|The Simpsons episode|
|Written by||J. Stewart Burns|
|Directed by||Bob Anderson|
|Title caption||A show out of ideas teams up with a show out of episodes|
We're not done with the mash-up! (during the end credits)
|First air date||9 November 2014|
|Special guest(s)||John DiMaggio |
Chris Edgerly (also starring)
Pamela Hayden (also starring)
Tress MacNeille (also starring)
|Wikisimpsons has information unrelated to Futurama|
"Simpsorama" is an episode of The Simpsons the story of which features the characters of Futurama. It aired on Fox, on 9 November 2014. The crew goes back in time to 2014 Springfield to prevent the Simpsons from destroying the future.
The episode was announced on 20 July 2013, at Comic-Con, by Simpsons executive producer Al Jean. It was written by Futurama-and-Simpsons writer J. Stewart Burns. It was initially scheduled to be recorded in August 2013,  but it appears to have actually been recorded in September. 
During Futurama's original run and throughout the comics The Simpsons has been established as only a television series, with merchandise occasionally appearing. Matt Groening reinforces this in certain commentaries. Likewise, Futurama had previously been established as a television series in The Simpsons and this episode features Kang and Kodos, who typically only appear in non-canon Simpsons episodes. These and other factors lead many fans to believe the episode is not Futurama canon.
- 1 Plot
- 2 Production
- 3 Reception
- 4 Additional information
- 5 Notes and references
- 6 See also
Act I: "What do I look like, a narc?"
At Springfield Elementary School, Principal Skinner is showing the late Mrs. Krabappel's class a time capsule that they intend to open a thousand years later and tells the students to each put something inside of the capsule. Bart, having obviously forgotten to bring something to put in it, puts a sandwich that he blows his nose on into it. At a ceremony, Mayor Quimby lowers the time capsule into the town square in front of the statue of Jebediah Springfield. When they dig up the hole, they notice some green ooze pouring out and all eyes turn to Mr. Burns. It begins to rain outside during this.
Later that night, at 742 Evergreen Terrace, the Simpsons hear a strange noise outside like something falling from the sky. Marge then hears something glugging and belching downstairs. Homer and Bart decide to go to the basement and investigate. Homer decides to send Santa's Little Helper down to see what's down there, but the dog runs away. He then tries the same thing with Bart, but this does not work either. Homer decides to set a trap, using Bart as bait. Down in the basement, Bart sees a shadowy figure opening up a can of Duff. Homer whacks at the shadowy figure with a broom and reveals the shadowy figure to be Bender, who reveals he is from the future. Homer decides to take this futuristic visitor to his "civic leaders".
At Moe's, Bender guzzles down several mugs of beer and "buys" several rounds for the patrons. Homer considers Bender his new friend, and Bender reveals that's the reason he's there..."for all you know". Bender then hangs out with the guys at Barney's Bowlarama, where Bender cheats a perfect game.
The next day, Bart and Lisa observe Homer and Bender sleeping on the couch and cannot help but pinpoint the similarities between the two. Lisa starts to doubt that Bender is actually from the future, since robotic technology is relatively advanced. So Lisa takes Bender to Professor Frink's laboratory. Bender admits that he does not recall why he was sent to the present, so Frink unplugs and replugs Bender's mission protocol, causing Bender to reveal his mission is to terminate Homer Simpson.
Act II: "Come on, Bender! Stabbity-stabbity!"
Homer is upset that his new bowling buddy wants to kill him. Bender admits he cannot do it. Lisa assumes that it is due to Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics, but Bender denies this, claiming he killed Asimov on the way. Suddenly, Bender's ass begins ringing and a hologram of Leela appears asking if he killed Homer yet. Bender claims he did, but Leela shows that an enormous number of rabbit-shaped creatures has invaded New New York and are multiplying. Leela catches Bender's lie. Fry also encourages Bender to kill Homer. Lisa asks why, and the professor replies that the creatures have Homer's D.N.A.. Hermes panics that they are grabbing all of the office supplies. Even Zoidberg speaks his only line. The professor elaborates that Bender was sent back to kill Homer before the creatures could evolve from him. So, the professor, Leela, and Fry go into the past to kill Homer themselves. Leela attempts to shoot him with her ray-gun, but Bender bends it. Frink offers a team-up with the professor, who suggests Homer take the rest out so he can explain "freemium games".
