Miscellany of The Beast with a Billion Backs
It is a separate article due to the fact that the amount of information to deal with in a trivia manner is huge when compared to a regular episode.
Characters in the Date Scene
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Leela: Come on Bender, your grandmother could push harder than that.
Bender: No crap. My grandmother was a bulldozer.
Hermes: Professor, sprinkle us with wisdom from your mighty brain. How scared should we be?
Farnsworth: Somewhere between not at all and entirely.
Zoidberg: I call entirely! Ahhhh! Woop woop woop woop!
Colleen: Have you seen how much cotton candy he [fry] can eat?
Farnsworth: Oh my yes, 5.1 pounds. That's why his blood is so good on pancakes.
Fry: Something about seeing it on the Jumbotron makes it so much more real.
Colleen: It's so scary. Well, what are you supposed to do when the whole universe is about to end?
Fry: I have a thought. [Cut to Fry and Colleen in bed.]
Zapp Brannigan: Leela, I can't help but notice that you're unescorted. Might I escort you behind that bush for the next five minutes?
Leela: Nothing would revolt me more.
Zapp Brannigan: Then how about that shrub?
Stephen Hawking: In conclusion, I understand nothing about the anomaly, even after cashing the huge check I got for writing a book about it.
Wernstrom: I have a squad of graduate students willing to risk their lives for a letter of recommendation.
Farnsworth: Your squad sucks bosons. My team is twice as qualified and three times as expendable.
Wernstrom: Tough talk for someone with only one Field's Medal!
Farnsworth: Congratulations, death-ballers! We've won the right to explore the anomaly.
Zoidberg: What? I thought I was playing for my freedom.
Farnsworth: Now, I've often said "good news" when sending you on a mission of extreme danger, so when I say this anomaly is dangerous, you can imagine how dangerous I really think it is.
Hermes: Not dangerous at all?
Farnsworth: Actually, quite dangerous indeed.
Hermes: That is quite dangerous.
Farnsworth: Now stop shilly-shallying and line up for your pre-flight coffee enemas.
Enema-Bot: Warning! The enema you are about to enjoy is extremely hot.
Bender: The anomaly!
Amy: It's so... anomalous.
Hermes: I'm feeling dread deep in my dreads.
Bender: Wh-wh-why are we risking our lives? Can't we just send in a robotic drone? ... What's everybody looking at me for?
Bender: Bender to crew. I have reached the gateway to another universe. I feel awed and strangely humbled by the momentous solemnity of this occasion. HEY, OTHER UNIVERSE! BITE MY SHINY METAL ASS! Ahhhhhhh!
Calculon: You poor, mangled husk of what was once a robot. What right have fate to pluck a sweet dimple-cheeked mechanism in the flower of his youth... and scene. There, that was some free acting for you. Ordinarily to see acting like that you'd have to sit through a tampon commercial. That fulfils my community service, right?
Zoidberg: You look wonderful, robit! I wish I could afford to go to a hospital. I'm dreadfully sick.
Bender: I finally know what I want to be when I grow up.
Hermes: You want to co-star in his [Calculon's.] TV show, like that time you already did that.
Bender: No, I'm gonna be his stalker.
Leela: That's not really a career, more of a felony.
Farnsworth: Emergency! Emergency! Everyone to the Calamitorium!
Farnsworth: So living beings can enter the other universe, but electrical devices can't?
Wernstrom: My hypothesis exactly.
Farnsworth: Then we must mount a second expedition without delay. Right after we blow up more robots.
Wernstrom: Agreed. [They start blowing up robots.]
Farnsworth: [laughing] Play time is fun time.
[Calculon gets into bed, then looks over to see Bender laying down next to him.]
Calculon: Who are you?
Bender: Bender, your biggest fan.
Calculon: Are you going to murder me?
Bender: Unlikely. In my mind, we're friends. This diorama proves it. See? [Presents a diorama of himself and Calculon playing ping pong.]
