After school, Gumball and Darwin search for available seats on the school bus, and they eventually end up at the rear seat with an angry Banana Joe. They wonder why he is so angry, but he does not answer. Darwin promises to "find the source of Banana Joe's anger and appease his wrath" by the end of the weekend, to which Gumball objects.
The next day, the boys shop for groceries, while Gumball complains about Darwin promising to help Banana Joe instead of playing a new game together this weekend. They recall how excited they were upon learning of the news of a new The Tale of Zelmore release, as well as Darwin promising to play with Gumball that day. Darwin tries justifying his promise, plus (failing to) make Gumball feel guilty for his selfishness. Soon Banana Joe shows up at the grocery store, and Darwin whispers to him to meet at the soda machine.
Afterwards, Gumball and Darwin join the queue at Ripley 2000. While Gumball gets into a fight with an overly excited Ocho, Darwin sneaks away to meet with Banana Joe at the nearby soda machine. The two have a conversation, but Darwin keeps shuffling away from Banana Joe several times, irritating him. He tells Darwin to come help him with his video at the school gym before he rejoins Gumball.
At the Watterson house, Gumball excitedly starts up the game, but sees Darwin trying to sneak away. Gumball questions Darwin, who simply states he is going to the restroom. After another query, Gumball loses his suspicion, and Darwin flees to the bathroom. He tries to escape through the window, via a toilet paper rope. Since the "rope" is weak, it breaks under Darwin's weight, and he falls to the ground.
When Darwin comes to, he hears Gumball calling his name. He tries to stand, but falls to his knees in pain. Gumball reveals that he placed bricks beneath the restroom window because he knew that Darwin would try to escape. Darwin then continues to reason with Gumball, who remains adamant and refuses to help.
At the Elmore Junior High gym, Banana Joe is in front of a camera, making a body-building video. He then tries to lift some weights, but he fails and is crushed. He then states how important it is to have somebody spot you while lifting, but since Gumball and Darwin are still not around, he attempts to show the camera how to get out of his situation. These attempts simply get him hurt even more, and he assures himself that Gumball and Darwin will arrive soon.
Back at the Watterson's house, Gumball drags Darwin back into the house. Darwin's extreme desire to help Banana Joe depresses Gumball, stating that Darwin is better friends with Joe than him. Darwin then comforts Gumball, who finally agrees to help Banana Joe. Suddenly, Darwin states that Banana Joe can probably handle it until tomorrow, and Gumball notes that Darwin just wants to play the game as much as he does. At the school gym, Banana Joe is stumbling around, muttering "They'll be here soon..." He hurts himself on more gym equipment, and gets sucked into a treadmill. He continues believing in Gumball and Darwin, and the lights in the gym are shut off.
The next morning at the school bus, Banana Joe is in a huge body cast. Gumball and Darwin have provided him a bell, and they ask him yes-no questions with one ring for yes and two rings for no. He answers yes to "Does it hurt?" and "Do the bandages itch?," but a speed bump on the road forces him to answer "no" to "Are you still mad at us?." Gumball and Darwin sigh in relief and hug Banana Joe, who yells in protest. Gumball and Darwin are oblivious to his muffled outburst. He calms down and simply grunts.
This episode aired in Africa and Arabia a day before it did in the United States.
According to this episode, "Gumball" is actually just a nickname. His name was revealed to be "Zach" in "The Name."
This is Banana Joe's second major role in an episode, the first one being "The Banana."
Banana Joe's sober face was accompanied by the emotional tune from "The Bumpkin" that played when the Wattersons shed a tear for the TV. This tune is more specifically a part of a symphony written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
The party music from "The Bumpkin" plays when Gumball and Darwin get excited for the new The Tale of Zelmore game.
When Gumball gets out the disc for The Tale of Zelmore, he takes it out and holds it up in the same fashion Link from The Legend of Zelda does when he finds an item in a chest. He also hums the same tune.
When Darwin tells Gumball to be nice, he is referencing Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars.
Banana Joe's statement is a reference to the old philosophical experiment about observation and reality, "If a tree falls and no one is around to hear it, will it make a sound?"
When Darwin says "We're gonna play 'till we're purple," he is making a reference to The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, in which SpongeBob says "We're gonna party 'till we're purple!"
