Gumball, Darwin, Anais, and Richard are at a garage sale at the Bananas'house. Gumball and Darwin are talking about how nice it is to learn about people through the stuff they own. As they talk, Darwin takes a ski mask and asks what it is, prompting Banana Bob to explain to them that it is his "bananaclava." After Gumball and Darwin are disgusted by one of Banana Bob's things, Anais asks if they have money, and the brothers see her wearing a grotesque mask and get scared and more grossed out. Then once they stop, Gumball admits that the mask that Anais is wearing is the best thing in the garage sale, and asks Banana Joe for its price. Banana Joe asks for half a penny, and Gumball gives him a penny. When Joe insists on half a penny, Gumball tells him that half-pennies do not exist and do not make sense like half a sentence. Joe then brings the price to a quarter of a penny, and Gumball instead takes a painting to try to make the price possible to pay. Banana Joe asks for half a dollar, and Gumball rips up a bill in half. Then he gets mad and frustrated when Joe tells him that he could have just given fifty cents. Before he can hit Joe with his painting though, Darwin stops him and points out that the painting is showing them in the present.
Gumball, Darwin, and Anais are awed at the painting, and Joe tells them that his mom painted it. He also tells them that her paintings have been in the garage for years. They discover even more paintings of them in past events that happened. One painting that Darwin discovers shows Gumball completely naked (except for a leaf) in the middle of an angry crowd at the mall. When Gumball says that he was never in that situation, Anais points out that the paintings will all happen and that the painting takes place today. Gumball is unnerved by this. After this, Richard accidentally knocks Banana Bob out while trying to pay for a pair of binoculars.
Back at home, Anais tells Gumball that he can change the future. After belittling his sister's advice, he takes it and does nothing in his room to avoid being naked at the mall. After barely a minute, Gumball's body begins to move on its own and goes downstairs. He explains that he has too much energy. Gumball grabs a pan and asks Darwin to knock him out. Darwin grabs the pan reluctantly and hits Gumball softly. When Darwin is asked to hit harder, he does so but fails to knock Gumball out. He hits harder again, but Gumball still does not go unconscious because of his "massive, clinically oversized, monumental" head (as said by Anais). When Gumball says that it does not matter as long as he does not go to the mall, Nicole is reminded and says he needs new clothes. Then she scares Gumball when he insists on refusing.
Before Nicole reaches the car, Gumball sabotages the car. But then when Nicole starts up the car with ease, she remarks it seems more powerful than before. Then she speeds up to the mall, faster than before. While on the way, the radio and a sign on the road remind Gumball about the future. He then tries to escape the car only to find that they have already arrived at the mall. Taking advice from Anais again, he tries to ask his mom to not go to the mall "for the sake of mother earth" and to buy somewhere else. Then he tells Nicole about the painting after she sees through his act. Of course, Nicole does not believe this but proceeds to drive home. Before the car gets moving, the engine launches away and she goes to a car dealer in the mall. She takes her children with her, much to Gumball's dismay.
Gumball attempts many times to stop going to the mall, first by pretending to tie his shoelaces, then calling the police. These attempts are thwarted when Gumball ties his toes together instead, and the sheriff sees him "calling." When the sheriff goes after him, Gumball creates a diversion by attracting crowds after claiming there will be a prize for the millionth shopper at the mall. This brings Gumball and his siblings into the mall, and Anais reminds him to not do anything at all. Gumball panics, and accidentally breaks the air conditioner of the mall. When it gets hot, Darwin unintentionally pours hot coffee on Gumball. Darwin inhales Gumball to try and get the hot air away from him but faints from too much inhaling. Then angry customers learn from Larry that there is no promo, and they see Gumball. Gumball braces himself and decides to deal with destiny. Then the events of the painting begin to form (an angry crowd, and angry police as well as the unconscious Darwin, and the presence of the recorders that will be recording his incident).
After the last event of the painting (raining raccoons) comes true, Gumball rips his remaining clothes off as the crowds and the police come to him. Just as he rips off his undergarments and trousers, Anais puts a leaf person on him and the moment (exactly like Banana Barbara's painting) is pictured and airs on national television. Back at home, Gumball grieves over this, and Anais comes to question "would any of [the events] have happened if [they] had not seen the painting?"
The episode ends with Banana Barbara painting another artwork, this time of the whole Watterson family in the Void. As she finishes, she turns to the camera with an enigmatic smile.
