Gumball is getting bored and annoyed at how his new lucky hat allows him to succeed at everything he does. Even though he has been using it for a week, his family is unaware of its power. He demonstrates the luck at the dining table by catapulting a clump of his food in the air. Through an extremely lucky chain of events, Richard's food gets launched directly into Gumball's mouth. Everyone at the table gasps in awe, except for Gumball, who just looks bored. He considers throwing it away, but Richard begs his son to let him use it to get onto a show called Win or Don't Win. Anais, being a firm believer in science, states the absurdity of a hat being lucky, but Richard completely misunderstands.
Before Anais can say anything else, Gumball plops the lucky hat onto Richard's head. The effects are immediate— the phone rings to tell Richard that he has been given a spot on the show. Nicole, like Anais, does not believe a hat, tin foil or otherwise, can grant luck to its wearer. She is quickly persuaded to the contrary, however, when Richard puts the hat on her. Again, the effects are immediate— Nicole receives a call from her company saying that they are considering her for a promotion and a pay raise. All she needs to do is ace an interview. Anais solemnly rings a death knell, believing that the obsession over the lucky hat will be the cause of doom for the Wattersons.
At school the next day, the kids practice gymnastics. Penny, being a cheerleader, performs flawlessly. While waiting for his turn, Gumball explains to Darwin that he wants a little failure in his life. He goes on to epically fail at the gymnastic stunt they were practicing, which gives him the satisfaction of failing, at the cost of great pain.
In their next class, he continues to explain why always being successful in life would be boring. He demonstrates in their science project— into an ant farm, he pours a "pinch of success," a "dash of failure," and then he mixes it together, and calls the result a great life. Figuratively beautiful, though in reality the two chemicals he mixed caused an explosion. As if being burned by the explosion was not enough, the ants cover every inch of his body and start biting him violently.
At lunch, he still continues to believe that failure makes life great. He tries to do the same trick he did at the beginning of the episode, but without the luck of the tin foil helmet, a chain reaction of Banana Joe bumping into William, causing him to become scared and crash into Tobias, which succeeds in ruining Tina's sandwich. In retaliation, Tina shoves Gumball into Darwin's mouth. After that third display of failure, Gumball still tries to believe in how failure makes life interesting but breaks down crying instead. He begins wishing he had his helmet back, entering the beginning stages of obsession.
Back at home, Richard and Nicole are arguing over who should get to use the helmet. Richard and Nicole's appointments are, unfortunately, at the same time. Richard needs the helmet to win a speedboat, while Nicole needs the helmet to ace her job interview and get a promotion and pay rise. Nicole, explaining how her promotion would be good for the entire family, persuades Richard to give her the helmet. However, Richard changes his mind at the last minute and instead gives Nicole a plain old papier-maché helmet, keeping the lucky tin foil one for himself.
At Nicole's job interview, the panel of interviewers applaud at her perfect résumé, though they chuckle at her funny papier-maché hat. Nicole, upon hearing that the hat is papier-maché, realizes that Richard duped her. Already starting to get angry, she turns on the TV and sure enough, there is Richard wearing the lucky hat and winning a boat. She goes on an all out rage, completely trashing the office. Because of that show of anger, her bosses turn her down for the promotion.
At dinner that night, Gumball, Richard, and Nicole all fight for the helmet, while Darwin and Anais look on in horror. After a few minutes of this fighting, Anais finally screams some sense into them. Richard and Nicole agree to let Anais get rid of the hat, but Gumball is still obsessed over it. When Anais takes the helmet from him, he goes insane, yelling and lunging at Anais. Richard and Nicole restrain their troubled son as a shaken Anais and Darwin watch.
Darwin and Anais resolve to throw the helmet into the garbage crusher at the junkyard to make sure no one can ever use it again. Unbeknownst to the two, Gumball was stalking them. As they trek up to the garbage crusher, Darwin gets curious and tries the helmet on. Instantly he finds enough jewelry and bling to cover his entire body. Halfway up the mountain, the treasures he has found become too heavy. Much to her annoyance, Anais ends up having to carry him the rest of the way.
