The episode begins with Principal Brown driving Miss Simian to the edge of a cliff for a date. Ms. Simian is delighted that they are here, but Principal Brown nervously explains that he intended to take them to the city dump instead. Ms. Simian doesn't care, as she marvels at the sunset and asks him to say the three romantic words to her. Principal Brown replies "parking brake's off", much to her frustration as the car runs backwards and crashes. At Elmore Junior High, Principal Brown walks into the Teachers' Lounge moping about and discusses his inability to tell Miss Simian how he feels to Mr. Small and Mr. Corneille. They offer unhelpful advice and Principal Brown decides to just tell her straight after she walks in and out.
Miss Simian is sad that her boyfriend won't talk to her and retreats to her classroom, where Gumball and Darwin accidentally bump into her. She demands the two of them to take the box she's carrying to the trash before packing up to take some time off from her relationship, leaving her neck cushion on her chair.
Gumball and Darwin angrily wish for Miss Simian to be "brought down to size" and to "Soften up," respectively. A miniature gnome then says their wishes have been granted. Darwin begins fantasizing about the gnome, but is stopped by Gumball.
They return to the room to find Miss Simian's neck cushion, thinking it is Miss Simian, and that their wishes were granted. Principal Brown comes in to reconcile and is confused by the sight of a distraught Gumball and Darwin. He then proceeds to repeatedly guess what Miss Simian has turned into, after Gumball tells him that she's transformed, albeit interrupted.
After he sits down, the boys tell him that Miss Simian is the neck pillow he's sitting on. He gets up, and Gumball and Darwin say they will find the gnome to undo Miss Simian's "transformation." Before they can, however, Hank picks up the trash, and, thus, the gnome. Gumball and Darwin attempt to signal him to stop, but he misinterprets this as a friendly wave. Distracted, he inadvertently falls off a cliff, causing the truck to catch fire.
Gumball and Darwin suggest Principal Brown make a romantic gesture to Miss Simian, but he admits he doesn't know how. He asks the boys to teach him, to which they reluctantly agree.
Meanwhile, Miss Simian is purchasing a one-way ticket out of Elmore, but before she can finish speaking, she is repeatedly interrupted by other people who are also leaving the town.
In the meantime, Gumball and Darwin attempt to get Principal Brown to say, "I love you" to the neck pillow, and he finally succeeds in saying it to a horseshoe, which he thinks would give him good luck. The trio then realize that the neck pillow is missing. This starts a chase scene across town, eventually leading them to the bus where Miss Simian is leaving town.
Thinking it will break the spell, Principal Brown says, "I love you," which the true Miss Simian hears. She leaves the bus and reconciles with Principal Brown. Gumball and Darwin, not wanting to ruin the moment, decide not to tell them that they thought she turned to a neck cushion, or that they drove onto a truck, ending the episode.
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[Episode begins at the lookout point on a beautiful evening with a pink sunset over the ocean. Principal Brown and Miss Simian drive up to the cliff.]
Lucy Simian: Oh, Nigel, what a beautiful spot you've brought me to!
Nigel Brown: Ah, yes, sorry, this satnav's been playing up all week. [taps his satnav screen] Silly thing. We should've been at the city dump by now.
Lucy Simian: But look at the sunset. Isn't it romantic?
Nigel Brown: Oh! That reminds me, we've really gotta clean this car, it's so messy!
Lucy Simian: [leans in, whispers] It's the perfect evening to say those three little words to show how much you care about me.
Nigel Brown: Oh. Um, th-th-three little words, eh? [The car starts rolling down as Lucy leans in for a kiss. ] Um, uh-h....Parking brakes off. [She fumes as they pick up speed and crash at the bottom.]
Advice from the Single Guys
[The next day, in the teachers' lounge. Mr. Corneille is reading a book while Mr. Small stares despondently at his phone.]
Mister Small: Oh, man. Online dating is complicated. Women are so hard to read these days. Like, what does this mean? [Shows his phone to Mr. Corneille] "Your payment has been declined."
Moonchild Corneille: You do realize that's a pizza delivery app, right? What did you think those chili symbols meant?
Mister Small: Fiery?
[Principal Brown walks in, looking dejected.]
Nigel Brown: Ugh!
Moonchild Corneille: Whoa, what's wrong?
Nigel Brown: I don't know how to express my feelings towards Lucy!
