Miss Simian is taking up homework from the night before, but Gumball and Darwin do not have it. Darwin is scared that Miss Simian will not believe them, but Gumball tells him it will be fine. Once Miss Simian arrives at Gumball's desk, he tells her that his dad ate his homework, which she obviously does not believe, and sends them to Mr. Small's office to have him instruct them on how to be honest.
Mr. Small tells the boys that there is a dark abyss in their souls from lying, but Gumball and Darwin insist that they are not liars. Mr. Small then tells about the fate of the last person to lie to him in his office, he works at the local graveyard. Still not sure if the kids get the message, Mr. Small puts a tiny hat and informs Gumball and Darwin that their mother called and said that she hates them. That was a lie of course, and Mr. Small continually teases them with it to the point where the kids decide that "Honesty is the best policy."
Later in the hallway, Gumball and Darwin tell their classmates brutally honest claims about them, including Tina Rex, which results in them being squashed by her foot. Now in the office for their classmates' complaining about their new found honesty, Gumball and Darwin question Principal Brown's relationship with Miss Simian, which obviously makes Mr. Brown and Miss Simian infuriated towards Gumball and Darwin.
In Mr. Small's office, he decides that teaching them to just be honest was a mistake and decides to teach them that sometimes telling little lies can be the best option. He does by donning a grey bear costume and telling the kids that honesty is more of the color of his fur than plain black and white. In an attempt to relate to the kids, he performs a "hippity rap" for them. Although, this only leaves Gumball and Darwin even more befuddled. Mr. Small, who is clearly tired of dealing with the two of them, rudely pushes them out the door.
In the hallway, Gumball attempts to explain white lies to Darwin, which severely confuses him, so much so that it makes his head literally explode. In the School Nurse's office, Gumball is apologizing to Darwin when Principal Brown bursts into the door, with his head on fire. He demands to know if his head is on fire or not since for some reason he cannot see, smell or feel it. Principal Brown, of course, says that it would be a bad thing if they were honest and told him his head was on fire, so they lie and tell him he is fine. Relieved, Principal Brown attempts to make small talk with them while the fire on his head spreads further, causing the sprinkler system to turn on.
A soaking wet Mr. Small is exasperated in his attempts to teach Gumball and Darwin about honesty, so in a last ditch attempt he brings out his secret weapon, The Silence Snake. Gumball and Darwin attempt to greet the Silence Snake, but it simply hisses at them with a loud "SILENCE!", which effectively shuts them up for the rest of the session. A smug Mr. Small relaxes in a suggestive pose, but he loses his balance and tumbles into the open drawer of the filing cabinet, with it closing behind him.
Mr. Small is in severe pain and tells Gumball and Darwin to find help, but the ever present Silence Snake is still watching them, causing Gumball and Darwin to remain mute.
The boys try to call the emergency services, but since the Silence Snake is still watching them, they say nothing, which makes the Doughnut Sheriff believe they are pulling a prank on them.
The boys decide to tell Principal Brown, but he misinterprets their gestures to mean Miss Simian's in trouble, that somehow makes him fall out a second story window. They run into Miss Simian, who was telling Rocky about her and Principal Brown's future plans, and do the same silent routine for her, which causes her to have the same reaction as Brown, but with him in place of her.
Gumball and Darwin encounter Rocky in the hallway, who finally understands what they were trying to tell Brown and Miss Simian, and lends them his crowbars before jumping out the window with the other faculty members.
Mr. Small is still struggling inside the filing cabinet, somehow making it move across the floor when Gumball and Darwin rush inside. Unsure of what to do, they begin smashing the crowbars against the cabinet, which, of course, does nothing but cause Mr. Small more pain. Mr. Small then tells them what they should obviously be doing with the crowbars, trying to pry open the drawer of the cabinet. They try to, but their efforts only result in the cabinet collapsing onto the floor with Mr. Small still trapped inside.
