At the beginning, Gumball and Darwin demand their breakfast. Nicole gives it to them, but they complain when they see that they have been given a new brand of natural cereal, with Gumball remarking that it looks like medieval prison food. Nicole counters this by saying that it is real, and says that she will be throwing away their old favorite brand of cereals because they are very unhealthy. The three of them soon start arguing, but this ends when Gumball and Darwin thank Nicole for having the courage to say "no" to their wants. When Nicole leaves, Gumball and Darwin reveal that they already took their favorite cereal, with Gumball hiding them in his sweater. They try to make the most out of their cereal and attempt to get an instant sugar rush. The two try many methods, and finally succeed when they eat the cereals with their eyes.
As they become very hyper, they start flying through the universe, thinking about many things (like the guy who invented mustaches, and how pigeons do not do anything). Then, they come to a big question: what is the point of their life? Gumball and Darwin come back to reality (finding themselves in the park, far from where they were eating). Gumball declares that he will find out the meaning of life, and Darwin says he will be helping as well— as soon as he gets a pair of handcuffs and a tattoo on his butt off him.
Gumball and Darwin start their quest for the answer and inadvertently cause Mr. Small (who claims to have the answer) to run after them. The brothers first ask Larry what life might mean. Larry eagerly responds that his life is all work, and that it is very important. Then after he recites his daily routines repeatedly, he realizes that all he does is work. Distressed and shocked, Larry kisses his fiancée goodbye, throws his manager away, steals Mrs. Robinson'scar, and (with Gumball and Darwin), drives to the beach. Still reciting his monotonous routines, he swims off into the sea.
Not satisfied with Larry's answer, they go to Alan. Alan says that his meaning of life is to be good to others which will make them help someone in exchange, and make the world a better place. But when Julius and Mowdown trash Alan's stuff and prepare to beat him up, Gumball and Darwin are not persuaded by Alan's answer and run off to home.
At home, the boys ask their mother what she thinks what life's meaning is. Nicole scares her children by saying that life is either (with her demonic voice and setting the background on fire) "crushing your enemies," or (saying this gently) having a family. The brothers go to Richard who tells them that his life is all about the "indulgence of the senses" (which Gumball simply takes as "stuffing [his] face"). Anais' answer is to learn as much as you can. When her brothers ask her nonsensical questions she cannot answer, Anais abandons her quest for knowledge, and follows her father's quest for "blissful ignorance."
In the Forest of Doom, the creatures respond to the boys' question by singing while eating each other, all the time telling Gumball and Darwin that their life is to eat or be eaten. The two escape after the largest creature decides to have them for dessert, but instead decides to dine on Mr. Small when he arrives in the scene. The brothers run to the nearby graveyard, where a ghost emerges. He tells them that they should live life to the fullest, also telling them about how he did that by jumping out of a plane several times. When he asks the Watterson brothers if they would prefer seventy seconds of living life to the fullest, or seventy years of living life boringly, Gumball and Darwin prefer the second option and leave.
In the gym, Coach confronts the duo after Gumball unintentionally hits Rocky with a skipping stone. After they ask her, Coach says that life's meaning is finding oneself. She exaggerates the challenges it will take to achieve this (like climbing the highest mountain), and unfortunately Mr. Small takes this literally. Desperate for an answer, Gumball asks the whole universe. The planets answer with a really long song (long to Gumball and everyone else on Earth since the planets are so slow). The song ends 4.75 billion years later as the Sun explodes.
When Gumball and Darwin give up and sit beside Sussie on a bench, Sussie surprises them by giving them a satisfying answer to the meaning of life: "Life is about the journey, and making friends along the way," and that "The true meaning of life is finding your own way to enjoy it." The episode ends with Sussie throwing mayo at pigeons, and the brothers laughing at Mr. Small (who slipped on the mayo earlier).
Moreover, in the same sequence, the planets mention both the Milky Way and "the Galaxy," implying that the latter contains the former, or at least is separate from it, while instead the Milky Way is a galaxy and is often colloquially referred to simply as "the Galaxy."