Banana Joe's bell at the end is a reference to the Breaking Bad character Hector "Tio" Salamanca. "One ring for yes, two rings for no," is also how he communicated. Also, the bell looks exactly the same.
The position of many of the kids on the bus switches between the external view and the internal view. Carmen, for example, was shown at the front, but when the view switches to the interior of the bus, she is seen sitting three rows back. Tobias and Carrie were shown on the left side of the bus, but then they get put on the right side. Their positions change again on the second external view of the bus.
In the beginning of the episode, Carrie did not have headphones, but later on in the episode, she had headphones.
When Gumball and Darwin gasp after what Banana Joe said, if one looks closely, the students on the bus disappear.
In the bathroom, there is a window where the mirror is supposed to be.
Polski (Polish): Obietnica (The Promise)
Български (Bulgarian): Обещанието (The Promise)
Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese): Lời Hứa (The Promise)
Italian (Italiano): Una vera amicizia (A Real Friendship)
[Episode begins as we see the school bus leave Elmore Junior High. Cuts to inside the bus, and we see some angry-looking students sitting. Scene cuts to Gumball and Darwin standing at the front of the bus]
Darwin: Why is everyone so uncool on the school bus? Is it really that bad to move so we can sit together?
Gumball: That's animal instincts, man. Everyone's protecting their territory.
Darwin: Oh, come on. People aren't animals, dude.
[Darwin walks to Tobias, whose back is only seen as he gazes out the window]
Darwin: Hey Tobias. Do you mind moving so we can--
[Tobias turns around with a wolf-like face and hisses at Darwin, making him fall down in fright]
[Gumball approaches Carrie. Carrie has earphones with loud rock music on]
Gumball: H-hey! Carrie! [Waves] Carrie! Carrie!
[Carrie sees Gumball, but doesn't answer. Gumball keeps saying Carrie’s name several times, but is not heard over the music. Carrie attempts to avoid him by turning away, but Gumball follows her head]
Carrie: I can do this forever. I don't have bones.
Sussie: You can have my seat. [Hums]
[Sussie walks away from her seat. Scene then shows the full bus, with Gumball in the middle]
Gumball: Here's a lesson to you selfish seat hogs! Never judge a book by its cover-- no matter how weird and...bald and a bit...scary it might be. [Walks up to the seat, which is covered in liquid] Thank you, Sussie. You're a gentleman and a lady. [Gets freaked out by seat] Ohh! What is that? [Points to liquid]
Sussie: The leather makes Sussie sweaty.
Gumball: Well, on second thought, what kind of gentleman could rob such a fine lady of her seat? Please, take it back. I insist. [Walks away]
[Gumball approaches Leslie, who is sitting in a seat next to a plaque. His stomach is noticeably bulging, and he acts tired]
Gumball: I've got such a craving for anchovies, and peanut butter! Oh, uh--[Clears throat and gestures to a plaque, which has a sign with a pregnant woman on it] Hurry up, please. I'm sitting for two.
[Darwin falls out of Gumball's shirt, dusts himself, and walks away. Leslie glares at Gumball]
Gumball: They grow up so fast. [Walks away]
[Gumball and Darwin approach Banana Joe at the back of the bus. He looks very upset]
Gumball: He-hey, Banana Joe! How you doing, buddy?
[Gumball holds up his hand to high five Joe. Banana Joe does not respond, and Gumball high fives Joe's face]
Darwin: Do you mind moving up a seat so we can-
Banana Joe: I'd move for anyone except you two backstabbing dweeb muffins!
[Gumball and Darwin gasp]
Gumball: Why are you so angry, buddy? Is it because we didn't defend you when Tobias said your mother is so overripe she's got fruit flies?
Darwin: Is it because we left you at that gas station on the way to Daisyland on your birthday, but because we were almost there we decided to just pick you up on the way home?
Gumball: Is it because we forgot about you on that camping trip, and you had to sleep under a tent of your own skin and eat a bit of yourself to survive? And you waited for three days in the woods, but then decided to walk home, and got lost? And winter came, and you tried to light that fire with that lighter fluid we said we left you. But it wasn't lighter fluid, it was shampoo? And you got frostbite, and that's kinda why you have no feet?
