Loose ends

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Loose ends, plot holes and unanswered questions are issues in the overall plotline of Futurama which are not described. However, some of these may be intended. Since the show was cancelled, a lot of questions remained somewhat unanswered, but some were later answered with the direct-to-video films and others are hopefully to be answered in the second run.


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  • "The Problem with Popplers" (2ACV15)
    • If 198 billion Popplers were eaten, then Planet Express would have made over $16 billion worth of profit. What happened to this money is unknown.
      • The Professor's incompetence as a CEO could explain the missing profits. It is possible that he squandered the money, is hoarding it, or was so senile that he forgot to sign a contract before selling Fishy Joe the Popplers.
      • He also has to pay for numerous repairs to the Planet Express ship (2ACV12) and building (2ACV19).
  • "War Is the H-Word" (2ACV17)
    • The word-triggered bomb inside Bender detonates at the end of the episode, and no explanation is given as to how he might have survived. Furthermore, the bomb was supposedly powerful enough to destroy an entire planet.
      • Then again, Zoidberg was the one who put it in, so he may have messed it up.
  • "The Cryonic Woman" (2ACV19)
    • At the end of the episode, Fry is ejected from the ship after asking if he can have his job back.
      • It is unquestionable that Fry tried to re-apply again, and was rehired due to the Professor's senility.
  • "Time Keeps on Slippin'" (3ACV14)
  • "The Why of Fry" (4ACV10)
    • Nibbler states maybe she is the other in reference to Leela, however nothing more about this statement can be explained. It is likely a reference to Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi where Yoda mentions that there is another which too is never explained. While never explicitly explained, it is generally assumed by fans that he is referring to Princess Leia. However, it is doubtful that the writers of Futurama are trying to suggest that Fry and Leela are siblings.
      • Since Nibbler states that Fry is the most important person in the Universe, he may have implied that Leela was the second most important person in the Universe.
      • Another possibility may have something to do with the events of the second-run finale, "Meanwhile".
  • "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings" (4ACV18)
    • It is never stated how Leela got her hearing back after being deafened by Bender.
      • It could've been temporary.
  • The Beast with a Billion Backs
    • Amy and Kif appear to have broken up after Amy slept with Zapp and do not seem to have formally reconciled.
      • Given the amount of time between the film and when we next see Kif and Amy together, it is very likely that they just made up off-screen.
    • Fry and Leela seem to have gone back to their just-friends relationship, though it was never explained why despite the events of Bender's Big Score.
      • Leela mentions at the end of the film that Fry forgot her as soon as he met Colleen. Why Fry was with Colleen instead of Leela is another question, however.
  • Bender's Game
    • Nibbler seems to have returned after he ate himself to escape the universe in Bender's Big Score, without an explanation or questions being asked.
  • "Rebirth" (6ACV01)
    • The crew's fugitive status is never officially resolved.
      • On the other hand, they did revive Zapp as well, so he might have cleared their fugitive status.
  • "That Darn Katz!" (6ACV08)
    • It is said that the Cats invented the pyramids. In an earlier episode it is said that another planet similar to ancient Egypt created/inspired them.
      • This could be an intentional reference to Doctor Who, where the Egyptian pyramids are one of the many things (along with the destruction of Atlantis, various bits of human science/technology, all of human technology, human culture in general, the human race itself, and the planet Earth) that have multiple conflicting alien explanations.
  • "A Clockwork Origin" (6ACV09)
    • Earth was spinning in the wrong direction at the end of "That Darn Katz!", but in this episode it is spinning in the correct direction again. No explanation is given.
      • More of a continuity error than a plot hole.
  • "Yo Leela Leela" (6ACV21)
    • Scruffy switched genders in "Neutopia", but in this episode he is back to normal. No explanation is given.
  • "Viva Mars Vegas" (7ACV12)
    • Mars was blown out of orbit in "A Farewell to Arms", but in this episode it appears to be in perfect condition. No explanation is given, though the commentary reveals that one was planned before being cut for time.
  • "Stench and Stenchibility" (7ACV25)
  • "The Read Menace!" (US#X04)
    • At the end, Mom is revealed to possess a clone of Mr. Burns.