Where the Buggalo Roam

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"Where the Buggalo Roam"
Futurama episode
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Bender, Fry, Leela, Amy, her parents, Professor Farnsworth, Amy's pet buggalo and Hermes at The Wong Buggalo Ranch
Episode no. Season three
Episode 10
Directed by Pat Shinagawa
Written by J. Stewart Burns
Production code 3ACV10
Original air date March 3, 2002
Opening caption "Krafted with luv by monsters"
Opening cartoon "The Emerald Isle" by Fleischer and Famous Studios (1949)
Season three episodes
List of all Futurama episodes

"Where the Buggalo Roam" is the tenth episode in season three of the animated television series Futurama. It originally aired March 3, 2002. The title is a reference to the folk song "Home on the Range".

Plot[edit]

The Planet Express staff head to the Wong Ranch on Mars for a Mars Day barbecue. Amy Wong's parents are happy to see her, but considerably less enthusiastic about her co-workers, especially Dr. Zoidberg, who immediately begins making a nuisance of himself. Kif arrives, and is nervous about meeting his girlfriend Amy's parents for the first time, even though they have clearly met before.

The barbecue proceeds, with Amy's parents being thoroughly unimpressed with Kif. Everything is going well until a strange sound begins, and a dust storm rolls in. Everyone takes cover in the Wongs' mansion, but the unprotected buggalo outside are rustled during the storm, ruining the Wongs.

Kif sets off with the last remaining buggalo, Amy's personal pet, in an effort to draw out the rustlers. Professor Farnsworth sends Fry, Leela, and Bender along with him. As the group tell ghost stories, including Bender's story of the screen with the Windows logo, Amy jumps out of the bushes to join them. Kif and the crew find the stolen buggalo hidden in the crater of Olympus Mons when the ground shakes (making Kif ask if the rumble was him and Amy making love). They find a way to eject the buggalo from the crater, but when they are about to head back to the ranch, the same strange sound from the barbecue begins, and another sand storm whirls in.

While the crew is trapped in the center of the storm, the rustlers fly in on buggalo. The rustlers are the native Martians, who are angry over their ancestors' sale of Mars for one bead. The crew are surprised to learn the buggalo can fly and the Martians indicate only those who truly love the planet can fly a buggalo. The Martians also reveal they had planned to ruin the Wongs by stealing the buggalo; but with the opportunity staring them in the face, they kidnap Amy. Kif and the crew return the buggalo to the Wong Ranch. Initially the Wongs are very impressed with Kif, but another mini-sandstorm brings a ransom note.

The Wongs, more unhappy with Kif than ever, call in Zapp Brannigan to resolve the situation. Brannigan, Kif, and the crew set off for the face on Mars, one of the two entrances to the Martian reservation. The other is the 'giant stone ass' of Mars, a gigantic pair of buttocks, but the Ass on Mars is on the opposite side of the planet from the Face on Mars. Brannigan botches the negotiations, and the Martians call up another sand storm, which engulfs Amy. Kif jumps on the back of Amy's buggalo, and flies it into the whirlwind, recovering Amy. The Martians, impressed by Kif's ability to ride a buggalo, call off the storm and offer peace.

Unfortunately, when smoking the Martian peace pipe, Kif chokes on the smoke, angering the Martians. The Martians sentence him to be killed, crushed by the bead they traded the planet for. As the bead lowers from the ceiling, the crew discovers that the "bead" is a gigantic diamond. When they inform the Martian chief of the bead's value, the Martians call off the execution, and leave to find a planet they can purchase. The Wongs cannot believe Kif saved Amy, and credit Zapp with the rescue.

On the Wongs' porch, Kif still feels bad as Amy's family doesn't like him, to which she replies that if they liked him, she would not. They kiss while the buggalo stampede and shake the ground, and Kif writes in his diary that he just made love for the second time.

Broadcast and reception[edit]

In its initial airing, the episode received a Nielsen rating of 2.9/4, placing it 88th among primetime shows for the week of February 25 - March 3, 2002.[1]

Cultural references[edit]

R.J. and Joe, attendees at the Wong barbeque, resemble cigarette mascots Marlboro Man and Joe Camel.

The scene where Zapp throws the Slurm can on the ground and the Martian sheds a tear is a reference to the famous Keep America Beautiful commercial broadcast in the early 1970s featuring actor Iron Eyes Cody shedding a single tear.

The Native Martians selling their land for a supposedly worthless bead is a reference to the myth that the native inhabitants of Manhattan sold the island to the Dutch for twenty-four dollars worth of beads and trinkets.

The Wongs' ranch is based on the ranch in the movie Giant.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ray, Kenneth (2002-03-11). "BroadcastWatch. (Programming).(ratings)(Illustration)(Statistical Data Included)". Broadcasting & Cable (Reed Business Information). Retrieved 2009-03-07. 

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