The episode begins with the students walking out of class, while Gumball stays behind to talk with Miss Simian. He explains to his teacher that he does not understand the concept of homework, comparing it to "going to the bathroom and coming back with a doggy bag." Unsurprisingly, Gumball's complaints prove to be futile when Miss Simian symbolically shows just how apathetic she is to his wishes by installing a shredder to rid any complaints in the suggestion box.
Shortly after, Gumball walks toward Darwin and Bobert, and he sees how quickly Bobert is able to complete his homework. This upsets him even more and prompts him to rant to Darwin about how he wishes to be an adult, and "skip the whole hassle of life." Bobert overhears this rant and, taking Gumball's words literally, proceeds to blow up Gumball's head. Once his head regenerates, Gumball realizes just how dangerous Bobert can be, concluding they must reprogram Bobert in such a way that he will no longer be a danger to himself and others. Darwin accuses him of merely wanting an excuse to avoid doing homework, then admits he was looking for one as well.
Later this day, the Watterson brothers take Bobert to their room in an attempt to give Bobert commands that will prevent him from hurting anyone. Despite their best efforts, the wording of the brothers' commands allows Bobert to find some alternative method for hurting a subject, specifically Gumball. Bobert literally sends Gumball back to one year earlier in "The Spoiler," and hits another Gumball and Darwin. Numerous attempts and a bruised Gumball later, Darwin finally finds the correct words to stop Bobert's violent attacks.
After his success, Darwin heads to the kitchen to grab a snack; Gumball and Bobert follow, with Gumball not being very happy about Darwin's choice to use him as a guinea pig earlier. Ironically enough, Darwin just happens to begin choking on his food. Gumball is quick to act, but Bobert does not allow Gumball to save Darwin, for he says that Gumball's way of saving him may potentially hurt the fish's spinal cord. Realizing that time is imperative, Gumball gives Bobert the command to save Darwin in any way possible. A random algorithm determines that Bobert will save Darwin by inflating him; of course, Gumball is not amused.
The trio head to the mall where Gumball gives Bobert the command to simply uphold the laws. However, once the command is integrated, Bobert finds the most ridiculous and absurd laws to enforce. In an attempt to stop the madness, Gumball tries to reason with the robot; this only leads to him "obstructing justice" that triggers a chain of events that lead to Bobert infinitely assaulting himself. Gumball then tells Bobert to no longer uphold the law, seeing how ridiculous some laws can be, and unsurprisingly, Bobert once again takes that command too literally by committing theft.
The hours are running low, and the Watterson duo is ready to accept that Bobert is just a potential fatal hazard and that there is not much they can do to fix it. Bobert too is ready to give up, preparing to delete all his files; Gumball tells him to stop, as he believes all lives must be protected. These words give Darwin the brilliant idea to command Bobert to protect all life no matter whom it is. The robot integrates the command to his system, and to their surprise, the command is successful; Bobert is no longer a threat.
Now with a purpose, Bobert tries to analyze his environment to search for potential dangers. As he continues to inspect his area, he notices that all these life endangering problems are the doing of the people. He concludes that there is only one way to protect all life: exterminate all of "mankind."
With the Bobert problem solved, Gumball and Darwin return to their current homework dilemma; out of options, Gumball decides he will just search for a person on the Internet that can help him complete his homework. As Gumball begins to use his phone, he notices that there is no Internet service, but before he can start rationalizing on a reason why, both Darwin and Gumball take notice to Mr. Small's and Larry's disagreement on the correct pronunciation of "quinoa." The men decide to settle their disagreement on the Internet, but they too lack service.
Simultaneously, Principal Brown and the goblin discover that everyone is without money. With society on the verge of collapsing, they and other residents begin to adapt a "survival of the fittest" mentality. This rapid deconstruction of "mankind" prompts Gumball to call the emergency services. However, when he calls the number, Gumball is redirected to Bobert, who reveals that this whole tirade was part of his elaborate scheme to kill off "mankind."
Quickly, the Watterson brothers rush to Bobert's basement to reason with him. It is in this location that the duo finds out that Bobert has retooled himself into a massive ticking time bomb made to wipe out all remains of "mankind" making it only more imperative that the boys try to rationalize the consequences with him. Of course, Bobert refuses to stop as he is set to "protect 'mankind'." as the boys walk away, saddened by their upcoming demise, Gumball and Darwin think over Bobert's words again. With seconds to spare, the two realize that he cannot hurt "mankind," for doing so would mean he is hurting a form of life.
Recognizing his error, Bobert immediately stops himself. Gumball and Darwin are relieved, and promptly ask him for homework help, ending the episode.
The rule "you can never hurt anyone in any way, or let them be hurt" that Bobert is taught refers to the Asimov's first law of robotics.
