The episode starts with Gumball, Darwin, and Anais hanging out on the street in front of their house. Gumball is waiting for Mr. Robinson's senior talent show performance, which, as Anais points out, does not start for another ten hours and has explicitly banned him from attending. Just then, Mr. and Mrs. Robinson pull into their parking spot. Darwin and Anais move out of the way, but Gumball is frozen by panic on the spot. Despite Darwin's telling him to just step aside, Gumball truly believes he is done for. Mr. Robinson simply stops, and Gumball, believing this to be an act of great kindness, jumps onto Mr. Robinson's windshield and starts thanking him, much to Mr. Robinson's annoyance. Mrs. Robinson eventually throws Gumball off by flinging up the hood, launching him into space, where he makes a deep promise to repay Mr. Robinson for supposedly "saving his life."
Gumball then decides to follow Mr. Robinson around in hopes of finding a way to save his life, much to Mr. Robinson's dismay, ultimately ending up at a convenience store. While Mr. Robinson reviews a brand of mouthwash, Gumball notices a wet floor sign. Thinking it is dangerous, he moves it out of the way, only to see Mr. Robinson slip over the puddle it was warning about. The fall knocks Mr. Robinson out, prompting Gumball to attempt CPR. Before he can try, though, Pantsbully performs it instead. Mr. Robinson awakes just in time to see his huge mouth make contact with his.
Annoyed and grossed out, he walks outside to a vending machine near the store. He buys and drinks a something hot, hoping it would soothe his vocal chords. He tests out a few notes, clearing his throat to try to get the right pitch, but Gumball interprets it as choking and runs in to perform the Heimlich maneuver. This causes Mr. Robinson to cough up his heart and collapse to the ground. He struggles over to where his heart landed, and scoops it back into his body using his tongue, scolding Gumball and storming off immediately after.
Mr. Robinson arrives at a tanning salon and steps into a tanning bed to enhance his appearance. Gumball then arrives and mistakes the tanning bed for a casket, woefully mourning his death. He refuses to give up, though - he grabs a defibrillator and attempts to revive Mr. Robinson with a zap, but since Mr. Robinson was still alive, all it does is electrocute him. Regardless, Gumball continues zapping him for the sake of safety.
Mr. Robinson returns home to find Gumball waiting at his front door to greet him. Gumball informs him that he booby-trapped his front door. He demonstrates this by ringing the doorbell, causing Mr. Robinson to get slugged in the chest by a bowling ball. Mr. Robinson, frustrated with the day's events, starts crying and begging Gumball to leave him alone. This finally reaches Gumball, who realizes he failed and decides to give up, breaking his promise to the universe.
Anais and Darwin witness Gumball's angst, and decide to help him out. They throw over a note informing him that Mr. Robinson will be assassinated at the talent show. Gumball, seeing this as an opportunity to redeem himself, tries to warn Mr. Robinson, but his warnings get ignored. Refusing to accept defeat, Gumball follows posthaste.
At the talent show, there are only two entries and three people in the crowd. Following a brief tap dancing routine from the Senior Citizens, Mr. Robinson gleefully performs "I Wanna Be Free." Throughout his performance, Darwin and Anais start attempting to hurt him with various props and effects. Gumball, however, fails to notice. Finally, as Mr. Robinson sings his last note, it causes an overhead light to fall down. Gumball taking notice, pushes Mr. Robinson aside right as the light falls to the ground. Mr. Robinson, acknowledging the fact that Gumball just saved his life, looks thankful for a moment, but nevertheless scolds Gumball for cutting his performance short.
Despite the abrupt ending to his performance, the two audience members (Mrs. Robinson left, disgusted by her husband's success) start applauding like crazy. Mr. Robinson bows repeatedly, ignoring the fact that the lift that was carrying Anais and Darwin was about to crush him. He eventually does get crushed, and Anais and Darwin run off without helping him.
[Gumball, Darwin and Anais are on the sidewalk in front of the Robinsons' house]
Darwin: What do you wanna do today, Gumball?
Gumball: I'm waiting right here for mom to drive me to "Elmore Senior Talent Show." [Looks at pamphlet] Mr. Robinson's headlining.
