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"The Greatest"
S1e1a Lord Hater and Wander smiling
Lord Hater and Wander challenging each other to a Greatest in the Galaxy Contest.
Season: 1
Production code: 101a
Broadcast number: 2
Story by:
Craig McCracken
Written by:
Craig McCracken
Ben Joseph
Storyboards by:
Craig McCracken
Mark Ackland
Directed by:
Dave Thomas
Craig McCracken
Broadcast Information
Disney Channel US Premiere:
September 13, 2013
Disney XD US Premiere:
April 3, 2014
International Debut:
September 15, 2013 (Family Channel Canada)
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Paired with
"The Egg"
I have mangled the minds of millions, I have tempted forth torrential tides of tears, I have reduced the richest of republics to revel and ruin! Because I... am the greatest in all the galaxy!

— Lord Hater

Planet Binglebop is threatened when Lord Hater demands control of it as well as the entire universe. Wander decides to put that to the test by challenging Lord Hater to a series of challenges to prove who is better. (This is also the first episode of the series.)

Episode SummaryEdit

S1e1a Binglebops on a slide

The real festival of Binglebopolopolis

On a planet with love, the Binglebops are having fun while their leader, King Bingleborp, declares their Bingleberry Festival the best in the history of Binglebopolopolis. The fun is cut short however, when Lord Hater declares it not the best as he lands his ship and the Watchdogs come out and Peepers announce the planet is now under Lord Hater's control. As the Watchdogs attack the Binglebops, Lord Hater takes King Bingleborp with him and barges into his castle, bragging to himself that soon every planet will be his and he'll be the greatest in the galaxy. As a result, the Watchdogs begin taking everything over and build a statue in Lord Hater's likeness, while the Binglebops worry as to who will save them.

S1e1a Distressed Bingleberry Festival in distance

Wander and Sylvia observe the distressed planet Bingleberry

Not far from the festival, Wander and Sylvia are watching the action on a hill. Wander is excited to see the fairground rides and games, but Sylvia isn't up for it and states that everywhere they go, Lord Hater stops everything and conquers the planet, describing Hater as a "flarf narblin', no fun havin' jerk". She wants to fight and knows Wander should be crazy to try and stop Lord Hater, but then she realizes Wander is not with her anymore and notices him heading for the fair where the Watchdogs are waiting.

S1e1a Wander walking

Wander complements the Watchdogs

Wander meets the Watchdogs and they take him and pass him down while chanting "Hate's great, best villain" multiple times, thus massaging his back which was aching for days. At the same time, Sylvia charges toward them and punches them out of the way in a right-left pattern. Wander talks to the Watchdogs and tells them they need to relax, and wonders if their constant chanting will stop so they can join the fair. This makes them do just that.

S1e1a Peepers giving laws

Peepers and the Hater's laws

Inside the Binglebop castle, Peepers is giving a long list of "Hater's Laws" showing the new rules for King Bingleborp, when he and Lord Hater hear the Watchdogs giggling. They look outside to notice the Watchdogs enjoying the fair, which angers Lord Hater to send Peepers after them. But when he gets to Wander and Sylvia enjoying the fun and aims his laser at them, Wander enjoys the fact he appears so cute and switches his hat with his helmet. Sylvia takes their picture, causing Peepers' eye to strain, and he spins around on the ground screaming as the Watchdogs laugh and Wander and Sylvia dance.

S1e1a Sylvia taunting Lord Hater

The festival stops, but Wander continues dancing

Lord Hater, upset at the fact Peepers let him down (according to King Bingleborp), interrupts the fun and rants about his evil things, thus making him the greatest in the galaxy. Wander and Sylvia are horrified, but Wander abruptly stops this by hugging Lord Hater and stating what he did is amazing. He then begins doing a series of crazy talents, wondering if Hater did any of them, ending with winning a trophy for the "Greatest in the Galaxy Contest". Lord Hater angrily roars, proving he didn't do any of them and accepts Wander's challenge, and they do a bunch of activities at the fair, all of which Wander does good at, but Lord Hater fails every one of them.

S1e1a What a neat surprise

Wander wins and Lord Hater loses

At the end of the contest, Wander begins impersonating various people such as the judge, and announces Wander as the winner (Lord Hater thinks he did at first). After Wander receives the trophy, Lord Hater complains about losing to him and hates everyone, and runs off to his ship to leave. Sylvia agrees what Wander did was awesome and asks for a high five, but Wander refuses and they hug instead, and the Binglebops hug them as well.

