Brannigan, Begin Again

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Season 2 episode
Brannigan, Begin Again
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Production number2ACV02
Written by[[Lewis Morton]][[Category:Episodes written by Lewis Morton|Brannigan, Begin Again]]
Directed by[[Jeffery Lynch]][[Category:Episodes directed by Jeffery Lynch|Brannigan, Begin Again]]
Title captionNot Y3K Compliant
First air date28 November, 1999
Broadcast numberS02E06
Title referenceThe TV show Finnegan Begin Again
Opening cartoon"Pigs in a Polka"


Season 2
  1. I Second that Emotion
  2. Brannigan, Begin Again
  3. A Head in the Polls
  4. Xmas Story
  5. Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?
  6. The Lesser of Two Evils
  7. Put Your Head on My Shoulders
  8. Raging Bender
  9. A Bicyclops Built for Two
  10. A Clone of My Own
  11. How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back
  12. The Deep South
  13. Bender Gets Made
  14. Mother's Day
  15. The Problem with Popplers
  16. Anthology of Interest I
  17. War Is the H-Word
  18. The Honking
  19. The Cryonic Woman
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"Brannigan, Begin Again" is the fifteenth episode of Futurama, the second of the second production season and the sixth of the second broadcast season. It aired 28 November, 1999 on FOX.

After destroying the DOOP headquarters, Zapp Brannigan is forced to resign his duties from the DOOP Army. In dismay, he joins Planet Express and instigates a mutiny to take over the ship in order to destroy his arch enemies, the neutral people.

The Story

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Act I: "DOOP? What's that?"

The Planet Express crew are sent to deliver the ceremonial oversized scissors to the grand opening of the new DOOP Headquarters, in orbit around the Neutral Planet. Zapp Brannigan, there to perform the ribbon cutting, falsly arrests Leela for being involved in a neutral plot to kill the yarn people of Nylar 4 with the scissors designated to cut the ribbon. From the ship he uses the Nimbus' laser to cut the ribbon but accidentally destroys the headquarters instead. As a result he is discharged from DOOP along with his assistant, Kif Kroker. The two wander around the city looking for a way to survive as poor civilians. He visits Leela as she is the only woman who ever physically loved him and along with Kif is hired by Professor Farnsworth to work at Planet Express.

Act II: "Some breaking occurred, the dolly was involved, that's about all we know."

The crew is sent off to Stumbos 4, a planet with extremely high gravity. Fry, Bender, and Zapp ignore Leela's directions and break the Hover Dolly. As punishment she makes them hand-deliver the pillows which, under Stumbos 4's gravity, weigh 150lbs (70kg) each. Kif is happy to be appreciated by Leela and tells her horrible stories about his old job serving under Zapp. Unfortunately Zapp convinces Bender and Fry that he would be a better captain and leads a mutiny to overthrow Leela and make himself captain, which makes Kif unhappy again.

Act III: "So he's about to kill us?"

Now in command of the Planet Express Ship, Zapp Brannigan goes to his sworn enemy's planet the Neutral Planet and plans to send them a message of peace then to crash the Ship into the capital city. He escapes to safety with Kif, leaving the crew on-board while the ship crashes into Neutral HQ. Fry and Bender free Leela who manages to save them by making them put dark matter into the left engine thus steering the ship off course. Ultimately Leela lies to the judge, convincing DOOP to reinstate Zapp and Kif to avoid having them stay on as co-workers. Back at Planet Express, Leela decides to be a bit more lenient with regulations for Fry and Bender, but when the Professor overrules this, the three decide to mutiny.

Additional Info



  • The sequence between Zapp's and Kif's court martial and subsequent hiring by Planet Express is a parody of the movie Midnight Cowboy.


  • The Professor: Why you're that disgraced starship captain Having him on staff will distract people from our horrendous safety record.
  • Zapp Brannigan: Let me ask you a serious question, Leela does the company that made your bra make a girdle as well? I ask because a friend of mine--
    Leela: Just get to work!
  • Fry: Leela you've go to help us.
    Leela: Let me guess. He cancelled naptime? [They shake their heads.] He ran out of beer? [They shake their heads again.] So he's about to kill us?
  • Bender: Leela, save me. [Pauses] And yourself I guess. [Pauses, picks up banjo] And my banjo. [Pauses, looks behind him] And Fry.

Alien Language Sightings

Location: Outside Planet Express on the Slurm poster
Language: AL1
Translation: Drink


  • Hermes says "Or like the Federation from your Star Trek program" however Star Trek has been banned so he couldn't say this, but this continuity error appears in many other episodes.
  • The Robot Elder in the jury talks with humanoid lip sync instead of a flashing mouth.
  • The hovering platform that Fry and Bender use to clean the ship gets cut off at the bottom when it reaches the highest point of its oscillating animation. This happens in two different angles.


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