It is Granny Jojo's birthday and the family celebrates with a cake, but she is annoyed by the numerous candles on the cake which are more than her current age of 63. The kids apologize since they did not know her age and guessed it by her looks. They ask her if they could help blow them out since the cake is close to becoming a bonfire but she said she had experience putting out fires before when she was raising Richard and blows out the candles with a strong gust of wind that pulled back everyone's faces. After that, Richard decides to have a toast, literally as he was eating a piece of toast. Then he gives a speech he had written down describing how amazing his mom is in alphabetical order. During his speech, Jojo makes a comment of how average Nicole looks today, surprising her since that is the least offensive thing she has said to her. The kids also noticed how non-grumpy she is since she gave them real candy instead of her expired medicine, and that she was sincerely smiling. After the speech, Jojo thanks her son for the surprise speech and said she also had a surprise of her own. Before she could reveal it, the doorbell rings and Richard answers it meeting a guy named Louie. Jojo reveals to them that Louie is her new boyfriend. Richard is so far the most shocked to learn of his mother's boyfriend and faints after being grossed out by them kissing. The kids and Nicole manage to revive Richard by opening a bag of nachos in front of him.
Everyone is then sitting at the table with Louie whispering to Jojo while Richard glares at Louie. Richard then tells Louie if he had something to say he should say it in front of the family. Granny Jojo then says she had no idea what Louie was saying because her hearing was not how it used to be. Louie says that he could not listen to her too because of his hearing and he was just hoping it was not a question. They both laugh with each other seeing that they have so much in common and kiss again, revolting Richard. Richard then asks Louie of his current career forgetting the fact he is retired. Richard then openly mocks him with poor jokes and forced laughter. He even demanded his family to join him in mocking Louie, but his childish attempt to drive Louie away leaves a literally heavy and awkward atmosphere. Seeing that it is time to leave, Louie gave his goodbyes while Richard demanded him to leave his house after Louie already left the house. Embarrassed, Richard drags him back into the house before again demanding him to leave. Louie points it out and Richard asked his kids to restrain him while he shouts at Louie to get out.
After that display, Richard questions his mother of what his father would say when he gets back. Apparently, Richard still believes that his father went to get milk and could be back anytime, but that was 42 years ago leaving another awkward atmosphere with the family. Before Granny Jojo could explain that, Richard forbids her from seeing Louie again. They bickered over whose old enough to do what they want and end up grounding each other to their rooms, storming off and the Wattersons looked at them, confused, due to the fact that neither actually went to a bedroom.
Later that night, Gumball is sleeping only to be woken and seeing the terrifying makeup-covered face of Granny Jojo. At first, he thought it was a nightmare until Darwin and Anais told him that they helped her get ready for her date, and then he screamed. Anais agreed with him since it was the best they could give her on short notice. The kids then make remarks about how they could improve her already repulsive looks until she tells them to stop and help her reach her date. Gumball does not want to get between her and his father but then she starts describing how she loves Louie that Gumball begs her to stop grossing him out and agrees to help her.
First, they try making a rope out of cloth to reach Louie outside, but the rope is too short. They eventually find a way to lengthen the rope (with Granny Jojo's help). Though the rope reaches Louie, Granny Jojo is too heavy to haul out of the window, even with Anais, Darwin and Gumball's help (Granny Jojo soon reveals that she has so much metal in her that she is legally classified as a motorized vehicle) Soon, Granny Jojo makes it up to the window, but no one tied the rope to anything, resulting in the rope piling outside in front of Louie, causing the three of them to blame each other until Gumball admits that he did not tell anyone to tie it. Meanwhile, Nicole talks to Richard, convincing her husband to go talk to his mother and they remember how they fell in love. The flashback appears when Richard sings a song to Nicole, but he stopped because his father is about to coming and the flashback ends. Nicole then told Richard not to ruin his mother's relationship with Louie, which he agreed.
