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Recap / The Amazing World of Gumball S2E8 "The Job"

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Richard gets a job as a pizza delivery man, but Nicole is less than thrilled that her lazy husband has found employment, as she feels it's a sign of the end of the world.

This episode was nominated in 2012 for two Annie Awards: one for Best Animated Television Production for Children and another going to Mic Graves for Best Directing in a Television Production or Broadcast Venue Production. It lost to Dragons: Riders of Berk in both categories (the episode "How to Pick Your Dragon" won the first award while John Eng won for Best Director for his work on the episode "Animal House").

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  • Big "NO!":
    • Gumball, Darwin, and Anais start yelling a very loud no after Richard (working as a pizza guy) presses the doorbell to deliver pizza.
    • Also when Richard gets fired by Larry when he caught on his delivery eating the middle part of the pizza.
  • Black Comedy Burst:
    • The infamous scene of Gumball and Darwin dropping and the slipping on a pizza in front of a pizzaheaded couple who treated the delivery as if they were expecting their first child.
    • Mr. Small, who starved himself for days on a diet of sunlight (which does explain why he's so hideously skinny), passing out after eating the disgusting ad hoc pizza. Gumball and Darwin worry that Mr. Small may be dead, but a bubble escapes his lips and they casually brush it off by asking him for payment on the pizza.
  • Broken Record: The Banana family chant "pizza" when they get their delivery, but Richard's universe-wrecking ends up making them repeat ad nauseum.
    Gumball: That's one creepy bunch of bananas, man.
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  • Carnivore Confusion: Two pizzas order a pizza, and they talk about it as though they're having a baby, which makes the scene of the pizza dropping to the ground more shocking...
  • Chekhov's Gun: Early on Richard mentions cutting strips out of the pizza, eating them, then sticking the rest of the pizza together. This is what gives Larry a reason to fire him, thus saving the universe.
  • Everybody Do the Endless Loop: At one point, the Wattersons' car gets caught in some sort of space-time loop where they drive over the same stretch of road over and over again (with the background Ominous Latin Chanting looping as well); after five or six cycles, Nicole suggests they take another route.
  • Fantastic Racism: When listing rules of the universe that should not be broken, Nicole says cats shouldn't get along with dogs. However, she might have been talking about "regular" cats and dogs, not "people" cats and dogs like herself.
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  • Failed a Spot Check: Richard remains completely oblivious to reality shattering all around him.
  • Here We Go Again!: After getting fired, Richard announces he'll get another job.
  • It Was Here, I Swear!: After Richard gets a job Nicole has a bad feeling about it and starts seeing things like water flowing upward into the ceiling. They always stop before Anais can see them, causing her (and possibly the viewers) to think this is all in her head at first, but then this strange phenomena is reported on the news and everyone can see it.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Anais present the fact that the family are wearing the exact same clothes they were wearing last year, Darwin only wearing shoes, and Gumball, Nicole, and Richard's lack of footwear as evidence that Richard really needs to hold down a job.
  • Medium Awareness: When Anais asks "How wrong can it go?" about her father's job, there's a dark musical sting... which both her and Nicole hear, creeping them out.
  • Medium-Shift Gag: Temporary universe fluctuations include Gumball, Nicole, Anais, Larry, and Darwin as animals and a rock in live-action, Larry in 2D with the Wattersons in vector 3D, and all five of them in claymation.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Larry makes firing Richard while reading from the employee handbook look like an exorcism.
  • New Job Episode: The episode is about Richard getting a new job—his first one ever, in fact—as a pizza delivery man.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Chanting is heard all throughout the episode, but what's actually being chanted is a list of pizza toppings.
    BGM: Margarita, Mexicali, bean burrito, marinara, mozzarella, Gorgonzola!
  • Piss-Take Rap: Richard briefly raps while riding on his bike.
    Here I am, I got a J-O-B
    Earnin' plenty o' dough for my family
    Yeah, I'm Richard Watterson, employee
    So have some R-E-S-P-C-K-T
  • Reality-Breaking Paradox: Richard having a job goes against the rules of the universe. Just having his job makes everything messed up, but actually completing a delivery will destroy the entire universe!
  • Reality Is Out to Lunch: Elmore becomes a World of Chaos as a result of Richard getting a job.
  • Reset Button: Once Richard is fired, reality stops breaking. All of the damage done over the course of the episode then immediately gets fixed.
  • Running Gag: Over the course of the episode, the word "proud" is constantly mispronounced.
  • Skewed Priorities: When the Wattersons drag Larry along to stop Richard from delivering the pizza, he explains that he can't fire Richard for trying to destroy the universe, but has no problem doing it after he finds out Richard ate part of the pizza and tried to hide it.
  • Stealth Pun: Gumball and Darwin were literally delivering the Pepperonis' baby.
  • World-Wrecking Wave: Some of Richard's actions — such as hitting the accelerator on his scooter — create realty-warping shockwaves that each do something to screw up the universe.

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