The episode begins with the schoolbus arriving at the Wattersons'house. Rocky asks Gumball why he has a long face. Darwin replies that he tried to stretch his face to make himself look too old for school, but failed when Nicole saw his trick, and Gumball points out that he is in fact gloomy. They enter the school bus as it "drives" off to school. Rocky explains that he does not know how they always go to school everyday, and as Gumball points out that he obviously always drives them there, Rocky says that he does not have to drive them to school. Gumball, looking back with relief (though he accidentally hurts his neck), questions if the fact that Rocky does not need to drive them to school is true, and Rocky says that he does not have to, and due the fact that since they are on the bus, they could go anywhere.
This makes everyone happy, and they start thinking where to go, such as Darwin suggesting that they could go under the sea, but Alan says that they should go to school. However, Gumball disagrees with Alan's idea and decides to pop him. Eventually, Rocky and the kids decide to skip school. Everyone continues to think of places they could go to, until Gumball suggests they all go to a water park. Everyone agrees with Gumball, as Rocky makes one more stop. He stops the bus to let in a few other people. As the bus goes near a bridge, Banana Bob, disguised as a criminal, stands on the bridge and uses binoculars to see the bus, and as he attempts to jump onto the bus, he falls to the ground. He then looks through the binoculars the wrong way, causing him to get run over.
The people who boarded the bus seem to be everyone's parents and Principal Brown all disguised as criminals, but nobody but Gumball notices this. Principal Brown announces that the children are not going anywhere, as Richard uses a briefcase to scare everyone but Gumball, saying that the briefcase has a bomb in it. Not falling for his captors' threats, Gumball tells everyone that their captors are just their parents trying to teach them a lesson, and he points out Principal Brown has not even changed his name, in which the principal feebly attempts to reply that he did.
Principal Brown gets a message from his phone and reads out as if it was their plan; they will call the police and tell them that his group will take control of the bus, and will not release the students until they reach their demands. Brown tells Harold to make the call, but they had planned to disguise his voice, so Dexter inflates Harold's mouth to make him sound different. As Harold calls the police to inform them that his group have taken control of the bus, Gumball asks Alan if he recognizes his dad, in which Alan does recognize, but he claims it was someone he saw last night on TV at his house. Gumball, again, tells him that it is just their parents, as he gives a example of when Richard "taught" him and Darwin the dangers of texting while walking.
The disgusted adults are asked to ask the police for money. Darwin soon tries to find a way to "stop the criminals with a leader," and Gumball volunteers. Gumball walks up to his dad and starts interrogating him, but Richard claims he is "Mr. Pink." He ends up telling his story of a fake criminal life, as everyone else speaks to Gumball as a "criminal." The police soon arrive near the bus, and the Doughnut Sheriff starts handing over the ransom, but he gets too close and ends up breaking one of the bus' windows. He unsuccessfully throws the briefcase, which causes the police cars behind him to crash into each other. The sheriff orders a second briefcase of money, with the group's demands apparently doubled, to be delivered to an old desert road.
The officers stationed in the road ahead the bus place a second briefcase on the road. Dexter attempts to get the briefcase, but fails. Richard reaches out to get the money with his teeth. As the police chases the bus, which is en route to the airport, the money is revealed to be real, and Darwin suddenly orders the kids to hold and subdue their captors. The students but Gumball take off their captors' masks and are surprised to see that they are their parents all along. Amongst all this, Principal Brown also realizes that the other briefcase they have does have a bomb in it, and everyone screams in fright. As Gumball asks who did this, they turn around, and are shocked to find Rob on the bus too. He tells everyone that it was his plan to suggest the plan to Principal Brown, trick the parents into stealing a million dollars, and in the end, he will blow up the bus. When Gumball asks why he is doing this, Rob replies that he is Gumball and Darwin's nemesis, but he is also doing it "for the money."
