bargain bin.
Richard: What's wrong with "How to Ratatwang Your Panda"?
[On the TV Screen, a section of the film plays, taking place in a dojo]
Mouse character: Get ready, panda, use your secret weapon.
Panda character: Okay, you asked for it. [Does a massive fart in the other mice's face]
Other Mouse characters: Oh boy!
[Cuts back to the couch]
Richard: HAHAHAHAHA! HEHAHA! Clever.
[Gumball, Darwin, and Anais walk into the kitchen, and Gumball looks at the 'blender', which is just a fan, pointed downwards, taped to a bowl]
Gumball: And look at this blender, they're calling this top of the line?
[Gumball drops an orange onto it, and the orange splatters upwards around the room, completely missing the bowl]
Gumball: Why can't we have the good stuff?
Anais: More importantly, what's Mom hiding?
[The phone rings and Anais answers it]
[Someone with a deep raspy voice answers her.]
Stranger: For your own safety, stop digging around, there's nothing to find.
Anais: Okay, but if we were going to start digging, where should we look?
Stranger: Definitely not the attic- No wait! Oh, darn. [Hangs up]
[Anais chuckles evilly]
Digging in the Attic
[Scene changes to the kids up in the attic]
Darwin: So, where do we start?
Anais: Uh, how about that box?
Gumball: NO! NO!
[Anais picks up the box and keeps Gumball away, then Darwin opens the box, pulling out Gumball's baby pictures]
Darwin: [Gasps] Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude, you were an ugly baby.
[Anais and Darwin start laughing]
Gumball: I don't know what you're laughing at. [Gumball pulls out an ugly baby picture of Darwin; Darwin's reaction is the same as the picture]
Darwin: GIMME THAT!
Darwin: GIMME THAT! [He jumps on Gumball, moving a mirror, then it reflects onto several objects, then the brick wall]
Anais: Pass me that poker.
[Scene switches to living room; the poker banging in the attic and Richard's footsteps are in sync; Richard walks across the room while holding a large sandwich; Nicole takes it away]
Nicole Sounds to me like you really don't need that sandwich.
[Scene switches back to the attic; Anais finally loosens a brick]
Anais: Okay, guys. This is how you solve a case.
[Anais removes the brick and the entire chimney collapses.]
Gumball: [Sarcastically] Our chimney has been kidnapped! Detective Watterson, shall I cordon off the area for the forensic team?
[Anais throws the brick down in aggravation; a plank comes up and hits her in the face, knocking her out]
Gumball: Anais! Anais! Anais! Look what we found under the floorboard.
Anais: [Her speech is slightly muffled due to large bruises and a swollen face] I'm still the one who found it. Oh, they're bank statements.
Gumball: [Not understanding Anais] No, they're bank statements.
Gumball Look. Back here we used to have loads of money. And then all went, in one big payment to Stellar Corporation.
Darwin: What did Mom spend all that money on?
Anais: Well, whatever it was, I bet this key has something to do with it.
Gumball: Wait, I've seen that key before! A long, long, time ago.
Digging in Gumball
[Scene changes to Gumball's bedroom; Gumball is sitting on the bed]
Darwin: [With hypnotising eyes] Ready?
Darwin: [Quickly] One, two, three, sleep!
Gumball: [Falls onto the bed and snores]
Darwin: Now I'm going to take you back, all the way back to the last time you saw that key.
Gumball: I can see it. I'm in the attic. There's bank statements all over the floor.
Anais: That was just now!
Darwin: Go further back.
Gumball: Now I'm a baby....
[Camera changes to Gumball's flashback]
Gumball: [Voiceover] I'm with Mom. She's locking a suitcase.
Nicole: [shows Gumball the key found in the attic] You must never tell anyone you saw this.
Gumball: [gasp] It's the key!
[Camera changes back to the bedroom]
Anais: So whatever she bought was in that case...
Gumball: [grunt] I'm going further back, to previous lives.
[Camera shows previous lives while Gumball describes them]
Gumball: I'm a school teacher, it's boring. I'm a pharmacist, totally boring. I'm a banker! That's really boring. Optician, boring, librarian, boring, prospector, boring, farmer, bor-- Wait, wait, wait, prospector?
[The prospector in Gumball's flashback has a piece of gold in his hand and starts dancing after a good "Yeehaw!"]
Gumball: Hey that's pretty good, and I just found the gold ou-- Wait a minute. I'm not the prospector, I'm the mule.
[Mule groans; camera changes to bedroom, Gumball is making the mule noise]
Darwin: Gumball stop, wake up!
Gumball: And now I'm a hypnotist. [Gumball wakes up, his voice and eyes change] Look into my eyes!
Darwin: [Hypnotized] Uhhhhhhhh...
