Season 1 Episode 4

Love's Labours Lost in Space

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 13, 1999 on Comedy Central
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On a mission intended to save endangered animals on a collapsing planet, Leela and the crew run into legendary starship captain Zapp Brannigan who locks them up for interfering.

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  • the zap brannigan

    in this episode, we meet such famous characters in the futurama series, such as zap brannigan, kif kroker, and nibbler, all who become rather popular characters, especially later on in the series with moments like kif dating amy.

    this is a pretty good episode, but zap is kind of annoying and his annoyance does not always make me laugh. but still a decent episode with some fair amount of funny parts. my overall grade would be a low A, it still is worthy of an A, but it is not one of my favorites like other episodes I'd give A's toomoreless
  • This is a very funny episode that intriduces some great characters.

    This episode is absolutely hilarious and some hilarious parts are when Zapp said destroy that ship but started staring at his arm and when Kiff and Zapp where climbing a ladder and Kiff saw zapp's penis and was disgusted at the sight of it. Also it was very funny when Zapp orders Kiff around and Kiff groans and gets really annoyed and it was very funny when Kiff was escourting Leela to Zapp and Kiff said he wants you to wear this and lifts up a very revealing set of clothes. Overall because of how funny so many characters where is why this episode is so funny and very memorable.moreless
  • Zapp Brannigan's first appearance.

    This episode is great. It marks the first appearances of Zapp Brannigan, Kif Kroker, and, drumroll please... NIBBLER! It is very funny, as are all episodes, though not quite as clever as most of the shows episodes are, in my opinion. It was still a great episode, and very easy to remember, and fun to watch. Its rewatch value is very high.

    Professor Farnsworth sends Fry, Leela, and Bender to save endangered animals from a collapsing planet. They get into the ship, and run into none other than the world (or galaxy) famous Zapp Brannigan, and his assistant, Kif. Zapp shows great interest in Leela, which ends in the two having sex, though Leela hates him.moreless
  • wooooooooooow

    The Planet Express crew are sent on a mission to rescue the indigenous creatures of planet collapsing due to the extensive mining of the dark matter core. Their efforts are hindered by Zapp Brannigan who throws the crew in his ships brig when he discovers their plan. Leela goes to his quarters to plead to him to let her continue on her mission only to find Zapp has only one thing on his mind. Pitying him Leela ends up sleeping with Zapp which turns out to be an ongoing theme of Zapp trying to sleep with her again.

    Through this episode we see the introduction of three new characters Zapp, Kiff and Nibbler.moreless
  • Leela meets Zap for the first time

    Professor Farnsworth tells Fry, Leela, and Bender that their next mission is to save some animals from a doomed planet. Leela, being a softy for animals, is excited about saving the animals on the doomed planet. Once they get there, they run into a problem named Zap Brannigan. Leela likes Zap at first, but this will change later in the episode. She asks him for help saving the animals and he promptly locks them in the brig. He then summons Leela to his quarters to have a discussion. She thinks it's about the mission, but Zap has something else on his mind.moreless
Katey Sagal

Katey Sagal

Turanga Leela

Billy West

Billy West

Philip J. Fry/Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth/Dr. Zoidberg/Zapp Brannigan/Doug/Bolt Rolands/M-5438

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Amy Wong/21st Century Girl

Frank Welker

Frank Welker

Nibbler/Animals (uncredited)

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Hermes Conrad

Maurice LaMarche

Maurice LaMarche

Kif Kroker

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (32)

      Opening theme cartoon: The Wacky Wabbit (1942) (Warner Bros.)

    • It seems that Fry does not yet have a crush on Leela in this episode because he does not mention or hint at an attraction to her, despite all the references to her love life.

    • The music played at the Hip Joint is the same piece played during Fry's first visit outdoors in the future in 'Space Pilot 3000.'

    • How could they look to Vergon 6 after it exploded? They're heading away from the planet, and the bridge is in the front of the ship.

    • A greater variety of animals are seen in the Planet Express cargo hold than what was mentioned on Leela's list of animals.

    • Nibbler's third eye shrinks shortly after he is first introduced.

    • When in the 'Lovenasium,' the lever controlling Zapp's 'motorbed' disappears.

    • The medal Zapp displays on his chest is not worn moments earlier, but maybe this is part of the joke.

