|“||A little nice makes naughty think twice!||”|
"The Gift" is a holiday-themed episode of the Disney Channel animated series Wander Over Yonder, and also notably the last episode to air in the show's first season. The episode premiered on Disney XD on December 4, 2014 and aired on the Disney Channel on December 19, 2014.
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 in 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 Hate 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 scene of the episode has Wander and Sylvia floating towards a star in the night sky. In the end credits, Hater is still trapped under the dog-pile of ornament-shaped creatures.
- This episode's partner segment, "The Gift 2: The Giftening", shows the events of this episode from Lord Hater's point of view. Confusingly, this segment is presented after "The Gift 2: The Giftening".
- Wander gives gifts to most of the characters from the past season, including, in order of appearance:
- The Rock Lady, the red and blue ants, and the Balloon Guy from "The Fugitives"
- Princess Demurra and King Draykor, who also appear to already have a family of their own, from "The Hero"
- The Binglebops from "The Greatest"
- The Lords of Illumination from "The Box"
- Buster from "The Ball"
- Emperor Awesome and the Fist Fighters, first introduced in "The Picnic"
- The bird family from "The Liar"
- The Mooplexians from "The Funk"
- Westley from "The Little Guy"
- Huckleberry Knucklehead and his parents from "The Toddler"
- Trudi Traveler and Trudi Clones|her clones from "The Tourist"
- Destructor and Destructor's sock|his sock from "The Epic Quest of Unfathomable Difficulty!!!"
- Fleeblebort, Marsha, the rabbit and the feuding families also from "The Good Deed"
- The Cashier from "The Nice Guy"
- Beeza also from "The Ball"
- The baby from "The Egg"
- Sir Brad Starlight, first introduced in "The Hero"
- Little Bits from "The Stray"
- A Doom Dragon first introduced in "The Egg"
- Harvax from "The Time Bomb"
- Planet Janet from "The Lonely Planet"
- Rongruffle from "The Bounty"
- One of the villagers from "The Helper"
- The Troll from the episode of the same name
- The Hufflerumples from "The Good Deed"
- The Pit Monster from "The Birthday Boy"
- Badlands Dan from "The Bad Guy"
- Prince Cashmere from "The Troll"
- The Evil Sandwich from "The Fancy Party"
- General Outrage from "The Big Job"
- Killbot 86 from "The Bounty"
- Clipper from "The Big Job"
- Oink from "The Bad Guy"
- Stok from "The Time Bomb"
- The Potted Plant from "The Bounty"
- Ryder from "The Rider"
- The names shown on Wander's list of the Watchdogs' names are all part of the crew that worked on Wander Over Yonder's first season.
- 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".
- Despite the fact Christmas is celebrated, it is never referred to by name throughout the episode.
|John Hodgman||Lord of Illumination|
|Keith Ferguson||Lord Hater|
|Tom Kenny||Commander Peepers|