The Gong Heard 'Round the House
Bob and Larry are holding a monster truck race between Archibald and Ichabeezer, to see which one of them will have their name on the new generosity shelter. Bob is not sure that this is a good idea, but Larry thinks that it's a great idea. Archibald then says, "My name deserves to go on that building, and my super-fast monster truck will prove it!", while Ichabeezer then says, "You're all talk, Mayor! When I win, it's my name that'll go on that shelter!" Bob thinks that this is silly, before Larry points out to him that he's holding a clipboard without hands, to which Bob realizes that Larry has a point, before starting the race, as Archibald and Ichabeezer both start roaring down the street in their monster trucks. Archibald pulls out in front of Ichabeezer, because he had a turbo-charged hemi dropped into his monster truck, but Ichabeezer has some tricks of his own too, before telling Rooney to hit the nitrous oxide, which Rooney does, as Ichabeezer then drives up next to Archibald. The two racers zoom past Bob and Larry, making them spin around, before the two racers reach the edge of the street at the same time. Ichabeezer thinks that he won, but Archibald tells him that he won, before they both approach Bob for the results. Bob then tells them it was a perfect tie, while Archibald then dejectedly says that he'll have to come up with some other way to find a name for the shelter, with Ichabeezer saying that it's a rip-off.
Of course, Bob then thinks that a shelter name after him would be a good idea, before telling Archibald, "You could name it after me." Larry thinks that that's a great idea, saying that "The 'Me' Shelter' has a nice ring to it, with Bob telling Larry that that's silly. Of course, Archibald thinks otherwise, realizing that Bob gave him an idea, saying that they can name it after the most generous, helpful person in town, before going off to spread the word about it. Larry then tells Bob that it's a great idea to have a whole building named after someone, before asking who they know that is generous and helpful. Bob then says, "Larry, you're looking at him", before asking if "The Bob Shelter of Generosity and Hope" has a nice ring to it. Larry then says that his bathtub has a nice ring to it, which Bob is frustrated to hear. Archibald then approaches Laura, who is sweeping the ground, as he thanks her for being ever so kind.
Back home, Larry is trying to take apart two video game controllers that got stuck together with gum that he put on one controller and put the other controller on top of the other, to no avail, while Bob says that he is generous and that he does things for people all the time, before wondering how to get everyone else to believe that. When Larry explains to Bob about what happened and asks him to help, Bob takes the opportunity to help out as he takes the controllers from Larry and tries to pull them apart. After a while, Bob is able to pull the controllers apart before giving them back to Larry. When Bob asks Larry if that was super-generous of him, Larry answers that he can't shrug any harder, which frustrates Bob yet again. Bob angrily says to himself that that was really generous but no one saw it, before asking himself how people will know if he's generous if they can't see it, and that he needs something that will get people's attention. Bob then notices a gong that Larry apparently either bought or found in a dumpster, since he can't remember which one it was. Bob then takes the gong with him before he leaves the house after that. After Bob leaves, Larry then blows a gum bubble that lifts him up into the air, before he drops the video game controller afterwards.
After Bob has entered town while carrying the gong, he then notices Pa Grape who is having trouble trying to reach a window to wash it but Bob is able to reach the window for him. After washing the window, Bob then bangs the gong, which gets everyone attention, as he then announces to everyone that he he has helped Pa clean his window, telling them to remember this when it comes time to name the shelter, before he then bangs the gong repeatedly after that. After Bob has finished banging the gong, Pa asks him if he thinks that's what true generosity looks like, saying that real generosity doesn't seek attention, but Bob cuts him off saying, "Exactly!" before poking Pa in the nose with his gong stick. From a distance, Ichabeezer notes that everyone in town will know that Bob is the most generous, so conspires to find a way to let everyone know that his amazing name needs to go on the building. Jean-Claude and Phillipe also need their names on the building, saying that they need to get something more "gong-ier". Because of this, Phillipe offers to walk Larry's guppy, while Jean-Claude is walking a corn man's pet lobster. Jimmy and Jerry also desire to have their names on the building since they think that they are the most generous and helpful.
