Season 2 Episode 1

A Flight to Remember

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 26, 1999 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

In a whole "Titanic" parody, Fry and the entire gang take a space cruise vacation. Leela tells Captain Zapp Brannigan that Fry is her boyfriend, and Amy tells the same thing to her parents. Bender falls in love with a rich female robot. Problems start when the spaceship approaches a black hole.moreless

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  • Titanic parody, awesome.

    Whenever Futurama decides to parody a series, it almost never ever fails to perform. The Titanic, just about the most loved love story out there aside from Romeo and Juliet and perhaps even Twilight, is the victim today. Bender's abnormal love for another robot who is high class and much richer than him created a pretty good star crossed lovers theme, and had an absolutely hilarious ending combining it with the black hole. Some other hilarious moments, when the black hole sucked up the nebula that Fry was reminiscing on, and when they were going down into their deck and see all the conditions the other decks are above theirs.moreless
  • Futurama on the Titanic.

    Professor Farnsworth books a vacation for the whole staff to go on. It's a space cruise called The Titanic. Dun, Dun, Dun!!!!!!! I haven't seen the movie Titanic, but I bet this episode was fairly similar to it.

    To keep Zapp Brannigan away from her, Leela tells him that she's in a realtionship with Fry. But when Amy's parents see her without a boyfriend, she says the same thing.

    Meanwhile, Bender falls in love with a young robot lady, but when the ship goes into a black hole, she lets go of Bender, who's holding on to the escape pd, to save evryone's life.

    This wasn't that funny, but I liked it for some reason.

    Overall Grade: B+/85%moreless
  • Quite possibly the best episode from Season 1

    "A Flight To Remember"

    Grade: A*

    So this episode of Futurama was quite an important one. Despite obviously being a futuristic parody of Titanic, the episode was well written, funny, and touching. It's interesting to note this is the first episode where the love interest of Fry and Leela, as well as Amy and Kif begins, although it doesn't quite get there yet.

    The episode begins with Farnsworth offering the crew a vacation on a luxury space ship cruise line named the Titanic. They abroad the ship, but when Leela discovers that Zapp is the captain, she quickly pretends to be Fry's boyfriend so that he doesn't try to seduce her while on board. Meanwhile, Bender finds a robot named the Countess and falls in love with her. He pretends to be rich, but even when the Countess discovers he was lying, she still thinks he is the most romantic robot she's ever met. Also, Zapp chooses a more dangerous path for the ship to take, much to Kif's annoyance.

    Meanwhile, Amy's parents want Amy to have a handsome boyfriend. When they choose one for her she doesn't like, she quickly chooses Fry. Trouble arises when Zapp gets suspicious and invites both of them to dinner with Fry. When Fry almost gets caught out, after trying to remember the situation to handle having multiple dates from Three's Company, Zapp gets distracted after finding out that the ship is heading for a black hole, and gives Kif the control of captain as he escapes.

    The crew try to escape, and with the help of Hermes' Limbo powers, they can. The only one who doesn't follow them is Bender, who is trying to find the Countess. The ship starts to flood, but the Countess remembers she's a swimming robot and can escape. Just as the others give up on Bender and leave via the escape pods, Bender jumps out and hangs onto the ship with the Countess. Realising that the weight is holding them back and pushing them into the black hole, the Countess tells Bender that she has to let go, and he will share love again, as after all "it's shareware". Bender is heartbroken, but even after he still has her jewellery, Hermes examines it and tells him its fake, upsetting him even more.moreless
  • Titantic gets Futurama'd

    In this futuristic Titantic parody, the Planet Express crew goes on a futuristic ship cruise for a nice relaxing day. Zapp Brannagain tries to hit on Leela(again) so she convices Fry to be her fake fiancce, and Amy's parents want her to have a boyfriend, so Fry is enlisted for that too(lucky kid) Zapp is also commanding the ship, but directs it straight into a black hole. Bender also finds love in a she-bot. This episode was a good parody overall, and I liked how alot of the characters were devolped upon further in this episode. Overall, one of the best of season 1. 10/10 A+moreless
  • Not as good as the episodes that came before it, but still a pretty decent episode.

