The episode starts at The Robinsons' house in the backyard. Gumball and Darwin finish helping Mr. Robinson set up a pair Bluetooth speakers, complimenting him about how on point he is with new technology. Gumball then hands Mr. Robinson his phone, and asks what he wants to listen to. It turns out, however, that Mr. Robinson never wanted to use the speakers for music, but rather to put on a frequency only vermin can hear. The sound nearly deafens Gumball and Darwin, who cover their ears in pain.
Mr. Robinson then gets a text from Mrs. Robinson, so he turns off the frequency and goes inside to talk to her on the phone. The phone begins to go through the Bluetooth speakers however, allowing Gumball and Darwin to hear the conversation. Mr. Robinson begins to say a bunch of rude and insulting comments about the two, and officially stating he hates them. The conversation breaks Gumball and Darwin's hearts, and they fall into a pit of despair.
After finishing the phone call, Mr. Robinson goes back outside to see that Gumball and Darwin are gone. He then hears Gumball's slightly muffled voice, telling him that they heard everything he had said about them. Mr. Robinson asks where they are, and Gumball tells him they're at the bottom of a pit of despair. Curious, Mr. Robinson puts his ear on the ground, but then realizes it was a metaphor, and the two are actually across the fence in their backyard. Gumball tells him that he had ruined their friendship and left them with horrible black clouds over their heads (this time not a metaphor since there are literal storm clouds). The two begin to leave, stating they need a therapist and a meteorologist. As they leave, Mr. Robinson continues to insult them, suggesting they also see a "Get out of my face-ist" and ask for a prescription of chill pills. The back doors of both houses slam shut as they part ways.
Later, Mr. Robinson looks out the window. As he looks around, he begins to have a memories of all the good times he had with the two. How he would always get them to fall for his pranks whenever he got the chance, when he would trick them to get framed for his actions, and yet despite all the trouble he caused them, they were still there to be the victims of his actions. Mr. Robinson begins to laugh, reminiscing all of those memories. Yet after seeing that they have left him, he begins to feel empty inside. Seeing Gumball and Darwin in their window, Mr. Robinson tries to wave at them, but Gumball, in disgust, attempts to pull down the blinds.
A saddened Mr. Robinson, saying that he doesn't know how things would be the same without the boys, has an epihany, resolving to win back the boys' friendship. He starts by looking up on how to brainwash children, only to end up in prison. Rocky tells his father to adhere to modern kids' lifestyles, but Mr. Robinson misinteprets it, and ends up writing on the Wattersons' house, "poking" Gumball and Darwin literally, and getting a lot of citizens to follow Gumball and Darwin at night. This action lands Mr. Robinson in prison again, where Rocky suggests being nice. Mr. Robinson, attempting to be nice to Gumball and Darwin, tries to give them toys, but by doing so ends up in prison again for accidentally detonating an atomic energy kit.
This is when Rocky tells his father to talk to the boys about his feelings. By doing so he unintentionally insults Gumball (by telling Gumball he has "massive hips") and Darwin (by saying Darwin's native language is "Fishpanic"). A desperate Mr. Robinson resorts to bribing the boys for his friendship back, which Gumball rejects. Gumball tearfully gives a speech on how Mr. Robinson broke their hearts, and their friendship, which brings the old man to tears... tears which are immediately pulled into his eyes.
When Gumball and Darwin move in to investigate, they see Mr. Robinson's Heart, who was responsible for pulling the tears in. The heart says he is protecting himself from his feelings, as they are "dangerous" and could lead to heartbreak. Gumball says he has found the solution to Mr. Robinson's problem, and proceeds to tear out the old man's heart. Gumball says he is going to give the heart so much love, and does so in song.
After the song finishes, the heart has stopped beating. Darwin tries to perform CPR on it, but the heart slaps him away, and leaps into Mr. Robinson's body. Gumball and Darwin happily watch on as Mr. Robinson announces his feelings toward the boys (he "loathes them a little less than before"). This makes Gumball and Darwin satisfied, and the boys hug Mr. Robinson. A tear falls down Mr. Robinson's face, and he smiles.