Calculon: Sir, your derangement is impressive. I'm appointing you my official stalker.
Zapp Brannigan: Kif, stand in that hole so I look taller.
Zapp Brannigan: Ever since man first left his cave and met a stranger with a different language and a new way of looking at things, the human race has had a dream; to kill him so we don't have to learn his language or his new way of looking at things.
Wernstrom: Give science a chance!
Farnsworth: Less invasions, more equations!
Fry: I can't take it Leela. I need to go away, far away, forever.
Leela: Aw. I know how you feel Fry. There are times when I also feel like you need to go away.
Amy: Be careful my little teeny-weeny-greeny.
Zapp Brannigan: [Pulls uniform lower over groin.] That's just a fungal infection. Oh, she's talking to you Kif.
Suicide Booth: Please select mode of death.
Bender: Clumsy bludgeoning please.
Suicide Booth: You have selected clumsy bludgeoning. For an additional ten dollars would you like your eyes scooped out with a melon baller?
Bender: Aw, what the heck I'll treat myself.
Zapp Brannigan: Hell of a thing to send a universe to certain doom. Fun, though. Makes a man feel big.
Zapp Brannigan: [about to tell Kif to fire the Universe to Universe Missile] Ready and fi--! [Kif almost hits the launch button, Zapp turns around and laughs.] Almost fooled you there.
Calculon: On every step is a test.
Bender: Ok, but if it's culturally biased I'm suing your ass.
Bender: Do all the tests involve drinking?
Calculon: It never occurred to me before, but yes.
Bender: Wooo, just like Med school.
Leela: The guard operating the x-ray machine came down with a sudden case of broken neck, so I was able to bring you that delicious cake you wanted.
Farnsworth: Holy mother of invention!
Professor Farnsworth: Oh I wish, I wish, I WISH we weren't in prison! [Pazuzu squawks.] Pazuzu!
Pazuzu: You have one wish left, Professor.
Nixon: You again! This better be damned important, I'm right in the middle of a Cosmo survey.
Mayor Poopenmeyer: Look up in the sky!
Hermes: It's a bird!
Hattie McDoogle: It's a plane!
Superman look-alike: I am so out of here!
Zoidberg: Hello? Hello? Call me back on my shell phone. [Holds up a conch shell to the side of his head.]
Zapp Brannigan: [voiceover] Captain's log; star date; the year of the Tiger. The battle has been bravely fought, the suffering of our troops beyond measure, but the alien is invulnerable and our defeat inevitable. That much is obvious even from my remote command post here at the Times Square Applebees.
Calculon: ... but the League of Robots hasn't killed anybody in over eight-hundred years, and that was a very sick Girl Scout.
Horrible Gelatinous Blob: It's horrible! [On first seeing Yivo.]
Hermes: Sweet squid of Madrid! The tentacle got Fry!
Leela: Quick, hand me my machete! We can still save his legs!
Fry: Thou shall love the tentacle.
Farnsworth: Well, at least we don't have to love each other.
Hermes: It got Zoidberg!
Farnsworth: Oh I never knew how much I'd miss him until he was gone. Not that much as it turns out.
Fry: Thus sayeth the tentacle, "Verily, thou shalt rejoice in the house of the tentacle."
Leela: Fry listen to yourself. You've been brainwashed.
Fry: No, I'm just trying to fit my diction to the importance of what I'm saying.
Leela: No effect. The crystals are bouncing off the tentacle like meatballs off Mothra.
Farnsworth: According to this blinking light the tentacle is made of electro-matter, matter's bad-ass grandma!
Hermes: [Hermes is seen running out of the bathroom, which has a tentacle coming out of the toilet.] When I gave up diapers, me parents promised exactly this would never happen.
Wernstrom: Stop, in the name of love!
Leela: At least I won't have to trim my elbow talons anymore.
Leela: It's ok to cry Amy. Come here, I'm wearing absorbent shoulder straps.