While walking through Springfield, Homer, Fry, Leela, and Bender pass by a Panucci's Pizza where Seymour is inexplicably waiting. When they get to the house, Homer introduces Marge to Fry and Leela. Marge and Leela attempt to exchange pleasantries while avoiding talking about the other one's tall blue hair and one eyeball respectively.
Back at the lab, Lisa asks the professor if he got to the present through a time machine, but the professor denies this. The professor explains they came through a portal which they equipped to Bender. He reveals that Bender, however, came here through a time machine. Just as Lisa is about to question this, the D.N.A. sample the professors were working on completes.
When the professor, Frink, and Lisa get to the house, the professor reveals that the D.N.A. was only *half* Homer's, with the other half belonging to Marge. The professor says they do not have to kill Marge, just one of her children. Bender's ass shows a hologram of Channel √2 News, where Morbo reports that the creatures started evolving. One of the rabbits eats Linda and transforms into a lizard-like creature that resembles Bart. Frink wonders how Bart destroyed the future. Bart reveals, through a sepia-toned flashback, that when he put his sandwich in the time capsule, it touched Milhouse's lucky rabbit's foot and the toxic ooze in the hole touched the items in the time capsule mutating them into rabbit-like creatures with Bart's D.N.A.. Lisa suggests they dig up the time capsule.
The Simpsons and the Planet Express crew arrive in the town square to dig up the capsule, but Groundskeeper Willie forbids them from doing so, since it cannot be opened for another thousand years. Bender's ass then shows a hologram of Amy, who assumes the creatures got a hold of Scruffy, but Scruffy reveals they only got his mustache. Since Scruffy figures life is not worth living without his mustache, he shoots his own head off. They see in the hologram that the creatures have destroyed the portal, and Bender sucks the crew and the Simpsons to the year 3014. Marge does a head count and realizes they left Maggie behind. Bender decides to take Maggie to the race track since he knows the outcome of every single horse race in this time.
Act III: "If there's one thing I know how to do, it's manipulate Barts."
In the future, the Simpsons all hang out at the Planet Express headquarters. Homer kills all of the Bart creatures by strangling them. Marge is discouraged that they cannot go back to their own time. Marge notes that Homer works at a nuclear power plant. When asked if he is good at his job, Homer takes pride in the fact that he was named "Employee of the Month" for April Fools' Day. The professor suggests that Fry and Homer fix the portal while the rest pray. Nibbler attempts to eat one of the creatures, but instead of pooping dark matter, he merely poops out another Bart creature. Lisa is surprised everyone has given up. The professor then proposes they shoot all the creatures into space. Lisa says she will round them up.
Back in Springfield, Bender bets on a horse named Bender's Bounty, even though he died during the race. When the horse starts to lose, Bender obliterates it in anger.
In New New York, Lisa tricks the Bart creatures into believing that Madison Cube Garden is full of Butterfinger bars and also annoys them by playing a saxophone version of a holophonor showing images of things she likes such as unicorns and kitty cats. Hermes locks all of the creatures into the cube and the Planet Express ship lifts the cube up and hurls it into space, to the excitement of the crew and Lisa, and to the discouragement of Bart.
Reconstruction begins in New New York and Fry and Homer successfully reactivate the portal, which sucks the Simpsons back to their present-day home. Marge is happy to be reunited with Maggie, and notices her diaper is full. Bender volunteers to change it, revealing the diaper is full of money he won at the races. Bender bids the Simpsons farewell and shuts himself off to be awakened a thousand years later. Homer drags the robot to the basement, but also pours him one more can of Duff.
Epilogue: "We're not done with the mash-up!"
Back in the year 3014, it is revealed that the creatures ended up on Omicron Persei 8. Lrrr and Ndnd are both annoyed that the creatures are destroying the planet, especially since "the Johnsons" are coming. "The Johnsons" turn out to be Kang and Kodos. Ndnd runs away sobbing and Lrrr asks "the one of [them] that is female" to console her, as both Kang and Kodos comfort her. The episode ends with a Simpsonized-version of the Futurama opening sequence.
