Season 3 Episode 3

The Cryonic Woman

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Dec 03, 2000 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

When Fry and Bender decide to take the Planet Express ship out for a joy ride and end up damaging the building, they get themselves and Leela fired. Leela decides to get her old job back at the Cryogenics lab, but accidentally switches her old career chip with Fry's. She ends up working as a pizza delivery girl while Fry and Bender have new jobs as cryogenics counselors. Fry and Bender are enjoying their new jobs when Fry unfreezes his old girlfriend Michelle from a thousand years ago. It turns out Michelle's life went downhill after Fry left and she froze herself to get a new start. Fry and Michelle seem to be back together, but everything in the future freaks her out. She talks Fry into freezing themselves again another thousand years. When they wake up they find themselves in an apocalyptic wasteland run by kids with guns. After arguing with Michelle, Fry decides to leave her. Fry goes wandering off and finds what seems to be Mann's Chinese Theater. He soon finds Leela and Bender and they tell him that's he's not in the year 4000 at all, but rather in Los Angeles.moreless

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  • It's usually considered one of the worst, but I thought it was pretty good!

    "The Cryonic Woman"

    Grade: B

    Well, I'm one of those fans who liked this episode, since almost everyone hates it but I feel its a very underrated episode. The first two acts of the episode are very good, whilst the 3rd one is weaker but still good. The Cryonic Woman offers quite a good plot, but its ending could be better. After getting fired by Farnsworth, Fry, Bender, and Leela get new jobs. Fry works at the cryogenics lab and bumps into a frozen Michelle, Fry's Ex. Fry shows Michelle the year 3000 to her, but she can't cope with it. She tells Fry that they should go to the year 4000. Things go wrong, and not everything turns out to be what it is.

    Overall, the jokes were classic in the first act, focusing on Fry and Bender driving the ship unattended, Bender saying he is steering the ship with his ass. In the cryogenics lab, Bender scares newly awakened people with costumes and delivers very funny moments. Fry intoduces people to the probulator in a rather amusing manner (one of them being Pauly Shore), and so the humour level slighly dips when Michelle is introduced, though its still funny when she sees all the stuff in the future and can't find a vanishing cream that doesn't actually make her vanish. The jokes are almost non-existent in the final act, though Fry delivers one funny line stupidly not realising that deathboarding is actually more dangerous than skateboarding. I personally thought the deathboarding scene was one of the coolest action sequences the show has ever done. The humour picks up again when the Planet Express crew find him, with the episode ending with Farnsworth dropping Fry down a mysterious trap door after Bender reminds him why he was fired in the first place. A score deserving around a B overall, mainly because the final act was quite weak compared to the other two, but not enough to totally ruin the episode (I thought the twist of it not being the year 4000 was actually pretty good!)moreless
  • Not my favorite

    This was an enjoyable episode, but not my favorite one by far. It includes the return of Fry's girlfriend from the year 2000, Michelle.

    The best way to describe this episode is through TV.com's synopsis:

    When Fry and Bender decide to take the Planet Express ship out for a joy ride and end up damaging the building, they get themselves and Leela fired. Leela decides to get her old job back at the Cryogenics lab, but accidentally switches her old career chip with Fry's. She ends up working as a pizza delivery girl while Fry and Bender have new jobs as cryogenics counselors. Fry and Bender are enjoying their new jobs when Fry unfreezes his old girlfriend Michelle from a thousand years ago. It turns out Michelle's life went downhill after Fry left and she froze herself to get a new start. Fry and Michelle seem to be back together, but everything in the future freaks her out. She talks Fry into freezing themselves again another thousand years. When they wake up they find themselves in an apocalyptic wasteland run by kids with guns. After arguing with Michelle, Fry decides to leave her. Fry goes wandering off and finds what seems to be Mann's Chinese Theater. He soon finds Leela and Bender and they tell him that's he's not in the year 4000 at all, but rather in Los Angeles.moreless
  • funny episode