The bus gets close to the airport, but it goes over a speed bump, throwing everyone in the air. Rocky, dazed, apologizes for not keeping his eyes on the road, but before he could finish, he collapses unconscious. As the bus veers wildly, the briefcase with the money slides over to Rob. As the bus - and the cops pursuing it - approaches the airport, Gumball and Rob fights as the bus drives on the runway. The plane director sends all of the vehicles in different directions. Suddenly, another plane comes in for landing, only to see the out-of-control bus approaching towards it. Everyone screams as the plane goes back up before hitting the bus, and as Rob and Gumball continues their fight, the police enters the bus, mistakenly arresting the now undisguised adults. Rocky wakes up to find another plane heading for the bus, so he jumps out of his seat. Everyone ducks as the wing of the plane tears off the roof of the bus.
Everyone is still on the bus, while Gumball and Rob continue their fight on the plane's wing. Rob hits Gumball, and the cat falls to the ground. However, when Rob is about to hit Gumball with his briefcase, the police arrives. Rob acts like he was being threatened by Gumball's "ticking" briefcase. The officers fall for Rob's trick and arrest Gumball as Rob runs away. Principal Brown corrects the officers' misunderstanding and releases Gumball, but they realize Rob ran away with the money. However, they had the briefcase with the money all along, and Rob has the briefcase with the bomb. The briefcase Rob was holding explodes, sending him flying onto a nearby police car. Rob is now under arrest, and slams his face on the police car as the episode ends.
It is revealed that Rob has a major in Canadian history.
This could be considered to be the first "serious" episode in the series, due to Gumball and Rob's fight scenes and the bomb situation.
This is the first time Dexter and Harold have a major role.
Despite being present in storyboards, Masami does not appear in the final version of this episode.
The word "bomb" is never fully uttered in this episode; however, it was fully uttered in "The Bet." This may be due to the network censors becoming much stricter (under network president Christina Miller) since "The Bet" aired, although it is likely that it is simply a joke on overly strict censorship, especially considering that there is a character with a bomb for a head.
Rocky breaks the fourth wall by referring to the reveal that Rob is the mastermind behind the plan as a "crucial plot twist."
Banana Joe is sitting behind Gumball and Darwin on the left side of the school bus, but after Gumball asks everyone where they would rather go instead of school, Banana Joe is suddenly sitting on the right side of the bus, behind Tobias, where Sarah was sitting.
Dexter lost his hat after his failed attempt to get the briefcase, but gains it back after Richard grabs the briefcase.
When Banana Bob is looking through the binoculars on the bridge, his left eyelid is transparent.
Clayton appears at the back of the bus in the beginning of the episode, but vanishes after the adults board the bus.
Similarly, Sussie is on the bus in two scenes, but she is absent for the rest of the episode.
There are several scenes where the kids do not appear in the back of the bus.
The 3D models used for the bomb and money briefcases are switched multiple times.
[Episode begins with the bus pulling up to the curb. Rocky opens the door]
Rocky: Hey guys! [To Gumball] Eh, why the long face? Feelin' gloomy?
Darwin: One, his face is long because he tried to stretch his skin to make it look like he's too old to go to school. Two, no, Mom didn't buy it.
Gumball: And three, yes, I'm feeling gloomy.
[Gumball and Darwin get on bus, and Gumball trips on his own face. The bus drives off]
Rocky: Oh, man, I don't know how you guys do it.
Gumball: Eh, it's not that difficult to learn how to stretch your face. There's an online tutorial for everything nowadays. [To Leslie] So, did you finish...
Rocky: No, I mean I don't know how you go to school every day.
Gumball: Rocky, you drive us there.
Rocky: Well... I don't have to.
Gumball: [grinning]Reeeeaaaalllyyyy....?[neck cracks as he turns his head] Aah! Aah...
Rocky: Well, we're on a bus. We could go anywhere.
Darwin: [excitedly] Like under the sea, or to outer space, or up a rainbow?
Rocky: Well, anywhere with a road. But not up steep hills... or under low bridges.
Gumball: Let's do it! After all, we've got the rest of our lives to go to school.
Alan: Well, I think we should go to school, so we can work hard and get the best possible start in li--
Gumball: [sighs][walks over and pops Alan off-screen] Anyone else wanna go to school?
Gumball's classmates: No, no, no no no...
Rocky: Okay! No school it is!
[The bus drives past school]
Rocky: So, where should we go instead?
Tobias: The beach!
Sussie: The school bus!
Darwin: We're already on the school bus!
Sussie: [ecstatically] Ya-hah!
Gumball: What about the water park?
