"The Shell (Crossovers)"
HIM seeing Gumball and Penny
Season: 3
Airing Information
Episode Chronology
"The Procrastinators"
"The Burden"

The Shell is the twentith Season 3 episode of The Amazing World of Gumball. It is the ninety-sixth overall.


After accidentally cracking open Penny's shell, Gumball encourages her to show the world who she really is and HIM is suspicious why she has a power.




Minor Characters


The gallery for "The Shell" can be found here.


The transcript for this episode can be found here.


  • This episode reveals what Penny looks like without her shell.
  • This was the first episode of Season 3 to be revealed.
  • The wig Gumball wears for the play is identical to his hairstyle seen in "The Void" after using hairspray.
  • The soap and hair dye in Banana Bob's bathtub has Daniel Lennard's name as the brand.
  • Later in the episode, Banana Barbara's painting shows the next scene that comes right after hers.
  • It is revealed that Banana Joe likes to watch videos of the horror genre.
  • This episode was planned for Season 2 but due to fiscal reasons was moved to Season 3.


  • One of the faces Gumball makes is exactly like the one he made in "The Sweaters" when Penny told Gumball that he was brave to fight Carlton and Troy.
  • This is the second time Penny sneaks away from her dad, and goes to the Watterson's house. The first was in "The Knights".
  • This is the second someone kissed someone in the lips. The first time was in Halloween.
  • This is the first episode in which Gumball and Penny kiss on the lips for real, it is also the third time they had attempted to kiss, and they were in space when attempting, but the moment was spoiled.

Cultural References

  • Ben Bocquelet described the episode as "Miyazaki-esque."
    • References are made to some of Hayao Miyazaki's films such as when Penny morphs into a dragon (similar in form to Haku when he is in his dragon form in "Spirited Away") and a wolf ("Princess Mononoke").
  • The school play is "Beauty and the Beast", a well known fairy tale written by French novelist Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont and published in 1756.
  • The logo on Pest Controller's van resembles the Ghostbusters' logo.
  • When Gumball says "Pat-Man" to Mr. Fitzgerald, he seems to reference the video game Pac-Man.