Al Jean said of the episode:
|“||Futurama is such an easy fit. (...) It's really funny, and their show lends itself to any variety of plot lines. By having them on, we have a little freedom... The biggest thrill for me is that we don't have to adjust the animation style. ||”|
On 4 March, an interview with Jean revealed that the episode would air in the fall.  At the time, the episode was expected to air in May, as the season-25 finale.   It was also revealed that Maurice LaMarche, who often guest-stars on The Simpsons, would be in the episode.
On 21 May, Jean revealed through Twitter that the episode was "scheduled to be the first episode [to air] in November",  suggesting an air date of 2 November. The first episode to air in November was actually "Opposites A-Frack".
On 26 July, Instagram user "steelesaunders" uploaded a short clip of a reinvented Futurama opening sequence, shot at The Simpsons's 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International panel.  This is not the same as the reinvented opening sequence featured in the episode.
On 6 September, Jean confirmed through Twitter that the Futurama characters would retain their normal skin tones in the crossover instead of being coloured yellow like the characters in The Simpsons. 
On 9 September, Lisa Simpson's voice actor, Yeardley Smith, spoke about the interaction between Lisa and Bender during the crossover in an interview with Nuke the Fridge. She said: "Lisa just questions the validity of Bender being one of the most advanced robots that we have ever created. She's like, "Really? I don't think so." But that episode really focuses on Bender and Homer's friendship and relationship, and the similarities, a dubious distinction if I do say so." 
On 26 September, David X. Cohen, Al Jean, and British author Simon Singh discussed Singh's book The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets at the London Science Museum, where a clip of Bender and Homer playing "tether boy" was shown.  The next day, Singh tweeted a photo of them watching the aforementioned clip. 
In its original airing, the episode was watched by approximately 6.7 million viewers. 
- Click here to see revelations about the future made in this episode.
- This episode highlights The Simpsons' 25th anniversary (17 December 2014) and Futurama's 15th (28 March 2014).
- A crossover episode for The Simpsons and Family Guy, titled "The Simpsons Guy", was announced two days before this episode was. 
- The writer of the episode, J. Stewart Burns, has written for both shows. Other people who have written for both shows include Bill Odenkirk, Brian Kelley, Dan Vebber, David X. Cohen, Eric Kaplan, Jeff Westbrook, Josh Weinstein, Ken Keeler, and Patric M. Verrone. Burns also wrote the Futurama video game.
- This is the first time in 11 years that the main Futurama cast was on Fox.
- This is the second speaking appearance of a Futurama character in a piece of Simpsons media. John DiMaggio voiced Bender in the season-16 episode "Future-Drama".
- "Simpsorama" is also the name of a collection of Simpsons comics published in 1996.
- In bed, Homer reads a book titled How to Read a Book in Bed. A book titled How to Read a Book was published in 1940.
- After Moe says that he thinks that Bender and the jukebox "had a thing goin'", the jukebox plays American soul singer Aretha Franklin's song "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman".
- Bart says that it's "like the guy who designed Bender just took a drawing of Dad and stuck an antenna on it".
- When Bender's mouth displays the text "HAPPY BIRTHDAY LISA", the American march "The Stars and Stripes Forever", which previously played in "Decision 3012", plays.
- Leela says that she can kill Homer "in a New New York minute minute", a play on the expression "New York minute".
- After Fry, Bender, Homer, and Leela pass by Seymour and Panucci's Pizza, the song "I Will Wait for You", which previously played in "Jurassic Bark", plays.
- This is the first time Scruffy is seen without his mustache.
- The professor confirms that he is an atheist, having previously prayed to Atheismo in Bender's Game. (However, in "Fry Am the Egg Man", he refers to the rest of the crew as "you non-Catholics".)
- When New New York is being repaired at the end of the episode, a sign is placed that reads "New New New York".
- Ndnd refers to Kang and Kodos as "the Johnsons". It's also suggested that they are both female (previously only Kodos was thought to be female).
- David X. Cohen has a "special thanks" credit.
- The 30th Century Fox logo appears in the end credits instead of the 20th Century Fox one.
- The shot of one of the promotional pictures for the episode is not used.