At the summit of the junkyard mountain, Darwin runs to the garbage crusher to dispose of the helmet. Right before he is able to finish the job, though, Gumball ambushes him and takes the helmet back. He puts it on as Anais and Darwin corner him. They try to knock the helmet off by throwing random things at it, but they miss every shot. Gumball decides to retaliate with a tennis ball machine that was conveniently lying next to a power generator. At this point, Anais finally concedes that the helmet is lucky. Anais and Darwin duck for cover as Gumball opens fire on them. Darwin, refusing to let his best friend be consumed by the evil of the helmet, runs out of cover with a stale baguette, intending to deflect a tennis ball into the helmet. He succeeds, but not before getting knocked out by one of the tennis balls.
The helmet starts rolling towards the garbage crusher, with a panicked Gumball trailing behind. Gumball, unfortunately, did not make it in time to catch the helmet though he does, to Anais and Darwin's horror, jump in after it. All hope is not lost, though— Gumball and the helmet are hanging off of adjacent branches. As Gumball reaches towards his helmet, his branch breaks, but Anais catches one of his hands. Despite this, he still keeps reaching over for the helmet. He succeeds in grabbing it, but Anais cannot lift him up without his other hand. After a few sentimental statements, Gumball finally decides to let the hat go. The hat, instead of landing into the jaws of the garbage crusher, lands off to the side. Gumball, Darwin, and Anais again throw random things at the hat until it finally gets knocked into the fire.
Back at home, Richard drives the boat...on land. They need to continue doing so for 100 miles in order to reach the beach, ruining the road and making quite the fools out of themselves as the episode ends.
This episode aired in Latin America on January 9th, 2012, two months before the U.S. premiere.
This was the first episode based on an idea by the development team.
A rerun of this episode aired on Cartoon Planet's a hundred twenty-first episode on January 12th, 2014.
This whole episode is a parody of the Lord of the Rings. The scene where Darwin and Anais throw the helmet into the garbage crusher is based on the scene in which Sam and Frodo journey up Mount Doom to destroy the Ring. The way Gumball behaved parodies that of Gollum, and the nature of the helmet itself is based on the evil power of the One Ring.
Many errors occur during the scuffle for the helmet: at one point, Gumball's teeth become the same color as the background, his tongue disappears, Richard's eyes, eyelashes and whiskers disappear, and Gumball's hip becomes transparent.
Gumball's whiskers disappear on one side when the ants crawl over him.
In the scene where Nicole smashes the TV, Nicole's hand penetrates it before smashing it.
Darwin calls Richard and Nicole "mom" and "dad," even though in most episodes, he calls them "Mr. Dad" and "Mrs. Mom."
The food stain from when Richard tries to stop Gumball from throwing the helmet away overlaps the helmet.
Español (Spanish): El Casco (The Helmet)
Français (French): Le casque (The Helmet)
Italiano (Italian): L'elmetto (The Helmet)
Magyar (Hungarian): A sisak (The Helmet)
Polski (Polish): Hełm (The Helmet)
Português (Portuguese): O Capacete (The Helmet)
Türkçe (Turkish): Kask (The Helmet)
Русский (Russian): Шлем из фольги (Foil Helmet)
Українська (Ukrainian): Фольговий ковпак (The foil cap)
Gumball: You know what? I don't think I'm gonna wear this anymore.
Darwin: Why? I thought it brought you good luck.
Gumball: Yeah, it does, but nothing's fun anymore. See? Watch this.
[Gumball catapults a clump of his food in the air. Through an extremely lucky chain of events, Richard's food gets launched directly into Gumball's mouth. Everyone at the table gasps in awe, except for Gumball, who just looks bored]
Gumball: [Unamazed] Ta-da. Whoop-de-boring-doo.
Darwin: [Shakes flippers] What are you talking about?! That was fin-flapping-tastic!
Gumball: Yeah, a week ago, maybe, but now it's just lame. [Put helmet on the table] I think I'm gonna throw it out.
[Richard lunges towards Gumball and Darwin]
Richard: Don't throw it out! [Becomes teary] I could really use some luck right now. I been trying to get on Win or Don't Win for five months, but they're not returning my calls.
[View changes to Anais and Nicole]
Anais: You're never gonna get onto that show, hat or no hat.
[Camera zooms out, showing the whole family]
Richard: [Gasps] There's a show called "Hat or No Hat?"
Gumball: [While placing helmet onto Richard's head] Look, you want it? You have it.
Richard: [Picks up phone] Hello? Would I?! [Gasps] Tomorrow?! Oh, thank you, Win or Don't Win!
[Ends call while Nicole walks towards Richard]
Richard: [Amazed] Wow! This hat IS AMAZING!