Doughnut Sheriff bursts in the door, intending to catch the pranksters, but he instead sees Gumball, Darwin, and the room in shambles. He declares them to be vandals and takes them to the principal's office. Miss Simian, Nicole and Richard are waiting for them in the office along with Principal Brown. When Doughnut Sheriff tries getting Gumball and Darwin to talk, Nicole notes that there has clearly been some kind of misunderstanding. When the Sheriff reads off a list of offenses that the boys committed, Miss Simian ends it by adding that the boys had lied about their father eating their homework.
But much to the shock of Miss Simian and the others, it turns out that Gumball and Darwin were actually telling the truth: after Nicole and the boys glare accusingly at him, Richard ultimately confesses that he really did eat his sons' homework, under the belief that it was going to make him smarter. Principal Brown dismisses them of all charges, but asks them if they know where Mr. Small is since he had been missing and all the evidence they found was a sock, the Silence Snake. Upon seeing the puppet, Gumball and Darwin get frightened and claim not to know what became of Mr. Small.
The episode ends with Rocky mopping up the hallway, with the panicked screams of Mr. Small, still trapped in the cabinet. Rocky dismisses it as nothing, and continues mopping elsewhere.
This episode causes Mr. Small to be claustrophobic, which is later referenced in "The Finale" and "The Night."
Gumball made the first move, not Penny.
This is the first episode in which Darwin's head explodes. The second time was in "The Meddler."
Running Gag: Whatever adult Gumball or Darwin talks to jumps out of the nearest window.
Gumball and Darwin's pantomimes, and the resulting interpretations of it from Miss Simian, and Principal Brown, are references to the quote "Timmy's in a well" commonly attributed to the television show Lassie. This is also a running gag.
If one looks closer at Tobias' teeth/mouth when he says "What?!" to Idaho, His teeth have a small orange dot on the bottom.
Idaho's voice sounds less Southern when he tells Tobias why he did not invite him to his party.
When Gumball and Darwin are attempting to pry open the locked filing cabinet with the crowbars, it begins to fall over so they drop them in surprise, but when the shot transitions, the crowbars are back in their hands.
When Mr. Small shoves Gumball and Darwin out of his room, part of Miss Simian's classroom is shown instead of the entrance to his office.
Mr. Small's mouth is incorrectly colored black in one scene.
Even when the crowbars were placed the wrong way, the drawer was still opened.
When the Doughnut Sheriff picks up the Silence Snake and says it is the only evidence he found, his badge is missing.
Lucy Simian: Class! Time to hand in your homework!
Darwin: What are we going to do? What are we going to do? If we tell her the truth, she'll flip!
Gumball: Be cool, buddy. It'll be fine.
Lucy Simian: [grunts as she takes up Sussie's homework, which is wet with spit] Ugh! At least it's on time.
Darwin: I wasn't built to take this much pressure!
Gumball: Relax, man. We'll just tell her what really happened.
Lucy Simian: All right, you two. What's today's excuse?
Gumball: [clears throat] Our dad ate our homework.
Lucy Simian: [growls angrily, as the shot abrubtly transitions to the outside of Miss Simian's room] Go to the guidance counselor immediately!
Gumball: But, Miss Simian—
Lucy Simian: And don't come back until you've learned how to tell the truth! [slams door]
[Gumball and Darwin groan]
Counseling Part 1
Mister Small: And this is what the inside of a liar looks like.
Gumball and Darwin: Ewwww!
Mister Small: Notice the dark abyss here. That's the corrupt soul of the liar.
Gumball: But, Mr. Small, we're not liars.
Mister Small: [scoffs] You should tell that to the last boy who sat there and lied to me. He's there now.
Darwin: The prison?!
Mister Small: No, next to it.
Gumball: The cemetery! What happened to him?
Mister Small: He just works there.
[Gumball and Darwin sigh in relief]
Mister Small: Now, let me show you something. [rummages around in his cabinet, he takes out a small hat and blows on it] This is the lying hat. Now, watch what happens when I put it on. Your mother called!
