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"The Lonely Planet"
S1e13a Janet holding Wander captive
Janet vowing Wander will not leave her
Season: 1
Production code: 113a
Broadcast number: 22
Story by:
Lauren Faust
Ben Joseph
Craig McCracken
Tim McKeon
Johanna Stein
Dave Thomas
Written by:
Johanna Stein
Storyboards by:
Howard Perry
Directed by:
Eddie Trigueros
Broadcast Information
Disney Channel US Premiere:
August 8, 2014
Disney XD US Premiere:
June 17, 2014
International Debut:
June 27, 2014 (Disney XD Brazil and Latin America)
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Paired with
"The Brainstorm"
Listen, you oversized chunk of carbon, there isn't a mountain too high, a valley too low, or a river too wide to keep apart a pair of pals like Wander and I!

— Sylvia taunting Janet

Wander and Sylvia encounter a lonely talking planet named Janet, whose landscape changes based on how much Wander does for her. But whenever Wander wants Sylvia to join in, Janet repeatedly separates Sylvia from Wander, and vows to have him all to herself.

Episode Summary

The episode begins with Wander standing on a dark, deserted planet, trying to come up with a way to positively describe it. He ends up describing it as cute, and he soon hears a voice. It turns out that it's coming from the planet itself. Wander introduces himself to the talking planet and asks for her name, but the planet never had a name before, though she believes that she had always liked the name "Janet". Wander decides to call her that and she is happy to see him, but is sad because she never had any visitors. Sylvia later approaches and Wander introduces her to Janet, but she doesn't seem pleased to meet her and freezes her, to which Sylvia takes Wander and starts to leave.

Janet begs Wander not to go and suddenly an ocean appears. Wander swims happily in the water and invites Sylvia to jump in and join him, but every time she tries to do so, the water rolls away, causing Sylvia to land painfully on a rock. Janet then sprouts a pair of mountains for Wander to spin dry on, but when Sylvia tries it, the mountain grows stalagmites, harming her. Wander unfortunately doesn't notice any of this.

Wander is happy and thinks that the day can't get any better, and Janet proves him wrong by growing a tall tree and changing the sky to a beautiful sunset for Wander to see. He invites Sylvia up, but Janet only sprouts a small bush, leaving her to climb up the tree herself. Janet then shows Wander four other different sunsets, but ends them early just as Sylvia arrives. At the bottom of the tree, Wander sees the bush Sylvia was hoisted on as Poison Jivey, and Sylvia's tail swells up as a result.

Later that night, Wander and Sylvia are sitting by the fire, Janet thanking the former for everything he's done for her. She suggests that Wander should stay, but Sylvia points out they're only staying tonight, which doesn't please Janet very much. While Wander and Sylvia are sleeping, she sprouts a mountain to separate them, then faces Sylvia next morning and sends her down a river.

Wander awakens to find that Sylvia's not here, but Janet stops him, lying that Sylvia took a hike, and gives him some pancakes for breakfast. While he's eating, Wander begins mentioning things he likes about Sylvia, leaving Janet to end the breakfast early and give him pie for dessert. After eating, he starts to walk his "breakfast belly" off and wondering if he won't find Sylvia on a hike. Janet stops him and presents him with a cottage, and hopes he likes it. Wander starts to get scared, but he soon hears Sylvia's voice and tries to call out to her, but Janet says she'll take care of her, so she harms Sylvia and eats her up.

Inside the cottage, an exaggerated Wander complements on Janet and states he and Sylvia should leave, but an angry Janet lies to him and says Sylvia left, and now they are together until the end of time. Wander begins resisting a kiss from a plant Janet makes, just as Sylvia emerges from the floor and attacks it. She and Wander begin leaving, but Janet changes her landscape to a field of volcanoes, trapping them in her orbit and firing a lava ball at them. As the two admit each other's friendship and approach their inevitable demise, the lava ball suddenly stops and becomes a steady meteroite. Janet begins crying and Sylvia insists they'd leave, but Wander refuses and wants to go back.

