Season 3 Episode 8

That's Lobstertainment!

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Feb 25, 2001 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

Dr. Zoidberg tries his luck at comedy, but fails miserably. He decides to ask his long lost Uncle Harold Zoid to help him out. Bender tricks Calculon into financing and starring in Harold's film on the premise that he would be guaranteed an Oscar. However the movie is a complete flop and Calculon threatens to kill Harold Zoid if he doesn't somehow win an Oscar.moreless

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  • fair

    Zoidberg gets together with his elderly uncle Harold Zoid to make a movie, The Magnificent Three. Bender gets Calculon to be in the movie, promising he will win an Oscar award. But when the movie gets bad reception, Calculon promises to kill Bender, Zoidberg and Harold if he does not get the award.

    Meh. It was alright. There were very few funny parts (a lot of them were in the scene with Fry and Leela stuck in tar), but the plot was decent enough for me to give it at least a C- or so as my final grade, i think is fairmoreless
  • funny

    This is a great example of why we watch this show, or at least of why thinkers watch this show. It has illusions to Moby Dick and Tom Sawyer, explains the creation of the universe and meaning of life (if you understand Nibbler's language, as Lila apparently does) and once everyone recovers from the brain scrambler (which made Earth's inhabitants even dumber than they already are) it was a great time! Great for anyone who ever didn't want to be called cute, knew they couldn't think in the ways that others do, or just wanted to save the world from big floating brains!moreless
  • D'oh!

    This is probably the worst episode of Futurama, though I am not sure. This episode was pretty bad. It was kind of... well... it was kind of terrible. It was pretty much just a bad episode. It sucked. It was a dud. It just was not a good idea for an episode, and they could have at least done better with the storyline, though it is not a very good storyline to begin with anyways. When I saw the summary of this episode on the Volume Three DVD, I thought about not watching it, because I do not really like episodes about Zoidberg. I would only recommend this episode to die hard fans of the show.moreless
  • I'm not sure why everyone hates this episode; I liked this episode very much.

    After a disastrous attempt at stand-up comedy, Dr. Zoidberg informs the crew that his uncle Harold Zoid was a star in the silent hologram era. Zoidberg writes to his uncle, asking for help with his comedy act. The washed-up Harold Zoid sees this as an opportunity to restart his career. The crew sets off for Hollywood.

    While taking a bus tour of movie stars' homes, Bender leaves the tour, and scams his way into employment as Calculon's water heater. Shortly afterward, Zoidberg meets his uncle in a fancy restaurant. Harold Zoid tells him to give up comedy, and that he needs Zoidberg to finance a drama to the tune of a million dollars. Always a source of bright ideas, Bender tells Calculon that he can star in the movie if he provides the production money. Calculon initially refuses; but after learning Harold Zoid wrote the script, and getting a guarantee from Bender that he will win an Oscar, he accepts.

    The film, The Magnificent Three, is a story about a son (the Vice-President of Earth) not wanting to follow in his father's (the President of Earth) footsteps. Unfortunately, the movie is terrible; and at the premiere, the entire audience walks out. A furious Calculon threatens to kill Bender, Zoidberg, and Harold Zoid if they can't find some way to get him an Oscar.

    Zoidberg and Bender set off to rig the awards; meanwhile, Leela and Fry are busy attempting to free their ship from the La Brea Tar Pits. When the awards reach the Best Actor award, Dr. Zoidberg tosses presenter Billy Crystal off the stage, and takes his place. In place of the fifth nominee, he substitutes Calculon. But when he sees his uncle's depression at being a has-been, Zoidberg announces him as the winner. Calculon, somewhat chastened by Harold Zoid's acceptance speech, decides not to kill him or the others. Fry and Leela eventually escape from the tar pits and are allowed to enter the awards ceremony when the skeleton they are dragging is that of Sylvester Stallone.moreless
  • This is, in my opinion, the show's first real dud.