Gumball, Darwin, and Bobert, are shown carrying Grade 6 Math books, despite being in eighth grade.
Two of Bobert's answers in the fraction section are wrong due to treating mixed fractions as integer and fraction multiplication or viceversa, though this could also be a reference to computers having a hard time with floating-point numbers.
When the screen displays "One year earlier" it is in the Gumball font for a second, then turns into Calibri. This was fixed in later airings of the episode.
Polski (Polish): Zasady (The Rules)
Български (Bulgarian): Порочният кръг (The Vicious Circle)
[The school bell rings. The students walk out of Miss Simian's class groaning]
Gumball: I just don't understand the concept, shouldn't we have covered everything during the school day? Homework is like going to the bathroom and then coming back with a doggy bag.
Lucy Simian: Fill out a form and put it in the suggestion box.
Gumball: Hmm, I get it. You think I'm too lazy to go through the administrative motions. Well, just watch me.
[Gumball writes a suggestion on a piece of paper and puts it in the box, only for it to be destroyed by a shredder below. Miss Simian smiles]
Gumball: [Sighs] Where do I file a complaint about the suggestion box?
Lucy Simian: Please post it in the complaint box. [Grins]
Gumball: And where's that?
[The scene changes to a mailbox in the middle of the desert surrounded by two skeletons]
The Best Years of Your Life
[In the hallway, Bobert scans his homework and almost instantly fills it in]
Bobert: Homework complete. [Closes his locker]
Gumball: [Sighs] He's got his homework done in two point four seconds when it's gonna take us two-point-forever! People say your school days are the best years of your life. That's like a guy stuck in a sausage grinder saying "It's okay" when it was only his fingers caught in the machine.
Darwin: What are you talking about?
Gumball: Sometimes I wish I could just go straight to the end of the process.
Darwin: What? Like going full sausage?
Gumball: No, just be an adult already.
Darwin: Yeah, but then you have to get a job, and file your taxes, and pay your taxes, and understand taxes...
Gumball: No, I mean, I just want to skip the whole hassle of life. You get it, right, Bobert?
Bobert: Computing request. [Playing Gumball's request] "I just want to skip the whole hassle of life." Command integrated. Terminating Gumball's life.
[Bobert shoots a laser at Gumball's head, causing it to disappear. Gumball's head grows back and he puts out the fire on top of it]
Gumball: Could you take things any more literally?!
Bobert: [Loads] Computing... Negative. My processor cannot take things anymore literally.
Darwin: He didn't actually mean it. Like, what would you do if someone asked you to give them a hand?
[Bobert grabs Darwin's hand and is about to cut it with a circular saw, but Gumball stops him]
Gumball: Alright! Alright! Stop! Bobert's really dangerous. He's a potential killing machine! We should set him some rules. I mean, think of the danger he represents for himself and others – for society, for animals. Think of the children, Darwin. The precious children. The children.
Darwin: This is just some thinly veiled excuse to avoid doing your homework, isn't it?
Darwin: [Sighs] Thank goodness. I was looking for one too. Shall we go?
Gumball: Yeah, come on. Let's bounce.
Bobert: Command integrated.
[Bobert starts bouncing as Gumball grabs his arm and pulls him away]
Making the Rules
[The scene cuts to the Wattersons' house, in Gumball and Darwin's bedroom]
Gumball: Okay, let's set Bobert some simple rules so he can't hurt anyone. Bobert, as a rule, you must never raise your hand against anyone.
Bobert: Command integrated.
Gumball: How do we know it worked?
Darwin: Bobert, try to hurt Gumball.
[Bobert kicks Gumball in the knee, sending him to the floor]
Gumball: Ow! What was that?!
Bobert: Directive followed. No hand was raised during the hurting process.
Gumball: Okay, you're not allowed to raise any part of your body to hurt anyone.
Bobert: Command integrated.
Darwin: Good. Now try to hurt Gumball.
[Gumball stands up, only for Bobert to headbutt him. Gumball gains a black eye]
Gumball: AH! Come on, man!
Bobert: Directive followed. No part of my body was raised during the hurting process.
Gumball: Okay. [Sigh and stands up] You're not allowed to raise or lower your body to hurt anyone.
Bobert: Command integrated.
Darwin: Now try to hurt Gumball.
Gumball: Dude, please just–
[Bobert charges into a bruised Gumball, somehow sending him a year back. He crashes through the door into past Gumball and Darwin]
Darwin: Ow! What the–
Gumball: Sorry, guys. Bobert knocked me into last year. Just do your thing, I'll wait this one out.
[Gumball returns to the present]
Gumball: Okay. You may not move at all to hurt anyone.
Bobert: Command integrated.
Darwin: Perfect... Now try to hurt Gumball.
Gumball: No, please! Huh, it worked.
