The Late Philip J. Fry
Episode 7 of 13 within Season Seven : Comedy Central. Item 99 of 145 overall.
Production number 6ACV07.
Lewis Morton - Writer
Peter Avanzino - Director
13 votes

The professor has created a time machine that can only travel forward in time. Together with Fry and Bender, he will test the machine to go forward 1 minute in time. Unfortunately they end up going too far and view the future history throughout the future eras.

original airdate--June 29,2010

network--Comedy Central 


Opening subtitle--If you don't watch it, someone else will.

Trivia: One of the books that Bender throws into a fire is written in alien text. The title of that book reads 'Backwards Time Travel Made Easy'.

  • The name of the episode, 'The Late Philip J. Fry' is a reference to a character in the 'A Song of Ice and Fire' books, 'The Late Walder Frey'.
  • Before Prof. Farnsworth shoots Hitler, the dictator says in German: "Betrachten Sie meinen Schnurrbart!" In English this means: "Look at my moustache!"
  • In the episode "Futurama" (1999) {The Cryonic Woman (#3.3)}, one patient tells Fry he froze himself because he wanted to meet Shakespeare and assumed time was cyclical. Fry tells him it only moves in a straight line. However, in episode "Futurama" (1999) {The Late Philip J. Fry (#6.7)}, this assumption is proven wrong, as Fry, the Professor and Bender accidently overshoot while testing a new time machine, and have to travel through all of human existence to get home.
  • When the Professor is taking the time machine forward at a very slow speed before reaching the present, clips from previous episodes flash by.

It can be theorized that the reason the universe repeats itself during the trio's voyage is, in fact, their continued existence following their universe's collapse, even as a time-traveling anomaly, meaning their very presence affects the new universe's formation, namely in repeating the universal timeline resulting in their creation, life and circumstances leading to their flight (Hereby explaining why the universe is an exact duplicate).



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