From police chases to the inside scoop on Daisy the Donkey, Channel 6 Elmore News has all the top local stories. Experienced newscaster Kip Schlezinger brings the latest news, sports and weather, even when there is absolutely nothing to report.
The episode starts inside the Wattersons'house, where Gumball and Darwin are flicking through channels on the TV to satisfy their desire for entertainment. When an announcer on Channel 6 declares the upcoming Elmore News, the two decide, though indifferently, to watch the program.
After an excessively long intro to the program, Kip Schlezinger, the newscaster, begins his reports, starting with a presumed robbery at Joyful Burger. As the camera directs over to Mike, the news reporter, he shows said restaurant to be surrounded by policeman, police cars and helicopters, despite his claiming the enforcement to be performed "with minimal force." After two policemen aggressively discuss with each other, Mike then witnesses and reports that the policemen are navigating around the block of Joyful Burger and go to the drive-through. Despite Mike inferring that the police "are conducting interviews," the Donut Cop is revealed to be placing orders with Larry. Mike quickly turns the program back over to Kip.
Next, there is a quick report on a house fire, revealing the Wattersons' house to have been set ablaze. After showing the marshmallow firefighters' failure to get the blaze under control, Mike asks Gumball what happened. The latter claims that he saw a spider. After that, there is an update on the Joyful Burger robbery, which forces Mike to quickly leave the Wattersons' house via helicopter. He reports that the police are in pursuit of the robbery suspect, and shows Doughnut Sheriff eating in his car and eventually crashing into a bus, forcing him to continue on foot. Mike then drops to the ground, where Doughnut Sheriff, exhausted, starts crawling on the street.
Next, in the overseas section, Al Paca relays over the "important issues" brought up in the G8 Summit, though suspiciously bleats instead of offering commentary. This is explained in tandem with the next segment, where a farmer in Hale County, Texas wins a prize for "best livestock," turning out to be the man in question, indicating that a live alpaca was sent to the Summit by accident. Kip announces that they must leave that story where it is, as there has been a new development in the Joyful Burger robbery. Mike, out of breath, returns to Joyful Burger, and reports that the police have called off the investigation after realizing the report, sent in by Richard, was due to him dropping a french fry and some ants carrying it away. After showing an artist's impression of the ants carrying away the fry, Mike again returns the program to Kip.
Following that, Kip announces that it is time for "the big question." A short intro plays, and Kip is seen with the Dean of Elmore University's science faculty. Kip asks the professor whether or not we should be scared of science. The professor answers with a resounding "no," but Kip brushes the answer off, claiming it contains more questions than answers. The next breaking story reported involves the toilets of Elmore going on strike. Mike interviews a few of them, with all of them responding with accounts of abuse. Mike ends the segment with the statement that the toilet's planned protest march has been changed to a sit-in.
Meanwhile, in celebrity news, Kip reports that Daisy the Donkey has had an on-set meltdown. The footage shown reveals that Daisy's guest, Sally the Snake, improvises her introduction line. Daisy loses her cool, and after trading heated comments, Daisy and Sally end up in a fight (eventually shifting to reveal the two puppets being controlled by Antoine Perez). Kip states that Daisy (and by extension, Antoine) has been sentenced to two weeks of community service. After this, Kip reports that the stock markets have fallen, which leads into some graphs singing a cheery song breaking down the harsh economic situation.
Once the song is finished, Kip states that they do not have enough news to fill the entire show, so he turns the program over to Mike, who shares the sentiment that there is nothing to report. He decides to kill time by asking Gary, Banana Joe, and the street what they think about "it," never specifying what "it" is. When this does not kill enough time, he then re-explains nothing over some prerecorded footage of the citizens of Elmore walking and finishes the segment asking what the point of it was.
After that, Kip turns the program over to Barry with the sports news. The report merely consists of Barry over-enthusiastically repeating the word "sports," soon with increasing exasperation. Finally, the episode concludes with a weather report, but it goes awry when the weatherman captures everything on the green-screen behind him, due to his equally green complexion. Kip cracks up during the report, and the weatherman throws a "partly cloudy" prop at Kip. Kip then signs off for the evening. As the credits pan the bottom of the screen, his stage-hand makes a return, putting make-up on his face, causing him to snap as the episode ends.
Running gag: Kip constantly corrupts his last name when stating it throughout the episode.
The episode aired in Africa before it aired in the United States.
Despite airing near the end of season 5, this episode was the ninth episode to be produced out of all forty episodes in the season.
This is Kip Schlezinger's and Mike's first major role in an episode.
Airings of the episode in Latin America, Turkey, initially Africa and on downloaded versions in the U.K., had Kip portrayed as a live-action human as per usual with the series. Later airings in other countries chose to omit this design choice in favor of turning him into an anthropomorphic, talking newspaper, because according to Ben Bocquelet, nobody outside of him and Richard Overall "liked the live action version." Changes include:
In the opening of the rough cut, Kip's make-up artist, noticing the camera, collapses behind the desk. In the newspaper version, only her hand is seen, which Kip brushes away.