    • When Zapp is telling Fry about the Killbots' weakness, the left door, the door's control panel, and the controls directly behind the captain's chair look extremely different than when he says "I'll be in the escape pod." The buttons are bigger and in less quantity, the control panel is double in height, and so on. The chair also has two buttons at each side that weren't there in the previous scenes, but appear again when Leela calls him.

    • Zapp's chair only has the book container when he shows his 'Big Book of War;' it's not seen when he dictates his first journal, and dissapears the next time we see the chair.

    • During Fry's "Wow... the Zapp Brannigan?" line, Leela's seat, as well as the navigation console, are directly behind Fry, but when Fry says "Leela's got a boyfriend," it is behind him and to the right, which is the correct position.

    • When Zapp Brannigan predicts his "light dinner," his hand is animated to rub against his chin, but it is actually floating a few inches to the left.

    • The stenotype Kif uses with the first captain's journal only appears for that precise moment. In all other scenes, it is replaced by what looks like a full computer panel.

    • When Leela says "could you guys please stop talking about my personal life?", we see the hangar in the background, but the ship is missing.

    • At The Hip Joint, Amy and Leela suddenly switch places before Bolt Rollins sits down.

    • A small sign outside of The Hip Joint reads 'Ten Drink Minimum.'

    • There actually seems to be 1 of each alien animal in the Planet Express ship cargo bay, not 2, so it doesn't really matter if they all get eaten by Nibbler.

    • As Leela sneaks out of the 'Lovenasium,' she's holding her boots in her hand. She remains wearing only her socks for the rest of the scene.

    • The candles in Zapp's 'Lovenasium' are melted after the commercial break.

    • The outfit suggested for Leela has nothing covering the pubic area.

    • If you look at the bench in the cell, after Fry, Bender, and Leela have been arrested, Fry's doggie bag has been wrapped up into a duck like you would get at an expensive restaraunt.

    • The "doop" banner in Brannigan's dining area is the same upside-down and rightside-up.

    • The piano in The Hip Joint is played by a robot with four arms.

    • The waitresses at The Hip Joint carry trays that hover over their hands.

    • When the Planet Express crew attempt to capture the Four Legged Mimic, it resembles Leela; peach colored with a purple mane and a single eye. But when the crew tosses Nibbler into the ship with the other animals, the Mimic now resembles Nibbler; black with two eyes.

    • Assuming Dr. Zoidberg was, again, making the assumption that humans are like his species, when he says that Leela will drop her eggs and all will be well, this contradicts what happens to his species, as depicted in the episode 'Why Must I Be A Crustacean In Love?', when everybody dies after mating.

    • The list of endangered species of Vergon 6 are; Purple Fruit Snake, Sharktopus, Chilean Space Bass, Parasitic Puppy, Gretchen Mole, Windy Shrimp, Vampire Slug, Excommunicated Cardinal, Four-Legged Mimic, Molotov Cockatoo and Hermaphlamingos.

    • In the briefing, Professor Farnsworth stated that Vergon 6 would implode, however when the crew escape the planet, it explodes.

    • Nibbler dropped his pellet in a litterbox that appeared from nowhere.

    • When Leela and Amy are talking in the kitchen at the beginning of the episode, the coffeemaker is on the right hand side of the work surface. When the scene cuts, it is then on the left, and then suddenly back on the right again.

    • When Leela is writing in her diary at the end of the episode, her wrist communicator disappears then suddenly reappears.

    • After finding all the animals at Vegon 6, Leela, Fry and Bender enter the ship through the cargo bay door. When Vegon 6 starts imploding, Fry walks out from the same door, and falls from the door near the cockpit.

  • QUOTES (47)

    • Fry: If you rule out every guy with a lizard tongue or a low IQ or an explosive violent temper, of course you're gonna be lonely.

    • Zapp Brannigan: Has my reputation preceded me or was I too quick for it?

    • Leela: Alright we don't have much time to collect these animals. The planet is supposed to collapse in approximately... 2 hours ago.

    • Zapp Brannigan: What troubles you, Leela? Whatever it is, I'm willing to send wave after wave of my own men to aid you. Isn't that right, men?
      (silence in the crew filled dining hall...)
      Rogue voice: You suck!

    • Zapp Brannigan: Captain's journal; Star date... uh...
      Kif: April 13th.
      Zapp Brannigan: April 13th... point two. We have failed to uphold Brannigan's Law. However, I did make it with a hot alien babe. And in the end, is that not what man has dreamt of since first he looked up at the stars?... Kif, I'm asking you a question!

