Nicole decides to clean out Gumball and Darwin'sroom, and discovers, along with a glass of petrified milk, Darwin the First's skeleton, and a mutated living slice of pizza, the Dodj or Daar gameboard underneath their bed. Gumball, stating that they "swore never to play it again," quickly snatches it away from her and tosses it into the garbage bag. However, Gumball and Darwin are repeatedly attacked by urges to play Dodj or Daar, so they finally decide to destroy it.
Rushing outside to the trashcan, they discover that it has been emptied out. They run back into the house to see Anais, Nicole and Richard playing it; Richard is about to throw the dice. They yell "DON'T THROW THE DICE!" and dive towards them in slow motion, but it is too late.
Gumball and Darwin then explain the very real danger that the game poses to their family, but at first, their warnings are not heeded. When the "dodj"s start bending reality, Nicole packs up the game, convinced that the effects, being just part of their imagination, will wear off, despite Gumball explaining to them that the effects will only stop when they finish the game.
The game continues to plague them and gets them into undesirable situations. Anais can't get off of the couch, Gumball gets detention, Nicole ends up missing a client, Richard damages the shed (mangling his face in the process), and Darwin gets signed up for a few very undesirable activities.
They all rush home in order to complete their game. Gumball then states that the fastest way to finish is if they all complete their "daar"s. Contrary to this, however, Gumball ends up taking a dodj card. They end up getting a "dodj bomb," and with the dodj's getting even worse, they struggle to complete the game, which will be accomplished when somebody rolls an exact number to land on the ending space.
After Anais is temporarily frozen, Richard is lethargized, Gumball is in an earthquake, Nicole gets huge hands, and Darwin isn't affected (being an "inverted mermaid" already), Nicole ends up drawing a card that does not allow anybody to breathe until the game is over. They nearly suffocate as Gumball throws the dice, pleading for a "six." The dice lands, displaying a "three." Nicole, in frustration and anger, slams the ground with the large hands she was afflicted with earlier, and moves the dice, achieving the six they all needed. Everything returns to normal, as Gumball states, but the Wattersons soon discover that all the damage that was caused remained. The Wattersons' house lies in ruins, complete with a light post that has crashed through the roof.
This is the first episode to acknowledge the previous Darwins - according to his name, Darwin is the third of several fishes named "Darwin" that the Wattersons have owned.
Technically, Gumball was the winner of this particular game of Dodj or Daar.
The "Dramatic Music Playing Until The Game Ends" card breaks the fourth wall by playing the same music heard in dramatic scenes in different episodes and the family breaks the fourth wall by noticing the music.
Gumball refuses to clean himself with his tongue. However, real cats do clean themselves with their tongues.
A rerun of this episode aired on Cartoon Planet's eightieth episode on September 29, 2013.
The Watterson's game piece assignment is as follows: Richard-Peanut, Nicole-Tooth, Gumball-Snail Seashell, Darwin-Toy Army Man, Anais-Knight Chess Piece.
One of Gumball's baby photos from "The Treasure" can be seen on the wall of Nicole's office.
The way the piece of pizza beneath Gumball's bed grows legs and runs off is a reference to a scene in John Carpenter'sThe Thing where the eponymous creature has its head removed then grows legs from it.
The sequence where Larry Needlemeyer switches hats may be a reference to the idiom, "wearing two hats," which means having two jobs.
In 2014, the Brazilian YouTube channel Porta dos Fundos was accused from copying the Police prank segment in one of their videos.
The pizzeria Larry works at is called "Elmore Pizza," but the delivery bag and pizza box say "Fervidus Pizza."
One of Darwin's dodj cards state that his left arm will copy Richard's left arm, and vice-versa. However, his right arm was also affected by Richard (and vice-versa) in some instances.
This entire dodj disappears when the Wattersons return to finish the game.
When Nicole starts hitting herself with a phone, her rainbow factory button disappears.
During the last roll of the die, on the first close-up, the Dodj and Daar card stacks are missing. On the second close-up, they reappear.
When everyone can't breathe, Anais is no longer in a freeze frame.
Richard claims he doesn't understand the game's instructions, despite being seen playing with the boys in Nicole's flashback in "The Car."
