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"I don't know what I was so worried about. It wasn't so hard to fit in after all. And all we had to do was be ourselves."
"Well, with a few modifications."
"And it was all for the children."
Wanda Maximoff and Vision

Don't Touch That Dial is the second episode of the first season of WandaVision.

Synopsis

In order to fit in, Wanda and Vision perform a magic act in their community talent show.

Plot

Maximoff moves her and Vision's beds closer together

Now in a 1960s setting, Wanda Maximoff and Vision are in bed and begin to hear strange noises outside their house. The loud sound startles Maximoff awake and eventually Vision checks the window to see what caused it and assures Maximoff there is nothing to worry about before the sound scares him back into his bed. Vision points out that his coworkers were talking about some suspicious individuals in town and Maximoff insinuates that they were talking about them. As Vision cowers in his bed, Maximoff eventually discovers that the cause of the sound was a tree branch hitting the side of their house because of the wind.

The next morning, Vision is practicing a magic routine for a talent show fundraiser. Maximoff serves as his assistant who he makes disappear. As Vision worries about their routine, Maximoff explains that she just wants this to serve as a way to fit in with their neighbors at Westview.

Maximoff discovers an in color toy helicopter

Maximoff explains that she is heading to a planning committee meeting while Vision is off to a meeting of the town watch. However, Maximoff doesn’t make it far because she hears a crash in her front yard and goes to investigate. She finds a toy helicopter that has crashed into one of her bushes, but unlike the rest of the world, the toy is bright red and yellow when its surroundings are in black and white. She stares at it confused before Agnes startles her by saying “look, it’s the star of the show!”

Agnes and Maximoff head off to the planning committee meeting as Agnes warns Maximoff of Dottie Jones, the head of the committee. She points out that getting in with Jones could make Maximoff’s life in this town much easier. At the meeting, Maximoff sees how demanding Jones can be. She also meets Geraldine, who points out that she does not know what she is doing there, to which Maximoff agrees; feeling just as out of place.

Meanwhile, Vision finds the neighborhood watch meeting at the local library. They explain to him that it’s a member's only event and attempt to exclude him. He hangs around however, asking a slew of questions about their policies. When offered a danish, he lets it slip that he does not eat food but quickly covers his mistake. He does however accept a stick of gum after the group allows him to join them. As he awkwardly chews, one of his new friends pats his back, causing him to swallow the gum, which unintentionally causes some major issues for his inner workings.

Maximoff and Jones hears a voice.

As Maximoff cleans up after the meeting for Jones, she tries to get on the good side of the head of the committee. Jones explains though that she has heard some things about Maximoff and Vision but before she can explain anything a garbled voice comes over the radio. As it becomes more clear, the voice can be heard saying, “Who is doing this to you, Wanda?” The radio short circuits and a glass in Jones’ hand shatters, cutting her hand which becomes covered in red blood. Jones is seemingly unphased by the incident and makes a joke about getting blood stains out of white linen before heading away.

Later, Maximoff panics backstage at the talent show while she waits for Vision to show up. He finally staggers up to the stage, seemingly intoxicated. Maximoff takes the stage and introduces Vision, who stumbles on his way out. He bumbles his way through a magic routine, using his powers to shock and amaze the audience. Trying to keep them from being discovered, Maximoff uses her own powers to create practical explanations for his tricks as the audience bursts into laughter. During their big finale, they make Geraldine appear in the cabinet which was supposed to be used to make Maximoff disappear. Geraldine is understandably confused but the audience is delighted.

Vision and Wanda Maximoff at talent show

As they go backstage, Maximoff discovers the gum in Vision's system and corrects the problem. The now sober Vision tosses the gum away and the couple tries to sneak away. Jones spots them, however, and demands they stop. While Maximoff and Vision expect to be scolded, Jones instead presents them with an award for the best comedy performance. Maximoff brings Geraldine on stage to take a bow with them. The confused stagehand asks how they did their trick but of course they refuse to answer, saying that a magician never reveals their secrets.

Vision and Wanda Maximoff out to find a beekeeper.

Back home, the couple celebrates their performance and their day of fitting in. As Maximoff starts to head to the kitchen, Vision calls her back. As she turns around, it is revealed that she is pregnant. Maximoff asks if this is really happening and they are quickly interrupted by a sound outside. They head out to find a man climbing out of the sewer in a beekeeper's outfit, surrounded by bees.

Wanda Maximoff and Vision's face is now in color

When the man turns to face them, Maximoff simply utters "no," and things begin to rewind, bringing things back to the point of Maximoff asking if her pregnancy is really happening. This time, instead of hearing the sound, Vision assures her it's really happening and the two kiss. Maximoff notices Vision's face is now in color, and marvels as she and the environment around her become colorized. They kiss again and the camera begins to pull out, all while a voice from the radio once again is heard asking "Who is doing this to you, Wanda?"

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Trivia

  • The episode was initially titled as "Episode 2" upon release.
  • The episode title refers to an advertising phrase that was used to prevent audiences from changing the channel.
  • This episode pays several homages to American fantasy-sitcoms of the 1960s, most notably Bewitched.
  • The animated intro of the episode features many Easter eggs from the comics:
    • The helmet of the Grim Reaper from the comics can be spotted.
    • The "Bova Milk" sign is a reference to Bova Ayrshire, a genetically enhanced anthropomorphic cow who act as a caretaker for Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver when they were infants.
    • The "Auntie A. Litter" sign is a reference to Agatha Harkness. The black cat on the logo is a reference to Harkness' mystical pet Ebony.
    • There is a small statue of Robert Frank/Whizzer. In the comics, Whizzer was the American adoptive father of the Maximoff twins.
  • The opening starts with stars twinkling in the shape of the hex.
  • Vision and Wanda Maximoff's stage names, "Illusion" and "Glamor", are a reference to Ilya and Glynis Zarkov, a couple of enhanced individuals who hide their superhuman abilities under the civilian disguises of stage magicians. The Zarkovs were residents of Leonia, New Jersey and frequent acquaintances of Scarlet Witch and Vision.
  • The number 57 on the red-and-gold S.W.O.R.D. toy helicopter is a reference to Avengers #57, which marked the first comic book appearance of Vision.
  • The use of element of color in a black-white environment is similar to the 1998 movie Pleasantville.
  • The Big Red that Herb offers to Vision was not officially sold until 1975. Big Red was also the production title for the series.

Music

Song title Artist Location(s)
WandaVision! Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Sara Mann, Jessica Rotter, Cindy Bourquin, Elyse Willis, Laura Dickinson, Robert Lopez, Eric Bradley, Greg Whipple, Jasper Randall & Gerald White
  • Opening Credits
Just Another Girl
(feat. Annette Tucker)
Al Hazan
Help Me, Rhonda The Beach Boys
Speed Polka Johann Staauss & Leo Nissim

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