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[3ACV19] Roswell that Ends Well

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General Episode Data
Title: Roswell that Ends Well
First aired: 12/09/01
Production Code: 3ACV19
Written by J. Stewart Burns
Directed by Rich Moore
Opening theme cartoon: "Bosko" cartoon by WB (1930 - 1933) {D}

An accident causes a supernova which sends the crew back in time to 1947, where they land in Roswell, Area 51. Fry and Bender's head have to go in for a rescue mission to free Dr Zoidberg and Bender's body from an army base where Fry's grandfather works.

Voice Credits
  • Billy West (Fry, Dr. Zoidberg, Prof. Farnsworth, Enos)
  • Katey Sagal (Leela)
  • John DiMaggio (Bender)
Also Starring
  • David Herman

Did You Notice...
  • The episode starts on September 21st, 3002? {JD}
  • The 48-star American flag? {JD}
  • Zoidberg apparently has a number of redundant organs? {JD}
  • Mildred has the Ten Commandments on her wall? {JD}
  • They had a "Hard Croon" cafe in 1947 because rock didn't exist yet? {JD}
  • The conspiracy nut's photo of the Planet Express ship, which has that trademark Groening overbite, came out looking like the Loch Ness Monster, which has the same overbite? {JD}
  • The "Zoidberg skull" drawn next to the "Roswell That Ends Well" graffiti on the missile? {AK}
  • The fighters on the ground were P-51Ds but the airborne fighters chasing the ship were P-51As? {DH}
  • It's September the 21st 3002 before they go back in time. {MW}
  • September 11th is the first day skipped when the clock goes backwards. {DH}
  • Mildred has the 10 Commandments on her wall. {JD}
  • Enos never got time to clean the toilet bowl. But still the captain's eating out of it! {M}
  • If my calculations are correct, Fry must've become dad at allmost exactly the same age as his father. {MF}
  • The extremely valuable and rare microwave dish is located on the roof of the latrine!! {MF}
  • Zoidberg apparently has no teeth since the deviled egg is lying completely intact in his stomach. {MF}
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External references
  • A Space Odyssey (Movie)
    • The reflections in Farnsworth's eyes as they time-travel. {LM}
  • Aliens (movie)
    • Zoidberg seems to have a similar tongue like the facehugger alien {S}
  • Back to the Future (Movie)
    • Marty McFly had to fend off his hot-to-trot mother. (Nothing came between him and his Calvins.) {JD}
    • Fry pushes Enos out of the way of the car just like Marty does with George in BTTF. {MM}
  • Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (movie)
    • The "Roswell that Ends Well" graffiti similar to that found on nuclear missiles in this movie {B}
  • Gomer Pyle, USMC (TV Series)
    • Enos ("gadzooks!") is like Gomer ("golly!"). {JD}
    • The actor who played Gomer was only interested in women because people expect it of him. {JD}
  • Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Radio Series, Books)
    • Marvin the Paranoid Android is buried alive for eons. {JD}
  • Independence Day (Movie)
    • Title written on missile next to a skull. {JD}
    • Military officers have have difficulties seeing through two-way mirror, and suddenly recoil in horror when a face is splattered up against it. {MN}
  • Real Genius (Movie)
    • Farnsworth uses a microwave ray to pop popcorn. {AH}
  • Soylent Green (Movie)
    • The Professor orders Soylent Green and Soylent Orange in the coffee shop {M*}
  • Star Trek (TV Series)
    • "City on the Edge of Forever" episode: Fry pushing Enos out of the way of an oncoming car. {JD}
    • "I'll get that operational in 10 hours" "I give you *8*" {MW}
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (TV series)
    • "Trials and Tribble-ations" Dr Bashir thinks he may have been sent back to become his own grandfather {L}
    • The Episode "Little Green Men" Quark, Rom and Nog, accidentally travel back to 1947, also causing the Roswell incendent. {L}
    • "Emissary" episode: The time hole looks almost exactly like the Bajoran Wormhole. {MN}
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation (TV Series)
    • "Time's Arrow" episode: Data's head is buried. {e}
  • The Simpsons
    • [3F18] Enos' sergeant yells "Enos!" the way Superintendent Chalmers yells "Seymour!" {JD}
  • The Stupids
    • We find out that the father of the family was his own grandfather (complete with the "I'm my own Grampa" song) {J}
  • The X-Files (TV Series)
    • The dramatic jeep headlight effects when they find Zoidberg. {JD}
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Futurama references
  • 1ACV12 - When Aliens Attack
    • Clothes in a spray can. {MN}
  • 2ACV04 - Xmas Story
    • Leela says "ax". ??? {JD}
  • 3ACV04 - The Luck of the Fryrish
    • Fry's father stated to Fry's brother, "Son, your name is Yancy, just like me, and my *grandfather*, and so on, all the way back to minute-man Yancy Fry, who blasted Commies in the American Revolution." This allows Fry's paternal grandfather to be Enos. {MG}
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Freeze Frame Fun
iffy pop
Roswell Daily Record headlines:
   Formerly Mine Field
Chateau L'Hovel: Solicitors Welcome
Graffiti on missile:  Roswell That Ends Well

