The episode starts in the front lawn with an unconscious Nicole having a nightmare and being slapped awake by Anais. She fainted at the news of Richard getting a job as a pizza delivery guy. Nicole uneasily walks back to the house, assisted by Anais, uncertain about her husband's newfound profession. Before leaving, she instructs Gumball and Darwin to watch over Richard, to which they comply. The boys express their surprise at Richard getting a job. He had originally called a hotline to Fervidus Pizza, but the number was a job application. He explains his method of getting "free" pizza: slicing off the middle segment for himself and hiding any evidence. After drooling a bit, he drives off on his scooter like a madman, dropping several pizzas. Gumball and Darwin notice this, lending their assistance by delivering the dropped pizzas.
Back in the house, Nicole is still taken aback by Richard gaining employment. Anais comforts her, saying that the additional income will be of tremendous help. She uses a family picture for reference, pointing out the fact that they have been wearing the same clothes for a year, Nicole, Richard, and Gumball lacking shoes, and Darwin's lack of pants. Nicole initially concedes but notices something wrong with the picture: a huge crack where her husband is pointing on the stone model of the earth, and his red eyes. As a premonition, ominous music plays in the background.
In the meantime, Gumball and Darwin have arrived at the first house—438 Elm Street, home of two married pizzas, the Pepperonis. Their order is their "new baby," which Gumball presents to them. The couple gushes over the "new member of their family" while Quattro gives Gumball a $20 bill. Unfortunately, as Gumball reaches for the money, he drops the pizza to the ground. Gruesomely, it slithers down the steps, leaving behind a blood-red trail of pizza sauce. The Pepperonis are horrified, and a panicked Gumball drops the empty pizza box and hands them a different one, which the Pepperonis accept, still horrified. They slowly walk down the stairs, making their departure, but not before Darwin accidentally skids the pizza across the pavement.
Richard, meanwhile, is singing a rap about his new job. He trips, and as he stumbles around on his vehicle, he leaves behind a trail of distorted reality.
Gumball and Darwin have fled to their next destination, Mr. Small'shouse. Unfortunately, his order is the replacement given to the Pepperonis. Gumball improvises and crams a clump grass and dirt into a pizza shape, adding a piece of gum from off Mr. Small's doorstep and spreading it on the pizza. As Gumball finishes, a starved Mr. Small pops out, tearing into the pizza like a maniac immediately after explaining his new diet. After a few monstrous bites, he stops, twitches, and faints. He is still alive and well, denoted by the bubble of gum blown through his mouth. Darwin, relieved, asks him for payment.
At the house, Nicole is filling a mug with tap water. Richard passes by the house, causing the water to defy gravity by floating up to the ceiling. Nicole panics and turns the water off as Anais walks in. Nicole tries to show Anais what had transpired, but with Richard long gone, the water is running normally. Anais decides to tease her mother, talking about how running water did not exist during her childhood. Nicole shrugs it off and solidifies her belief that Richard having a job is a bad thing, prompting Anais to take her coffee mug away. This small action causes Nicole to snap, exclaiming that she is not hysterical.
The final pizza that Gumball and Darwin need to deliver is to the Bananas. Banana Bob answers the door and begins chanting "pizza" repeatedly. He is soon joined by his wife and son, as Gumball and Darwin uncomfortably watch. Then Richard zooms by, distorting reality once again by putting the family in a continuous loop. Gumball and Darwin, unaware of this, believes the Bananas are just crazy. Gumball teases them by asking questions where pizza is the answer. Their amusement worn thin, they leave the pizza in the house and close the door. Gumball takes one last peek at them through the mail slot and sees them still chanting but in slow motion. He dismisses it as the family's regular creepiness.
Anais is trying to set Nicole at ease. She describes Richard working as a change in the balance of the universe and that of the authoritative power within the family, which upsets her. Gumball and Darwin enter the house and tell her that they delivered the pizzas to their houses and nothing went wrong. Nicole flips the TV on in time for a breaking news report illustrating many bizarre occurrences across Elmore. Nighttime has fallen early upon the Food 'n' Stuff store, there is snowfall elsewhere in Elmore, and Marvin is floating. Linking these events with her husband's employment, which she affirms as an anomaly along with other examples, Nicole sets off to have him fired.
The family is driving with Richard's employer, Larry, who claims that tearing the fabric of the universe is not grounds for dismissal. They catch Richard in their sights, who speeds towards his destination and further distorts reality with repeated wrings on the throttle. His family gains on him, but Anais warns them to be more cautious. Richard pushes the throttle many times, altering the family and Larry in different ways.
