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|Written by||Maiya Williams|
|Directed by||Corey Barnes|
|Title caption||Find The Hidden Story!|
|First air date||14 August, 2023 |
|Title reference||The previous episode in the story, and Paradise Regained by John Milton|
|Opening cartoon||Betty Boop's May Party by Fleischer Studios (1933)|
"Parasites Regained" is the one hundred and forty-fourth episode of Futurama, the fourth of the eighth production season and the fourth of the eleventh broadcast season. It aired on 14 August, 2023 , on Hulu. Leela and the crew fight to save Nibbler from some all-too familiar parasitic worms, which are diminishing his intelligence.
- The title of this episode is a reference to the 1671 poem Paradise Regained.
- The name of the alien movie is Quizblorg, Quizblorg ℵ1 and is being played at Loew's ℵ0-Plex. The mathematical symbol ℵ1 (pronounced "aleph-one") is the next cardinal number after ℵ0, hence this is likely a sequel to Quizblorg, Quizblorg. The movie has won the "Palme d'Oorknob", alluding to the Palme d'Or prize.
- In the game of 3D crossword, the puzzle is "What's a 2x3x5 letter name, for a 3x23x29 number name, for a movie featuring a 1x4x9 object?" with the answer being 2001: A Space Odyssey. Here, 2x3x5=30 is the number of letters in "Two Thousand and One A Space Odyssey", 3x23x29=2001 is the year that appears in the name of the movie, and 1x4x9 is the ratio of the monolith featured in the movie.
- The game of Quantum Wordle alludes to the word-guessing game Wordle, and the word is seen flashing between boson and meson.
- "Betty Cockroach" frosting is a parody of the brand "Betty Crocker".
- Nibbler says that his mind has degenerated to the point where he "can no longer predict the ending of an M. Night Shyamalan movie", poking fun at the fact that many movies of the said director actually feature a twist ending.
The episode heavily relies on references to the Dune franchise, including both the books and the movie adaptations. Here is a list of all spotted references.
- The native people are dung beetles who pronounce the word "dung" as "dune-g".
- The dung beetles consider spitting and tear-shedding signs of respect (also Fry's pissing) due to the importance of moisture in the desert, just like the Fremen people in Dune.
- Their messiah is referred to as "Kwiznos Cadillach", where as the original name is "Kwisatz Haderach". The dung beetle who pronounces that line is voiced by Kyle MacLachlan, the actor who portrayed the main character (i.e., the messiah) in the 1984 film adaptation.
- The roach-thopter spoofs the ornithopters.
- The dung beetle guide is named "Bilgar", spoofing the character Stilgar.
- The glitter chamber visually resembles the spice gas tank used by the Spacing Guild in the 1984 film adaptation (picture). The orange glitter is clearly a spoof of the drug melange.
- The sandworms as well as their attraction to the rhythmic pattern of footsteps are directly taken from Dune. The pounder spoofs the original Thumper. (Sandworms that are actually giant have previously appeared in Into the Wild Green Yonder.)
- The music, especially the tonal desert sounds and the mythical female vocals, is a reminiscence of the acclaimed music from the 2021 film adaptation.
- Dave Spiegel, and his owner, Fluffers, from the episode The Day the Earth Stood Stupid, are seen in Scoopy-Poo Dog Park.
- The coffee shop across the street from the Planet Express Headquarters is seen again, this time visited by Leela and Nibbler
Alien Language Sightings
Location: Quizblorg, Quizblorg ℵ1 film
Translation: Laughter [then seconds later] Sorrow
Note: The audience are crying at the first scene while laughing at the second one. The joke is that despite the subtitles, nobody actually understands the dialogues in the alien film.