    Its a bizzare thing considering the show is set in the year 3000, but with the technology that is apparently available at this time - anything is possible!The twist of them oing to the Year 4000, but it ends up being LA was fantastic! Michelle (Fry's girlfriend) wasn't very nice, actually she was quite horrible to him. Bringing Fry's past to the show has always been a good idea. My favourite episode is Jurassic Bark which focuses around Fry's dog in the year 2000. This is another goodie. My favourite scenes involved Fry and Bender scaring the people who arrived in the year 3000moreless
  • Fry's former girlfriend is back on the scene.

    Fry and Bender decide to take the Planet Express ship out for a joyride thinking no one will notice. What they don't realize is that the unbreakable tether is tied to the building and when they take off, they take the building and everyone inside with them. After a hair-raising flight they land the ship to find everyone extremely mad. Leela gets fired along with Fry and Bender because she left the keys in the ship. Now they have to find jobs. Leela decides to go back to her old job at the cryogenic lab. Fry and Bender go as well and....moreless
  • A good episode, but not what I expected from this episode and not what I expected from the writers of this episode.

    In an attempt to entertain themselves, Fry and Bender borrow the Planet Express Ship. Unfortunately, the ship is anchored to the building using an unbreakable diamond tether. As the ship is piloted on a round-the-world joyride, the building is dragged behind it, smashing into a number of landmarks, including the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the Great Wall of China (which allows the Mongols to invade). Professor Farnsworth has Hermes Conrad fire Fry and Bender for taking the ship, and fires Leela as well for leaving the keys in the ship.

    Leela re-implants her and Fry's old career chips, but she mixes them up. Fry gets hired for Leela's old cryogenics counselor job; Leela is forced to be a delivery boy while Bender has the hand and the career chip from the Prime minister of Norway. Fry thaws out Pauly Shore, who was supposed to be thawed out in Hollywood, California. When Fry goes to greet the next thawed person, he is shocked to find that it is his old girlfriend, Michelle (played by Sarah Silverman).

    Fry introduces Michelle to the world of the year 3000, but she has problems adapting. She re-freezes both herself, and Fry, for another thousand years. They awake in a desolate wasteland. They try to make a new life in the world of the future, and join a society of feral adolescents. When the children are picked up for Hebrew lessons by an adult woman in a heavily armored SUV, a confused Fry, tired of Michelle's nagging, leaves her and wanders through the wilderness on his own.

    After wandering through a cloud of green mist, Fry finds himself standing in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater. The Planet Express ship lands in the street, and the crew explains that Fry is in Los Angeles, in the year 3000. Fry was in Pauly Shore's tube, and when the delivery crew discovered en route to Hollywood that Pauly Shore wasn't in the tube, they tossed it overboard. A limousine passes by, revealing that Michelle has hooked up with Pauly.

    As the Planet Express ship flies home, Bender remarks that Fry was the one who ruined the spaceship and started the whole dilemma and reminds the Professor about his anger with him earlier. He hits a red switch, a trapdoor Fry is standing over opens and he falls through the aperture onto the ground, leaving him stranded there (he made his way back only because he dumped him over New New York). As he hits the ground, the credits roll.moreless
David Herman

David Herman

Terry / Unfrozen Man

Katey Sagal

Katey Sagal

Turanga Leela

Billy West

Billy West

Philip J. Fry / Professor Hubert Farnsworth / Dr. Zoidberg / Ipgee

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Amy Wong

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Butch / Butch's Mother

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Hermes Conrad / Kid #1

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (25)

    • This episode and 'Space Pilot 3000' are the only two times throughout the entire series, including the movies, where the career chips are mentioned and/or used.
      Actually, career chips are mentioned in the fourth movie, Into The Wild Green Yonder, when the Professor removes both Zoidberg's and Hermes' chips, thinking that the company can't work without Leela, Bender, and Fry. He also re-implants them after receiving a delivery request from Leo Wong.

