When a big ball of garbage from the 21st Century returns to threaten New New York, Philip is the only expert on making the weapon to fight it.


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Episode cast overview:
Philip J. Fry / Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth / Dr. Zoidberg / Documentary Narrator (voice)
Turanga Leela (voice)
Bender (voice)
Ron Popeil ...
Ron Popeil's head
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Linda the Newsanchor / Scientist #1 / Mayor's Aide (voice)


When a big ball of garbage from the 21st Century returns to threaten New New York, Philip is the only expert on making the weapon to fight it.

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Release Date:

11 May 1999 (USA)  »

Box Office


$1,300,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Professor's error with the bomb timer is a reference to a botched terrorist attack on the Thomas Jefferson Cultural Center in Makati during early 1991. Like the Professor, the terrorists attached their timer upside down and consequently ended up setting it for two seconds instead of five minutes, resulting in the death of one would-be bomber and the second being severely injured. See more »


At the inventions competition, when Ron Popeil introduces Ogden Wernstrom, Fry is sitting in the audience with his normal red jacket on. In the closeup, he is in a black suit. See more »


Leela: Should we really be celebrating? I mean, what if the second ball of garbage returns to Earth like the first one did?
Fry: Who cares? That won't be for hundreds of years.
Professor Hubert Farnsworth: Exactly. It's none of our concern.
Fry: That's the twentieth century spirit.
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Crazy Credits

Instead of the theme, the song "We'll Meet Again" plays over the closing credits. See more »


References Star Trek (1966) See more »


We'll Meet Again
Written by Ross Parker & Hugh Charles
Performed by Vera Lynn
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The One With The Giant Ball Of Garbage...
7 June 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I love this episode. It's so funny. It's good because it makes me think about what the future of our planet will be like. Will we really need to send a giant ball of garbage into space. I mean, our landfills and dumps are already being filled. And they can't just keep making landfills and dumps, unless you want less housing. Wow, that went really environmental. I just mean it's interesting to think about.

In this episode, Professor Farnsworth discovers that a giant ball of garbage that Earth had shot into space years ago, is headed back to Earth. Which will act as a giant meteor. So, Fry, Leela and Bender are the only ones who can stop the smelly ball of destruction.

First appearance of: Professor Wernstrom.

Overall, I give this episode a 10 out of 10, which in my ratings book is: Freaking Ridonkulous.

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