The episode opens with a video on safety called Watch Out Little Teddy. It revolves around Little Teddy, an accident prone bear, who is repeatedly injured and then reprimanded by the narrator for being unsafe. The video's creepy and unsettling nature frightens Mr. Small and the students, but no one is more affected than Darwin. On the way home, Darwin starts being overprotective of Gumball, and jumps into action at even the slightest perceived threat.
The next day, Gumball wakes up and later discovers that Darwin has put a child filter on the house, and that he is unable to say any swear words (even though he does not know any). All the food has been replaced by pure protein, carbohydrates, fat, and vitamins because Darwin is worried about harmful substances found in processed foods. Darwin states that it is for their own good, much to Gumball's irritation. Richard, Anais, and Nicole repeat it in a dazed voice; then afterwards, Darwin stops Richard from eating too many vitamins.
In the living room, Gumball turns the TV on and watches a cartoon. The character, a wolf, tries to catch another character, an ostrich. While Gumball laughs, Darwin calls the wolf, lambasting him for showcasing dynamite and an anvil; he also reprimands the ostrich for running. Darwin bases these accounts on the fact that such dangerous acts may be imitated by children watching them. He then persuades them to remove the violence, jokes and music. After Darwin says that all of this is for their own good, the characters become hypnotized and start chanting "It is for our own good" as well. Gumball, in rage, bites his own tail which causes him to smash into the ceiling and fall unconscious.
Gumball wakes up in the living room, chained to a chair. He sees his family, also tied up but seemingly brainwashed, and they reveal that Darwin is now trying to make Elmore safe. After Gumball is shocked by a device (the equivalent of him exercising "safely"), fed by a machine, and sees a bucket under his chair, he questions his family about how they would give up their freedom. At this point, his family reveals that they are just pretending to be brainwashed because they are being watched by a camera, but Gumball does not get this until he notices the camera behind him. Then he sees the key to their locks, eats a cactus while trying to get the key, and creates a replica key out of the cactus instead.
Now free, they set out to stop Darwin from invading the world to make it safe. They easily escape Darwin's minions (led by Principal Brown), because of their delays caused by ensuring their own safety. The Wattersons arrive at the town hall (Darwin's lair), and Gumball makes a plan:
First, Richard will create a diversion that will allow Nicole, Gumball and Anais to zipline inside.
Second, Nicole will neutralize the guards, allowing Gumball and Anais to forge further ahead.
Once Anais disables the alarm systems and opens the door, this will allow Gumball to confront Darwin about what he has been doing.
The first part of the plan goes smoothly after a disguised Richard takes out the guard at the entrance. After breaking the fourth wall by smashing into a warning notice while zip-lining, Nicole stays behind inside the town hall to deal with the guards. At the entrance of Darwin's lair, Anais quickly disables the security systems and opens the door. Then Gumball enters the lair and leaves behind Anais as she explains her complex process of how she disabled the security systems.
In the lair, Gumball confronts Darwin with a semi-dramatic entrance. After ignoring advice to use the stairs, he swings down with a curtain, and makes Darwin realize that he has gone way too far in his quest to ensure everyone's safety. After a short chat, Darwin accepts the fact that life is not always safe, and decides to get rid of all his rules and safety measures. But before he gets rid of his rules, Gumball asks if he can add one.
At school, the students all line up in the school hallway and salute Gumball and Darwin as the lords of Elmore. Then they slap themselves, and the brothers can be heard laughing as they walk by.
The safety video shown at the beginning of the episode was animated by Jérémie Périn. This is the second time he animates for the series, as he and Mikael Robert created the pixel art sequence in "The Words."
The fourth wall is broken in three ways in this episode:
Darwin's "child filter" causes a few fourth wall breaks, such as Gumball noticing his dialogue being censored.
They also notice the "Biff!," "Kapow!," and "Twiddle!" action cards that appear on the screen.
According to Darwin's cameras, this episode takes place on February 9th, 2014.
