Season 4 Episode 9

Future Stock

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Mar 31, 2002 on Comedy Central



  • Trivia

    • The first time that That Guy holds up his voting machine, the antenna of the machine is on the right. But when he pressed the YES button the antenna has moved to the left.

    • The sign in front of the hotel at the beginning of the episode reads: "Free in-room porn or bible"

    • Opening theme promotion: LOVE IT OR SHOVE IT

    • One of the giant apes wears traditional Bavarian "Lederhosen."

    • That Guy has a Miami Vice lunch box.

    • When the ship is flying downtown, it passes by a few streets. 2nd Ave, 3rd Ave, and (Pi)th Ave. The number relating to the symbol is in the right place because the numeric value of pi is aproximate to 3.14

    • Scruffy starts to read a porno magazine with the title "National Pornographic."

    • If you do the math right, you'll find there exists exactly 204,083.67 stock-shares of Planet Express (counting the ones Dr Zoidberrg owned. He never voted in the beginning of the episode).
      That's if you count Fry's shares into the 49%. If you don't, it is 193,676 after you add on Fry.

    • What happened to Fry's 10,000 shares? If you check, Fry only votes after "That Guy" kicks the bucket and gained control of the company through "That Guy"'s shares. If Fry had voted "no" earlier with his shares, wouldn't he have stopped the sale?

    • In How Hermes Requested His Groove Back Hermes' locker was on the left side of Leela's, in this episode it's on the right side.

    • How can the price of PlanEx fluctuate if all shares of Planet Express is owned by Leela, Amy, Bender, Scruffy, Farnsworth, Hermes, Fry and That Guy? Share prices only change when transactions are made.

    • In one second at the ape fight Fry is sitting next to Morbo, but in the next scene he suddenly has disappeared.

    • When voting, Zoidberg votes in the takeover part, even though he sold his stock for a sandwich.

    • Why are there a few hundred people sitting in the final takeover meeting when all stock is owned by Mom or her three sons? Why are the people there if they have no stock and thus no interest whether the company gets acquired or not?

    • Usually, when Bender sleeps, he closes his eye-shutter. Here he naps without that.

    • Mom has a complicated switchboard. But every button is used to retaliate.

    • The stock exchange isn't geostationary.

    • When Fry goes into the Bar Mitzvah of the robots, there is a sign in hebrew which says "now you are a robot" which is a paraphrase to what you tell in a regular Bar Mitzvah "now you are a man", only that the sign has a mistake in it, that is not how you write robot in Hebrew (the last letter in the last word in the sign is wrong).

    • The Hebrew sigh at the Bar Mitzvah, which translates "Today you are a robot", contains several errors. The mem in Hayom (today) should be a final mem. The tav in robot should be a tet. Also, all the vavs are written as zayins.

  • Quotes

    • Fry: Look, so we're not millionaires. At least we all still get to work together.
      Bender: Shut your fat mouth!

    • Fry: You mean you'd rather be rich than work together?
      Leela: Hell, yeah!
      Fry: In my whole life, this company was the only place I'd ever really felt at home. If being millionaires is more important to you than our-
      Bender: It is!

    • Bender: Fry! Stop doing the right thing, you jerk!
      Leela: Let Mom buy the company! We all wanna be filthy, stinking rich!
      Zoidberg: Trust me, two out of three doesn't cut it!

    • Fry: I don't think so. 'Cause, as vice chairman of the company, I gain voting control of his shares.
      Mom: Don't be a fool, you idiot!

    • Fry: He's dead.
      Mom: Pry out his fillings, feed him to the jackals and let's get on with the sale.

    • That Guy: My only regret is... that I have... boneitis!

    • Fry: As vice chairman of Planet Express, I'd like to say a few words. There comes a time for every man who becomes rich and deserts his friends, when he goes back how it was. For me, that time is now. So I ask you, as a friend, won't you stop this deal?
      That Guy: Fry, I'm an 80's guy. Friendship to me means that for two bucks I'd beat you with a pool cue till you got detached retinas.