Nicole: Okay, guys, as impressive as all this is, let's not get carried away. There's no way a tinfoil hat is responsible for --
[Richard put helmet on Nicole]
Nicole: Richard! What are you -- [Nicole's phone vibrates]
Nicole: [Picks up phone] Hello? Interview? Tomorrow? For a promotion and a pay rise?!
[View changes back to the kids, Anais uses a saucepan and a spoon and makes a dong sound]
Darwin: What was that?
Anais: That was the sound of doom for the Wattersons.
A Bad Day at School
[Scene changes to the school gym where students are jumping over a balance beam using a trampoline, a whistle blown by Mr. Small can be heard too]
Darwin: Do you ever miss your helmet?
Gumball: No. Why?
Darwin: Well, everyone seems to be using it for really cool stuff, like Dad with the TV show and Mom with her job. All you ever did was lame party tricks.
Gumball: It doesn't matter, Darwin. I'm happy to see the back of it. [Whistle sound] Succeeding at everything really took the joy out of life. [Whistle sound]
Gumball: Besides... [Starts running and tries to jump over balance beam] sometimes in life, you make your own luck.
[Gumball faceplants into the balance beam]
Gumball: [Muffled] It's so good to fail again.
[Scene changes to science lab]
Gumball: [While pouring chemicals in a glass container] You see, you take a pinch of success, a dash of failure, you mix it together and that's what makes life int--
[Glass container blows up]
Gumball: See? That wasn't so bad.
Darwin: You just blew up the ant farm.
[Ants escape and start crawling all over Gumball and bite him]
Gumball: Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! It's okay. Aah! Life is great, Darwin! [Camera zooms to show ants biting on Gumball's skin] Ah! Ow! Ow! Ow!
[Scene changes to the school cafeteria]
Darwin: So, you're saying you're happy when you fail?
Gumball: Absolutely. It's the struggle that makes a victory sweet. Besides, I still got it.
[Gumball catapults a clump of his food in the air and hits Darwin's eyes, causing him to fall and bump onto Banana Joe. This causes William to fly up and knock Tobias's drink onto Tina and makes her drop her sandwich on the floor]
Anton: [Looks at sandwich] Butter side down, just like poor Uncle Eddie.
Tina: [Sarcastically] What do you know -- my lunch is on the floor. Hey, who's the funny guy who did that? [Darwin points at Gumball but Gumball pushes his fin down]
[Scene changes to the hallway where Gumball is stuffed into Darwin's mouth]
Gumball: [While in Darwin's mouth] And you know what the best thing about failure is, Darwin?
Darwin: [Muffled] No.
[Darwin spits out Gumball]
Gumball: It's that it builds your sense of humor. [Gumball laughs] Ha ha ha ha ha. [Starts sobbing] Oh, who am I kidding? I'm nothing without my helmet! I want it back! [Changes to a monster voice] I NEED IT!
[Richard and Nicole are arguing in the kitchen]
Richard: But I need it more, 'cause I need to win the show!
Nicole: Well, I need it to get the promotion, which is more important than a game show.
Richard: But if I win the show, I'll get a speedboat! Think about how great it would be for me!
Nicole: Richard, you'll never use it.
Richard: Nicole, if I win a speedboat, I'm gonna use it.
Nicole: You have to understand, I'm doing this for the greater good. Winning the speedboat would be good for you, but not for the rest of the family.
Richard: [Fakely] Oh... you're right. I'm sorry, Nicole. I-I don't know what came over me.
Nicole: It's okay. Just, where did you hide the helmet?
Richard: [Pulls out a bag] It's in this bag.
[Nicole takes the bag and is about to leave]
Richard: Oh... [Groans] No, wait! [Richard catches up to Nicole and pulls out another bag] Actually, it's in -- it's in this one. I was gonna trick you. I'm sorry. I guess that helmet's got more power over me than I thought.
Nicole: Thanks for being honest, honey. [Grabs the bag and leaves the house]
In the Office
[Scene changes to a company building.]
Paperball: [Off screen] That was an astonishing interview.
[Scene then changes to an office where Nicole's bosses are going to employ her]
Paperball: There's... just one thing. [Laughs] You are aware that if you get the job, you won't be able to wear that papier-mâché helmet, right?
Nicole: [Laughs] Of course. But for the record, it's not papier-mâché. It's tinfoil.