Fifty-seven characters appeared in this episode, making it the third-most in the series, beating "The Oracle" and "The Parking," which both had fifty-five characters. The ones beating "The Safety" are "The Butterfly," tied with "The Spoiler" (sixty-five characters), and "The World" (eighty-three characters).
The Latin motto "Pro Salute Omnium" written on the floor in Darwin's lair translates to "For safety."
This is the third time Richard dresses as a woman. The first two were in "The Finale," and "The Name."
Footage of Rocky and Teri from "The Joy" is displayed on Darwin's surveillance monitors.
Molly reappears in person at Elmore Junior High for the first time since "The Fight."
The manner in which the characters speak the phrase "It's for our own good" throughout the episode may be a reference to the British police comedy film Hot Fuzz in which the brainwashed residents utter "The greater good" in a very similar fashion.
The action scenes with Nicole against the colored security guards are a reference to the fight scenes from the 1966 Batman TV series.
When the footage of the safety video warps, still images of the Overlook Hotel from The Shining can be briefly seen.
The safety video at the start of the episode is a possible reference to the public information films (PIF), which were shown during British commercial breaks in the 70s, and were known for their creepy and unsettling nature.
The Wattersons' line "all resistance is futile" is a reference to the Star Trek species known as the Borg, who usually say "resistance is futile" before assimilating their victims.
The logo that appears in Darwin's lair is based off the Shocker logo from the 1971 tokusatsu program Kamen Rider.
When Darwin shoves Gumball away from a puddle, he has four legs for a frame when he screams "Drowned!" at Gumball.
When Gumball and Darwin laugh at the end of the episode, Darwin's mouth does not move.
When Gary appears on the surveillance monitor, he has no eyes.
Principal Brown and Tony appear on the cameras despite being stationed outside the city hall.
When Gumball takes off his pants, there are a couple of frames where his crotch is uncensored.
This episode takes place on February 9th, 2014, which was a Sunday. However, Gumball and Darwin were at school yesterday on February 8th in the beginning of the episode, which would be Saturday.
[The episode starts with a video's title card, with cheery music playing]
Video Narrator: Watch Out, Little Teddy.
[Then a teddy bear is seen cooking]
Video Narrator: Little Teddy is very excited, because it's cookie time. But, watch out, Little Teddy…
[Little Teddy burns his hands while attempting to bring out some cookies from an oven]
Little Teddy: Ow! Ow!
Video Narrator: BE CAREFUL AROUND OVENS!
[The video switches to Little Teddy looking out from a window, and to a tree with a bird]
Video Narrator: Little Teddy has seen a bird. [Little Teddy waves as narrator speaks] Hello little bird!
Video Narrator: But, watch out, Little Teddy...
[Little Teddy falls out of the window, and hits the ground. The bird perches on Little Teddy's head and pecks his nose]
Video Narrator: BE CAREFUL AROUND WINDOWS!
[Little Teddy is seen chasing a butterfly in a field]
Video Narrator: Little Teddy is having fun in the backyard, with a butterfly. Butterflies are pretty. But, watch out, Little Teddy….
[After running a long distance, Little Teddy knocks himself over with a rake]
Video Narrator: BE CAREFUL AROUND GARDEN TOOLS!
[The video transitions to Little Teddy walking to an old woman about to cross a road]
Video Narrator: Little Teddy is helping a senior citizen. That's kind of you, Teddy. It's nice to be nice.
[Little Teddy and the old woman start crossing the road]
Video Narrator: But, watch out, Little Teddy...
[Little Teddy puts his arm around the old woman's shoulder, which angers her. The old woman screams, and beats his head with a crowbar until a bump rises from his head]
Video Narrator: BE CAREFUL AROUND STRANGERS!
[As the old woman leaves, Little Teddy is hit by a speeding car]
Video Narrator: AND CARS!
[The scene flips over, and transitions to Little Teddy dancing inside a circle of singing children]
Children: [Singing]If you're going on adventures, or having lots of fun. Remember to be frightened, being safe is number one.
