The episode begins with Gumball and Darwin sleeping when the alarm clock goes off and starts playing a song. Gumball starts dancing, while also complaining that he wants to sleep. Darwin turns the alarm off. Gumball complains how much he liked the song so Darwin turns it back on, only to hear Gumball complain again. Gumball continues to complain about mundane things throughout the morning, and Darwin futilely resists getting his day ruined.
Richard notices Gumball's behavior and asks Anais what to do. Anais sarcastically says they should buy something for Gumball to complain about more, but Richard simply acquiesces and fails to understand her sarcasm. Gumball's continued complaining takes its toll on Darwin, and he starts complaining as well. They both decide to go outside.
Gumball and Darwin start voicing their complaints. The people of Elmore (even Mr. Small and Alan) notice their complaints and begin to open charity cases for them, with citizens pitching in by giving Gumball and Darwin various items. Gumball and Darwin attempt to tell the citizens they do not need the items, but their words fall on deaf ears. Meanwhile, Anais and Richard look for something to cheer Gumball up at the supermarket. She tries to teach her father the meaning of sarcasm, but he keeps failing at his attempts.
When Gumball and Darwin arrive home, they decide to trash the house by filling it with numerous rats, a skunk, and a cockroach to make it dirty. Suddenly, the crowd of Elmore citizens arrives at their house, and they give them a paycheck. Nicole suddenly arrives on the scene and demands what they have done to the house. Richard and Anais arrive home, and the crowd turns on Richard, but Gumball explains that it is not his fault. The Wattersons then awkwardly enter their house, and Gumball brings the paycheck in too.
When Gumball is trying to get the people to think he and Darwin are poor, his left foot is missing.
The banner used by the people is misspelled as "WATERSONS."
Gumball's torn sleeve switches arms multiple times throughout the episode. Both sleeves are fixed during part of Gumball's speech at the end.
Judith disappears when the Hobo gives Gumball his sandwich, despite being visible seconds before.
When Tony hugs Gumball, his sweater is not ripped up.
His sweater is also not ripped up several times during his speech at the end of the episode.
Right after Gumball tips over the lamp, Darwin starts a chain reaction involving the same lamp being tipped over again.
The hexagon lady is seen in the crowd at the Watterson house, despite being seen at the mall with Richard and Anais.
Pantsbully is colored purple instead of blue in several shots.
A similar thing happens with Siciliana and Quattro. The textures on their faces are not visible for a couple of scenes.
Gumball closes the door at the end of the episode, even though Mr. Small knocked on it, resulting in it falling down.
In the same scene, Banana Bob is no longer seen on the porch, despite being visible in the previous shot.
When Gumball got his face dirty from the rat, in the next shot with the check, his face is normal. It stays like this until the end of the episode.
When Gumball "slaps" Darwin when they are back into the house, Darwin's eyelashes can not be seen for a few seconds. The same thing happened when he gives a disapproving look to Gumball and yells at Mr. Small to go to their house.
The $20 bill Judith gives to the Hobo is mirrored.
When the crowd is shown from the back, Pantsbully is purple, John's head is too small, and later the librarian's eye is not on her face.
When the crowd is coming to the Watterson's house, there are clones of Judith, the hexagon lady, Jeff, Tony, and Siciliana.
Anais should not have known why the crowd was angry when she and Richard got home.
Latin Spanish: Las quejas (The Gripes)
Spanish (Spain): Los Quejicas (The Peevishes)
Polski (Polish): Marudy (The Complainers)
Български (Bulgarian): Мрънкалата (The Grunts)
Italiano (Italian): Veramente falso (Truly False)
Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese): Lời Than Vãn (The Complaint)
[It's morning in Elmore. Then in Gumball and Darwin's room, the alarm clock goes off as a tune. Gumball gets up and dances sleepily]
Darwin: Problem, buddy?
Gumball: I really like this song, but I want to sleep some more.
Darwin: [Laughs] Okay. I’ll turn it off, then. [Switches off]
Gumball: Ugh! But I really liked that song.
Darwin: Ha! Oh, no problem! [Switches on] Listen to the song, then.
Gumball: Ughhhhh! But I want to sleep some more.
Darwin: [Laughs impatiently] Let’s just have breakfast.
Gumball: Ugh! Ugh! Ugh!
