Season 5 Episode 4

A Taste of Freedom

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Dec 22, 2002 on Comedy Central



  • Trivia

    • Goof:
      When Zoidberg sets fire to the Earth flag, shouldn't the heat seeking missile go after Zoidberg because he had a fiery flag and it should go after Bender because of his cigar?
      It could depend on the strength of the heat signal

    • Lady Justice's scale is weighed down on one side by a bag of money. She is also lacking her sword.

    • After the opening sequence, Bender along with others is having a can of beer, but when he goes to put on his hat, his Beer dissappears. Right after that Fry's beer dissappears. I say dissappears because there is no way they could set it on the railing, and when the shot zooms out for the opening for the Hot Tub, you can see that they have not been set on the ground.

    • Abe Vigoda and Snoop Dogg have become members of Supreme Court. Other familar members of the Supreme Court include Sandra Day O'Connor, David Souter, Clarence Thomas, John Paul Stevens, Antonin Scalia, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. All but Abe Vigoda and Snoop Dogg were associated justices of the U.S. Supreme Court when this episode was made.

    • Alien code: A truck with the words Earthican Flag Company is seen with Alien Code #2 below it. When translated it reads: "A Venusian Corporation."

    • LOOK HARD: Museum Sign; Nuns & Nunchuks: Mother Teresa's Secret Arsenal.

    • Washington Post Headlines: Lobster Trial Nears, Mobster Trial Nears, Handsome Invaders Defeat Earth, Post Names New Editor.

    • Earth went to war over the ownership of Haley's Comet.

    • Old Man Waterfall appears to be the (so far) oldest of the Waterfall clan we see on the show. Free Waterfall Jr was the "smelly hippie" in Popplers; Free Waterfall Sr was the animal rights activist in Birdbot of Ice-catraz. All three were incidentally voiced by Phil Hendrie.

      He was also the P.U. member from Pluto that yelled out that he would avenge Free Waterfall Srs. death.

    • Opening theme promotion: OR IS IT?

    • During the trial Zoidberg say 2 of his 3 hearts are having heart attacks. Normally, Decapodans have 4 hearts, but Zoidberg lost one of his in "Roswell That Ends Well."

    • If the heat-seeking missle was unable to target the cold-blooded "Mobile Opression Palace", it wouldn't keep circling it. Instead, the missle would target the nearest availible heat source, probably the nearby crowd of humans?

    • Not only that, if you die after mating how can his mother talk to him?
      (Edit) She's not his genetic mother. Note how the woman said "if you want your parents to roll over in their graves." She's the third person refered to in "That's Lobstertainment" who raised Zoidberg.
      This drives home the point that not all of Zoidberg's species mate at the Frenzy. Some choose to live on to raise the children spawned from it and teach them the ways of their civilization.

    • Didn't all of Zoidberg's species who mated die in WMIBACIL? If that is so, how come they can invade Earth? I don't think the new crabs would have grown up that fast?

      (Response) It's true that his species dies after mating, but not all of them mated. If Zoidberg didn't mate, than there were more than likely many others that didn't as well, either by choice or the fact they weren't mating material.

    • Zoidberg named three parents when he tried to remind Harold Zoid which nephew he was.

    • Fry discovers what Freedom Day is. It is now 3003, so this would be his 4th Freedom Day (after 3000, 3001 and 3002) - yet Fry still doesn't know what Freedom Day is?

  • Quotes

    • Dr. Zoidberg: I wonder what the Shroud of Turin tastes like.

    • Chief Justice: Also, in a rare Double-Whammy decision, the court finds polygamy constitutional.
      Old Man Waterfall: I can't wait to tell my husband.
      (Spectators boo louder)

    • Leela: Zoidberg you set us free! I feel like I could stand to hug you! I can't but you know what I'm trying to say.

    • Old Man Waterfall: I request a Satanic funeral.

    • Fry: You haven't won yet Moyvan! You wouldn't expect us to even go to a museum, much less steal this ancient heat-seeking missile!
      Moyvan: I don't even know you!

    • Fry: Back in my day, we didn't have your fancy all-digital weapons. We still managed to kill each other just fine.

    • Bender: Ah the crossbow. A pitiless, elegant killing machine. The Bender of the 15th century.

    • Zapp: All our modern technology is useless.
      Bender: I know I am!

    • Leela: This can't go on. Today is the day we fight back!
      Bender: It's already 10 o'clock!
      Leela: Oh right. Tomorrow is the day we fight back!

    • Fry: I'm no good at being a slave. I'm thinking about Graduate School. Y'know? To become a barber?

    • Zoidberg: Bah! Your planet doesn't deserve freedom until it learns what it is to not have freedom! It's a lesson I say.

    • Zoidberg: Deny my freedom will you? Well we'll do to you what we did the the Squash Men of the Squash Planet! Squish them!