Little Teddy: [Waving] Remember, kids: please take care, 'cause danger's lurking— [Little Teddy, along with the video becomes eerily distorted and slowed] everywhere.
[The camera zooms out from a TV in Miss Simian's classroom. Beside it, Mr. Small is screaming, frightened by the video. Gumball, Darwin, Sarah, Leslie, Masami, Molly, and Tobias, who were watching the video, are frozen with horrified expressions on their faces]
Mister Small: Okay. Everyone, take the rest of the day off. I'm just gonna—
[The haunted Mr. Small grabs a trash bin, uses it to cover his head, and rocks gently in a corner. The other students (except for Darwin) walk away, all of them still having the same facial expressions. Darwin remains seated, and the camera zooms into his face]
Darwin Turns Overprotective
[By the pavement, Betty prepares to cross a road. Suddenly, a screaming Darwin throws a trash bin at her, and pulls Gumball along with him]
Gumball: Dude! Have you lost your mind? What was that all about?
[Darwin tackles Gumball before he steps into a puddle]
Gumball: What the what are you doing?!
Darwin: Keeping you safe. You almost stepped in a puddle, man. You could have slipped. Or worse, DROWNED!
Gumball: Dude, I think you might be overreacting just a teeny tiny bit.
Darwin: I love you too much to let you get hurt! I'll keep you safe! I'll keep everyone safe!
[Betty places a hand on Darwin]
Betty: Are you kids alright?
[Darwin flips her over, and sends her flying into a nearby window. He screams after]
Darwin: Come on! [Drags Gumball away]
Gumball: [To Betty] Sorry!
Betty: [Off-screen] Oh, it's quite alright!
[The next morning, Gumball wakes up and tosses the alarm clock in Darwin's fishbowl to stop the alarm. He goes to the bathroom and unzips his shorts. The outside of the Watterson house is shown]
[The scene cuts back to the living room as Gumball frantically runs downstairs]
Gumball: HEY DARWIN! [Talks in panicky gibberish, points to his groin, and cries]
[Gumball pulls down his shorts and reveals his censored part]
Darwin: But it always looks like that.
[Gumball removes the censor, and reveals that his entire crotch is missing]
Darwin: Oh, that! That's because I put the child filter on the house.
Gumball: [Pulls up his shorts] What the [blank]?! Wait, what's happening? It's like there's some kind of [blank] device, censoring every gosh [blank] word I say!
Darwin: Cursing is unsafe, Gumball. Words can hurt.
Gumball: Dude, I don't even know any real curse words. I only know the mom-sanctioned versions.
Darwin: But those words hint at the bad ones, so they need to be censored as well.
Gumball: So, what are we supposed to say when we need to vent?
Darwin: Like when?
Gumball: Like now. [Stomps on Darwin's foot]
Darwin: OH YOU—
[The scene is replaced with peaceful music, and cheery pictures]
Routine Made Safe
[The scene shows the Wattersons eating literal molecules. Gumball scoops a handful, and gingerly munches on them while Darwin contently watches. Then Gumball spits out some in disgust]
Gumball: Oh, Mom. Darwin's being a complete mom! No offense to you. [To Darwin] Offense to you!
Nicole: I'm sorry, but your brother is right. Vegetables are full of pesticides, meat is full of hormones, fish is full of mercury, milk is not meant to be digested, sugar makes you fat—
Darwin: And bread is full of gluten! The only solution is to eat pure proteins, carbohydrates, fat, minerals, and vitamins. It is for our own good!
Nicole, Richard, and Anais: [Dazed] It is for our own good.
Richard: Can you pass the iron?
[Richard is given a block of iron which he shreds and chews]
Gumball: Am I the only one here who thinks this is COMPLETELY CRAZY?!
Darwin: Is it crazy to keep your loved ones safe?
Richard: I don't mind, as long as I'm full.
[Richard walks to the fridge, making clanking sounds as he walks, and opens it]
Darwin: Careful, Mr. Dad. It's dangerous to take too many vitamins.