The correct order of players are as follows: Richard - Nicole - Anais - Darwin - Gumball. However, this order is sometimes not followed in certain scenes.
Gumball took his CSD Dodj card from the same pile that he picked up his Daar card.
Richard gets a steak to heal his eye while holding a pair of handcuffs, but when the family makes the prank pizza call, the steak and handcuffs disappear.
It should have been impossible for the glass of stone to end up landing on Richard, who was sitting in the living room, since their bedroom is unaligned with the living room.
Darwin the First's skeleton is found under Gumball's bed despite the episode "The Origins" revealing that Richard ended up flushing Gumball's first pet fish down the toilet along with his several other replacements after their short-lived lives with Gumball.
This also shows that Darwin being the third replacement fish is untrue since Richard went back to buy almost all of the fishes left at the pet store before he even came across Darwin.
Darwin's legs are not drawn in during the whole time he tried to keep his right hand down, making it look like his head was floating in his seat.
Gumball: [Off-screen] Ugh, what's the point of cleaning under the bed? It's like cleaning a dumpster! It's designed to be filthy.
[Cut to Gumball and Darwin's bedroom]
Nicole: [Rummaging under the bed] Because this room smells like dog barf. [Pulls out a glass of milk] Ugh! What is this?
Gumball: Oh, that's a glass of milk.
[Nicole turns the glass upside-down and the milk, which seems to be completely solid, starts sliding out, extremely slowly]
Gumball: ...Cheese. That's a glass of cheese.
[The milk falls through the floor and onto Richard, who is seen eating a sandwich. He shrieks in agony]
Gumball: ...Stone. That's a glass of stone.
Nicole: Are you kidding me? That milk had to be at least ten years old.
Darwin: [Pulls out a moldy slice of pizza from under the bed] Well, at least there's nothing alive under there.
[The pizza slice suddenly grows spider legs and squeals. Darwin screams and drops it, and then it crawls out the open window. Gumball continues to clean and finds a fish skeleton]
Nicole: [Gasps] Darwin The First? So that's where you were hiding, oh!
Darwin: [Suspiciously] Wait, I thought you said that Darwin the First left to live happier life on a farm with other fishes.
Gumball: [Laughs nervously and pats Darwin gently] Huhuh huh, he did... He did...
[Nicole pulls out Dodj Or Daar game from the bed]
Nicole: Uhh... [Nervously] Hey, Look what I found, the game you made.
Darwin: Hang on, I'm not three anymore, you're not going to distract me with- what the what!?
[The first of many huge noises tempting them to play the game suddenly sounds]
[Nicole flicks Darwin the First's skeleton away while they are distracted]
Darwin: Dodj or Daar, it's calling us...
Gumball: [Pulls Darwin away, gets the game and puts it in the garbage bag] No! We swore we'd never play that game again.
The Game Starting
[The huge noise plays. Gumball and Darwin are in the kitchen, eating their lunch]
Gumball: Just ignore the calls. [Sips a cup of soda]
[The huge noise plays again, twice. Darwin accidentally squirts too much ketchup; Gumball's soda comes out of his nostrils and again, he tries to eat a sandwich, which he does, but in the process puts his hands through his ears, instead of eating the sandwich]
Gumball: We have to destroy that game.
[Darwin and Gumball run to the garbage can and open it]
Gumball: It's gone!
[The huge noise plays again]
[Darwin and Gumball run to the house and finds Anais, Nicole and Richard playing it]
Gumball and Darwin: Wait!
[The others then turn around, all of them are confused; the boys leap toward them in slow motion]
Gumball and Darwin: [in slow motion] Don't throw the dice!
[Richard throws the dice, Gumball and Darwin fall then fall to the ground]
Gumball: You don't know what you're doing!
Richard: Yeah, cause you didn't write any instructions.
Anais: And what you did write was spelled wrong, Dodj or Daar? Sounds like an alien choosing a baby name.
Richard: Let's just pack it away.
Gumball: No, you can't stop! Once you start Dodj or Daar, [Ominously] it has to be finished!
Playing the Game
[Exterior of the Watterson house]
Gumball: [off-screen] Ok, the rules are pretty simple. [On-screen, gesturing toward the game board] You roll the dice and pick a Daar card. If you do the Daar, then you go forward that many spaces. If you don't then you have to take a Dodj card and move half the spaces.
