Nicole comes out of a tent and is happy to do a family activity, but she finds out that she and the rest of the family were moved while they were sleeping. It turns out they are in line for the premiere of Stellar Odyssey: The Force Rehashed, and they were at the front of the line when they pitched the tent, but Pantsbully moved them while they were sleeping to get a better position in line, but he also lost his position while moving them, making the group and him feel awkward. Colin and Felix show up and find out that the line is so long that they leave. Larry puts up a privacy barrier in front of the Wattersons and reveals they will not be getting into the first screening. Nicole wonders why they want to see the first screening so bad when they can just go to the second one half an hour later. Gumball states that the second anything does not matter, Anais wants to have the power to spoil, and Richard claims it changed his life while lying it was because it was when he had his first date with Nicole. Darwin hopes to see the character Chunky, a character that nobody finds entertaining or endearing but him.
Gumball then says it is a dog-eat-dog world, which the Pepperonis mistake for a spoiler in the film, causing them to leave. This gives Gumball an idea. While the rotten cupcake and Julius are waiting in line, they hope that the movie will be more unique but still be more faithful to the previous installments. Just then, the Rotten Cupcake gets a post on her phone which turns out to be a video of Gumball as an overweight nerd giving a fake review of the movie, saying that everything has changed to the point where it is completely different from before. This infuriates Julius who tosses the Rotten Cupcake's phone on the ground instead of just stopping the video, and they leave. With them gone, the Wattersons can now get into the first seating. However, Larry reveals that the seating chart shows them so far back at the end of the theater that they ran out of letters for rows, and so some new letters were made up. The Wattersons will be in row Cleft. Richard laments at this news, stating that he would rather watch the holiday special at home. Just then, the teapot overhears this and claims that only a true fan would know about that special. He and Richard both claim to be the most dedicated fan of the franchise and decide to have a nerd-off to decide. If Richard wins, the teapot and the rest of the patrons will get behind the Wattersons. Colin and Felix want to partake in the nerd-off as well, but Richard and the teapot scoff at them and claim that they are not real nerds because they can just use the internet while the older fans had to rely on other sources back then. In a Jedi-style battle, the nerd-off begins and it seems the teapot is going to be the victor until he accidentally reveals he had a friend growing up, costing him the nerd-off and giving the victory to Richard.
The Wattersons get close to the front of the line while the other patrons get behind them as promised, but Banana Bob is the sole patron in front of them and claims that he is so determined to be the first to see the movie that he was waiting before the movie was announced, missed many important occasions, and starts eating himself till he is nothing but mush. After witnessing the banana's freakout, the Wattersons get to the front of the line. But suddenly, Gumball gets a reminder on his phone. He asks what street they are on and Nicole says they are on Elmore Blvd, and he responds that their tickets are for the cinema on Elmore St. Soon, everyone realizes they are all at the wrong cinema with only ten minutes before the first screening starts and rushes off as quickly as they can.
The race begins and the Wattersons' car will not start, so they decide to use shopping carts to get through the mall with Felicity and Billy behind them. Billy throws cans at Richard who retaliates by closing off the mall exit with a fork, allowing his family to escape and causing Felicity and Billy to crash. Anton tries to find a shortcut through an alley bar to ask for directions to the street, only to find out that the bar attendants are birds. Bobert zaps Leslie and the melted cheese guy, and Tobias and Jackie smash him with trash cans. Tobias asks his mom if she got VIP tickets, and Jackie says she did not because the film will be a reboot and she will leave shortly after it starts. Tobias strangles her from a distance out of disappointment for his mother's lack of faith. Hector, due to his colossal size, is going to reach the cinema in just a matter of steps, but Masami stops him by wrapping a garden hose around his legs, causing him to trip and plummet.