    Professor Farnsworth announces that tomorrow the crew will make a delivery to Ebola 9, the virus planet. They cannot go today because he wants them all to be alive for the Academy of Inventors annual symposium, where he will present the Deathclock, a device which calculates how long a person has left to live. At the symposium, he meets a former student of his from Mars University, Professor Ogden Wernstrom, who vowed revenge on the Professor after receiving an A-minus on a pop quiz, even if it took him a hundred years. Just over ninety-nine years have passed, and no revenge is in sight; so Farnsworth considers himself to be in the clear.

    Wernstrom presents his invention, an apparatus that allows fish to breathe water, but travel on land. He taunts Farnsworth over his invention from the previous year-the Deathclock. Mortified that he had already presented the invention and forgotten about it, Farnsworth hastily begins drawing on a napkin, and comes up with the smelloscope, a device that allows people to smell distant cosmic objects. The smelloscope is received with scorn and laughter, and Wernstrom gives it "the worst grade imaginable-an A minus minus".

    Back at Planet Express, he invites everybody to see the smelloscope which he already built last year and also forgot about. Fry begins pointing the smelloscope around, and discovers the smelliest object in the universe. After calculating its path, Professor Farnsworth announces that the object will collide with New New York City in 72 hours. After some research, a video is found, revealing the object to be a giant ball of New York City's garbage launched via mob-obtained rocket into space around 2052 in an attempt to alleviate a crippling rubbish problem.

    After warning the mayor of New New York, Mayor Poopenmayer, a plan is hatched to destroy the garbage ball. The Planet Express crew is sent on a mission to plant a bomb on a fault line on the ball. The bomb has been set to allow twenty-five minutes to escape. When the crew lands on the ball, Fry is amazed of all of the 20th–century items on the ball; but Leela reminds Fry that these things were garbage, which is why they are in the garbage ball in the first place. Unfortunately, the Professor put the bomb's countdown display in upside down, and it actually only allows fifty-two seconds. The crew panics, and Bender throws the bomb into space to save themselves, but runs into a small meteor and falls back to the surface; and Bender throws it again. The opportunity to destroy the garbage ball is lost, so the crew returns to Earth in shame.

    Attempting to find another way to save the city, the Mayor sends in Wernstrom to find a way to stop the garbage ball. Wernstrom demands tenure, a grant, and five scientists, but has no plan, declares that he's set for life, and leaves. In a last-ditch effort to redeem himself, Farnsworth comes up with a second plan to save the city: to launch a second ball of garbage to bounce against the first one to send it flying into the sun. The Mayor exclaims that there hasn't been garbage in New New York for 500 years, so Fry demonstrates how to make garbage. An announcement is made to tell the city to not throw away its garbage. The city of New New York quickly generates a second ball of garbage, which is fired at the first garbage ball. The rocket flies into the air and hits the other garbage ball head-on. The second ball of garbage flies out of the solar system and the other flies into the sun. Leela's concerns that the new garbage ball will return and destroy a future generation are dismissed by other characters. Fry says that it won't be for hundreds of years.moreless
David Herman

David Herman

Mayor C. Randall Poopenmayer

Katey Sagal

Katey Sagal

Turanga Leela

Billy West

Billy West

Philip J. Fry, Professor Hubert Farnsworth, Dr. John Zoidberg, Zapp Brannigan, Leo Wong

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Amy Wong/Inez Wong

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Countess de la Roca / Boy / Hattie

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Hermes Conrad/iZac

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • At the end when Leela was steering the escape pod, the earring in her right ear disappeared.

    • After the Titanic ship broke in two and Bender tells everyone that he's going to look around for stuff to steal, Leela's pearl necklace disappeared.

    • When LaBarbara was comforting Hermes after he told her the story of what happened, LaBarbara's bracelet on her left arm disappears.