    • When the Planet Express Ship lands outside the theatre, several people run to get out of its path, including the nudist couple from 'Space Pilot 3000'

    • In this episode, Michelle says that her boyfriend's name was Charles. But in Bender's Big Score, his name is Constantine.

    • Hermes says "Like in your Star Trek program" but in "Where No Fan Has Gone Before" you can't say Star Trek or you'll get arrested.

    • In the future Los Angeles as seen in this episode, the famous "HOLLYWOOD" sign now says "HOOD".

    • Opening theme promotion: NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR HUMAN INTERACTION

    • Michelle set the cryogenic tube for 1000 years, and we learn that they were thrown into a ditch and only frozen for two days. But when they exit the tube, we hear the "ding", as if the 1000 years is up.

    • According to his mug, Fry is the universe's #4307697 delivery boy.

    • LOOK HARD: If you look in one of he Cryo Tubes, you can see Gil from The Simpsons is in one.

    • In Space Pilot 3000 we see Michelle in a taxi with a guy. He is the same guy that she marries during the flashback scene in this episode.

    • "Wierd Al" Yankovic is in one of the Cryotubes.

    • Morbo, among others, is immortalized in concrete outside Loew's Quaddafi's Mann's Grauman's Chinese Theater.

    • The St. Louis Arch, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Great Wall of China all still exist in 3001. The stainless steel Arch structure has obviously been strengthened and reinforced since its construction in 1965.

    • A sign in the Cryogenic Lab reads 'APPLLIED CRYOGENICS - It seems to work OK.'

    • The Planet Express ship flies over the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but in the episode When Aliens Attack we learned that the Tower itself had been relocated to New New York by the super-villain governor.

    • When Michelle went to have herself frozen, she didn't notice Fry. And when Fry woke up, he didn't notice Michelle.

    • The Unbreakable Diamond Tether Rope changes length several times throughout Fry and Bender's joy ride.

    • When Fry and Butch are Deathboarding, they hit a pole and wrap around it several times before hitting heads and kicking up dust, but when the dust clears, there is no pole.

    • At the beginning of the episode, Leela has a green jacket on. When the spaceship takes off and slams her against the building wall, her jacket is gone.

    • Fry says he never went to school but then how did he get into college?

    • How was Bender able to get a job at the Cryogenics lab without a career chip for it?

    • Fry says a couple of times that the year is 3000, but it is now 3001 as established in previous episodes.

    • What happened to L.A.? It was not a wreck with toxic fumes in previous episodes or in later ones.

    • Some of the cars have wheels, but in the episode Mother's Day, no-one knew what a wheel was.

    • In "The Honking," after Bender got hit by a were-car, everyone acted as if they have never heard of cars with wheels on them yet here we see that Los Angeles is full of cars with wheels.
      Response: Obviously enough, L.A. is an abandoned city. Is it possible those cars have been there since the loss of wheel-cars?

  • QUOTES (65)

    • Bender: That's L.A. for you.
      Fry: But the air is green and there's no sign of civilisation whatsoever.
      Bender: He just won't stop with the social commentary.
      Fry: And the people are all phoneys. No one reads. Everything has cilantro on it...

    • Fry: That's it. I've had it with women. From now on, I'm concentrating on my career. Can I have my old job back?
      Farnsworth: Why, I've forgotten why I even fired you.
      Bender: 'Cause he destroyed your business, your home and all your possessions.
      Farnsworth: Oh, that's right. Get lost!

    • Farnsworth: You were in Pauly Shore's tube and they were delivering it to his movie screening.
      Leela: But, when they noticed you weren't him, they chucked you in a ditch.

    • Fry: Leela? What are you guys doing here in the year 4000?
      Leela: It's not the year 4000.
      Bender: You were only frozen for two days. Uh, by the way, I broke your bed.

