Season 4 Episode 4

Love and Rocket

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Feb 10, 2002 on Comedy Central



  • Trivia

    • At the end when Leela disabled the ship's brain and turned the oxygen on, Fry is still wearing his oxygen mask. But just before Leela turns Fry around and performs CPR, he no longer has it on. It's impossible for Fry to remove it, since he passed out from the lack of oxygen. Leela clearly didn't remove it either.

    • Leela is in her pajamas when the Ship cuts off the air and gravity, but when the crew are discussing strategy in the shower, and from that point on, she is in her uniform. It seems unlikely that she would stop to change in a life and death situation.

    • In the beginning when the ship is trying to win over Bender's approval, she mentions that every member has their own button for the radio station, however there are 5 buttons on the ship.

    • Opening theme promotion: WHEN YOU SEE THE ROBOT, DRINK!

    • Several signs we see in this episode include 'Welcome to Romantic Milwaukee - Birthplace of Beer Goggles,' 'Romanticorp - A Division of General Emotions' and 'Central Park Zoo - Now With More Goats.'

    • Garbage was being used to produce the heart shaped boxes.

    • In I Second That Emotion, the mutant with an arm growing out of the side of his head had only one ear. But here, as well as in Leela's Homeworld, he now has an ear below where the arm is. He must have further mutated.

    • When Bender breaks up with the ship, it stops moving but when Bender is seen through the ships eyes, you can see that the ship is moving.

    • Right after Leela disables the ships computer, she takes off her oxygen pack and the needle on its gauge is clearly centred in the middle, seeming to indicate that she has some of her oxygen left. Then suddenly she realises that Fry has connected her oxygen hose to his pack, and a close up is shown of her pack. Mysteriously, the needle is now all the way to the left in the red 'Empty' zone.

    • Leela is usually portrayed as a great animal-lover, yet she doesn't react to the fate of the Lovey Bears at all. Even when Farnsworth shocks one with the cattleprod, she doesn't do anything besides smile.

    • The windshield, which in Roswell That Ends Well was no match for an airborne Bender, can now withstand a high-speed, head-on collision with an asteroid. RESPONSE: After Bender's collision they needed to replace the glass, and they may have used stronger glass. Or, perhaps the glass is weaker when hit from the inside.

    • When the ship has dropped the oxygen and gravity level to zero, Bender 'swims' out of the room. Since there's no air and no gravity, there's nothing that could give him a trajectory because he does not use the walls as Fry and Leela do.

    • The lion cage and dark matter reactor on the Planet Express ship's bridge vanish later in the episode.

    • When Bender is sitting outside on the ship's wing on a picnic blanket, it is moving as if there was air in space.

    • During the scene where Leela is eating ice cream with the ship, the lights are off and there is a candle, then suddenly, almost magically, the lights are on and the candle is nowhere to be found, yet Leela never left her seat.

    • When Fry ate candy hearts while the air and gravity were off, he picked the hearts out of nowhere.

  • Quotes

    • Planet Express Ship: Me. Want. Engulf. Bender!

    • Fry: Well, I guess we'd better clean up these millions of hearts.
      Leela: Nah, I've got a lazier idea.

    • Fry: Bender! Are you OK?
      Bender: Aw, what crazy thing am I going to date next?
      Leela: Well at least it sounds like you were able to keep your consciousness separate from hers.
      Bender: Of course! Bender is a lone wolf. A solitary eagle. A cuddly baby tapir! And that's why I love him!

    • Leela: It worked! Gravity normal, air returning. Terror replaced by cautious optimism!

    • Fry: Um, Leela?
      Leela: Fry! I'll read your candy later, when we're not dead!

    • Bender: Hey, pookums! Contrary to what I was saying earlier, melding minds with you would be extremely bearable.

