A Flight to Remember
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|A Flight to Remember|
|Written by||Eric Horsted|
|Directed by||Peter Avanzino|
|Title caption||Filmed On Location|
|First air date||26 September, 1999|
|Title reference||Titanic novel A Night to Remember|
|Opening cartoon||Clutch Cargo - "Space Station"|
"A Flight to Remember" is the tenth episode of Futurama, the tenth of the first production season and the first of the second broadcast season. It aired on 26 September, 1999, on Fox. This episode tells several tales on board the cruise liner Titanic, piloted by Zapp Brannigan. It also introduces the relationship between Kif Kroker and Amy Wong.
 The Story
 Act I: "It's just my way of thanking you for not reporting my countless violations of safety and minimum wage laws."
The crew return to Planet Express, having narrowly escaped a delivery on the planet Cannibalon with their lives. They abruptly tell the Professor they're quitting, but they quickly reconsider after he tells them they are all taking a company vacation - on the maiden voyage of the largest space cruise ship ever built, the Titanic. None of them see any danger in this.
 Act II: "I christen this ship Titanic!"
At the ship's christening and launch ceremony, Mayor Poopenmeyer presents Zapp Brannigan, who is honorary captain for the Titanic's maiden voyage. Hoping to avoid Zapp's advances, Leela pretends to be engaged to Fry. In the Titanic they all visit the professor's suite, which is in first class but the others' room is in the lowest class. Bender, in the casino, meets a rich fembot, the Countess de la Roca, who thinks Bender is rich too. Zapp Brannigan takes the ship off course seeking adventure, but the new course passes through a swarm of comets. Amy runs into her parents, who immediately begin trying to hook her up with an unpleasant fat man. To put them off, she also claims to be dating Fry, and kisses him.
 Act III: "I'm a poor, lazy, sexy fraud."
Leela gets jealous of Fry's pretend relationship with Amy after seeing them kiss. Bender, pretends to be a rich aristocrat to impress the Countess, and in her room, he looks for something to steal and sees a gold bracelet with a diamond, but he can't take it. In the bar, he asks iZac why he couldn't steal the bracalet, and he says Bender's in love with her. Then Bender steals some drinks and gets beat up by guards called by iZac. The Countess saves him and accepts Bender anyway; romance ensues, and they have a passionate kiss. Meanwhile, as the others have a limbo competition, Hermes remembers when he was in the 2980 Olympics limbo team and a young fan of his broke his back while imitating him, this is what made Hermes quit limbo. Zapp makes Leela the winner, though she didn't even participate and as a reward he invites Fry, Leela, and the Wongs to dinner. At the restaurant, the Wongs want Fry to kiss his "girlfriend" Amy, but Zapp, suspecting Leela and Fry are not engaged, is watching him. When Kif calls Zapp away after his course corrections lead the ship into disaster, he has to leave the table, and Amy kisses Fry. Again, this makes Leela jealous and insecure. When she confronts Fry, he actually says the right thing for once. They see all the couples: Hermes with LaBarbara, Zoidberg with the Jellyfish Nurse and Farnsworth with Hattie McDoogal. They're about to kiss but the moment is ruined when Zapp's course corrections make matters worse. The Titanic is going to a black hole.
 Act IV: "Tell 'em I died robbing some old man."
As the ship falls into the black hole (thanks to Zapp, who makes Kif the captain and escapes in a small ship), everyone heads for the life boats. Bender goes to find the Countess, who is trapped in a burning room deep in the ship. Bender uses a fire hose to put out the fire, and the room floods so Bender rides the Countess, who is a Class 3 Yacht, to safety. Meanwhile, the Planet Express crew is caught behind an emergency bulkhead, and it's up to Hermes to save the day by limboing under the door while Zoidberg holds it open slightly with his claw. Hermes goes really far down and manages to get to the other side to open the door. The Wongs find another boyfriend for Amy, Kif, and they kiss as they go to the boat. They wait as long as they can for Bender before boarding the last life raft and escaping, but Bender and the Countess arrive just in time and grab the raft's door before it launches. The pod is too heavy, and they are saved when the Countess falls into the black hole. Fry tries to console a sad Bender by saying the Countess might be in a parallel universe, but according to the professor she must be dead. Bender says he still has the bracelet but Hermes examines it and says it's fake. Bender cries as the pod flies away.
 Additional Info
- Kif and Amy meet for the first time in this episode, beginning the romance between them.
- This is the first time we learn of Hermes' history as a professional Limbo champion.
- This is also the first time that Leela and Fry are seen in a romantic situation.
- Click here to see cultural mentions made in this episode.
- This episode's main plot is a parody of the 1997 film Titanic.
- iZac is a robotic version of Isaac Washington, the bartender played by Ted Lange on The Love Boat, his name doubling as a reference to the Apple iProducts.
- When the crew rush to an escape pod, the Professor is seen on the back of Fry, a possible reference to Yoda on Luke's back during his training in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
The Countess de la Roca: It may hurt for a while, but one day you'll share your love again. After all, it's shareware.
Kif: Sir, remember your course correction? Well it's proving somewhat more suicidal than we had initially hoped.
Leela: Take it off, or I'll break it off.
Bender: Well, I'm tired of this room and everyone in it. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna pop over to the casino for the next 135 hours.
Fry: You're going back for the Countess, aren't you!?
Bender: Alright, I am, but I don't want the others to know! If I don't come back, just tell them I died robbing some old man!
Fry: I'll tell them you went out prying the wedding ring off his cold, dead finger!
Bender: [tearful] I love you, buddy!
- Bender gets in the escape pod, which lacks a dual airlock system, without causing the pod to decompress in the end.
- In the scene when LaBarbara tells Hermes to hit the door release, Amy is seen without a nose.
- When Bender is looking at the dice he has three fingers, but when he rolls the dice he is seen with four fingers on his right hand. Once he puts his hand on the table, he has three fingers again.
- Although Zoidberg was seen with a jellyfish-like woman in this episode, it was shown in "Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?", almost a year later, that he was oblivious of the meaning of love at that time. He is also revealed to be a saltwater animal in this episode, but he spat out salt water in "My Three Suns". However this may not be a goof as being with the jellyfish-like woman doesn't imply he understands love, as he clearly already had an understanding of mating.
- Due to the massive gravitational pull of a black hole, the part of the ship that was close to it should have started to have a time dilation, where the furthest part of the ship would have been moving faster than the closer part.
- In "The Series Has Landed", Bender says magnets screw up his inhibition unit, making him "flip out and start acting like some crazy folk singer", yet, in this episode, he says his bow tie is magnetic, but not once does he sing.
- It is possible that magnets only affect his inhibition unit when placed on his head.
- When the Countess is being pulled into the black hole she is only holding onto her bracelet (while Bender holds on to the other end); after the Countess says "it's shareware" the bracelet rotates 180°.
- Debut: Bisque guy
- Debut: 2980 Olympics Boy
- Debut: Countess de la Roca
- Hattie McDoogal
- Hermes Conrad
- Debut: iZac
- Debut: Jellyfish Nurse
- Kif Kroker
- Debut: LaBarbara
- Debut: Leo Wong
- Debut: Inez Wong
- Mayor C. Randall Poopenmeyer
- Number 9 Man
- Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth
- Zapp Brannigan
- Dr. John Zoidberg