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Recap / Wander Over Yonder S 1 E 18 The Liar The Stray

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"I know things seem bleak now, but I have a plan and I promise, no one shall die this day!"
The Liar

While helping a planet's inhabitants evacuate from a volcano, Wander notices the only ones left to save are a family of birds, who are trapped on it. Sylvia refuses to believe that they will all be able to escape, but Wander convinces her to think positive.

  • An Aesop: Believe in yourself, as there's an answer to anything.
  • Arc Words: "Positive".
  • Black Comedy: The fact that the title "The Liar" shows up right after Wander says no one will die comes across as him proclaiming that he knows he will find a way out of the volcano when he doesn't really have any idea how to escape.
  • Book Ends: The title appears at the beginning and at the end of the episode.
  • Buffy Speak: Wander promises to save the bird family "from a burny, lava-y demise".
  • Chekhov's Gun: While surfing across the lava inside the volcano, Wander tries to remember the difference between stalagmites and stalactites. Later on, Sylvia uses a stalagmite to escape from the volcano.
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  • Mama Bear: The mama bird keeps shocking Wander and Sylvia for trying to get her babies.
  • Running Gags:
    • The mother bird continously shocking Wander and Sylvia.
    • Wander claiming to be positive as things will go okay, only to be proven wrong.
  • The Runt at the End: One of the baby birds keeps straying, forcing Wander and Sylvia to scramble to keep it out of trouble.
  • Shock and Awe: The mama bird can shock you with an electrical charge.
  • Trivial Title: The title "The Liar" has little to do with the episode's plot. It's not until the end when they escape the volcano and Sylvia explained that she knew her plan would work by thinking positive, only to walk away and shudder which is when the episode's title appeared a second time, showing this is why it is titled "The Liar".
"I'll do anything you say... And when I say 'anything', I literally mean 'anything'"...
The Stray

When Wander finds a sad stray cat, Little Bits, he has her come along with him and Sylvia and follows whatever she wants him to do for her. Sylvia isn't sure about Little Bits' needs for Wander, and suspects there is something dark about her.

  • An Aesop: People aren't always who they seem.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Little Bits starts out as one. When the characters enter rough desert terrain, Wander gives her his shoesnote  to protect her "poor exposed little footsies".
  • Beware the Cute Ones: Little Bits is actually a Bounty Hunter working for Lord Hater.
  • Butt-Monkey: Wander suffers from a lot of abuse in order to keep Little Bits happy.
  • Cute Kitten: Little Bits plays this trope for all it's worth.
  • Cute Mute: Little Bits doesn't say anything for the first half of the episode.
  • Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: Little Bits talks this way, which amuses Lord Hater.
  • Eye Awaken: Sylvia has one when she awakens the following morning after being knocked out by Little Bits the night before.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: Sylvia's puppy dog face devolves into this, which is enough to gross out Wander to go over to Little Bits' side.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Wander gets green eyes when he is under Little Bits' hypnosis.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Little Bits nearly succeeds in taking Wander with her to Hater, but Sylvia punches him away just in time, leaving her to return to the ship alone as he is released from her mind control.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Wander is released from Little Bits' hypnosis the moment she is teleported away. In addition, after coming to, he remembers nothing except first seeing her.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The cat was named "Little Bits" by Wander; her real name is unknown.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Little Bits uses them to hypnotize Wander. Sylvia does the same to try to snap Wander out of it, leading to a face off between her and Little Bits over who can make the biggest puppy dog face.
  • Sudden Eye Color: When mind-controlled by Little Bits, Wander's eyes become a sickly two-tone green.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Little Bits plans to use a "teleportation pad" to deliver herself, Wander and Sylvia to Hater's ship. However, the pad takes a long time to charge up, and by the time it's ready to use Sylvia rescues herself and Wander, leaving Little Bits to arrive on Hater's ship alone.
  • The Quiet One: Little Bits, for the first half of the episode.
  • Victorian London: The alien city resembles it.
  • You Have Failed Me: The end credits show Lord Hater lowering Little Bits into a vat of boiling oil for failing to capture Wander, only for her to hypnotize Lord Hater with her puppy dog eyes.


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