Banana Joe: Pfft.
Darwin: I swear to you my banana friend: by the end of the weekend, we shall discover the source of your anger and appease your wrath.
Gumball: [Sighs] No dude, we shall not. It's our special weekend. [Walks away] And nothing's gonna ruin it!
Darwin: [Whispers] Don't worry. We'll work it out.
[Banana Joe cheers up at this, and smiles]
At the Grocery
[Gumball and Darwin throw food into their basket. Gumball grabs an item from it]
Gumball: Unh! No peanut butter! The more time spreading this stuff, the less time playing the game!
[He throws it away, and it hits Alison]
Gumball: I can't believe you'd go and get tangled up in some menial banana problems and forget about our weekend. I like Banana Joe. He's, like, my favorite fruit. But I'm not gonna ruin the gaming weekend of the century for a weekday friend. Do you remember how excited we were about this game?
[Flashback. Gumball is using the computer in their room. He browses, bored until he sees something]
Gumball: Dude. There's a new "Zelmore" coming out.
[Darwin quickly zips to Gumball's side. They look at each other, and scream with joy]
Gumball and Darwin: Yay-hey-hey!
[They dance, and laugh maniacally]
Gumball: This is gonna be so good!
[Gumball runs up his bedside table, and repeatedly falls down]
Darwin: Dude! Good so much game, can't words say!
Gumball: [Taps keyboard with butt] A-ha-ha-ha-ha!
Darwin: [Licks computer monitor][Pants]
Gumball: Dude! The game! [Pants] The game, dude! [Pants]
[Gumball and Darwin hug]
Gumball: [Crying] The game!
[Gumball and Darwin hold hands]
Darwin: When it comes out, you and me, buddy, we're gonna buy this game and play it till we're purple.
Gumball: Let's check if there's any more info.
[They quickly move to the computer, and Gumball loads the screen]
Gumball: There's nothing.
Darwin: [Quietly] Hit refresh.
Gumball: [Refreshes] Still nothing.
Darwin: [Quietly] Hit it again.
Gumball: [Refreshes] Still nothing
Darwin: [Quietly] Hit it again.
Gumball: [Refreshes] Still nothing.
Darwin: [Quietly] Hit it again.
Darwin: I know. But what about Joe? He was so angry, he looked like he was gonna get a nosebleed.
Gumball: Uh I'm sorry. Can you repeat that? 'Cause all I heard was...[Babbles mockingly]...and something about bailing on the best weekend ever!
Darwin: Yeah. You're right. I'm really sorry to have forgotten all about your weekend. It's definitely more important than a friend who's hurt. Possibly scarred forever because of something we-- well, let's be honest, more likely you-- have done.
[Gumball's back is crushed by an invisible weight]
Gumball: Aah! What is that?!
Darwin: That's the weight of guilt. [Echoing] Give in to the nice side. Help those unfortunate, and make the guilt go away, my friend.
Gumball: [Back continues cracking] Ow! Make it stop! Ow!
Darwin: Surrender to your kindness, Gumball. It's nice to be nice.
Gumball: [Gets up, but still struggling][Grunts]
Gumball: Your guilt is strong, my friend. But it is no match for the power of my selfishness.
[Behind Gumball, Banana Joe walks to the fruits section of the grocery]
Banana Joe: Hey! What do you call a fish with no eyes? A "fsh"! [Laughs, then sighs] If a banana makes a joke and no one's around to hear it, does that banana even exist?
[The camera zooms into Banana Joe's sad face while Mozart's requiem mass in d minor - Lacrimosa plays]
Darwin: [Talking to Banana Joe through a concealing smile] Dude, let's have a soda!
Gumball: D-did you say something?
Darwin: What? I don't know what you're talking about. [Through concealing smile] Did you get that? Let's have a soda! Yes, you! Meet me outside by the machine!
Gumball: [Looks around] Hmmm… [Turns quickly around. Banana Joe is nowhere to be seen]
Gumball: Let's get outta here. I'm getting shopping fever I'm starting to hear voices.
[They walk away, and pas by Mr. Small using a banana for a phone]
Gumball: Let's just get the game.
