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"The Box"
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Wander looking at the box
Season: 1
Production code: 345W-105[1]
107a (with "The Hat")
Broadcast number: 10
Story by:
Lauren Faust
Craig McCracken
Johanna Stein
Ben Joseph
Tim McKeon
Dave Thomas
Alex Kirwan
Greg White
Written by:
Tim McKeon
Storyboards by:
David Gemmill
Directed by:
Dave Thomas
Broadcast Information
Disney Channel US Premiere:
November 15, 2013
Disney XD US Premiere:
December 10, 2013
International Debut:
February 25, 2014 (Disney Channel Japan)
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Paired with
"The Hat"
We're gonna deliver that box just like we promised that guy. It's the least we can do. And we're not gonna open it, just like we promised.

— Sylvia

Wander and Sylvia have a task of delivering a box to someone named Glen who lives on a far off planet somewhere. Wander however, is more focused on finding out what's in the box, and drives himself crazy while trying not to do so.

Episode Summary

Wander is holding a closed box and is anxious to know what's in it, but Sylvia doesn't want him to because they promised Snail man the mailman they would deliver it to someone named Glen, and they are not gonna open it, like what they promised him. She tells Wander he can do this, but Wander only partially agrees with her and begins pondering over what would be in the box throughout the trip.

Later that night when camping out, Wander is still pondering. Sylvia gives Wander his banjo in an attempt to get his mind off the box, which he happily accepts as singing songs always soothes his sorrows. However, he ends up singing a song about what's in the box, leading Sylvia to crush his banjo. She suggests they should go to sleep, and Wander agrees as going to sleep always makes his worries go away. But then he instantly wakes up just after Sylvia says good night, crazily calling her "Boxia" in the process, and ends up staring at the box all night long, leaving him in a worn out state by morning. Sylvia sees this and states they need to get to Glen's fast.

At the space train station, which Sylvia remarks is faster than an orbble transporter, Sylvia begins to get train tickets for herself and Wander, but Wander doesn't think it's a good idea. Sylvia tells Wander there might be nothing in the box but a pair of socks, and asks him to, whenever he gets tempered, say the phrase "pair of socks". He agrees, and Sylvia walks off to get the tickets.

Just after Sylvia leaves, Wander begins to repeat the phrase, but while doing so, he hallucinates and sees a man in the distance, who suddenly comes closer every time someone passes by. He insists Wander give him the box. In addition, another man blocks Wander and asks for the box as well. Wander terrifyingly escapes, only to also run into three passengers, who scream, laugh and cry respectively. The men then sneak up on him and grab him, but it was really Sylvia who grabbed him, who already bought their tickets and was trying to find him. Wander tells her about the things he saw, which she'll be glad to take down, but when he points out where they are, only normal passengers are seen. Sylvia assumes Wander needs a rest and takes him on the train with her.

On the train, Sylvia is already asleep, but Wander cannot sleep and since Sylvia is not looking, he decides to look in the box. But while doing so, he has another hallucination where he sees a recursive effect of himself in the box and repeating, and winds up being chased by what he thinks is inside it. When he finally awakens, he and Sylvia are already at Glen's house.

Wander is glad they got to Glen's so he can find out what's in the box, but then he realizes the house is on top of an increasingly long hill, which horrifies him. Sylvia says this is the final stretch, and he can do it. Wander doesn't listen though, and hallucinates once more, this time smelling a sudden aroma from the box, and the box glowing in various colors with every sudden movement.

They finally reach the top, and Wander is glad he didn't open the box, but this is cut short when he realizes a notice on Glen's door, stating he's gone fishing, which makes him desperate to open the box now. After a fight over the box with Sylvia, he steals it and hides in a tree. Sylvia eventually lets Wander get away with it since she knows he can overcome this, but it doesn't matter if he doesn't believe in himself. After she walks away sadly to sit on the doorstep, Wander realizes what he did and sits with her, hoping Glen would catch some fish soon.

Suddenly, the door opens behind them, and Glen appears. Excited, Wander gives him the box, which he remarks it's a good deed Wander did. Glen then unzips a zipper on his head and reveals himself to be a Lord of Illumination, and Snailman, his mail truck, and the two men from Wander's first hallucination were revealed to be lords as well. The lead lord states the box was a test and Wander passed, and a symbol and he earned strength of character because he didn't open it.

Wander is still wanting to know what's in the box and begins pondering again, and Sylvia gets angry, and learns that the delivery was just a setup and there's nothing in the box at all, and that Wander doesn't want this, but he does want to see what's in it. She pesters the lords to put something in the box, and they do. When Wander looks in the box, he sees the things the lords put in it: a piece of string, a piece of hard candy, an old penny, and a World's Greatest Grandpa keychain, believing them to be what was in it. He becomes clean and happy again, and he and Sylvia leave.

The lead lord says their intent was to teach Wander, but before he could say anymore, Sylvia, miles away, hears this and tells them to stop. Then a second lord shows the key chain to the third lord stating he didn't know he was a grandpa, and the third says, "You never ask me about my personal life."


For a full transcript of The Box, click here.

End Credits

An extended version of Wander looking inside the box to see over 1,000 Wanders opening the box.



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Memorable Quotes

(While trying to guess what's in the box)

Wander: Whatever's in here is probably not all that interesting, anyway, like...blank address labels... ...or stickers, or flash cards... ...or a chocolate spoon or a green eraser... ...or a disposable pilla', or a night vision monocle... ...or a fake lung or tinsel... ...or a bat, or a hat, or a bat with a hat, or a hat with a bat!

