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* DrivenToSuicide: Bender, who ironically worked on the same booths he's using to kill himself. That is, until Fry snaps him out of it.

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* DrivenToSuicide: Bender, who ironically worked on the same booths he's using to kill himself. That is, until Fry snaps him out of it.changes his mind.

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* ButThouMust: The universe seems to want to make Fry a delivery boy.


** For that matter, people being shot into the sun for refusing to take up jobs is never mentioned again, and in fact contradicts the existence of homeless people (and robots) in later episodes. Though given that Leela's the only person who mentions it, she may have just been relying on Fry's naivety about 29th/30th century life in order to get him out of the way and allow her to get on with celebrating the New Year.

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** For that matter, people being shot into the sun for refusing to take up jobs is never mentioned again, and in fact contradicts the existence of homeless people (and robots) in later episodes. Though given that Leela's the only person who mentions it, she may have just been relying on Fry's naivety about 29th/30th 30th/31st century life in order to get him out of the way and allow her to get on with celebrating the New Year.


** For that matter, people being shot into the sun for refusing to take up jobs is never mentioned again, and in fact contradicts the existence of homeless people (and robots) in later episodes. Though given that Leela's the only person who mentions it, she may have just been relying on Fry's naivety about 29th/30th century life in order to get him out of the way and allow her to get on with celebrating the New Year.



* KillThePoor: The unemployment problem was "solved" in a much more humane fashion--by making it illegal to be unemployed. Not unlike in socialism/communism.

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* KillThePoor: The unemployment problem was "solved" in a much more humane fashion--by making it illegal to be unemployed. Not unlike in socialism/communism.

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** The New Years countdown 2000 featured a shot of Paris and people counting down in French. The New Years countdown 3000 also featured a shot of Paris, but people counted down in English. French becoming a dead language isn't explicitly mentioned until "[[Recap/FuturamaS2E10ACloneOfMyOwn A Clone of My Own]]".


* ComicallyMissingThePoint: While later on in the show, Leela develops a complex for her one eye, here she completely misses the second half of Smitty's double insult. It still prompts her to kick his and URL's asses.

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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: While later on in the show, Leela develops a complex for her one eye, here she completely misses the second half of Smitty's double insult.insult and instead took offense to the idiom. It still prompts her to kick his and URL's asses.


** The concept of career chips are mostly abandoned after this episode, as characters go from job to job with relative ease. However, the career chips reappear in ''[[{{Recap/FuturamaM4IntoTheWildGreenYonder}} Into the Wild Green Yonder]]''.

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*** Potentially justified; "Mother's Day" established that robots could operate on a synthetic fuel rather than beer, so Bender's use of alcohol as fuel could be interpreted as a choice.
** The concept of career chips are mostly abandoned after this episode, as characters go from job to job with relative ease. However, the career chips reappear in "The Cryonic Woman" (when Fry and Leela accidentally switch to each other's original chips while fired) and ''[[{{Recap/FuturamaM4IntoTheWildGreenYonder}} Into the Wild Green Yonder]]''.



%% * HumanPopsicle

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%% * HumanPopsicleHumanPopsicle: Fry spends a thousand years in suspended animation, and Leela later spends five minutes when she falls into the tube while trying to chip Fry.


* EternalEnglish: The English language is exactly the same in 3000 as it was in 2000.

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* EternalEnglish: The English language is almost exactly the same in 3000 as it was in 2000.


* EternalEnglish: The English language is exactly the same in 3000 as it was in 2000.



* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Fry.

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%% * FishOutOfTemporalWater: Fry.



** HumanPopsicle



* HypocriticalHumor[=/=]ImmediateSelfContradiction:

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%% * HypocriticalHumor[=/=]ImmediateSelfContradiction:HumanPopsicle
* HypocriticalHumor:



* KillThePoor: The unemployment problem was "solved" in a much more humane fashion--by making it illegal to be unemployed.

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* KillThePoor: The unemployment problem was "solved" in a much more humane fashion--by making it illegal to be unemployed. Not unlike in socialism/communism.



* ImmediateSelfContradiction: Leela claims that Fry will be treated with dignity.
-->'''Leela:''' At least here, you'll be treated with dignity. Now strip naked and get on the probulator.



* MarriedToTheJob: Leela, but that's not saying she likes it (as people are pretty much forced to be employed into jobs they don't like in the future).
** This might be part of the reason that nearly every Earth-human encountered in the series is a jerk.
** Anyone who has a job in the year 3000, really, or else they would be fired -- [[NotHyperbole into the sun, from a cannon]].

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* MarriedToTheJob: MarriedToTheJob:
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Leela, but that's not saying she likes it (as people are pretty much forced to be employed into jobs they don't like in the future).
** This might be part of the reason that nearly every Earth-human encountered in the series is a jerk.
future).
** Anyone who has a job in the year 3000, really, or else they would be fired -- [[NotHyperbole into the sun, from a cannon]]. This might be part of the reason that nearly every Earth-human encountered in the series is a jerk.