    • One of the drinks iZac is mixing is 'Pannzoil'

    • Opening theme promotion: FILMED ON LOCATION

    • How come in this episode, Amy's parents want to set up her up with Kif, but when everyone goes to visit them on Mars in another episode, they don't like him?

      In this one Kif was a captain when Amy's parents tried setting them up. While on Mars Kif went back to being Zapp's lapdog, so Amy's parents wanted her with Zapp.

    • It's demonstrated in many episodes that Bender can't be exposed to magnets without losing control of himself & acting like a folk singer, but he wears a magnetic bowtie in this episode without being affected.

      In the DVD commentary they say that if there is a magnet on his "neck" it wont affect him, it is only when a magnet is stuck onto his head

    • What happened to the food cart LaBarbara uses to make the limbo music? It appears from nowhere and then disappears again afterwards.

    • Look at Bender's hand when he is playing craps. For a few seconds he has 4 "fingers", not 3!

    • When LaBarbara tells Hermes to open the door instead of showing off his limbo skills, Amy (standing beside LaBarbara) is missing her nose.

  • QUOTES (47)

    • Fry: (to Leela) Look! It's our nebula. Whenever I see it, I'll always think back to that moment when we almost... (nebula gets sucked into the black hole) Oh, nevermind.

    • Bender: At least I'll always have her bracelet! What do you think it's worth?
      Hermes: It's fake, mon.
      (Bender cries.)

    • Fry: Don't cry, Bender. Nobody really knows what happens in a black hole. It's possible she's still alive in another dimension somewhere. Right, Professor?
      Farnsworth: Oh, yes, absolutely! [He turns to Zoidberg.] Not a chance!

    • Bender: I can't live without you. If you let go, I let go!
      Countess: No! You have too much to live for. It may hurt for a while but one day you'll share your love again. After all, it's shareware.
      Bender: Don't talk like that. Tragic romances always have a happy ending.

    • Leela: Something's wrong. We're two metric tons overweight.
      Amy: Well, it's not me!

    • Leela: We can't leave yet. We've got to wait for Bender. The high gravity must be slowing down his looting.

    • Farnsworth: Thank God there are plenty of escape pods. We won't have to dress up like women and children.

    • Countess: Well, now what are we going to do?
      Bender: Wait a second. Aren't you a member of the yacht club?
      Countess: By God, you're right! I'm a class-3 yacht.

    • Bender: Are you hurt, my sweet?
      Countess: No. Luckily a family broke my fall.

    • Bender: You all go without me. I'm gonna take one last look around. You know, for, uh, stuff to steal.
      Fry: You're going back or the Countess, aren't you?
      Bender: Alright, I am. But I don't want the others to know. If I don't come back, just say I died robbing some old man.
      Fry: I'll tell them you went out prying the wedding ring off his cold, dead finger.

    • Farnsworth: I'm too young to die!

    • Zapp: Don't blame yourself, Kif. We were doomed from the start. Nothing remains now but for the captain to go down with his ship.
      Kif: Why, that's surprisingly noble of you, sir.
      Zapp: No, it's noble of you, Kif! As of now... you're in command. Congratulations, captain!

    • Leela: Oh, my God! We're heading straight into a black hole.
      Fry: Talk about a mood killer!

    • Fry: Oh, look, I'm not actually interested in her if that's what's bothering you.
      Leela: Oh, are you sure? I mean, she has two eyes, you have two eyes.
      Fry: I know, we seem like a perfect match.

    • Zapp: Kif, old friend, I don't know which disgusts me more: Your cowardice or your stupidity! We'll simply set a new course for that empty region over there. Near that black-ish hole-ish thing.

    • Amy: Well, with Zapp gone and my parents still here, I suggest Fry give me a nice, convincing kiss.
      Fry: Ah, now there's something we can all enjoy.

    • Kif: Captain, may I have a word with you?
      Zapp: No.
      Kif: It's an emergency, sir.
      Zapp: Come back when it's a catastrophe.

