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The Amazing World Of Gumball - "The Mustache" Recap

“Gumball and Darwin decide that they are sick of going to school, but after being told that they have to go because they are children, they wish that they were grown up. However, after accidentally eating Richard’s testosterone supplement, their wish actually comes true and they’re forced to face their new realities as adults.”

It’s been over a month since the previous episode aired, but I believe that “The Mustache” was good enough to rekindle people’s interest in the show. It just wasn’t quite what I had hoped for. I’ve never been a big fan of this particular premise. While it wasn’t a puberty episode per se, it was disguised as one to some extent. It’s a difficult subject matter for cartoons to handle, and when they try, it’s often just as awkward to watch as it is to experience. Fortunately, they quickly skipped ahead to them being full adults, but I wish they wouldn’t have marched down the same cliché road as so many other episodes. The whole “Be careful what you wish for” moral is tiresome at this point and I would like to see a show try this episode and have the characters actually be happy with the changes in their lives, but I digress. The other big problem that I had with this episode is that it didn’t really go anywhere. Gumball and Darwin simply learned their lesson and went home, without any real climax in the plot. I know it’s a comedy and that jokes matter most of all, but the plot still matters and I didn’t find its ending very satisfying.

Despite all of that, I still enjoyed this episode. There were a lot of great lines sprinkled throughout it, making it genuinely funny, and the montage – while a bit long – contributed greatly to that. I feel that things dragged a bit when they got to work, with the whole hiring-firing joke, but the episode was pretty much solid on the comedic front. Anais showing up towards the end of the episode as a burly man was a great pay-off, although most should have expected something like that since it was obvious from the beginning that she ate the supplement too. However, what I liked most about this episode was the depiction of Richard. I don’t like Richard very much when he’s seen as being “too stupid to live”, but this episode depicted him as being a goofy father, a side of him that was previously shown in “The Party”. That side of him isn’t shown often enough and it really makes him a more likable character. Sure, he messed up and caused a huge problem, but his explanation made it so that you couldn’t be mad at him. We need to see more of this Richard in season two. The show would be so much better for it.

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