Season 2 Episode 18

The Problem with Popplers

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 07, 2000 on Comedy Central



  • Trivia

    • After Nd-Nd eats the orangutan we can clearly see her teeth are clean in several shots, but later in the scene she has purple hair stuck in her teeth which disappears after we see her picking her teeth.

    • Opening theme promotion: FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY

    • In this episode, it is confirmed that Leela's first name is Turanga, and that Fry's first name is Philip.

    • From all we can tell, "Smelly Hippie" Free Waterfall Junior is apparently related to Free Waterfall, the Animal Rights Activist in The Birdbot of Ice-Catraz, and war veteran/lawyer Old Man Waterfall in A Taste of Freedom.

    • LOOK HARD: Some of the signs the hippies hold:

    • Lrr appears in a video message from Omicron Persei 8, which appears to be a "live" feed direct to Earth. In the episode When Aliens Attack, however, we learn that it takes 1000 years for a signal to go between Earth and Omicron Persei 8.

      RESPONSE: Lrr is most likely not broadcasting from Omicron Persei 8, so the time delay isn't in effect. He says, "I am Lrr of the planet Omicron Persei 8," he never states where he actually is. Also, right before Lrr's broadcast you can see alien ships hovering above Earth, he is probably in one of those ships.

    • Outside Madison Cube Gardens (where Leela is getting food), there is a sign that reads 'brought to you by Slurm,' but on tv, Linda the newscaster credits it as being 'brought to you by Fishy Joe's.'

      Slurm is the official drink of Madison Cube Gardens and is sponsoring the event, but Fishy Joe's is sponsoring the television coverage.

    • When Jrrr (the baby Poppler) talks to the audience, he says that he's from Omicron Persei 8. However, Jrrr has never even been to Omicron Persei 8.

      Explanation: According to Lrrr, the planet where the Popplers are found is only the nursery, so its conceivable that Jrrr was born on Omicron Persei 8 before being moved to the nursery.

    • When Fishy Joe is talking to Fry and Bender, he mentions that he has a Fishy Joe's on every planet in the known universe. So, why wasn't there a Fishy Joe's on the poppler plannet?

      RESPONSE: There isn't a Fishy Joe's on the Popplers' planet because it wasn't yet discovered by humans.
      Evidence of this:
      -Bender states in the beginning of the episode, they were "a billion miles from nowhere."
      -Leela had to look at her wrist device to analyze the type of planet, so she probably didn't know the planet beforehand.
      -No one seemed to have seen or known what a Poppler was before they brought them to Earth, so it is likely that no human had discovered or been to the Poppler planet before Leela, Fry, and Bender.

    • When Leela, Fishy Joe, and the hippy are being interviewed, it looks like they are not in the same place (ie, they are their "via satellite"). However, in the scene after the Omicronians come, you see Leela and Fishy Joe both at the television station.

    • When Fishy Joe first starts buying Popplers from Bender and Fry, he offers to pay them a dollar a dozen. Later on, when Zapp Brannigan is in negotiations with the Omicronians, he asks how many of their children were eaten and Kif tells him it was 198 Billion. This means Bender and Fry should have recieved $16,500,000,000 from Fishy Joe (assuming they were the sole suppliers). So where did all the money go?

    • When Lrrr is going to eat the orangutan the salt doesn't just disappear, it falls off you can see little white dots fall to the floor.

  • Quotes

    • Bender: Who wants dolphin?
      Leela: Dolphin? But dolphins are intelligent.
      Bender: Not this one. He blew all his money on instant lottery tickets.
      Fry: OK.
      Leela: Oh, OK.
      Amy: That's different.
      Farnsworth: Good, good.
      Leela: Pass the blowhole.
      Amy: Can I have a fluke?
      Hermes: Hey, quit hogging the bottle-nose.
      Farnsworth: Toss me the speech centre of the brain!

    • Farnsworth: A toast to Leela. She showed us it's wrong to eat certain things.
      Fry: Hear, hear!
      Bender: Let's get drunk!
      Leela: Aww, thanks, guys. Pass the veal, please.
      Bender: Here you go.
      Fry: Mmm, let me get some of that suckling pig.

    • Lrrr: People of Earth- Oh, that hippie's starting to kick in. we've all learned a valuable lesson today. I realise now that- Dude! My hand are huge! They can touch anything but themselves. (He puts his hands together) Oh, wait.

    • Leela: Thank you, Jrrr. I hope you'll always think of me as your mom.
      Jrrr: When my species grows up, we eat our moms!

    • Leela: This is all a big load. I was the one trying to save the Popplers. You were sucking them down like the fat hog you are and you were stepping on them for fun. You both should be in here instead of me.
      Bender: Someone's acting awfully aluminum.

