Time Keeps on Slipping

Season 3, Ep 14, Aired 5/6/01
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  • Episode Description
  • In the 30th Century, the once entertaining Harlem Globetrotters are now feared as they will humiliate any planet in the Universe who dares to play them. Feeling up to the challenge, Professor Farnsworth creates a group of mutant basketball players to go head-to-head with the Globetrotters. Farnsworth's secret winning ingredient is chronitons, time particles found in the Tempus Nebula. However, when the Planet Express crew removes the mutants from harvesting, they tip off the Time/Space Continuum causing forward motion of time to skip ahead.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Katey Sagal

    Turanga Leela

  • Billy West

    Philip J. Fry / Professor Hubert Farnsworth / Dr. Zoidberg / Richard Nixon's Head / Judge Ron Whitey / Senior Citizen

  • Lauren Tom

    Amy Wong

  • Tress MacNeille

    Linda / Boy

  • Phil LaMarr

    Hermes Conrad / Ethan "Bubblegum" Tate / Reverend Preacherbot

  • Fan Reviews (14)
  • Gets Boring The More I See It

    By futuramarama, Jun 20, 2010

  • One of my favourites and is usually underrated

    By AdrenalinDragon, Apr 25, 2010

  • The Harlem Globe Trotters come to Earth and challenge it's inhabitants to a basketball game for glory. Professor Farnsworth accepts their challenge with his team of mutant super men.

    By MarcusWilliams, Oct 07, 2009

  • Hilarious and sad.

    By ctm723, Jul 01, 2009

  • Excellent!

    By that70sguy92, Jun 16, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (52)

    • Fry: (gasps) That's how I did it! I moved the stars themselves to write Leela a love note in the sky!
      Leela: (Over intercom) Detonation in ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one!
      Fry: NOOOO! (the explosion sucks the stars into a black hole just as Bender and Leela walk in) Did you see it? Did you see??
      Bender: See what? The explosion?
      Fry: No! I--- (pauses, defeated and saddened) ...nevermind.

    • Bender: Well, the doomsday device is ready. Maybe blasting this quadrant of space into a hell storm of flaming nothingness will cheer me up a little.

    • Leela: Careful with that doomsday device, Bender. Bender: What does it matter? I'll never be a Globetrotter. My life, and, by extension, everyone else's, is meaningless. Leela: Roger.

    • Tate: We must leave now, for we are needed elsewhere. But we wish you Godspeed. Bender: Please, please let me come with you. I can make myself taller. Tate: Bender, you can talk trash, you can handle the ball. But look in your heart and ask yourself: Are you funky enough to be a Globetrotter? Are you? Bender: Yes. Tate: Are you? Bender: I mean, with time, my funk level could- Tate: Are you? Bender: No.

    • Tate: Give me some skin, Prof. I'm making you an honorary Globetrotter. In fact, everybody in this room's an honorary Globetrotter. Amy: Hooray! Hermes: Yes! Zoidberg: I'm a Globetrotter! Bender runs in Bender: Did you just say- Tate: Too late, hot plate. Bender: Oh, crap.

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    Notes (1)

    • This episode is rumored to be an homage to a cartoon of The Globetrotters In Space, but the staff didn't know it existed until they finished the episode.

    Trivia (13)

    • After the basketball game ended, Leela's legs were flesh coloured.

    • On the cheque Farnsworth and Bubblegum Tate receive from Nixon, the date is written as ???

    • Professor Farnsworth has six doomsday devices, one of which is used in the episode.

    • Opening theme promotion: FOR PROPER VIEWING TAKE RED PILL NOW

    • There's a sign-up sheet for body dumping at Central Park Lake.

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    Allusions (11)

    • The Day the Earth Stood Still The location of the landing and the shape of the Globetrotters' space ship is a reference to the 1951 movie The Day the Earth Stood Still.

    • Basketball: 'Bubblegum' Tate's line, "Nothin' but nebula", is obviously a play on the popular B-Ball expression, "Nothin' but net."

    • The song that Bender whistles when he's leaving Fry alone at the cockpit near the end is "Sweet Georgia Brown", which is most famous for being the Harlem Globetrotters' signature tune.

    • Professor Farnsworth throwing a chair resembles the usual attitude of Bobby Knight, head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers Basketball team from 1971 to 2000.

    • Strange Romance Concept Part of the concept of this episode was inspired by the short story "Strange Romance" from the book "Y. Cheung, Business Detective" by Harry Stephen Keeler, in which a man falls in love with a woman whom he sees through his telescope, only later to found out that she lived (and died) 10,000 years ago.

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