[Richard sadly closes the fridge, and as he groans, magnets stick to his stomach, spelling "Aww"]
[In the living room, Gumball turns on the TV, and watches cartoons. An ostrich runs through a desert, while a wolf prepares to catch the ostrich with dynamite and explosives. Gumball laughs, unaware of Darwin dialing a number beside him. Then the wolf picks up his phone]
Darwin: Hi. I'd like to complain about your cartoon. I disapprove of the use of dynamite. It is imitable, and could endanger the life of a child.
Wolf: Where would a child be able to buy dynamite?
Darwin: Are you saying your channel and sponsors don't care about our nation's children?
Wolf: [Blinks] Okay, no dynamite.
[The wolf brings out an anvil]
Darwin: I'm sorry. We can't allow that, either.
Wolf: But a child can't lift an anvil.
Darwin: [Off-screen] But he might hurt himself trying.
[The wolf dejectedly throws the anvil away. Then, the ostrich runs by, but is stopped by Darwin]
Darwin: Ah ah ah! No running in the road.
[The wolf prepares to bite the ostrich, frozen midair]
Darwin: And, of course, no violence.
Wolf: Oh, no, no, no, no, no, no, no! I wasn't really gonna bite his tail. The joke is that he's gonna give me my own tail—
Darwin: No jokes, please. A child might laugh and choke.
Wolf: Can we keep the music?
Darwin: No, thank you. It's the gateway to rock n' roll, which is the root of all evil.
Gumball: [Shocked] Uh—
Darwin: Repeat after me: it's for our own good.
Wolf and Ostrich: [Dazed] It's for our own good. It's for our own good— [Slowly walk off-screen]
Gumball: No, no, gosh! Wait! What?! I would never imitate what I see on TV! Guys, come back!
[The ostrich and wolf leave, and Gumball cries. Then he gets angry, bites his own tail, hops up, hits the ceiling, and falls down with birds flying around his head]
Darwin: You know, you can't talk to characters inside a TV, right? [Shoos away the birds] And birds can carry diseases!
[Gumball collapses, and blacks out just as his show ends]
[Gumball wakes up, groaning, and is shocked to find himself chained on a chair at the table. After barely struggling, he sees Richard, Anais, and Nicole, seemingly dazed and creepily happy]
Gumball: Guys! What's going on?!
Nicole: Darwin tied us up while he went to make sure the rest of Elmore is safe.
Nicole, Richard, and Anais: [Dazed] It is for your own good!
Gumball: How can this be for our own good?! Don't you realize—
[Gumball is shocked by a machine attached to his butt]
Gumball: What is that?
Anais: That's the best way for you to exercise safely.
[A sprinkler on the table shoots out a pink substance into each of the family member's mouths. Gumball does not open his mouth, and is splatted with the substance]
Richard: Mmm. That was my idea!
[Gumball shakes off the substance, and finds a bucket under his chair]
Nicole, Richard, and Anais: [Dazed] It is for your own good!
Gumball: Have you lost your minds? How could you give up your freedom?
[Nicole drops her pretense, and everyone else follows suit]
Nicole: Okay, Gumball. We don't have much time. Just do as I say—
Gumball: No! I love you, mother, but I stand for freedom!
Anais: No, Gumball! You don't get it!
Gumball: Sorry! I can't hear you over my freedom!
Nicole: [Quietly] Gumball, we're talking about the—
[A surveillance camera swivels to their direction, and all of them (except for Gumball) put on their guises again]
Gumball: Oh, that's right! Laugh it off! Let's all give away our freedom, and laugh about it! AHAHAH— [Notices the camera behind him, and speaks quietly] Everybody, careful. I think we're being watched.
[Richard, Nicole, and Anais sigh]
Gumball: That's what you wanted to say, wasn't it?
[Nicole, Anais, and Richard (still retaining their guises) gesture towards the kitchen counter with their eyes and heads. Gumball notices the key to their locks]
Gumball: [Evil face] Of course!
[Gumball hops with his chair to the counter. He glances at his family, and they nod. Then he springs, and instead takes the nearby potted cactus with his mouth]
Gumball: Got it!