In the newspaper version, the camera increasingly zooms in on Kip as he says, "anyone, anywhere, any time, any day, anywhere, in any way," and his voice intensifies. In the rough cut, the delivery is more deadpan, and instead of the zooms, the sentence ends with Kip aggressively pushing away his make-up artist's hand.
In between segments in the original cut, Kip constantly has different makeup and/or hair. No such gag exists in the newspaper version.
Both the University Professor from "The Big Question" and Barry, the sports reporter, were originally live-action actors.
The original cut's ending had Kip attacked out of his chair by his make-up artist, whereas the newspaper version has him straightening his transcript and shooing away a make-up artist.
The news set used in the episode is that of the CNN London studio.
This episode reveals that Mike's full name is "Mike the Microphone Guy."
During the opening, clips from "The Check," "The Nest," "The Extras," and "The Compilation" are reused.
Gumball is shown to still have his arachnophobia from "The Date."
The sound effect that plays when the graphs get on fire is the same one that played after "The Honesty Rap" ended in "The Sock."
The episode is a parody of the British satirical comedy show, The Day Today. The show's opening and musical theme are also directly parodied.
Also in the Elmore News intro, an aperture is seen opening and closing, revealing an emblem of an eye. This bears resemblance to the 1940s and 50s CBS logo, in which a camera aperture manifests the classic CBS eye.
During the weather segment, when the image of a man's chest is projected onto Phil's face, part of his glasses gets clipped off by the image despite it being behind him.
For a split-second during the transition to the house fire report, the Doughnut Sheriff's mouth movement does not match his dialogue.
During the house fire report, a layering error can be seen in the form of the flames appearing above the mailbox.
[The episode starts with Gumball and Darwin as they sit on their couch, flicking through the channels for entertainment]
Announcer: Thumb Wrestling Federatio—!
Gumball and Darwin: Seen it.
Announcer: Señor Tony—
Gumball and Darwin: Seen it.
Announcer: You asked for it—
Gumball and Darwin: Seen it.
Gumball and Darwin: Hate it.
Narrator: All good things—
Gumball and Darwin: Seen it.
Gumball and Darwin: Seen it.
Announcer: And now with all the latest developments live, it's Elmore News!
Gumball and Darwin: Eh.
[A very prolonged intro of Elmore News plays, with the following sequence of texts: "NEWS," "CHANNEL," "6," "ELMORE NEWS," "ELMORE," "6 LIVE," "6 NEWS," "NEWS CHANNEL 6," "NEWS," "ELMORE," "CHANNEL 6 ELMORE NEWS." The intro is revealed to be so excessively long that after the theme music is heard, a loop of the same section of the music plays several times. After the intro, the scene transitions to Kip Schlezinger—now a man made of newspaper—being brushed with makeup by another person; he sweeps it away and focuses on the camera]
KipSchlezinger: Good evening. I'm Kip Schlezinger, and this is Elmore News. Dramatic events today in downtown Elmore as police sent their finest officers to tackle a robbery which took place in broad daylight. Further proof that our town is no longer safe for anyone, [As he continues speaking, the camera zooms in closer and closer to Kip's face] anytime, any day, anywhere, in any way. [Looks to his right, then back to the camera] Anywho, our reporters are on the scene to keep up to date with the latest developments. Mike.
Joyful Burger Robbery
Mike: [Appearing on-screen] Yes, Kip. Elmore police received an anonymous call at around one p.m. reporting a robbery here at Joyful Burger. The police responded with a low-key operation, handling the situation with sensitivity and minimal force.
[Ironically, Joyful Burger is surrounded with police cars, officers, and helicopters]
Mike: The suspects have not yet been identified, but, uh...
[The police officers suddenly run to their cars]
Mike: One moment, Kip. There seems to be a development.
[The police travel around the block, in which Joyful Burger is located in, and go to the drive-through]
KipSchlezinger: Mike, can you give us any more information on what's happening there?
Mike: Uh, it's not entirely clear, but they appear to be conducting interviews.
Donut Cop: [To Larry] Can we get two milkshakes, two Cronuts, two family buckets...
Mike: Uh, uh, over to you, Kip.
Donut Cop: ...two triple burgers with bacon...
[The scene transitions back to Kip]
KipSchlezinger: Kip Shledebergerzinger here. In other developments, a house fire has broken out in an Elmore suburb. We go live now to the scene of the blaze.
[Scene transitions to Mike, running in to report the scene of the fire. In the background, the Wattersons' house is in flames]
Mike: [Panting] The fire started this morning. Firefighters have been at the scene for over an hour and are still struggling to control the blaze.
