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[4ACV05] A Taste Of Freedom

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General Episode Data
Title: A Taste Of Freedom
First aired: 12/22/02
Production Code: 4ACV05
Written by Eric Horsted
Directed by James Purdum
Opening theme promotion: OR IS IT?

Dr. Zoidberg is accused of flag desecration when, at a Washington D.C. celebration, he cannot restrain himself from eating a large flag. After Zoidberg is sentenced to death, his people send an invasion force to enslave the people of Earth and teach them the meaning of freedom.

Voice Credits
  • Billy West (Fry, Dr. Zoidberg)
  • Katey Sagal (Leela)
  • John DiMaggio (Bender)
  • Tress MacNeille
Guest Starring
  • Phil LaMarr
  • Lauren Tom (Amy)
  • David Herman
  • Phil Hendrie
  • Frank Welker (Hoodlum, Old Man Waterfall, Frieda Waterfall)
Also Starring
  • Maurice LaMarche (Morbo)

Did You Notice...
  • Bender wears a bathing-cap? {MW}
  • Washington D.C. got a tube transport system? {MW}
  • Lady Justice's scale is weighed down on one side by a bag of money? Also, she is lacking her sword? {MW}
  • Kif's arms can be extended if heavy weight is applied? {MW}
  • At the polls, Zoidberg wears a fish tie that's a real fish? {AH}
  • Leela is cheering for Zoidberg out of sync with the rest of the crowd? {ü}
  • One of the band members is playing a holophoner? {ü}
  • The severing of the Clinton Monument is refering (to the sick minded) to a circumcision? {K}
  • The Decapodian flag is fascist in nature, featuring a claw and a Soviet-style hammer inside a white cirlce on red ground like the swastika? {K}
  • The guy from the Dudes For Legalization Of Of Hemp party is sober enough to atend the anti-Zoidberg rally? {MN}
  • Earth went to war over the ownership of Haley's Comet? {MN}
  • Zoidberg was dog paddling, even though he is a sea creature? {MN}
  • The Earth flag resembles the US flag quite some? So the US finally succeeded in dominating Earth in 1000 years... {t}
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External references
  • ACLU
    • The 20th century civil liberty union now fight for banning the right to free speech in form of flag eating. {MW}
  • Abe Vigoda
    • The actor who played Fish on the classic TV series Barney Miller now serves as a justice in the Supreme Court. {MW}
  • Antonin Scalia
    • His head still serves in the Supreme Court. {e}
  • Charleston Chew (candy bar)
    • An old fashioned chewy favorite. Vanilla nougat covered in chocolate. {MW}
  • Clarence Thomas
    • The head of the 1991-sworn in Supreme Court justice still serves there. {e}
  • David Souter
    • The head of the 1990-sworn in Supreme Court justice still serves there. {MW}
  • Flag burning controversy
    • There have been recurrent attempts in the US to ban flag burning, or other forms of flag desecration (such as eating, I suppose). {AH}
  • Globetrotters
    • The Harlem Basketball team got an embassy on Earth. {MW}
  • John Dillinger
    • This 30's mobster's salad shooter is on display in the museum of ancient weaponry. {e}
  • John Paul Stevens
    • His head still serves in the Supreme Court. {e}
  • Klingons
    • The Star Trek originating, war-loving aliens have their own (pink) embassy on Earth. {MW}
  • Mardi Gras
    • Zapp tries to get women to flash him for some beads (an old Mardi Gras tradition). {AH}
  • Michael Dukakis (1988 US Presidential Candidate)
    • The comical image of Michael Dukakis riding in a tank was one of many things that led to him losing to George Bush Sr. {AH}
  • New Freedom sanitary napkin
    • The feminine hygiene product that sounds like Freedom Day. {AH}
  • Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
    • Nixon appeared on the show and said their catch phrase, "Sock it to me," in 1968. {AH}
  • Ruth Bader Ginsberg
    • Her head still serves in the Supreme Court. {e}
  • Sandra Day O'Connor
    • Her head still serves on the Supreme Court. {e}
  • Snoop Doggy Dogg (rapper)
    • His head now serves as a justice in the Supreme Court. {e}
  • Star Spangled Banner (US national anthem)
    • "By the rocket's red glare, our flag was still there" {AH}
  • The Shroud of Turin
    • Zoidberg wonders what this religious relic tastes like while hoisting the new flag. {MN}
  • The Simpsons: Bart's Inner Child
