Futurama (1999–2013)
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A Big Piece of Garbage 

When a big ball of garbage from the 21st Century returns to threaten New New York, Philip is the only expert on making the weapon to fight it.


Susie Dietter (as Susan Dietter), Gregg Vanzo


Matt Groening (created by), Matt Groening (developed by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Billy West ... Philip J. Fry / Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth / Dr. Zoidberg / Documentary Narrator (voice)
Katey Sagal ... Turanga Leela (voice)
John DiMaggio ... Bender (voice)
Ron Popeil Ron Popeil ... Ron Popeil's head (voice)
Lauren Tom ... Amy Wong (voice) (credit only)
Phil LaMarr ... Hermes Conrad (voice) (credit only)
David Herman ... Dr. Ogden Wernstrom / Mayor C. Randall Poopenmeyer (voice) (as Dave Herman)
Tress MacNeille ... Linda the Newsanchor / Scientist #1 / Mayor's Aide (voice)


When a big ball of garbage from the 21st Century returns to threaten New New York, Philip is the only expert on making the weapon to fight it.

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Release Date:

11 May 1999 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$1,300,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Professor Farnsworth offers to locate Uranus ("Urectum") on the Smeloscope for Fry to smell, Fry hastily declines, which in real life, would also be a wise move. According to a study published in the journal Nature Astronomy, scientists have discovered the presence of the chemical signature of hydrogen sulfide in the planet's clouds. This is the same compound that gives rotten eggs their distinctive stench. It is therefore safe to assume that, although the planet's odor may not resemble exactly what Fry is implying, it would still be fairly unpleasant. See more »


It's the year 3000, people go in and out of space all the time and millions of people are watching space all the time there is no way this garbage ball would have went unnoticed all this time. See more »


Fry: Did you build the Smelloscope?
Professor Hubert Farnsworth: No, I remembered that I'd built one last year. Go ahead, try it. You'll find that every heavenly body has its own particular scent. Here, I'll point it at Jupiter.
Fry: Smells like strawberries.
Professor Hubert Farnsworth: Exactly. And now, Saturn.
Fry: Pine needles. Oh, man, this is great... hey, as long as you don't make me smell Uranus.
Leela: I don't get it.
Professor Hubert Farnsworth: I'm sorry, Fry, but astronomers renamed Uranus in 2620 to end that stupid joke once and for all.
Fry: Oh. What's it called now?
Professor Hubert Farnsworth: Urrectum. Here, let me ...
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Crazy Credits

Instead of the theme, the song "We'll Meet Again" plays over the closing credits. See more »


Referenced in Futurama: Godfellas (2002) See more »


We'll Meet Again
Written by Ross Parker & Hugh Charles
Performed by Vera Lynn
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