The episode starts with Gumball and Darwin asking Richard why he is wearing a helmet. Misinterpreting what they say due to him not being able to hear well through it, he nevertheless explains that he was sent out by Nicole to buy an exercise bike but decided he needed a helmet beforehand. Unfortunately, he could not take it off and was forced to buy it. After some more miscommunication, he decides to take the kids out to get some lunch (while, in the process, nabbing two cushions instead due to his limited peripheral vision).
Richard then proceeds to take a "leisurely drive" (which is, in fact, Richard obliviously swerving on the sidewalk), spots a 'parking spot outside of Joyful Burger (a sign signifying that the restaurant was further down), and inadvertently robs a bank under the impression that he is ordering fast food. He asks the bank tellers, Larry and the cupcake man, to give him everything they have. They give him two brown bags full of cash, all while the cupcake man implores Larry not to "be the hero." Richard departs with the money none the wiser.
Later on, at the crime scene, the cupcake man tries to sell himself as the true hero of the situation, causing the Donut Cop to promise him a medal. Further, the cupcake man frames Larry for conspiring with Richard in the crime, causing the Donut Cop to attempt to arrest Larry. He tries to close the case but finds out he cannot without the necessary evidence. The Donut Cop thus reopens the case for investigation.
Meanwhile, on the television, Richard is on the news as a bank robber making his getaway. The scene then cuts to the Wattersons'house. Anais asks Gumball and Darwin if they can believe what they are seeing, though they are watching the wrong channel. When they switch to the proper channel, Nicole notices that the car in the getaway is theirs and fears for Richard's safety. Once Anais points out that Richard is the driver, however, she declares that she will kill him.
When Richard finally arrives home, Nicole karate chops his helmet off and explains to him that he robbed a bank of $2,000,000. Anais decides that they have to return the money. The family then hides in an alleyway, sending Richard out to bring the money back to the bank in a suitcase. Once Richard departs, Anais says that it was the right thing to do in spite of all the things the money could pay off, causing Nicole to frantically try to stop Richard while Gumball and Darwin hold her back.
In front of the bank, Richard chats with the Donut Cop and two other police officers, but gets cold feet and flees the scene upon hearing of the harsh penalties of accidental theft, ditching the suitcase and running back to the alley. However, the Donut Cop shows up to return the suitcase, believing Richard to have forgotten it by accident. Nicole proposes that they perform a heist (in reverse) to return the money.
Nicole's plan involves herself hiding in a box delivered to the bank under the guise of it containing a Christmas present. Larry, who signed off on the package, would proceed to put the box in the bank's vault where, at night, Nicole breaks free. From there, she intends to put the money back, but after faking herself out, she decides to ditch the plan entirely, put the money in their account, and move to Martinique. The kids ultimately object to this before Gumball proposes another plan.
In the new plan, Gumball, in the dead of the night, attempts to reinsert the money into an ATM by trying to stuff it back up. However, he gets caught in the act by the Donut Cop. The family ultimately interrupts his plan, objecting to his confusing grasp of how cops talk. Anais then shares her plan.
Anais decides to get an internship at the bank and slowly build up trust, advancing to a position as Regional Manager. From there, she plans to put one dollar a day into the bank's central account. However, this would take two million days to complete, thus nullifying the plan.
Finally, Richard shares his idea. Before the police catch him, he buries the money where no one will find it. Next, he purposely gets himself arrested and is sentenced to twenty years, but plans to instead tunnel his way out. However, the plan is inconvenienced by plastic forks being his only tools— he manages to escape after precisely twenty years, by which his sentence was over. Afterward, he sets out to collect the money only to find the box empty. Frustrated, he returns home, finding the house more opulent than usual. Nicole and the kids emerge with heavy plastic surgery, having used up all of Richard's money. When Richard asks how they knew where the money was located, they point out that it was indicated by his flash-forward.
Richard asks Darwin if he has a better idea, but Darwin instead simply dropped the money off back into the bank while they were talking. The family rejoices, but the Donut Cop cuts their celebration short, telling them they have to clear the area. He then declares that he will perform a controlled explosion on a "suspicious package": the suitcase with all the money in it. They try to interject, but it is too late, as flaming shreds of money fall to the ground. The family watches, shocked, while Gumball deadpans that they tried, ending the episode.
