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[4ACV09] Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles

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General Episode Data
Title: Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles
First aired: 03/30/03
Production Code: 4ACV09
Written by Jeff Westbrook
Directed by Bret Haaland
Opening theme promotion: NOW INTERACTIVE! Joystick controls Fry's left ear

When Fry and the Planet Express gang realize that at 161 years old, the Professor has become too crotchety to handle, they decide he needs to be "youth-a-sized". Traveling to an asteroid, they register the Professor at a posh resort where their full-body bath in searing hot tar is guaranteed to turn back the clock. Through a series of unfortunate accidents, the bath covers not only the Professor but also everyone else and all are affected by the treatment. Back at Planet Express, a now 53-year-old Professor tries to keep a now 13-year-old Fry and other kids under control while looking for a way to reverse the effects of the tar treatment. Meanwhile, "the kids" all react to their newfound youth, including Leela, who decides she could have a taste of the childhood she never had as an orphan.

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

Did You Notice...
  • Leela has a Curious Pussycat backpack? {MW}
  • Leela didn't use the PJ's sewer entry a few meters away this time around? {MW}
  • The Wong Ranch got a slightly more poor looking sign than last time we saw it? {MW}
  • Dwayne the mutant is a teacher now? {MW}
  • Amy was a bit on the heavy side and needed glasses at age 8 but was fine shortly before that? {MW}
  • The Eiffel Tower floats up and down? {MW}
  • Although French is extinct and among humans, gargoyles still know a bit of it? {MW}
  • Hermes resembles Kid of Kid N Play? {JF}
  • Bender has braces? {JF}
  • Farnsworth had an afro at age 37, and a hippie even younger than that? {JF}
  • Zoidberg is a slug, then a trilobyte, then an oyster, then a lamprey, a fish, then an urchin, then a sea anemone, then finally a coral (and ages back into a starfish)? {JF}
  • 14-year-old Fry had a mullet? {C}
  • The picture of an alien eating a child on the cover of "A Child's Garden of Space Legends"? {C}
  • Zoidberg's voice never even had a slight difference no matter how young he got? {L}
  • Bender's "Soundwave Mouth" has braces when he is 14? {L}
  • That for a would-be wild teen, Leela's date outfit wasn't very risque? {C}
  • That teenage Leela has a poster on her room with musicians who look like the Beatles? {C}
  • That Leela was looking at Fry all lovey-dovey at the end? (There's hope for them yet!) {C}
  • That in the tradition of movies like "The Incredible Shrinking Man," the characters diminish at an increasingly faster rate. (For example, Farnsworth de-ages from ten to toddler in a matter of minutes.) {C}
  • The roof of Planet Express is fixed very quickly after the gargole hunt? Ah the future... {C*}
  • It's extremely easy to lift a manhole cover now? Ah the future... {JF}
  • The father and son gargoyles actually ARE on one of the parapets of Notre Dame? {JF}
  • Bender needs batteries? (I'd guess they were nuclear batteries...) {JF}
  • That for something Farnsworth describes as "just a legend", the Fountain of Aging is extremly easy to locate? {MN}
  • The gargoyle said good night in French (bonne nuit) at the end? {K}
  • All it takes is one drop of sewer cleaner to keep the world's supply of drinking water safe for one day? {C**}
  • Young Bender has antenna ears, referring to an early design concept Groening had for him? {T}
  • Prof. Farnsworth looks nothing like Cubert, his clone, when he is younger? {K*}
  • Heather, the spa nurse, is a Neptunian just like Elzar? {C***}
  • The Planet Express Ship's left blinker is on when Prof. Farnsworth holds up traffic on the space freeway? {C***}
  • Sal is using iodine to make sewer water clear? {l}
  • Planet Express parks in the Disabled parking area? {T*}
  • That people are still dying in the future even though you can become young again by youthasizing? {T*}
  • That Dwight and teen Hermes both looked like they were going to an 80's/early 90's convention? Hermes looks like Kid from Kid and Play (although I personally thought that he looked like a smaller Will from "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"), and Dwight is wearing a shirt reminescent of the Kente designer line that was popular in the late 80's-early 90's. {C}
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External references
  • 2000 Election
    • Florida vote-recounting {JF}
  • A Clockwork Orange
    • Ultraporn, in A Clockwork Orange it was Ultraviolence. {C**}
  • Bender Design
    • Original design of Bender has two ears/antenna and when he was reverted he has them. {C*}
  • Charlotte's Web
    • Charlotte's Tholian Web {JF}
  • Dune
    • The three-mouthed worm of the sewers and its noises refer to the great sand worms of Dune.... instead of the three-parted mouth this worm had three mouths. {A}
  • Exorcist, The (movie)
    • Pazuzu is the name of the demon that possesses Regan McNeil {JF}
  • Fiddler on the Roof (movie)
    • Fiddler Way Below the Roof {JF}
  • Futurama Season 2 DVD
    • In a hidden extra, Amy Wong is shown in a yearbook as being pudgy and pimple-faced in her teen years (poor girl!) {C}
  • Heaven's Gate (movie)
    • Leela says "Oh for Heaven's Gate" {JF}
  • Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade (movie)
    • Character undergoes rapid aging, tha ultimately kills him and turn him to dust in a matter of seconds. {MN}
  • Kid 'N' Play
    • Young Hermes has a hairstyle like Kid (Christopher Reid) of that rap duo. {JF}
  • Martin Luther King, Jr High School
    • A major New York City high school. {JF}
  • Mr. Potato Head
    • Bender becomes one {JF}
  • Pac-Man
    • oil eating bacterium acts like Pac-Man {JF}
    • The Pac-Man death sound was used when Farnsworth turned off the simulation. {MN}
  • Pazuzu
    • Mesopotamian winged demon from 800 B.C. which was supposed to protect pregnant women. {K**}
  • Silly Straw
    • 70's fad straw {JF}
  • Star Trek (TV Series)
    • The alien on the cover of A Child's Garden of Space Legends looks like a Gorn from "Arena." {AJ}
    • Charlotte's Tholian Web {AH}
    • Therapist uses an old Star Trek tricorder {JF}
  • Star Trek - Deep Space Nine
    • A space station similar to the one in Deep Space Nine is destroyed by the Professor. {MW}
  • Star Trek III (movie)
    • Zoidberg resembles one of the evolved microbes around Spock's casket {JF}
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
    • In the episode "Rascals" several Enterprise-D personnel are reverted into children. One of them, Ro Laren, reminisces about her lost youth, and how this might be a chance to relive that youth. {MN}
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (cartoon)
    • Episode Title {P}
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (animated movie)
    • Friendly Francophile gargoyles {C}
  • Village Voice, The (weekly paper)
    • The review on the theater marquee references the weekly New York City paper. {JF}
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Futurama references
  • 2ACV01 - I Second That Emotion
    • The mutants in the sewers (including "Dwayne") are introduced in this episode. {MW}
  • 2ACV04 - Xmas Story
    • Gee, that Farnsworth just loves to be naked! {JF}
  • 3ACV03 - A Tale of Two Santas
    • Bender talks to himself, pretending to complain, while bending. {C}
  • 3ACV06 - Bendless Love
    • We see Bender's "birth". {JF}
  • 3ACV14 - Time keeps on slippin'
    • The time altering chronotons now stuck to the DNA wreak havoc on Earth. {MW}
  • 4ACV01 - Kif Gets Knocked Up A Notch
    • Amy likes ponies. In this one she got one standing next to her bed on the Wong Ranch {MW}
  • 4ACV02 - Leela's Homeworld
    • Leela's parents living in the sewers are properly introduced for the first time. {MW}
  • 4ACV04 - Less Than Hero
    • Leela's father's drinking first appears here. {BB}
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Freeze Frame Fun
Sign in space:
 \/   \/   \/
 official state jokes:
 * old people
 * walking catfish
 * recounts
 of the
 Hot Springs Spa
Botulism can:
Sewer cinema:
 It's crap! * * * * *!!
 The village ??????
    our duty
    is clear
Martin Luther Thing, Jr.
      High School
On the bacterial spew chamber:
The Book:
 A Child's Garden of Space Legends
 The Fountain of Aging
Bender's steps back:
    Bending Robot
 Batteries not included
    Bending Robot

