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Recap / Wander Over Yonder S 1 E 21 The Rider

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When Sylvia's old partner Ryder comes back to work with Sylvia, Wander wonders if Ryder is a better partner for Sylvia than he is.

Tropes appearing in "The Rider":

  • An Aesop: There's a difference between a true friend and a "cool" friend.
  • Attack Pattern Alpha: Ryder and Sylvia have a code number for each attack tactic.
  • Big "NO!": By Ryder as he meets the monster from earlier.
  • Brick Joke:
    • After Sylvia and Ryder take a spaceship, Wander leaves a note promising to return it undamaged, along with a fruit basket. At the end, the spaceship's owner is reading the note, and the wreckage of the ship crashes at his feet. He cries "that old spaceship was all I had!", and then several tons of treasure fall all around him... along with a giant fruit basket.
  • Chekhov's Gag: In response to Sylvia's need for adventure, Wander suggests breaking into Hater's ship so that they could give one of the Watchdogs a birthday cake. Later, when he breaks in to save Sylvia, he delivers the cake to distract them with a birthday celebration while he and Sylvia escape.
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  • Cliffhanger
  • Continuity Nod:
    • When Wander suggests giving one of the Watchdogs a birthday cake, a snippet of the "It's Your Happy Birthday" song from "The Birthday Boy" is heard.
  • Dark Reprise: When Wander leaves in the climax a slow, depressing remix of the upbeat song "If You Wander Over Yonder" can be heard
  • Dirty Coward: Ryder. When he and Sylvia are captured by the Watchdogs, he tries to make deals with the Watchdogs to let him go and just take Sylvia instead. And then when Sylvia and Wander manage to get them all out even after he let Sylvia be captured, he still has the audacity to assume that Sylvia is willing to go on another mission with him.
  • Dudley Do-Right Stops to Help: Wander, being the Nice Guy that he is, does this a lot. See the Fruit Cart entry below for an example.
  • Fruit Cart: Our heroes crash into one, in space! Wander stops the chase to pick up all the fruit.
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  • Good Is Not Soft: Discussed by Sylvia.
    Ryder: That little weirdo is turning you all kinds of soft!
    Sylvia: Hey! Just because Wander likes helping out doesn't make him soft!
  • Jaw Drop: Hater's jaw literally falls off when he sees all the Watchdogs stop trying to catch Wander and Sylvia and celebrate Barry's birthday instead.
  • Jerkass: Ryder. He only wanted to get into Hater's intergalactic storage facility so that he could have all the stolen treasure to himself, and not to give it back to the people Hater stole it from. He also was more than willing to sell Sylvia out as soon as he didn't need her anymore.
    Sylvia: Urgh! I always forget what a jerk Ryder was, and what a jerk he makes me!
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Discussed by Wander when trying to think of an ideal partner for him since he thinks Sylvia has decided to ditch him as a partner. His ideal partner fits this trope:
    Wander: (talking to himself) You'll just have to find another partner. Someone strong, and smart, and brave. Someone, though they act all tough, has a creamy center of gooey goodness on the inside!
  • Last Episode, New Character: Lord Dominator makes a debut appearing in the credits.
  • Last Episode Theme Reprise: The theme song is heard instrumentally during the final scene.
  • Morality Pet: Sylvia realizes that Wander is this for her.
    Ryder: Sylvia?! Aw, I knew you'd come back, ol' buddy, ol' pal!
    Sylvia: You're just lucky my partner makes me a better person.
  • Pardon My Klingon: The swear words Sylvia and Ryder call each other.
  • Quintessential British Gentleman: This is what the spaceworm turns out to be.
  • Remember When You Blew Up The Sun: When Wander says that he thinks that he's not hardcore in comparison to Sylvia and Ryder, Sylvia brings up the time he crashed into Hater's spaceship while riding a spaceworm...which had happened only a few seconds ago.
  • Season Finale: Despite having "The Gift" aired as the season finale, Craig McCracken later confirmed on Twitter that this is the official finale of season 1.
  • Sequel Hook/The Stinger/Mood Whiplash: The animatic during the end credits show the final shot of the episode with Wander and Sylvia escaping from Lord Hater, which pulls out to show it being watched on a screen by someone named Lord Dominator, who laughs maniacally. Additionally, this is only episode to not have a Credits Pushback.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Several to Star Wars: A New Hope. Weasel's Watering Hole is based on the Mos Eisley cantina, complete with music band, and the reveal of the Death Star (complete with the line "That's No Moon!" is spoofed when they find the storage station.
    • Ryder's shades resemble the Cylon eye display from Battlestar Galactica (1978).
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Ryder, and Sylvia becomes this more so than usual when hanging around Ryder.
  • That's No Moon!: "...That's Hater's intergalactic storage facility!"
  • Theme Tune Cameo: In the last scene, the theme song plays as background music.
  • Thinking Out Loud: Sylvia does this when reminiscing about Wander. One of the Watchdogs gets irritated by this and shuts her up.
    Watchdog: Lady, I'm sorry you lost your dog or whatever, but nobody cares.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Sylvia remembers that Ryder is a jerk that makes her act like a jerk.
  • Understatement: The space worm delivers one to Lord Hater:
    Spaceworm: Dreadfully sorry, but I seem to have knocked over something rather important during my rampage. It seems the station is slowly...well, exploding. Cheerio!

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