    • Jrrr: Hear me out. There are many good reasons to eat: Hunger, boredom, wanting to be the world's fattest man. But not revenge.

    • Nd-Nd: Little one, get out of there. I'm going to count to blorx!
      Jrrr: But, elder one-
      Nd-Nd: Flingle ... glorg ... glorg and a gloob.

    • Zapp: I realise this may hurt our chances of consummating our relationship again.
      Leela: Go consummate yourself.
      Lrrr: Stop talking, you're getting cold.

    • Nd-Nd: Would you like some human with your salt?

    • Waterfall Jr.: It's an orang-utan. One of Mother Earth's most precious creatures.
      Zapp: Why'd you open your bong hole, you smelly hippie? You'd sacrifice a beautiful woman to save a moderately-attractive monkey?

    • Linda: This is it. If the aliens fall for Zapp's ploy, the Earth will be saved. Brought to you by Fishy Joe's. Ride the walrus.

    • Lrrr: Hmm. Yes, this is the one. Definitely. I recognize her slumping posture and hairy knuckles.

    • Lrrr: I grow hungry! Bring on the one called "Leela".
      Waiter: That comes with salad or soup.
      Lrrr: Salad.
      Waiter: Ranch or vinegarette?
      Lrrr: Vinegarette!
      Waiter: Balsamic or raspberry?
      (Lrrr takes out his ray gun and disintegrates the waiter)

    • Leela: You know, this might actually work. The Omicronians seem to have trouble telling one person from another.
      Zapp: True. At the negotiations, they thought Kif here was the statesman and I was a jabbering mental patient.

    • Zapp: Leela, my sweet, I've come to save you. I have a devious plan!
      Leela: Oh, great, Captain Moron has a plan. Why don't you tell it to Wingus and Dingus here?
      Zapp: Wingus, Dingus, listen up. We're gonna give the aliens the old switcheroo!
      Fry: You mean...
      Zapp: Correct. I found a giant hideous ape that looks exactly like Leela.

    • Bender: I'll miss you, Leela. I know you're just a carbon-based life form but I'll always think of you as a big pile of titanium.
      Fry: What Bender means is, you're really brave, and smart, and beautiful, and a great friend.
      Bender: Just like titanium!

    • Lrrr: Greetings, Earth morsels.
      (the crowd boos him)
      Man In Crowd: You suck!
      Lrrr: Get a job!

    • Linda: Tonight, the world watches in horror as an earthling is eaten alive on network television. This grim scene of unimaginable carnage is brought to you by Fishy Joe's! Try our new Extreme Walrus Juice! 100% fresh-squeezed walrus. Ride the walrus!

    • Lrrr: We choose to eat the first Earthling who ate our offspring. Here is the culprit, as photographed by our nanny-cam satellite.

    • Zapp: My fellow Earthlings, we have reached an agreement. Using the twin guns of grace and tact, I blasted our worthless enemies with a fair compromise. They will not eat everyone on Earth.
      Lrrr: I filled up on nuts at the negotiation.

    • Fry: I wish they'd just wipe out humanity and get it over with. It's the waiting I can't stand.
      Leela: That's stupid!

    • Kif: Sir? There aren't that many human beings.
      Zapp: A thought occurs: There aren't that many humans.
      Lrrr: We're willing to wait a few weeks while you shore up the numbers.
      Zapp: Hmm. 198 billion babies in a few weeks. We'll need an army of super-virile men scoring round the clock! I'll do my part. Kif, clear my schedule.

    • Lrrr: We demand to eat one human for each Omicronian that was eaten.
      Zapp: Fair enough. How many is that?
      Kif: 198 billion, sir.
      Lrrr: Very well. You will provide us with 198 billion humans. And, uh, small fries.
      Nd-Nd: Lrrr!
      Lrrr: Oh, alright, cottage cheese!

    • Zapp: These would be great with quack-a-mole.
      Lrrr: Stop eating our young! And it's pronounced guacamole!

    • Nd-Nd: We demand justice. As you ate our children, so shall you be eaten by us!
      Lrrr: We will begin with the firemen, then the math teachers, and so on in that fashion until everyone is eaten.

    • Linda: We seem to be experiencing technical difficulties. And, crap like I've never seen!

    • Free Waterfall Jr.: I call murder on that.
      Joe Gilman: Look, I'm willing to grant that it's murder. The real issue is: Who's gonna stop me?

    • Joe Gilman: Popplers are no smarter than any other animal I've served. And that includes cats.

    • Free Waterfall Jr.: You're all nuts. Shut up, let me talk.
      Linda: You shut up, please.
      Free Waterfall Jr.: No, you shut up, please.