    • "Freedom Day" is a lot like "Do What You Feel Day". {AH}
  • Washington Monument
    • The obelisk in Washington now has a twin (Clinton Monument) {MW}
  • Welcome Back Kotter (TV Show)
    • Washington D.C. was rededicated to the Kotter character Washington the Sweathog in 2475. {e}
  • prior knowledge
    • During the Watergate hearings, Nixon claimed he had no prior knowledge of the break-ins and cover-up. {e}
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Futurama references
  • 1ACV01 - Space Pilot 3000
    • A primitive spear from 2256 is seen in the Museum Of Ancient Weaponry. Maybe from the medieval civilization we saw emerge between the 2 alien invasions. {MN}
  • 1ACV02 - The Series Has Landed
    • The fat guy from the moon makes an appearance once again. {TK}
  • 2ACV02 - Brannigan Begin Again
    • The Neutrals' embassy appears. {MW}
  • 2ACV03 - A Head in the Polls
    • Scoop Chang, the reporter who asks Zoidberg to take a bite of the new flag, is first seen. {MN}
    • The Clinton Monument is seen for the first time. {MN}
    • Richard Nixon is elected president of Earth. {e}
  • 2ACV05 - Why Must I Be A Crustacean in Love?
    • Zoidberg's people and home planet Decapo 10 are introduced. {MW}
  • 2ACV08 - Raging Bender
    • Bender stuffs the earth flag into the mouth of The Foreigner. {AH}
  • 2ACV15 - The Problem with Popplers
    • Another member of the environmentalist Waterfall family appears. {AH}
  • 2ACV17 - War Is The H-Word
    • The DOOP warriors which plan to attack the lobster embassy with a huge pole first appear. {J}
  • 3ACV05 - The Bird-bot of Ice-catraz
    • Another member of the environmentalist Waterfall family appears. {AH}
  • 3ACV14 - Time keeps on slippin'
    • The globetrotters not only have their own planet but also an embassy on Earth. {MW}
  • 3ACV16 - A Leela of Her Own
    • Bender says "Neat!" and takes a quick snapshot at the Blernsball Hall Of Fame. {MN}
  • 3ACV19 - Roswell that Ends Well
    • Earth scientists take out one of Zoidberg's hearts, and he says "Take, I've got four of them!" They must not have put it back: in "A Taste Of Freedom," Zoidberg says, "Two of my three hearts are having attacks!" {KC}
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Freeze Frame Fun
Parade floats:
 * Boy Scout Troop #254
 * Top Secret - Do Not Look
Embassy Row:
 * Neutral Planet Embassy
 * Klingon Embassy
 * Globetrotter Homeworld Embassy
 * Decapodian Embassy
Protest signs:
 * Salute Her, Don't Sauté Her
 * Don't Chew on Me!
 * Lobsters Go Home!
Washington Post Headlines
 * Lobster Trial Nears
 * Mobster Trial Nears
 * Handsome Invaders Defeat Earth
 * Post Names New Editor
 Museum of Ancient Weaponry
      Nuns & Nunchuks:
 Mother Teresa's Secret Arsenal
 * World's Biggest Rolling Pin
 * Spear, circa 2256
 * Dillinger's Semi Automatic Salad Shooter
 * Sharkapult
 * Crossbow
Signs smashed by the palace:
 * Johnson's Collapsible Top Hats
 * E-Z Squeeze Accordians
 * Hair King Unbreakable Combs

Animation, continuity, and other goofs...
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    Comments and other Observations...
    • The nude pool scene was shortened. There used to be a scene where Amy and Leela are sitting in the pool nakedly (with delicate parts below the water line) and Bender's antenna surfacing. {MW}
    • "Schlep" is Yiddish meaning "arduous journey" {AH}
    • Zoidberg wonders what the Shroud of Turnin tastes like. This shroud is claimed to be the burial shroud of Jesus Christ. {AH}
    • During the trial Zoidberg say 2 of his 3 hearts are having heart attacks. Normally, Decapodans have 4 hearts, but Zoidberg lost one of his in "Roswell That Ends Well". Score one for continuity. {MN}
    • The speech made by the chicken lawyer against Zoidberg's defence speech refers to a very famous bible sentence: "What goes into a man's mouth does not make him 'unclean,' but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him 'unclean'." (Matthew 15, 10-12) {PW}
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    {AH} Alan Hamilton
    {J} JACK
    {K} KM
    {KC} Kevin Canini
    {MN} Michael Nissen
    {MW} Marc Wichterich
    {PW} Patrick Walz
    {TK} Tim Kay
    {e} edel
    {t} tm
    {ü} überblarg

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