Love's Labors Lost in Space
Episode 4 of 9 within Season One : FOX. Item 4 of 145 overall.
Production number 1ACV04.
Brian Kelley - Writer
Brian Sheesley - Director
79 votes

On a mission intended to save endangered animals on a collapsing planet, Leela and the crew run into legendary starship captain Zapp Brannigan. A self-proclaimed ladies man, Zapp sees Leela as a potential new conquest.

When the captain refuses to aid the animal rescue, Leela and her crew try to leave Zapp's starship. But Zapp throws Fry and Bender in jail, and summons Leela to his "Lovenasium." They ultimately escape and arrive on the doomed planet, where Leela finally finds love - with a cute, and very useful, creature named Nibbler.

original airdate--April 13, 1999        rating--6.5 million

music--"Theme from Futurama" by Christopher Tyng

opening subtitle--Presented In Brain Control Where Available

opening cartoon--Bugs Bunny in "The Wacky Wabbit"


  • Zapp Brannigan's character was inspired by Captain Kirk from Star Trek. To create the character, the writers imagined what it would be like if William Shatner himself, not James T. Kirk, were the captain of the Enterprise.
    • Kif Kroker is another derivative of Star Trek - based on the idea of Spock hating his captain, yet being dependant on him and doing his every whim.
    Goofs (6)-- In the scene around the table, Leela is holding a lilac coloured cup. This changes to a red coloured cup later in the scene.
    • Zapp Brannigan's medal doesn't appear on his uniform until Leela arrives, and it disappears again after he shows it off.
    • Zapp Brannigan initially has about a dozen pink pillows on his bed, but when Leela pulls the plug on him, there are much less. Then in later shots there are more again.
    • We can see that the door of the cargo area is nearly on the ground. How come Fry can then run out of the same door and then fall out of the door near the top of the ship?

    Easter Eggs: On the main menu for Season 1 Disc 1 press right to highlight the limo. Press enter to view the film poster for the film 'Planet of the Clams'.

    On the second disc of Season One on the Main Menu, highlight "fear of a bot planet" and click up which highlights a slurm truck. Then press enter to see a movie poster.

    On the third disc of Season One on the main menu, highlight "fry and the slurm factory" and press right on DVD remote. Press enter to see movie poster.

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    003 I, Roommate
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    005 Fear of a Bot Planet
    Related to this story :
    099 The Late Philip J. Fry
      Futurama, Season Seven

    regional titles

    Love's Labors Lost in Space
    Victime de l'amour perdue dans l'espace
    Begegnung mit Zapp Brannigan
    L'anore perduto nello spazio
    Obras de Amor Perdidas en el Espacio