    • Leela: Look, I'm not saying eating meat is wrong...
      Waterfall Jr.: Shut up.
      Leela: I don't think anyone's here to make that claim.
      Waterfall Jr.: I am.
      Leela: But eating an intelligent animal is different.
      Waterfall Jr.: Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up...
      Gilman: Oh, don't force your tired philosophy on us. I mean, the only reason we don't eat people is because it tastes lousy.

    • Joe Gilman: There's not even any strong evidence that these Popplers are intelligent.
      Free Waterfall Jr.: Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up...
      Leela: That's not true. I have one right here that can talk.
      Free Waterfall Jr.: Shut up...
      Leela: Come on, say "mama".
      Jrrr: Ca-ca!
      Linda: OK, we'll have to bleep that.

    • Linda: Fishy Joe, is it wrong to eat intelligent animals?
      Joe Gilman: Absolutely not, Linda. I don't think anyone's here to make that claim.
      Leela: I am.
      Free Waterfall Jr.: Me too.

    • Bender: Hear me, hear me! Stop eating Popplers! Stop eating them with honey mustard sauce. Stop eating them with tangy sweet-and-sour sauce. Stop eating the new fiesta Poppler salad. Stop taking advantage of the money-saving 12-pack... Stop enjoying Popplers on the patio, in the car, or on the boat. Wherever good times are had!

    • Fry: People, I won't let you enter. Popplers are as intelligent as you or me.
      Man: You, maybe!

    • Bender: Popplers can't talk. Leela must be hallucinating from not eating enough Popplers. Here, eat some now.

    • Leela: Popplers are intelligent. This one called me mama.
      Zoidberg: Congratulations. I assume Amy is the father.

    • Leela: Fry, I wish you'd throw out these week-old Popplers. They're getting big and scaly. Ooh, there's one left.

    • Waterfall Jr.: Popplers are living creatures. You gotta stop harvesting them for food!
      Bender: Or what?
      Waterfall Jr.: Or we'll boycott Fishy Joe's.
      Leela: You're vegetarians, who cares what you do?
      Waterfall Jr.: Shut up.

    • Fry: Leela! That's the second billboard you've crashed into this week!

    • Bender: Yes! I'm gonna be rich. [He cheers and looks at Fry.] You too but it's hard to get excited about that.

    • Gilman: But these Popplers, these are great. How much you sell 'em for?
      Fry: A dollar a dozen.
      Gilman: You'll never make money that way. You supply 'em to me and I'll sell 'em for two bucks a dozen at my restaurants. I'll even pay you a dollar a dozen.

    • Bender: Hey, Fishy. I've been meaning to write you about your in-store kiddie parks. The slides won't support an adult robot.
      Gilman: Good point, not interested.

    • Joe Gilman: Mmm, these are great. Boys, this is your lucky day. I'm Joe Gilman.
      Fry: Wow! You're some guy who eats at Fishy Joe's?
      Joe Gilman: Hell, no! I am Fishy Joe! I've got a fast-food franchise on every planet in the known universe. Uh, except McPluto.

    • Vendor: Please, don't push, there's hot dogs for everyone.
      Bender: Hey, Mac, where do you want those rat droppings you ordered?
      Woman: That's disgusting!
      Vendor: Wait a minute. You're not the guy who delivers the rat droppings!

    • Fry: Hey, yeah.
      Leela: Good idea.
      Bender: Bender's a genius.

    • Zoidberg: Call them what you want. I call them a free meal.
      Bender: Whoa, whoa, whoa! Slow down there, Sigmund. I can't stand idly by while poor people get free food. We gotta sell these things!

    • Bender: You know what these would go great with? Rocks.

    • Hermes: According to government records, the only names not yet trademarked are "Popplers" and "Zittzers".
      Fry: I know, we'll call them Popplers!
      Bender: Good idea.
      Zoidberg: Oh, yeah, why not?
      Amy: You sure picked it.
      Fry: Swish!

    • Leela: We haven't thought of a name yet.
      Bender: They're tasty, right? Let's call 'em "Tasty-cles".
      Amy: Ew!
      Farnsworth: No!
      Leela: We can't call them that.
      Bender: Why not?
      Leela: It sounds too much like those frozen rocky mountain oysters on a stick. You know, Test-cicles?

    • Hermes: Oh, man, I'm inhaling these things! You guys scored some primo stuff here.
      Zoidberg: They're tastier than an unguarded penguin nest.

    • Fry: Oh, they're great! They're like sex, except I'm having them!

    • Bender: I found some rocks. You guys eat rocks, right?
      Leela: No.
      Bender: Not even if they're sautéed in a little mud?

