Season 1 Episode 6

A Fishful of Dollars

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 27, 1999 on Comedy Central



  • Trivia

    • If they have the technology to keep human heads alive in jars, from unappreciatiated celebrities to presidents who have been dead for over 1000 years, why is Ted Danson a skeleton?

    • Opening theme promotion: LOADING...
      Opening theme cartoon: Betty Boop's Crazy Inventions (1932) (Fleischer Studios)

    • Bender spits out the anchovy pizza even though, according to Matt Groening, he doesn't have any taste buds. He was probably just going by what everyone else was doing.

    • The opened tin of anchovies next to the pizza rotates 180 degrees.

    • The carton of milk next to Professor Farnsworth changes from grey to pink.

    • Fry doesn't actually kiss his can of anchovies; his lips just sort of hang in the air and never touch the can when he's going 'mwah.'

    • According to 'Space Pilot 3000,' aswell as future episode, New New York is built over the ruins of 20th century New York. If so, then how come that old apartment building that Fry lived in during this episode is up on the modern street level?

    • During the opening sequence, the closet, or Fry's room, in his and Bender's apartment contains little more than a bed and a night stand. However, later on it is seen to be fully furnished.

    • Fry says he's poor, yet he has three major credit cards in his wallet that he at least thinks he can use.

    • Bender only puts four robot oil cans into his sweater, but there are six bulges when he walks away. The sweater was clearly empty when he started the heist.

    • The table in the Planet Express lounge keeps changing its length; firstly, it's a small square card table, but after cutting back, it's shaped like a big dining room table.
      Answer: Another of the Professor's inventions, perhaps?

    • During the scene where Farnsworth is explaining ads in dreams, the piece of egg yolk that Leela misses when wiping her cheek disappears after the camera cuts back from Fry.
      Answer: Perhaps she wiped it off?

    • During the opening sequence, Fry's pillow looks like it's half-floating in midair, propped up against nothing.

    • During Fry's dream sequence, the Ancient Egyptian Algebra formulas change between shots.

    • In Fry's dream, his classmates keep switching seats. Fry himself moves from a middle seat to the aisle seat, and the girl who was sitting behind him moves into his old seat.

    • Items seen falling out of Bender's sweater during the first act include Toothpaste, Robot oil, a yo-yo, pink boxes, a wallet, a red baseball cap, liquor bottles and one shoe.

    • The company that seizes Fry's possessions is called 'Robo-Repo.'

    • A sign seen outside of the Big Apple Bank reads 'Now Offering Bank-by-Brain.'

    • The apartment Fry buys has a sign out the front of the building reading 'Historic 20th Century Apts. (with original asbestos).'

    • The New New York Police Department has a sign out the front reading 'Ask About Our Generous Brutality Settlements.'

    • The only 3 items on the fake Panucci's Pizza menu are Cheese Pizza, Large Soda and Anchovies.

    • Fry must have gotten those goggles Leela wore custom-made, unless one-eyed aliens are common enough on Earth to warrant the goggle company to make a single-eyed version; but it has been revealed that they are not.

    • When Leela and Fry shoot down the historic paintings, Fry's shot is the one that actually destroys the Mona Lisa, while Leela's veers off into the wrong direction.

    • You can actually see the security camera, later used by Mom, behind Fry as he enters his PIN number.

    • The screens displaying Mom's commercial aren't exactly in synch. In the screen all the way to the left, you can see a little more of Walt's arm (in the photo behind Mom) than in the center screen.

    • Even though Dr. Zoidberg and Professor Farnsworth dash out with the rest of the crew to buy brand-name merchandise at low, low prices, they're not in the group once they arrive at the department store.

    • You are able to see Madison Cube Garden in the establishing shot after the crew runs out to buy brand-name merchandise at low, low prices.

    • During the Planet Express meeting at the start of the episode, Dr. Zoidberg has the only swivel chair.

    • Leela wipes the egg-yolk off her face, but she misses a spot on her left cheek.

    • The Lightspeed briefs Fry wants to purchase come in a 3-pack.

    • Unlike Bender, the robots in the apartment next door actually use the 'closet space' given to them by Robot Arms; they can be seen playing cards in there during the cold opening. Don't they feel silly playing cards in the closet?

