TV Club: Futurama: “The Day The Earth Stood Stupid”/ “That’s Lobstertainment!”

“The Day The Earth Stood Stupid” (season 3, episode 9; originally aired 2/18/2001)

In which uhhhh… der…

Who is Nibbler? What is Nibbler? How is Nibbler? Why is Nibbler? Where is—ah, right, you get it, moving on. When the furry little cutie-pie was introduced back in the show’s first season (“Love’s Labours Lost In Space”), the joke seemed so obvious as to not require any further clarification. Nibbler was small and adorable and made amusing noises, and he (assuming it was a he) was also a ravenous beast capable of devouring animals ten times his size or more. Ha ha. It was the sort of sweet-but-also-unsettling gag that fit the show’s general tone quite nicely. Nibbler didn’t eat anything noticeably sentient, and he gave Leela something to lavish maternal affection on. Nuff said, really.

Except it’s not, and in “The Day The …

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