    • Horrible Gelatinous Stockbroker: What are you solids griping about? Your shares are worth $107 apiece.
      Leela: They are? Oh, my God! I'm a millionaire! Suddenly I have an opinion about that capital gains tax!
      Bender: Yeah! Alright!
      Amy: I'm even richer!

    • That Guy: I neglected to mention that the shares I bought from Dr. Zoidberg gave me majority control.
      Leela: Zoidberg owned 51% of the company?
      Hermes: The shares were worthless and he kept asking for toilet paper.

    • Mom: According to regulations, both companies must approve the takeover. Planet Express shareholders, cast your votes.
      Hermes: Great Bonda of Uganda! We can vote against it!
      Bender: I'll vote it down like a raise for school teachers!

    • That Guy: OK. We've got the hot tub hot, the wine cooler's cool. It's Hammer time!

    • Jor-El: Attention, please. The takeover of PlanEx Corp. by Mom's Delivery Company will take place in the business centre in 10 minutes. I am Jor-El, master of scheduling!

    • Broker-bot #1: Sell 100 soylent beans!
      Broker-bot #2: Buy 3,000 cornbellies!
      Broker-bot #3: 200 canned whoop-ass!
      Broker-bot #1: Three big bags of trash!

    • Fry: I've got to redeem myself. Somehow, sometime, for some reason. I'll block this takeover!

    • Fry: Ms. Johnson, you've never lied to me. Am I still a good person?
      Suz: I don't know, sir. I'm a program built into the intercom.

    • Amy: It's so sad, where will I go? What will I do?
      Lackey: You have Mrs. Darlinghaven's cotillion at 7, ma'am.
      Amy: Oh. That'll be fun.

    • Fry: I had no idea the company would be sold. I was just an innocent suck-up.

    • Fry: But we are a family and That Guy understands that.
      That Guy: Everyone's fired and we're out of business.
      Amy: Oh, no!
      Hermes: How?
      That Guy: I'm gonna sell Planet Express to Mom so she can gut the company and eliminate us as competitors.
      Mom: Don't let the door hit you on the way out, 'cause I don't want ass prints on my new door!

    • Hermes: That Guy is nothing but a flashy con man! And you've been hypnotised by his swinging baloney!
      Leela: You've changed, Fry.
      Fry: What? I haven't changed. Suz? Have I changed?
      Suz: No, sir, Mr. Fry.
      Fry: Thanks, doll.
      Leela: I don't care what Ms. Johnson says. That Guy's turning this place into some kind of business.
      Farnsworth: This isn't a business. I've always thought of it more of a source of cheap labour, like a family.
      Fry: You're right, Professor. We might not be a traditional family like the Murphy's next door or the lesbian coven across the street.

    • Leela: Fry, we're worried about Planet Express.
      Fry: Don't you worry about Planet Express. Let me worry about "blank".

    • Fry: What a pleasant surprise!
      Mom: Shut up, booger blaster! It's time the three of us had a talk.
      That Guy: I'll handle this, Fry. You get back to the farm, shift some paradigms, revolutionise outside the box.

    • That Guy: OK, let's work on your execu-speak. I'm worried about "blank".
      Fry: Don't you worry about "blank". Let me worry about "blank".
      That Guy: Good. I also would have accepted, "Blank? Blank? You're not looking at the big picture!"

    • Elzar: Enjoy our private dining room, folks. This is where we serve our richest, most successful chumps!
      Fry: Tonight, that's us!

    • Mom: What is this moose drip? The new delivery kings? I'm sick of hearing about those turtle squirts!
      Igner: But they're kings, Mommy!
      Mom: Jam a bastard in it, you crap!

    • Leela: Did you approve that awful ad, Fry?
      Fry: Yes I did, Leels. And I'll tell you why. Because it grows the brand.
      Leela: Oh, Lord!

    • Leela: That was terrible! People won't even know what we do.
      Bender: I don't even know what we do. Nah, just kidding! What are we, like, a bus or something?

    • Fry: Woo! Yeah! Hit him, hit him, hit him! Now this is the high life; watching apes mangle each other near celebrities.
      That Guy: In my day we went to coke parties but the principle's the same.

