Futurama: Season 4, Episode 9

Future Stock (31 Mar. 2002)

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Fry bonds with a revived 1980s guy who takes over Planet Express and takes on Mom's Delivery Company, but has a crisis of conscience when his new mentor plans to sell the company.

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Turanga Leela (voice)
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Bender / Man in Commercial / Igner / Elzar (voice)
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Hattie McDoogal / Mom / Suz Johnson (voice)
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Sign-Writer / Monster / Walt / Ape #1 / Calculon / Lackey / Horrible Gelatinous Blob (voice)
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Fry bonds with a revived 1980s guy who takes over Planet Express and takes on Mom's Delivery Company, but has a crisis of conscience when his new mentor plans to sell the company.

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In one scene Leela says "Toads the Wet Sproket". Toad the Wet Sprocket were a band in the 1990s. See more »

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Zoidberg votes with the shareholders against the Planet Express/Mom Corp merger despite the fact that he traded away all of his shares. See more »

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That Guy: Let's practice your execu-speak. "I'm worried about blank."
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Leela: Fry, we're worried about Planet Express.
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Fun spoof of '80s corporate greed
19 June 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

At the Planet Express AGI it becomes clear that the company finances are in a poor state; Fry and Zoidberg aren't too bothered though and leave the meeting to find some food. He finds himself in the in a support group for people who have been cryogenically frozen. Here he meets 'That Guy' a business man from the eighties. A vote at the meeting puts 'That Guy' on charge of Planet Express and he quickly starts fixing it '80s style... using business jargon, making flashy but meaningless adverts, giving Fry the job as his deputy then finally trying to sell off the company to its biggest rival; Mom. Not surprisingly the employees aren't happy until they learn that their shares are worth a fortune... until 'That Guy' drops dead and Fry starts talking... then the share value takes a nose dive. Of course by the end of the episode everything was back to normal; the crew were still working for Planet Express and Zoidberg was still broke!

When I first watched this episode I thought it was fairly week but watching it again I found myself laughing frequently; That Guy was a fun caricature of a greedy eighties wheeler-dealer; the kind of guy for whom money was everything... he was even too busy making money to have his fatal illness cured! As is often the case Zoidberg proved to be a good secondary character; providing laughs throughout as he attempted to get food... even trading his potentially valuable shares for a sandwich! Scruffy also provided some good laughs; the best of which was when he is seen reading 'National Pornographic' magazine. I'm glad I watched this again as it wasn't just better than I recalled it was a lot better.


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