The Wattersons are in the car driving to the mall. Nicole notices that her kids are bored so she starts singing a rhyme. Richard, Anais, and Darwin join in, leaving Gumball as the odd one out. When it gets to Gumball's turn, Anais pokes him and he sings that he is going to buy some donkey drool. Nicole and the rest keep singing, and their song's first verse ends.
The camera cuts to a van in the mall parking lot. A voice coming from the inside of the van advises someone to be careful with the universal remote, as it has a power only a fool would not fear, and asks what it will be used for. Rob gets out of the van with a remote in hand and says he is going to use it for TVs, DVD players, and "vengeance." The being says that it can not be used for evil and tries to take it back. Rob jerks it away and presses the "Power" button, followed by the arrow buttons, making the van spaz out and eventually crash. This is when Rob realizes that the remote possesses magical powers.
First, he hijacks a nearby ATM by pressing "Eject," and money spits out. He activates a sprinkler, making it rain. Then he switches the sun and the moon back and forth from day to night. Finally, wondering what else he can do, he hits "Rewind," sending him back to the beginning of the episode with the Wattersons, the title card, the intro, a Cartoon Network "Up Next" bumper, and finally to a scene from "The Nobody" in the Void. He witnesses Gumball, Darwin and Mr. Small leave as his past self holds onto Janice. This reminds Rob it was Gumball who made him evil, as he left him with a broken body and a ridiculous voice. He swears vengeance against Gumball and fast forwards back to the parking lot, where the being asks him to pay for the remote. Rob promptly zaps the being away.
Cut back to the Wattersons looking for a parking space and singing. Gumball "breaks it down" and starts making a beat with the window. Annoyed, Nicole tells him to stop. Rob sees them and ducks behind a nearby car. When the family gets close, Rob pauses them and starts all the nearby cars. He walks up to Gumball and threatens to destroy him and everyone he loves. After Rob unpauses, all the cars start driving forward and wreck the Wattersons' car. Nicole angrily blames it all on Gumball for playing with the window, although he tries to explain it was not really his fault. She ends up so angry she does not have any words and starts making sounds instead. The family walks off sighing at him in exasperation.
Cut to Gumball and Darwin at Laser Video, looking for video games to buy. Gumball says they still have $2, so they can buy something from the discount bin. Darwin pulls out a game called "Extreme Tractor Racing" and reads the review on the back: a cheat code giving the player directions back to the store where they bought it to ask for a refund. As they pull out more boring games, Rob arrives in front of the store, where he tells Gumball to prepare to lose his brother, and turns on subtitles.
Text appears under Gumball, saying that if they had not adopted Darwin, they would have enough money for a game. Darwin reads the subtitles out loud and gets offended. More insulting subtitles appear and Darwin angrily storms off, crying. Gumball goes after him and runs into the Hot Dog Guy Lookalike, thinking he is Darwin.
Gumball finds his family and bursts into tears while trying to explain the situation. Nicole comforts him, saying not to worry and that they will find Darwin. Meanwhile, Rob turns the parental filter off on Gumball's parents. With all inhibitions gone they argue for a while, then Richard announces they have come to an agreement: he is going to get a doughnut while Nicole finds a better husband. Nicole storms off, with Richard quickly realizing his mistake and giving chase. Anais decides to go after her father, and Gumball has no choice but to follow her. Rob decreases the brightness of the screen, causing Gumball to lose track of Anais.
He ends up accidentally tackling and kissing Sarah in front of Penny. While Gumball explains the situation to Penny, Rob changes their language from English to Cantonese. Although Penny believes Gumball when he explains that someone is messing with him, the language makes it sound like they are arguing, so she runs away crying. While Gumball goes after her, Rob fast forwards, sending Gumball at full speed into Penny and pushing her off the top floor of the mall.
Rob pauses time so that everyone but Gumball and him are stopped. Gumball finds his mom hugging the arm of a different man, his dad drowning his sorrow in donuts, and Anais crying while they are frozen in time. Confused, Gumball eventually confronts his arch nemesis, and angrily yells at Rob for ruining his life (though Gumball says Rob's name is "Roy"). Changing the format and contrast of the scene to set the right mood for his monologue, Rob states that he never wanted to be the villain. He just wanted to be a "sidekick" and have his own spin-off show. He opens the Void behind Gumball with the intention of pushing him in.
