The episode opens with Gumball attempting to rent A Pony's Tail from Ripley 2000, but his body physically refuses to let him rent it due to the film's appalling quality. Darwin tries afterwards by running to the front register at a quick speed with it, but the same exact thing happens. Carrie, aware that the two will be attempting to rent the film all day, offers to hide the DVD between her horror films, and after putting in a great amount of strength is finally able to rent the movie. Gumball and Darwin explain to Carrie how they promised they would buy Anais a movie of her choice, and how they also promised they would watch it together.
Running late, the two rush home, but their troubles begin as an obese Tony has fallen into a manhole while updating his Elmore Plus status on his phone. Gumball is left to get him out as a nearby tow-truck driver who opened the manhole in the first place refuses to. Meanwhile, Darwin calls an angry Anais on a payphone; she believes Darwin has made up the manhole story in order to get out of spending time with her. Luckily, Gumball has gotten Tony out of the manhole by tying him to the end of the worker's tow-truck, thus making it his problem as opposed to theirs. Before the two are able to set off, they encounter Rob. They manage to get him angry by forgetting his name. Darwin comes up with a quick solution to get him out of their way: kick him down the same manhole.
Meanwhile, Anais is still waiting at home. She asks Richard why her brothers do not seem to want to spend time with her. He has no idea how to reply to his concerned daughter, so he bails out on her, telling her to ask her mother.
Gumball grows exhausted after running so much, so he and Darwin trade each other's legs for a brief time. They then come upon Sussie'shouse, where her birthday party is being hosted. They attempt to sneak past, but are inopportunely caught by Sussie. Awkwardly, they are invited and forced to hang out with her family. Gumball tries to excuse himself and Darwin, but Sussie's father bribes him into staying for $1,000. Darwin then calls Anais, asking her if they could hang out next time. He notices that she is pretty disappointed, so he has to talk Gumball out of the party. Gumball reluctantly lets go of the money.
While complaining about lost money, Gumball and Darwin approach Mr. Small, who keeps changing paths in front of them. Eventually, Darwin runs into him, knocking the DVD out of its case. They realize they have the wrong DVD— Night-Mare on Elmore Street instead of A Pony's Tail. They rush to Carrie's house, where they find her mesmerized by their DVD. Darwin goes to retrieve their DVD from the DVD player, but it flies out, away from them.
The two run after the runaway DVD, when they collide with Marvin, who is carrying a bag of DVDs. They quickly recover their DVD, but Darwin manages to lose it again. From that point on, they basically go in the opposite direction: first, they run into Mr. Small again. Next, the DVD falls into the hands of Rob, who is trapped inside a sewer drain. He immediately throws the DVD away when Gumball and Darwin forget his name again. The DVD bounces in and out of Sussie's party. Eventually, it ends up wedged into Tony's butt crack, who then pins the teal tow-truck driver underneath him. The trapped worker pleads for help, but Gumball refuses, as a retribution for what happened earlier. He and Darwin retrieve the DVD and rush home.
Back home, Gumball and Darwin are eager to see how Anais is feeling. She gradually smiles, and the kids are glad. They then play the movie. Only a few seconds in, Anais declares that she hates it. The boys are relieved that they will not have to sit through it, ending the episode.
Gumball's analogy, "finding a piece of hay in a needle stack," may be a reference to the SpongeBob Squarepants episode, "Prehibernation Week," where SpongeBob and Sandy played that exact game. Both are based on the idiom "finding a needle in a haystack," which is used to describe something that is hard to locate.
Carrie's description of the pony movie ("magical friendship of a pony") may be a reference to the media franchise, My Little Pony.
If one looks closely when Gumball and Darwin cross the street, the Wattersons' house can be seen in the background.
While speaking to Anais at the phone, Darwin mentions that the movie Anais wants to watch is has something to do with the Luxembourg Prince. However, Luxembourg is a Grand Duchy, which means it has a grand duke, not a prince.
