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"The Gift"
S1e19b Sylvia "But if we're caught"
Wander and Sylvia delivering presents on Lord Hater's ship
Season: 1
Production code: 119b
Broadcast number: 39
Story by:
Lauren Faust
Craig McCracken
Francisco Angones
Ben Joseph
Amy Higgins
Dave Thomas
Johanna Stein
Written by:
Francisco Angones
Amy Higgins
Storyboards by:
Howie Perry
Vaughn Tada
Directed by:
Dave Thomas
Broadcast Information
Disney Channel US Premiere:
December 19, 2014
Disney XD US Premiere:
December 4, 2014
International Debut:
December 13, 2014 (Disney Channel Japan)
Paired with
"The Gift 2: The Giftening"
Story arc(s)
"The Gift 2: The Giftening"
A little nice makes naughty think twice!

— Wander

It's a special holiday time of year, and Wander and Sylvia deliver presents to everyone they've met the past season. However, it later gets shook up when Wander decides to sneak onto Lord Hater's ship and give some to he and the Watchdogs as well, hoping to spread happiness to an evildoer's army.

Episode Summary[]

On a wintry planet, Sylvia is taking a nap, when a box wrapped in a red bow gets her attention. Wander pops out of the box in excitement about "today". Sylvia joins the excitement. Wander explains to her that once every 365 Yuletidian cycles, a cluster of interstellar temporal neutrinos collides with a passing dimensional space vortex, resulting in a massive chronal jet stream, and they use it to travel through the universe in one day by delivering presents to everyone they've met the past season, of their lives.

After delivering presents to practically every incidental character introduced on the show, Sylvia is relieved that their work is done, but Wander then points out they need to deliver gifts to the Watchdogs and Lord Hater, much to Sylvia's annoyance. As they walk onto Hater's ship, Wander tells her that if Hater gets a present, his heart might grow three sizes and he'll be able to spread cheer throughout the galaxy. He also shares with her a Slarnian greeting in a rather unintelligible gibberish, which roughly translates to: "A little nice makes naughty think twice".

The two arrive just in time to see Hater complain to his empty conference room about his army's incompetence. Wander directs a lost Watchdog named Tim to the wrong conference room, and then sneaks a present to him, telling him to read a tag. When he does so, Tim's eyeball becomes a red heart and starts moaning, "Happy..." 

After Sylvia reluctantly agrees with Wander's plan and also giving him the gibberish, the two set out delivering presents to the Watchdogs, one by one, causing them to fall prone to them. Meanwhile, Hater and Peepers have already noticed what happened to Tim, the latter pointing out the gift made him happy. As they talk, Wander and Sylvia toss presents to the Watchdogs from the vents, making them happy too. Hater and Peepers see this and run into a room, and Hater announces they need to stop Wander and Sylvia. An alarm starts to go off, and Wander orders Sylvia to find and secure Hater while he takes care of the Watchdogs.

Not very far, Peepers and two other Watchdogs, Pete and Teddy, have already split up. Wander manages to give a diamond ring to Teddy, but while giving Pete's gift, he leaves the ribbon undone, so he fixes it before Pete opens it and gains tap shoes. Immediately though, Peepers comes upon the action and Wander presents his gift, causing him to run away. As he bangs on the door to where Hater is hiding, Wander is shocked he'll ruin the surprise, and quickly tosses the gift to him.

Hater, who is still hiding, ends up backing into Sylvia, who has somewhat joined him. After he runs away screaming, Wander frantically tells Sylvia that Hater is leaving and if he doesn't get his gift, he won't be able to spread cheer, so they have to go after him. As they chase after Hater, Sylvia utters, "I hate today."

They reach a log cabin back on the snowy planet from the beginning of the episode, just as Hater locked himself in. Wander however, manages to get Sylvia and himself inside by stuffing themselves down the chimney. As they start to approach Hater, Sylvia thinks he doesn't want a gift, but Wander points out he's just being polite. A bunch of Watchdogs trap them in a rope at the last second though, and as Hater congratulates them, Wander and Sylvia escape the trap and Wander leaves Hater's present in place.

As the two float away, Sylvia wonders how the Watchdogs could be so awesome, and Wander points out that this was because he printed the words "From Lord Hater" on the other side of the tags the gifts had, so they did something right for him as he wanted. Wander points out that Hater is realizing this now, and hears him scream "NO!" from the cabin. Seconds later, Sylvia suddenly realizes something, and they hear Hater shout "YES!" in turn, followed by him popping their orbble.

As the Watchdogs march past Wander and Sylvia, Hater thanks them for the gift, which he will now use them to conquer the universe, starting with a village decorated for Christmas. Wander tears up, sad that his plan has failed, but Sylvia cheers him up by telling him that she has the perfect gift for him. She cues something, which surprises Wander but shocks Hater.

In the village, the Watchdogs are suddenly getting into the holiday spirit by helping various ornament citizens decorate and give presents. Hater tries to stop this by destroying all the decorations, but the ornaments gather around him and bury him from site. Wander tells Sylvia he knew that being kind to others makes them kind back, and they exchange the alien gibberish in turn.

