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'Roswell That Ends Well'
Futurama episode
Episode no.Season 3
Episode 19
Directed byRich Moore
Written byJ. Stewart Burns
Production code3ACV19
Original air dateDecember 9, 2001
Episode features
Opening captionFun For The Whole Family (except Grandma and Grandpa)
Opening cartoon'Congo Jazz' (1930)
Episode chronology
'Anthology of Interest II'
Futurama (season 3)
List of Futurama episodes

'Roswell That Ends Well' is the 19th episode in the third season of the American animated television series Futurama. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on December 9, 2001. The plot centers on an accidental time travel event that results in the main characters participating in the Roswell UFO Incident in 1947.[1]

The episode was written by J. Stewart Burns and directed by Rich Moore. 'Roswell That Ends Well' scored a Nielsen rating of 3.1 during its original broadcast, and it received acclaim from television critics, with many hailing it as one of the best episodes of Futurama. It won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (Programming Less Than One Hour) in 2002.


As the crew watch a supernova, Fry puts a metal pan of popcorn into the ship's microwave oven. The radiation causes the pan to emit sparks, which interact with the particles thrown off by the supernova and send the ship back to 1947. Since GPS technology does not yet exist in this time period, the crew have no way to navigate the ship accurately and crash-land in Roswell, New Mexico. Refusing to wear a seat belt like the rest of the crew, Bender is flung through the windshield on impact and smashed to pieces. The crew and Bender's disembodied head seek out a way to return to the 31st century, leaving Zoidberg behind to pick up the pieces. Zoidberg is captured by the U.S. military and taken to Roswell Air Base for experimentation. Assuming the pieces are the remnants of a flying saucer, the military 'reconstructs' Bender's body as such.

Meanwhile, the microwave oven needed to return to the future has been destroyed and a replacement is not yet commercially available. A microwave antenna from the army base would work as a viable alternative, but Professor Farnsworth warns that stealing it could change history. He likewise warns Fry against visiting his grandfather, Enos, who is stationed at the base, as he might kill Enos and erase his own existence. However, Farnsworth's advice has the opposite effect; Fry becomes determined to seek out Enos and encourage him to pursue a sexual relationship with his fiancée Mildred. After several bumbling attempts to keep Enos safe, Fry resorts to locking him in an abandoned house. The house turns out to be located in the middle of a nuclear weapon testing range, and Enos is killed in a bomb test.

When Fry visits Mildred to console her on Enos' death, she begins to seduce him. Realizing that his existence has not been erased, he concludes that she cannot be his grandmother. The two have sex that night and are found by the rest of the crew the following morning. Seeing that Mildred has begun to act like his grandmother, Fry realizes to his horror that he is his own grandfather.

With time running out, Farnsworth decides that secrecy is no longer important and the crew storm Roswell Air Base by force to get the microwave dish, throwing the entire complex into disarray. Fry and Leela rescue Zoidberg from an alien autopsy while Farnsworth grabs Bender's body. As the ship leaves Earth's atmosphere and triggers the microwave dish for the time jump, Bender's head falls out and has to be left behind in 1947. Back in the 31st century, Fry laments the loss of Bender, until he realizes that his head must still be where it landed in New Mexico. The crew return to Roswell's ruins with a metal detector and dig up the head, still intact and functioning. They attach it to Bender's still-mangled, hovering, 'UFO' body and return to New New York, content that their misadventures in 1947 have not changed history in any way.


The writing team came up with the idea for this episode when they were planning the three plot lines for 'Anthology of Interest II'. As the idea developed they eventually had so much material for it that they broke it out as a separate episode.[2] The reason the concept was originally under consideration for the 'What if...' scenario was that when Groening and Cohen originally created Futurama they decided there would not be any time travel; however they changed their mind and decided to go forward with the idea.[3] The writers did not want to create a situation that would leave fans wondering why the Planet Express crew could not simply travel through time on a regular basis. For this purpose they chose to have it occur unintentionally during a supernova as that was deemed to be a suitably rare occurrence.[2]Futurama has returned to the theme of time travel twice since; in Futurama: Bender's Big Score, although the cause of time travel is different, and in 'The Late Philip J. Fry', which involves a time machine that can only travel forwards in time – to specifically avoid creating a paradox.

In this episode, director Rich Moore used screen position and character movement to mimic the time travel aspects of the plot. In the planning stages it was decided that actions that played to screen left would represent events from the past or a setback to the plot. Likewise, screen right indicated progress or moving past their problems.[4]

Cultural references[edit]

TV critic Rob Owen perceived the episode to have touched upon many of the plot devices and themes commonly seen in time travel stories, most notably the Back to the Future and Terminator movies.[1] The episode also shares much in common with the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode 'Little Green Men'.[5] Bender's head lying buried in the sand for centuries recalls the same thing happening to the android Data's head in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode 'Time's Arrow'.

