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When Wander and Sylvia end up as fugitives on a planet that Lord Hater is ruling, Sylvia plans to break out. However, her plans are constantly flawed by Wander, who helps everyone in need.
On a kingdom planet, Wander and Sylvia are wanted fugitives for "making Lord Hater look totally stupid and other punishable-by-death type stuff". All over the place, Watchdogs are searching for them. Sylvia is determined to leave, only to see Wander tie the shoes of a garbage creature. After hiding, Wander explains that whenever someone needs help he has to help them, as it gives him a really strong feeling that flows up through different parts of his body finishing at "the tip top of his hat" and it feels good. Upon being spotted, Sylvia hides him again and tries to explain that he needs to measure how important what he does and she rates getting out of Lord Hater's prison is high and tying someone's shoes is "low, way low." Just after this, they run off upon getting spotted again.
Sylvia speeds off to a house and hides in the doorway and sees an unattended ship on a hill. This gives her a plan: she'll sneak over to the ship, hot-wire it, and when she gives the signal Wander will join her so they can leave. Before she goes off, she asks Wander to stay where he is and he agrees. Then Sylvia sneaks away. Wander suddenly forgets the plan however, as when he sees a rock lady walk by, one of the rocks on her cart falls off, triggering Wander's help sense. He instantly runs after her just as Sylvia finishes hot-wiring the ship and gives the signal. When Wander isn't there, she realizes he disobeyed her and is running after the rock lady. He manages to give her back the rock she dropped, much to Sylvia's dismay. However, the "rock" is actually one of her babies and she thanks Wander.
Sylvia thinks of a second escape plan and sees an inter-dimensional door not far from where she is. She dashes through a crowd of waiting creatures to the door but when she gets to the other side, she realizes Wander is not there, but an arm creature who loves holding hands is.
Not far from Sylvia, Wander is running after something which he considers a matter of life and death. He manages to catch a nail which almost pops a balloon man in front of him. He thanks Wander for saving his life and hugs him, eventually shocking him in the process. At that moment, Sylvia grabs him and they hide under a carriage that a set of winged elephants are pulling. This gives Sylvia a third escape plan and invites Wander to play dress-up.
Sylvia and Wander dress as a winged elephant so they can fly away on the carrige with the others, and Sylvia reminds him that this is really important and he should stick to it. Moments after they start flying however, Wander immediately leaves Sylvia and rushes after something else. Sylvia sees the Watchdogs running after him, gets off the carriage, and knocks them away.
Wander sees two ants fighting over a single peanut on the ground and solves the problem by splitting it in half. Turns out this is a long-running war between the red and blue ant colonies. After Wander helps them, they delclare the war over and they now have peace. Sylvia sees this and takes Wander away just as he is having his picture taken by the ants.
Behind a set of pipes, Sylvia counts up every deed Wander did and knows he's a "helpful guy", making Wander blush. Sylvia adds that Wander is going to "helpful them to death" and pleads him to not help anyone anymore and, if he needs to, he has to help Sylvia get them out of here. Wander realizes his mistake and promises no more helping and Sylvia is relieved.
They face a stinky sewage pipe, where Sylvia describes her last escape plan: sneak through the pipe to a garbage barge which will leave in three minutes and they have to be on it when it does. Sylvia begins to struggle to get the pipe cap off and Wander does not help her.
Miles away, the Watchdogs are still searching for Wander and Sylvia and one Watchdog mentions how it would be helpful if they had an idea of how to find them. The word "helpful" soon gives them an idea: they steal a toy from a slug, knock over a stack of a dog's display of apples, and cause an elderly wizard to fall over and not stand up. Wander, unable to resist his help feeling anymore, immediately fixes the disasters but inadvertently gives a Watchdog back his laser gun in the process. He calls to Sylvia for help but is shocked to find out that she has abandoned him. As a result, he is caught and is forced to stomp with the Watchdogs to Hater's Prison.
One of the Watchdogs tells Wander that apprehending him will really help his standing with Lord Hater and Wander sadly tells him that he loves helping others and explains his feeling that he gets. He suddenly smells the stench from a manhole and Sylvia bursts out dirty and attacks the Watchdogs. After the fight, Sylvia explains that she had to blow her escape plan to help him, eventually glowing from the radioactive sewage. The Watchdogs don't care though and Wander and Sylvia are handcuffed as they march to the prison. While marching, Wander asks if Sylvia has another escape plan but she doesn't have any, aside from taking a bath.
Suddenly, all the creatures that Wander helped earlier suddenly come by and help them: the ants stall the Watchdogs, the balloon man flies them away, and the rock lady catches them and throws them onto the garbage barge, which was leaving the planet, and the garbage man is driving it. Wander explains to Sylvia that the other nice thing of helping others is sometimes they might help back. He also adds that this is the dirtiest getaway they ever made and they should help tidy up. Then they enjoy the rest of the ride home as Wander helps clean the barge while Sylvia relaxes.
An animatic featuring a longer version of the two ants fighting.
(While hiding from the watchdogs)
Sylvia: Wander, we are wanted fugitives, we gotta lay low!
(The Watchdogs take Wander and lead him to Prison)
Watchdog: Bo-oy, apprehending you is really gonna help my standing with Lord Hater, so thanks.