[Scene skips to Gumball opening the fridge]
Gumball: Ughhhhh! There’s too much food in the fridge, and the milk is at the back. But the back's cold.
[Darwin sneaks behind him, about to knock him out with a toaster]
Darwin: [Drops toaster][Laughs] It’s okay. Dad made us BREAKFAST!
Gumball: Ugh! He used the sausage for the eyebrows instead of the mouth so my breakfast face looks mildly alarmed instead of smiling.
Anais: Okay. Can we stop with the bad vibes, please? You’re turning my milk sour.
Gumball: Ugh! You don’t understand my pain. So don’t judge my life, 'kay?
Darwin: [Laughs irritably][Throws Gumball] Let’s just watch some TV.
Gumball: Ughhhhh! The remote is too far from the couch!
Darwin: No problem! I’ll get it. [walks off-screen]
Richard: Gumball looks sad today. What should we do?
Anais: [Sarcastically] I know! We should go and buy this poor, privileged kid an incredible surprise present. So he can have something new to gripe about.
Richard: Okay! [grabs Anais]
Anais: Really? Is everyone in this family immune to sarcasm?
[Gumball plays a game. He moves his character to talk with another]
Gumball: Ughhhh! I love this game, but I don’t have the patience to get into the STORY. [Skips dialogue] Ughhh! I pressed a time too many, now we have to go through that whole dialogue AGAIN.
Darwin: Ehhhh… [Explodes with fury and burns background][Demonic voice] There! You happy now? You put me in a bad mood too!
Gumball: Ughhhh! You’re setting the couch on fire!
Darwin: [Normal voice] Ugh! You’re so annoying!
Gumball and Darwin: Ughh!
Gumball: Come on. Let’s get outta here. I’ve run out of things to moan about.
Out in the Streets
[They walk along some stores]
Gumball: Ughh! Dude, your new sneakers are too bright. They’re burning my retinas!
Darwin: Dude, you’re making me foot-conscious. Come on, help me dirty them up.
[Gumball wipes his feet on Darwin's shoes]
[Gumball wipes his feet on Darwin's shoes again]
Darwin: A little more.
[ Gumball wipes his feet on Darwin's shoes]
Darwin: A little more.
Darwin: Ughhhh! Too dirty. [Throws shoes away] Thanks a lot. Now I’m NAKED!
Gumball: Ohh! You’re so moany. [Grabs garbage bags] Just wear these.
Darwin: Aah-ohh! Now I look like I got my feet from a grocery store.
Gumball: Now I feel overdressed next to you. [Darwin rips Gumball's sweater] That was my favorite sweater.
Gumball and Darwin: Ughhhhh!
Alan: Guys, are you okay? You look really, uh...waterproof.
Gumball: Ughh! Life is horrible, man.
Alan: What’s wrong?
Gumball: What's not wrong? I’m starving. I’m wearing rags. I’m-
Alan: [Covers mouth] Shhhh! Say no more. I can see the pain in your eyes. [Shouts] THESE CHILDREN NEED HEEEEEELP!
[Nearby, Judith was about to give money to a Hobo]
Judith: Oh, my gosh! [Runs off only to come back and take Hobo's hat] They might need this, as well. [Runs off again only to come back and take Hobo's wallet] And this. [Approaches Gumball and Darwin] Please take these. [Takes off boots] And these. [Takes off ring] And this. Oh! [Takes kidney out][Wheezes] And this.
Gumball: I’m pretty sure you’re gonna need that kidney.
Judith: Maybe. [Falls down]
Mister Small: Aw, I always knew you guys had problems. But I never realized how bad it was.
[Gumball's stomach growls]
Hobo: Have you eaten today, son?
Gumball: No, I haven’t. But it’s because-
Hobo: Eat! [Holds out burger with flies and a worm in it]
Gumball: Oh-ho-ho! [Laughs] I think there’s a misunderstanding here.
Hobo: Pride is important, but sometimes you have to accept the help of others.
Gumball: Heh. No, sir. You don’t understand.
Hobo: Swallow your pride and eat!
Gumball: Aah! Okay. Okay [Takes a bite and slurps worm][Gags]
Mister Small: He’s so grateful, he’s got tears in his eyes.
Alison: Here you go, kid. [Donates money]
Siciliana: It’s not much, but it’ll help. [Donates money]
Gumball: People, please! Seriously, we’re not poor!