Hector's crash cuts the Wattersons off from the rest of the crowd, and Nicole admits that she and Richard are slowing the kids down, mostly Richard. Richard really wants to see the movie, but Nicole tells him that he needs to let go for the good of the kids. For that, they form a fake line to pass their location off as the line for the movie, fooling everyone and giving the kids a chance to get to the cinema. But when they get there, they find out that they were tricked because the cinema is really an empty lot, leaving the kids wondering who sent Gumball the reminder.
Back at the real screening of the movie, it turns out that Colin and Felix are the sole viewers of the movie because they hacked the theater's database, sending everyone on a wild goose chase, thus letting them enjoy the film in peace, including a moment where Chunky gets blasted to smithereens to their delight as the episode ends.
Richard's failed attempt to talk Larry into letting them through a barricade is a reference of the Jedi Mind Trick.
"Use the sauce!" and "Use the forks!" are a parody of the popular quote "Use the Force!"
"Chunky" is a parody of Jar Jar Binks, a character from The Phantom Menace who was created for comedy relief and despised by much of the fanbase. His last appearance was in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith as a silent cameo. Chunky getting attacked is a reference to the character's infamy.
Richard saying he adopted Darwin only to be able to say that he has two sons is a reference to planet Tatooine, which orbits around two suns.
Nicole says "We make the jump to lightspeed!".
Felicity makes a muffled voice, similar to Darth Vader's voice from Star Wars.
Billy throwing cans at the Wattersons while making laser sounds is a direct reference to Darth Vader attempting to shoot down the Rebel ships in A New Hope.
The position Felicity and Billy are in when they ram into the metal door is a reference to when Han Solo is frozen in carbonite.
Darwin saying "It's a trap!" is a direct reference to the famous Star Wars quote. The quote originated from Return of the Jedi.
Nicole's unsuccessful attempt to start the car is a parody of Han Solo's failed attempt to get the Millennium Falcon to jump to light speed in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
Richard saying that their car made the school run in twelve minutes is a reference to how the Millennium Falcon made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs (shown in its entirety in Solo: A Star Wars Story).
The Watterson family's usage of the "Mall Speeders" (shopping carts) is a parody of the landspeeders, but especially the speeder bikes as seen in Return of the Jedi. The ensuing chase through the Elmore Mall supermarket is similar to the latter film.
After being hit by a can thrown by Billy, Richard makes a noise that is similar to a sound that R2-D2 makes.
Gumball says "I've got a bad feeling about this!", which is what Han Solo said when approaching the Death Star in A New Hope and a recurring quote throughout the franchise in general.
Richard mentions a "holiday special" before the nerd-off. This is a direct reference to the much-maligned 1978 television special The Star Wars Holiday Special.
Nicole's comment on the movie, "Why do you all care so much about a movie where a guy hangs out with a whistling trash can, hates his robot dad, and kisses his sister?" alludes to a few Star Wars characters. The "whistling trash can" is a reference to the droid character R2-D2, the main character's robot dad is a reference to Darth Vader, and the fact mentioned about the main character kissing his sister refers to the few times Luke and Leia kiss.
Tobias mimics Darth Vader's voice while Force-choking Jackie. Both are a reference to a scene in The Empire Strikes Back.
When Marvin leaves the line, he mimics Darth Vader breathing.
When Anton accidentally enters the bird bar, one can see three little white birds who look similar to Huey, Dewey, and Louie, the nephews of Disney'sDonald Duck. The birds are a reference to cantina music players.
When Richard tries to remember his and Nicole’s first date, a flashback shows them dancing while a song similar to "Darude - Sandstorm" plays.
The persona Gumball assumes while sending the fake Stellar Odyssey review to Julius is a direct reference to Boogie2988, a YouTube vlogger known for his rants on game and nerd culture.
This episode is accidentally listed as episode thirty-eight along with "The List" on Hulu.
In the Swedish dub of the episode, its name is incorrectly stated during the title card as "Listan" ("The List").
