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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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  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Had Bender revealed the closet earlier, he and Fry wouldn't have gone apartment hunting.
  • 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 Jerk Ass 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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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