The Luck of the Fryrish

Season 3, Ep 10, Aired 3/11/01
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  • Episode Description
  • Bad luck sends Fry underground to search for his boyhood good-luck charm, stirring memories of rivalry with his older brother, Yancy.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Herman

    Horse D'ourves Salesman / Hair-bot / Breakdancing Teacher

  • Katey Sagal

    Turanga Leela

  • Billy West

    Philip J. Fry / Professor Hubert Farnsworth / Dr. Zoidberg / Leo Wong / Andy Goldman's Offspring

  • Lauren Tom

    Amy Wong / Inez Wong / Young Yancy Fry, Jr.

  • Tress MacNeille

    Mrs. Fry / Yancy Fry Jr.'s Wife

  • Fan Reviews (39)
  • Probably one of the best episodes.

    By RainShadow2005, Jan 08, 2013

  • Don't You forget about me

    By jinsoncme, Apr 28, 2012

  • An excellent, touching episode!

    By sasuke6798, Dec 10, 2011

  • Wow!!!

    By tigerdude22, Jul 16, 2011

  • One of my favorites.

    By that70sguy92, Jun 15, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (44)

    • Yancy's Wife: Any thoughts for names yet, Yancy? Yancy: I'm thinking of one. (Taking the baby) Hey, little guy I got a present for you. Do you know what this is? Its a seven leaf clover that can help you be successful in anything you do even break dancing, and it once belonged to someone very special. Yancy's Wife: I know what you want to name him Yancy, it's okay. Yancy: Really!? Son I'm going to name you Phillip J. Fry, after my little brother. Who I miss everyday (Tears form in his eyes)I love you Phillip.

    • Fry: I may not know a whole lot about horse racing, but I know a lot about doing anything for a dollar!

    • Fry(reading): Here lies Philip J. Fry, named for his uncle to carry on his spirit. Bender: Pay dirt! I got the clover! Plus his wedding ring. Sorry, ladies, I'm taken! Hey, Fry, you want me to smack the corpse up a little? Leela: Uh, Bender, I think Fry needs a moment alone. Bender: Alright, grab a shovel. I'm only one skull short of a Mouseketeer reunion.

    • Bender: There! Now no one will be able to say I don't own John Larroquette's spine.

    • Yancy: Hmm, Breakfast Club. This'll clear out the room at the end of the reception.

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    Notes (6)

    • Bender's full name is revealed as Bender Bending Rodriguez in this episode. This adds to Bender's claim in Amazon Women in the Mood that he's Mexican.

    • First appearance of Fry's family.

    • Alien code: When one of the horses is being brought out onto the racetrack, an ad in Alien Code #1 can be seen on the inside of the track. It reads: "Not Without My Egg Case - Tonight On Lifetime" (a cheap stab at the programming on the Lifetime channel).

    • It doesn't jump out at you on the first viewing on the episode, but when Fry's father lists off the Frys who have been called Yancy, he says "me, my grandfather," etc - leaving out his own father. This was to leave the door open for Roswell That Ends Well, where we find out who is his father.

    • Fry's Mother was correct when stating that on the day Fry disappeared, Wisconsin won the Rose Bowl 17-9. They defeated Standford with that score, January 1, 2000 in the annual Bowl Game.

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    Trivia (10)


    • (At the horse race) Announcer: And it's a dead heat. They're checking the electron microscope. And the winner is... number 3, in a quantum finish. Prof. Farnsworth: No fair! You changed the outcome by measuring it. This is a very clever joke. According to quantum mechanics (specifically, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle), one cannot measure the exact location of sub-atomic particles because the act of measuring the particle would be enough to change the position and momentum of that particle, therefore making the measurement itself useless.

    • The episode shows another manhole cover with the PJ's logo on it.

    • When Bender breaks into Fry's record locker, you can see a Bart Simpson head on the shelf above the locker.

    • When in Old New York, Fry stands on top of a newspaper stand. The headline on the paper inside the case reads "Mayor Predicts Victory Over Aliens."

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    Allusions (18)

    • Dukakis The poster ROCK US DUKAKIS is reference to Michael Dukakis who ran for President in 1988 while in office as the 67th Governor of Massachusetts.

    • Play-dough The clay Yancy uses to blast open the safe is named Doh-Doh which is clearly a parody of Play-Doh.

    • Benetton: The poster for the 'Loosely confederated colors of Benetton' is a warp of the real slogan, 'United colors of Benetton.'

    • Bender: Alright, grab a shovel. I'm only one skull short of a Mouseketeer reunion. The Mouseketeers were members of the Mickey Mouse Club in a Disney-produced show on ABC which ran from 1955 (as advertising for the new Disneyland Park) to 1959. A famous Mouseketeer was Annette Funicello, who started her acting/singing career right on this show.

    • Harry Potter One of the horses' name is Harry Trotter. The allusion to the young wizard, is quite obvious.

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