Season 7 Episode 7

The Late Philip J. Fry

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jul 29, 2010 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary

Fry is developing a habit of being late everywhere he goes, including being there to celebrate Leela's birthday. Right before he is about to leave to go see Leela, he travels with the Professor and Bender in a time machine that only travels forward in time. The trio then has to figure out a way to get back to their own time.moreless

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  • A touching and hilarious episode

    This episode is always clever, often beautiful, and at times genuinely moving; I teared up at the whole Cavern on the Green scene. It's also fucking hilarious. This is my favorite Futurama episode, and one of my favorite episodes of TV ever.
  • I would go back in time just to watch this episode again!

    Wow, what an episode! This is without a doubt, one of my favourite episodes of season 6. I love a good Futurama time-travel episode and this one definitely counts as one of them. I loved the story between Fry and Leela as they went forward in time, the different time periods that they travel to and I thought that the ending was one of the smartest things that they've ever done. *SPOILER* The idea of the universe starting from the beginning over again after the end of the universe was a fantastic theory to put into the story, nearing the end of the universe I started to suspect that that's what might happen, but I loved the "kinda" flash backs through Futurama's history as they traveled nearer and nearer to the present, with the aliens destroying Earth, the rebuilt castles and seeing the conference room's past with little winks to previous episodes and I just thought that this episode was fantastic. The side story worked as well and I would have to give this episode a 9/10. Good going Futurama!moreless
  • Great and defining episode in the same way as The Farnsworth Parabox and Time Keeps On Slippin'

    Fry is developing a habit of being late everywhere he goes, including being there to celebrate Leela's birthday. Right before he is about to leave to go see Leela, he travels with the Professor and Bender in a time machine that only travels forward in time. The trio then has to figure out a way to get back to their own time..


    Great and defining episode in the same mindtwisting way as The Farnsworth Parabox, Time Keeps On Slippin' and The Sting. Same kind apocalyptic, time-jumping science fiction humour.

    Without a doubt, the fans put heavy expectations and pressure on the new season, but this delivers. Futurama has maybe lost some of it's edge, but I hope they manage to keep the series multi-layered, original and subtle, filled with good ideas.

    This one goes right next to the classic top rated episodes. 9/10moreless
  • The most stimulating episode of the new season so far...one can only wonder if the level of quality here will be sustained until September.

    The ersatz crap we sat through over the past month finally seems to be subsiding.

    Finally, the characters and plots are the primacy rather than the jokes; even you Futurama apologists who disregard the lack of gentility in the newer episodes while praising the expressive eclecticism of the earlier ones will likely agree that this is the zenith of season 6. I won't ruin the plot for those of you who don't take kindly to spoilers, but I can guarantee that it never slips into mundanity or seems characterless; there isn't a single moment here where the jokes cause the plot to become monotonous tedium. Perhaps it's because their purpose is to accentuate the story line rather than overwhelm it, unlike those in previous episodes. My only gripe with this episode is how protracted the plot (seems to) become towards the end (which may come off to some viewers as excess ambition), but that's a minor complaint that most likely won't be affecting too much of the audience.moreless
  • how does this only have a 8.2 rating....

    I dont understand why people are rating these new episodes so poorly. I thought for a comeback season they were all great. But this episode outshines the rest. Probably one of my favorite episodes ever. Very cool story involving time travel and a great montage using a classic song (the year 2525). Had some funny moments. Overall i think this episode is a fine example of why futurama is so awesome. It feels like there are a lot of haters trying to bring this show down but futurama will succeed because it has true loyal fans who actually enjoy the creativity.moreless
John DiMaggio

John DiMaggio

Bender / Elzar / Waiter / Soldier

Katey Sagal

Katey Sagal

Turanga Leela

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Fembot / Linda / Year Fifty Million Woman #1 / Year Fifty Million Woman #3

Maurice LaMarche

Maurice LaMarche

Morbo / Hedonismbot / Dumlock / Year 10,000 Man / Adolf Hitler

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Amy Wong / Runt #2

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Hermes Conrad

Kath Soucie

Kath Soucie

Cubert Farnsworth / Year Fifty Million Woman #2

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Back in season 2 episode "A Clone Of My Own" The Professor stated that he had worked on a time machine for 15 years but was unsuccessful.

    • Near the end of the episode, as the trio travels into the year 3010, we see moments from several old episodes:
      "Space Pilot 3000" - the destruction of New York City and the medieval reconstruction from when Fry was frozen.
      "Love's Labours Lost in Space" - the Professor showing a hologram of Vergon 6.
      "Amazon Women in the Mood" - Amy, Leela, Zapp and Kif discussing their upcoming double date.
      "Future Stock" - Fry and That Guy waking the crew for a meeting.
      "A Taste of Freedom" - Fry and Zoidberg dancing the Freedom dance.
      "The Beast with a Billion Backs" - the Professor having been infested by Yivo, scaring Leela, Amy, Hermes and Wernstrom (who is coloured differently from the previous universe).
      "Attack of the Killer App" - Fry, Hermes, Bender, Zoidberg and Amy playing with their eyePhones, and Leela crashing the ship.

    • The concept of time being cyclical was previously mentioned in "The Cryonic Woman" by the man who wanted to meet Shakespeare. Interestingly, in that episode Fry stated with confidence that it wasn't, but here it's proven that it is.

    • This episode reveals that Leela's birthday is on the 29th July, according to the time machine's display when Fry, Bender, and the Professor enter the machine for the first time.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • (Farnsworth's attempt at killing Hitler inside the time machine)
      Farnsworth: Just slow it down! I'll shoot Hitler out the window (Fires laser gun out of window)
      Farnsworth: Darn! I hit Eleanor Roosevelt by mistake!

    • "In The Year 252525" song lyrics:

      In the year one-oh-five-one-oh-five,
      If man is still alive,
      If robot can survive,
      They may find...

      In the year twenty-five-twenty-five-twenty-five,
      The backwards time machine still won't have arrived.
      In all the world, there's only one technology,
      A rusty sword for practicing proctology!

      In a future year that ends with a twenty,
      A shlubby merman's gonna try to get chummy.
      He may look like a watery wimp,
      When in fact he's a bloodthirsty shrimp!

      In the year one million and a half,
      Humankind is enslaved by giraffe.
      Man must pay for all his misdeeds,
      When the treetops are stripped of their leaves!

  • NOTES (2)