Anthology of Interest I

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (53)

  • Farnsworth: That story was preposterous. Stephen Hawking in a pizzeria! This thing isn't worth the gold it's made of.

  • Nichols: Eternity with nerds. It's the Pasadena Star Trek convention all over again. Gygax: Anyone wanna play Dungeons & Dragons for the next quadrillion years? Fry: Sure. Hawking: I guess. IBM Deep Blue: Pawn to rook 8. Al Gore: Sure! I'm a level 10 vice-president.

  • Hawking: Great. The entire universe was destroyed. Fry: Destroyed? Then where are we now? Gore: I don't know. But I can darn well tell you where we're not: The universe.

  • Nichols: Wait. I'm getting an idea. What if Fry was supposed to get frozen? Hawking: Yes. Shove him in the tube. It was my idea.

  • Nichols: Something's wrong. Murder isn't working and that's all we're good at.

  • Fry: So then my chair tilted back and I almost fell into this freezer thingy. Hawking: I call it a "Hawking Chamber". Fry: But instead of falling in and getting frozen, I missed and wanged my head. Gore: Well it's obvious what should have happened: That wang to the head should have killed you. Fry: Uh, what? Nichols: Let's finish the job.

  • Gygax: Mr. Fry, the time disruption indicates that some of that was supposed to happen but didn't, due to a quantum fluctuation. Nichols: That's why we had to beat you with tennis rackets.

  • Fry: So what do you nerds want? Nichols: It's about that rip in space-time that you saw. Hawking: I call it a "Hawking Hole". Fry: No fair! I saw it first! Hawking: Who is The Journal of Quantum Physics going to believe?

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Notes (9)

  • This episode is one of the four best episodes of Futurama, according to Matt Groening and David X. Cohen. It is also on the Futurama Monster Robot Maniac Fun collection DVD.

  • In an amusing bit of continuity, the cereal Fry eats off of his head is Admiral Crunch, presumably the "descendent" of the currently existing Captain Crunch cereal manufactured by the Quaker Oats company.

  • First appearance of the Accusing Parlor.

  • The cover of the Monster Manual at the end of the third segment is exactly the same as the original Monster Manual from Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 1st editon from the late 1970s. This particular book was, of course, written by Gygax.

  • An alternate title is "Tales of Interest".

  • Alien code: When Bender and Zoidberg start fighting in the streets, one of the apartments has a green sign in Alien Code #1. It reads "Rent A Human".

  • When Fry's chair falls this time, Nibbler's and Future Fry's shadow are gone for the only time when this is shown. In the first episode, Nibbler is there and in Jurassic Bark, both Nibbler and Fry are there.

  • Al Gore is voiced by himself, making it his first appearance in any TV series of any kind. It is also one of the very rare times that a politician appears as himself on a show. Usually only famous relatives of politicians make appearances on television shows, such a few years ago when John F. Kennedy Jr. appeared as himself on Murphy Brown, as well as Roger Clinton (Bill Clinton's brother) has appeared as himself a few times on The Nanny.

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Trivia (16)

  • Gary Gygax died during the making of the third Futurama direct to DVD movie Bender's Game which spoofed Dungeons and Dragons. After a dedication credit, a clip from this episode is shown of Gygax saying "Anyone want to play Dungeons and Dragons for the next Quadrillion years?"

  • After Fry falls and bumps his head on the freezer door, he gets up and the table he was sat at is now a lot further away from the freezer than it was when he fell.

  • When giant Bender rips Shea Stadium from its foundations, a sign indicates that the Mets were the World Series Champions in 1969 and 1986, which means that they won't win between now and the year 3000! This is further stated in the episode "A Leela of Her Own".

  • Bender: I wanna ask it a question! As a robot living among humans, I've never really felt accepted at parties or nude beaches. So I've always secretly wondered: What if I was 500 feet tall?
    At first it seems as though Bender is going to ask what it would be like if he were human, but instead he changes it. This foreshadows future events because in the sequel, Anthology of Interest 2, this time Bender does ask the What If machine what it would be like if he were human.

  • Two songs played during the Bender's segment are Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" and Hanson's "MmmBop".

  • The finglonger that Farnsworth said would be impossible to invent was used in The Birdbot of Ice-Catraz episode.

  • The reason for Fry's missing the freezing tube was probably because he fell by himself. Had he been blown in by either Nibbler or himself, he most likely would have fallen in.

  • Scruffy reappears, although his moustache is now brown, not white like it was when he appeared in A Fishful Of Dollars.

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Allusions (13)

  • Monty Python's Flying Circus The scene where Leela kills people when the lights are turned off is an allusion to a sketch in the episode "The Royal Philharmonic goes to the bathroom"

  • Star Trek Nichelle Nichols appears as Uhura from Star Trek: The Original Series (1966).

  • Under Impulse The idea of someone killing a person and then killing more people to cover up his first murder is an extract from the movie "Under Impulse".

  • WHAT IF... Vol. 1, Issue 9 Marvel Comics has had success in the past with a comic title known as What If... (one series from 1977-1984, the other from '89-'98--they now publish each one as a one-shot instead of as an ongoing series), which is a title they created that shows what would have happened to certain storylines in their comics had the story taken a different path (for example: "What If Spider-Man Joined the Fantastic Four?", "What If the Hulk Had the Brain of Bruce Banner?"). On the whole, the formula used in this show is similar to the ones used in this episode. A specific issue sticks out in my mind, however. Usually, the What If... comics are hosted by the Watcher--a cosmic being who can see into alternate realities. However, one issue--What If... Vol. 1, Issue 9 (or "What If the Avengers Had Fought Evil During the 1950's?")--is told in a different way. Iron Man calls four of the other Avengers (Captain America, Thor, the Vision, and Beast, for those of you who are interested) into a meeting only to reveal a machine he has created which can show them alternate realities--namely, that reality which answers the question What if the Avengers had been formed during the 1950's. All five of the Avengers go on to watch on a view-screen what would have happened.

  • Empire State Building: This marks the "second" time that a creature was destroyed at the site of this edifice: King Kong and Giant Bender!

  • Deep Blue: One of members of the Vice-Presidental Action Rangers is Deep Blue which was a computer made by IBM that beat world chess champion Gary Kasparov in 1997.

  • Amityville Horror: Fry asks, "Was Planet Express Built on an Indian Graveyard?", a reference to the horror movie based on ghosts controlling and killing all that live in that story's home.

  • Fry: Good night, sweet prince
    This is a direct and well-known quote from the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare; these words are spoken by Horatio as Hamlet dies. This quote has also become a widely used internet "meme".

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