The clown appearing from under the sewer grate is a reference to Stephen King's novel It.
At one point during the song, Gumball, Darwin and Gaylord's heart are seen in a Pac-Man-esque world.
Mr. Robinson is shown younger before the current time, however, in "The Choices" he is shown to have been identical to his current appearance when Gumball was a baby.
When Gumball, Darwin, and Mr. Robinson were watching "White Snow and the Six Elves," the Watterson family portrait, featuring Anais, was shown in the background despite the fact that Anais was not born yet.
Gumball: I can't believe you have a pair of Bluetooth speakers in your backyard!
Darwin: I have to say, Mr. Robinson, I'm impressed with how on point you are with new technology!
Gumball: Yeah, you're like a silver firefox!
Gaylord Robinson: I got those free when I bought a foot spa from the catalog. They also sent a face massager, but Margaret ruined it when she put it in the dishwasher.
[Gumball pairs Mr. Robinson's phone with the speakers]
Gumball: Well, all systems go, Captain! [gives Mr. Robinson his phone] What do you wanna listen to?
Gaylord Robinson: Oh-hoh! I'm not gonna play any music on it. [smiles evilly] Just this.
[Mr. Robinson plays a very loud sound from his phone. This sound nearly deafens Gumball and Darwin, who both shriek in pain; even Darwin's teeth shatter. A raccoon, hearing the sound, walks up to them]
Gumball: WHAT IS THAT?! [his teeth shatter, too]
Gaylord Robinson: Oh, it's a frequency only vermin can hear. That's it, get off my lawn!
[Gumball and Darwin continue to shriek. The abovementioned raccoon cuts a door into the nearby trash bag, and hangs up a sign saying "ONLY JUNK MAIL".]
Gumball: IT'S NOT WORKING!
Gaylord Robinson: Oh, I wasn't talking about that kind of vermin.
[Mr. Robinson's phone vibrates]
Gaylord Robinson: Hold on a second, kids.
[Gumball and Darwin recover and look at Mr. Robinson cutely]
Gumball and Darwin: [cheerfully] Of course, Mr. Robinson!
[shot of Mr. Robinson's phone, Margaret has sent five goat emojis, representing her "Meh"'s]
Gaylord Robinson: "Meh meh meh meh." Hmm. [calls...] Margaret? [on phone] Yeah, sorry, I didn't quite catch what that last "meh" was about.
Gaylord Robinson: [on phone] Oh, right. Those "Meh mo mi mi" in Miami.
[Darwin rubs his left arm...]
Margaret Robinson: [on phone] Meh meh meh meh.
Gaylord Robinson: [on phone] What am I doing?... Uh, just tryin' to get rid of those two little meat gargoyles from next door. [Gumball and Darwin gasp] Dumbbell and Garden Waterbagger, or whatever.
Margaret Robinson: [on phone] Meh meh meh meh.
Gaylord Robinson: [on phone] Yes, the ones I hate.
[As with what happened before, Gumball and Darwin fall through the ground, while Mr. Robinson's "hate" echoes in the background.]
Gaylord Robinson: [on phone] Yeah, I roped those dopes into installing a new defense system against themselves. They're bigger suckers than leeches making major life choices based on their horoscopes!
[Gumball and Darwin hit a mountain]
Gaylord Robinson: [on phone] And they're so ugly! The little red one's got a face even two mothers couldn't love! [Darwin goes through some sort of squisher, distorting his face] And the blue one is like a visual version of drinking orange juice right after brushing your teeth. [Gumball goes through a juice grinder, grinding him up to little pieces] You know what? A quantum microscope couldn't find a quark of charm in those two buttclowns. [Gumball and Darwin go through what looks like water, restoring them back to normal, and land on the ground]
Gumball: To be honest, that last one wasn't so bad, by comparison.
Gaylord Robinson: [on phone] Wait, who was I talking about?
[To make things worse for them, Gumball and Darwin are covered with salt, shrivelling up. Cut to black, and back to the Robinsons' backyard.]
