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It's A Wishful Life
Season 5, Episode 10
Titlecard-Its A Wishful Life
Prod. Code: 63B
Premiered: November 5, 2004
(US)
(Australia)
May 10, 2005
Wish: To have never been born
Credits
Written by:
  Jack Thomas
Storyboard by:
  Tom King
Directed by:
  Sarah Frost
Art Direction:
  George Goodchild
Music Direction:
  Guy Moon
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It's A Wishful Life is the tenth episode of Season 5.

Plot

Timmy tries to do many good deeds for people, but nobody appreciates his work. Angry, Timmy Turner wishes that he had never been born and therefore, becomes nonexistent. Jorgen von Strangle shows up and shows Timmy how much worse, or better, everyone's lives would be without him. Jorgen tells Timmy unless he finds somebody whose life is worse without him, he'll be sent to a place where people go when they wish that they were never born, so Timmy tries to find somebody's life who is like that.

Synopsis

The episode opens with Timmy Turner doing good deeds for the various people in his life including painting scenery for one of Mr. Bickle's stage plays, giving A.J. a new high tech computer and cleaning Cosmo's and Wanda's fish bowl. Instead of praising him, or even thanking him, every person complains that it is not good enough and in fact several times heavily criticize the job he's done.

Angry over the treatment, Timmy wishes he were never born. Wanda reluctantly grants the wish. Jorgen Von Strangle appears in this alternate timeline and shows Timmy that everyone is INDEED better off without him. For example, Chester now lives in a triple wide trailer and has Cosmo and Wanda as his fairy godparents (and uses their magic for many selfless acts, unlike Timmy), A.J. has a full head of hair, and is now in College, Timmy has been replaced with a girl version who is better at everything, Timmy's parents are filthy rich, Vicky has a job supplying laughing gas to Dr. Bender's patients, Mr. Crocker is not obsessed with fairies, has a full head of hair and a muscular body, while his ear is still on his neck, and Francis is no longer a grey skinned bully, but a tan skinned football player who actually helps weaker kids instead of bullying them. Jorgen tells Timmy unless he can find someone who's life is worse off without him, the boy will have to go to "a place where all kids who wished they were never born" go.

Timmy at first tricks Jorgen to throw him in (even though Jorgen wishes to further humiliate Timmy by showing him other people better off, even Elmer, who no longer has his boil), but Timmy returns with Vicky's laughing gas and makes Jorgen laugh so hard he falls into the pit. Timmy is able to grab Jorgen's wand, however upon reflection, he does decide that everyone is better off without him, and offers to voluntarily go to the place Jorgen describes. It is then that Jorgen reveals this has all been a test, or rather a lesson, to teach Timmy that good deeds are not done for praise, but because it's the right thing to do. Jorgen, then, returns Timmy to the correct timeline with Timmy taking Cosmo and Wanda's fishbowl to clean it up. Cosmo and Wanda notes that his attitude seems to have changed for the better.

Reception

This episode, including by YouTube critic TheMysteriousMrEnter, has been given some criticism due to how traumatic it would be for a child to discover that everyone in their lives was better off without them, as well as the moral at the end that seems to imply that it is wrong to expect one's good deeds to get noticed. It is considered by some to be the worst, if not amongst the worse, of the series' episodes. Series creator Butch Hartman and his staff have since apologized for the unfortunate implications of the episode.

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