The Cryonic Woman
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|The Cryonic Woman|
|Written by||J. Stewart Burns|
|Directed by||Mark Ervin|
|Title caption||Not a Substitute for Human Interaction|
|First air date||3 December, 2000|
|Title reference||The TV show The Bionic Woman|
|Opening cartoon||"Up to Mars" (1930)|
|Special guest(s)||Pauly Shore|
"The Cryonic Woman" is the thirty-second episode of Futurama, the nineteenth and last of the second production season and the third of the third broadcast season. It aired 3 December, 2000 on FOX. It guest stars Pauly Shore as himself.
Act I: "I’d like to reapply for my old job."
Leela leaves the keys in the Planet Express Ship but it is attached by the unbreakable diamond tether and Fry and Bender take off in it, taking the Planet Express building with them. They fly over the world and return with the building badly damaged. The Professor fires Fry, Bender and Leela (because she left the keys in the ship). Leela has kept their old career chips and they insert them into their palms. At the cryonics lab Leela finds out that she put in the delivery boy chip in her palm and the cryonic counsellor in Fry’s palm. Bender also gets a job there, as he has got the severed arm of the prime minister of Norway. Fry and Bender enjoy their new job by tricking people into thinking evil creatures like giant flys, gorillas and robots have taken over. Fry also prank call Leela and unfreeze Pauly Shore. The next person they try to trick turns out to by Fry’s ex girlfriend Michelle and they fall in love.
Act II: "So you froze yourself to come look for me?"
Michelle tells her story of how she got married, divorced and then froze herself. Michelle has trouble fitting in with giant roaches, art tattooed on fat people and other weird things in the 31st century. Things get worse when she meets the rest of the Planet Express crew. Michelle tells Fry that she doesn’t fit in and that the only way out is to freeze themselves again for another 1000 years and that nothing matters but their love. This convinces Fry and they go in the tube, only to find that the year 4000 is a wasteland.
Act III: "Could we please join your society?"
Fry and Michelle argue and Michelle demands that Fry builds a shelter and the best he can do is a hole which doesn’t satisfy Michelle. The next morning they are woken up by some kids with guns. They are taken to the place they live ruled by a boy named Butch. Michelle wants power and makes Fry challenge Butch's leadership. Fry wins this challenge, but then Butch's mom arrives and tells all the kids to come to Hebrew class. Fry and Michelle argue again and Fry leaves Michelle. He travels through the wasteland and spots something ahead. He finds himself in LA and the Planet Express ship lands. They explain that Fry was only frozen for 2 days, that he was in Pauly Shore’s tube and the people responsible for delivering it to his movie screening chucked it in a ditch when they found out it wasn’t him. Michelle is now dating Pauly Shore. Fry asks for his job back but is ejected out of a trap door in the ship after Bender reminds the professor why he fired him.
- Also seen in a cryotube is Weird Al Yankovic.
- Michelle "first" meets Bender during the events of Bender's Big Score, though it is possible this is not the case until late 3007, or that back in 2000 she thought it was a cheesy new years costume or was simply too drunk to remember that night. Otherwise her not recognising and screaming because of Bender may be a continuity error of Bender's Big Score. However it is possible she screamed because she reconized him.
- Before the deathrolling match, the chief's girlfriend counts up to 3 in Hebrew.
- Names found in the Walk of Fame:
Hermes: Have you lost all self respect?
Fry: All what?
Michelle: Oh, look! Some little kids.
Fry: They'll save us. [The kids point guns at them.] We're saved!
Bender: You were only frozen for two days. Uh, by the way, I broke your bed.
Butch: I'm Butch, leader of this place. I took your hole and you can't do nothing about it.
- Fry has, understandably, forgotten about the use of career chips. These were last mentioned in the pilot.
- Fry and Michelle thinks they awoke in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic waste land. A very similar theme makes the plot for "The Late Philip J. Fry".
- After the ship destroys part of the Great Wall of China, some Mongol raiders enter China through the gap.
- The gallery of tattoo art is probably a reference to Roald Dahl's story 'Skin', part of the Tales of The Unexpected series.
- The children Fry and Michelle meet might be a reference to the New Zealand TV show "The Tribe" or "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome".
- The poster Ipgee takes out a of a monkey wearing a tie and the slogan "I Hate Mondays", is reference to Garfield that he doesn't like Mondays.
- When Fry is wishing to be back in the year 3000, he mentions brains flying through space, these have yet to be encountered. Then again, no one has been seen eating lasers either, so he may just be talking about a TV show, which got something correct. He could also mean the Spheroids from "War Is the H-Word", a previous episode.
- The bandanna wraps around a pole with Fry and Butch on either end, when the dust clears the pole is missing.
- Throughout the episode, there are times when Michelle is wearing pants, then is wearing a skirt in the next scene. This also happens vice versa.
- When Bender begs for money, Leela tells him "for God's sake Bender, we're not veterans", but, in actuality they are after the events in "War Is the H-Word".
- The career chip Leela gave Fry said Cryogenic Counsellor, when her old title was actually Fate Assignment Officer.
- When Leela mentions that she left the keys in the spaceship, she's wearing her jacket. In the very next scene, she's flying through the air after the Planet Express Ship rips up the Planet Express headquarters, and she's wearing only her tank top.
- The cars driven in Los Angeles are not hover cars, but cars using wheels. This is strange because by the 31st Century, the wheel has become obsolete.
- The Leaning Tower of Pisa, which was destroyed at Monument Beach reappears back in Italy (and is subsequently destroyed again).
- Voice Actors
- DVD Commentary
- Special Guest