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|Written by||Ken Keeler|
|Directed by||Peter Avanzino|
|Title caption||AVENGE US|
|First air date||4 September 2013|
|Title reference||See here|
"Meanwhile" is the one hundred and fortieth and last  episode of Futurama, the twenty-sixth and last of the seventh production season and the thirteenth and last of the tenth broadcast season. It aired on 4 September 2013, on Comedy Central. Fry asks Leela to marry him, and they face their destiny together as the professor's latest invention alters the fabric of time.
- 1 Plot
- 2 Production
- 3 Reception
- 4 Additional information
- 5 References
Act I: "My little meatbag's growin' up!"
The episode finds Fry, Leela and Bender making a delivery to the moon and visiting the amusement park there. After an accident on one of the rides, Leela seemingly dies. Luckily, all is well, as she manages to survive inside a stuffed animal. However, the close call is too much for Fry to handle. Confessing to Bender that he can't imagine life without her, he vows that he will finally propose marriage to Leela.
Meanwhile, Professor Farnsworth invents the time button, a device that lets the user travel exactly 10 seconds into the past. He first demonstrates its abilities by stealing ten dollars from Zoidberg while the rest of the crew watches from the time shelter that shields them from the button's effects. Fry, with Bender in tow, takes the time button to steal diamonds for an engagement ring.
After fashioning the stolen diamonds into the perfect engagement ring, he hides it in a clam at Elzar's. When he presents it to Leela, she reaches for the ring and the clam snaps shut, severing her hand and a bloody stump.
Act II: "Goodbye, my love..."
Fry uses the time button to go back to before Leela's hand is severed, he injures the clam and proposes once again telling Leela to meet him on the top of the Vampire State Building at 6:30pm to give her answer. Leela seemingly jilts Fry and, heartbroken, he jumps from the skyscraper.
While falling, Fry spots Leela arriving at 6:25pm; the time button did not account for Fry's watch making it seem as if Leela was late. When the rest of the clocks in the universe went back by 10 seconds, Fry's watch did not. Leela sees Fry falling, as she watches the incident in horror. Fry only realizes he can use the button to undo this after he has already been falling for more than ten seconds.
Meanwhile, the professor calls Bender, Hermes, Amy and Zoidberg into the time shelter, where Bender reveals that Fry took the time button to the Vampire State Building, they carefully make their way to the building and meet Leela, Fry loses the button and dies upon impact, left as a puddle of blood and guts. A distraught Leela uses the time button to send him back into the sky but the professor is seemingly killed at the same instant, having being inside of the shelter, less than 10 seconds prior to the button press meant his chronitons were scattered, because the button had less than ten seconds on knowledge of where to place him.
Leela uses the button over and again to hear what happened with Fry, who suffers death after death, learning a little each time. Bender devises a plan to use his air bag to save Fry. He exits to be crashed into by Amy, Hermes and Zoidberg and his air bag successfully saves Fry. Elated, everyone begins to celebrate until Fry lands on the time button, leaving the entire universe save Leela and himself frozen.
Act III: "I was never lonely, not even for a minute."
After witnessing a strange glimmer travel across the air, Fry and Leela go on with their marriage, bringing along their friends and family to the wedding albeit frozen in time. They spend the rest of their lives travelling the world on the ultimate honeymoon: going to Africa, France, the Arctic, among other places, living a happy life, together.
The couple, now old and grey, return to the Vampire State Building to drink their engagement champagne, both feel as if they've lived the ideal life, with Leela pointing out that she was never lonely even in a frozen universe as she had Fry. The glimmer appears again before the couple, creating a tube-like tunnel to them and revealing to be the professor; he had been "tunnelling" his way around the frozen timeline in search of the time button, Fry gives it to him and the professor effortlessly repairs it.
