The episode opens with Timmy Turner doing good deeds for various people, including painting scenery for one of Mr. Bickles's stage plays, giving A.J. a new high tech computer, cleaning Mr. Turner's and Mrs. Turner's garden and cleaning Cosmo's and Wanda's fish bowl. Instead of praising him, or even thanking him, every person acts like an ungrateful 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, sending Timmy to an alternate timeline without him. 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 graduated to college, the Turners had a daughter who is better than Timmy alongside wealth, 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 that unless he can find someone whose life is worse off without him, Timmy 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.
This episode was panned by many fans for how people mistreated Timmy and how they were better off without him and how nobody cared. It is highly considered to be even more mean-spirited and screwed up than the rest of the series.
It also featured controversy of how Jorgen told Timmy to go into the abyss, so he basically told Timmy to commit suicide.
Home video releases
- The Fairly OddParents: Season 5