Futurama: Season 4, Episode 1

Roswell That Ends Well (9 Dec. 2001)

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A mishap involving a microwave oven and a supernova throws the Planet Express staff back in time to 1947 where Fry has a fateful encounter with his grandparents, Dr. Zoidberg meets Pres. ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Philip J. Fry / Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth / Dr. Zoidberg / Enos Fry / Sears-Roebuck Salesman (voice)
Turanga Leela (voice)
Bender / General's Assistant / Conspiracy Nut (voice)
Mildred (voice)
General / Sergeant / Scientist (voice)


A mishap involving a microwave oven and a supernova throws the Planet Express staff back in time to 1947 where Fry has a fateful encounter with his grandparents, Dr. Zoidberg meets Pres. Truman and Leela & Prof. Farnsworth wreck an Air Force base. Written by Jeff Lindstrom

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This episode borrows heavily from the rumors surrounding the famous Roswell Incident, including the capture of a live alien (Zoidberg), the recovery of strange metallic debris (Bender's body) and the "alien autopsy." It also bears a striking resolution to the "grandfather paradox" of time travel. See more »


The P40 Warhawks were obsolete in 1947. The P51 Mustang would have been the correct fighter - if jets were not available. See more »


President Truman: Fellas, this visit's top secret, so no one is to know about it except the senior officers, scientists, and one conspiracy nut no one will believe.
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Futurama at its best
26 January 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Seasons 1-9 of The Simpsons are still Matt Groening's true masterpiece, but Futurama was often good too. The Simpsons produced more classics, but sometimes Futurama came out with classics of its own. There's The Sting and Godfellas. Then there's Roswell That Ends Well- which won the show an Emmy for outstanding animated program. And indeed, it's outstanding. In it, the Planet Express crew accidentally travel through time and wind up in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. As every alien conspiracy theorist knows, in Roswell that year there were reports that a flying saucer crashed there, but the government later claimed it was a weather balloon. It was really neither- it was a top secret surveillance balloon for the Cold War. But the Roswell incident has since become legend, and Futurama uses it to make a legend of its own. In this episode, Bender's body is mistaken for the flying saucer, and Zoidberg is the alien the government seizes.

What's good about this episode? First and foremost there's Zoidberg, who manages to be a good sport during his own autopsy. Who can resist that great spirit? Then there's Fry being overprotective of his gay, stupid grandfather who was a soldier in New Mexico at the time. Fry tries to keep him safe, only for him to perish when Fry puts him in the middle of an atomic bomb testing site. When Leela asks how Fry's still around after this happens, Fry suggests God loves him and Bender bursts out laughing. That's nonsense, of course. There's the clever- and famous, and perverted- way that the episode resolves that paradox, with Fry becoming his own grandfather. Then there's the woman jokes made stemming from the attitudes of both the Professor and those back in 1947 when the Professor and Leela go to a store (Leela wears sunglasses to hide her one eye). With good humour, appealing characters and clever twists, this episode is a stand out. 9.3/10

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