Recap: Futurama S 4 E 7 Jurassic Bark

Fry goes to a museum exhibit about Old New York City life and discovers that his dog, Seymour, has been fossilized and can be revived via 31st century technology, but Bender grows jealous and tries to sabotage the reunion.

It was recently voted as the best episode of Futurama for Comedy Central's Fanorama marathon, and is one of the most notorious tear jerkers on this (or any other) TV show (domestic or imported).

"Jurassic Bark" contains examples of:

  • Bait and Switch: As a storm rages over the building, the Professor announces that in order to fuel the Clone-O-Mat, he requires the sheer power of nature itself. He is referring to the power... of molten lava.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Fry's father is still a nutcase, this time convinced the Y2K virus would kill his family the minute they set foot out-doors, and that Seymour was one of it's agents.
    • He later blames illness brought on by bad baloney as the Y2K bug as well.
  • Description Cut: A rather sad one at the end.
    Fry: I'll never forget him, but he forgot me a long, long time ago.
  • Downer Ending: That's a mild way of putting it. The episode lives on as the most tear-jerking thing ever put on American television. It was so depressing that the producers actually got hate mail for it.
  • Foreshadowing: Unlike the times it was shown in the past, when the scene of Fry falling into the cryo-chamber is played in this episode, two shadows are cast from beneath the table instead of one, as Fry manages to change the past in "The Why of Fry".
  • Ignored Expert: Much to the Professor's increasing annoyance.
    The Professor: Why won't anyone listen to me?! Professor! LAVA! HOT!
  • I Will Wait for You: The ending revealed that Seymour waited for Fry at the place he told him he'd meet him, even after he was frozen, waiting until the day he died. Connie Francis' cover of the song plays over the scene.
  • Jerkass: Bender is at his near-worst in this one.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Bender does rescue Seymour's corpse, though. Albeit, after throwing it into the lava in the first place.
  • Large Ham: The Professor's on a roll this episode.
  • Mascot: Seymour became this for the pizzeria Fry worked at.
  • Meaningful Echo and Brick Joke: "And that's why they call me Bender the Magnificent!"
  • Missed Him by That Much: A flashback showed that Seymour tried to show Fry's parent their son in a cryogenic tube, but they thought he was crazy and took him away, not noticing Fry in the tube.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Bender after seeing how broken up Fry was after he threw the fossilized Seymour into the lava, prompting him to go in and retrieve it.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Fry is too busy prepping for Seymour's return that he doesn't notice Leela and Amy in a girl-on-girl wrestling match in skimpy tights.
  • Not Quite the Right Thing: Fry at the end decides not to revive Seymour, thinking he lived a full and happy life without him. He didn't.
  • Percussive Maintenance: The Professor starts trying to fix the mighty Clone-O-Mat with a hammer.
  • Retcon: Seymour's fate is retconned in Bender's Big Score (the first of the four Futurama movies), revealing that Seymour didn't wait for Fry the whole time because an alternate version of Fry picked up where ours left off, which kind of kills anything tear-jerking or meaningful about what the ending implied.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The title is an obvious reference to Jurassic Park.
    • Seymour's story as a whole is similar to the real life dog, Hachiko.
  • Undying Loyalty: Seymour. He's a dog, so it kind of comes with the territory, but it really shines in the end as he's waiting there for years on end for Fry to come back to him.


If it takes forever,
I will wait for you
For a thousand summers,
I will wait for you
Till you're back beside me,
Till I'm holding you.
Till I hear you sigh,
Here, in my arms...