|Episode no.||Season 4
|Directed by||Peter Avanzino|
|Written by||Ron Weiner|
|Original air date||July 13, 2003|
|Opening caption||"[In Alienese] Thanks for watching, Futurama slave army!"|
|Opening cartoon||"Much Ado About Mutton" (1947)|
"Spanish Fry" is the 17th episode in the fourth production season of the American animated television series Futurama. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on July 13, 2003. Set in a retro-futuristic 31st century, the series follows the adventures of the employees of Planet Express, an interplanetary delivery company. In this episode, Fry's nose has mysteriously disappeared so he seeks to get it back. David X. Cohen admitted that this episode is one of the most "filthy" in the series' history.
While camping in the woods on a company outing, Fry is abducted by aliens as he searches for Bigfoot. He wakes up the next morning to find that his nose has been stolen from his face. Fry learns that human noses are regarded by aliens as an aphrodisiac called "Human Horn". Bender, Leela, and Fry discover that Fry's nose has been sold by a "porno dealing monster" to Lrrr, ruler of the planet Omicron Persei 8.
The three travel to Omicron Persei 8, where they learn Lrrr and his wife, Ndnd, are having marital troubles, explaining Lrrr's purchase. After retrieving Fry's nose, Leela reattaches it by laser. However, once Bender has finished explaining some details of human anatomy to Lrrr, Lrrr orders that Fry's "lower horn" now be removed for consumption. Leela stalls the Omicronian by suggesting that he and Ndnd share a romantic dinner in the woods and work on their relationship. The dinner nearly fails; as Fry is about to get his lower horn removed, Bigfoot shows himself.
Ranger Park, the park ranger, also arrives, pleased to have finally gotten a look at Bigfoot. The ranger tries to amputate one of Bigfoot's feet as a trophy, but Lrrr prevents him. Lrrr then delivers a moving speech: Fry's wing-dang-doodle, like Bigfoot, is one of God's most beautiful creatures. Ndnd then realizes that her husband is still the sensitive Omicronian she fell for. The crew quickly retreats as the now-happy couple passionately make love.
Behind the credits, an episode of The Scary Door is shown.
Writer and producer David X. Cohen admits that this is one of the series' "filthiest" episodes. As with most episodes, the space scenes were done in 3D. Among the non-space scenes done in 3D was the roasting car at the alien market.
Originally, Fry was meant to look into Bender's "shiny metal ass" for his reflection but it was decided that the episode was dirty enough already and it was too awkward.
When watching the surveillance tape, Leela identifies Lrrr because the writers were not sure that the audience would recognize and clearly identify Lrrr.
Writer Ron Weiner admitted that Bender's offscreen quips were added because they felt a bit guilty about all the silly jokes. Weiner also admits that the scene with Bender dancing was something he attempts to work into every episode he writes.
The Scary Door sequence at the end had been cut out of the season three episode "The Birdbot of Ice-Catraz". Cohen had wanted it to not go to waste so the sequence was shortened slightly so it could be fit in during the credits of an episode.
- Fry's line, "My nose, light of my face", is a reference to the opening line of Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.
- The lengthy tube that Fry was abducted in is a reference to a Windows screensaver with winding pipes.
- Lrrr's line, "One of these days, Ndnd – bang, zoom, straight to the third moon of Omicron Persei 8!", is a reference to The Honeymooners.
Broadcast and reception
- Cohen, David X. (2003). Futurama season 4 DVD commentary for the episode "Spanish Fry" (DVD). 20th Century Fox.
- Avanzino, Peter (2003). Futurama season 4 DVD commentary for the episode "Spanish Fry" (DVD). 20th Century Fox.
- Groening, Matt (2003). Futurama season 4 DVD commentary for the episode "Spanish Fry" (DVD). 20th Century Fox.
- Weiner, Ron (2003). Futurama season 4 DVD commentary for the episode "Spanish Fry" (DVD). 20th Century Fox.
- "Nielsen ratings.(Illustration)". Broadcasting & Cable. Reed Business Information. 2003-07-21. Retrieved 2009-03-07.
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