Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

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!

  • Decapodian Emperor: Fry, having guessed what animal I was thinking of, you shall have first choice of weapon.

  • Decapodian Emperor: Edna, have you anything to say before begins the Claw-Plach? Edna: I do. I just want to say that today I got up and I had a piece of toast. Then I brushed my teeth- Fry: Shut up! Edna: I love you Fry!

  • Zoidberg: Fry, it's been years since medical school so remind me. Disembowelling in your species: Fatal or non-fatal? Fry: Fatal. Zoidberg: Large bet on myself in round one!

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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.

  • Lobsters don't grow unless they molt, and males molt more often than females. This, rather than internal parasites, is what would keep Edna thin. Also, shortly after molting is the time when the females usually mate.

  • During the fight to the death between Fry and Zoidberg, Zoidberg carves a letter 'Z' in Fry's shirt, and later in the scene, his shirt is normal.

  • Zoidberg can play basketball quite well in this episode, but back in 1ACV12 When Aliens Attack his claws kept puncturing the volleyballs when he played on the beach.

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.

  • Creature From The Black Lagoon
    Aside from Zoidberg's fin, there are several references to the movie Creature From The Black Lagoon.

  • The Simpsons
    Zoidberg's goofy attempts to re-attach Fry's arm at the end is like Dr. Nick Riviera's and his patient "Mr. McGregg. With a leg for an arm, and an arm for a leg".

  • Title: Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love The episode's title is a reference to the title of the 1959 Dion and The Belmonts song, "Why Must I Be A Teenager In Love."

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