Jeff: Of course you’re not. You’re richer than all of us, in here. [Points to Gumball's stomach] That’s not your heart, is it? Sorry, I’m a vegetable. I don’t really know how you people work.
Darwin: Trust me, guys! We’re fine! It’s not like we’re on the streets or anything!
Gumball: Although, technically, we kind of are, since Dad took the car and left.
[The crowd gasp]
Felicity: I always knew he was a bad parent. [Fastens seatbelt around groceries] His big, happy, fat, evil face, his sinister dimples, and those beady doe eyes. [Puts Billy in the trunk]
In the Store
Richard: So, what do you think will make him happiest? A go-kart or a real pony?
Anais: [Sarcastically] Why not buy the whole store? It only comes to a billion dollars.
Richard: Oh. Okay! [Grabs everything he can]
[Anais grabs a glove, and facepalms]
Glove: High five!
Richard: Was that sarcasm again?
Anais: Yes! So, do you get it now?
Anais: Are you lying?
Anais: Would you like me to explain it again?
[A crowd gathers around Gumball and Darwin being rallied on by Mr. Small]
Mister Small: So. How are we gonna raise money for these poor, broken little children?
Judith: Let’s do a charity calendar!
Mr. Verde: Can we make it a naked calendar?
Hobo: Let’s put on a music festival!
Mr. Verde: Can we make it a naked music festival?
Alan: Let’s do a charity bake!
Mr. Verde: Can we do it naked?
Mister Small: All right. Who keeps saying that?
Mr. Verde: What? All I have is a mustache, and I really want to be involved. You guys have to tell me if I need to buy a hat or something.
Gumball: Okay. I’m going to say this now in a way that is impossible for you to misunderstand. I mean only the words I am saying right now. There are no hidden meaning or subtexts: we do not need your charity!
Tony: [Sobs then hugs Gumball] You’re such a brave soul.
Gumball: Mm! Mm! Ohh.
Richard: Okay. So, sarcasm is when you say something you don’t mean but with an eyebrow raised?
Glove: High five!
Anais: Close enough. Look, why not try it on this lady here?
[Richard runs to the Hexagon Lady]
Richard: My nipples are purple! [Whispers] Not really. That was sarcasm.
Glove: High five!
We're Not Poor
[Mr. Small plays a guitar while the crowd watches and cheers]
Mister Small: [Singing] Love can set you free. Because love has got the key! Love can cross the sea because love can water-ski. Love can make you live for eternity! Well, not literally.
[The crowd cheers]
Mister Small: Thank you! Thank you! The response so far has been amazing, but please continue giving so we can spark hope in these kids' hearts and let their spirits burn as bright as these symbolic candles.
Gumball: Okay, dude. This has gone too far. Tell them the truth.
Darwin: Why me?
Gumball: Because [Gives megaphone] you have the megaphone.
Mister Small: Our young friend Darwin wants to say something to you all!
[The crowd cheers again]
Darwin: We’re not poor.
[The crowd stops]
Banana Bob: They lied to u-u-u-us!
[The crowd pulls out pitchforks in fury]
Gumball: [Pats Darwin on the head, but slaps him in anger] Hahahahahahaha! People, please! Put down these pitchforks… that you took to the mall for whatever reason. We didn’t lie! We’re mega poor, right, Darwin?
Someone: Prove it!
Gumball: Sure! We’re, um… we’re like, so poor that we can’t afford free stuff! We’re so poor that we lick stamps for breakfast! We’re so poor that we opened an e-mail account just to eat the spam!
Mr. Verde: That’s not proof! That’s just jokes stolen from the Internet! These guys are fakes!
Gumball: What do you want from us?! Do you really want to see us eat dog food in our squalor dump of a house, wearing garbage bags?! Is that it?! Would that make you happy?!
Mister Small: No, no. I believe you. I’m sorry we ever doubted you.
Darwin: NO, DUDE! Come to our house! Come on! Our house’s not good enough for you?!
Mister Small: Oh, no, no, no. I’m… I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to insult your hospitality. S-sure, we’ll come.
Gumball: [Nervously] Hahahahaha! Okay! Okay. Uh, just give us five minutes to tidy up.