The time button has been modified to send the universe back to before the professor conceived of the button so he can undo the whole affair, erasing their memory of the incident in the process. Fry asks Leela if she wants to "go around again", to which she responds "I do". Fry and Leela share their final kiss, content with the knowledge they have another wonderful lifetime together to come, and with one press of the time button the timeline is negated.
This is the fourth series finale that writer and producer Ken Keeler wrote for the show. The other three are "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings", Into the Wild Green Yonder and "Overclockwise". The director of the episode — Peter Avanzino — also directed Into the Wild Green Yonder.
In 2012, Futurama writer Eric Rogers made two revelations concerning the episode. On 11 April, he revealed that "["7ACV25" and this episode] now [had] stories".  On 20 April, he revealed that the episode was being "[pitched] out" and urged fans to buy merchandise in order for the show to "come back". 
Concept art of the time shelter. 
Promotional picture of Fry falling from the Vampire State Building. 
Concept art of Fry in a tuxedo. 
Concept art of Leela in a wedding gown. 
- The following paragraph was copied from this article's Wikipedia counterpart.
"Meanwhile" has received positive reviews. Max Nicholson, for IGN, wrote that "Meanwhile" was "a fitting end to a classic animated series".  He gave the episode a 9 out of 10. Zack Handlen, writing for The A.V. Club, said that "the first five minutes are passable but rushed, and the hook of Fry deciding he needed to ask Leela to marry him isn't all that exciting". However, he later went on to say that "this finale settles somewhere between the "too happy" and the "oh dear God when will it end," which makes it just about perfect. It has just about everything you could want from Futurama: there's a nifty time-travel plot, Fry and Leela get married, Bender is a jackass, Zoidberg loses $10, there's a nifty time-travel plot, and Fry dies". He graded the episode an "A".
IGN named this episode #9 on their list of the top 25 Futurama episodes.
- The episode aired on John DiMaggio's forty-fifth birthday.
- In "Forty Percent Leadbelly", which was also written by Ken Keeler, a Bender duplicate says that his audience deserves better than some crappy, formulaic ending. This may be a reference to the fact that Keeler wrote the finale.
- The episode's title caption is likely a reference to the show's second cancellation.
- The episode revisits Luna Park, from "The Series Has Landed", which was also written by Ken Keeler and directed by Peter Avanzino.
- Another episode written by Ken Keeler and directed by Peter Avanzino is "The Six Million Dollar Mon".
- Tress MacNeille does the voice of Albert, who up until this episode had been voiced by Kath Soucie.
- Bender tells Fry that he told Leela that he loved her "like 140 times". This episode is the one hundred and fortieth episode of Futurama.
- The number of seconds that the time button sends the universe into the past is the same as the amount of money that Zoidberg finds.
- The censored couple, Richard Nixon's head, Smitty and URL are the only characters besides Fry, Leela, Bender and Professor Farnsworth to appear in both this episode and the first episode, "Space Pilot 3000".
- While Fry is falling, his watch says that it's 7:03, when the time is actually 6:25. Since his watch is 38 minutes ahead, he must have done about 228 resets, three of which were the professor demonstrating the button while Fry was in the time shelter.
- 6:25 also happens to be the production number of "Overclockwise" — the show's previous series finale.
- Assuming that the Vampire State Building has the same height as the Empire State Building, Fry's fall from the roof would take 10.8 seconds when accounting for air drag.  The remaining height after ten seconds would be 40 meters, which matches the depiction in the episode.
- When Fry is talking to János before jumping, there is an announcement requesting "Janitor to the 237th-floor men's room". The 102nd floor is the top floor of the Empire State Building, at 1250 feet. If the buildings were the same height, each floor on the Vampire State Building would be less that 6-feet high (assuming 237 floors in 1250 feet). So the building must be considerably taller.
- The professor says "time-space continuum", but the usual term is "space-time continuum".
- In the Simpsons episode "Treehouse of Horror XIV", Bart and Milhouse order a stopwatch that stops time.
- The woman holding the caviar resembles Nixon's campaign manager.
- This is the only time that Agnew appears without Nixon.