    • In Fry's dream, he is in a class studying Ancient Egyptian Algebra. After checking, it is real Egyptian Algebra. The answer is still unknown.

    • Zoidberg acts as though he actually tasted an anchovy, which would put him at well over 800 years old.

    • Near the end of the episode, when Fry is eating his slice of pizza, he clearly eats far enough as to eat the anchovy. When it zooms on him, the anchovy is back and when it zooms out, the anchovy is gone, but more of the pizza is there than before it zoomed in.

    • After Bender sprays oil on the intrusive Calvin Clone woman, you can see the teacher from Fry's dream ridding on the escalator behind them.

    • The "classical music" Fry is listening to is Sir Mixalot - Baby Got Back.

    • Zoidberg's species was responsible for the extinction of anchovies.

    • Although Fry's $0.93 turned into $4.3 billion in 3000, with inflation it would probably be worth next to nothing that far into the future

    • A small pink box falls out of Bender's sweater, but when the camera cuts to a closeup of Bender and then cuts back out, the box is brown.

    • When Fry buys his 20th century apartment, he walks in the door and the light switch is on the left side, but when Fry gets jumped by Mom's three sons, the light switch is on the right side. Also, the doorknob changes places, which therefore makes the door open in two different ways.

    • If American Express and Visa were still around, and the store did take Discover, Fry wouldn't be able to use them anyway, being 1000 years old. A possible explaination of this is, presumably, that the credit card industry has taken this into account; that there are plenty of 1000 year old people, such as Calculon, Richard Nixon, and all the heads in jars.

    • During the end of the episode, when the anchovies are on the pizza, the can of anchovies is to the side of the pizza and still has some in it. When Zoidberg comes in and eats the pizza, he doesn't eat the anchovies in the can, and yells for more. Fry then says that there are no more and there never will be, yet there are some still left in the can.

  • Quotes

    • Fry: I don't need them. Not when I have my antique videos, my bucket of fossilised K.F.C. and 50 million dollars worth of anchovies.

    • (Mom steps out of her fat suit)
      Mom: Holy crap that bastard's itchy!

    • Zoidberg: (sniffing) That stench! That heavenly stench! (eats the entire pizza with anchovies on it) More.
      Fry: There aren't any more, and there never will be.
      Zoidberg: More! More! MORE! MORE!!

    • Fry: That's why these anchovies are going on a pizza, so I can share the food I love with the people I like.

    • Fry: OK, my friends. Get ready for the most delicious extinct animal you've ever tasted.
      Amy: I don't know, I've had cow.

    • Mom: Holy hell! You're going to eat them? Oh, well. Just make sure you eat them all, you're a growing boy. Toodle-oo! Dumb ass!
      Fry: What a nice lady!

    • Mom: What? Listen, you little bastard. I control the robot oil business and I won't let you ruin me. How much do you want?
      Fry: You might as well put that checkbook away, because I've discovered something even more important; my friends. And they aren't worth even a penny to me.

    • Anderson: So. What do I owe you?
      Fry: $10.77. Same as my PIN number.

    • Anderson: Hello, Fry. Remember me from Baywatch: The Movie?
      Fry: Uh...
      Anderson: It was the first movie to be shot entirely in slow-motion.
      Walt: It hasn't been made yet.
      Anderson: Then he doesn't know I won the Oscar?

    • Fry: Where am I?
      Walt: You're in the good old year 2000, working here at Panucci's Pizza. You fell asleep on the job.
      Fry: That sounds like me but I thought I got frozen. Wasn't I in the future?
      Walt: No, you only "dreamed" you were in the year 3000.
      Fry: So I'm really back? That's exactly what I wanted, I guess. Who are you?
      Walt: I'm Mr. Panucci.
      Fry: You are? Did you grow a moustache since last night?
      (Walt quickly rips off fake moustache)
      Walt: No.

    • Mom: Now I'm off to some charity B.S. for knocked-up teenage sluts.

    • Mom: If anyone ever got a hold of anchovy DNA, they could chop out the oil-making gene, stick it in a bunch of Third-World kids and bam! Cheap effective robot oil. Enough to put dear, old Mom out of business.
      Walt: My God! This Mr. Fry must be a mastermind of the highest order.

