As a result of Zapp Brannigan's victory over the Arachnid home-world, Richard Nixon's head gives everyone a $300 refund from the silk surplus. Leela, the Professor, Bender, and Fry find wacky ways to spend the money. When things gets too hot at Zapp's celebration dinner, Fry saves the day.moreless
Mayor Poopenmayer, Professor Ogden Wernstrum, Scruffy, Toronga Morris, Larry, Dwayne, Various
Turanga Leela, Various
Philip J. Fry, Professor Hubert Farnsworth, Dr. John Zoidberg, Zapp Brannigan, Leo Wong, Various
Amy Wong, Inez Wong, Various
Mom, Linda the Newscaster, Various
Nixon is on the 300 dollar bill in this episode, he is also on the 1000 dollar bill as seen in "Insane In The Mainframe."
In Futurama comic #17 we learn that the population of Earth is 985,947,635 (986 million). Since we assume that this includes robots since Bender is a taxpayer, we can assume that Nixon awarded the people of Earth $295,784,290,500 ($296 billion). Nixon therefore kept $704,215,709,500 ($704 billion) - 70% of the profit made from the plunder. This figure is obviously greater (perhaps 80-90%) since children (e.g. Dwight) and the Hobos at the end of the episode, did not get a tax rebate.
Response: The Futurama comics are not canonical. Plus, I find the 986 million number absurd - the population of Earth is around 6 billion now and there are no robots!
What happened to Fry at the end of this episode? After he rescues everyone from the building and puts out the fire at caffeine induced speed, we don't see him anymore in the story. Fry's is notably absent when the cast is eating turkey dogs outside of the building at the end, so where did he go after rescuing everyone?
When Kif sheds his skin, you notice two things; he has 3 nipples and has underwear on his new skin.
When Bender steals Le Grand Cigar, why doesn't he use his extend-able arms, as he did in the previous episode, The Farnsworth Parabox when he stole the Parabox?
Le Grand Cigar looks like a huge marijuana joint. Then we cut to Hermes.
Hermes' son's shirt looks like the flag of Jamaica.
When Fry drank his 100th cup of coffee, he moved extremely fast, which resulted in time moving really slow for him. Theoretically, this is possible, since Einstein's theory indicates the faster you move, the slower time gets for you.
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The whale biologist looks/sounds a lot like Ed Begley, Jr.
Leela walks away after she buys the Mushu-ticket, and Fry stays at the Starfishbucks stand after he buys coffee. Yet they are sitting on a table together when Amy and Kiff fly over.
In the coffeeshop, when Bender takes out his Grand Cigar, there are 4 cups on the table. Two up and two down. Yet when the view changes, there are five of them; three up and two down.
If Fry got everyone out of the building, where were Mom's sons, Morbo and his wife, and many others we see in the building who aren't outside afterwards?
In the shot where you follow the wire all the way through the sewer to the robot cops stomach screen the siren is seen on the robot cops head but it disappears until the end of the scene.
On Fry's last cup of coffee, he's carrying three 1 dollar bills, although earlier the three dollars were subtracted from the 300 dollar note's value. Though it's possible other shops took the 300 dollar note and gave him regular change.
Also it seems rather odd that he'd have to pay for the coffee at the party. Although it doesn't directly say he is paying.
Also, when Amy shows her tattoo, it's in roughly the same area as her 'obscene' tattoo from I, Roomate. Yet the 'obscene' tattoo is nowhere to be found.
When Bender is looking at cigars, the cross section of Hacking Jack's suspenders changes from being the same color as the straps to a brighter blue.
Morbo: (as his wife adjusts his tie) Stop it. It's fine. It's fine! I will destroy you!!
Bender: My story kinda petered out without me learning a lesson.
(He laughs. Smitty and URL burst through a door)
Smitty: There he is!
(Bender panics. They grab him and bash him with their lightsabers)
Bender: Oh right! Closure!
Whitey: Heck, you're never too rich to enjoy a free turkey dog.
Hobo: Ooh! This boot's got a little pudding at the bottom. (He licks it off)
Gus: Pardon us, gent. Might a couple of hungry, hungry hobos take a feed from that aluminum snack box?
