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Recap / The Amazing World Of Gumball S 5 E 21 The Cycle

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The Watterson kids discover Mr. Wilson has been picking on their dad since they were in highschool.


  • Absentee Actor: Despite being a Watterson family-focused episode, Nicole doesn't appear in this episode.
  • Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: Richard seeks legal recourse against Harold's harassment but Dr. Literature, the lawyer he speaks to has a dollar box to pay for seconds of advice. She freezes everytime their time is up.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • Gumball presumes that dealing with conflict maturely refers to R-rated situations, as in picking up a chainsaw.
    • When making a fake check for Mr. Wilson to find, Richard misunderstands why zeroes are desirable in dollar amounts and puts in six zeroes and nothing else. Anais points out that he needs to add a one to the amount, and Richard adds it after the zeroes, making the check for one dollar. When Anais says he needs to put something in front, Richard tries to put the mailbox in front of the check.
  • Conspicuous Consumption: Harold, believing he has the money for it, starts spending extravagantly starting with walking on diamonds on a red carpet.
  • A Day in the Limelight: For Harold.
  • The Dog Bites Back: What the kids try to help Richard do against Harold. In the end when Richard was actually given an opportunity to tell him about how he felt as well as the fake check, Richard instead chose to not tell him by giving him advice on stacking the dynamite closer in order to let him blow up the house.
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  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Gumball's initial answer for dealing with Mr. Wilson involves buying a chainsaw, with the implication being that Richard should commit murder. Gumball later suggests running Mr. Wilson over with the family car.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Taken Up to Eleven. Harold's idea of a disguise is to cover up his moustache... with another identical moustache. Richard still can't see through it until Gumball points it out.
  • Prank Date: Mr. Wilson pranks Richard in high school by putting a letter indicating that he has been elected prom king. Richard at first thinks it's a joke, but then sees that it's signed by Principal Brown. When he gets to the prom, however, it's revealed that he's not the prom king, and the signature was badly forged.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Richard and the kids jump over a fence to hide from Wilson. Turns out it's a canal basin, and they hurt themselves.
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    • Wilson wants to be decadent. Walking on dollar bills? Not decadent enough. Gold coins? Needs more decadence. Precious jewels on a red carpet? Perfect. Though they hurt his bare feet.
  • Schmuck Bait: Mr. Wilson is very easily duped by the fake check, and instantly starts making a series of ill-advised decisions, like quitting his job, making ridiculously expensive purchases, replacing his old wife with a Trophy Wife, and blowing up his own house to replace it with a 70 ft. statue of himself.
  • Stopped Caring: Richard tries to act reasonable and non-malicious when dealing with Mr. Wilson directly, but by the end of the episode he's given up. Instead of telling Mr. Wilson the truth about the fake billion dollar check before he's about to blow up his house, Richard decides to let him know that he needs to pack his dynamite closer together for a bigger boom.
  • Take This Job and Shove It: After finding the fake check, Mr. Wilson goes to his boss and quits, giving him a "Take That!" Kiss. He takes it even further by firing his wife.
  • Uncanny Valley Makeup: For his prom, Richard's mom Jojo uses contouring to give him a very statuesque face. The problem is, it's a very sculpted still that's undersized for Richard's head.


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