Wander: Singin' songs always soothes my sorrows. (Tunes his banjo) Oh...

Box, box, box, box, what's in the box?
Clocks, blocks, rocks, lox, a feller named Jacques?

Lord of Illumination 2: (holds the keychain) I didn't know you were a grandpa.

Lord of Illumination #3: You never ask me about my personal life.

Background Information

  • Lord Hater and Peepers do not appear in this episode.
  • When Wander's fur becomes very wrinkled and his hat becomes patched and smooshed, he closely resembles his original sketch from 2007.
  • When Sylvia is talking to Wander about him overcoming his obsession, a soft piano version of Wander Over Yonder End Title Theme can be heard.


  • Wander's "hallucinations" resemble the Phantamimes in "The Heebie Jeebies."
  • In one of Wander's hallucinations about wanting to open the box, we see him inside the box while holding the same box. In addition, the same animation is used. This is an example of a recursive image, one that is repeated infinitely within itself.
    • This scene's animatic is played in a loop for the credits.
  • It's revealed Wander sings songs and takes naps to cheer himself up and stop worrying respectively.
  • It's also revealed that Wander has a nana, which marks the first mention of someone's family member(s) in the series.
    • However, "nana's old tiny potpourri" could be referring to a product, rather than a family member (such as real-world products like Grandma's Cookies, Dad's Root Beer, etc.)
  • This is the first time Sylvia ultimately agrees with Wander.
  • This episode has Wander's most angry temper in the series so far.
  • It is unknown if the candy is hard or not. It might be round fudge.
  • This is the first time Wander throws a tantrum.
  • Second time Wander sings a song while going crazy, first was Do You Know the Button Song in "The Prisoner".
  • Second time Sylvia imitates Wander. ("The Pet")
  • Second time Wander becomes obsessed with something. ("The Egg")
  • The episode seems to provide somewhat contridicting morals. First, envy is like a green-eyed monster, but also, any prize is a good prize.


  • The episode is similar to "The Fugitives" in several ways:
    • Wander trying to resist something and going crazy while doing so.
    • Sylvia annoyed with Wander not being serious at task.


  • When Wander takes his hat off when he's going to sleep, his head shadow doesn't disappear until he crawls inside it.
  • While Wander is repeatedly plucking his fur off his head, you can see a portion of his head bald, but when Sylvia picks him up, the bald portion is fully fur grown again.
  • When Sylvia walks through the front gate to Glen's house, Wander is seen in his normal, clean state, but when we see them from the front, Wander is worn out again.
  • When Wander slides up to Glen's doorstep, the "gone fishing" sign cannot be seen. When Wander knocks on the door, the sign appears. Later when Wander sadly approaches Sylvia on the doorstep, the sign disappears.
  • Wander's goatee is frazzled and wrinkly when in his crazy state. However, there are some shots where his goatee is perfectly straightened out, then later on it's wrinkled again.
  • At the beginning of the episode when Wander tries to open the box the first time, he has bags under his eyes; when the scene was shown in the promo, he did not.
  • Snail man the mailman was credited despite not having a speaking role in the episode, but towards the end, a second Lord of Illumination tells the third lord he didn't know he was a grandpa. This may indicate the second lord was disguised as Snail man.

What happened to Wander's shoe?

  • While Wander is yelling at Sylvia from the tree, the detailing in his left shoe becomes mirrored for a single frame.
  • Throughout the episode, the bags under Wander's eyes constantly disappear and reappear.
  • Wander only plucks a small amount of his fur off, but there is much more fur than that in the pile around him.
  • The patch on Wander's hat changes position several times, but when Wander and Sylvia are beholding the Lord of Illumination, the patch is gone.
  • After Wander reads the "gone fishing" note, his hat becomes bunched up, however at some points, his hat is smooth again.
  • When Sylvia grabs the lead lord's arm and the others watch, one lord looks happy.
  • For a moment while Sylvia and the Lord of Illumination are talking, the lord's sleeve turns yellow instead of blue.

Production Information

  • The episode was first announced in an interview by TV Equals. The episode's synopsis was later confirmed here.

International premieres

  • February 25th, 2014 (Disney Channel Japan)
  • March 1st, 2014 (Disney XD Brazil and Latin America)
  • March 15th, 2014 (Disney XD Poland)
  • June 14th, 2014 (Disney Channel Hungary)
  • August 18th, 2014 (Disney XD Germany)
  • September 7th, 2014 (Disney XD Canada)
  • January 19th, 2018 (Disney XD Southeast Asia)


  • SpongeBob SquarePants - The plot of this episode greatly resembles the episode "The Secret Box", in which SpongeBob is desperate to find out what is inside Patrick's "secret box". Also, one of the things the lords put in the box is a piece of string, which was in the box in said episode.
  • Greek mythology - The plot is also slightly similar to the story of Pandora, a beautiful woman (and the first woman in Greek mythology) who was given a box by Zeus and was told not to open it, but curiosity gets the best of her.
  • Fantasia 2000 - The scene where Wander is running across the boxes and they're opening to reveal colored butterfly-like masses is similar to the opening scene in Fantasia 2000 where the evil butterflies come out of the volcanoes one by one when the camera pans over them.



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