The episode starts with Principal Brown taking a bite out of some so-called candies, subsequently being interrupted by a freakishly altered Mr. Corneille, thinking that he is a spirit animal. Brown walks out of the lounge to encounter the coach, thinking she has spiders made out of meat. After urgently calling Mr. Small about the "candies," Brown sees a hallucination of a goat head, realizes that the candy he has just eaten was a candle, and collapses.
Due to the incident in which all of the school staff has gotten ill from eating misguiding candles, Gumball and Darwin both are given a day off from school and walk home. The door opens to reveal a woman who, upon seeing them on the opposite side, immediately closes the door. A very nervous Richard opens the door with red lipstick smeared on his lips, which Gumball immediately questions. Richard makes up an excuse that the lipstick is just a stain from eating a red vegetable and tells that the lady was just his personal trainer, then leaves for the "gym," leaving Gumball and Darwin in suspicion.
At the Elmore Shopping Mall, Gumball and Darwin spy on their father purchasing perfume for the woman they saw and when Darwin suggests it is for himself, Gumball is quick to say that even if it was for him, it was to mask the odor of his "shame." Unfortunately, Gumball is so furious that the word "shame" reverberates throughout the store, catching Richard's attention. Trying to now speak to his brother, Gumball accidentally speaks into a nearby mic, drawing Richard's attention even more. Looking up at the screen, it is revealed that the brothers ended up being in front of a miniature backdrop with a camera and mic aimed in their direction, which makes them look like more realistic animals on the screen above them, which has 4K resolution.
As soon as Gumball shuts off the camera, Darwin observes that their father has gone missing. It is revealed that he has retreated to a nearby restroom to alter his appearance through makeup, a change of clothes, and jewelry to the point of him looking like a real woman.
Gumball and Darwin are walking through the store when they find that the woman that they saw in their house is now in the store as well with intentions to socialize with three other females close to her age. Interested, Gumball and Darwin manipulate their ears to grow in order to pick up more sound from a far distance. Through conversation, it is revealed that the woman's name is Samantha, and the conversation is laced with laugh tracks, similar to that of old sitcoms.
Angie, one of Samantha's friends, mentions the elusive boyfriend that she has been talking about, but Samantha is quick to say that he is not elusive, but rather he would avoid all questions that are meant for him. Maria, another one of the women, is quick to fend off the skepticism, remarking that it does not matter who Samantha's boyfriend is, but if he is alive and happy, then that is all that really matters. When Samantha mentions meeting her boyfriend in the park, Gumball and Darwin scream at each other in shock. However, their grown ears are shown to create feedback, which is so loud that they faint and foam at the mouth.
At the park, Samantha is waiting on a bench while her friends are eavesdropping from behind a sign, to which the whole situation is being watched by Gumball and Darwin from a bush. Samantha knows that her friends are watching, thus she checks her watch and states that she sees her lover and strolls to a tree to embrace him. Much to the boys' shock, they see their father's hands hugging the woman; however, it is here that we see Richard hugging himself, still in his disguise.
While his friends are happy, Gumball and Darwin lament over what they see, disbelieving the fact that he would go behind his family's backs to date another woman. Gumball then notes the quite literal bombshell that has been dropped on the both of them; Darwin states that he thought it was always metaphorical.
Back at home, Richard comes through the door and are greeted with his sons' presence, who are now distraught and angry over their knowledge of his new "girlfriend." Upon asking how his children feel about the whole ordeal, Darwin is unfazed by the plates he smashes on the floor halfheartedly as Gumball interrogates his father about how Nicole would feel about such infidelity. Thinking they are talking about himself, it is shown that Richard is so lonely, he proclaims that he needed a way to be entertained, but this does not quell his sons' anger. Upon mentioning three other women, Gumball further loses his temper.
Wanting to smash another plate, Darwin snaps out of his halfhearted mood to find that there are no more plates. He walks upstairs to his room and orders more plates online. They are immediately delivered to their house and Darwin opens the box and attempts to smash another plate. Darwin finds that he accidentally ordered paper plates.