Banana Joe was asking for a ha'penny ("half a penny") for one of the paintings. A ha'penny is a former denomination of British (and colonial American) currency that was used until 1969. Likewise, "half a half a penny" is a Farthing.
[Gumball, Darwin, Anais, and Richard are at a yard sale being hosted by the Bananas]
Gumball: You know what I like the most about yard sales? It's how you get to learn a lot about people from the stuff they own. Take this, for example. [Gumball takes a vinyl out of a box] Who would have thought Banana Bob was a rock star?
Darwin: [Darwin takes a ski mask out of a box] What do you think he does with this ski mask?
Banana Bob: That's called a bananaclava. [Banana Bob puts on the mask] I wear it to specifically tan my lips and eyelids. You should totally buy it. People love this thing -- especially the guys at the bank. They always put their hands in the air and start waving, and throwing money at me.
Gumball: [Gumball shows the toilet swing] What's this for?
Banana Bob: That's a toilet swing. [Banana Bob takes it out of Gumball's hand] You see, when you're a banana, you have trouble sitting on the toilet without dipping in, so what you do is -- [Gumball and Darwin scream]
Gumball: No! Stop, stop! That was way too descriptive. Now we don't know whether to scream or throw up.
Anais: [Wearing a human face mask] Hey, guys, do you have any money?
Darwin: How 'bout both?
[Gumball and Darwin alternate between screaming at Anais's mask and gagging at Banana Bob's toilet swing]
Gumball and Darwin: Aaah! Bleh! Aaah! Bleh! Aaah! Bleh!
Gumball: Well, that mask is still the best thing here. How much does he want for it?
Banana Joe: Half a penny.
Gumball: Okay. Here's a penny.
Banana Joe: I'm sorry, but the price is fixed -- half a penny.
Gumball: Dude, half pennies don't exist. That's like half a sentence. It doesn't make any --
Banana Joe: That sentence made no sense.
Banana Joe: Okay, okay, okay! You drive a hard bargain. You can have it for half a half a penny.
Gumball: What the -- Dude! [Gumball takes the painting] Uh, what if I buy this painting with it? How much then?
Banana Joe: Half a dollar.
Gumball: [Gumball pulls out a dollar, divides a dollar, and gives Banana Joe half a dollar] All right. Whatever.
Banana Joe: You could have just given me fifty cents.
Gumball: [Gumball raises his painting, ready to strike Banana Joe] Why, you little --
Darwin: Gumball, look!
Darwin: Look at that.
[The painting clearly depicts them in the present]
Gumball: What --
Darwin: the --
[Darwin taps Anais. Anais takes off her mask]
Gumball: Eh, close enough. [To Banana Joe] Dude, who painted this?
Banana Joe: [Banana Joe indicates his mom] My mom.
[They look into the house, and see a creepily smiling Banana Barbara turn around slowly]
Gumball: Okay. When did she paint this?
Banana Joe: I don't know. All this stuff's been in the garage for years.
Anais: How is that possible?
Darwin: That's amazing.
Banana Joe: And you know what's more amazing? I'll let you have the whole kit and caboodle for half a seven dollar bill.
Gumball: Wait a minute. [Gumball sees another painting depicting them in the junkyard with Tina] We're in this painting, too!
Anais: Ew! Is that what my head looks like from behind?! It's like a --
Gumball: Yeah, a pair of butt cheeks after liposuction.
[Gumball and Darwin laugh, Anais punches them]
Anais: This is weird. Look at the date. She painted this years before it happened.
[Anais uncovers another painting, this one depicting a ghost Darwin kissing Carrie during Halloween. Darwin gasps and blushes]
Darwin: [Surprised] How could she know about that?!
Gumball: Well, you've got a bit of a reputation, my friend.
Gumball: You know. You're the kind of guy who likes to take his boat out, all his sails on fire, a burger in each hand, a cape on his back, ready for Valhalla.
Darwin: What's that supposed to mean?
Gumball: I don't know. I went too far with the metaphor and lost the plot myself.
Darwin: Well, at least I've got the decency to keep my clothes on. [Darwin uncovers another painting]
[Anais and Gumball gasp at the next painting. The painting shows Gumball naked (except for a leaf) in the mall, surrounded by angry citizens, policemen, a surprised Anais, an unconscious Darwin, falling raccoons, and a mannequin on an electric scooter]
Gumball: Wait. That never happened.
Anais: But everything else she painted has. [Anais points to a date on the artwork] Look -- October twenty-fourth.
Gumball: That's impossible! That's today!
