Season 2 Episode 6

Brannigan Begin Again

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 28, 1999 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

Zapp Brannigan and Kif are discharged after destroying the new DOOP headquarters. They have to find jobs at Planet Express where Zapp incites a mutiny against Leela.

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  • Zapp Brannagain Episode

    In this episode, Zapp Brannagain and his lower ranking helper, Kiff Croker, are discharged from working after they destory the headquarters of DOOP. They are then bums for a while, untill they come work for Planet Express. Zapp, however, immediately causes trouble by, harassing Leela, and continually being unhelpful. Then, in the middle of a delivery, Zapp convinces the crew to mutany (hope I spelled that right) against Leela, sending them lost into the depths of spcae. Will they survive? I thought it was pretty good and filled with funny moments, like the court scene. Overall, a good episode worth watching. 9.5/10 Amoreless
  • Forgettable

    I have only seen this once or twice and I think most of it is pretty forgettable. Now that doesn't automatically mean it is a bad episode, it just means I need to rewatch it. I do remember liking some of it like when Zap told Fry and Bender to mutiny against Leela, but that's about the only thing I remember that made me laugh, so it is definitely due for a rewatch. My grade is about a C or so, but it may or may not rise to above, depending on how i feel after my rewatch takes place.moreless
  • Funny

    This episode was great, Zapp Brannigan gets fired from his job, as does Kif, because they blew up a rather expensive space station where they were supposed to cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony, and they do so with a laser on the highest deathly proportions. So to make up for this, they go to work in Planet Express, however their work there seems unacceptable for the job, but soon are kicked, and they earn their rights to duty again when Leela goes along with Zapp's fake story, even the stuff that didn't make sense. Again, a great episode, a good streak of decent episodes of Futurama...moreless
  • It was alright.

    Personally, I didn't like the plot of this episode that much. I also did not like Zapp Brannigan and his jokes, they weren't as funny as they were in Love's Labours Lost in Space. The episode's plot seemed force, and the only truly hilarious part was the end, when Leela said, "Let's mutiny," and that was only because it had a very 'here we go again' feeling to it, which was very funny.

    The famous Zapp Brannigan accidentally blows up the DOOP headquarters, and he and his assistant, Kif Kroker, are decommisioned from DOOP. They work for Planet Express, much to Leela's dismay.moreless
  • brannigan looses rank and wants it back

    In this episode the crew has to deliver the oversized scissors to the new DOOP headquarters,but when they get there Zapp Brannigan arrests them because he thought were going to assasinate people from Nylar 4.So while they are all in Zapp's ship they call him to cut the ribbon to open the new headquarters,but instead of going down there to do it he decides to cut it with his ships lazer.After he blows up the headquarters he gets decomissioned along with his 2nd in command,Kif Kroker.So after Zapp gets fired they both begin working at Planet Express which is where Leela works.moreless
Katey Sagal

Katey Sagal

Turanga Leela

Billy West

Billy West

Philip J. Fry / Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth / Dr. Zoidberg / Zapp Brannigan / Small Glurmo #1

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Glab / Amazonian

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Hermes Conrad

Maurice LaMarche

Maurice LaMarche

Kif Kroker / Neutral President / The Hyperchicken

John DiMaggio

John DiMaggio


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (20)

  • QUOTES (53)

    • Bender: Don't worry Leela, one day we'll be able to look back on this and laugh. (Walks towards the door and laughs)

    • Fry: Leela, I just want you to know that even though you're mean, you're the best captain ever.
      Bender: Yeah, you're one dynamite lady. Can we have a week off?
      Leela: No.
      Fry: Please?
      Bender: Come on, Captain.
      Leela: Oh, alright.
      Farnsworth: No time off.
      Fry: Aw, man.
      Leela: Let's mutiny!

    • Glab: Zapp Brannigan, I hereby restore your rank and parking privileges.

    • Zapp: And so, when Captain Leela panicked, perhaps distracted by female troubles, my quick thinking allowed me to do whatever I did to save the day.
      Glab: Captain Leela, is this rambling story of magic and heroism true?
      Leela: Well, actually-
      Farnsworth: That a girl! If they don't take him back we can keep him as captain.
      Leela: Your Honour, it's all true: My female incompetence, Zapp's cat-like reflexes, the stuff that made no sense, all of it.

    • Leela: Hurry! I don't wanna die at the age of 25.
      Bender: Honey, unless we hit a time warp, I wouldn't worry about it.