    • Mom: You call that a pressed ham? Walt, hit the retaliate button.
      Walt: Uh... um... hmm... let's see...
      Mom: Any button! They all retaliate!

    • That Guy: This company's gonna shoot straight to the top and stay there, like Cindy Lauper! I ask you: Who is the number one delivery service on Earth?
      Zoidberg: Is it Planet Express, master?
      That Guy: Is this guy a shark, or what? Seriously though, we stink out loud.

    • That Guy: That's what I call a hostile makeover! Hair gel?
      Fry: No, thanks. I make my own.

    • That Guy: Fry, as a fellow 80's dollar-jockey, I'm making you my new vice chairman.
      Fry: I'm rollin' up the corporate ramp.
      Zoidberg: It's the end of the line!
      Hermes: We're ruined!
      Scruffy: What fevered dream is this that bids to tear this company in twain?

    • That Guy: Gutsy question. You're a shark. Sharks are winners and they don't look back 'cause they don't have necks. Necks are for sheep. I am proud to be the shepherd of this herd of sharks and I am gonna lead you to the top in this industry of... of...
      Fry: Package delivery.
      That Guy: Package delivery? Oh, God! Fantastic! Now, the first order of business is to blame everything on the guy before me. Professor?
      Farnsworth: I'll ruin you like I ruined this company.
      That Guy: Terrific.

    • Scruffy: Now hold on there. Scruffy votes his 40,000 shares for the mysterious stranger.
      Leela: 40,000? How come you have four times as much stock as the rest of us?
      Scruffy: Scruffy believes in this company.

    • Fry: My shares still count if they went through the washing machine, right?

    • Hermes: And finally, the post office meter is for business mail only.
      Bender: Aw, come on! I've got a lot of ransom notes to send!

    • That Guy: I tell you: Two go-go 80's Reagan-auts like us, we could rule this world!
      Fry: No question!
      That Guy: If only someone would give us a shot.
      Fry: They're scared of our raw power.

    • Fry: Hey, buddy, I'm from the same time as you. Remember that song, Safety Dance?
      That Guy: Sure do! We can dance! (hums Safety Dance)
      Fry: Y'know, that dance wasn't as safe as they said it was.

    • Caveman: As a caveman frozen in a glacier, I face different challenges. The hardest thing was seeing my wife on display in the British Museum.

    • That Guy: Back in the 1980's, I was the toast of Wall Street. I was having whiskey with Boesky and cookies with Milken. But then, I was diagnosed with terminal boneitis.
      Fry: Boneitis? Pft! That's a funny name for a horrible disease.
      That Guy: There was no cure at the time. One drug company was close but I arranged a hostile takeover and sold off all the assets. Made a cool hundred mil. Naturally I froze myself until a cure was found. Now here I am, ready to sleaze my way back to the top, 80's style!

    • Joe: My name's Joe and I'm a defrostee.
      All: Hello, Joe.
      Joe: When I was frozen, giant carrots ruled the Earth, but now they don't. It takes some getting used to.

    • Zoidberg: Question: Do you have to have been cryogenically frozen to get the free- (A man slams the door in his face) You didn't let me finish. I was going to say "to get the free food".

    • Hermes: The blue slice represents the money we earned from shipping packages, while the green slice represents an $8 bank error in our favour.
      Leela: This toads the wet sprocket. What about our thousands of shares of stock?
      Hermes: Worthless.
      Bender: I'll kill you!

    • Robot: No shellfish!
      Zoidberg: That is so unfair!
      Pig: Tell me about it.

    • Fry: Ooh! A Bot Mitzvah. Shalom, hunger! Shalom, free food!

    • Amy: There he is!
      Hattie: Take it off!
      Farnsworth: Where am I?
      Hermes: Move forward. Walk into the light.
      Farnsworth: Oh, God, I'm dead! Well, no matter. Thank you all for coming. I don't recognise any of you, nor can I recall why I am here. Now, without further ado, a film highlighting Planet Express Inc.'s latest fiscal year.

    • That Guy: What have you got that's really overpriced?
      Elzar: Everything.
      That Guy: Bring me that.
      Fry: Make it two. And a glass of all your water.