[When Gumball goes ahead, Darwin turns to Mr. Small's banana phone]
Darwin: [Quietly] Good disguise! See you at the soda machine.
Banana Joe: [Reveals himself][Quietly] Okay! [To Mr. Small] Oh, your mom says "hi" by the way.
Getting the Game
[At the game store, people are lining up. Carrie queues behind the Eggheads]
Carrie: Are you guys here for Zelmore? Do you know what time the store opens?
Colin: [Chuckles] When your high score gets a double-digit, noob!
[They laugh at Carrie. Carrie sighs, and teleports away]
Colin: This is what happens when you spend all your time flaming people on web forums.
Felix: You don't get girlfriends.
[Juke queues behind them. Behind him, Darwin, and an extremely excited Gumball and Ocho wait. Ocho is so excited he quivers, and bumps repeatedly into Gumball]
Gumball: Hey! Have you ever heard of personal space-oh. [Scared] Hi Ocho…
[Ocho continues bumping into Gumball]
Gumball: Look, dude. I know you have trouble handling your intensity, and we're all excited about the game. But could you JUST CALM DOWN A LITTLE!?
Ocho: I am CALM! [Bumps Gumball]
Gumball: Well that's cool, 'cause I'm really calm too now! [Bumps back]
Ocho: Not as calm as ME! [Bumps back]
Gumball: I'm the calmest man on the planet![Bumps back]
Ocho: Yeah!? Any calmer, and I'd be asleep! [Bumps back]
Gumball: I'm as calm as a moonlit lake! [Bumps back]
Ocho: I'm the calmest [Bumps back]
[Darwin glances at the soda machine, and sees Banana Joe]
Gumball: I'm as calm as the petal that falls softly from a rose! [Bumps back]
Ocho: I'm as calm as the stream that flows gently past the willow tree! [Bumps back]
[Darwin sneaks away while the two continue fighting]
Darwin: Hey Joe.
Banana Joe: [Gives soda]
Darwin: Um, I know you're angry at us. I just want to find out why.
Banana Joe: Well. I've been thinking a lot recently about our friendship. But I just feel that maybe I- [Sees Darwin sneaking away] Are you shuffling away from me!?
Darwin: Nooo. I feel like it's you who's moving away from us.
Banana Joe: Well, it's true that recently I've felt a little… [Sees Darwin slowly sidling away]
Banana Joe: Could you at least finish your soda, and pretend you care for a second?
[Darwin pours his soda on the concrete, and throws an object at something, breaking it]
Darwin: Hey! What was that?
Banana Joe: I'm pretty sure you're supposed to do your diversion, before pouring the soda on the floor.
[Gumball and Ocho continue fighting in the distance]
Darwin: Look. I just can't hang out right now, but could we sort something out for later?
Banana Joe: Well, I am making a new video tonight. So you guys should come around- [Sees Darwin inching away] Are you listening!? Come help me make my video tonight!
Darwin: Where? When?
Banana Joe: At the gym! At the school, and don't let me down!
Darwin: I won't, I promise! [Goes away]
Gumball: I didn't need your help! It's not like I got my butt kicked. [Reveals Ocho-shaped mark on his butt]
Darwin: Yeah, it just looks more like a head-butt…on your butt.
Gumball: Shhhh. [Quietly] Don't spoil this moment. I'm gonna open the box.
[Gumball opens the Zelmore game, while imitating its theme. While he prepares to play it, Darwin sneaks away. Gumball sees him in the screen's monitor]
Gumball: Dude, where are you going!?
Darwin: Uh I uh…need to powder my nose?
Gumball: Are you gonna sneak out the window, do something in secret for a while, then sneak back here, and pretend you were never gone?
Gumball: …Alright then.
[Cuts to Darwin in the bathroom]
Darwin: How do I get outta here now? Aha!
[Darwin uses the toilet paper as rope, and he tries to jump out the window. But the toilet paper is too fragile and short, and Darwin falls down. He later wakes up from being unconscious]
Gumball: Darwin? Darwin? Buddy?
[Darwin is in extreme pain]
Gumball: Are you okay? That was quite a fall. Lucky you landed on these.
[Darwin gets up on his feet, and his back cracks]
Darwin: Ah! My back! What are they?
