Season 2 Episode 2

Mars University

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 03, 1999 on Comedy Central



  • Trivia

    • Look closely:
      Just before the elephant fell out of the tree, Leela's backpack disappeared.

    • When the Professor and Fry was luring Guenter with the hat and banana, Leela's wrist device, Lojackimator, for some odd reason switches from her right arm to her left arm. It switched back when Leela, Fry and the Professor were in the water hanging onto a tree log.

    • The name of the robot fraternity is ERR, which Bender reads as "Epsilon Rho Rho." However, according to the Greek alphabet, that should be written as EPP since rho is written as P. There is no 'R' in the Greek alphabet.

    • When Leela is talking about how Mars brought over Earth's foliage, when she says "ivy, trees, hemp," her lips appear to be saying "weed" instead of "ivy." This was changed to make the drug reference more subtle.

    • Opening theme promotion: TRANSMITIDO EN MARTIAN EN SAP

    • The name of the robot house, epsilon rho rho, spells out err, which is to make a mistake.

    • As Gunter is crying in the dorm, the number of bananas change between shots as well as the position of them on the floor. The changes are most notable when Fry approaches Gunter in the room.

    • Bart and Homer Simpson dolls can be seen as prizes at one of the carnival games during Fry's flashback.

    • Fry has a "Notice of Failure to Graduate" in his pocket when arriving at Mars University. Since he doesn't search for his old house in Old New York until "The Luck of the Fryrish", it must mean he has his failure to graduate sheet on him at all times since he must have been frozen with it.

    • Bender says that he attended bending college, but in "Bendless Love", he is shown being built and programmed for bending in a factory.

    • Guenter's paper notes disappear from his desk as he explains about the television.

    • While Bender water-skis behind his team's boat, in the close-up of Gearshift in the back of the boat, his rope disappears.

    • Why would someone need to go to college if they already had permanent career chips installed?

      RESPONSE: They still need to learn how to do their job. College and Uniersity might also be one's last chance to change what the career chip might later be, by learning more about something else and becoming better at it. Also, some people would clearly be best at being College Professors.

    • Fry shouldn't be able to enroll if, by 31st-Century academic standards, he hasn't acheived a high-school diploma.

    • When Leela gives her plan to catch Guenter, her wrist communicator is there one minute - and then disappears.

    • There is no-one sitting on Fry's right - but according to the seating chart, there is!

      Answer: The student must have simply skipped the lecture.

  • Quotes

    • Guenter: You like bananas? I got her number. How you like them bananas?

    • Guenter: All I want out of life is to be a monkey of moderate intelligence who wears a suit. That's why I've decided to transfer to business school!
      Farnsworth: Nooo!

    • Farnsworth: Oh, that poor, sweet monkey. Well, let's go gather him up. There's no sense letting him go to waste.

    • Guenter: Why bother? I've got nothing to live for. I was miserable as a genius, and as a monkey, I was so dumb I tried to wear a hat on my butt.

    • Gearshift: Hey, Bender, you sure this is a short-cut?
      Bender: Not as sure as I was an hour ago!

    • Leela: Professor, you'll offer Guenter the hat and, Fry, you'll offer him the banana. We'll let him choose whether he wants to be intelligent or just a mindless animal.
      Farnsworth: Come on, Guenter, take the hat.
      Fry: No, the banana, the banana!
      Farnsworth: Consider the philosophical and metaphysical ramifications of the-
      Fry: Banana, banana, banana!

    • Fry: Wow! The jungles on Mars look just like the jungles on Earth.
      Farnsworth: Jungles? On Earth? Ha!

    • Vernon: You all know the rules. Whichever house wins the regatta becomes head of the Greek Council. And should that house currently be on any type of multiple secret probation, it will be lifted and I will be forced to serve as Grand Marshal of a parade honouring them.

