Network: FOX, Comedy Central
Episodes: 140 (half-hour)
TV show dates: March 28, 1999 – August 10, 2003 (FOX), March 23, 2008 – September 4, 2013 (Comedy Central)
Series status: Cancelled
Performers include: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John Di Maggio, Tress MacNeille, Phil LaMarr, Maurice LaMarche, Lauren Tom, David Herman, Frank Welker, Byrne Offutt, Kath Soucie, Dawnn Lewis, and Tom Kenny.
TV show description:
An animated and futuristic workplace sitcom from the creator of The Simpsons, Matt Groening. Philip J. Fry (Billy West) is a pizza delivery boy who is cryogenically frozen on New Year’s Day 2000 and not awakened until New Year’s Eve 2999.
He gets a job as a delivery boy on the spaceship of Planet Express, which is owned by Fry’s closest living relative, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth (Billy West).
Fry works with the ship’s captain Turanga Leela (Katey Sagal), Doctor John D. Zoidberg (Billy West), accountant Hermes Conrad (Phil LaMarr), spoiled intern Amy Wong (Lauren Tom), and foul-mouthed robot Bender Bending Rodriguez (John DiMaggio).
Episode #140 — Meanwhile
Following Leela narrowly escaping a fatal accident, Fry realizes that he can’t live without her and decides to propose.
Meanwhile, the Professor announces his two newest inventions — a time button that reverses time 10 seconds and a time shelter that allows people to witness and remember the button’s effects. Fry takes the button and uses it to repeatedly steal candidate diamonds for an engagement ring.
After presenting the ring to Leela, he asks her to meet him on top of the Vampire State Building at 6:30pm — if she wants to marry him. If she doesn’t come, he’ll know the answer was “no.” Fry’s plan is to use the Professor’s button to make the day’s sunset last as they want it to.
Unfortunately, he is heartbroken. He looks at his watch which reads 7:03pm and Leela has not come. In despair, he jumps off the roof. On his way down he sees a building’s clock that reads 6:25 and realizes that, because of the many times he pushed the button, his watch is now more than 35 minutes fast.
He sees Leela approaching and pushes the button to turn back time. Unfortunately he’s been falling for more than 10 seconds and the device takes 10 seconds to recharge so he’s caught in a loop, constantly falling and almost reaching the ground.
The Professor knows that his device has been stolen and it is being repeatedly used. He worries that the universe is being damaged and warns that anyone leaving the shelter could be destroyed if this continues. Bender confesses that Fry stole the button and, using the shelter, the crew approach the Vampire State Building to try to save him.
After falling and repeatedly reversing time, Fry is exhausted and accidentally lets go of the button. He dies instantly when he hits the ground. Leela catches the button and uses it to loop the final seconds of Fry’s life. Outside the shelter, the Professor tries to stop her. Leela presses the button and he disappears.
After several loops, Bender comes up with a way to save Fry’s life using an airbag he contains. Fry survives but lands on and destroys the button. Time freezes throughout the universe for everyone who’s not within the shielding bubble.
Fry and Leela are left all alone so they conduct their own wedding and spend many years exploring the world together, romantically. They occasionally see a mysterious glimmer.
In their old age, Fry and Leela return to the top of the Vampire State Building to drink the champagne that Fry had brought there.
The glimmer reveals itself to be the Professor who, when he disappeared, had been rotated into another time dimension orthogonal to the familiar one.
He explains he’s been trying to find and repair the time button. Fry kept the pieces and the Professor rebuilds it — with one modification. A press will reverse time to before the device was ever invented and no one will remember what happened.
Despite having enjoyed growing old together, Fry and Leela both agree to “go around again” and the Professor presses the button. End of series.
First aired: September 4, 2013.
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