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Episode Reviews

Short Summary

The Why Of Fry
First aired 04/06/03
Rank: 10/124
Reviews: 353
Rating: 91%

Once again the Nibblonians need Fry's help to save the universe.

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#21 by jp
im not sure about being the best episode of the season "Jurassic Bark" hit an emotion like no other for lots of people including me, its rare that a cartoon can do that and i think it needs credit.

jp gave 5 points

#22 by dude
an incredible season finale I haven't seen an episode like this since roswell ends well. great!!!

dude gave 5 points

#23 by fonoop
This is only the second episode I've written a review for, that means it was really good in my book. It certainly explains a lot, quite a coincidence since I recently saw "Space Pilot 3000" on dvd and on the commentary track, they pointed out the scene with the shadow of Nibler. Certainly one of the most interesting/funny episodes in awhile. Surprise ending too...I hope they developed that a little more in future episodes.

fonoop gave 5 points

#24 by natt
Great episode.
great ending.
now i might as well turn off my TV because there isn't going to be anything that's even near as good as this

natt gave 5 points

#25 by Cygnus-hime
One of the most ambitious and emotional episodes ever. Granted, it wasn't perfect: I did't understand why Fry's doing the nasty with Grandma had to do with him lacking Delta waves until I thought about it, and I have some logistical objections to the Brain Spawn trying to gather knowledge (which would probably take an infinite amount of time), and moreover, why would they want to destroy the universe WHEN THEY LIVE IN THE UNIVERSE? However, the episode did have some delightfully warped moments, such as the feast of a thousand feasts and riding to his mission on a child's play-cart, Fry found out WHY he wound up in the future in the first place (save the universe, find love, all that good stuff) and had to choose between his past and future lives, and Leela realized just how much she loved Fry, despite his flaws. If only FOX would give the show a chance--then we could have many, many more great episodes like this!

Cygnus-hime gave 5 points

#26 by Brian
What a great story. This is probably one of my all time favorites - very smart writing. Great last couple scenes.

Brian gave 5 points

#27 by aslate
Great episode! The start was funny and it remained interesting throughout.
Fry: "I can't work under these conditions, without me there is no mission, i am the mission."
Leela: "We're back from the mission"
Fry: "Wha, what? You went without me?"
Bender: "You were looking up cursewords in the dictionary, it seemed a better use of your time"

We kinda guessed most of what happened, but it was great to see it confirmed and all the bits between.
The bit inside the data-thingy where Fry talks with the Nibblonians about how it was his life they had taken away was so touching.

Nibbler: "We had no choice, you were the only one that could help us. What is one life weighed against the entire universe?"
Fry: "But it was my life" :sniff:

Definately one of the top episodes produced. And it advanced the plot between Fry and Leela so much at the end, but yet it didn't seem forced or sudden.

Loved it all, full marks!

aslate gave 5 points

#28 by Makaio
This one make me feel compleat. This ties up alot of loose ends. But what I don't get, is that in Jurassic Bark, you can see Nibbler's eye coming out of the garbage can, but it wasn't in this one, even though you see Fry's shadow. Uh, well, any-who, this was a great episode.

Makaio gave 5 points

#29 by Magpie
great ep! the Nibbolians are so cute and the fry/leela part was great too. I wish there was another whole season. I mean the Simpsons had tons of seasons y not Futurama? I hope the season Fanale is as good as this.

Magpie gave 5 points

#30 by futurama fan
I don't know what all the fuss is about, sure it had some nice revelations as to Fry's destiny, but where are the laughs, i only laughed once through the entire episode. The writer's seem to concentrate more on plot then on jokes, and while that is nice and all, i still would like to experience the humour that made me fall in love with the show in the first place. In the first few seasons the jokes came out of left-field but now i can see them coming a mile away and most of them are lame. Still love futurama, but if this is the way the show is going,i'll be glad to see it go before it gets really bad.

futurama fan gave 3 points

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