[The episode starts at the Ripley 2000 store, with a line of people including Quattro, Sarah, Ocho, Pantsbully, Mr. Poop, Newspaper Employee, and Carrie, all looking impatient. Gumball and Darwin are at the front of the line, trying to pay for their DVD, but an invisible wall prevents Gumball from handing over the DVD to Larry]
Larry: [Sighs] What is wrong with you this time?
Gumball: [Struggles to give Larry the DVD] This movie is so sucky that my body refuses to rent it.
Larry: Then don't rent it and get outta here.
Gumball: I can't, I promised my sister.
Darwin: [Sighs and puts his hands out] Give me that.
[Gumball hands over the DVD to Darwin who then takes a deep breath and runs towards Larry, but an invisible force field repels him to the floor]
Darwin: You're right, this film is so bad that every atom in my body refuses to pay to see it.
Carrie: [Grabs DVD from Darwin] Oh come on, it can't be that bad. [Gasps loudly] A Pony's Tail?! Wow. Okay, I'm gonna rent this for you or we're gonna be here all day. Maybe if I hide it between my good films, my mind will be tricked.
Gumball and Darwin: Carrie! Carrie! Carrie! Carrie!
[Carrie tries to push her DVDs through the invisible force field]
Carrie: [While pushing the DVD through] It's not working!
Gumball: Come on, Carrie!
[Carrie manages to push the DVD through and causes a big blue flash of light. Afterwards, the trio walk out of the store]
Carrie: You know, there are easier ways to hurt your eyes. [Hands the pony DVD to Gumball] You could pour salt in them while you stare at the sun, for example.
Gumball: I'm sorry, Carrie. It's just I promised Anais we'd do something she wanted today.
Darwin: We didn't realize how unbearable it'd be, and we haven't even watched it yet.
Gumball: Come on, we're already late.
[Gumball and Darwin run off-screen]
Helping a Fat Man out of a Manhole
[Gumball and Darwin stops at a pedestrian crossing]
Gumball: Oh, man. We're gonna get the face when we get home.
Darwin: What? This one? [Darwin starts frowning]
Gumball: No, that's silent fury. What we're going to get is "I know you let me down".
Darwin: Oh. [Darwin starts frowning differently]
Gumball: [Points at Darwin] That's it. But don't forget the slow head shake.
[Darwin starts shaking his head slowly]
Darwin: I can handle that, as long as we don't get the "you mean nothing to me" back turn.
[The traffic light changes to the green walking man, so Gumball and Darwin start running across the road]
Gumball: Don't worry, as long as nothing gets in our way, we'll be fine.
[The scene changes to a row of stores where a blue repairman is working on a truck next to an open manhole; Tony is jogging along, but falls and gets stuck in the manhole in front of Gumball and Darwin. They stop beside him, then everybody looks at the teal tow truck driver]
Teal Tow Truck Driver: ...What?!
Darwin: Uhhh, don't you think you should help that guy? You clearly took the cover off.
Teal Tow Truck Driver: So? You guys are way closer, that means it's your problem.
Tony: Uhh, can I get a little help here?
Gumball: Listen, man, we'd love to help, but we're kind of in a hurry.
Tony: Well, I'm kind of in a manhole.
Darwin: Which you wouldn't be stuck in if you weren't quite so--
Darwin: DISTRACTED! I WAS GONNA SAY "DISTRACTED"! [Shakily] I think you're a beautiful man.
Gumball: Still, what kind of bozo runs around not looking where he's going, blindly texting on his phone?
Tony: I wasn't texting, I was updating my status so everyone knows I'm jogging.
Tony: [Looks down in disappointment] To get those little thumbs-ups on ElmorePlus.
Gumball: [Sighs] Alright, let's get you out of here, you attention hog.
Darwin: [Calls Anais from a payphone; Anais looks furious] Heeeey! You're doing the face, aren't you?
Anais: Why are you late?!
Darwin: Heh heh, well, funny story, uh, we were helping a guy out of a manhole--
[Gumball can be seen tying Martin with rope to a truck in the background]
Anais: No need to lie. It's obvious you guys don't wanna watch the movie with me.