Mike: These children escaped the blaze. [Interviewing Gumball] Tell us, how did the fire start?
Gumball: [In shock] I saw a spider.
Mike: Fair enough. Kip, back to you.
More About the Joyful Burger Robbery
[Scene switches back to Kip, who is attempting to shoo away a fly]
KipSchlezinger: Kip Sherlezingabinger here, and we have some new developments on the Joyful Burger robbery. [Swats the fly as it lands on his desk] Over to our eye in the sky.
[Mike, with a ladder leading up to a helicopter, is still on the house fire scene and reluctantly climbs up, entering the helicopter]
Mike: [Pants] It appears the police are still in pursuit of the suspects.
[Doughnut Sheriff is shown racing through the streets]
Mike: With Elmore's finest hot on their heels, we expect they'll soon be brought to justice.
[Doughnut Sheriff struggles to reach for his coffee, loses control of his car, and hits a bus. He then gets out of his car and decides to run]
Mike: As you can see below, the police are continuing their hunt, despite some members of the public obstructing their path.
[Scene switches back to Kip]
KipSchlezinger: Thanks, Mike. And, uh, what is happening down on the ground?
[Scene switches back to the ground; Mike screams as he falls from the helicopter. Doughnut Sheriff runs past, still chasing the supposed victim]
Mike: Well, Kip, the chase continues on foot.
[Doughnut Sheriff falls to his knees]
Mike: And knees.
[Doughnut Sheriff rests on his hands]
Mike: And hands.
Interview with Al Paca
[Scene transitions back to Kip]
KipSchlezinger: Kip Shwaaaalalalalaburger here. More on that police chase later. But now to our overseas correspondent Al Paca, reporting from the G-8 summit. Al, what important issues were raised today at the summit?
[Al Paca, evidently a human, bleats]
KipSchlezinger: Uh-huh? And what did the president have to say on the issue?
[Al Paca bleats]
KipSchlezinger: Hmm. And what are the global implications of that?
[Al Paca bleats]
KipSchlezinger: Thanks, Al.
[Al Paca bleats]
KipSchlezinger: And now we go live to Hale County, Texas, where a farmer has won a prize for Best Livestock at the county fair.
[Al Paca is revealed to be a man owned by the farmer]
Farmer: I, uh, think you boys might have got a couple things mixed up here.
Even More About the Joyful Burger Robbery
[Scene transitions back to Kip]
KipSchlezinger: I'm sorry. We're gonna have to leave that story there. We have some shocking new developments in the Joyful Burger robbery. Mike.
[Scene switches to Mike, who returns to Joyful Burger and catches his breath]
Mike: Yes, Kip. The police have called off the search after realizing the individual who reported the theft was an unusually rotund pink rabbit [Shows Richard, who is standing in the distance] who dropped a french fry, which was carried away by some ants. Here's an artist's impression of the incident.
[A drawing of some ants carrying a french fry is shown on the screen]
Mike: Kip, back to you.
The Big Question
KipSchlezinger: [Being brushed with makeup] Thanks, Mike. [Sweeps away makeup artist] Now it is time for... the Big Question!
[An introductory clip plays]
KipSchlezinger: And today we're joined by the dean of Elmore University's science faculty. Professor, thanks for joining us. Now, after vaccinations, electric cars, and the dark magic behind Wi-Fi, I guess the big question is: should we be scared of science?
KipSchlezinger: More questions than answers there. The debate rages on. Be sure to tune in this time tomorrow for our next big question— Oxygen: Friend or Foe? In other news, the town of Elmore is about to be hit by a waste disposal strike.
Waste Disposal Strike
[Scene transitions to Mike, as he is interviewing the toilets]
Toilet: I just— I think we've all had enough, you know? But we can't complain about it because our voices are completely drowned out.
Toilet: The job can be suffocating, yeah. I've—I've seen a lot. [Sniffs] I've seen a whole lot.
Toilet: I've been working on the executive floor for twenty years, and all I got for Secret Santa was food poisoning.
Toilet: Yeah, the way we've been treated leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
Toilet: [Mumbling] I've been promised a dental plan for over a decade.
Mike: The toilet seats of Elmore are expected to hold a protest march here in front of the Town Hall within the next few minutes. I've just been informed that it will now be a sit-in. Kip, back to you.
Daisy the Donkey Meltdown
KipSchlezinger: Thanks, Mike. [Accidentally lowers his chair. As he speaks, he raises it back up] Celebrity news now, and the beloved children's entertainer Daisy the Donkey has suffered what can only be described as an on-set meltdown.
[The "Daisy the Donkey Show" plays]
Daisy the Donkey: Good morning, little children!
Children: [Off-screen] Good morning, Daisy!
Daisy the Donkey: [Laughs] Welcome to "Daisy the Donkey Show"!
