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|Written by||Eric Rogers|
|Directed by||Frank Marino|
|First air date||11 July 2012|
|Title reference||Zapf Dingbats, a common typeface which is composed almost entirely of symbols|
|Special guest(s)||George Takei|
"Zapp Dingbat" is the one hundred and nineteenth episode of Futurama, the fifth of the seventh production season and the ninth broadcast season. It originally aired on 11 July 2012 on Comedy Central. Leela is upset when her mother starts dating Zapp Brannigan.
Leela tries to seduce Zapp Brannigan back away from her mother while her father dreams of surfing the great sewer waves of the world (halftime at the Rose Bowl, Dublin on Saint Patrick's Day, Mardi Gras and Rio de Janeiro).
In 2012, a few revelations concerning the episode were made. On 29 February, CGEF revealed the episode's title to be "Zapp Dingba [sic]" and its director to be Frank Marino. On 15 March, Eric Rogers announced the "1st color screening of [his] 1st episode as a full time hack [there] on the show" - probably referring to this episode - and revealed that he "[could not] wait to see what Rough Draft [had] done" and, later that day, that it had been "delightful", that he "could not be happier with how [it] turned" and that it was "gonna be a great episode". On 2 May, MSN TV revealed the episode's plot and air date.
In May, Countdown to Futurama began releasing promotional material for the episode. It has so far released eight items: A design of a new character, the Carcaron admiral, which revealed the episode's actual title on 25 May, a promotional picture showing Leela - in lingerie - and Zapp Brannigan in what appears to be an apartment in space and a character design of Leela in lingerie on 26 May, a character design of Bender in a Carmen Miranda-style dress with a headdress made of rotting fruit and a design of another new character, the mouth monster, on 28 May, part of the storyboard showing Leela's father, Fry and Bender be chased by three leprechauns, a video clip featuring Zapp Brannigan and Kif negotiate a peace treaty with the Carcaron admiral and a similar creature - which revealed the Carcaron admiral to be named "Admiral Chew" - and the fourth Futurama podcast - which revealed "Carcaron" to be the name of Admiral Chew's species - on 29 May and the fifth Futurama podcast - which stated that the episode was "the world's first TV episode ever named after a font" - on 6 June.
Comedy Central's website released two other promotional pictures, the first showing George Takei's head watching a stripper and the second showing Zapp holding out a ring. By 10 July, Comedy Central had aired an advertisment for the seventh season of Futurama which featured a new clip from the episode.
- The title "Blue Munda", which was registered on the US Copyright Catalog on 8 September 2011, was possibly a working title for this episode.
- The name "Carcaron" stems from the genus name "Carcharodon" for the great white shark.
- The episode's title is a reference to Zapf Dingbats, a common typeface which is composed almost entirely of symbols.
- The headdress worn by Bender is a reference to the headdress worn by the late Portuguese-born Brazilian performer Carmen Miranda in the 1943 film The Gang's All Here.
- Supernova Scotia's name is a reference to the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.
- The club in the beginning of the episode is a parody of the famous Mos Eisley Cantina, first seen in the Star Wars movie A New Hope.
- Lightsabers from Star Wars were used to play pool.
- The scene with the dancing hologram in the club is a parody of the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special.
- Zapp asking Kif to get out on the wing and pretend to be a gremlin is a reference to the Twilight Zone episode Nightmare at 20,000 Feet. William Shatner starred in the episode, and was the main inspiration for Zapp.
- "A Clone of My Own" (2ACV10)
- Into the Wild Green Yonder
- "In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela" (6ACV02)
- "Lethal Inspection" (6ACV06)
Zapp: [speaking into something] Now, regarding this peace treaty, Admiral Chew—
Kif: That's a napkin dispenser, sir. This is the universal translator.
[Kif places a universal translator from "A Clone of My Own" on the table and then one of its two speakers on each side.]
[Zapp drops the napkin dispenser - but Kif catches it.]
- ^ a b c d e Matt Tobey (29 May 2012). Countdown to Futurama: The Treaty of Table 7. (Comedy Centrl [sic].) Retrieved on 29 May 2012.
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- ^ Eric Rogers (16 November 2011). Kitchelfilms. (Twitter.) Retrieved on 17 November 2011.
- ^ Episode Guide: 7 ACV. (CGEF.) 29 February 2012. Retrieved on 29 February 2012.
- ^ "Just Fan" (29 February 2012). "Futurama: Futurama News (pre-season 7)". (PEEL.) Retrieved on 29 February 2012.
- ^ Eric Rogers (15 March 2012). ERogTweets2Much. (Twitter.) Retrieved on 15 March 2012.
- ^ Eric Rogers (15 March 2012). ERogTweets2Much. (Twitter.) Retrieved on 16 March 2012.
- ^ Matt Tobey (25 May 2012). Countdown to Futurama: Carcaron Admiral. (Comedy Centrl.) Retrieved on 25 May 2012.
- ^ Matt Tobey (26 May 2012). Countdown to Futurama: Leela in Lingerie. (Comedy Centrl.) Retrieved on 26 May 2012.
- ^ Matt Tobey (28 May 2012). Countdown to Futurama: Carmen Miranda Bender and Mouth Monster. (Comedy Centrl.) Retrieved on 28 May 2012.
- ^ a b Matt Tobey (29 May 2012). Countdown to Futurama: Leprechauns Storyboard. (Comedy Centrl.) Retrieved on 29 May 2012.
- ^ a b Comedy Central (29 May 2012). iTunes - Podcasts - Futurama: Countdown to Futurama by Comedy Central. (iTunes Store.) Retrieved on 30 May 2012.
- ^ Comedy Central (05 June 2012). iTunes - Podcasts - Futurama: Countdown to Futurama by Comedy Central. (iTunes Store.) Retrieved on 06 June 2012.
- ^ Michelle Rosenblatt. Comedy Central Press | Futurama. (Comedy Central.) Retrieved on 12 July 2012.
- ^ punkyacturbo (10 July 2012). New Futurama Ad 2012 (Video). (YouTube.) Retrieved on 12 July 2012.
- ^ WebVoyage Record View 1. (US Copyright Catalog.) 08 September 2011. Retrieved on 29 February 2012.