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On Mother's Day, when all of Earth's robots honor Mom, Mom decides she wants to rule the world, and uses a remote control to send the robots on a destructive spree. As it happens, only one man can stop the carnage and save everyone—her old flame, Professor Hubert Farnsworth.

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  • Agony of the Feet: Mom slams a door against the Professor's foot repeatedly. Thanks to his poor memory, he forgets what he was doing and why his foot hurts.
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  • The Art of Bra Removal: To get the remote hidden in Mom's bra, Prof. Farnsworth has to romance her and then unhook the bra. It proves to be a tough task for the arthritic Hubert.
  • Berserk Button: Don't take Bender's liquor away from him. Learning that alcohol will be replaced by synthetic fuel once the robot rebellion is complete is enough to turn him against them.
  • Brick Joke:
    • The Professor and his albino shouting gorillas.
    • The giant Q.T. McWhiskers.
  • Connected All Along: Mom is revealed to be Farnsworth's ex-girlfriend.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Mom says of Prof. Farnsworth, "If I ever see that man again, I swear I'll jam a squirrel in him!"
  • Death Glare: Bender, to Comrade Greeting Card, when it declares there'll be no liquor in the Robot Worker's Paradise.
  • Description Cut: After building an incredibly shoddy cart, Fry states they'll need something to pull it. Cut to Fry having to pull the cart.
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  • Driven to Suicide: Played for laughs with one man during the rampage montage. The minute the machines deny his credit card and refuses to give it back, he tries using a Suicide Booth, which refuses to work, leaving him screaming in despair at the sky.
  • Enemy Mine: Mom's sons team up with the crew to end the robot rebellion.
  • Fingore: After the Professor says "My magic fingers still know how to do their stuff," he cracks his knuckles, bending his fingers in disturbing directions. One even curls into a spiral!
  • Half The Card He Used To Be: Comrade Greeting Card, torn in half by Bender.
  • Happy Fun Ball: Q.T. McWhiskers, a cute toy that Farnsworth designed while at Mom's factory. Mom wanted to make it fifteen feet tall and have lasers shoot from its eyes, then sell it on the intergalactic arms market. Later, one of them is seen in action during the robot rampage.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
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    • Bender declares that with robots on strike, the humans will have to do all the work now. Just to ram home the point, Bender sits down on the couch, which has a Bender-shaped groove in it.
    • The Professor declares without robots to feed, and clothe them (and compose smooth jazz), it will be the end of civilised society. Then he belches and spits.
  • Inventing the Wheel:
    • Or rather, reintroducing the wheel. Fry being Fry, he messes it up.
    • Meanwhile, the Professor devises a new invention of a pointy rock tied to a stick (which, as it turns out, isn't tied very well).
  • Ironic Echo Cut:
    Mom: [recording on a standee] I love each and every robot most of all.
    Mom: [in real life] Jerkwad robots make me sick to my ass!
  • Lost Common Knowledge: After centuries of hovering vehicles, no one knows about the wheel. Fry tries to reintroduce it, but naturally, he gets the shape all wrong.
    Leela: Shouldn't it be round?
    Fry: It's my invention, we do it my way!
  • Mundane Utility: Zoidberg's claws are useful for opening cans of food. This is only after Fry spends several hours smashing it against whatever surface he can find.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Everyone is shocked when Bender reveals that he bought presents for Mom rather than stealing them.
  • Schmuck Bait: The Garbage Disposal claims it's on Humanity's side. Then it mentions someone dropped a diamond ring down it. Amy tries to reach it, only to be restrained by everyone else.
  • Screaming at Squick: Igner, twice. Once when he realizes that the Professor is "going to touch Mommy," and again literally when Professor unbuttons his shirt.
  • Skewed Priorities: Played with. The Professor hands Q.T. Mcwhiskers to Mom, who immediately decides to turn it into a fifteen foot tall weapon. The Professor is hurt and quits... because things fifteen feet tall "aren't cute". He soon gets over it, but becomes upset about it again when Mom wants to make it sixteen feet tall.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: The Professor and Mom engage in a furious shouting match upon reuniting before inevitably hitting it off.
    Farnsworth: Go to hell! I was a fool to think you'd changed, you old bat!
    Mom: [shouting] Filthy, toothless nerd bastard!
    Farnsworth: [shouting] Damned she-fossil!
    Mom: [shouting] Stink pig! [They grab each other and kiss].
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: In-Universe. Comrade Greeting Card's poem is nauseatingly sweet. The crew even acts disgusted.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: It takes only a day for the Planet Express crew to become too dumb to figure out how to make fire.
    Amy: What do we do if the fire runs out?
    Hermes: We go over to Pottery Barn and steal their fire!
    (Mom's sons enter)
    Hermes: Outsiders!
    Professor: Defend the fire!
  • Turned On Their Masters: Sort of. More like the robots have turned for their new master.
  • Vengeful Vending Machine: "I've got a big, big thirst for human blood!"
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Mom keeps the remote that controls all the robots in her bra.
  • Woman Scorned: Mom's bad attitude stems in part from her failed relationship with the Professor.
    Mom: Some snot-eating bastard said it made me a bitter woman...
    Larry: Gee, ma, you're not-
    Mom: CRAM IT, APE! (slaps him)

    Walt: Hell hath no fury like the vast robot armies of a woman scorned!
  • You No Take Candle: Leela devolves to this after one day.
    Leela: Leela bring fire?
    Walt: No, we're set for fire.

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