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When their delivery is eaten by a space whale, Leela becomes obsessed by her desire to retrieve the package and get revenge, ala Captain Ahab.


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  • Actor Allusion: Amy’s mother, played by Lauren Tom says at the funeral “My days of joy and luck are over. Guess I gotta quit that club.”
  • Aliens Speaking English: The first statue has a typo which is defended by the boss by the fact they're aliens with English as a second language that made a minor error.
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  • Aluminium Christmas Trees: Solar sails are an actual concept.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Leela is about to marry Fry and Zoidberg together but fails when Hermes and Fry attack her. Zoidberg replies in anguish "Oh so close."
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: Everyone cheered when the statue crushed the Popsicle guy; it's unclear if they're cheering his death, the statue arriving or both.
  • Animal Nemesis: Like the title alludes to, a Space Whale.
  • Animalistic Abomination: The Space Whale—it's a four-dimensional being capable of ripping into the fabric of space-time so it can break into the three-dimensional realm, has a digestive system that defies the laws of physics and is implied to be a living manifestation of frenzied obsession. This might be a nod to the original Moby Dick, who was also interpreted by some (both in the book and out) as being this.
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  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Not just four-dimensional and able to rip through the fabric of space-time, the space whale does curious things with its prey. Most end up locked away for all eternity in its infinite mobius intestinal tract, the few determined ones it feeds off their emotions and absorbs.
  • The Cameo: The Fourth Doctor appears in the space whale's stomach.
  • The Determinator: Leela
  • Eaten Alive: Everyone except Zoidberg, by the whale.
  • Emotion Eater: Space Whales invoke Animal Nemesis in space captains because they feed on obsession.
  • Epic Fail: Leela attempting to pin a map to the wall of the ship ripping open a hole into space, see also Too Dumb to Live.
  • Green Aesop: Parodied and defied. After all the trouble the whale gave them, the crew has no qualms about butchering it.
  • Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Zoidberg in the first flashback has a pompadour, even though his species doesn't grow hair. It turns out that the crew just imagined he had hair. However, in the second flashback, his white hair was a result of becoming so scared he grew hair just so it could turn white from fear.
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  • He Who Fights Monsters
  • I Resemble That Remark!: "For the last time, I'm not obsessed. I just want this whale to die! Die! DIE!"
  • It's Personal: Leela insists her obsession over hunting the space whale isn't personal, as it disrupted her delivery, this time it's business.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Leela "Maybe if I move the compass like this it will somehow kill the whale". See also Epic Fail and Too Dumb to Live.
  • Moby Schtick: With Leela being Ahab.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: In the flashback, it turns out that Zoidberg was popular enough with the first Planet Express crew to use this joke on its captain.
    Zoidberg: Hey, it's all my favourite patients, and also Captain Tucker! Pow!
    [general laughter, high fives exchanged]
    Captain Tucker: You totally got me, Dr. John. You're hilarious.
    Hermes: [back in the present] Zoidberg was popular?
    Amy: Zoidberg had hair?
  • Non-Malicious Monster: Lampshaded by Leela, the 4-D whale isn't evil, it's just very very hungry.
  • Noodle Incident: When Leela tells Hermes that she could marry him and Bender against their will, Bender just replies "I've been married to worse."
  • Not Quite Dead: Anyone eaten by the whale, including the previous Planet Express crew.
  • Played for Laughs: The crews and families vow to take their revenge on the space whale for devouring them, holding knives, which the 4-D creature has demonstrated before its impervious to.
  • Sanity Slippage: Leela's sanity deteriorates as she grows more obsessed with killing the Space Whale.
  • Shout-Out: Obviously
  • Space Is an Ocean: This being a Moby-Dick parody.
  • Space Whale: The one in this episode is apparently a fourth-dimensional one. It only breaches the 3rd dimension to hunt and fill its lungs with vacuum. Its intestines are fourth dimensional and keeps its meals in temporal stasis so it can feed on their obsession forever.
  • Space "X": The above Space Whales, as discussed by Bender and Leela, is not a space fish, it's a space mammal. One dangerous enough for everyone to need to spacewalk from. They also get dragged through a field of spacebergs (i.e. giant diamonds).
  • Too Dumb to Live: Leela jumping onto the whales face and trying to kill it with a kitchen Knife, see also Epic Fail.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: Leela's obsession for hunting the space whale, which it feeds on, is outdone by her obsession with completing her delivery. An obsession deep enough she overrides the whale's symbiotic bond with her and hijacks control over it.
  • Womb Level: Inside the giant Space Whale.

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