Zoidberg: (crying) Oh, what a foolish squid I've been. I'm not rich. I can't even buy one measly masterpiece.
Mom: Who smells like freaking porpoise hork?
Amy: I do! Kiss me, Kif!
Holo-Roseanne: Ambergris. Noun. A grease-like product of the sperm whales digestive tract that is used as a base in the finest perfumes. This has been Roseanne, your guide to the world of facts.
Whale Biologist: I don't want your watch. You're covered in precious ambergris.
Kif: Precious ... hamburgers?
Zoidberg: What? It's not even scratch and sniff? But if rich people think it's good, I'll buy it. (He waves his $300 around) One art, please!
Amy: C'mon, Mushu! Barf! Barf like a freshman!
Whale Biologist: Ladies and gentlemen, presenting Mushu, the educated whale who thinks he's better than you.
Caddy: Perhaps if you tightened your grip, sir?
Zoidberg: Ah! Thank you, golf slave. (He tightens his grip and cuts through the golf club) Bah! Rich people wouldn't waste their time on this nonsense. Plus, these eggs are gritty and tasteless. (He spits out three golf balls)
Whale Biologist: The suit was ugly. Whale biologist!
Bender: You can't blow the smoke from such a majestic stogie in just anyone's face. I'm saving it for the fancy-pantses at Zapp Brannigan's black tie reception.
Bender: Ah! Mighty fine smokable!
Fry: Fancy cigar. Why don't you smoke it already? Puff, puff! Go, go, go, go, go!
Bender: You seem a tad wound up, buddy. And your face is greasy. Real greasy! You been up all night?
Fry: Of course I've been up all night! Not because of caffeine. It was insomnia. I couldn't stop thinking about coffee. I need a nap. (He goes to sleep for less than a second and wakes up and grabs a cup of coffee) Coffee time!
Fry (shouting): This isn't Yemeni! It's Sulawesi! (He spits it out) And the cup's shaking! I don't want my coffee shaking!
Bender: Le Grand Cigar! She is mine! And with absolutely no consequences.
Elzar: Hey, that's what rich people eat. The garbage parts of the food.
Zoidberg: I ate garbage yesterday and it didn't cost me $300! I'm not paying.
Zoidberg: Goose liver? Fish eggs? (He eats it and spits it out) Pah! Where's the goose? Where's the fish?
Elzar: Freshen your coffee, sir?
Fry: Yeah, yeah, yeah! Keep it coming! Put the pot down! Get away!
Tattoo #1: Oh, I can't wait until the tattoos on Amy's butt hear about this!
Tattoo #2: Hear about what?
Tattoo #3: Tell us!
Kif: Oh! Keep peddling! Oh, for the love of God, keep peddling!
Kif: It shows the time wherever we both are. And it's powered by love! Also, you have to wind it.
Fry: Uh, I'll have a coffee.
Person: Guppy, trout, mermaid or...
Fry: Whale, please.
Leela: I'd like a pass to swim with Mushu, please.
Whale Biologist: Well you asked the right guy. I'm the whale biologist. Though personally I hate whales. (whispering) Especially Mushu.
Zoidberg: I ask for rich guy stuff and you give me shiny pebbles? Bah!
Hermes: I tallied almost 300 bananas on this entertainment product.
Dwight: Hey, Pops! Did that tax rebate come?
Hermes: Came and went! You're now the proud owner of Bamboo Boogie Boots. (Dwight's smile fades) With a warning label this big, you know they gotta be fun.
Amy: I almost feel kinda shallow for blowing my rebate on this cool talking tattoo!
Tattoo: Hey, Gordon Gecko! I cost as much as this whole crummy date!
Amy: Oh, Kif, it was so romantic of you to rent this paddle plane with your tax rebate. We're like two dandelion seeds wafting on the breeze.
Person: Very good, sir. Shall I pre-warm sir's crack pipe?
Crack Addict: No cheap crack houses for me no more!
(walks into a crack mansion)
Zapp (on screen): Leela? Are you there?
Zoidberg: A fortune, it is! At last Zoidberg will live like a rich man!
Hermes: You invest this penny like you want it.
Dwight: Thanks Dad. I'm gonna take this and buy five shares of amazon.com!
Hermes: A risk taker? That's my boy!