Paperball: Mm, no. I'm pretty sure it's papier-mâché painted gray.
Nicole: [Shocked] What? [Takes off helmet and look at it] Can I switch your TV on?
[Nicole switches the TV on and the TV is playing Win or Don't Win, with Richard, wearing the real tin foil helmet, as the contestant]
Shooting Star: And he's won the speedboat!
[The audience and the Shooting Star applaud, while Richard does his celebration dance. Nicole then gets angry and starts smashing the TV and trashes the office room, while her bosses are watching]
Nicole: [About to smash the chair] This isn't going to affect my chances, is it?
Paperball: Um, what do you think?
[Nicole then continues to smash the chair]
Back at Home
[Scene changes to the Wattersons' house where Richard, Nicole and Gumball argue on who should have the helmet]
Richard: [Off-screen] It's mine!
Nicole: [Off-screen] No, mine!
Gumball: [Off-screen] Give it back!
[Scene changes to the Wattersons' dining room where Richard, Nicole and Gumball are aruging while Darwin and Anais watch in fear]
Nicole: I lost my job for it!
Richard: It's mine!
[Richard snatches the hat and Nicole and Gumball slams him to the ground]
Richard: But I'm on Hat or No Hat tomorrow!
Anais: Stop it! [All stop and look at Anais] Look at what you've become! This stupid hat is driving you crazy!
Gumball: Actually, it's a helmet.
Anais: It's not a helmet or a hat! It's a piece of tinfoil! And it's tearing this family apart! Look at you! You're behaving like animals!
Nicole: [Sigh] Anais is right. That helmet has such a grip on us.
Richard: It's like its magic is taking control of the person who wears it.
Gumball: Ha! Well, since none of you guys want it, I guess I can have it back.
Anais: No! Me and Darwin have been talking, and we've decided it has to be destroyed.
Gumball: What?! You can't destroy it! I'm nothing without it!
Nicole: I'm sorry, honey, but Anais is right.
[Anais walk towards Gumball]
Gumball: Can -- can I have one more go?
Anais: No! [Snatches the helmet out of Gumball's hands]
Gumball: Don't touch it!!
Richard: Hey! [Picks Gumball up]
Gumball: No! No! No! It's mine! Aah! Aah! No! It's my helmet! [Tries to get helmet back]
[Richard and Nicole stop Gumball from taking the helmet, while Gumball goes crazy]
Darwin: Dude, chill out. It's just a bucket with some tinfoil on it.
Gumball: Aaah! Give it back! It's my helmet! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaah!
Destroying the Helmet
[Scene slowly fades to the dumping ground]
Darwin: Why can't we just put it in the bin?
Anais: Because they'll just pull it out again. We have to take it to the bin of all bins — the dump.
[Scene changes to show the volcano-like dump]
Darwin: Can't we just rip it up?
Anais: Have you ever tried ripping up tinfoil? Sounds horrible.
Darwin: What are we gonna do with it, then?
Anais: Throw it in the garbage crusher.
[A mysterious figure then stalks Darwin and Anais, while making hissing sounds]
Darwin: [Looks back] Can you hear that?
Darwin: That noise. Sounds like a cat trying to say "snake."
Figure: [Hissing] Snake...
Anais: It's probably just the wind.
Darwin: Mm. Maybe. I don't know what the big deal with this lucky helmet is, anyway. [Puts helmet on] Looks pretty normal to me.
[Something shines on the ground below Darwin]
Darwin: Oh, look -- a gold ring!
[Something shines on the ground below Darwin again]
Darwin: Oh, look -- a pearly necklace!
[Something shines on the ground below Darwin once again]
Darwin: Wow! A diamond-encrusted chain! And it spells "Darwin"!
[Scene changes to Darwin and Anais climbing up a mountain of trash]
Anais: [Panting] Come on. We're nearly there.
Darwin: [Panting and carrying a ton of jewelries then kneels down] I-I can't do it, Anais. It's -- it's too heavy.
Anais: Well, give me the helmet. I'll deal with it.
Darwin: [Stops Anais] No! It's a man's job. You're — you're just a little girl. The helmet is my burden to carry. You can carry me, though!
[Anais then carry Darwin up the mountain while he sits like a king. Scene changes to the garbarge crusher, where the mysterious figure appears again. Anais then lets Darwin down, while his jewelries fall off him]
Anais: [Panting] There. I've done my part. Now you do yours. Throw the stupid thing in the crusher.
