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The Problem with Popplers 

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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7 May 2000 (USA)  »

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Bender's apron says "Heil to the Chef". See more »


When the Omicronians are seated at the table near the end of the episode, NdNd appears and vanishes from her chair between shots. See more »


Linda: Tonight a person is eaten live on network television. This gruesome event is brought to you by Fishy Joe's. Try our new drink, Extreme Walrus Juice. Ride the walrus!
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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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Classic Futurama- like sex, except I'm having it
17 February 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

There's few problems with The Problem with Popplers, making it a highlight of volume 2 of Futurama. In it, Fry, Leela and Bender are out of food while in space and go looking for something to eat on a strange planet. They find tasty meat they call popplers, which Fry describes as being "like sex," except he's having it. They bring a ship load of popplers back to Earth and begin selling them, but Leela turns against the consumption of popplers when she finds out they're not only alive, they're intelligent. Indeed, popplers are the young of Omicron Persei 8, which had previously invaded Earth in When Aliens Attack. The aliens return to Earth looking for revenge.

This is a funny episode for a few reasons- we can laugh at Fry and Bender's dubious business skills and the even more dubious claim that no one can own property. The episode makes fun of hippies, who are apparently still around in the year 3000, and the jokes about Lrrr being fascinated by his hands, and Bender's remarks about titanium and aluminum, are priceless. Mainly though, this episode stands out for its dark humour, as popplers, a monkey, a hippie, and even a dolphin are eaten. This raises the question as to what animals are okay to eat- the popplers aren't human, so it's not cannibalism for people to eat them, but if intelligence is taken into consideration, the popplers are an alien equivalent of humans. The same paradox exists regarding Leela, an alien woman who sleeps with the human Zapp, and who's loved by the human Fry- given they're different species, this is potentially bestiality, but no one seems to think of it that way (probably, rightfully so) since Leela is like a human. At any rate, this is a good episode.

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