    • Hermes: My Jah! It's worth less now than when it was worthless!

    • Fry: I'll be whatever I wanna do!

    • Zoidberg: Oh! I have no shares! (He cries) Wait! My sandwich! Has it also appreciated in value? Please, oh, please!
      Hermes: You didn't even refrigerate it, you spineless lobster!
      Zoidberg: You had to drag spines into this!

    • Suz on intercom Mr. Fry, your two o'clock magician is here.
      Fry: Believe it or not, I have more important things to do today than laugh and clap my hands. (He gets his hat and coat then hesitates) Reschedule.

    • Leela: Just leave us alone and let us clear out our lockers.
      Bender: Yeah!
      (He slams Hermes locker door shut and chuckles)

    • Farnsworth: Um, business plan, uh, yes. I keep it here, right next to my heart.
      (He opens a drawer and pulls out a file next to a jar with a heart in it)
      That Guy: This isn't a business plan, it's an escape plan.
      Farnsworth: So long, suckers!

    • Zoidberg: This company's circling the drain, I tell you. I'd sell my stock right now for a sandwich!
      That Guy: Sold!
      (He takes a sandwich out of a Miami Vice lunchbox and hands it to Zoidberg)
      Zoidberg: A complete sandwich? (He laughs) You got fleeced! I would have settled for a hard roll with ketchup inside!

    • Leela: Uh, hello? We haven't made one delivery since you two took over.
      That Guy: Delivery has nothing to do with the delivery business.

    • Amy: Look, everyone wants to be like Germany but do we really have the pure strength of will?
      That Guy: I say we do! Now are we gonna let ourselves get beaten by an old lady?
      (Zoidberg bows)
      Zoidberg: Yes, my liege!

    • That Guy: Let's cut to the chase. There are two kinds of people: Sheep and sharks. Anyone who's a sheep is fired. Who's a sheep?
      Zoidberg: Uh, excuse me? Which is the one people like to hug?

    • Fry: I nominate That Guy. Not just because he has a suit but because he knows about business and stuff and he has a tie.

    • Fry: Oh, but if you want a job, I could beg everyone at the company where I work.

    • Hattie: I own one share of Planet kajiggers so I'm entitled to some answers. Question 1: Why does no one visit me in my home?
      Farnsworth: Because your apartment smells like Polygrip and cat pee.

    • Highlight Film: And so our company flames onwards... Planet Express: limitless potential, boundless horizons, the unstoppable juggernaut of the corporate universe!
      Hermes: It's been a terrible year, people. The company is on the verge of bankruptcy.
      (The whole crew gasps)
      Leela: But the movie...
      Hermes: Was a substantial loss for the company.

    • Fry: Psst! Watching myself work is making me hungry. Help me find some food somewhere.
      Zoidberg: I'll not only help you find it, I'll help you do more to it!

    • "That Guy": Listen big guy, now that you're my protege, it's time that I cut you in on the secret to success. Any guesses?
      Fry: Uh, work really, really hard?
      "That Guy": No.
      Fry: Oh, thank God!

    • Hermes: We can't compete with Mom! Her company is big, and evil! Ours is small, and neutral.
      "That Guy": Switzerland is small and neutral. We're more like Germany, ambitious and misunderstood!

    • Hattie: I move that everyone come to my apartment to snuggle my cat!
      Scruffy: Second.
      Farnsworth: I move that your cat stinks and is ugly!
      Scruffy: Second.
      Hattie: I move that we vote on a new chief executive officer and oust this old creep! And also that my cat smells good and is pretty.
      Scruffy: ...Second.

    • Fry: So what's the deal, you guys don't believe in Robot Jesus?
      Robot Rabbi: We believe he was built, and that he was a very well-programmed robot, but he wasn't our messiah.

    • Fry: As Vice President of Planet Express I propose this challenge to Mom! (Fry drops his pants and moons Mom) Look at my butt! Whoooooooo!

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • One of the robots, in the first scene inside the stock exchange, was trading "3 big bags of trash" This could be an allusion to Space Quest 5, in which your first mission was to collect 3 bags of trash in different parts of the universe.

