The episode begins with the Wattersons sitting at the dining room table. Richard has just finished telling his family a story about why one should not mix Pop Rocks and soda. Nicole asks if any of the other family members want to share anything (besides Richard) so Gumball tells everyone about him planning on going on a date with his love interest, Penny. Nicole is ecstatic and attempts to hug her son and with some effort manages to do so. Darwin admits to his brother that he is impressed by Gumball's confidence, because if he messes up this "date," Penny might not ever talk to him again.
This realization makes Gumball nervous, but Nicole reassures him that as long as he is himself, then the date will turn out just fine. Nicole leaves for work, and after she is gone Richard chuckles to himself, causing Gumball to become curious and ask why. He informs his son that women only think they want someone because they do not know how bad they really are and that it is better to think of someone very successful and be like them. Anais sides with her father, saying that Gumball is somewhat of a loser. Gumball is saddened by this since he really wants Penny to like him. Darwin suggests that Gumball could buy Penny some presents for the date, but he does not have any money, so Richard decides to show Gumball how to get things without paying for them.
The first stop is the "greatest department store in the world;" the dump, where everything is free. Richard finds a fancy, ringmaster-type suit in a pile of garbage, while Gumball remarks that what his dad is doing is really disgusting and gross. Richard retorts by mentioning that Gumball never complained when he fished his son's favorite sweater out of a sewage outlet. Gumball is disgusted again and mentions that he wears his sweater all the time.
After they are done "shopping," Richard explains that Gumball is going to need some extra money to treat Penny on the date. Using Nicole's credit card, he carelessly withdraws some money. Unfortunately, he sneezes on the money, and withdraws some more money, while throwing the dirty bills into the wind.
At home, Gumball practices some lines for his date, while Anais comes in and informs him that he should be using proper etiquette during it. He does not know what that means, so Anais drags him into her room where a tea party is taking place with her and her dolls. Anais instructs Gumball to politely pour one of her dolls (Mrs. Pumpernickel) a cup of tea, but he refuses on the basis that the doll is looking at him in a strange way. She instead suggests that Gumball should attempt having a civilized conversation with her, but when he asks her a question, she does not answer. Angry, Gumball insults the doll and throws one of Anais' plastic teacups on the floor and stomps on it furiously. Unamused, Anais tells Gumball to leave.
In the living room, Gumball is telling Darwin that he is fully prepared for the date, but Darwin informs him that there is still one thing he is not prepared for: the unexpected, which he demonstrates to him by suddenly slapping him. Darwin tells Gumball to follow him to the training camp, or the backyard for a lesson in dealing with the unexpected. He asks Gumball what he would do if someone tries to mug him, while at the same time shows Gumball a cardboard drawing of a criminal, but Gumball says he would call the police. Darwin says he has to defend himself by attacking, so Gumball knocks it over weakly. Darwin admits that it was pretty good, but it would be even better if he finished with a catchy tagline. He does so for targets of Patrick, an imaginary ex-boyfriend of Penny's named Sebastian Longquin, and someone who does not believe in love. Gumball finishes the last target off by ripping his heart out, which Darwin claims to be a bit extreme, but he is still impressed by the others.
The next day, Gumball's family is wishing him good luck on his date. Darwin decides to test Gumball's skill in dealing with the unexpected again, with admirable results as Gumball blocks Darwin's sudden punches expertly. When Gumball shows up on Penny's doorstep sometime later, Penny looks forlorn as she stands in the doorway. Gumball asks her what is wrong, and she explains that she had asked Gumball to comfort her for her pet's funeral. Gumball is shocked and asks whom it is for, so Penny explains that the funeral is for Mr. Cuddles, their supposedly deceased pet.
Gumball, instead of being sympathetic, laughs it off and says, "I thought it was for an important family member." Penny scowls at him, so Gumball, realizing his mistake, asks how Mr. Cuddles died, and she informs him that he died when her father accidentally flushed him down the toilet. Gumball stifles back laughter, which Penny again disapproves of.