At Ichabeezer's home, Ichabeezer is playing the piano while singing about how he is generous, helpful, and humble, before he hears his door knocking as he goes to answer it. Ichabeezer then explains to Rooney that he ordered a boom box that will play a loud song about his generosity that would surely put Bob's gong trick to shame. However, when Ichabeezer opens the box, the boom box that came in it is incredibly tiny, while he quips that "it looked much bigger online". Back in town, Granny Asparagus is about to cross the street, when Jimmy and Jerry pick her up and carry her across. After the Gourd brothers put her down again, Jimmy says, "Look at us be kind and generous", before he and Jerry start playing saxophones off-key as they leave. Junior then also helps Granny across the street, despite Granny's insistence that she doesn't need any help, just as Junior then starts playing an electric guitar after that. Captain Mike tries helping Granny Asparagus across, but Mr. Lunt also tries helping her across, since he also wants his name on the building. Madame Blueberry wants a turn to help, offering to help Granny Asparagus cross the street, to which Granny Asparagus then faints after that.
Archibald then starts singing about whoever wants their name on the building, and all of the generous acts that are to be done, such as cleaning someone's car, taking out someone's trash, and mowing their lawn, among other things. During the song, Mr. Lunt plays a drum, Jimmy and Jerry play their saxophones, and Madame Blueberry plays a trumpet. After the song ends, everyone then hops off while Archibald tells everyone to start looking for that extra generous person. Back at Ichabeezer's home, a carrot delivery boy brings in a large package before holding out a clipboard for Ichabeezer to sign for the package, but Ichabeezer refuses to sign for it because it's too small. Ichabeezer then offers to pay the delivery boy two gold bars to delivery "the biggest, most outrageous boom box known to vegetabledom", wanting it delivered by cargo helicopter. Bob then notices that a corn woman has dropped her bag of groceries so he quickly rushes over and helps pick up her groceries again. After Bob has accomplished his good deed, he bangs his gong again, before he hears the sound of Madame Blueberry playing her trumpet. Bob then bangs the gong once more, before the sound of Jimmy and Jerry playing their saxophones cuts him off once again. When Bob bangs his gong again, Mr. Lunt starts playing his drum again, just as the air is filled with dissonant music, which prompts Bob to enter Pa's store, telling Pa that he just wanted people to see how generous he was.
Pa then tells Bob, "How about a trumpet?", which Bob is confused about, before Pa tells him a verse, which is, "So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets." Bob then asks what that has to do with him, before Pa tells Bob that he owes him a dollar fifty for a can of root beer, but Bob forgot his wallet back home. Fortunately for Bob, Laura comes up to him and gives him a dollar fifty, but Bob tells her that he can't take it, though Laura tells him to take it and that she wants him to have it, which proves Pa's point. Meanwhile, Ichabeezer and Rooney look up as the large boom box that Ichabeezer ordered is being lowered into the center of town via helicopter. After the boom box has been lowered to the ground, Ichabeezer then says, "With this device, I'm just one, small, loud step away from the Ichabeezer Center becoming a reality". After turning on the boom box, with the volume turned up all the way loud, Ichabeezer then starts singing about how he wants a building with his name on it, with the high-decibel music blowing everyone across town, before the loud music also knocks over the generosity shelter, just as the song ends. Pa then quips that Ichabeezer's loud music knocked the shelter over, while Ichabeezer replies that he was just following Bob's lead. Larry then suggests that knock the rest of the world over so that it would match the shelter. Archibald then says, "Look what we have caused", while Jimmy, who has somehow landed in a dumpster during the whole ordeal, says, "We can't even use this shelter. How will we be generous now?", before Bob then adds how they will lift the shelter back up. Because of this, Archibald and Ichabeezer have both come up with an idea on how to atone for the wrong that they did.