[Gumball's classmates chatter in agreement]
Tobias: Aww, the beach!
Rocky: Alrighty, we just gotta make one more stop...
[The bus stops and the door opens]
Rocky: Is that all of you, Mr. Pink? [winks]
Richard: [off-screen] Almost. Looks like Mr. Yellow didn't make it.
[Bus door closes, the bus drives off]
[Banana Bob looks on from overpass, using binoculars]
Banana Bob: [chuckles sinisterly] Why catch the bus when the bus can catch you?
[Bob jumps from overpass, but lands on road]
Banana Bob: Uh... the binoculars made it look closer than it was. [looks through binoculars backwards] So I guess it's still quite fa--
[Bob is run over by the bus]
Banana Bob: Ugh...
Children in Captivity
[On the bus, the students are still discussing the destination]
Gumball: [to Tobias] Alright, we'll go to the water park, then the beach!
[Tobias opens his mouth to protest, but a foot stomps and startles the students]
Nigel Brown: [clears throat] Good afternoon, children, my name is Mr. Brown. This is Mr. Pink, Mr. Rainbow, and Mr. White, and we'll be your captors for the day. The exits are... [loudly] irrelevant, 'cause you're going nowhere!
Richard: Nobody moves, or I'll be forced to use this! [holds out briefcase]
All students but Gumball: [gasp] It's a briefcase!
Richard: [ticking sound comes from briefcase] No, more than that.
All students but Gumball: [gasp] It's a ticking briefcase!
Richard: No, more than that.
All students but Gumball: [gasp] It's a bo--
Richard: [panicking] No no, no no no no no, less than that!
Nigel Brown: Uh, yes, we are legally obliged to say it's not one of those.
All students but Gumball: Oh my gosh, they've got a b-- [cut off by sound of bus]
Gumball: [sighs] Oh, come on guys. It's obviously not a bo--
Banana Joe: But it's ticking!
Leslie: And masked strangers have taken over the bus!
Gumball: But they're clearly our parents trying to teach us some sort of lesson! Principal Brown hasn't even changed his name!
Nigel Brown: Yes I have! I-I mean he has. I-I mean he hasn't...I mean...who is this "Principal Brown"?
Richard: [whispering] You are!
Nigel Brown: Shh! [phone vibrates] Oh, uh, yes... [reading text] We are going to call the cops and tell them we won't release you until our demands are met! Make the call, Mr. Rainbow.
Harold: [whispering] I thought we were gonna disguise my voice!
Nigel Brown: Um...
Dexter: [sighs]Alright...[blows air into Harold's mouth]
Harold [high-pitched voice] Hello, police? We have taken control of the school bus, and you'd better do what we say, or [voice deepens] there'll be consequences. Oh, sorry... [Dexter blows air into Harold's mouth again][high-pitched voice] or there'll be consequences.
Gumball: Oh, come on, Alan. You're telling me you don't even recognize the balloon?
Alan: Wait...I do recognize him.
Alan: I saw him in our house last night!
Alan: On TV. Elmore's Most Wanted.
Gumball: [sighs] It's just our parents trying to teach us a lesson. Like when my dad tried to teach us the dangers of texting while walking.
[cut to Gumball and Darwin, walking around a manhole and texting, with Richard inside]
Richard: [fake-sounding voice]Help me! I've fallen down this manhole because I was texting while walking!
[Cuts back to the bus]
Gumball: Darwin, you can't seriously be scared of these guys!
Darwin: Of course I am! They're criminal masterminds!
Richard: [to other adults] I just think it would be fun, I've never been in a hovercraft.
Dexter: No, we should ask for a private jet. They always ask for a private jet.
Richard: Could it be a private hovercraft?
Harold: [phone vibrates][reads text] We need to ask for money!
Nigel Brown: How much?
Dexter: It doesn't matter, the police know this is all fake!
Gumball: See, they're not scary.
Darwin: [determinant] You're right! We just need a leader to reason with them. [dramatic music plays] Someone brave.
Gumball: [clears throat]
Darwin: Someone who's not afraid to look the enemy in the eye!
Darwin: I would say you, Gumball, but you're obviously sick. Hm... maybe Leslie.
Gumball: No! Me! I'll do it!
