The Why of Fry

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  • 5.0

    Fry thinks he is wothless, until he discovers his stupidity is the key to saving the entire universe from some returning killer brains.

    By Partdridge, May 08, 2011

    This is one of the more popular episodes of "Futurama" but time travelling story-lines either work well or they don't work at all. "The Why of Fry" is a fun episode but is hardly as perfect as everyone makes out. There are some decent gags, but not nearly enough, and the plot is interesting until the time travelling stuff at the end, which makes absolutely no sense whatsoever when I think about it.



    Overall, I preferred "Futurama" back when it was starting out and was more about the jokes in idividual episodes than the amazing science fictiony serial it's wanting to be here. But it still has its moments this.moreless

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  • 10

    futurama origins

    By futuramarama, Mar 06, 2010

    we learn why fry was frozen: he was selected to help earth from brains trying to squeeze knowledge out of people {sounds horribly made up, and for most shows, it might be, but not for futurama}. we learn it was nibbler who was the one who made fry fall in the cryogenics freezer and the reason he got frozen. a good episode with some good backstory to the very first episode. a personal favorite of mine because it is really funny and also has a very good and interesting plot. a true delight for futurama fans, i give thee an A+moreless

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  • 10

    The origin of why and how Fry is in the future.

    By AdrenalinDragon, Feb 26, 2010

    "The Why Of Fry"



    Grade: A*



    So this was an excellent episode explaining why Fry came to the future and his purpose. Not only that, he starts to realise that maybe he does have a chance to be with Leela, but also more talking apperances from Nibbler. Nevertheless a very important episode and in my opinion should have came just before the series finale.



    The episode begins with Fry setting off on a space delivery, but finding out that the crew went without him. He asks Leela to go to dinner with him, but his hopes are crushed when she tells him he is going on a date with Chaz, the mayor's aide.

    When Fry is told to take Nibbler out for a walk, he discovers that Nibbler can talk, and knocks him out, sending him to his home planet Eternium. The Nibblonians tell Fry that the brains are taking information from the universe and storing it into the Infosphere, a ship remiscient of the Death Star. Because Fry is immune to the brain's power, he is the only one who can stop it.

    Fry gets to the Infosphere using his Scooty Puff Jr and gets trapped after it breaks. He asks questions in the database and soon gets alerted by the other brains as a result. He plants a bomb and activates it, which will send them to a different universe. With seconds away from detonating, the brains tell Fry that they should ask the database what really happened to him on December 31st 1999.

    He asks the question and finds out that Nibbler is responsible for pushing him into the cryogenics tube. Fry is upset that they took away his life and he is sent to the other universe with the brains as time runs out.

    Seemingly trapped with the brains, Fry wished that Nibbler never took him to the future. Fortuantly, the brains give him one use of time travel to prevent this from happening. Meanwhile, Leela's date with Chaz ends when he reserves an ice rink only for her and prevents the orphans from skating with them.

    Fry arrives on 31st December 1999, and teleports just behind Nibbler. Fry grabs Nibbler seconds away from pushing the original Fry into the tube. Nibbler tells him that he needs to be frozen since he won't live long enough, but Fry feels he was "being used". In the end, Nibbler tells him if there's anything worth saving in the future. Fry tells him Leela, but he doesn't think he's important to her. Nibbler leaves the decision to Fry, and in the end Fry pushes the original Fry into the cryogenics tube.

    Fry returns with Scooty Puff Sr after telling Nibbler that Scooty Puff Jr sucks, and is able to set the bomb off and escape with no problems. He returns to Earth and Nibbler blanks his memory to stay undercover. The episode ends with Leela telling Fry that he may not be the most important person in the universe, but she's glad to be there with him.



    Overall, a very important episode, with good jokes and finally an explanation of Futurama and Fry's existence. It's one of my favourites, along with the pilot episode as a reason for this, and it ties up the loose ends very well.moreless

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  • 10

    A hilarious explanation of why Fry came to the future.