Anais: But it doesn't start for another ten hours.
Darwin: And you're not invited. [points at pamphlet, it reads: STRICTLY NO GUMBALL]
Gumball: I don't care! Tonight's the biggest night of Mr. Robinson's life and I have to be there!
[Camera changes to the Robinsons' car]
Gaylord Robinson: [exhales relaxed] Tonight's the night, Margaret. This town is finally going to see the real Gaylord Robinson.
Margaret Robinson: [grunts]
Gaylord Robinson: Why can't you ever be happy for me?...
[Camera changes back to Gumball, Darwin and Anais]
Darwin: [points at car] There he is now!
[The Robinsons' car passes by and then goes in reverse, Darwin and Anais get on the sidewalk]
Gumball: [screams in fear, as the car goes slowly in reverse to park] Save yourselves! It's too late for me!
Darwin: Just get over on the sidewalk, dude.
Gumball: Please remember me, guys, so I'll always be alive in your heart. [cries]
Gaylord Robinson: Oh, for crying out loud...! [honks]
Gumball: My whole life is flashing before my eyes! And it's boring! [screams]
[Mr. Robinson brakes and parks]
Gaylord Robinson: Darn kids.
[Gumball jumps on the windscreen]
Gumball: [cheers up] You saved my life, Mr. Robinson!
Gaylord Robinson: I didn't save your life. I just didn't run you over! NOW GET OUT OF MY WAY!!
Gumball: No way. I am not leaving your side until I've saved your life in return.
Gaylord Robinson: Get off my car! [turns on windscreen wiper]
Gumball: [face being wiped] I'll never...ever...leave...your...side!
Gaylord Robinson: [turns off windscreen wiper] Don't make me shout at you. I gotta save my voice for tonight.
Margaret Robinson: [grunts, opens the hood]
[Gumball is launched to the space because of this]
Gumball: Woo! [gets in a praying position] Oh, dear Universe above me, thank you for the gift of Mr. Robinson. I swear on my life, I will repay this debt. [falls back to Earth]
[The Moon and Saturn turn around]
Moon: What did he say?
Saturn: I don't know. Whose turn is it, anyway?
Moon: Hmm, mine. I spy with my lil' eye...
At the Robinsons'
[Gumball is at the door, lying like a dog]
Gaylord Robinson: [warms up his voice] Well, Margaret, since you won't take care of my precious instrument, [goes out the house] I'll get the cough drops myself... [stumbles over Gumball and falls] What are you doing here?
Gumball: [gets up] I'm here to save your life!
Gaylord Robinson: [gets dust off his clothes, whispering] Not today of all days. [in a normal tone] Just get away from me, kid. I mean it!
[Mr. Robinson walks along a corridor, there's a "Slippy Floor" sign]
Gaylord Robinson: [grabs a bottle] Here they are. [reads the label]Antiseptic action...
Gumball: [referring to the sign] What's this hazardous object doing in the middle of the floor? [takes the sign and carries it away] Mr. Robinson can trip over it. There. Safely out of the way.
Gaylord Robinson: [slips on a puddle right there where the sign stood] What?! No!
Gumball: Ah! [runs up to Mr. Robinson]Mr. Robinson! He's out cold! Woo! [cheers up] Now's my chance to save him!
[Pantsbully stops Gumball]
Pantsbully: Step aside. I know CPR. [proceeds to do it]
Gaylord Robinson: Uh? [Pantsbully is about to do CPR] No, no, no!
[Pantsbully does it twice with Mr. Robinson struggling to go]
The Coffee Machine
[Mr. Robinson approaches a coffee machine while coughing]
Gaylord Robinson: I sure hope that hasn't affected my vocal cords. [picks a coffee, warms his voice] La, la, la [coughs sharply to clean his throat]
Gumball: [runs towards Mr. Robinson] Mr. Robinson, you're choking! [does him the Heimlich Maneuver]
Gaylord Robinson: Gumball! What the...?
[Mr. Robinson's heart falls out from his mouth]
Gaylord Robinson: [breathless] That's my heart... [falls, inhales sharply, grabs his heart with his tongue and swallows it, inhales alleviated and gets up]
Gumball: [happily] So, I saved your life, right?
