The episode starts out with Rocky cleaning a trophy. When he is startled by Miss Simian's reflection, he almost drops the trophy before Miss Simian catches it for him. She then goes about explaining about her long strive to get these trophies before announcing to Rocky her attempt at the newest one: a "Favorite Teacher" award. Rocky, however, points out that she needs a recommendation by at least one student to receive that award, and not one student actually likes her.
Miss Simian is then thrown into depression, which causes her to ignore everything and everyone, letting her class mess around. Gumball and Darwin take notice to this and try to go to lunch before Miss Simian asks Gumball if she could hang around with him. After he rejects her, Gumball goes on a rant pointing out how Miss Simian continues to follow him around anyways, still depressed.
After Gumball and Darwin try to shoo her away, they reluctantly let her in the Wattersons'house . Nicole, however, immediately disapproves of her on her property, in which she demands her out. Miss Simian then goes on a sob story trying to stay friends with the family. However, the kids and Richard ask her not to leave and the boys take it upon themselves to teach her what friends do.
Gumball and Darwin try some ideas to teach her how to be a good friend. First, they try to play Dodj or Daar, but abruptly quit because all of the cards are about Miss Simian. Gumball then uses an ice cream scenario in which he tries to get her to share invisible ice cream. However, this only makes Gumball feel uncomfortable after a while, so they try something else. Gumball then tries a high five exercise, but merely gets smacked in the face by Miss Simian's "high five."
After a while, Miss Simian starts to become more accepted to the family, by literally blowing Richard's stomach, and entertaining the children. Nicole, however, does not approve of this and threatens her, however, Miss Simian argues that she has changed and that she means no harm. Nicole decides to take her word for it and lets her go. Shortly afterwards, Miss Simian convinces Gumball to quickly write a letter of recommendation for her, which he does without a second's thought. Miss Simian cheers, and leaves the Wattersons.
Nicole and the Wattersons then search around the school for Miss Simian, having baked a cake for her positive emotional change. Rocky, however, reveals that she has left because she has "finally got some losers to write her Favorite Teacher nomination." Nicole then flashes back to several times Miss Simian called her a "loser," and realizes she has been tricked and angrily chases after her.
The Wattersons catch up with Miss Simian on the freeway and attempt to ram her down. She, however, outmaneuvers them, and mocks them. Nicole, even more enraged, demands her family to try alternate methods to take her out by having Darwin shoot candy and throwing random things. Miss Simian laughs before realizing she lost the note before finding it on her antennae. Nicole then tries to get Richard to grab it, which he attempts reluctantly. This causes the cars to go out of control and tip Miss Simian and her car over an overpass. Gumball then asks her if she wants to be their friend and offer to change her heart. Miss Simian rejects them and grabs the note, in exchange for falling into the overpass. The family then mocks her for a bit, before Nicole stops them from being sadistic enough to laugh at injured people.
Miss Simian later receives her award, and despite ending up in a wheelchair and full-body cast, believes that it was "so worth it."
The way Richard runs after he gets off the cars is similar to Sonic the Hedgehog's run.
When Miss Simian is on the couch tickling Richard, and he rolls off, Darwin suddenly appears from where Richard was lying.
The license plate number as well as the window stickers on Cartax frequently disappear.
Gumball's seat in the car shifts at one point.
When Miss Simian is sitting with Gumball and Darwin at the cafeteria table, many students are seated at a nearby table. However, when the camera angle changes, the same table is empty, and other tables now seat different students.
Miss Simian's seatbelt disappears and reappears randomly.
In the scene where Richard is trying to grab the note, one can see two of Anais, and two of Darwin.
Although the title of the episode is "The Ape," Miss Simian is actually a monkey (specifically, a baboon).
When Darwin spits hard candy at Miss Simian's car, holes show up on the hood before any of the pieces connect.
In the flashback of Nicole and Richard's wedding, Richard was not screaming like he was supposed to be in "The Wand," implying that he was exaggerating.
In "The Goons," Richard said that the sofa would be cramped if more than three people sit on it at once, but in this episode, the sofa seated five people comfortably. This error occurrs in many episodes, such as in "The Finale."
When Nicole leans back and says, "And that, kids, is why you wear seatbelts." in the car, her head linework overlaps her left shoulder.
[Rocky is seen polishing some trophies of Miss Simian, when her reflection is seen in the glass]
[Rocky yelps and drops the trophy]
Lucy Simian: [Dives toward the trophy] Careful, numbskull! These trophies are symbols of my excellence as a teacher. It took me 754 years to collect them all.
Lucy Simian: What was that?!
Rocky: Hello! "Favorite teacher award"? It's like the best one and stuff, but you'll never win it.
Lucy Simian: Why not?
Rocky: Because you need a letter of recommendation from a student who, uh... actually likes you.
Lucy Simian: That sounds easy enough.
Rocky: [Laughs] Seriously, though, no one likes you, Miss Simian -- not even me! And I like everybody.
[Rocky runs away]
Lucy Simian: Nobody likes me? Hmm...
[Miss Simian continues to think even in class as Gumball and Darwin watch her]
Gumball: Dude, I think something's wrong with Miss Simian.