    • Michelle: Quit standing up for yourself, Fry. When we get back to the hole we are going to have a long, boring talk about our relationship!

    • Fry: I find this post-apocalyptic wasteland very confusing. Seriously, I'm weirded out.
      Michelle: That's because you're a loser. You were a loser in the year 2000 and you're a loser in the year 4000.

    • Butch's Girlfriend: Hey, Butch, your mom's here.
      Butch: Aw, man.
      Butch's Mom: Come on, kids. You're late for Hebrew school.
      Orowheat: I don't wanna go.
      Butch's Girlfriend: Every Monday and Wednesday's the same thing.

    • Fry: I won! I'm the new chief! I'm the tallest and I weigh the most!

    • Michelle: My mother always said you were a loser, Fry. Now get out there and prove her wrong.
      Fry: Beth said that?

    • Butch: Alright, grandpa. There's only one way to settle this: Death rolling!
      Fry: What's death rolling?
      Orowheat: It's like skateboarding.
      Ice-V: Except half the time, someone dies.
      Fry: Oh, so it's a little safer than skateboarding.

    • Butch: On what grounds do you challenge my authority?
      Fry: Well, I'm older than you. I can beat you up.
      Kid: Yeah, I'll bet he could.
      Butch's Girlfriend: He's got arm hair.

    • Michelle: But I want power. I'm tired of the chief's girlfriend lording it over me with her fancy coyote hide.

    • Fry: I tell you, that Butch runs a pretty good civilisation. I think I'll enjoy serving under him.
      Michelle: You know your problem, Fry? You're not ambitious. You should be chief.
      Fry: What do I need, ulcers?

    • Michelle: Oh, look! Some little kids.
      Fry: They'll save us. [The kids point guns at them.] We're saved!

    • Michelle: You expect me to live in a tiny little hole?
      Fry: It'd be deeper, but I'm standing on a gopher.

    • Michelle: It's not that bad. Fate brought us together and now fate brought us here.
      Fry: No, you brought us here.
      Michelle: Whine some more, Fry, I really find that attractive in a man.

    • Michelle: I love you. Don't you love me?
      Fry: Well, sure. To the extent a man can love a woman. But this seems like a big step.
      Michelle: Fry, why must you analyse everything with your relentless logic?

    • Michelle: This world is horrible. Let's start over, Fry. We'll go someplace where all we have is each other.
      Fry: Ooh, romantic. I'll tell Bender to meet us there.

    • Michelle: I don't even have a job.
      Fry: Oh, right. I was supposed to assign you a job. Let me just get your career chip installed. Hold out your palm. What are you scared of? It's just like getting your hand pierced.

    • Michelle: I just don't belong here. I don't know anyone, I can't find a vanishing cream that doesn't make me actually vanish.

    • Michelle: Don't take this the wrong way, Fry, but your friends are a bunch of freaks.
      Fry: Yeah, they're great, huh?

    • Michelle: I feel so out of place here. I don't understand why Fry fits in so well.
      Leela: Probably because he didn't fit in back in your time.
      Michelle: That's true. But I used to fit in really well.
      Zoidberg: Then good luck, sister.

    • Michelle: It's a relief to meet you, Amy. I'm just having a hard time adjusting to all the strange stuff here in the future.
      Amy: I'm from Mars.

    • Fry: But things are different this time. Before, she was demanding and possessive. But now she wants me to do stuff and stay with her all the time.

    • Farnsworth: This can only end badly, Fry. Kids, a house-
      Bender: A home invasion by a former roommate.

    • Hermes: Dating your ex, Fry? Have you lost all self-respect?
      Fry: All what?

    • Fry: I'm glad you're all here. I wanted to introduce you to my on-again-off-again girlfriend of the past thousand years, Michelle. Michelle, this is Leela. [Michelle screams.] This is Bender. [Michelle screams.] The Professor. [Michelle looks at Fry and he nods. She screams] Hermes and Amy.
      Michelle: Nice to meet you.
      Fry: And this is Dr. Zoidberg.
      Zoidberg screams

    • Leela: Forget about Fry. You can hire us back and he'd never have to know.
      Fry: Hey, guys.
      Leela: Oh, uh, hey, Fry!
      Bender: So, as Leela was saying, Fry can go shove a big, old...