    Zoidberg is a hilarious character, but they did with him here just what I feared they would do in the excellent 'Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love', giving him a stupid plot and instead of funny lines. The standup section at the beginning was vaguely amusing, nice to see the water guy again, but the overall standard of writing was pretty poor. Harold Zoid was an extremely uninterestling character with terrible dialogue, which was just a criminal waste of Hank Azaria, a brilliant and funny voice actor. The plot plodded along pointlessly with very little interesting happening, only a few good jokes here and there. I hate Calculon. 'All My Circuits' is funny, but his other appearances are always terrible. I just couldn't care about or find funny any of the stuff in this episode, with the exception of the screaming extras. That got a laugh. Oh, and the 30th century Fox logo causing planes to crash, FOX-bashing is always good. Fry and Leela in the tar pit was OK, but could have been funnier. All in all very disappointing.moreless
David Herman

David Herman

Florp / Waiter / Billy Crystal's Head / Slurm Vending Machine

Katey Sagal

Katey Sagal

Turanga Leela

Billy West

Billy West

Philip J. Fry / Professor Hubert Farnsworth / Dr. Zoidberg / Humorbot 5.0 / Joan Rivers' Head

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Amy Wong

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Tour Guide / Old Woman

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Hermes Conrad

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

  • QUOTES (46)

    • (after the movie was a bomb)
      Calculon: You said that Oscar was practically on my mantel.
      Bender: Now you know why I used the qualifier "practically".
      Calculon: You listen to me. I'm out a million dollars. You get me that Oscar or you're dead! You and these sniveling lobsters! Dead! DO YOU HEAR ME?!? DEAD!!!
      (he walks off, leaving Bender and Zoidberg whimpering with fear)
      Zoid: Oi, now he emotes.

    • Calculon: Yes. Yes, it's a real beauty. Someday I hope to win one of my own.
      Bender: Then you're not going to kill us, Your Majesty?
      Calculon: Nay. I respect and admire Harold Zoid too much to beat him to death with his own Oscar.

    • Calculon: Where's that Oscar?
      Zoid: Here, enjoy. What are you getting upset? It's slightly less fraudulent for you to have it.

    • Zoidberg: And the winner is... And the winner, instead of any of the nominees, is the legendary Harold Zoid!
      Zoid: Thank you. Thank you so much! You know, through all my ups and downs, I always thought the most important thing in life was to win an Oscar. But tonight I realise what's really important is to win two Oscars.

    • Zoidberg: And the nominees for Best Actor are: Sir Lawrence [He makes a weird noise]... in The Merchant of Venus, Hive Mind Gamma 7X in Bikini Party Summer, the Soda Machine Robot in Bikini Party Summer, Mark Jones in How Beige Was My Jacket and, instead of the fifth guy, Calculon, for his powerhouse performance in The Magnificent Three.
      Man #1: Uh-oh, he read the wrong name.
      Man #2: Shh, just play along, like they did for Marisa Tomei.

    • Bender: And now to present the award for Best Actor... a bit player in the flop movie The Magnificent Three...

    • Crystal: And the nominees for Best Soft-Drink Product Placement are:
      Slurm Machine: Star Trek: The Pepsi Generation, They Call Me Mr. Pibb and Snow White and the 7 Ups.

    • Zoidberg: What category are they on?
      Bender: They're giving out the minor technical awards. I think they're up to writing.
      Zoidberg: That just leaves Best Soft-Drink Product Placement and then Best Actor. We don't have much time.

    • Fry: What was that? A tar dolphin or a tar shark?
      Leela: It's some kind of hollow tube, devoid of human life. The Los Angeles subway!

    • Fry: It's been two weeks. You wanna play tic-tac-toe again before we eat our shoes?

    • Crystal: Alright, we're already one hour behind. Our first award tonight: Best Cinematography in a Non-Visible Spectrum.

    • Rivers: Hi, I'm Joan Rivers' head. I tell you, I've had so many face-lifts, they finally lifted it right off my body! It's true, it's true! Oh, oh, oh! Here comes Jack Nicholson's DNA reconstituted in a gorilla body.

    • Zoid: Oy. All I wanted was for people to think of me one last time before I die.
      Zoidberg: What are you talking about, Uncle? Everybody remembers Harold Zoid!
      Zoid: As a pathetic has-been, they remember me. As a forgotten relic, they remember me. Bah! It's better to die now.
      Zoidberg: No. This is one death Dr. Zoidberg won't be responsible for!

    • Bender: Calculon's gonna kill us for sure. It's all everybody else's fault.

    • Zoidberg: This is where you live? I though you were a big-shot Hollywood movie star.
      Zoid: No, I'm not. I'm an even bigger liar than you. My career went down the tubes the day they invented smell-a-vision.

    • Calculon: I told you I want an Oscar.
      Bender: Then maybe you should act better.
      Calculon: The Oscar isn't about acting. It's about earning the respect and admiration of the creative community.
      Zoid: How 'bout we rig the awards?
      Calculon: That's fine too.