Soon, the solution is that Archibald and Ichabeezer are to drive in their monster trucks, with ropes tied to the monster trucks, while the other ends of the ropes are tied to the shelter in order to lift the shelter back up once again. After the shelter has been lifted back up, everyone is fixing the mess, just as Laura comes up and offers lemonade to Madame Blueberry and Archibald. Archibald then realizes that they still need a name, wondering who they're going to name the building after, while Mike sadly admits, "None of us deserve it". Jimmy then says that it should definitely not be called "The Jimmy and Jerry Shelter of Jimmy and Jerry's Generous Generosity, and also Hot Dog and Donut Stand Brought To You By, Yep, You Guessed It, Jimmy and Jerry. And in addition, The Super Monster Truck Covered in Caramel Sauce and Sprinkles Shelter, For the Benefit of All Mankind to Eat More Snacks, Like Beef Jerky, Assorted Nuts, Monkey Bread, and Happiness Shelter, Without Forgetting About Playing with Lots of Action Figures, Collecting Stamps, Whatever They Are, and Loving Your Mom and Dad and Stuff Shelter", before saying, "Not that I've thought about it or anything". Archibald then says that there must be someone who is truly generous. Bob then says that there is, before asking Laura who she thinks should have their name on the shelter, before Laura suggests "The Everybody in Town Shelter", which everyone is happy to hear.
When the Dust Bunnies Came to Town
In a space environment, Larry is pretending that he is "Space Cadet Ranger Larry", while reporting the first day of expedition with his Space Cadet Ranger partner, Junior Asparagus, as Junior pops up and says, "Hi". Larry and Junior are exploring the alien landscape, while Larry says that they don't know what creatures they're likely to find, probably something crazy and weird, before Junior says, "Like a six-headed broccoleech". The two then see what looks like a six-headed venus fly trap-like monster, which causes them to run around in a panic, before it is revealed that they are actually on top of the counter, and that the broccoleech is actually just a flower vase. Larry then tells Junior to throw his boomerang at the broccoleech, which Junior does, but the boomerang misses the flower vase before it flies back, hits the side of the lamp, bounces across the couch before it falls off the end of the couch, and lands on top of a grate before it then falls in after that. Larry and Junior then see that the grate that the boomerang fell into is locked, before Larry admonishes Junior for losing the boomerang and that he should be more careful, while saying, "I thought I showed you the perfect boomeranging technique". When Junior apologizes, Larry tells him that he should listen to his elders, and when Junior asks what elders are, Larry answers, "People older than you. Like me", before wondering how they're going to get the boomerang.
In the center of town, Archibald hops past Granny Asparagus, Pa Grape, and Ichabeezer, who are sitting on a bench, before Larry and Junior approach Archibald, telling him about what happened and ask him for helping in unlocking the grate so that they can get their boomerang back. Archibald knows how to get in the grate, saying that it hasn't been opened for as long as he's been mayor, and that there is a key that will get them in. Archibald then pulls out the key for the grate, which Larry and Junior are happy to see, before Pa asks them if they should know why the grate was locked before doing this, to which Larry answers, "Nah!" Granny Asparagus then adds that their ancestors locked the grate, before Larry then says, "Ancestors, what do they know?" before he and Junior tell Archibald that there might be stuff down in the grate like paper clips or an expensive fountain pen, or even money, which Archibald is interested in hearing, as he becomes convinced. Pa then asks Archibald, "You're not falling for this, are you?", but it is too late as Larry, Junior, and Archibald have already marched off while repeatedly chanting, "Let's unlock the grate! Let's unlock the grate!" After the trio have left, Granny Asparagus says "Knuckleheads", before Pa then says that they have to find out why the grate was lost. Granny Asparagus then tells Ichabeezer about how his library has all the town's historical records that they need, which Ichabeezer agrees with, as he says, "To the archives!"
