Futurama

The Problem with Popplers

Season 2, Ep 18, Aired 5/7/00
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  • Episode Description
  • In the middle of nowhere and still two days from earth the crew stop at an uncharted planet to replenish their food stock where they find ditches filled with small deliciously addictive morsels that look like fried shrimp. They bring them to earth where Fishy Joe begins to sell them, addicting the entire galaxy with this new food they name "popplers." Soon after, the Omicronians invade and reveal that popplers are actually their babies and demand to eat the first human that ate one - Leela!moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Herman

    Announcer / Additional Voices

  • Katey Sagal

    Turanga Leela

  • Billy West

    Philip J. Fry / Professor Hubert Farnsworth / Dr. Zoidberg / Zapp Brannigan / Additional Voices

  • Lauren Tom

    Amy Wong / Jrrr

  • Tress MacNeille

    Linda / Nd-Nd / Molten Boron Singer / Additional Voices

  • Fan Reviews (10)
  • *pukes*

    By that70sguy92, Jun 15, 2009

  • great episode

    By Blind_Legend, Jun 22, 2008

  • We find out that popplers are actually...

    By stitch069917, Jun 19, 2008

  • Trouble with popplars

    By ShikaShAdOw, Mar 10, 2008

  • Wow! This is truly one of the best episodes ever!

    By VideoGameCritic, Jan 14, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (68)

    • Bender: Who wants dolphin? Leela: Dolphin? But dolphins are intelligent. Bender: Not this one. He blew all his money on instant lottery tickets. Fry: OK. Leela: Oh, OK. Amy: That's different. Farnsworth: Good, good. Leela: Pass the blowhole. Amy: Can I have a fluke? Hermes: Hey, quit hogging the bottle-nose. Farnsworth: Toss me the speech centre of the brain!

    • Farnsworth: A toast to Leela. She showed us it's wrong to eat certain things. Fry: Hear, hear! Bender: Let's get drunk! Leela: Aww, thanks, guys. Pass the veal, please. Bender: Here you go. Fry: Mmm, let me get some of that suckling pig.

    • Lrrr: People of Earth- Oh, that hippie's starting to kick in. we've all learned a valuable lesson today. I realise now that- Dude! My hand are huge! They can touch anything but themselves. (He puts his hands together) Oh, wait.

    • Leela: Thank you, Jrrr. I hope you'll always think of me as your mom. Jrrr: When my species grows up, we eat our moms!

    • Leela: This is all a big load. I was the one trying to save the Popplers. You were sucking them down like the fat hog you are and you were stepping on them for fun. You both should be in here instead of me. Bender: Someone's acting awfully aluminum.

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    Notes (6)

    • The music that plays while Fry and Bender sing their Popplers jingle is "The Sailor's Hornpipe" by Mike Oldfield.

    • Leela's full name is revealed to be Turanga Leela. Also, Fry's real name is confirmed as Phillip, and "Fry" is his surname.

    • This episode won a EMA Award for Comedy - TV Episodic.

    • This is the first appearance of Phil Hendrie on Futurama as one of his Waterfall characters. He later appeared as Free Waterfall Sr. in The Birdbot of Ice-Catraz and Old Man Waterfall in A Taste of Freedom.

    • The term "Popplers" is a play on words. Not only because you 'pop' them in your mouth, but because they're 'popular'.

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    Trivia (12)

    • After Nd-Nd eats the orangutan we can clearly see her teeth are clean in several shots, but later in the scene she has purple hair stuck in her teeth which disappears after we see her picking her teeth.

    • Opening theme promotion: FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY

    • In this episode, it is confirmed that Leela's first name is Turanga, and that Fry's first name is Philip.

    • From all we can tell, "Smelly Hippie" Free Waterfall Junior is apparently related to Free Waterfall, the Animal Rights Activist in The Birdbot of Ice-Catraz, and war veteran/lawyer Old Man Waterfall in A Taste of Freedom.

    • LOOK HARD: Some of the signs the hippies hold: STOPP BEFORE YOU POPP EATING IS MURDER POPPLERS ARE PEOPLERS TOO!

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    Allusions (11)

    • Pillsbury Dough Boy When Leela pokes Jrrr in the stomach, he giggles, just as the Pillsbury Dough Boy does at the end of each commercial.

    • Fry: Leela, that's the second billboard you've crashed into this week! This is actually an allusion to the Futurama opening credits, where Leela crashes the ship into a billboard each episode.

    • U-HAUL The U-YANK truck is a reference to the U-HAUL company, the truck is even painted the same way.

    • Popeye the Sailor Man Fishy Joe's Poppler song is similar to the theme music from Popeye.

    • Dilbert The self-important boss who can't tell an electronic device from an Etch-A-Sketch is a parody of the boss in the famous comic strip and television series Dilbert.

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