Back in Gumball's bedroom, Gumball creates a Rube Goldberg machine to hurl Granny Jojo out of the window. At first, it seems successful until it throws Granny Jojo up to the ceiling instead of out the window. In the end, they just help her meet up with Louie downstairs. Although, just as she and Louie are about to kiss, Richard comes out of his room and blocks them from kissing each other. Richard tells Louie to get away, saying that he is the man of the house. Louie and Richard then start to settle the argument. Gumball suggests a "man-off" between Louie and Richard (although Louie was about to suggest a nice calm talk, and Richard a rock-paper-scissors game).
The Man-off begins, with Louie winning the first round (which was hair-growing). They proceed to other rounds like man-washing, man-sitting, man-cooking, man-whistling, and man-dancing. The final challenge is revealed to be sharing your emotions which Richard thinks that is a waste of time since there is nothing to talk about. Granny Jojo asks him if he really understood that his father was not coming back and this makes Richard feel sad. He tries to stop from crying only to cry hard after his mother convinces him to "let it all out." Richard says that he is worried that he might lose Granny Jojo too since she likes Louie so much. Granny Jojo comforts him, and Richard (hugging Louie) says he will call him "father." Anais asks if Richard will be okay, and he says yes that "there is a time that we have to all grow up, and become a man." He hugs his family (and gets grossed out once again by his mom and Louie kissing).
During the flashback, Nicole and Richard look and are dressed the same as they were in "The Treasure" shortly after Gumball was born.
This is the second episode in which new continuity begins for the series' status quo; the first was "The Shell."
The famous "I dare you" line from the film Pulp Fiction was made.
The elaborate contraption the kids devise to launch Granny Jojo out of the bedroom is inspired by the early 20th-century cartoons of Rube Goldberg, which depicted absurd inventions designed to accomplish trivial tasks.
Gumball, Darwin, Anais, Richard, and Nicole: Happy birthday!
[Granny Jojo with her son, and the rest of the Wattersons is shown sitting at the table with a cake]
Darwin: Come on, Granny Jojo. Blow out your candles!
Gumball: Yeah. I prefer my face medium-rare, not charr-grilled.
Granny Jojo: Why are there so many candles? I'm only sixty-three.
Anais: Sorry. We didn't know exactly how old you were, so we based it on looks. Do you need some help blowing them out?
Granny Jojo: Kid, I raised your dad by myself. It's not the first time I've had to put out a fire.
[Granny Jojo blows out all her candles with a powerful gust of her breath. Richard clears his throat and taps his glass]
Richard: I think it's time for a toast. [Eats literal toast] Thank you.
[Gumball, Anais, Nicole and Darwin awkwardly clap]
Richard: And now for your birthday surprise.
[He grabs some papers]
Richard: The alphabet of my mom. "A" is for "Amazing" 'cause that's what you are. "B" is for "Breakfast", one of my twelve favorite mealtimes and because you're amazing, Mom. "C" is for…
[He continues talking]
Granny Jojo: Nicole, I just wanted to say that you look really average today.
Nicole: Oh, yeah? Well, you look like someone drew an ugly face on a butt with a— wait, what? Did you just say "average"? That's gotta be the least offensive thing you've ever said to me. You need to lie down…
Gumball: Yeah, and you gave us real candy instead of your expired fungus medication-
Darwin: And your face looks wrong. It's like your mouth is upside down-
Anais: It's almost as if you're…smiling.
Richard: …why? Because I like them. And "Z" is for "Zebra", an amazing mythical creature. But not as amazing as you, Mom.
Granny Jojo: Thank you, Richard. Like every year, that was a nice surprise. And while we're on the topic, I also have a surprise for all of you.
[The doorbell rings. Richard answers the door]
Richard: Sorry, sir, we already got a surprise here. We don't need any more.
Louie: Nice to meet you-
[Richard slams the door, unintentionally in Louie's face. His outstretched arm sticks out through the door. Granny Jojo opens the door this time]
Granny Jojo: This is Louie, he's my boyfriend.
[She and Louie kiss for a long time, grossing Richard out. After they seemingly finish, they kiss again. This time, Richard faints]
[Richard finally recovers. He sees Gumball, wobbling in his vision. His voice sounds different]
Gumball: Dad, are you alright?
Darwin: What's with the voice?
Gumball: I don't know. It just felt appropriate.
Anais: Dad, wake up!