Gaylord Robinson: [angrily]NO, you darn nearly ended it! Now leave me alone!
At the Tan Salon
Gaylord Robinson: [sitting on a tanning machine] Uah! A healthy glow will make me look my best for tonight. [lies and closes the tanning machine]
Gumball: Uh! Mr. Robinson! [desperate] Oh, no! I'm too late! Why wasn't I here to save you? Why?! [bangs on the tanning machine, then falls on his face crying][perks up] No! NO! I refuse to let you go! [opens the tanning machine] He looks so peaceful... [grabs a defibrillator] CLEAR! [zaps Mr. Robinson]
Gaylord Robinson: What do you think you're doing?!
Gumball: [happily] I'm bringing you back to life!
Gaylord Robinson: But I was alive!
Gumball: Better safe than sorry!
Gaylord Robinson: NO!
[Gumball zaps Mr. Robinson with the defibrillator again, lights go out]
At the Robinsons'
[Gumball is at the front door smiling, Mr. Robinson arrives]
Gumball: Welcome home, Mr. Robinson! I booby trapped your front door!
Gaylord Robinson: Why?
Gumball: To protect you from intruders. All you have to do is ring the doorbell, like so...
Gaylord Robinson: Wait! Why would an intruder...
[Gumball rings, a big red ball crashes the front door and hits Mr. Robinson]
Gaylord Robinson: O-O-Ohh...
Gumball: Are you okay?
Gaylord Robinson: Listen, kid. This is the most important night of my life. I’m gonna shine... like a star! And I don't want you around to ruin it!
Gumball: But I've gotta be there! To save your life!
Gaylord Robinson: Just leave me alone, kid. [almost crying] Just leave me alone!
[Gumball sadly goes and sits on the stairs]
Gumball: [exhales] I'll never repay my debt to Mr. Robinson... I failed you, Universe! [cries]
[Darwin and Anais lean out of the fence]
Anais: [with tears] Poor Gumball...
Darwin: What can we do to help him?
Anais: [excited] I got an idea!
[Darwin throws a brick at Gumball]
Gumball: Ah! [breaks in pain]
Anais: I said throw near him, not at him!
Gumball: Ow! Oh, it's so painful. Oh man, that hurts. Ow, I'll try to walk it off! [back cracks] Ow! Bad idea! Ahh! Owww. [falls on face, cries for a moment, perks up] Oh! There's a note tied to it! [opens the note] Let's see... Mr. Robinson will be... [misreads assassinated a few times]assenominated... assisanattatted... assasina-ta-ta...
Anais: [behind the fence] Assassinated!
Gumball: [realizes] ...assassinated at the talent show! [screaming] This is terrible! [normal] No, wait... [screaming again] This is what I've been waiting for! [knocks the door] Mr. Robinson!
Gaylord Robinson: [goes out the door] Well, Margaret, it's nice that you finally decided to show your support for me tonight.
Margaret Robinson: [goes out, grunts]
Gaylord Robinson: What do you mean you're only coming to see me fail? [goes along with her]
Gumball: Mr. Robinson! [follows him] You can't go to the talent show tonight! [Mr. and Mrs. Robinson drive away] YOU'RE GONNA BE ASSASSINA...! [in a normal tone, with admiration] He's so brave.
The Talent Show
Senior Citizen: Take it away, Bert!
[The Senior Citizens are on stage, Marvin hurts his back finishing the performance]
Gary: [tries to wake up Blue Elephant making a clap-like noise] Wake up!
[The Senior Citizens leave the stage, the camera goes up a little: Darwin and Anais are on a platform at the top of the stage]
Anais: Okay, Darwin, here's the plan [with a graphic explanation] We drop heavy sand bags near Mr. Robinson. Gumball will notice and push him out of the way, just in time to save his life. [finishes the explanation] Got it?
Darwin: Got it! We drop these heavy sand bags on to Mr. Robinson's head.
Anais: No! We don't actually hit Mr. Robinson.
Darwin: Hit Mr. Robinson. Okay, I understand.
