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Recap / The Amazing World of Gumball S3E15 "The Law"

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After catching Gumball jaywalking in order to get to Larry's ice cream truck, Donut Cop takes Gumball and Darwin on a ride-along to show them how important upholding the law is, but when Darwin and Gumball convince Donut Cop to be cool, it gets him fired and leads Mrs. Parham (the orange woman who has the blue little boy named Billy) to hijack the ice cream truck and go on a crime spree.


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  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Lampshaded as Gumball's bare feet start to melt in the extreme heat.
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  • Baby Carriage: Double subverted when Donut Cop hits a carriage that was just full of cans ("Oh thank gosh, it's the old 'stroller full of trash' trick"), but one of the cans nails a baby in the head.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': After getting tired of waiting for the light to change, Gumball attempts to jaywalk and only has to take a single step before Donut Cop catches him.
  • Cardboard Boxes: Gumball reminds Donut Cop to drive through these, which he says he always wanted to do.
  • Description Cut: As the squad car drives by Felicity and her kid:
    Felicity: Look Billy, Elmore's finest, risking their lives to protect our freedom. (Billy and woman salute)
    (cut to inside of the squad car)
    Donut Cop's Siren: *Beep* *Beep*
    Darwin and Gumball: That's the sound of law enforcement!
    Donut Cop's Siren: *Beep* *Beep*
    Darwin and Gumball: That's the sound of law enforcement!
  • Flashed-Badge Hijack:
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    • Played with:
      Donut Cop: I can commandeer any vehicle I want!
      Gumball: Any vehicle?
      Donut Cop: Anything.
      (scene changes to Donut Cop, Darwin, and Gumball on a kiddie ride)
      Gumball: Ugh, I guess I can't complain. It is a spaceship.
    • He does it again after totaling his own car, taking an actual car this time:
      (car drives away)
      Blue Elephant: Help, police!
      (Donut Cop pulls back and knocks the man offscreen)
      Donut Cop: Eh, false alarm.
      Man: (offscreen, weakly) Help, ambulance.
  • Furry Reminder: During the heatwave, Darwin points out that, as a fish, he doesn't have sweat glands.
  • Hero Stole My Bike: Played with in that three conveniently unguarded bikes are ignored to instead use a stroller.
  • I Am the Noun: When Donut Cop is going insane with abusing his power:
    Gumball: Please, I'm begging you! Someone is going to get hurt unless you stop breaking the law!
    Donut Cop: Ha, don't worry kid, nothing can happen: I am the law! Hahaha!
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  • Karma Houdini: Felicity hijacks a car, nearly runs dozens of people over, and takes a police officer hostage but Donut Cop lets her off with a warning because he thinks that's the "cool" thing to do.
    Gumball: Are you kidding me? That woman is a menace to society! She's an absolute psychopathic criminal!
    Donut Cop: Ah... too cool?
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: Donut Cop uses his stun gun to make a vending machine give free soda (then shoot more soda out uncontrollably) and make Bobert dance (until he does it too many times and trigger his combat mode). Subverted when he uses it on a balloon and ATM, which just catch on fire and shoot ink at them for tampering.
  • Stylistic Self-Parody: When Darwin and Gumball pretend to be handcuffed, Darwin asks Gumball to scratch his nose, but:
    Donut Cop: You're not handcuffed. And he doesn't have a nose.
  • Surprise Jump: Gumball, Darwin, and Donut Cop trick people into walking in front of a squad car then honk the horn to propel them into the air. They come back down... eventually.
  • Take That!: According to Gumball, Darwin said Donut Cop was "as cool as World Music", which Darwin regretted.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: The ice cream truck plays a sped up version of the show's ending theme.
  • Turn in Your Badge: The Chief of Police fires Donut Cop. He also tries to take Darwin and Gumball's, not realizing they weren't cops. The chief gives it back when he's taken hostage.

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