It is Granny Jojo's birthday, and the Watterson family are celebrating with a cake, however, she is annoyed by the fact that the numerous candles on the cake count past her age of sixty-three. The kids apologize, as they did not know her age, only guessing it by her looks. They ask her if they could help blow out the candles, since the candle's accumulation resembled that more of a bonfire, but she assures that she has experience putting out fires from raising Richard, and blows out the candles with a strong gust of wind that blows back everyone's fur. After that, Richard decides to have a toast— literally, proceeding to eat a slice 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 on how average Nicole looks today, surprising her since that is the least offensive thing she has ever said to her. The kids also notice 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 (despite him giving it every year), and says she also has a surprise of her own. Before she can reveal it, the doorbell rings and Richard answers it, revealing Louie. Jojo reveals to them that Louie is her new boyfriend. Richard is shocked to learn of his mother's boyfriend, and faints from disgust after witnessing 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 them. Richard then tells Louie that if he has 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 is not what it used to be. Louie says that he could not hear her either 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 about his current career, forgetting the fact he is retired. Richard then openly mocks him with poor jokes and forced laughter. He even demands 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 gives his goodbyes while Richard demands him to leave his house, even after Louie has already done so. Embarrassed, Richard drags him back into the house before again demanding him to leave. Louie points out how illogical this, and Richard asks his kids to restrain him while he shouts at Louie to get out.
After that display, Richard angrily asks his mother what his father is going to say when he gets back. Apparently, Richard still believes that his father went to get milk and could be back anytime, but that was forty-two years ago, leaving another awkward atmosphere hanging over the family. Before Granny Jojo can explain that Richard's father abandoned them, Richard forbids her from seeing Louie again. They bicker, with both insisting that they are more mature than the other, and end up sending each other to their rooms, storming off. The Wattersons watch them go, confused, due to the fact that neither actually went to a bedroom.
Later that night, Gumball is sleeping, only to be woken and see the terrifying makeup-covered face of Granny Jojo. At first, he thinks it is a nightmare until Darwin and Anais tell him that they helped her get ready for her date, and then he screams. Anais agrees with him, and explains that 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, so 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. They flashback to their youth, and remember a time when Richard climbed up to Nicole's window and sang her a song, but he stopped because her father was approaching, and the flashback ends. Nicole then tells Richard not to ruin his mother's relationship with Louie, to which he agrees.
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. However, 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 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 "daddy." 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).
This episode reveals that Granny Jojo is sixty-three years old. Given that Richard is thirty-eight years old, Jojo must have been twenty-five when she had him.
It also reveals that Louie is seventy-two years old, making him nine years older than Jojo.
This episode reveals that Richard's father left him.
This episode reveals that Richard has a guitar string inside his body due to a fall from a ladder with a guitar he sustained while trying to serenade Nicole when they were teens.
Granny Jojo is revealed to have so much metal in her that she is legally classified as a motorized vehicle.
Metal parts in her include two metal hips, one orthopedic shoe, six gold teeth, a plate in her head, and a pacemaker.
This episode reveals Gumball can pull off and subsequently regenerate his head.
Running Gag: Richard gets grossed out whenever Granny Jojo and Louie kiss.
This is Louie's second major role. The first was in "The Extras."
This is the sixth time that two characters kiss on the lips. The first time was in "The Kiss," the second time was in "Halloween," the third was in "The Boombox," the fourth was in "The Extras," and the fifth was in "The Shell."
Gumball makes an evil face similar to the ones he previously did in "The Move" and "The Burden."
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 is paraphrased.
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 and the Wattersons are sitting at the table with a cake completely covered in candles]
Darwin: Come on, Granny Jojo! Blow out your candles!
Gumball: Yeah, I prefer my face medium-rare, not char-grilled.
GrannyJojo: 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?
GrannyJojo: 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, leaving her family's fur blown back. Richard clears his throat and taps his glass]
Richard: I think it's time for a toast. [He eats a slice of toast] Thank you.
[Gumball, Anais, Nicole, and Darwin sigh and clap halfheartedly]
Richard: And now for your birthday surprise.
[He produces a stack of papers from his pocket]
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]
GrannyJojo: 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 a 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 are…smiling.
Richard: …why? Because I like them. And "Z" is for "Zebra", an amazing mythical creature. But not as amazing as you, Mom.
GrannyJojo: 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 in Louie's face. His outstretched arm sticks out through the letter flap. Granny Jojo reopens the door]
GrannyJojo: 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 is distorted and echoing]
Gumball: Dad, are you alright?
Darwin: What's with the voice?
Gumball: [Distorted, but no longer echoing] 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, biting into the nacho bag and chewing on it wildly]
[Everyone is back at the table. Louie whispers something to Granny Jojo and she laughs. Her son watches angrily]
Richard: [Slams on the table; Yelling]IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY, MAYBE YOU SHOULD SHARE IT WITH THE WHOLE FAMILY!