Richard eventually begins to feel remorse over tricking his family and resolves to break up with the other girls and dispose of his "girlfriend's" possessions. While Gumball suggests breaking up through non-personal means, Richard wants to be sure that he could never go back. After Richard comes back downstairs, Gumball finally realizes that Samantha and their father are the same person. Darwin also finally comes to this realization after multiple failed attempts to deduct what they witnessed as a result of misunderstanding. Upon realization, Gumball now knows that he was trying to be friends with the women, not cheat on their mother; thus, they chase after him with intentions to stop their father from ruining his friendship with the other women.
At another house where the three other women are hanging out, Richard bursts through the door in his disguise to reveal his secret: he was a lonely house-husband who had nothing to do to pass the time while his wife was at work and his children attended school. He had attempted to make friends with another man through going to a football game; however, his lack of knowledge about sports and how they are basically played is so absurd that the crowd falls silent and he is kicked out of the stadium. Richard even tried helping a mechanic fix a car, but hands him the jack that was being used to lift the car. Before the mechanic has time to process what was given to him, the front end of the vehicle crushes the mechanic, much to Richard's shock. Lastly, he tries to join in a basketball game with other players, but runs the other way upon emerging feelings of shyness at the last minute.
Richard begins to feel that he does not feel like a man, nor is he good at being one, but when he saw the women, he envied how carefree they were, hence the leporine sought out to become a woman in hopes of improving his social life. Before one of the other women has a chance to speak, Gumball and Darwin burst through the door to try to stop him from exposing his secret. Richard reassures the boys that he did what was right and thanks the women for being his friends. Before he leaves, the women reveal their own secrets: they were already men (except for Maria).
The men decide to hang out as women and pretend this situation never happened, all the while Gumball is insisting that they could carry on as friends as men. Having been ignored, Gumball and Darwin leave the house, no longer caring about what happens from then on as the men continue their deep friendship (as women).
Music from "The Fridge" is reused, albeit sped up.
The scene where Gumball and Darwin develop human ears to overhear a conversation is similar to a scene from "The Robot," where Gumball did the same thing (but not Darwin).
A scene from this episode is reused in "The Anybody" in a flashback, where he was revealed to be the water fountain. However, the audience could easily see his bored face.
The scenes between Richard and his friends and their disguises as girls are a direct reference to the popular NBC series The Golden Girls, with Maria, Samantha, Angela, and Violet respectively based on Rose Nylund, Blanche Devereaux, Dorothy Zbornak, and Sophia Petrillo.
The song that plays near the end of the episode is a parody of "Thank You for Being a Friend," the theme song from The Golden Girls,which, in itself, is a cover of the Andrew Gold song of the same name.
[The episode begins at the teachers' lounge in Elmore Junior High, where Principal Brown walks up to a plate of red and white-striped candy on a plate. He takes it and begins eating the candy. However, he notices it tastes weird, and he spits it out.]
Moonchild Corneille: [From off-screen] Take my hand, Nigel! [Zoom out to reveal Mr. Corneille sitting on a drawer with a tree stump on his head] I've come to show you the journey within.
Nigel Brown: [Opens door] Uhh, Mr. Small? Is there anything weird in this candy you brought back from your vacation?
Moonchild Corneille: Fear me not, Nigel! For I am your spirit animal-l-l!
[Principal Brown walks out of the room and closes the door, with a freaked out expression]
Nigel Brown: Um, Mr. Small? [He freaks out over something off-screen]
[Zoom out to reveal Coach licking a fire extinguisher]
Coach: My hands! They're like spiders made out of meat! [Freaks out with auto-tuned screaming]
[Zoom back in on Principal Brown]
Nigel Brown: Uh, Mr. Small? Mr. Small!! [Walks away]
[Cut to behind Mr. Small's door. Principal Brown walks up to the door and opens it]
Nigel Brown: What is in this candy?!