The two return to Janet and she apologizes for what she did earlier, and reveals she always wanted a friendship just like Wander and Sylvia's. All of a sudden, the meteorite from earlier appears, now a moon named Maurice, and begins flirting with her. Maurice says he finds himself attracted to Janet, which starts a relationship between the two. Wander suggests they say goodbye, but Sylvia instead says they should let them have their space as they leave and Janet and Maurice continue talking to each other.

Transcript

For a full transcript of The Lonely Planet, click here.

End Credits

Wander and Janet inside the cottage, Janet opens up a door which has trees playing the banjo and a trumpet, music starts playing and Janet makes Wander dance.

Gallery

S1e13a Title card
The image gallery for The Lonely Planet may be viewed here.

Quotes

(Swims in Janet's lake)

Wander: Sylvia! C'mon in, the water's wet!
(Sylvia gasped at the newly erected mountain, and Wander is nowhere in sight)

Janet: (uncharacteristically cheery) Morning, Sylvia!
Sylvia: WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH WANDER?!
Janet: Oh, Wander's fine. He's right where you left him. Give or take a mountain.

Janet: Who wants brekkies?

Wander: Pancakes!
Janet: All for my guest whom I love the best!
Wander: I can't wait for Sylvia to get back! If there's one thing I know about Sylvia, it's that exercise makes her huuuungry! If there's two things I know about Sylvia, it's that she loooves havin' her snout scratched! If there's three things I know about Sylvia --

Janet: THAT'S ENOUGH!!! There will be...enough for Sylvia when she gets back.

Janet: IT'S JUST YOU AND ME, WANDER! UNTIL THE END. OF. TIME!!!!

Trivia

  • The title refers to Janet, who is lonely and wants Wander to be with her.
  • Lord Hater and Peepers don't appear in this episode.
  • This is the first time someone forces Wander and Sylvia to be apart.
  • This is the first time a character has a crush on Wander.
  • According to Wander: After Sylvia exercises, she's hungry and she loves having her snout scratched.
  • This is the first time Wander and Sylvia say "I love you" to each other.
  • This episode was announced to be shown separate from "The Brainstorm" on June 30, 2014, but Monsters, Inc. showed instead.
    • This episode aired on Disney Channel separately on August 8, 2014.
  • This is the second time an antagonist turns good, first was Westley in "The Little Guy".

Continuity

  • Wander mentions Planet Binglebop from "The Greatest", but this time, when he and Sylvia visited it, it was for camping and Sylvia made waffles.
  • Several of the pictures of Wander inside the cottage are of him from past episodes.
  • It is said multiple times that "no mountain too high, no chasm too deep, and no river too wide" could keep apart Wander and Sylvia. It is possible this is referencing back to the lyrics of "My Best Buddy". ("The Pet")

Errors

  • Before the episode tittle appears, Janet's flower has two leaves on the left side. But after Wander says "Well, that is some sort of shame!" then the left side has just one leaf, and the right side has two leaves.
  • When Sylvia flies down from the hill, Janet makes a rock fly up to hit her, leaving a big mark in the grass. But in next scene, when Sylvia falls to the ground, the mark disappears.
  • In the house Janet makes for Wander, many pictures of Wander cover the walls. However, the pictures differ significantly between the first scene and the second scene.

Allusions

  • Schoolhouse Rock! - Janet may be a reference to the Schoolhouse Rock song "Interplanet Janet".
  • I Get Lonely - This particular episode may have been a reference to R&B pop singer Janet Jackson's "I Get Lonely" song, with Janet having the same name as the said singer and her being a lonely planet.
  • Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - The phrase "There isn't a mountain too high, a valley too low, or a river too wide" is a shout-out to a portion of the song "Ain't No Mountain High Enough": "There ain't no mountain high enough / Ain't no valley low enough / Ain't no river wide enough".

Production Information

  • This episode was revealed on MSN TV listings.

International premieres

  • June 27, 2014 (Disney XD Brazil and Latin America)
  • August 2, 2014 (Disney XD Poland)
  • November 1, 2014 (Disney Channel Japan)

Cast

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