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.
- 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.
- 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.
- "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:
- 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: 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 stuffhe laughs, he learns, he loves." Fry finds this pretty boring.