[The camera zooms in and out on Gumball in a Kill Bill-esque style. Turns out that it's Richard playing around with a pair of binoculars]
Richard: Ooh, wee, ooh. Hey, Bob, How much for the binoculars?!
Banana Bob: Five dollars.
Richard: You've got a deal! [Richard lowers the money to the ground] Uh...Just a second.
Banana Bob: Let me give you a hand there.
Richard: [Richard takes out his credit card, but accidentally hits Banana Bob] I'll just pay by card. [Richard looks around] Bob!
[An ambulance arrives. Nurses put Banana Bob on a stretcher, and put him in the ambulance]
Donut Cop: Who's responsible for this?!
[Richard screams, and breaks the fence while fleeing]
At the Wattersons' House
Gumball: I always thought I was gonna have fifteen minutes of fame, not fifteen years of shame.
Anais: Gumball, just because Banana Barbara can paint the future doesn't mean you can't change it. You're the master of your own destiny.
Gumball: [Mockingly] Ooh! I'm the master of my own destiny! The future is not written! There is no fate, only the choices we make! [Normal voice] Actually, that's really smart. I don't know why I'm belittling your advice. That's exactly what I should do. I have decided to act and take control of my own future! [Sits down] By sitting here and doing nothing.
[Darwin makes a few faces, trying to comprehend Gumball's decision]
Gumball: Right. And here we go.
Darwin: [Brightens] Because if you don't go to the mall, you can't be naked at the mall!
Gumball: There it is. Well done. Okay. I'm gonna stay here and not move a muscle.
Anais: Good move, Gumball. Sometimes it's better to miss an opportunity rather than invite disaster.
Darwin: [Darwin thinks] Hmm. Oh, yeah, because if he -- [Anais takes Darwin by his arm, and goes down with Darwin]
[Gumball stays still for a short time before his tail starts moving. Soon, his legs then arms start moving. A shaky and wildly moving Gumball goes down to the kitchen, grabs a pan, and sits with his siblings at the couch]
Anais: I thought you weren't gonna move a muscle.
Gumball: I'm twelve! I've got too much energy! If I sit still for ten seconds, this is what happens! I need to be restrained! [To Darwin] Dude, knock me out!
Darwin: What?! I'm not hitting you!
Gumball: Please! Do it for me!
Darwin: So, it would be like an act of love?
Darwin: Okay. Here it comes. [Darwin hits Gumball's head lightly with the pan]
Gumball: Come on, man. What are you -- vegan? Just bring it. [Darwin hits Gumball's head a little bit harder with the pan] That was exactly hard enough to hurt as much as possible without knocking me out. You couldn't have done it worse. Just try again. Remember, it's all in the hips. Twist and strike. Twist -- [Darwin hits Gumball's head very hard with the pan. And Gumball's head's shape changes] Ow! Why am I not unconscious yet?!
Anais: You need your brain to touch your skull in order to pass out.
Gumball: Are you saying I've got a small brain?
Anais: Yes, but I'm also saying you have a massive, clinically oversized, monumental head.
Gumball: His head goes back to its normal shape Is it really that big? 'Cause all I can see in the mirror is this. [Gumball crops his face with his hands] Anyway, none of this matters as long as I don't end up at that stupid mall.
Nicole: Oh, my gosh! The mall! We need to buy you new clothes, Gumball. Thanks for reminding me.
Gumball: What?! No! Why do I need new clothes?!
Nicole: Well, you've been wearing that sweater constantly for the past three years.
Gumball: I can't take it off! It doesn't go over my head!
Nicole: Come on, guys. Get in the car. It's nice and early. The mall will be quiet.
Gumball: [Angrily] No!
[Nicole's eyes blaze out]
Gumball: [Still angrily] Okay!
[Darwin exits the house, and finds Gumball wildly rummaging through the car's engine, throwing random pieces of machinery out]
Darwin: [To Gumball] What are you doing?!
Gumball: No car, no mall, my friend.
[Gumball, Darwin, Anais, and Nicole get in. Nicole tries to start the car, but it does not. After Gumball winks at Darwin, the car starts up, engine roaring]
Nicole: Whoo-hoo-hoo! It's never been this powerful before! It's like the engine's been souped up! Let's see if she's any faster!
[Nicole drives the car in circles before heading down the road. The car's license plate falls off twirling on the ground, before falling flat on the road. The car drives so fast it makes the sound of a jet]
Gumball: I've got a bad feeling about this.
Nicole: Don't be silly. Just relax. [Nicole turns on the car radio]
Radio Channel 1: Are you worried about your future?