The final song of the series is Bucks Fizz preforming “The Land Of Make-Believe”


For a full transcript of The Gift, click here.

End Credits[]

Bucks Fizz preform "The Land of Make Belive"


Click here to view more images from The Gift.
The image gallery for The Gift may be viewed here.


Wander: He's gonna be so excited!

Lord of Illumination: Soooooooo whatsinthebox?

Sylvia: (wearing sleigh bells) I just don't get why I have to wear these.
Wander: 'Cause they go so well with these! (takes out a pair or reindeer antlers and puts them on Sylvia's head)

Wander: Perfect!

Wander: It's not just about giving someone a present, it's about giving someone the perfect present! Observe.
Wander: If we give Hater the perfect gift, maybe his heart will grow three sizes, and he'll spread cheer throughout the galaxy.

Sylvia: Or maybe he'll try to destroy us...again.

Wander: Perfect. He's overwhelmed with joy! A little nice makes naughty think –

Sylvia: Twice. Slarnian. (She does the gibberish.) Yeah, I know. But if we're caught, we don't get to deliver gifts. We get to die. So, just promise me we'll be careful. Deal?
Wander: (hugs her) Deal!

Background Information[]

  • Fourth wall breaks:
    • Wander mentions the comet that allows them to deliver gifts in one single day will allow them to visit everyone they've met the past season.
    • Wander points over at the cabin to cue Lord Hater's "NO!".
    • Wander and Sylvia smile at the camera as it tilts up into the sky as the episode ends.
  • Strangely, in Latin America, this episode aired after Christmas.
  • In production order, this is Commander Peepers' last appearance in Season 1.
  • From this episode, Lord Hater's reputation is ruined (as the Watchdogs give gifts to villagers, and they claim that Lord Hater is the one to give the gifts), and this continues during the Season 2' opener ("The Greater Hater").


  • This is the 2nd Christmas-themed episode of the series.[1]
  • Wander pulls out a list of the Watchdogs' names. The names listed are all part of the crew that worked on Season 1 of Wander Over Yonder.
  • The episodes without showing a character getting a present are The Pet, The Prisoner, The Day, The Night, The Void, The Date, and The Enemies.
  • Wander points out that the comet comes once every 365 Yuletidian cycles. The average length of a single year is 365 days (one extra day is added every leap year).
  • This episode introduces another addition to the show's alien dialect. Multiple times, Wander and Sylvia voice an unintelligible grumbling gibberish, which translates to "A little nice makes naughty think twice".
  • A few scenes in this episode are played differently than its predecessor, despite the fact that they're supposed to happen at the same time:
    • When Wander and Sylvia see Hater chiding the empty conference room, He is in the middle of the room, and ends his rant with his fists lifted and shouting to the ceiling. However, in "The Giftening", he says the rant while walking back to the middle, and he ends it while looking directly at the seats.
    • When Hater and Peepers find Tim and wonder what the present is, they are separated, and then Hater is pushing Peepers forward in case something happens. In "The Giftening", Hater first pushes Peepers in front of him if anything happens before asking what is it.
    • In "The Giftening" Lord Hater and Peepers lean forward a bit before Tim moves and scares them. In this episode, they don't lean forward.
    • After the Watchdogs apprehend Wander and Sylvia, the Watchdog saying "Bone Daddy is in the nest! Bone Daddy is in the nest!" and the Watchdogs readying their blasters is not seen.
    • After Tim scares Peepers and Hater, Peepers remarks that it has made him happy, which contradicts what he said before that he didn't knew what was wrong with him. This gives another error as well: in "The Giftening", Peepers has to test Tim first before coming to the conclusion that he's happy. Also, Hater says shortly afterwards that "The Watchdogs have never been happy before!", with the exchange of "Happy?" "Happy." cut.
    • When Hater and Peepers share their exchange over Tim being happy, they are in the conference room, but in "The Giftening", they are outside the sick bay.
    • Hater and Peepers freak out and run for their lives the instant they see the joy-ified Watchdogs waiting outside. In "The Giftening", Hater and Peepers take a few steps without getting their attention before panicking.
    • When Peepers, Pete and Teddy separate, it immediately cuts to Pete and Teddy talking, with the part with them running towards the camera removed.
    • Pete tells the Joy-ified Teddy that her girl will love the present and slowly walks away while crying, tumbling on his gift and then getting up and seeing it unwrap itself, looking inside and saying "my dream" in The Giftening. In The Gift, Pete tells Teddy the same without walking backwards nor crying, and he is already looking at the present when Wander wraps it. Pete is also dancing, when he's not supposed to do it until Peepers arrives.
    • When Peepers says that Pete has succumbed to the dance, he look like he's panicking when in The Giftening he remained still as he said so. Also, when he turns to see Wander, he has a shocked look and Wander also has a wide-eyed look, but in The Giftening, Peepers frowns until he turns to see Wander, who is also frowning.
    • In "The Giftening", Hater opens the door, sees Peepers with his gift and then sees Wander taking out a gift for Hater, who screams and shuts the door. In The Gift, this scene skips to when Hater walks backwards until he hits Sylvia.
      • In said episode, Hater opens the door when saying “Commander Peepers?...C-Peeps?”. Here, he does not.
    • When Hater backs into Sylvia, she says "Boo". In "The Giftening", she just snorts.
    • When Hater reaches the snow planet, he is screaming when he enters the cabin and blocks the door. In "The Giftening", he isn't screaming, and the scene where he barricades the door is removed.
    • When Wander and Sylvia are going to give Hater his present, they do a brief argument as they walk towards him. They don't talk in "The Giftening".
    • In "The Giftening" the chase between Wander and Peepers is shown while in "The Gift" this scene were dropped, However it is proven to this episode that Wander tossed the gift to Peepers making to its Interquel to be skipped to the part when Peepers is joy-ified.
      • It is likely that this was done to make room for the extra scenes taking place after "The Giftening's" events.



