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Love's Labours Lost in Space 

While on a mission to save animals from a doomed planet, Leela finds herself the object of a starship captain's amorous advances.

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Turanga Leela (voice)
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Bender / Hip Joint Janitor / Crewman (voice)
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Amy Wong / 21st Century Girl (voice)
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Lt. Kif Kroker (voice)
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Leela is feeling lonely, unable to meet a worthwhile guy. Professor Farnsworth sends the crew on a tax-deductible charity mission to evacuate wildlife from the doomed planet Vergon 6. While approaching the planet, Leela is thrilled to meet the legendary Captain Zapp Brannigan, who is policing the sector. Upon closer inspection, Brannigan turns out to be a pompous dimwit (who also thinks he's God's gift to women). Brannigan throws the Planet Express crew in jail for violating the planet's security cordon, but tries to seduce Leela. When his clumsy attempts to appear suave and sophisticated fail, he scores with pathetic crying. Leela gets the crew released, and they collect wildlife from Vergon 6, but the mission fails when the last animal collected turns out to be a tiny, voracious killing machine that consumes all the other animals. Leela names him Nibbler. Trapped on the collapsing planet without fuel, Leela refuses to go crawling back to Zapp. Then Nibbler excretes a lump of ... Written by crouchbk

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According to DVD commentary, the sound engineers thought that the high, crackling vocal effect of the M5438 was a malfunction in the sound equipment and shut down the studio until they discovered that Billy West could naturally do the voice without any studio effects. See more »

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[Leela defends Nibbler]
Leela: Leave him alone. It's not his fault that he's an unstoppable killing machine.
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Leela meets The Zapper!
24 February 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As the episode opens Leela is feeling lonely; most men seem to be put off by her one eye and those that are interested don't come up to her high standards. It looks as if her situation might take a turn for the better when she and the crew go on a rescue mission to save the animals of the doomed planet of Vergon 6 and seek help from the legendary war hero Zapp Brannigan. Leela is keen to meet him... right up until the moment she does meet him; Zapp is an egotistical buffoon with a velour fetish. He refuses to help and has Leela, Fry and Bender thrown in the brig. Leela is later invited to his room where he hopes to seduce her with his sham-pag-un (champagne) and velour sheets. She is not impressed but feels sorry for him when he breaks down and cries! Having experienced 'Brannigan's love Leela and the crew are allowed to continue to Vergon 6 where they round up all the animals on their list plus a cute little creature Leela dubs Nibbler.

To my mind this was the best episode since the pilot; this is largely due to Zapp and his put upon lieutenant, Kiff Kroker; the combination of Zapp's enormous ego and Kiff's world weary disdain for his boss is great. The scenes between Leela and Zapp was also great; it was shocking with a woman with Leela's high standards would end up spending the night... and judging by his reaction it didn't sound as if many women did! There was a fun double twist involving Nibbler; who would have guessed he had such a ravenous appetite or that he excreted spaceship fuel?! People who enjoyed this episode will be pleased to hear that Zapp will become a semi-regular character... others may be horrified!


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