Season 2 Episode 4

Fry & the Slurm Factory

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 14, 1999 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

Fry becomes addicted to Slurm, the ultimate drink in the year 3000. When a contest appears on TV saying that the person who finds the golden cap in one of the cans will win a tour of the Slurm factory, Fry uses Farnsworth's F-Ray gun that sees through anything to find it. It is at the factory where the crew discover a terrible secret behind Slurm.moreless

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  • One of my favorite episodes!!!!!!!

    Fry wins the golden bottlecap in a bottle of Slurm(a very addicting drink from the future), and he wins a tour of The Slurm Factory. Fry, Bender, Leela, Farnsworth, Zoidberg, Amy and Hermes all go. But on the boat ride, Fry falls in the water. Leela tries to save him, and Bender jumps in to belong. They sneak in the back, and see that Slurm is made from the backside of an alien slug. The slug is about to boil Bender and Leela, But Fry saves them.

    This was a great episode, probably one of my favorites. I loved the grunka lunkas, how Fry kept eating the slurm, and much more.

    Overall Grade: 100%/A+moreless
  • can they make slurm available?

    a good episode, where fry and the crew discover what makes slurm so addicting after winning a trip to the slurm factory.

    man, after watching this episode, it may be gross- but i still want to try a slurm. it's like mountain dew and i like mountain dew. so yea, please, make slurm!

    and the episode, like almost every other episode, is simply hilarious and is definitely memorable, if not just for the scene where we see how it is made. My overall grade is an A+, definite classic {please fox, make slurm so us humanoids in the real world can drink it!}moreless
  • A great addition to the series!

    The crew win the opportunity to be with Slurms Mackenzie (due to being able to cheat... but accidentally chokes on the golden cap leaving him speechless... in more than one way), the show-man of the most addictive soft drink in the known universe, slurm. Fry accidentally finds out the actual main ingredient of slurm while wandering away from the guide which makes the drink literally impossible to keep from... the slime from a giant slug! It all seems bad until they escape from the caves... and then a dashing party with Slurms Mackenzie. A great episode, one of my favourites, season 2 is promising!moreless
  • Entertaining.

    One of the truly great episodes. This episode is funny, and a truly great parody of Willy Wonka (or Charlie) and the Chocolate Factory.

    Fry is addicted to the popular drink, Slurm. Then, it is announced on the television that there is a contest: anyone who finds a winning golden bottle cap gets a visit to the Slurm factory. When they go, they are told that they will get to party with a famous Slurm icon. When Fry, Bender, and Leela go off the track of the tour, they discover that the secret (and only) ingredient in Slurm comes from a worm's rear! Then, they need to save their lives. Despite all that happens at the Slurm factory, Philip J. Fry cannot resist Slurm.moreless
  • hillaious eisode

    Here is my review for a very good episode of Futurama to watch. It is called "Fry And The Slurm Factory". It is about Fry drinking lots of Slurm (a very tasty soft drink, possibly based on "Surge") and trying to find the gold bottlecap to win a party with the Slurm mascot, Slurms McKinzey. He and Bender use a special device that the Professor invents (the F-Ray) to find the can with the gold bottlecap inside, but no luck. Just when Fry gives up, he drinks another can of Slurm until he chokes on the bottlecap he was looking for. He and his friends are invited to go on a tour through the Slurm Factory as part of the prize. In case you haven't noticed, the Slurm Factory scene is basically a parody of Wonka's factory from the 1972 classic movie "Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory" (including the Oompa-Loompas, which are called "Grunga-Lungas" in this parody). Fry, Leela, and Bender get separated from the others and they discover where Slurm actually comes from: A giant Slurm worm heiny. The heroes escape after being tortured (Leela about to be turned into a Slurm worm, Bender about to be turned into soda cans, and Fry being kept busy tasting a new kind of Slurm) and make it out with the help of Slurms McKinzey. I like watching this episode alot after seeing in on DVD; it's one of my favorites of all time.moreless
Katey Sagal