    • Farnsworth: You see, Og? Everything's running smoothly, yes. And with Fry fired, I can finally leave my jigsaw puzzles out without him eating the pieces.

    • Farnsworth: So, how was delivery to Fantasy Planet, where everyone's fantasies come to life?
      Amy: Great!
      Hermes: Organised!
      Zoidberg: For one beautiful night, I knew what it was to be a grandmother. Subjugated, yet honoured.

    • Fry: Nowadays, people aren't interested in art that's not tattooed on fat guys.
      Sal: I'm on loan from the Louvre.

    • Michelle: Everything is so different.
      Fry: Not everything. There's still a roach problem.

    • Fry: So, no one even cared that I was gone?
      Michelle: Not really. Except for one person.
      Fry: Who was it?

    • Michelle: And I remembered the last time I was truly happy; when I was with you.
      Fry: Aww. So you froze yourself to come look for me?
      Michelle: No, I did it to get a fresh start. I didn't know what had happened to you - no one did. The police were going to conduct a search but your parents felt it was a waste of taxpayer money.
      Fry: That's the same reason they kept me out of school.

    • Fry: I don't get it, Michelle. The last time I saw you, you were doing great. You had just dumped me and you were well on your way to getting your life back on track. Why'd you freeze yourself?
      Michelle: Oh, Fry. After you left, things took a turn for the worse. I got married.
      Fry: I'm sorry.

    • Shore: Hey, listen, skippy. I was supposed to be unfrozen in Hollywood for the thousandth anniversary screening of Jury Duty II. How come I'm not there?
      Fry: I woke you up early so we could hang out and do stuff.

    • Fry: So, how did you wind up getting frozen?
      Shore: Well, while filming Encino Man my intellectual curiosity re: cryogenics was peaked, and I resolved to freeze the weasel.
      Fry: The weasel?

    • Terry: Dear God! He's having a heart attack!
      Bender: Ah, they'll probably find a cure for that in the future.
      Terry: We have a cure for it now!

    • Fry: Hey, now that you're in the future, you can go live in an actual bio-dome!
      Shore: An unattractive prospect. While researching for the role, I ran computer simulations demonstrating, incontrovertibly, that the whole bio-enclosure concept is fundamentally flawed. Be it expressed via dome, sphere, cube or even a stately tetrahedron, buddy!

    • Fry: Mr. Shore, I loved you in Bio-Dome. You sure caused some trouble in that bubble!
      Shore: Rest assured, if it rhymes, I can cause trouble in it.

    • Leela: Pizza delivery for... Icy Wiener. Yeah, very funny. Now cough up the $12.95.
      Fry: Sorry, but if it's not here in half an hour, it's free.
      Leela: It's only been 23 minutes.
      Fry: Well, uh, I've got 33 minutes.
      Chef on pizza box: It's only been a-23 minutes, you dumb a-cannoli. You got a problem, we can take it outside.
      Fry: OK, I'll fight the box. I think I can take him.
      Leela: Fry, just pay me. I still owe 30 bucks on this uniform.
      Chef: 35, you stupid meatball.

    • Bender: That Probulator sure knows how to please a man.

    • Fry: Ah, the Probulator's done.
      Man: That wasn't so bad.
      Fry: Oh, wait, it hasn't started yet.

    • Fry: So, while you're on the Probulator, tell me what brings you to the future.
      Man: Oh, well, I wanted to meet Shakespeare and I figured that time was cyclical.
      Fry: Nope. Straight line.

    • Terry: Remember, when the tube opens, say "Welcome to the world of tomorrow!"
      Fry: Hey, I was frozen. I think I know what people wanna hear when they first wake up. [A man walks out of a cryogenics tube] Bathroom's that way.

