No. 2 - “The Luck of the Fryrish” (Season 3, Episode 4)
Sibling rivalry is a common theme among television shows, as well as in real life, which is what makes this episode so relatable, especially to those who have siblings. [Philip J.] Fry is always down on his luck, but through flashbacks to his life in our present time, we see it wasn’t always this way, as he was once in possession of a lucky seven-leafed clover. His older brother, Yancy, was jealous of him since birth, and always copied him and tried his best to be better than Fry at everything. Once Fry found the clover and his luck began to noticeably change, Yancy vowed to steal it. So Fry decided to hide it away. Back in the future, Fry learns from a statue in the ruins of Old New York that Yancy went on to become a successful philanthropist rock star entrepreneur who was also the first person on Mars, all thanks to the lucky seven-leafed clover which he stole once Fry was out of the picture. He was then eventually buried with it. To add insult to injury, he apparently even legally changed his name to Philip J. Fry. Upset, Fry travels to Yancy’s (Philip’s) grave to dig up the corpse and claim what is rightfully his. That is, until he reads the tombstone. A simple synopsis can hardly express the impact of it:
HERE LIES PHILIP J. FRY
NAMED FOR HIS UNCLE
TO CARRY ON HIS SPIRIT
It turns out that, yes, Yancy did find Fry’s clover, but he gave it to his son, whom he named after the brother he missed every day. Cue the waterworks.