The Sting

Season 5, Ep 9, Aired 6/1/03
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  • Episode Description
  • After arriving at an asteroid field in deep space, Fry, Leela and Bender attempt to collect honey produced by vicious space bees. Leela decides to take a baby queen bee that incidentally kills Fry! While at Fry's funeral, guilt-ridden Leela has a romantic dream that causes her to believe that Fry is still alive. As Leela's bizarre dreams continue to develop, she sinks into a much stranger sleep.

  • 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 (26)
  • Emotionally funny

    By emanuelfolorunsho, Jun 25, 2015

  • A superb, emotional, and funny episode, IMO.

    By pharaoh2, Feb 18, 2006

  • On a mission to collect bee honey, Leela got stung, leaving her in a coma for 2 weeks. This episodes is of her battle in her mind trying to survive and return to reality.

    By ScottLim1, Aug 08, 2011

  • Fry and Leela get stung by a space bee and Leela lapses into a 2 week coma.

    By GreekGuy9999, Apr 16, 2011

  • Maybe I am being a little to critical, but I thought that this episode was wierd and not funny at all...

    By Iverson82094, Jan 21, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (36)

    • Leela: Fry! You-you're alive! Fry: Leela! You're awake! Leela: Of course I'm awake. You wouldn't stop waking me. Where am I? Fry: In the hospital. The ambulance took you here right after the bee stung you. Leela: But the bee stung you. It barely touched me. Fry: Stinger went right through me and you got all the poison. My new spleen came from a guy who liked to motorcycle.

    • Farnsworth: Incredible! According to the gizmometer, Fry touched the royal jelly in the space hive, leaving an imprint of his DNA and brainwaves. Then, when it spilled on the couch, it recombined with trace amounts of Fry's hair and skin - Bender: And blood! Don't forget about Fry's blood! Farnsworth: Yes Bender, thank you. In short, the various fluids Fry left in the couch caused the royal jelly to regenerate his entire being! Fry: Neat!

    • Fry: Hi Leela! I'm just gonna keep talking, even if you can't hear me. Blah blah blah, blah blah blah blah blah. Leela: Shut up, I can hear you. The Professor says you're just a dream. Fry: Oh yeah? Could a dream take you dancing in an Venusian garden? Leela: Well yes, technically.

    • Leela: Are you saying I'm going crazy? Farnsworth: No no, no one's saying that! But I'm certainly thinking it loudly.

    • Farnsworth: Well I suppose there's a slim - I don't believe it! Leela: What is it? Is Fry alive in some other dimension or something? Farnsworth: No. According to this gizmometer, Fry is dead and nothing can bring him back! Remarkable.

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    Notes (13)

    • This episode was nominated for a WGA Award (TV) for Animation.

    • This episode was nominated for a Annie Award for Outstanding Writing in an Animated Television Production.

    • According to the DVD commentary, this episode started out as a sarcastic joke from one of the writers: "Why don't we kill off one of the major characters?"

    • There is a story behind Leela ripping the tissue in half. One day the crew came in and everyone was sick. David X. Cohen ripped the tissues in half because it was a cost-saving measure.

    • This episode is one of the four best episodes of Futurama, according to Matt Groening and David X. Cohen. It is also on the Futurama Monster Robot Maniac Fun collection DVD.

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    Trivia (17)

    • Not only is the squishy toy from the "Swedish novelty shop" on Leela's bedside table in the hospital, but on the wall is a landscape picture of a frozen ice planet, similar (the same) to the one in Leela's coma. Hermes also mentions the ice planet.

    • Opening theme promotion: A BY-PRODUCT OF THE TV INDUSTRY.

    • If you notice very carefully near Fry's coffin, you'll see Fry's fossilized dog, Seymour.

    • In Leela's coma-dream, Bees are responsible for killing six of the seven main characters - first Fry, then later on everybody else. Leela is the only main character who doesn't die.

    • When Leela had the spoon with Fry on it, LOOK CLOSELY. The picture of Fry is the same one from the episode My Three Suns.

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    Allusions (11)

    • Aliens The queen bee being killed by getting sucked out of the airlock is reminiscent of how the Alien queen dies in Aliens.

    • Star Wars When Hermes is saying "Sweet three-toed sloth of ice planet Hoth!", he is referring to the planet on which the Rebel Alliance has its base in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Although, of course, Star Wars does not mention a three-toed sloth.

    • In Leela's coma-dream, Fry dies. Traditionally, funerals are held three days after passing. But on the night of Fry's funeral, Fry comes back to life and reveals himself to Leela. The Fry is portrayed as a Jesus-figure because he comes back to life on the third day, and shows himself to the Leela, who is portrayed as a Mary Magdalene figure.

    • Leela: They say a spoonful of honey helps to ease the pain. This is a take on the song lyric, "just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down" from Disney's film, Mary Poppins.

    • Amy: He's walking on sunshine now. This is a reference to the episode Jurassic Bark upon which Fry and his dog Seymour sung "I'm Walking on Sunshine," as well as a few other occasions where Fry is seen singing/humming the song.

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