Gumball: [Pulls out cloth]BRICKS! Because I knew you'd bail on me. All of this for your bro-nana.
Darwin: Okay. I think I have the solution to our problem. How about we just invite Joe over to play with us?
Gumball: Uh-NO! It's just supposed to be you and me, man! Don't you remember?
Darwin: Actually, that's not what I remembered.
Darwin: When it comes out, you and me buddy- [Inserted] and Banana Joe-re gonna buy this game, and play it till we're purple.
[Back in the present, Darwin literally brainwashes Gumball. Gumball spits out soap]
Gumball: Enough with the brainwashing!
Darwin: But Banana Joe needs us!
Gumball: Ugggh! For what?
Banana Joe's Video
[Banana Joe records himself in the gym, along with weights, dumbbells, and body-building equipment]
Banana Joe: Welcome back to Banana Joe's Body Jam! Explosion! [Imitates explosion] Title card. Volume 3: Pecs! [Imitates electric guitar] Now, let's start with a basic bench-press move.
[He moves the camera, and demonstrates with barbell]
Banana Joe: Now, what you wanna do is- [Gets squished by barbell] That's an example of what you shouldn't do. I wanted to show you how important it is to always have someone around to spot you. But since I don't have anybody yet, I'm gonna demonstrate how you get out of a situation like this. What you wanna do is [Gets squeezed by one of the disks] Ooh. Okay, that's clearly expected. Just roll back to the side and- [Gets squished by another disk] Ow! It's okay! I'm sure they'll be here any minute now.
A New Nickname
[Gumball drags Darwin into the living room]
Darwin: I don't like it when people don't like me, okay? And I promised Bajayay that I'd help him out!
Gumball: What the- [Drops Darwin] Bajayjay!? You've got nicknames now? You're better friends with him than me. Why don't I have a nickname?
Darwin: But Gumball is a nickname.
Gumball: Not a new one!
Darwin: You want a new nickname? Okay, fine. I'll give you one now! Just chill out, okay? [Thinks] Gummm… bag?
Gumball: …I love it!
Darwin: Sooo can we go see Banana Joe now?
Trouble in the Gym
[Banana Joe struggles to lift the barbell of him]
Banana Joe: Okay. I'm sure they'll be here any minute now! …and now? [Grunts] In 3… 2… 1… now? [Sighs]
[Banana Joe rolls the weight across his body in an attempt to get it off him. He ends up mashing and spilling himself]
Friendship, or Game?
Darwin: Friendship is more important than some game!
Gumball: It's not about the game! [Sad] Don't you get it? It's about us. I just wanted to spend some time together. I guess you don't feel the same.
Darwin: [Grabs Gumball's face] Don't you dare doubt my love! You're the most precious thing in my life.
Gumball: As precious as a diamond dipped in gold [Sniffle] sprinkled with emeralds [Sniffle] and all wrapped in a big platinum bow?
Darwin: No dude. More.
[They hug, and exhale]
Gumball: Come on, big buddy. Let's go, and see Joe.
Darwin: Maybe it can wait till tomorrow.
Gumball: You want to play that game as much as me, don't you?
Darwin: Yeah, and I'm sure Joe's getting along fine without us.
[Meanwhile, back at the gym, a completely flattened, bruised, and disoriented Joe limply walks around]
Banana Joe: They'll be here soon. They'll be here soon!
[He tries to support himself on a rack of dumbbells, but ends up making them fall on him. He gets up, and holds on to another device, but is pushed away. He ends up on the on the operational treadmill that flattens him until it explodes]
Banana Joe: [Weakly] They'll be here any minute now….
[The gym lights turn off]
The Next Day
[In the school bus, Joe is seen in the same seat that he was on at the beginning of the episode. He is fully bandaged, with his eyes and part of his limbs uncovered. Gumball hands him a bell]
Gumball: Alright dude. One ring for "yes," and two rings for "no." Does it hurt?
Banana Joe: [Ring]
Darwin: Do the bandages itch?
Banana Joe: [Ring]
Gumball: Are you still mad at us?
[A bump in the bus causes Joe to accidentally ring twice]
Gumball and Darwin: Yay! We're BFFs again!
[Gumball and Darwin hug him. At first, Banana Joe resists. Then he just sighs. Episode ends]