Commentary:The Luck of the Fryrish

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Commentary for
The Luck of the Fryrish
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Production number3ACV04
On DVDSeason 3
Disc 1
Matt Groening
David X. Cohen
Executive producer
Rich Moore
Supervising director
Ron Weiner
John DiMaggio
Actor (Bender, misc.)
Billy West
Actor (Fry Professor Farnsworth, misc.)

Topics of Discussion

  • One of the most challenging episodes to write due to telling the story in two different time periods.
    • Made use of differently coloured story cards, to indict the time periods.
    • This technique was inspired by The Godfather II.
  • Needed to remind people that Fry's first name was Philip.
  • Horses are hard to animate, they researched them by going to the track.
  • Quantum mechanics joke (Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle) is probably the only one of it's kind anywhere.
  • Origin of horse based food salesman's voice.
  • Originally, the comatonin was to be in a hypodermic, but it was too creepy.
    • Also the jockey who came in was originally just a "guy who loved horses"
  • Pointing out the advertising on the stands.
  • Finding four leaf clovers.
  • The Hair Robot.
  • Tribute to The PJs, and their reciprocation.
  • John DiMaggio's beat-boxing and his stand up gigs.
  • Design of Fry's crew.
  • Andy Goldman is a childhood friend of one of Ron's friends from college.
  • The Fry family's house is Eric Kaplan's house. The station was based on his local subway station.
  • Musical interlude.
  • The vault was originally to be opened with a laser from Leela's Wristlojackimator
  • There was lots of discussion about which album the clover should be in.
  • A variety of shout-outs.
  • The idea of Fry having a brother was only developed for this episode, however with Fry being Farnsworth's distant uncle, he had to have a sibling.
  • The actual version of Doh-Doh can apparently be used in the way Yancy uses it.
  • Apparently went through ten celebrity body parts for Bender to take.
  • Ron Weiner won an Annie for writing for this episode.
  • Comments from

Highlights / Quotes

  • Billy West: Tom Kenny's the funniest guy in pants.
  • Ron Weiner: [on his creation of Hair Robot] They laughed at me, but you'll see. You'll all see.
  • Internet forum user: I want to know what that creepy hair-robot thing was.
    Rich: I wrote that.
  • Everyone: [to the tune of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony] Nobody caaaaaaaaaaaares...nobody caaaaaaaares...


  • The origin of Bender being Mexican is said to be episode 301 when his door falls off, but he was already revealed to be from America's heartland of Mexico in Raging Bender.
  • Pointing out that the bum seemed to disappear.