[Nicole changes stations]
Radio Channel 2: [Music] 'Cause today you will reveal yourself.
[Nicole changes stations]
Radio Channel 3: In front of the biggest televised audience ever!
Gumball: Turn it off! Turn it off!
Anais: Oh, come on. Not everything's about you.
Darwin: Maybe that sign is a sign that it is.
[They pass by a sign covered with different advertisements. Together, they make up the message "Always watching Gumball."]
Gumball: That's it! I'm out of here! [Gumball gets out of the car, only to fall on the ground of the parking lot] We're here already! [Gumball gets in the car again]
Anais: Why don't you ask Mom to take you to another store?
Gumball: Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes! [Gumball kisses Anais a few times]
Gumball: [Sweetly] Mom, I was thinkin' about the planet and how we should stop buyin' things from the mall because they, like, pollute, and profit, and uh bad. Why don't we go to the thrift shop, share the t-shirt smell of ten other people, and maybe Mother Earth will suffer a little less.
Nicole: Ugh! All right! Can you please stop pretending and tell me why you don't want to go to the mall?
Gumball: Because Banana Barbara can paint the future, and I'm gonna end up naked on national TV!
Nicole: Apparently, you're not meant to crush your kid's imagination, so I'm just gonna let that slide. Let's go home. [Nicole restarts the engine, but it launches itself into the sky] Now, that's a serious manufacturing defect. Well, there's a car dealer in the mall. Let's go in.
Gumball: We can stay in the car while you go in!
Nicole: No! You should never leave kids in cars!
Gumball: We'll be fine!
Nicole: I'm not worried about you. I'm worried about other parents judging me.
An Inevitable Fate at Elmore Mall
[While they walk to the mall, Gumball looks around nervously. He sees Marvin on his scooter, and remembers that the scooter appears in the painting. He looks away only to see Billy with a balloon, remembering that he also appears in the artwork. He looks away again, and is relieved when he sees nothing. Then the leaf turns around and reveals itself, making Gumball remember that the leaf was in the painting, covering him. At this, Gumball slows down in fear]
Nicole: Gumball, what are you doing?
Gumball: [Bends down] Just tying my shoelaces!
Nicole: Wait. You don't wear shoes.
[Gumball shows his tied up toes]
Nicole: Right, whatever. [Nicole walks away]
[Gumball grabs a nearby phone]
Gumball: [Gruff voice] Hello, police? You need to close the mall.
Donut Cop: Really? Why?
Gumball: Something terrible is going to happen there.
Donut Cop: This is a hoax call, isn't it?
Gumball: How do you know?
[Doughnut Sheriff is seen standing by Gumball's side]
Donut Cop: 'Cause I'm right next to you, kid, and for the record, you actually need to dial before you get through.
[Gumball drops the phone, and because of his toes, runs away with some difficulty. He quickly unties them and catches up with his family]
Donut Cop: Hey, wait! [Doughnut Sheriff runs after Gumball] Come back here, you hoaxer!
Anais: What have you done? Why are the police already after you?
Gumball: Well, it doesn't matter! We just need a diversion! [Shouting] There's a prize for the millionth customer at the mall!
Darwin: What are you doi --
[A crowd of citizens overruns them]
Mike: Crowds are flocking to the Elmore Mall today as the millionth customer is to win some kind of promotional prize for pushing a shopping cart. You are watching Channel Six News, where we make a lot of news about nothing. [To colleagues] Lunch, anyone?
[The crowd enters the mall, and leaves behind Gumball, Darwin, and Anais]
Gumball: Ugh! This couldn't have gone any worse! But it's okay! I've got a plan! I'm gonna --
Anais: No, enough now! Every single action you've taken so far has led to this. Just do nothing! We'll help.
Darwin: With this strike! [Darwin makes Gumball slap]
Darwin: Sorry. I thought it was worth another shot.
Gumball: [Walks] Look, I'm just gonna --
Anais: No! [Darwin and Anais put him on a bench] You're going nowhere until Mom comes back!
[They sit, and Gumball nervously sits still. Then he hears an ominous sound]
Gumball: It's coming! I know something's coming! [Gumball gets up] Can you hear the scary music?! It's scary! [Gumball tries to run, but Anais and Darwin grab him]
Anais: Gumball, chill out! It's not music. It's just the Dad Bench.
[Dads are shown, repeatedly swaying exasperatedly (some banging their heads) while waiting for their wives shopping]
Anais: They're moaning 'cause they've been dragged to the mall.