[A giant goat head is shown inside Mr. Small's office and races towards the camera]
Nigel Brown: [Anxiously turns the candy around revealing a black wick] Ah, it's not candy, it's a candle. [Pupils dilate and he falls backwards hitting the floor]
No School Today
[Outside the school, two doctors are driving a stretcher with a twitching Principal Brown on it towards a ambulance. Gumball, Darwin, Masami, Alan and Carmen are all standing by looking at the doctors]
Bandage Doctor: [While driving the stretcher] Sorry, kids, but there's no school today. The staff have all been evacuated to the hospital.
[Zoom in on Gumball and Darwin. Gumball puts on a giant smile]
Darwin: Dude, you can at least show some concern.
Gumball: [Muffled by his smile] Yeah, you're right.
[Gumball swipes his face down and changes to an overly concerned face in the process. Camera zooms out as Gumball secretly dances with his legs; Darwin notices it]
Darwin: Come on, let's go home. [Walks away]
Gumball and Darwin Spy on Samantha
[Gumball and Darwin walk towards the door of their house]
Darwin: Mr. Dad will be surprised to see us.
Gumball: Yeah, we might interrupt his third breakfast.
[Samantha opens the door; Gumball and Darwin look at Samantha with confused/surprised expressions. Then Samantha quickly closes the door, her footsteps decreasing in volume. After that, Gumball takes a step and knocks on the door]
[Richard opens the door with a red smear over his lips, as he is sweaty and looks suspiciously nervous]
Richard: Uh, h-hi guys, what's up?
Gumball: School's canceled, what's that on your lips?
[Richard checks his lips, and pretends to be surprised about the smear]
Richard: Uh, I, uh... [Cleans some of red smear on his lips] I was just eating some, uhh... What's that awful stuff that's like fruit that people decorate plates with?
Darwin: You mean a vegetable?
Richard: Uhh, yes. That's what's stained on my lips. A vergetule.
Gumball: What kind?
Richard: A re- a red one?
Gumball: Okay, stop lying. We saw her. Who is she?
Richard: Uh, what is the name of these people that you pay to make your skin cry until you're thin?
Darwin: A personal trainer?
Richard: That's it. She was reminding me I have to go to that place where the bicycles go nowhere.
Gumball: You mean the gym?
Richard: Yes, the gym, and I'm late. 'Kay, bye.
[Richard leaves the house with a yellow purse, leaving Gumball and Darwin with a look of suspicion on their faces]
Gumball: I don't think he's going to the gym.
Darwin: 'Cause the only gym that he goes to is Jim the cashier at the donut store?
Gumball: No- I mean yes. But also because the gym bag he grabbed...was a woman's purse. [Makes a suspicious gesture]
At the Mall
[Scene cuts to outside mall entrance. Inside the store, Gumball and Darwin are at a wallpapered counter; Gumball watches Richard with a pair of binoculars]
Gumball: [Imitating Richard's voice] Ohh, I'm going to the gym. [Normal voice] Liar! He's buying perfume for that woman.
Darwin: Maybe it's just for him.
Gumball: Yeah, sure. To hide the scent of his SHAME!
[Richard hears Gumball's scream and looks concerned. Gumball and Darwin hide]
Gumball: [Voice reverb] That was close, he nearly saw u- [Looks at the screen]
[Gumball and Darwin freeze while looking at the camcorder. Richard looks at the giant television screen that projects the camcorder]
Richard: [Confused] Huh?
[Screen shows Gumball and Darwin in detailed form, the screen marked "4K" at the top left corner]
Gumball: I guess 4K is how far you have to stand away from the camera so you don't look like a photo from a dermatology textbook.
[Gumball shuts off the camcorder; while Darwin gasps, Richard is gone]
Darwin: Where did he go?
[Richard goes to the restroom, looking around for any witnesses. Inside the restroom, Richard throws the purse at the counter, looking serious. Richard applies his makeup, and his ladylike attire, becoming a lady named Samantha]
Meet-up with the Girls
[Gumball and Darwin are walking outside the store. Darwin sees Samantha]
Darwin: [Pinpoints Samantha] Look! It's the lady we saw at home!
