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Recap / The Amazing World of Gumball S2E14 "The Bet"

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Bobert loses a bet to Gumball and has to do whatever he says for a day, but Bobert ends up incapacitating the Elmore Junior High staff and taking his revenge on Gumball and Darwin.


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  • Always Need What You Gave Up: Gumball accidentally orders his own death from Bobert. After doing so, but before finding out, Gumball also tells Bobert to stop taking any more orders.
  • Bowdlerise: Versions of this episode shown in Cartoon Network Asia and Australia edit the part where Gumball tries to trick Bobert into blasting the frozen chicken dressed in his sweater either by removing the entire part of a shirtless Gumball in the walk-in freezer, only to run out screaming when Miss Simian tries to cozy up to him for warmth or editing it to remove the part where Miss Simian cries out, "Wait! I'm so cold!" and gets set on fire by Bobert's laser.
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  • Building Swing: Gumball momentarily escapes from Bobert in the nurse's office by grabbing a hose, jumping out the window, and swinging down through the window one floor down.
  • Condescending Compassion: Darwin spends the episode telling Gumball not to treat Bobert so poorly. Gumball counters with claims that Darwin is being patronizing, some with more merit than others.
  • Couldn't Find a Pen: In response to being assigned to mow the field, Gumball has Bobert burn the image of "glasses + horse's ass = Principal Brown" into the grass.
  • A Day in the Limelight: For Bobert.
  • Description Cut: Gumball gets control over Bobert and talks with Darwin about all the good they could do. Scene change to Bobert shooting fire out of his butt and asking the school nurse if she can help him.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Darwin spends the episode arguing with Gumball on how to treat Bobert, who has to do whatever Gumball says due to the conditions of the bet and Bobert's "Slave Mode." Darwin tells Gumball not to take advantage of Bobert, even though Gumball would treat anyone else who lost the bet the same. Gumball calls Darwin out on what he sees as patronizing behavior, but Darwin later points out that Bobert doesn't have the same limits as others. All of this brings to mind people debating how to treat children with special needs.
    Darwin: This is no way to treat a, uh...
    Gumball: Go on, say it! A challenged person?
    Darwin: No...
    Gumball: You think you're better than him?
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  • Exact Words: The bet Gumball won against Bobert was saying the alphabet faster. While Bobert start listing off the letters A to Z, Gumball just says "the alphabet".
  • Faking the Dead: Bobert is trying to kill Gumball, so he puts his shirt on a frozen chicken and Darwin pretends it's him while he hides. Gumball ends up exposing himself before we could see if it worked.
  • Foreshadowing: Gumball won the bet by exploiting Bobert's limited ability to understand people's words, misleading him as to what the challenge was. This ends up backfiring on Gumball, as his commands to Bobert are subject to Rhetorical Request Blunder.
  • Here We Go Again!: The episode ends with Gumball accepting Bobert's request to play another game and Darwin getting a worried look on his face.
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  • Insane Troll Logic: Gumball argues that Principal Brown lambasting him and Darwin for using Bobert to mess with the nurse is a violation of the First Amendment. Brown is quick to point out otherwise.
  • I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: The nurse doesn't like having to patch up Bobert, because he's a robot (though he is still a student.)
    Nurse: Well, I patched him up the best I can, but for the last time I'm a nurse, not a mechanic.
    Ms. Simian: (standing in front of Leslie, Masami, and Sussie) Well, I'm not a florist, or a meteorologist, or some kind of freak-show owner—but you don't see me complaining, do you?
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Darwin tries to help Bobert while he's in slave mode by playing matchmaker with him and Tina. While Gumball was abusing Bobert and his abilities, he rightly points out that Bobert probably wouldn't be happy to find he's in a relationship with a T-rex when switching out of slave mode. However, he then goes along with it because he thought it was a hilarious idea.
  • Just in Time: Bobert's 24-hour bet ends the exact instant before he was going to self-destruct.
  • Logic Bomb: Gumball tells Bobert (who is a robot) to divide by zero, resulting in a massive computerized freak-out.
  • Losing Your Head: By Gumball's order, Bobert confesses love to Tina but then says he was talking to a fuse box. She responds by tearing his head off, which the nurse is able to fix.
  • Magic Countdown: Bobert counts down to ten seconds to detonatation, but each "second" takes more like three to ten seconds.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Bobert blows up the nurse's office with the nurse still in it, and she just puts a bandage on her charred body before passing out.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: When Bobert is in "slave mode", his iris takes up almost his entire eye.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Gumball informs Darwin that he'll be getting out of there without him due to Bobert activating his self-destruct while Darwin is trapped. After Darwin complains, he changes his mind and stays to try and help him.
  • Rhetorical Request Blunder: Every comment Gumball makes about anyone who slights him gets interpreted by Bobert as an order to attack. He wishes Principal Brown would "get lost", Bobert drops him off in the Forest of Doom. Gumball says Ms. Simian needs to "chill out", so she gets Locked in a Freezer. Gumball sees Mr. Small in rollerblades and says the world needs less rollerbladers, so Bobert shoots him with a laser ("I'm OK."). Gumball responds to something Rocky says with "get out of here", and Bobert throws him out the window.
  • Skewed Priorities: Bobert tries to laser Gumball to death and knocks him away from a phone, which Gumball goes back to for his change.
  • The Slow Walk: Bobert walks slowly with a wide gait when trying to catch Gumball. Lampshaded when Darwin was trying to slow him down by hanging off him, lets go because his stomach was chaffing from dragging across the ground, and is relieved that Bobert isn't going any faster.
  • Swallowed Whole: The episode opens with Darwin inside of Gumball's mouth. Apparently Darwin bet he couldn't do it.
  • Just Think of the Potential: At the start of the episode Gumball and Darwin discuss the ways Bobert's powers good be used to make the world a better place, then Gumball decides he'd rather use him for pranks.
  • Voicemail Confusion: Inverted; Gumball thinks he's been sent to a machine when he calls tech support about Bobert, but it's actually a person that sounds like he's speaking in Mad Libs Dialogue.
    Voice on phone: No need to be rude sir. If you did this job all day, you too would end up talking like a machine.
  • Wager Slave: The entire point of Darwin and Gumball's game is to challenge one another into doing difficult tasks and the loser is the winner's slave for the day. Darwin loses, but keeps reaching into double, triple, etc or nothing to try and desperately avoid this. In Bobert's case, he literally switches into a "slave mode" for 24 hours where he does whatever Gumball tells him without question.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Perks: Gumball is given direct control over Bobert, a ridiculous powerful Do-Anything Robot. Although he and Darwin gush about the good things they could do, Gumball just uses this power to amuse himself, as he would with any other peers if he won the same bet against.
  • With My Hands Tied: When Bobert's Extendable Arms make it too easy to play fetch, Gumball orders him to not use his arms. He accomplishes that by pushing it across the ground with his face, so Gumball makes him do it without feet, sending Bobert rolling off on his side.
  • Your Mom: Gumball orders Bobert to make some silly remarks as a jet of flame is coming out of his rear end.
    Bobert: Do you have anything for this?
    Joan: Well, I'm not a mechanic, but how long has this been going on?
    Bobert: Ever since I fell in love with your mom.

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