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Futurama Episode Capsule


[4ACV04] Less Than Hero


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General Episode Data
Title: Less Than Hero
First aired: 03/02/03
Production Code: 4ACV04
Written by Ron Weiner
Directed by Susie Dietter
Opening theme promotion: Soon to be a major religion
Opening theme cartoon: Warner Brothers, "The Dover Boys", 1942. A Merrie Melodie directed by Chuck Jones {DD}



Synopsis
Suffering from aches and pains, Fry and Leela turn to Dr. Zoidberg who gives them a "miracle cream" that he bought long ago from a traveling salesman. Lo and behold, when they try it out, it actually is a miracle cream that gives them superpowers. Fry and Leela decide to become super heroes with Bender as the third member of their team.


Voice Credits
Starring
  • Billy West (Fry, Dr. Zoidberg, Farnsworth)
  • Katey Sagal (Leela)
  • John DiMaggio (Bender)
  • Tress MacNeille (Hattie)
Guest Starring
  • David Herman (Mayor Poopenmeyer, Mugger)
  • Phil LaMarr (Hermes)
  • Lauren Tom (Amy)
Also Starring
  • Maurice LaMarche (Commercial Mutant)



Did You Notice...
  • Leela's sign on her super hero outfit is a hand holding a rolling pin? {MW}
  • Petunia feeding rats in the park? {MW}
  • Security guys still need thick cables for their head sets? {MW}
  • Captain Yesterday's medallion is a C overlayed by a Y? {AH}
  • The kangaroo was hanging upside-down by its tail in its exhibit? {AH}
  • Leela's mom grew a tail? {TW}
  • Leela's parents phone number ends in 1566? {MN}
  • The alien language on the tube of miracle cream? (See Freeze Frame Fun section) {F}
  • Fry is picking up something from another desk in the mayors office as Leela gets the passes? Possibly Hermes' liscense to kill! {S}
  • Leela uses a phone twenty times the size of that Amy used in the episode on the titanic? {M}
  • The Zoo Keepers beltbuckle/logo somewhat resembles the Calvin Klein logo with an extra line? {KH}
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External references
  • AT&T (telecommunication company)
    • AT&T came up with the ad-line "Reach out and touch someone" (parodied when Leela calls her parents) for their telephone-division in 1981. {MN}
  • Aquaman (TV series)
    • This super hero has control over sea creatures. {e}
  • Barbarella (movie)
    • Leela's superhero alias is based on this movie's sexy heroine. {AH}
  • Batman (TV Series)
    • Angled camera shots {AH}
    • Cartoon balloons for punches {AH}
    • Music style {AH}
  • Captain Future (old TV series)
    • Fry's superhero name (Captain Yesterday) {A}
  • Ikea
    • The Swedish furniture "do it yourself" store is now known as PI-kea. {MW}
  • James Bond (movies)
    • Hermes asks Leela to get him a License To Kill. James Bond is famous for having the authority, and one of the Bond movies was named "License To Kill." {MN}
  • Justice League
    • Referenced to by the "New Justice Team", this team of super heroes contains Batman, Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl, Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter. {MW}
  • Less than Zero (book)
    • Title spoofs this book by Bret Easton Ellis. {AH}
  • Mighty Thor (comics)
    • Nordic-god-of-thunder-turned-superhero. Leela felt like she had wrestled 10 rounds with him. {MN}
  • Spider-Man (old TV series)
    • The New Justice Team theme song is similar to the theme song for the old animated Spider-Man TV series. {R}
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Futurama references
  • 1ACV07 - My Three Suns
    • Organ dealer appears. {AH}
  • 1ACV08 - A Big Piece of Garbage
    • The legs on the piranha look like the ones on Wernstrom's reverse scuba suit. {AH}
  • 2ACV07 - Put your head on my shoulder
    • Fry's date Petunia appears on a park bench feeding rats. {b}
  • 2ACV18 - The Honking
    • The same two guys are seen wrecking a car with blernsball bats. {MN}
  • 3ACV14 - Time keeps on slippin'
    • One of the globetrotters was in the museum when the New Justice Team stole the diamond. {b}
  • 4ACV02 - Leela's Homeworld
    • Leela's parents are properly introduced. {MW}
  • 4ACV07 - Jurassic Bark
    • Bender wears the crown of Charlemagne, which he kept in his chest in this episode. {MW}
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Freeze Frame Fun
  PI-kea
    Ivnuk
 Suupercollidr
Dr. Flimflam's
    Miracle
     Cream
 Illegal
 Fireworks
 WARNING:
  May cause
 superpowers
  in humans
Billboard:
 
  Owls
 Removed
Store:
 
 NOTHIN' BUT
  -TOILETS-
   DAILY
  SUPERNOVA
 
 NO ACTION ON 
 RATES BY FED
 
        mysterious
        vigilantes
        foil crime
Letter to Leela's parents:
 
       Turanga
       Morris
     & Munda
in the Museum of Natural History:
 
 Teddy Roosevelt:
  Museum Founder
 
   No Admittance
   Without $5.00
 Suggested Donation
        LAKE
       MUTAGENIC
 State Recreation Sewer
On the Miracle Cream in AL1:
 
 KEEP OUT OF REACH OF
 CHILDREN UNDER THE
 AGE OF FIVE HUNDRED.
 FOR BEST RESULTS,
 SACRIFICE A SMALL
 MAMMAL XANROC
 THEN APPLY EVENLY TO
 INTERIOR OF EYEBALL.
 WOULD YOU LIKE TO
 HELP DO FLIMFLAM
 PRODUCTS? CONTACT A
 REPRESENTATIVE AT A
 COVERED WAGON NEAR
 YOU.



Animation, continuity, and other goofs...
  • Despite the Mayor's statement, we never saw the New Justice Team damage anything in the museum. All the damage was done by The Zookeeper's animals. {AH}
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Comments and other Observations...
  • The LSAT is the law school admission test. {AH}
  • "Freebasing" is a way of using cocaine, in which you inhale the drug's vapours. {OM}
  • All objects fall at the same rate. This is why Fry couldn't catch the diamond. The real silly thing here, is that Leela, by running down the stairs, could. {OM}
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Contributors
{A} AW
{AH} Alan Hamilton
{DD} Dr. Dave
{F} F0
{KH} Kurt Howard
{M} Mx
{MN} Michael Nissen
{MW} Marc Wichterich
{OM} O M
{R} RandomEngy
{S} Spr
{TW} The Watcher
{b} blahness
{e} edel

Original Capsule Author: Can't Get Enough Futurama <www.gotfuturama.com>


 

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