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Molly tries to entertain the school with stories, to the distress of everyone in earshot. Eventually, they just start avoiding her, but feel bad, and decide to help give her a more entertaining story to tell.


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  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • Gumball says someone has to tell Molly her stories are bad, but predictably means that "someone" is Darwin... then Gumball tells her anyway, forcing Darwin to hastily bluff his way out.
    • Gumball and Darwin disguise themselves throughout the school at one point to hide from Molly. In the cafeteria, you clearly see two bags of trash the same colors as Gumball and Darwin. The two end up disguised as completely different items behind the trash.
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    • After Molly sees the amazing events set up for her to have a more interesting story, she initially appears to have either not noticed anything out of the ordinary or only remembered to tell the boring parts. Then Molly makes it clear she saw through the charade entirely, but was glad she has friends that would do something like that for her.
  • The Bore: Molly's stories are incredibly boring. Played for drama a bit because when they think about confronting her about it they accidentally come across her and find out she's aware of this and highly self-conscious about it.
  • Call-Back: In "The Void", Mr. Small already mentioned that Molly was boring. Turns out he was more than right.
  • Clown Car Base: When Gumball rallies the students to help Molly out, it's revealed that they've all been hiding in one of the lockers.
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  • Comically Missing the Point: Gumball and Darwin set up a bunch of interesting events for Molly to witness so has an interesting story to tell, but when she tells the story she leaves out all the interesting parts.
  • Continuity Nod: In "The Apology", Gumball talked about how awesome it would be if Bobert fought Tina. As part of the plan to give Molly a more interesting story, they do just that.
  • A Day in the Limelight: For Molly.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Parodied; Gumball and Darwin cradle Molly after she takes a dodgeball hit for them because they listen to her stories, but instead of them screaming in grief because she dies, they give a Skyward Big "NO!" because she immediately starts another one.
  • Dodgeball Is Hell: The students being hit with dodgeballs by Jamie plays like something out of a war movie.
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  • Gratuitous Spanish: Principal Brown and the Nurse speak Spanish in their part of Gumball's scheme, as a spoof of telenovelas.
  • Mr. Seahorse: Principal Brown fakes being pregnant as part of Gumball's scheme, with the School Nurse as the mother.
  • My Skull Runneth Over: Gumball claims he's heard so much of Molly's stories that they're starting to push out his older memories.
  • "Shaggy Frog" Story: All of Molly's stories are endless droning leading to the most mundane events possible, so the entire school goes through a lot of trouble to give her an interesting story to tell, but it just gets weirder the further it goes.
  • Suicide as Comedy: The students walk into the path of Jamie's dodgeballs after hearing too many of Molly's stories.
  • Taking the Bullet: Molly takes the dodgeball meant for Gumball and Darwin because they listened to her stories.
  • Time-Compression Montage: One tracking the bus on the ride to school, each cut with a voiceover of another one of Molly's stories. Darwin lampshades that if it was a TV show it'd be cut like this instead of making people suffer through every boring word.

Alternative Title(s): The Amazing World Of Gumball S 4 E 40 The Stories

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