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A Fishful of Dollars 

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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Mom / Teacher / Saleswoman / Cosmetologist / Teller / Decapodian Woman (voice)
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Walt / Fred Sanford / Auctioneer (voice)
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Hermes Conrad / Robot Playing Poker (voice)
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Amy Wong (voice)
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Larry / Clerk (voice) (as Dave Herman)

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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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$1,300,000 (estimated)
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The perfume saleswoman looks pretty similar to a jingle singer in the Torgo's Executive Powder sponsor of Futurama: Bender's Big Score (2007). See more »

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When Fry goes to the bank, he finds out that the 93 cents in his bank account has grown through compound interest at a rate of 2.25% to $4.3 billion (or $4,283,508,449.71, to be precise). However, that's accurate only if it's compounded annually. Bank interest is usually compounded either monthly or daily, depending on the institution. For monthly compounding, his account would be worth $5,382,193,745.14, and for daily it would be $5,492,977,620.67 (using 365.25 days per year for exactly 1000 years, not including the few months since Fry was unfrozen). See more »

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Dr. Zoidberg: That stench. That heavenly stench!
[Eats all the anchovies]
Dr. Zoidberg: More. More.
Fry: There aren't any more, and there never will be.
Dr. Zoidberg: [advances menacingly] More! More! More! *More!*
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Baby Got Back
Written by Anthony L. Ray
Performed by Sir Mix A Lot
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Introducing Mom
25 February 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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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