Time Keeps on Slipping

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

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.

  • Farnsworth: Well, I'm stumped. We'll have to call in the finest scientific minds in the univ- Time skips Farnsworth: Perhaps we could explode the whole damned nebula. What do you think, Curly Joe? Curly Joe: No, man. An explosion big enough to destroy that mama would take out half the universe. Sweet Clyde: You gotta Globetrotter that explosion up a little, Farnsy. Make it an implosion.

  • Farnsworth: The time skips are worse than ever now. Isolated spots are jumping by years at a time. Look. Boy: Stupid senior citizens. Why should we have to pay for their social security benefits? Time skips and the kids have turned into old men Old Man: I deserve free money!

  • Fry: I don't know what I'm doing. Bender: Maybe she'd come back to you if your best friend Bender were a Globetrotter. What do you say, Bubblegum? Tate: Hell, no.

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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.

  • The long-armed mutant is named Grotrian (which is a brand of piano), the five-armed mutant is named Armo, the spider-like mutant is named Arachnium, the mutant with a cannon in his chest is Thorias, and the laser-eye mutant is named Lazar.

  • The image shown when time skips is the same as the holes left in the Tempest Nebula where the chronitons were originally pulled from.

  • Amy's birthday is the day before Dr. Zoidberg's.

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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.


    In The Matrix, Neo had to take the red pill to see the reality.

  • The Harlem Globetrotters

    Obviously mentioning the famous basketball team that would tour the country, but also in reference to the cartoon show where they would fix their problems by challenging people to a basketball game. And let's not forget the many appearances on Scooby Doo where they would visit the cast and fix a problem. Man, the Globetrotters sure fixed a lot of problems.

  • M*A*S*H: The Final Episode

    When the spaceship is flying away before they detonate the nuke, and Fry sees the message he wrote Leela with stars, it was a reference to the final episode of MASH, Goodbye, Farewell and Amen, when Hawkeye is flying away in the helicopter and sees the message BJ left him with rocks.

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