The fun is cut short again when Lord Hater begins shooting lasers all over the place, bragging to himself. Sylvia realizes what she said earlier and gets an idea. As they get chased, Peepers wants Lord Hater to let them go as the planet is theirs now, but he ignores Peepers and instead focuses on the trophy. Wander and Sylvia challenge Lord Hater to one last challenge: the first one to the town is the winner. This makes Lord Hater floor his ship so hard that it slams against the statue he built and lands on a moon in the distance, and the statue breaks revealing the Binglebop castle. The Binglebops celebrate Wander and Sylvia's victory and toss them into the air several times while kissing them all over.

Wander waving to Binglebops

Wander and Sylvia saving Binglebopolopolis

Meanwhile, on the moon, Lord Hater and Peepers are worn out and burnt from the ship's crash landing, and are walking when they notice Wander and Sylvia. Wander says they wanted to stop by and give Lord Hater the trophy, as he won the last race fair and square. Wander gives him the trophy and he and Sylvia leave, and Lord Hater tosses the trophy away in frustration, detaching his arm in the process.

TranscriptEdit

For a full transcript of The Greatest, click here.

End CreditsEdit

The song Wander Over Yonder End Title Theme plays.

SongsEdit

GalleryEdit

02 The Greatest 101a
The image gallery for The Greatest may be viewed here.

QuotesEdit

Lord Hater: Soon, every planet in the universe, will be mine! Even pathetic little specks like Banglebrop, all under the control of...LOOORD HATER!

King Bingleborp: It's Bingleborp.

Lord Hater: I'LL CALL MY NEW PLANET WHATEVER I WANT!
Wander: Travelin' through the universe'll do that to you, right? You know what I mean? Right? Right? Right? Right? Hey Sylvia, right?
Sylvia: RIGHT! (Punches the Watchdogs in this order:) RIGHT! LEFT! RIGHT! LEFT! RIGHT! LEFT!
Wander: There's a little park, and cute little buildings...games, and rides, and --
Sylvia: Rotting in one of Lord Hater's cells for the rest of our lives?
Lord Hater: I have mangled the minds of millions, I have tempted forth, torrential tides of tears! I have reduced the richest of republics, to revel, and ruin!
Wander: (as the Watchdogs carry him) I mean, don't you just wish that sometimes the constant... "Hate's great! Best villain! Taste cake! It's fillin'! Fix gate! Needs drillin'! Date Kate! She's willin'!" Would just stop?!
Peepers: Hater's Law 9,842: your new favorite TV program is Lord Hater's Torture Room and Fun Time Variety Hour. Hater's Law 9,843: your new favorite band is Lord Hater and the Harbingers of Doom.
Wander: Have you ever done this? (babbles like an idiot) Rooproopwhoop! Oohoohroop! Have you ever... (sticks tongue out) rolled your tongue? Have you ever done a ditty? (dances) Dididi duhduh duhduhduhduhduh. Have you ever stood on one foot? Outrun a kitten? Been to a roller rink? Found a penny? Moved a couch? Eat a hundred hot dogs? Have...you...ever... (reaches into his hat and pulls out a trophy) Won a trophy for the Greatest in the Galaxy Contest?
Sylvia: Huh? Have ya, have ya, have ya? (Lord Hater roars) Guess not.
Wander: (as a judge) And now, the winner, of the Greatest in the Galaxy Contest, uh, drumroll, please.

(as a musician, does a drumroll)
(normal) I'M SO NERVOUS!!!
(as a judge) You.
Lord Hater: YEAH!
Wander: (as a judge) No, the other guy, the one in the hat.
(normal) Hey, I have a hat!
(as a female model, carries the trophy and flowers)
(normal, takes them) Wow, what a neat surprise!
(as a fan) WHOO!!!

(normal) Thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Sylvia: That -- was awesome. (holds up hand) Come on, up top.
Wander: YOU PUT THAT FILTHY THING AWAY! And gimmie the good stuff! (they hug)

TriviaEdit

  • This is the first episode of the series, and the series' official premiere.[1]

First episode where a planet is named.