Animation, continuity, and other goofs...
  • In "Bendless Love" Bender was born as an adult but here he gets even younger. {K***}
  • Inez complains she'll never have a grandchild. What about Kif's tadpoles? Maybe the Wongs don't accept them because it was Leela's DNA that impregnated Kif, but not Amy's. {P*}
  • How could Farnworth fool everybody about his age (as mentioned in "A Clone Of My Own") if a simple reading with the age-gizmo could tell his precise age, within one decimal? {MN}
  • Leela shows no effect from being in the Fountain of Aging until after she comes out; she is still a teenager the whole time she is in the pool but isn't an adult again until she emerges. {C}
  • Farnsworth's clothes age and de-age with him, but the others' outfits only change to loincloths in the Fountain of Aging. {AJ}
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Comments and other Observations...
  • Theory about Chronotons: I have a feeling that these little subatomic buggers cause an organism affected by them to revert to a form it took on at a previous point in time, regardless of the DNA patterns affecting its growth. This would explain Fry's mullet, Farnsworth's heinous mustache and 'Fro, the beanie on Bender's head, etc. It might also explain the change in clothing too, but I'm not too sure about that. Zoidy's larval stages: The tar must have seriously screwed up his DNA. At first, I thought that he was just devolving down the evolutionary scale, but his larval stages are all over the animal kingdom - squid, trilobite, lamphrey, sea urchin, octopus, sponge, starfish. The only way that could explain this would be sudden and massive mutation, plus some sort of affect on its neurons, since it's been proven in cell cultures that an organism can change its physical form if developing neurons are stimulated in a certain way. {C}
  • One of the most reliable movie-cliches is that no matter where in Paris the scene is set, you can always see the Eiffel Tower. In the last shot of the gargoyles, what doe you see in the background? The Eiffel Tower! {MN}
  • The amount of botulism toxin in the syringe looks way above the lethal dose, unless it was very diluted. {MN}
  • Life moves in circles. Judging by the professor's clothing and several hippies we see in Futurama, there was another hippie movement in the late 2800's reaching to the year 3000. {J}
  • Butolinum toxin is used to treat severe muscle spasms, primarily in the arms. So far it might just be in the testing phase I saw it on a news program not 5 minutes ago (aprilt 3rd 2003). {MN}
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{A} Athos
{AH} Alan Hamilton
{AJ} Action Jacktion
{BB} Brian Bleich
{C} Cygnus-hime
{C*} Cybornut
{C**} Clamps
{C***} Chris
{J} Jazz
{JF} Jonah Falcon
{K} KN
{K*} Kola
{K**} KK
{K***} Kristi
{L} LB
{MN} Michael Nissen
{MW} Marc Wichterich
{P} PM
{P*} Phoebe
{T} Tate
{T*} Tarbi
{l} luskan

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