Zapp Brannigan: Mmm. What an erotic display of girl-on-girl consolation.
Zapp Brannigan: Hurry, Leela, we don't have much time to begin repopulating Earth. Go brush your teeth. I'll be waiting for you naked under this quesadilla. [Incorrectly pronounced as 'cass-a-dilla'.]
Bender: [To Leela.] Sup, bigboots?
Bender: You humans are so cute when you're scared.
Destructor: My leg feels funny!
Destructor: My leg feels better!
Hedonism Bot: It seems Bender hates humans the way I hate having my nipples polished with industrial sand paper. Ooh hoo hoo hoo hooooo.
Zapp Brannigan: Oh, yeah. Bathtub minestrone. [Incorrectly pronounced as 'min-es-trone'.]
Zapp Brannigan: Ditto on the grief there, Amy.
Amy: You miss him too?
Zapp Brannigan: More than you, as his mere wife, could ever understand. He was my fourth lieutenant for God's sake...
Zapp Brannigan: Hardly a month goes by that I don't think of him. [kif]
[Leela discovers Zapp and Amy in bed.]
Zapp Brannigan: Sorry you had to find out like this, Leela. I was hoping you'd see it on youtube first. As my ex-lover, you're naturally shocked and jealous, but you may well get your chance again someday... How about today? At 4?
Zapp Brannigan: Leela, you must try the tentacle. It's like my soul is wearing a velour body glove.
Fry: But Yivo has no gender, thus Yivo has proclaimed that instead of "he" or "she," we are to use the word "shkle." And instead of "him" or "her," we are to use the word "shklim," or "shkler."
Hermes: Phew! I've been sweating the nomenclature all week.
Morbo: [To Yivo; Crying.] You poor monster!
Zapp Brannigan: We loved you, and you turn around and treat us like some sort of woman.
Yivo: I'm a big clumsy jerk.
Zoidberg: I know you are, but what am I? [Chuckles to himself.]
Hedonism Bot: Oh, how dreadfully exciting. Ohh ho ho. Oh yes. [Polishing his nipples with industrial sand paper.]
Ms. Universe: Yivo makes me feel sexy, and I'm asexual.
Fry: I don't know if I can put my heart on the line again only to have it broken and stomped on like a nerd's face.
Nixon: If there's one thing Nixon is known for, it's class. Let's cut this turd loose!
Bender: Why can't Yivo just move in with us? We'll put a cot in Europe.
Farnsworth: Don't be daft, Bender. Yivo can't breath outside the electric ether of shkler own universe. If shkle came here, shkle would shkluffocate.
Bender: No shklit.
Fry: Goodbye, my friend.
Bender: Wait! Let me come with you.
Fry: I'm sorry, Bender. Robots don't go to heaven.
Bender: [crying] Death to humans.
Bender: Has humanity called?
Robot 1X: No, sir.
Bender: Check my messages. A flashing light means somebody called.
Robot 1X: I know what it means.
Bender: [After accidentally slicing his trash can and Robot 1X in half.] Stupid electro-matter! That was my best trash can!
Robot 1X: Pain sensor overload!
Bender: If robots can't go to heaven, heaven can come to us!
Bender: There is no great love without great jealousy!
- This is one among few Futurama media featuring its title.
- A sneak peek was included in a two disc DVD of Bender's Big Score exclusive to Best Buy.
- The official trailer (in colour) has been released and can be watched at slurmed.com.
- Fry called DIAL-A-JOKE from Colleen's Apartment a total of 8128 times, with 254 pages of phone bills and 32 entries per page.
- The end credits show the actors' names, together with an array of pictures of the characters they voiced. This is similar to "The Simpsons Movie".
- The video track used for the movie is only greater in length than the track used in Bender's Big Score by one second (although this is probably a wild coincidence).
- In the Prison/Prism rooftop scene, at the start, Stephen Hawking's pickled head can again be seen toward the left. It is on the same "way cool rocket."