Gaylord Robinson: [comes out of door, notices the boys are gone] Huh? Those losers are gone?
Gumball: [hurt, muffled] We heard every word you just said about us, William Shade-speare!
Gaylord Robinson: Wait, Where are you?
Gumball: [hurt, muffled] At the bottom of the pit of despair, Mr. Robinson!
[Mr. Robinson puts his ears to the ground]
Gumball: That was a metaphor.
[Mr. Robinson looks up to see a tearful Gumball and Darwin]
Gaylord Robinson: Right.
Gumball: You ruined our friendship and left us with these horrible black clouds over our heads!
[Mr. Robinson is confused]
Gaylord Robinson: ...Oh.
[there are literal black clouds on top of the boys' heads]
Gumball: And that one's not a metaphor, by the way.
Darwin: Goodbye, Mr. Robinson.
[the boys start to walk away, sadly]
Gaylord Robinson: No, wait! Where are you going?
Darwin: There's a lot we need to process... I think we need a therapist.
Gumball: [points to his cloud] And a meteorologist.
Gaylord Robinson: Oh, fine. Go see a "get out of my face-ist" as well. [peeks up the Wattersons' fence] And as for an extra prescription, some chill pills while you're there! Hmm! [goes back inside his house, slamming his door]
Gumball and Darwin: Oh! [goes back inside their house, slamming the door]
[Later that day, Mr. Robinson looks out of his window despondently. He flashback to the day Nicole came home with Gumball. A baby Gumball spots Mr. Robinson, and waves at him, causing the latter to react with surprise; he looks like he is going to wave, but shuts the blinds instead. A few years later, toddler Gumball and Darwin have written their letters to Santa Claus. Mr. Robinson comes in and sees Gumball struggling to reach the mailbox. Mr. Robinson gives Gumball a lift, allowing the cat to drop his letter in. Problem is, he's dropped it into a dog waste basket. Skip to another few years later, where Mr. Robinson prepares to swim. A happy Gumball and Darwin skip over to him, and try to jump in, not before Mr. Robinson seems to warn them about something. Gumball looks to Darwin. Later, the two are struggling to swim, tears in Gumball's eyes. Mr. Robinson looks at them... and laughs evilly. Skips to Halloween. Gumball and Darwin are trick-or-treating at the Robinsons'. After they receive their candy, the boys bid goodbye to Mr. Robinson, who shortly after waving at them shuts his door closed. It turns out he gave the boys dog treats instead of candy. Once again, he laughs evilly. Gumball's birthday. Mr. Robinson gives him a cheap bootleg tape of White Snow and the Six Elves. Instead of the tale's original happy ending, White Snow gets poisoned by a pear. The film ends with Gumball and Darwin being horrified and Mr. Robinson laughing evilly once again. Some time after Anais was born, Gumball and Darwin are playing baseball in their front yard as Mr. Robinson crashes into Cartax. He inspects the damage, and instead of taking the blame, he frames Gumball and Darwin; he places the boys in front of the car and takes away the baseball and Darwin's glove, making it look like Gumball was the one who hit the car. The boys, especially Gumball, get a scolding from Nicole, as Mr. Robinson looks on, laughing evilly once again. Fade to the present day, where Mr. Robinson laughs at that moment, then stops sadly. He looks at the boys' bloodshot eyes, and waves at them, but Gumball pulls down his blinds. Only this time it gets jammed half-way, and he has to fix it, struggling to do so. Mr. Robinson sighs sadly, and walks to his porch.]
Mr. Robinson's Jail Streak
Gaylord Robinson: Ugh, I don't see how things will ever be the same again... short of brainwashing them. [Has an idea, gasps] Of course! [on his phone, searches...] "How to brainwash chi--"
[but he is interrupted as he is sent to prison. He is let out by a dog officer to where Rocky is waiting for him]
Rocky: What did you do?!
Gaylord Robinson: I followed the advice online.
[both Robinsons get in Rocky's car]
Gaylord Robinson: [continued] Turns out it's illegal to alter the minds of children using Cold War CIA techniques. It's bureaucratic madness! Next they'll be asking me to pay for a fishing license or something!