At the start of the episode, the family portrait in the living room is gone.
Polski (Polish): Pytanie (The Question)
Български (Bulgarian): Въпросът (The Question)
Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese): Câu Hỏi (The Question)
Português (Portuguese): A Questão (The Question)
Italiano (Italian): Il senso della vita (The Meaning of Life)
Gumball and Darwin: BREAKFAST! [Drum table three times] BREAKFAST! [Drum table three times] BREAK-
[Nicole gives them Natura Cereals]
Gumball: What the what is this? It looks medieval prison food!
Nicole: It's cereal. Real cereal.
Darwin: What's wrong with Smash-mallows?
Nicole: I've read the back of the box. This is so unhealthy that by the time you guys turn thirteen, your double chins will be touching your cankles.
Gumball: At least the mascot doesn't look like a cowboy goat with high blood pressure.
Darwin: Please, Mrs. Mom. This cereal's so bleak that if it was a movie, it would be Danish.
Nicole: I'm sorry, but the Smash-mallows are going in the trash, and that's that.
Gumball: Thank you, Mom. Thank you for having the courage to sometimes say "no." One day, I'll look back at moments like this, and say: I had a good mother! [Sniffs]
Nicole: [Affectionately] Boys.
[Nicole, and her children hug]
Nicole: I love you. [Cries, then leaves]
Gumball: [Stops acting] Okay. What'd you get?
Darwin: [Shows two pieces of Smash-mallows] Not much. You?
Gumball: [Sighs, and shows a handful] Ohhh! [Spills more cereal from his sleeve on the floor]
Gumball: Okay. I don't think we're ever going to see Smash-mallows again. So we gotta make the most of these.
[Skips to them in the kitchen with their cereals in bowls]
Gumball: We exercise as we eat.
[They do as said]
Gumball: [While eating] That way, the blood rushes to your head, and you get more of a sugar rush!
Darwin: Are you feeling anything?
Gumball: [Burpy voice] Mostly acid reflux.
[Cut to them on sofa]
Gumball: If we eat then stand on our heads, the sugar will rush to our brains faster due to gravity.
[They eat rapidly, then stand upside-down]
Darwin: [Milk spills out his mouth] It's not working.
[Scene shifts to them back a the table]
Gumball: We ingest it through the eye. It's way closer to the brain, and the sugar rush will kick in faster.
Darwin: What? Like rub it in?
Gumball: Nah silly. Like this.
[He eats his cereal with his eyelids. Darwin copies him]
Gumball: Getting anything?
Gumball: Yeah, me neither.
[Suddenly, they are sucked into space, and zoom through the stars]
Darwin: [High-pitched voice] Dude, this cereal is amazing!
[A colored outline of the cereal's box appears, then fades]
Darwin: Who invented it?
Gumball: [High-pitched voice] People!
[The outline of a head with the brain appears, then zooms out]
Gumball: People invent everything. Like at some point, a guy was sitting down, and he invented the mustache.
[A gold mustache flies through them]
Darwin: And then one day, some guy saw rotting milk on the floor, and he was like "hey, that smells like feet!"
[A colored foot appears, and again zooms away]
Darwin: "I should put it in my mouth!" Boom! Invented cheese!
Gumball: What are we gonna invent?
Darwin: I don't know. Does it matter if we achieve anything?
Gumball: I guess not! Look at pigeons.
[A colored wireframe model of a pigeon appears, then zooms away]
Gumball: They don't get anything done.
Darwin: Yeah! What's the point of their lives?
[Suddenly they stop flying through space, and gasp]
Gumball and Darwin: [Normal voice] What's the point of our lives?
[They snap back to reality. Gumball almost drowns in a fountain. He gets out, dressed in a tutu.]
Gumball: [Spits water] I will find out!
[Cut to Darwin, on top of a streetlight.]
Darwin: And I'll help you!
[He slides down, revealing that he is chained to the streetlights with a pair of pink fuzzy handcuffs.]