    By ctm723, Jun 30, 2009

    This episode is hillarious,and informative and some hilarious parts are when Fry said he did do the nasty in the pasty and when Fry was getting ready for the mission and he yelled at Zoidberg for giving him the same toy surprise as last time. Also it was very funny when Fry was talking to Bender and Bender kept saying nope to everything Fry said and then Fry said Bender is great and then Bender said nope and then he got annoyed. Also some more hilarious parts are when The Giant Brain said he killed the dinosaurs and when one of the brains said to Fry if he sent them into another dimention that they would make a clique that you won't be part of. Overall because of it's hilarity and explanation of why Fry came to the future is why this is such a good episode.moreless

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  • 10

    why fry came to the future

    By Blind_Legend, Jul 02, 2008

    After being left behind while Bender and Leela went on a delivery for which they ended up receiving medals Fry feels redundant. Nibbler speaks to Fry while he is out taking him for a walk informing him that he is very much needed amd is the most important person who has ever lived.We see the second apperances of the flying brains and they are slowly collecting all the information in the universe.

    Nibbler explains that due to Fry's genetic adnormality he is immune to the flying brains attack.He is sent to destroy the brain only to discover while there that it was the Nibbler that had caused him to be frozen for 1000 years and is given the opportunity to change the past and prevent himself from being frozen.moreless

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  • 9.6

    The origin of why Fry came to the future.

    By Iverson82094, Feb 19, 2008

    Fry feels really down as Leela is head over heels because of Chaz, the Mayor's Aide. While on her date, Leela asks Fry if he could walk Nibbler, and he reluctantly agrees. When he says how unimportant he feels, Nibbler speaks and takes him to his home planet. There, Fry learn about his genetic abnormality that qualifies him for a mission to save the universe. While on this mission, we learn what really happened on the night Fry was frozen.



    A good episode that had a lot of funny moments, and we learned a lot about why Fru was sent to the future. Watch this episode, and you will not be disappointed.moreless

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  • 9.6

    Wow.

    By captaindillo456, Jul 28, 2007

    This was really, really, REALLY good, the explanation of why Fry was REALLY in the future was great and done well. I also like how Leela dates a obnoxious bigshot in this episode and how he doesn't let a bunch of orphans ice skate with them after they drove for ages and was probaply their only chance. The scooty puff jr and sr jokes were great and the last three things the huge brain doesn't know were hilarious, I also like how the nibblonians wanted Fry to eat a zebra, that was great.



    This is a really special episode that I will never forget.moreless

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  • 9.3

    Nibbler reveals to Fry that he has an important job to do.

    By mataletea, Feb 03, 2007

    After being left behind while Bender and Leela went on a delivery for which they ended up receiving medals Fry feels redundant. Nibbler speaks to Fry while he is out taking him for a walk informing him that he is very much needed amd is the most important person who has ever lived.



    We see the second apperances of the flying brains and they are slowly collecting all the information in the universe.

    Nibbler explains that due to Fry's genetic adnormality he is immune to the flying brains attack.



    He is sent to destroy the brain only to discover while there that it was the Nibbler that had caused him to be frozen for 1000 years and is given the opportunity to change the past and prevent himself from being frozen.moreless

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  • 7.5

    Lots of references to past episodes, and the reason why everything happens!!!

    By rkmcd, Dec 07, 2006

    Beautiful. It made me laugh, it didn't make me cry, it was awesome. I loved those jokes,



    "You mean they're trying to learn?"

    "Correct."





    And we finally found out that Nibbler pushed Fry in the tube. Plus, Fry now has a chance with Leela! Yay! This episode, Fry seemed surprisingly noble, giving himself for the universe. The side story woth Leela and that Chaz guy did not work, but it did intertwine with with the final scene at the end. A very solid episode, Clamps gives it 5 out of 5.moreless

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