Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (3612)

  • Terry: (Dramatically) Welcome to the WORLD OF TOMORROW!!
    Leela: Shut up, Terry.

  • Leela: (Trying to catch Fry to implant his career chip) Hold still, damn it! I don't have good depth perception!

  • Leela: Look, I know it's not much consolation. But, I understand how you feel. Fry: No, you don't. I've got no home, no family. Bender: No friends. Fry: My whole world is gone. You can't possible understand what it feels like to be so alone. Leela: I understand. I'm the only one-eyed alien on this whole planet. My parents abandoned me here as a baby and I don't even know what galaxy they were from. I know how it feels to be alone.

  • (after he freezes Leela) Fry: See ya' in a thousand years. (Is about to leave, then comes back and switches it from 1000 years, to five minutes) Fry: You owe me.

  • Fry: So I guess without jobs, we'll be fugitives forever. Prof. Farnsworth: Not necessarily. Are you three, by any chance, interested in becoming my new spaceship crew? Bender: New crew? W-What happened to the old crew? Prof. Farnsworth: Oh, those poor sons of - but that's not important. The important thing is I need a new crew.

  • Leela: Can't we get away in the ship? Prof. Farnsworth: I suppose it is technically possible. Though I am already in my pyjamas.

  • Smitty: Attention, job deserters! Come out with your hands up. We have you partially surrounded!

  • Prof. Farnsworth: Let me show you around. That's my lab table and this is my work-stool. And over there is my intergalactic spaceship! And here's where I keep assorted lengths of wire. Fry: Whoa! A real live spaceship! Prof. Farnsworth: I designed it myself. Let me show you some of the different lengths of wire I used.

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Notes (361)

  • It took the cartoonists over 2 years to come up with the look of the characters on the show.

  • The 30th Century Fox logo at the end of this and every episode almost didn't happen as FOX didn't approve of the idea. Matt Groening then commissioned it at his own expense, and seeing the results, FOX gave the go-ahead and reimbursed Groening.

  • There are many characters introduced in this episode including Philip J. Fry, Leela, Bender, Professor Hubert Farnsworth, President Richard Nixon, Leonard Nimoy, Smitty, URL, and the Cryogenics staff.

  • Fry, Leela, Bender, Professor Farnsworth and Richard Nixon are the only characters to appear in both this episode and the finale, 'The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings.'

  • In the first and second network airings on FOX, the man who entered the pneumatic tube, just before Fry, asked the tube to take him to "J.F.K. Junior Airport." After the plane crash death of J.F.K. Jr., the line was changed to "Radio City Mutant Hall" for the subsequent airings, and on the DVD. Although the animatic (found on the DVD) still has the JFK jr line.

  • The Original Alien Language devised by the writers and hidden throughout the episode was solved completely by fans after only the first and one airing. The Second language took several months.

  • In the rough draft version of the script, Michelle was named Janet, and Fry was actually named Curtis Fry. It was changed to Philip after Phil Hartman, who was set to have a recurring role as Zapp Brannigan on the series until his unfortunate murder.

  • This was voted the best episode of Futurama during the Adult Swim marathon.

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Trivia (1265)

  • In the scene in Old New York, where Leela quits her job and Bender steals her ring, she clearly puts the ring back on her finger. However, when her hand reappears after being hidden behind her leg, the ring is gone.

  • In the beginning of the episode, The Cryogenics building stays on the Old New York surface. But afterwards, the building's on the surface of New New York!

  • In the Hall of the U.S. Presidents, there are actually two heads of Grover Cleveland. This is a reference to the fact that Cleveland is the only person to serve two non-consecutive terms as President, and is numbered as both the 22nd and 24th President of the U.S.

  • It turns out Bender is the one who destroyed the city while Fry is frozen in the year 2308, as seen in Futurama: Benders Big Score.

  • Opening theme promotion: IN COLOR Opening theme cartoon: Little Buck Cheeser (1937) (MGM)

  • The career chips of the previous Planet Express crew come from an envelope stating they were found in the stomach of a space wasp. However, it is learned in the future episode, "The Sting", that they were killed by space bees.

  • No one reacts oddly or in alarm to Fry saying that Leonard Nimoy was Spock in public like they did in the future episode, "Where No Fan Has Gone Before."

  • When Fry asks the head of Leonard Nimoy, aka Mr. Spock, to do the Live Long and Prosper finger thing, Leonard says he no longer does that. It is presumed in this episode it is simply because he has no hands, but the truth behind this statement is seen in the future episode, "Where No Fan Has Gone Before".

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Allusions (910)

  • Matt Groening In the head museum if you look fast enough, a head of a man with brown hair and glasses can be seen, with the name Matt Groening written underneath. Matt is the creator of Futurama, as well as the popular cartoon sit-com The Simpsons.

  • The Watergate Scandal When the head of Richard Nixon says "You just made my list!", this is a reference to the Watergate Scandal. Nixon kept an 'enemies list' of over 200 people whom he believed were part of a conspiracy against him.

  • Daffy Duck The 'Suicide Booth' is based on a Daffy Duck cartoon where he went into the future and played numerous coin-op devices which injured him severely.

  • Sleeper The premise for the series is similar to the movie Sleeper, and the concept of the 'Suicide Booth' is similar to 'Sleeper's Orgasmatron.'

  • Life in Hell A sign outside that reads 'Akbar.' Akbar was the name of a gay character in Matt Groening's comic-book series Life in Hell.

  • The Caves of Steel The way in which Bender swallows his empty liquor bottle is a reference to a robot in the Isaac Azimov novel The Caves of Steel.

  • War Games The first scene where Fry is teaching a kid how to play a video game also occurs in the movie War Games. In the film, the first scene with the character David Lightman has him playing Galaga. He then leaves and gives the control of the game to a kid.

  • Young Frankenstein The scene with all the heads in jars and the two live ones in the middle, and then the camera shot doing a double take is a direct reference to the film Young Frankenstein.

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