It is dinnertime at the Wattersons' house and Granny Jojo is visiting unexpectedly as she walks inside to the dinner table and eats Darwin's food while complaining about Louie's sister doing the exact same thing. With Nicole annoyed at her presence, she asks about Richard, which the kids explain that he is suddenly grown attached to the refrigerator, but Nicole wants him to get rid of it because it is broken. Overhearing this, Richard asserts that they are not getting rid of it because it has got too many good memories, reminiscing about his childhood, teenage years, and young adulthood with it. Nicole and Granny Jojo begin to argue about this, with the latter wanting to get it repaired, as she still has warranty, while the former wants it gone because it is old, smells, and leaked everywhere. Reluctant, Richard agrees to get rid of it on one condition: Nicole and Jojo would try to get along.
The next morning, Nicole is driving Jojo to where she bought the fridge in hopes of getting a refund and they begin fighting over control of the car windows until Nicole settles on leaving them open for Jojo because her breath smells. Meanwhile, Richard is packing up the fridge while still being sad about having to part with it. The kids suggest they up-cycle the fridge, like they did with their toilet seat as their satellite dish, and an old car battery as their mailbox. Taking the suggestion, they drive off to find somewhere to give the fridge a new purpose. They try to release it into the forest, but the Doughnut Sheriff demands that they get rid of it at Mr. Small's request (although then he accidentally wrecks the tree the latter was trying to protect). After being turned down by every casting agent in town, the family try to give the fridge away to the circus as a new attraction, but it turns out they already have one.
At the parking garage, Nicole and Granny Jojo meet up with the Van Shopkeeper to repair the fridge, much to Nicole's dismay that the family keeps buying things from him as he is surprised that the fridge is still running. Meanwhile, at the Reuse & Recycling Center, the guru reassures Richard that nothing will happen to the fridge, and will take good care of it until they find it a new home. Once he goes back inside the building to say one last goodbye to it, Richard discovers to his horror that the center is actually a blood sports facility that pits machines against each other and steals back the fridge. Being chased down by the employers, the kids hastily insist they give them the fridge, but Richard stiil refuses, eventually losing them when they get distracted by a fan Betty is throwing away. Back at home, Richard puts the fridge back in the kitchen and asserts that it is staying, before an employee from the center pops out. He realizes the others are not there and leaves the house calling a cab to pick him up. As soon as he leaves, the fridge goes nuts and starts throwing Gumball, Darwin, Anais, and Richard around the kitchen. Back at the parking garage, Nicole and Granny Jojo are still trying to get a refund on the fridge. However, after reading the warrant, they learn that it is actually a dimensional storage for emotions, and realize that Richard is in grave danger.
Granny Jojo and Nicole drive home with the latter hoping that Richard and the kids gotten rid of it. Once they arrive, they see that the fridge had made the ground icy and caused a blizzard. They go inside the house and learn from the kids that the fridge has swallowed Richard. Nicole and Granny Jojo tie sausage links around their waists and go inside the fridge to find Richard together. As they go through the fridge's frozen wasteland, they come across an icy passage and find Richard freezing and happily watching his memories on the crystals, refusing to leave in fear of losing the memories. They convince Richard that he does not need the fridge to do so, and he will still remember everything without it, much to their own surprise that they're actually agreeing on something. Seeing how they both are serious to working together, Richard finally agrees and breaks free from the ice freezing over himself and leaves the fridge after nearly falling into the abyss.
The family finally trades in the fridge to the Van Shopkeeper for a new one, during which he apologizes to Richard for having found it so traumatic, mistaking his defrosted clothes as his own body fluids. Nicole and Jojo then ask him if the new fridge is normal and would not trap him inside his happy place like the last one did. He reassures them and the three drive away with the new fridge in content, but then the Van Shopkeeper suddenly remembers something about the fridge, but they are already gone before he can warn them.
The way Nicole and Granny Jojo go inside the fridge is a reference to Poltergeist.
The frozen wasteland inside of the refrigerator resembles the Ice Palace from Frozen.