Later, the Fitzgeralds and Gumball are out in their backyard, mourning the loss Mr Cuddles. Penny asks Gumball to say a few words, so he describes Mr. Cuddles as being as hot as his owner, Penny, was, which she somehow finds comforting. Polly decides to show Gumball the memorial picture she made for Mr. Cuddles, which reveals that instead of a cute, furry mammal, Mr. Cuddles was, in fact, a tarantula. Gumball is so terrified by the arachnid that he shrieks loudly and destroys the poster, making Polly cry.
Patrick and the rest of his family are infuriated by this, and he suggests to Gumball that it would be for the best if he just left, but beforehand, Gumball asks to use their bathroom, which they say yes. While in the bathroom, Gumball finds Mr. Cuddles sitting on the rim of the toilet seat. Despite being afraid of him, Gumball attempts to tell the Fitzgeralds that their pet is very well alive, but Patrick tells them to ignore him. Gumball decides to show them, and tries to get Mr. Cuddles to come with him, but this only results with the spider jumping onto Gumball's face, who screams and falls through the window. Gumball finds a shovel and smacks the spider with it. Gumball manages to pry the spider off his face, and successfully does, but in the process gets bitten. Gumball screams and throws the spider into Penny's hands, to which she joyously exclaims that he is alive after all.
Since Gumball found their pet, the Fitzgeralds forgive Gumball for making a scene at his funeral, and even Patrick expresses his approval of him. However, Gumball is more concerned about the fact that Mr. Cuddles bit him during their fight, which Patrick just brushes off and explains that his venom will not affect him unless he is bitten many, many times. Unfortunately, Gumball's back is shown to be covered in dozens of blisters from bite-marks, causing him to fall to the ground unconscious.
At the hospital, Gumball is lying down in a hospital bed, his face and his entire body are covered in severe purple blisters. Penny foolishly brings Mr. Cuddles back to Gumball to apologize about what happened earlier. However, Mr. Cuddles hisses at Gumball, the screen freezes with everyone gasping in shock, and Mr. Cuddles is about to land on Gumball's face again.
This is one of the only four episodes (along with "The Ghost," "The Bet" and "The Line") to have a first-person perspective: that of Mr. Cuddles when he looks at Gumball.
During the scene in the Fitzgeralds' upstairs hallway, Penny's painting of the cheerleaders from "The Mystery" can be seen.
It is revealed in "The Fan" that Sarah was the nurse caring for Gumball while he was in the hospital.
Richard's story at the beginning of the episode is based upon the urban legend that drinking soda and eating pop rocks would cause the stomach to explode. This urban legend has since been debunked countless times.
On Nicole's credit card, her last name is misspelled as "Waterson" instead of "Watterson."
In the same scene, if one were to look closely at the ATM, they would see that it says "This machine charges £1.70 for debit card withdrawals". This makes no sense as the show is set in the US which uses Dollars, not Pounds.
When Gumball is yelling at Anais' doll, his cup is layered beneath the saucer very briefly.
When Gumball mourns for Mr. Cuddles, he is missing his ears.
When Gumball says "what" after Richard faints, Nicole appears for a single frame despite the fact that she left her family earlier to go to work. Also, Nicole's animation is mixed with the table.
This episode shows Anais having a separate room from her brothers, despite episodes before and after this one showing that all three of the Watterson children share a room.
When Darwin steps on the rake that has Patrick on it, his foot is posed as if he were going to step on the one with Sal Left Thumb on it.
When Gumball rips the heart out of the teddy bear, his hand goes through the rake and does not break it.
Español (Spanish): La Cita (The Date)
Français (French): Le rencard (The Date)
Italiano (Italian): Il primo appuntamento (The First Date)
Magyar (Hungarian): Hálótárs (Sleeping Partner)
Polski (Polish) : Randka (The Date)
Português (Portuguese): O Encontro (The Date)
Türkçe (Turkish): Randevu (The Date)
Українська (Ukrainian): Побачення (The Date)
Български (Bulgarian): Срещата (The Meeting)
Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese): Buổi Hẹn (The Date)
日本語 (Japanese): ガムボールの初デート? (Gumball's first date?)