Daisy the Donkey: Today I've got a special surpr—
Sally the Snake: Hi, kids-s-s-s!
Daisy the Donkey: [Sighs] I can't believe this. Did you read the script? You're supposed to come in after my line!
Sally the Snake: Sorry, man. I was just improvising. You know, winging it. So kids, is everybody s—
Daisy the Donkey: Okay, okay, okay, okay! First off, you don't call me "man." You call me Miss Daisy. And secondly, you stick to the darn script!
Sally the Snake: Dude, we're live.
Daisy the Donkey: I don't care if we're live! You're an amateur surfing on my wave! And right now, you're ruining my show! [Pushes Sally]
Sally the Snake: Hey. Did you just push me?
Daisy the Donkey: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
Sally the Snake: 'Cause I'll push you right back!
[The two wrestle each other with their mouths; their quarrel causes the puppeteer to fall, leaving the crew to have unexpected problems]
Sally the Snake: Ow! My eyes-s-s-s!
Man: Okay, go to commercial. Go to commercial! Okay, go to card! Now, please, now!
[A card of a face wearing a "dead" expression is shown; the show ends. As Kip explains the aftermath, footage is shown of the puppeteer using Daisy to pick up trash in a park]
KipSchlezinger: Miss Donkey, whose real name is Antoine Perez, has been sentenced to two weeks community service. And now we have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that stock markets have fallen, but the good news is that these graphs will tell you all about it in a form of a song.
"Just Give Up and Cry"
Graphs: When things are bad, bad, bad
About to get sad
Don't be glad, glad, glad
We should be mad
We're going down, down, down
We're all gonna drown
We'll all be poor, poor, poor
But wait, here's some more
We're all in debt, debt, debt
And you can bet
It will get worse, worse, worse
Yes, we're all cursed
We are all broke, broke, broke
And it's such a joke
'Cause there's no hope, hope, hope
And no one can cope
We are all doomed, doomed, doomed
Don't even try
Just give up and cryyyyyyyyy
[All of the graphs collapse into a pile which spontaneously combusts]
[Scene transitions to Kip]
KipSchlezinger: Coming up next, we have nothing. We didn't have enough news to cover the whole show tonight, so I'm going to say absolutely nothing in the cadence of a news story, and I hope I'll get away with it. As I said a moment ago, this is all filler. Let's go live now to our reporter at the scene and hope that he comes up with something better. Mike.
[Scene transitions to Mike]
Mike: [Walking up to the camera] Unfortunately, Kip, as you said a moment ago, absolutely nothing is happening here. It seems that, for now, there is no news at all. Therefore, I'll kill time by asking the general public what they think about it. [Interviewing with Gary] Sir, what do you think about it?
Gary: What do I think of what? You— You haven't asked me anything.
Mike: [Interviewing Banana Joe] And you, sir, any thoughts?
[Banana Joe says nothing; Mike then interviews the street]
Mike: I was really hoping that would take longer, but since it didn't, we will keep on wasting your precious time on Earth by re-explaining nothing over some random footage of the general public walking.
[Said footage of Elmore residents walking is then shown while Mike narrates]
Mike: No one really listens to this part of the news anyway, so we should be okay. News, news, news, news. Blah, blah, blah, blah. Filler, filler, filler. Which leads us to the most important question: what was the point of all that?
[The camera turns to face the sky; scene transitions to Kip]
KipSchlezinger: What was the point, indeed. [Picks up a small cup of popcorn] And now over to Barry for the sports news. Barry.
[The weather intro plays. Phil the weatherman appears. He is entirely green except for minor features such as his tie and hair]
Phil: Thank you, Kip. [Walks in front of a green screen, making him "disappear"] As you can see, the weather today was wonderful. [Screen shows him overlapping a shirtless man] The sun was shining, perfect conditions to take a walk, [Appears on a bald scalp] and catch some rays. [Kip struggles to control his laughter] I'm sorry, Kip, is something funny?
KipSchlezinger: Uh, no, uh, please continue.
[Phil's face is in front of a fire hydrant, shooting out water]
Phil: Moving on to tonight and we'll see— [Notices Kip, gargling in his mockery] Agh, are you making fun of me?
[Phil appears in front of a hanging dog's buttocks]
KipSchlezinger: Of course not. I wouldn't want to make you feel like the butt of the joke. [Laughs hysterically; gets hit by a cloud-and-sun sign] Well, I, uh, guess it'll be overcast tomorrow. My name is Kip Sherlabulabudalagaberwagalaladingdong, and that was the eight o'clock news. Good night.
[The music which terminates the program plays, as Kip is organizing his papers. The makeup artist persists to put makeup on his face, making Kip struggle to hinder its action]
KipSchlezinger: Ah, what are you doing? Just- leave it already! Ah, just— What is wrong with you?!
[The news program ends, and therefore the episode ends]