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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Release Date:

1 June 2003 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Leela travels to space to retrieve Fry's casket, the entire sequence is a nod to the film '2001: A Space Odyssey'. 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: Bees communicate by dancing.
Fry: Just like my parents! Oh wait, that was hitting.
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Features The Queen Was in the Parlor (1932) See more »


Don't Worry, Bee Happy
(parody of "Don't Worry, Be Happy")
Written by Bobby McFerrin
Parody lyrics by Patric M. Verrone
Performed by Lauren Tom, John DiMaggio, Billy West, and Phil LaMarr
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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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