The Amazing World Of Gumball – “The Skull” Recap
When they get in trouble for wrecking the school’s showering facilities, Darwin and Gumball befriend Clayton, as his tendency to lie gets them out of trouble. Unfortunately for them, his lies begin to spiral out of control.
Prior to season two’s premiere, the writers said that they intended to get more of the side-characters involved. That has proven true, and this episode marked Clayton’s turn at the wheel. We knew very little about Clayton; he was scarcely used in the first season, and the websites merely labeled him a liar who liked to tell exaggerated stories about himself. We got a chance to see that in this episode, and I think it worked out rather well. Clayton’s bending of the truth allowed for some amazing scenes, such as when he turned into an airplane and allowed Gumball to pilot him in an attempt to take down the skull kid. Of course, none of that stuff really happened: in a twist ending, it was revealed that the climax to the episode was also a figment of his imagination. While I credit the writers for fooling me, I can’t help but feel that the episode would have had more of an impact if Clayton really could do all of those wonderful things. C’est la vie, I suppose. All in all, this was a very fun episode and I appreciate what they managed to accomplish visually.
Unfortunately, the version that aired in the United States was incomplete. The network, for reasons that they likely aren’t going to explain, felt that the scene in which the boys tried to cure themselves from lying – which ended their friendship with Clayton – was not acceptable. It involved them all wearing shock collars and shocking one another when they told a lie, and after Clayton failed the test by not even turning his shock collar on, they gave him the boot. This made the following scene, where Clayton, who is imitating Darwin, begs Gumball to give Clayton another chance. As it aired, that scene made no sense, and I can’t believe the network would cut such a scene. They have aired far, far worse for many other shows. It begs the question: what other episodes will be edited in the future, and why? I suppose we’ll never know the truth of it.