Darwin: Oh, no, that's not true. I can't wait to watch [Loudly] SOME PRINCESS TRYING TO TAME A STUPID PONY JUST TO IMPRESS SOME FOPPISH PRINCE FROM LUXEMBOURG! [Normal voice] Sorry, I didn't mean to say that. It's just that my brain refuses to let me lie about this film.
Anais: Just hurry up, okay? [Hangs up phone]
[Scene cuts to Martin and Gumball waiting for the truck to move]
Tony: Uh, are you sure this is a good ide-AH! [Truck pulls him out of the manhole]
Gumball: There. Whose problem is it now?
Remembering Rob's Name
Darwin: [With haste] Dude! We need to get home! She's already at a force five on the guilt trip scale!
Rob: [Appears in front of the boys] Gumball! Darwin! What's up, guys?!
Gumball: [Nervously] Heeeeeey... Rich?
Rob: [His smile fades] Did you just call me "Rich" like it was a question?
Gumball: [Facepalms] Ha! Did I say "Rich"? I'm-I'm sorry, dude. I meant, uh... your name.
Rob: Which is?
[Gumball and Darwin laugh nervously]
Rob: Which is?!
[Both sigh. Darwin opens his mouth as if he remembers, but does not]
Rob: ROB! My name is Rob!
Gumball: Rob! Of course, man, I'm sorry. Hey listen, we're in a massive hurry, but we should totally hang out soon. I'll-I'll call you, bro.
[Gumball and Darwin start to leave, but Rob blocks their path again]
Rob: You don't have my number. You don't remember me at all, do you? And this! This is just some hollow promise!
Darwin: Dude, it's not that! We've just been distracted because uh... ha ha, the funniest thing just happened. See that hole?
[Rob leans over the manhole to look. Darwin kicks him down the hole]
Gumball: Darwin! I can't believe you just did that!
Darwin: Did what?
Gumball: Uh... I don't remember...
Say the Right Thing
[Anais is in the Watterson's living room. She sighs, and suddenly sees Richard eating a slice of pizza. Richard sees her and "unchews" the pizza]
Anais: Dad, am I boring?
Richard: Of course not, sweetie pie.
Anais: Then why don't Gumball and Darwin want to hang out with me?
Richard: Uh... uh... [Thinking to himself]Think, Richard, think! Your little girl is feeling insecure. This is a real parenting situation. What you say now can affect her for the rest of her life, so say the right thing. Say the right thing![To Anais] The right thing!
Richard: Speak to your mother! [Runs away]
[Darwin running down the street, a tired Gumball following behind him]
Gumball: [Out of breath] I gotta stop, man. I can't keep running like this.
Darwin: [Returns to Gumball and runs in place] C'mon! You can do it! It's all in the mind!
Gumball: You don't understand. My legs have given up. I even have a cramp in my bones.
Darwin: Your legs haven't given up! You have!
Gumball: You think? You should try walking in my shoes for once.
Darwin: Is that a challenge?
[Scene cuts to Darwin's head on Gumball's legs and Gumball's torso on Darwin's legs]
Gumball: [Sees Darwin panting] Whoah, dude! Have you seen the top of your head? You've got a birthmark in the shape of my face! Oh, no, wait, your head is just very oily.
Darwin: Oh, yeah? Well, your legs aren't legs! They're just over-grown toes! Give mine back!
[Both switch back to their original legs]
Darwin: [Shakes his leg] Ah, this is so much better.
Gumball: [Covers Darwin's mouth] Shh! [Points to Sussie's house]
[Darwin turns around and gasps]
Gumball: [Nervously] Sussie's birthday party!
[Both crawl on the sidewalk to pass by Sussie's house. A door is heard opening]
Sussie: Oh! You came!
Darwin: [He and Gumball stand up] How did you know we were there?
Sussie: I didn't. I was just practicing my guest welcome, but since you're here... [Holds up arms] Oh! You came!
