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"The Picnic"
S1e2a Almost ate without offering to share
Wander watching the fight while having a picnic.
Season: 1
Production code: 102a
Broadcast number: 1
Story by:
Ben Joseph
Alex Kirwan
Johanna Stein
Lauren Faust
Craig McCracken
Greg White
Written by:
Ben Joseph
Storyboards by:
Eddie Trigueros
Directed by:
Eddie Trigueros
Broadcast Information
Disney Channel US Premiere:
August 16, 2013
Disney XD US Premiere:
December 13, 2013
International Debut:
August 16th, 2013 (Family Channel Canada)
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Paired with
"The Fugitives"
Are you here to watch the planets align, too? Look, I even packed a picnic!

— Wander

Wander goes on a celestial picnic, only to hold it right next to the battlefield where Lord Hater is fighting Emperor Awesome for his ultimate cosmic power. Wander's picnic ends up playing into the battle, making it difficult for Hater to win the fight. (Unofficial series premiere; aired as a preview)

Episode SummaryEdit

Lord Hater is standing on a pyramid like tower, calling out to Emperor Awesome that he's too late and the universe will soon he his, which he disapproves. Lord Hater then explains that once every millennium, the planets above the moon planet they're on align, making a celestial being of infinite power come, and grant one wish to whoever's on the tower. However every time he tries to do so, Wander keeps interrupting him, due to the fact he's there to see the alignment and packed a picnic. He adds that Sylvia wanted to come, but had to go to the bathroom, hence Zbornaks like her go once every five months which is now, and doesn't want anyone knowing it. Lord Hater doesn't care, but Wander thinks he wants to know where she went to the bathroom, but he doesn't. Luckily, Wander promised her he'd take pictures and snaps a photo of him, and leaves to find a good watching spot.

Peepers warns Lord Hater that Emperor Awesome is coming into the crater on his robot dinosaur, along with his army of Fist Fighters. Lord Hater commands Peepers to arm the Flaming Skulls, and he does, but the trajectory is locked so he has to fire them at the right moment. Right before Lord Hater could activate the remote, he is distracted by Wander who skoots down the hill to a rock where his picnic will take place. However he doesn't open the basket the right way and forgets about the latch, which Lord Hater tries to remind him about but he won't listen.

Lord Hater realizes Emperor Awesome is getting near and quickly fires the Flaming Skulls, but he was one second too late. Emperor Awesome and the Fist Fighters begin battling the Watchdogs, and as Lord Hater watches, Wander finally remembers the latch and opens the basket, much to Lord Hater's dismay. Peepers reminds him that they still have "defense protocol Epsilon X0973 Tesseract", and Lord Hater uses a pair of gauntlets to control a robot in his likeness and battle Emperor Awesome.

Meanwhile, Wander is watching the battle and having his picnic while taking pictures, and wonders why Sylvia is missing this. Upon taking one look at the fight, he assumes it's awful, but adds it's that because he almost ate his food without offering to share.

Wander comes upon the fight and offers a sandwich to the Lord Hater robot, one of the Watchdogs already getting into it whilst doing so. He offers either a mustard or mayo, but the robot declines, and Emperor Awesome's robot rips the head off it, thus deactivating it. Wander puts a mustard sandwich in the robot's hand in case it changes its mind, but not before taking a picture of himself next to its wire board.

Lord Hater discovers the planets are almost aligned and Emperor Awesome and the Fist Fighters are now running up the tower, so he creates a forcefield to stop them from coming towards it. Lord Hater begins ranting again, but abruptly stops when he sees Wander chomping on popcorn, who somehow found his way to the tower before the forcefield was made. He states it's the perfect spot to see the alignment as they will have front row seats, but when he tries to leave, he can't because of the forcefield. And when Peepers comes up saying something nonsense, Wander tells him in slow motion that he can't have popcorn, since the forcefield is blocking it. Lord Hater gets angry which causes the forcefield to disappear, and Wander gives Peepers his popcorn and runs away, and Lord Hater chases him all over the planet.

They wind up at the edge of the crater where Wander was first seen, and states he was wrong and this is a good spot, since he can see everything from there. But when he mentions "that shark guy about to receive some sort of ultimate cosmic power", Lord Hater realizes Emperor Awesome has beaten Lord Hater and is already on the tower. He instantly rushes off, leaving Wander to sit and watch himself.

