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[3ACV14] Time keeps on slippin'

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General Episode Data
Title: Time keeps on slippin'
First aired: 05/06/01
Production Code: 3ACV14
Written by Ken Keeler
Directed by Chris Loudon
Opening theme cartoon: Max Fleischer studio, a Ko-Ko the Clown cartoon

In the 30th Century, the once entertaining Harlem Globetrotters are now feared as they will humiliate any planet in the Univers who dares to play them. Feeling up to the challenge, Professor Farnsworth creates a group of mutant basketball players to go head-to-head with the Globetrotters. Farnsworth's secret winning ingredient is chronitons, time particles found in the Tempus Nebula. However, when the Planet Express crew removes the mutants from harvesting, they tip of the Time/Space Continuum causing forward motion of time to skip ahead.

Voice Credits
  • Billy West (Fry, Dr. Zoidberg, Prof. Farnsworth)
  • Katey Sagal (Leela)
  • John DiMaggio (Bender)
  • Tress MacNeille (Linda)
Guest Starring
  • Phil LaMarr
  • David Herman
  • Lauren Tom
  • Jeff Cesario
Also Starring
  • Maurice LaMarche (Morbo)

Did You Notice...
  • This episode was only rated TVPG-L(language), despite featuring fully nude female backsides? {FJ}
  • Arachnion makes an obvious travelling violation. What game were the refs watching? {FJ}
  • The Social Security Office kids are wearing the same clothes 80 years later? {FJ}
  • Amy doing topless tanning in the Central Park? {MW}
  • Bender using a sun reflector for 'tanning'? {MW}
  • Lots of women/girls (including Amy/Leela) wear round and heart shaped cut outs that close towards the neck again? {MW}
  • We are now definitely in 3002? {MM}
  • W.C. Fields is a wellknown comedian in the 31st century? {MN}
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External references
  • "Fly Like An Eagle" (Steve Miller Band)
    • Title refers to a lyric from the song {JK}
  • Bobby Knight
    • Professor Farnsworth throwing a chair {JK}
  • Harlem Globtrotters
    • Curly Joe = Globetrotter Curly {JK}
    • The Basketball team that plays a major role in this episode. {JK}
    • Time travel was part of their animated series. {JK}
    • Bender whistles Sweet Georgia Brown, the globetrotter theme song. It's played in the closing shot of Fry as well. {MN}
  • MASH (TV Series)
    • When the spaceship is flying away before they detonate the nuke, and Fry sees the message he wrote Leela with stars, it was reminiscent of the final episode of MASH when Hawkeye is flying away in the helicopter and sees the message BJ left him with rocks. {LM}
  • Space Jam (movie)
    • Small beings, through a special item, become monsterous basketball players {JK}
    • Song that the title refers to appears in the film soundtrack (performed by Seal) {JK}
    • Visitors from outer space challenge Earth to a basketball game. {OB}
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Next Phase"
    • While Geordi and Ro are cloaked/phased they create chroniton fields whenever they pass through something. {T}
  • Star Trek: Voyager "Year Of Hell I +II"
    • The Krenims (The Alien Of The Week) used a chroniton based weapon to completely erase entire civilizations from the timeline, rewritting history. {MN}
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Futurama references
  • 1ACV06 - A Fishful of Dollars
    • Professor mentions dreaming of a race of atomic monsters {OB}
  • 1ACV08 - A Big Piece of Garbage
    • The smell-o-scope is used again. {MN}
  • 2ACV07 - Put your head on my shoulder
    • Farnsworth suggest grafting a canon to someones chest, now he finally get to do it. {MN}
    • Amy knows Fry isn't a terrific lover {OB}
  • 2ACV08 - Raging Bender
    • The Referee Alien from makes an appearance {FJ}
  • 2ACV14 - Mother's Day
    • Bender can make himself taller. {MN}
  • 3ACV11 - Insane in the Mainframe
    • Judge Whitey reappears {FJ}
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Freeze Frame Fun
 Body Dumping
 Sign-Up Sheet
 Grant Check
     Professor Hubert Farnsworth  $ALL
     All of Earth's Money and 00/100
Social Security

Animation, continuity, and other goofs...
  • The dents in Bender's head just vanish later on {MW}
  • When the P.E.-Crew is watchin' the game there's a stranger sitting next to Amy. (Who the hell is he by the way?). Just after the first time skip this guy disappeared and there's kind of a table or somewhat. In the next scene he's back. {CF}
  • Amy is missing from the initial view of the PE crew in the park, but her blanket is there. {MN}
  • Since his rockets is burning, Fry should actually fly away from Bender rather than melting his face. {MN}
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Comments and other Observations...
  • Hermes' mother was obviously not very beautiful. {CF}
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{CF} Cosmic F
{FJ} Fishy Joe
{JK} Joe Klemm
{LM} Lyle McDonald
{MM} Marty McFly
{MN} Michael Nissen
{MW} Marc Wichterich
{OB} Ostap Bender
{T} TheNewAuk

Original Capsule Author: Ostap Bender


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