    • Leela: Dear Captain's Diary; I may not have found love on this mission but I did find a cute little companion who excretes starship fuel. And that's just as good.

    • Bender: So a couple of animals didn't die and Leela got lucky. That's what I call a successful mission!

    • Fry: Wow! Way to tell that guy off. Now what's your secret escape plan?
      Leela: Uh, I guess to sit here and wait for death.
      Bender: Can do!

    • Leela: I would never abandon a helpless animal. Y'know, Zapp, once I thought you were a big, pompous buffoon. Then I realised that inside you were just a pitiful child. But now I realise that outside that child is a big, pompous buffoon!
      Zapp Brannigan: And which one rocked your world?

    • Zapp Brannigan: That's the law, Leela. And Brannigan's Law is like Brannigan's love; hard and fast!

    • Zapp Brannigan: So, crawling back to the Big Z like a bird on its belly. Delicious.
      Leela: Birds don't crawl.
      Zapp Brannigan: They've been known to.

    • Leela: Alright, alright. I'll call him. I mean, if living is that important to you.

    • Fry: How could you, Leela? I thought you had some standards. I mean, jeez, he's a dumb, gross gorilla!
      Leela: That's enough! Don't you think I feel bad enough already?
      Fry: No!

    • Leela: We're out of fuel. Bender, I told you to fill the tank before we left.
      Bender: Yeah, I'll do it when we get back.

    • Leela: Hmm... he doesn't seem to be on the checklist.
      Bender: So, you're saying we can cook him?
      Fry: Yeah, a barbecue! I'll wear my hilarious apron.
      Leela: No! I don't care how hilarious your apron is, we're not cooking him. Aww... I'll call him Nibbler.
      Bender: Aww! (whispering to Fry) I'll fire up the grill.

    • Fry: What does that mean?
      Leela: Nothing.
      Bender: So should we get our stuff and head down to the planet?
      Leela: We just talked, OK?!

    • Zapp Brannigan: Kif, I have made it with a woman. Inform the men.

    • Leela: Look, I'm going down to Vergon 6 to save those animals whether you like it or not.
      Zapp Brannigan: Go ahead. I won't stop you.
      Leela: Threaten all you-- Wait. What?
      Zapp Brannigan: We both know you won't make it halfway to Vergon 6 before the craving sets in. Then you'll come crawling back for another taste of sweet, sweet candy... bam!

    • Leela: Zapp, last night was a mistake.
      Zapp Brannigan: A sexy mistake.
      Leela: No, just a regular mistake. For a split second my common sense was overwhelmed by pity.
      Zapp Brannigan: A split second is all it takes. That's why sooner or later you'll come crawling back to the Zapper.
      Leela: The only kind of crawling I'm doing to you is away... from!
      Zapp Brannigan: Leela, you're obviously confused and aroused.

    • Zapp Brannigan: Now you're officially my woman. Kudos! I can't say I don't envy you.

    • Zapp Brannigan: Welcome to my humble chamber, or as I call it, "the Lovenasium". Sham-pag-in?
      Leela: I didn't realise you were such a coin-a-sewer.
      Zapp Brannigan: Well, I have studied abroad. Or two!

    • Zapp Brannigan: Kif, you're my best and most loyal friend but you've earned my contempt once again. As my protégé you should know that the only way to deal with a female adversary is to seduce her. This time we are sure she's a woman, right?
      Kif: Yes.
      Zapp Brannigan: Good! Invite her to my quarters. Oh, and have the boy lay out my formal shorts.
      Kif: "The boy", sir?
      Zapp Brannigan: You. You lay out my formal shorts.

    • Zapp Brannigan: I'm facing a formidable female adversary, Kif. Suggestions?
      Kif: I fail to see any problem, sir. You already imprisoned her under directive B-10.8-1.
      Zapp Brannigan: You mean Brannigan's Law?
      Kif: Right, that law.
      Zapp Brannigan: Which one?
      Kif: Brannigan's Law.

    • Zapp Brannigan: The Democratic Order Of Planets prohibits interfering with undeveloped worlds. It's a little rule known as "Brannigan's Law".
      Leela: But people already interfered. That planet was mined completely hollow.
      Zapp Brannigan: Yes, by a Democratic Order Of Planets mining crew.

