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Futurama: A Big Piece of Garbage

Tonight is the annual inventors symposium, and the Professor is hoping that his invention is good enough to win the prize and beat Dr. Wernstrom. He presents the Smelloscope, a device that allows one to smell distant objects. Though he is laughed off the stage by his peers, the crew tests it out back at the Planet Express. Fry discovers what is believed to be the smelliest object in the universe. They learn that the object is a giant ball of garbage that was rocketed into outer space fifty years ago. Now, it's up to the Planet Express crew to figure out how to stop the garbage ball before it crashes to the earth and destroys New New York.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x8
Production Number: 1ACV08
Airdate: Tuesday May 11th, 1999

Director: Susie Dietter
Writer: Lewis Morton

Guest Stars
Nancy CartwrightNancy Cartwright
voiced Bart Simpson Doll
Ron PopeilRon Popeil
voiced Himself
Main Cast
Katey SagalKatey Sagal
voiced Turanga Leela, Various
Billy WestBilly West
voiced Philip J. Fry, Professor Hubert Farnsworth, Dr. John Zoidberg, Zapp Brannigan, Leo Wong, Various
John DiMaggioJohn DiMaggio
voiced Bender Bending Rodriguez (Bending Unit 22), Various
Lauren TomLauren Tom
voiced Amy Wong, Inez Wong, Various
Tress MacNeilleTress MacNeille
voiced Mom, Linda the Newscaster, Various
Frank WelkerFrank Welker
voiced Nibbler, Various
Phil LaMarrPhil LaMarr
voiced Hermes Conrad, Lionel Preacherbot, Various
Maurice LaMarcheMaurice LaMarche
voiced Kif Kroker, Morbo, Walt, Raoul, Various
David Herman (1)David Herman (1)
voiced Mayor Poopenmayer, Professor Ogden Wernstrum, Scruffy, Turanga Morris, Larry, Dwayne, Various
Kath SoucieKath Soucie
voiced Cubert Farnsworth, Various
Episode Notes
Opening theme promotion: Mr. Bender's Wardrobe by ROBOTANY 500

Opening theme cartoon: A Corny Concerto.

Episode Quotes
The Professor: Perhaps 149 is just too old to be a scientist.
Bender: Yep!
Fry: No, Professor. Don't give up. There were plenty of times in my century when I was gonna give up, but I never did. Never! Hey, are you even listening to me? Oh, I give up!

The Professor: (pointing the Smelloscope at various planets) And now Saturn.
Fry: (smelling) Pine needles! Oh, man, this is great! Hey, as long as you don't make me smell Uranus.
(He laughs)
Leela: I don't get it.
The Professor: I'm sorry, Fry, but astronomers renamed Uranus in 2620 to end that stupid joke once and for all.
Fry: Oh. What's it called now?
Professor: Urectum. Here, let me locate it for you.

Leela: Should we really be celebrating? I mean, what if the second garbage ball returns to Earth like the first one did?
Fry: Who cares? That won't be for hundreds of years.
Professor: Exactly! It's none of our concern.
Fry: That's the 20th century spirit!

Wernstrom: (to the Professor) I give your invention the worst grade imaginable: An A-minus-minus.

Fry: You got this from the Internet? In my day, Internet was just used to download pornography.
The Professor: No, that's still true.

Bender: There's your problem. The Professor put the counter on upside down!
Leela: That idiot! It wasn't set for 25 minutes. It was set for 52 seconds!

Cultural References

The part where the Planet Express crew have to land on the big piece of Garbage and detonate an explosive to save the world is similar to the plot of the 1998 film Armageddon where a crew is sent up to detonate an explosive on an asteroid threatens the earth.

Other Episode Crew

Director Of Computer GraphicsScott Vanzo
3d DirectorScott Vanzo
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