Nicole: Get the first-aid kit!
[Gumball takes a pack of nachos and hands it to Nicole]
[She opens it. Immediately, Richard springs up, and takes the nachos with his mouth and chews on it wildly]
[They are all back at the table. Louie whispers something to Granny Jojo and she laughs. Her son watches angrily]
Richard: IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY, MAYBE YOU SHOULD SHARE IT WITH THE WHOLE FAMILY!
Granny Jojo: To be honest with you, I have no idea what he said. My hearing isn't what it used to be.
Louie: Me, neither! I was just laughing, and hoping it wasn't a question.
Louie: We got so much in common.
Granny Jojo: Yeah, we're both falling apart.
[They laugh again. Louie kisses Granny Jojo, and grosses Richard out once more]
Richard: [Faking a smile] So, Louie. What career plans do you have?
Louie: Um, none.
Richard: HA HA! This guy has no prospects!
Louie: Actually, I'm retired.
Richard: Come on, Nicole! Laugh at him with me.
[While he laughs, she face palms]
Richard: Come on, kids! Say something mean and ironic about him.
[They shake their heads]
Richard: No? Fine, I'll do it myself. Where did you retire from? Santa's factory? Because you're small! [Laughs] Burn! [Laughs, then covers face] Why did you steal my mom!?
Darwin: Uh…is it me, or is the atmosphere a little-
[The atmospheric pressure literally becomes heavy, and Nicole, Darwin, Gumball and Anais sag to the floor. Darwin falls into the floor]
Louie: Well, that was very nice. Catch you later, cotton tail.
[He kisses her goodbye, and heads out. As he gets out of the house, Richard points at him through the close door]
Richard: Get out of my house!
Gumball: Uh…he just did.
[He brings back Louie inside the house]
Richard: Now get out of my house!
Louie: You're the one who dragged me back here, son.
Richard: Call me son one more time! I dare you! I DOUBLE-DARE YOU! You MOTHER ROBBER! Kids, come over here.
[Gumball and Darwin come to him]
Richard: Okay, you grab this arm [Gumball takes his arm]. Now you take my leg. [Darwin takes it] LET ME AT HIM! LET ME AT HIM! You're lucky they're here, or you'd end up on a mobility scooter for the rest of your life! LET ME AT HIM!
[He breaks free from Gumball and Darwin's grip and smashes through the door. He sees Louie taking off in his mobility scooter]
Richard: That's right, faster! Faster, old man!
Louie: I'm trying! But this thing takes twenty minutes to go from zero to eight miles an hour.
[Richard grunts, and pushes Louie on his scooter away. Afterwards, he storms to Granny Jojo]
Richard: What is Father gonna say when he comes back?
Granny Jojo, Anais, Gumball, Darwin and Nicole: Father?
Richard: Yeah. You said he left to buy some milk forty-two years ago. He could be back any minute!
Granny Jojo, Anais, Gumball, Darwin and Nicole: Uh-
Granny Jojo: Let me explain something-
Richard: No, let ME explain something. I don't want you to see that guy anymore!
Granny Jojo: Well, I don't think it's for you to decide, young man!
Richard: When you're under my roof, you follow my rules, old lady!
Gumball: I don't think anyone should follow your twelve-meals-a-day rule.
Granny Jojo: Richard, I'm old enough to make my own rules, and I'm seeing Louie TONIGHT!
Richard: Go to your room, you're grounded!
Granny Jojo: You go to your room, you're grounded!
Richard and Granny Jojo: FINE!
[They storm off from each other. The rest of the Wattersons watch awkwardly]
Gumball: How long before they realize neither of them went in the direction of a bedroom?
Granny Jojo's "Hot" Date
[Nighttime. A light clicks open in Gumball's bedroom. Gumball sleeps peacefully as a shadow covers him]
Granny Jojo: Gumball.
[Opening an eye, he sees his grandmother beside him, wearing fancy clothes with make-up on. The scene closes up on her face]
Gumball: [Gasps] Oh, wait, this is clearly a nightmare. Nothing could be this ugly in real life.
Darwin: We helped Granny Jojo make herself pretty for Louie. What do you think?