Nicole: Okay, and how do you win?
Gumball: [Ominously] You don't win, you survive!
Nicole: Okay... but how do you actually win?
Gumball: Oh, you have to roll an exact number to land on the last square. Dad, you're up.
Richard: [Laughs] I feel sorry for whoever's gonna do this one!
[Everybody looks at Richard. Richard realizes he has to do it and frowns]
[Cuts to place where the Doughnut Sheriff is]
Richard[Runs to Doughnut Sheriff] Officer, please, I need to report a theft.
Doughnut Sheriff: Yes, finally! What did the thief look like?
Richard: Well, he was wearing a monocle.
[Doughnut Sheriff writes it down when he sees Richard wearing a monocle]
Doughnut Sheriff: Okay... Uh, anything else?
Richard: Yes, he had a big, furry mustache!
[Doughnut Sheriff writes it down again when he sees Richard again this time wearing the big furry mustache]
Doughnut Sheriff Okay... any other distinguishing features?
Richard: Yes, he was dressed as a yodeller! .... Aren't you gonna write that down?
Doughnut Sheriff: Just testing something.
[Doughnut Sheriff blinks for a second and sees Richard dressed as a yodeler just as Richard says]
Doughnut Sheriff: Ah! And what did that man steal?
Richard: [Gets close to Doughnut Sheriff] A kiss.
[Nicole and Anais are laughing while Richard rubs his injured eye with a piece of meat]
Anais: You actually did it!? [Laughing]
Gumball: Oh, yeah. That's how it always starts with the laughing and the daars and then later... [Ominously] the horror and fear...
[The ominous drama then ends]
Nicole: My go. [rolls the dice and takes a Daar card] Hmmm...order a prank pizza.
Larry: Uh huh, and what's the address?
Nicole: [Laugh] Four-twenty Grove Street. Oh, and can you add some turkey gizzards?
Larry: Along with the ice cream, pigs foot, and oysters?
Nicole: Yes, it's an old family recipe invented by my grandfather. Old Joe Windybags!
[All laugh except for Gumball and Darwin]
Richard: Oh, man, [Wipes a tear of laughter off his cheek] I wish I could be there to see that pizza arrive!
Larry: Ok, four-twenty Grove Street, here we go. [Drives away on his bike, arrives back at the Pizza Shop and knocks on the doors] Pizza guy! [Takes off delivery cap and puts on his worker cap] What are you talking about? I sell pizzas, why would I buy one?! [Switches back to delivery guy] Well, someone's gotta pay for this. [Changes back to seller] I'm not paying for something I didn't order! [Back to delivery guy] What am I suppose to do with this now? [Back to seller] Give it to me! I'll show ya! [Makes a motion to throw the pizza and smacks it on his own face] I think all these jobs are messing with my head.
The First Dodj
[Back to the Watterson house as Anais struggles to put on a hat]
Anais: I'm now wearing everything... in the house! [Anais is now seen wearing every piece of clothing in the entire house. She is also now in the shape of a huge ball, and can barely move her arms, hands and legs] Ok, can someone move me forward? [Gumball pushes her and she rolls into a table, causing a flowerpot to break] I meant my piece on the -- UH!
Nicole: Ok, that's six spaces putting you ahead of Gumball, Darwin, Dad, and... me. Although of course technically it says everything in the house.
Anais: I am wearing everything! Even Dad's fat camp girdle!
Nicole: Everything, Anais, Not just clothes. The couch is a thing, are you wearing that?
Anais: What?! But...
Nicole: No arguing, young lady. You need to learn to be a good loser. [Moves Anais' piece back six spaces] Now take your Dodj. [Takes one card from the Dodj deck] "The floor is now red hot lava".
[Suddenly, the bottom of Anais' extra layers of clothes gets very hot, and Anais leaps out of the clothes onto the couch, squealing]
Anais: [The bottom of her socks turn red; she rubs them] I actually felt that through six pairs of shoes!
Darwin: IT'S STARTING! We have to finish the game quickly before it gets a hold of us and destroys us all!
Gumball: Dude, keep it together!
Darwin: Get a grip on yourself, you're underreacting!
