Futurama: Season 2, Episode 18

The Problem with Popplers (7 May 2000)

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The Planet Express crew discovers a delicious snack food on a remote planet, but Leela has a change of heart when she discovers a disturbing fact about the snack food that endangers Earth.


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Episode cast overview:
Turanga Leela (voice)
Bender / Announcer / Audience Member (voice)
Molton Boron Singer / Linda / Nd-nd (voice)
Hot Dog Vendor / Fishy Joseph Gillman / Horrible Gelatinous Blob / Lrrr / Lt. Kif Kroker / Waiter (voice)
Hermes Conrad / Molton Boron Announcer / Poppler Salesman (voice)
Amy Wong / Jrrr (voice)


The Planet Express crew discovers a delicious snack food on a remote planet, but Leela has a change of heart when she discovers a disturbing fact about the snack food that endangers Earth.

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Did You Know?


This is the second time Earth has been invaded by Omicron Persei 8 in the show's history, the first time because they didn't get to see the end of an airing of a favorite TV show. See more »


Near the end of the episode, after Lrrr has salted the orangutan prior to eating it, after a few moments the massive pile of salt on its head vanishes inexplicably. See more »


Bender: [to a hot dog vendor across the street from the poppler stand] Hey, Mac, where do you want those rat droppings you ordered?
[the people in line walk out in disgust and go to the poppler stand]
Hot Dog Vendor: Wait a minute. You're not the guy who delivers the rat droppings.
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »


Pop a Poppler
(Based on "Sailor's Hornpipe")
Lyrics by Patric M. Verrone
Performed by Billy West and John DiMaggio
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Leela and Fry discover a tasty snack
29 April 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After a visit to the Planet of the Moochers the crew of the Planet Express ship find themselves with no food for the journey home. Far from civilisation they put down on a remote planet to look for something edible. They find a delicious and plentiful prawn-like creature that they later dub 'Popplers'. These Popplers are so tasty that soon they go into business and the people of Earth devour billions of them. Apart from a few dirty hippies everybody thinks eating them is great... until one of them talks to Leela. It soon becomes apparent that these Popplers are in fact the offspring of the creatures from Omicron Persei 8, first seen in the episode 'When Aliens Attack'. Lrrr and his fellow Omicronians want justice and demand that they should be allowed to eat the same number of humans; it is pointed out that there aren't that many so eventually they agree to eat one symbolic human; the one who first ate a Poppler... Leela! If she is to survive it will take some quick thinking and as the person doing the thinking is Zapp Brannigan she might be in trouble!

This episode is up there with the best; it provides plenty of laughs; the best being at the expense of the vegetarian hippies; in particular they spokesman Free Waterfall Junior. It was great to see Lrrr return; his reaction to eating the hippie was priceless! Zapp is good as usual and his put upon lieutenant Kif Kroker can raise a laugh just by the way he sighs. As to the episode's flaws ; I honestly can't think of any.

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