Darwin: What makes you say that?
Gumball: She hasn't told anyone off all day.
[Gumball faces behind. The camera changes views, showing all members of the class causing disturbance]
Darwin: That is weird.
[The school bell rings]
Gumball: Hey, guys! Wait up!
Lucy Simian: Gumball?
Gumball: [Nervous] Yeah... ?
Lucy Simian: You and I are friends, right?
Gumball: [Faces to Miss Simian] Are we?
Lucy Simian: Well, what with all the detentions and everything, I guess we spend a lot of time together.
Gumball: Uhh... I guess so. Anyway, gotta go.
Lucy Simian: Just one more thing. Would you mind if I hang out with you just for a little while?
Gumball: Uh... yeah. Yeah, I would. [Walks out of the class]
[Scene changes to Gumball and Darwin in the school yard]
Gumball: Basically, she asked to be my friend. Well, I told her "no," obviously. [Camera pans to Miss Simian] But she's just following me around.
[Scene location changes to the cafeteria, where Gumball, Darwin and Miss Simian having lunch together]
Gumball: And the strangest thing is, she's completely unresponsive. Watch. [Launches a pea using a spoon into Miss Simian's face, gaining no response from her] See? Nothing!
Darwin: [Thinking] Hmm. Try something hot.
Return To Home
[Gumball and Darwin are on the way to their home, with Miss Simian following them]
Gumball: [To Darwin, nervously] Is she still there? [Faces behind, camera view changes to Miss Simian]
Darwin: Yep. [Starts walking with Gumball for a few steps before turning to Miss Simian again] Shoo! Shoo! Shoo!! [Brief silence] Huh?
Gumball: [Grabs a stick and throws it toward Miss Simian] Fetch!
[Miss Simian acts depressed and does nothing, then they give up]
Gumball: [Sighs] I hope things get better tomorrow. [Continues walking with Darwin]
[Scene changes in front of the Wattersons' house, from which slurping can be heard. Scene changes inside, with the Wattersons watching Miss Simian drinking milk from a bowl of cereal]
Nicole: What is she doing in my house?
Lucy Simian: [Stops] I'm sorry. I just that maybe we could share a nice breakfast together, but since you all hate me, [Stands up] I'll just go. [Approaches the door] I'm walking.
Darwin: [Feeling sad] It's so sad.
Lucy Simian: This is me... on my way. I'm at the door... [Grabs the door knob]
Anais: [Feeling sad] This is kind of harsh.
Lucy Simian: I'm turning the door knob. [Turns the knob] I'm opening the door. [Opens the door]
Richard: [Starts crying] I don't know why, but I'm crying!
Lucy Simian: Boy, it sure looks lonely out there. [Shuts the door]
Gumball: [Cries] Mom, why do you hate Miss Simian so much?
Nicole: [Annoyed] I don't want to talk about it.
Darwin: [Crying] Please, let her stay!
Nicole: [Sighs] Okay. She can stay, but --
[Miss Simian interrupts Nicole from the window]
Lucy Simian: Oh, thank you! You're such a kind and friendly family! [Camera zooms] You know, [Heads down] I never had friends before. I don't even know what friends do.
Gumball: Don't worry. We'll show you.
[Gumball, Darwin and Miss Simian are outside of the house]
Gumball: Now, a very important part of friendship is sharing. Imagine you both have ice creams.
Darwin and Lucy Simian: Oh. [Pretends they are holding ice cream]
[Darwin moves his tongue as if licking ice cream]
Gumball: But what's this? Darwin has dropped his ice cream. [Waiting for Darwin to mimic the ice cream dropping, but Darwin doesn't stop licking] I said, "Darwin has dropped his ice cream." [Swings his hands over Darwin's hand as he knocks over Darwin's ice cream] Splat!
Darwin: [Stops briefly, then looks down] You got it on my shoes.
Lucy Simian: Uh, do you want to share mine? [Moves her hands as she breaks her ice cream in half]
Gumball: [Gasps] Very good.
Lucy Simian: Ice cream, Darwin? [Hands her hand as she gives an ice cream to Darwin]
Darwin: Aw, thanks! [Starts moving his tongue as he licks the ice cream again]
Lucy Simian: But, Gumball, you don't have an ice cream. Want to share mine?
Gumball: Sure! [Miss Simian starts licking, then Gumball also starts licking, literally, but then stops licking] Oh... [Starts licking again]
[Camera zooms to Gumball's tongue trying to avoid touching Miss Simian's tongue, then he gives up]
Gumball: Dude, [Whispering to Darwin] this is so gross!
Darwin: Why don't you pretend you have your own ice cream?
Gumball: [Sighs and facepalms] Ugh! Why didn't I think of that?
[Scene changes to the bench area in a Stadium]
Gumball: Friends also high-five, like this.
Gumball and Darwin: [Toss] High-five!
Gumball: Okay, now -- [Miss Simian pushes her hand into Gumball's face] No, I mean slap my -- [Miss Simian repeats the same thing] Let's move on to the next lesson.