    • Farnsworth: But Guenter's obviously better off being intelligent. Tell him, Leela.
      Leela: Nuh-uh, I'm staying out of this. Now here's my opinion: What we should do is...

    • Fry: Hey, don't blame me. You tried to force Guenter to be a human but he's an animal. He belongs in the wild. Or in the circus on one of those tiny tricycles. Now that's entertainment!

    • Fry: I guess he realised I was right when I told him to go back to the jungle.
      Farnsworth: You what? After I spent months slaving over a hot monkey brain?

    • Leela: So he just ran away in the middle of the exam?
      Farnsworth: I'm afraid so. All he handed in was a paper smeared with faeces. He tied with Fry.

    • Farnsworth: Look at him. I'm so proud.
      Fry: Thanks, Professor!
      Farnsworth: Not you.

    • Fry: Look, Guenter, if you're so miserable here, maybe you should just go back to the jungle.
      Guenter: The jungle. But I couldn't do that to the Professor. I'm his prize experiment, and he's like a father to me.
      Leela: But he's not your father. That guy in the punch bowl was your father.

    • Leela: Besides, Guenter, you're not like other monkeys. You've got the hat.
      Guenter: So what? I mean, sure, it looks cool and it makes me smart but it doesn't make me happy.
      Leela: That's so sad. I didn't even know monkeys could cry.
      Guenter: They can't. It's all the hat.

    • Guenter: I try so hard to fit in but seeing my parents act like that made me realise I'm just a primitive beast.
      Fry: Hey, hey, cheer up. Not everyone turns out like their parents. I mean, look at me. My folks were honest, hard-working people.

    • Leela: What you did to Guenter was cruel. At the risk of sounding like an after-school special, I think we learned who the real animal was today.
      Fry: You mean peer pressure?

    • Bender: Well, looks like the party's winding down. Let's take a road trip to Tijuana and get Fatbot some action.

    • Farnsworth: What's that they're flinging at us?
      Guenter: Oh, dear Lord! All over the dean!

    • Fry: Hey, uh, Guenter? Why don't you get up on the chandelier with your parents and I'll take a picture?

    • Fry: I hate that rodent!
      Farnsworth: Fry, that monkey is my most important experiment. If you two don't stop fighting I'll have you both neutered.
      Fry: That'll show him.

    • Fry: Sorry, I overslept.
      Farnsworth: Until 5pm?
      Fry: It's that obnoxious monkey. He kept me up all night with his constant thinking. Just thinking and thinking. He's trying to make me look like an idiot.
      Farnsworth: Don't be jealous. Without his special hat, Guenter might be no more intelligent than you.

    • Farnsworth: And therefore, by process of elimination, the electron must taste like grapeade.

    • Fry: So, Chrissy, we seem to be hitting it off. If you're not doing anything later might I escort you to a kegger?
      Chrissy: Not even if you were the last man on Mars.

    • Vernon: From this day forth, Robot House is on dodecatupple-secret probation!
      Bender: No fair!
      Fatbot: My mom is gonna kill me!

    • Fry: I'm from the 20th century. Go ahead, ask me anything.
      Teacher: Very well. What device invented in the 20th century allowed people to view broadcast programmes in their own homes?
      Fry: Ooh... I know this... whatyya call it? Lite Brite!

    • Teacher: Be forewarned: The only sure way to get an A in this class is to have lived in the 20th century.
      Fry: Swish!

    • Teacher: Welcome to the history of the 20th century. Look to your left, then to your right. Then in nine other directions. One of the 12 of you will not pass this class.

    • Fry: You want a banana?
      Guenter: I don't eat bananas. I prefer banana-flavoured energy bars made from tofu.
      Fry: I don't like you.

    • Farnsworth: Please, stop bickering. I arranged that you be roommates for a reason: So I'd only have to remember one phone number.

