Follow GotFuturama on Twitter and Facebook!

Can't Get Enough Futurama! Happy Fry
Can't get enough Futurama - morefuturama
Futurama Information
»  Futurama News
»  Articles
»  Episode Guide
»  Character Bios
»  Encyclopedia
»  Episode Capsules
»  Freeze Frame
»  Comic Capsules
»  Futurama FAQ
»  Futurama Staff
»  Lists & References
»  Merchandise
»  TV Listings
»  Web News
»  Futurama Links
»  What's Futurama
»  Behind the Scenes
Futurama Multimedia
»  Ascii Art
»  Sounds & Quotes
»  Fan 3D Art
»  Animation & Video
»  Frame Grabs
»  Guitar Tabs
»  Nokia Stuff
»  Original Scans
»  Other Sounds
»  Promo Pics
»  Alien Codecs
»  Comic Reviews
»  Episode Reviews
»  Episode Trivia
»  Random Trivia
»  Fan Art
»  Fan Fiction
»  Futurama Chat
»  Guest Book
»  Message Board
Futurama Desktop
»  Futurama Fonts
»  Icons & Cursors
»  ICQ+ Scheme
»  PocketPC Themes
»  Screen Savers
»  Software
»  Wallpapers
»  Winamp Skins
Futurama Games
»  CGEF Games
»  Official Game
»  Flash Games
»  Game Addons
»  Submitted Games
»  Guess the Pic!
»  Privacy Statement

  Planet Express Employee Lounge - The Futurama Message Board
  The Infosphere - Futurama Wiki
  The Futurama Point


Futurama Episode Capsule

[3ACV07] The Day the Earth Stood Stupid

Futurama Capsules are meant as complete guidelines for the episodes. These documents are produced by Futurama fans for Futurama fans. Feel free to contribute if you see missing things in any of the capsules.
Not yet approved submissions are shown in italics.
There also is a raw txt version which only include approved entries!

General Episode Data
Title: The Day the Earth Stood Stupid
First aired: 02/18/01
Production Code: 3ACV07
Written by Jeff Westbrook (Story, Teleplay), David X. Cohen (Story)
Directed by Mark Ervin
Opening theme promotion: 80% Entertainment by Volume

The Earth is conquered by flying brains with the power to turn normal human beings into idiots. On a distant planet, Leela learns that humanity's single hope is Fry -- the only being immune to the brains' moron-making power. So Leela must return and enlist Fry's help without becoming an imbecile herself.

Voice Credits
  • Billy West (Fry, Dr. Zoidberg, Professor Farnsworth)
  • Katey Sagal (Leela)
  • John DiMaggio (Bender)
  • Tress MacNeille (Linda, Female Nibblonian)
Guest Starring
  • Phil Lamarr (Hermes Conrad)
  • Lauren Tom (Amy Wong)
  • Frank Welker (Nibbler, animals)
  • David Herman
Also Starring
  • Maurice LaMarche (Morbo)

Did You Notice...
  • Nibbler's space ship has extra space to accommodate his 3rd eye? {MW}
  • Even the landmass the Nibblonians live on and some trees are heart shaped? {MW}
  • The meaning of existence is "NEH!" I thought it was 42? {MF}
  • The librarian trying continually to put in a book sideways? {S}
Submit Did You Notice:
Your Name:

External references
  • Forbidden Planet
    • Robbie the Robot is in the diagram depicting the effects on humans, robots, and trees {AH}
  • Löwenbräu (Beer Brand)
    • A "Löbrau beer" truck (with a girl in a bikini) drives by. Probably a reference to the german brand Löwenbräu (lion's brew) {MW}
  • Moby Dick (Novel by Herman Melville)
    • The first story the brain reads to trap Fry and Leela {MW}
  • Pride and Prejudice (Novel by Jane Austen)
    • The third story the brain reads to trap Fry and Leela {MW}
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
    • When Tweenies 12 went kaplooie the image is similar to the subspace shockwave when the Klingon Moon of Praxis explodes. {MN}
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Novel by Mark Twain)
    • The second story the brain reads to trap Fry and Leela {MW}
  • The Day The Earth Stood Still
    • Episode title {J}
Submit External Reference:
For OR new
The reference: Your Name:

