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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.


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




Episode cast overview:
Billy West ... Philip J. Fry / Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth / Dr. Zoidberg / Zapp Brannigan / Doug / M-5438 (voice)
Katey Sagal ... Turanga Leela (voice)
John DiMaggio ... Bender / Hip Joint Janitor / Crewman (voice)
Lauren Tom ... Amy Wong / 21st Century Girl (voice)
Phil LaMarr ... Hermes Conrad / Bolt Rollands (voice)
Maurice LaMarche ... Lt. Kif Kroker (voice)


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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This episode takes place in April 3000. See more »


Leela: That's Zapp Brannigan's ship.
Fry: *The* Zapp Brannigan?
Leela: Uh-huh.
Fry: Who's *the* Zapp Brannigan?
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Opening Subtitle: presented in BC BRAIN CONTROL where available See more »


Featured in 'Futurama': Welcome to the World of Tomorrow (1999) See more »


Theme from Futurama
Composed by Christopher Tyng
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23 April 2020 | by javonfanSee all my reviews

It currently only has an 8.3, but this is the episode that introduces Captain Kirk satire Zapp Brannigan and let's face it, this episode shows exactly why he is a memorable and popular character. He is frankly at his best. "Kif, I have made it with a woman. Notify the men." and "Kif. In the game of chess, you can never let your adversary see your pieces." and who can forget the Russian mentality ingrained in "You see, Killbots have a preset kill limit. Knowing their weakness, I sent wave after wave of my own men at them, until they reached their limit and shutdown." There are so many quotable moments from this episode, and you introduce Zapp, Kif, and Nibbler. Does it have the plot-line of some of the best episodes, but this episode is a great example of Futurama humor, and no true Futurama fan will not be able to quote lines from this episode.

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13 April 1999 (USA) See more »


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$1,300,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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