The Why of Fry

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (43)

  • Brain: (To Fry) We'll form a tightly knit club you won't be a part of!

  • Fry: Man I can't wait to tell everybody what happened. Nibbler: Yes incidentally I need to remain undercover so I'm blanking your memory.

  • Fry: Huh. Did everything just taste purple for a second? Oh well. Let's go home you dumb poop machine.

  • Fry: Yes! Here I come future! Oh no! Wait! I'm gonna get trapped in the Infosphere again! Just remember that Scooty-Puff Junior sucks... Nibbler: In a thousand years I'll get right on it.

  • Fry: Well, why couldn't you just ask me? Nibbler: We were afraid you would refuse. Fry: Of course not, I love the future. Nibbler: Then why are you choking me right now? Fry: Because I don't like being used.

  • Nibbler: I don't understand. Future Fry: Yes you do! You came back in time to knock me into that freezer. Now I came back in time to stop you. Nibbler: I did not come back in time. My people lack that ability. Future Fry: But, I know you in the future. I cleaned your poop. Nibbler: Quite possible. We live long and are celebrated poopers.

  • Nibbler: I hereby place and order for one cheese pizza. Panucci: One pie, nothing good on it. Name? Nibbler: I-period C-period Wiener!

  • Vogel: Alright kids. Back to the Orphanarium. You can slide around the gym in your socks. Sally: What socks?

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Notes (7)

  • At the end of the DVD audio commentary for this episode, Maurice LaMarche asks if there should be a special 90-minute episode where they finally get Fry and Leela together, which is met with a resounding "yes!" This ultimately comes to pass with Into the Wild Green Yonder.

  • This is one of only two episodes Professor Farnsworth isn't in.

  • Alien code: When Fry goes to Nibler's home world, we see the same building we saw in The Day The Earth Stood Stupid. The towers out front still have Alien Code #2 on them, but don't say the same thing. When translated it reads: "Fuzzy Wuzzy."

  • The flying brains incident took place in the episode The Day the Earth Stood Stupid.

  • DVD commentary for this episode reveals that despite how nicely it ties together, Fry being his own grandfather was not originally intended as an explanation for why he lacks the delta brain wave, and was used as the explanation in this episode. It was intended that Nibler be used as the reason for Fry being frozen since the series was being planned.

  • Guest star Bob Odenkirk (Mr. Show, The Ben Stiller Show) is the brother of Futurama writer Bill Odenkirk.

  • In Space Pilot 3000 when Fry is about to fall into the cryo freezing chamber, Nibbler's shadow can be seen from the trash can under the desk Fry is sitting at. In Jurassic Bark when they show a flashback to Fry going into the chamber, we see Nibbler's eye stalk sticking out of the trash can. This episode answers the question to why Nibbler was there when Fry was frozen.

Trivia (15)

  • The orphans that Chaz prohibited from going on the ice skating rink are the same orphans that Bender temporarily adopted in The Cyber House Rules. Leela almost adopted one of them (Sally the 3-eared girl) however, she doesn't seem to recognize them.

  • Opening theme promotion: DANCING SPACE POTATOES? YOU BET!

  • Sign At Elzar's: Bathroom is for Stroganoff Customers only!

  • When the infosphere was scanning the last bits of information, one of the items was "11>4". If brains needed to collect sets of inequalities to complete their database, they would never finish since there are infinitely many such parings.

  • When Fry and Nibbler were in the past (December 31st 1999), and under the table, they were talking at normal volume so the Fry in the past sitting in the desks chair would obviously have heard them.

  • Isn't the name of the orphanage that the children are from called "the Bender Bending Rodriguez Orphanage"? If it is, then why does the bus say "Minimum Security Orphanarium"? Response: A wing of the orphanarium was renamed after Bender's contribution. It is still the Cookieville Minimum Security Orphanarium.

  • When the timer for the quantum interface bomb starts, it is displayed as '0:60". Sixty seconds is of course one minute, so it should have read "1:00" then "0:59". Unless the number of seconds in a minute has changed in the future. Response: There's nothing wrong with a timer displaying 0:60. I can type in 0:90 on my microwave and it will run for 90 seconds, or I can type 1:30 and it will run for 90 seconds.

  • Fry tells Nibbler that Scooty Puff Jr sucks, so Nibbler gives him Scooty Puff Sr when 3002 comes around again. Fry escapes the InfoSphere in time, but that means he is never trapped in the alternate universe, which means he never goes back to 1999, which means he never meets Nibbler, which means Nibbler never realises that Scooty Puff Jr sucks, which means Nibbler gives Fry Scooty Puff Jr, which means Fry gets trapped in the InfoSphere and so on.

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Allusions (7)

  • American Pie: When Fry and the brains are transported to the other world, one of the brains suggests that they can all sing "American Pie" to pass the time. "American Pie" is a song sung by Don McLean. The length of the song (8 minutes, 32 seconds) is why the brains suggest that it, if sung, will pass the time.

  • Possible episode title references: Life of Pi, a novel by Yann Martel. The Tao of Pooh, and its companion, The Te of Piglet, two books written by Benjamin Hoff.

  • Men in Black: Erasing someone's memory with a blinding flash of light is reminiscent of the Men in Black movies.

  • Martians are from Mars, Venusians are from Venus This book title is an allusion to Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    In a book by Douglas Adams, there's an episode which tells us about a very old race. These people built a giant computer called "Deep Thought" just to finally get an answer to "Life, the Universe, and Everything"

  • Lord Nibbler: Knows not does he!

    Again, this seems to be a reference to Yoda messing up gramatical structures in Star Wars movies.

  • Star Wars:
    Fry's mission to destroy the infosphere reminds one of the destruction of the Death Star in Star Wars.