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Recap / Futurama S 2 E 11 How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back

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Hermes is preparing for an inspection from his bureaucracy. But when a fight spills into his office, utterly ruining it, he suffers a mental breakdown. Zoidberg recommends Hermes takes a stress-relieving vacation, and he is temporarily replaced by bureaucrat Morgan Proctor, who becomes infatuated with Fry for his slovenly ways. Bender finds out and threatens to publicize their affair, but Morgan removes Bender's memory chip and hides it within the cavernous Central Bureaucracy.



  • Bait-and-Switch: When we see Spa 5, we see a woman who seems to be a fitness instructor. She is actually an overseer, and the resort is actually a slave labor camp.
  • Behind the Black: Bender somehow failed to see that Morgan was right in front of him until the screen zoomed out to show the audience.
  • Blatant Lies: Hermes has spent the day getting his office in top condition ready for an inspection, only for Bender to be chased in there and savagely beaten by a group of people whom he'd cheated at cards. When Hermes walks in and sees Bender lying in the wrecked office, the robot claims, "It was ghosts! Big ones! [beat] And a tornado!"
  • Brain Theft: Robotic variant - Bender ends up getting his memory chip, effectively his brain, stolen by Morgan when he catches her in an illicit relationship with Fry.
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  • Broken Record: After losing his memory chip, Bender can only say "I am Bender, please insert girder." over and over.
  • Buffy Speak: "But Bender need brain for... smart making!"
  • Call-Back: Among the people who are invited to the poker game includes Leela's old boss, who on arrival says she's fired, what with being two years late for work.
  • Captain Obvious: A glorious gem from Morgan on beating the Planet Express crew to the Central Bureaucracy.
    I should have known you would come here rather than follow standard procedure. And I did know! And that's why I came here!
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Bender wins the poker game by using X-Ray specs. While gloating, he hints too strongly about them, and is beaten up over it.
  • Chekhov's Gun: At the beginning, Hermes gives his forms 5 stamps. In the end, he incriminates Morgan by pointing out that she'd used only 4 stamps rather than the requisite 5.
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  • Department of Redundancy Department: Hermes gets a letter from the Central Bureaucracy informing him that he's about to get a letter from the Central Bureaucracy. He is then surprised to find he's received a letter from the Central Bureaucracy.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • Hermes attempts to commit suicide to avoid a demotion. However, he doesn't take into account how much the Central Bureaucracy has regulations for just about everything a person can do, and if he commits suicide without filling out all the proper paperwork he'll be posthumously demoted.
    • Furious about Morgan's attitude and her bureaucracy, Fry throws some stuff off a table, turning Morgan on again.
  • Easily Forgiven: Hermes swears vengeance against Dr. Zoidberg for sending him to the forced labor camp Spa 5. He seems to have gotten over this by the end, when Zoidberg apparently rescued him. Possibly justified since Zoidberg seemed ignorant about its true nature.
  • Failed a Spot Check: As Bender is talking smack about Morgan, Leela and Fry are making shushing motions, and he says, "Uh oh, is she behind me?" Morgan replies with, "No, I'm in front of you!" and Bender squeaks like a mouse.
  • Gambling Brawl: Bender plays poker with Fry, Leela and her former co-workers. He cheats using x-ray specs and, when he's exposed, is chased into Hermes' newly-cleaned office and beaten up.
  • Heart Drive: Morgan removes Bender's personality to keep him from telling on her and Fry's relationship. He is left with his base functions, only able to say "I am Bender. Please insert girder" in monotone Robo Speak.
  • Heroic BSoD: Hermes spends the first half of the episode in one.
  • High-Five Left Hanging: Morgan gives Fry the position of "Executive Delivery Boy" to the disdain of his co-workers. Fry tries to get Bender to hi-five him, but he initially refuses until Morgan orders him to. Though Fry goes for the down low, Bender kicks him in the leg.
  • Hurricane of Excuses: When Hermes catches Bender in his office, after it has been thrashed by the poker players beating up on Bender.
    Bender: Uh, it was ghosts! Big ones! And a tornado!
  • I Like Those Odds: Bureaucrat 1.0 allows Hermes to search for Bender's memory card, but he has to find it before closing time, 1 PM. Leela points out he'd have less than 4 minutes. Hermes just says "Requisition me a beat" before looking.
