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Recap / Futurama S 1 E 5 "Fear of a Bot Planet"

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Bender goes on a tirade about humans' mistreating robots, not helped by the latest mission: Delivering a box of lug nuts to a planet controlled by radical robot seperatists. Since the robots hate humans, Bender has to be the one to make the delivery. However, things quickly go awry once he's on the planet's surface, and now Fry and Leela must infiltrate a city of robots.


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  • Absentee Actor: Amy does not appear in this episode.
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  • Amusing Injuries: At the very end of the episode, Bender attacks Fry with a bottle.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: When Fry threatens to breath fire (A power applied to humans in a propaganda film), the Robot Elders have to figure out whether or not humans can do that.
    Robot Elder: Can they really breath fire, or did we make that up?
    Robot Elder 2: Gee, I can't remember anymore. Though it might just be from that stupid movie.
  • Bread and Circuses: This is what the human hunts and anti-human propaganda turn out to be, a distraction from Chapek-9's many troubles, including the Robot Elders' own admitted incompetence and their crippling lugnut shortage.
  • Calvinball: Blernsball makes its first appearance, and even after watching a whole game, Fry still has no idea what's happening.
  • Catchphrase: The Robot Elders have "SILENCE!"
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  • Coincidental Accidental Disguise: While Leela and Fry are sneaking around the robot city.
    Leela: Try to stay with the crowd so no one notices how crummy you look!
    Crummy-Looking Robot: Aww, that was uncalled for.
  • Completely Missing the Point: When Fry hears Bender declaring "death to humans", he just remarks that it's good to hear his voice again.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: The judge of Fry and Leela's trial sentences them to live like Earth robots, performing tedious menial tasks until they become obsolete, whereupon they will be given to an inner-city middle school.
  • Death by Sex: The episode parodies the B-Movie tradition by having a robot couple making out in a car say things like "It's okay to let our guard down, even for a moment!" before being attacked by a "scary human".
  • Distracted by the Sexy: When human hunting, Bender gets completely sidetracked by an old porno shop.
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  • Foreshadowing: The robots assume Leela is human. When she insists she's an alien, they ignore her. Word of God states this was intentional, as the series bible established she was a human mutant from the very start.
  • Fictional Holiday: Robanukah.
    Bender: You do know I made Robanukah up to get out of work right?
    Leela: Of course.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: At the end of the robot movie, a character warns that humans could be lurking anywhere... including movie theaters!
    Fry: God help us!
  • Happy Dance: The Robot is the official dance of Robanukah.
    Bender: (watching Leela and Fry, amazed) Hey, you guys are good. How the hell do you do that?!
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The Robot Elders have disseminated so much propaganda about humans that not even they know what they've made up and what's actually real. Fry is able to use this as a distraction by threatening to breathe fire on them.
  • Kangaroo Court: Fry and Leela's trial, where the prosecutor rests his case (that Fry and Leela are guilty of being humans) within seconds of speaking.
  • Kill All Humans: Bender becomes popular among the robots for preaching this viewpoint, as well as killing "some of the more cunning monkeys".
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: After learning Bender's been captured, Leela panics, stating she has no idea what to do, unless she has two or three minutes to think about it. Cue ad break.
  • Make-Out Point: One appears in the robots' movie.
  • The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: The Robot Elders, the true rulers of Chapek-9, though they also turn out to be a Not-So-Omniscient Council of Bickering, something they freely admit to.
    Dumb robot elder: Durr, that's for sure.
    Robot elder: Quiet, Jimmy.
  • Only Flesh Is Safe: Parodied with this line from a robot in a Show Within a Show: "Incredible. The human was impervious to our most powerful magnetic field, yet he was destroyed by a harmless pointed stick."
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Fry and Leela spend part of the episode rather poorly disguised as robots, but for the most part they get away with it.
  • Poor Communication Kills: While Bender is sent to Chapek-9, he got so caught up with his "kill all humans" shtick that he forgot to deliver the package, a fact which is brought up as he, Fry and Leela are climbing to their ship to escape. And when Bender does deliver the package:
    Robot #1: Lugnuts! Precious lugnuts!
    Robot #2: Hooray for the humans!
  • Reaching Between the Lines: When Hermes calls the crew through a holographic phone, a pigeon pecks at and carries off the hologram Hermes. When he next shows up, he's badly injured, apparently from the bird.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: As a test of their robot-ity, Fry and Leela are asked which option they would prefer; a puppy, a flower from their sweetheart, or a large properly-formatted data file. After given the correct answer (the data-file), one guard notes that the flower was also a valid option.
  • Robot Republic: The planet Chapek-9 was colonized by "radical robot separatists."
  • "Second Law" My Ass!: Provides the page quote.
    Bender: Admit it, you all think robots are just machines built by humans to make their lives easier.
    Fry: Well, aren't they?
    Bender: I've never made anyone's life easier, and you know it!
  • The Scapegoat / Demonization: Humans are given this treatment. The Robot Elders use the threat and hatred of humans to distract the robots of Chapek-9 from their real problems, like the crippling lugnut shortage, and a government of corrupt, incompetent Robot Elders.
  • Shaped Like Itself: The prosecution at Fry and Leela's trial declares Fry and Leela, as humans "are guilty of the crime of being humans", before anounncing he rests his case.
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  • Show Within a Show: The robot movie playing in the theater that Fry and Leela hide in is a parody of 1950's B-movies.
  • Silence, You Fool!: Silence! The Robot Elders deploy this trope constantly, even to the point of it being a Verbal Tic. "Silence! I concur."
  • Special Effects Failure: In-universe. The "human" in the movie is a robot in a bad human suit.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: When Bender is describing humans to the other robots.
    Robot: Is it true that they bite you on the neck when you sleep to drain your transmission fluid, and then you become human yourself?
    Bender: Sure, why not?
  • Sustained Misunderstanding: Fry thinks Chapek-9 is uninhabited, even after Bender points out it's inhabited by robots. Fry assumes this is like how a warehouse is inhabited by boxes.
  • Take That!: Baseball is described as boring. Fry tries defending it, before pausing.
    Fry: So they finally jazzed it up, huh?
  • Tempting Fate: In the Show Within a Show, the robot teenager says "it's perfectly safe to let our guard down, even for a second." Cue the "human" appearing and eating his head.
  • Turing Test: Inverted when the guards test Fry and Leela disguised as robots.
    Guard 2: Administer the test.
    Guard 1: Which of the following would you prefer: A — a puppy, B — a flower from your sweetie, or C — a large, properly formatted data file? Choose!
    [Fry and Leela whisper about their options.]
    Fry: Is the puppy mechanical in any way?
    Guard 1: No! It is the bad kind of puppy!
    Leela: Then we'll go with that data file.
    Guard 1: Correct.
    Guard 2: The flower would have also been acceptable.
  • Urine Trouble: While disguised as a robot in Chapek-9, Fry has to pee and goes in a corner. A robot passes by and thinks Fry is leaking coolant. It takes several seconds (and even more false tries) before Fry's "leak" solves itself.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Parodied in the robot movie, where the human, who was invulnerable to the robots' magnetic-field weapons, is killed by "a harmless pointed stick."

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