  • When Sylvia punches the Watchdogs in a "right left" pattern, she punches to the left with her right hand, then to the right with her left hand.
  • Running gags: Wander asking Lord Hater what he has done, Wander winning over Lord Hater, Lord Hater's arm falling off.
  • An instrumental scat variation of the theme song can be heard as the Watchdogs enjoy the fair.
  • The title refers to Lord Hater's constantly referring to himself as the greatest in the galaxy and the contest he and Wander compete against each other in.
  • Wander and Hater's challenges in the Greatest in the Galaxy Contest are, in order:
    • Hot Dog Chug
    • Ring Toss
    • Balloon Darts
    • Ball Toss
    • Test Your Strength
    • Sea-saw carnival ride
    • Arm Wrestling
    • Musical Chairs
    • Sack Race
    • Tug-o-war
    • Balancing on unicycles
    • Push-ups
    • Staring Contest
    • Race to the town (bonus)
  • This episode aired exactly a week after it aired in Disney XD Latin America and Disney XD Brazil, on Disney XD Poland, then it aired a week after it aired on Disney XD Poland.
  • When paired with The Egg, that episode's end credits are the same as this episode's end credits.
  • Lord Hater mentioning he's a number 1 superstar is later said in "The Picnic" and "The Prisoner" as the password to deactivate the self-destruct.

ContinuityEdit

  • It is revealed in a later episode, The Lonely Planet, that Wander and Sylvia went to Binglebopolopolis for camping and Sylvia made waffles.
  • In "The Brainstorm", Lord Hater mentions Wander challenging him to some carnival games and a contest, which is what happened in this episode.

ErrorsEdit

  • When we see Wander and Sylvia's shadows on the mountain, Wander is holding Sylvia's rein, but when we see them fully, Wander is not holding Sylvia's rein.
  • When the camera zooms out on Wander and Sylvia's close up as Wander is excited to see the Bingleberry festival, Wander's shoes are the normal light blue tint instead of the same violet tint as Sylvia. A few shots later, his shoes are violet tinted.
  • After Wander says "Howdy, fellas" the Watchdog on the right has the bolt on his helmet on the back of his head.
  • When Sylvia says "That was a blast" Wander's head shade disappears.
  • Errors in the closed captioning:
    • When Peepers reads the list of Hater's Laws, he says "Hater's Law 9,843" twice. However, the captions say "Hater's Law 9,844", possibly correcting it.
    • When Wander asks Lord Hater "Have you ever rolled your tongue?" the captions say "Have you ever looked at your tongue?"
    • In the song, they say "What's next? It's balloon dart throwin'" but the captions exclude "What's next" and "It's".
    • The captions list the Binglebops as "Dingle-bots", and everything to do with "Bingle" with "Dingle".

AllusionsEdit

  • Peanuts - When Wander and Sylvia dance after Sylvia strains Peepers' eye with the camera flash, at one point Sylvia does the same dance like Snoopy does.
  • The Powerpuff Girls - When the Binglebops kissed each other, it shows 3 hearts overlapping each other, similar to the usual ending background of every episode. Also, Wander asks Lord Hater if he ever rolled his tongue and sticks his tongue out, which is a reference to the episode "Nuthin' Special", where Buttercup curls her tongue but Blossom and Bubbles cannot. Coincidentally, The Powerpuff Girls is another show made by Craig McCracken.
  • Wander and Sylvia's entrance is a reference to the western film The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
  • Miller Light - The Watchdog's phrase is based off of Miller Light's slogan "Taste's great, less filling".
  • Track & Field - When Lord Hater is chasing Wander and Sylvia in his ship, he puts a pencil in his fingers so that he can rapidly press the two fire buttons. This technique was used by many players in the 1980s when they played games such as Track & Field which required rapidly and alternately pressing buttons to make the character run.

Production InformationEdit

  • In the Latin American version, this episode is called, "El más grande" (The Largest).
  • In the French version, this episode is called, "Le champion" (The Champion).
  • In the Brazilian Portuguese dub, this episode is called, "O Maioral" (The Foreman).
  • In Hungary, this episode is called, "A Legnagyobb" (The Utmost/or Maximal)
  • In Spain, this episode is called "El Mejor" (The Best).
  • This episode and "The Egg" aired right after the premiere of the 1-hour, Season 2 finale of Jessie called "G.I. Jessie".

International premieresEdit

  • September 15th, 2013 (Family Channel Canada)
  • December 7th, 2013 (Disney Channel Southwest Asia)
  • December 10th, 2013 (Disney Channel France)
  • January 11th, 2014 (Disney Channel Scandinavia)
  • January 25th, 2014 (Disney Channel Japan)
  • February 8th, 2014 (Disney XD Latin America and Disney XD Brazil)
  • February 15th, 2014 (Disney XD Poland and Disney Channel Romania)
  • February 22nd, 2014 (Disney Channel Denmark)
  • March 29th, 2014 (Disney Channel Hungary)
  • April 17th, 2014 (Disney XD Spain)
  • May 18th, 2014 (Disney Channel Netherlands)
  • August 6th, 2014 (Disney XD Germany)

CastEdit

ReferencesEdit

Previous:
"The Picnic"
Episodes Next:
"The Egg"

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