Gumball: THANKS, MAN! I needed that! I got bit calm for a second but now I realized how serious this is!
[Darwin rolls the dice; picks a Daar card on the Daar desk]
Darwin: AAH! DAAR! "RUN PAST A DOG WEARING A SUIT OF HAM!" That doesn't sound too bad.
Gumball: [Doubtfully] Really? Don't you remember when I got that one?
[Flashback shows Gumball running past a dog herd wearing meat products; he jumps over the fence. Then, Richard suddenly appears out of nowhere and bites Gumball, and shakes him]
Gumball: The worst part is it took four weeks to stitch that suit and it was gone in under a minute.
[Richard laughs mysteriously; and makes the vampire face again; Darwin is horrified]
Darwin: [screams] You're right, I'll take a Dodj! [picks up a Dodj card] "Your left arm must do like the player to your right's arm does and vice versa".
Anais: What does that mean?
Richard: It means I can do this! [Points to Anais, making Darwin poke Gumball]
Gumball: Hey! [Richard pokes repeatedly while Gumball says "hey!" altogether]
[Gumball grabs Darwin's arm and slaps him; Richard slaps himself, too]
Gumball: Daar, "take a dodj". Aww, man. [Picks up a card]) "CSD".
Anais: What's CSD?
Gumball: Compulsive Singing Disorder. It means that I could sing at ♪ ANYTIME! ♪ [Singing "anytime" loudly and cheerfully]
Richard: "Eat one-hundred hot dogs in under a minute". That's not a daar! That's Tuesday!
[Richard goes to the kitchen. Then Darwin appears to "eat" very quickly due to the effect of the last dodj and stops, nearly breathless]
Darwin: I think he stopped. [His left hand moves to his mouth] Aw, dude, he's drinking the brine!
Nicole: Boys, I'm not using spray cheese instead of deodorant. Give me a dodj card. [Takes the card from Gumball] From now on, you will doubt every thought you have. That's ridiculous. There's no way a board game can make that happen.
[A freaky head suddenly grows on Nicole's head]
Freaky head: Or can it?
Nicole: Is that head real?
Darwin: It's as real as you believe it is, until the game ends.
Gumball: Maybe now you're starting to realize... [Singing] ♪ HOW DANGEROUS THIS GAME REALLY IS! [Speaking] That came out way less ominous than I was hoping for.
Anais: Give me the dice. [Steps on the floor and jumps onto couch, rubbing her burning socks] AH-Ah-ah-- WHY IS IT STILL BURNING!?
Darwin: We told you, nothing stops until you finish the game.
Nicole: Well, then, I'm finishing the game right now.
Freaky head: Or are you?
Nicole: [Sigh] Every sentence you say is going to start with "or" isn't it?
Freaky head: Or is it?
Nicole: I'll take that as a yes.
Freaky head: Or will--
Gumball: It won't make any difference, Mom. The game's too powerful.
Nicole: The only power this game has is the power you give it.
Darwin: Then why's my hand moving again?
Nicole: The game's finished, Richard.
Richard: But these pickled eggs aren't!
[Nicole sighs; Nicole comes to Darwin, takes his right hand and hits the left one; In the kitchen, Richard drops the food he's eating]
Richard: Oh! Aww...
At Nicole's office
Nicole: Rainbow Complaints Office. How can I help you? This sounds like a very simple problem.
Freaky head: Or is it?
Nicole: Zip it, you goblin-faced lump! No, sir, I wasn't talking to you. [To the client on the line, who's angrily shouting at her] I'm sure you're a very handsome man.
Freaky head: Or is he?
Nicole: Don't you think it's hard enough to deal with idiots all day without you pestering me, too? [To the client who's yelling] Sorry, yes, sir, I suppose some of that was directed at you.[Client yelling] Yes, of course I'll put you through to my supervisor.
Freaky head: Or will you?
Nicole: I'm gonna pop you, you-- [Hits herself very hard with the headset and knocks herself out]
At Mr. Small's class
[Gumball is reading aloud his essay in front of the class]
Gumball: And so, in conclusion, if Earth's temperature were to rise by just one degree, average sea levels would rise, leading to a ♪ MASSIVE TRAGEDY! ♪ [He sings the last part cheerfully, and the class laughs]
Mister Small: [Looking upset] Oh, I didn't realize you thought global warming was such a laughing matter. Three hours detention. [To the class; Gumball goes back to his place] Now, who would like to volunteer for my outdoor meditation retreat instead of having a summer vacation?