    • Fry: I'm experienced at foraging. I used to find edible mushrooms on my bath mat.

    • Leela: Well, it's a type-M planet, so it should at least have Roddenberries.

    • Fry: Maybe that planet over there has a drive-thru. A Burger Jerk or a Fishy Joe's or a Chizzler or something.
      Bender: Ah, don't get your hopes up. We're a billion miles from nowhere.
      Leela: Yeah. It's probably only got a Howard Johnson's.

    • Leela: Ugh! Great. We're two days from Earth with no food.
      Bender: Problem solved: You two fight to the death and I'll cook the loser.

    • Leela: Dinner ready?
      Bender: Nah, those lousy Moochers cleaned out our pantry. All they left was baking soda and capers. And here it is!

    • Jingle Singer: Nobody doesn't like Molten Boron!

    • Linda: Tonight, on DateNight: Popplers. Eating them. Is it all right to? We have with us the CEO of Fishy Joe's, Mr. Fishy Joseph Gilman, noted anti-eating activist, Free Waterfall, Jr., and the discoverer of Popplers, Captain Turanga Leela.
      Fry: Turanga?!
      Amy: That's her name, Philip.
      Bender: Philip?!

    • Fry: Look, Leela, even if you heard one talk, that doesn't mean it's intelligent. I mean, parrots talk, and we eat them, right?
      Bender: Yeah, maybe it just learned to talk as a parlor trick, like Fry.
      Fry: Like Fry! Like Fry!

    • Leela: Stop eating Popplers! They can talk!
      Billboard guy: Don't stop to talk! Eat Popplers!
      Leela: Hey, cut it out!
      Billboard guy: Take a coupon! Cut it out!

    • (the Popplers song)
      Fry & Bender: Pop a poppler in your mouth when you come to Fishy Joes, what they're made of is a mystery, where they come from no one knows, you can pick em, you can lick em, you can chew em, you can stick em, if you promise not to sue us you can shove one up your nose.

    • Leela: Animals eat other animals. It's nature!
      Free Waterfall, Jr.: No it isn't! We taught a lion to eat tofu!
      Lion: cough, cough

    • Farnsworth: HEY! Unless this is a nude love-in, get the hell off my property!
      Free Waterfall, Jr.: You can't own property, man!
      Farnsworth: I can, but that's because I'm not a penniless hippie!

    • Fry: I hate going to the Planet Of The Moochers. They'll ask you out for a drink, but when the check comes, their wallet is always in their other pants. Which they borrowed from me!

    • Fry: Here's something. It looks like a ditch full of fried shrimp!
      Bender: What, are you blind?! It looks more like a hole full of fried prawns!

    • Fry: Let's bring back a couple of pocket fulls.
      Bender: No, a whole Bender full!
      Leela: No, only what we need. Stuff the ship!

    • Fry: Business is great!
      Bender: Eh, great is OK, but amazing would be great.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Pillsbury Dough Boy

      When Leela pokes Jrrr in the stomach, he giggles, just as the Pillsbury Dough Boy does at the end of each commercial.

    • Fry: Leela, that's the second billboard you've crashed into this week!
      This is actually an allusion to the Futurama opening credits, where Leela crashes the ship into a billboard each episode.

    • U-HAUL

      The U-YANK truck is a reference to the U-HAUL company, the truck is even painted the same way.

    • Popeye the Sailor Man

      Fishy Joe's Poppler song is similar to the theme music from Popeye.

    • Dilbert

      The self-important boss who can't tell an electronic device from an Etch-A-Sketch is a parody of the boss in the famous comic strip and television series Dilbert.

    • P.E.T.A.

      The group M.E.A.T. (Mankind for Ethical Animal Treatment) is a parody of P.E.T.A. (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).

    • Dateline

      The show Datenight and its format is a parody of the famous news program Dateline.

    • Fast Food Places

      Several names of places you see in the episode are parodies of current fast food places. Burger Jerk = Burger King and Soda Jerk, Fishy Joe's = Long John Silver and Red Lobster, Chizzler = Sizzler, McPluto = McDonalds.

    • Star Trek

      Not only the title but several references throughout the episode are parodies of the famous Star Trek episode The Trouble With Tribbles.

    • Gene Roddenberry/Star Trek

      Leela: Well, it's a type "M" planet, so it should at least have Roddenberries

      Gene Roddenberry was the creator of the Star Trek series. An "M" Class planet, in Star Trek, is a planet capable of supporting humanoid life.

    • Fry: Turanga Leela?

      Turangalila is the name of a symphony by Olivier Messiaen. The words are from Sanskrit, Turanga meaning the onward motion of time and Leela meaning "play", denoting the drama of the passing of time.