[Richard, Nicole, and Anais shake their heads. Gumball painstakingly chews up the cactus, while his family watch in puzzlement (although still pretending to be happy). After a while, Gumball forms a replica of the key out of the cactus he chewed up with his mouth. He spits it towards one of his paws, and unlocks himself as the camera swivels away. Anais, Richard, and Nicole have now dropped their guises, and their puzzlement is plainly shown]
Nicole: Oh, nothing. Let's get out of here, and stop your brother!
Overthrowing the Safety Regime
[Richard, Nicole, Gumball, and Anais barge through the door of their house, and run to confront Darwin]
Nicole: He's at the town hall. We have to get there, and stop him!
Gumball: Before what?
Anais: He plans to invade the rest of the world to make it safe!
[They screech to a halt]
Gumball: How do you know about all this?
Nicole: He told us.
Gumball: Why didn't you stop him?
Richard: Because, it's Darwin. He's really cute.
Nicole: Aw, he was all like— [Imitates Darwin] "All resistance is futile!"
Anais: [Imitates Darwin] "Those who stray from the path will be corrected!"
Richard: [Imitates Darwin] "Today a safer Elmore! Tomorrow a safer world!"
Gumball: How could you not see he was dangerous? Actually, now that I think of it, it must have been adorable!
Gumball: Now, alright! Let's take this cutie patootie down!
[Before Gumball can punch a fist into his paw, the sound of rubber is heard. Gumball, Anais, Nicole, and Richard are seen surrounded by citizens in protective gear, armed with batons. They raise their batons, but are interrupted by Principal Brown]
Nigel Brown: [Quietly] I don't mean to alarm you or damage your eardrums by shouting, but under the new regime you are under arrest for treason. Please don't force us to use our balloon batons.
Gumball: Wait. [Pokes a baton] That's not real?
Nigel Brown: No. That would be unsafe.
Gumball: So, what's to stop us from running away?
Nigel Brown: Running is now an unsafe act.
Gumball: Oh, good.
[The Wattersons run away]
Nigel Brown: [Gently] Stop!
[The citizens sidle after the Wattersons, taking extreme caution in moving]
Nigel Brown: Control, we have no other choice but to engage in a vehicle chase.
[They inch to a parked vehicle, and begin to push it]
Nigel Brown: [Groans] I wish we were still allowed to drive.
Harold: I'm sorry sir, but under the new regime, complaining about the regime is a punishable offense.
[Harold and Jeff repeatedly hit Principal Brown's head with their batons]
[The Wattersons arrive at the town hall]
Gumball: Okay. So, here's how we get in.
[Gumball traces an invisible diagram in the air, explaining his plan as he speaks]
Gumball: Okay, now, you're there. We come in from there. We go around there, and we meet there. Is that clear? Let's go!
[Richard imitates Gumball drawing the diagram]
Richard: It's not working!
Gumball: Dad, that was just a diagram.
Anais: Well, we couldn't see it.
Gumball: Yeah. Fair point. Okay, the plan is this: dad creates a diversion at the entrance, allowing us to zip-line inside; mom neutralizes the first three guards; Anais hacks into the alarm system and opens the door, so I can get to Darwin— [Evil face] and destroy him!
[Anais, Nicole, and Richard look at him with shocked expressions]
Gumball: [Normal] Verbally.
[The plan begins. From the top of a building, Nicole, Gumball, and Anais watch a wary Tony at the entrance. Then he suddenly sees Richard, dressed like a woman. As he confusedly expresses himself quietly, Richard knocks him out with a fire hydrant. Richard gives two thumbs-ups]
Gumball: Why'd you need to wear a dress to do that?
Richard: So I can do this.
[Richard repeatedly spins around, playfully. Then Nicole grabs a bar from an antenna]
Nicole: Come on, guys! Hold on to me.
[They crash into a warning scene, and slide down]
TV Narrator: Warning: These stunts are performed by cartoon characters. Do not under any circumstances attempt to imitate or recreate the majority of things that happen in cartoons. Obviously.