[Scene changes to Gumball and Darwin sitting awkwardly in Sussie's backyard with Sussie and her parents, who are breathing loudly. They sit in silence for a few seconds]
Gumball: Wow! What a great party! Yeah, it was really good, but we gotta go now. It's uh, it's getting dark and all. [The sky is shown; it is high-noon]
Sussie's Father: Oh, c'mon, you're not gonna leave now! I haven't seen Sussie so happy.
[Sussie starts laughing disturbingly]
Gumball: [Whispers] I'm sorry, but we need to get home to our little sister. Besides, no offense, sir, but if this party was a person, it would be Sussie.
Sussie's Father: [Whispers] Okay, let's cut to the chase. I'll give you a thousand dollars if you stay.
[Scene changes to Darwin talking to Anais on the phone and Gumball dancing in the background]
Darwin: Ha ha! You have to understand, Anais! This is a thousand dollars we're talking about! We're millionaires!
Gumball: [Runs up to Darwin] I'm sorry, sir, but I think you just dropped [Sing-song voice] a thousand dollars!
Darwin: So... is it okay if we hang out on another day?
Anais: Sure, no problem.
Darwin: Are you doing the sad face with the big wide eyes? [Cut to Anais, who is crying]
Anais: [Sniffles] No, everything is cool.
Darwin: [Pokes his eye through the phone] Right. Let me speak to Gumball...
[Scene changes to Gumball giving Sussie's father his money back, but Gumball will not let go of the money, while also sobbing lightly]
Sussie's Father: [Gumball whimpering] If you're in such a hurry, then why have we been doing this for an hour?
Gumball: Because it's the hardest thing I've ever had to do.
[Gumball finally lets go and a tear rolls down his face]
Where is the DVD?
[Gumball and Darwin walking down the street]
Gumball: Ugh! I thought it was overpriced at four dollars, let alone a thousand and four! For that much money, I could've bought an actual pony and acted out the movie myself!
[Mister Small is seen walking towards Gumball and Darwin, and they keep walking in each other's paths]
Mister Small: Oh ho ho! How silly!
Gumball: Ugh. [Changes path]
Mister Small: Ooh ha ha! Oh look! We've done it again!
Gumball: Ugh. [Changes path]
Mister Small: Huh! Normally, by now, one of us would have decided which way to-
Gumball: Sorry! [Steps on Mister Small and walks on him]
[Mister Small's body sticks back up and hits Darwin in the face. The DVD is knocked out of his hand, and Nightmare on Elmore Street falls out of the case]
Gumball: [Gasps] Nightmare on Elmore Street?!
Darwin: So where's our DVD?
[In Carrie's bedroom]
Princess on TV: Oh, Loretta. If only he knew me the way you do...
[Carrie, with a bucket of popcorn, is staring at the TV]
Gumball: [Barges in Carrie's room] Carrie! [Swings arms in front of her face][Whispers to Darwin] I think her horror movie brain got traumatized by an overload of pony cuteness.
Carrie: [Drops popcorn] I thought I was a hardcore horror movie fan, but I was living a lie! [Grabs Gumball by the shirt] Tell me, is it wrong for a punk-rock chick who lives in a haunted malevolent mansion to be touched by the magical friendship of a pony?
Gumball: Mmmm, no, but can you tell your pet to stop rubbing itself on my leg, 'cause that's kind of wrong...
[A zombie-like hand is seen scratching on Gumball's leg]
Carrie: That's not a pet. That's my grandma. [Gumball gives her a weird look] What?
Gumball: Well, what's she eat?
Carrie: Not much, really. She bites her nails sometimes.
Darwin: We are not here to discuss Carrie's freakshow of a family! Where is the DVD?!
Carrie: Uh, it's in the DVD player.
Darwin: Oh, really? The way things have gone today, I didn't think it would be as easy as just pushing a button to-- [Darwin pushes the button and the DVD flies out through a window] Yeah. That makes more sense.