[Anais looks at them disapprovingly, then notices a magnet on a string drop in through the window and steal the key]
Gumball: [To Darwin] Now you're allergic to cheese. Cheese! [Darwin sneezes]
Darwin: Now your body is now heavier than stone. [Gumball crashes through the floor]
[Anais detaches the key from the magnet, which winds back upwards out the window]
Anais: Hey! [dives after the magnet] Come back here!
[Heavy footsteps are heard on the roof, followed by a thud on the ground.]
Gumball: Now you can speak fluent French.
[Darwin starts speaking French, but then Anais splashes Darwin's fishbowl water on them and they snap back to normal.]
Gumball and Darwin: Hey!
Anais: Someone just tried to steal the key, we need to get to that suitcase as quickly as possible!
Gumball: Can't we just go to bed?
[Anais splashes Darwin's bowl water on them again]
[Scene changes to Nicole and Richard's bedroom; they are both sleeping, then the door opens and a light shines onto Nicole]
Nicole: [Yawns] What's going on?
Gumball: [Standing near the door] I had a nightmare.
Nicole: Gumball, honey, you're too old to sleep in our bed.
[Gumball looks frustrated and starts flicking the lights on and off repeatedly]
Nicole: Alright just get in.
[Nicole and Richard are on the bed sleeping while Gumball closes his eyes, preparing to retrieve the suitcase. Gumball opens his eyes, checks if his parents are sleeping, then gets up on the bed. Richard then holds his head against his while he's sleeping. Gumball pushes it away but Richard's another arm grabs him again. Gumball then pushes both of his hands away, but Richard puts his body over Gumball's, making Gumball stuck. Eventually, Gumball manages to squeeze himself off the bed]
Gumball: Uggh, that was like being born.
[Gumball then walk towards the cupboard, opens the bottom of the cupboard and remove the suitcase. He then opens the suitcase using the key, then looks at the paper he removed from the suitcase in disapproval]
[Scene changes back to Gumball's, Darwin's and Anais's bedroom]
Anais: And that's all there was inside? An address and a bunch of doodles?
Gumball: Yeah. And, you know, the shovel.
Darwin: Wow, who would've thought mom spent all that money on a rusty old shovel. Well case closed! Bedtime!
Anais: Darwin, don't you see? This is another clue!
Darwin: ARRGH! I'M SO TIRED OF ALL THESE CLUES!
Anais: Whatever she bought, she hid it somewhere at this address. It must be extremely precious! [Darwin sighs] Something BIG, like.. missile launch codes! Alien artifacts! A philosophers stone! Or something even bigger!
Gumball: Oh come on, Anais. If it was that big, mom would've stopped us by now. The woman's virtually a ninja.
Anais: [Rubbing her chin] But that's just it! It isn't her that is trying to stop us. Those footsteps on the roof were way too heavy! [Rubbing her chin again] This goes much deeper than we thought, and the answer lies in this address. So what do you say? You're coming with me or not?
Gumball: Not. [Gumball turns off the lights, preparing him and Darwin to sleep]
The Reason to Poverty
[Scene changes to the Wattersons' front yard, where Anais is pulling Gumball and Darwin along with her]
Anais: Where is your sense of adventure? [Hears a whistling sound] Stop! Can you hear that?
[Camera shows the tires of Gumball's, Darwin's and Anais's bicycles being punctured]
Anais: [Mistaken it for a missile] IT'S GONNA BLOW! [Lays down defending herself]
Gumball: It's just our tires.
Anais: See? They're on to us! We proceed by foot! [Runs away]
[Gumball sighs, then he and Darwin follows Anais. Background then shows the headlights of a car lit up. Scene then changes to an open area on a rainy weather with a mailbox on the middle]
Gumball: Is that it? An empty mailbox? All this was a wild goose chase, sending us to the middle of NOWHERE, AT 3 AM, IN THE POURING RAIN?! AND WHAT'S THIS STUPID SHOVEL FOR?!
Darwin: [Turns around looking angry with a deep voice] I'll show you what it's for. [Hits the mailbox with the shovel] THIS, IS FOR WASTING OUR TIME. AND THIS, IS FOR KEEPING ME UP ALL NIGHT. AND THIS, IS FOR THE RAIN. AND THIS, IS FOR NOT BREAKING HOWEVER MANY TIMES I HIT YOU.
Gumball: AND THIS... [Raising up the receipt, where a lightning struck to show the doodle behind the receipt. Anais then gasps] IS FOR GIVING US POINTLESS CLUES, LIKE THESE STUPID BUNCH OF DOODLES! [Tries to tear the receipt apart]
Anais: NO, WAIT! [Stops Gumball and looks at the doodles] That's no doodle, it's a map! Look! Here's the mailbox! [Points at the mailbox doodle in the map] That's the creepy windmill! [Points at the windmill far away] This must be the forest! [Points at the forest doodle in the map]
[Gumball and Darwin then looked at another direction in fear]
Gumball: (Frightened) Okay, we need to go now.
