An 'monumental' attack from Lurr of Omicron Persei 8 is precipitated by the loss of a TV show signal Fry had disrupted back in 1999.

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Jenny McNeal / Linda / Nd-Nd (voice)
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The Omicrons threaten to destroy the earth if they can't see the last episode of a lost 20th Century television series "Single Female Lawyer" starring an unmarried human female, who wears very short miniskirts, struggling to succeed in a human man's world. Because the last episode was destroyed by someone spilling beer on the transmitter (think Fry), the crew from Planet Express must deliver their version of "Single Female Lawyer". Written by Anonymous

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The broadcast of "Single Female Lawyer" takes 1000 years to reach Omicron Persei 8, but the Omicronians are able to travel to Earth in much less time. In the DVD commentary for this episode, executive producer David X. Cohen explains that the writers had decided that the speed of light would be increased in the future and that massive particles would still not be able to travel faster than light, but that electromagnetic waves from the past would still travel at their regular, lower speed. See more »

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When Dr. Zoidberg is trapped in the lobster trap, Bender frees him by bending the container. When in fact lobster traps are made from wood and not metal, as can be seen here. See more »

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Captain Zapp Brannigan: [huge spaceship appears] What the hell is that thing?
Kif Kroker: It appears to be the mothership.
Captain Zapp Brannigan: Then what did we just blow up?
Kif Kroker: [looks on map] The Hubble Telescope.
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Fry accidentally starts a war
27 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode opens with a flashback to the twentieth century when Fry delivers a pizza to the local FOX affiliate and ends up sipping beer with the station's operator while watching the season finale of 'Single Female Lawyer'; that is until he spills his beer on the control panel and cutting short the programme. One thousand years later the television signal reaches the planet Omicron Persei VIII where its leader Lrrr is sitting down to watch the show… he is not happy when the signal fails and heads to Earth to find out what happened. After some confusion about who exactly they are after and a space battle where Zapp Brannigan's forces succeed in destroying the Hubble telescope they realise what he want; unfortunately the original tapes were lost so Fry suggests the Planet Express crew recreate the episode.

This episode successfully spoofed the clichéd alien invasion genre with the destruction of the world's monuments, which just happen to have been moved to New New York. As always it was great to see Zapp and his sidekick Kif back; they always provide plenty of laughs. The 'Single Female Lawyer' show was clearly a spoof of 'Ally McBeal' although I don't think a viewer who hasn't seen that will be any less amused by this. Lrrr was a pretty cool character and he got a good introduction here although people who have seen later episode will know that he has better episodes later… there's something to look forward to!


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