    • Ipgee: Oh, here's a cryogenic counsellor! Do you like Mondays?
      Fry: They're OK.
      Ipgee: Then we'll have to redecorate your office. How do you feel about it helping to be crazy to work here but not being necessary?

    • Leela: I'd like to reapply for my old job: Counselling defrostees and assigning them careers.
      Ipgee: Oh, I was hoping you would come back! I even saved your poster of a chimp expressing your distaste for Mondays.
      Leela: Monday Monkey lives for the weekend, sir.

    • Leela: Fortunately, I still have our old career chips.
      Fry: Our what?
      Leela: Career chips. You remember? They assign you the job you're best at. [Fry stares blankly] I tried to give you one and you ran away. [No response] It's how we met!
      Fry: And then what happened?
      Leela: Just give me your hand.

    • Leela: No, we can get jobs.
      Bender: But we just had jobs!

    • Bender: Pardon me, brother. Care to donate to the Anti-Mugging-You Fund?

    • Fry: What are we supposed to do for money? [He opens his wallet] All I've got is my frequent taffy eater's card, my first moustache... and this picture of me and my old girlfriend, Michelle, and that ski instructor she was just friends with.

    • Zoidberg: Goodbye, friends. I'll miss you... Good riddance to them. Now Zoidberg is the popular one!
      Farnsworth: Yes, yes! Let's all talk to Zoidberg.
      Amy: Hey, Dr. Zoidberg, I've been thinking, do you think we could go out?
      Farnsworth: So, Zoidberg, what's new?
      Hermes: Tell me, Zoidberg: Is it carapace or carapass?
      Zoidberg: Oh, you know!

    • Farnsworth: I should fire you three right now, but I'm just not that cold-hearted.
      He whispers to Hermes
      Hermes: You're all fired!

    • Farnsworth: You've gone too far this time - all three of you!
      Leela: What did I do?
      Farnsworth: You left the keys in the ignition. I mean, look at those two. Wasn't it obvious what would happen?
      Fry: Yeah, Leela.
      Bender: We're all very disappointed in you.

    • Hermes: Sweet ghost of Babylon.

    • Farnsworth: Leela, have you seen the keys to the spaceship?
      Leela: I must've left them onboard.
      Farnsworth: Eh, wha? I mean, what?

    • Fry: Well, we destroyed the toy spaceship. Now what are we gonna do?
      Bender: Hey, look! The keys to the real spaceship.
      Fry: Do you think we should?
      Bender: Yes, I do.

    • Fry: Giant Space Robot, this is Captain Fry of the USS Planet Express Ship. We come in peace.
      Bender: Tough luck!

    • Fry: The year 4000 is severely disappointing! I miss the year 3000 when life was simple, and brains flew through space and everyone ate lasers.

    • Bender: Hey Fry, I'm steering with my ass!
      Fry: That's the best thing I ever saw!

    • Fry: I don't regret this, but I both rue and lament it.

    • Fry: Yeah, but in the year 3000 I had it all. Several friends, a low paying job, a bed in a robot's closet. I envied no man!

    • Michelle: Fry, is it really you?

      Fry: I don't know. Is it really you?

      Michelle: What do you mean you don't know? Are you you or not?

      Fry: Who wants to know?

    • Fry: So you're saying these aren't the decaying ruins of New New York in the year 4000?

      Farnsworth: You wish! You're in Los Angeles

      Fry: But there was this gang of ten year olds with guns!

      Leela: Exactly, you are in LA.

      Fry: But everyone is driving around in cars shooting at each other!

      Bender: That's LA for ya!

    • Leela: We don't need to beg, Bender. For God's sake, we're not Veterans.

      Fry: Well, what would you suggest? A daring daylight robbery of Fort Knox on an elephant back? That's the dumbest thing I ever heard!

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