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« on: 07-21-2008 23:23 »

I was wondering if someone could explain to me the logic behind the part when the Professors are playing deathball and Farnsworth makes the ball hit Wernstrum, then it exits what seems like the opposite side of the control room, but still lands on the playing field...

Space Pope
« Reply #1 on: 07-21-2008 23:28 »

The Wizards did it. There is no logic to it, just for laughs of something and this should be in the Re-Check/Weird Scenes section, I believe.

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Bending Unit
« Reply #2 on: 07-21-2008 23:30 »

It's a goof, plain and simple.

« Reply #3 on: 07-21-2008 23:49 »

Alright cool, I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything

Sir Rank-a-Lot
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« Reply #4 on: 07-22-2008 08:15 »
« Last Edit on: 07-22-2008 08:15 »

The Oracle looks up from his Situations Vacant ads, blows his slide-whistle and sayiths...

Well obviously the giant ball flies up from the arena as a result of the Professor's particularly vicious twist of his control. As we see it crashes through Wernstrom's window and knocks him to the floor. The ball then bounces of the rear wall, back out through the window, and returns the maze below. Dr Wernstrom, however, is now stuck to the ball because, as everybody knows, the venerable and ancient rules of stunt comedy state that very large rotating objects automatically pick up (and retain) the first person that they roll over, while otherwise remaining perfectly clean and detritus-free. The hapless passenger is now obliged to make humorus 'rotating' noises in sync with the motion of the object but is spared any of the serious harm that being repeatedly crushed by such a massive weight ought to entail. They are only released at the moment of maximum comedic potential, often after all movent has come to a halt, and sometimes (as in this case) out of shot.

The joke is employed particularly effectively here because just prior to this we see several individuals run over by similar balls who (shockingly) are not picked up, thus dampening out expectations and consequently heightening the impact when the joke is eventually sprung.

The Oracle charges you a whoopie cushion and a bunch of flowers that turn into a rubber chicken.

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