During the dinner scene, Jojo mentions giving the family their refrigerator, and Nicole responds "You gave it to us because it was the only way to get Richard to move out of your house." However, it was shown in "The Choices" in a flashback that Jojo kicked Richard out of her house, and he happily went to go live with Nicole instead.
[Episode starts at the Watterson house. The doorbell rings and Nicole answers.]
Nicole: Oh, Joanna, we weren't expecting-
Granny Jojo: [Drops her bag into Nicole's hands and thoughtlessly walks in] So anyway, Louie's sister Sheila just turns up out of the blue, waltzing and leaving her stuff all over the place, [takes Darwin's food] and eating our food without even asking! [drinks all of Darwin's water] I hate when people intrude like that, but I guess some people just can't read the signals!
Nicole: No, they can't. [slams door] So, you planning on staying long?
Granny Jojo: Only a couple of weeks. The mattresses are hard and the food's overcooked. [shoves away Darwin's food] Where's Richard?
Gumball: He's in the kitchen. Mom told him to get rid of the refrigerator because it's broken.
[Richard, in the kitchen, sobs and hugs the fridge. It rumbles, and he comforts it.]
Richard: [stroking the fridge] Shhhhh.
Gumball: But then he got upset 'cause it's his favorite possession.
Darwin: So he chained himself to it and swallowed the key.
Anais: But it was the key to the shed so Mom unchained him.
Gumball: So, he chained himself to it again and swallowed the key.
Darwin: But, it was the key to the back gate so Mom unchained him.
Anais: Then he chained himself to it again and swallowed the key.
Gumball: But it was still the wrong key so Mom unchained him.
Darwin: And now we don't know what the key he swallowed is for.
[Richard hiccups and the car is heard parking.]
Gumball, Darwin, and Anais: Oh, Mom's car.
Granny Jojo: I gave you that refrigerator as a housewarming present!
Nicole: You gave it to us because it was the only way to get Richard to move out of your house!
Richard: [appears behind everyone] We are not getting rid of it! It's got too many good memories! [wells up with tears and caresses the fridge] It's been there for me so many times!
[Flashback to a young Richard opening and closing the fridge repeatedly in wonderment.]
Richard: [voice-over] It was there when I was a little kid and the world was new and amazing!
[Another flashback to teenage Richard opening the fridge to find a can of regular soda and one of lite soda.]
Richard: [voice-over] During those difficult years, when you're trying to work out who you are as a person!
[Teenage Richard gladly picks the regular soda. Third flashback to young adult Richard and Nicole. He opens the fridge and takes out a small black box.]
Richard: [voice-over] It was there on one of the most momentous days of my life! [Richard holds out the box to Nicole. She beams with joy, until he opens it and takes out an onion ring.] The day I found an onion ring in the back of it. [He eats the onion ring. Nicole groans and slams the fridge door.]
[Next, an imagine spot of Richard fighting robots in a post-apocalyptic setting.]
Richard: [voice-over] And it was there at the battle of the future of Planet Earth when the robots rose up against us! [Richard, dressed like a post-apocalyptic soldier, takes a bucket of chicken wings from the fridge. He eats one and throws the bone at the robots. End of flashbacks.]
Nicole: Come on, you know that last one didn't happen!
Granny Jojo: Don't you listen to her, honey. If you don't want a new one, we'll get it repaired. I still have the warranty.
Nicole: WHAT?! You're taking his side?
Granny Jojo: Oh, I'm sure you'd love to replace all the old, reliable things Richard holds dear to him, but it ain't gonna happen.
Nicole: It's old, it smells, I'm sure it's leaked everywhere, and I want it out of my house!!
Gumball: Are we....still talking about the refrigerator here?
Richard: Ugghh! Okay, we'll get rid of it! On one condition: you two promise to try to get along!
Nicole: Oh, all right. I'll drive her back to where she bought it and see if we can get a refund.
Richard: Deal! [nervously] But that just might have to wait until tomorrow morning.
[He hiccups again, and the car unparks.]
Ditching the Fridge
[The next day, Nicole and Granny Jojo are driving. Jojo opens the window, but Nicole angrily closes it. ]
Granny Jojo: [opens window again] It's too warm!