Meanwhile, at the home of Jimmy and Jerry, the two Gourd brothers are making cookies, with Jimmy telling Jerry not to put in too much flour because he doesn't want his cookies to taste like flowers, which Jerry agrees with. A gobbling sound is heard, before a small blue Dust Bunny is seen eating out of the bowl of cookie dough. Jimmy stops the Dust Bunny, whose name is Danny, from eating the cookie dough. Danny becomes saddened after that, while Jerry acknowledges that Danny's feelings are hurt. Jimmy then apologizes to Danny for snapping at him, noting that Danny is normally well-behaved, but tells him that he can't get any dust in the cookie dough. Of course, Jimmy ends up tempting himself into eating out of the bowl of cookie dough while Jerry says, "Double standard". At Ichabeezer's home, Pa, Granny Asparagus, and Ichabeezer are looking through all of the various archives, with Pa saying that there are so many records and wondering how they will ever find the one with the grate. After looking through some records about the Bubble Bath Flood of 72 and the Vegetables Versus Kittens War, Ichabeezer manages to find the record about the grate. Once the trio look in the records about the grate, they become shocked when they discover the reason why the grate was locked.
Larry, Junior, and Archibald soon approach the grate, while Pa, Granny Asparagus, and Ichabeezer start to sing a song about how they give words of wisdom to the younger folk but don't get any respect, while at the same time, Larry, Junior, and Archibald are able to unlock the grate and open it up. After the grate has been opened, Larry, Junior, and Archibald then jump in just as Junior is able to retrieve his boomerang, while Larry comments about all the adventures the Space Cadet Rangers could have, before Archibald then comments that it's a lot of real estate. However, a rumbling sound is suddenly heard, just as the rumbling sound is noticed by Bob while he is working on his chemistry set, and by Mr. Lunt who asks if it's a house-quake. Pa, Granny Asparagus, and Ichabeezer then resume singing the song about how they now feel a quake and that it might be too late, just as Larry, Junior, and Archibald then run out from the grate, before a bunch of Dust Bunnies then come out from the grate and start to overrun the entire town.
After the song ends, Mr. Lunt is carrying a sack of groceries, when he notices that some of the Dust Bunnies have taken control of his monster truck, before they start riding the monster truck, chasing him around. A Dust Bunny hops up in front of Laura who is holding a basketball as she greets the Dust Bunny. The Dust Bunny then eats the basketball, which then pops, sending the Dust Bunny whizzing around in the air like a deflated balloon. On top of the counter, Jean-Claude and Phillipe are fighting off some of the Dust Bunnies, when the airborne Dust Bunny suddenly flies in and knocks them both off the counter. Bob, Larry, Petunia, Archibald, and Junior return to town, when they see that the entire town is now overrun with Dust Bunnies, as Archibald laments that the Dust Bunnies have ruined his town. Bob then says that he's going home, as he and Larry head for home. Jimmy and Jerry find themselves chased by the Dust Bunnies, before they quickly get inside their house, with Jimmy stating that there's Dust Bunnies everywhere, which Jerry finds to be "ubiquitous". Jimmy then asks how they'll get rid of them, before he and Jerry notice that Danny is terrified, with Jimmy telling Danny that he and Jerry won't let anything happen to him because they're family. Jimmy and Jerry then take possession of brooms, while Jimmy tells Danny not to leave the house because there's feral Dust Bunnies outside.
When Bob and Larry return home, they become shocked to see that the Dust Bunnies have also taken over their home as well. Bob is shocked when he sees that the Dust Bunnies are eating his socks, as he tries to save his socks, but Larry holds him back, telling him that it isn't worth it, all while Bob whines about his "precious socks". Petunia then also sees that the Dust Bunnies are eating the plants in her greenhouse and knocking over flower pots. Junior and his parents decide to take safety in their home, when they see that the Dust Bunnies have also taken refuge in their house. In the center of town, Bob, Larry, Petunia, Madame Blueberry, Jimmy, Jerry, Archibald, and Junior have gathered together, with Archibald says that one was in his home and looked at him, while Jimmy denies that he and Jerry have one in their home and would never treat it as a member of the family. Archibald then tells Larry that he thought that they would find lots of valuables down there, which Larry tries to deny, before Archibald says that Dust Bunnies now control everything before asking how they got into this mess. Larry then admits that they didn't listen to the right people, and when Petunia asks Larry who that would be, Larry answers, "Our elders". Junior then asks Larry who his elders are, Pa, Granny Asparagus, and Ichabeezer show up armed with vacuum cleaners and a broom, with Pa answering that it would be them. Larry is then remorseful, apologizing to the three elders for not listening to them, before Pa tells him that there's no time for that now because they have Dust Bunnies to get rid of. When Bob asks what they'll do, Pa answers that they're prepared for something like this, while Granny Asparagus says that they have a plan. Pa then says, "Come with me if you want to... not have Dust Bunnies running through your town."
