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The crew receives a mission to go to Vergon 6 and rescue the animals living there. The planet, once filled with dark matter, has been completely mined and is on the verge of collapsing. On the way, they spot Captain Zapp Brannigan's ship. Leela raves about Zapp's accomplishments, but he soon reveals himself to be a pompous jerk. He refuses to help them in their rescue mission, and when they try to leave, Zapp has the entire crew imprisoned. In order to deal with Leela and get his way, he calls her up to his room in hopes of seducing her.
Opening title: Presented in BC [brain control] where available
Opening theme cartoon: The Wacky Wabbit (1942)
The voice of M-5438 was not digitally altered; it is Billy West's original voice.
These are the first appearances by Zapp Brannigan, Kif Kroker, and Nibbler.
Zapp Brannigan was originally to be voiced by Phil Hartman. However, Phil passed away a few weeks later.
The logo for the Democratic Order of Planets (doop) is an ambigram; when turned upside down, it still spells "doop."
The 3-D model of the Nimbus, Zapp's ship, has over 2200 windows.
When Zapp stands naked in front of Leela, covering himself with only a blanket, he originally had both hands on his hips, but the censors didn't approve.
The list of animals that the crew must collect is as follows: Purple Fruit Snake, Sharktopus, Chilean Space Bass, Parasitic Puppy, Gretchen Mole, Windy Shrimp, Vampire Slug, Excommunicated Cardinal, Four-Legged Mimic, Molotov Cockatoo, Hermaphlamingos.
Amy: You just have to give guys a chance. Sometimes you meet a guy and think he's a pig, but then later you realize he actually has a really good body.
Fry: I betcha Leela's holding out for a nice guy with one eye.
Bender: That'll take forever. What she oughta do is find a nice guy with two eyes and poke one out.
Fry: We can definitely escape, Bender. All you have to do is bend the hatch off this steam pipe.
Bender: Hey, yeah!
(steam fills the room)
Fry: No good! It's full of steam!
Zapp: (to Leela) We both know you won't make it half way to Vergon 6 before the craving sets in. Then you'll come crawling back for another taste of sweet, sweet candy.
(points to self)
Fry: The planet's kerploding!
Leela: Prepare for lift-off.
(engine doesn't start)
Leela: We're out of fuel. Bender, I told you to fill the tank before we left.
Bender: Yeah, I'll do it when we get back.
Fry: Wow! Way to tell that guy off. Now what's your secret escape plan?
Leela: Uh, I guess to sit here and wait for death.
Bender: Can do!
Zapp: Has my reputation preceded me or was I too quick for it?
Zapp: Kif, I have made it with a woman. Inform the men.
Leela: Look, last night was a mistake.
Zapp: A sexy mistake.
Leela: No, just a regular mistake.
Leela: They say Zapp Brannigan single-handedly saved the Octillion system from a horde of rampaging killbots!
Bender: A grim day for Robotkind. Eh, but we can always build more killbots.
Fry: I heard one time you single-handedly defeated a horde of rampaging somethings in a something something system.
Zapp: Killbots? A trifle. It was simply a matter of outsmarting them.
Fry: Wow, I never would've thought of that.
Zapp: You see, killbots have a preset kill limit. Knowing their weakness, I sent wave after wave of my own men at them until they reached their limit and shut down.
Zapp: As my protége, you should know that the only way to deal with a female adversary is to seduce her.
Zapp: This time we are sure she's a woman, right?
Kif: (frustrated) Yes!
Zapp: You look like a woman who enjoys the finer things. Come over here and feel my velour bedspread.
Leela: I'm not really in the mood.
Zapp: Leela, it's real velour. Just let yourself go.
Love's Labour's Lost and Lost in Space
The episode title, "Love's Labour's Lost in Space," is a reference to the Shakespearean comical play, Love's Labour's Lost
, and the 1960s television show, Lost in Space
Zapp's mannerisms are similar to Captain Kirk's from Star Trek
. Also, Zapp dictates the Captain's Log, a task that Captain Kirk would also often perform.
2001: A Space Odyssey
The interior of Zapp's bedroom was designed after the last scenes in this science fiction film.
John F. Kennedy
Zapp's portrait of himself that hangs in his bedroom is designed to look like the portrait of John F. Kennedy that hangs in the White House.