Katey Sagal

Turanga Leela

Billy West

Billy West

Philip J. Fry / Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth / Dr. Zoidberg / Glurmo / Small Glurmo #1 / Small Glurmo #2

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Amy Wong

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Hermes Conrad/Solo Grunka Lunka #1

John DiMaggio

John DiMaggio

Bender / Hermaphrobot / Solo Grunka Lunka #2 / Commissioner

Maurice LaMarche

Maurice LaMarche


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • The Slurm advert says: "Slurm Has Been Found To Cause Cancer In Laboratory Humans"

    • Slurm in this episode is similar to the drink Bubble Shock in the Sci-Fi series The Sarah Jane Adventures, especially in the episode "Invasion of the Bane ".

      Both drinks are highly addictive and both drinks include a secret ingredient that turns out to be alien in origin.

    • Opening theme promotion: LIVE FROM OMICRON PERSEI 8

    • After Bender removes Amy's wristwatch, his color turns from dark gray to his regular grayish-blue color.

    • LOOK HARD: The Professor and Leela are playing a variant of Scrabble. On the Professor's tile tray, you can see F-U-U-T-A-M-R. On the board you can see the tiles arranged to say "one eye", "prop only", "donut", and "Matt area".

    • When everybody tries to escape, Leela and Amy's shoes are on, but when they are running away, they are barefoot.

    • The F-Ray beam uses Nutrinos, which pass through anything. So why did the professor bother putting on a radiation suit?

    • If the F-ray can see through everything, it's not much use. You shouldn't be able to see anything, as you should see right through it.
      But when he checks out Benders stomach, he obviously adjusts it so it will go through a certain depth.

    • Even if the Slurm Queen worked around the clock, she would still barely be able to produce 1% of the Slurm needed to serve just one planet, let alone the entire galactic marketplace.

      reply: its an entire planet devoted to making slurm, and there is such a thing as royal slurm. so there could be several factories, but that ones most important with slurms mackenzie.

    • Since Fry, Bender and Leela were deposited underground, in order for the "Fake Factory" door to be on the same level as the "Keep Out!" door, the river would have to be flowing upstream. (They were moving with the current.)

    • Slurms McKenzie, when caving in the tunnel, stayed and danced with the music, when he actually could have ran with the others and left the radio to do the work.

    • When Fry and Leela rescue Bender from the machine, we see that it drilled a hole right through him. Later when he is running away, the hole has disappeared, and at the end of the episode, it has reappeared - but only on the right side of Bender, not his left!

  • QUOTES (33)

    • Fry: All this prolonged exposure to radiation is making me thirsty.

    • Farnsworth: Commissioner, my crew has made a horrific discovery: It seems that Slurm is produced in a colossal worm hiney!
      Commissioner: Hmm, "hiney", you say? Why, with your testimony we'll finally be able to outlaw this insidious Slurm.
      Fry: Outlaw Slurm? Uh, don't pay any attention to him, sir... Grandpa's making up crazy stories again.
      Farnsworth: I'm not your grandpa, you're my uncle! From the year 2000!
      Commissioner: OK, grandpa, we'll take care of the "bad worms", don't you worry.

    • Slurms: Go on without me, I'll hold her off.
      Fry: But she'll crush you like a worm... crushing a smaller worm.

    • Slurms: Shh! I want you to take me with you.
      Fry: Say what?
      Slurms: I'm partied out. All I want is to stay home and rent videos and watch them with a few friends. Is that so much to ask?
      Bender: Forget it, pal. It says on this bottle-cap you have to party with us.
      Slurms: Alright, when we get to Earth. But please don't invite too many people, I wanna keep it small.
      Bender: No can do, Slurms!

    • Leela: You pig. Stop stuffing your craw and save us.
      Bender: I can't see what's happening. Are we boned?
      Leela: Yeah, we're boned.