    • Leela: What are we gonna do? Fry can't pretend to be both our boyfriends.
      Fry: Sure I can. I learned how to handle delicate social situations from a little show called Three's Company.
      Zapp: I'd like to impose a toast on the happy couple. Down the hatch!
      Mrs. Wong: Hear, hear! Now let's have a kiss!
      Zapp: Yes, Fry. Plant one on your woman.
      Fry: Um, let me think. Come and knock on our door, nuh, nuh, nuh, nuh, nuh, nuh. Uh, Mr. Roper-
      Mr. Wong: What's the hold up? Kiss my daughter already!
      Farnsworth: Wait, I'm confused. Now tell me, Fry, which one of these ladies are you involved with?
      Fry: Uh... (He hums the theme to Three's Company again)

    • Zapp: As a gentleman, I must warn you. If you so much as glance at another woman, I'll be all over Leela like a fly on a pile of very seductive manure.

    • Zapp: I like your style, Fry. You remind me of a young me. Not much younger, mind you. Perhaps even a couple of years older.

    • Countess: Bender, I don't care whether you have money. I love you for your artificial intelligence and your sincerity simulator.

    • Bender: Well, now you know. I'm not actually rich. I'm a fraud. A poor, lazy, sexy fraud. This isn't even a real bow-tie, it's magnetic.

    • Zapp: Your attention, please. As captain of this vessel, the terrible burden of naming a limbo contest winner is mine and mine alone.
      Kif: Shouldn't you be steering between the comets?
      Zapp: And the winner is, Leela!
      Leela: But I didn't even limbo.
      Zapp: No matter. I know from personal experience how horizontal you can get.

    • LaBarbara: There, there. Now you don't have to limbo if you don't want. It doesn't make you any less of a man.
      Farnsworth: Though it did get me some action!

    • Bender: I don't get it, iZac; that bracelet had a diamond the size of a racoon's brain. Why couldn't I steal it?
      iZac: It's obvious, Mr. B. You're in love.
      Bender: Oh, it's true. But we're star-crossed robots. She, a countess, built with a silver spoon in her mouth. And me, just a regular honest Joe.
      iZac: Hey, you gonna pay for those?
      Bender: Hell, no!

    • Countess: Lovely, isn't it?
      Bender: Yeah. But only 93% as lovely as you.
      Countess: Oh, Bender! Either that was a computing error or you're the most romantic robot I've ever met!

    • Countess: Mind if I freshen up a bit before we go out?
      Bender: I was just about to suggest the same thing.

    • Leela: It would have been nice if you'd told me you were going out with Amy.
      Fry: I'm not going out with Amy. It's just to fool her parents. Hey, you're not jealous, are you?
      Leela: What? No. No! Of course not!
      Fry: Good, 'cause I consider my fake relationship with you a lot more meaningful.

    • Zapp: Leela, perhaps this is an awkward time but if things don't work out with this pipsqueak here... I just want you to know I'll be there to score you on the rebound.

    • Leela: Well, our accommodations aren't great, but it sure is beautiful out here.
      Fry: Yeah, it's pretty romantic-- Uh, I mean platonic. Th-That sure is one platonic view!

    • Amy: Uh, he seems really nice but, well, I already have a boyfriend.
      Mrs. Wong: Really? Where is he?
      Mr. Wong: And why isn't he here right now fathering our grandchild?

    • Mrs. Wong: We met the nicest boy in the cabin next to ours.
      Mr. Wong: He's not very ugly.
      Mrs. Wong: You should marry him! Or at least use him to conceive a grandchild for us.

    • Amy: Mom? Dad? What are you doing here?
      Mr. Wong: We were planning on enjoying a relaxing vacation. But since you're here, we'll have to do some meddling.

    • Zapp: Kif, I'm feeling the captain's itch.
      Kif: I'll get the powder, sir.
      Zapp: No, the itch for adventure! Prepare to change course.
      Kif: Sir, this is a leisure cruise. Our path was set by the travel agency.
      Zapp: That's for schoolgirls! Now here's a route with some chest hair.
      Kif: But that course leads directly through a swarm of comets.
      Zapp: Yes, comets! The icebergs of the sky.

