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Recap / Futurama S 3 E 4 Luck Of The Fryish

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During his youth, Fry found a seven-leaf clover which brought him luck. In the 31st century, Fry has a string of bad luck which induces him to reclaim it.


  • Arc Symbol: The Breakfast Club soundtrack, if only because of one certain song...
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: For all their fighting and bickering, Yancy loved and missed his little brother. Going so far as to name his son after him.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • When we are shown Fry's old house in Old New York, it looks wrecked, with the roof having caved in. We then cut to the past, where it looks the same.
    • For most of the episode we're shown flashbacks of Yancy's jealousy of Fry, stealing his ideas, trying to steal his seven-leaf clover, up to his discovery of the clover's hiding spot sometime after Fry was frozen, leading both Fry and the audience to believe Yancy took it a step further and stole Fry's name. The final flashback shows that Yancy decided not to use the clover at all, but instead passed it down to his first-born son, Phillip.
      • Likewise, when Yancy was poking through Fry's belongings for something to play at his wedding reception, he stumbles across a drawing he had made, depicting himself as an astronaut at 20... which Yancy proceeds to tuck into his suit discreetly. It's revealed in the last flashback that he took that drawing for himself.
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  • Bookends: The first and last flashback involve a Yancy Fry and an unnamed woman giving birth to a Phillip J. Fry.
  • Chekhov's Gag: When listing off the names of family members who've taken the name Yancy, Yancy Fry Senior names his grandfather, and great-grandfather, but specifically does not note his own father.
  • The Chew Toy: Fry's search for the clover is inspired after a bad day at the races, wherein all his picks lose, his last dollar gets blown onto a power line, and in trying to retrieve it, Fry is electrocuted twice, falls into a trashcan, and gets crud dumped on him.
  • The Constant: Spoofed with Fry's childhood home. In the 31st Century it looks suitably run down ("Boy, Father Time sure took a bat to this place", according to Bender), but a flashback to the 20th Century shows it in the exact same state of disrepair.
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  • Dead Person Impersonation: Fry thinks his brother Yancy took his name and led the life he should have led, when in fact it was actually Yancy's son, named in Fry's honor.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • The album Fry chose to hide the seven-leaf clover was the soundtrack for The Breakfast Club. For those who don't know, one of the most well-known songs off of the soundtack is "Don't You (Forget About Me)"...
    • Upon discovering the seven-leaf clover after it falls out of The Breakfast Club album, the look on Yancy's face is one of sadness. Not something you'd expect from the guy who supposedly stole Fry's life, right?
  • Good Luck Charm: Exaggerated with Fry's seven-leaf clover - its new owner made a fortune off of an oil well he discovered inside the mansion he won in a lottery, then proceeded to score a string of number one hits and became the first man on Mars.
  • "Good Luck" Gesture: Fry crosses his fingers intensely when he hopes to win money in the horse race.
  • Grave Robbing: Angry that his brother Yancy apparently stole his clover and his name, Fry decides to rob his grave, and gets Leela and Bender to come along.
    Bender: I'll grab my kit!
  • Legacy Character: It turns out that the Phillip J. Fry of fame is actually Yancy's son, named after his missing brother.
  • Look Both Ways: Fry decides that he can jaywalk in the abandoned ruins of Old New York. He gets trampled by a giant lizard.
  • My Greatest Failure: It's not outright said, but it's clear in the last flashback that Yancy really regrets how his relationship with Fry was before he disappeared.
    Yancy: (to his newly born son) Son, I'm naming you Philip J. Fry in honor of my little brother... (sadly) who I miss every day. I love you, Philip. (sniff) And I always will.
  • Paper Destruction of Anger: Fry angrily tears his ticket when his horse doesn't win the race and he loses the bet.
  • Poke the Poodle: At the abandoned ruins of old New York City, Fry decides to do all the things he always wanted to do. Like shout "Howard Stern is overrated!" in the middle of Times Square, unhook the receiver of a public telephone, and jaywalk.
  • Ragnarök Proofing: Somehow, Fry's house managed to survive into the 31st century in tact... despite being wrecked.
  • Remember the New Guy?:
    • Scruffy is introduced here as a member of the Planet Express crew, and Fry's closest confidant. But Fry still didn't tell him where he hid the clover. In this instance, the trope is being Played for Laughs.
    • Fry just happens to share a name with the first man on Mars, and apparently no-one ever felt this worth commenting upon. Possibly lampshaded by Hermes' remark about Fry's nephew being "that" Phillip J. Fry.
    • This is the first time we've actually seen or heard of Yancy, Fry's older brother.
  • The Reveal: The last flashback. Yancy did not steal Fry's name and his fate, but he named his son after him to carry on his spirit.
  • Shatterpoint Tap: Bender tries to open the Ronco record vault by vibrating to a certain frequency. The vibrations are strong enough to shake the house and dislodge Bender's head, but it's the head hitting the vault as it falls that causes it to open.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Fry had this with his older brother Yancy, who was always taking Fry's ideas for his own.
  • Skewed Priorities: Fry's mom seemed a little fixated on a football game she was listening too while giving birth at the hospital. (Slightly justified, seeing as she was being sedated with morphine.)
  • Take That!:
    • One of the things Fry does in Old New York is shout "Howard Stern is overrated!"note 
    • When Fry doesn't find the clover inside the record vault, Leela suggests that maybe it disintegrated over time. Fry notes that the records in the vault held up... except, Bender adds, for "Sports" by Huey Lewis and the News.
      • Similarly, Yancy plans to use The Breakfast Club soundtrack to clear the room after his wedding reception.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Fry tries to recover his dollar from off of a power line... with a metal rake.
  • Tragic Keepsake: As we see in the last flashback, not only did Yancy keep the seven-leaf clover (before passing it on to his son), but he also kept Fry's rocketship drawing.
  • Trash Landing: While attempting to retrieve his dollar, Fry falls headfirst into a garbage can, and then has a bucket of slop dumped on him.


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