Much of Enos' character is taken from Gomer Pyle,[1] such as his accent and use of Pyle's trademark 'Go-oooly!', which was parodied as 'Gadzooks!'.[2]

Broadcast and reception[edit]

The episode won an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Animated Program (Programming Less Than One Hour) category in 2002,[6] marking Futurama's first win in this category. Rich Moore also won an Annie Award for 'Directing in an Animated Television Production' in 2002[7] and in 2006, IGN ranked the episode as the sixth best Futurama episode.[8] In 2013, they reassessed the list and upgraded it to third best.[9] In 2001, executive producer David X. Cohen noted that this was one of his favorite episodes of the series.[10]Sci Fi Weekly gave the episode an 'A' grade and noted that it was 'a half hour of pure entertainment'.[11] Zack Handlen of The A.V. Club gave the episode an A.[12] This episode is one of four featured in the Monster Robot Maniac Fun Collection, marking it as one of Matt Groening's favorite episodes from the series.[13]Claudia Katz, producer of Futurama, has also stated that this is one of her three favorite episodes of the series.[14] In 2013, it was ranked number 5 'as voted on by fans' for Comedy Central's Futurama Fanarama marathon.[15] Although the episode was well received by critics, it continued to do poorly in its time slot. The original airing was in 83rd place for the week with a 3.1 rating/5 share.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ abcRob Owen (December 9, 2001). 'Fox's 'Futurama' funny, freaky, fetching'. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved June 30, 2007.
  2. ^ abcCohen, David X (2003). Futurama season 3 DVD commentary for the episode 'Roswell That Ends Well' (DVD). 20th Century Fox.
  3. ^Groening, Matt (2003). Futurama season 3 DVD commentary for the episode 'Roswell That Ends Well' (DVD). 20th Century Fox.
  4. ^Moore, Rich (2003). Futurama season 3 Alternate DVD commentary for the episode 'Roswell That Ends Well' (DVD). 20th Century Fox.
  5. ^Booker, M. Keith. Drawn to Television: Prime-Time Animation from The Flintstones to Family Guy. pp. 115–124.
  6. ^Azrai, Ahmad (October 31, 2004). 'Farewell to the funny future'. Asia Africa Intelligence Wire. Retrieved January 10, 2008.
  7. ^'30th Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners'. International Animated Film Society. 2002. Archived from the original on July 2, 2007. Retrieved June 28, 2007.
  8. ^'Top 25 Futurama Episodes'. IGN. Archived from the original on February 16, 2007. Retrieved November 4, 2006.
  9. ^'Top 25 Futurama Episodes'. IGN. September 9, 2013. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  10. ^'David X. Cohen boards the Planet Express to find meaning in Futurama'. Sci Fi Weekly. December 17, 2001. Archived from the original on October 11, 2007. Retrieved June 18, 2007.
  11. ^'Futurama Premiere'. Sci Fi Weekly. December 3, 2001. Archived from the original on November 5, 2007. Retrieved June 26, 2007.
  12. ^'Futurama: 'Roswell That Ends Well'/'Anthology Of Interest II''. May 28, 2015. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
  13. ^Gord Lacey (May 11, 2005). 'Futurama — Do the Robot Dance!'. Archived from the original on June 17, 2009. Retrieved June 26, 2007.
  14. ^Scott Weinberg (November 14, 2007). 'Interview: 'Futurama' Movie(s) Producer(s) & Director(s)!'. Retrieved January 21, 2008.
  15. ^'Futurama Fanarama marathon'. August 25, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
  16. ^'Futurama, Family Guy Not Fairing Well'. December 12, 2001. Archived from the original on July 7, 2007. Retrieved July 4, 2007.

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Liz's worst nightmare became a reality on Roswell, New Mexico Season 2 Episode 10.

After living her entire life in fear that Arturo would get deported, an ICE agent at the hospital takes him to a detention center.

With a misdemeanor preventing her from being his sponsor, Liz's inability to help her father leaves her in a wild state of desperation.

Ever since Roswell, New Mexico Season 1 Episode 1, Liz has been concerned about her father's illegal status in the United States.

After Helena signed over the restaurant to Liz, and Alberto was able to apply for his green card, it seemed as if Arturo was in the clear.

But, true to real life, the process didn't work out as smoothly as they hoped.