    • Leela: Then go get the hover-dolly you didn't break and load all the dark matter into the left engine.
      Bender: Oh, man, that crap's heavy.
      Fry: And warm.

    • Leela: OK, OK. We have one chance. Are you willing to do what I say as captain?
      Fry: Absolutely.
      Leela: Even if I make you work hard?
      Bender: As your God is my witness.

    • Fry: Leela, we want you to be captain again.
      Leela: Let me guess. He cancelled naptime? (They shake their heads) He ran out of beer? (They shake their heads again) So he's about to kill us? (they nod "yes")

    • Bender: What now, chief?
      Zapp: Now we crash the ship into their headquarters, killing them in a hellish firestorm from which no living thing can escape.
      Fry: Good, good, then what?
      Zapp: Then your mission is complete. I, meanwhile, will have ejected to safety, wearing the only spacesuit on board.
      Fry: Wait a second. Is this plan gonna kill us?
      Zapp: Of course. What do you think I meant by "loyalty"?

    • Zapp: This is Zapp Brannigan of the good ship... Planet Express Ship. I come swinging the olive branch of peace.
      Neutral President's Aide: Should we trust him, Your Neutralness?
      Neutral President: All I know is my gut says maybe.

    • Zapp: Now, in the name of all that is good and honourable, we'll call the Neutral President with a message of peace, then blast him.
      Bender: Yes, sir, sirdy-sir-sir-sir!
      Zapp: Fly the white flag of war.

    • Zapp: Prepare to continue the epic struggle between good and neutral.

    • Zapp: Meanwhile, I have a plan. We will single-handedly attack our archenemy the Neutral Planet.
      Kif: Oh, jeez.
      Zapp: Once the neutral war machine lies in ruins, I'll be a hero again and the DOOP will reinstate me as captain.
      Kif: But, sir, that plan makes no sense.
      Zapp: Maybe not to you, Kif, but if I recall correctly, you were court-martialled in disgrace.
      Fry: Ooh, burn!
      Bender: Nailed you, buddy!

    • Zapp: So, do I have your loyalty, men?
      Bender: To the ends of the universe.
      Fry: Ten hundred percent!
      Zapp: That's not nearly loyal enough. I order you to sit around and drink beer until you're as loyal as Kif here.
      Bender: Yes, sir, sir!
      Kif: Um, may I have a beer, sir?
      Zapp: No. You're loyal enough already.

    • Kif: What shall I do with your civilian clothes, sir?
      Zapp: Take them to the laundry-brig.

    • Leela: You really don't want me to be captain anymore?
      Bender: You got it, genius.
      Leela: But, didn't I do a good job?
      Fry: You were mean and you yelled and you made us do all that work.
      Leela: Sometimes a captain needs to do those things. Besides I, I thought we were friends.
      Fry: Yeah, well, you shouldn't have been such a mean captain then.

    • Zapp: Throw her in the brig.
      Fry: We don't have a brig.
      Zapp: Then throw her in the laundry room, which will hereafter be referred to as "the brig".

    • Zapp: Y'know, boys, a good captain needs many skills, such as boldness, daring and a velour uniform. And I'm not convinced Leela has any of those things.
      Fry: Ah, Leela's not that bad. I just wish she didn't make us work so much.
      Zapp: Back when I was captain all I asked from my men was their complete loyalty. If I had that, then for all I cared they could sit around the whole day drinking beer in their underpants.
      Bender: Beer?
      Fry: Underpants?

    • Bender: This is all Leela's fault.
      Fry: Yeah. If she had let us use the back-up dolly, we could have broken it, given up and gone home by now.

    • Kif: The point is, it's just so humiliating working for that man. Once, he actually ordered me to... shave his armpits while he was in the bathtub. So, I said-
      Leela: Y'know, why don't we talk about something besides Zapp for a while?
      Kif: Oh, alright. Um... well... how 'bout then, um... OK, well, there he was in the tub, right?

    • Bender: I'm Leela, get to work, neh, neh, neh.
      Fry: I agree.

    • Zapp: Let me ask you a serious question, Leela: Does the company that made your bra make a girdle as well?

    • Leela: What the hell happened?
      Bender: Some breaking occurred, the dolly was involved, that's about all we know.
      Leela: I told you dumb apes not to overload it. Each of those pillows weighs 150lbs here.
      Fry: Alright, don't get your panties in a knot. We'll just use the back-up dolly.
      Bender: I'll start loading up the pillows.

    • Leela: I don't want any screw-ups. Use the hover-dolly and just deliver one pillow at a time.
      Bender: Hey, here's an idea, let's deliver all the pillows at once.
      Fry: Yeah!
      Zapp: That's using the old noodle!

