Although The Bounty and The Ball are two 11 minute halves of one 22 minute episode, their first airings were individual, as separate episodes. They are listed here in the order they appear on the credits for the episode, but the order in which they aired is reversed.
Aboard Lord Hater's Hatecraft, Peepers is having a meltdown. He's ranting about proving how ruthless, evil, and strong he is. Lord Hater is playing a video game of himself fighting Wander (well, he's fighting. Wander's hugging him). Once Peepers has his attention again, Hater dresses him down for failing, repeatedly, to do the most important thing he has asked of his major domo: capture Wander and Sylvia. Hater introduces three bounty hunters he has hired to do the job Peepers can't. One is a pelt-clad huntress. One is a Killbot 86. And to Peepers' ever-increasing chagrin, the third is a potted plant. Hater shows his hirelings the location of Wander and Sylvia, and insists that they be brought to him alive because he thinks their screams of agony be the perfect addition to his Torture Megamix. They take off and Peepers is left alone with the Watchdog he abused in his proving himself rant.
Peepers rants to the Watchdog that if the bounty hunters succeed, Hater's evil will spread across the galaxy allowing Hater to rule the universe. The Watchdog asks if that isn't their goal, so hence a good thing. Peepers clarifies that Hater's evil is supposed to spread across the galaxy so he can rule the universe because of Peepers, not because of someone else.
Peepers rushes to the planet's surface. Wander and Sylvia are unaware they're being hunted; they're simply having a good time enjoying the amusement park world's attractions. Peepers is pleased that he seems to have beaten the bounty hunters, only for the huntress to show up. As she closes in, Peepers thwarts her blowdarts by tossing coins at Wander and Sylvia, making them duck when they would otherwise have been hit. She threatens Peepers for messing up her hunt and says she'll bag the bounty and he'll be lucky to end up cleaning the anti-gravity toilets. He finally gets her out of the way altogether by tricking her into the enclosure of the same species of large and vicious animal whose skull and pelt she wears as fashion statements.
When Peepers returns to his own objective of catching the pair, he finds the Killbot 86 having a go. The Bot targets our heroes, only for Peepers to knock a hapless alien into the path of its bright red laser beam. Its shot wasn't deadly anyway: the miss simply teleports him aboard the Hatecraft. Peepers and the Bot continue like this for several minutes, the Bot's teleport beam repeatedly missing Wander and Sylvia. Aboard the Hatecraft, a bemused Hater finds himself surrounded by tourists who think they are still enjoying a Phunulon attraction. They offer him advice on playing his Hater vs. Wander video game, and he eventually decides to take them to the torture room to add to his Torture Megamix. They cheerfully go along.
Back on Phunulon, Peepers has dispatched the robot (and made a good bit of money from people thinking the whole thing was an attraction), and is about to catch his breath, when — the Potted Plant shows up. The Plant turns out to be an animate omnivore, and eats Peepers in one bite, quickly followed by Wander and Sylvia. Wander briefly mistakes it for a ride, until Sylvia points out the truth. At which point he begins chattering cheerfully about being so happy Peepers has finally captured them, but so sad that they've actually been captured. Peepers sees them stuck behind bars, the Plant replaced in Peepers' job, and Peepers himself demoted to cleaning the anti gravity toilets. It turns out he was imagining that if he lets the Potted Plant succeed, so he uses the lightning bolt on his helmet to slice his way out, and beats the Potted Plant into submission.
Unfortunately, while Peepers is freaking out on the plant to avoid his worst nightmare coming true, Sylvia and Wander have Orbbled up and are departing with thanks to Peepers for saving them.
All of this has, to Peepers' dismay, been recorded by Hater, who gives him an even worse dressing down, with a repeated instant replay of Peepers letting Wander and Sylvia escape. Peepers tries to salvage the day by asking Hater if he's learned his lesson about hiring bounty hunters. Peepers is excited to hear Lord Hater say he has; he realized he simply hadn't hired enough, and presses a button to reveal dozens of bounty hunters. Peepers has another meltdown, and Hater is pleased to discover that Peepers' cries of dismay and frustration are perfect additions to his Torture Megamix.