    • Slurm Queen: As for you, you will be submerged in Royal Slurm which, in a matter of minutes, will transform you into a Slurm Queen like myself.
      Small Glurmo #1: But, Your Highness, she's a commoner. Her Slurm will taste foul.
      Slurm Queen: Yes! Which is why we'll market it as New Slurm. Then, when everyone hates it, we'll bring back Slurm Classic, and make billions!

    • Slurm Queen: You, my metal friend, will have the honour of becoming 174 Slurm cans.
      Bender: Ah, this trip is turning into a big letdown.

    • Leela: How can you trick people into drinking something that comes out of your behind? It's disgusting.
      Slurm Queen: Is it? Honey comes from a bee's behind. Milk comes from a cow's behind. And have you ever used toothpaste?
      Fry: Whose behind does that come from?
      Slurm Queen: You don't wanna know.

    • Glurmo: Well, my curious friends, you learned the secret of Slurm. That concludes the portion of the tour where you stay alive.

    • Fry: (after seeing what Slurm is made of) THAT'S the secret ingredient of Slurm??
      Leela: It's the ONLY ingredient of Slurm.
      Fry: Eeeeewww! (drinks Slurm until the can is smacked away by Leela)

    • Leela: This all must have something to do with the secret ingredient.
      Fry: My God. What if the secret ingredient ... is people?
      Leela: No. There's already a soda like that: Soylent Cola.
      Fry: Oh. How is it?
      Leela: It varies from person to person.

    • Hermes: So you're telling me I could fire my whole staff and hire Grunka Lunkas at half the cost?
      Glurmo: That's right. They think they have a good union but they don't. They're basically slaves.

    • Glurmo: Now, on your right, you'll see the Slurm Master checking the Slurm for colour and bouquet.
      Fry: So thirsty.
      Glurmo: Then he tastes it. He tastes it and tastes it, then tastes it some more.
      Fry: Uh, could I have some Slurm, please?
      Glurmo: No food or drink allowed on the tour. You'll have to wait until you're partying with Slurms MacKenzie.
      Fry: When will that be?
      Glurmo: Soon enough.
      Fry: That's not soon enough!

    • Leela: Hey, look! The disgusting little men are starting to sing!
      Grunka Lunkas: (singing) Grunka Lunka dunkity-do,
      We've got a friendly warning for you,
      Grunka Lunka dunkity-dasis,
      The secret of Slurm's on a need-to-know basis.
      Grunka Lunka #1: Asking questions in school is a great way to learn.
      Grunka Lunka #2: If you try that stuff here you might get your legs broke.
      Grunka Lunka #1: We once found a dead guy face down in the Slurm.
      Grunka Lunka #2: It could easily happen again to you folks.
      Grunka Lunkas: So keep you head down and keep your mouth shut,
      Grunka Lunka lunka dunkity dot!
      Glurmo: Hey, I don't pay you to sing! You just used up today's bathroom break!
      Grunka Lunka #2: Hard ass.
      Glurmo: I heard that!

    • Glurmo: Now, over here the Grunka Lunkas are inducing Wumpus berries to release their flavour, using sensual massage.
      Bender: Psst, those berries. Those are the secret ingredient, right?
      Glurmo: No.
      Bender: You positive?
      Glurmo: Yes.
      Bender: I'm just asking cause they look kind of secret.
      Glurmo: Enough! There will be no further questions.
      Fry:(raises hand) Why?

    • Fry: So, what's the secret ingredient?
      Glurmo: It's whatever your imagination wants it to be.
      Fry: Oh. But what is it really?
      Glurmo: That's not for you to know.

    • Bender: Wow! The original party worm! Are you ready to get down, get funky with us?
      Glurmo: He'd better be, that's what we pay him for. Right, Slurms?
      Slurms: Right!
      Glurmo: In fact, Slurms has to party all night, every night, or he's fired!