- This is the first time in the series that the Globetrotter Homeworld is seen.
- No female Globetrotters seen leaving it, implying either that they don't exist, or that they left in a separate group from the male ones.
- Although we are to presume that all inhabitants of Earth other than the robots were gentacled by Yivo, we do not see any attached to heads inside of jars, or the sewer mutants.
- Noticeably, Yivo was able to "mate" with Decapodians without causing them to suffer gruesome death.
- This is the first time in the series that we ever see Morbo in any sort of frightened state. Linda was previously seen as such in "A Taste of Freedom" (4ACV05)
- Yivo apparently gave every being in Universe A/Gamma "the clap," except Leela.
- Leela managed to break a prison/prism guard's neck without getting caught.
- The hose Leela uses to spray Yivo with reads, "Apex Garden Hose 'The Gopher Drowner'."
- Suicide booths have advanced since the pilot. They now have a broader range of choices other than "quick and painless" or "slow and horrible."
- This was alluded to in Bender's Big Score
- This is the first time we ever see the Australian Guy in a non-enslaved situation.
- If Yivo can't breathe in our universe, that means shkle needs to produce a gas made of electromatter. It is debatable whether our lungs could break down air made of electromatter, although no man made object in the 31st century can do so, it does not mean nothing in our biology could. We could also surmise Yivo produces normal oxygen for us.
- A 2D gentacle prop can be seen in the 2D Tunnel of Love.
- The one small piece of Electromatter couldn't have been split into enough pieces for all the harpoons and weapons of the Army of the Damned. However, it could have been several letters instead of one.
- After Yivo is pulled through the anomaly, the jakabirds disappear, possibly going into hiding.
- The audio commentary of this movie introduced the 'I had that in the navy' running joke that is also mentioned in the Bender's Game and Into the Wild Green Yonder audio commentaries.
- Robot 1-X makes its second appearance after "Obsoletely Fabulous".
Theme and Symbolism
- During the TV appearance of Yivo, we see Colleen with a t-shirt that states "For all X : I love X," which expresses her polyamorous personality in a mathematically correct predicate.
- The characters in Normal Kombat are orange and purple, representing Fry and Leela respectively. The symbolism of these colours is a continuing theme of the series.
- Bender twangs his antenna/penis on Amphibos 9, a running gag in the series.
- Another running gag involving Bender, where he says "neat" and takes a picture also shows up. It's in the scene with Calculon's plastic surgery. Noticeably it was a different colour (green instead of purple)
- The Martian-skull cup makes its last appearance until being broken by Amy.
- The title is a reference to Shakespeare's line, "I am one, sir, that comes to tell you your daughter and the Moor are now making the beast with two backs," in the play Othello (however, use of the phrase dates back before this usage). In "Spanish Fry", the sex shop in which Fry, Bender and Leela enter is called "The Beast with Two Bucks," which is a reference to the same line.
- It also references The Beast With a Million Eyes. Incidentally, the plot of that movie involves a huge alien mind controlling the weak minded, albeit to fuel hatred rather than coerce the world into having sex with it. The movie came out in 1955, and the box art for The Beast With a Billion Backs is modelled after 1950's horror movies involving monsters.
- Red Minotaur alludes to the energy drink Red Bull.
- Normal Kombat is a reference to Mortal Kombat.
- Honkey Kong is a reference to Donkey Kong.
- Ms. Marple Madness is a reference to both Ms. Marple and Marble Madness.
- Exlaxian references Exlax, a laxative, and Galaxian, an old arcade game.
- Soup bootlegging during soup prohibition refers to alcohol bootlegging during alcohol prohibition.
- Bathtub minestrone refers to bathtub gin, which was actually any alcoholic beverage made in people's homes during prohibition, usually, as one might guess, in the bathtub. Most often it was just 1 part alcohol and 2 parts water.