Gumball retaliates by tackling Rob and they fight for the remote, changing the music, speed, format and eventually powering off Rob in the process. Unfortunately, Rob gets a hold of it and "Ejects" Gumball to the edge of the Void, but is unable to finish him off because the remote stops working. Rob then decides to throw it into the Void instead, knowing Gumball would have no choice but to follow after it in order to save his loved ones. When Gumball jumps in to retrieve it, losing his grip and falling down in the process, Rob closes the portal behind him. The end credits start playing on the other side.
Falling down through the abyss, Gumball manages to catch up to the remote and is able to fix it by putting the battery back in place. Before he can use it, however, he is struck by a large object which momentarily dazes him and knocks the remote from his hand. Upon recovery, Gumball reaches for the remote once more, stretching his arm out until he succeeds in pressing "Rewind," which sends him back through the entire episode in reverse. The episode ends with a "To Be Continued..." title card.
This is the Awesome Store's third major appearance in the series, the first being in "The Puppy," where Richard first purchased the Evil Turtle, and the second in "The Origins," where Richard purchased Darwin.
This is not the first time Rob was involved in something relating to a remote that could affect things that were not televisions. He mentions when Gumball used a remote to change his voice in "The Nemesis."
Gumball does the same running scene from "The Traitor."
When Rob uses his remote to turn back time he rewinds through episode's title card, intro, the U.K. version of the Cartoon Network Check-It 3.0 Up Next bumper was seen, However, Cartoon Network was in the Check-It 4.0 era when the episode aired, same case in the UK feed.
When Gumball gets trapped in the void, The credits roll up instead of just appearing on screen and transitioning.
Darwin first refers to the Zelmore game as "The Legend of Zelmore," even though the video game series has always been called The Tale of Zelmore.
When Rob says "Now prepare to lose your brother," his static does not appear, revealing his entire face. This does not happen in "The Rerun."
Hank is seen with Nicole after she and Richard break up, but in "The Butterfly," he mentions he has a wife.
When Gumball is running after Darwin, Billy has no face.
Quattro has tears in his eyes when he walks by Gumball and Penny.
When time is frozen, Carmen’sfather is on the second floor of the mall, but when Gumball sees Anais crying, he is behind her.
After Richard says "Sorry kids, could you just cover your ears for a sec?" Gumball and Anais don't cover their ears, they just put their hands on the sides of their head.
[The Wattersons are driving to the Elmore Mall. It's a wonderful Saturday morning and nothing appears to be wrong]
Gumball: [Stares out the window and yawns]
Nicole: Oh, come on kids. [Sings]Stop it with your yawning, it's a lovely morning.[Points finger at Richard]
Richard: [Sings]We're off to buy some stuff at the Elmore Mall.[Points finger at Anais]
Anais: [Sings]Saturdays are cool.[Points finger at Darwin]
Darwin: [Sings]Cause we don't go to school.
[Anais and Darwin point their fingers at Gumball, who is still staring outside the window. Anais pokes Gumball in response]
Gumball: [Sings nervously]And I am gonna buy some donkey... drool.[Spoken] Sorry, that's all I had.
Nicole: [Continues singing]Nothing can go wrong.
[Richard, Darwin and Anais join in]
Darwin, Anais, Richard and Nicole: We'll be happy all day long. And that's the reason why we sing this song.
Magic Universal Remote
[The camera cuts to the Elmore Mall parking lot, where a red van is parked]
Van Shopkeeper: Be careful with this universal remote, it has a power only a fool would not fear. Tell me, for what will you use it?
Rob: [Steps out of the van] Oh you know, for TVs, DVD players... VENGEANCE!
Van Shopkeeper: No! It cannot be used for evil! Give me that! [A black cloudy hand reaches out from the van and tries to grab the remote away]
Rob: Back off, old man! [Presses the power button on the remote]
[The van starts driving forward. Rob presses the arrows on the remote to try to stop the van. Eventually, the van lands on its side]
Rob: [Presses the stop button to stop the van] Amazing...!