    • Fry: Ah, if only there was some way of knowing which can had the winning bottle-cap inside.
      Bender: Huh, w-what? I didn't hear you. I was too busy using this F-ray to look inside of things.
      Fry: Wait a second. I'm getting an idea. N-No, false alarm. No. Yeah. No. Yeah. No. Wait. No. Yeah. Yeah. No ... no. Yes!

    • Bender: Whoa, mama! Hold still, sexy lady.
      He points the F-ray at her and gasps
      Fry: What's wrong?
      Bender: That's no lady!
      "Fembot": Damn Chico! One more upgrade and I'll be more lady than you can handle! Why you so stupid, stupid?
      Bender: Hey, bite my shiny metal ass!
      "Fembot": You couldn't afford it, honey.

    • Farnsworth: Aha! There's the cause of your illness.
      Amy: Hey, that's my watch!
      Bender: I was wondering where I put that.

    • Farnsworth: I call this the F-ray. It's like an X-ray only it allows you to see through anything, even metal.

    • Leela: Hey, what's rattling around in there?
      Farnsworth: It may well be the cause of Bender's illness. But more importantly, it's a flimsy pretext to try out my latest invention. To the laboratory!

    • Amy: Then take some Echinacea or a St. John's wort.
      Farnsworth: Or a big fat placebo. It's all the same crap.

    • Bender: My tummy hurts and I've been having this burning electrical discharge.
      Zoidberg: Hmm. Don't worry, you'll be fine. Oh boy. (quietly) I didn't have the heart to tell him: It's fin fungus. He'll be floating upside-down by morning.

    • Zoidberg: I'll have a look, but I remind you, I'm an expert on humans not robots.
      Fry: I'm not Bender, I'm Fry.
      Zoidberg: Really? I thought you were the robot.
      Fry: Nope. Human.
      Zoidberg: Alright, alright, spare me your life story.

    • Leela: I've never seen anyone so addicted to Slurm.
      Fry: This is nothing. Back in high school I used to drink a hundred cans of cola a week. Right up until my third heart attack.

    • Announcer: Just look for the winning bottle-cap inside specially-marked cans of Slurm.
      Babe: I won!
      Announcer: No purchase necessary unless you wish to enter the contest. Odds of winning mathematically insignificant.
      Fry: I like those odds.

    • Calculon: Oh, how I wish I could believe that. You may be my evil half-brother, but there's no law against murdering the other half.

    • Leela: (about the door where the secret ingredient is) Is it the secret ingredient?
      Grunka Lunkas: Grunka lunka dunkity dingredient,
      You should not ask about the secret ingredient.
      Bender: Okay, okay! We get the point!
      Leela: I was just curious because of the armed guards.
      Grunka Lunkas: Grunka lunka dunkity darmed guards...
      Bender: Shut the hell up!

    • Farnsworth: Who are those horrible orange creatures over there?
      Glermo: Why those are the Grunka-lunkas; they work here in the Slurm factory.
      Farnsworth: Tell them I hate them.

    • Bender: (holding F-Ray) What should we point it at first?
      Fry: I dunno...try it on me. (Bender shoots him with the F-Ray) Ow, my sperm!

    • Amy: You should try homeopathic medicine Bender; take some zinc.
      Bender: I'm 40% zinc!

    • Leela: Bender, why did you jump in?
      Bender: Everybody was doing it. I just wanted to be popular.

  • NOTES (7)

    • This episode and the three preceding it belong to Production Season 1

    • Glurmo's original name was Slurmy Slonka, a parody of Willy Wonka.

    • First appearance of Glurmo. His odd voice clone who was formed when Leela chopped him in half appears in many other episodes, including "Brannigan Begin Again" and AoI 2.

    • While in the factory store, Zoidberg tries on a T-shirt written in Hebrew. When read it obviously reads "Slurm."

      The shirt actually reads "Shlurm", possibly intended to look like "Shalom" (with the addition of one letter) which means both peace and a greeting word.

