Gumball and Darwin rent a DVD about little ponies for their sister, but find themselves constantly interrupted as they make their way home.
When I first heard about this plot, I assumed that it would have poked fun at bronies and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. This is the same show that brilliantly parodied Vídeo Brinquedo, after all, so they’ve proven in the past to be distinctly aware of things in our culture. However, this episode didn’t really go there. Carrie did have one line questioning if it was wrong for “a punk-rock chick who lives in a haunted, malevolent mansion to be touched by the magical friendship of a pony”, but for the most part, the movie in question was in-line with the older generations of the franchise and all of the characters thought that it was awful, Anais included.
That said, this episode was very well done. It was one of the most consistently funny episodes in recent memory. The boys encountered some strange obstacles on the way home, ranging from a fat man stuck in a manhole to Mr. Small, who kept getting in their way in an amusing fashion. The one that I enjoyed most, however, was when Rob showed up. Rob, a tall Cyclops boy, was one of the show’s original characters and was even present in some of the show’s first promotional materials. He was later removed from the show, with complicated animation being cited as the reason. Here, he is animated differently, and confronts the boys when they say they don’t remember him. It’s a great in-joke that is sure to please long-time fans of the series who actually do remember him. There were many other fine moments, such as Sussie’s birthday party, so I certainly give this episode my highest recommendation.