Gumball and Darwin: Oh!
Mister Small: She says she hates you.
Gumball: [gasp, tearfully] She does?
Darwin: [glass breaking] I think my heart just broke.
Mister Small: It's okay, kids. That was a lie.
[Gumball and Darwin sigh in relief]
Mister Small: But, you see, that's what a lie will do— hurt your feelings. She hates you.
Gumball and Darwin: Aww.
Mister Small: She loves you.
Gumball and Darwin: Yay!
Mister Small: Hates you!
Gumball and Darwin: Aww.
Mister Small: Loves you.
Gumball and Darwin: Yay!
[He continues to ask this until their voices become so fast that they're indistinguishable; Gumball and Darwin start breathing heavily afterwards]
Mister Small: So, what have we learned today?
Darwin: Never trust a man in a hat.
Mister Small: Yes, but what else?
Gumball and Darwin: Uhhhh...
Mister Small: Honesty is the best policy.
Gumball and Darwin: Oh.
Mister Small: Say it.
Gumball and Darwin: Honesty is the best policy.
Mister Small: Good. And again.
Gumball and Darwin: Honesty is the best policy. Honesty is the best policy. Honesty is the best policy. Honesty is the best policy...
[The scene dissolves with the audio]
Just Want to be Honest
Gumball Okay, Darwin. Remember, from now on, we only tell the truth.
Darwin: Okay. [Looks at Gumball thoughtfully] Your face is too big.
Gumball: [offended gasp] Well, when you say "S," your gills whistle.
Darwin: [while whistling his 's's] You smell so stinky, sailor sings sea shanties about your stinkyness!
Gumball: When you're asleep, your face looks like this! [stretches his face]
Darwin: When you're awake, your face looks like this! [squeezes his face]
Gumball: [shouting] You walk like a princess!
Darwin: [shouting] You walk like a pigeon!
Gumball: Okay. That's us covered. Let's bring our honesty to the world.
eThey proceed to walk like a pigeon and a princess.
Darwin to Juke: You've got a monobrow.
[Juke makes a sad tape rewinding noise]
Gumball to Alan: You've got no hands.
Gumball: Just being honest.
Darwin to Anton: Your face is burnt.
Gumball to Penny: I love you.
Darwin: But he'll never make the first move.
Darwin to Tobias: [points at Idaho] He's having a party on Friday, and he didn't invite you.
Idaho: Sorry, man. You're just not cool enough.
Gumball: Whoa-ho! This one is long overdue. Hey, Tina?
[Tina looks at them and growls]
Gumball: You smell, and it's not very ladylike.
Darwin: It's like a sweaty watch strap.
Gumball: Nah, it's more like raw chicken and rancid milk in a plastic bag.
Darwin: Yeah— that's been left in the sun for a week.
Gumball: Okay, now that we have your smelliness covered, let's move on to your personality.
[Tina growls angrily and stomps on them]
Gumball: The truth hurts.
In Trouble Again
Lucy Simian: Oh, Nigel...
Nigel Brown: Let's leave all this behind and go live on a desert island.
Lucy Simian: But how would we survive?
Nigel Brown: On fruit, water... and love.
Lucy Simian: Oh!
Gumball: [clears throat] Did you ask us in here for a reason?
Nigel Brown: Yes, of course, Watterson. I've been getting a lot of complaints. What on Earth's gotten into you?
Gumball: Principal Brown, can I be honest with you?
Nigel Brown: Uh, I— Y-yes.
Gumball: I can't help thinking that your relationship with Miss Simian could be compromising your professionalism.
Darwin: I completely agree, Gumball. And, frankly, I fear my education is suffering as a result.
Gumball: And besides, Principal Brown, you can do so-o-o much better than that.
[Both Principal Brown and Miss Simian growl angrily at them]
Counseling Part 2
Mister Small: Okay, so you got honesty wrong. Perhaps we should try something else! I'd like you to meet a friend of mine. [rustles around in his filing cabinet] Eh, one second. [popping sounds, grunting sounds]
Mister Small: [in a dopey voice] Hello, children. I'm the honesty bear.
