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"The Boy Wander"
S2e3b Wander facing Screwball
Wander in a standoff against Screwball
Season: 2
Production code: 203b
Broadcast number: 44
Story by:
Craig McCracken
Francisco Angones
Amy Higgins
Alex Kirwan
Dave Thomas
Eddie Trigueros
Written by:
Francisco Angones
Storyboards by:
Steve Lambe
Eddie Trigueros
Directed by:
Eddie Trigueros
Broadcast Information
Disney Channel US Premiere:
Disney XD US Premiere:
August 17, 2015
International Debut:
August 23, 2015 (Disney XD Canada)
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Paired with
"The Fremergency Fronfract"
Someone from my past. Someone who thinks he's good, but is really bad. Good news is, we're gonna stop this bad guy from doing any more bad things he thinks are actually good!

— Wander

When Dr. Screwball Jones, a villain from Wander's past, makes a sudden return to force everyone to laugh, Wander transforms into a superhero and does whatever he can to stop him. But no one seems to take it seriously until his entrance, where things get stranger from there.

Episode Summary[]

After Sylvia wakes up from her rather uncomfortable sleep, She tells Wander that her pillow felt flatter than usual. She turns it over and a feather falls out, shocking him. At first, Wander thinks nothing of it, but then notices his pillow has a whoopee cushion in it. Suddenly, Wander becomes very serious and realizes that an old foe from his past has returned: a guy who thinks he's good, but is really evil, and is going to put a stop to it. With that, Wander turns into a masked and caped detective vigilante, much to Sylvia's confusion.

At the Museum of Ginormous Antiquities, a mysterious figure is shown stealing one of the diamonds on display before the police come to investigate. Then Wander and Sylvia arrive, the former wondering what the trouble is before discovering that the pillows from the gemstone exhibits were being stolen. Wander begins giving orders to get full background checks on the visitors, before saying the robbery was at 3:14. According to him, 3.14 is the digit for pi, which refers to pie which is delicious, which rhymes with wishes. And if wishes were fishes, they's have enough to eat! He realizes where the villain is going next and exits the museum, calling Sylvia "old chum," much to her confusion.

The mission takes them to Emperor Awesome, whom Sylvia assumes is stealing the pillows to throw an evil slumber party. Wander interrogates Awesome, predicting that he has a collection of feather boas and promptly asks where they are. Awesome says he doesn't wear them and sticks to wearing actual boas, and he threw the feather ones away. Wander looks in the trash can and sees a rubber chicken, which is another message from the mystery villain. After Wander leaves, Awesome flirts with Sylvia and asks why she's in a hurry, but she ignores him.

Later on Cluckon, Lord Hater and Peepers are trying once again to invade the planet when Hater notices all the chickens have lost their feathers and are now naked. Sylvia thinks Hater is behind this, but Wander disagrees and examines one of the chickens' feathers, saying he's "small potatoes in the baneful broth of the real villain's gumbo of repugnance." Sylvia, in total disbelief after being dragged around because of the random items Wander found, decides not to move until Wander tells her who the villain is. A loud noise is heard in the distance, and Wander says that's the villain he's trying to follow.

A goofy looking ship appears while its rider introduces itself as Dr. Screwball Jones, and presents his latest weapon: a tickle machine which zaps the chickens, Hater and Peepers, forcing them to be happy and laugh constantly. Sylvia is confused as to why Screwball is the villain and Wander explains why: he stole the feathers from the museum pillows and Emperor Awesome's boas to make the tickle machine, thus forcing everyone in the universe to be happy. Sylvia assumes that's just what Wander does, but he says he only presents the positive path, he doesn't force anyone. Then Sylvia goes onto Screwball's ship but is immediately zapped with the tickle ray, not feeling anything at first but begins laughing after the feathers tickle behind her knees.

Wander follows after Screwball and they begin to battle each other, which leads into a musical number between the two. As Wander begins to lose hope, he reveals one last trick and tosses his banjo to Sylvia, who uncontrollably breaks the jar containing the feathers Screwball stole. All the feathers shove him into the windshield, causing himself to laugh uncontrollably as Wander and Sylvia escape. Screwball proclaims, "Curse you, Wander!" and drives off to parts unknown.

After Wander reverts to his regular, happy space-traveling self, Sylvia promises him from now on, when he says something is really dangerous, he'll believe him, even if what just happened was the stupidest danger they witnessed. At they same time, the tickle ray's effects wear off, and Hater wonders what happened. Peepers announces, "Once again, the day is saved, thanks to Wander and Sylvia," much to Hater's chagrin. The episode ends as Wander and Sylvia pose heroically.


For a full transcript of The Boy Wander, click here.


End Credits[]

Screwball is seen at his desk coming up with lame puns.


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Memorable Quotes[]

Sylvia: This joker is who you think is the most dangerous villain in the GALAXY!?
Hater: (offscreen) He WHAT?!
Wander: (offscreen) Knock knock.
Dr. Screwball Jones: Who's there?