Futurama references
  • 1ACV01 - Space Pilot 3000
    • The beer Fry drinks in 1999 before he falls in the cryo chamber was also LöBrau {MF*}
  • 1ACV04 - Love's Labour's Lost In Space
    • A planet blows to tiny bits. {MN}
    • We see the interior of Leela's cabin. {MN}
  • 2ACV01 - I Second That Emotion
    • Rover and Pepper, the two-headed (one in the front and one in the "behind") dog, that left the vet just before Leela got in reappear with their owner, an attractive woman with a heart-shaped cutout {CF}
    • Dave Spiegel and Fluffers appear at the vet {M}
    • KIBBLES 'N' SNOUNTS reappears {M}
  • 2ACV04 - Xmas Story
    • We see Leela's prom dress. Amazing what you can do with carpet remnants. {MN}
Submit Futurama Reference:
Your Name:

Freeze Frame Fun
Madison Cube Garden:
      Champion Pet Show Today
 Kids: See Toucan Sam's Death Mask
Booths at the contest:
 * Flee Collars
 * Cream 5c
 * Kibbles 'n' Snouts
 * Soylent Chow
Fry's Dumb School
New New York Public Library:
 * Reference Books
 * Books on Tapeworm
 * Stephen King A - AARDVAKK
 * Ancient Literature
Planet Express Meeting (everyone is sleeping):
 Graph with increasing line reads:
 Employee Sleep During Meetings

Animation, continuity, and other goofs...
  • At the pet show, on one shot there's an information booth on the left of the SOYLENT CHOW booth, on another - there's a 5c Cream booth. {M}
  • The label on George Washington's jar changes from all upper case to mixed case. {AH}
  • At the beginning, Nibbler communicates with Leela in his native language. Later we are told that just pronuncing his name would take a gazillion years, he really must've shortened it down! {MF}
  • Leela's ponytail waves in the wind in space outside the ship. Which is kind of strange in vacuum. That's intentional, of course. {M}
  • Nibbler has acted stupidly to the point of forgetting about self-preservation in previous and this episode(s). Which is kind of suicidal, not mentioning irresponsible considering his mission, if he really were intelligent. {M}
Submit Goofs:
Your Name:

Comments and other Observations...
  • One comment about "The Day The Earth Stood Stupid": Nibbler was referred to as "ambassador to Earth", yet he wasn't originally sent to Earth; he was picked up on a dying planet. {DDG}
  • My biggest question is how he got his little spaceship to earth. And surely this retroactive continuity has to cause other problems, like why didn't Nibbler help out when the robots or popplers or Omicronians were attacking earth? Oh well, can't take the plot too seriously. {ES}
  • This episode turned out to provide the "Rosetta Stone" for Alien Language 2 (AL2). Outside the Hall of Forever, there are two obelisks which have both Alien Language 1 (AL1) and AL2 on them. AL1 was long cracked as it was a simple letter replacement code. The text on the stones read "yummy tummy". AL2 was seen in some episodes before, but was never cracked back then. It was assumed that the AL2 on the obelisks say "yummy tummy" as well, and so it was. The code turned out to be a differential one with each symbol standing for a distance in the alphabet. {MW}
  • Have you ever considered that Nibbler is the embassador to Earth because he was sent back in time to cause Fry's time travel in order to be able to defeat the brainspawn in the year 3000? I mean, Nibbler's Race has always been and they kinda know that Fry is some kind of a chosen one. As their eternal struggle against the brainspawn continues and the brainspawn hits Earth in 3000, they might just have "picked up" Fry in the year 2000 to make him defeat the evil enemies in the year 3000+ when they arrive on earth. This would explain the mysterious nibbler-like shadow on the wall when Fry is falling into the freezer tube. Also, Nibbler knows about Leela's prom dress, which means he must have been on Earth for a long time (or he went through her drawer). {CF}
Submit Comments and Observations:
Your Name:

{AH} Alan Hamilton
{CF} Cosmic F
{DDG} Don Del Grande
{ES} Eric S.
{J} Joe25
{M} Me
{MF} Martin Fink
{MF*} Mitch Fishman
{MN} Michael Nissen
{MW} Marc Wichterich
{S} ST

Original Capsule Author: me whose name I prefer not to mention


Legal notice: "Futurama" TM and copyright FOX, its related entities and the Curiosity Company. All rights reserved. Any reproduction, duplication or distribution of these materials in any form is expressly prohibited. Disclaimer: As a fan page, this web site and its content are not authorized by FOX.