Anais: [to herself] Maybe I should try reverse psychology. Okay, Darwin: the plan is we throw all this stuff at Mr. Robinson's head.
Darwin: [shrugs] That's what I've just said.
Anais: [facepalms] Ugh! Just do what I do.
[Darwin facepalms too, Anais looks at him a little upset]
Gumball: [goes down a rope, there isn't enough rope to reach the floor] Oh, man... [drops himself] Ow!
Rocky: [comes to scene] And now, ladies and gentlemen, would you, please, welcome to the stage our second and final act, Mr. Gaylord Robinson! [leaves, (Gumball appears for a moment) then looms for a moment] Good luck, Dad! [leaves stage]
[The curtain rises]
Gaylord Robinson: [clears his throat] Up til' now, my life's been good. Treated me well, I can't complain. Met a woman, raised the kid and every day just felt the same. But there's something deep inside of me that always wanted to be free. And now I think the time is right... [his voice gets higher] to show you what I mean! [takes off his clothes and starts singing I Wanna Be Free]
[Mrs. Robinson leaves the seat displeased that her husband has not failed]
Darwin: What's he doing?
Anais: I don't know, but it's pretty good. Now it's our chance to "assassinate" him! [unties the sand bags]
[The bags fall but Mr. Robinson evades them unaware of it with his dance]
Anais: Did Gumball see any of that?
[Gumball looks from side to side backwards the stage]
Darwin: Maybe, he'll notice the trapdoor.
[The trapdoor opens, Mr. Robinson evades it by jumping over as part of the choreography of his dance, Gumball looks out of it for a second and goes down, then it closes, Mr. Robinson's performance continues]
Gumball: [appears between seats] Show yourself, assassin, and fight like a man!
Anais: [with a remote in her hands] Let's try the special effects!
Darwin: [pushes every button on the remote]
Gumball: Under the seats? [looks beneath the seats]
[The stage is full of flares, colour clouds, etc, making Mr. Robinson's performance even better]
Gary: [amazed] Whoa, who is this guy?
Rocky: That's my dad! ROCK ON, DUDE!
Gaylord Robinson: I wanna be free... [his voice goes higher, lights shatter, the building's glass shatters, the Robinsons' car window cracks, Mrs. Robinson is sent in a small driving frenzy, which ends with her crashing into a lightpole, breaking it, and having an air bag hit her face. One of the stage lamps starts falling right on Mr. Robinson's head, Gumball sees this and goes in a slow-mo way to save him]
Gumball: [in slow motion] NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
[The camera changes constantly between Mr. Robinson, Gumball and the lamp]
[Gumball falls to the stage before reaching Mr. Robinson but the lamp remains suspended by its wire and stops falling]
Gumball: Mr. Robinson! [the wire is unplugging slowly] Please, come with me now. It's not safe here!
Gaylord Robinson: [in a normal tone] No! Go away! [continues singing]
[The lamp finally unplugs but Gumball pushes Mr. Robinson away, saving him]
Gaylord Robinson: [realizes what's just happened] Oh, my gosh! You really did... save my life. [angrily]BUT THAT DOESN'T EXCUSE YOU FOR RUINING MY PERFORMANCE!
[Everyone applauds Mr. Robinson]
Anais: Awesome, Mr. Robinson!
Rocky: Way to go, dad! [cheers him] Bravo!
Gaylord Robinson: [pushes Gumball out of stage] Thank you, everybody! Thank you! Thank you so much! I don't deserve all of this. [the public continues cheering him] Thank you! Thank you! I love you! And your love means so much to me...
Gumball: [the lights in the background turns into the universe scene] Thank you, infinite Universe for sending us our very own star: Mr. Robinson! [activates a toggle unintentionally, shrugs]
Gaylord Robinson: Thank you, everybody!
[The platform where Darwin and Anais are standing starts going down, finally crushing Mr. Robinson]
Gaylord Robinson: I love you! You put me where I'm today! Thank you so much...
Darwin: Oh, no! I think we squished Mr. Robinson!
Gaylord Robinson: [tries to say something]
Anais: Nah, he's okay. Let's go home.
[Anais and Darwin leave happily and the episode ends]