Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles

Season 5, Ep 7, Aired 3/30/03
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  • Episode Description
  • When Fry and the Planet Express gang realize that at 161 years old, the Professor has become too crotchety to handle, they decide he needs to be "youth-a-sized". Traveling to an asteroid, they register the Professor at a posh resort where their full-body bath in searing hot tar is guaranteed to turn back the clock. Through a series of unfortunate accidents, the bath covers not only the Professor but also everyone else and all are affected by the treatment. Back at Planet Express, a now 53-year-old Professor tries to keep a now 13-year-old Fry and other kids under control while looking for a way to reverse the effects of the tar treatment. Meanwhile, "the kids" all react to their newfound youth, including Leela, who decides she could have a taste of the childhood she never had as an orphan.moreless

  • 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)
  • "Now Let's have some Takila to celebrate!"

    By Samuel2484, Sep 25, 2009

  • Extremely funny and well written.

    By ctm723, Jun 30, 2009

  • great episode

    By Blind_Legend, Jul 02, 2008

  • Another one of my favorite episodes that has so many jokes that it can even make the driest senses of humor laugh-out-loud!!!!!

    By Iverson82094, Feb 19, 2008

  • An accident causes the Planet Express to become younger.

    By mataletea, Feb 02, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (45)

    • Amy: You look old enough to be my dad. Farnsworth: Oh Florgshbird.

    • Farnsworth: Dude, this solar system is like way old man.

    • Farnsworth: We'll all suffer the agony of unbirth.

    • Leela: My life isn't as glamorous as my web page made it seem.

    • Fry: You can stop winning now. We've won.

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    Notes (3)

    • We learn that Zoidberg has/had a brother named Norman

    • Many scenes were deleted from this episode to make up for time. You can find them all on the Futurama Season 4 DVD.

    • Young Bender has antenna ears, an early design concept Groening had for Bender.

    Trivia (19)

    • How would the Fountain of Aging take the Kronatons of their DNA? Shouldn't it just age them, then when they got out they would continue growing younger?

    • The planet with "its asteroid belt pulled so high up", actually has rings, like Saturn and Uranus in our solar system (along with a few others with very small rings...) so this is incorrect.

    • There is no proportion whatsoever among the character's getting younger, especially with Bender. Bender's head starts out oldest, at over 1050 years old, and yet it simply appears as young as the rest of his body, which should have gotten younger much faster than any of the other characters. Next was Farnsworth, and though his losing many more years at first makes sense, due to being covered in the oil for longer, it doesn't make sense that he should end up about 8 years old when the others are in the "womb" when after the first age loss they appear to have about 40 years between them.

    • Zoidberg was shown as a child in A Taste Of Freedom, and he was the same as he is now. Even if this was supposed to be after all these "larval stages", how could the slug-like form of Zoidberg have been "a teenage heartthrob"? Furthermore, in Why Must I Be A Crustacean In Love? Zoidberg states that he "hung out as a larva" in a puddle, and implied that he was bullied by a tiny hermit crab, which he then ate. None of the Zoidberg's forms shown were that small, and it seems highly unlikely that he had many before being coral.

    • In the scene where Farnsworth is drowning in the Fountain of Aging, why doesn't Bender just elongate his arms and pull him out?

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    Allusions (8)

    • The Dr. Farnsworth is portrayed as a Jesus-figure, who kept his faith, and is rescued at the last minute from death by God. The Pazuzu gargoyle is also portrayed as God.

    • Children's Story: Bunny Bender's line, "When I grow up, I wanna be a steam shovel!" is the last line in the childrens' story Bunny. In it, a girl says to her brother that when she grows up she wants to be a bunny before becoming a lady; at the end of the story the boy says, "When I grow up, I wanna be a steam shovel."

    • Star Trek: The Next Generation The plot has some similarities to a "Star Trek: TNG" episode entitled "Rascals." In that episode, four characters (Keiko, Guinan, Ensign Ro and Captain Picard) are involved in a transporter malfunction that turns them into pre-adolescents.

    • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine When Prof. Farnsworth is flying the Planet Express ship with the ship's high beams on, he destroys a street sign, and then a space station that looks exactly like Deep Space Nine.

    • Children's Book: Monster
      In only a reference true geeks would notice, the monster on the cover of the children's book is a Gorn from the original Star Trek.

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