[At their house, the Wattersons are sitting down for dinner, Richard looks beat up and is telling a story as everyone is looking at him]
Richard: And that's why you should never mix Pop Rocks and soda!
Nicole: Okay... Anyone else have a riveting tale?
Richard: I do!
Nicole: Richard, let's hear from the children.
Gumball: Well, Penny asked me out on a date. No biggie.
Nicole: She did?! That's great news! What did she say?
[Flashback to earlier in the day, in the school hallway]
Gumball: Excuse me, what?!
Penny: Do you want to come around to my house this Saturday?
Gumball: Me, with you, at your place?
Penny: You see, it's...
[Gumball ignores the rest of what she says as he daydreams about her before cutting back to the present]
Gumball: Yeah, that's about it.
Nicole: Oh, my little boy is becoming a man!
[Nicole tries to hug Gumball, but he blocks her arms karate style. Eventually, Nicole gains the upper hand and ends up hugging Gumball]
Darwin: Man, you're my hero. You're going on this big date and you're not even nervous! I'd be freaking out! I mean think about it, if you blow it, she'll never speak to you again, and you'll be left alone for the rest of your life, and never find happiness!
[Gumball slightly panics]
Nicole: Don't worry sweetie, just be yourself! That's all a girl wants.
Gumball: [Sighs in relief] Thanks, Mom.
Nicole: See you after work! [Walks out of the house, going to work]
Gumball, Darwin, and Anais: Bye!
Richard: Listen son, ignore everything your mother just said.
Richard: Look, women only think they want us to be ourselves because they don't know how wretched we actually are. What you have to do is think of someone really cool and attractive and be them!
Gumball: R-Really? B-But, Anais is this true?
Anais: I'm gonna have to go with Dad on this one. You're kind of a loser, Gumball.
Gumball: What am I gonna do? I really like Penny. I want her to like me too.
Darwin: You could start by being romantic, dress up a little, [Pokes Gumball's face] find her some presents.
Gumball: Well, I can't do any of those things. I don't have any money.
Richard: Listen son, you don't need money to show a girl a good time. You think I have money?
Gumball: Err... No.
Richard: Do you see Mom leaving me?
Gumball: Yeah, everyday she goes to work and earn money.
Richard: [Laughing] There's other ways to get stuff without spending money.
[Richard comes closer to Gumball]
Richard: Do you want to hear the secrets kept in centuries by Watterson men?
Gumball: I... don't have any choice, do I?
Richard: No! Come with me. [Walks off]
[Richard walks outside the house with Gumball]
Richard: First things first, we need to get you some nice clothes.
Gumball: Yeah, Penny loves fashion! That's a great idea!
[Richard and Gumball arrive at a dump]
Richard: Here we are. The greatest department store in the world, where everything is [Echoes]free!
[Camera zooms out, revealing a large dump with a mountain of garbage]
Richard: So anything new? [Picks up a dirty red coat] Woo, that's nice.
Gumball: What the- You're going to get my date's clothes out of the dump? Oh, man that's gross. [Shivering]
Richard: I didn't hear you complaining when I gave you that sweater.
Gumball: What?! My favorite sweater came out of the dump?!
Richard: No! Don't be silly. [Picks up other things from the dump] I found it in a sewer outlet.
Gumball: Oh, man... I wear this all the time...
Richard: You are gonna look smashing!
Gumball: You think so?
Richard: Right! You've got the look, but you're gonna need a bit of money in your pocket so you can treat her on the date. And I'm going to show you a great way of getting money for free! [Shows Nicole's credit card] Behold... the credit card! I simply take this magic card, insert it like so, type in the secret magic number that mom told me, and money comes out of the mouth! It works every ti- [Sneezes and uses money to wipe his face. He throws it away and gets more money from the machine] You see? Here you go, son. [Hands Gumball the money]
[Back to the Gumball' bedroom, with romantic music in the background]
Gumball: [Puts on a tophat] Hey, hey, beautiful! Oh hey, Penny! I didn't see you there! Yeah, I was just passing by, you know, chillin', with my uh, new hat, heh heh! [Sing-song voice] I think I'm ready for my date.