They find Richard's destination through a beam of light vacuuming everything in sight. Their hurried pace saves them from a falling, hardened cloud. He rings the doorbell and the beam grows brighter. Nicole is turned into a puddle, and the children and Larry into many more variations of themselves, from the warped reality. Before accepting the pizza, the customer complains about its half-eaten appearance. Larry learns of Richard's crude method of obtaining "free" pizza and is given enough of an incentive to fire him, undoing the damage to the universe, restoring Elmore to normal, and turning Nicole back to her original body.
Richard is stripped of his helmet, scooter, and job. The family comforts him over his termination, rekindling his drive to search for another and sending the fabric of reality hanging in the balance once more.
This episode has been nominated for the 40th Annie Awards in the categories Best Animated Television Production For Children and Outstanding Achievement, Directing in an Animated Television or other Broadcast Venue Production.
It is revealed that if Richard has a job and succeeds at doing it, the universe will be destroyed.
Ironically in "The Painting," Richard would have destroyed the universe if he had gotten a job in that episode, but he was quickly fired.
This episode implies that the Wattersons somewhat live in poverty.
At the end of the episode, Richard is in the same position as he was in the family photo, shown near the middle of the episode. A lightning bolt also reappears in the same position as in the photo— right where Richard's finger is pointing.
During the scene where Gumball, Darwin, and Anais are changing into different variations of themselves, for a brief second Gumball turns into a character that bears a striking resemblance to Bubble from the web-series Battle for Dream Island.
This episode makes several references to the 1976 horror film The Omen, most notably with the strange things that occur as Richard does his pizza delivery and the heavy usage of choral music to signify the catastrophes he brings without realizing them.
Nicole tends to transform first—when she changes, some of the passengers in the backseat (notably Darwin) have not changed with her.
When Nicole turns the faucet on again to show Anais something is wrong with it, it stops running in the middle of their conversation.
When Nicole is driving the car behind Richard, her seat belt is taken off the car door.
Mr. Small complains about the weather being cloudy, but in this episode, it is very sunny outside.
In "The Painting," Richard applied for a job and yet the universe did not end, though this may be because he did not keep the job for long, or because he never actually did any work.
When Nicole turns back to her normal self, Darwin's mouth is discolored black.
When Nicole is turning back to her normal self, Darwin is in his season 1 design. Gumball's leg also disappears.
When Nicole turns into a baby, she is missing her whiskers on the right side of her face.
When Richard is reversing out into the street he is actually reversing from the opposite side of the street.
When everybody teleported out while the car is moving, Larry's seatbelt is still strapped to him even though he is sitting outside.
When Gumball, Darwin, and Anais start transforming as Richard rings the doorbell, Darwin is missing his eyebrows.
Gumball says the address for the Pepperonis' house is 438 Elm Street, but "826" can be seen above the door after Gumball drops their pizza.
Along with this, a sticker that says "The Pepperonis" is seen above the doorbell button, but disappears when the camera zooms. The doorbell button itself also changes after the camera zooms out.
[Nicole is passed out on the ground, and appears to be having a nightmare]
Anais: [Slaps a hand on Nicole] Mom! Wake up!
Nicole: Ah! Oh!
Gumball: Mom? Are you okay?
Nicole: Oh, I had the weirdest dream, I was on the front lawn, and your father had a job as a pizza delivery guy!
Richard: Ha! That wasn't a dream, that's what I just told you! And you fainted! Ha ha ha!
Nicole: Eh. Uh, I guess I was just overcome by a strange new feeling!
Darwin: What do you mean?
Nicole: I think I'm pruhhh— I think I'm puhrulll— I think I'm prood of you, Richard!
Anais: You mean "proud"?
Nicole: Yes, I think so. It's just, I'm not used to saying that word much, particularly to describe your father. Uh, uh, I think I need to go lie down. Something about this is not right. [To Gumball and Darwin] Please follow him to make sure nothing goes wrong!
[Gumball and Darwin nod]
Gumball: I gotta say, Dad, I never thought you were gonna get a job!
Richard: Neither did I! I found a number for Fervidus Pizza Delivery, but I didn't realize it was a job application. Should've known it was strange they wanted my Social Security number, but look at me now! I am an Italian Food Distribution Engineer! Your mother is prood of me, and best of all, I can eat as much pizza as I like!
Gumball and Darwin: [Both gasp] THEY GIVE YOU FREE PIZZA?
Richard: Technically, no. But what I do is...