    • Leela: OK, crew, listen up. Your job is to delivery these 40 pillows to that hotel.
      Bender: They're not very heavy but you don't hear me not complaining.
      Leela: They're not heavy in here because we have an anti-grav pump. But once you get out on the surface the gravity will be very intense.
      Fry: Hey, no prob', this lead apron'll protect me.

    • Kif: I've computed out landing co-ordinates, Captain.
      Leela: Thanks, Kif. Very nice work.
      Kif: Wait, what?
      Leela: I said "very nice work".
      Kif: This is the happiest day of my life.

    • Zapp: Here's to us poor schmoes working for the man. Even if he is a hot, sexy, female man.

    • Zapp: So, this Leela. I know she's a very sensuous woman but what manner of captain is she?
      Fry: She's really strict.
      Bender: And mean.
      Zapp: I see. Does she by any chance give the crewmembers spankings?
      Fry: No, she just makes us do work and stuff.
      Zapp: Good, good. But should she ever institute some sort of bare-bottom spanking policy, let me go in your place. I won't have my comrades harmed.
      Bender: Hey, this guy's alright!

    • Farnsworth: I'd like everyone to meet our new employees. Which ones are new?
      Hermes: The green dude and the fat man.
      Farnsworth: Hmm, I could swear I've never seen that robot before either.
      Bender: I'm Bender. You know? The lovable rascal.
      Farnsworth: Oh, yes, yes. My good friend, of course. Anyway, whoever you all are, I have good news. You'll be making a delivery to Stumbos 4, a planet with such high gravity you'll most likely be crushed under the weight of your own hair. Enjoy!

    • Farnsworth: Leela, who are you talking to?
      Zapp: Just a broken-down hobo who's hit rock-bottom. And his commanding officer.
      Farnsworth: Why, you're that disgraced starship captain. Having him on staff will distract people from our horrendous safety record. Come in.

    • Zapp: One day a man has everything, the next day he blows up a $400 billion space station and the next day he has nothing. It makes you think.
      Kif: No, it doesn't.

    • Glab: Zapp Brannigan, you are hereby stripped of your rank as captain and dismissed from the DOOP.
      Zapp: I'd like to make one final statement. Kif, c'mere and hold up the flag... And wave it a little, for God's sakes. My friends, you can take away a man's title and his uniform but you can never take away his integrity or his honour. Plus it was mostly Kif's fault.
      Kif: What?
      Glab: Kif Kroker, you are also stripped of your rank and dishonourably discharged.

    • Zapp: I'd like to cross-examine the witness.
      Glab: I'm going to allow this.
      Zapp: We've met before have we not?
      Leela: Yes.
      Zapp: And on that occasion, did you have sex with someone? May I remind you you are still under oath.
      Leela: Yes.
      Zapp: Please point out the person in this courtroom you had sex with. (Leela points to Zapp) And his name is?
      Leela: Zapp Brannigan.
      Zapp: The very same Zapp Brannigan who did not blow up DOOP headquarters. I rest my case.

    • Glab: The evidence against Zapp Brannigan is strong. However, in light of his years of service, and the incompetence of this hillbilly prosecutor, I'm afraid I must dismiss all charges.
      Leela: Dismiss all charges? Your Honour, I know the case is closed and you've rendered your verdict, but I wanna testify.
      Glab: I'm going to allow this.
      Hyper-Chicken: Now, Miss Leela, on the date in question, were you or were you not wearing a hoop skirt?
      Leela: That's a stupid question. What matters is Zapp Brannigan is the sorriest captain I've ever seen, and I saw the idiot blow up DOOP headquarters with my own eye.

    • Glab: Zapp Brannigan, you stand accused of blowing up DOOP headquarters. How do you plead?
      Zapp: Absolutely 99% not guilty.

    • Glab: And now, to cut the ribbon, the legendary DOOP captain who just returned from a triumphant carpet-bombing of Eden 7, Zapp Brannigan.
      Zapp: What makes a man turn neutral? Lust for gold? Power? Or were you just born with a heart full of neutrality?
      Kif: Um, sir, you're supposed to be cutting the ribbon right now.
      Zapp: No matter. I'll simply cut it from here with the ships laser.
      Kif: Sir, I don't think that's wise.
      Zapp: Kif, if there's one thing I don't need it's your I-don't-think-that's-wise attitude.