[Rob points the remote at an ATM and presses eject. The ATM starts spilling money. Rob then points the remote at a fire sprinkler, turning it on. Next he runs to the right side of the parking lot and turns the day into night, then runs to the left side and turns it back into day. Finally, he rewinds back in time to a scene from "The Void." He stands behind Gumball, Darwin and Mr. Small in the Void]
Mister Small: Look, children. All the mistakes the world has ever made.
[Rob watches his past self trying to get Gumball and Darwin's attention]
Past Rob: Guys! Guys! Over here!
[Rob watches his past self cling to the van as they leave. He then watches a scene from "The Nobody" where his past self sits on a bench and Gumball and Darwin talk to him]
Gumball: There's no bad guy here! You could be our mortal enemy!
Rob: You turned me into the villain, Gumball Watterson. You left me with this broken body. You gave me this ridiculous voice. Well now, [Points the remote at himself and resets his voice] I'm in control! [Fast forwards back to the van] And the time has come for you to pay.
Van Shopkeeper: [Reaches out] Same for you buddy. That remote was twelve ninety-nine.
[Rob presses a button on the remote, erasing the shopkeeper from existence]
The Wattersons: [Singing]There's no space to park, but we're having such a lark that we don't like having to wait until it's dark.
Gumball: Break it down! [Makes scratching sound using the window]
Nicole: [Stops the car] Gumball, honey, could you stop that?
Gumball: What? It's not hurting anyone. [Continue making the scratching sound]
Nicole: Yes, well, it's grating and I'm driving. [Starts the car] Gumball, I said stop.
[The car ascends a level in the parking lot. Rob sees the car and smiles]
Rob: [Hides behind a parked car] Prepare to suffer!
Nicole: Gumball, I won't ask you again!
Gumball: But I'm just playing with... [Rob pauses the world]
Rob: [Walks up to the car] I will destroy you and everyone you love. [Starts the engines of all the cars around the Wattersons, walks away and hits play]
Gumball: ...window. I mean, what's the worst that can happen?
[All of the cars drive towards the Wattersons and crash at the same time. The camera zooms out to reveal their car was destroyed on top of the pileup. The Wattersons leave the destroyed car and walk towards the exit]
Gumball: [Sings]Everyone is happy, 'cause they realize it wasn’t my fault and even if it was I wouldn't have done it on purpose and therefore they forgive me-
Nicole: I told you to stop playing with that window but you never listen! Talking to you can be like... trying to comb the skin of a kiwi fruit!
Nicole: This is gonna cost a fortune! Do you think money grows on trees - well I guess it does 'cause it's made of paper - but that’s not the point! I’m cutting off your allowance, we're broke enough as it is! I'm so angry I can't think of words so I’m just gonna make sounds! [Whines angrily, and the others sigh angrily at Gumball. Gumball sighs sadly.]
[The scene cuts to a Laser Video store. Gumball and Darwin are inside, standing next to a bargain bin]
Video Game Bargain Bin
Gumball: Aww, cheer up, dude! Look, we still got two dollars, we can buy a game from here!
Darwin: Everyone knows the bargain bin is a grandma Christmas trap. [Sighs and takes a game] Extreme Tractor Racing. The review says: "Here's a cheat code. Go left, forward, forward, right, forward, back to the store where you bought it and ask for a refund."
Gumball: [Takes a different game] Daisy the Donkey the video game! [Reads review] "If boredom then put you into a coma during the show, then this game will finish the job..."
Darwin: [Takes another game] Hey, look! They have a new Legend of Zelmore! [Looks at the disk more closely] Wait, what? The Tale of Zolmore? For PolyStation? [Opens the case] There's not even a disk inside! It's painted on the box! It's a knockoff!
[Rob appears outside]
Rob: [Menacingly] Now, prepare to lose your brother.
[He points the remote at Gumball and turns the subtitles on]
Darwin: Now we have nothing to play for the whole summer.
[Gumball sighs. Subtitles appear in front of him]
Darwin: [Reads the subtitles] "If we hadn't adopted him, we would have enough money." A-are you serious?!
[Gumball notices the subtitles and shrugs. The subtitles change to read: "Isn't it obvious?"]
Darwin: What do you mean, "Isn't it obvious?!"
[The subtitles change again to "Are you stupid?"]