    • Fry: I heard that one time you single-handedly defeated a horde of rampaging somethings in the something-something-system.
      Zapp Brannigan: The Killbots? A trifle! It was simply a matter of outsmarting them.
      Fry: Wow! I never would have thought of that!
      Zapp Brannigan: You see, Killbots have a preset kill limit. Knowing their weakness, I sent wave after wave of my own men at them, until they reached their limit and shutdown. Kif, show them the medal I won.
      (Kif then points to Zapp's chest where the medal is)

    • Kif: Shall I fire on them now, sir?
      Zapp Brannigan: Not yet, Kif. In the game of chess, you can never let your adversary see your pieces.

    • Leela: Hey, look! That's Zapp Brannigan's ship.
      Fry: Wow! The Zapp Brannigan?
      Leela: Uh-huh!
      Fry: Who's the Zapp Brannigan?

    • Zapp Brannigan: Captain's journal. Star date; 3000.3.
      Kif: Who are you talking to, sir?
      Zapp Brannigan: You! Aren't you getting this? We have detected a vessel attempting to break the security cordon around Vergon 6. I'm anticipating an all-out tactical dogfight, followed by a light dinner... ravioli, ham, sundae bar.

    • Farnsworth: It's a sunny little doomed planet, inhabited by a number of frisky little doomed animals.
      Leela: Animals?
      Farnsworth: That's right. Animals in desperate need of rescue. You see, Vergon 6 was once filled with a super-dense substance known as dark matter, each pound of which weighs over ten thousand pounds.
      Leela: Wait! What about the animals?
      Farnsworth: Well, dark matter is extremely valuable as starship fuel. That's why it was all mined out, leaving the planet completely hollow.
      Leela: Yes, but what about the animals?
      Farnsworth: The wha'?
      Leela: The animals.
      Farnsworth: I didn't say anything about animals. Now it seems that the planet will collapse within three days. Incidentally, this will kill all the animals.

    • Amy: This is Bolt Rolands. Bolt is a hyper-sled racer with 10 wins on the pro-circuit.
      Bolt: Hello, beautiful!
      Bender: I think she means 10 wins on the gay circuit.
      Bolt: I wish! Those cats can really fly.

    • Woman: You're from the 20th century? That's incredible! I'm from the 21st century.
      Fry: No way! We've got so much in common.
      Woman: We sure do. Remember when those cyborgs enslaved humanity?
      Fry: Uh, yeah! That rings a bell.

    • Bender: Yep. He's gay.
      Amy: Are you sure?
      Bender: Definitely. Unless I'm getting interference from a gay weather balloon.

    • Amy: So what do you think of that guy by the bar?
      Leela: I don't know. Maybe.
      Bender: Forget it, he's gay.
      Leela: What? How can you tell?
      Bender: I just know these things. I've got what they call a gaydar.

    • Fry: Why's everyone wearing those rings?
      Amy: Guh! Because nobody wears them anymore! Rings are stupid!
      Fry: I think they look cool.
      Amy: Shh! Don't let anyone hear you say that!
      Man: Hey, did that guy just say rings are cool?
      Amy: Nope, he said they're stupid.
      Man: Cool!

    • Leela: Thank you all for the inspiring advice, but I'm perfectly happy with my life the way it is.
      Bender: That sounds like a cry for help.
      Amy: Let's all take her out tonight. There's lots of great places to meet people.
      Hermes: The Federal Sex Bureau.
      Bender: A saucy puppet show.
      Zoidberg: The rotting carcass of a whale.
      Amy: Hmm, I'll pick!

    • Amy: You just have to give guys a chance. Sometimes you meet a guy and think he's a pig, but then later you realise he actually has a really good body.

    • Fry: We can definitely escape Bender, all you have to do is bend the hatch off this steam pipe.
      Bender: Hey, yeah.
      (Bender bends the hatch off of the steam pipe and steam blows in their faces and all around the room.)
      Fry: No good, it's full of steam!

    • Fry: I can't believe we flew half way across the galaxy - and enjoyed a steam - just to get lunch for that stupid animal.
      Bender: He's pending for a bending...