Rocky: Dad, you do need a fishing license.
Gaylord Robinson: What's this world coming to when a simple tax-paying man like me can't even enjoy feeding himself and his family by throwing a little dynamite in the pond?!
Rocky: Look, if you want to make peace with them, just keep it casual and don't go too far, okay? Just play it millennial!
Gaylord Robinson: You mean dye my hair rainbow colors, dress like a fake lumberjack, feed off avocados and inherit a world in ruins?
Rocky: Uh, I guess. But mainly I meant you just, like, poke them! Or, bring them more followers! Or leave a little message on their wall!
Gaylord Robinson: [Shrugs] Sounds easy enough.
[Gumball and Darwin look on in shock. It turns out Mr. Robinson wrote "LET'S PLAY A GAME" on their literal wall, completely missing Rocky's point]
Gumball: "Let's play a game"?
[Later that night Mr. Robinson sneaks in with an abnormal smile]
Gaylord Robinson: Poke. Poke.
[Before Gumball and Darwin are able to react, Mr. Robinson pokes them literally, again completely missing Rocky's point. Both boys look around, terrified, and Mr. Robinson seems to have vanished! The boys walk around, trying to find their stalker, where numerous random Elmore citizens appear under a street light. Both boys are clearly terrified, and run to either side, only to see Mr. Robinson (again smiling abnormally), who has literally brought random Elmore citizens to follow them, missing Rocky's point once again.]
Gumball: WHAT THE ACTUAL WHAT ARE YOU DOING??!
Gaylord Robinson: What? Just got you more followers.
[Leonard Daniels, Cow Woman and a clown peek out of a bush, a tree and a manhole]
Leonard Daniels: Hello!
Cow Woman: How you doin'?
[the clown waves at them]
[Gumball and Darwin are terrified]
[Mr. Robinson is sent to prison again. Rocky awaits him again as he is let out.]
Rocky: Dad. Please. Stop.
Gaylord Robinson: I know I'm not cut out for prison. But there were some real tough cookies in there! And they didn't even give us any milk to dunk 'em in.
Rocky: Why don't you just be nice to the kids, and give 'em some toys or something?
[Mr. Robinson is now in the attic, searching through a box of his old toys.]
Gaylord Robinson: Ah-ha! There! [takes out an old doll] They'll love my old chewing doll. [puts a wrench in the doll's mouth, which it destroys] They don't make 'em like they used to. Oh, even better! [takes out a blaster] My real space gun! [It fires a hole in the roof] And there's still gunpowder in it! Oh! [takes out an atomic energy kit] And my little atomic energy kit! What kind of child wouldn't want to play with a little uranium and-[accidentally fires the space gun at the uranium kit, causing a humongous nuclear explosion.]
[Cut to Rocky waiting for him as he is let out of jail yet again.]
Rocky: Don't tell me I needed to specify children's toys.
Gaylord Robinson: This time I got arrested for violating fourteen international peace agreements.
Rocky: [sighs] Look. Have you tried just expressing your feelings to them?
Gaylord Robinson: Feelings? You mean, like....hungry?
Rocky: Dad, no!
Gaylord Robinson: Sleepy?
Rocky: Ugh! No!
Gaylord Robinson: Umm, like when you have to go to the bathroom?
Rocky: Agghhh! Just speak to them, and make an effort to be positive!
Expressing Your Feelings
[A tearful Gumball and Darwin are on their porch when Mr. Robinson walks up.]
Gaylord Robinson: Hey. Gumball?
Gaylord Robinson: I-I just wanted to say... you've got massive hips.
Gaylord Robinson: Wha...? No, no, it's a good thing! You could be a model! In the Renaissance.
Gumball: [takes a deep breath] Okay, bye.
[he and Darwin start to walk up the stairs, but Mr. Robinson interrupts them]
Gaylord Robinson: No, no, wait! I've got other nice things to say. Uh, Darwin, you speak English very well.
Darwin: What?! What do you think my native language is?!
Gaylord Robinson: Uh... "Fish-spanic"?