Lord Hater reaches the tower, just as the planet alignment is completing and knocks Emperor Awesome off the planet. At that moment, the planet alignment brings forth the celestial being, who appears on the big screen of the tower's control unit. Lord Hater is excited that the celestial being is here to grant his wish, but every time he tries to do so, Wander interrupts him again, since he stated the tower was the best watching spot and takes pictures. Right when he asks Lord Hater to make a silly face, he instantly wishes he would leave him alone for five seconds, which the celestial being instantly grants, freezing him. Frantic, Lord Hater asks for a do-over, but the celestial being can't do until the next millennium and leaves, and the planets disalign. This is the moment when Wander unfreezes, and takes one final photo of Lord Hater and Peepers, which comes out with them looking mad with their eyes red and veiny. After he gives them the photo, they fall down the tower.

As Wander watches this, he hears the sound of a flushing toilet, revealing there was a bathroom on the back of the control unit, and Sylvia was using it. After she comes out and asks what she missed, Wander shows her the photos he took.


To see the full transcript for The Picnic, click here.


Wander going down the hill while Hater, Peepers and Emperor Awesome are watching.


S1e2a title card
The image gallery for The Picnic may be viewed here.


Wander: I travel the galaxy, I'm about this tall, wear a hat, and sometimes I make this face... (Makes a calm smile) or this one... (Makes an excited smile) or this... (Makes a crazy smile and crosses eyes) or sometimes, if I'm feelin' really crazy... (Makes another excited smile)
Wander: Probably wondering where my best pal Sylvia is, huh?

Lord Hater: No! The sooner the star being, you know I said that over -- (facepalms) GOH! WHERE WAS I?!
Wander: She wanted to come, but she had to go to the bathroom! Zbornaks go only once every like, five months? Crazy, huh? She told me it takes a while, and it's kind of embarrassing. And so she doesn't want everybody knowin' about it, so she said, "Wander, don't go blabbin' like ya always do!" (realizes something) Oh.
Lord Hater: I DON'T CARE!

Wander: Where? Well, I don't know where she's goin' to the bathroom around here somewhere! Why do ya wanna know? Weird. It's ok, though! I promised her I'd take pictures! SMILE!
Wander: Hey there, mister robot man! (holds up a sandwich) You want a sandwich? They're really good!

Watchdog: (with a sandwich) He ain't lying. (A Fist Fighter kicks him) IT'S LIKE I'M FILLING!
Wander: I know, right? (at the robot) Come on, I only have turkey left, but I'll let you piiiick! Mustard or mayo? Mustard or mayo? Mustard or mayo? Mustard or mayo? Mustard or mayo? Mustard or mayo?
(Emperor Awesome's dinosuar tears the head off Lord Hater's, exposing wires and making it shut down and fall. The fall is so hard, it makes Wander bounce)
Emperor Awesome: Boo-ya! (hand slaps a Fist Fighter)

Wander: (puts a sandwich in the robot's hand) I'll just leave this here in case you change your mind. (whispering) It's the mustard.
Peepers: (Says something hard to understand)
Wander: Sor-ry-I-can-not-give-you-an-y-pop-corn-ah! There-is-a-forrrrce-fieeellll-dah! (Lord Hater roars and the forcefield disappears) Here you go.
Wander: Sorry Lord Hater, did you want the mayo?


  • This episode aired as an official sneak peek, following the premiere of Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel but in the United States, it was technically after the Mickey Mouse short, "Bad Ear Day".
  • The infamous Wilhelm Scream can be heard during the battle.
  • After this episode aired, it was made available as a bonus feature on after the Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel special.
  • Sylvia is largely absent from this episode until the very end.
  • This episode reveals Sylvia's species: Zbornak, and that she uses the bathroom once every five months, like what her species does.
    • From this dialogue, this means Sylvia only uses the bathroom twice a year.
  • The title refers to the picnic Wander packed to watch the planets align and the fact his picnic antics keep disturbing Lord Hater and Emperor Awesome's battle.
  • Fourth wall breaks:
    • Wander looks at the camera when he says "Weird".
    • After seeing the fight, Wander says to the audience: "I almost ate without offering to share!" This is followed by a happy shrug.
    • When Wander bumps into the forcefield, he says "bonk", which provides onomatopoeia.
  • Originally, there was going to be a sequence of both robots powering up but that was removed.