On the one hundred dollar bill of the Elmore Reserve Note, several details can be seen:
The serial number of one of the bills is CCB20101977LB.
The seal reads, 'FEDERAL RESERVE: BANK OF ELMORE.'
The abbreviation of California, CA, can be seen below the serial number.
"THIS NOTE IS NOT REAL" can be read below the seal of the upper left.
The Treasurer of Elmore has the signature of Raphaël Chabassol, a character designer on Season 2 of the show.
The Secretary of the Treasury has the signature of Manuel Javelle, another animator on the show.
The upper right reads, 'THE CENTRAL BANK OF ELMORE.'
According to Anais' resume, the address to the Wattersons' house is 1026 York Street, Elmore, which is based on the real address 1026 York Street, Vallejo, California, where the house in real-life is located.
This is also the third time Anais is shown older. The first two were in "The Job" and "The Vase."
This episode is also the first time Nicole and Richard are shown older.
This episode also shows that it is possible that if Anais grows older, she will start growing her own whiskers as seen in Nicole's plan, although this could just be a part of how Nicole envisions her in the future.
This episode is the first time Gary is shown older.
The scene where Gumball, Anais, Richard, and Nicole plan to figure out how to return the money is a reference to an older episode, "The Plan."
In Richard's plan, Nicole's face and hairstyle resemble Malory Archer from Archer.
[The episode begins outside of the Wattersons' house, with Richard talking from somewhere off-screen]
Richard: [Muffled] And the interconnecting strands won't lose their elasticity. And that's how you make a homemade hairnet.
[Inside the living room, Richard is standing next to Gumball and Darwin, with a motorcycle helmet on his head]
Gumball: Yeah, that's great Dad. But what we asked was, "Why are you wearing that helmet?"
Richard: Oh, sorry, I can't hear you that well. I'm wearing a helmet. You're probably wondering why. You see, your mother sent me to buy myself some exercise equipment, and I was going to get an exercise bike, but I thought I'd need a helmet first.
Darwin: [Baffled] For an exercise bike?
Richard: No, for the exercise bike. I tried this one on and guess what?
Gumball: It was too small and you couldn't take it off, so you had to buy it or they wouldn't let you leave the store?
Richard: No. It was too small so I couldn't take it off, and I had to buy it or they wouldn't let me leave the store.
[Upbeat music plays on TV; Richard looks around, spotting Gumball on the couch]
Richard: Ah! What are you doing there?
Gumball: Sorry, that was getting really annoying.
Richard: Hmm... So, I can't hear very well, and I have extremely limited peripheral vision. Do you kids want to hop in the car and go for a drive?
Gumball: Absolutely not.
Richard: Great! Let's go grab some lunch! [Picks up two throw pillows, mistaking them for Gumball and Darwin, and walks out the front door]
[Off-screen, Richard is heard falling down the porch stairs]
Richard: Mind the steps!
Darwin: Shouldn't we do something about that?
Richard: [After a loud clang] And the trash!
Gumball: Hmm, you're right. [Gets up and slams the door shut, then returns to the sofa] There. Now we can hear the TV again.
[Richard is driving down the street. Because of the helmet, he is unaware of his surroundings]
Richard: Hmm. It's so quiet today. Hardly any traffic on the roads.
[It is shown that his car is actually on the sidewalk and heading into oncoming traffic. Oblivious, Richard runs over a fire hydrant, some trash cans, and almost hits Harold]
Richard: Shame about all these potholes, though. [Notices the Joyful Burger sign up ahead; Gasps] A parking spot right outside Joyful Burger!
[In front of the Bank of Elmore, Richard shunts several parked cars out of the way before coming to a stop]
Richard: You kids wait here. I'll get lunch.
[Inside, Larry is working as a teller alongside Cupcake Man]
Larry: [Sighs] For the last time Bill, this is a bank. Not a dating agency.
Bill: [Depressed] Oh.
[Richard pushes the doors open and approaches the counter]
Larry: [Gasps] Oh my gosh, this is really happening!
Cupcake Man: Remember what they told us, Larry. Employees can be replaced, money can't!
[They look back at Richard, who is getting closer]
Cupcake Man: [Panicking] Oh, forget the training! We're being robbed! We're being robbed!