Richard: Oh, but hovercrafts are... [Gumball taps on Richard's shoulder] Hm?
Gumball: Uh, Dad?
Richard: It's Mr. Pink.
Gumball: [unimpressed] Fine, Mr. Pink. I know it's you, Dad.
Richard: Uh... [nervously] I've never heard of this 'dad' of whom you speak. I'm just a criminal. How did I become a criminal, you ask?
Gumball: I didn't ask.
Richard: I suppose it all started when I was eleven years old and skipped a math class.
Richard: And for this crime, the punishment was harsh and swift. I spent twelve years in juvie, then five years inside, then twenty-four years on the run, then thirty years back in the big house, then a further seven in solitary.
Gumball: That makes you eighty-nine. That doesn't add up.
Richard: [laughs] Well, I wouldn't know, 'cause I skipped that math class.
Gumball: Sure. [to other adults] So, I assume you all ended up in a life of crime through skipping school?
Nigel Brown, Dexter, and Harold: Uh-huh. Yeah. Mm-hm.
Nigel Brown: Well, uh, my tragic story starts on the right side of the tracks, but boy, it sure doesn't stay there.
Gumball: Yeah, yeah, we get it.
Nigel Brown: But I learned the whole thing! Don't I get to... ohh... [disappointed]
Gumball: See, I told you. It's a load of hooey.
[Siren sounds come from outside, and a fleet of police cars pursue the bus]
Donut Cop: Take the wheel and get me closer! [climbs out window] Closer... closer... closer! [through speaker]We are willing...[breaks window] Okay, too close. [car backs away] We are willing to meet your demands! I'll throw the money over in three, two, one... [throws money, misses, hits police car]
Police Officer: Aaaagh! [cars fly out of control]
Donut Cop: That one's gonna hurt the taxpayer. Control, we need another million dollars.
Dispatcher: They doubled their demands?
Donut Cop: Uh, uh... yeah! They doubled their demands! Uh...
Nigel Brown: Wow, they're really going big on this.
Dexter: If only they responded this fast to real crimes.
Donut Cop: Where do you want the money?
Nigel Brown: [phone vibrates][reading text] Leave the million dollops of unmasked bulls on the cold desert toad!
Donut Cop: What? [through loudspeaker]What?
Nigel Brown: Oh, sorry, auto-correct. Leave the million dollars of unmarked bills on the old desert road!
Donut Cop: All units fall back, ahead of second drop-off.
[At an old desert road, the bus approaches]
Hamburger Cop: Any sign of him, chief? I'm cooking out here.
Coffee Cop: They're on their way. Make the drop.
[Hamburger Cop leaves briefcase on road]
Dexter: Okay, you hold onto me, and I'll reach out and grab the briefcase! [goes out bus door but gets caught in wind] Maybe we should switch!
[Richard leans out and grabs the briefcase]
Harold: Did you get it?
Richard: [briefcase in mouth] Uh-huh.
Harold: [on phone] Okay, we have the money. Now we don't want to see any red lights between here and the airport.
[Lights on street all turn green, and Doughnut Sheriff notices]
Donut Cop: They're heading for the airport! We've gotta take 'em down! [loud voice shatters french fry cop]
[Police cars crash into one another as they chase the speeding bus. The 'hijackers' open the briefcase and discover real money]
Richard, Nigel Brown, Dexter, and Harold: [gasp]
Dexter: Wait, this wasn't supposed to be real money!
Richard: It was just a trick to teach the kids a lesson!
Gumball: Well, I guess the lesson you've actually taught is that crime does pay. Well done, chaps. You've done good.
Darwin: GET 'EM!
All students but Gumball: AAAAGHH![attack and subdue adults]
Alan: We got 'em!
Alan: And now to reveal their true identities! [students remove masks]
[The person in the mask is "revealed" to be Richard]
All students but Gumball: [gasp]
Darwin: They were our parents all along?!
Richard: [guiltily] You've got me, it's true. I am Richard Wattersonnn....nn'sEVIL TWIN BROTHER!
Gumball: Give it up, Dad!
Richard: We just wanted to teach you that skipping school isn't cool or exciting.
Gumball: By involving us in a million-dollar high-speed police chase, which is probably the most cool or exciting thing we've ever done?