    • Calculon: 400 categories and not a single nomination for me.
      Zoidberg: But you won this Golden Globe!
      Calculon: Piffle! That's the Emmy of movie awards!

    • Fry: Leela, we're missing the premiere. My only goal in life was to attend a Hollywood shindig. Just pay the valet the two bucks.
      Leela: No! It's the principle of the thing.

    • Bender: Nice turnout, Calculon. That Oscar's practically on your mantel.
      Calculon: I just pray they like me half as much as I do.

    • Zoid: Alright, that's a wrap, everybody. I'm gonna see you all at the premiere which, by the way, when is?
      Zoidberg: Well, editing is a long and expensive process but we spent all the money on pies, so it'll be ready Friday.

    • Calculon(melodramatically): Sir, I call upon you not as a President but as a father.
      Zoid: Cut, cut, cut it! Would you show a little emotion? [He turns to the extras] People, people, please. Just because it's a dramatic scene, doesn't mean you can't do a little comedy in the background. Throw a pie or two, for God's sake.

    • Zoid: And, action!
      Calculon: Take back your gilded pen, Father. Signing bills into law was always your dream, not mine.
      Zoid: Cut! Cut! Cut it! I said this is a talkie, damnit! You've got to emote more! And you extras, wave your arms and make faces. What is this, a morgue?

    • Zoid: Thank you. A more classic movie plot there isn't: A son who does not want to follow in his father's business. And that business is being President of Earth, no less. The son, as it happens, is Vice President.

    • Calculon: Good heavens! A chance to work with the legendary Harold Zoid. He's one of my great idols. And-And you say you can guarantee me the Oscar?
      Bender: I can guarantee anything you want.

    • Bender: Calculon, as your hot water heater... I would be remiss if I didn't bring you scripts that could make you an international film star.
      Calculon: Of course. Tell me about the project.
      Zoidberg: It's a movie.
      Calculon: Interesting. Tell me more.
      Bender: Get this: For a scant $1 million investment, you can be the star.
      Calculon: And?
      Bender: And, uh, I guarantee it'll win you an Oscar.
      Calculon: An Oscar, you say? That would get me out of this festering rat's nest called "television" once and for all. Let me see the script... No. No, I don't like the font. Wait! Harold Zoid? Was this written by the Harold Zoid?
      Zoidberg: Written and Xeroxed.

    • Bender: What's with Monstro?
      Fry: He promised he'd give his Uncle Zoid a million bucks to make a movie.
      Zoidberg: I've only been here a day and already I'm a Hollywood phoney.

    • Waiter: What can I get you gentlemen?
      Zoidberg: Is bread free?
      Waiter: Yeah.
      Zoidberg: We'll split an order.

    • Zoid: I'm putting together a big drama picture right now, as we speak. The script is dynamite. I know because I wrote it myself. And with me directing and starring, I'll be back on top after 50 miserable years- Uh, of fame.

    • Zoid: So, here we are: A still-famous film comedian.
      Zoidberg: And a rich, respected doctor with many surviving patients.
      Zoid: Eating real food in a restaurant, as we both often do.

    • Zoidberg: Uncle Zoid, you're looking young enough to be thrown back!
      Zoid: Rich nephew, come over here and give your uncle a nice, big meal.

    • Zoidberg: That's where I'm meeting Uncle Zoid for lunch to discuss my Hollywood dreams. Next time you see me, don't be surprised if I've eaten.

    • Calculon: Nice work, Boiler.
      Bender: Thanks. And call me Bender.

    • Calculon: Are you my new hot water heater?
      Bender: No, I'm Bender. We met once, remember?
      Calculon: Absolutely not.
      Bender: Come on, don't you remember how much I was bugging you, don't you? 'Cause it was a lot, you remember, right?
      Calculon: Look, I'm programmed to be very busy. Unless you can heat water to 212 degrees, I'm not interested. [He closes the door and Bender immediately rings the bell. Calculon opens the door again.] Have you got an extra GOTO 10 line? I said I don't need a bender.
      Bender: Bender? That was the other guy. My name's Boiler.

    • Tour Guide: Ahead, you'll see the home of Mel Gibson, star of the hit film, Bravehead.

    • Tour Guide: Now, to your right, you'll see 30th Century Fox Studios. Fox uses those searchlights to blind pilots, then film the resulting plane crashes.