Darwin: Okay! [Runs to the garbage crusher with the helmet] Well, good riddance!
[The mysterious figure, which turns out to be Gumball, jumps in]
Anais: Darwin, look out!
Gumball: [Jumps to Darwin with a raspy voice] Give me my helmet!
Gumball: The helmet's mine! Give it back to me! Give it!
Darwin: Dude, what's wrong with your voice?
Gumball: I just really need to cough. [Coughs, restoring his normal voice] Better. [Snatches helmet from Darwin] Aha!
Gumball: [Laughing evilly]
Anais: Give it up, Gumball! There's two of us! You'll never win!
Gumball: Oh, yeah? [Puts helmet on and laughs evilly] I can already feel its power!
Anais: Well, not for long! Come on, Darwin.
[Darwin and Anais pick trash up from the ground and start throwing at Gumball. All of their attempts fail and Gumball continues to laugh evilly]
Gumball: [Laughing evilly] You'll never hit me! I'm the luckiest man alive! [Laughs evilly]
Anais: It's not luck! It's just we can't throw very well!
Gumball: Then let me make it easy for you. [Steps forward]
Darwin: Come on, Anais! There's no way you can miss him there!
Anais: [Picks up garbage then takes a deep breath and throws it at Gumball, but it hits an oncoming bird instead and falls to the ground] Huh.
Gumball: [Laughs evilly] Nice try, but now it's my turn. Oh, look -- [Points at tennis ball machine] a tennis-ball machine.
Anais: [Scoffs] Good luck finding a power supply for that.
Gumball: [Points at generator] Oh, look -- [Looks at Darwin and Anais] a generator.
Anais: Okay, maybe the hat is magic after all. RUN!!
[Gumball then attacks Darwin and Anais with the tennis ball machine while they run to a shelter to defend themselves. Gumball continues to attack and laugh evilly]
Anais: He's got us cornered! What are we gonna do?!
Darwin: Pass me that stale baguette.
Anais: [Passes baguette to Darwin] Why?
Darwin: Don't you worry about it. Just tell Mom and Dad I love them.
Anais: What? But, Darwin, No!
[Darwin then hits a tennis ball back to Gumball in slow motion, but at the same time gets hit too, dramatically falling to the floor]
Anais: [In slow motion] No!
[Gumball continues to laugh evilly while firing tennis balls. However, the tennis ball Darwin deflected hits the helmet]
Gumball: NO! MY POWER!
Anais: Come on, Darwin! He lost the helmet!
Darwin: [Gets up] Oh, cool!
[The helmet then rolls to the garbage crusher]
Gumball: [Chasing after the helmet] No! No! No, no! NO!![Falls to the garbage crusher along with the helmet]
[Darwin and Anais then gasp while looking at each other, then weep, only to realize Gumball is alive while hanging on a long rusty nail, and still trying to get the helmet stuck on a rusty nail too]
Gumball: [Reaching for the helmet] Almost... got... it.
Anais: What the — what is wrong with you?!
Gumball: My helmet... I can almost reach it.
Anais: Give me your hand!
Gumball: No! I need the power!
[Gumball's shirt then rips off from the rusty nail, but Anais grabs hold of his hand]
Darwin: For goodness' sake, man! It's only a piece of tinfoil!
Gumball: But think of all the stuff we can do with it.
[Gumball then successfully grabs the helmet]
Gumball: Yes! Ha ha! Okay, you can pull me up now.
Anais: Listen, Gumball, [Panting] the helmet is powerful, but it's also evil.
Darwin: Look at what it's done to you and Mom and Dad!
Gumball: But -- but without it, I'm nothing!
Anais: Gumball, we're nothing without you. Now, give me your other hand.
[Gumball then looks at the helmet, then hesitantly throws it away to give Anais his other hand. Darwin and Anais pull Gumball up the cliff]
[Gumball then watches the helmet falling into the garbage crusher. However, the helmet drops at the edge of the garbage crusher. Gumball, Darwin and Anais sigh, then start throwing garbage at the helmet until it drops into the garbage crusher. Gumball, Darwin and Anais then celebrate and laugh with glee]
[Scene changes to Richard driving the Wattersons in the speedboat]
Nicole: Richard, are you sure this is a good idea?
Richard: [Laughs] Of course, honey. I said I'd use it, didn't I?
[The scene then shows the speedboat driving along the road, destroying it]