[Scene cuts to the cube showing how Richard gets his "free pizza"]
Voice: Step one: Remove a slice from the center of the pizza. Step two: Eat the pizza slice. Step three: Push the remaining halves of the pizza back together, and cover your tracks. Step four: Put the pizza in its box. Step five: Enjoy how clever you are. Step six: Repeat.
Richard: Gawwh... Well, these pizzas aren't gonna deliver themselves! [Gets on scooter] Whoa whoa whoa! whoa! Ha ha ha, GAAAH!
Gumball: [Proudly] Look at him... [Notices Richard dropped several pizza boxes] He's not gonna keep this job for long unless we give him a hand.
[Darwin shakes his head]
Whispers of Doom
[Nicole and Anais are sitting on the couch, with Nicole being wrapped around a blanket]
Nicole: Your father has a job... Your father has a job. [Jumps at Anais] SOMETHING'S GOING TO GO TERRIBLY WRONG, ISN'T IT?!
Anais: No, this is a good thing! We can finally buy all the things we need!
Nicole: What do you mean? We've got everything we need.
Anais: Mom... [She shows Nicole a framed photo of the family] We've all been wearing the same clothes for the past year, you three don't even have any shoes, [Whispers] and I think it's time Darwin wore some pants.
Nicole: Huh... Wait a minute, show me that. [Takes the photo] Look at the crack down the earth, and your father's eyes! [Drops the photo] I've got a bad feeling about this.
Anais: Mom, please. It's just delivering pizzas! How wrong can it go?
Ominous Voices: Very wrong...
A Very Special Delivery
Gumball: Okay, four-thirty-eight Elm Street. That's the place.
[Gumball rings the doorbell, Quattro opens the door]
Quattro: [Gasps] Siciliana, come see what the stork brought us!
[Rushing footsteps, Siciliana appears at the door]
[Gumball uses the hand holding the pizza box to take the money, causing the pizza to fall. The pizza slowly slides down the porch stairs, leaving a trail of blood red pizza sauce. The Pepperonis stare, frozen in horror. Gumball slowly puts down the now empty pizza box, casually handing them a different one, which Siciliana accepts, still gaping at the previous spectacle. Gumball and Darwin inch down the stairs, then dash off, but not before stepping on the dropped pizza]
Richard on the Job
Richard: [Beatboxing][Rapping]Here I am, I got a J-O-B
Earnin' plenty o' dough for my family
Yeah, I'm Richard Watterson, employee
So have some R-E-S-P-C-K-E-T
I got a pizza in the box
I got a cola in the bottle
And I'll get it to ya' faster when I'm pullin' on the throttl-AHHHH!
[Richard loses control of the delivery moped, starts skidding down the road. He distorts the existence of objects he passes by: a fire hydrant changes color, a dog and his owner change roles, a traffic light starts changing signals randomly, and the outfits of mannequins on display get swapped]
Made with All-Natural Ingredients
Darwin: Oh man, we gave them the vegetarian! What are we gonna do?!
Gumball: [Strokes his chin] Improvise! [Rings the doorbell]
Darwin: Are you sure this is going to work? Because right now—
[The screen scrolls down to reveal a poorly improvised vegetarian pizza: a mud crust with random plants and rocks found in an average garden strewn over as toppings]
Darwin: —it kinda looks like a load of grass and dirt...
Gumball: Ehhh, it just needs some mozzarella.
[Spots a piece of old, chewed gum on the floor and picks it up, spreading it around their improvised vegan pizza appetizingly]
[The door opens, revealing Mr. Small]
Mister Small: [Looking withered from hunger] Ohhh, finally! I've been on this Tibetan diet where you're supposed to eat nothing but sunlight, but it's been really cloudy! I think I need to eat something that actually exists!!
[Mr. Small digs into the "pizza", shoveling lump after lump of it in his mouth. After a few seconds, he stops, realizing what he just ate. His eye twitches]
Mister Small: At least it was organic...
[Mr. Small faints, his body sprawling out over his porch. Darwin pokes him with his shoe]
Darwin: [Panicking] DUDE! I think he stopped breathing!
[Mr. Small blows a bubblegum bubble out of his mouth, signalling that he is, indeed, breathing. It inflates to a decent size, then pops. Darwin sighs in relief]
Darwin: That'll be twenty dollars.
A Healthy Dose of Unreality
[At the Watterson house, Nicole is in the kitchen, getting a mug full of water from the sink. Richard passes by the house. With some ominous singing and his reality-distorting effect still kicking, he causes the water to defy gravity and flow up into the ceiling. Nicole panics and shuts the water off. Anais casually strolls in]
Nicole: [Still shaken up] Anais! Did you see that?! [Pointing at the faucet]
Anais: See what?
