Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love

Season 2, Ep 9, Aired 2/6/00
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  • Episode Description
  • It is mating season for Dr. Zoidberg's race and he can't find a female mate. Fry sets out to teach him how to win their hearts but soon things backfire.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Herman

    Decapodian Emperor / Decapodian Man

  • Katey Sagal

    Turanga Leela

  • Billy West

    Philip J. Fry / Professor Hubert Farnsworth / Dr. Zoidberg / Fat Man

  • Lauren Tom

    Amy Wong / Decapodian Woman #2

  • Tress MacNeille

    Edna / Decapodian Woman #1 / Decapodian Woman #3

  • Fan Reviews (13)
  • Zoidy

    By futuramarama, Apr 02, 2010

  • A great Zoidberg episode.

    By ctm723, Jun 04, 2009

  • A bit disgusting but never mind...

    By BreezyLad, May 17, 2009

  • A Dr. Zoidberg episode.

    By that70sguy92, May 03, 2009

  • have sex and die... or dont have any your whole life... zoidberg faces a hard choice

    By Blind_Legend, Jun 22, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (60)

    • Fry: No biggie. Zoidberg: Yes biggie. I learned to feel things I'd never felt before: Love, jealousy, passion for disembowelling. I owe it all to you.

    • Zoidberg: Well it was nice of you to let me reattach your arm, Fry, especially after I made a complete eel out of myself.

    • Fry: My fellow fish monsters, far be it for me to question your stupid civilization or its dumb customs, but is squeezing each other's brains out with a giant nutcracker really going to solve anything?

    • Bender: Fry, I've never asked you for anything before but, if it's not too much trouble, when it comes to the ninth round just let him win. Fry: But it's a fight to the death! Bender: Oh, so this is suddenly all about you. Sheesh!

    • Zoidberg: I choose my own claws! I want the tactile pleasure of chopping him right here in the gonads! He points at Fry's neck Fry: Shh! Nobody correct him!

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    Notes (4)

    • This episode won a Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing in an Animated Television Production.

    • After Dr. Zoidberg severs Fry's right arm, it is actually a left arm for most of the remainder of the episode.

    • Fry's list of "first date" ingredients is exactly what Zapp Brannigan had on hand when he invited Leela to meet him in the Love-Nasium

    • The episode of All my Circuits Fry and Bender are watching in the beginning of the episode appears to be a repeat. It's from the episode I, Roommate where Calculon proposes to his girlfriend Monique.

    Trivia (8)


    • While the gang walks through the gym, a lady is working out on a machine called a 'kegelcizer' and a huge stack of weights is going up and down.

    • Most of Zoidberg's people talk with New York/Yiddish accents.

    • Edna's doorbell sounds like a sonar pulse.

    • Zoidberg has elastic restraints on his claws, just like a lobster before it's cooked.

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    Allusions (10)

    • The Great White Hope Bender's name for Zoidberg, The Great Red Hope, is a reference to The Great White Hope a play (1967) and movie (1970) which tells a fictional idealised life story of boxing champion Arthur John Johnson, the first black world heavyweight boxing champion (1908-1915).

    • Cyrano de Bergerac: The scene where Zoidberg woos Edna as she looks down from her balcony is similar to a scene from the play Cyrano de Bergerac.

    • A "Kegelcizer" is a machine invented by Dr. Arnold Kegel that is used to help women to overcome urinary incontinence.

    • Zoidberg's ancient homeworld is apparently named Decapod 10. Decapods are an order of (Earth's) crustaceans

    • Red Primate
      The restaurant Fry, Leela, Edna, and Zoidberg go to is called "Red Primate", a reference to the "Red Lobster" chain of seafood restaurants.

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