Mister Small: I'm here to explain that honesty's not all black and white. But, like my fur, it's more of a gray area. Gray. See that? Gray fur. Now, there are some things that are "too" honest to say out loud.
Gumball: Honesty Bear, I'm confused. What can we be honest about?
Mister Small: Let me put this in a language you kids will understand— hippity rap!
[The song "The Honesty Rap" starts]
Mister Small: H-h-h-h-honesty!
[crab scratch] Honesty!
Break it down!
When you want to be honest, just beware
Truth hurts in this nitrogenic atmosphere
You gotta wake up, realize, and recognize
Sometimes the truth has strategeical lies
But keep them lies of a managable size
Or tears will arise and hurt their eyes
So before you speak, it's best to remember
Each individual case will require a specific judgement call, depending on who you're talking to and the context of the conversation!
Mister Small: Any questions? No? Excellent! Goodbye. [rudely shoves the two of them out the room]
Gumball: Hmm. Okay, I think I got it. You should always tell the truth, unless you have to lie, but if you do lie, you should tell the truth about it, unless you're talking to someone who's lying, because if they tell a lie and you tell the truth, it'll be a lie because you were lying about telling the truth, inside of a lie, so the whole thing's a lie while still being true.
[Darwin's head explodes]
Post-Counseling pt 2
Gumball: [sighs] Man, this "truth and honesty" thing is hard.
Nigel Brown: Has anyone seen the nurse? I think my head may be on fire. Is my head on fire?
Gumball: Um... W-would it be a good thing or a bad thing if it was on fire?
Nigel Brown: A bad thing, of course!
Gumball and Darwin: It's not on fire.
Nigel Brown: Oh! Hoho, whew! For a minute there, I thought my head was on fire. What a relief. So, how are things with you, Watterson?
Gumball: Uh...yeah, not bad. You?
Nigel Brown: Pretty good, pretty good. So, no more of that lying trouble, I hope?
Gumball: Eh... [coughs loudly] No.
Nigel Brown: All right, then. Toodle-oo! [the fire alarm starts ringing and the sprinklers turn on]
Counseling pt 3
Mister Small: Hmmmm. Okay. Looks like I'm going to have to introduce you to someone else. [rummages through his filing cabinet] I'd like you to say hello to the Silence Snake.
Gumball and Darwin: Hello, Si--
Silence Snake: Silencessssssssss!
Silence Snake: Silencessssssss!
[Gumball and Darwin let out a scared whimper]
Mister Small: Now, I bet your tiny minds are thinking... [dopey, childish voice] "But, what if there's something important we need to say?" [normal voice] Well, why don't you ask the Silence Snake?
[Gumball and Darwin let out another scared whimper]
Mister Small: Go on. He won't bite.
Gumball: O-kay... What—
Silence Snake: Silencesssssss!
Mister Small: Well, it looks like my work here is done. [he begins to lose his balance]
[Mr. Small falls into the bottom drawer of the filing cabinet and it shuts.]
Mister Small: [muffled] Uh... boys? Can you hear me? Say something!
[The Silence Snake is glaring at Gumball and Darwin, which makes them too scared to say anything]
Mister Small: I think my knees are digging into my back. You need to help me. Now, there should be a little, gold key on my desk. Oh, don't worry! I've got it here. Oh, gosh. Please, no! Oh, wait! Maybe I can just— [crunching sound] Aaaaah!
[Gumball and Darwin shudder]
Mister Small: [urgently] Okay, you need to get some help right now. Right now! [Gumball dials the Elmore Police Station]
Doughnut Sheriff: Elmore Police.
[Gumball inhales, but Darwin slaps his mouth closed]
[The Silence Snake is still glaring at them, they rush out the door to get help]
Doughnut Sheriff: Hello? Hello? [sighs] I'm sick of these prank phone calls.
