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Futurama episode
"A Fishful of Dollars"
Futurama 106 - A Fishful of Dollars.jpg
Fry enjoys his new rich lifestyle.
Episode no. 6
Prod. code 1ACV06
Airdate April 27, 1999
Writer(s) Patric M. Verrone
Director Ron Hughart
Gregg Vanzo
Opening subtitle LOADING....
Opening cartoon 1932's "Betty Boop's Crazy Inventions"
Guest star(s) Pamela Anderson as herself
Season 1
March 1999 – June 1999
  1. "Space Pilot 3000"
  2. "The Series Has Landed"
  3. "I, Roommate"
  4. "Love's Labours Lost in Space"
  5. "Fear of a Bot Planet"
  6. "A Fishful of Dollars"
  7. "My Three Suns"
  8. "A Big Piece of Garbage"
  9. "Hell Is Other Robots"
  10. "A Flight to Remember"
  11. "Mars University"
  12. "When Aliens Attack"
  13. "Fry and the Slurm Factory"
List of all Futurama episodes...

"A Fishful of Dollars" is episode six in the first season of Futurama. It originally aired in North America on April 27, 1999. The episode was written by Patric Verrone and directed by Ron Hughart and Gregg Vanzo. Pamela Anderson guest stars as her own preserved head in a jar. This episode marks the first appearance of the character Mom, the series' recurring antagonist. The title of the episode is a play on name of the film A Fistful of Dollars.[1]


Cold opening

Fry is having trouble sleeping. He hears springs constantly moving up and down (hinting sexual intercourse), though it turns out to be two robots, with springs for body parts, playing poker.


After having their dreams taken over by an advertisement, the Planet Express crew takes a trip to the local shopping mall. Trying to buy the product in his dreams, Fry realizes he is broke. At the same time, Bender is caught shoplifting and sent to jail. Unable to pay the bail, Fry remembers he had a bank account back in the twentieth century. Surprisingly, the bank has stayed in business, and he still has his ATM card and remembers his PIN code: the price of a cheese pizza and large soda at Panucci's Pizza, where he used to work. The account has been accruing interest at 2.25% for the past thousand years, bringing the balance from 93 cents to $4.3 billion. Fry goes on a massive spending spree, buying numerous 20th century artifacts, such as Ted Danson's skeleton, an antique robot toy, videotapes of past sitcoms, and the last known tin of anchovies, which were fished to extinction shortly after the Decapodians arrived on Earth. However, he finds himself making a rival of Mom, a famous industrialist and owner of Mom's Old-Fashioned Robot Oil. She wants to acquire the anchovies for herself since they represent a potential source of oil that can permanently lubricate robots, thus putting her out of business.

Mom's sons Walt, Larry, and Igner conspire with the head of Pamela Anderson to steal Fry's ATM card and PIN. They tranquilize Fry and fool him into believing it is still the year 2000, using a crude mock-up of Panucci's to make him think he fell asleep on the job. Anderson orders a cheese pizza and a large soda, whereupon Fry inadvertently reveals his PIN as he rings up the total, which was $10.77. Walt, Larry, and Igner empty Fry's bank account, and except for the anchovies, all of his 20th century artifacts are repossessed. They hope that doing this will force Fry to sell the anchovies to Mom.

Mom visits Fry and attempts to buy the anchovies, but realises that Fry had intended to eat the anchovies and stops interfering. Fry covers a pizza with the anchovies and shares them with the rest of the Planet Express employees. Everyone except Fry spits their pizza out in disgust. Fry claims that they are an acquired taste. When Dr. Zoidberg enters the room, he smells the anchovies' "heavenly stench" and immediately devours all the remaining pizza. He goes on to demand "More. More! More!", flying into a rage when he learns that there are no more anchovies anywhere.

Broadcast and reception

In 2006 this episode was ranked as 25th in's list of the Top 25 Futurama episodes. The episode was chosen to be included in the list in part due to its many jokes about the '70s and '80s.[2]

In its initial airing, the episode received a Nielsen rating of 6.4/10, placing it 58th among primetime shows for the week of April 27 - May 2, 1999.[3]


The $4.3 billion account balance quoted by the bank teller is the result of compound interest calculated once a year, and is approximately correct. The exact figure is: 0.93(1 + 0.0225)1000 = 4,283,508,449.71


  1. ^ Cook, Vivian. Accomodating Brocolli in the Cemetary [sic]. p. 128.  
  2. ^ Dan Iverson (2006-07-07). "Top 25 Futurama Episodes". Retrieved 2007-09-21.  
  3. ^ "PEOPLE'S CHOICE.(APRIL 20-MAY 2 Broadcast networks prime time ratings)". Broadcasting & Cable (Reed Business Information). 1999-05-10. Retrieved 2009-03-07.  

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