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jerkberg

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« on: 09-26-2004 04:24 »

in the titanic episode Zoidberg is on the upper deck of the quarters why is he not at the bottom with Fry Bender and Leela
SlackJawedMoron

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« Reply #1 on: 09-26-2004 04:31 »

Professy was feeling generous.
jerkberg

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« Reply #2 on: 09-26-2004 04:57 »

i disagree
SlackJawedMoron

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« Reply #3 on: 09-26-2004 05:01 »

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...Because?
jerkberg

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« Reply #4 on: 09-26-2004 05:07 »

its in the title. zoidberg's favourite restaurant is the garbage can
SlackJawedMoron

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« Reply #5 on: 09-26-2004 05:12 »

I wouldn't say 'favourite'. The reason that he spends most of his time eating garbage is because it's easily accessible and it doesn't cost money. He'd eat better if he could.

Given Zoidy's financial status, or lack thereof, it would seem unlikely that he could afford that diamond studded water tank on his own. I assume that the Professor put up the cash for some reason (possibly because of their long working relationship. Or maybe because his brain just stroked off for a second).
jerkberg

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« Reply #6 on: 09-26-2004 05:16 »

the excuse from the commentaries is that by that early stage they only had him down as being a bad doctor
SlackJawedMoron

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« Reply #7 on: 09-26-2004 05:17 »

Yes, but I'm trying to provide an in-universe explanation.
Venus

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« Reply #8 on: 09-26-2004 05:25 »

If you already had an answer jerkberg why did you post this thread?
jerkberg

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« Reply #9 on: 09-26-2004 05:47 »

the thing is they can plan a thing like the nibbler story but they can't plan the character of zoidberg
SlackJawedMoron

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« Reply #10 on: 09-26-2004 06:09 »
« Last Edit on: 09-26-2004 06:09 »

Can't... or didn't?

You'll find they didn't plan a lot of facets of the show. Some parts of it just grew organically. Like Zoidberg's decent into filth.
jerkberg

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« Reply #11 on: 09-26-2004 06:19 »

yeah but i thought just came to mind if he was in the same quarters as fry bender and leela then the whole stoyline would be different
Teral

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« Reply #12 on: 09-26-2004 06:21 »
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How? Their sleeping quarters didn't play any role in the plot whatsoever. Heck Zoidberg himself didn't play any role in the plot (apart from holding the door open).

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jerkberg

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« Reply #13 on: 09-26-2004 07:32 »

your wrong cause bender met the countess and she believed that he was rich when actually he was staying in the lower deck
Teral

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« Reply #14 on: 09-26-2004 07:50 »

So? She never saw his quarters, Bender never talked about it, Bender's quarters had no impact on that plot-element whatsoever (besides he spent most of his time in the bar anyway).

But your claim was that Zoidberg bunking with Fry, Leela and Bender would've changed the overall plot of the episode. It wouldn't. Zoidberg could've been sleeping in the swimmingpool and it wouldn't have changed anything.

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Hedonism Bot

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« Reply #15 on: 09-26-2004 10:50 »

Zoidberg was entitled to a fancier room because he had been with Planet Express for longer. Either that, or tanks cost much, much less than rooms.
Nerd-o-rama

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« Reply #16 on: 09-26-2004 18:56 »

Easy, the Professor's state room came with a fancy aquarium, and he decided to get rid of the fish and give it to Zoidberg.  That's even cheaper than getting him a bunk on the Fiesta Deck.
David A

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« Reply #17 on: 09-27-2004 04:12 »

I like Nerd-o-rama's explanation.  That would certainly be in-character for Farnsworth.

The whole scene is really just a joke about how companies treat their employees: the owner of the company, the company doctor, and the guy in charge of accounting and legal all get fancy accommodations, while the three newly hired employees and the intern get to share a room on the Fiesta Deck.
canned eggs

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« Reply #18 on: 09-27-2004 19:55 »

Maybe the cruise line put up Zoidberg for free because they thought he was Farnsworth's pet.

Or maybe the producers hadn't started with the "Zoidberg is poor" jokes yet because Zoidberg wasn't poor yet.  He was new to Earth, had a lucrative medical practice, and hadn't yet made the disastrous seafood-heavy investments that would ruin him financially. 
Foot_Knight

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« Reply #19 on: 09-27-2004 20:40 »

I believe that the commentary said that they hadn't thought to make Zoidberg poor yet, that new development in comedy comes later in the series.