[The other customers notice the disturbance and gasp in shock]
Richard: [Sees Larry and Cupcake Man with their arms raised] Hm. Must be someone's birthday. [To the crowd; Merrily] Everybody throw your hands in the air!
[They all comply, and Richard turns back to the tellers, pointing at them with his index fingers]
Richard: Okay, you have a choice to make. Ahh heck, let's just make this easy on both of us. I'll take everything you've got.
Larry: Uh, how do you want that sir?
Richard: Uh, just in the normal brown bags is fine.
Cupcake Man: [Loading money into a bag] Don't be a hero, Larry!
Larry: I'm not being a hero!
Cupcake Man: Just give him what he wants Larry, don't be a hero!
Larry: I'm not!
[Orange Guard, who was asleep on a chair by the front door, suddenly wakes up and realizes that something is amiss. He makes eye contact with Larry, and, upon picking up on the visual cues, readies his baton. Unexpectedly, he instead uses it to shatter a nearby window and make his escape]
Cupcake Man: Okay sir, that's everything. [Hands Richard two paper bags]
Richard: Pleasure doing business with you gentlemen. [Walks toward the exit]
Cupcake Man: [Still frightened] Don't do it Larry! Don't press the alarm! Don't be a hero!
Larry: [Grabbing Cupcake Man's wrapper] What is your problem?! What do you think you're doing?!
Richard: [Turns back] Oh yeah, that reminds me. We need to settle up!
Cupcake Man: No-no-no-no please don't!
[As Richard leaves, Cupcake Man passes out and falls on the alarm button. Back on the road, Richard is again driving in the wrong lane, causing other vehicles to swerve and crash into each other]
Richard: [Talking to the pillows] What a great day. We got a free lunch, the roads are all quiet. Even you two are behaving yourselves.
Elmore's Most Wanted
[At the bank, now with a heavy police presence, Cupcake Man and Larry are speaking with the Doughnut Sheriff]
Cupcake Man: [Smugly] So even though Larry is screamin' like a baby, I managed to keep a cool head. I said to the robber, "If you're gonna hurt these citizens, you're gonna have to come through me first."
Donut Cop: [Writing on his notepad] Wow, so brave. I'm gonna make sure the mayor gives you a medal for this.
Larry: Uh, that's not actually what hap-
Donut Cop: [Interrupts] Hey! We're gonna get to your cowardly ramblings in a second! Don't let this man bother you, sir. Please continue.
Cupcake Man: Then, Larry handed over all the money and the guy ran off. [Whispers to Doughnut Sheriff] If you ask me, Larry was a bit too cooperative.
Donut Cop: [Whispering back] So you think this was an inside job?
Cupcake Man: Ah what do I know? I'm just a hero.
Donut Cop: I've heard enough. Arrest this man! [Points at Larry] Case closed.
Earl: Uh, Chief, we don't have the money.
Coffee Cop: Or the man who took it.
Donut Cop: I'm reopening the case!
[Doughnut Sheriff places a rolled up map on the countertop and flattens it out]
Donut Cop: Okay boys, I want roadblocks here, here, and here.
Larry: But you do realize that's a map of Paris?
Donut Cop: Like I said, we think he's gonna skip the country, most likely to Paris.
Earl: Beautiful city, Chief; City of Love.
Larry: [Angry] Why aren't you out there catching this guy?!
Donut Cop: [Exasperated] Sir please, don't make us give you another full body search.
Hamburger Cop: Uh, Chief? Take a look at the TV.
Donut Cop: [Chuckles] If it's that video of the owl riding the llama, I've seen it.
Hamburger Cop: No, that.
[They all gaze up at a monitor on the wall; It is displaying live footage of Richard's car, shot from a helicopter]
Reporter: And now, a breaking story. A bank robber is making his getaway. Normally, we would call it a high-speed police chase, but the police haven't really started following him yet. So at the moment, it's more of a leisurely drive.
[Meanwhile, at the Wattersons' house, Gumball and Darwin are still in the living room watching television. Anais runs down the stairs, stopping halfway]
Anais: Can you guys believe what's on TV?!
Gumball: I know! That owl is riding a llama!
Darwin: What a time to be alive.
Anais: No, you butt-clowns. On channel six.
[The screen changes to the news report]
Gumball and Darwin: Coool!