Nixon: The entire surplus has gone! What a McGovern I've been! Why did I have to issue that crooked tax rebate?
Leela: At least we got a few mildly interesting stories out of it.
Farnsworth: Oh my yes!
Woman: It better for us both to just be ourselves. You, wrinkled as a prune.
Farnsworth: You, fat as the Queen of Seacows.
Amy: I've never been sad at a party before. I wonder if my mind is thinking about Kif being in jail.
Scruffy: Jail's not so bad. You can make sangria in the terlet! Course its shank or beshanked.
Amy: Of course.
Whale Biologist: He's got Aquarium property! Stop him!
URL: Better do what he says. He's a whale biologist!
Whale Biologist: And the fifth reason whales kill is for the sheer fun of it.
Leela: Anything else?
Whale Biologist: Yeah. You're lumpy and you smell awful... Hey, I calls 'em like I sees 'em!
Elzar: Pee-yew! This fish is slightly too rotten to even make jambolaya!
URL: Grand theft tobacco. Sounds like we should get off our fat cop asses and ride!
Woman: You're so young in spirit! It's hard to believe you're as old as 25.
Farnsworth: The key is to grab life by the hojos! Live every day like it might be your last!
Elzar: What'll it be kids?
Farnsworth: One bowl of mild Farina.
Amy: Don't feel sad, my little tadpole.
Kif (crying): I'm trying not to. But my gift to you is in the belly of a whale.
Zoidberg: Say, this reminds me of that time I ate that other watch Kif gave you!
Amy: Hey, it is kinda like that!
Zoidberg: To induce vomitting, that was the solution! Everywhere it went! What a Valentine's Day that was!
Hermes: Isn't this fun?
Dwight: No! I wish I had two mommies!
Dwight: But pops, I don't wanna have fun, I wanna be like you. Boring but prudently invested.
Bender: I'll give you 300 bucks for it?
Clerk: No can do.
Bender: Oh alright, I'll just take these $300 burglars tools then.
Clerk: Very good sir.
Bender: So uh, what time d'you close tonight?
Bender: Say buddy, why's this grand cigar so pricy?
Clerk: Well, as you can see, it's wrapper is a piece of the original US constitution. It was hand rolled by Queen Elizabeth during her wild years and was buried with George Burns until graverobbing space mushrooms - uh, well you know the rest.
Farnsworth: As a man it has become too much of a chore for me to clean out my wrinkles each day. Is it true that stem cells may fight the aging process?
Geneworks Woman: Well yes, in the same way an infant may fight Muhammed Ali! But -
Farnsworth: One pound of stem cells please.
Amy: Shmeesh! It's just 300 bucks, what is that, like a hundred cups of coffee?
Fry: That's it! I'm getting a hundred cups of coffee!
Nixon: My fellow Earthicans. After meeting with top voodoo economists, I have decided to refund our silk surplus to you, the taxpayers. That's right! I've sent you each 300 buckeroos in the form of a tricky dick fun bill. Knock yourselves out!
Amy: I'm slightly richer!
Bender: What to do what to do? One $300 hookerbot or 300 $1 hookerbots?
Leela: I'm going to swim with the whale! They're the gentle giants of the deep.
Farnsworth: I'm well aware of that.
Scruffy: Scruffy's gonna get himself one of them $300 haircuts. This ones lost it's pizazz!
Farnsworth: You kids, turn that damn music...(teens stare at him) up!
Kif: Everyone, to the fire door!
Leela: It's on fire!
Nixon: The loot! The loot! The loot is on fire!
We see Morbo and Judge Whitey's wives for the first time in this episode. Judge Whitey's wife's name is "Kitty."
In this episode when the gang hears about their tax refund Amy remarks "I'm slightly richer". Which is very similar to when Mr. Burns exclaims "We're slightly richer", when he and the 'rich side of town' discovered some gold in the Simpsons episode A Tale of Two Springfields.
The idea for this episode came from George W. Bush announcing that he would give all Americans a tax refund in 2001. If you filed as a 'single' you got $300, single parents got $500 and married parents got $600. Checks were mailed out over July-September and the idea was that people would spend the money, thereby boosting economic growth. However, with the 9/11 attacks and subsequent war in Iraq, it would appear the government would have been better off keeping the $1.3 trillion that was distributed.
