The episode begins at the house where Gumball is watching TV and eating snacks. Suddenly Penny calls him on his home phone and asks him whether he is coming to their date or not. Gumball is confused by this, as he thought they were going to meet at dinner, not knowing that Penny was actually referring to a new restaurant called "Dinner" at the mall. Gumball panics and gets himself ready as quickly as possible, making excuses to Penny on the phone without much progress. He tells her that he will be there in ten minutes before hanging up.
As he is about to leave, Darwin excitedly shows Gumball his ability to wiggle his ears (despite not having ears). Gumball is in too much of a hurry to pay attention and tries to end their conversation without hurting Darwin's feelings by using various signs. However, Richard notices this while driving by and thinks Gumball is trying to direct him, causing him to crash into a lamppost. Gumball runs to the mall but on the way he encounters Banana Joe, who asks if he wants to hang out, only to be declined by the confused Gumball. He continues his way but encounters a hobo, who asks for spare change. Gumball does not have anything to spare since his money is to be spent on his date, inadvertently insulting the hobo. To make up for it, Gumball promises to buy him some food at dinner.
On his way again, Gumball encounters three construction men who are "complimenting" random people on the street and end up stating that Gumball's head is massive. Gumball is angered by this and lectures the men to take a softer approach when complimenting someone. He heads his way once more but bumps into a family of shape people who need directions. Unable to comprehend their language, Gumball attempts to imitate their speech but accidentally insults them.
Gumball arrives at the mall at last and spots Penny sitting in a booth at Dinner. However, as he waves to her, he unintentionally bids at a nearby auction. Gumball pays no attention to it and is about to start his date. Unfortunately, Banana Joe, the construction men, the hobo, and the auctioneer all interrupt him. Gumball manages to get rid of them by forfeiting his prize to the hobo and making the construction men practice their compliments on Banana Joe (the blue triangle also appears to get back at Gumball for insulting him earlier, only to be run over by Richard).
With no more interruptions, Gumball finally begins his date. However, as Penny takes a bite of a hamburger, she starts choking on it and tries to alert Gumball. Gumball is clueless about what she is trying to do and thinks she has to go and leaves, much to her dismay. The episode ends with Gumball exiting the diner, whistling obliviously, as Penny is saved by Karen and glares after him.
Gumball: [Groans and picks up the home phone] Yes?
Penny: Gumball, are you coming or what?
Gumball: But- but I thought you said we were gonna meet at dinner!
Penny: Yeah, we're having lunch at Dinner, the new diner that's just opened.
Penny: Uh, hello?
Gumball: [Scrubbing his body with a sponge in the bath tub] Uh, yeah, yeah, sorry, I thought you said we were going to meet at the mall, not your house.
Penny: I am at the mall.
Gumball: [Muffled speech through the pants on his head]
Gumball: Me too. I- I can't see you though.
Penny: Really? Where are you?
Gumball: Oh you know, right by that place- The one that sells uh, stuff- [The phone cord untangles and his body splats against the wall, leaving his clothes by the door]
Penny: Gumball, you do realize I called you on your home phone.
Gumball: [Laughs nervously] Of course I- I mean. [Clears his throat] This is a voice message I left for you in case you called. Please leave your message after the beep. Beep!
Penny: [Pops out her eye from the phone]
Gumball: I'll be there in ten.
Penny: [Kisses Gumball on the cheek] Good.
[Gumball runs to the door and puts on his pants and sweater quickly]
Darwin: [Runs up to Gumball] Dude, look. I learned how to wiggle my ears. Check it out! [Stands still, squinting] Is it happening? Are they wiggling? [Gumball walks out the door] Wha-- Wait a second! I jus- I just had it! You gotta see!
Gumball: Uh, yeah. [Describes something with his hands]
Darwin: What do you mean you wanna buy a new pair of fruit bikinis but you're not sure if the milk is off?
Darwin: That's what you just described with your hands.
Gumball: Ok. First, you don't have ears. And secondly, this is what people do when they wanna get out of a conversation without being mean.
Darwin: Well I think it's a little bit confusing.
Gumball: How is this remotely confusing? [Repeating his earlier gestures] "I'm late, I gotta go, I gotta hurry, I might call you but I definitely won't."