-->'''Leela:''' Look, he's just a dumb kid who doesn't want to be a delivery boy, I'd really rather not force it on him.\\

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-->'''Leela:''' --->'''Leela:''' Look, he's just a dumb kid who doesn't want to be a delivery boy, I'd really rather not force it on him.\\


** Bender is introduced suffering from depression, and he is first seen in line for a suicide booth, having been become suicidal when he found out that he was bending girders to make suicide booths. This is never brought up again, and in later episodes, he becomes the loud-mouthed, obnoxious, jerk out to KillAllHumans that we all know and love. It's implied (and confirmed by the DVDCommentary) that the electroshock let him deviate from his programming, and inspired his criminal tendencies, but later episodes would show robots are regular capable of such independence.

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** Bender is introduced suffering from depression, and he is first seen in line for a suicide booth, having been become suicidal when he found out that he was bending girders to make suicide booths. This is never brought up again, and in later episodes, he becomes the loud-mouthed, obnoxious, jerk out to KillAllHumans that we all know and love. It's implied (and confirmed by the DVDCommentary) that the electroshock let him deviate from his programming, and inspired his criminal tendencies, but later episodes would show robots are regular regularly capable of such independence.


** When Fry falls into the cryogenics tube, [[spoiler:there is an odd shadow under the desk]].

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** When Fry falls into the cryogenics tube, [[spoiler:there there is an odd shadow under the desk]].desk.



* IgnoreTheDisability: During their first meeting, Fry tries not to talk about Leela's one eye. Leela finally gets exasperated about this, and explains that she's an alien. Though, later in the series, she learns [[spoiler:she's actually a mutant]].

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* IgnoreTheDisability: During their first meeting, Fry tries not to talk about Leela's one eye. Leela finally gets exasperated about this, and explains that she's an alien. Though, later in the series, she learns [[spoiler:she's actually a mutant]].

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment:
** The first quarter establishes Fry's personality and status in society quite well; a kid mocks him for losing a video game, his girlfriend dumps his stuff out on the sidewalk([[IdiotHero and he still doesn't realize that he's been dumped]]), and to top it all off he realizes that he's been prank-called. When he's finally unfrozen in the future, his first reaction to his predicament is to cheer.
** In Bender's first interaction with Fry, his recklessness is established when he waits impatiently for the suicide booth, with an attitude indicating he doesn't comprehend the implications of what he's doing. He also avoids paying for the suicide booth by putting in a coin on a string and yanking it out, establishing his criminal tendencies (and even though he won't have any use for the money once he's killed himself, further indicating that he doesn't understand what he's doing).
** Leela kicking the crap out of two police officers when they make fun of her nose establishes her as an ActionGirl and HypercompetentSidekick.
** Professor Farnsworth gets his after offering to make Fry, Leela, and Bender his new crew. Leela thanks him for the offer but objects that they don't have the proper career chips. Farnsworth replies "That won't be a problem! I've saved the chips from my old crew". He then gets the chips out of a folder reading "Contents of Space Wasp's Stomach".


* {{Twofer}}: Referenced by Bender, when he decides to kill himself and Fry at once in the suicide booth.


** Fry is having a beer with Bender and asks why a robot needs to drink. Bender replies, "I don't need to drink, I can quit anytime I want." This statement comes across as peculiar in later episodes, where it's revealed robots use beer as a fuel source. Also, in the first episode, Bender was defined by his depression, and he is first seen in line for a suicide booth, having been become suicidal when he found out that he was bending girders to make suicide booths. This is never brought up again, and in later episodes, he becomes the loud-mouthed, obnoxious, jerk out to KillAllHumans that we all know and love.
*** In Bender's case, the DVD commentary reveals that Bender getting an electrical shock in this episode is what led to his change in personality, before that he only knew how to bend girders because that's what he was programmed to do.

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** Fry is having a beer with Bender and asks why a robot needs to drink. Bender replies, "I don't need to drink, I can quit anytime I want." This statement comes across as peculiar in later episodes, where it's revealed robots use beer as a fuel source. Also, in the first episode, source.
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Bender was defined by his is introduced suffering from depression, and he is first seen in line for a suicide booth, having been become suicidal when he found out that he was bending girders to make suicide booths. This is never brought up again, and in later episodes, he becomes the loud-mouthed, obnoxious, jerk out to KillAllHumans that we all know and love.
*** In Bender's case,
love. It's implied (and confirmed by the DVD commentary reveals DVDCommentary) that Bender getting an electrical shock in this episode is what led to the electroshock let him deviate from his change in personality, before that he only knew how to bend girders because that's what he was programmed to do. programming, and inspired his criminal tendencies, but later episodes would show robots are regular capable of such independence.

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* FreezeFrameBonus: Creator/MattGroening's head is visible for exactly one frame in the Head Museum.

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