The Day the Earth Stood Stupid

Season 3, Ep 7, Aired 2/18/01
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  • Episode Description
  • The Professor informs the crew that their next delivery is no longer necessary because that planet has been destroyed. Meanwhile, Leela enters Nibbler in a pet show and wins dumbest pet. The evil brains responsible for destroying planets have arrived on earth and started making everybody stupid.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Herman

    Pet Show Judge / Chester A. Arthur's Head

  • Katey Sagal

    Turanga Leela

  • Billy West

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

  • Lauren Tom

    Amy Wong

  • Tress MacNeille

    Linda / Fiona / Tom Sawyer / Elizabeth Bennet

  • Fan Reviews (11)
  • perfect

    By futuramarama, Aug 17, 2011

  • Nibbler can talk!

    By that70sguy92, Jun 15, 2009

  • hillarious

    By Blind_Legend, Jun 24, 2008

  • So hilarious... A must see for every Futurama fan.

    By Iverson82094, Feb 09, 2008

  • Absolutely brilliant

    By VideoGameCritic, Jan 16, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (50)

    • Nibbler(voice-over): I, meanwhile, returned to my post, ever vigilant, lest Earth again come under Brain attack. And when that day comes, God help us. God help us all. Leela: Time for a diap-y change! Nibbler(voice-over): End transmission.

    • Nibbler(voice-over): Thanks to the effect of the brain rays, the people of Earth had no memory of what had transpired, except Fry, and no one believed him or cared what he had to say.

    • Nibbler(voice-over): And so life returned to normal, or as normal as it gets on this primitive dirtball inhabited by psychotic apes.

    • Fry: I did it! And it's all thanks to the books at my local library.

    • Leela: Me... feel... a bit better in cognitive faculties.

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    Notes (4)

    • This is the first time Nibbler speaks English. His speaking voice is provided by the same voice actor who does his "animal" voice, Frank Welker.

    • First appearance of Ken, Fiona and the Big Brain.

    • Matt Groening's favorite character in Futurama: The Hypno-Toad. The sound that it makes is a recording of a turbine engine played backwards.

    • Alien code: When Leela and Nibler get to Nibler's planet, you see a dome with two obelisks standing on each side. They have both Alien Code #1 and #2 written on them. Lucky for us, they both say the same thing. When translated they both read: "Yummy Tummy."

    Trivia (10)

    • Opening theme promotion: 80% ENTERTAINMENT BY VOLUME

    • The books that Fry and Leela get trapped in are "Moby Dick" by Herman Melville, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain, and "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen.

    • When everything returns to normal, Hermes is holding a meeting that everyone appears to be sleeping at. Hermes' chart reads 'Employees Sleep During Meetings.'

    • The message below the Pet Show sign reads "KIDS: See Toucan Sam's Death Mask."

    • Some of the storage rooms in the library include 'Reference Books,' 'Books on Tapeworms,' and 'Stephen King: A - Aardvark.'

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    Allusions (6)

    • Don Martin/MAD Magazine Hermes: ...Then Don Martin Three went kaflooie. Don Martin is a long time artist/cartoonist at MAD Magazine. He is most famous for his "silent" cartoon that included very odd, but descriptive sound effect noise words like kaflooie and sprroonngg.

    • If you look at the signs at the pet show, twice you'll see a sign that says "Soylent Chow." This is a reference to the movie "Soylent Green," set in a distant future where there is no more room for dead people under the Earth's surface, and dead bodies line the streets. So some scientists developed food called "Soylent Green" which is actually made from people, to deal with the problem.

    • Brain Spawn:Superman The Brain Spawn share the same goal as Superman's Brainiac, who seeks to learn everything in the universe and blow up each planet to prevent new information from surfacing.

    • Council Member: Welcome back, Lord Nibbler, ambassador to Earth.
      Nibblonian council is reference to Minbari "Grey Council" in TV series Babylon 5. There is also 9 members and they wear cloaks with hoods. The lights from the ceiling are almost identical. The only difference is that Minbari had no chairs, they stood.

    • Fry: The libary!
      This is Billy West's homage to Steve Alan's "Jerk Test." If you say Libary instead of Library, you're a jerk.

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