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Veggies in Space:
The Fennel Frontier

Mike Nawrocki


Chris Wall


Mike Nawrocki
Cory Edwards

Music by

Kurt Heinecke


Anderson Merchandisers
(Mass market)
Word Entertainment
(Christian market)


2013 (production year)
March 11, 2014


48 minutes

Previous episode

Merry Larry and the
True Light of Christmas

Next episode

Celery Night Fever

Veggies in Space: The Fennel Frontier is the forty-eighth episode of VeggieTales. The title is in reference to the famous Star Trek quote "Space, the final frontier," which was used as the subtitle for Star Trek V, although this has little connection to that film.


Opening Countertop

The show opens up with Larry in space. Then it's revealed that Larry's actually stuck above the countertop. He tries to get help from Jimmy, Jerry, Mr. Lunt, and Mr. Nezzer, but they don't help. Bob then reads a question and decides to answer that question by playing a story called "Veggies in Space: The Fennel Frontier."

Act 1

Silly Song

Main article: Asteroid Cowboys

Act 2

Closing Countertop


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Fun Facts


  • This is the first episode for several things:
    • The first and only time Mr. Nezzer appears without clothing.
    • The first time since Where's God When I'm S-Scared? that Archibald appears without his monocle.
    • The first episode to have a mid-credits scene.
  • This is also the last episode for several things:
  • The bumper stickers on the spacious wagon say:
    • I brake for tribbles.
    • Area 51.
    • Honk if you love quasars!
    • My other car is a DeLorean.
    • I heart Planet of the Grapes!
  • This is the only episode where Rich Guerzon designed the DVD menus.


  • Archibald refers to himself as "Doctor Who," though the correct term he should've used is "The Doctor," as the former is the name of the show and not the titular character.
  • The cover states the video was released in 2013, but it didn't release until March 2014. Although this could be when the video was finalized.
  • Somehow, Luntar doesn't seem to hear or listen to the guards singing along with Oliver's rebellion plan when they were at the jail.
  • What good would a screwdriver do against a tractor beam? It would also be pulled by the tractor beam with no resistance at all!
  • On the supernova timer, it indicated that there were four minutes left, but it's more likely that the clock has already passed based on how long it would ultimately take for Luntar to fire the engine at the sun.
  • Somehow, the U.S.S. Applepies doesn't lose friction balance after sacrificing one aligned engine.
  • Cuke and Spork call Luntar "diabolic," "sarcastic," and "sympathetic."
  • It's never stated if Captain Cuke or Mr. Spork are the same characters (Larry and Bob) who met Junior in The Gourds Must Be Crazy, or if they're brand-new characters.


  • When Luna says that they should prepare for evacuation, the DVD subtitles attribute the line to "Applepies."

Inside References

Real-World References

  • McDoodle's is a parody of McDonald's.
  • Tums is an antacid medication company.
  • M&N's is a parody of M&M's.
  • Captain Cuke and Lieutenant Whoareyou's running gag over Whoareyou's name is a reference to Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First" comedy routine.
  • There are many references to various sci-fi movies and TV shows:
    • Archibald's costume and police box is a reference to the BBC series "Doctor Who," which is about an alien called himself "the Doctor" who travels in time and space with the Tardis (which is in the shape of the police box).
      • His costume is specifically based off of the Eleventh Doctor, portrayed by Matt Smith. Whether or not this is based on this fanart is unknown.
    • PAL is a reference to HAL-9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
    • Captain Cuke, Mr. Spork, and Lieutenant Whoareyou are references to the Star Trek characters Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and Lt. Uhura.
      • The U.S.S. Applepies is a reference to the U.S.S. Enterprise. It is even able to beam the crew up (although this feature was out of order in the episode, so they used ropes instead).
    • The story begins with an opening crawl like the Star Wars films.
    • A DeLorean is a sportscar made in 1981, and it is famously used in Universal Studios' Back to the Future franchise.
      • "1.21 gigawatts" is the amount of power that is needed for the Flux Capacitor.
      • The spacion wagon knocking over the trash can is a reference towards the ending of the first film.
      • One of the spacion wagon's bumper stickers reads "My other car is a DeLorean."
    • When Cuke and Dr. Spork are in Luntar's dungeon, T-Bot suggests she records their call for help holographically and send it to others. Cuke tells her they won't do that unless it's their only hope. This is a reference to when Princess Leia did the same thing in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
    • There are several quotes similar to those said in the Star Wars films, such as "We don't need to see your photos. Move along." (photos is said instead of identification), "Stay on target...", and "It's a trap!"
    • "Houston, we have a problem" is from Apollo 13.
    • "Phone home" is a reference to E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial.
    • "Game over, man!" and the stomach rumbling from the alien egg are references to Aliens.
    • One bumper sticker says "I brake for tribbles." Tribbles are small furry creatures appearing in the original series of Star Trek that reproduce rapidly.
  • Captain Cuke says that Luntar stole his "captain underpants." This a reference to the series of children's books, Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey. Dragon, a show based on one of Pilkey's other books, aired on Qubo alongside VeggieTales from 2006 to 2009.
  • "Reverse the polarity" is a quote from the 1898 science fiction novel Edison's Conquest of Mars that is often used in various pieces of media, including Doctor Who.
  • The spacion wagon is modeled after the Wagon Queen Family Truckster from National Lampoon's Vacation.

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