Animation, continuity, and other goofs...
  • "Indiana Jones effect": The red frontier slows down considerably while going through the ship. {MW}
  • Looks like Fry didn't get neutered in "Fry and the Slurm Factory", but only his (reproducible) sperm got exterminated. {h}
  • When Enos and Fry sits in the dinner there are normal city-buildings across the street. When Leela and Farnsworth orders a meal from Mildred there you can see Roswell Airbase. {MN}
  • The Statue Of Liberty carries her trademark torch instead of a tube (Space Pilot 3000) or a raygun (opening credits). {S*}
  • While Fry remarks 'Everything will be OK, Dad' when talking to Enos'... erm... scrotum, which makes Enos his paternal grandfather, one of the most imminent common characteristics are style and colour of hair, both of which he seemed to have inherited from his mother in 'Luck of the Fryrish'. Now I hope he's not inbred, though that would explain some things... {S*}
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Comments and other Observations...
  • Big "wows" goes out to Fry being his own grandfather, Bender's head being buried in the desert for 1,000 years... and to great quotes from Farnsworth: "Screw history!" and "Take that causality!" {D*}
  • This episode gets the season off to a great start. It was a little predictable in parts, like when Fry killed Enos and ended up becoming his own grandfather, but it was still funny. There were some nice quotes, and I liked Leela and Professor's outfits. {e*}
  • This episode was nominated for the Emmy award 2002 in the category "Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour)" along with "As Told By Ginger - Lunatic Lake", "King Of The Hill - Bobby Goes Nuts", "The Simpsons - She Of Little Faith" and "South Park - Osama Bin Laden Has Farty Pants". {MW}
  • It won that Emmy. {MW}
  • This episode was titled "All's well in Roswell" at first. {MW}
  • If he iss his own grandfather, he really is inbred. He has only three grandparents, and himself. {AH*}
  • It's kinda cute that they talk about making a fake moon landing, when it's still ten years till the USSR sends the first rocket into space! {MF}
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{AH} Andrea Huckstep
{AH*} Alan Hamilton
{AK} Adam Kennedy
{B} BB
{D} Dave
{D*} Dane
{DH} Douglas Hilliard
{J} Joe25
{JD} Jym Dyer
{L} LM
{LM} Lyle McDonald
{M} MF
{M*} MK
{MF} Martin Fink
{MG} Mc Grady
{MM} Marty McFly
{MN} Michael Nissen
{MW} Marc Wichterich
{S} SL
{S*} Soundog
{e} exatron
{e*} edeltraut
{h} haleys_comet

Original Capsule Author: Jym Dyer


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