    • Leela: Comprendez, Bender? You'll have to distract her. Merge your programming with hers while I shut down her brain.
      Bender: It's too risky. I'm a very meek individual. If her personality engulfs mine, the Bender you know and worship could disappear forever!
      Leela: I'm willing to take that risk.

    • Fry: What's happening? Space cow?
      Leela: The ship's just taking the break-up a little hard... She's nuts!
      Ship: In a few moments, the power of 10 billion black holes will smush me and Bender together into a beautiful eternal quantum singularity.
      Bender: Uh, you don't need to kill us, Planet Express Ship... because... I love you. Oh, yeah, baby! I feel like doing stuff for you and stuff.
      Ship: Hmm. I don't believe you. If you really wanted to be with me, you'd merge your programming with mine.
      Bender: Whoa, whoa, whoa! Slow down! All my friends who've done that said that afterwards all the passion went out of their relationship.

    • Leela: I know. I know. Look, Ship, if there's one thing I learned from my mutual break-up with Sean that was totally mutual, it's that happiness can only come from within you.
      Ship: But Bender is within me!

    • Leela: Well, it was a spectacular battle but there doesn't seem to be any permanent damage.
      Ship: No damage? What about my feelings?
      Leela: Aw, calm down. I'm sure Bender is taking this just as hard as you are.
      Bender: Bender is great, oh, Bender is great. Bender, Bender, Bender!

    • Bender: Uh, look, Planet Express Ship, this might not be the best time, but, well, I really like you and whatever, but, I think we should just be friends.
      Ship: Nooo!
      Bender: So we're cool?

    • Lrrr: This is ancient Earth's most foolish program. Why does Ross, the largest friend, not simply eat the other five?
      Nd-Nd: Perhaps they are saving that for sweeps.
      Guard: Exalted leaders, the Earth messengers have arrived bearing a peace offering from their weak and fearful government.
      Lrrr: Oh, very well. This is a Joey-heavy episode anyway.

    • Ship: You're just jealous. No one loves you cause you're tiny and you're made of meat.

    • Leela: Planet Express Ship, is something wrong?
      Ship: Oh, it's Bender. He's acting so strange lately... Do you think he's going to ask me to marry him?
      Leela: Uh, no.

    • Ship: I'm gonna go home and get dinner started.
      Liu: Who are you talking to?
      Bender: No one, baby! Lucy Liu is the only girl for Bender.

    • Bender: Ah, I got it! I'm going to be completely honest with you, Planet Express Ship. Those women you saw me with... were my accountants.
      Ship: Your accountants? Oh, I would dearly love to believe that were true. So I do.
      Bender: Phew!

    • Ship: Of all the zoos we've been to today, I like this one the best. Bender, which is your favourite nocturnal rat?
      Bender: Eh, they're all pretty unimpressive.
      Ship: Oh, honey, look! The tapirs! It says here the babies lose their pyjama-like coat after their first year. Isn't that interesting, honey?
      Bender: Yep. Mind-numbingly interesting.

    • Ship: Oh. Hi, Fry. Is Bender home?
      Fry: Uh, no. Um, I think he's at his parents'.
      Ship: Oh, I see. He didn't fly there in another spaceship did he?
      Fry: Bender? No! He's an old-fashioned one-spaceship robot.

    • Fembot: What's it like being a lawyer for the Mayor's office and also the world's strongest millionaire?
      Bender: Well, baby, for starters you need to be honest all the time!

    • Leela: Well just remember we all still have to work together. So try and let her down easy.
      Bender: In due time, Leela. But for now I'll just resume dating cheap floozies on the side.
      Fry: You have much to teach us.

    • Bender: Fry, in order for me to get busy at maximum efficiency, I need a girl with a big 400-ton booty.
      Leela: Bender, dating your co-worker and primary mode of transportation is immoral, illogical and a violation of interstellar shipping statute 437-B.
      Bender: That's what makes it so nasty!

    • Leela: Planet Express Ship! Cover your shame.
      Ship: It's not what it looks like. Uh, Bender was just helping me... zip up my turbine.