Dodge or Dare
[Scene changes to the Wattersons' backyard]
Gumball: How about we all play game, like friends do? Here's one we made up. It's called...
Gumball and Darwin: Dodge or Dare!
Gumball: Roll the dice. [Miss Simian rolls the dice] Take a card. [Miss Simian takes a card]
Gumball and Darwin: What'd you get?
Lucy Simian: "Put a gooey hair ball in Miss Simian's lunch."
Gumball: [Gasps] L-Let me take that. [Takes the card that Miss Simian had and hands Miss Simian a deck of card, which Miss Simian takes one of them] Pick another.
Lucy Simian: "When Miss Simian's back is turned --"
Gumball: [Chuckles] A-Actually, let me pick one for you. [Starts searching for cards] Uh, cover Simian in slug juice, drop water balloons on Simian, Miss Simian, Miss Simian, Miss Simian, --" [Throws the cards away and giggles] Heh heh. Forget the cards. Here's a dare: make the most annoying noise possible.
Lucy Simian: [Brief pause, then attempts to scream, literally] Eeeh...
Gumball: O... kay. That was... good, but we know that you can do better.
Darwin: Like when you're mad at us.
Lucy Simian: Oh, you mean this little thing? [Screams] Gu-u-u-u-mba-a-a-a-ll!!
[Miss Simian's scream is so loud that it produces ultrasonic residue and makes both Gumball's and Darwin's skin slides back and shows their insides of their mouth]
Gumball and Darwin: That... was... awesome!
Gumball: High-five! [As before, Miss Simian pushes her hands into Gumball and Darwin's faces] That still needs a little work.
[View changes to backyard window, with Nicole watching Gumball, Darwin and Miss Simian while doing her dishwashing]
Nicole: I've got my eye on you, Simian.
[Scene changes to the living room of the Wattersons' house where Richard is laughing on the couch]
Richard: HA-HA-HA. Do it again! Do it again! [Camera zooms out showing Mrs Simian blowing into Richard's stomach again, while Nicole watches the family laughing]
[Richard falls off the couch, laughing and revealing Darwin standing behind him]
Lucy Simian: [Hugging Gumball, Darwin and Anais] I'm so pleased to finally have such great friends!
Gumball, Darwin, Richard, and Anais: Ahhh! We love you, Miss Simian.
[Camera zooms to Nicole]
Nicole: Sorry, kids. Miss Simian, c-can I have a word with you [Angrily] in private, please?
[View changes to the dining room]
Lucy Simian: [As she sits on the dining chair] Yes, Nicole, how can I help you?
Nicole: Listen, Simian, you might have the rest of them fooled, but I don't trust you for a second. [Lunges forward] I remember you from school. I remember the horrible name you used to call me everyday. [Camera zooms towards Nicole and Miss Simian] Do you remember that?
Lucy Simian: [Regretful] Yes, I do. And I'm sorry.
[Camera zooms to Nicole]
Nicole: [Surprised] What?
[Then to Mrs Simian]
Lucy Simian: I was that horrid person for so long, and look where it got me. No friends, no family -- [Covers her face] just bitterness and wrinkles.
[Camera zooms to Nicole who is still surprised and back to Miss Simian again]
Lucy Simian: [hugging herself] But even an old ape can change. [Points to Nicole] Will you give me that chance?
Nicole: [Thinking] Oh, I don't know. It's all happening so fast.
[Miss Simian rushes forward and hugs Nicole]
Lucy Simian: Ple-e-e-e-e-ase?
Nicole: [Shudders] Okay, I'll -- I'll give it another shot.
[Scene changes to Front of Wattersons' house, then into the living room]
Gumball: What do we do now, best friends?
Lucy Simian: Uh, let's see. I know! Best friends write letters to each other about how great they are. [Gives a notepad to Gumball]
Gumball: Wow! What a... friendly idea. [Takes the notepad] What shall we write?
Lucy Simian: Um...ooh... How about "we, the aforementioned, unanimously agree that Miss Simian is worthy of this year's Favorite Teacher Award."
Gumball: "Favorite Teacher Award." Okay! Done it!
Lucy Simian: [Quickly takes the notepad from Gumball, with laughing] It's mine! [Holding the notepad into her chest], [She dances in glee].
[Scene changes to the window]
Darwin: Look how happy she is.
Gumball: That's the power of friendship.
[Scene changes to Elmore Junior High]
Gumball: Wow! You baked that cake for Miss Simian?
Nicole: Yeah. I think she deserves a second chance. [Walking towards Rocky] Is Miss Simian around?
Rocky: Nah, dude. She just drove off. You should've seen her, all dancing and laughing, saying she finally got some losers to write her a "Favorite Teacher" nomination.
[The scene goes slow motion, and Nicole drops the cake, which shatters upon hitting the floor]
Nicole: [Anxiously] What was the word she used?
Rocky: [Slow motion] "Losers."
[Scene changes to Nicole's flashback]
[Nicole, as a baby, falls after a few steps, then feels sad]
Lucy Simian: Heh! Nice first steps, loser!
[Nicole, as a kid, falls from a bike that was hitting a rock]