Anais: Are you? Have you even considered how you're gonna behave on this date?
Gumball: Yeah. Probably gonna be well behaved.
Anais: I mean like manners and etiquette.
Gumball: Uh, uh. [Anais grabs him by the collar] Ah!
In Anais' Room
Anais: Start by pouring Ms. Pumpernickel a cup of tea.
Gumball: I don't wanna.
Gumball: 'Cause she's looking at me funny. [Zooms in on Ms. Pumpernickel's face] See?
Anais: Gumball, she's a doll. Why don't you try having a civilized conversation with her?
Gumball: Alright. So, how was your day Ms. Pumpernickel?
Gumball: Oh, I see. Too good to talk to me, huh? [Crying] You think you're better than me with your fancy little cups and la-di-da friends? Well you know nothing about life, Ms. Pumpernickel! And this is what I do to your fancy china! [Stomps on a plastic teacup] Ah! Ah ha! Ah! Ah! AH!
Anais: Gumball, just get out of my room.
In the Living Room
Gumball: Okay, so I'm set: got my look, I know where I'm taking her, I'm ready to go!
Darwin: There's one thing you're not ready for...
Gumball: What's that?
Darwin: This! [Slaps Gumball]
Gumball: [Rubbing cheek] Ow! What was that?
Darwin: The unexpected, and you weren't prepared for it!
Gumball: Oh, uh I-I see what you mean.
Darwin: Follow me to the training camp!
Darwin: Just come to the backyard.
Training with Darwin
[Gumball and Darwin are seen in the backyard]
Darwin: You've got to be prepared for anything on this date, because anything can happen.
Gumball: Like what?
Darwin: What if someone tries to MUG YOU?! [Stomps on rake; a cardboard drawing of Sal Left Thumb appears]
Gumball: I don't know, call the police?
Darwin: [Imitates a wrong buzzer sound] Wrong! Knock his block off!
Gumball: [Punches rake lightly] Like that?
Darwin: Uh, that was good, but its better to finish with a wisecrack. Women love that!
Gumball: Like what?
Darwin: Like... "Welcome to punch town. Population: you."
Gumball: Are you sure this is gonna help me with my date?
Darwin: [Stomps on rake with a cardboard drawing of Mr. Fitzgerald][In a deep voice] Hi, I'm Penny's father and I don't appvrove of you because you don't have any prospects!
Gumball: Huah! [Pushes rake] I'm sorry daddy, but you're grounded!
Darwin[Stomps on rake with a cardboard drawing of Sebastian Longquin; in a British voice] Oh, hello, I'm Sebastian Longquin, Penny's successful ex boyfriend.
Gumball Huah! [Pushes rake] Looks like this ex is catching some z's!
Darwin: Is that all you got?! [Stomps on rake with a cardboard drawing of a angry teddy bear with a broken heart in its chest] What do you say to someone who doesn't believe in love?
Gumball: Huah! [Grabs and rips the cardboard teddy bear's broken heart] You don't need that heart!
Darwin: Actually, that was a little too extreme, but I'll give you eight out of ten. Good job solider.
[Gumball leaves smiling]
Darwin: [Sighing] The hardest part of my job, is watching them leave.
Ready to Go
[Outside the Wattersons front yard, Richard, Darwin, and Anais are looking at Gumball, who is dressed up in a red coat, a top hat, and a cane]
Richard: Oh son, you look like a million bucks.
Darwin: I'm proud of you buddy, did you remember to TAH! [Attacks Gumball, but he blocks it] Very good, because I thought you were gonna be SURPRISED! [Attacks again, but Gumball blocks it again] Okay, but will you be prepared for THIRD SURPRISE! [Attacks a third time, Gumball once again blocks it]
Gumball: That one was pretty obvious dude.