Darwin: As soon as I find away to get rid of these handcuffs, and this thing on my BUTT![Shows his butt, revealing a tattoo]
The Quest for Life's Meaning
[The two walk through the streets]
Gumball: Oh man. That's a big question. "What is the meaning of life?" [Echos, then imitates big explosion and smaller mini explosions]
Darwin: Who could answer such a question?
Gumball: Well, nobody here. We better ask around.
[They walk away. From a very far distance, Mr. Small is seen running towards them]
Mister Small: Guys! Wait! I've got the answer! GUYS, I've got the answer! [Stops] Wait! [Runs back, reappears driving Janice] Wait for me! [Janice rolls over, and launches him to where the two boys passed seconds ago] I've got the answer! [Runs after them]
[In Ripley 2000...]
Gumball: Larry, what do you think the meaning of life is?
Larry: Hmmm… work! It's important to be useful. Look at me! I got it all figured out. I get up, I shower, I come to work, I work all day, I go home, I go to sleep! I get up, I shower, I come to work, I work all day, I go home, I go to sleep! I get up, I shower, I come to work- [Stops, twitches] I get up, I shower, [Takes cash register money] I come to work, I work all day, I go home, I go to sleep! [Throws away hat and name tag]
[Karen comes out of the manager's office]
Larry: I get up, I shower, I come to work, I work all day [Jumps over counter] I go home, I go to sleep! [Kisses Karen] I get up- [Continues]
Manager: Needlemeyer! What do you think you're--?!
Larry: [Grabs manager and kisses him, then throws him away]
[Still talking, Larry leaves the shop. Gumball and Darwin follow]
Larry: I shower, I come to work, I work all day, I go home, I go to sleep. I get up, I shower- [Steals the Robinson's car]
Mister Small: Hey! I've got the--
[Larry accidentally hits Mr. Small with the Robinson's car, and drives off with Gumball and Darwin. Mrs. Robinson enters the space where the driver's seat used to be, then drops to the ground. Larry stops at a beach]
Larry: I get up, I shower, I come to work, I work all day, I go home, I go to sleep. I get up, I shower, I come to work, I work all day, I go home, I go to sleep. [Walks into the water, then swims away]
Gumball: Eh, seems to work for him. But I feel like there might be a little more to life than that.
[Cut to Alan]
Alan: Yes, there is! You see, I believe, the meaning of life is to be good to others because if you help someone, then one day, they might help someone else, and the world will be a better place.
[The scene zooms out, showing Julius and Mowdown trashing Alan's lemonade stand. Gumball and Darwin are raising their hands]
Julius: Right. We trashed your stuff, now let's knock your block off!
Alan: Please. Allow me. [Hits himself on Julius' fist] Oh! [Coughs][To Gumball and Darwin] Please, show a little charity... Help me!
[Julius and Mowdown glare at them]
Gumball: Well, charity begins at home… which is where we're going right now.
[They slide away]
Family Knows Best?
[The scene cuts to their house, then to the boys asking Nicole while she is gardening]
Gumball: Mom, what do you think the meaning of life is?
Nicole: [Removes sunglasses] Hm, now that's a tricky one. I guess it would be- [With demonic voice, evil eyes and flaming background] Crush your enemies, see them quiver before you, and hear the lamentation of their women! [Normal voice] Or having a family! It's pretty much the same.
[Gumball inhales sharply, and they walk away, frightened. The next scene shows them with Richard in the kitchen (who takes out a block of butter from the refrigerator)]
Richard: The meaning of life? Well, I've dedicated my life to the indulgence of the senses. A feeling of total satisfaction and pleasure is the highest form of existence.
[Richard scoops the block of butter, makes a sandwich out of it, and eats it whole]
Gumball: That just sounds like stuffing your face.
Richard: [With mouth full] Yeah, but philosophically.
Darwin: You do look philosophical in your toga.
Richard: This is not a toga! It's a full body bib. [Walks away, revealing his almost bare back]
Gumball: [Inhales] Not quite a full body, unfortunately.