    • Alien code: During the Slurm Contest Commercial, Alien Code #1 makes another appearance. Near the end while the rules are being flashed, the following phrase appears in code. "The Following Species Are Ineligible: Space Wasps, Space Beavers, Any Other Animal With The Word "Space" In Front Of It, Space Chickens And The Elusive Yak-Face." (side-note: "Yak-face" is an action figure of Star Wars (Return of the Jedi) that hasn't been sold in USA, and collectors pay BIG money for it. It was added because David Cohen owns one).

    • Alien code: The Alien Code appears again on the medical eye chart behind the Professor back at the lab. It reads "No Squinting Four Eyes".

    • Pamela Anderson also voiced her own head in a jar in A Fishful of Dollars.

  • ALLUSIONS (14)

    • Bender: Party on Slurms McKenzie.
      Slurms McKenzie: Party on contest winners.

      "Party on" is a tagline from Wayne's World of Saturday Night Live fame, which was later made into a movie.

    • Character:Grunka Lunkas
      The grunka lunkas and their singing are a parody of the oompa loompa's from "Charlie and the chocolate factory"

    • Leela: "Somethings rotten on the planet Wormulon."
      "Something's rotten in the state of Denmark" is a famous quote from Shakespeare's Hamlet.

    • The Simpsons: The cartoon clip on the billboard in the opening credits is usually an old Warner Brothers or MGM toon clip. But, this time it is Bart, Lisa and Maggie in the Simpsons shorts on the Tracey Ullman Show.

    • Slurm is most likely a takeoff on Mountain Dew, based on the similar green colors and the "addictiveness."
      Actually Slurm is really more like Coke due the the Slurm Queen's plan to make a nasty "New Slurm" and then bring back "Slurm Classic".

    • Slurms McKenzie: Obviously a spoof on Spudz Mckenzie, the party dog from Bud Light commercials and advertisements.

    • Aliens
      The Slurm Queen's body looks like the Alien Queen's swollen ovipositor. The Slurm comes out of the end almost exactly like it did when she lays an egg in the movie. In Aliens you only see it in one shot, right after Ripley gets pissed and throws a bunch of grenades into it.

    • Fantasia
      Cutting the worm in half resulting in two worms is a cheap reference to the broom sequence in Fantasia.

    • Fry: My god! What if the secret ingredient is... people?!!
      Leela: No, there's already a soda like that -- Soylent Cola.
      This is a reference to the 1973 movie Soylent Green. In this sci-fi dystopia Charlton Heston's main character discovers that the new food called Soylent Green is actually made of people.

      This is the first of many mentions of Soylent Green in Futurama

    • Star Trek: The Next Generation
      The game that Leela and Farnsworth are playing when Fry finds the cap is 3D Scrabble -- Scrabble played on a 3D chess board.

    • Zoidberg: Do you have any that aren't so tight around the thorax?
      When Zoidburg says this he is wearing a shirt that in Hebrew spells out Slurm. Of course Hebrew read right to left so it actually spells out mruls but you get the picture.

    • Atari
      The F-Ray reveals Bender's head to contain a component labeled "6502". The 6502 family of CPUs powered many of the early home computers (e.g. Apple 2, Commodore VIC-20, Atari 400 & 800).

    • Charlie And The Chocolate Factory: by Roald Dahl
      This entire episode parodies "Charlie And The Chocolate Factory", a children's book by Roald Dahl later made into a movie.

    • Slurm Queen: We'll market it as 'New Slurm'! Then, when everyone hates it, we'll bring back 'Slurm Classic' and make billions!"
      Refers to the "New Coke" fiasco in 1980s when Coca-Cola modified the taste of Coke to a sweeter taste that got approval from blind-taste testing. After the outcry, Coca-Cola eventually brought back the original Coca-Cola.

      Some people saw this as a deliberate marketing ploy by Coca-Cola to gain an advantage over rival Pepsi, which was quickly catching up on market share at the time.