GrannyJojo: 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.
GrannyJojo: Yeah, we're both falling apart.
[They laugh again. Louie kisses Granny Jojo, and Richard wretches once more.]
Richard: [Faking a smile] So, Louie. What career plans do you have?
Louie: Um, none.
Richard: HA HA! He's got 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, cottontail.
[He kisses her goodbye, and heads out. As he gets out of the house, Richard points at him through the closed door]
Richard: Get out of my house!
Gumball: Uh… he just did.
[He brings Louie back into 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 approach him]
Richard: Okay, you grab this arm [Gumball takes his arm]. Now you take my leg. [Darwin takes it] LEMME AT 'EM! LEMME AT 'EM! You're lucky they're here, or you'd end up in a mobility scooter for the rest of your life! LEMME AT 'EM!
[He breaks slips out of Gumball and Darwin's grip and is flung through the door like a rubber band, landing on the sidewalk. Looking up, 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 away on his scooter. Afterwards, he storms back inside to confront Granny Jojo]
Richard: What's Father gonna say when he comes back?
GrannyJojo, 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!
GrannyJojo, Anais, Gumball, Darwin, and Nicole: Uh—
[Everyone looks at each other awkwardly]
GrannyJojo: Let me explain something—
Richard: No, let ME explain something! I don't want you to see that guy anymore!
GrannyJojo: 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.
GrannyJojo: Richard, I'm old enough to make my own rules, and I'm seeing Louie TONIGHT!
Richard: Go to your room, you're grounded!
GrannyJojo: You go to your room, you're grounded!
Richard and GrannyJojo: 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]
[Opening an eye, he sees his grandmother beside him, wearing fancy clothes with make-up on. The jump cuts closer to 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 breathing holes and then you could see bits of her.
Gumball: Oh, I got an idea. [Switches off light]
GrannyJojo: 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.
GrannyJojo: Oh, Gumball, if you could only understand the meaning of true love. The yearning to be at one with another soul. To hold them tightly in your arms-
GrannyJojo: Hear them 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 his scooter outside]
Louie: Is your grandma in?
Gumball: Yeah, she'll be right down.
[A rope made up of tied sheets is lowered]
Gumball: Ugh, it's not long enough. What else can we use?
GrannyJojo: Kids, close your eyes.
[They do as she says. She takes something off. The rope suddenly lengthens. Granny Jojo's body is shown, saggy and almost shapeless]
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.
GrannyJojo: Okay, enough chit-chat. Help me up. I don't wanna break a leg before my hot date.
[They drop the rope, and try pushing her out the window]
Gumball: What the weight? How can someone so small be so heavy?
GrannyJojo: 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: [Anais turns to Darwin] Didn't I tell you to tie the end to something?
Darwin: [Darwin turns to nobody] Didn't I tell you to-
Gumball: Oh, sorry. My bad. I didn't tell anyone to tie it.
GrannyJojo: We need another plan.
In Nicole and Richard's Bedroom
Nicole: Oh Richard, you can't stop her from seeing Louie. Remember what you were like when we fell in love...
[Flashback to when they were younger. Richard is on a ladder, serenading Nicole with a guitar at the window of her house]
Richard: I's for "Incredible" 'cause that's what you are. J is for "Edible" 'cause-
Daniel: [Off-screen] Nicole, where are you?
Nicole: Quick, Dad's coming!
[Nicole quickly shuts the window and Richard falls down the ladder, breaking the steps]
Richard: I'm oka-
[The guitar falls inside Richard's 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 she bites through, 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 work. At the very end, however, 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, cottontail.
[As they are about to kiss, Richard comes out of his room, and blocks their mouths. He gets saliva all over his hand. Disgusted, he wipes this off on Gumball's face]
Gumball: Well, that's that face ruined.
[Gumball throws away his head, and a new one immediately sprouts in its place]
Richard: Get away from my mom, get out of our lives! I am the man of this house!
Louie: Well, [He removes his shirt] It seems there's only one way to settle this.
GrannyJojo: Uigh. 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!
[All the guys 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, and 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]
[Gumball motions to Louie. Louie's hair has grown 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 trying to outdo him]
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. [He sticks his finger all the way into his mouth, choking on it]
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
[Gumball, Darwin, and out two man-off contestants are sitting around the living room table.]
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.
GrannyJojo: Oh, Richard, what about your dad? I thought you understood he didn't really go to get milk?
[Richard suppresses his emotions. He struggles to keep himself from crying.]
Richard: I know… I know. It's just that I really… r-really…
GrannyJojo: 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.]
GrannyJojo: 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]
GrannyJojo: [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, making him gag one last time]