Wander: (offscreen) Orange.
Screwball: Orange who?

Wander: Orange you glad I didn't say banana?
Hater: What just happened?
Peepers: Well, sir, it looks as if once again, the day is saved. Thanks to...Wander and Sylvia.
Hater: Meh.

Background Information[]

  • In the song, Dr. Jones is seen playing a concertina. This is a reference to Al's trademark instrument of the accordion.
  • It is revealed that Sylvia is ticklish only behind her knees.


  • This marks the first time Wander faces a villain in a one-on-one battle.
  • This is also the first time Wander is actually serious.
  • The Museum of Ginormous Antiquities reappears. ("The Tourist")
  • This is the first time Emperor Awesome is introduced in Season 2.
  • This marks the first time Awesome appears, but he is not accompanied by a version of his theme song "Let's Get Awesome".



  • During the song portion of the episode, at one point, Wander shows to be playing his banjo despite there being no banjo in the instrumental.

International premieres[]

  • August 23, 2015 (Disney XD Canada)
  • February 10, 2016 (Disney XD Turkey)


  • William Tell Overture - A banjo version of the Ranz des Vaches section of this opera overture is heard in the beginning of the episode.
  • Batman - The title is a parody of Robin's title as the Boy Wonder. Much of this episode takes its inspiration from the 1960s Adam West series.
    • The star transition is a parody of the transitions used in the Adam West series.
    • Wander having his hat over his eyes is a parody of Batman's mask.
    • Despite this episode taking after the campy tone of the Adam West series, Wander mainly does an impression of Christian Bale's version.
    • The music in this episode is modeled after Neal Hefti's score from the Adam West series.
    • Dr. Screwball Jones also is similair to the Joker, although the Joker is much more dangerous than Screwball.
  • Let My People Go - Wander sings, "Let my Sylvia go" to the tune of this African-American spiritual.
  • The Powerpuff Girls - Peepers says, "Once again, the day is saved, thanks to Wander and Sylvia!," a reference to this other Craig McCracken series. Tom Kenny, who voices Peepers, also voiced the Narrator in The Powerpuff Girls.

Production Information[]

  • Weird Al Yankovic guest starred in this episode as Dr. Screwball Jones.
  • Despite Al providing his voice, he did not play the accordion. It was played by Andy Bean.
  • Craig McCracken confirmed this episode when a fan asked if Disney could upload the The Dr. Screwball Jones clip along with "The Hiatus" in better quality. [1]
  • Wander Over Yonder is the second animated Disney series that Weird Al Yankovic starred in, the first was Gravity Falls.
    • Coincidently, the episodes from both of the shows that featured Weird Al Yankovic aired 2 weeks apart from each other.



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Season 1
"The Greatest" | "The Egg" | "The Picnic" | "The Fugitives" | "The Pet" | "The Good Deed" | "The Prisoner" | "The Bad Guy" | "The Troll" | "The Box" | "The Hat" | "The Little Guy" | "The Ball" | "The Bounty" | "The Hero" | "The Nice Guy" | "The Time Bomb" | "The Birthday Boy" | "The Tourist" | "The Day" | "The Night" | "The Lonely Planet" | "The Brainstorm" | "The Toddler" | "The Fancy Party" | "The Epic Quest of Unfathomable Difficulty!!!" | "The Void" | "The Party Animal" | "The Gift 2: The Giftening" | "The Date" | "The Buddies" | "The Liar" | "The Stray" | "The Big Job" | "The Helper" | "The Funk" | "The Enemies" | "The Rider" | "The Gift"
"The First Take" | "The Smile" | "The Killjoy" | "The Theme Song" | "The Bathroom Break" | "The Planetary Conqueror" | "The Sharpshooter" | "The Glitch" | "The Caller" | "The Whatever" | "The Big Finish"
Season 2
"The Greater Hater" | "The Big Day" | "The Breakfast" | "The Fremergency Fronfract" | "The Boy Wander" | "The Wanders" | "The Axe" | "The Loose Screw" | "The It" | "The Cool Guy" | "The Catastrophe" | "The Rager" | "The Good Bad Guy" | "The Battle Royale" | "The Matchmaker" | "The New Toy" | "The Black Cube" | "The Eye on the Skull Ship" | "The Secret Planet" | "The Bad Hatter" | "The Hole...Lotta Nuthin'" | "The Show Stopper" | "The Cartoon" | "The Bot" | "The Family Reunion" | "The Rival" | "My Fair Hatey" | "The Legend" | "The Bad Neighbors" | "The Party Poopers" | "The Waste of Time" | "The Hot Shot" | "The Night Out" | "The Search for Captain Tim" | "The Heebie Jeebies" | "The Sick Day" | "The Sky Guy" | "The Robomechabotatron" | "The Flower" | "The End of the Galaxy"
"The Pilot" | "2012 San Diego Comic-Con trailer" | "2015 San Diego Comic-Con trailer" | "The Hiatus"