Gumball: This is gonna be the greatest date EVER!
[Gumball rings the doorbell and Penny opens the door. Gumball has his back to the doorway and turns to Penny]
Penny: Oh, thanks for coming, Gumball. You look... umm, dressed. I guess you should come in.
Gumball: [Walking into Penny's house] Well, that's one way to get in the house! [Chuckles]
Penny: [Follows Gumball into the house] Right.
[Inside Penny's house]
Gumball: Sooo, what do you want to do today?
Penny: Today is the funeral.
Gumball: [Shocked, he takes off his hat] Oh.
Penny: For Mr. Cuddles, my pet?
Gumball: [Relieved and puts his hat back on] Oh, thank goodness I thought it might be a real funeral. [Chuckles, but notices Penny glaring at him angrily] I mean, pets-pets are great, like part of the family. So, what happened to him?
Penny: My dad flushed him down the toilet by mistake.
Gumball: [Snickers, and clearly tries to resist laughing out loud] That's terrible. Did it go around and around or straight down?
Gumball: Hi-yah! [Slaps Patrick's hand away] Blocked.
Patrick: Right. Come to the backyard, the service is about to start.
Gumball: [Sighs] Penny, I'm sorry. I thought this was a date. Why didn't you tell me this was a funeral?
Penny: I did. In the corridor at school.
[Flashbacks to Elmore Junior High corridor]
Penny: Do you want to come to my house? It's Mr. Cuddles' funeral. I could use some support from a friend.
[Gumball stares at Penny happily]
Penny: Gumball, are you even listening?
Gumball: Errr, this Saturday, 4 PM. It's-It's a date. [Runs away giggling with his arms waving out]
Gumball: Oh, oh... Oh yeah. [Grabs Penny's hand] Don't worry, I'm still here for you, Penny.
Penny: Thanks, Gumball.
Gumball: [Sees himself holding Penny's hand] Awesome! ...DAY for remembering... those who have left us. Shall we go? [Walks away with Penny while putting his hand on his head in disappointment]
Mr. Cuddles' Funeral
[Scene changes to the Fitzgeralds' backyard. It is raining, and Judith is playing the bagpipes while everyone stands in silence]
Penny: Gumball, perhaps you would like to say a few words about Mr. Cuddles.
Gumball: Err... of course. [Walks towards Mr. Cuddles' grave] Well, Mr. Cuddles was Penny's pet. Even though I never met him, Penny's pretty hot. So I'm sure he was pretty hot too. [Walks away from Mr. Cuddles' grave]
Penny: Thank you, Gumball. That was really special.
Polly: My picture! [Grabs something]
Penny: My sister made a photo tribute so we can all remember Mr. Cuddles.
Gumball: Aww, how thoughtful.
Polly: Wanna see?
[Polly shows Gumball a picture of Mr. Cuddles, a tarantula. As Gumball sees the picture, lightning flashes]
Gumball: Aaaaaaaah! A spider! [Knocks the picture to the ground] Knock his block off! [Starts stomping on the photo] That's awful! I hate spiders! Who would want something that creepy in their house?! [Keeps stomping on the picture before realizing it was the wrong thing to do]
[Polly starts crying]
Patrick: Listen, son. I think it's best to leave.
Gumball: I'll... let myself out. [Walks away from the Fitzgeralds' backyard]
Patrick: Play on dear. [Singing]Oh, Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes--
Gumball: [Returns to the scene; Judith stops playing] Err, sorry. It's me again. Can I use your bathroom? Because it's kinda little...
Patrick: It's the second to the left upstairs.
Gumball: Thanks. [Runs away urgently]
[Judith starts playing again]
Patrick: [Singing] From glen to glen--
Gumball: [Returns again] Have a nice funeral!
Patrick: Just get out of here!
Mr. Cuddles Is Alive
[Scene changes to outside the Fitzgeralds' bathroom]
Gumball: Aw, man. What is wrong with me? She's never gonna forgive me for that. [Removes top hat] I'll spend the rest of my life alone and never find happiness.