Nicole says that Richard made her watch Stellar Odyssey when she was giving birth to Anais, but in "The Rival," she gives birth in a few seconds.
[The episode starts off with Nicole exiting a tent]
Nicole: [Takes deep breath] Oh, it's so nice to finally do something together as a family.
[Camera zooms out, revealing the Wattersons are tenting on the sidewalk. Gumball, Anais, and Richard stare angrily at Nicole]
Nicole: Wait a minute, we pitched our tent at the front of the line, why are we all the way back here?
[Camera pans to show a long line heading to the cinema]
Anais: Someone must have moved us back in the night to get themselves a better position.
Pantsbully: [Laughs] You snooze, you lose guys. Literally.
Anais: Why did you put us back in the line at all? Now we're stuck next to you all day.
Pantsbully: Well, I lost my place in the line when I was moving your tent so... It's awkward now, isn't?
Pantsbully: Sorry, I'll go.
[Pantsbully walks away as Colin and Felix rush up to the Wattersons]
Colin: Is this the line for the first screening of Stellar Odyssey?
Felix: Please, Colin, use the full title. Stellar Odyssey, Colon, The Force Rehashed.
Richard: Sorry, boys. We camped out all night and we're at the back of the line.
Felix: [Sighs] Since when did sci-fi become so popular with normal people?
Colin: What next? Mainstream culture making films and hit TV shows that has superheroes and dragons and—Oh wait.
[Colin and Felix sigh and walk out]
Wattersons at Second Screening
Richard: Hah, can you imagine the embarrassment, not getting into the first screening? [Hears Larry closing the line with a rope] What's that for?
Larry: Uh, this rope means you won't get into the first screening.
Richard: Hmm, I think we [Waves hand in a manner similar to a Jedi mind trick] will get into the first screening.
Larry: Uh, no. You won't.
Richard: Yes, [Waves hand again] we will.
Larry: No, no you won't. [Walks away]
Richard: [Sighs] His powers are too strong.
Nicole: Oh, why do you all care so much about a movie where a guy hangs out with a whistling trashcan, hates his robot dad, and kisses his sister. There's a second screening in half an hour anyway.
Gumball: Mom, the second anything is pointless. No one remembers the second guy to invent the telephone.
Nicole: That's because he didn't invent it.
Gumball: Alright, then, no one remembers the second guy to walk on the moon.
Nicole: Buzz Aldrin.
Gumball: Now you're just making up names.
Anais: If we see it before anybody else, think all the power we'll have at school. The power to spoil or not to spoil. [Her face begins resembling Darth Sidious, as well as her voice lowering in pitch] Soon, they'll be begging to find out which of their dumb fan theories was correct. [Laughs menacingly]
[Camera zooms out, Anais freezes her movement while Darwin, Nicole and Richard look at her in a confused way]
Gumball: Aaaand that's why you don't have any friends.
Anais: [Face goes back to normal] Aww.
Richard: Those films were so important to me, the first one changed my life forever.
Nicole: Aww, honey. Because it was our first date?
Richard: [Stares at Nicole for a few seconds] Yeah sure, I... remember it like it was yesterday?
Nicole: Why don't you flashback to it now, then?
Richard: Alright. [Thinks]
[Richard "flashbacks" cut-outs of himself and Nicole dancing. In the present, Richard moves his hands in a similar manner to the flashback]
Richard: Was I close?
Darwin: I just hope Chuckie's in it. He's so good at providing the whimsical comic relief, that no one asked for. [Imitating Chuckie] Oopsa, Whoopsa, We's-a outta oxygens.
[The Wattersons suddenly hear someone using a gas mask. Marvin, with an oxygen tank and a gas mask, walks past them]
Marvin: [Removes mask] Gosh darn, paramedic! I go into respiratory arrest for one minute, and he steals my place in the line [Uses mask]
Gumball: Well, it's a dog eat dog world.
Quattro: Who eats what? Was that a spoiler? A dog eats a dog?