Darwin: [Reads the subtitles; crying] Am I stupid?! [He runs away crying]
Gumball: Dude, what's wrong with you?!
[The subtitles change again]
Gumball: [Reading the subtitles] "Apart from the fact you're a glorified pet that looks like a tiny orange sausage?"
[Darwin throws a video game at Gumball]
Gumball: Ow! Dude! DUDE!
[Gumball starts running. The subtitles move with him]
Gumball: Hey, wait-
[The edges of the subtitle hit the doorway and falls apart, the letters spilling all over the floor. Gumball is knocked backwards]
Richard: Of course we understand you when you're making no sense, we're your family!
Anais: I think I mistranslated a word, though. When you said: [Imitates Gumball crying] did you really mean "evil magic subtitles?"
[Rob hides behind a column aiming the remote at Gumball's parents]
Losing the Family
Rob: [Menacingly] And now it's time for you to lose your parents. Parental filter: off. [Turns off the parental filter]
Richard: Okay, Nicole, here's the plan. You sort out this mess and I'll get a box of doughnuts and eat away the stress this family keeps dumping on me.
Nicole: Honey, I know it's difficult because it's so prominent, but could you please forget your stomach for a minute?
Richard: It's your nagging voice I wish I could forget!
Nicole: I wish I could forget you forgetting our anniversary!
Richard: [To Gumball and Anais] Sorry, kids, could you just cover your ears for a sec?
[Gumball and Anais cover their ears. Richard and Nicole then have a muffled argument]
Richard: Your mother and I have come to an agreement. I'm getting a doughnut and she's getting a better husband.
Gumball and Anais: WHAT?!
[Nicole storms off angrily. Richard starts to panic]
Richard: Gumball, please look after your sister. I'm gonna go and de-ruin our lives! [Runs after Nicole]
Anais: Dad, wait! [Runs after Richard]
Gumball: Where are you going?!
Anais: [Stops running] He managed to win Mom over once, doing it again would be like nailing a backflip in high heels on a tightrope! [Starts running again]
Gumball: I'm supposed to be looking after you! [Runs after Anais]
[Rob is still hiding behind the column]
Rob: [Menacingly] You will lose them all.
[Rob turns down the brightness until the screen goes completely black]
Gumball: [Still running] Anais, wait!
[Rob turns the brightness back up, revealing Gumball lost in a crowd. Gumball spots Anais and chases her, but Rob turns down the brightness again just as he catches up to his sister]
Gumball: [Jumps up] Gotcha!
[The screen becomes pitch black; a splat and a scream can be heard. Rob turns the brightness all the way back up, revealing Sarah lying on the ground with Gumball's face on hers. He gets up with ice cream around his mouth and sees Penny. He shakes off the ice cream]
Gumball: [To Penny] I know- I know there's no way to make this look okay, but I'm gonna try anyway.
[Rob peeks from behind a vending machine and changes the language spoken from English to Cantonese]
Gumball: [In Cantonese] 佩妮! 有人成日都玩緊我, 而家睇嚟我呃你。[Subtitles: Penny! Someone has been messing with me all day, and now it looks like I'm cheating on you.]
Penny: [In Cantonese] 我知你唔會咁背叛我, 但係呢種語言聽起黎好似係我哋拗緊, 所以而家我好沮喪! [Subtitles: I know you wouldn't betray me like this, but this language sounds like we're arguing, so now I'm upset!][Starts crying and runs away]
Gumball: [In Cantonese] 冇佩妮, 請稍候!! [Subtitles: No Penny please wait!][Starts running after Penny]
[Rob smiles and presses "Fast Forward" on the remote, speeding the chase up. Penny runs up the escalator and Gumball accidentally pushes her through the glass railing. She screams and, as her drink hits the floor, Rob pauses the scene]
[Gumball runs down the escalator and sees Nicole hugging the arm of one of the Construction Men]
Gumball: W-What is this?
[He encounters Anais crying in a crowd]
Gumball: What's going on?
[He walks by Penny falling in mid-air]
Rob: [Offscreen] I did warn you.
[Rob walks towards Richard, who is crying and eating doughnuts]
Rob: I said I would destroy you, [Takes Richard's wallet and pulls out a family photo] and everyone you love. [Tears the photo in half]
Gumball: You! [Falls to his knees] It was YOU who did all this! My arch-nemesis, Roy!