- Fry and Colleen's date takes place at the St. Asimov's day festival. (Issac Asimov was a very well known science fiction writer who wrote the original three laws of robotics.)
- A picture of Robot from the TV series "Lost in Space" can be seen in the secret hideout of the League of Robots, as well as Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet.
- Bender takes off his hand and hits Calculon with it to invoke a duel. This is an allusion to a very old way of invoking duels where the challenger would slap the challengee with a glove.
- The scene at the end with Bender battling Yivo's mouth references Jack Sparrow battling the Kraken at the end of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
- Bender says that he is "Worthier than the average robot" to join the League of Robots. This is a very obvious reference to Yogi Bear, who often said that he was "Smarter than the average bear". He even does the same pose that Yogi makes whenever he says that.
- Harold Zoid talks about his one line in a DVD movie, referencing his own line in this DVD movie.
- "Shell phone" also references cell phones.
- When Yivo escapes out of the anomaly, Mayor Poopenmeyer says, "Look, up in the sky!", to which Hermes says, "It's a bird!", then Hattie says, "It's a plane!", and a superhero says, "I am so outta here!!!" This is a spoof of the old Superman cartoons made by Max Fleischer that always opened with the phrase "Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!"
- During Kif's funeral, The Grand Midwife starts to sing, and Bender yells, "Next!". This is a reference to most reality music shows. However, this could also be a reference to "A Pharaoh to Remember", as Bender yells "Next!" to Zoidberg when he starts singing for Bender's fake funeral.
- When Leela aims at Fry with three pistols, we see a triangle of red dots on Fry's forehead, which is an allusion to the Predator movie, where Predator had a Plasma Caster gun with triangular laser rangefinder.
- While jumping on Yivo, Bender's mouth is misaligned while he is speaking.
- When Yivo was stabbed by Benders cables, Zapp's hair turned orange during a high angle camera view.
- In the scene where Fry has his hand in the Anomaly just before he turns his head to see Kif, Fry's reflection in the Anomaly moves before he does. Also while the missile is overlapping Fry's legs both the missile and Kif have no reflection.
- The Anomaly flips sides various times.
- In the 2D Tunnel of Love, Colleen's freckles are missing during a low angle shot.
- Steve Castle ("That Guy") can be seen towards the beginning of Yivo's invasion, despite having presumably died of Boneitis. This may not be a goof however, as we may presume that he was revived, cloned, or that it's his descendant.
- When the Earth's protection is being built, the Earth is mirrored.
- During Deathball, when Wernstrom is knocked by the ball through the control room he lands back onto the arena. The next shot both Wernstrom's and the Professor's outlines can be seen in the control room and the glass is not broken.
- Due to the nature of the Anomaly, machinery and/or metals cannot pass through it. However, when Fry travels through the Anomaly for the first time, his space suit neither causes a reaction nor is it destroyed by it; his suit is clearly mechanical.
- Lightning does strike it once he's through the anomaly, which could be considered the reaction.
- Hedonism Bot's mouth changes throughout the movie from just showing his "teeth" to showing his "teeth" and two lines across them like Bender.
- Twice in the movie, the unnamed British robot changes from brown to grey. Although this may have been a trick of the light.
- At the end, Fry calls Yivo "he" instead of "shklee"
- In the space battle scene, Yivo had supposedly already invaded both Mars and Decapod 10, but yet we don't see the tentacles stretching anywhere near that far.
- One plausible explanation for this, is that there are several anomalies throughout the universe, although this is neither confirmed nor hinted at in the film.
- Amy asserts that Kif tried to kill Yivo, despite Yivo not being particularly known about until after Kif's funeral. Although we can attribute this to Amy being a ditz or overly grief stricken, it was not an intentional error.
- In real life, the golden escalators, at the speed they went, would take 100's of 1000's of years, if not millions, to carry the residents of Earth (the ones closest to the anomaly) to Yivo's location.
