Futurama: Season 2, Episode 16

The Deep South (16 Apr. 2000)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi
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When the crew goes fishing, a giant fish pulls the ship under water. There they find an ancient city, where Fry falls in love with Umbriel, a mermaid.



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Episode cast overview:
Turanga Leela (voice)
Bender (voice)
Additional Voices (credit only)
Himself (voice)
Umbriel (voice)
Amy Wong (voice)
Hermes Conrad / Merfarmer (voice)
The Colonel / Mayor C. Randall Poopenmayer (voice)


When the crew goes fishing, a giant fish pulls the ship under water. There they find an ancient city, where Fry falls in love with Umbriel, a mermaid.

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In the original broadcast, the end credits were shown in a sidebar on the screen. It was greatly reduced in size and proportions. This resulted in Donovan and Parker Posey being credited as Donovan Parker and Posey. See more »


Dr. Zoidberg is seen eating anchovies but in season 1, anchovies are said to be extinct. See more »


Leela: I'm afraid Fry is suffering from ocean madness.
Fry: Every time something good happens to me you say it's some kind of madness. Or I'm drunk. Or I ate too much candy. Well I saw a real mermaid. And I wish for once my friends would have decency and kindness to believe me.
Leela: [whispers] Ocean madness.
[Fry storms out]
Professor Hubert Farnsworth: He may have ocean madness, but that's no excuse for ocean rudeness.
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References The Little Mermaid (1989) See more »


Written by Donovan
Performed by Donovan
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Fry falls for a mermaid
26 April 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After accidentally requisitioning a mandatory fishing license the crew head to the middle of the Atlantic; they don't have much luck at first but eventually Bender hooks a huge fish. The fish is so big that it pulls the ship to the bottom of the ocean. While out looking for food Fry meets a mermaid by the name of Umbriel. At first nobody believes him eventually they learn that she is a citizen of the lost city of Atlanta! As the crew complete the necessary repairs to the ship Fry decides he will stay in Atlanta with Umbriel... until he realises that they aren't compatible in bed!

This may have been an Earth based story but its visit to the ocean depths gave it a different enough feel while also gently poking fun at the Delta hub of... I mean City of Atlanta. The opening fishing scenes provided plenty of good laughs and one shock... I could have done without seeing Hermes in his Speedos! All the regular crew members feature and they all provide a few laughs. Guest voice Parker Posey does a decent job as Umbriel; she has some amusing moments; my favourite being when she speaks 'fish' then apologises for her poor accent!

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