The Girlfriend (The Amazing World of Gumball)
"The Girlfriend" is the twenty-second episode of the fourth season of The Amazing World of Gumball. The episode was panned by fans, and it is considered (along with The Hero) to be the worst episode of the entire show.
Jamie has decided she needs a sweetheart and, unlucky for him, she has decided Darwin is the best candidate.
Why It Has An Ex-Girlfriend
- This episode, overall, is an insult to victims of an abusive relationship as it constantly reinforces the idea that those who find themselves trapped in a relationship with someone abusive should do nothing about it and simply wait for the person to get better. This is completely and utterly incorrect because when you're in an abusive relationship, the abusive person will not get better no matter what.
- And believe it or not, that's not even the worst part. The worst part is the fact that since the target audience for the show is children, they possibly will take the message seriously and put themselves in genuine danger if they ever find themselves in a similar situation.
- The moral of the episode is downright awful, as it states that you should submit to and agree with an abusive relationship with someone you don't want to relate to, by doing nothing about it other than to wait for the abusive spouse to become better.
- Jamie herself is a completely unlikeable, overbearing, and severely mentally or psychologically ill dominant yandere throughout the entire episode.
- In the beginning, she ate off the head of Banana Joe, forced Anton to cut off his crust and eat himself, and deflated Alan after she thought he was saying she had an empty head.
- Later, when Sarah says "Hi", she beat her up, makes a fart offensive and then licked her remains.
- When Richard goes to introduce himself, Jamie assumes that he doesn't approve and then literally puts a lacrosse stick in his head.
- Although Darwin is unfairly forced into a relationship with Jamie, he is somewhat unlikable for refusing to talk to her and leave the relationship and letting Jamie abuse everyone around her, and states the best way to handle his situation is to do nothing. Which is just downright insulting to victims in a domestically abusive relationship.
- Speaking of Darwin himself, he is easily considered the Butt-Monkey of this episode due to all the abuse and mistreatment he suffers at the hands of Jamie.
- The moment where Richard makes a bunch of faces is just stupid, boring, and nothing but complete and utter filler.
- In a dream sequence with Gumball, Darwin, and Jamie as a married couple, we see Jamie mistreating her two spouses by forcing them to look after the kids and even insulting their looks.
- Horrible ending: Darwin ends up in the infirmary after receiving a punch from Jamie and then Gumball (while stroking Darwin) hypocritically tells him: "You know, dude, all you had to do was keep your mouth shut and say nothing!", which is the worst thing anyone can say to a bully victim (although Darwin did deserve it for what he did to Gumball).
- Jamie never gets her comeuppance for her actions throughout the episode, making her a Karma Houdini.
- Very cruel and unfunny jokes which most of them are mainly centered on Darwin being abused by Jamie.
- The song in this episode is not only a bad one, but it's also a sexist one as well and easily one of the worst ones in the entire show.
- This episode does try to teach you what love is, sometimes.
- The dream scene is kinda funny (depending on your view) like Gumball and Darwin acting like new housewives for Jamie.
- In the middle of the apology scene, there is a hysterical sight gag where Mr. Small, Rocky, Mr. Corneille, the librarian, Principal Brown, and the nurse are taped to the lockers saying "SORREE".
- There is a hilarious quote: "A coconut has milk, but it doesn't have nipples, which means it's not a mammal, it's a hairy milk carton from a tree."
- Gumball was likable for most of the episode, not counting the ending.
"The Girlfriend" was universally panned by critics and fans and is considered to be (Along with “The Hero”) the worst episode of the entire show. The episode was criticized for the implication that states "you submit to an abusive relationship and do nothing whilst in it!" and how Darwin was abused through the majority of the episode.
The episode was also placed at #1 on PhantomStrider's "Top 6 Worst Gumball Episodes" video.
On IMDb, it got a 5.1 rating, making it the lowest-ranked Gumball episode on the site.
- This episode was released/aired during the celebration week of the release of the reboot of The Powerpuff Girls.