- Despite being the central character of the series, Fry has only four lines in this episode. Hermes, Zoidberg, Amy, and Scruffy each have only one line, with the bulk of dialogue belonging to Bender, the professor, and Leela.
Sightings in the mash-up opening sequence
- The Statue of Liberty is replaced with the Lard Lad statue, but in the style of Morbo's species.
- "RENT A SMITHERS" in Alienese
- Buzz Cola - "With cocaine again!"
- The Android's Penthouse - "Take me to your comic books & baseball cards"
- Duff Holo Beer - "All the rage but none of the calories"
- A flying version of Blinky the fish
- Re-elect Mayor Quimby-Head
- FFI - Freeze Frame Industries
- Milhouse of Ill Repute
- Kang and Kodos' 8-Tentacle Massage
- Prof. Frink's Carbon Dating Service
- Stonecutters World HQ
- "EAT MY SHORTS" in Alienese
- Park 'n' Dent
- The Krusty the Klone Show with Mr. Teeny 1,521 and Sideshow Maul 
- "CONGRATULATIONS YOU'RE A NERD" in Alienese
- D'oh Bots
- Moe's Unfriendly Bar - "No humans or robots"
- Green Luigi's Authentic - "Martian-Italian cuisine"
- Howard's Flowers
- Click here to see cultural mentions made in this episode.
- The episode's plot is inspired by the 1984 film The Terminator. It also seems to be based on that of the Star Trek episode "The City on the Edge of Forever", the writer of which, Harlan Ellison, was credited for the synopsis by Al Jean after the episode's announcement. 
- Coincidentally, Ellison guest-starred in the season-25 episode of The Simpsons "Married to the Blob", which aired in the same year as this episode.
- Moe refers to Bender as a "blade rummy", possibly a reference to the 1982 film Blade Runner.
- Bongo from Matt Groening's Life in Hell writes "CROSSOVERS ARE HELL" on a wall. Binky also appears.
- Homer says he owes Clash of Candies $20,000, most likely a reference to the apps Clash of Clans and Candy Crush.
- The creatures' metamorphosis resembles the hatching of the alien from the Alien franchise. 
- When the characters are sucked back into the future, a February 3014 calendar featuring a photo of the professor with long hair and in a swimsuit can be seen. The photo resembles American actress Farrah Fawcett's iconic 1976 poster.
- The Tesla Building is a reference to the Chrysler Building, in Manhattan, and Tesla Motors, an electric-car manufacturer.
- A billboard can be seen that reads "The eBook of Mormon", a reference to the 2011 musical The Book of Mormon.
- Lisa lures the Bart creatures to Madison Cube Garden by claiming that there are Butterfinger bars inside. This is a reference to the Simpsons once being the spokescharacters for the candy bar in the past with the slogan "nobody better lay a finger on my Butterfinger".
- Madison Cube Garden hits an FXXX satellite, a reference to Fox's T.V. channels FX and FXX.
- An apocalypse previously took place in "A Farewell to Arms".
- Bender was previously seen with one eye in "Rebirth".
- Bender previously waited for centuries underground to return to the future in Bender's Big Score.
- Willie's mouth doesn't move when he says, "There!"
- The Futurama characters are often off-model.
- Bender's slot, which Professor Frink opens, is visible at Moe's.
- It's possible that Bender did not have it in previous episodes.
- Professor Frink addresses the professor as "professor", but none of the Futurama characters has used the word "professor".
- He may have just assumed that the professor was a professor.
- Panucci's Pizza is shown in Springfield when it is actually located in New York.
- Bart says his birthday is 23 February, even though it was previously established to be 1 April.
- Hedonismbot's mouth doesn't light up when he says, "Your lips, my lips, apoca-lips!"
- In the end credits, Simpsons guest star Sally Stevens is credited for singing "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and "I Will Wait for You". However, her vocals are only heard in the former. The latter is heard instrumentally.
Homer: I know you're a robot and incapable of emotion...
Bender: It's true. I'm empty inside!
[Bender sobs harder.]
Homer: Hey... Uh... What's the robot version of "bromance"?
Bender: *I can't do* Maggie. The "G"s look like sixes.
Bender: My ass is about to project something!
Homer: [whispering loudly] You don't have to announce it. Just do it quietly...and blame the dog.
