Recap: Futurama S 2 E 16 Anthology Of Interest I
The first of the Three Shorts Futurama episodes, Bender comes to Earth as a 500 foot tall robot who destroys New New York, Leela indulges in her impulsive side and causes a string of murders, and Fry wishes he never were frozen for 1000 years, causing a time rift that he and guest stars, former vice president Al Gore, Stephen Hawking, Nichelle Nichols (Uhura from the original Star Trek), and Gary Gygax (the man behind Dungeons and Dragons) must stop.
- Abnormal Ammo: In the first short, things quickly devolved into a Kaiju battle between a 500-foot-tall Zoidberg and Bender. The weapons they decide to use? Zoidberg decides to use a section of a subway as nunchucks, while Bender takes a section of the highspeed onramp and uses the people in it and around him as blow-darts.
- And Now For Something Completely Different
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The first story is about Bender being 500 feet tall. Later, he battles a 500 foot Zoidberg.
- Ax-Crazy: Impulsive Leela.
- Best of All Possible Worlds: All three of the shorts lead to the death of several main characters, the last one even destroying the universe with the only survivors being Fry, Al Gore, Stephen Hawking, Deep Blue the chess playing robot, Nichelle Nichols, and Gary Gygax.
- Big Little Man: Bender's story begins with what appears to be Giant Bender, but turns out to be a regular-sized Bender, seen from below, one of many building the real Giant Bender.
- Blackmail Is Such an Ugly Word: Bender prefers the term extortion. The X makes it sound cool.
- Buffy Speak:Fry: What if I never fell into that freezer-doodle and came to the future-jiggy?
Prof. Farnsworth: That question is less stupid, though you asked it in a profoundly stupid way.
- Correspondence Course: Zoidberg has mail-order degrees in murderology and murderonomy.
- Department of Redundancy Department: Zoidberg finds the "murdered body of Amy's dead, deceased corpse."
- Good Night, Sweet Prince: Fry says this to 500 foot tall Bender after he is impaled by a skyscraper.
- Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: Fry destroys the entire universe using a time paradox.
- My God, What Have I Done?: "I just told you, you've killed me!"
- Recursive Reality: Turns out the whole episode was itself a what-if story from the What If machine.
- Summon Bigger Fish: To battle a giant Bender, Professor Farnsworth turns Zoidberg into an "even more equally big monster."
- This Billboard Needs Some Salt: Giant Bender picks up the smoke stacks from a cigarette factory and smokes them.
- Twist Ending: The entire episode was a "what if" that Farnsworth was looking at.
- What If?: The whole point of the What-If Machine.
- X Makes Anything Cool: Trope Namer.