[The shot focuses on Samantha, as she walks toward a lady trio]
Samantha: Well, hello, girls.
Gumball: Let's eavesdrop.
[Gumball and Darwin grow disproportionately large ears]
Maria: Ah, Samantha. Finally. We've been waiting so long, Angela's clothes are back in fashion.
[Canned laughter is played]
Samantha: Better late than ugly, Maria. A girl needs to make some effort for her man.
Maria: Samantha darling, the last time you were a girl, men still had gills.
[Canned laughter is played]
Angela: So, when do we get to meet this elusive boyfriend of yours?
Samantha: Oh, he's not elusive, Angela. He just doesn't like to answer questions straightforwardly and prefers changing the subject to avoid them.
Violet: Samantha, are you nervous because we might judge your new boyfriend?
Angela: No, Violet. She's worried about how mimes place their orders at the drive-through.
[Canned laughter is played]
Maria: Ah, you, younger women are so demanding! So, what if Samantha's boyfriend isn't around that much? As long as a man has a pulse and a smile, who cares?
Violet: I'd be so happy to get a man with either of those things, and at my age, I don't care which. Do you think he might have a friend for me?
Angela: Yes, Violet. The Easter Bunny.
[Canned laughter is played]
Samantha: Now, you listen here, my man does exist! As a matter of fact, I'm meeting him in the park later.
[Gumball and Darwin believe that Richard might be Samantha's boyfriend]
Gumball and Darwin: [Gasp] What the wh-a-a-a-a-! [Voices echoing]
[Due to the major efforts in screaming, Gumball and Darwin pass out]
Samantha's Boyfriend at the Park
[As Samantha sits on a bench in the park, the other women are hiding behind the park directory.]
Maria: Ugh, This is taking forever. I've not got a lot of time. Skins and regrets, yes, but time, no.
Violet: Do you think maybe he's running a little late?
Angela: No, Violet, he arrived on time. He just set our watches early for a prank.
[Canned laughter is played. Then the camera focuses on the bush, where Gumball and Darwin show up and observe Samantha's "boyfriend"]
Gumball and Darwin: Hmm.
[Samantha looks at her watch]
Samantha: Oh, there he is! [Facing the tree] Hello, sugar!
[Maria, Violet and Angela gasp upon seeing Samantha's boyfriend]
Samantha now speaking Richard: Hey, honey. How's your day been?
[Gumball and Darwin gasp in exaggerated shock. The camera focuses on a portion of Richard's arms hugging Samantha; however, at a different perspective, the scene reveals that Samantha is making smooching noises while hugging herself with the portion of his real arms, having a worried expression on her face]
Maria: Aww, it makes my heart skip a beat to know that love can still blossom at our age. Wait. That's two beats. Three! Somebody do something— [Angela hits Maria's back; she stands relieved] Oh, yeah, there it is.
Darwin: I can't believe it.
Gumball: Dad always said Mom is out of his league. But I never thought he'd want to get back down into his own league.
[A whistling noise is played as Gumball and Darwin look upward]
Darwin: What's that?
Gumball: [Pointing upwards] The bombshell that just got dropped on us.
Darwin: Huh. I always thought it was a metaphor.
[Camera zooms out to reveal a literal bombshell dropping; when it comes into contact with the ground, the screen cuts to black as it explodes]
Gumball and Darwin Confront Richard
[Scene cuts to Wattersons' house. Richard enters the house and is shocked upon seeing Gumball and Darwin. Gumball and Darwin angrily glare at Richard with bloodshot eyes from grief]
Gumball: We know about Samantha.
Richard: Oh. Well, I guess you were bound to find out one day. How do you feel about it?
[Darwin smashes a plate from the table]
Gumball: Oh, just great! How do you think Mom would feel about it?!
Richard: Well, she's not around in the day. I've got to find some way of keeping myself entertained.
Gumball: [Slams the table] ENTERTAINED!?
[Darwin smashes another plate]
Richard: Is it so bad that I have some fun? I enjoy the time I spend with my girls.