[Richard crashes at a street light.]
Gumball: Dad?! What are you doing?!
Richard: It's your fault. [Repeating Gumball's gestures] You said go back, and keep going, and I'll call you when you get too close to the lamppost, which I thought was a bit weird.
Darwin: See, dude. Those signals are pretty easy to misinterpret.
Gumball: Fine, interpret this. [Describes something with his hands then runs away.]
Richard: What? You bought a timeshare in a lighthouse with watermelon paper?
Gumball: [Growls offscreen]
Misunderstandings Through Journey to the Mall
Banana Joe: Hey man, wanna hang out?
Gumball: [Stops running] Hey Joe. I'm sorry, I really can't talk right now.
Banana Joe: [Singing] Should we just sing instead?
Gumball: Dude, I didn't have time for this. I really gotta go.
Banana Joe: Number one or number two? [wiggles his eyebrows]
Gumball: What? Eww, no. Look, I don't wanna be rude but I need to leave. Follow me?
Banana Joe: Got it.
Gumball: [Walks slowly past Joe but realizes he is following him] What are you doing?!
Banana Joe: What? You said 'follow me'. I thought we were doing a walk and talk.
Gumball: Dude, I don't have time to talk! Am I clear?!
Banana Joe: [Zips his mouth and winks at Gumball]
[Gumball starts walking again, but Banana Joe walks after him]
Gumball: No! Just me walking. For you, there's no walking and no talking! Alright?!
Banana Joe: [Nods]
Gumball: [Walks backward]
Banana Joe: [Moves forward without moving his legs]
Gumball: That was a- uh. Actually that was too impressive for me to be mad. But I'm gonna be as specific as I possibly can. You stay here and don't do anything. I will go to the mall, and see you later. Okay?
Banana Joe: [Inhales and salutes in agreement]
Gumball: [Runs away and leaves Joe alone]
Banana Joe: [Stand stills until his skin turns purple due to lack of oxygen]
Gumball: [Comes back to Joe] You can breathe though.
Banana Joe: [Exhales]
[Gumball keeps running, until the Hobo stops him.]
Hobo: Excuse me.
Gumball: [Stops running] Uh, sorry I-
Hobo: I don't want any money, all I want is a moment of your time.
Gumball: Sorry, time is the one thing I don't have today.
Hobo: Got any money then?
Gumball: F-for what?
Hobo: To get my yacht waxed, of course.
Hobo: Heh-heh-heh, just kidding it's for new gold faucets in my mansion.
Hobo: Still joking, it's for cosmetic surgery, [Puckers lips] I want fuller lips.
Hobo: [Shouting] IT'S FOR FOOD OBVIOUSLY!
Gumball: A-ha, I'm sorry, I've got ten dollars, but I need to buy lunch for my friend.
Hobo: Oh, I see clearly we're not friends, huh?
Gumball: Well, no. Not really.
Hobo: [Whines] Look at you, my lord, with your big eyes and your pants.
Gumball: Wait, are you saying you're only wearing a trench coat right now?
Hobo: I don't know. Am I?! [Quickly opens his trench coat]
Gumball: [Screams then reacts normally] Oh I see, sarcasm. Look, don't be angry. We can still be friends.
Hobo: But not lunch friends.
Gumball: Look, I pro- I-I don't have the time right now, but I promise I'll buy you some food later at dinner. How's that?
Hobo: It's a date.
Gumball: Are you being sarcastic again?
Hobo: Can't you tell?
Gumball: [Sweating] Mhm...
Hobo: Hm? Hm?
Gumball: [Inhales][Starts running] Oh, man, I'm super-late! [Looks at his arm, but there's no watch] I think.
[Cut to the Construction Men making comments about passersby, as if harassing them.]
Steve: [To Lollipop Woman] Hey.
Hank: Hey sweetie.
George: Hey. Hey, cupcake.
Hank: [To Cupcake Woman] Hey.
Steve: Hey, cupcake. [Gumball runs by] Hey, kid.
Gumball: [Stops running] WHAT?!
George: YOUR HEAD IS MASSIVE!
Gumball: [Puts his hands on his head] Aw. [Walks away]
Hank: Good job, guys.
