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*This episode's main plot is a spoof of the James Cameron movie Titanic.
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*This episode's main plot is a spoof of the James Cameron movie, Titanic.
 
*iZac is a robotic parody of Isaac, the bartender from "The Love Boat", and his name references the iMac.
 
*iZac is a robotic parody of Isaac, the bartender from "The Love Boat", and his name references the iMac.
 
*When the crew rush to an escape pod, [[Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth|the Professor]] is seen on the back of Fry, a reference to [[starwars:Yoda|Yoda]] on Luke's back during his training in ''[[starwars:Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back|Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back]]''.
 
*When the crew rush to an escape pod, [[Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth|the Professor]] is seen on the back of Fry, a reference to [[starwars:Yoda|Yoda]] on Luke's back during his training in ''[[starwars:Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back|Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back]]''.

Revision as of 02:11, 29 January 2011

Season 1 episode
Broadcast season 2 episode
A Flight to Remember
A Flight to Remember.jpg
No.10
Production number1ACV10
Written byEric Horsted
Directed byPeter Avanzino
Title captionFilmed On Location
First air date26 September, 1999
Broadcast numberS02E01
Title referenceTitanic novel A Night to Remember
Opening cartoonClutch Cargo - "Space Station"
Additional
Commentary
(Transcript)
Transcript

Pictures

Season 1
  1. Space Pilot 3000
  2. The Series Has Landed
  3. I, Roommate
  4. Love's Labours Lost in Space
  5. Fear of a Bot Planet
  6. A Fishful of Dollars
  7. My Three Suns
  8. A Big Piece of Garbage
  9. Hell Is Other Robots
  10. A Flight to Remember
  11. Mars University
  12. When Aliens Attack
  13. Fry and the Slurm Factory
Season 2 →

"A Flight to Remember" is the tenth episode of Futurama and of the first production season, and the first of the second broadcast season. It is the first episode to air in a different season than it was produced for. It aired 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: "Shove it! We quit!"

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

Promo pic of this episode

Trivia

  • 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.
  • It is also the first time that Leela and Fry are seen in a romantic situation.
  • The way that Bender is holding up Countess de la Roca is identical to the scene in "Titanic".
  • Kif and Amy's relationship grows from their encounter in this episode, but she might have been cheating on him in the season 2 episodes "I Second that Emotion" (for Armando) and "Put Your Head on My Shoulder" (for Fry and then Gary), or, she might have forgotten about Kif.

Allusions

  • This episode's main plot is a spoof of the James Cameron movie, Titanic.
  • iZac is a robotic parody of Isaac, the bartender from "The Love Boat", and his name references the iMac.
  • When the crew rush to an escape pod, the Professor is seen on the back of Fry, a reference to Yoda on Luke's back during his training in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

Quotes

    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!

Goofs

  • Since the escape pods don't seem to have any kind of dual airlock system, how does Bender get in 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.

Characters

(In alphabetic order)

Reception

The episode is often voted in the top three of season one.[1][2]

Episode Credits

References

  1. ^ Futurama reviews
  2. ^ Can't Get Enough Futurama: Episode Reviews