[Gumball lifts up the toilet bowl lid and Mr. Cuddles appears, hissing at Gumball]
Gumball: Aah! A spider! Knock his block off! No wait.
[Scene changes to the Fitzgeralds' backyard; Gumball is banging on the bathroom window, trying to get the Fitzgeralds' attention]
Patrick: [Singing]But come ye back, When Summer's in the meadow
Gumball: [Muffled] Hey!
[Penny and Polly turn around]
Gumball: [Muffled] I found Mr. Cuddles! He's on the toilet!
Polly: Is he trying to say something?
Gumball: [Pointing at the toilet][Muffled] He's on the toilet! Look! The... toilet!
Patrick: Or when the valley's-[Spoken] Just ignore him! [Continues singing]
[Scene cuts back in the bathroom]
Gumball: [Sighs] I guess I'll have to show them. Come here, little fella.
[Gumball's voice distorts to what Mr. Cuddles is hearing as a closeup of Mr. Cuddles' eyes is shown]
Gumball: Who's a good spider? [Reaches his hands out to grab Mr. Cuddles] Who's a lovely little spider?
[The camera changes back to normal]
Gumball: Oh good boy, Mr.-- [Mr. Cuddles jumps onto his face] AAAAAAAAAAAAHH!
[Scene changes to outside the bathroom window]
Gumball: Get it off, get it off, get it off, get it off, get it off! Aaah! Aaah! Aaaaaaaah! [Jumps out of bathroom window]
[Gumball then runs across the Fitzgeralds' backyard, slams into the fence, then grabs a shovel and repeatedly hits his face, with Mr. Cuddles still on it]
Penny: [Gasps and turns to look]
Patrick: [Spoken] Don't look! You'll just encourage him! [Continues singing]
[Gumball then runs across the Fitzgeralds' backyard again, then starts rubbing his face on the dirt]
Gumball: [Pulls Mr. Cuddles off his face] Ah ha! [Mr. Cuddles bites Gumball's hand] Ow! [Throws Mr. Cuddles away]
[Penny then catches Mr. Cuddles, and everyone stops singing]
Penny: [Squeals as Mr. Cuddles hits her head, then she catches him] Mr. Cuddles? You're back! I thought you're gone forever! [Hugs Mr. Cuddles]
[The rain stops, the day turns sunny]
Polly: Where did you find him?
Gumball: [Panting] In the toilet somewhere.
Penny: Gumball, this is amazing!
Gumball: [Panting] Oh, yeah yeah, it's great.
Patrick: Son, I stand corrected. I thought you were a good-for-nothing young troublemaker. But no, you--
Gumball: [Panting] Yeah whatever. One question, is that spider poisonous? 'Cause it just bit me.
Patrick: Yeah, but it's like a bee sting. You'd have to be bit like a hundred and fifty times for it to be dangerous.
Gumball: Okay, thanks. If you'll excuse me, I'll... go now. [Turns around to reveal a couple of bite marks on the back of his head and back] Bye.
[The Fitzgeralds then watch Gumball walking away slowly. Gumball pauses for a moment, drops to his knees, and falls flat on the ground, unconscious]
Mr. Cuddles Is "Sorry"
[Scene changes to the hospital, where Gumball is slowly regaining his consciousness]
Anais: Argh, he looks real bad.
Nicole: He looks awful!
Richard: [Sadly and tearfully] He'll never play the clarinet again...
[Gumball is then revealed with large swellings all over his body, and has regained his consciousness]
Nicole: Shh shh shh, he's waking up!
Richard: [Nervous laugh] Looking good, champ!
Nicole: Someone's here to see you honey!
Penny: Hi, Gumball.
Gumball: [Moans][Muffled voice] Hey, Penny.
Penny: I brought someone here along who wants to say sorry. [Shows Mr. Cuddles on her hands] Right, Mr. Cuddles?
[Mr. Cuddles hisses at Gumball. The screen freezes as he jumps towards Gumball, while everyone gasps in shock. The episode ends]