• Hermes mentions Star Trek, which is forbidden in the 31st century. [1]
  • DOOP is explicitly compared to the United Federation of Planets from the Star Trek Universe even though later episodes[2] have established that mentioning Star Trek in the future is considered taboo. Also, the "neutral zone" in which its headquarters are located may be a reference to the neutral zone between the Romulans and the Federation, or to politically neutral countries such as Switzerland.
  • Antagonist: Zapp Brannigan
  • The woman in the car who wants Kif Kroker to get into her car is Hattie McDoogal, Fry and Bender's landlady, who is also a common background character. [3]


Finnegan Begin AgainEdit

The title quotes a common phrase from "Finnegans Wake" by James Joyce, and refers to a 1985 HBO original film called Finnegan Begin Again. It is also a repeated line in the children's song "Michael Finnigan".


The game Fry and Bender play at the beginning of the episode is a parody of Dejarik, the game played by R2-D2 and Chewbacca in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

Star Trek: Deep Space NineEdit

When the Planet Express ship comes into the new station, a riff on the theme of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine can be heard.

Star TrekEdit

The laser Zapp uses to cut the ribbon has settings of "Stun", "Kill" and "Hyperdeath™", a reference to phasers from the Star Trek universe.

Motto: Live Free or DieEdit

The slogan on the neutral planet "Live Free or Don't" is a paraphrase of New Hampshire's state motto "Live Free or Die".

Everybody's Talkin'Edit

The sequence where Zapp attempts to make a living as a gigolo is taken from Midnight Cowboy, including the film's theme, "Everybody's Talkin'" by Harry Nilsson.


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