    • Mom: As you boys know, one of the cornerstones of my empire is Mom's Old Fashioned Robot Oil. Think of it; 10 billion robots, each one needing an oil change every 3000 miles. You don't have to do the math to know that's a buttload of oil.

    • Bender: Yeah! Now are you gonna come to the squid fights with us or sit here wallowing in your prehistoric junk?
      Fry: Junk? Maybe you can't understand this, but I've finally found what I need to be happy and it's not friends, it's things.
      Bender: I'm a thing.

    • Leela: Fry, this isn't healthy. You're living in the past.
      Fry: I'm rich! I can live whenever I want.

    • Announcer: Do you remember a time when chocolate chip cookies came fresh from the oven? Petridge Farm remembers.
      Fry: Ah, those were the days.
      Announcer: Do you remember a time when women couldn't vote and certain folk weren't allowed on golf courses? Petridge Farm remembers.

    • Leela: Fry, you can't bid against Mom; she's the richest, most powerful person in the world. And she's so adorable.

    • Leela: I just don't get it. Who was this Ted Danson, and why would you pay $10,000 for his skeleton?
      Fry: I have an idea for a sitcom.

    • Prof. Farnsworth: I'm sorry, Fry, but the anchovy has been extinct since the 2200's.
      Fry: What?
      Prof. Farnsworth: Oh, my, yes. Fished to death. Just about the time your people arrived on Earth wasn't it, Zoidberg?
      Zoidberg: I'm not on trial here.
      Fry: So none of you has ever had anchovies? Oh, man! You don't know what you're missing. They were all salty and oily and they melted in your mouth and-
      Zoidberg: Stop! Stop! I admit it! My people ate them all! We kept saying "One more can't hurt" and then they were gone. We're sorry!

    • Fry: Uh, yeah. We'll have one with everything but anchovies and one with my all time favourite topping, anchovies!

    • Leela: I know Fry's rich, but do we really have to wear these top hats?
      Bender: Maybe you don't understand just how rich he is. In fact, I think I'd better put on a monocle.

    • Teller: Hmm. We don't seem to have your retina scan, your fingerprint or your colonic map on file.

    • Amy: Do we have enough money to pay Bender's fine?
      Fry: 78, 79, 79.50. Crud! We're 50 cents short.
      Leela: I'd love to chip in but Bender stole my wallet.

    • Mom: And remember; Mom's oil is made with 10% more love than the next leading brand!

    • Fry: Hey who's the rocker jockey?
      Amy: Guh! It's Mom. The world's most huggable industrialist.

    • Amy: Hey! You're springing for Lightspeed? Pretty ritzy!
      Fry: No, I can't afford them. Being poor sucks. What kind of world is this where they advertise things not everybody can afford?

    • Fry: $30? I can't afford that. Unless... Do you take Visa?
      Salesman: Visa hasn't existed for 500 years.
      Fry: American Express?
      Salesman: 600 years.
      Fry: Discover card?
      Salesman: Sorry we don't take Discover.

    • Amy: Hey, Bender! Great new sweater.
      Bender: New? What sweater? I came in with it. I don't know you people!

    • Fry: So you're telling me they broadcast commercials into people's dreams?
      Leela: Of course.
      Fry: But, how is that possible?
      Prof. Farnsworth: It's very simple. The ad gets into your brain just like this liquid gets into this egg.
      (He holds up an egg and injects it with liquid. The egg explodes, covering him and Leela in yolk.)
      Prof. Farnsworth: Although, in reality, it's not liquid, but gamma radiation.

    • Teacher: Good morning, class. I trust you've all prepared for today's final exam.
      Fry: Uh, excuse me? I missed a few lectures. Uh, what subject is this?
      Teacher: Ancient Egyptian algebra.

    • Leela: You can't just sit here in the dark listening to classical music.
      (Sir Mixalot's Baby Got Back is heard)
      Fry: I could if you hadn't turned on the lights and shut off the stereo.

    • Leela: You're Fry's relative. Do you have any idea how he got so crazy?
      Prof. Farnsworth: Uh, what? Oh, yeah, they say madness runs in our family. Some even call me mad. And why? Because I dared to dream of my own race of atomic monsters, atomic supermen with octagonal shaped bodies that suck blood...

    • Leela: Didn't you have ad's in the 20th century?
      Fry: Well sure, but not in our dreams. Only on TV and radio. And in magazines. And movies. And at ball games and on buses and milk cartons and t-shirts and written on the sky. But not in dreams. No siree!