A number of scenes were deleted for time. Some of them can be found on the Volume 4 DVD.
The hobos that talk to Dr. Zoidberg in the alley appear to be the same hobos that Bender met in The 30% Iron Chef.
This episode is very, very similar in style to the Simpsons very own 22 Short Films About Springfield, in that both are focused on individual vignettes about main and supporting characters.
Commander Riker's Island The name of the New New York jail is a combination of Commander Riker, a character in Star Trek: TNG, and Rikers Island, the New York City's jail facility.
Whitey: (to Bender) So I said to Kitty 'The only way to keep the butler from running away is to cut off his foot!'
This seems to be an indirect reference to the Stephen King book (and subsequent movie) "Misery," in which Annie Wilkes cuts off Paul Sheldon's foot in order to keep him from escaping from her.
Hungry Hungry Hippos: Gus the hobo's inquiry to Zoidberg, "Might us hungry, hungry hobos take a sample from your aluminum snack box?" is an allusion to the popular children's board game "Hungry Hungry Hippos".
Leonardo da Vinci
The flying bicycle that Kif and Amy ride seems to be based partially on the designs of Leonardo da Vinci, the Italian renaissance painter/inventor.
C. Everett Koop
In the cigar store, one of the brands is "Royal Kooparillo", featuring a likeness of C. Everett Koop, US Surgeon General during the 80's, who was responsible for putting warning labels on all cigarette packs.
Farnsworth: One bowl of mild Farina.
Farina is a bland-tasting cereal product.
Tattoo: Hey, Gordon Gecko! I cost as much as this whole crummy date!
Gordon Gecko was a very materialistic character in the 1987 movie Wall Street
Zapp Brannigan's attack on Tarantulon VI is taken from Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers and the subsequent film.
Professor: gotta go Fight Club.
This is a reference to the 1999 Movie starring Edward Norton & Brad Pitt. Based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk.
Mission Impossible The raising/lowering apparatus Bender uses to steal the expensive cigar is similar to the scene in the first Mission Impossible film.
Labname: Geneworks S.K.G.
The labname and the sign outside are a parody of the movie studio Dreamworks SKG.
Dune: by Frank Herbet As Fry drinks more and more coffee the effects of the caffeine make him more and more agitated until when he drinks the 100th everything clicks. This could be a reference to Frank Herbet's Dune, where Paul Maud'did consumes ever greater quantities of Spice until he finally takes the water of life and everything, time and space comes together. In the TV series of the same name we even see the same glowing light effects and distortions of time and space
Nixon's Head: The Loot, the loot, the loot is on fire!
Nixon's line was a parody of the song "Fire Water Burn" by done the Bloodhound Gang. In fact the way Nixon said it is exactly the way the song goes on the part of the song that says "The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire".
It could also be interpreted as a parody of the Coal Chamber song "Sway", where the same line "The roof! The roof! The roof is on fire!" occurs.
Fry: (drinks his 100th cup of coffe)
Fry switching into slowed down timeflow pattern may be a reference to the classic sci-fi story The New Accelerator by Herbert George Wells, the accelerator being a formula allowing the user to stretch minutes into hours of personal time perception.
Addendum: It is more likely a reference to Clockstoppers, which was directed by Jonathan Frakes(Commander Riker on Star Trek), as evidenced by "Commander Riker's Island" prison. As in this episode, there was a scene in the movie that featured a hummingbird moving slowly.
Farnsworth: Tries to hide when he starts changing The clock striking just before the professor tries to escape maybe a reference to Cinderella. However, the clock only strikes one time, while it should strike twelve times for midnight.
Diamond Store Sign: Diamonds Are Forever
This is the title of Sean Connery's sixth James Bond movie.
Kiff: Kiff defeats the Spiderians with a double-ended fly-swatter weapon.
The design of Kiff's weapon and the manner in which he uses it is similar to Darth Maul from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
Farnsworth: Tries to hide when he starts changing.
The way that Professor Farnsworth starts to run away and hide when he changes back from being young is similar to Jerry Lewis' The Nutty Professor. Also, the fact that his date changes from skinny to fat is also similar to Eddie Murphy's remake of The Nutty Professor.
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