[The boys sneak up on Anais. Anais puts down the book she's reading with annoyance]
Anais: Ugh... What?
Gumball: What's the meaning of life?
Anais: To understand the meaning of life, you need to better yourself by learning as much as you can.
Darwin: So you can answer any other question?
Gumball: Like "would you rather kiss a dog, or have a baby drool in your mouth?"
Darwin: Or "would you rather have foot-hands, or hand-feet?"
Gumball: Or "how long would a person survive just by eating their own hair?"
Anais: [Sighs and leaves]
Darwin: What you doing?
Anais: In just three sentences, you proved that I don't want to know everything. If my quest for knowledge is pointless, [Hops on couch, beside Richard] then I might as well go for the second best option.
Gumball: And what's that?
Anais: Blissful ignorance. [Starts eating]
Ask Mother Nature
[In the forest of doom…]
Darwin: Gumball, what are we doing here?
Gumball: Who's better qualified to know the meaning of life than mother nature herself. Let's ask this little squirrel.
[Gumball makes "squirrel" noises to a squirrel nearby. The squirrel slaps him]
Gumball: Ow! What did I say?
Darwin: You just said he was nuttier than his own droppings. Let me try. [Makes "squirrel noises"]
[The squirrel nods, and begins a song]
Squirrel: The meaning of life has a single rule, I know it makes sense though it may seem cruel. The logic of the rule cannot be beaten, but the meaning of life is to eat or be -
Snake: [Eats squirrel] The truth our friend was trying to sweeten, that the meaning of life is to eat or be -
Bird: [Eats snake] Alas, poor snake! His life was fleeting. For the meaning of life is to eat or be—
Small creature: [Eats bird] Allow me to finish what the bird was tweeting [Flies] the meaning of life is to eat or be—
Large creature: [Eats creature] I'm sorry our song just keeps repeating, but the meaning of life is to eaaat, or be- [Stops, waiting to be eaten. But nothing happens] Well I guess that the biggest remains unhurt, which means I have some time-
[Gumball and Darwin are terrified]
Large creature: For dessert!
[The boys leave in a flash]
Mister Small: Wait, kids! [Wheezing] I got the answer!
[The large creature growls at him. From the distance, Mr. Small screams. Gumball and Darwin run to the cemetery]
Gumball: [Pants] I think we're safe now.
[A zombie's hand emerges from a nearby grave. Gumball screams]
Darwin: [Holds hand] Oh hi. So, since you've been there and done it, maybe you could help us out with the question: what's the meaning of life?
Zombie: You have to live life to the fullest, dude. Look at me, I've done it all. I've jumped out of a plane, I've jumped out of a plane, I've jumped out of a-
Gumball: Is that all you did?
Zombie: Well, yeah. I was eighteen, so… yeah.
Darwin: And how was it? You know, your life?
Zombie: Aw man. It was really good for seventy seconds, and then really, really, really, really, really bad for a couple of seconds.
Gumball: How is that living life to the fullest?
Zombie: Think about it: would you rather live life to the fullest for seventy seconds? Or live a boring life for seventy years?
Gumball and Darwin: Seventy years.
Gumball: Straight up.
Zombie: No no no no no no! Don't go, it's boring here! Come back! [Parachute deploys] Darn. Aw, now you work.
[The scene skips to Gumball skipping stones]
Darwin: What are you doing?
Gumball: Skipping stones. It's what people do when they're down.
Darwin: Uh yeah, not but usually indoors.
[Gumball skips another stone. The stone hits Rocky on the other side of the pool, and he falls into the water. Coach walks up to them]
Coach Russo: What are you two doing?
Gumball: [Sigh] We're bummed out because we can't find the true meaning of life.
Coach Russo: The meaning of life is to find yourself.
Darwin: Have you found yourself?
Coach Russo: Not yet. But I'm in here. [Pushes finger inside herself deeply] Somewhere.
Gumball: Then how are we supposed to find ourselves?
Coach Russo: To find yourself, you will need to walk through the hottest dessert, cross the most dangerous seas, climb the highest mountain. Then once at the top, you will know.
