On a delivery to the planet Trisol, Fry drinks from a random bottle, only to learn that Trisollians are a liquid race, and he just drank the emperor! But rather than having Fry arrested for regicide, the Trisollians name him their new leader.
- An Aesop: Think before you act.
- Animation Bump: As it features a large cast of characters who are literally fluid, the animation for the episode is, itself, more fluid and bouncy. Notice the anticipation on Fry when he hears Leela's voice after thinking she's dead.
- Beyond the Impossible: Fry claims Bender's salted slug is the saltiest thing he's ever tasted, and he once ate a bowl of nothing 'but' salt.
- Bioluminescence Is Cool: Trisolians glow in their nocturnal phase.
- Can't You Read the Sign?: The package was a sign that said, "Please Don't Drink The Emperor". Fry hangs it up next to dozens of other signs written in various alien languages.Fry: This got here just in time.
- Catchphrase: "Good News, everyone" starts here. Bender immediately lampshades it.The Professor: Good news, everyone.Bender: Uh-oh, I don't like the sound of that.
- Description Cut: Fry is in trouble and needs Leela's help, but they had just gotten into a nasty fight beforehand. Amy says they should go to her since she's not the type that holds a grudge, before cutting to Leela beating on a punching bag with Fry's picture taped to it.
- Disney Death: Parodied. Bender tells Fry that Leela was killed by the Trisollians, but he's clearly lying in order to make him cry out Bont - Amy even nearly blows it by almost describing what's really happening when Bender makes up Leela being killed by the Juicinator. When Fry does start crying, Leela shows up alive and well, causing Bender to get irritated.Bender: I was telling Fry you were dead so that he would cry out the emperor, but you had to spoil it by surviving!
- Eaten Alive: The trouble really starts up when it's revealed that the emperor before Fry is still alive in his stomach.
- Evil Chancellor: Gorgak is implied to have been one for Bont. Bender definitely is one by dint of being Bender.
- Frying Pan of Doom: Elzar recommends cast-iron cookware just in case Neptunian slugs suddenly start growing, and need a bit of incentive to get back in the pan.
- I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: The Planet Trisol is in the Forbidden Zone, but don't worry, that's just a name, like the Death Zone or Zone of No Return. All the zones have names like that in the Galaxy of Terror!
- Klingon Promotion: How Fry becomes the emperor. In fact, this is so prevalent that the Trisollians already have pictures hanging in their hall of emperors for Fry's Assassin and Fry's Assassin's Assassin.Fry: Well, at least my assassin gets what's coming to him.
- Lethal Chef: Bender wanting to be a great chef like Elzar starts here, as does his being completely terrible at it, serving everyone salt, which he defensively claims was slightly less than a lethal dose for humans.
- The Magnificent: The emperors of Trisol all have titles which seem to correspond to how they were killed (like Throng the Chunky, who was turned into a soup.)
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: The crew resort to one of these in order to get Bont out of Fry. Then Bont continues even after he's out.
- No-Sell: A Trisollian attempts to assassinate Fry by drinking him with a straw. An annoyed Fry just tells them to knock it off.
- Oh, Crap!: Zoidberg, after having a second course of Bender's salt and slug (which is 90% of the lethal dose for just one).
- The Oner: The coronation speech, which must be recited flawlessly from memory, or the applicant will be killed (and presumably eaten) on the spot. Subverted in that the speech itself is actually pretty short (I, X, promise to rule with dignity and integrity), just that beforehand the would-be emperor must recite every one of his predecessors.
- Organ Theft: Spoofed with the sleazy street vendor trying to sell Fry some stolen organs. He almost gets Fry's lungs to replace with gills (which come next week) before Leela stops him.
- Royal Harem: The Trisolian Emperor has one of these. Fry is brought in and told he can choose any of the women to be his concubine. Unfortunately for Fry they're all held in identical bottles so he ends up pointing at a random bottle, and changing his mind based on Murg's reaction.
- The Secret of Long Pork Pies: Implied when Fry goes to a Neptunian market.Fry: Wow, they've got every kind of meat here except human.
Neptunian Butcher: What, you want human?
- Toilet Humour: Fry suggests vomiting or urinating Bont out of him. Bont refuses, but likes those slightly better than sweating.
- Vengeful Vending Machine: A machine selling "Refreshing Crack" gets stuck, and the customer whines "Come on, man! Don't hold out on me like this!"
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Fry, after being made emperor.
- What, Exactly, Is His Job?: Bender starts off the episode not having a job at Planet Express at all. Hermes notices, which results in Bender decided to become a chef.
- Working Out Their Emotions: Leela punches a bag with Fry's picture on it after having a fight with him.