Gumball: Huh. What do you know? [Screams hysterically]
Anais: Yeah, I agree with you. But this is the best we could do short of a face transplant.
Gumball: She looks like a haunted Christmas!
Darwin: We were hoping you could help us out.
Gumball: Well how 'bout we start with a longer dress? I don't think we should see her legs, they remind me of processed ham. Actually, have you tried a bag over her head?
Darwin: Yeah, we tried that first. But she needed to breathe in these holes and then you could see bits of her.
Gumball: Oh, I got an idea. [Switches off light]
Granny Jojo: Okay, that's enough! [Switches on light] Are you kids gonna help me sneak out, or what?
Gumball: U-uh, I don't know, Granny Jojo. I-I really don't want to come between you and Dad. It'd be like getting caught between a saggy rock and a fat, sweaty place.
Granny Jojo: Oh, Gumball. If you could only understand the meaning of true love. The yearning to be one with another soul. To hold him tightly in your arms-
Granny Jojo: Hear him whisper in your ear: I love you, I love you-
Gumball: Fine! Fine! We'll do it! Just please stop talking.
[From the window, Louie's whistling can be heard. They see him with outside]
Louie: Is your grandma in?
Gumball: Yeah, she'll be right down.
[A rope made up of tied sheets is lowered]
Gumball: It's not long enough. What else can we use?
Granny Jojo: Kids, close your eyes.
[They do as she says. She takes something off. The rope suddenly lengthens. Granny Jojo's body is shown to be almost shapeless and saggy]
Darwin: Oh, man! I can't believe how big Granny's girdle is.
Gumball: I can't believe I'm touching it with my bare hands.
Anais: I can't believe I'm genetically predestined to wear one some day.
Granny Jojo: Okay, enough chit-chat. Help me up. I don't wanna break a leg before my hot date.
[They drop the rope, and try carrying her out the window]
Gumball: What the weight? How can someone so small be so heavy?
Granny Jojo: Well I have two metal hips, one orthopedic shoe, six gold teeth, a plate in my head, and an industrial-strength pacemaker. I got so much metal in me I'm legally classified as a motorized vehicle. Anyway, where's the rope?
[The rope is gone. Gumball turns to Anais]
Gumball: Didn't I tell you to tie the end to something?
Anais: [Then Anais turns to Darwin] Didn't I tell you to tie the end to something?
Darwin: [Darwin turns around although no one is there] Didn't I tell you-
Gumball: Oh, sorry. My bad. I didn't tell anyone to tie it.
Granny Jojo: We need another plan.
In Nicole and Richard's Bedroom
Nicole: Oh Richard, you can't stop her from seeing Louie. Remember what we were like when we fell in love...
[Flashback to when they were younger. Richard is on a ladder, singing with a guitar to Nicole at the window of her house]
Richard: "I" is for "Incredible" 'cause that's what you are. "J" is for "Edible" 'cause-
Daniel[offscreen]: Nicole, where are you?
Nicole: Quick! Dad's coming.
[Nicole closes the window. Richard loses his balance, and breaks the steps of the ladder on the way down with his face]
Richard: I'm oka-
[The guitar falls inside his mouth. The flashback ends]
Richard: Of course I remember. The doctor couldn't remove one of the strings. [Plucks a string inside himself]
Nicole: Richard, your mother's never been this happy… or nice. I don't want you to ruin that.
Richard: Alright, I'll speak with her.
Gumball's Rube Goldberg Machine
[An assortment of different things is in Gumball's room, making up his Rube Golberg Machine]
Gumball: Alright! So the plan is we knock over the DVDs, which sets off the mouse trap, which sends the golf ball up there, which sets off the dominoes, which sets off the toy car, which will switch on the fan, which will send the turtle to the rope, which will bite it, dropping the desk, propelling Granny Jojo through the window and she uses her bloomers to land safely in Louie's arm. Everybody ready?
[He starts it. At first, his creation seems to works. Then in the end, it sends Granny Jojo smacking up against the ceiling instead of out the window]
Anais: Maybe we could just open the front door.
[Gumball lets Louie in]
Louie: Ah, thanks, kid. Hello, cotton tail.
