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The Problem with Popplers

"The Problem with Popplers"
Futurama episode
Fry, Bender, and Leela discover the "Popplers".
Episode no. Season two
Episode 19
Directed by Chris Sauve
Gregg Vanzo
Written by Patric M. Verrone
Darin Henry (story)
Production code 2ACV15
Original air date May 7, 2000
Opening caption "For External Use Only"
Opening cartoon "Up to Mars" (1930)
Guest actors

"The Problem with Popplers" is the 19th episode in the second production season of Futurama. It originally aired in North America on May 7, 2000. The title is a reference to the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Trouble With Tribbles".

Contents

  • Plot 1
  • Reception 2
  • Continuity 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Plot

When the Leela, the first to discover this when a Poppler awakens in her hands, leads the charge to stop the eating of Popplers. This mostly fails, partly due to Bender's subversive actions. The warlike natives of Omicron Persei 8, led by Lrrr, arrive to seek justice for humans devouring billions of their young. The Omicronians demand that they be allowed to eat the same number of Earthlings as "Popplers" which were eaten. Since there are fewer humans on Earth than the number of Popplers that were eaten, and since Lrrr filled up on nuts during the negotiations, the Omicronians choose instead to eat the first Earthling to eat their young: Leela.

In order to fool the Omicronians, Zapp Brannigan brings a female orangutan dressed and styled as Leela. The Omicronians are initially fooled because they have difficulty recognizing individual humans; however, hippie Free Waterfall Junior exposes the sham to protect "one of Mother Earth's most precious creatures". After realizing the trick, and after Ndnd eats the orangutan, Lrrr demands the real Leela. With Leela in Lrrr's, the small Omicronian, Jrrr, whom Leela had been nannying since birth, arrives. Jrrr jumps into Leela's mouth and convinces the Omicronians that it is wrong to eat other intelligent life out of revenge. The Omicronians leave, but not before Lrrr devours Waterfall Junior. The amount of drugs in Waterfall's system leads to Lrrr becoming stoned.

The episode ends with the Planet Express Crew eating a smorgasbord buffet of unintelligent animals, including a suckling pig and a dolphin who wasted all his money on instant-lottery tickets.

Reception

This episode was ranked number eleven on IGN's top 25 episode list, particularly noting its great premise.[1] In Doug Pratt's DVD Pratt calls this episode "original and inspired".[2]

Continuity

  • This episode establishes that Leela's family uses the name-order convention (surname, given name) common to countries such as China and Hungary.
  • This is the first episode where Fry is referred to as Philip (his first name).
  • This is the first appearance of Phil Hendrie on Futurama as one of his Waterfall characters. He later appeared as Free Waterfall Sr. in "The Birdbot of Ice-Catraz" as well as both Old Man Waterfall and Frida Waterfall in "A Taste of Freedom". He reprises his role of Frida in the fourth Futurama movie "Into the Wild Green Yonder" along with her newly introduced brother, Hutch.
  • Jrrr later reappears in "T.: The Terrestrial".

References

  1. ^ Iverson, Dan (2006-07-07). "Top 25 Futurama Episodes". IGN.com. Retrieved 2008-03-22. 
  2. ^ Pratt, Douglas. Doug Pratt's DVD: Movies, Television, Music, Art, Adult, and More!. p. 474. 

External links

  • "The Problem with Popplers" at the Infosphere, the Futurama Wiki.
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