Nicole: [closes window] It's too cold.
Granny Jojo: [opens window] I need fresh air!
Nicole: [closes window] Move to Switzerland.
Granny Jojo: [opens window] My doctor says I shouldn't look through glass!
Nicole: [closes window] You're wearing glasses.
[She sniffs, gags, and opens the window.] Actually, I will open the windows. Your breath smells like soup.
[In the Watterson driveway, Richard cries as he fastens the fridge to the top of the car and gives it a kiss. Gumball, Darwin, and Anais watch.]
Darwin: It's okay to be sad, Mr. Dad. It's perfectly normal.
Gumball: Dude, the only place dad's behavior might seem normal has people wailing and bouncing off cushioned walls.
Darwin: You mean a kid's inflatable castle?
Gumball: No. No, I don't.
Anais: You know what, Dad? You should think about upcycling!
Richard: Exercising is the last thing on my mind.
Anais: No, upcycling is when you give old stuff a new purpose. Like our satellite dish! It used to be an old toilet seat. And you'd never know our mailbox used to be be a car battery!
Darwin: Oh, yeah! And like how our trash bin is the old trash bin from next door!
Anais: No, that was just stealing.
[The kids get into the car and drive away. Gary walks up to the house, whistling. When he reaches into the car battery mailbox, it shocks him and he faints.]
[Cut to the four in the woods.]
Gumball: But officer, we were just releasing it into the wild to give it a better life!
Darwin: It's called upcycling!
[Zoom out to show they are talking to the Doughnut Sheriff and Mr. Small, and the fridge was discarded next to a tree.]
Doughnut Sheriff: No, it's called illegal dumping, and I'll give you a ticket if you don't get it out of here! [They load it back onto the car, Doughnut Sheriff smiles in relief.] Eh, thanks for the tip-off, Steve. [salutes to Mr. Small and gets back into his car]
Mister Small: You saved this beauty spot! I mean, look at this tree. Untouched for generations!
Doughnut Sheriff: No problem! Lucky I was in the vicinity. [He puts the car into reverse and starts driving, but hits the tree full-on. A squirrel growls at him, and Mr. Small goes pale in shock ] I was never here.
Mister Small: But you just-
Doughnut Sheriff: Ugh. Try to give me an out, buddy. [Gets out of the car and tases Mr. Small. Shot of the forest as he screams and some birds fly away. ]
The Fridge's New Job
[Meanwhile, Richard and the kids leave a casting agency.]
Richard: Ugh. This is the last one.
Darwin: How could every casting agent in town turn it down? I mean, look at how versatile it is! [holds up a stack of photos of the fridge] Happy! [flips to an identical photo] Sad. [flips to another identical photo] Introspective. [flips to another identical photo] Vengeful! [flips to another identical photo] Cheeky!
Anais: Ah! What do people do if they can't get work as an actor?
Gumball: Voice actor?
Gumball: Children's book author?
Gumball: Waiter? Barista? Mime artist?
Anais: No, no, no! [pinches bridge of her nose] Circus! They join the circus!
[Richard is at the Elmore Circus, talking with the egg ringmaster.]
Egg Ringmaster: Ah-ha-ha-ha-ha! I've never heard anything so preposterous!
Richard: I know, it sounds weird 'cause it's a refrigerator.
Egg Ringmaster: No-ho-ho! Because we've already got one! [A blue fridge inside of a cage with a sign reading "The Amazing Fridge" is shown.] Some of the towns we go to? [whispers] They go wild for it.
[Meanwhile, at the mall parking garage]
Nicole: Well, according to your warranty, this is where the store should be. [Next to them is the Awesome Store] But it's not.
Granny Jojo: Well, like I said to Richard on your wedding day, you sure about that, honey?
[She knocks on the door. The van shopkeeper answers.]
Van Shopkeeper: Ah, my best customer.
Nicole: Ugh, what is it with this family and buying knockoff stuff from a truck?
Granny Jojo: [holds out warranty] We want our refrigerator repaired.
Van Shopkeeper: Huh, that old thing's still goin'?