    • Mom: I can see the nice young man really wants those little fish. Never the less... I'll bid 23 million.
      Fry: One jillion dollars.
      (The bidders gasp in shock)
      Auctioneer: Sir, that's not a number.
      (The bidders gasp in shock)
      Fry: Oh. In that case... 50 million.

  • Notes

    • According to Nielsen Ratings, this episode was ranked 2nd in its timeslot with a score of 7.6 million viewers.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Scruffy the janitor, Mom, and her sons; Walt, Larry and Ignar.

    • Pamela Anderson makes one of 2 appearances on the show. Here, she voices her own head in a jar, and also voices Dixie in the episode 'Fry and the Slurm Factory.'

  • Allusions

    • KFC
      Fry mentions that he has obtained a bucket full of fossilized KFC. Kentucky Fried Chicken, or KFC, is a large take-out restaurant franchise originating in Kentucky, United States of America, created by Harlan Sanders. Sanders was made an honorary "Kentucky Colonel" in 1935 by the governor of Kentucky. Sanders used the honorific title for publicity purposes and was more popularly known as Colonel Sanders.

      The restaurant chain was made famous for its fried chicken with its '11 secret herbs & spices.' On a side note, it suffered some controversy in Australia during the 1970's after a number of chains were found to be using rabbit meat instead of chicken.

    • The Three Stooges
      Larry, Walt and Igner act quite similar to Larry, Moe and Curly from The Three Stooges television series.

    • Saatchi & Saatchi
      The auction house in which Fry visits is named 'Staadgi & Staadgi,' being a reference to the power advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi. The only possible reason for it being the name of the auction house is that one of the Saatchi brothers is known for his art collection, hence the auction house name.

    • Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots
      The 'antique' robot toy game Fry buys Bender is the popular Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots game that was first created during the 1970's.

    • Doom
      In the Robot Accessories department store, the robot torsos that hang on the wall look identical to those of the armor power-ups used in the classic computer video game, Doom.

    • Baywatch
      Pamela Anderson was upset when she couldn't mention to Fry her oscar-winning role in Baywatch: The Movie; which was apparently filmed around the 26th century and shot entirely in slow-motion. Pamela Anderson was made famous by the television series Baywatch, and this comment is an allusion to the fact that Baywatch contained alot of slow-motion.

    • Credit Cards
      The credit card companies mentioned in this episode, all of which are mentioned during Act I at the 'Alien Overlord and Taylor' department store, are American Express, Discover and Visa.

    • Lord and Taylor
      The department store that everyone goes to during the start of the episode is called 'Alien Overlord and Taylor.' This being a take-off on Lord and Taylor, which is a department store chain on the U.S. east coast.

    • Ray Bradbury's The Smile

      When Leela, Bender and Fry destroy the Mona Lisa, it spoofs the famous short story by Ray Bradbury titled The Smile. In the story, the main character, Tom, is in line to destroy the Mona Lisa because of the people's hatred for the past. He doesn't want to see the painting destroyed, and ends up saving 'the smile.'

    • Star Wars
      Mom's sons are dressed exactly the same as Darth Vader's Imperial Officers from Star Wars series of films.

    • Sanford and Son
      When Fry's sitting at home watching television, the theme song for the show Sanford And Son is playing, indicating that he is watching that show.

    • Red Dwarf
      A similar story apppeared on the UK television series Red Dwarf where Lister left some change in a bank account and after 3 million years, he owns all the money in the world except for an electric company, this being due to him leaving the light on before leaving Earth.

    • Ted Danson
      Leela: I just don't get it. Who was this Ted Danson, and why would you pay $10,000 for his skeleton?
      Ted Danson is an actor who got his start as an ex-baseball playing bartender on the sitcom Cheers, he also later had his own successful sitcom Becker.

    • Calvin Klein
      The Saleswoman at the department store tries to sell Bender the latest fragrance from 'Calvin Clone.' This is a direct parody of the Calvin Klein label, an American fashion house created by the man of the same name. The label has created several successful colognes and many clothing collections.

    • Title: A Fishful of Dollars
      The title is a reference to the classic 1964 western movie A Fistful of Dollars, starring Clint Eastwood.