A Taste of Freedom

Season 5, Ep 4, Aired 12/22/02
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  • Episode Description
  • Dr. Zoidberg is accused of flag desecration when, at a Washington D.C. celebration, he cannot restrain himself from eating a large flag. After Zoidberg is sentenced to death, his people send an invasion force to enslave the people of Earth and teach them the meaning of freedom.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Herman

    Mayor Poopenmayer, Professor Ogden Wernstrum, Scruffy, Toronga Morris, Larry, Dwayne, Various

  • Katey Sagal

    Turanga Leela, Various

  • Billy West

    Philip J. Fry, Professor Hubert Farnsworth, Dr. John Zoidberg, Zapp Brannigan, Leo Wong, Various

  • Lauren Tom

    Amy Wong, Inez Wong, Various

  • Tress MacNeille

    Mom, Linda the Newscaster, Various

  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • oh, Zoidberg

    By futuramarama, Nov 04, 2009

  • hillarious episode

    By Blind_Legend, Jul 02, 2008

  • A hilarious episode as Zoidberg goes through US law the hard way.

    By Iverson82094, Feb 19, 2008

  • Zoidberg eats a flag and is sentenced to death.

    By mataletea, Feb 02, 2007

  • This is a sweet episode.

    By ian_ralph12345, Jul 05, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (30)

    • Dr. Zoidberg: I wonder what the Shroud of Turin tastes like.

    • Chief Justice: Also, in a rare Double-Whammy decision, the court finds polygamy constitutional. Old Man Waterfall: I can't wait to tell my husband. (Spectators boo louder)

    • Leela: Zoidberg you set us free! I feel like I could stand to hug you! I can't but you know what I'm trying to say.

    • Old Man Waterfall: I request a Satanic funeral.

    • Fry: You haven't won yet Moyvan! You wouldn't expect us to even go to a museum, much less steal this ancient heat-seeking missile! Moyvan: I don't even know you!

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    Notes (2)

    • The design for the Klingon embassy was originally for the Barbie homeworld embassy. But the writers got tired of the joke and changed it.

    • Several scenes were removed from the show for time, including the nude pool. You can find them on the Season 4 DVD.

    Trivia (16)

    • Goof: When Zoidberg sets fire to the Earth flag, shouldn't the heat seeking missile go after Zoidberg because he had a fiery flag and it should go after Bender because of his cigar? It could depend on the strength of the heat signal

    • Lady Justice's scale is weighed down on one side by a bag of money. She is also lacking her sword.

    • After the opening sequence, Bender along with others is having a can of beer, but when he goes to put on his hat, his Beer dissappears. Right after that Fry's beer dissappears. I say dissappears because there is no way they could set it on the railing, and when the shot zooms out for the opening for the Hot Tub, you can see that they have not been set on the ground.

    • Abe Vigoda and Snoop Dogg have become members of Supreme Court. Other familar members of the Supreme Court include Sandra Day O'Connor, David Souter, Clarence Thomas, John Paul Stevens, Antonin Scalia, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. All but Abe Vigoda and Snoop Dogg were associated justices of the U.S. Supreme Court when this episode was made.

    • Alien code: A truck with the words Earthican Flag Company is seen with Alien Code #2 below it. When translated it reads: "A Venusian Corporation."

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    Allusions (10)

    • Welcome Back, Kotter Washington DC is rededicated in 2475 to Washington the Sweathog. The Sweathogs were a group of unruly remedial students on the sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter and Freddy "Boom Boom" Washington, played by Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, was the hip, African-American, basketball enthusiast.

    • The speech made by the chicken lawyer against Zoidberg's defense speech refers to a very famous Bible verse (Matthew 15:11): "What goes into a man's mouth does not make him 'unclean,' but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him."

    • Voltaire Old Man Waterfall paraphrases the oft-misquoted Voltaire line "I may not agree with what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it."

    • Visual: Flag
      The design of the flag cleverly references the totalitarian Nazi (the colours) and Soviet (the hammer) flags.

    • Inherit The Wind
      The trial, and many of the things done during it are a parody of the famous play (and later movie) Inherit The Wind.

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