[Gumball and Darwin are chasing the DVD while it's rolling down the street]
Gumball: If I saw a clown doing this, I'd think it was impossible!
[Gumball runs into Marvin, who's carrying a box of DVDs. The DVDs are scattered all over the sidewalk]
Gumball: Noooo! What have you done?! Now we'll never find it! It'll be like looking for a piece of hay in a needle stack! It's gonna take hours!
Darwin: [He picks up the DVD amongst the others] Here it is!
Gumball: What do you know? Let's put it in the box.
Darwin: Here. [Darwin throws the DVD at Gumball. It bounces off his head and rolls down the street]
[Gumball looks angrily at Darwin, who look at Gumball nervously, then they chase the DVD down the road again]
Darwin: How could you miss?! That was a perfectly good throw!
Gumball: Why are you screaming at me? You're the one who threw it at me for no reason!
Darwin: I know! I thought if I screamed first, you'd be less likely to scream at me!
[Mister Small is walking towards them]
Gumball: Oh, come on! We're going right.
Mister Small: Okay! I'm going left. [Moves right in the path of Gumball and Darwin][Chuckles] I meant the other left.
[Gumball angrily grabs Mister Small and tosses him into the nearby garbage bin. He and Darwin then run off]
Mister Small: Uh, I'm sorry, but I should be in the recycling bin. [Gumball returns, takes Mister Small out of the garbage bin, and tosses him into the adjacent recycling bin, before running off] Thank you very much.
[Gumball and Darwin continue chasing after the DVD]
Darwin: Watch out! [halts Gumball from running into the busy traffic]
Gumball and Darwin: Aah!
[The DVD rolls onto the sewer grate. It slips through]
Gumball and Darwin: NOOO!
[Rob, who's still trapped inside the sewer, appears with the DVD in his hand]
Gumball: Yeah! Thanks, Rich!
Gumball: Oh, uh, I meant Ralph!
[Rob inhales in anger, tossing the DVD]
[Once again, Gumball and Darwin give chase, as the DVD bounces. Sussie and her parents are still in their backyard party, with soft music playing on radio. The DVD bounces onto the radio, changing stations before it bounces out of the backyard. "Don't Know Me" plays]
Radio: Don't know me.
Don't want it daily.
So they call me Joile.
No fresh-[Sussie laughs excitedly]
[Gumball and Darwin catch up to the runway DVD]
Gumball: There it is! [The DVD gets wedged into jogging Tony's buttcrack] Uh...
[Gumball approaches Tony as he tries to remove the DVD, but accidentally gropes his buttocks]
Tony: Ooh! Did you just poke my butt?
Tony: Get away from me! [Jogs away from Gumball]
Gumball: Wait, wait.
[Tony runs into the teal tow truck driver, pinning him underneath. Gumball and Darwin catch up to them]
Teal Tow Truck Driver: Ah man! Ah, please! Ahh! Are you gonna get this off me or what?
Gumball: Eh, I don't know. You're way closer.
[Darwin plucks the DVD from Tony's buttcrack, and wipes it on the teal tow truck driver, before he and Gumball run off. The blue repairman groans as he continues to get crushed by the obese man]
I Hate This Film
[The Wattersons' living room. Gumball and Darwin are back home, accompanying Anais on the couch]
Gumball: Come on, let's see it.
Darwin: Oh, you know what we're talking about.
[Anais thinks for a moment, then she gradually smiles]
Gumball: [Chuckles] That's it! That's the happy face.
[Gumball and Darwin hug Anais, and they all sigh contently]
Darwin: Let's watch that pony movie and be done with it.
[Anais clicks the remote, and the movie plays. As the narrator of the movie speaks, the kids' expressions, especially Anais's, gradually change from anticipation to disappointment]
Narrator: They say all good things come in small packages, but there's nothing small about a pony...
Anais: I think I hate this film.
Gumball: Oh! Thank gosh. [He and Darwin slump on the couch, relieved. Anais clicks the remote, and the screen fades to black, thus ending the episode]