[Nicole turns the faucet on again, but since Richard is long gone, it flows normally]
Anais: [Cheekily] Yeah, I know, running water! Wasn't like that in your day, huh? You know...when the world was in black and white, and you could leave your front door open, and everyone cycled to school in a bike with one big wheel at the front...
Nicole: I don't claim to understand it, Anais, but something is going wrong. Seriously wrong. And I think it has to do with your father.
Anais: [Grabs the coffee mug and pats Nicole's hand] I think we're going to stop with the coffee...
Nicole: [Snapping] DON'T TALK TO ME LIKE I'M HYSTERICAL!
A Creepy Bunch of Bananas
[Gumball rings the doorbell to The Banana estate. Banana Bob appears]
Gumball: I'm just going to put the box down here. O-okay, bye now... [Closes door]
Darwin: Well, somebody likes pizza...
[Gumball peeks through their mail slot. He sees the family still chanting "Pizza" repeatedly, but in slow motion]
Banana Bob, Banana Barbara, and Banana Joe: [Slow-motion]Pizza, pizza, pizza!
Gumball: That's one creepy bunch of bananas, man.
[Nicole is still worried about the state of the world. She shivers on the couch as Anais comforts her]
Anais: Mom, when you say "Dad having a job has upset the fundamental balance of the universe", are you sure you don't just mean he's changed the balance of power in the house, and that upsets you because you're a little bit of a control freak?
Nicole: No...well, maybe uh, I don't know anymore!
[Gumball and Darwin casually walk in]
Nicole: Boys! What's going on with your father? Has something terrible happened?
Gumball: Um, he dropped a few pizzas so...we delivered 'em. That's about it.
Nicole: [Relieved] Maybe I should just try to forget about this...
[Nicole turns on the TV. A breaking news report is on, alerting the citizens of Elmore of the strange things happening around the town]
News Reporter: Reports of strange occurences all around Elmore! At Food 'n' Stuff, it's been nighttime all day!
Pantsbully: It's supposed to be noon!
News Reporter: Meanwhile, residents were confused by unseasonal snow!
Alison: It's supposed to be June!
News Reporter: And one senior citizen seems to have inverted gravity!
Marvin: I'm supposed to be on the ground!
[Nicole shuts off the TV, angry. She realizes the only rational explanation for this is Richard getting a job]
Nicole: [Angry] SEE? I told you! This is all because of your father! Some things are not meant to be! Dogs shouldn't get on with cats, men shouldn't have ponytails, and your father is not meant to have a job!
Darwin: What are we gonna do?!
Nicole: We have to stop him.
The Eleventh Hour
[Nicole, the kids, and a kidnapped Larry rush to fire Richard in their car]
Larry: [Frantically] Look, I'm sorry, but tearing apart the fabric of the universe is not a dismissible offence! Now please let me go!
Nicole: Don't you understand?! You need to fire him!
Larry: But he's doing okay!
Nicole: What if he delivers a pizza late?
Larry: Uh, well, yeah I guess I could fire him for that...
Nicole: Then he's not gonna deliver this one.
In Utter Madness
Richard: [Rapping]Mild or spicy, my flavors will exhilarate
You get them double-quickly when I'm twisting the accelerator!
Twisting the accelerator!
Twisting the accelerator!
[With every "twist of the accelerator", energy shoots out the engine of the scooter, shaking the existence of everything it makes contact with, like turning the sun into a moon, and erasing the force of gravity from anything the shock wave hits, Mr. Robinson ends up flying in the sky and falling down on earth. Larry, Nicole, and the kids search for him in the wreckage, gaping in a mixture of awe and horror at the effects of Richard having a job. Ominous voices start singing monotonously as they drive on through this distorted version of their neighborhood; Banana Joe appears floating on-screen]
[Nicole backs up and turns the car, following Richard closely]
[Their car is now right behind Richard's moped. As they try to get closer, Richard twists the accelerator again, sending out another wave of distortion energy]
Anais: The closer we get to dad, the more warped the universe becomes! We've gotta be careful!
Nicole: Then you better hold on tight...
[Nicole boldly approaches Richard's moped again. This time, the wave of energy switches their heads around. Nicole has Larry's head, Gumball has Anais', Darwin has Nicole's, Larry has Darwin's, and Anais has Gumball's]
Gumball: [With Anais' head and thus, her genius brain] What's happened? I feel really smart!
Anais: [With Gumball's tiny brain] I don't...