    • Leela: So what makes Guenter talk?
      Fry: Is he genetically engineered?
      Farnsworth: Oh, please! That's preposterous science-fiction mumbo-jumbo. Guenter's intelligence actually lies in his electronium hat which harnesses the power of sunspots to produce cognitive radiation.
      Guenter: You're wasting your breath, Professor. He'll never understand a word of it.
      Fry: I understood the word "hat"!

    • Farnsworth: Ah, Fry, I see you've met Guenter!
      Fry: You know each other?
      Farnsworth: Guenter is my experiment. He was the top secret contents of this stinking crate.
      Guenter: I'd rather live in a crate than share a room with this dork.

    • Guenter: I call top bunk!
      Fry: My roommate's a monkey?
      Guenter: Brilliant deduction, you're a credit to your species.

    • Fry: Hey, pretty nice for a single. Two desks, two chairs, a couple of beds. [There is a knock at the door.] A woodpecker.
      Leela: I think that's probably your roommate.
      Fry: Oh, right, cool.

    • Meiderneyer: I say, you've damaged our servants' quarters... and our servants.

    • Amy: Yo, classmate. What you takin'?
      Fry: Oh, I don't know. Hey, Professor, what are you teaching this semester?
      Farnsworth: Same thing I teach every semester: The Mathematics of Quantum Neutrino Fields. I made up the title so that no student would dare take it.
      Fry: The mathematics of wonton burrito meals. I'll be there!
      Farnsworth: Please, Fry, I don't know how to teach; I'm a professor!
      Fry: See you in class!

    • Leela: Don't take this the wrong way, Fry, but you don't seem like the educated type.
      Fry: Oh, yeah? Read it and weep. I'm a certified college dropout.
      Leela: Please! Everyone knows 20th century colleges were basically expensive daycare centres.
      Farnsworth: That's true. By current academic standards, you're merely a high school dropout.
      Fry: What? That's not fair. I deserve the same respect any other college dropout gets.

    • Gearshift: No, Bender, wait. We're the lamest frat on campus. Even Hillel has better parties than us. Please, you've gotta stay and teach us how to be cool.
      Bender: Hmm, OK. But I'll need 10 kegs of beer, a continuous tape of Louie Louie and a regulation two-storey panty-raid ladder.
      Fatbot: Oh, boy! Oh, boy! Oh, boy!

    • Fatbot: I heard that in one single night you drank a whole keg, streaked across campus and crammed 58 humans into a phone booth.
      Bender: Yeah, well, a lot of 'em were children.

    • Gearshift: Allow me to introduce myself. I'm Gearshift, chapter president. This is Oily, and this here is Fatbot.
      Bender: You're all losers. My name's Bender.

    • Fratbot #1: Mate in 143 moves.
      Fratbot #2: Oh, pooh. You win again!
      Bender: Uh-oh, nerds!

    • Leela: You went to college?
      Bender: Of course. I'm a bender, I went to Bending College. I majored in Bending.
      Fry: What was your minor?
      Bender: Robo-American Studies.

    • Leela: They planted traditional college foliage; ivy, trees, hemp.

    • Farnsworth: I need it shipped to my office at Mars University. It's a little experiment that may well win me the Nobel Prize.
      Leela: In what field?
      Farnsworth: I don't care, they all pay the same.

    • Fry: I vow to get into college and drop out all over again!
      Leela: You won't last two weeks!
      Fry: Aw, thanks for believing in me.

    • Dean Vernon: You robots are a disgrace to this university! Whenever a fire alarm is pulled, Robot House. Whenever the campus liquor store is looted, Robot House. Whenever a human corpse is desacrated-
      Bender: Now I can explain that...

    • Fry: Back in the 20th century we had no idea there was a university on Mars.
      Farnsworth: Well, in those days, Mars was just a dreary uninhabitable wasteland. Much like Utah. But unlike Utah, it was eventually made livable.

    • Farnsworth: Good news, everyone. You have a package to deliver.
      Fry: Where to?
      Farnworth: To me.
      Bender: Another job well done.

