The Farnsworth Parabox

Season 5, Ep 10, Aired 6/8/03
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  • Episode Description
  • When the Professor conducts an experiment so hideous that he wants his apparatus destroyed in the thermonuclear inferno of the sun, he has Leela guard the two-foot cubic box overnight so that no one opens it and sets it off. Fry and Bender try their best to sneak a peek but it is Leela who finally gives in and opens the box. Drawn into the power of the box, Leela is thrown into a parallel universe, which has duplicates of the Planet Express gang - including Leela.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 (20)
  • Farnsworth creates a box with an alternative universe inside it which Leela and the others enter.

    By Partdridge, Aug 26, 2010

  • Another Great Episode for the Fans!

    By Samuel2484, Sep 21, 2009

  • The Crew finds a universe parallel to theirs

    By Southparkfa, Jul 20, 2010

  • Clever

    By futuramarama, Jun 20, 2010

  • A funny and well written episode

    By AdrenalinDragon, Jun 07, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (41)

    • Hermes: Item 1: Box. Check. Item 2: Sun. Whoo, that's a big check! (Hermes puts down the rear view mirror then catches fire) Whoo!

    • Hermes 1: Oh, if I know Hermes A, he's half way to the sun by now! Bender 1: Our universe is doomed! Both Benders: DOOOOOOOOMED!

    • Bender 1: Y'know what they say about making friends, make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver- Bender: And the other's gold. (both hug)

    • Leela A: Well I got through the night and no one looked in the box. Not even me, the person that gave up her whole evening to watch it, a whole evening of TV, gone. What a mockery of Justice that I can't take a little tiny peek. Ugh I need coffee. (Pause) (Leela goes to coffee machine and gets ready to put in a coin) Ok heads I look, tails I don't. (She flips the coin, it comes up heads) Oh, yeah! Oh, Yeah! Heads! I meant alright then. (She walks back to the box) No I have a duty not to look. Well then again I promised the coin I would. (She opens the box and looks in) Oh its deep, deeper than a small box should be (She falls in the box) Ah...Ouch, my lawyer will hear about this. Fry 1: Leela what have you done? Leela A: Nothing. What do you mean why was I looking in the box?

    • Farnsworth: Help Satan! You owe me!

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    Notes (2)

    • A number of scenes were deleted for time. Some of them can be found on the Volume 4 DVD.

    • The Bobble Head universe is numbered 1729. This number is Ramanujan's taxi-cab number, Bender is Mom's 1729th son, and Zapp's spacecraft the Nimbus is labelled BP-1729.

    Trivia (17)

    • This episode marks the second time Fry and Bender have attempted to climb through a steam vent, the first being Love's Labours Lost In Space.

    • The reason Dr. Zoidberg is blue is because one in every two million lobsters is blue.

    • Opening theme promotion: BEATS A HARD KICK IN THE FACE

    • Universes seen: Universe 25 (people-with-no-eyes universe), Universe 1729 (bobblehead universe), Universe 31 (blocky robot universe), Universe XVII (Roman universe), Universe 420 (hippy universe). Other universe boxes include one that is very cold, one that contains nothing but women, and another one has octopus-like residents. Also, the Benders steal treasure from both a leprechaun universe (gold Bender) and a pirate universe (original Bender).

    • The two metallic finishes for the Bender type robot are Foghat Gray and Glorious Gold.

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    Allusions (9)

    • The Narnia Chronicles The idea of jumping from one universe to another well predates Star Trek or Sliders. The Magician's Nephew, was published in 1955 and is the first book in the series containing The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. In this book, the two main characters jump into many shallow pools in a forest clearing that lead to different universes, similar to the many boxes on the floor in this episode.

    • The "hippy" universe is numbered 420. 420 is a term used by pot smokers as a code for getting high.

    • DC Comics: Multiverse Most of the episode is a parody of the DC Comics Multiverse where there are several Earths that explained why various superheros were different in different comic series.

    • Sliders
      A good portion of the episode was based around the ideas from the television series Sliders. Another FOX program that had to deal with horrible programming switches.

    • Men In Black
      The fact that the entire Universe can be kept in something so small is a parody of "The Galaxy" from Men In Black.

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