Commentary:Time Keeps on Slippin'

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Commentary for
Time Keeps on Slippin'
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Production number3ACV14
On DVDSeason 3
Disc 3
Additional
Transcript
Participants
Matt Groening
Creator
David X. Cohen
Co-creator
Ken Keeler
Writer
Susan Dietter
Guest Director
John DiMaggio
Actor (Bender, misc.)
Billy West
Actor (Fry, the Professor, misc.)

Topics of Discussion[edit]

  • The writers were unaware that there was a cartoon about the Harlem Globetrotters in space.
  • They made up their own globetrotter names as they couldn't use actual globetrotters, the actual trotters okayed the use of their group's name.
  • Travelling forwards in time can't result in causality problems.
  • John DiMaggio wanted to play Marv Albert, but lost out to Jeff Cesario.
  • Grotrian is a type of piano. Armo is the arm mutant, Lazar is the optic blast mutant; these two names aren't in the actual episode.
  • Network executives always ask what the stakes are when they get a script, so the episode starts by setting the stakes at zero.
  • Censors made them adjust the conga line to hide more cleavage. No objection to the seven buttockses.
    • They also rejected the word "mutha", which became "mama"
  • The original story, involving Fry falling in love with a woman in a Sun, and having to move it, was derived from a Harry Stephen Keeler novel.

Highlights / Quotes[edit]

  • Ken Keeler: I should say at this point that I really know virtually nothing about basketball.
    David X. Cohen: You would never know it. I mean this is pretty accurate stuff here.