[Another wave hits them, swapping their positions in the car. Gumball is in the driver's seat but, being twelve years old, has no idea how to drive]
Nicole: DON'T FORGET TO CHECK YOUR MIRRORS!
[The car veers uncontrollably, nearly flipping over when another wave hits them. The wave puts them back in their normal places. Everyone in the car breathes a sigh of relief]
Nicole: This is not so bad...
[Several waves start bombarding the car, each one altering the family's animation style. They scream throughout the entire process. Suddenly, they all change back to normal, except they are outside the car. They breathe a sigh of relief]
Nicole: I think the worst is ov—
[Upon noticing a car heading straight for them (and that they are not even in their own car), Nicole and her passengers scream as she veers out of the way. They get bombarded by more distortions, the first one putting them back in the car but the subsequent ones changing the color of their bodies]
Nicole: I CAN'T... TAKE IT... ANY...
[The family turns into the real-life versions of themselves]
[After getting hit by another wave, they turn back to normal]
Nicole: Where's he delivering this pizza?
Larry: Ah, thirty-fourth street!
Nicole: I know a shortcut! We'll be there in no—
[Gets cut off by another wave, this one sending them back in time to when they started the chase]
Larry: Look, I'm sorry, but tearing apart the fabric of the universe is not a dismissible offence! Now please let me go!
Gumball: [Realizing they went back in time] What th—? Oh, man, we went back in time!
Anais: We'll never catch up with him!
Nicole: We'll see about that!
[Nicole slams on the gas, dodging floating cars in the way. They eventually reach a clear strip of road, on which they get put on an infinite loop. After the third attempt to cross, she stops and exits off a side road]
Nicole: We'll go this way... [After finally making progress] What's the house number?
Larry: Uh, I don't know!
Nicole: Well, make an effort! This street is two miles long!
Gumball: [Upon seeing a severely messed up house] Uh, I think I know which house it is.
[The rest of the family slowly turn and gaze upon a brilliant beam of light shining down on a house in front of Richard. Richard gets off his moped and begins walking to the door to deliver the pizza and end the world. Nicole pulls up behind his parked bike]
Darwin: There he is!
[Richard starts walking up the porch stairs. With every step, he sends out another distorting wave of energy. He steps]
Nicole: BRACE YOURSELVES!
[The first wave of energy turns the clouds to stone, causing them to fall]
[Nicole and the kids escape from the car just as the clouds crush it. Richard continues walking up the steps, this time the waves he emits again change the animation styles of the characters. Nicole and the kids drag Larry, trying to convince him to fire Richard]
Nicole: FOR HEAVENS' SAKE LARRY, FIRE HIM!
Larry: But he hasn't done anything wrong!
Nicole: He's destroying the universe—
[Nicole loses her outline, causing her to melt down into a puddle of blue ink]
Gumball, Darwin and Anais: MOM!
Nicole: I'm all right! I guess... Now go and stop your father!
[The kids continue dragging Larry to fire Richard]
Anais: Gumball, look!
[Richard moves his pointed finger towards the doorbell. The kids scream at him to stop, all while sporadically changing shape and form]
Gumball, Darwin and Anais: DAD! [Their voices distort as they are still experiencing sporadic transformations] DON'T DELIVER THE PIZZA!
[Richard succeeds in ringing the doorbell. The customer opens the door]
Gumball, Darwin, and Anais: [Still transforming spontaneously] NOOOOOO!
[Right before the customer accepts the pizza, he notices that a large portion of it is missing]
Paperball: Oh, hey!
[Larry rushes to see what the problem with the pizza is. He is not happy with what he sees]
Larry: [Displeased] HAVE YOU BEEN EATING THIS PIZZA?!
Richard: [Nervously] Just a little bit from the middle.
Larry: [Furious] Watterson, in accordance with article thirty-four of the Fervidus Pizza handbook... [In a strange deep voice]I fire thee!
Back to Normal
[Richard being employed no longer, the world returns to normal. A rainbow shoots out across the skies of Elmore, signifying that everything is at peace. Larry angrily drives away in the delivery moped, shooting a look of contempt back at Richard]
Richard: [Ashamed] ...I'm sorry I lost my job, Nicole. I know you were really prood of me.
Nicole: It's all right, honey.
[The family gathers around Richard to hug him as comfort for his termination]
Richard: [Excitedly] But don't worry! I'll get another one!
[The dramatic music plays again, the camera zooms out, Nicole, Gumball, Darwin, and Anais look at the camera in shock, and lightning ominously strikes Richard's finger during clear weather. His eyes also turn red, just like in the photo. The episode ends]