Gumball: Oh I love these things! Sometimes they get out and run. It's like, "Dude, what are you doing?! You're in a car!"
Nicole: [Enters from the kitchen; Gasps] That's our car! The bank robber must've stolen it! Ohh, I hope Richard's okay!
Anais: Uh, Mom? That's Dad driving it.
Nicole: [Switches from concern to fury] I'll kill him!
[Outside the Bank of Elmore, there is a scale model of a police barricade set up on the sidewalk]
Donut Cop: Yes sir, no one's gonna get through a roadblock like this.
Larry: [Yelling] Why not build the actual roadblock?!
Donut Cop: What would be the point in spending all that taxpayer money building the model, if we're not even going to use it?
Larry: Then I'm not gonna pay my taxes.
Donut Cop: [Doubtful] Really? Boys?
[Larry runs away screaming as Coffee Cop and French Fry give chase. After which, the news channel continues its broadcast on the bank robbery]
KipSchlezinger: To give the illusion of varied coverage, let's go to our man in the street and get his eyewitness report. Mike?
Mike: Well, I'm at ground level, so I can't really see anything. Uhh, back to the chopper.
KipSchlezinger: Aaand we've lost him.
[Richard finally arrives at home, and, after another catastrophic parking attempt, bursts in through the front door]
Richard: [Excited] You'll never believe what happened! I got us a free lunch!
Nicole: [Frantic] No Richard, you robbed a bank!
Gumball: Mom, he can't hear with that thing on.
[Nicole grunts, and strikes the top of the helmet with her hand. It splits down the middle and falls off, revealing Richard's compressed head]
Nicole: It's all over the news! It's on every channel!
Richard: Really? For free burgers? Slow news day.
Nicole: Richard, you didn't go to Joyful Burger. You went to the bank, and you stole two million dollars!
[Richard glances at the television, then to the bags he is carrying]
Richard: [Gasps, dropping the money] Oh my gosh! We have no lunch!
[He kneels on the floor and starts sobbing into his hands]
Anais: [Sighs] We gotta return that money. But we're gonna need to be clever about it.
[The Wattersons are standing in an alley between two buildings. On the sidewalk next to them is a nondescript briefcase, which is promptly retrieved by Goblin]
Goblin: Taxi! [Runs off-screen]
Anais: [Sighs] Why didn't we use a suitcase like that?
Richard: [Brings out a plaid, wheeled travel bag] This is all we had. Besides, I don't want to give away a nice one.
Nicole: [Irate] Richard, just go!
[Richard whimpers, grabs the handle, and starts to walk away]
Nicole: Ah. One thing. [Kisses his cheek] Good luck.
Anais: Ahh, it feels good to do the right thing, Mom. I mean sure, that two million dollars could have paid off the house, our debt, and let you take an early retirement, but-
Nicole: [Shouts] Somebody stop him!
[Nicole is flailing her arms and legs to try and escape from Gumball and Darwin, who are restraining her]
Nicole: Bring him down! Bring him down! Stop that man!
[Nearly to the bank, Richard nervously holds up a newspaper to conceal his face. He stops out front, surrounded by several police officers]
Donut Cop: Oh hi, Mr. Watterson!
Richard: [High-pitched] Hi... [Lowers the newspaper; Clears throat] I mean, hi.
Donut Cop: Say, I'd love to stay and chat, but we're on the trail of a bank robber.
Richard: [Anxious] Oh yeah, I heard about that, ha. Maybe it was an accident?
Coffee Cop: Accidental bank robbery? That actually carries a higher jail time than regular bank robberies. Hey Earl, what're we looking at for accidental?
Earl: Life, at least! And that's too good for 'em if you ask me! Am I right, fellas?!
[The cops speak simultaneously in agreement]
Coffee Cop: You're right!
Donut Cop: Yeah, yeah, you're right!
Coffee Cop: The worst!
Earl: I know, right?
Coffee Cop: Don't even get me started!
Donut Cop: Anyway, what brings you here?
[The three are confused, as Richard has suddenly vanished, leaving the travel bag behind. He rushes back to the alley and rejoins his family]
Richard: [Panting] We need another plan!
Donut Cop: Uh, excuse me. So sorry to interrupt. Uh, you forgot your... Here you go.