Siciliana: Way to spoil the whole plot!
Someone in the Line: Called it!
Quattro: [Walks out of line with Siciliana] Come along, Siciliana, let's go see a movie where a dog eats normal things.
Gumball: [Thinks] Hmm... that gives me an idea.
Anais: You gonna share it with us or what?
Gumball: Oh, yeah.
[Scene pans to Julius and Rotten Cupcake, also in line]
Rotten Cupcake: Ah dude, I can't wait to see this movie!
Julius: I know, it's so exciting, anything could happen.
Rotten Cupcake: Yeah, anything. [Talks fast] As long they keep it intact with the same way it was in the first three movies and nothing changes at all.
Julius: I want surprises but, you know, only the ones I expect.
Rotten Cupcake: [Phone vibrates, he checks it and gasps] The first review is online!
[Rotten Cupcake and Julius watch the video, which shows Gumball disguised as a movie critic, "reviewing" the film]
Gumball: What up, Elmore Streamers, it's Dollyboy nineteen twenty-three, aka PixelDonkey. I just got back from seeing Stellar Odyssey, Colon, The Force Rehashed. No spoilers, but it's so refreshing to see less CGI space battles and more sock puppets. And what a brave decision it was to recast all the main characters as female, including the robots.
Julius: Ughh, I can't believe it! They ruined the whole [Throws phone onto the ground] franchise! [Angrily walks away]
Rotten Cupcake: Dude, that was my phone! You could've just stopped the video. [Walks away]
Larry: ...five fifty-nine, five-sixty. Congratulations, Wattersons, you're in.
Gumball: Oh, this is great! We're getting into the first screening.
Anais: Where are we sitting?
Larry: Well, here's the seating plan. [Holds up a pamphlet of the seating plan and points to the screen on it] This is the screen and you are... [Unravels the rest of the plan. It keeps unfolding until it stops in front of Gumball. Larry points to the last row on it] there.
Nicole: What are those in front of our seats?
Larry: Columns. They're not holding anything up, but this way we can charge more for seats that don't have columns in front of them.
Nicole: Uh, what row are we in?
Larry: Well, we ran out of letters for the rows so we had to start making up our own alphabet. You'll be sitting in row [Looking at the sitting plan] cleft.
Richard: I hate cleft! That was my grade average at school. [Groans] I may as well be at home watching the holiday special.
Teapot: [Gasps] How know you of this? [Removes his hood] Only a true fan would watch that special.
Richard: I think you'll find I'm the number one fan.
Teapot: Uh, I'll have you know that I'm the president of the Stellar Odyssey Fan Club, [Aside] Elmore Chapter.
Richard: Really? I thought you'd be into like, tea and stuff?
Teapot: What- That's it! There is but one way to settle this. A nerd-off.
Anais: Can we take your place in the line if our dad wins?
Teapot: More than that! If I lose, the whole of the Stellar Odyssey Fan Club [Aside] Elmore Chapter, will go to the back of the line in disgrace.
[Members start complaining about the Teapot raising the stakes]
Member of Fan Club: I wanted to see the movie.
[Colin and Felix both approach Richard and the Teapot]
Colin: A nerd-off?
Felix: We, too challenge you in this mighty test of nerd-dom.
[The people in line merely laugh at Colin and Felix]
Richard: Please, you weren't even born when the original trilogy came out.
Teapot: You have no idea how hard for us fans before the internet.
Richard: That's right, you got chatting rooms, webalogs, sociable medias.
Teapot: Yeah, and now even the most facially-challenged nerd can find love online instead of spending their life alone like I do.
[Citizens in line once again laugh at Colin and Felix, who walk away]
Colin: Come, Felix. Society may laugh at us but we're used to it. We're nerds.
Melted Cheese Guy: Okay, whoever's done the saddest, most nerdiest thing is the victor. Biggest loser wins, and commence!