    • Bender: Allow me to introduce myself. I'm Bender.
      Countess: Charmed. I'm the Countess de la Roca. I was surprised to see another robot staying in first class. Most of the robots I meet are labourers.
      Bender: I assure you, I barely know the meaning of the word "labour".

    • Bender: Gimmie you're biggest, strongest, cheapest drink.

    • Bender: Well, I'm tired of this room and everyone in it. If you'll excuse me, I'm gonna pop over to the casino for the next 135 hours!

    • Fry: Man, first class seems nice!
      Farnsworth: It'll seem even nicer once you've seen your room.

    • Farnsworth: I've booked us all on the maiden voyage of the largest, most luxurious space cruise ship ever built. The Titanic!
      Leela: Looks nice.

    • Farnsworth: It's just my way of thanking you for not reporting my countless violations of safety and minimum wage laws.
      Bender: Aww, you!

    • Fry: This is great! I haven't had time off since I was 21 through 24.

    • Farnsworth: Oh, great news, everyone.
      Bender: Shove it! We quit!
      Farnsworth: In that case I'll have to hire a new crew to go on our company vacation.

    • Leela: That was the worst delivery ever.
      Fry: Yeah. I'm never going to another planet called "Cannibalon"!
      Bender: Me neither. Food was good, though.

    • Bender: Hey, wait! Gimme a do-over! My cheating chip malfunctioned!
      Dealer: Sorry, sir, the house limit is three do-overs.

    • Leela: Oh, god... Not Zapp Brannigan.
      Zoidberg: You know Zapp Brannigan?
      Leela: Let's just say we crossed paths...
      Bender: Was that before or after you slept with him?

    • Contessa: Bender, you risked your life to save me!
      Bender: And I'd do it again! And perhaps a third time! But that would be it.

    • Kif: Sir, remember your course correction?
      Zapp Brannigan: No.
      Kif: Well it's proving somewhat more suicidal than we'd initially hoped.

  • NOTES (6)

  • ALLUSIONS (13)

    • The name for the Countess De La Roca probably came from one of the Co-Producers on the show, Claudia De La Roca

    • Since most people doesn't know what's this cartoon clip on the billboard in the opening credits is, the cartoon clip is from the late 1950s TV cartoon "Clutch Cargo".

    • The head Zapp Brannigan threw on the Titanic's exterior was that of Leonardo DiCaprio's, who played Jack in the movie Titanic.

    • The Countess' dress looks a lot like what Rose Dewitt Bukater (main female character in Titanic) was wearing when Rose boarded the ship.

    • Starship Titanic
      A number of references to the ship in space are taken fromt he popular CD-ROM game Starship Titanic.

    • Titanic
      As if you hadn't already gotten it, the majority of the episode is a spoof on the 3 hour movie Titanic.

    • The Jetsons
      The sound that Zapp's escape pod makes is taken from the sound of the cars in The Jetsons.

    • The Black Hole
      That black hole looks exactly like the one from the 1979 Disney film The Black Hole. The final shot of the escape pod leaving the area around the black hole is reminiscent of the last scene.

    • Lost In Space
      The security robots that detain Bender at the bar look exactly like the robots seen in Lost In Space.

    • The Love Boat
      The bartender "iZak" is not only a play off the famous iMac computers, but is a clever joke about Isaac from The Love Boat.

    • NewsRadio
      This show also makes a spoof reference to News Radio which once did an episode that similarly made fun of Titanic's storyline using its own cast of characters. Not only is this episode written by the same people, the "dressing up like women" joke was exactly like what Bill said he would do. And finally, it is an homage to the last episode featuring longtime friend of the cast and crew, Phil Hartman.

    • Title: A Flight to Remember
      This title is taken from the classic movie "A Night to Remember," which, like this episode, was about The Titanic.

    • Prof. Farnsworth: Good we don't have to dress up as women and children
      In eariler times when a boat was sinking, they always let the women and children into the lifeboats first, and there are some cases when men dressed up as women to get to the lifeboats first. In this episode Prof. Farnsworth tried to do this in case there wern't enough escape pods only he dressed up as a child.