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Recap / Futurama S 1 E 3 "I, Roommate"

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When everyone becomes sick of his disgusting habits around the Planet Express office, Fry moves in with Bender, whose closet sized apartment is too small for a 20-something slacker and his Robot Buddy. Fry and Bender find a new, roomy apartment, but when Bender's antenna begins wreaking havoc on the building's satellite TV, Fry must choose between his new home and his metallic pal.

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  • Alien Geometries: One of the apartments Fry looks at is a parody of M. C. Escher's print "Relativity". He rejects it on the grounds that he doesn't want to pay for dimensions he'll never use.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Bender wants to discuss Fry's living arrangements, but gets distracted by All My Circuits.
  • Banana Peel: Fry eats a tiny banana from Leela's all-fruit tree, then drops it on the floor. Amy then slips on it.
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  • Brick Joke: After complaining about Fry eating a mummy of his, the Professor buys him another one (teriyaki-style) as a housewarming gift.
  • Cardboard Box Home: Discussed. After being kicked out, Fry asks Bender if refrigerators still come in boxes in the 31st Century. Bender answers yes, "but the rents are outrageous."
  • Chekhov's Gag: While checking out the apartment of the late Dr. Mbutu, Bender complains that it is not "cozy". Fry shows him a closet that's as small as his old apartment, which satisfies him. When Fry moves back into Bender's old apartment at the end of the episode, he brings a plant with him, and Bender tells him that he has a window in his closet to help give it enough light, but Fry is more impressed that the closet itself is as large as a real apartment.
    Fry: Bender, why don't I just live in here?
    Bender: In a closet? Ohh, humans... (drinks his beer)
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  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Bender's reaction to having his antenna cut off is like that of a human about to be neutered, especially since he calls it "Little Bender".
  • Drunken Montage: Inverted—Bender needs alcohol to function, so when he spends a night not drinking, he's assaulted on all sides by increasingly tame neon images.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Bender's almost an Extreme Doormat here, missing his Jerkass tendencies (or Token Evil Teammate status) common to later episodes.
  • Foreshadowing: Bender choosing to live in the closet at the new apartment sets up the reveal at the end of the episode.
  • Friendless Background:
    Bender: Y’know, Fry, of all the friends I’ve had, you’re the first.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The Professor bought an old mummy from Zuban 5, and then finds Fry has mistaken it for jerky.
    The Professor: By God, this is an outrage! I was going to eat that mummy!
  • I, Noun
  • Innocently Insensitive: Fry throughout the episode, from his cluelessness about how he's driving his coworkers up the wall to his blithe encouragement of Bender's plan to chop off his antenna, unaware that this is the robot equivalent of self-castration.
    Leela: Fry, sometimes in close quarters people do inconsiderate things without realizing it.
  • I Was Having Such a Nice Dream: "I was having the most wonderful dream! I think you were in it."
  • Kill All Humans: Alas, it's just Bender's wonderful dream.
  • Missing the Good Stuff: Interference from Bender's antenna interrupts All My Circuits just as Calculon is about to give a big revelation. The signal comes back just as Calculon is about to repeat it, but then it goes out again.
  • Mundane Utility: Fry uses the Planet Express ship's engines to blow dry his hair.
    Leela: Fry, what were you thinking? You're getting a huge dose of radiation!
    Fry: And great lift.
  • Newhart Phone Call:
    Farnsworth: Oh, how awful. Did he at least die painlessly? *beat* To shreds, you say? Tsk tsk tsk. Well, how's his wife holding up? *beat* To shreds, you say? Very well, then.
  • Parrot Expo-WHAT?: During Fry's first night at Bender's apartment, he wakes Bender up to ask him where the bathroom is:
    Bender: Bathwhat?
    Fry: Bathroom.
    Bender: Whatroom?
    Fry: Bathroom!
    Bender: Whatwhat?
    Fry: Ah, nevermind.
  • Percussive Maintenance: When Bender's antenna scrambles the signal for the first time, Fry hits the TV just as Bender steps out for a moment. As the signal returns, Fry gives Fonzie's "Ayyy" thumbs up.
  • Rage Against the Reflection: A sober Bender winds up lying in an alley in a puddle of his own bodily fluids (mostly oil). He sees his reflection in the puddle, and, predictably, smacks it.
  • Shout-Out: Bender and Fry moving into their new apartment is scored to the theme song from The Odd Couple. Fry using the tip of his umbrella to pick up Bender's cigar stub recreates the Establishing Character Moment from the intro (though unlike Felix, Fry does it so he can smoke the rest of the cigar).
  • Soap Within a Show: This episode marks the debut of former trope namer All My Circuits.
  • Take That!: To New Jersey:
    Fry: Well, I give up. What's the catch?
    Suspiciously fantastic apartment salesman: Oh, no catch. Although we are technically in New Jersey.
    (Smash Cut to Fry moping back at Planet Express.)
    Fry: Not one place even remotely livable!
  • Terrible Interviewees Montage: Fry and Bender go through one looking for a new apartment. The last one appeared perfect... except it was technically in New Jersey.
  • Token Human: The sole human in the main cast of robot soap opera All My Circuits, who does "the usual stuff—he laughs, he learns, he loves." Fry finds this pretty boring.

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