[As she speaks, Gumball and Darwin are visualized. The surf a wave, and climb a high mountain]
Gumball: [Imaginary] That's it! I know what I am!
Gumball: I'm lazy! I don't have to climb a mountain to figure that out. [Walks away with Darwin]
[The scene shows Mr. Small on top of the same imaginary mountain]
Mister Small: What? Wait, you mean none of this was real?
Your Life Just Doesn't Count
[Back in the roads, Gumball sighs and falls down. But his head makes him roll over his back]
Gumball: Why isn't anyone able to answer our question!? Tell me universe, WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE?
[Camera zooms from the Earth, and out into the Solar System]
Uranus: Hey guys, quick! I think someone's in need of a cosmic answer.
Neptune: Let's explain the meaning of his pitiful existence to him in the form of a feel good song!
Venus: When you think you've got a problem
And your life is full of doubt,
Mercury and Venus: Remember in the scheme of things
Your life just doesn't count!
Jupiter: To you, a leaf might seem quite small,
Jupiter and Saturn: But to an ant, it's ten feet tall.
Jupiter, Saturn, with Uranus, Venus and Mars: It's hard to be objective,
So we'll offer some perspective.
(Voice): You think there's nothing greater than the planet you call Earth,
But Earth can seem quite skinny next to Neptune's mighty girth!
Neptune: [spoken] Oi...
Earth: [spoken] Relax!
Planets: 'Cause when you think you've got a problem
If you're thinner or you're fatter
Remember in the scheme of things
Your life just doesn't matter
Now the Sun can make us all feel small
'Cause he's the biggest of us all
But that's just in the Solar System
Bigger things than that exist
The Milky Way
And don't forget the universe
Mars and Venus: That's just the ones we know about
They're huge compared to you or us
Uranus: [Solo] You're tiny and you're miniscule
Irrelevant, a speck
Upon the dark side of that rock
You're just a measly little fleck
Your life may last a century
On Earth, or maybe quicker
But up here, a hundred years is just a flash, a blip, a flicker!
Planets: So when you
Think you've got a problem
When your life is full of doubt,
Remember in the scheme of things
Your puny, little, tiny, weeny, meager, futile, worthless, teeny, boring, foolish, pointless, minimal, wretched, gloomy, bleak, and pitiful
Life just does not count!
[Back on Earth, Gumball and Darwin watch the sun. The sun speaks in super slow motion]
The Sun: [Slowed down] When you think you've got a problem and your life is full of doubt.
Darwin: Huh? What's that all about?
Gumball: Don't know, but the joke's on them. By the time they finish their smug little song, the sun will have collapsed under its own mass and exploded, so- [Blows raspberry]
[4.75 billion years later]
Planets: …life just does not count!
The Sun: Hey, you know that kid four point seven five billion years ago?
The Sun: He was right.
[The sun explodes. The scene goes back to the present]
An Unlikely Source of Wisdom
Sussie: Pigeon mayo! [Throws mayonnaise to pigeons] Pigeon mayo! [Throws mayonnaise to pigeons][Laughs]
[Gumball and Darwin sit beside her]
Gumball: [Grunts] What a waste of a day.
Darwin: Oh, we'll never find the meaning of life.
Sussie: Ah! Pigeon mayo! [Throws mayonnaise to pigeons and laughs]
Gumball: Well, at least someone's got it all figured out.
Sussie: Well, yes. You see, life's not about the destination, it's about the journey and making friends along the way.
[Gumball and Darwin gape at her]
Sussie: The search for meaning is, in fact, the very thing that gives our life meaning, so, really, the only question that is truly worth asking is--
Mister Small: I've got the answer! I've got the answer! [Runs to them, then slips on mayonnaise]
Sussie: So, really, the only true meaning of life is finding your own way to enjoy it.
Gumball: Like laughing at that? [Pointing to Mr. Small]
Sussie: Or doing this. [Throws mayonnaise to pigeons] Pigeon mayo! Pigeon mayo!