Darwin: Wow, you managed to be offensive to pretty much everyone on land and sea at the same time.
Gaylord Robinson: No, no, no, no, no! Sorry. I-I-I meant it's amazing that you never let your disabilities stop you from living a normal life!
[Gumball and Darwin grunt and start to walk up the stairs. Mr. Robinson desperately barges through the Wattersons' gate]
Gaylord Robinson: Yeah! 5 dollars for a "get off my lawn," and... 10 dollars for an insult about your appearance, and a dime for every time I slander your father.
Gumball: I meant, do you seriously think our friendship is for sale?!
Darwin: We want out!
Gumball: What seems sweet has turned out to be lethally toxic. Like feeding a chocolate cake to a puppy, next to the tail pipe of a 4x4, in the middle of an oil spill, while reading an Elmore Stream comment. [sobs] I'm sorry, Mr. Robinson. You don't love us. [sobs] You just love to hate us. [sobs] And if you can't see the difference for yourself... [sobs, wipes away a tear] ...then your heart is beyond saving. [he and Darwin turn their backs]
Meeting Mr. Robinson's Heart
[Mr. Robinson starts to tear up, too, but this tear is pulled back inside his eye]
Gaylord's Heart: [unseen] No!
Gumball: [he and Darwin turn around] Hmm?
[Mr. Robinson starts to tear up again, but this tear is once again pulled into his eye]
Gaylord's Heart: [unseen] No!
[Gumball and Darwin run towards Mr. Robinson, who starts to tear up once again and failing. They open his shirt to reveal an anthropomorphic heart, tugging on a cord labeled "TEARS".]
Gaylord's Heart: No! [sees the boys] Aah!
Darwin: What are you doing?
Gaylord's Heart: I'm protecting myself!
Gumball: From what?
Gaylord's Heart: [tries to say "feelings", but struggles]
Darwin: Do you mean "feelings"?
Gaylord's Heart: [gulps] Uh-huh.
Gumball: But why?
Gaylord's Heart: Because they're dangerous!
Darwin: What are you talking about?
Gaylord's Heart: If you let you-know-what in, sooner or later, you get your hearts broken!
[both boys are confused]
Gumball: I think I have the solution to this problem.
Gaylord's Heart: Exactly! Less expression, more suppression! [closes Mr. Robinson's shirt]
Gumball: No... [Rips off Mr. Robinson's heart] We need to force-feed you so much love that you'll never fear it again!
Gaylord Robinson: [on the ground] Please don't tell me this involves a song. [drops unconscious]
Darwin: Uh-huh! It's time to drown your heart in love!
Darwin: You're keeping your loving locked way up tight,
Gumball and Darwin: But we got the key to put everything right.
Gumball: Chasing bad feelings and demons away,
Gumball and Darwin: Hurts for a heartbeat but you'll thank us one day. Flip your frown upside down, Hang loose and let the good times roll! We'll turn your life around, If you open up your chest today and wave goodbye to yesterday! You'll never beat the feeling! When you feel a real feeling for the first time, ooh ooh You'll never beat the feeling! And this old felt heart is feeling so brand new!
A New Leaf
[End song. The heart is on the ground, seemingly dead]
Darwin: [Gasps] He stopped beating!
Gumball: I think we killed him!
Darwin: With kindness. We need to give him the kiss of life!
[He goes in for CPR, but the heart slaps him away]
Gaylord's Heart: Okay, that's enough! I admit it, I felt something. But if you give me any more love, I'll start spewing confetti! [Walks towards his host body] Now, get out of my way.
[He gets inside Mr. Robinson's body. The old man takes a long, deep breath.]
Gaylord Robinson: Wait a minute... I... I feel different.
Gumball: And... how do you feel about us?
Gaylord Robinson: I... I... li... I lo... I loathe you slightly less than I did before.
[Both boys are surprised. Then...]
Gumball and Darwin: [cheerfully] That's good enough for us, Mr. Robinson!
[they embrace the old man. Taking this in, Mr. Robinson sheds a tear, and he smiles. Episode ends.]