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Recap / The Amazing World Of Gumball S 5 E 3 The Boredom

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Gumball and Darwin just barely missing all the action.

On a boring Saturday afternoon, Gumball and Darwin decide to find something interesting to do — only to either miss out or pass by all of the weird events happening around them.


  • Awesome, but Impractical: A Laser Blade might be cool, but Banana Joe and the clipboard scientists fail to find any practical use for it.
  • Bowdlerization:
    • On Cartoon Network's Middle East/North Africa channel, the scene of Gumball having roots growing out of his butt from sitting too long (along with the dialogue about waxing them off versus pruning them off) was cut.
    • On the Russian and Bulgarian dub, the roots part was left in, but the sequence at the mall where Miss Simian gets her dress ripped off and Harold gets so sick he pukes in the Hexagon Lady's purse (both sights were covered up by conveniently-placed propsnote ) was cut to remove Harold puking in the Hexagon Lady's purse.
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  • Company Cross References: As the Wattersons' house is hauled away, it passes by the sets of Clarence, Regular Show, and Uncle Grandpa. Gumball and Darwin, who are inside the house as it is being hauled, fail to notice because they're convinced nothing interesting is happening and are too busy staring at the clock.
  • Crossover Punchline: The entire Watterson house gets hauled away with Gumball and Darwin in it. As the house exits Elmore, it passes by the sets of Clarence, Regular Show, and Uncle Grandpa, with a flash of static separating each. Darwin and Gumball don't notice because they're already sure nothing interesting will happen today, and just decided to stare at the clock as hard as possible, and eventually the movers realize they got the wrong house and move it back.
  • Depth Deception: The sun and female version of the moon have an argument where they seem to be similar-sized and right next to each other. As the moon tries to hit the sun, she just goes in front of him several times and is confused. The camera cuts to an astronomic view as the sun the points out they are extremely far apart from each other, just as in real life.
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  • Donut Mess with a Cop: Sheriff Donut runs out of donuts and starts speeding to get more. He ends up in a high-speed chase with himself when the jolly hamburger spots him and notifies him that he saw someone speeding in a "black and white car."
  • Funny Background Event: Hector is shown just walking along when an jetliner smacks him in the back of the head and knocks him him out cold.
  • Hired to Hunt Yourself: Sheriff Donut hears a report about a speeder and goes in pursuit, not realizing that the car being reported speeding is his own squad car. The officer on the other end of the radio figures it out, but Sheriff won't listen as he's too caught up in the chase.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: During the Crossover Punchline sequence, the clock goes from about 4 PM to 8 PM. This happens to coincide with the time of day most Cartoon Network episodes premiered during the initial airing of the episode
  • Literal Metaphor: Gumball and Darwin have been sitting in wait for something interesting to happen for so long that Darwin's butt has literally fossilized and needs to be excavated. Gumball's has literally become rooted to the spot and needs to be pulled out and pruned.
  • Missed Him by That Much: Everything interesting happens just out of Gumball and Darwin's view.
  • Missing the Good Stuff: The one interesting thing Gumball and Darwin are aware of is an incident at the mall where Miss Simian gets naked, causing Harold to vomit into the hexagon woman's purse, and the purse being thrown at Mr. Small. Unfortunately, the whole thing is being blocked by random objects from their point of view. Tobias did shoot a video of it on his phone, but he had it in face camera mode by mistake and only shot his own face.
  • Mundane Utility: Banana Joe is asked to test a lightsaber, but the creators can only think to use it for the most inane task where it turns out to be massive overkill and/or absurdly dangerous. It turns out to be one of many potential world-changing inventions they could never find the obvious uses for.
  • Musical World Hypotheses: Sal's musical number has a twist upon "All In Their Head": he actually is singing, but not only are the visuals imaginary, once the camera exits his POV, we see his real singing is much worse than he perceives it to be.
  • Refusal of the Call: Near the end Gumball and Darwin are propositioned by the dwarf bus driver for an epic fantasy quest, which the refuse because they think he's asking around for a LARP session and direct him towards the two egghead nerds, Colin and Felix.
  • Scenery Censor: The incident at the mall is blocked by random objects from Gumball and Darwin's point of view, starting with a mannequin blocking Miss Simian's nudity and Harold's extended Vomit Discretion Shot.
  • Serendipitous Symphony: Sal sets off one car's alarm while trying to break into it, then hastily sets off several more while trying to escape quickly. The sirens together end up sounding like music that reminds him of his dream of being a musician.
  • Special Guest: Regular Show creator J.G. Quintel voices Hi-Five Ghost's cameo.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Harold throwing up in a handbag is partially blocked by the stream of a water fountain. The bag is thrown to Mr. Small, who is standing next to some fans, but a curtain is drawn over him just before the hit.
  • Vignette Episode: Most of the episode is shorts about people of Elmore that have nothing to do with Gumball or Darwin (though there is a story frame of Gumball and Darwin trying to find something interesting to do or see and missing out on it.)

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