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Recap / Futurama S 2 E 6 The Lesser Of Two Evils

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The Planet Express staff meets Flexo, a Bending robot just like Bender. The two robots hit it off, but Fry can't help but be suspicious of the new robot, especially when Planet Express is hired to ship an expensive tiara to the Miss Universe pageant.

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  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Fry mentions a girlfriend who owned a car like that, except it was her dad's, except she was simply a girl who lived next door and never closed her curtains.
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  • Anachronism Stew: Let's just say that Pastorama is not exactly an accurate representation of the 20th century...
    Cowboy on a hover-moped: Time for the mammoth hunt, dudes!
  • As Himself: Bob Barker provides the voice for the head of Bob Barker.
  • Beard of Evil: Flexo has a beard, but isn't the evil one. Bender is.
  • Blatant Lies: The drunken alien on Cop Department claims that he didn't fire off any lasers, despite the smoking hole in his ceiling. When confronted, he claims it's the "crazy upstairs lady". URL points out they're on the top floor of the apartment building.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The Professor asks everyone to join him in his bedroom for a "private viewing", and draws the curtains, before telling them to "feast their eyes" on something. It turns out to be an atom of Jumbonium. Lampshaded when Leela gets uncomfortable with the display.
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  • Evil Twin: Fry thinks Flexo is one to Bender, but it turns out that it's the other way around. No real surprise there, of course.
  • Future Imperfect: The Past-o-Rama theme park (supposedly based on the year 2000) is probably the best example: in a commercial, cowboys with surfer accents and hover-mopeds hunt mammoths with harpoons, and Albert Einstein and Hammurabi (who ruled Babylonia c. 2000 BCE) are seen disco dancing in a hot air balloon, and Hammurabi uses the catch phrase "Dy-no-mite!" from Good Times. In one exhibit, Gerald Ford is credited with inventing the automocar, which is built by primitive robots (who dress and behave like human cavemen) and runs by burning fossil fuels (as in actual dinosaur bones rather than petroleum biproducts). An ad in the re-created subway seems to assume that "Spanglish" was an actual language.
    • Fry, who is actually from the past, is either not believed when he tries to correct the errors, or just makes them worse with his unique perspective (What were those booths on the road used for in your time? Bathrooms). This is despite several living heads of people of 20th century people with their memories living in the time and even winning election.
    • To put things in perspective, the difference in time between Einstein (who was from the 1900's) and the year 3000 is four times smaller than that between Einstein and King Hammurabi. The people of the year 3000 seem to have a decent grasp of the past millennium or so of their history, but collapse any and all human history before that into a single homogenous, garbled mess.
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  • Future Music: One of the Miss Universe contestants performs a "traditional gangsta rap".
  • I Resemble That Remark!:
    TV ad: Is today's hectic lifestyle making you tense and impatient?
    Bender: SHUT UP AND GET TO THE POINT!
  • Mistaken for Servant: At the Pastorama park, Fry thinks a mugger is a park performer. Later, Fry himself is mistaken for a park employee because of his 20th Century clothing (by someone wearing 16th Century clothing).
  • Pixellation: Parodied when the crew are watching Cop Department, and the suspect's face is blurry (similar to how COPS blurs out suspects' and victims' faces for privacy/legal reasonsnote ). It turns out he's doing it himself, when Smitty orders him to stop it.
  • Space Pirates: In a slight variation, Space Bandidos. They're easy to distinguish from other kinds of spaceborne brigands: if it's them, you'll hear maracas.
  • Spot the Imposter: Leela find herself in this situation, gun included, during Bender and Flexo's fight, not helped by Fry telling her to "shoot Flexo". Ultimately, Leela shoots the planet decorations hanging from the ceiling, knocking them both out.... and revealling that Bender stole the Jumbonium atom.
  • Too Much Information: After Fry mentions how his "girlfriend" was actually just a girl who lived next door and never closed her curtains, Leela reminds him of how she told him he should end his stories a sentence early.

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