A Clone of My Own

Season 2, Ep 15, Aired 4/9/00
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  • Episode Description
  • Professor Farnsworth's time for retirement is here. He decides to create his own clone, whom he names Cubert, to extend his life. Soon afterwards, he realizes his creation is another failed experiment and decides to accept his fate.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Herman

    Dean Vernon / Barrierbot #1

  • Katey Sagal

    Turanga Leela

  • Billy West

    Philip J. Fry / Professor Hubert Farnsworth / Dr. Zoidberg / Universal Translator

  • Lauren Tom

    Amy Wong

  • Phil LaMarr

    Hermes Conrad

  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • superb

    By futuramarama, Jul 31, 2011

  • Hello, Cubert!

    By that70sguy92, Jun 13, 2009

  • great episode

    By Blind_Legend, Jun 22, 2008

  • The Professor creates his next heir.

    By stitch069917, Jun 19, 2008

  • Cubert is very annnoying!!!!

    By Iverson82094, Feb 03, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (54)

    • Guardbots: Seize them!/Seize them!/Seize them!/Seize them!/Seize them! Guardbot: Get them! I mean, seize them!

    • Farnsworth: Thank you all for saving me. Especially you, my little clone. No matter what you decide to do with your life, I'm still proud of you. Cubert: I've already decided. Dad, when I grow up I wanna be just like you. Farnsworth: Don't worry, son, you will. Incidentally, you might want to read up on a condition known as "wandering bladder". Cubert: Why? Farnsworth: No reason. No reason at all.

    • Fry: So what were they doing to you in that awful drawer? Farnsworth: Oh, they had me hooked up to a bizarre virtual world that seemed absolutely real. Amy: What was it like? Farnsworth: It was as though I were living in a facility in Florida with hundreds of other old people. All day long we'd play bingo, eat oatmeal and wait for our children to call. Leela: It's a hundred times more horrible than anything I could imagine.

    • Cubert: Good news, everyone! He's made a complete recovery. Amy: Yeah! Hermes: Wow! Leela: All right! Farnsworth: I'm as spry as a 140-year-old. [He jumps and something cracks.] See? I only broke one ankle.

    • Fry: Dammit, we'll have to fix the engine ourself. Leela: We can't, you bastard! No one knows how it works. It's impossible! Cubert: Nothing is impossible. I understand how the engines work now. It came to me in a dream. The engines don't move the ship at all. The ship stays where it is and the engines move the universe around it. Bender: That's a complete load. Cubert: Nothing's a complete load. Not if you can imagine it. That's what being a scientist is all about.

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    Notes (6)

    • This is Kath Soucie's first episode since the pilot.

    • When first aired in New Zealand the lines, Farnsworth “but he doesn’t know I taped over his soap operas to record this message”. Bender “you bastard!” Later Benders line “no we’re not, you little bed wetter, ops I’m sorry” is missing. And when Leela says, “We can’t, you bastard, no one knows how it works”. “You bastard” is cut.

    • Cubert was originally supposed to be a character that would travel with the crew and point out the flaws in the scripts and "natural science." (i.e. How could a one-eyed person with no depth perception pilot a ship through space?) But the plans were scrapped when they realized how annoying it would be, and how the fans would already do it.

    • Alien code: At the Roasting Ceremony, there is a video wall behind the podium. Alien Code #1 flashes a lot as Fry steps down. After translation, the code reads in order "Roll Picture, Color, Start Sound, Rough Draft Header, XXXX, Start Sound 16, Start Sound 35, 4, 3, 2." A standard display of what you would normally see in older countdown reels.

    • Cubert makes his first appearance this episode.

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    Trivia (9)

    • This episode is the first time that the Professor refers to good news as being bad news-once when referring to the disciplinary charges and once on the recording he left before being taken away.

    • In the French dubbing of this episode, it is German that is the "dead incomprehensible language" that is translated on Farnsworth's world translator.

    • It is revealed in this episode that when you turn 160 you are taken away to the Near Death Star. This must not apply to the heads in jars as many shown over the series are over 1000 years old.

    • The Professor keeps his real hip bones in a box labelled Spare Parts

    • Opening theme promotion: COMING SOON TO AN ILLEGAL DVD

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    Allusions (12)

    • Just after hearing about Hitler's brain, we see the portal of Mars University which reads "Knowledge brings fear". This echoes the entrance of Nazi concentration camps which read "Arbeit macht frei" ("Work brings freedom").

    • The Sunset Squad's mission to rid the world of old people is a reference to the plot of Logan's Run.

    • At one point in this episode, Cubert makes a reference to week-old Baloneyum. This is an allusion back to the episode of the Simpsons where the school's substandard budget bought them Oscar Meyer periodic tables.

    • That party at Mars University for the professor is set up the same as the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts

    • Slurm: Medical Tonic - on a billboard during the movie about Farnsworth's youth This is a reference to Coca Cola, which was invented by a pharmacist and initially sold as a brain & nerve tonic.

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