Moonchild Corneille: [suavely] Heh, feelings? You don't need feelings! You're a guy! Feelings on guys are like elbows on a fish. [whispers] They just get in the way.
Mister Small: Do fish have elbows?
Nigel Brown: Look, I know how I feel. I just can't seem to find the words.
Moonchild Corneille: Huh! Words? You don't need words, you're a guy! Words from a guy are like arm bands on an octopus. You don't need them.
Nigel Brown: So what do I say?
Moonchild Corneille: You say nothing. A guy should be silent. A lone wolf, riding off into the sunset.
Nigel Brown: A wolf riding a horse? Wouldn't the wolf eat the horse?
Moonchild Corneille: Not necessarily, sometimes it's the other way round.
Mister Small: So the horse is riding the wolf?
Nigel Brown: Or is the horse eating the wolf?
Lucy Simian: [off-screen] NIGEL!!! [Mr. Small and Mr. Corneille smile and nod. She storms in, carrying a box full of trash.] Nigel, where were you?! I had to clean out the car on my own! [Nigel stays silent] Nigel?
Nigel Brown: [in his head] Okay, okay, I'm a guy. I don't need feelings, I don't need words. I'm a silent horse riding a wolf with armbands. Wait a minute—none of this makes any sense! [out loud] Look, Lucy, I—[She's gone] Uh, where'd she go?
Moonchild Corneille: Ah, you weren't saying anything, so she walked out and slammed the door.
Nigel Brown: Uggghhh! Why did I just take relationship advice from a single guy who thinks fish have elbows?
[Lucy is storming down the hall, still holding her box]
Lucy Simian: First, he won't tell me how he feels, now he won't talk to me at all! Well, I'm tired of getting hurt, and I won't get hurt ag-AAAAHHH!! [Right as she approaches her classroom door, Gumball and Darwin step out. The door knocks her on the ground and sends the contents of her box flying.] PICK THAT UP AND TAKE IT TO THE TRASH!!!
Gumball: Uh, sure!
Lucy Simian: No back chat! Got it? [Gumball and Darwin exchange confused looks] ANSWER ME!!!
Lucy Simian: No answering back! Get on with it! [They hop to it] AND NO RUNNING IN THE CORRIDORS!!! [Walks into her classroom and slams the door. Gumball peers into the room, sees her sitting at her desk, and leaves.] If that's the way he feels, then maybe I should take some time out of this relationship! [Takes out a bag and starts putting all her belongings inside. She looks morosely at a picture of Nigel and tries to stuff it into her bag, but it won't fit, so she takes out a neck pillow to make room and leaves it on her chair. Finally, she takes her bag and leaves.]
A Dangerous Wish
[Later, Gumball and Darwin are taking out the trash behind the school. Darwin is too short to reach the bin, so he throws each piece of trash inside one by one.]
Darwin: This is so unfair!
Gumball: Yeah, I'm getting tired just watching you. I wish someone would bring her down to size!
Darwin: Yeah, and I wish she's just soften up a little!
[A voice pipes up from inside the trash can.]
Gnome Keychain: Your wish is my command!
[The two flinch. Darwin looks inside the box and takes out a gnome keychain.]
Darwin: Oh, cute! It's a little gnome! We should take it home and build a little gnome house out of matchsticks and mushrooms, and find him a little gnome wife so they can have loads of little gnome babies, then they have to move to a bigger house, and they can't keep up with the mortgage payments, and they move to a horrible part of gnome town, and all the fancy gnomes pretend not to know him in the supermarket so they have to—[Gumball flings the gnome from Darwin's hand into the trash ]
Gumball: It's for your own good, dude.
[Darwin picks up the box and the two walk away.]
Gnome Keychain: Your wish is my command! As long as you wish for cheaper gas prices.
Breaking It To Principal Brown
[Gumball and Darwin go back into Miss Simian's room, but it's empty.]
Gumball: Miss Simian? We're done!
Darwin: Where is she?
Gumball: [Notices the neck pillow and gasps] Dude. Look what's happened!
Gumball: I think our wishes were granted! And Miss Simian's been transformed into a—
Darwin: [Points to chair] But that chair's always been there!
Gumball: No, dude. The neck pillow!
Darwin: [gasps] "I wish she'd just soften up!"
Gumball: [in horror] "Someone needs to bring her down to size!"