Gumball: Girls!? PLURAL!?
[Darwin smashes the last plate]
Richard: What difference does it make if it's more than one?
Gumball: You maggot. How many? [Shakes his head in disapproval and touches the bridge of his nose]
Richard: Three at the moment, but you know, the more the merrier.
Gumball: I think I'm gonna be sick. [Welling up tears] Our dad has a secret double life. [Sniffs] Darwin, smash another plate.
[Scene reveals that Darwin has run out of plates to smash]
Darwin: [Gasps] Hold on.
[While upbeat music plays, Darwin goes to his room to order plates online. Then he waits until the mailman arrives with the package. Once he receives the package, he opens it at the table and smashes one of the plates. The plate falls in a swiveling manner]
Darwin: Dagnabbit, I bought the paper ones.
Richard: [Arguing] I don't see what's so wrong with having a secret double life.
[Gumball is revealed to be caressing Darwin in order to appease him, while he is hysterically bawling]
Gumball: Look how it's already affecting us!
Richard: Yeah, well, only because it's not secret anymore. So I was technically correct. Nothing wrong with a "secret" double life.
Gumball: [Voice breaking] Dad, this whole thing is based on lies, and that's not right!
Richard: [Sighs] I understand. I've deceived the people I love. I'm gonna go end it with the other girls. Then I'll take all of Samantha's stuff down to the junkyard and burn it in a big bonfire! [Walks away from Gumball and Darwin]
Gumball: Or maybe just tell her by text or something?
Richard: [Walking up the stairs] No. I need to make sure I can never go back. [Lets out a tear]
Gumball: Yep. Burning all her stuff on the dump— that'll do it.
[Richard takes a deep breath, and climbs upstairs. Then he reveals himself to be Samantha, in a courageous pose]
Samantha: [In Richard's voice] I'm sure gonna miss this pretty face. [In Samantha's voice] But at least I'm bowing out with grace.
[Samantha walks down the stairs and heads for the door]
Samantha: [In Richard's voice] Aah! Darn heels! [Leaves the house and closes the door]
Gumball: Do you realize what this means?
[Darwin reacts in realization]
Darwin: Of course! Samantha was in the bathroom the whole time!
[Gumball's countenance indicates him being incorrect; Darwin reacts in realization]
Darwin: Of course! Mrs. Mom is Samantha! Mr. Dad is... Mrs. Mom?
[Gumball touches the bridge of his nose]
Darwin: I'm Mr. Dad?
Gumball: Dad and Samantha are the same person! So, we better stop him before he ruins his beautiful friendship with those sassy girls.
[Gumball and Darwin run out]
[Scene switches to a shot of the lady trio's house, in which the ladies are eating cheesecake]
Angela: Mmm, Maria, this cheesecake is so good, I wanna marry it and have its cupcakes.
[Canned laughter is played]
Violet: Oh, that reminds me of a story from Minnesota.
Angela: Does it involve a woman marrying a cake?
Violet: Oh no. I'm afraid it was at a time when society wasn't as tolerant as it is now. People were only allowed to marry a potato from a different farm.
[Canned laughter is played]
Angela: Can we skip the nonsense part and get to the end, please?
Violet: Oh. Sure. The end.
[Angela facepalms. Samantha suddenly enters the house in agitation]
Samantha: I have a dramatic announcement to make!
Maria: He dumped you for a slimmer woman?
Angela: He dumped you for a younger woman?
Violet: He dumped you for a potato from a different farm?
Samantha: What? No. It's about my new boyfriend. He doesn't really exist.
[Angela immediately stands up and takes Maria's money for losing a presumed bet]
Angela: And the rest of the forfeit.
[Maria sighs and eats her own purse]
Samantha: And there is more. I've been deceiving y'all. But I have decided to break the circle of lies. My real name isn't Samantha.
Angela: Wait, so your name is not Samantha, that's all?
Samantha: No, there's more.
[Samantha removes her wig, and the girls gasp in disgust]
Violet: You're bald?