Nicole: Yeah, she is. And she thinks your lifetime warranty still means something.
[Meanwhile, at the Reuse & Recycling Center]
Recycling Center Guru: No, no, no, of course not. Here at the Reuse & Recycling Center, we don't melt down or destroy your once-treasured possessions. We know how much they've meant to you. [Hexagon Lady and Hank, both in lab coats, carry appliances in wheelchairs and stretchers. Hank gently pats a washing machine and smiles to Richard.] We take good care of them until we can fins them a new home. [Cowboy wheels the fridge into the building.] You've made the right choice. You won't regret it. [Goes into the building and closes the door]
Richard: Aah! Wait! I never said goodbye!
[He opens the doors, only to find that his fridge and a washing machine have been put in a boxing ring, surrounded by a chanting crowd.]
Blue Lizard: [strokes the washing machine] Ha-ha-ha! That face ain't gonna look so perfect much longer!
John: [smiles at the fridge] Hoh! Got us a feisty one! [Licks the fridge, but his tongue gets stuck]
[Richard's eyes widen. Snap cut to him and the kids making a driving getaway with the fridge.]
Darwin: Faster, Dad! FASTER!
[They are being chased by a makeshift truck made from old appliances, being driven by all the barbarians from the center. One of them plays a flaming saxophone on the top of the vehicle.]
Richard: Are they gaining on us?!
Gumball: YES! One of them's got a saxophone!
Anais: Who throws out a saxophone?!
Richard: Pretty much anyone after 1992! [A bang is heard] What are they doing?!
Gumball: I don't know! [They remove the cords attaching the fridge to the car, one by one] Looks like some kind of lame French circus-y thing!!
Anais: JUST GIVE THEM THE FRIDGE!!
Gumball: We're never gonna shake 'em off!!
[They pass by Betty's house as she leaves out an old fan with the trash. The barbarian truck backs up slowly and the Guru steps out. Calm music plays.]
Recycling Center Guru: We'll take care of that for you, ma'am. We know how much it means to you.
[Back at home, Richard puts the fridge back in its rightful place]
Richard: That's it, we are not getting rid of it, it is staying right here!
[A crazed employee jumps out, laughing maniacally, and grabs the fridge.]
Center Employee: Hahaha! We got it now, guys! Ha-ha...ha....ha....ugh. [walks out, displeased]
Gumball: Dad, this is getting ridiculous.
Richard: No! It's mine! [Hugs the fridge and cries again]
Center Employee: Uh, sorry mate, is there a bus stop around here? [Pause] Actually, don't worry about it, I'll get a cab.
Anais: Can we just get rid of it?!
Richard: No! I'm keeping it and nothing will separate us!
[Suddenly, the fridge starts to shake. It bursts open, spewing out ice crystals that spread throughout the house. The four get sucked inside while the employee is outside on the phone.]
Center Employee: Hello? Yeah? Yeah, I just wanna order a cab, please. Sorry, what? Ten minutes? Have you got any nearer? I don't know, I'm in someone else's house tonight! Hang on. [goes outside] Yeah, yeah, I'm part of the blizzard. Yeah, silver face, underpants. [waves] Yeah, yeah, I'm waving! Oh, oh yeah, I can see you. [leaves]
A Fridge Full of Memories
[At the Awesome Store]
Nicole: And it's always making this weird shuddering noise. I'm not keeping food in it 'til it's fixed.
Van Shopkeeper: Wait, you've been keeping food in it?
Nicole: Yes....it is, after all, a refrigerator.
Van Shopkeeper: You didn't read the warranty, did you?
Granny Jojo: This appliance is for the storage of memories and emotions, and under no circumstances should be used for storing food?
Nicole: Seriously? A refrigerator for emotions? What else have you got, a bookshelf that alphabetizes your dreams?
Van Shopkeeper: Eh, we sold out of those last week. But don't worry about that fridge shuddering. Someone would have to use it as a lifelong emotional crutch for anything really bad to happen. [Nicole and Jojo go into shock] But casual usage should be fine.
Nicole: There is nothing casual about the way Richard uses that fridge.