- Lord Hater and Peepers are absent from this episode, even though the Watchdogs appear. Lord Hater is also mentioned by Sylvia, and later, a Watchdog.
- Running gags: Wander ditching Sylvia's escape plan to help, the Watchdogs causing mayhem causing Wander to not resist his help urge.
- Sylvia says the garbage barge will leave in precisely three minutes. Exactly three minutes into the episode after she says that, she and Wander are on the barge.
- First episode where the Watchdogs appear without Lord Hater and Peepers.
- The title refers to Wander and Sylvia becoming wanted fugitives on the planet.
- The wanted poster was reused from the show's sneak peek in Comic Con 2012 although it was altered a little.
- Wander doesn't know what a uvula is.
- Sylvia's escape plans:
- Hot-wire a ship and leave in it
- Use an inter dimensional door
- Disguise as a winged elephant and fly away
- Crawl through a sewage pipe to a sludge barge which leaves the planet
- Wander's helpings:
- Tie a garbage man's shoelaces
- Return a baby rock to its rock mother
- Stop a nail from popping a balloon guy
- End a war of two ant colonies fighting over a peanut
- Return a slug's toy to him
- Re-stack a dog's pile of apples
- Help an elderly wizard stand up
- Return a laser gun to a Watchdog (accidentally)
- Get off the planet and land in the garbage barge (help from everyone)
- This episode reveals that Wander has an inexplicable urge to help, and goes on a crazed freakout if he can't help for a long enough time.
- First episode to heavily involve the Watchdogs.
- First time we don't see Wander without his hat on.
- The scrolling sign above the prison entrance says: "Welcome to Hater's Prison!"
- Wander's desire to help others plays a major role for the first time in this episode.
- Instead of being called a translation of "The Fugitives" in Germany, it is called "Die Flucht", which means "The Escape".
- Wander and Sylvia are wanted for making Lord Hater look stupid, possibly a reference of what happened in "The Picnic".
- In an episode entitled "The Fancy Party", a character named Queen Entozoa mentions that Wander is the most wanted fugitive in the galaxy, which is a references to this episode.
- Wander says his "help feeling" starts in his left toe, but when he explains it to the Watchdogs, he lifts up his right foot, not his left.
- Wander cannot resist his feeling to help others but in the next episode, he and Sylvia didn't bother to help Lord Hater, though this be because of the fact that heroes cannot help villains.
- When Wander sees the ants fighting, there is open space between them but later on when their war ends, both ant colonies appear and seem to take the open space.
- When the camera zooms out to show the ant colonies as they end their war, both colonies have switched sides.
- When the Watchdogs are marching, sometimes the stomping sound effect doesn't match up with their marches.
- Sylvia calls her third plan a "new new plan", then calls her fourth last plan a "new new new new plan". The fourth plan should actually be called the "new new new plan" since it's the fourth plan and "new" is added each time Sylvia thinks of something, though she might have also counted Wander's first helping to the garbage man at the beginning of the episode.
- When Wander and Sylvia are forced to march, both are wearing handcuffs, but after the ants go all over the Watchdogs, Wander's handcuffs disappear without any showing of them being removed.
- In the final shot when the barge zooms out of sight, Wander and Sylvia are not on the garbage, though they could be hidden.
- When Sylvia ends the explanation of her last escape plan, a wall can be seen behind her and Wander but when the camera zooms out as she tries to get the pipe cap off, the end of the alley can be seen.
- After Wander becomes limp from the rock lady hugging him, he's normal again when he and Sylvia peek out from behind the pole. Similarly, his fur stands up on end after the balloon guy hugs him, but when Sylvia takes him to hide behind the carriage, his fur is normal again.
- Closed captioning errors:
- When Wander cries out "Ma'm! Wait!" The captions say "Ah, wait!"
- When Sylvia complains "Yip flippin' happle blaster!" the captions list that she's screaming.
- The first time the slug says "Help!" the captions list he screams.
- When Wander is thanking Sylvia for saving him, the captions list her saying "While I was slushing through that pipe" but Sylvia clearly pronounces it as "While I was shlooshing through that pipe".
- Assassin's Creed - the part when Sylvia eats the wanted signal is similar to the way the assassins break the wanted signals in-game.
- Sonic The Hedgehog- The scene where Wander transforms into a ball is similar to how Sonic rolls up an transforms into a ball.
- Tangled - Sylvia eats the wanted poster the same way Maximus eats Flynn's wanted poster in Tangled.
- The episode was paired with "The Bad Guy" during its first few airings.
- First episode with no songs in it.
- January 7th, 2014 (Disney Channel France)
- January 25th, 2014 (Disney Channel Japan)
- February 9th, 2014 (Disney XD Latin America and Disney XD Brazil)
- February 15th, 2014 (Disney XD Poland)
- April 5th, 2014 (Disney Channel Hungary)
- August 12th, 2014 (Disney XD Germany)
- September 7th, 2014 (Disney XD Canada)
- Jack McBrayer as Wander, Additional voices
- April Winchell as Sylvia, Rock Lady, Additional voices
- Keith Ferguson as Lord Hater, Celestial Being ♦
- Tom Kenny as Commander Peepers ♦, Balloon Guy, Additional voices
- Sam Riegel as Emperor Awesome, Watchdog ♦
- Additional voices: Keith Ferguson, Fred Tatasciore
- ♦ designates a character that did not appear in this episode