The series did an excellent job of portraying how difficult it is for outsiders to gain citizenship in the United States.

Despite Liz being the perfect sponsor, it took only one misdemeanor, which Liz was wrongfully accused of, to prevent her from helping her father.

Liz's reaction to everything that was being thrown at her made viewers feel for her even deeper than before.

Liz and her friends have been through the wringer over the past year. But as Liz confessed to Jenna, Arturo being an illegal immigrant, terrified her even as a young child.

Rosa and I used to recite our escape plan for if our parents got deported and we got separated in foster care. I begged my parents not to tell Santa where we lived because I was afraid he'd ask for papers. My whole life was built on a fear of this day coming, and it's here.

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Thankfully, Jenna was there and offered Liz and be a shoulder to cry on and other help.

This friendship is one that wasn't developed much until Max's death on Roswell, New Mexico Season 1 Episode 13.

Liz and Jenna's shared love for Max brought them closer together, as opposed to tearing them apart.

It's refreshing that the two of them care about each other outside of their relations to Max and that they can build such a solid relationship.

Thank you for being here. You used your privilege to help me. I'm furious that I needed it, but I needed it.

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Although Jenna's privilege as a white police officer helped Liz get more information about her father's detainment, it wasn't enough to get him released.

When Liz reached out to him as a last resort, viewers finally met Diego, Liz's ex-fiance, who she left without an explanation.

It's all well and good that Liz ended up in Roswell with Max, but it's hard not to wonder why she left Diego, in the first place.

To put it plainly, Diego is incredible.

Most men would probably be upset if the woman they loved left without a goodbye, but Diego didn't make Liz feel at all guilty for her decision.

Even though a romantic future is no longer in the cards for them, hopefully, Diego will pop in the show every once and a while.

While he only had a couple of minutes of screentime, he made quite the impact.

All's Well In Roswell (isn't It ) Script

The family tree on Roswell is getting more twisted than ever before.

Why is your hand covered? You miss your injury because you want to hurt. Your anger made you feel safe. I will always hate my father for what he did to you, but I don't want to live in that toolshed for the rest of my life. I don't want to walk around thinking that people don't change. That one day everyone's just gonna let me down, cause I am not building a damn rocket ship in a hidden lair. There's one way for me off of this planet. And I need to believe in a reason to stay.

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Michael, Isobel, and Max spent their entire lives wondering about their pasts, but the one thing they never doubted was Max and Isobel's relation to each other.

But, as it turns out, we can't even be sure about that. Throw Maria's relation to Isobel in the mix, and things are simply insane.

Louise did tell Harrison she only had two girls, but she could very well be lying. The question is, why would she be?

Could Louise have been trying to protect Max because he's as different as he thinks he is?

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All my life, no matter how weird things got, I never felt alone. Because I was your twin. Maybe I'm different. Maybe I'm a freak.

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Max's flashback revealed that Louise was the one who freed Max from his chains as a child before facing off against a hooded figure.

If Max was hidden away somewhere, Louise could have been trying to keep his existence a secret.

There's also the possibility that Louise rescued him and took him in as her own.

Max's memories could be the key to everything.

If he remembers how he ended up in his pod, there's a good chance he'll see what happened to Michael and Isobel, as well.

With the Roswell, New Mexico Season 2 finale in sight, Max could finally uncover the mystery that's been at the center of the series.

How did the aliens make it to Earth?

Stray Thoughts:

  • It's easy to forget that Michael and Isobel aren't blood-related, which made Michael's offer to have a baby with Isobel pretty weird. But in the weird world of aliens, you've got to do what you've got to do.
  • Every episode Kyle isn't in breaks my heart a little more. Considering he's one of the best characters, Roswell needs to find a way to incorporate him into more parts of the story.
  • Alex is always the one in the most amount of pain, yet he's the person who comforts everyone else. His fight with Michael hit hard, and it's discouraging to know that, due to his surveillance of Alex, his dad hasn't changed at all. Did he kidnap his son?
  • At least Alex has one good family member. Hopefully, Gregory will continue to appear on the series and give Alex the love he deserves from a brother.
  • Michael giving Maria the bracelet, and her choosing to put it on was a pivotal moment. Rather than shutting him out, Maria has accepted Michael's help and has begun to understand the value of her own life.

It's your turn, Roswell fanatics! What did you think of 'American Women'? Who could have kidnapped Alex?

How do you feel about how crazy this family tree is getting? Could Max and Isobel still be twins?

Drop a comment down below, and let us know your thoughts and predictions for the rest of the season.


And don't forget that if you missed the episode, you can watch Roswell, New Mexico online right here at TV Fanatic!

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