Samantha: I'll give you one more clue.
[Samantha removes her makeup. The girls gasp in disgust again]
Violet: You're ugly?
Richard: Okay, one more clue.
[Richard removes his ladylike dress, revealing his naked body; the girls gasp]
Violet: You're a naturist?!
Angela: [Shocked] HE'S A MAN, VIOLET!
Maria: Well, I guess the clue was in the name— Sa-man-tha. Also, guess what you get if you switch the letters of the name around? "Thas-a-man!"
Thank You For Being a Friend
Richard: [Sighs] I'm sorry.
Violet: But why would you lie to us?
Richard: I was a bored house-husband. I did try to make some male friends...
[The scene crossfades on flashbacks where Richard tries to make male friends. At the stadium, the surrounding audience being the sphere citizens, Richard is seated next to Hot Dog Guy]
Richard: [Constantly nudging] Hey, bro! Did you see that boxing game last night with the guy who did a touchdown in the hoop with his basketball stick?
[Due to the awkwardly incorrect sport terminology, all the people in the stadium angrily stare at him, as the referee whistles at him, Richard exiting in response]
Richard: Sorry. Excuse me. Coming through.
[Another flashback plays, showing Richard as a mechanic assisting Orange Security Guard]
Orange Security Guard: Hey, bud, can you pass me the nut spinner flex?
[Richard tries to find said tool, then passes the yellow car jack]
Richard: Here you go.
Orange Security Guard: Wait what is that- [Car falls on top of him] Oww!
[The next flashback features Harold, the Cowboy and the Tattoo Artist playing basketball. After the basketball is thrown down the hoop, they celebrate, but not before Richard is unexpectedly slapping their butts]
Richard: Hey, nice one! Hey... [Laughs] Not.
[A flashback of a depressed Richard sitting on a bench in the mall is then seen]
Richard: But I guess I'm just not great at being a man. Then I saw you guys.
[Richard sees the girls as they enjoy their time]
Richard: You were so free and loving. You were just being yourselves.
[The flashback abruptly ends]
Richard: I did what I had to do! It's not my fault if society doesn't approve of men being friends with mature women.
Angela: Literally no one has a problem with that.
Richard: Ah. Well, in that case, I did what I didn't have to do.
Angela: Well, Richard, there is something you should know, too—
[Gumball and Darwin suddenly enter the house]
Gumball: Samantha, wait!
Richard: It's okay, boys. The cat's out of the bag.
Gumball: Yeah, or more like the large, pink, naked rabbit is out of his pants.
Richard: But before I go, I just want to say one last thing: thank you for being a friend. [Begins his exit]
Violet: [Hindering his exit] No, please, wait!
[Violet removes her wig and wipes her makeup, revealing herself to be Marvin]
Marvin: You're not the only one who lied.
[Angela removes her mask, revealing herself to be George]
George: We all felt the same way.
Maria: Yes, me too. [Tries to remove her hair] I guess not.
Maria: Well, this is awkward.
Marvin: So, I guess we just have to go back to being sad, lonely old men.
Gumball: But why don't you just carry on hanging out as guys?
George: Unless we keep dressing up and just pretend none of this ever happened.
Maria, Richard, Marvin: Mm-hmm!
Darwin: Or you could just be friends.
George: Well, if it's the choice between continuing to dress up as old ladies...
Gumball: It isn't.
George: ...or we stop spending time together...
Gumball: It isn't.
Marvin: That's settled then. We have no option but to ignore the fact we're all actually men. [Puts his wig back on]
Gumball: No, you don't.
Richard: We all have to make sacrifices.
Gumball: No, you don—
Season After Season
[A concluding parody of "Thank You for Being a Friend" plays; Gumball and Darwin notice the music, as the men, now dressed up as their respective ladies again, enjoy their time together in a montage]
Voice: You've been a pal to me for so long now
Season after season, you kept going somehow
And I know
You'll always be on cable—
[The ending scene of the ladies posing to be excited turns into a realistic awkward moment]