    • Leela: What was that?
      Fry: Maybe we hit a space cow.

    • Bender: Hey, who's been messing with the radio? This isn't alternative rock, it's college rock!
      Farnsworth: Oh, it must have been the ship's new improved personality software I installed.
      Ship: Yeah, it was me. It's a cute song.
      Bender: Listen, Ship! No one changes my stations! I hope you have a good mechanic!

    • Leela: Ooh, look! You taped up the cracks in the dark matter reactor.
      Fry: And you got a cage for the lion!

    • Frame #1: Is heaven missing an angel? 'Cause you've got nice cans!

    • Sheldon: Do any of you collect Lovey Bears?
      Amy: I do! Kif's given me dozens. Is it true what the ad says? That you kiss them together out of blanket cloth and magic buttons?
      Gwen: No.
      Sheldon: It's actually cheaper to genetically engineer real ones. They frolic in the Lovey Forest until their first birthday. Then we choose the cuddly-uddliest ones and stuff them full of fire-retardant love fluff!
      Amy: So cute!

    • Hermes: People, it's Valentine's Day next week, so your beloved company has gotten you all new uniforms.
      Amy: Clool!
      Zoidberg: Clothing, delicious clothing!

    • Bender: You are one narrow minded spaceship, Planet Express Ship.
      Ship: Whoa, whoa! Why should my tax money pay for art I find offensive?
      Bender: Would you censor the Venus de Venus just because you can see her spewers?
      Ship: Oh, it's filthy! Why not create a national endowment for strip clubs while we're at it?
      Bender: Why not, indeed?
      Leela: Bender! Ship! Stop bickering or I'm gonna come back there and change your opinions manually.

    • Ship: Come closer, Bender. Let's become one!
      Bender: I prefer two. That way we can still be a horse for Halloween!

    • Leela: This is the one place she can't hear us. Everyone just pretend to shower.
      Fry: Same as everyday, got it.

    • Ship: What if the artificial gravity were to malfunction?
      (The gravity goes off and Fry, Leela and Bender start to float)
      Bender: Float for your lives!

    • Nd-Nd: And what is this emotion you humans call wuv?
      Lrrr: Surely it says love?
      Nd-Nd: No, wuv. With an Earth "W". Behold!
      Lrrr: This concept of "wuv" confuses and infuriates us!

    • Leela: Look, I'm not saying Bender's not great but have you ever considered that maybe he's, you know, not that great?

    • Ship: Bender, don't lie! I saw you at Elzar's with those two ladies of the evening. Explain that!
      Bender: OK, I like a challenge.

    • Fry: Wow, Bender. Are you and the ship an item? I mean I know you're both items but. How can you date a ship anyway? It'd be like me dating a really fat lady. And living inside her. And she'd be all like (makes spaceship noises)

    • Farnsworth: With that big new Romanticorp contract, I've been able to make those government-mandated upgrades you've all been suing me about.

    • Fry: Whoa! Letters like "U" and "R" can mean words like "You" and "Are". Here Leela, U-R-2 Cute.
      Leela: Perhaps. What's your point?

    • Farnsworth: Remember, we've got to show these people we're not bitter husks of human beings who long ago abandoned hope of finding love in this lifetime. Leela, you'll have to do some acting.
      Leela: Check!

    • Amy: Romanticorp? Are they a corporation that makes romantic stuff?
      Hermes: Very good, Amy!

    • Zoidberg: As the candy hearts poured into the fiery quasar, a wondrous thing happened, why not. They vaporised into a mystical love radiation that spread across the universe, destroying many, many planets, including two gangster planets and a cowboy world. But one planet was at exactly the right distance to see the romantic rays, but not be destroyed by them: Earth. So all over the world, couples stood together in joy. And me, Zoidberg! And no one could have been happier unless it would have also been Valentine's Day. What? It was? Hooray!

