Futurama (1999–2013)
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The Sting 

Sent on the same mission which caused the deaths of the previous Planet Express crew, Leela mourns the apparent death of Fry.


Brian Sheesley


Matt Groening (created by), Matt Groening (developed by) | 3 more credits »


Episode cast overview:
Billy West ... Philip J. Fry / Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth / Dr. Zoidberg (voice)
Katey Sagal ... Turanga Leela (voice)
John DiMaggio ... Bender (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Kug / Petunia / Singing Bee (voice)
Phil LaMarr ... Hermes Conrad (voice)
Lauren Tom ... Amy Wong (voice)
David Herman ... Father Changstein El-Gamal / Terry (voice)
Frank Welker ... Nibbler / Bees (voice)
Dawnn Lewis ... LaBarbara Conrad (voice)




Sent on the same mission which caused the deaths of the previous Planet Express crew, Leela mourns the apparent death of Fry.

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Did You Know?


"Honeycomb's big. Yeah yeah yeah. It's not small. No no no." were the lyrics to the theme song for Honeycombs cereal in the 80s. See more »


Professor Farnsworth says his former crew was killed by "space bees". In the pilot he said they were killed by space wasps. Bees are not wasps and vice-versa. See more »


Leela: In my dream, Fry said he hid a gift for me in his locker... if it's true, then he *must* still exist in some form!
Professor Hubert Farnsworth: Of course he still exists... as a frozen corpse in outer space! Ho! Ho! Ho! Ho! Ho! Ho! Huh!
Professor Hubert Farnsworth: I made myself sad!
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References Futurama: My Three Suns (1999) See more »


Walking on Sunshine
Written by Kimberley Rew
Arranged by Christopher Tyng
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Possibly the best episode in the entire series
22 April 2007 | by UnicornMaidenSee all my reviews

No matter how funny a comedy show is, its best moments are always defined by it serious episodes. Along with "Godfellas" this is my favorite episode in the series. Bender, Fry, and Leela are sent on the same mission which killed Professor Farnsworth's previous crew: collecting honey from killer space wasps. Although Fry does not want to go, Leela forces him. As they are completing their mission, Fry jumps in front of Leela, taking the wasp sting that was meant for her. Following Fry's funeral, Leela suffers terrible guilt.

"The Sting" is a pivotal episode as it shows the deep emotional bond that Fry and Leela share. Although it does have moments of classic Futurama comedy (including the main cast breaking into a rousing rendition of "Don't Worry, Be Happy"), this is a really deep, serious episode, which will likely bring viewer to tears.

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1 June 2003 (USA) See more »

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