- In the vacuum of space, Kif manages not only to breathe, but to speak to Fry. Both of these things are impossible as there is no air to breath or transmit the sound.
- It is possible, though, that Kif's species, being amphibious, can hold their breath for a long time, though it doesn't explain how he can communicate with Fry.
- Another possibility is that near the anomaly it isn’t space vacuum but some sort of atmosphere.
- Yivo claims not to have hurt anyone, although the space battle scene indicates otherwise. At least one ship is seen being destroyed, and the computer screen in the oval office indicates a lot more were as well.
- It is possible, but unlikely, that they were all being remote controlled like the Nimbus.
- It is also possible that Yivo rescued any soldiers whose ships were destroyed.
- Or that Yivo is unreliable or insensitive.
- While on Yivo/heaven, Zoidberg is seen playing on the bouncing "clouds" (on the left of the screen), but then he comes on the right side of the screen, with ice cream.
- Surely the entire population of a Universe could not have fit on one planet-sized monster, let alone one pirate ship.
- It can be surmised that Yivo can expand shkler body size much like shkler tentacles, even so however, the size shklee was at the point shklee was dragged through the anomaly was not sufficient.
- Yivo probably only took over the universe's sapient inhabitants (and the penguin we saw), which may, if added together, have made an entire planet's ecosystem.
- Though "planet-size" is very ambiguous, because it is basically anything from Neptune and upwards. In addition, it should be noted, that all humans ever lived today could all fit in the Isle of Man.
- Although it's not just all humans, but all of the universe.
- And the population of even Earth humans should be a lot bigger in the 31st century.
- How did everyone breathe on the pirate ship?
- When the fumes on Yivo clear away, we see that Yivo's mouth is beak shaped, but it could not have been evenly covered underneath one normal looking mouth.
- When meeting Yivo's body for the second time, Fry looks surprised to see Yivo's actual face. However, when he fell in love with shkler, he must have already seen shkler face (why?).
- Leela's Wristlojackimator made it through the anomaly undamaged.
- If lab animals were stored in a 55 gallon drum like in the film, they would suffocate and (unless eating the other lab animals) starve, perhaps the one Wernstrom used is a life preserving one.
- Diamondillium could not hold up against Yivo's tentacles, but the windows and walls of the Planet Express Building did.
- However, the windows could be made of Diamondium, meaning it may actually be stronger than Diamondillium.
- Or Yivo's Gentacles are not as strong as shklis tentacles are. However if this were the case, we'd be left to wonder why shkle didn't use shklis tentacles to break in.
- However, even if it was Diamondium, the Professor stated that the tentacles was made of electro-matter, so the windows would still be unable to withstand it. The more likely scenario is that Yivo wasn't trying to break it.
- Strangely, in the 64 shot scene at the end of Earth's date with Yivo, Zoidberg is seen with a house, yet in many previous episodes, he says or implies that he doesn't have a house.
- While Yivo/Fry meet with the crew at the window, behind Fry there seems to be no atmosphere behind the broken Diamondillium. And in one scene there is no broken Diamondillium.
- Yivo said that before shklee saw the creation of universe Gamma, shklee was alone, but shklee also said shklee was content with shklis stamp collection. However, if shklee was alone, there would be no-one to send shklim anything with stamps on it.
- Also shklee mentions having sent an image of shklerself in the past - which is where the vision of heaven comes from. But shklee claimed not to have even known of the existence of universe Gamma, much less been able to communicate with it, before the anomaly appeared - which was only around 30 days before the events of this film. However Shklee did state that shklee saw the beginning of the big bang of Universe Gamma meaning shklee knew of Universe Gamma before the anamoly allowed shkler to interact with it.
- How was Bender able to split the letter (or letters) from Fry that were made from electro-matter to attach to the weapons? Nothing in universe Gamma should have been able to tear the electro-matter.
- It is possible that he cut the letter with itself, but folding it.
- When Colleen is brought before Fry in the church, she happens to have two shadows from her single arm.