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The Waste of Time
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Wander and Sylvia traveling through their past
Season: 2
Production code: 217b
Broadcast number: 70
Story by:
Craig McCracken
Todd Casey
Francisco Angones
Amy Higgins
ND Stevenson
Rachel Vine
Written by:
Rachel Vine
Storyboards by:
Howie Perry
Directed by:
Eddie Trigueros
Broadcast Information
Disney Channel US Premiere:
Disney XD US Premiere:
April 11, 2016
International Debut:
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Paired with
The Party Poopers

When Wander and Sylvia accidentally buy Time Orbbles, Sylvia must keep Wander focused or risk being lost in time forever.

Episode Summary

Wander and Sylvia arrive at The Wright Place, a run-down orbble station on a distant planet. A terrified Sylvia asks Wander to refill their container of orbble juice. As they leave, Sylvia tells Wander about things she would rather do and see, only to realize that they have arrived at a Galactic Conjunction. The two realize that Wander has mistakenly purchased Time Orbbles.

Sylvia tries to get Wander to focus on returning to their own time, but Wander is busy watching his past incarnation talking to Lord Hater about his picnic basket. Sylvia explains the consequences of altering the past before rushing off to return to the orbble station.

The two attempt to return to their own time, ending up in various time periods, including Lord Hater's performance on Dominator's ship, a future in which a giant arachnomorph attacks them, Sylvia's past as a bounty hunter, and Wander's past encountering Major Threat during another Galactic Conjunction. Eventually, Wander and Sylvia find that they only have enough juice for one more orbble, which brings them to The Wright Place.

The station's founders, Wilmur and Orbble Wright, approach Wander and Sylvia, having just finished inventing orbble juice, causing them to realize they came to the right place at the wrong time. When they ask for Time Orbbles, the Wright brothers belive this to be an interesting concept to develop, adding that it would take an estimated fifty years to complete. With no other option, Wander and Sylvia offer to watch the station while the Wright brothers focus on completing the Time Orbbles.

Decades later, an elderly Wander and Sylvia prevent their past selves from buying the Time Orbbles by placing an "out of order" sign on the Time Orbble pump. As they watch themselves leave, Wander apologizes for wasting time, to which Sylvia replies, "I'm glad I got to spend it with you" before sharing a hug as they fade from existence.


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End Credits

Wander watches his past self attempt to scoot down the hill during the events of "The Picnic".


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Memorable Quotes


Background Information

  • This episode shows how Wander and Sylvia first met.
  • It’s also revealed Wander got his name when Sylvia called him a “wandering weirdo”.
  • Wander might be at least 1,000 years old since he saw two planetary alignments in the same place.
  • The Wright Brothers are voiced by the members of the Two-Man Gentlemen Band.
    • In addition, Orbble only says "Yup" and "Nope" while Wilbur does most of the talking; this is a reference to Andy Bean singing mostly lead, while Fuller Condon mostly sings backup.


  • Sylvia breaks the fourth wall when she says "We can't keep wasting our time watching past episodes...of our lives."
  • This episode confirms that Wander was previously known as Tumbleweed, a fact that was first mentioned in "The Good Bad Guy".
  • Apparently, Sylvia worked as a bounty hunter before she decided to join Wander on his travels, and even captured Wander at one point, a fact that she is not proud of.
  • It was revealed Wander got his name from Sylvia calling him a "wandering weirdo" on their first encounter.





  • Star Wars - When Wander tells Sylvia about his encounter with Major Threat, he quotes the opening line of this film franchise.
  • Wilmur and Orbble Wright are an obvious parody of Wilbur and Orville Wright who made the first airplane flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903.
  • When Wander says "Gotta get back...Back to the past!", he's clearly referencing the theme song for Samurai Jack.

Production Information




"The Party Poopers"
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