    • Zoidberg: Me? Apologise? Never! I came to this planet to learn the meaning of freedom. But I say it's you who should get a nice lesson! So do your worst. Because no punishment could be worse than denying my freedom.
      Chief Justice: You are hereby sentenced to death.
      Zoidberg: Wait, let me finish!

    • Bender: Court's kinda fun when it's not my ass on the line!

    • Chief Justice: Counsel you may address the court on behalf of Earth, if you're ready.
      Hyper-Chicken: I was hatched ready!

    • Old Man Waterfall: I don't condone what Dr Zoidberg did but I'll fight tooth and nail for his freedom to do it. Or I would if I hadn't lost my teeth and nails on Mars and Saturn respectively.

    • Old Man Waterfall: Sir to me a robot's just a garbage can with sparks comin' out it!
      Bender: The sparks keep me warm.

    • Old Man Waterfall: I'm a veteran of three dozen Waterfall's. Name any part of the planet, I've taken a bullet in it, on it. All to keep our flag flying free.
      Bender: And you wanna defend Zoidberg? Are you familiar with the old robot saying Does Not Compute?

    • Old Man Waterfall: Name's Old Man Waterfall! But most folks just call me "Old Man."
      Fry: I'll never remember that!

    • Leela: Cool your jells Nixon. You wouldn't like it that Dr Zoidberg desecrated the flag. You might even find the image of it festering in his bowels offensive...

    • Zoidberg: I thought I understood this world. I thought I was fitting in. But I guess I don't belong on here anymore than I belong on our crappy home planet. Oops, sorry.
      Decapodian Man: What sorry? Our planet stinks, we all know it!

    • Nixon: In our darkest hour, we can stand erect, with proud upthrust bosoms!
      Fry: Anyone who laughs is a Communist!

    • Nixon: My fellow Earthicans, we enjoy so much freedom it's almost sickening. We're free to choose which hand our sex monitoring chip is implanted in. And if we don't want to pay our taxes, why, we're free to spend a weekend with the pain monster.
      Pain Monster: See you April 15th!

    • Fry: Wow! Nude hot-tubbing? That's all I need to hear about Freedom Day!
      Zoidberg: Then consider the following lecture a bonus!

    • Fry: So, what is Freedom Day? Sounds like some kind of feminine hygiene product.
      Zoidberg: No, it's a fabulous, crabulous day!
      Amy: If you wanna do something, you do it! And to splick with the consequences!
      Bender: Y'know, like how I live every day!

    • Fry: Hey, wait! I'm having one of those things. You know, a headache with pictures.
      Leela: An idea?
      Fry: (nodding) Mm, hmmm, hmmm.

    • Brannigan: Let's show these freaks what a bloated, runaway military budget can do!

    • Head of the ACLU: You can eat my dog, you can eat my truck, but you eat my flag and you're out of luck! She's waving proud around the world from Dallas to Fort Worth. Let me say it again: Don't mess with Earth!

    • Zoidberg: That's why I love Earth. You can do what you want, and no one makes you feel guilty, because no one cares.
      Fry: We're not listening!
      Zoidberg: That's what I'm talking about!

    • Fry: They really hate Doctor Zoidberg.
      Bender: Pfft. Posers. I was hating Zoidberg before it was cool!

  • Notes

    • The design for the Klingon embassy was originally for the Barbie homeworld embassy. But the writers got tired of the joke and changed it.

    • Several scenes were removed from the show for time, including the nude pool. You can find them on the Season 4 DVD.

  • Allusions

    • Welcome Back, Kotter

      Washington DC is rededicated in 2475 to Washington the Sweathog. The Sweathogs were a group of unruly remedial students on the sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter and Freddy "Boom Boom" Washington, played by Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, was the hip, African-American, basketball enthusiast.

    • The speech made by the chicken lawyer against Zoidberg's defense speech refers to a very famous Bible verse (Matthew 15:11): "What goes into a man's mouth does not make him 'unclean,' but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him."

    • Voltaire
      Old Man Waterfall paraphrases the oft-misquoted Voltaire line "I may not agree with what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it."

    • Visual: Flag
      The design of the flag cleverly references the totalitarian Nazi (the colours) and Soviet (the hammer) flags.

    • Inherit The Wind
      The trial, and many of the things done during it are a parody of the famous play (and later movie) Inherit The Wind.

    • Parade: The Fighting Dukaki.
      A quick and funny reference to 1988 Presidential candidate, Michael Dukakis. The comical image of Michael Dukakis riding in a tank was one of many things that led to him losing to George Bush.

    • Spear: Circa 2256
      A quick reference to Albert Einstein's thoughts after seeing what his bomb had done at the end of World War II. Quote: "I do not know which weapons World War III will be fought with, but World War IV will be fought with stones and sticks."

    • Leela: Today is the day we fight back.

      A cheap stab at the over-quoted line from Independence Day.

    • Nixon: Sock it to him.

      A funny reference to Nixon's appearance on the NBC sketch show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.

    • V
      The flags from Zoidberg's home world, as well as the of invasion is a parody of the show V