- When the elderly Fry and Leela observe the glimmer on top of the Vampire State Building towards the end of the episode, Leela says it's "Pretty though". At the end of "Space Pilot 3000", Smitty says the same line about the fireworks on New Year's Eve.
- Thanks to the professor returning himself, Fry, and Leela to before he created the button, only the first four minutes and five seconds of the episode have a chance of having actually happened.
- The first airing of the episode was immediately followed by the airing of "Space Pilot 3000". Futurama writer Patric M. Verrone initially suggested for the characters to, at the end of the episode, go back to 31 December 1999,  the day on which "Space Pilot 3000" is set.
- An image of the clam is used on the setup menu for Volume 8.
- Ken Keeler was unable to participate in the commentary, so he sent Patric M. Verrone a set of comments for him to read on his behalf.
Fry and Leela's list
These appear to be locations for Fry and Leela to have sex in.
- Click here to see cultural mentions made in this episode.
- The episode's title may be a reference to cartoonist Jason Shiga's 2010 comic book of the same name, which features a time machine that can only go back in time ten minutes. 
- The episode's plot is reminiscent of that of the Stargate SG-1 series finale — "Unending".
- Bender throws a bottle at Craterface, which lands in his eye. This may be a reference to French illusionist Georges Méliès' 1902 silent film A Trip to the Moon, where the space-ship crashes into the moon's eye.
- The Star Trek transporter sound effect is heard when Hermes orders a drink by saying "Computer, Jamaican joy juice, hot". This is also a reference to how Captain Picard frequently orders "Tea, Earl Grey, hot" from the ship's replicators in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
- Petunia says "I'll have what she's having" — a famous line from the 1989 film When Harry Met Sally....
- Fry falling from the Vampire State Building just in time to press the time button is reminiscent of the way in which Agent J travels back in time in the 2012 film Men in Black 3.
- The wrecking crane that Sal rides in has three legs, similar to the tripods from The War of the Worlds.
- The crew delivers a copy of Edvard Munch's The Scream painting.
- Fry falling on and breaking the time button is an allusion to the Twilight Zone episode "A Kind of a Stopwatch", where a man has a stopwatch that can stop time, which he proceeds to break and get stuck alone in a frozen universe.
- A Spider-Man-like robot can be seen when time is frozen.
- Fry and Leela's decades-long honeymoon is set to the first movement of Frédéric Chopin's Étude Op. 10, No. 3.
- On Fry and Leela's list of locations to have sex, "in the road" may be a subtle reference to the Beatles song "Why Don't We Do It in the Road?".
- When the ship is flying towards Luna Park, one can see the moon buggy that Fry abandoned in a crater in "The Series Has Landed".
- Craterface displays his sullenness and gets a beer bottle to the eye by Bender — references to "The Series Has Landed".
- When the Mecha-Hexadecapus malfunctions and Leela breaks a hole in the dome, Craterface flies up and stops up the dome — a reference to the moon replicated in the Holo-Shed doing the same when the Nimbus blows a hole in its hull in "Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch".
- When Fry is staring at the time button, his eyes narrow. This is a reference to a scene from "The Lesser of Two Evils", which originated an internet meme.
- When describing the horrible deaths that the crew will experience if they leave the time shelter, the professor says that they would be shredded across the time-space continuum like human coleslaw, to which Zoidberg says "Yum". This may be a reference to "Roswell that Ends Well", in which the professor orders Soylent coleslaw.
- Fry's tuxedo and Leela's wedding gown are both from previous episodes. The tuxedo is from "Calculon 2.0", and the gown is from "Time Keeps on Slippin'".
- The episode features Fry and Leela's third wedding. Their first wedding was seen in "Time Keeps on Slippin'", and their second was in Bender's Big Score, when Leela was going to marry Lars — a time-paradox duplicate of Fry.
- Leela was previously seen with grey hair in "The Late Philip J. Fry".