Construction Men: [Chortling]
Gumball: [Runs up to them] Hey, hey, you know what? NO. I'm in a serious hurry, but someone needs to take a stand here! So, in the name of all your victims...
[He makes a noise with his mouth while making what appears to be a rude gesture with his fingers.]
Construction Men: [Gasping]
Hank: I have no idea what that means, but it looks extremely insulting.
George: Is that the Vulcan gang sign?
Gumball: I don't know what it means either, but that'll teach you for making fun of my head.
Hank: What? But we meant it as a compliment.
George: A big head means a big brain. You must be very intelligent.
Gumball: Well, when you shout weird stuff [High-pitched voice] from a tiny head [Deep voice] between huge arms [Normal voice] it scares people.
Steve: So what should we do to make people feel good?
Gumball: Try a softer approach. And keep your compliments simple, you're not doing too well with specifics.
Hank: Uh, okay. How about... [Whistles, then in a deep voice] Nice.
Gumball: [Shudders] That just went from uncomfortable to unacceptable. Uh, maybe just take to a friendly gesture.
Steve: Oh, I got it. Hey. [Kissing noises]
Gumball: Stop, stop, stop! Maybe just a simple smile.
Construction Men: [All smile in a creepy way]
Gumball: You guys really need to get out more.
Hank: You're right! We need to hang out with some other people. But where?
George: The mall?
Steve: Good idea.
Gumball: Definitely not the mall. That's where I'm going.
Gumball: U-uh... [Sweating] Alright, the mall. Okay I gotta go now. I don't even know why I've been standing here for so long.
George: Because you're standing on concrete?
[Gumball is now stomping across the street with blocks of concrete on his feet. Richard pulls by in the car.]
Richard: Need to remember! Your mom sent me to the store to buy one thing: "We're out of fruit. Just get the fruit and you won't get in trouble," she said. "Just remember Richard, buy the fruit."
Gumball: Perfect! Can you drive to the mall? It's on the way to the grocery store.
Richard: Sure can, watch me go! [He drives off.]
Gumball: [Screams] Why does no one understand me today?!
[He kicks angrily at the traffic light, freeing his feet from the concrete. The pole falls right next to him - to his relief - but catapults the nearby trash bags directly onto his head.]
[The scene changes to show a group of Shape People walking around. One of them is holding a map, they seem to be lost. Gumball runs straight into the map.]
Ed: [High-pitched noise]
Gumball: [Reluctantly] Okay, where do you wanna get to?
Ed: [Drawn out noise]
Gumball: Alright, so take a right, then continue for a block, and it's on the left after the town hall. Got it?
Ed: [In shape language] Did you say left or right?
Gumball: [Mouth turns into a square as he speaks mechanically] Take a right, continue for a block.
Gumball: [He keeps giving them directions but it sounds like an insult in their language.] And it's on the left after the town hall. I'm late for my date, so good luck. [Thumbs up, running away]
Ed: [Angry noises]
At the Mall
[Annoyed, Penny looks at a watch, waiting for Gumball to arrive.]
[Gumball runs into the mall. He spots Penny and raises his hand as Jeff Benson runs an auction in the background.]
Jeff: That's forty-five, for the little blue man in the back.
Jeff: It's all for a good cause. We're trying to end hunger today, not tomorrow just today, it's a small town you know? But let's get back to business. Do I have fifty-five? fifty-five? Need some fifty-five.
Gumball: [Shrugs and raises his finger as if to say something]
Jeff: Fifty-five for the little blue man! And now I've got sixty-five.
Gumball: [Turns to Penny, raising his hand again] I'll be right-
Jeff: Seventy-five for the blue man! Now come on, we need a hundred. Need a hundred. [Gumball shakes his head and shrugs at Jeff.] A very slight move with the head, that's a hundred for the little blue man! Going once, going twice, SOLD!
Jeff: For a hundred cents, that's a dollar, well done everyone.
Gumball: Huh, a dollar.
[He walks in the diner to join Penny.]
Penny: [Chuckling] What was that?
Gumball: I'm so sorry, it's just- Everyone is being completely useless today. It's impossible to communicate! It's-
Banana Joe: [Walks in as Gumball is about to sit] Hi!
