Futurama: Season 1, Episode 6

A Fishful of Dollars (27 Apr. 1999)

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Fry discovers his bank account interest has made him a billionaire and buys the one thing the year 3000 doesn't have, anchovies.

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Turanga Leela (voice)
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Bender / Igner / Robot Chef / Repobot (voice)
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Pamela Anderson (voice)
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Mom / Teacher / Saleswoman / Cosmetologist / Teller / Decapodian Woman (voice)
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Dream advertisements inspire Fry to go shopping, but he has insufficient funds. After visiting the bank, Fry finds out his bank account's interest has made him a billionaire. He goes on a spree, buying items that remind him of the 1990s. When discovers that he can't order anchovies on his pizza because of their extinction, he visits an auction that has them on the block. Fry outbids Mom, who believes he's going to use them to make extremely cheap robot oil. Using Pamela Anderson, she sets up a plot to trick him into unveiling his account password. They rob him blind, only to discover Fry intends on eating them. And he would have too, if it weren't for the appetite of Dr. Zoidberg. Written by Anonymous

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Originally Richard Nixon was suppose to help Mom recreate the 20th Century pizzeria, but the idea was scrapped. A Nixon poster appears on the wall anyway. See more »

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Mom claims that robots need an oil change every 3,000 miles. But many robots on the show clearly do tasks that could not be measured in miles. See more »

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Turanga Leela: Fry, this isn't healthy. You're living in the past.
Fry: I'm rich! I can live whenever I want!
Turanga Leela: But we live here, in the year 3000.
Bender: Yeah! Now, are you gonna come to the squid fights with us or sit here wallowing in your prehistoric junk?
Fry: Junk? Maybe you can't understand this, but I finally found what makes me happy, and it's not friends, it's things.
Bender: I'm a thing.
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After experiencing a commercial while he dreamt Fry has an urge to buy 'Lightspeed Briefs'; the underwear of the future but sadly for him he is a little short on cash. It looks like he is going to end up with even less when he has to chip in to pay Bender's bail after he was arrested for shoplifting but then Fry remembered his old bank account. It only had 93ȼ in it when he was frozen in 1999 but due to the wonders of compound interest he now has $4.3 billion dollars! He quickly sets about buying various Twentieth Century items so he can live his old life again. One of the items he wants most is the last can of anchovies. Somebody else wants them too; Mom, the lovable CEO of Mom's Old-Fashioned Robot Oil. She isn't quite as lovable as she seems and wants them because they could be used to create a cheaper robot oil that would put her out of business. In order to get the anchovies off Fry she sets about bankrupting him but even when he is left with nothing he refuses to sell... he is going to share them with his friends.

This was a decent episode that introduced some great new characters; the foulmouthed Mom and her three dim-witted sons Walt, Larry and Igner. While he only had a small part Zoidberg was hilarious in this episode; showing that he can get very angry when he can't have what he wants. The episode also featured a guest appearance from Pamela Anderson who played her own preserved head is a slightly self-mocking scene where she is helping Mom's son's persuade Fry in is back in the 20th Century to get his PIN. Overall it was enjoyable even though I tend to prefer more 'futuristic' episodes to those that dwell on the 20th Century.


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