[The scene transitions to Teapot and Richard battling on bridge. Every time they say something, they make a hand gesture, levitate something and throw it at their opponent]
Teapot: I can't count to ten, but I'm fluent in Android binary!
Richard: I'm not actually pink, I dyed my whole body to match the coolest colored laser sword!
Teapot: I built a full-scale replica of the Billennium Buzzard out of my own hair!
Richard: I wore a gold bikini under my suit on my wedding day!
Teapot: I changed my middle name to Bardadecca!
[Teapot hits Richard, making him fall, but he catches a ledge. Teapot laughs]
Richard: I only adopted Darwin so that I can say I have two sons!
Teapot: Nice try, but I forced my only school friend to call me Imperial Highness for thirty years! [Prepares to kick Richard off the ledge]
Richard: No! Wait! Friend? You had a friend!?
Teapot: No, no, no, wait! We're not even that close!
[The scene turns back to normal, Richard is seen laying on the ground]
Melted Cheese Guy: We have a winning loser!
Teapot: [Falls in defeat] No-o-o-o!
Masami: [Sarcastic] Oh, good job!
Alison: [Sarcastic] Nice one, Martin.
[The rest of the fan club gets out of the line, as a Construction Man drags Teapot away]
Gumball: Awesome, [The Wattersons run closer to the front of the line] we're gonna get front row seats!
Banana Bob: I don't think so. I have called the front row! I've been camping here since before they announced they were making a movie. I missed my wife and kid's birthdays, a jury summons, an emergency [Tooth falls out of his mouth] dental appointment... nothing is going to stop me from seeing this movie! Nothing! You think I'm not serious? Would a guy who isn't serious do this? [Chews on his own arm] Is that serious enough for you!?
[Banana Bob opens his peel, pulls off part of his body and begins eating it as the Wattersons watch in disgust. Banana Bob, off-screen, eats more of himself until he is reduced to a pile of banana goo on the ground. Everyone stares in silence]
Gumball: Well... we're at the front of the line. [The Wattersons all cheer. Gumball's phone then vibrates, and he checks it] Uhh, guys, what street is this?
Nicole: Elmore Boulevard, why?
Gumball: Well, I just got a reminder saying that our tickets are for the cinema on Elmore Street.
Nicole: That's the other side of town!
Colin: What? The screening is on the other side of town?
Felix: We've only got ten minutes to get there!
[Colin, Felix, and the other citizens in line run off-screen]
Gumball, Darwin, Anais, Nicole, and Richard: What?
Darwin: What are we gonna do? How are we gonna get there in time?
Nicole: We make the jump to light speed!
Mad Dash to Elmore Street
[Cut to Nicole trying to start the Wattersons' car, but the engine stalls]
Nicole: Ah, [Slams fist onto steering wheel] piece of junk!
Richard: Hey! This piece of junk did the school run in twelve minutes.
Nicole: It only takes the bus five minutes.
Richard: I stopped at the drive-through to get their breakfast.
Anais: I know, let's use the mall speeders!
[Pantsbully is shown riding a scooter as he drives past Tobias and Crocodile Woman. Nicole then runs up alongside, pushing a shopping cart with Anais standing in it. Pantsbully and Nicole's cart bash into each other a few times before Anais and Pantsbully start pushing each other. Anais overpowers Pantsbully, sending him into a reversing semi truck as Richard passes by with Gumball and Darwin]
Nicole: Quick, let's cut through here!
[Nicole and Anais go through the automatic door, while Richard, Gumball, and Darwin break through the glass on the other door. The Wattersons continue navigating the store in a manner similar to podracing]
Anais: Look, the exit!
Felicity: [Robotic voice] I have you now. [To Billy, through gritted teeth] I'll take these myself. Cover me!
[Billy starts throwing canned foods at the Wattersons while making laser sounds. A can hits Richard's cart, making him squeal in a similar way to R2-D2]
Gumball: I've got a bad feeling about this. Dad, do something!