Gumball: Ugh, just a second. What are you doing here?!
Banana Joe: You said: "I will go to the mall, and see you later." So here I am!
Gumball: [To Penny] Just order something, I'll be right there.
Banana Joe: Okay! Two pizzas and a milkshake, to share please.
Gumball: Not you, gosh darn it!
[Suddenly, a wolf whistle is heard off screen]
Gumball: [Shakes his head] Are you kidding me?
[Gumball leaves the diner to find the Construction Men.]
Gumball: What do you want?
George: You told us to come to the mall.
Hank: Yeah, and we thought about what you said before. You were right, pretty creepy. But we've changed our ways.
Steve: How's this to brighten your day?
[The construction men surround an uncomfortable Gumball, leaning in as they speak]
Steve: Your face is perfect.
Hank: Your eyes are full of life.
George: Your fur is so soft.
Steve: Your tail is-
Gumball: Right! That sounds like the last thing the victim hears in a horror movie. Why don't you guys just find someone as weird as you to practice on? Someone who... Oh, wait a minute.
[He pushes Banana Joe in front of the men, forcing them to look at him. He then runs off.]
George: I like your skin. It fits you like a glove.
Banana Joe: Thank you.
Steve: You must work out.
Banana Joe: Okay! [He starts working out]
George: Wait, what?
Banana Joe: Wait for what what?
Banana Joe: What what?
Hank: The what before the what?
Banana Joe: What?
Construction Men: [Heads blast off one by one and their bodies drop to the floor] Ow!
[Gumball walks in the diner again, this time the Hobo is waiting for him.]
Penny: Hurry up, my parents are picking me up in ten.
Gumball: Just- [Laughs nervously] Just start without me, I'll be right there.
Hobo: Who is that?
Gumball: What are you talking about?
Hobo: Here I am all done up for our date, and what do I see? You've been two-timing me!
Gumball: Are you being sarcastic again?
Hobo: [Angrily] Do I sound sarcastic?!
Gumball: [Crying] I don't know!
Jeff: [Taps Gumball on the shoulder] Hey, little blue man. You need to pay and get your prize for the auction.
Gumball: [Hands him a bill] Fine, what's the prize?
Jeff: [Takes the bill] A kiss!
Gumball: Okay, you know what, whatever. [He kisses Jeff on the mouth.]
Jeff: [Shocked] On the cheek. From Miss Elmore. Comes with a dinner. [Points to Miss Elmore, who is just Susan in a dress and sash]
Gumball: [Glares] You know what? I forfeit my prize. To him--her. It. [Points to the Hobo]
Hobo: Come on, you! [He picks up Jeff and runs off with him.]
Gumball: ...so! Where were we?
[They are interrupted again, this time by Ed from earlier. He strikes poses while threatening Gumball.]
Ed: [in his language] You dishonored my family. You mocked my language and questioned my courage and you showed me your thumbs which is culturally insensitive to my people so now I will crush you.
[As Ed runs to Gumball, he is knocked over by Richard's car.]
Richard: Sorry son, I don't have time to buy that fruit for you! Your mother said I had to drive the car to the mall.
Gumball: No dad, it was the other way around.
Richard: Oh, right. People are being so confusing today.
Gumball: I know, right?
[Richard drives off. Ed comes back and gets hit by the car again, he now holds on to the windshield.]
Ed: [Angry noises]
Richard: The museum? [Laughs] Yeah, I can take you there!
Ed: [Happy noises]
[Witnessing the scene, Penny chuckles. She takes a bite out of her burger and starts choking.]
Gumball: Hey! Sorry I'm so late.
Penny: [Makes gestures at Gumball as she continues choking]
Gumball: Oh, you've gotta go?
Penny: [Still making gestures]
Gumball: Your parents have arrived? [Laughs] It's funny 'cause just this morning Darwin completely misunderstood that! [They both make the same gesture] Yeah, that! See, I love the fact that you and I just get each other. Anyway, you run now. [Kisses Penny and walks away whistling]
[Penny looks at Gumball in shock before making gestures to Karen, who slaps her on the back. She finally spits out the burger and glares in Gumball's direction. Episode ends.]