    • Leela: Doesn't it bother you at all that your violating your girlfriend's trust?
      Bender: Ahh ha ha ha.
      (Leela looks at Bender)
      Bender: Oh, you're serious, let me laugh even harder. Ha ha ha ha ha!

    • (trying to find the perfect candy heart for Leela)
      Fry: (reading candy heart) You're my man! (talking) Oh, so close.

    • Bender (to ship): So what'll it be, my place, or you?

    • Leela: You've got to be kidding me
      (Farnsworth shocks Leela)
      Leela: I mean, that's so sweet
      (Farnsworth shocks Leela again)
      Leela: I mean, that's sho shweet

    • Fry: You could've picked a better time to dump the ship, Bender.
      Bender: The moment seemed right. Call me old fashioned, but I like a dump to be as memorable as it is devastating.

    • Bender: Well, I'm sick of her.
      Fry: The ship? But you just started dating.
      Bender; With my mighty robot powers, I can get sick of things much quicker than you humans.

  • Notes

    • Sigourney Weaver was originally not going to do this episode, until after watching an episode for herself, and seeing a reference to her Alien movie.

    • A dumb joke added in by the animators was the "Bear Hospital" sign, which wasn't in the original script.

    • This is the only time Kif appears in an episode that Zapp isn't in.

    • Lucy Liu has a cameo. This is her second appearance, with her first being I Dated a Robot. The crew had recorded her saying several lines for future use, to be used at moments like this.

  • Allusions

    • Smart House
      While this episode does take a lot from 2001: A Space Odyssey, it also draws many elements from the Disney movie Smart House.

      In Smart House, a house with artificial intelligence undergoes a personality change and goes insane, imprisoning the family that lives inside of it. In order to plot an escape, the boy hides in the bathtub because it's the only place the house can't see or hear.

      In addition, Katey Sagal (voice of Leela) voiced the house in Smart House.

    • 'Romanticorp - A Division of General Emotions' is based on the advertising logo phrase, "A Division of General Motors".

    • Bender: This isn't alternative rock, it's college rock!
      The song playing on the radio is the Spin Doctors' one hit wonder "Two Princes."

    • Fry: Shields at full Yarnell!
      Shields & Yarnell were a male-female mime and comedy team with their own TV show in 1977-1978.

    • The Matrix/Tron
      When Bender enters the machine, the green numbers are a reference to The Matrix. And the chase sequence between him and the ship is straight out of Tron.

    • The Care Bears
      The Lovey Bears were designed off the disgusting (yet strangely entertaining) cartoon, The Care Bears.

    • Lrr: This is ancient Earth's most foolish program! Why does Ross, the largest Friend, simply not eat the others? (...) Oh, very well. This is a Joey heavy episode anyway.
      Ross and Joey are two characters of the hit TV sitcom Friends.

    • Planet Express Ship: Oh. If only I could read lips.
      This is a parody of a similar scene form 2001: A Space Odyssey, where two characters plot against the ship's computer - HAL 9000 (also represented by a red-eye panel) - that went insane and homicidal. The two plotters go inside a sound proof capsule, like Fry, Leela and Bender go to the showers. However HAL, unlike the Planet Express Ship, could read lips. There are some other references to this movie: Bender singing "Daisy"; The ship's line "I'm afraid I can't do that, Leela"; The ship turning off the oxygen; The "fisheye" lens used for the computer's P.O.V; Leela turns off the ship's computer.

    • Wire Robot Pick-Up Lines
      In the scene when the RomontiCorp people demonstrate pick-up line testing, it shows two robots made out of wire mesh, giving pick-up lines to a human female. This is a parody of Harry Harlow's experiments with Rhesus monkeys, who were raised by wire-Surrogate mothers.

    • Title: Love and Rocket
      This title is taken from the band name, Love and Rockets.

      The band in turn had taken its name from the 80's indie comic series by Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez.