Spoilers Ahoy! If you haven't seen this episode yet and don't want it ruined for you, stop here! I picked up the Season 4 boxed set of Futurama yesterday, encapsulating most of the episodes that I had not yet had a chance to see. First off, let me just say that I absolutely LOVE Futurama - I find it to be a very smart show in terms of it's humor (not sophisticated mind you, but very well written), and it got a few special gems in it that really make the show memorable. So tonight I spun up the second Disc of the 4 DVD set, and watched Episode #58 - Jurassic Bark, for the first time. The premise of the episode is simple, if not a little silly, but that's never stopped Futurama from making good on it's writing and delivering the laughter in spades. What I didn't expect tonight though was for that laughter to be followed by an emotional chaser! By the end of the episode, I was in tears. (Yes, I'm a big softie). During an excavation of New New York, the remnants of the old Pizza Parlor in which Fry had worked are uncovered. However unexpectadly, along with the pizza parlor, the fossilized remains of Fry's loyal dog Seymour are discovered. The episodes is scattered with several flashbacks to 1999 & 2000, chronicling the Fry/Seymour relationship. The first of these flashbacks tells us how Fry & Seymour first found each other - as a starving pup on the streets, Fry takes pity on the poor dog and gives him pizza slices from a pie that he couldn't deliver... and with that act of kindness, Seymour's loyalty to Fry is cemented forever. Back in the present... er, future... well, back to Futurama time, Fry finally manages to reclaim the remains of his long-lost-friend, and so begins the attempt to clone his dog, all the while feeding Bender's jealous whims. The great jewel of this episode however lies completely in the flashback sequences, and with Seymour, as we learn of how strongly he cares for Fry. The real emotional stuff starts on December 31st, 1999, right before Fry goes out to make his last pizza delivery (this is covered in Episode #1... when he gets cryogenically frozen for 1000 years, etc.). Seymour tries in vain to stop Fry from leaving, but in the end is told "wait here, I'll be back". Of course, when Fry doesn't return, Seymour attempts to solicit the help of Fry's family with no effect. Smart dog that he is, he manages to locate Fry at the cryogenic lab, but is dragged away kicking and screaming (well, barking & whimpering) by Fry's clueless parents. By the end of the episode (after some more Futurama style humor), Fry discovers that Seymour actually lived for 12 years after he had last seen him, and decides to give up on the cloning process. "He's lived a long life, and would have forgotten me" Fry says, as they walk away from the cloning machine.... ...flash back to 2000 & Seymour, waiting on the sidewalk where Fry told him he would meet him. In the background, a song plays - it's lyrics "I will wait for you" play as we follow the remaining 12 years of Seymour's life, waiting on the sidewalk for Fry to Return. The final shot - an old, scrawny, sad looking Seymour, maintaining a hopeless vigil for a best friend who will never come home. Having been a loving dog-owner (and having lost my dog a couple of years ago), this really hit home & touched a nerve. This episode was so well written, and so emotionally resonant that I couldn't help but post this retrospective review. This is, by far, the best episode of Futurama or any animated show that I've ever seen. In fact, this particular episode rivals & puts to shame many live-action drama's on television today. It's a downright crying shame that Fox cancelled this series - what a colossal mistake they made. I can honestly say that I would have bought every season boxed set of Futurama had the series continued. Moe.