The Farnsworth Parabox

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

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!

  • Farnsworth: There. That space-time eversion has given us their box and vice-versa! Leela: So what you think you just explained to us is that - Farnsworth: Correct! This box contains our own universe! Hermes: Sweet honey bee of infinity!

  • Farnsworth 420: Dig it! All of you fitting in this box is like seriously freaked up! Farnsworth: Nonsense! Why, there's a whole universe in there! Farnsworth 420: Dude, there's a universe in all of us. Amy 420: Right on, professor Freaksworth! Farnsworth: (To his hippie self) Get a job!

  • Leela: Uh, have you robot versions of yourselves seen any extra Zoidbergs around here? Fry 31 (mechanical voice): Negative. Will you go out with me? Leela: Uh, access denied. (Fry 31's head explodes)

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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.

  • Notice that when Fry and Bender jump out of the steam vent, Fry's clothes have shrunk due to the steam.

  • When Bender and Fry are in the vent, Bender switches his eyes for angled ones. He then looks around the room below, rotating them both in the same direction. However, if he did that, the eyes would have hit and the sound would have gotten Leela's attention. Edit: She was pretending to fall asleep, so Fry and Bender take the decoy box. She was sitting on the real box.

  • When Leela is guarding the box at the beginning she is reading a magazine. The cover says its Bigfoot's birthday. This is a reference to the episode Spanish Fry involving Bigfoot.

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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.

  • Farnsworth One: All women... I'll save that one for later.
    The method of visiting parallel universes -- jumping into a hole -- and at least three of the parallel universes visited in this episode seem to reference "Sliders". There is the all-woman world of "Love Gods", the hippy world of "The Summer of Love" and the robot world of "State of the Art."

  • Farnsworth: When you create a parallel universe it's almostalways populated by evil twins.
    The classic Star Trek episode, Mirror, Mirror by Jerome Bixby and the oft revisited Mirror universe seems to be the reference here.

  • Poincare
    In the final scene Fry sits on the box containing the universe and crunches it and we see - from outside Fry's universe - that it and all the people and things in it are also crunched, and no one inside notices, just as Henri Poincare theorized.

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