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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 16, 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

Lord Hater competes against Emperor Awesome to see who will receive one wish from a visiting celestial being during the aligning of the planets, only for Wander to show up to see the aligning while having a picnic. Wander's picnic ends up playing into the battle, making it difficult for Hater to win the fight. (Unofficial series premiere. It was aired as a preview)

Episode Summary

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Lord Hater constantly getting interrupted by Wander.

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 scoots 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.

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Lord Hater and Emperor Awesome's robots fighting each other.

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.

S1e2a The Picnic - they're really good

Wander offering Lord Hater's robot a sandwich.

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.

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The force field.

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 force field 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 force field 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 force field. And when Peepers comes up saying something nonsense, Wander tells him in slow motion that he can't have popcorn, since the force field is blocking it. Lord Hater gets angry which causes the force field 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.

S1e2a The Picnic - He's Out of This Wolrd Literaly

Wander with the celestial being.

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.

Transcript

For a full transcript of The Picnic, click here.

End Credits

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

Gallery

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The image gallery for The Picnic may be viewed here.

Memorable Quotes

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 alread -- (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!

Emperor Awesome: Dude, text me that photo!
Lord Hater: Let's dance, fish man!
Emperor Awesome: Bro, do you even know how hard I slam?
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 light, yet 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?
Lord Hater/Robot: GAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!! I DON'T! WANT! A SANDWICH!
(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.
Lord Hater: GET BACK HERE!! SLOW DOWN!! I JUST WANT TO DESTROY YOU!!
Wander: Sorry Lord Hater, did you want the mayo?

Background Information

  • 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".
  • After this episode aired, it was made available as a bonus feature on WatchDisneyChannel.com 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 planet the episode takes place on is reminiscent of the moon Lord Hater landed on in "The Greatest".
  • The infamous Wilhelm Scream can be heard during the battle.

Trivia

  • 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 force field, he says "bonk", which provides onomatopoeia.
  • First time we see Hater's underpants.
  • First time Wander says, "Later, Hater!"
  • This is the first appearance of Emperor Awesome.

Continuity

  • In "The Brainstorm", Lord Hater mentions Wander will have a picnic with him when he shows up, which is what happened in this episode.

Errors

  • There are a bunch of errors with the closed captioning.
    • 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 Wander says "You're probably wondering where my best pal Sylvia is", the captions say "You're probably wondering where by best pal Sylvia is".
    • When Lord Hater says "I just want to destroy you!" the captions say "I just wanna destroy you!".
    • When Sylvia says "Glorn almighty" near the end, the captions say "Lord almighty".
    • 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 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".
  • 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 interrupts 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.
  • 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 may have eaten 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 force field, 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 the camera zooms out showing Lord Hater's force field after it activates, Wander is suddenly there despite Lord Hater not noticing him until seconds later.
  • When the Celestial Being zaps Wander, the lighter shading on his hat becomes darker but returns to the lighter shading in the next shot.
  • It's unknown how Wander was able to develop the pictures he took so quickly.
  • For some reason, Wander took his pictures without winding the film on. Therefore, when all the photos came out, they would've been superimposed over each other, resulting in a blurred mess.
  • When Lord Hater pushes his way towards the tower, only Fist Fighters were shown in front of it. However after Lord Hater wastes his wish, Watchdogs were shown among the Fist Fighters.
  • After Emperor Awesome rips the head off Lord Hater's robot, it falls to the ground, and Wander, to the right of its hand, jumps up straight in the air. However when Wander lands, he is to the left of its hand.
  • Emperor Awesome is shown to know Wander in this episode, but later in "The Party Animal", he's shown to not know him.

Allusions

  • 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 may reference a similar 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. 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.
  • An episode in The Amazing World of Gumball is also called "The Picnic"

Production Information

  • This episode first previewed as part of "Disney Channel Summer".
  • Originally, there was going to be a sequence of both robots powering up but that was removed.
  • The original airings of this episode were the only instances in the entire series where the credits for the partner episode (in this case, "The Fugitives") aren't shown in the animatic.

International premieres

  • August 16th, 2013 (Family Channel Canada)
  • December 31st, 2013 (sneak peek), February 9th, 2014 (premiere) (Disney Channel Latin America)
  • December 31st, 2013 (Disney Channel Brazil)
  • January 1st, 2014 (Disney Channel Scandinavia)
  • January 7th, 2014 (Disney Channel France)
  • January 25th, 2014 (Disney Channel Japan)
  • February 15th, 2014 (Disney XD Poland)
  • April 5th, 2014 (Disney Channel Hungary)
  • May 19th, 2014 (Disney XD Italy)
  • August 11th, 2014 (Disney XD Germany)
  • September 7th, 2014 (Disney XD Canada)
  • January 3, 2015 (Disney Channel Portugal)

Cast

Main article: The Picnic and The Fugitives/Credits
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Episodes Next:
"The Greatest"

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