The Cryonic Woman

Season 3, Ep 3, Aired 12/3/00
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  • Episode Description
  • When Fry and Bender decide to take the Planet Express ship out for a joy ride and end up damaging the building, they get themselves and Leela fired. Leela decides to get her old job back at the Cryogenics lab, but accidentally switches her old career chip with Fry's. She ends up working as a pizza delivery girl while Fry and Bender have new jobs as cryogenics counselors. Fry and Bender are enjoying their new jobs when Fry unfreezes his old girlfriend Michelle from a thousand years ago. It turns out Michelle's life went downhill after Fry left and she froze herself to get a new start. Fry and Michelle seem to be back together, but everything in the future freaks her out. She talks Fry into freezing themselves again another thousand years. When they wake up they find themselves in an apocalyptic wasteland run by kids with guns. After arguing with Michelle, Fry decides to leave her. Fry goes wandering off and finds what seems to be Mann's Chinese Theater. He soon finds Leela and Bender and they tell him that's he's not in the year 4000 at all, but rather in Los Angeles.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Herman

    Terry / Unfrozen Man

  • Katey Sagal

    Turanga Leela

  • Billy West

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

  • Lauren Tom

    Amy Wong

  • Tress MacNeille

    Butch / Butch's Mother

  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • It's usually considered one of the worst, but I thought it was pretty good!

    By AdrenalinDragon, Aug 08, 2010

  • Not my favorite

    By that70sguy92, Jun 15, 2009

  • funny episode

    By Blind_Legend, Jun 24, 2008

  • Fry's former girlfriend is back on the scene.

    By stitch069917, Jun 24, 2008

  • A good episode, but not what I expected from this episode and not what I expected from the writers of this episode.

    By Iverson82094, Feb 04, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (65)

    • Bender: That's L.A. for you. Fry: But the air is green and there's no sign of civilisation whatsoever. Bender: He just won't stop with the social commentary. Fry: And the people are all phoneys. No one reads. Everything has cilantro on it...

    • Fry: That's it. I've had it with women. From now on, I'm concentrating on my career. Can I have my old job back? Farnsworth: Why, I've forgotten why I even fired you. Bender: 'Cause he destroyed your business, your home and all your possessions. Farnsworth: Oh, that's right. Get lost!

    • Farnsworth: You were in Pauly Shore's tube and they were delivering it to his movie screening. Leela: But, when they noticed you weren't him, they chucked you in a ditch.

    • Fry: Leela? What are you guys doing here in the year 4000? Leela: It's not the year 4000. Bender: You were only frozen for two days. Uh, by the way, I broke your bed.

    • Michelle: Quit standing up for yourself, Fry. When we get back to the hole we are going to have a long, boring talk about our relationship!

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    Notes (3)

    • Kath Soucie originally voiced Michelle in the pilot. Kath returns in this episode, but voices various boys, and Sarah Silverman plays Michelle.

    • When Butch and Fry are about to start the race, Butch's girl is counting "1,2,3" in Hebrew.

    • This episode features many references to past episodes: Michelle, the cryogenics lab and the I.C. Wiener joke from Space Pilot 3000; the unbreakable rope from The Deep South; and the brains from War is the H-Word.

    Trivia (25)

    • This episode and 'Space Pilot 3000' are the only two times throughout the entire series, including the movies, where the career chips are mentioned and/or used. Actually, career chips are mentioned in the fourth movie, Into The Wild Green Yonder, when the Professor removes both Zoidberg's and Hermes' chips, thinking that the company can't work without Leela, Bender, and Fry. He also re-implants them after receiving a delivery request from Leo Wong.

    • When the Planet Express Ship lands outside the theatre, several people run to get out of its path, including the nudist couple from 'Space Pilot 3000'

    • In this episode, Michelle says that her boyfriend's name was Charles. But in Bender's Big Score, his name is Constantine.

    • Hermes says "Like in your Star Trek program" but in "Where No Fan Has Gone Before" you can't say Star Trek or you'll get arrested.

    • In the future Los Angeles as seen in this episode, the famous "HOLLYWOOD" sign now says "HOOD".

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    Allusions (6)

    • Pauly Shore's line "Tis better to have loved and lost" is part of a line written by English poet Lord Tennyson. The full quote is: "'Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all"

    • The Fly (1958): Bender's Fly costume is just like in the original film version of The Fly.

    • The Bionic Woman

      Not just the title of the episode, but a number of jokes within the show all refer to the classic 70's show The Bionic Woman.

    • Superman III

      When Superman is turned "evil" by a corrupted form of Kryptonite, he pulls the prank of straightening the Leaning Tower of Pisa. At the end of the movie, after his heroic qualities are restored, he sets it back to normal. The additional joke is that an Italian souvenir vendor fumes each time Superman visits, smashing shelfs of his no-longer-accurate miniature replicas of the tower.

    • Fantasy Island

      Fantasy Planet is based off the television show Fantasy Island.

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