Tropes appearing in The Bounty:
- All Part of the Show: The Phunulon tourists on seeing Peepers and the Killbot's antics. To the point where they've thrown money at Peepers by the time he defeats the robot.
- Bounty Hunter: Hater hires three of them: a pig-woman, a robot and a potted plant.
- Early Installment Weirdness: This is the only time Wander calls Peepers by his title of "Commander", as all others have him address Peepers as "Mr. Peepers".
- Easily Forgiven: Despite Peepers letting Wander escape all Hater does is berate him for it. Though he didn't seem aware that Peepers was the reason the other two failed.
- Eye Recall: Peepers' vision of the Potted Plant conquering the galaxy under Hater's rule is shown with a dramatic slow zoom into, then out of his eye.
- Fake-Out Fade-Out
- Killer Rabbit: The Potted Plant appears to be a daisy that was simply included on the list of dangerous bounty hunters to mock Peepers. Look below to see what it actually is.
- Leitmotif: Commander Peepers' theme music features prominently.
- Madness Mantra: "TORTURE ROOM! TORTURE ROOM! TORTURE ROOM!"
- Man-Eating Plant: The Potted Plant, which appears at first to be a harmless daisy, captures Peepers, Wander, and Sylvia by ingesting them whole.
- Never Say "Die": Played with. Lord Hater's orders to bring in Wander alive for torture mean the Killbot never lives up to its name and only uses a transmission beam. But Peepers slices the Potted Plant up and beats it into submission. Without a talented botanist, that plant may well be mulch. Also we never do find out whether the third bounty hunter escaped from the alien beastie alive or not.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Peepers slices the Potted Plant open and defeats it. However, he realizes too late that doing so has allowed Wander and Sylvia to escape.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Peepers at the idea of being defeated by a Potted Plant — from inside the plant.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Peepers does not want one of Hater's plan to defeat Wander to succeed if he's not part of it. Justified from his stand point he's afraid this would leave him out of a job.
- Rewind, Replay, Repeat: Hater does this on the bridge of his ship to remind Peepers that he let Wander and Sylvia escape. The background music is also part of the video, and is reversed every time it is rewinded.
- Teleporters and Transporters: Killbot 86 uses a red beam to teleport itself and other beings to and from the Hatecraft.
- Villain Episode: Peepers gets A Day in the Limelight. Wander and Sylvia are secondary characters here, and they don't even have any dialogue till the second half of the story.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: We never learn what happened to the tourists who wound up on the Hatecraft.
- The end credits show the tourists annoying the heck out of Hater as they take photos of his torture room.
- You Have Failed Me: When Killbot 86 is transported to the Hatecraft, Hater has finally has lost his patience with the tourists and fires him for teleporting them to his ship.
The Ball first aired on January 10, 2014.
Wander and Sylvia are mellowing out, big time. They're enjoying the marvellous bubbles of the Relaxatorium, surrounded by the adorable, big-eyed population of the planet. But then there's a deep, sonorous chime, and Beeza, their hostess, tells them she's glad they enjoyed their stay, but it's time to abandon their planet forever.
Wander of course is curious to know what's going on, so Beeza explains. Eight planets now they've settled on, and each time the chimes of doom herald the destruction of their world. They used to call the force World Buster, but now they just call him Buster.
The chimes of doom turn out to be the chiming of a dog tag against a collar. Buster is an adorable, but giant golden retriever space puppy who thinks their planet is a ball.