[Cut to the two speeding home]
Nicole: I'm sure Richard got rid of it like I asked him to! Hah! It's gonna be fine, it's gonna be fine-[They pull up to their house, only to find it covered in icicles and surrounded by icy wind]
Granny Jojo: Does it get tiring being wrong all the time?
[They trudge into the house. The floor is covered in a blanket of snow]
Granny Jojo: RICHARD!!
Gumball: MOM! In here! [Nicole and Granny Jojo find the kids under the stairs] The fridge has gone crazy!
Anais: And it swallowed Dad!
Granny Jojo: It's not a fridge! It's a store for emotions!
Gumball, Darwin, and Anais: Huh?
Nicole: She bought it from the Awesome Store.
Gumball, Darwin, and Anais: Ohhhh.
Gumball: Makes sense.
Darwin: The how do we get him back?!
Nicole: [Grabs a string of sausages and ties it around her waist] I'm going in!
Granny Jojo: I'm not leaving this to you! None of this would have happened if you hadn't threatened to get rid of it! [Ties herself to the sausage string]
Nicole: Then I guess we're both going in!
Granny Jojo: Let's go get Richard.
[They brave their way into the refrigerator. Inside, in the middle of an idyllic snowy clearing, Richard watches his memories replaying in ice crystals all around him. ]
Nicole: Hoo, I wish I'd worn a jacket.
Granny Jojo: [Forehead-deep in the snow] And I wish I'd worn heels! How are we gonna find him in this?
Granny Jojo: Can't see, can I?
[Nicole lifts her out of the snow. They see a beautiful formation of ice crystals blocking a cavern entrance.]
Granny Jojo: Richard! Richard, honey, are you there?
Granny Jojo: He's not gonna let us in!
Nicole: Let me try something. [clears throat] PIZZA FOR WATTERSON!!
[The icy doors open and a blinding light comes out. The two go in.]
Give It Up, Richard!
[Nicole and Jojo find Richard, in perfect bliss.]
Richard: What are you doing here?
Nicole: I've come to save you!
Granny Jojo: We've come to save you.
Nicole: It was my idea, though.
Richard: Oh, stop arguing and leave me alone! I told you, this fridge....has so many good memories.
Nicole: Yes, but I assumed that was just a turn of phrase! Only in this family could that ever be literal.
Richard: But if it goes, all my memories would go too!
Nicole: Honey, listen to me. It's just an object! You'll still remember all those things without it!
Granny Jojo: No, Richard! Listen to me! You'll always have your memories! You don't need to hang on to possessions!
Nicole: Hang on, wait- we're saying the same thing here!
Nicole and Granny Jojo: Honey, trust us! You don't need the fridge!
Richard: Well.....if it's important enough for you guys to agree, then I guess you must be right! [He breaks himself free from the ice. The crystals around him begin to crack] Stand back! I'm gonna jump!
Nicole and Granny Jojo: No! The ice isn't strong enough!
[Richard takes a deep breath and steadies himself against the ice. He takes a leap, and lands safely in front of Nicole and Granny Jojo]
Richard: See? I'm not as heavy as I-[The ice cracks below Richard, and he falls. Fortunately, Nicole and Granny Jojo grab him before he falls away forever.]
Nicole: Okay, let's get one thing straight: when both of us give you the same advice-
Granny Jojo: Just take it!
[They pull Richard up. He smiles.]
Returning the Fridge
[Richard, Nicole, and Granny Jojo are at the Awesome Store, returning the fridge. Richard, soaking wet, loads the new fridge on top of the car.]
Richard: [panting] Thanks for the trade-in!
Van Shopkeeper: Anything for my best customers. Oh, and I'm sorry you found it so...traumatic.
Nicole: Oh, no no no, that's a.....he's just....defrosting. Now, you're sure this one's just a regular fridge?
Van Shopkeeper: Yes.
Granny Jojo: And it won't trap him in a wistful prison of ice and nostalgia?
Van Shopkeeper: No.
Richard, Nicole, and Granny Jojo: All right. [They get into the car and drive off.]
Van Shopkeeper: Oh, wait! There is one thing--oh, they've gone. [Episode ends.]