After forgetting to bring an invention to an academic symposium and being humiliated by his arch-nemesis, Wernstrom, Farnsworth discovers another invention he attempted to substitute, the "Smell-O-Scope", and uses it to discover than an enormous ball of garbage that was launched into space in the year 2000 is now on a collision course back to Earth. The Planet Express crew is sent to destroy it in space with explosives, but Farnsworth blunders the installation of the bomb's timer and the plan fails. In desperation, Farnsworth proposes they deflect the ball into the Sun by launching another ball of garbage into it. Fry teaches the city how to make garbage, since everyone forgot how to do so over the centuries. The plan succeeds while the new ball flies out into the solar system, and Farnsworth regains his honor.

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Futurama Season 1

# Title Air Date
1:1 Space Pilot 3000 Mar 28, 1999
1:2 The Series Has Landed Apr 4, 1999
1:3 I, Roommate Apr 6, 1999
1:4 Love's Labours Lost in Space Apr 13, 1999
1:5 Fear of a Bot Planet Apr 20, 1999
1:6 A Fishful of Dollars Apr 27, 1999
1:7 My Three Suns May 4, 1999
1:8 A Big Piece of Garbage May 11, 1999
1:9 Hell Is Other Robots May 18, 1999