Wander feels terrible that the tiny little aliens need to abandon their home for the eighth time. He feels worse still when they explain that they have no idea where they're going and will just fly blindly until running out of fuel or food — and that there may be problems with cannibalism when that happens. He insists they should fight to keep their home and has a plan to save it! So they build a rocket ship, fire it into space, and deploy its attachments. A rocket bone! The space puppy runs off after it. The aliens are delighted that their home has been saved. Only the puppy returns, wreaking further destruction — because, as Sylvia points out — dogs fetch.
Wander suggests a new plan. He arms every little alien on the planet with dog whistles that they all blow simultaneously. Buster is immediately displeased by the noise and everyone rejoices — until they run out of air, and the sticky rain of doom (aka drool) begins to fall. The creatures go to board their ship again, but Wander is undaunted.
Wander suggests a new new plan! He gets every creature on the planet to toss its worst, stinkiest, most disgusting trash at the tongue of Buster that is now looming toward them. But Wander miscalculates! Dogs love trash! Now Buster is chomping on the ball, and the ground beneath their feet is breaking up! It looks to be the end of the little planet, no matter what.
The aliens board their ship again to flee, Sylvia getting herself and Wander aboard just before they take off. Wander is disconsolate that his plans have failed and the friendly aliens have had to abandon another world to blindly search for yet another homeworld that will eventually be destroyed by Buster. Sylvia tries to console him, explaining that sometimes one just has to flee a problem too big to handle. Wander snaps and takes over as pilot, turning the ship around and landing it on Buster's back.
Sylvia scolds Wander about having wasted all their fuel, that the people all need a planet with fresh air and places to build homes. As she speaks, she realizes where he's landed them is a pretty nice location after all. Wander grins and says to the grateful populace that they didn't have to flee; they just had to flea. The little aliens thank Wander for finding them a permanent home. As Wander and Sylvia Orbble their way into space, there's a distant, ominous meow, and Wander spots a planet that looks a lot like a ball of yarn.
Tropes appearing in The Ball:
- Art Imitates Art: While helping build the bone rocket, Sylvia strikes the same pose as the classic Rosie the Riveter "We Can Do It!" poster◊
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Buster, a puppy big enough to play with a planet like a ball.
- Break the Cutie: Wander of course. For the first time, he actually fails to save the planet, causing him to go insane by the time they flee.
- Continuity Nod: In "The Hat" the titular headpiece strongly suggested to Sylvia that she needed to stop stressing and relax. Where do we find them as this episode opens? The Relaxatorium.
- Don't Explain the Joke: Verbatim by Sylvia in response to Wander doing so.
- Foreshadowing: The escape ship looks almost precisely like a gigantic flea.
- For Doom the Bell Tolls: The Chimes of Doom (the tinkling of Buster's dog tags and collar).
- Gross-Up Close-Up: Two instances: The little aliens accidentally ingest drops of Buster's drool, and the garbage-firing preparation shows really gross, disgusting trash.
- Here We Go Again!: The aliens are so used to Buster's arrival and the destruction of their world that they calmly react to it and board their ship without panic.
- At the end of the episode, Wander and Sylvia notices a plant that looks like a ball of yarn and hears a meow from something that may turn out to be a gigantic, cosmic kitten.
- Heroic BSoD: Wander ends up going through one when all of his plants to save the aliens have failed.
- Homage: Sylvia punches some rivets in during a construction montage, then takes the iconic Rosie the Riveter "We Can Do It!" pose.
- Non-Malicious Monster: Buster is a playful puppy... who's large enough to chew planets apart like tennis balls when he tries to play.
- Planet Eater: Buster, although he doesn't so much eat them as chew them to bits.
- Rule of Three: Wander's plans to shoo Buster away are a mechanical bone, using dog whistles, and hitting his tongue with trash. None of them work.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The captions list the planet's name as "Balzaria 9", while a commercial lists it as "Balzeria 9".
- Staggered Zoom: Sylvia has one after Wander's plan to hit Buster's tongue with trash fails.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The aliens are so used to Buster destroying their planets that they treat it as routine.
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