Zoidberg: Looks like everyone gets a turn to say something. This concludes my turn.
Marge: [thinking] Don't mention her eye. Don't mention her eye.
Leela: [thinking] Don't mention her hair. Don't mention her hair.
Marge: Eye...am so pleased to meet you.
Leela: Nice to be hair.
The professor: Good news, everyone!
Fry: [to Bart] That means it's bad!
The professor: [to Marge] We don't have to kill *you*.
Marge: Well, *that's* better.
The professor: We just have to kill all your children.
[Lisa snaps her fingers.]
Lisa: That's it! All we have to do is dig up the time capsule!
Leela: And bury Bart in the hole!
Marge: I thought people in the future would be more full of peace and love. Like in Epcot Center.
Leela: In our time, Epcot Center is a work farm for the weak.
The professor: Oh, but it's not as crowded as the slave-labour camps at Universal Studios.
Marge: [scared] Hmmm...
The professor: Oh, nobody's Father who art nowhere, I know You can't hear me. Completely ignore this prayer. Nothing art Thou, and nothing will Thou ever be. Jesus...was just a man.
Zoidberg, Fry, Hermes, Amy, Homer, and Bart: Amen.
Lisa: I can't believe you're all giving up without a fight.
Leela: Lisa, we're just a package-delivery service.
Fry: And not a very good one!
[Leela, Lisa, Zoidberg, Amy, and Hermes cheer.]
Bart: You realise you're cheering the death of millions of my children.
[They cheer harder.]
Bender: Here's a souvenir photo of you guys comin' outta of my chest.
Homer: Awwwww. I will treasure this forever.
Bender: [monotone] Lie detected.
Location: Sign right of Jebediah Springfield statue (which usually reads "TASTY HUMAN BURGERS")
Translation: CONGRATULATIONS YOU'RE A NERD
- Abraham Lincoln (in picture)
- Allison Taylor
- Apu Nahasapeemapetilon
- Debut: Atomic Energy Commission employee
- Barney Gumble
- Bart Simpson
- Debut: Bart Simpson creatures
- Debut: Bender's Bounty
- Bernice Hibbert
- Debut: Binky
- Blue-haired lawyer
- Mr. Burns
- Carl Carlson
- Superintendent Chalmers
- Cletus Spuckler
- Comic Book Guy
- Cookie Kwan
- Dewey Largo
- Dolph Starbeam
- Elizabeth Hoover
- Professor Farnsworth
- Professor Frink
- Gil Gunderson
- Grampa Simpson (in picture)
- Hans Moleman
- Helen Lovejoy
- Herman Hermann
- Dr. Hibbert
- Homer Simpson
- The Hypnotoad
- Jacques (mentioned in text only, 6:06)
- Jebediah Springfield (as statue)
- Jesus (mentioned in speech only)
- Jimbo Jones
- Johnny Tightlips
- Kang and Kodos
- Kent Brockman
- Kearney Zzyzwicz
- Kirk Van Houten
- Krusty the Clown
- Lenny Leonard
- Lewis Clark
- Lisa Simpson
- Reverend Lovejoy
- Luann Van Houten
- Lurleen Lumpkin
- Maggie Simpson
- Marge Simpson
- Martin Prince
- Sideshow Mel
- Milhouse Van Houten
- Moe Szyslak
- Ned Flanders
- Nelson Muntz
- Nelson Muntz's father (mentioned in speech only)
- Otto Mann
- Patty and Selma Bouvier (in picture)
- Mayor Quimby
- Ralph Wiggum (mentioned in text only, 20:31)
- Rich Texan
- Rod Flanders
- Ruth Powers
- Santa's Little Helper
- Sea captain
- Seymour Asses
- Sherri and Terri
- Principal Skinner
- Snowball II
- Mr. Teeny
- Waylon Smithers
- Wendell Borton
- Chief Wiggum
- Groundskeeper Willie
- 742 Evergreen Terrace
- Aztec Theater
- Barney's Bowlarama
- Professor Frink's laboratory
- Madison Cube Garden
- Moon (seen only)
- New New York
- Omicron Persei 8
- Omicronian castle
- Panucci's Pizza
- Planet Express conference room
- Planet Express headquarters
- Planet Express ship
- Springfield County Courthouse
- Springfield Elementary School
- Springfield Heights Institute of Technology
- Springfield Town Square
- Debut: The Tesla Building
- "Ay caramba!"