[He wheels the bag forward. The Wattersons are silently staring at it in terror]
Nicole: All right, here's the plan. We do a heist.
Richard, Gumball, Darwin, and Anais: Huh?!
Nicole: But in reverse.
[Nicole visualizes her plan as she describes it in detail]
Nicole: It's a normal day at the bank, and the mailman brings a mysterious package. He takes it to an unsuspecting Larry at the counter, who signs for it and reads instructions telling him not to open it until Christmas. Naturally, Larry would want to keep the box safe. And where is safer than the bank's vault? At the end of the day, when everyone has left, I make my move. I make my way to the safety deposit boxes, avoiding the high-tech state-of-the-art security system. All I have to do, is put the money back. I put the money back...
[The Nicole that she is imagining falters]
Imaginary Nicole: Really?
Nicole: I put the money baaack in our account. We purchase first class one-way tickets to Martinique, and spend the rest of our lives living in sunshine and total luxury!
Gumball, Darwin, and Anais: Mom!
[The Watterson kids glare at their mother, who is now clutching onto the travel bag]
Anais: Shoulda seen that coming.
Gumball: Ooh, ooh! I-I got one!
[Gumball starts to visualize]
Gumball: It's the dead of night, and I've got the cash. I go to an ATM, but instead of taking money out, I put the money in.
[Gumball shoves money into the ATM, causing it to have errors. A siren wails]
Donut Cop: Hold your horses, bucky-o. I've been eyeballing you cramming that there money box full of Benjamins for the last three days. It's a first class ticket to the birdhouse for you. Kapoosh?
[Scene switches back to the alleyway]
Richard, Nicole, Darwin, and Anais: Kapoosh?
Gumball: What? That's how cops talk.
Anais: No one speaks like that in this or any other branch of reality, kapoosh? [Groans]
Anais: Okay, here's what we do.
[Her vision begins]
Anais: We put the money back from inside. You see, the bank accepts one internship every year. I study to take the financial services exam, and pass with distinction. Working weekends and taking every hour of overtime available, I work my way up from intern to assistant manager, assistant manager to manager, and from manager to regional manager. All I need to do then, is deposit a dollar a day into the bank's central account as an aggregated transactional fee every day, thus returning the money. One single dollar, every single day. Practically undetectable.
Gumball: Wait, giving back two million dollars one day at a time? Wouldn't you have to work there for like... [Counts his fingers] two m-mil-million days?
Anais: [Now a cobwebbed skeleton covered in dust] Oh yeah. [Her skeleton crumbles onto the floor as Anais' fantasy ends]
Richard: No, wait. I've got it! Just before the police catch me, I manage to bury the money somewhere no one will find it. And so I know where it is, I leave myself a subtle clue. After being apprehended, I'm sentenced to twenty years in the state penitentiary. But I have a plan! I'm going to tunnel my way out. Unfortunately, all they had in the canteen was plastic sporks. It took me twenty years, but I was out! Then, all I have to do is collect the money... What the?!
[The imaginary Richard takes a taxi to his home, which has become a decadent mansion. There, he is greeted by his notably wealthy and posh family]
Richard: Hey! What's going on?!
Nicole: Oh, Richard darling! [Makes kissing sounds] How lovely to see you.
Richard: Did you spend all the money?
Gumball: Well, it seemed rather a shame not to.
Anais: Yes, Papa, 'twasn't even earning interest.
Richard: Wait, how did you know where I hid it?
Nicole, Gumball, Darwin, and Anais: We were watching your flash-forward.
[Returning to reality]
Richard: Oh come on! That doesn't seem fair!
Nicole: You did rob a bank.
Richard: Hmph! [Crosses his arms]
Richard: Darwin, do you have an idea?
[The Wattersons look around, but Darwin and the money are nowhere in sight]
[They all gasp when he appears on-screen again]
Darwin: [Cheerful] I did it! I just dropped the money back in the bank! Problem solved.
[The family begins to celebrate together]
Gumball: We did it! Woo-hoo! Yeah!
Donut Cop: Uh, you guys are gonna have to clear the area. We just found a suspicious package in the bank! But don't worry, we're gonna do a controlled explosion!
[Before the Wattersons can react, a powerful explosion rocks the area. They watch helplessly as the flaming bills rain from the sky]