Futurama

Roswell That Ends Well

Season 4, Ep 1, Aired 12/9/01
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  • Episode Description
  • During a supernova explosion, Fry uses the Planet Express's microwave oven; and when the two forces collide, they are sent back to 1947. They crash in the desert outside of Roswell, and Dr. Zoidberg and Bender's headless bodies are imprisoned and taken to a military base, where Fry's grandfather is stationed. The Professor and Leela work on how to return to 3002, while Fry and Bender's head try a rescue at the base and make a contact that might put Fry's own existence at risk.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Herman

    Sergeant / Sears–Roebuck Salesman / Scientist/ Pathologists / Conspiracy Nut

  • Katey Sagal

    Turanga Leela

  • Billy West

    Philip J. Fry / Professor Hubert Farnsworth / Dr. Zoidberg / Enos Fry

  • Tress MacNeille

    Mildred

  • Maurice LaMarche

    President Harry S. Truman / General

  • Fan Reviews (28)
  • Wait, which crazy thing happening are you guys screaming about?

    By gpph, Dec 29, 2013

  • Back to the Past

    By jinsoncme, Apr 28, 2012

  • Fry does the nasty in the pasty!

    By stephenc644, Jul 20, 2011

  • Pure perfection!

    By that70sguy92, Jul 05, 2009

  • One of Futurama's finest!

    By AdrenalinDragon, Oct 11, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (54)

    • (The surgeon is cutting one of Zoidberg's organs with a saw) Zoidberg: Hey, don't cut that! I need that to speak! (The surgeon looks at another guy and start's cutting the organ faster)

    • Bender: 1947 can kiss my shiny metal (his head falls out of the Planet Express ship then starts to fall) aaaaaaass!

    • Pathologist #1: Heart. Zoidberg: Take, I've got four of them. Pathologist #2: Stomach contents: One deviled egg. Zoidberg: Deviled egg? Zoidberg slurps it and the pathologist pulls it out again Pathologist #2: The same deviled egg.

    • Farnsworth: Well, now everything is back as it was. And if history doesn't care that our degenerate friend Fry is his own grandfather then who are we to judge? Bender: Amen!

    • Fry: Oh, poor Bender. He must be so lonely right now, trapped a thousand years in the past. Hey! Wait a second!

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    Notes (5)

    • Because Fry is now his own grandfather, he lacks a certain brainwave pattern, which is why he was immune to the Brainspawn in the episode The Day the Earth Stood Stupid, yet this information wouldn't be addressed until The Why of Fry.

    • This episode was nominated for and won the 2002 Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming less than an hour). This episode was nominated for a Annie Award for Outstanding Directing in an Animated Television Production.

    • 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.

    • Was originally to be titled 'All's well in Roswell.'

    • Director Rich Moore has been nominated for best Directing in an Animated Television Production, in the Annie Awards for 2002.

    Trivia (28)

    • Fry drives Enos out to the abandoned shack while the scientists' backs are turned, and his body was vaporized in the atomic blast. There would have been no way for them to know Enos was there or killed in the blast in order to inform Mildred.

    • Fry's grandpa's name is Enos, which, among other things, was the name of the second chimp NASA sent into space, and the first to be put into orbit around earth.

    • At the beginning of the episode Fry says that if the supernova were anything like his old Chevy Nova, then it would light up the night sky. But in the first episode, "Space Pilot 3000" Fry never had a car, and instead rode a bike. He also says in a few other episodes that he never drove.

    • At the end of the episode when Bender falls out of the ship, Zoidberg is seen covering up the autopsy hole, but there is no hole, he's just covering his front torso.

    • Opening theme promotion: FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY - EXCEPT GRANDMA AND GRANDPA

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    Allusions (22)

    • The Flipside of Dominick Hide: There are the allusions to the British sci-fi program, The Flipside of Dominick Hide, in this episode. In the program, Dominick Hide monitors times of the Flipside, the time before time travel, his slot being in 1980. He goes back in time to try to find his great-great-grandfather, also named Dominick Hide. He fails in his attempts, but meets up with and has a romance with a woman named Jane, who it turns out was his great-great-grandmother, who he got pregnant, making him his own great-great-grandfather, Dominick Hide. He then returned to the future, where he found out he was the victim of a genetic time-slip, where it was known all along by his superiors that he was his own great-great-grandfather.

    • The first photo taken by the Conspiracy Nut that No One Will Believe of President Truman looks a lot like the famous 1997 Arizona UFOs which were described as hovering in a V-shaped path.

    • All You Zombies by Robert Heinlein First published in March 1959, "All You Zombies" is regarded as a classic science fiction time travel story regarding time travel paradoxes. In it, a man (who is later revealed to be a hermaphrodite) goes back in time only to impregnate the younger version of himself (who was then living as a female). He, in turn, is the baby who is born, making him his own mother and father. While the story is being told in a bar, the folk song "I'm My Own Grandpa" is playing in the background.

    • 1947 has "Hard Croon Cafe" which is a parody done in the same design of Hard Rock Cafe.

    • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine This episode draws from episode 80, entitled Little Green Men. In it, Quark and Rom take Nog to Earth. Due to an accident, they end up being hurled back through time, crash landing in Roswell, New Mexico.

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