- Birthday (mentioned in speech and text only, in text at 6:41)
- "Bite my shiny metal ass"
- Channel √2 News
- Duff Beer
- "Eat my shorts!"
- El Barto (mentioned in text only, 14:23)
- English language (mentioned in speech only)
- Everybody Loves Hypnotoad
- Debut: FXXX
- "Good news, everyone"
- Debut: How to Read a Book in Bed
- "Kill all humans"
- Laramie Cigarettes (mentioned in text only, 5:20)
- Morbo's species (as statue)
- "Oh, Lord"
- Orange Station Wagon
- Pink Sedan
- Debut: Springfield time capsule
- Statue of Liberty's head
- Tube Transport System
- "Why you little!"
- Xmas (mentioned in text only, 18:58)
Notes and references
- ^ a b c d Dan Snierson (20 July 2013). 'The Simpsons' to join forces with 'Futurama' for crossover episode. (Entertainment Weekly.) Retrieved on 24 July 2013.
- ^ John DiMaggio (19 September 2013). TheJohnDiMaggio. (Twitter.) Retrieved on 19 September 2013.
- ^ a b John DiMaggio (19 September 2013). TheJohnDiMaggio. (Twitter.) Retrieved on 19 September 2013.
- ^ Kyle Anderson (17 December 2013). David X. Cohen Reflects on the End of FUTURAMA. (Nerdist.com.) Retrieved on 18 December 2013.
- ^ Marisa Roffman (04 March 2014). THE SIMPSONS: Al Jean Previews the Upcoming LEGO Episode, the Return of Sideshow Bob, Guest Spots by Daniel Radcliffe, Zach Galifianakis, and More. (Give Me My Remote.) Retrieved on 05 April 2014.
- ^ Dan Snierson (11 October 2013). 'Simpsons' producer on mystery death: Even the actor doesn't know yet | Inside TV. (Entertainment Weekly.) Retrieved on 12 November 2013.
- ^ Al Jean (21 May 2014). AlJean. (Twitter.) Retrieved on 22 June 2014.
- ^ Al Jean (01 June 2014). AlJean. (Twitter.) Retrieved on 22 June 2014.
- ^ Dan Snierson (20 July 2014). 'Simpsons' character will die in season 26 premiere; 'Futurama' crossover to air in November. (Entertainment Weekly.) Retrieved on 05 September 2014.
- ^ steelesaunders (26 July 2014). steelesaunders' Instagram post. (Instagram.) Retrieved on 26 July 2014.
- ^ a b Dan Snierson (04 September 2014). See the first image from the 'Futurama'-'Simpsons' crossover episode. (Entertainment Weekly.) Retrieved on 04 September 2014.
- ^ Al Jean (06 September 2014). Al Jean. (Twitter.) Retrieved on 06 September 2014.
- ^ Fred Topel (09 September 2014). “The Simpsons” Exclusive: Yeardley Smith on Lisa vs. Family Guy’s Meg Griffin and Futurama’s Bender!. (nukethefridge.com.) Retrieved on 23 September 2014.
- ^ @gotfuturama (27 September 2014). CGEF / Got Futurama. (Twitter.) Retrieved on 27 September 2014.
- ^ Simon Singh (27 September 2014). Simon Singh. (Twitter.) Retrieved on 29 September 2014.
- ^ Sara Bibel (11 November 2014). Sunday Final Ratings: 'The Simpsons' & 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Adjusted Up. (TV by the Numbers.) Retrieved on 14 November 2014.
- ^ Dan Snierson (18 July 2013). 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode. (Entertainment Weekly.) Retrieved on 24 July 2013.
- ^ a b Box Incorporated (19 October 2014). Futurama: DEFINITELY the last Futurama News Thread ever...maybe... [Warning: SPOILERS] - Page 20. (Planet Express Employee Lounge.) Retrieved on 19 October 2014.
- ^ See also Star Wars.
- ^ See also List of alien species.
- The Simpsons Futurama Crossover Crisis
- The Cure for the Common Clod
- Cold Warriors
- Simpsorama at Wikisimpsons