    • Farnsworth: Oh, I always feared he might run off like this. Why, why, why didn't I break his legs??

  • Notes

    • This is the second episode in a row to feature Leo and Inez Wong. This is the only time they are in two consecutive episodes.

    • This episode features one of the three alternate theme songs, this one known as the "Martian Mix".

    • A joke that was originally planned for the series but didn't make it was the Alien Phone Book. Book 1: A-Y. Book 2: Z. The joke instead appeared in the Mars University signup line.

    • This is the only episode since his introduction that Dr Zoidberg does not appear in.

  • Allusions

    • Guenter: Hey. You like bananas? I got her number. How'd you like them bananas?
      This quote is an allusion to Good Will Hunting when Matt Damon gets the girl's number and shows it off.

    • This episode seems to be a rethinking of Kafka's "A Report to an Academy", wherein the monkey narrator explains his gradual immersion into human life. Towards the end, the conflict between his 'aped' human behavior and his own animal instincts brings about an existential crisis. In Futurama, of course, Guenter manages a more graceful solution.

    • Vos Savant
      When the Professor shows the Wong Library you see famous names on it like Socrates, but also "vos Savant"; this is in reference to Marilyn vos Savant, at the moment seen as one of the smartest people on earth.

    • Mars Attacks!
      The Martian depicted in the statue on MU's campus resembles the Martian creatures from this movie, and sports similar weaponry.

    • The Martian Chronicles: by Ray Bradbury
      This was a science fiction novel from the early 50's that tells the tale of man conquering and inhabiting Mars. The idea of the planet being terra-formed with lush jungles was explored here, and it probably wasn't intentional, but the line "Not even if you were the last man on Mars!" parallels part of the novel. It's also worth mentioning that one of the Martian colonies in the book is named "New New York."

    • Cheezy 80's Movies: Up The Creek, School Of Hard Knockers, The Paper Chase, Race For Your Life Charile Brown
      One too many movies had references taken from them in this episode to list, but the ones that had info taken from them the most were Up The Creek (where a gang of kids race to be victorious over the snooty kids), School Of Hard Knockers (where the Dean does everything he can to prevent the lower kids from showing up the better kids), The Paper Chase (The teacher who teaches 20th Century history is designed off John Houseman), and Race For Your Life Charile Brown (where the gang races down a river filled with peril).

    • Animal House
      There are several references to the 1978 movie Animal House:

      Mars University Motto "Knowledge Bring Fear," from Faber College's "Knowledge Is Good."
      Similar Statues, though Faber's was not on a horse.
      Similar music at beginning.
      The house is nearly identical, with the junked car, old metal drums, patio furniture, spool table, broken roof and hanging crest.
      Fatbot is a direct take-off of Flounder. He wears the same beany as Flounder did in the beginning of Animal House. He uses the quotes "Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!" and "This is gonna be great!" in the same voice. In the end scene, his freeze frame is identical with Flounder's.
      The continuous track of "Louie, Louie," and the panty raid.
      Similar music during the night time scene. Bender shuffles his feet like Bluto.
      John Belushi's character puts a ladder up to the window to peek in on the coeds clad only in their panties (and bras when it ran on TV).
      The ladder stunt is done in Animal House, but is knocked over by, uh, a different kind of extension.
      Snooty House is like the rival frat in Animal House, what with the snootiness and the pipe-smoking. Though that might also be a reference to P.C.U.
      One of the frat guys name is named Meiderneyer, which is similar to Neidermeyer.
      Dean Vernon is a takeoff Dean Wormer, whose first name is Vernon, and was played by John Vernon. He gives a similar list of Frat offenses. In Animal House, Wormer puts Delta on double secret probation.
      Bender acts like John Belushi, crushing a beer keg on his head.
      Song "Shout!" plays at the end.
      The ending with a parade is from Animal House, as is the cake-shaped float, and the freeze-frame and captions saying what happened to the characters in the future.