    • Zoidberg: Dear Uncle Zoid, greetings from your long-lost nephew. Norm and Sam and Sadie's boy, remember?

    • Hermes: You're right, crabby. He's a hell of a lot funnier than you could ever be.
      Zoidberg: Maybe so, but perhaps if I wrote him and asked for a few hundred pointers...

    • Zoidberg: My Uncle Harold was a big Hollywood star back in the era of silent holograms.
      Leela: Your uncle was Harold Zoid?
      Zoidberg: This I cannot deny.
      Farnsworth: Why, I've been a Harold Zoid fan since back when my hips were made of bone.

    • Zoidberg: My whole life I worked on that act. And they hated it.
      Hermes: You're a crazy, penniless, lobster doctor. No combination of you should be a comedian.
      Zoidberg: But comedy is in my valves.

    • Zoidberg: Earth: What a planet. On Earth, you enjoy eating a tasty clam. On my planet, clams enjoy eating a tasty you!... Maybe I'm not yelling loud enough.

    • Humorbot 5.0: So I says, "Super collider? I just met her!" And then they built the super collider. Thank you, you've been a great audience.

    • Calculon: Everyone walked out. They hated it. I've seen plagues that had better opening nights than this. You said that oscar was practically on my mantle.
      Bender: Now you know why I used the qualifier 'practically'.

    • Tour lady: Welcome to Hollywood! I must warn you, there's no refund if you get discovered and leave the tour *laugh* I'm just kidding, that never happens.

    • Leela: Ohh, I always knew I'd die at the bottom of a pit, but a pit full of tar?

    • Bender: That plot makes perfect sense, wink wink.
      Dr. Zoidberg: Bender, you said wink wink out loud.
      Bender: No I didn't, raise middle finger.

    • Harold Zoid: Now I can die a happy man... 10 seconds from now, when Calculon kills us.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • The future-film "They Call Me Mr. Pibb" is referencing Sidney Poitiers' line as Mr. Tibb in the movie In the Heat of the Night.

    • Harold Zoid's final film effort fails. This may be referencing Charlie Chaplin's final Hollywood film (which was also his first talkie), The Great Dictator. Response Probably not, as The Great Dictator was neither Chaplin's last Hollywood film, nor was it a failure. In fact, it was Chaplin's biggest grossing film of all time. Harold Lloyd's last film however, The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (aka Mad Wednesday), was a critical and commercial failure. It should be noted that other than the name and a few superficial similarities, Harold Lloyd had little in common with Harold Zoid. Lloyd owned the production company that made most of his films and retained ownership of them. He retired as one of the richest actors in Hollywood. Lloyd never had any doubts about the legacy he had left with his films, and anyone who has seen one properly presented in a theater with live music will attest that Harold Lloyd made some of the funniest and most exciting films ever made.

    • When Zoidberg takes the stage and attempts to deliver some stand-up comedy, he includes jokes of the form "on Earth... on my planet...". These were made famous by Yakov Smirnoff with his "in America... in Russia..." jokes.

    • During the Hollywood tour we see "30th Century Fox Studios". Although by the year 3,000 it may be renamed, in reality today, the studio is called 20th Century Fox; however for the purposes of branding Futurama alone, the credits always display 30th Century Fox.

    • The title of this episode is a take on the 1974 production That's Entertainment! where classic stars shared their favorite parts from musicals from MGM's—then—50 year history. Containing wonderful scenes of music, singing, and dancing it is a compilation of some of the greatest musical moments in film.

    • Harold Lloyd

      The name of Zoidberg's uncle is a play off the actor Harold Clayton Lloyd from the era of silent movie. In the comedy hologram "A Close Shaving", Zoid wears the big round glasses that were Harold Lloyd's trademark.

    • Andy Warhol
      Calculon has a painting in his house that is painted in the style of artist Andy Worhol.

    • F.D.R.
      At the end of filming, Harold Zoid poses as a wheelchair-bound president, much like former president FDR.

    • Variety Article: Fox Exex Bax Sex Pix, Flix Lax Crux Bux, Stox Sinx, Ax Prex.
      This is a quick reference to an old Variety headline. The headline was "Pix Nix Sex Flix" from the 1930's.

    • A Close Shaving
      The old comedy hologram "A Close Shaving" is a reference to the old Buster Keaton kind of comedy. The title is a reference the famous Wallace & Gromit short A Close Shave. It should be noted though that there have been several silent film/shorts with the same title.