[At home, Gumball repeatedly taps Darwin]
Darwin: So, what’s the plan?
Gumball: We got to show them what they expect to see. Let’s trash everything, fix it all with their big check, and go back to our lives.
Gumball: Zip! Before you say anything, do you have a better plan?
[Darwin shakes his head, saying no]
Gumball: Then you have two seconds to look as disapproving as you can.
[Darwin looks disapproving as Gumball said]
Gumball: Good! Now let’s get on with it! [Starts trashing house]
Darwin: I don’t feel comfortable doing this.
Gumball: Just remember… It’s all for charity.
[Darwin carefully and gently trashes the houses]
Gumball: Dude, we’re on the clock here! Smash faster!
Darwin: I’m doing it as fast as I can!
Gumball: Then smash smarter!
[He knocks a table down, and launches an object which causes the curtain to push the lamp over to the TV. This makes the TV explode and part of the ceiling to break down]
Gumball: Uh… yeah. More like that. [Throws washing machine and jumps on clothes]
Darwin: Hmm. We’re gonna need help. [Breaks window][Sings] Come and help, my little friends!
[Crows fly inside]
Darwin: Hahaha! Very good! Very good! [Sings to mouse hole]
Darwin: Come out and spread your disease! [Rats stampede onto the floor] Haha! Very good! [Gets bitten and infected by disease]
[He sings merrily into the kitchen full of cockroaches]
Darwin: Excellent! Good work, everyone!
Darwin: What’s that, my little friend? [Gasps] You’re right. We need a final touch.
[A skunk sprays its odor all over the place]
Darwin: Hahahaha! Good job! Good job! [Sings][Gags]
Gumball: [Cuts clothes] So, ready yet?!
Darwin: [Throws mattress out of window] Almost! [Sees a cube dog] Oh, a disreputable dog breed. Nice touch.
Gumball: “Friendship, understanding, acceptance”?
Darwin: Well, if we have to be vandals, we should at least carry a positive message.
[The crowd is heard arriving]
Gumball: Uhh! Get in the house! Get in the house!
Crowd: Love can cross the sea.
Gumball: Okay, here it goes. [Scratches himself with rat] How do I look?
Mister Small: [Knocks on door; knocks down door; gasps] Even in my worst nightmares, I wouldn’t have imagined it would be this bad. [Points to a group of rats with their tails tied together] Is that what people call a rat king?
Gumball: No, Mr. Small. It’s what we call “dinner.”
Mister Small: Bring forth the check!
[Banana Bob comes to them with a check, making a melody with his mouth]
Banana Bob: Sorry, I just thought it would sound more impressive with some music. Ne-never mind.
Nicole: [Arrives] What is going on here?! Who trashed the house?!
Hobo: They trashed the house on purpose! They lie-e-e-ed!
[Crows raises pitchforks in the air]
Mister Small: Well, you won’t be needing this! [Tries to tear check apart] Well, you get the idea.
Gumball: No, wait! Now the house is actually trashed, we really do need your help!
Crowd: Ahhh. [Replaces pitchforks with candles]
Richard: [Honks horn while arriving in the car] Hey, kids! I got you jet skis!
Hobo: Your dad is not a monster!
[Crowd raises pitchforks in the air]
Anais: No, wait! You should see how much Dad spent on these! We are broke now!
Alan: So, are you poor or not?
Richard: Yeah, sure. [Sarcastically] I’m an unemployed man with three children. I’m obviously a millionaire.
[Crowd raises pitchforks in the air once more]
Anais: Eh, bad timing. But good sarcasm.
[Anais and Richard run to the house, screaming]
Darwin: Please stop! You guys are insane! You change your mind for yes-
[The crowd repeats this until Gumball stops them. While he speaks, his family enters the house]
Gumball: Everybody, listen! I think we all learned a very important lesson today, and this lesson is… don’t complain! Be happy with what you got. No that’s not the quite right. Uh, be careful of what you say! Nah, no, that’s not it either. Uh, don’t jump to conclusions! No, no. Don’t try to be something you’re not, cause, uh… Be yourself? I don’t know, man. Maybe the lesson is sometimes some people do stuff, things happen and it kind of goes nowhere. Anyway [Takes check] thanks for the check. Bye!
[He tries to go inside his house, but the check prevents him. Eventually he goes in. Then the episode ends]