Commentary:Roswell that Ends Well (standard commentary)

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Commentary for
Roswell that Ends Well
Roswell that ends well.jpg
Production number3ACV19
On DVDSeason 3
Disc 4
& Monster Robot Maniac Fun Collection
Directors commentaryTranscript
Matt Groening
David X. Cohen
Executive producer
J. Stewart Burns
Susan Dietter
Guest director
John DiMaggio
Actor (Bender, misc.)
Billy West
Actor (Fry, The Professor, misc.)

Topics of Discussion

  • This episode won an Emmy (Outstanding Animated Program 2002).
  • This episode was considered for use as part of Anthology of Interest II.
  • There is no scientific basis for the time travel. However, they chose a rarely occurring cause.
  • Noted a few potentially disturbing things that were removed from the time tunnel.
  • Making fun of Star Trek's lack of seatbelts.
  • J. Stewart Burns found a copy of the actual Roswell newspaper from the crash on the internet and based the one in the episode on it.
  • Noting the distributed brain of Bender.
  • About five minutes of Zoidberg interrogation was cut.
  • Same All Purpose Spray from When Aliens Attack.
  • Enos and the sergeant are based on Gomer Pyle.
  • The similar hair shows that they are related.
  • The pin-up calender's odd switching from Female to Male pin-ups. (also referenced in the secondary commentary)
  • Noting the use of "aks" from Xmas Story.
  • You can have an animation cel made for US$250 - US$300.
  • Maurice LaMarche studied CDs of Harry Truman to get the voice right.
  • They had to make sure that Fry was sure it wasn't his grandma when they had sex.
    • They lost several days deciding if this was too tasteless.
  • Where does Fry's DNA come from? They determined that about one third is from each of his other grandparents and the Y chromosome is unaccounted for.
    • David X. Cohen sets a challenge to find the steady state solution for the amount of DNA Fry gave himself (and provides his email address to send the answer to).
    • Possible that the first time Enos was the grandfather.
  • Noting the various degrees staff has received.

Highlights / Quotes

    David X. Cohen: What Stewart meant about the Emmy was that we've submitted this for the Emmy award, but we don't even know if we're nominated yet, but we're just assuming, we're pretty much clearing our mantle pieces off.

    J. Stewart Burns: You guys get all the chicks though, so...
    Billy West: Only if I'm wearing my Futurama jacket.
    John DiMaggio: Yeah, exactly. If I put the Bender suit on.

    Billy West: Ever see a guy driving a car on blocks? [Enos] That's where it comes from.

    David X. Cohen: Matt, that gesture you just made, that's not going to show up in the DVD commentary.

    J. Stewart Burns: Who that calendar was made for...
    Matt Groening: Well one month is for...
    J. Stewart Burns: Crap, it's June.