Futurama: Season 1, Episode 8

A Big Piece of Garbage (11 May 1999)

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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
(voice) (credit only)
(voice) (credit only)
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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In this episode the professor invents a death clock which Fry tries out. Fry's "time left to live" is not shown to the viewers but Bender makes a comment as if Fry didn't have much time left. He would then come to prove that clock right by dying 10 years later in Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder (2009). 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 »


Documentary Narrator: The repulsive barge circled the Earth for fifty years, and no country would take it, not even that really filthy country. You know the one I mean.
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Instead of the theme, the song "We'll Meet Again" plays over the closing credits. See more »


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Written by Ross Parker & Hugh Charles
Performed by Vera Lynn
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Introducing Morbo and Wernstrom
2 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When Professor Farnsworth attends the prestigious scientific symposium he fully expects his death clock invention to be a triumph; until his greatest rival Professor Wernstrom comments that Farnsworth had presented that the previous year. Needing something quickly he designs the 'Smelloscope'; a device for smelling astronomical objects. Unfortunately the assembled scientists are unimpressed. Once back at the lab he sets about constructing it only to discover he has already made one! While trying it out Fry discovers a truly foul odour. I turns out that it is a giant ball of 20th Century garbage that got blasted into space and now it is returning on a trajectory that will destroy New New York! This presents the team with an opportunity to show that the professor isn't passed it.

This was a fun episode which introduced some new characters; Wernstrom who was the Professor's student a hundred years before until he is given an A- and vowed revenge; and Morbo the alien news reader with a low opinion of humanity. These are pretty entertaining characters although of the two I find Morbo far more amusing; largely because although he only has a small role it is one that enables everything he says to be funny. The story was entertaining too; giving plenty of opportunities for laughs without seeming silly.

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