Anais: Hold on, I need to figure out where we are going.
Gumball: No, we need to go- [Turns Anais's head around] -right now.
[Camera shows a light flashing upwards. Gumball, Darwin, and Anais all scream. Scene then changes to a field of tall grass, where Gumball, Darwin, and Anais are running away.]
Anais: They've found us! We need to get to the treasure before they get to us!
Gumball: [Repeatedly getting hit by the tall grass] I think it's my turn to go to the front, okay? [Runs into a tree] Aughhugh! ...Found the forest.
Anais: Great, we're looking for an old twisted tree in a clearing.
Darwin: AHH! [Points at a beam of light] They're still coming!
[Gumball, Darwin and Anais runs away to a huge log bridge. Anais runs across the bridge while Gumball and Darwin are afraid to cross it. The bridge starts budge]
Gumball: Are you sure about this? It looks kind of dangerous.
Anais: It's fine, just don't look down!
[Gumball and Darwin looks down and scream]
Gumball: WHY DID YOU MAKE US DO THAT?!
Anais: I didn't! I said DON'T look down.
[Gumball and Darwin looks down again and scream]
Gumball: YOU DID IT AGAIN!
Anais: Oh, come on. This thing has been here forever. [Bangs on the log bridge] It's totally safe.
[The log bridge starts to fall apart and Gumball and Darwin scream and run across the bridge. The bridge then falls apart]
[Gumball and Darwin jump. Darwin grabs Gumball's tail and Gumball grabs the edge of the cliff. Darwin then pulls Gumball's tail and Gumball's face sink inwards.]
Anais: Take my hand!
Gumball: [Tries to reach for Anais] I can't see.
[Anais then grabs Gumball's face and pulls Gumball and Darwin up from the cliff]
Gumball: This treasure better be worth it.
Anais: Guys, look! [Points at twisted tree] There it is!
[Gumball, Darwin and Anais approaches the twisted tree. Darwin then digs a hole near the tree, and hits something hard]
Anais: That must be it!
[A stranger then turns on his flashlight at Gumball and Anais]
Stranger: Stop digging.
[The stranger then turns out to be Richard]
Richard: Yeah- [Turns off flashlight] -it's me.
Darwin Look! [Lifts up box] I got it!
Richard: No, please! Don't open the box! I'll give you anything you want!
Anais: We want whatever is in the box.
[Darwin slowly opens the box while Gumball, Anais and himself anticipate the moment to realize what is in the box, only to find another piece of paper inside]
Darwin: OH MAN! IT'S ANOTHER PIECE OF PAPER!
Richard: It's not just a piece of paper. It's the reason we'll never be able to afford whatever we want.
Gumball: Would someone PLEASE tell me what's going on here!
Richard: [Sighs] It was 12 years ago. Gumball was just born. Your mother stayed at the hospital while the doctors tried to work out why he was so ugly. I was left at home, alone.
Richard: [Narrating] It was the beginning of the internet.
Richard: [Using the computer] Click now for an out-of-this-world property investment for the future of your kids?! YES! [Clicks on the "YES" button in the computer]
Richard: [Narrating] I clicked too quick. I should've waited for the page to finish loading.
Richard: [Using the Computer] Property investment for the future of your kids' great...great...great... [gets worried as the page finishes loading] great...great...great...great...grandchildren's children?
[The scene now changes to Richard standing outside in the cornfields near the mailbox with his car as he lets out a depressed sigh]
Richard: [Narrating] I tried to get the money back, but the company had already gone bust. So in my shame, I buried the evidence.
[It cuts back to Richard in the present as he finishes his narration]
Anais: So it was you who hid the bank statements and tried to steal the key back!
Richard: [buries his head in the ground] Yes!
Gumball: Yeah, well, well, that was a very interesting story dad. Well done. BUT WHAT DID YOU BUY?!
Anais I'll tell you exactly what it was. He bought a-
Nicole: [interrupting offscreen] A star.
[Anais gets a look of shock on her face]
Anais: [Kneels on the ground] NOOOO! [glares angrily at Nicole while her mom looks on her smugly] YOU STOLE MY THUNDER!
Richard: You knew? But how?
Nicole: You talk in your sleep.
Richard: And you don't hate me?
Nicole: I knew you tried to do well. It wasn't your fault honey, it was the internet. [hugs Richard]
Gumball: You know what? It's kind of cool that we have our own star.
Nicole: Which one is it?
Richard: [points to a star in the sky] There.
Anais: You know, that star might not even be there anymore. But it's light travels through time and space for millions of years. It's immaterial, and yet it still exists.
Darwin: Kind of like love.
Richard: So in a way, the star is a symbol of our family's love.
Gumball: And it will always be there. Forever.
[The star goes out like a light bulb and the Wattersons give off nervous looks at each other as the episode ends.]