Nigel Brown: Yes, but we thought it was all going to be pretend! Hang on... if the money's genuine, and the cops are for real... [holds up ticking briefcase] does that mean this is a real—
All: [scream in terror]
Gumball: Whose insane idea was this?
Nigel Brown: [phone vibrates][reading text] Stick to the pan, or everyone dines.
Work of the Wrecker
Rob: Darn auto-correct... stupid thing never works. [stares at class awkwardly]
Gumball: [gasps] Rob?!
Rob: [sarcastically] Oh NOW, you remember my name! It's Dr. Wrecker to you, and yes, this whole thing was my idea! All I had to do was suggest the plan to Principal Brown, make sure the police thought it was real, and switch the briefcase for something a little more, shall we say... explosive.
Gumball: But why?!
Rob: Because... I... am... your... NEMESIS![aside]And also for the money...
[The bus drives quickly over a speed bump, throwing everyone into the air]
Rocky: [dazed] Sorry, it's kind of hard to keep your eyes on the road when there's a crucial plot twist happening in the back of your bu...
[Rocky passes out on the wheel. The bus begins driving wildly, and the money slides to Rob]
Gumball: The money!
Rob: [laughs sinisterly]
[The bus begins veering out of control as the adults try to wake up Rocky]
Donut Cop: Woah! These guys are pros! They must have one heck of a wheel-man!
[The adults continue trying to wake Rocky, while a helicopter attempts to lower the Hamburger Cop onto the top of the bus]
Hamburger Cop: Little lower!
[The cop ends up getting caught in a sign, and is flung off]
[The bus enters the airport, trailed by the police, and is about to hit a plane, when the plane director skillfully directs all the vehicles towards different directions. The bus drives towards a different runway, this time with a plane that is about to land. Everyone on the bus, and the two Finger Pilots on the plane, scream, and the pilots quickly pull on the plane's rudder, sending it skywards. Rob and Gumball start to fight. The two initially tug for the briefcase Rob is holding, but Gumball picks up a nearby briefcase, and starts to fight. Outside, the bus is now flanked by two pairs of police vehicles]
Donut Cop: Go go go!
[The cops break through the bus windows. but the Hamburger Cop gets stuck. The cops apprehend the unmasked adults]
Earl: You are under arrest!
Nigel Brown: It wasn't us! [points to Rob] It was him!
[Rob and Gumball continue fighting. Meanwhile, Rocky wakes up in time to see a plane crash into the bus, tearing off the roof and taking Gumball and Rob with it]
[Gumball and Rob continue fighting on the wing of the plane]
Gumball: Thanks man, fighting on the wing of a plane is way more fun than math class!
Rob: This isn't supposed to be fun!
Gumball: Wait, what? Th... then why are you doing this?
Rob: Because I'm a villain! What choice do I have? All I've got on my résumé is laughing maniacally, monologuing about evil plans, and a major in Canadian History. I can't exactly go into catering![hits Gumball off the plane with the briefcase] And now, Gumball Watterson! PREPARE TO BE WRECKED![The cops come running towards them] Oh, officer! Help me! He's got a ticking briefcase!
Gumball: Oh, come on, these are professional law enforcers. As if they're gonna fal - [They pounce and put handcuffs on Gumball]
Donut Cop: You're coming with us!
Gumball: [grunting] No, no, wait!
Nigel Brown: No no, not him, the other one. [points to Rob]
Gumball: [gets off the ground] It's too late now! He's gone away with the money...
Richard: No, he hasn't. That's the money. [points to the briefcase on the ground] It's got my teeth marks in it.
[Gumball opens the briefcase]
Donut Cop: Ah, we got the money back. He got away, but my shift's done in five minutes, so shall we say case closed? [Closes the briefcase]
Gumball: But, if this is the money, doesn't that mean that Dr. Wrecker has the--
[An explosion in the background sends Rob flying towards the Doughnut Sheriff's car]
Donut Cop: Well there's only one thing left to say. You are...
Rob: I know, I know... I'm wrecked.
Donut Cop: I was gonna say you're under arrest.
Rob: Oh yes, that makes more sense.
[Rob slams his face into the car as the episode ends]