Soon, the group then prepares to attack as they charge forward towards the Dust Bunnies, though Granny Asparagus ends up moving rather slowly. With the combined effort of everyone, the Veggies are able to round up the Dust Bunnies so that they get sucked up by the vacuum cleaners wielded by Pa and Ichabeezer. When Granny Asparagus finds herself confronted by a bunch of Dust Bunnies, she is able to fight them off despite her age. While the others are still rounding up the Dust Bunnies, Ichabeezer notices three lone Dust Bunnies heading towards the direction of the countertop, before he confronts them on the countertop and is able to suck them all up at once. Unfortunately, at that moment, Danny comes out from Jimmy and Jerry's home to retrieve a package, before realizing that he's in trouble, as Ichabeezer is able to suck him up. Ichabeezer then approaches Jimmy and Jerry, telling them about the Dust Bunny that he found at the front door of their house and sucked him up, before telling them, "No need to thank me". Jimmy and Jerry put two and two together before they both yell in horror, "DANNY!!!!!", which Ichabeezer is confused about. Jimmy then tells Jerry that there's no time to lose and that he must save Danny, by having Jerry go into the vacuum to get Danny. Jerry becomes surprised when he hears Jimmy say this, but he ends up getting sucked into the vacuum by Jimmy.
Inside the vacuum, Jerry tries to find Danny amongst all the other Dust Bunnies that have been sucked up. Outside, Ichabeezer angrily takes the vacuum from Jimmy, telling that this is no time to play around, before he puts the vacuum in reverse, which sends Jerry flying out from the vacuum before he lands on the ground again. Ichabeezer then says, "If you boys are through wasting my time, I gotta get back to work." After Ichabeezer leaves, Jimmy sadly tells Jerry not to blame himself and that he did his best. Jerry then turns around with his cheeks bulged, before he opens his mouth, releasing Danny safe and sound after having apparently been able to save him, which Jimmy is happy to see. Once all of the Dust Bunnies have been sucked up, the group then come up to the grate, where Pa tells them that when they get them back into the grate, he, Granny Asparagus, and Ichabeezer will hold the Dust Bunnies down while the others slam the grate back into place. When Larry asks the three elders if they can hold them alone, Pa tells him to trust them, which Larry realizes that they can be able to do it. Soon, Pa, Granny Asparagus, and Ichabeezer set their vacuum cleaners into reverse which then shoot the Dust Bunnies back into the grate.
After all of the Dust Bunnies have been put back into the grate, the grate is then slammed shut, while the others then try to hold the grate down as the Dust Bunnies try to escape, with Pa saying that someone needs to lock it. This gives Larry an idea as he tells Junior to throw his boomerang at the lock, which Junior obeys, as he tosses his boomerang into the air before it then hits the grate key, locking up the grate and imprisoning the Dust Bunnies once again, which everyone is happy about, as Larry congratulates Junior. Later, Larry is now sweeping the floor while wielding a broom as he says that his defiance against the High Council led to a seriously dust predicament, but with the new force field, they'll be safe for now. However, just as Larry says this, one Dust Bunny is still free as it floats around in the air on a balloon before the balloon then pops, causing that Dust Bunny to fall.