Looking for Help
Nigel Brown: Hmm? Oh, it's just not the same.
[Gumball and Darwin rush in making urgent sounds]
Nigel Brown: Oh, what now?
[Gumball and Darwin continue attempting to communicate without opening their mouths]
Nigel Brown: Eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh! What's that supposed to mean?
Gumball: Ha, ahh, nya! Uh!
Darwin: Hnngh, [panting] hnngh!
Nigel Brown: What?! Miss Simian's trapped down the old abandoned well?! I'm coming, my smoochkins! Hup! [falls through a second story window] Aaaah! [slams onto the pavement][weakly] E-elbows, don't fail me now.
Lucy Simian: So, anyway, the plan is to live on fruit, water, and love.
Rocky: Dude, I don't care.
Lucy Simian: Well, go back to fixing the toilets, then!
[Gumball and Darwin run up and try to talk to Miss Simian]
Lucy Simian: What do you want?
[The boys do the same routine again]
Lucy Simian: What? I'm trapped down the old abandoned well? Oh, no! I'm coming! [falls through a second story window] Aaaaah! [slams onto pavement][weakly] Come on, chin. Don't fail me now.
[Gumball and Darwin run into Rocky in the hall, his crowbars fall with a clang]
Rocky: Whoa-oa-oa! Slow down, little dudes.
[They do the routine for the third time]
Rocky: What's that? Mr. Small rocked back smugly on his chair, fell into the bottom drawer of his filing cabinet, it locked shut, and you want to use these crowbars to break him out?
Gumball and Darwin: [gasp] Mmmmm!
Rocky: Aww. See ya! [jumps out the window]
Saving Mister Small
Mister Small: Aah! Oh! Aah!
[Gumball and Darwin rush inside the room]
Mister Small: Boys, i-i-is that you? Do something! Anything!
[Darwin hits the side of the filing cabinet with the crowbar]
Mister Small: Ow! Well, on the plus side, I think that loosened the lock a little. Keep going!
[Both start hitting the cabinet with their crowbars]
Mister Small: Aah! Aah! Ooh!
[The drawer pops open, Mr. Small inhales deeply before Gumball accidentally hits it again, causing the drawer to shut. Gumball and Darwin facepalm.]
Mister Small: Aah! Just a thought, but maybe you wanna lever the drawer open with that crowbar?
[Gumball and Darwin strain to open the door, but the cabinet falls on the floor with a loud thud]
[The Doughnut Sheriff bursts through the door]
Doughnut Sheriff: Freeze! Police! [gasps] You're coming with me, you little hooligans!
Gumball: But— [Darwin puts his fin on Gumball's mouth to show him that the Silence Snake is watching them, he stays silent.]
Doughnut Sheriff: Why won't you talk? Talk, darn it! Talk!
Nicole: Officer, there's clearly been some kind of misunderstanding.
Doughnut Sheriff: Well, ma'am, looking at their rap sheet, it seems they are not first-time offenders. Multiple accounts of antisocial behavior, vandalizing school property, and setting their Principal on fire.
Lucy Simian: And all because you lied about your father eating your homework.
Richard: [falls on the floor and begins to sob] Okay! I did it! Take me away!
Lucy Simian: But why?
Richard: I thought it was gonna make me smart!
Doughnut Sheriff: Well, it obviously didn't. So, I guess you boys didn't lie after all.
Nicole: Oh, I'm so proud of you two!
Gumball and Darwin: Thanks, Mom.
Nigel Brown: Um...one more thing. You don't happen to know where Mr. Small is, do you?
Doughnut Sheriff: The only clue we could find was this sock.
[The Silence Snake hisses and Gumball and Darwin immediately deny that they know where Mr. Small is]
Doughnut Sheriff: Oh, well. Case closed!
Mister Small: [from inside his room] This isn't funny anymore! Can somebody please open this thing?!
Rocky: Huh? [loud rock music is heard coming from his headphones, he doesn't hear anything] Eh. [walks away]