  • The planet the episode takes place on is reminiscent of the moon Lord Hater landed on in "The Greatest".


  • When Peepers hands Lord Hater the remote in fear, the remote turns green for a few seconds.
  • When Lord Hater chases Wander down the tower a floating eye can be seen next to Wander's head.
  • Lord Hater inadvertently wishes for Wander to be quiet for five seconds, but the time between when Wander gets zapped by the celestial being and when he unfreezes is 22 seconds in real time.
  • Wander took the mustard, mayo and turkey condiments for his sandwiches out of nowhere; he only had an apple, grapes and cheese.
  • When Wander talks to Lord Hater's robot, his picnic basket is to his right. However when the camera zooms in on him while he repeatedly shows his mustard and mayo sandwiches, the basket is gone, and when the robot says "I don't want a sandwich", the basket is back, but it's to his left.
  • There are several layering errors during the part where Wander constantly interuppts Lord Hater; first when the camera zooms out as the title appears, Wander is superimposed over the crater's cliff. Then when Wander flashes over some faces he sometimes makes, he is floating a bit while his picnic basket is over the cliff.
  • There is no way Wander can move one place to another in the background when he is not seen running.
  • When Wander sits down to have his picnic, the rock he sits at is not next to the tower. When he takes a picture of the picnic basket, it is.
  • When Lord Hater chases Wander past the broken robot, the mustard sandwich Wander left in the robot's hand is missing, though a Watchdog or Fist Fighter ate it.
  • When the camera shows Emperor Awesome and the Fist Fighters running up the tower from the side, Emperor Awesome's mouth isn't moving while chanting "Awesome!".
  • Wander does not swallow his popcorn before he says "Okeydoke" even though he talks clearly when he says it.
  • When Wander slams into the forcefield, he says "bonk" but his mouth doesn't move.
  • When the camera pans to the left to reveal Wander as he shows the faces he sometimes makes, the picnic basket instantly appears onscreen before the panning.
  • When Lord Hater says "A star being of infinite power will come forth, and grant whoever stands here a single wish" the captions exclude "a" and "will".
  • The captions misspell "Zbornaks as "Bornax".
  • When Wander says "Why do you wanna know?" The captions say "Who do you wanna know?".
  • The captions misspell "Fist Fighters" as "Fish Fighters".
  • When the camera zooms out showing Lord Hater's forcefield after it activates, Wander is suddenly there despite Lord Hater not noticing him until seconds later.
  • When Lord Hater says "I just want to destroy you!" the captions say "I just wanna destroy you!".
  • When Wander watches Emperor Awesome from the top of the crater, he describes him as "that shark guy about to receive some sort of ultimate cosmic power" but the captions say "That short guy".
  • Before Lord Hater interrupts Wander, Wander says "Ya always have to take a silly one, 'ca --" but the captions say "You always have to take a silly one".
  • When the Celestial Being zaps Wander, the lighter shading on his hat becomes darker but returns to the lighter shading in the next shot.
  • When Sylvia says "Glorn almighty" near the end, the captions say "Lord almighty".
  • When Wander is saying, "Best spot... EVER!", when he says, "EVER!", he has Tom Kenny's voice.


  • The background music the Fist Fighters provides sounds a lot like the Reel 2 Real song "I Like to Move It".
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends - When Lord Hater is chasing Wander, he says "Slow down, I just wanna destroy you" which references a line that Terrance says to Mac (and that Bloo later says to Eduardo in the same episode): "Stop, I just wanna punch you!". Also, Lord Hater screams "get out of here" similar to when Bloo says the same thing to Cheese. Coincidentally, both Bloo and Lord Hater were voiced by Keith Ferguson.
  • Some of the planets aligning for the celestial being are shaped like a katamari, an Everlasting Gobstopper, and a twenty-sided die.

Production InformationEdit

International premieresEdit

  • August 16th, 2013 (Family Channel Canada)
  • December 31, 2013 (sneak peek), February 9, 2014 (premiere) (Disney Channel Latin America)
  • December 31, 2013 (Disney Channel Brazil)
  • January 1st, 2014 (Disney Channel Scandinavia)
  • January 7, 2014 (Disney Channel France)
  • January 25th, 2014 (Disney Channel Japan)
  • February 15th, 2014 (Disney XD Poland)
  • April 5th, 2014 (Disney Channel Hungary)



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