- The man and woman in Paris were previously seen in "Game of Tones".
- Bender was previously referred to as "What's-his-name" in "Stench and Stenchibility" — the previous episode.
- The clam bites off Leela's right hand, but the hand in the clam appears to be the left hand.
- After the clam cuts off Leela's hand, Fry takes more than ten seconds to press the button.
- When the professor calls for Hermes, Bender, Amy, and Zoidberg to enter the time shelter, the painting is ripped, despite the fact that it's intact in the previous shot.
- When Leela presses the button, Fry is inside the button ball, so he should remain dead.
- Since Fry (and later Leela) cannot press the button instantaneously after the device recharges he would not be able to prevent himself from falling forever; he would start closer and closer to the ground each time.
- The button may account for this.
- When Fry splatters on the ground, the time button survives the fall, but when Fry lands on it, it easily breaks.
- It's possible that it has a lower terminal velocity than Fry.
- Fry would not be able to tell a continuous story while falling, since he would be sent back in time and would be unable to remember what he had just said.
- It's possible that since his remains were in the time bubble, he remembers. This still leaves the previously mentioned goof about how he should remain dead.
- In the stands at the basketball match, some characters are seen twice.
- Objects seem to react to Fry and Leela in a peculiar way: The basketball spins when it's pushed; a thrown hat continues with its trajectory; and gravity seems to affect objects thrown by Fry or Leela. If time was actually frozen, anything would stop moving when Fry or Leela stopped applying a force to it and objects wouldn't fall.
Zoidberg: Friends! I found a ten dollars!
Bender: Listen. I know who stole the button. I wasn't gonna tell, 'cuz I don't like bein' helpful, but I do like ratt'n' people out.
Zoidberg: Hooray! I'm trapped in a tiny fun room, with friends!
Fry: You mean we'll all get to live our lives over again?
The professor: Oh, my, yes. Even that nasty robot what's-his-name.
- 20th-century lecturer
- 21st-century girl (cameo, 14:08)
- Abner Doubledeal
- Abraham Lincoln (mentioned in text only, 18:17)
- Auctioneer (cameo, 15:58)
- Dr Beeler
- Mrs Beeler
- Brett Blob (cameo, 14:43)
- Censored couple (cameo, 15:12)
- Curly Joe
- Dandy Jim
- Professor Farnsworth
- Flamo (possible cameo, 14:46)
- H.G. Blob (cameo, 14:43)
- Hyper-Chicken (cameo, 16:00)
- Debut: János
- Last clone of Agnew
- Debut: Luna Park carny
- Moon Patrol
- Nixon (on 10-dollar bill)
- Nixon's campaign manager (cameo, 15:12)
- Randy (cameo, 15:12)
- Scoop Chang (cameo, 14:43)
- Space Pope
- Sweet Clyde
- Turanga Morris
- Turanga Munda
- Debut: Ultra Guy
- Underwater-house salesman (cameo, 14:57)
- Zapp Brannigan
- Apartment 00100100
- Big Ben (mentioned in text only, 18:17)
- Debut: Bronx Zoo
- Eiffel Tower
- Luna Park
- Debut: Luna Parking
- Madison Cube Garden
- Monument Beach (mentioned in text only, 18:17)
- Planet Express hangar
- Planet Express headquarters
- Planet Express conference room
- Planet Express employee lounge
- Robot Arms Apartments
- Debut: Scranton (mentioned in text only, 18:17)
- St. Koch's Cathedral
- Debut: Ultra Guy's Custom Diamonds
- Debut: Vampire State Building
- Buggalo (stuffed animal)
- Chronitons (mentioned in speech only)
- Curious Pussycat (cameo, 14:46)
- DOOP hovercopter
- Fry-Leela relationship
- Debut: Mecha-Hexadecapus
- Spice weasel
- Debut: Taste of NNY Gourmet Food Fair
- Debut: Time button
- Debut: Time shelter
- Tube Transport System
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