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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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The episode's title can be seen on the bomb dropped by planet express when they storm Roswell airbase. 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 »


Fry: AAAH! It's impossible! I mean, if she's my grandmother, then who's my grandfather?
Professor Hubert Farnsworth: Isn't is obvious?
Fry: *shakes head*
Professor Hubert Farnsworth: YOU ARE!
Fry: Aaaah! Aaaaaah! AAAAAAAAAAH!
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One of the best Futurama episodes
14 June 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When the crew goes to observe a supernova Fry makes the mistake of microwaving some popcorn in a metal container; the resultant radiation reacts with that from the nova to throw them back in time to 1947! Without the usual navigation systems operating on Earth Leela crashes the ship… near Roswell, New Mexico! During the crash Bender is thrown through the windscreen and Zoidberg gets captured by the army while retrieving the pieces. Needing a new microwave to the can replicate the accident to get home Leela and the Professor head into town while Fry goes to visit his grandfather on the army base. Grandfather Enos is an accident waiting to happen so Fry is terrified that something will happen to him… surely a remote shack will be a safe place to leave him; well it would have been if it wasn't on an atomic test site! With Grandpa Enos dead Fry will have to find a new way to continue existing. Having thoroughly messed with time already the Professor decides to just steal a microwave transmitter and rescue Zoidberg from the army and not worry about any consequences.

This is a classic episode with a constant stream of hilarious scenes from start, when Fry removes the 'do not microwave' sticker from the popcorn, to the end when they retrieve Bender's head after an accident left it in the past. The funniest jokes involved the doomed (and probably gay) 'Grandfather' Enos and Fry's incestuous solution to ensuring his father would be born! Zoidberg also provided a few good laughs as he was interrogated then partially dissected! This is certainly one of my favourite episodes; if you want to show somebody one episode of Futurama to show them why it is so good then this would be a good choice.

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