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The Amazing World Of Gumball - "The Microwave" Recap

Gumball’s efforts to create the grossest thing imaginable inadvertently results in a sludge monster being born. He and Darwin decide to become its parents, but things get out of hand when it starts to eat the rest of the Wattersons.

I was concerned about this episode early on. The Amazing World Of Gumball has done an admirable job when it comes to avoiding toilet humor, as it has only been used scarcely throughout the first season, but this episode had the potential to use far more than any other. Fortunately, it got all of the grossness out of the way early on, leaving the rest of the episode to stand on its own merits. While it resembles the SpongeBob SquarePants episode “Rock-a-Bye-Bivalve” at first as Gumball and Darwin name the sludge monster “Kenneth” and try to become its parents, it gradually built up to being a survival-horror episode. While Kenneth was defeated a little too easily by being pumped full of water and forced to explode, he was a credible threat and I realize that there is only so much they can do with eleven minutes.

I’ve always believed that episodes which got the whole family involved had the potential to be the best, but that wasn’t quite the case this time. I mean, I like Anais, but all she did in this episode was express her dissatisfaction with the boys’ antics and show off her intelligence. I’m normally fine with that, but after seeing what Anais’ voice actress is capable of doing in the Adventure Time episode “Jake vs. Me-Mow”, I would really like to see the writers do something different with her. There has to be more to her than what they have demonstrated to this point. The rest of the family was handled much better. Richard’s attempt to deal with Kenneth was hilarious, and I liked how he was actually right about destroying Kenneth at the end of the episode. Nicole also had some great moments, but I would have liked to see her actually put up a fight since previous episodes showed that she is more than capable of defending herself. All in all though, this was a much better episode than I anticipated. I just hope that the show doesn’t further embrace toilet humor in season two.

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