Rob: No, no, no, my name isn't- MY NAME IS ROB, GOSHDARN IT! [Stomps foot]
Gumball: Okay, I'm sorry. But... how have you done this?
Rob: With THIS. [Shows Gumball the remote]
Gumball: But why?
Rob: Wait up. This requires the right mood.
[Rob changes the format to a widescreen format and turns down the contrast. Sad music starts to play]
Rob: You have only yourself to blame. You being the hero of all this means that I have to be the villain! But I never wanted to be the villain! I wanted to be the cute sidekick who gets his own plush toy and a spinoff show.
Gumball: What are you talking about?
Rob: You really don't get it, do you? So happy to star in your "amazing world." Can't you see that none of this is real?!
[The camera zooms back to reveal more of the mall. Gumball looks around]
Gumball: I- I don't understand.
Rob: [Sighs] It doesn't matter. Once you're out of the picture I can be WHOEVER I WANT!
[Rob presses the AV button. An entrance to the Void appears behind Gumball]
Rob: I'm sorry, Gumball Watterson. THERE'S NO OTHER WAY! [Prepares to kick Gumball into the Void]
Gumball: NO! [Tackles Rob]
Fighting for the Remote
[The remote slips away from their grasp. Rob and Gumball roll over as they fight each other. The two roll over the remote, causing smooth jazz music to play]
Gumball: Is it me, or does this music have a whole different vibe to this situation?
Rob: Yeah, hold on.
[The two roll back over the remote, turning off the music. They continue fighting. Rob kicks Gumball dangerously close to the Void. He goes to grab the remote, then looks as Gumball runs towards him. Gumball knocks the remote away, causing it to hit a wall and flip over, turning on slow motion. Rob tries to punch Gumball, but his slow punch does nothing. Gumball attempts the same, but his punch is too slow. Rob tries again, to no avail. They both shrug and look at the remote. Gumball grabs it while Rob tries to hold him back]
Rob: [In slow motion] Give me that remote you little fool——!
[Gumball presses the power off button at Rob, making him suddenly drop. The speed returns to normal]
Gumball: Ha! In your face! [Pauses] Dude?
[Gumball runs to Rob]
Gumball: Oh my gosh. Rolf? Talk to me, Ralph! Oh, what have I done?! Ron, wake up! Please, Ross, are you okay? Talk to me, Raj! [Starts crying] What have I done to you? Oh, Rose--
[Gumball sets the remote down on Rob. It slides off, turning the power back on]
Rob: [Wakes up] THAT'S NOT EVEN A MAN'S NAME!
[Gumball screams and falls backwards. Rob grabs the remote, corners Gumball, and changes the format to repeatedly hit his head. Gumball leaps at Rob but fails to grab the remote and is ejected towards the Void. Rob walks up to him]
Rob: Time to eject you, once and for all.
[He raises the remote at Gumball and presses "Eject" but nothing happens. Rob angrily mashes the button while Gumball gets up]
Gumball: The batteries are dead! What now?
Rob: Well, I guess you're gonna do what any hero would do to save the ones he loves. You're gonna follow the remote.
[Rob throws remote into the Void. Gumball walks forward as if to strangle Rob, pauses, faces towards the Void and prepares to jump. He runs but stops quickly after noticing the height]
Gumball: That's pretty high... Maybe, just...
[Gumball crouches down and starts climbing down the entrance as Rob watches. Eventually, Gumball is barely hanging on by his fingers]
Gumball: Darn it--. [His fingers slip] Aaaaaaah!
[As Gumball falls, Rob walks up and grabs the sides of the entrance]
Rob: Goodbye. [Closes the entrance]
To Be Continued
[The credits start to roll on the other side with the music warped. The music fades away as the remote falls. Gumball grabs it and mashes the buttons repeatedly to make it work. Then he flips to remote to reveal that the batteries were out of place]
Gumball: What...?! Yes! [Pushes the batteries back in place]
[Gumball hits a rock, knocking the remote to the side. He tries to reach it and eventually ends up pressing the "Rewind" button which sends him back through the episode when he fought with Rob, then lost Penny and his family, and finally to the beginning. The episode ends with a "To Be Continued" title card]