  • At some points, Wander's small hairs on his head are not drawn and his third hair strand is missing.
  • During the time when Wander and Sylvia leave the snow planet, Wander's hat suddenly duplicated making the other hat is fully loaded of gifts and not being carried by either of them.
  • When Wander gives the Cashier his from "The Nice Guy," the lid outline is missing.
  • After the shot of Sylvia wearing sleigh bells and reindeer antlers, a shot of she and Wander flying through space before it cuts to Trudi and a clone getting presents is seen. If examined closely, Wander's hat is missing, and Sylvia is not wearing the antlers and bells. They reappear shortly afterward.
  • When Wander and Sylvia fly over Fleeblebort, Marsha, the starving rabbit and the feuding families to give them their gifts, Sylvia's arms and legs do not have sleigh bells.


  • The events in this episode, mostly the decorations, present giving are heavily based on and obviously point out it's Christmas, but it is never referred to by name throughout the episode.
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - Wander suspects giving Hater a gift will cause his heart to grow three sizes, a reference to this Dr. Seuss book and the Chuck Jones Christmas special. The village at the end of the episode is also similar to how Whoville appears in the TV special.
  • The Living Nativity - The final shot of the episode (before Bucks Fizz preform "The Land of Make Believe" (1981)), which shows a big star as Wander and Sylvia float towards it, references the star that shines over the stable where Baby Jesus was born.
  • Christmas songs that play throughout the episode are:
    • "Jingle Bells" - Plays when Wander greets Sylvia, and again when Pete and Teddy are talking.
    • "Joy to the World" - Plays while Wander and Sylvia are delivering gifts.
    • "The Twelve Days of Christmas" - Plays when Wander and Sylvia enter Lord Hater's ship, before Wander gives Tim a present, and when he and Sylvia discuss outside the conference room.
    • "Deck The Halls" - Plays while Wander gives gifts to the Watchdogs.
    • "The Land of Make Believe" - Plays after Wander and Sylvia leave the cabin and is preformed live By Bucks Fizz with credits running over the performance

Production Information[]

  • The first images were shown in promos for "The Gift 2: The Giftening", the episode that this is paired with and takes place during.
  • This episode is a part of Season 1 but oddly airs after the season finale. This was likely unintended but required as this is a Christmas-themed episode.
    • Craig McCracken later confirmed on Twitter that The Rider is the official season finale, and The Gift simply airs last as a Christmas special.[2]
      • However, Ryder has made a brief appearance in the episode.
  • This is the last episode aired in Season 1.
  • This is the last episode to premiere in 2014.
  • This episode aired as part of Disney XD's "Holiday Log Jam".
  • Unlike most episodes, which can be seen at any point in the year, this episode, along with its partner episode, only airs during Christmastime (hence taking place during that time), making it extremely rare to watch.
  • Originally, the animatic would show Captain Tim sleeping in Lord Hater's bed, and Wander would give him a gift and kiss Lord Hater on the head. This was replaced with Lord Hater buried underneath the ornaments due to the show's move to Disney XD, where the animatic had to be 15 seconds long.
  • In the UK, not even that animatic is shown, the one from “The Gift 2”, where Commander Peepers and Hater are stuck in traffic is
  • When this episode and "The Gift 2: The Giftening" aired in Russia, when "The Gift 2: The Giftening" ended, it simply cut to the first part of "The Gift" without any break inbetween. Sylvia's line "There's just one thing I don't get." is also cut for an unknown reason.
  • This is the final episode animated at Mercury Filmworks. From Season 2 onward, episodes are animated at Boulder Media.

International premiers[]

  • December 7th, 2014 (Disney XD Canada)
  • December 12, 2014 (Disney XD UK/Going Live!)
  • December 13, 2014 (Disney Channel Japan)
  • December 21, 2014 (Disney XD Spain)
  • December 2014? (Disney Channel Portugal)[3]



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"The Rider"
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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"
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"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"
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