[Principal Brown walks in]
Nigel Brown: Lucy! I've been thinking, and I'm sorry I... [looks around] Where's Miss Simian?
Gumball: I'm sorry, Principal Brown. We made a wish on a magic gnome and now Miss Simian's been transformed into a—
Nigel Brown: Don't be ridiculous, that chair's always been there.
Gumball: No, not the chair. She's been transformed into—
Nigel Brown: [gasps] A desk! Oh, my darling Lucy! [hugs the desk] What have they done?!
Darwin: Mmmm, no, not the desk.
Nigel Brown: [runs to the window] Lucy! You're a window?
Nigel Brown: [holding the globe] A globe?
Gumball and Darwin: Mm-mm.
Nigel Brown: [holding a map] Huh?
Nigel Brown: [holding a plant] Huh?
Nigel Brown: [holding the phone] Huh?
Nigel Brown: [holding a pen] Huh?
Nigel Brown: [pointing to the fire alarm] Huh?
Nigel Brown: [holding up a used tissue] Huh?
Nigel Brown: [picks up various books] Huh?
Gumball: No, no...
Darwin: No. Why are we making him guess?
Gumball: [shrugs, turns to Principal Brown who is sobbing on the chair] She's been turned into a neck pillow.
Nigel Brown: Hmm?
Gumball: The one you're sitting on.
Nigel Brown: [jumps off the chair] AAHH!! Oh, Lucy, is it really you? It's the kind of thing you would think happens to other people!
Gumball: It's okay. We'll get that magic gnome out of the trash and break the spell! Don't worry!
[They look outside and gasp upon seeing the gnome being dumped into the garbage truck with the trash.]
Gnome Keychain: Your wish is my command!
Gumball: [waving his arms frantically to the driver] Hey! HEY! HEEEEYYYY!!
[Hank, who is driving the truck, notices this and smiles.]
Hank: [cheerfully to Gumball] Hey! [to himself] Hm. What a nice kid. [He keeps driving without a care until he swerves offroad, lands in a ditch, and explodes.] DARN KID!!
[Back in the classroom]
Gumball: [to Principal Brown] Okay, now you can worry.
Nigel Brown: Maybe this all happened for a reason.
Gumball: Including that truck driver going to the hospital?
Nigel Brown: Maybe not all of it. [clutches the neck pillow] All she wanted me to do was tell her how I feel! And now it's too late.
Darwin: Well, true love usually breaks the spell!
Gumball: Yeah! Just do something really romantic and she'll transform back into the hairy psycho tyrant you seem to have chosen as a life partner!
Nigel Brown: [sighs] Oh, I'm really not good at all that kind of stuff.
Darwin: We can help you practice until you are!
Gumball: Do we have to? I know we're kinda responsible, but wouldn't life be nicer if we weren't taught by someone who sounds like a jet engine dragged on a blackboard made from broken glass?
[They hear Principal Brown sobbing. He turns around with big, wet puppy dog eyes. Gumball looks at Darwin, who makes the same face, and then at the neck pillow.]
Gumball: Oh, fine! Can't believe I've been guilt-tripped by a neck pillow. I mean, who am I, Mr.--Actually, no, that's never happened to anyone before.
A One-Way Ticket Out
[Miss Simian walks up to the ticket booth at the bus station.]
Lucy Simian: A ticket out of town, please.
Milk Guy: Uh, one way? Are you sure?
Lucy Simian: [looks back and sighs] Yes. One way. Nothing left for me in this old town. I guess I gotta just-
[An injured football player steps out from the line that has formed behind her]
Football Player: Yeah, me too, lady! Nothing left for mehere. Gonna pull up sticks and-
Lucy Simian: All right. 'Scuse me? I hadn't finished my thing!
Actress: So long, Elmore. This town's got nothin' but bad memories!
Pig Doctor: Yeah, I guess this sleepy little town isn't ready for involuntary head transplants, so I'm packing up, moving on out, and leaving!
Egg Ringmaster: [Pops out from behind the football player] Not me! I'll take a return ticket! [starts tap dancing] For I am coming back to continue my lucrative career as a tap danc--[sprains his foot] AAAHH!!! Aahh...ahhh..ah...I'll make it one way.
An Act of True Love
[Gumball, Darwin, and Principal Brown are in the park]
Gumball: Okay, Principal Brown, just tell Miss Simian what's on your mind.