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Recap / Futurama S 1 E 10 "A Flight to Remember"

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Professor Farnsworth decides to take the Planet Express crew on a space cruise as a way of saying thanks for not reporting his numerous violations of safety and minimum wage laws. Unfortunately, the ship he chooses is the Titanic. Once on the trip, Fry begins fake-dating Leela and Amy to fool Zapp Brannigan and the Wongs, and Bender falls in love with a wealthy robot.

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  • Adults Dressed as Children: A sight gag has an extreme closeup of the Professor's face as he says that luckily there are enough lifeboats on the Titanic so no one would have to dress as women and children, with a Reveal Shot zooming out so we see that he's wearing a propeller beanie and holding a lollipop.
  • Almost Kiss: Despite the fake kisses between Leela and Fry, the two almost share a genuine one, but are interrupted by the Titanic almost getting sucked into a black hole.
  • Benevolent Boss: Subverted: while the Professor does pay for the whole crew to come on the Titanic, it's only as a bribe so they don't report his "countless violations of health, safety and minimum wage laws".
  • Big "NO!": Hermes yells one of these in a flashback when a boy injures himself trying to go under a limbo bar that's too low.
  • Black Comedy: See Living Crash Pad below.
  • Boyfriend Bluff: Fry poses as Leela's fiance and Amy's boyfriend to fend off Zapp's advances and Amy's parents' meddling, respectively.
  • Brick Joke: Kif and Amy are both attracted to each other at first sight. It'll be two seasons before this is referenced again.
  • Characterization Marches On: Amy's parents fully support Kif and Amy getting together in this episode, while in later episodes they despise him and find him a poor fit for their daughter. Though they did assume he was captain and therefore of high status and then later found out he wasn't.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Hermes is revealed to be a limbo champion, which helps him get past an emergency door that Zoidberg holds barely above the floor.
  • Dirty Coward: Zapp Brannigan, being the arrogant fool that he is, decides to needlessly go off-course through a field of comets. To get away from the field of comets he flies the ship toward a black hole. After realizing he has doomed the ship he proclaims the captain must go down with his ship, then promotes Kif to captain and takes an escape pod.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Zoidberg gets to sleep in first class while Amy is sent to the Fiesta Deck with Fry, Leela, and Bender. If this was a later episode Amy would probably have had her own room in first class and Zoidberg would have been down on the Fiesta Deck with Fry and the others — or more likely Amy would swap rooms with Zoidberg, given that Amy's ruse about her dating Fry would quickly fall apart if she and her parents were on the same deck.
  • Escape Pod: Unlike the actual Titanic story, there are enough escape pods to safely evacuate the doomed ship.
  • Fake-Out Make-Out: One between Leela and Fry to trick Zapp into thinking they're dating. Also one later between Amy and Fry to trick Amy's parents.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The Countess de la Roca lets go of the escape pod the Planet Express crew are on board to allow it to escape the black hole she was eventually sucked into.
  • Homage: The episode is a retelling of the story of Titanic (1997)... IN SPACE!
  • I Don't Like the Sound of That Place:
    Fry: Yeah, I'm never going to another planet called Cannibalon!
    Bender: Me, neither! The food was good, though.
  • I Want Grandkids: Amy's parents want her to breed with someone as soon as possible.
  • If I Do Not Return: Bender says this when he decides to go back to save the Countess:
    Fry: You're going back for the Countess, aren't you?
    Bender: Alright I am, but I don't want the others to know! If I don't come back, just say I died robbing some old man.
    Fry: I'll tell 'em you went out prying the wedding ring off his cold, dead finger.
    Bender: [hugging Fry] I love you, buddy!
  • Living Crash Pad: When the Countess de la Roca crashes through the deck on the Titanic, a family breaks her fall. She apparently weighs two metric tons, so it's likely that they didn't get back up.
  • Moment Killer: The black hole that sucks up the Titanic interrupts Fry & Leela's kiss.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Bender refuses to pay for some drinks at the bar. Two guards immediately emerge from the floor and are told to rough him up by the barman.
  • Off the Rails: This Titanic journey was specifically planned to be straightforward and safe, unlike the original Titanic disaster, ...which again becomes a mirror of it due to Zapp getting bored and drastically changing the flight path which results in its destruction.
  • Promoted to Scapegoat: See Dirty Coward above.
  • Repeat Cut: Done to absurd lengths in the episode's Cold Open when Farnsworth announces to the crew where they're going on company vacation.
  • Rising Water, Rising Tension: Parodied — Bender and the Countess panic when the room they're in starts flooding with water... and then when they're fully submerged they're reminded of the fact that they're robots and don't need to breathe.
    Countess: (after a brief pause) So now what do you wanna do?
  • Sexy Discretion Shot: One scene with Bender and the Countess parodies the sex scene from James Cameron's Titanic (1997).
  • Shout-Out:
    • iZak the bartenderbot is both a reference to Isaac the bartender from The Love Boat, and the iMac computer, which had debuted the previous year.
    • Zapp calls himself "the Velour Fog"; Mel Tormé's nickname was "the Velvet Fog".
    • When Amy, Leela, and Fry try to figure out how to keep both of their fake dates intact at the same time, Fry claims he can figure it out because he watched Three's Company. When things start to go wrong, Fry starts to sing the theme song to himself for ideas.
    • While the episode is largely a Whole-Plot Reference to Titanic (1997), its title is actually a reference to an earlier Titanic film, A Night to Remember.
  • Take This Job and Shove It: Leela, Fry and Bender try to do this after narrowly escaping another delivery with their lives, though they change their minds when the Professor offers the trip.
  • Tempting Fate: No one sees any problems with naming a luxury cruise liner Titanic. They even christen it by smashing Leonardo DiCaprio's head in a jar on the hull.
  • This Is Reality: Fry tries to console Bender after the Countess is sucked into the black hole by saying that it's possible that she's still alive in another dimension and then asks the Professor to back him up on that. The Professor does, only to quietly tell Zoidberg that there's no chance and she's almost certainly dead.
  • Trauma Conga Line: At least for Bender, who loses the love of a rich woman ... and the gem she left behind was fake.
  • Wealthy Yacht Owner: The Countess de la Roca doesn't just own a yacht, she is a yacht.
  • Whole-Plot Reference: To Titanic (1997).