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Recap / The Amazing World Of Gumball S 5 E 34 The Deal

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Richard goes on strike to prove that his work around the house is under appreciated by Nicole.


  • Almost Kiss: Nicole walks in on Carrie (wearing Nicole's wedding dress) and Darwin about to kiss, causing Carrie to teleport away.
  • Black Comedy Cannibalism: When Nicole threatens to call the cops on her kids (who she doesn't recognize at the moment), they spit out a piece of Donut Cop's body in front of her.
  • Call-Back:
    • Nicole becomes employee of the month, which she previously had complained about not being in "The Worst".
    • Nicole's Employee of the Month photo has her posing in a fashion similar to how Gumball did for his yearbook photo in "The Photo".
  • A Day in Her Apron: Gender-inverted, as Richard tries to get Nicole to appreciate his work as a House Husband. While his bizarre methods (like feeding the kids off a tablecloth that he wraps them up in for baths) initially just make Nicole respect him even less, he manages to rein in the kids when they stop listening to even her.
  • False Reassurance: Nicole celebrates that her raise lets them pay off their debts by February. Not the next February, just a February.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Gumball questions why anybody would frame a newspaper article about Richard being a loser.
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  • Hypocrite: Didn't Nicole once give her sons into trouble for disrespecting Richard as being useless?
  • Möbius Neighborhood: Lampshaded when Richard says the kids have taken "the neighbor", and has to explain that he didn't mean Mr. Robinson, but their other neighbor whose name he can't remember (Gary).
  • Reaching Between the Lines: After the kids tear up the house and rewire everything, Nicole answers the house phone only to hear the sound of a raw chicken in the garbage disposal, which then comes out liquefied through the phone and hits her in the face.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Turns out Nicole, like Gumball, may spontaneously bust into rap. Nicole's inability to be photogenic also seems to have been passed down to her son.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The kids in their unsupervised state look and act like Gremlins.
    • Anais telling Nicole to "Send more cops" after she spits out Donut Cop's badge and part of his body is a direct reference to the zombie calling "Send more paramedics" in Return of the Living Dead.
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    • Richard reins in his unsupervised kids the same way Owen does with his raptors in Jurassic World. He also quotes the "clever girl" line from Jurassic Park.
  • Smash Cut: Anais advises Richard to just tell Nicole he feels underappreciated, insisting her mother is a "reasonable wo-" and we cut to Nicole outside, where her self-celebratory fireworks show nails the male version of the moon in the eye and starts raining sparks on her neighbors.
  • Strike Episode: Richard goes on strike as a House Husband, and the kids trash the house without his supervision.
  • Take That!:
    • Gumball compares Richard's terrible attempt at rapping to British dental work.
    • When talking about how horrible Richard is at parenting, Nicole mentions that only cuckoos and stage moms are worse.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • When Nicole is covered in chicken mush from the phone, she's relieved that none of it got in her mouth, only for a bit of chicken to spurt out into it.
    • After Nicole mentions that nothing else inside the house can be ruined by the kids, the garden shed gets thrown over the house onto the front yard.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: After the previous episode showed Nicole faces a very hostile, sexist workplace, she finally makes Employee of the Month and gets a raise.
    • This episode could be seen as one for Richard, after constantly being shown to be an idiotic screw up, here he is shown to be a fully capable father, able to take care of his children when Nicole cannot.
  • Waxing Lyrical: Richard's speech ends with "Welcome to the Hotel California."
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: During Nicole's rap, she says her raise was three-cents-on-the-dollar (i.e. 3%), but then later says it's only $10 per month. That would mean her annual income was $4,000, which is ridiculously low even for the Wattersons' sorry financial state—it's well below minimum wage for a full-time position (~$14,000) and the poverty line for someone living alone ($12,060), much less the sole income source for a family of five ($28,870).


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