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: Hermes' usual catchphrase ("Great [noun] of [place]!") disappears during his Heroic BSoD.
    Hermes: (shivering) Sweet... something of... s-someplace...
  • My Rule-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours: How Hermes beats Morgan—he points out that a form she submitted years ago was only stamped four times, as opposed to the requsite five.
    Number 1.0: Bureaucrat Conrad, you are technically correct—the best kind of correct!
  • Needle in a Stack of Needles: The gang follow the capsule with Bender's memory chip to the central filing room, only to find the room full of thousands of identical capsules.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Bender decides to warn one of Leela's former coworkers that he has a serious worm in his stomach, a potential life threatening condition. Unfortunately, this tips him off that Bender was possibly cheating, and once his x ray specs scheme is revealed, it kicks off the rest of the episode.
  • Not Helping Your Case: Accosted by a woman in the park who claims he stole her purse, Bender tries fending her off with some random purse he just happened to have at hand.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Played for laughs, especially in the final act.
  • Oh My Gods!: When Ipgee, Leela's former boss, discovers Bender's X-ray specs, he exclaims "Oh, my various gods!"
  • Pet the Dog: Bender decides to try to warn one of Leela's former coworkers that he has a serious health problem in his stomach, when it was obviously of no benefit to him. However, this causes the guy to realize that Bender might be cheating and it kicks off the events of the episode.
  • Right Behind Me: Bender goes on a rant about Morgan, then thinks she's behind him.
    Morgan: No, I'm right in front of you.
  • Right on Queue: The line for the Central Bureaucracy is so long there's an elderly man there still waiting for his birth certificate. At one point the line moves backwards, attributed to someone in the line giving birth.
  • Secret Relationship: Morgan starts an affair with Fry because she is turned on by dirty slobs, but insists it must be kept hidden from everyone.
    Morgan: If anyone asks, I'll deny it.
    Fry: Just like every other girl I dated.
  • Serious Business: Morgan is thwarted when it turns out she once filled in a form about a date incorrectly.
    Morgan: It was a regulation date that ended in regulation disappointment.
    Hermes: Yes, but you only stamped it four times!
    (the other bureaucrats gasp in horror)
    Morgan: No, no! I was young, and reckless!
  • Skewed Priorities: Part and parcel of being bureaucrats.
    • Hermes sings that everyone figured out he was destined to be a bureaucrat when, as a child, a flood knocked his alphabet blocks out of order. At Spa 5, he's more bothered by the inefficiency than the horrific conditions of the work camp.
    • Morgan chews the delivery crew out for screwing up a delivery, with her irritation with Leela being that Leela left port without a full compliment of olives (which only came up because Bender was having a martini-drinking contest with the autopilot and ran out of olives).
  • Suicide as Comedy: As Hermes threatens to jump off a ledge, Bender asks him to "do a flip", while Prof. Farnsworth seems more concerned with getting his liver after he's dead.
  • That Reminds Me of a Song:
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Before looking for Bender's memory, Hermes says "Requisition me a beat", with Bureaucrat 1.0 obliging by playing a tune from his console.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: Morgan is an uptight, anal-retentive bureaucrat that puts Hermes to shame...but she's completely turned on by Fry's slobbery.
    Morgan Proctor: (seductively pins Fry against a wall) DIRTY BOY! Dirtydirtydirty!
    Fry: I thought you were anti-dirty, not pro-dirty!?
    Morgan Proctor: I'm surrounded by neat freaks all day. There's nothing kinkier to me than a filthy slop jockey like you!
    Fry: Oh, stop...
  • Vast Bureaucracy: The Central Bureaucracy.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: Even though Bender is now helpful and polite, everyone decides to get their jerk back. They lampshade such a desire by being unable to rationalize why they should. Justified in that all Bender says is "I am Bender; please insert girder" and his personality is lost.
  • Working on the Chain Gang: The spa resort Zoidberg recommends for Hermes is actually a slave camp, where he and his wife are chained and made to work in a mine.
  • Wrote the Book: Spoofed.
    Number 1.0: Don't quote me regulations! I co-chaired the committee that reviewed the recommendation to change the color of the book that regulation's in. We kept it gray.
  • X-Ray Vision: Bender's "lucky shades", which he uses to cheat during the poker game.


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