Recap / Wander Over Yonder S 1 E 4 The Pet
It needs to be housebroken.

The Pet

Wander and Sylvia find a derelict spaceship and go inside to look for any survivors. They are too late, as they have all been eaten by an acid-spewing monster! The two get separated, and while Sylvia tries to find a way to kill the thing, Wander thinks its adorable and tries to tame it!

The Pet features examples of:

  • Big "NO!"/Skyward Scream: By Sylvia when she sees what she thinks is Wander's remains but is actually a teddy bear cut up by the alien and put in a cocoon. Immediately followed by a Big "WHY?!".
  • Brief Accent Imitation: Sylvia speaks in Wander's southern accent when she tries to think of what Wander would say to her when she thinks he's dead.
  • But Thou Must!: Once the self-destruct activates, it cannot be deactivated, or in other words, "no takesies backsies".
  • Curse Cut Short: "Let him go, you-"
  • Department of Redundancy Department: When inside the ship's escape pod, Sylvia notices Wander is still alive and escapes through an "escape pod escape pod".
  • Dramatic Irony: Sylvia thinks Wander was killed by the alien, but the audience knows that was just the teddy bear Wander gave it. It is even the same color as Wander's fur.
  • Exact Words: "No takesies-backsies."
  • For Want of a Nail: Basically the whole plot wouldn't have happened if Wander didn't get distracted by the falling acid in the first place.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: The alien is given the name Captain Tim by Wander. It was the name of the ship's captain, whose dogtag Wander finds inside its gullet.
  • Fluffy Tamer: Wander does manage to teach Captain Tim some tricks, but he's still too dangerous for him to keep as a pet. He's perfect for Lord Hater, though.
  • For Want of a Nail: The episode’s plot basically happens because Wander got distracted by the ooze dripping from the roof.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: When the alien is about to meet Wander for the first time, from its heat-sensing vision Wander's hat appears red despite the fact it's just an object.
  • Ghost Ship: The episode takes place aboard one, naturally containing a monster that wants to eat everything aboard.
  • Jump Scare: At the very end of the closing credits.
  • Lock and Load Montage: Sylvia goes through several.
  • Magic Countdown: If one looks closely at the clock in a few scenes, it doesn't tick down by seconds, but by one and a half seconds.
  • Mistaken for Dog: Wander comes face to face with a voracious, acid-spewing spider-like monster who has eaten the entire crew of a spaceship... and starts gushing about how cute he is and tries to train it and be his pet.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Sylvia opens the wrapped up cocoon revealing the teddy bear's stuffing, and believes it's Wander.
  • Race Against the Clock: The final third of the episode becomes this; when Sylvia purposefully activates the ship's self-destruct thinking Wander has been eaten by the alien, she discovers he's still alive and has to get him out before time runs out.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: After thinking Wander was eaten by the alien, Sylvia activates the ship's self-destruct to keep the alien from escaping. When she discovers that Wander is still alive, she has to return and get him out before the ship explodes.
  • Shout-Out: The whole episode, to the Alien franchise.
    • To Star Wars: "I have a bad feeling about this."
    • To Jaws: "I'm going to need a bigger blaster!" (said three times in fact.)
  • Tears of Remorse: Wander sheds these as he sees Captain Tim settle in his new home with Hater.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Wander is completely unaware that the ship's self-destruct has been activated and is in danger of being exploded to death along with it.