Spider-Man: The Animated Series

Season 3 Episode 2

Sins of the Fathers (2): Make A Wish (1)

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM May 04, 1996 on FOX
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Sins of the Fathers (2): Make A Wish (1)
Tired of Jameson giving Spider-Man the rap for all the crime in New York, Peter decides to give up the superhero business once and for all, until he meets his biggest fan, a little girl named Tyina. Can she get Spidey to change his mind?

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  • This episode was kiddish.

    OK, so it was necessary for the next episode, sure, but they had to make so kiddish? This episode may have not had much potential, but Spidey creators tend to bypass it anyway, so who cares? They had a Spidey issue (somewhere in the 200s of Amazing) where Spidey visited a young boy named Jimmy and shared with him everything, even his secret identity. At the end of the issue, it was revealed that Jimmy had leukemia and only a few more weeks to live. This issue was very good. It was happy at points and at the end tearjerking. It was absolutely amazing and this episode of Spidey should\'ve, in my opinion, had the same thing done to it. I give it a one due to a few funny points.moreless
  • *Shudder*

    My goodness this was a mess.

    The motivation, the conviction, the plot twists, the general idea concept and the resolve were all butcher beyond repair. Not only was the reasoning for Peter to hang up his suit completely contrived, also the Madam Wed stuff was not really contributing anything to the story at all. I'm not sure if this is SM:TAS only origin story, but if it is, this is one sorry attempt, there were SO many things going on in this episode that it was busy, messy and an all around snooze feast.

    At least when you have multiple stories going on at once, the chance of one of them intriguing the viewer is higher than a single focused one, but it can also make for television and things quiet often turn in a hoard of plot points that no body seems to care about, that and the overly long nature of this episode just continued to drive in nail after nail in it's coffin.

    The second and a half reveal that she'd dying at the end was sad, but not in a good way. It could have easily been FAR better and it just killed itself every 40 seconds.moreless
Stephanie Eustace

Stephanie Eustace

Maria Taina Elizando

Guest Star

Michael Rye

Michael Rye

Dr. Farley Stillwell

Guest Star

Scott Cleverdon

Scott Cleverdon

Michael Pingree

Guest Star

Rodney Saulsberry

Rodney Saulsberry

Joseph "Robbie" Robertson

Recurring Role

Linda Gary

Linda Gary

Aunt May Reilly-Parker

Recurring Role

Dimitra Arliss

Dimitra Arliss

Anastasia Hardy

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In his origin, when Flash Thompson pushes Peter down, Pete has glasses. But during the demonstration, he doesn't have them anymore.

    • When Doc Ock tries to use the laser to kill Spider-Man, the laser only harms his costume due to its programming. The cut on his costume remains for the rest of the fight until Spider-Man comes up on the beach, at which point his costume is all fixed. Spider-Man than sees the damage he caused to the lab, at which point his costume has the cut again.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Tyina: They say a lot of silly things in there - but the pictures are good! Like this one, by that Peter Parker guy. Do you know him? Spider-Man: Sometimes too well.

    • Peter: How does this always happen? I mean well, but in the process I mess up everything. The world needs Spider-Man about as much as I need him. I'm through. I quit!

  • NOTES (6)

    • This episode was released on video and DVD called "The Ultimate Villain Showdown" during the run of the Spider-Man movie along with other episodes.

    • Spidey describes the mechanics of his webshooters, explaining that he needs to hit it with 2 fingers to trigger it. One of the models he used in the comics also required 2 hits to trigger; another had a steel band over the trigger, requiring him to use his spider-strength to trigger it.

    • The question of how a high-school student created such a useful polymer as Spidey's webbing is addressed. He theorizes that the spider bite gave him an instinctive understanding of the enzyme processes involved.

    • This episode has the most detailed origin of Spider-Man, including his dream that he turned into a man-headed spider and the classic jump out of the way of an oncoming car.

    • Doc Ock has a marked reaction to the destruction of his tentacles - he seems to have feedback from their damage.

    • The title of this episode, "Make a Wish" comes from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which gets the wishes of terminally ill children and makes them come true. At the end of "Attack of the Octobot", we see the girl is one of the children being helped by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, only it is called the Wish-Come-True Foundation.


    • Tyina: Timmy says you're from a dying planet, and your parents sent you here in a little spaceship!
      Tyina's friend Timmy cites the origin of another iconic hero in red and blue - Superman. Spidey summed it up when he responds, "I think Timmy has me confused with someone else.