    • Leela: If you don't mind, we're here to deliver the scissors for the ribbon-cutting.
      Zapp: Then you're under arrest.
      Leela: What for?
      Zapp: How do I know these scissors aren't part of some Neutral plot?
      Leela: But they're not even sharp. Who could I possibly hurt with them?
      Zapp: The Yarn People of Nylar 4? So, a plan to assassinate a weird-looking alien with scissors. How very Neutral of you.

    • Zapp: Why, Leela, I do believe we've met.
      Bender: He means you guys did it.

    • Zapp: I hate these filthy Neutrals, Kif. With enemies you know where they stand but with Neutrals, who knows? It sickens me.

    • Glab: I can think of no better place for this centre of diplomacy than here in orbit around the Neutral Planet. What are your thoughts on this momentous occasion, Your Neutralness?
      Neutral President: I have no strong feelings one way or the other.

    • Fry: So, what's it like on planet Amazonia?
      Amazonian: Big rats there. Me crush with club.
      Fry: That's so interesting. Maybe we could get to know each other over a coffee.

    • Fry: Wow! There's a million aliens. I've never seen anything so mind-blowing. Ooh, a reception table with muffins!

    • Farnsworth: Tonight is the ribbon-cutting for the DOOP's new headquarters.
      Leela: What are we delivering?
      Farnsworth: Something without which no ribbon-cutting ceremony could proceed. The ceremonial oversized scissors.

    • Leela: What's the mission?
      Farnsworth: It's a delivery for the Democratic Order Of Planets.
      Fry: DOOP? What's that?
      Farnsworth: It's similar to the United Nations from your time, Fry.
      Fry: Uh...
      Hermes: Or like the Federation from your Star Trek programme.
      Fry: Oh!

    • Farnsworth: Good news, everyone. We have a mission to further the noble cause of intergalactic peace.
      Bender: Nope. Watching cartoons.
      Fry: Sorry.

    • Zapp: This is a mutiny! (Zapp handcuffs Leela) You're a capable doer of the nasty... but I'm taking over.
      Leela: On what grounds, you oaf?
      Zapp: Failure to prevent a mutiny.

    • Leela: (about the oversized scissors) We'll get them there as fast as we can.
      Farnsworth: Well, okay, but don't run with them.

    • Zapp: Rock crushes scissors! But paper covers rock. And scissors cuts paper! Kif, we have a conundrum.
      Kif: (sigh)
      Zapp: Search them for paper! And ... bring me a rock!

    • Leela: Oh no! He's disabled the steering! We're gonna crash!
      Bender: Leela, save me! And yourself, I guess. And my banjo! (looks around) And Fry!

    • Leela: Alright ... This is the third hose-fight that's broken up today. And the second one using actual hoses!

    • Zapp: Leela! I didn't know where else to turn. You are the only woman who ever loved me.
      Leela: I never loved you.
      Zapp: I mean physically.

    • Neutral Official: Your neutralness, it's a beige alert.
      Neutral Leader: If I don't survive, tell my wife: Hello.

    • Zapp Brannigan: Just let me work for a little food. Perhaps I could paint a fence, or service you sexually, or mop the floors.
      Leela: You don't know how to do any of those things.
      Zapp Brannigan: Kif might!

  • NOTES (1)


    • The slogan of the Neutral Planet on City Hall was "Live Free Or Don't." New Hampshire's state motto is "Live Free Or Die."

    • The Doop Headquarters is in the 'Neutral Zone', which is a reference to 'Star Trek' which explained there was a Neutral Zone between the territory of the Federation and the Romulan Empire.

    • Star Trek: Shatner Reference
      A very nice spoof of Star Trek's worst kept secret - William Shatner wore a girdle during parts of the series. Also you do have to wonder how Kirk would have dealt with neutral people.

    • Heavy Planet: by Hal Clement
      The book about a mission to a planet with exceedingly high gravity, and all of the challenges that entail are parodied in the episode. It was republished in 1954 as "Mission of Gravity."

    • Star Wars
      The chess-like game Fry and Bender are playing is just like the one in Star Wars with the 3D pieces.

    • Midnight Cowboy
      After Zap Brannigan and Kif are stripped of their ranks and dismissed from DOOP, a montage spoofs the 1969 film "Midnight Cowboy", depicting Zap (in a cowboy outfit) hustling Kif on the streets of New New York. The montage even features the same song,"Everybody's Talkin'" from Midnight Cowboy.

    • Title: Brannigan Begin Again
      Title refers to "Finnegan begin again", a leitmotif in James Joyce's classic syllable-twister.