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Recap / The Amazing World of Gumball S2E11 "The Apology"

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Miss Simian becomes obsessed with proving Gumball and Darwin are troublemakers after she thinks their discreet calling attention to her skirt exposing her butt is a prank, but the obsession may be costing her her job and her relationship with Principal Brown.


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  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Miss Simian tells Darwin and Gumball that they are "nothing but a pair of disruptive, disrespectful delinquents from a dysfunctional dynasty of degenerates and dimwits!"
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  • Behind the Black: Principal Brown appears to have been inside his car for the minute or two Miss Simian, Darwin, and Gumball stood beside it and covered it in spray paint, but none of them noticed each other until the camera shows the car from the front and Darwin and Gumball have left.
  • Blatant Lies: Miss Simian tries to frame Gumball and Darwin for graffiti she signed in their name even though her face is covered with the spray paint. Principal Brown doesn't buy it.
  • Bowdlerization: Cartoon Network's channel in Latin America is edited to remove the shot of Miss Simian's exposed butt when Miss Simian goes to open the window and Principal Brown sees what Gumball and Darwin are talking about and the subsequent shot of Principal Brown spitting out his coffee, making it look like Principal Brown just read the note and told Miss Simian about it.
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  • Brown Note: Ms. Simian's entire class have all kinds of insane reactions to her turning around, from melting, to exploding, to throwing up a rainbow, because she didn't notice her tail is holding her dress up, showing everyone her hairless, wrinkly, red baboon ass.
  • Can't Get in Trouble for Nuthin': Played with: Darwin and Gumball decide to actually commit a crime (vandalizing Principal Brown's car) so Miss Simian will stop going crazy trying to find them doing one. They fail to get Brown's attention because Darwin throws rocks at his window, missing all of them, when he wasn't in his office. Miss Simian actually catches them, but when she finds out why they were doing it, she decides to cover it up and seemingly takes the blame by accident.
  • Continuity Nod:
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    • In "The Fridge" we saw Gumball is incapable of playing a triangle. In this episode, a quick look at Gumball's report card show that his grades vary from B-plusses to D-plusses — except for music where he has one F and three F Minuses.
    • One of the offenses that warrants a suspension at Elmore Junior High is "upsetting Hector," a reference to what happened in the episode "The Colossus."
  • Cue the Flying Pigs: Miss Simian says she'll apologize "when fish start to walk". Darwin starts to point out himself, but Gumball, knowing that would just make things worse, keeps him quiet.
  • A Day in the Limelight: For Miss Simian and Principal Brown.
  • Eye Scream: Gumball accidentally hurls a paper airplane with a fine tip in Ms. Simian's eye.
  • Framing the Guilty Party: Miss Simian asks if it's right to frame someone you're sure is guilty, appearing to pray but actually talking to her father's skeleton. She says she doesn't care what he thinks and does it anyway. In this case, the people she's talking about definitely are not guilty.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The suspension form, besides the "upsetting Hector" note, phrases references to the student in question as "he/she/it".
  • Furry Reminder: Miss Simian screeches like a monkey every time she trashes Brown's office and when she goes after Gumball and Darwin when Principal Brown threatens to break up with her and fire her if she tries to frame Gumball and Darwin again.
  • Heel Realization: Ms. Simian finds out Darwin and Gumball only broke a rule so she'd stop acting crazy, even offering to go back and incriminate themselves further, and she realizes she was wrong about them being delinquents.
  • Hypothetical Fight Debate: Gumball hears about a fight and hopes it's Bobert (giant robot) vs. Tina (dinosaur). Darwin hopes it's Alan (balloon) vs. William (winged eyeball): since neither one has arms, they can only bump into each other. Gumball adds that it would be better if it they were inside a spiked cage that was on fire.
  • Medium Awareness: When Miss Simian goes ape and charges at Gumball and Darwin, Gumball shouts "Why do I have to run every 8 minutes of my life!?" roughly 8 minutes into the episode.
  • Ordered Apology: Principal Brown orders Miss Simian to apologize for repeated unwarranted accusations to Darwin and Gumball; her refusal and continued attempts to even frame them almost get her fired.
  • Peer Pressure Makes You Evil: Parodied when Miss Simian tries to get Gumball and Darwin to fight each other by convincing the whole school to cheer them into it ("What are we doing?" "Stupid things because of peer pressure!"). It fails when Gumball convinces everyone that fighting is wrong.
  • Prayer Is a Last Resort: Subverted when it looks like Ms. Simian is attending church and praying for guidance on whether it's right or wrong to frame Darwin and Gumball for vandalism. Turns out she's talking to her father('s skeleton) in the natural history museum.
  • Preemptive "Shut Up": Gumball climbs through an air vent to get through a door that Darwin walks through a second later because it was unlocked. Gumball tells Darwin "Don't!" before he can say anything about it.
  • Rags to Riches: Parodied when Darwin and Gumball find a $100 bill (which Miss Simian just planted so she could claim they stole). Before they even pick it up they mentally go through a plot where they both end up Lonely at the Top, so Gumball throws it out the window.
  • Spit Take: Principal Brown sprays his entire cup of coffee out like a fountain when he sees Miss Simian's dress was stuck up.
  • Shoot the Messenger: Darwin and Gumball attempt to covertly tell Ms. Simian her tail is lifting up her dress to spare her some embarrassment and her class further trauma. She immediately assumes they were somehow trying to humiliate her further, and spends the episode trying to prove they're misbehaving.
  • You Need to Get Laid: When Miss Simian shows Principal Brown the fight she set up between Gumball and Darwin, Principal Brown suggestively purrs, "Why not focus your attention on someone who really needs it?" and puckers up.

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