[Nicole, Gumball, and Anais enter the town hall. A red guard notices them]
Nicole: Leave this to me!
[Nicole cracks her paws, her neck, her head, and her ears. Then she charges at the guard. But before she can land a punch on him, a title card with "BIFF!!" on it blocks the action]
Nicole: Did anyone see what happened? I'm pretty sure I didn't hit this guy.
Purple Guard: Hey!
[The purple guard charges. Before Nicole can kick him, another title card with "KAPOW!!" replace the action]
Nicole: What's going on? I didn't even touch him!
Gumball: I think Darwin still has the child lock on.
[An orange guard charges, and "TWIDDLE" appears before he gets knocked out]
Nicole: "Twiddle?" What? And he's now censoring the sound effects as well?
[More orange guards and a green security guard appear]
Nicole: You guys go on ahead. This is gonna be pretty boring to watch.
[After Gumball and Anais run off, Nicole and the guards clash, but their fight is censored by yet another card with "EDITED!". Anais and Gumball enter a corridor lined with surveillance monitors on each side]
Gumball: What is all this?
Anais: It must be where he monitors the whole town.
[Gumball steps on something. It turns out to be bubble wrap]
Anais: We're getting close.
[Gumball pops all of the bubbles on the sheet of bubble wrap]
[Gumball and Anais walk towards the entrance to Darwin's lair]
Gumball: Ugh! We need a code. How are we gonna get in?
Anais: Don't worry. I have my ways. [Types] H [Types] A [Types] C [Types] K: Hack. Press enter.
[The door opens]
Gumball: Really? "Hack"?
Anais: Just kidding. Actually, I bypassed the storage controller, tapped directly into the VNX array head, decrypted the Nearline SAS disks—
Gumball: [Nods] Mhm. [Nods] Mhm. [Nods] Mhm.
Anais: Injected the flash drivers into the network's fiber pack, before disabling the IDS, routed incoming traffic through a bunch of offshore proxies—
Gumball: [Steps back and nods] Mhm. Mhm.
Anais: Accessed the ESXi server cluster in the primary datacenter, and disabled the Inter-VSAN routing in the layer three—
[Gumball leaves Anais]
[Gumball sees Darwin in his "lair," smiling almost innocently. He grabs a drape]
Darwin: Noooo! Use the stairs. It's safer.
[Gumball sighs, jumps off a ledge, swings multiple times, and tries to reach for Darwin, but fails. The drape stops swinging]
Gumball: Oh, whatever.
[Gumball drops to the floor, and limps threateningly towards Darwin after dusting himself]
Darwin: Gumball, that wasn't very safe. Did you hurt yourself?
Gumball: Yes. But that doesn't mean you're right!
Darwin: But, I'm doing this for your own good! I'm the hero here.
Gumball: Okay, man. Let me ask you one question: would a hero sit on a throne? Would a hero carry a riding crop? Would a hero hang out in a lair, surrounded with plans to take over the world?!
Darwin: That's three questions.
Gumball: That's—eh—that's not the point! Look at yourself!
[Gumball grabs a camera, and points it to Darwin. Darwin sees himself]
Darwin: D—Do you think—? Am I the villain?
Gumball: Mhm. Mhm.
Darwin: Did I go too far?
[Gumball gestures to Darwin's security monitors, his rulebook, a map of some of the world's continents, his hat, and cape]
Gumball: Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! No! The cape is awesome!
Darwin: What am I gonna do?
Gumball: Just accept that sometimes, life isn't safe.
Darwin: You're right. I'm gonna get rid of all these rules.
Gumball: Uh, before you do, can I add one?
All Hail the Lords of Elmore!
[The scene skips to Elmore Junior High, just as the bell rings. Gumball and Darwin (dressed with capes) pass by a school corridor. Leslie, Banana Joe, Tobias, Carmen, and Sarah suddenly line up]
Tobias: All hail the mighty Gumball and Darwin, lords of Elmore!
[After they salute, they slap themselves, and Gumball and Darwin laugh. The episode ends]