    • Boesky and Milken:
      'That guy' claims to have known Boesky and Milken, two 80's stock traders who were convicted of insider trading.

    • Giorgio Armani

      The store where Fry and "That Guy" buy their new suits is called "Giorgio Armonster". This is a reference to the Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani.

    • When the guy used a 5 instead of S on the sign, he's using l337-speak.

    • PlanEx: "That Guy" seeks to revamp Planet Express's image by renaming the company "PlanEx". This alludes to Federal Express, a real-life delivery company, shortening it's name to "FedEx." Also, the PlanEx logo resembles the FedEx logo.

    • 2000 American Presidential Election
      Votes cast for Pat Buchanan by mistake is a reference to the 2000 Election problems that took place in Florida.

    • Calculon: Get your stinking trike off me you damn dirty ape!
      A quick and very cheap reference to the movie "Planet Of The Apes."

    • Wall Street

      "That Guy" wears exactly the same clothes like Michael Douglas in "Wall Street" (except for that yellow tie). Plus the whole episode is a parody to the movie Wall Street.

    • Amy: Where will I go, what will I do?
      A quick reference to Scarlett O'Hara's line in "Gone With The Wind."

    • That Guy: We can dance, we can dance. Dun dun dun...
      This is a reference to the famous one hit wonder band Men Without Hats, and their only hit "Safety Dance."

    • Orbiting Stock Exchange
      The scene of the orbiting stock exchange is accompanied by a waltz-like tune reminiscent of Strauss' "Danube Waltz", which played during a similar scene in "2001: A Space Odyssey".

    • Title: Futurestock
      The title comes from the book Future Shock by Alvin Toffler who wrote about the inability of people or cope with the rate of changing technology.

    • Logo: PlanEx
      The "new" Planet Express logo becomes a variaton on the FedEx logo, including a similar color scheme. FedEx is a package delivery company.

    • Jor El: I am Jor El...
      The floating holograph head identifies itself as Jor El. This is in reference to Superman: The Movie, where Jor El (Marlon Brando) talks to his son Kal El (Christopher Reeve) as a giant floating head hologram. This was a tremendous feat for movie special effects in the late 70s.

    • Stock Market
      Watching the tickers in the Intergalactic Stock Market you can find some obvious references in Stock symbols, such as: FOX (network of Futurama and Simpsons, etc.) RUN followed by DMC (as in the rap group Run DMC)
      BYOB ("Be Your Own Boss" or "Bring Your Own Beer")
      SLRM (ticker for the soda brand Slurm in the series)
      KIRK (Star Trek Captain James Tiberius Kirk played by William Shatner)
      Q (being who pesters Picard and crew in Star Trek: The Next Generation)
      OSX (Apple's newest operating system?)
      WIN (Microsoft Windows?)
      MG (Probably for Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons and Futurama)
      exi (? - this symbol looks mathematical, maybe e for exponential, x for undefined variable and i for the imaginary number: the square root of -1)
      GORN (a race on the Star Trek series)

      It is also interesting to note which stocks are up and down and how much. True to form FOX is down 61 points. Might this be a jab at FOX for their practices of pre-empting Futurama with carried over Football. Fox's stock was also down in a Simpsons episode.

      Also the buy/sell transactions of Soilent Beans (Soy Beans), Corn Bellies (Pork Bellies) etc. make reference to those usual buys with a few jokes (Cans of Whoop Ass, Trash Bags)

    • Leela: This toads the wet sprocket.
      A reference to mid 90's band Toad the Wet Sprocket, popular for their song All I want.

    • Apple Commercial
      In 1984 Apple Computer launched the Macintosh platform during the Superbowl. Airing a commercial only once that was almost identical to the one in this episode. A Woman walks in and smashes the monitor destroying the image of "Big Brother" from the movie & book 1984, and ushering in a new era of Computers, doing all of this, in 1984. The commercial is considered by many to be one of the finest ever produced. Yet, it only ever aired as a commercial once. All of this part of Steve Jobs' (CEO of Apple) quirks that make him one of the most interesting CEOs in the world.