Darwin: [Raising his left arm] What the? [Darwin pulls his arm down. At the shed at home, Richard's left hand his pulled down too. He tries to raise it again to get the chainsaw]
Mister Small: Very good, Darwin. And who wants to take the vow of silence, as well?
[Darwin's trying to pull his arm down again]
Mister Small: You won't regret it. And finally, we also need a volunteer for the eco protest this weekend where we chain ourselves to a doomed tree for forty-eight hours.
[Darwin's arm keep being raised against his will]
Mister Small: Are you sure, Darwin? I'm not gonna lie to you, buddy. We're gonna get maced.
[Darwin manages to get his arm down. Meanwhile, the chainsaw in Richard's uncontrolled hand destroys part of the shed]
It's Do or Die Time
[Everyone comes back home, where Anais is sitting on the couch in the living room massaging her socks]
Everyone except Anais: We have to finish the game!
Richard: Just roll the cards and pick the dice! Just get on with it!
Gumball: OK. We need maximum rolls every turn, which means no Dodjs, no matter how bad the Daars are. Agreed? [Rolls the dice and draws a daar card] Dodj.
Anais: What happened to taking every Daar?
Gumball: Do you really want to see me clean myself with my tongue?
Nicole, Richard, and Anais: EW!
Darwin: Dodj! Dodj! Dodj!
Gumball: Dramatic music will play 'til the end of the game. [Dramatic music begins to play]
Richard: Daar! Juggle flaming knives. [Holds two flaming knives]
Nicole: Come on, Richard! You can do it!
[Richard tosses the knives and they plunge into the ceiling]
Nicole: Never mind! We'll deal with that later. [Rolls the dice and draws a Daar card] Drive a car from the backseat.
[Nicole tries to drive the car from the backseat with two broomsticks]
Nicole: I can do it! I can do it!
Freaky Head: Or can you?
Nicole: [Grunts] SHUT UP, WILL YOU?
[She punches her head and loses control of the car. The car then hits a street light, making it fall down onto the Wattersons' house]
[Anais moves her piece on the board]
Anais: Dodj bomb. What's that?
Gumball: [Sings] Everyone, ♪ TAKE A DODJ CARD! ♪
[Everyone sighs and draws a dodj card]
Anais: Freeze frame. Does that mean I'll-- [She literally freezes like someone pressing the pause button, and there can be lines of static shown like on a VHS tape]
Darwin: [Panicking] See? That's what we told you! If we all get stuck by a dodj, we'll remain like this forever!
Gumball: Groovy earthquake. [Gumball begins to shake]
Richard: Gravity is your enemy, what does that-- [Richard gets squished]
Nicole: Giant hands. [Her hands grow larger]
Freaky Head: Or are they?
[She punches her head and knocks herself out in to the backyard]
Darwin: Inverted mermaid!
Richard: Nothing happened.
Darwin: Well, I'm kind of that already... Fish head, legs.
Nicole: Come on! Roll the dice!
Richard: Date a sheep. [Cut to Richard and a sheep at the restaurant] I'll have the lamb. [The sheep baas] I meant chicken! [He looks at the waiter and realizes the waiter is a chicken] I meant the check!
[Back at the house]
Gumball: [Singing] Bathtub sled. [Rides the bathtub down the stairs and punches a hole through the front door]
Darwin: We're nearly there!
Gumball: Now we need to land on the last square with an exact roll.
Nicole: Here we go! [Rolls dice] Five! Oh no, Dodj bomb again. [Draws dodj card] No one is allowed to breathe until the game is over.
Freaky Head: Or are they?
Gumball: Please... be a six.
[The die is thrown, and it results in a three]
Nicole: Are you kidding me? [Smashes the ground, moving the dice, which now shows a six]
[All effects caused by the dodjs disappear, and the Wattersons are able to breathe again]
Gumball: Yes! We survived, all the effects of the game have been reversed! [Notices all the damage brought about by their own actions is still present] Almost.