During a very chaotic dinner at the Watterson house, Nicole thinks about how she got herself to this point in her life and reminisces about how she met Richard. She then starts to contemplate a number of What If? scenarios concerning different choices she could have made that fateful day.
- Abusive Parents: Nicole's mother is a perfectionist and even a bigger Control Freak. Her father is quite apathetic toward her and readily expresses his anger issues in front of her. They both disapprove of her dating Richard so much that they kick her out and apparently disown her, never even showing up to their wedding despite being invited. Jojo, despite disapproving of the marriage, at least attends anyway.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Richard gets Nicole to think hard about her life by repeatedly asking her why she "needs" to do the things her parents say she has to do.
- Black Comedy Burst: Nicole imagines what would have happened if she joined Mr. Small's protest to legalize hugs as an alternative medicine. Smash Cut to a headstone labeled "R.I.P. Nicole". Happens again when she chooses not to vault off of a butterfly and chokes on them instead. And again when she accepts a ride on Sal's scooter without wearing a helmet.
- Brainy Baby: Anais was born smart enough to correct a typo on her ID bracelet.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Nicole leaves her parents to live with Richard, apparently telling them that she no longer wants them to control her life. They both seem unfazed at first, but her mother quickly bursts into tears.
- Comically Missing the Point:
Being a girl is not an excuse.
- Nicole is chewed out by her mother for having one F on her report card... in the place indicating her gender.
Is that hot enough for you?! Is it?! Is it hot enough for you!?
- Nicole spends hours making sushi for Harold, which he complains is cold... which is how sushi is meant to be served. She then offers to heat it up and sets the house on fire.
- Delayed Reaction: After finding out Nicole is pregnant, Richard and Nicole are overjoyed until they freak out and realize they should probably get married at this point.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: The end of Nicole's dictatorial reign in the Bad Future is marked by her statue being pulled over by a cord and Mr. Small hitting it with his flip flop, clearly referencing similar acts done to Saddam Hussein's statue in Firdos Square.
- Domestic Abuse: In the future Nicole imagines with Harold, he's perpetually demeaning toward her as a manipulative effort to lower her confidence so she won't leave him for anyone else. She ends up getting horrendous amounts of plastic surgery just to get his approval, until she can't take it anymore and burns their house down (possibly murdering Harold in the process). Nicole imagining all that said it was almost Worth It.
- Eye Recall: Happens multiple times as Nicole is envisioning how her different options for a husband would have played out.
- For Want of a Nail: Nicole imagines what would have happened to her if she'd made different decisions before meeting Richard.
- If she'd made it to the martial arts tournament and followed the life plan her mother made, she'd win the tournament easily, graduate from college with honors, make loads of money, become a major elected official, turn into an Evil Overlord, cause the apocalypse, and have her monument toppled and vandalized after her celebrated death.
- If she'd listen to Banana Bob's song, she'd be enamored with him because she thinks he's funny, but his constantly saying "banana" would eventually drive her completely insane.
- If she'd listened to Harold's pickup line, she'd fall for his sleazy attempts to hook up with her by undermining his confidence, eventually getting into a emotionally-abusing marriage where she burns their house down.
- If she'd listen to Mr. Small's idea to replace medicine with hugs, she'd meet an early grave from spreading disease.
- If she hadn't stepped on a butterfly in her path, it would have ended up in her mouth, and she'd choke to death because Mr. Small tried to hug her instead of providing proper first aid.
- If she'd taken Sal up on his offer for a motorcycle ride, he'd insist she didn't need a helmet, causing her to die in a crash.
- After all this, she remembers what her life had been like between her decision and the present and decides it is better the way it is.
- Forgotten First Meeting: After Nicole and Richard introduce each other by name, Richard implies that he already knew who Nicole was (they may well have been classmates for years before this point).
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: Freezing on Nicole's report card reveals her maiden name to be "Senicourt".
- How Dad Met Mom: We see how Nicole and Richard got together, though it's only shown to the audience through Nicole's memories, not to any other character.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Nicole's mother weeps after she leaves her parents, implying she did feel a little remorseful of her actions.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Nicole's dad is clearly a male Grumpy Cat.
- Rule of Three: Nicole ends up dying prematurely from several of the What If? scenarios, which happens three times in a row.
- Serial Escalation: The alternate fates Nicole avoided eventually escalate from an eventually terrible life to immediate death.
- Shotgun Wedding: The Time Passes Montage all but states that Richard and Nicole only got married after Nicole got pregnant with Gumball.
- Silence Is Golden: A Time Passes Montage shows Richard and Nicole's entire life together, from childhood to parenthood, without a single line of dialogue or noise besides the soundtrack.
- Stealth Insult: All of Harold's pickup lines are worded like compliments when they're actually insults ("Have you lost weight? Your head looks bigger."). As Nicole notes, he's trying "That creepy thing where guys criticize girls to lower their confidence so they'll go out with them."
- Take Over the World: If Nicole had actually made it to her tournament on time, she would eventually become so successful at life that she would end up turning into a dictator that ruled the world.
- Wet Cement Gag: On child Nicole's way to a martial arts tournament, her path is blocked by freshly laid cement which she is too considerate to run through. In the timeline where she does make it to the tournament, she runs right through it, covering Gary who laid it out and leaving her untouched.
- Writers Cannot Do Math: When Nicole is in 7th grade, her mother says she will graduate (presumably high school) in 45321 minutes, get a diploma in law in 374582 minutes, and marry a doctor in 754471 minutes. That's about one month, nine months, and seventeen months, respectively. Although it can be intentional to parody Nicole's mother's ridiculous high standard for her.