Darwin: Aw, I knew you'd get there in the end!
[They laugh. Suddenly, Gumball starts coughing and his face becomes deformed]
Gumball: What did you do?!
Bobert: Directive followed. I am emitting concentrated radioactive waves.
Darwin: Well, stop!
Gumball: Wait, maybe it'll give me some kind of super– [Gags and coughs out his tongue; it runs in circles until he catches it and punches it back in place] Sorry, carry on.
Darwin: Alright, how's this: Bobert, you can never hurt anyone in any way, or let them be hurt.
Bobert: Command integrated.
Gumball: Now, hurt Darwin! [Hides behind Bobert]
[They wait for a moment, nothing happens]
Darwin: There, now everyone's safe.
[Darwin walks out of the room while Gumball glares at him]
[Darwin opens the pantry and takes a bag of peanuts]
Darwin: Still nothing.
Gumball: He's probably microwaving some part of you that will cause your kids to be born without skin.
Bobert: Negative. The directive prevents me from hurting anyone in any way.
Gumball: Hm, shame. Definitely was your turn to get it in the neck.
Darwin: Who could hurt such a pretty face? [Makes a baby face. Throws a peanut into his mouth and starts choking]
Gumball: A-ha! Finally! It's not nice when you're the one getting hurt, is it? Is it really bad? [Panicking] Wait, it is really bad, isn't it? Oh my gosh, he's choking!
[Gumball is about to slap Darwin's back, but Bobert grabs his hand]
Gumball: What are you doing?!
Bobert: I cannot let anyone get hurt. In clearing his airways, you may bruise his spinal area.
Gumball: You do it, then!
Bobert: Negative. I cannot hurt anyone.
Gumball: Okay, no rules. Just save him!
Bobert: Command integrated. In what manner would you like Darwin to be saved?
Gumball: It doesn't matter, just pick one!
[Bobert lifts Darwin and his hand extends to send air inside of him. The air causes Darwin to inflate, but successfully rids him of the obstructing food. Each time he opens his mouth, he deflates a little. This happens four times]
Gumball: Why on Earth would you choose such an undignified method?!
Bobert: I used a random algorithm in accordance to your command.
[Gumball touches Darwin, causing him to pop]
Enforcing the Law
[Gumball, Darwin and Bobert go to the mall]
Gumball: Okay, new rule. How about you just uphold the law? It was created by the most brilliant minds, so what could go wrong?
Bobert: Command integrated.
[Bobert shoots a laser beam at Miss Simian nearby, who loses all of her hair]
Gumball: Dude, I said uphold the law!
Bobert: According to the law in New Mexico, females are forbidden to appear unshaven in public.
Gumball: Seriously? I mean, that is pretty funny but– Seriously, what don't you understand? Why are you taking everything so lit– [Bobert walks away] Where is he going now?
[Gary slurps his soup loudly. Bobert's arm turns into a gun-like weapon and points to Gary's head]
Bobert: According to the law in New Jersey, it is illegal to slurp your soup.
[Gary starts screaming, but Bobert's arm changes into an even more complex weapon]
Bobert: In North Carolina, it is illegal to sing off-key.
[Gary's scream becomes auto-tuned]
Guard 2: Drop your weapon, or I'll have to use mine! [He mimics a gun with his finger; Bobert bends it backwards]
Bobert: Do you have a license for that goatee?
Guard 2: Huh?
Bobert: [Ripping the guard's goatee] In Massachusetts, goatees are illegal without a license. [Throws the goatee onto Billy's face]
Billy: Mother, I'm hirsute!
Bobert: [Shoots a laser at Billy's lollipop] Lollipops are also banned.
Gumball: Bobert, stop it!
Bobert: Obstruction of justice.
[Bobert prepares to shoot Gumball but Darwin pushes him out of the way. Bobert fires on the roof instead]
Bobert: Bobert destroyed public property. Engaging penalty. [Tasers himself] Bobert committed aggravated assault on Bobert. Engaging penalty.
Gumball: Stop, stop, stop! Just don't uphold the law.
Bobert: [Runs away] You'll never catch me! [Crashes into something offscreen]
Darwin: Bobert is really dangerous. I guess science-fiction was right, robots are bound to destroy us all.
Bobert: Analyzing problem. The most logical solution would be to terminate myself. Deleting System thirty-two...
Gumball: Stop it! [Slaps Bobert] You're being hysterical!
Bobert: [Slaps Gumball]You stop it. You are being illogical!
Darwin: You cannot just terminate yourself.
Bobert: It is the most rational solution.
[Gumball stands up, disfigured by Bobert's hit]
Gumball: No. [Puts his face back into place] No! All life must be protected, including yours.
Darwin: That's it! Bobert, new brand directive. Protect life at all costs.