Tropes found in The Gong Heard 'Round the House:
- All Balloons Have Helium: The bubble gum variant shows up in this episode, where Larry blows a gum bubble while playing video games, with the gum bubble lifting him up into the air, before he then drops his game controller after that.
- Aside Glance: Archibald looks directly at the viewers, while Jimmy is talking about what the shelter should have been named.
- Captain Obvious: "Ichabeezer's loud music knocked the shelter over!"
- Department of Redundancy Department: Part of the name that Jimmy suggested for the shelter has "The Jimmy and Jerry Shelter of Jimmy and Jerry's Generous Generosity" in it.
- Fainting: Granny Asparagus does this after Madame Blueberry offers her services to help her cross the street.
- Helping Granny Cross the Street: Granny Asparagus ends up falling victim to this, first by Jimmy and Jerry Gourd, then by Junior Asparagus, then Captain Mike Asparagus, then by Mr. Lunt. When Madame Blueberry offers to help Granny Asparagus cross the street, Granny Asparagus then faints.
- Overly Long Name: The Jimmy and Jerry Shelter of Jimmy and Jerry's Generous Generosity, and also Hot Dog and Donut Stand Brought To You By, Yep, You Guessed It, Jimmy and Jerry. And in addition, The Super Monster Truck Covered in Caramel Sauce and Sprinkles Shelter, For the Benefit of All Mankind to Eat More Snacks, Like Beef Jerky, Assorted Nuts, Monkey Bread, and Happiness Shelter, Without Forgetting About Playing with Lots of Action Figures, Collecting Stamps, Whatever They Are, and Loving Your Mom and Dad and Stuff Shelter.
- Record Needle Scratch: Happens when Archibald realizes that the generosity shelter still needs a name.
Tropes found in When the Dust Bunnies Came to Town:
- Ass Kicks You: Bob does that when he puts the bunnies in the vacuum.
- Adoring the Pests: A variant, in which Jimmy and Jerry own a well-behaved Dust Bunny that they've named Danny.
- Baby Talk: Jimmy talks this way when trying to comfort Danny.
- Bait-and-Switch:Jimmy: Jerry! There's no time to lose!
Jimmy: I have to save Danny!
Jimmy: And I'm gonna save him by having you go into the vacuum and get Danny.
Jerry: Right! [Realizes what Jimmy just said] Wait, what?
- Big Damn Heroes: Pa, Granny Asparagus, and Ichabeezer show up in time to help Bob and the others round up the rogue Dust Bunnies and save the town.
- Chekhov's Skill: Junior's boomerang-throwing skills, which had been used (but failed) to take out the six-headed broccoleech, later come in handy to lock the key to the grate to keep the Dust Bunnies locked up.
- Dramatic Drop: Mr. Lunt drops his sack of groceries when he sees that the Dust Bunnies have taken control of his monster truck.
- Extreme Omnivore: The Dust Bunnies appear to show shades of this. One of them eats a basketball (which then promptly bursts), one of them eats Bob's socks, and some of them eat Petunia's plants.
- Gasp!: Pa does this, after he, Granny Asparagus, and Ichabeezer discover the reason why the grate was locked.
- Hypocritical Humor: At the beginning of the episode, Larry tells Junior that he should listen to his elders when scolding him for losing the boomerang, but after Larry and Junior ask Archibald for help in unlocking the grate to retrieve the boomerang and Pa, Granny Asparagus, and Ichabeezer explain that their ancestors locked up the grate, Larry rebuffs them, saying, "Ancestors, what do they know?"
- Say My Name: "DANNY!!!!!"
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: This was the plot point, where after Larry, Junior, and Archibald inadvertently release the Dust Bunnies from their prison in the grate, everyone has to work hard to imprison the Dust Bunnies again.
- Shout-Out: At one point, during the battle against the Dust Bunnies, Pa says, "Come with me if you want to... not have Dust Bunnies running through your town."
- Suspiciously Specific Denial:Jimmy: Well, there sure isn't one in our home. We'd never secretly keep a Dust Bunny and treat him like a member of our family behind everyone's back.