Gumball: Yeah, but, still, they're all in the painting! I've got to get out of here!
[Gumball trips, and causes Billy to let go of his balloon]
Billy: Mother, my balloon!
[The balloon flies into an open vent, and pops, breaking the Mall's A.C. unit]
Anais: Oh, good job. You broke the A.C. Now the air's made of a million people's breath. [Sweating] Oh, man. It's really hot.
Gumball: [Sweating] Yeah. I'm burning up.
Darwin: I'm fine.
Anais: That's because you don't wear clothes.
Darwin: Then take your sweater off.
Gumball: Good idea.
Anais: Are you kidding me?! No! You're keeping your clothes on!
[The Hexagon Lady walks by with a cup of hot drink]
Darwin: [Darwin grabs drink] Ah! This will cool you down. [Splashes it on Gumball's face]
Gumball: [Sighs] Aaaah! That was coffee! It's burning! It soaked into my pants! Get 'em off me! Get 'em off!
Anais: [Facepalms] What is wrong with you?! Keep your clothes on!
Gumball: Well, if I can't do anything, you do something!
Darwin: Hold on!
[Darwin begins blowing Gumball, then accidentally sucks in Gumball's tail]
Gumball: You're blowing hot air, it's making it worse!
Darwin: Then what am I supposed to do?!
Gumball: I don't know! Inhale?!
[Darwin inhales continuously]
Gumball: Ahh. That's better. Keep going.
[Marvin passes by on his electric scooter]
Marvin: I don't know what you're doing, but you should be ashamed of it.
[His scooter crashes him into a store, knocking down a mannequin. It enters the store filled with a line of eager customers, and Larry at the counter]
Larry: Listen, there is no -- [They watch the mannequin enter the storage room] There is no prize for the millionth customer!
Alison: But the blue kid -- [Watches the mannequin exit the storage room] The blue kid out front said there was.
Larry: Which kid?
Alison: [Points] That one next to the weird orange talking blob.
Felicity: I beg your pardon!
Alison: No, not you, punchbag -- the kid with the fish inhaling his butt.
[Darwin inhales and inflates, then passes out]
Anais: Darwin! [Anais holds Darwin]
[Gumball sees Anais hold Darwin the exact way she is seen holding him in the painting. The scooter with the mannequin passes by, a hanger catching hold of his pant leg]
Gumball: A-Anais! The mobility scooter!
Anais: Gumball, don't move!
Gumball: Aah! It's got my pants!
Anais: Fight it!
[Gumball pulls his leg away, and it accidentally hits Darwin]
Gumball: All right, destiny! If I have to be humiliated on national TV, it's going to be on my terms!
[He rips off his sweater, and reveals another red one underneath]
Anais: What the...?
Gumball: Yeah, I took extra precautions.
Anais: But there's no need! The painting hasn't come true yet! There's no angry mob, no police, no camera crew!
Alison: That kid played us for fools!
Larry: Let's get him!
[They rush at Gumball]
Donut Cop: The hoax caller!
[One of them blows a whistle, and they too rush at Gumball]
Ken: Hey! It looks like a fight started!
Mike: That's actually news, Ken! Film it!
[They run with the crowds rushing at Gumball]
Anais: Well, at least it's not raining raccoons.
[The engine from a while ago lands in an alley filled with raccoons, and starts launching them up to the sky. They crash through the skylight and fall into the mall]
Anais: I'm kind of running out of arguments here.
[Gumball rips off his sweater. As the masses come nearer, he rips off his pants and underwear. The scene slows down. Anais quickly takes the leaf person, and uses it to cover Gumball. The scene ends just like it was depicted in Banana Barbara's painting. Then it is seen on TV]
Back at Home
News Reporter[TV]: So, there might not have been a millionth customer winner, but there was a big loser.
[The TV is switched off. Gumball is sitting with Nicole, Anais, and Darwin on the couch]
Gumball: Groans How could I let this happen?
Anais: You didn't, Gumball. You made it happen.
Gumball: But how could Banana Barbara have known?
Anais: The real question is, would any of this have happened if we hadn't seen the painting?
[The camera zooms in and out on them, and it turns out to be Richard with his pair of binoculars again. This time, looking at the kids from outside, through the living room window]
Richard: Wee, ooh.
Nicole: Yeah. Richard, stop that now, please.
[He dejectedly puts them down. Back at the Banana's home, Banana Barbara paints another painting, this time one depicting the Wattersons in the Void. Then she stops, and turns eerily to the camera. The episode ends with her smiling]