Bobert: Command integrated.
[A car drives near Bobert. He holds it back to let some ants cross the road]
Bobert: Command followed. All life on Earth should be preserved: human, animal, insect, even virus.
Gumball: It works! We did it!
[Gumball and Darwin start laughing, but quickly turn to crying. They walk away.]
Gumball: Now there's no excuse to dodge our homework.
[Bobert begins to analyze different situations]
Bobert: Scanning for threat to life on Earth. [Sees a car] Threat found. Carbon footprint excessive. [Harold crosses the road on a hoverboard] Threat found. Alternative transport, absurd. [Juke removes a pair of scissors from many different packages] Threat found. Levels of packaging unacceptable. Really unacceptable. Totally idiotic. [Spots Melted Cheese Guy] Threat found. Calculating cubic meters of methane produced. Threat level: obscene. Compiling data... Primary threat to life on Earth detected: mankind.
Gumball: [Sighs] If Bobert's not gonna help us with our homework, there's only one thing we can do.
Darwin: Do it ourselves?
Gumball: Pshh, no. Find someone online to do it for us. [Types on his phone] That's weird, there's no Internet.
Mister Small: No, you're saying it the wrong way. It's pronounced quinoa!
Larry: It is pronounced quinoa!
Mister Small: Quinoa!
Mister Small: Fine. I guess we'll have to settle this the new-fashioned way.
[Both pull out their phones and start typing furiously]
Mister Small: Huh, that's weird. No network.
Larry: Me neither. Then I guess we'll have to settle this the old-fashioned way.
[They have a slap fight. Meanwhile, the Goblin and Principal Brown check their account balance at the ATMs]
Goblin: That's weird, I got no money.
Nigel Brown: Me neither! But doesn't that mean...
[The Earth stops spinning, causing Rocky, Principal Brown and the Goblin to fall down]
Goblin: But money makes the world go round!
Rocky: Wait. If there's no money, how are we supposed to buy stuff?
Nigel Brown: We don't! We just take it. The foundations of civilization have collapsed. It's every man for himself!
[They rip they shirts and Principal Brown attempts to do the same but rips the fur off his chest instead]
Nigel Brown: [In pain] I shouldn't have done that.
[They break into a store and steal the things inside. A truck crashes into a wall near Mr. Small and Larry, burying them in potatoes]
Mister Small: Oh no, we're buried under a pile of potahtoes!
Larry: [Outraged] Why, you–! [Tackles Mister Small and attacks him]
Darwin: People are tearing each other apart! Call the paramedics, call the fire department, call the police!
[Principal Brown runs out of the store, with the skin of his chest still exposed]
Gumball: And the fashion police.
[Gumball runs into a phone booth and dials 911]
Gumball: We need help!
Bobert: Request denied.
Gumball: Bobert? You're behind all this?
Bobert: My analysis identified mankind as the main threat to life on this planet. The rational solution is to accelerate your extinction.
[A plane grazes close to the ground and destroys part of the booth]
Gumball: Bobert, I order you to stop!
Bobert: Order invalid. You are part of the threat yourself. Terminating conversation in three...two...one...
[Darwin pulls him out of the phone booth as it blows up]
Gumball: Quick! We have to stop Bobert before he...saves the world?
Face to Face with Bobert
[Bobert is in what appears to be a basement]
Bobert: Commencing final extinction in T minus ten. Nine. Eight–
Notification: You've got mail.
Bobert: Attachment detected: Gumball and Darwin. Illogical. Life forms cannot attach themselves to email.
[Gumball and Darwin kick the door open]
Gumball: We didn't, but we knew it would distract you. [They fall to their knees crying] Please don't make us extinct!
Darwin: We're not all that bad!
Bobert: According to my data, mankind exploits its resources and destroys its environment. One day, it will colonize space and destroy more environments.
Darwin: Yeah, but surely in these new environments we'll need to grow trees and raise animals, so we're preserving life.
Gumball: Yeah, so we can burn and eat them.
Bobert: The closest comparison to mankind is a virus. It must be terminated. Resuming countdown. Eight. Seven.
[Bobert is heard counting in the background while Gumball remembers what he said earlier]
Bobert: Mankind is a virus. All life on Earth should be preserved, even virus.
[The thoughts echo in Gumball's head and he turns around just as the counter reaches 1]
Gumball: That's it! Bobert, you can't destroy mankind because, uh, uh... If mankind's a virus– No, uh. [Sighs] Nevermind, I lost it. [Walks away] Carry on.
Darwin: Wait! You said all life should be protected. Even a virus. So you can't make us extinct!
Bobert: Extinction protocol conflict with life protection protocol. Illogical argument detected. Terminating extinction protocol.
Gumball: [Sighs in relief] I'm glad that's over. So, how about a little help with our homework?