[As they are about to kiss, Richard comes out of his room, and blocks their mouths. He gets saliva on his hand. He wipes this off on Gumball's face]
Gumball: Well, that's that face ruined.
[He throws away his head, and grows a new one]
Richard: Get away from my mom, get out of our lives! I am the man of this house!
Louie: Well, [Removes short] It seems there's only one way to settle this.
Granny Jojo: Uh. Please don't lower your standards, and demonstrate your manhoods in physical confrontation.
Gumball: You're right Granny Jojo. A man-off is a great idea!
Louie: I was gonna say we could settle this by sitting down, and having a calm, reasonable conversation.
Richard: I was gonna suggest rock, paper, scissors!
Gumball: Okay. Then man-off it is!
[They are in the backyard]
Gumball: A man eats meat with his fingers. A man doesn't need to wash his pants to really stand up by themselves. A man scratches whatever part of his body he likes in public, and shows no shame! A man drinks straight from the milk carton. When he spills some on the floor, he cleans it with his sock. So, it'll be hard to figure out who of you two is the best man! But, we will give it our manly best. Gentlemen! Your first trial will be…hair-growing.
Louie: Oh, well, I've won.
Gumball: What— how?
[Louie is seen to be very hairy]
Louie: Kid, I'm seventy-two years old. I need to shave seventeen times a day. Just while you were talking, my nose hair reached my bottom lip.
Darwin: And the winner is Louie!
Richard: What!? What about my sole patch?
[Richard shows them a small patch of hair on his chin]
[Louie's hair grows to the point of covering his whole body]
Gumball: Next round: Man washing!
[Anais evaluates them washing themselves. Richard washes himself with his clothes on, and Anais is grossed out by his smell. Louie washes himself with a toothbrush. When Anais smells his breath, her head spins around, her ears pop off, and she melts]
Gumball: [Announcing] Man sitting!
[Louie and Richard sit on the couch. They spread their legs as wide as they can. Louie practically does a split while Richard falls on the ground]
Gumball: [Announcing] Man cooking!
[Louie cooks some meat, and Gumball eats it. He spits it out]
Gumball: Ugh, it's rare!
Louie: That's how a man eats.
Richard: That's not rare, this is!
[Richard tries to eat a live cow. It kicks him away]
Gumball: [Announcing] Man whistling!
[Louie does a whistle with his hand]
Richard: Ha! I could do it better with only one finger. [Chokes on finger]
Gumball: [Announcing] Man dancing!
[Richard dances to a radio, while Louie does nothing]
Gumball: That was a trick question. A real man doesn't dance.
The Feelings, the Bad Father and the Good Son
[Scene goes to the living room]
Gumball: And for the final challenge: sharing your emotions!
Louie and Richard: What?
Gumball: [Evil laugh] Yes! All of this was a trick to make you confront man's deepest, darkest fear: talking about your feelings.
Richard: [Scoffs] Well, that's a waste of time, there's nothing to talk about.
Granny Jojo: Oh, Richard, what about your dad? I thought you understood he didn't really go to get milk?
[Richard suppresses his emotions. He stops himself from crying]
Richard: I know… I know. It's just that I really…r-really…
Granny Jojo: I know, I know. I liked him too. It's just…he felt otherwise. Come on, just let it all out.
[Richard cries hard. Granny Jojo comforts him amidst the shower of tears and mucus]
Granny Jojo: Come on, kid. That's it.
Richard: [Stops crying] It's just, I'm worried that you'll like Louie better than me- [Sniffs] And then-and then I'll lose you too. [Sniffs]
Granny Jojo: [Kisses him on cheek] Don't be sillier than you already are. Your brain might stall once and for all.
Richard: You know, I want you to be happy too. LOUIE! [Hugs] From now on, I'll call you Daddy!
Louie: Um, [Clears throat] A lot of weather we've been having lately.
[Richard puts him down, and Louis pats him]
Anais: Are you gonna be okay, Dad?
Richard: Yes, sweetie. There comes a time when in your life, you have to grow up, and become a man.
[Richard hugs his family. Louie and Granny Jojo kiss happily, disgusting him again, and making him gag]