Mystic voice: Use the sauce, Richard. Use the sauce.
Richard: I've got it! [Grabs a bottle of hot sauce and throws it at the exit's door button. The sauce bottle just breaks]
Darwin: No, use the forks. Look!
[Darwin gives Richard a fork. Richard throws it at the exit's door button, but this time the fork hits the button. As the door begins to close, the Wattersons skid on their sides, barely sliding under the door in time. Felicity and Billy crash into the door, leaving their imprint on the other side. Meanwhile, the other citizens are still rushing to the other cinema]
Anton: I'm gonna need a shortcut! [He enters an alley, but is noticed by a flock of pigeons. Anton moves slowly along the wall] Maybe I'll cut through here, instead. [Anton opens a door that leads him into a bar full of birds] Uh, excuse me? What's the quickest way to Elmore Street place?
[Music stops playing, all the birds stare at Anton. Meanwhile, Bobert blasts Leslie and Melted Cheese Guy with his lasers, but then Tobias and Jackie smash his head with trash cans]
Tobias: Mom, did you get the VIP seats?
Jackie: Course not, it's a reboot. Chances are we'll be out of the theater in ten minutes.
Tobias: [Pretends to force-choke Jackie, causing her to fall] I find your lack of faith disturbing.
[As Tobias keeps running down the street, Hector follows behind him, passing by Carmen and Masami]
Carmen: Somebody needs to stop Hector! He's gonna get there before us in two more steps!
Masami: [Grabs a garden hose] Leave it to me.
[Masami uses the hose to tie Hector's legs together, making him collapse onto a building, blocking the Wattersons' path]
Gumball: Oh no, we've only got a few minutes to get there, and now we're gonna be at the back of the line again!
Nicole: [To Richard] Honey, we're slowing them down, or, more accurately, you're slowing them down.
Nicole: Remember when Ben Kenoli sacrificed himself at the end of the first movie?
Richard: [Gasps] You do care about them!
Nicole: You've made me watch them every year since we got married. You even put them on when I was giving birth to Anais.
Richard: [Crying] But they're good movies!
Nicole: I know. But it's their franchise now.
[Richard looks at the kids, nods to Nicole, and walks away with her]
Anais: What are they doing?
Nicole: [Holding Richard's hand, crying] Excuse me, is this the line for Stellar Odyssey?
Gary: Look! Over there! There's a line!
[Several citizens rush in line behind Nicole and Richard]
[Richard and Nicole both look at each other and smile]
Richard: I love you!
Nicole: I know.
[Darwin lets out a growl like that of Chewbacca's]
Gumball: Come on, we gotta go. [Leaves with Anais and Darwin. Nicole and Richard continue to stand in place]
Richard: Can we at least go to the second screening?
[Gumball, Darwin, and Anais rush through the neighborhood to get to the cinema, until they see a sign for Elmore Street]
Gumball: Yes, we're here! Elmore Street! [He, Anais, and Darwin turn a corner, but abruptly stop running. Gumball gasps] What the?
Darwin: [Gasps] It's a trap!
Anais: No, it's more of a con. [Camera angle changes to reveal an empty lot in front of the kids] There isn't a theater on Elmore Street.
Darwin: Yeah, and if mom booked the tickets, why did Gumball get the reminder?
Gumball: And who sent it?
[An optical wipe transition reveals Colin and Felix sitting in an empty theater, both laughing]
Felix: Hacking the theater's database was easier than bulls-eyeing a swamp rat from a T-fifteen.
Colin: To the real nerds everywhere, space is for the geeks! [Collides his cup with Felix's] Surely nothing can ruin this for us now, Felix.
Chuckie: [Movie] Oopsie-whoopsa! [Colin and Felix appear to be disappointed by his appearance] It's me, Chuckie! [The sound of laser guns is heard, and the Eggheads are satisfied] Meesa being blasted in the face!