    • Kif: Sir, they're headed straight for us.
      Zapp Brannigan: A well calculated move... straight out of Sun Tzu's ancient text, 'The Art of War.' Or my own master work, 'Zapp Brannigan's Big Book of War.' But the one thing their captain doesn't realize, and never will is tha--
      Kif: Sir, they've docked with us and have come aboard.
      Zapp Brannigan: Then I have risked all and lost. Kiff old man, I'll be in the escape pod. If that wicker chair I like survives the slaughter have it sent to my P.O. Box.

    • (Amy and Fry talking to Leela about her date)
      Amy: You're too picky.
      Fry: Yeah, if you rule out every guy with a lizard tongue, or a low I.Q., or an explosive violent temper, of course you're gonna be lonely.

    • Fry: I bet'cha Leela's holding out for a nice guy with one eye.
      Bender: That'll take forever. What she oughta' do is find a nice guy with two eyes and poke one out.
      Fry: Yeah, that'd be a time saver.

    • Leela: I might've liked Zapp if he wasn't an arrogant jerkwad that threw me in prison.
      Bender: You know, you really are too picky.

    • Leela: Personally, I don't care how many eyes a guy has. As long as it's less than five.

    • Leela: They say Zapp Brannigan single-handedly saved the Octilian system from a horde of rampaging killbots.
      Bender: A grim day for robot-kind. Ah, but we can always build more killbots.

    • Zapp Brannigan: I doubt I've seen more than three or four captains sexier than you.

    • Zapp Brannigan: I don't pretend to understand Brannigan's law; I merely enforce it.

    • Bender: So Leela, you must have had your pick of the litter last night at closing time.
      Leela: Could you guys please stop talking about my personal life?
      Farnsworth: Yes let's all talk about Leela's personal life later. Right now we have business to attend to.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (12)

    • Paradox Press' Big Books
      Zapp shows his book 'The Big Book of War.' This may be a reference to (DC Comics offshot) Paradox Press' series of Big Books, like The Big Book of Death, The Big Book of Conspiracies, The Big Book of Freaks, The Big Book of Scandals, and many more.

    • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
      The name of the planet Vergon 6 is similar to "Vogon Ship," which was a spaceship in the novel The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

    • Alien
      The last scene at the end of the episode, where Leela is sitting in her panties and tanktop, while Nibbler is sitting in her lap is very reminiscent of the end of Alien, where Ripley and her cat are getting ready to go into hibernation for the trip back to Earth.

    • The Simpsons
      When Zapp Brannigan holds up his book, 'Zapp Brannigan's Big Book of War,' the picture on the book is similar to The Simpsons' Troy McClure. Phil Hartman was the original voice of Troy McClure, and also scheduled to be the voice of Zapp Brannigan. However, Billy West took over after Phil Hartman was tragically murdered.

    • Dr. Seuss's The Cat In The Hat
      The cover of 'Zapp Brannigan's Big Book Of War' is similar to Dr.Seuss's The Cat in the Hat.

    • The Jetsons
      The Hip Joint and all the people dressed in rings is an obvious play on the animated television series The Jetsons.

    • Sun Tzu's The Art of War
      Zapp Brannigan mentions The Art of War, and also is the author of the imitation copy 'Brannigan's Big Book of War,' both being references to this ancient historic text written by Sun Tzu around 500 BC.

    • Aaron Shikler's John F. Kennedy

      The portrait of Zapp Brannigan crossing his arms and solemnly looking down which hangs over his bed is a parody of Aaron Shikler's posthumous portrait of John F. Kennedy. The original hangs in the Washington White House.

    • Ren & Stimpy
      The landscape of Vergon 6 is exactly like the one seen in an episode of Ren & Stimpy in which the duo are trapped in another dimension. Ironically, Billy West, who voices Fry, Professor Farnsworth and Dr. Zoidberg, was also the voice of Ren and Stimpy.

    • Star Wars
      The planet hologram from the attack on the Deathstar briefing, and the Dark Matter hologram is I believe the targetting computer of the Millenium Falcon. The crew escapes as Vergon 6 self-destructs, similar to the Deathstar exploding.

    • Star Trek
      The original series uniforms were made of velour; Prime Directive/Brannigan's Law; expendable crew members; M-5438 looks like various Star Trek entities; Zapp confuses poker with chess (a Kirk analogy); the Democratic Order of Planets is similar to the United Federation of Planets; and the Captain's Log reference.

    • Title: Love's Labors Lost in Space
      This title is a combination of two other titles; Shakespeare's play Love's Labors Lost and the TV series Lost In Space, which also spawned a movie.