But for the in the series explination, I'd say the Professor got it for him.
VoVat

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« Reply #20 on: 09-27-2004 21:46 »

 
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Or maybe the producers hadn't started with the "Zoidberg is poor" jokes yet because Zoidberg wasn't poor yet. He was new to Earth, had a lucrative medical practice, and hadn't yet made the disastrous seafood-heavy investments that would ruin him financially.

He'd been working at Planet Express for ten years by the time of "Insane in the Mainframe," which would mean he would have been there for about eight years by AFTR.  So he wasn't that new to Earth at the time.
evan

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« Reply #21 on: 09-27-2004 22:16 »

Zoidberg could have been rich at the time of AFTR.  Knowing him and his terrible self-control, it's possible that he blew all his money on some scam.  Or maybe he just saved up 8 years to get that tank on the Titanic.
M0le

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« Reply #22 on: 09-27-2004 23:07 »

Nerd-o-rama's explanation makes the most sense and keeps in character with Farnsworth and Zoidberg.
boognish

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« Reply #23 on: 09-29-2004 17:35 »
« Last Edit on: 09-29-2004 17:35 »

Or maybe Jerkberg is just what his name implies, and he posted a stupid, pointless thread.
TheLampIncident

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« Reply #24 on: 09-29-2004 21:08 »

 
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Originally posted by boognish:
Or maybe Jerkberg is just what his name implies, and he posted a stupid, pointless thread.

This is the best explanation I've seen so far.

Seriously, it was a first season episode. Do you think they have every kink of a character worked out in season 1? No. They even said themselves in the commentary that they hadn't decided Zoidberg was poor at that point and if they wrote it now, he would be in the fiesta deck with the rest of the crew.

Now excuse me while I polish my war axe. For later use.
laroquettespine

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« Reply #25 on: 09-29-2004 23:52 »

Actually, all cruise lines have been giving Decapodians free tickets and/or cabin upgrades since they helped put down the great Sardine uprising of 2218.

Or:  Dr. Zoidberg got a huge kickback for sending a record 2,500 Australians to the forced labor planets of the Granubian system.  He had his choice of a free cruise with all the trimmings, or nothing.  He at first chose nothing, then Hermes hit him with a crowbar to help him change his mind.
jerkberg

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« Reply #26 on: 10-02-2004 04:50 »

down with boognish and screw you tli.
at least i don't post stupid things like retarded robot.

some people
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« Reply #27 on: 10-08-2004 21:27 »

Weard
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« Reply #28 on: 10-10-2004 17:32 »

It is to my opinion that this... was pointless. Who cares where Zoidberg sleeps? lmao!
jerkberg

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« Reply #29 on: 10-13-2004 05:52 »

my opinion now is that he had been with planet express for longer than the rest

bender ruls weard is spelt weird also you have to edit your profile
because you can't even spell futurama

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SlackJawedMoron

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« Reply #30 on: 10-13-2004 07:53 »

Futurama, sci-fi, video games, and Star Wars.
Dan1248

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« Reply #31 on: 08-15-2005 14:20 »

Hey, Jerk.

He can have his profile however he wants.


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« Reply #32 on: 08-16-2005 02:43 »

Hows this for a theory:
Zoidby had lotsa money, he then spent lots of it on his sleeping quarters and that stuff, and became poor.
GreyThinkyWhale

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« Reply #33 on: 08-17-2005 13:35 »

Proffessors room came with an aquarium, so he let Zoidy sleep in it maybe?
parasite?

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« Reply #34 on: 08-17-2005 20:22 »

Because he is the professor's oldest friend.
KurtPikachu2001

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« Reply #35 on: 08-31-2005 19:07 »

Maybe Zoidberg pretended to be rich.  Or maybe the Professor felt so bad for him being poor, he let Zoidberg hang on the top deck. 
frybend

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« Reply #36 on: 08-31-2005 23:41 »

they thought he was a real doctor?
Professy

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« Reply #37 on: 09-01-2005 07:47 »

jewish doctors arent rich but maybe if he tipped toward accounting...
Shiny

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« Reply #38 on: 09-01-2005 18:52 »

Nerd-o-rama's explanation, or...

It's a part of Zoidberg's employment contract, which was made up by the previous bureaucrat who figured a doctor would insist on such perks.  It's the last good deal Zoidberg ever got....
Professy

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« Reply #39 on: 09-02-2005 03:24 »

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