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Recap / Futurama S 2 E 8 Raging Bender

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Bender joins the Ultimate Robot Fighting League and quickly becomes the champ—as the fight's are rigged so the most popular robot wins. Bender's popularity eventually drops and he's ordered to lose to the devastating newcomer, the titanic Destructor. Leela decides to help Bender defeat Destructor when she discovers the other robot's trainer is her former despised karate instructor, Phnog.

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  • All Animals Are Dogs: Once Farnsworth "teaches the toaster to feel love", it acts a playful puppy—barking, yipping, and using its lever handle to "pant".
  • And I Must Scream:
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    • Hermes spends most of the episode with a Brain Slug on his head, courtesy of a stopover at the Brain Slug planet while on vacation. Everyone figures it out, but they're in no hurry to save him. Bender accidentally manages to dislodge the Brain Slug, but then it gets immediately put back on.
    • Lampshaded when George Foreman says, "As a head without a body, I envy the dead."
  • Bankruptcy Barrel: Parodied with one of Bender's opponents, "Billionaire-Bot". After Billionaire-Bot is defeated, Bender puts a barrel over him labeled "Very Poor".
  • Butt-Monkey: Bender in the second-half of the episode.
  • Captain Obvious: When describing Ultimate Robot Fighting:
    Farnsworth: There are no rules. Two robots enter, one robot leaves. Then later the other robot leaves after being declared the winner.
  • Crack Defeat: Leela lost a martial arts match after beating up the other competitors because she lacks the 'will of the warrior'. In other words, she's female.
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  • Foreign Wrestling Heel: Bender fights one of these, called The Foreigner.
    "I'm not from here! I have my own customs! Look at my craaaaaazy passport!"
  • The Giant: Destructor.
  • Gorgeous George: Bender is forced to take the persona of Gender Bender, complete with pink tutu uniform, for his last match.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Leela manages to defeat her mentor, Phnog, by having his controlled robot punch him.
  • Hypocritical Humor: The Tom Servo and Crow Shout-Out.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: The Masked Unit was very patient until Bender pushed him too far.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner:
    Bender: Final boarding call for Flight 406 — Non-stop service to pain!
    Bender: Now boarding standby passengers... (Wham!)
  • See You in Hell: Parodied.
    Phnog: See you in Girl Hell. I'll be in Boy Hell, much nicer!
  • Shout-Out:
    • The opening to All My Circuits: The Movie is a spoof on every James Bond opening ever, complete with similar guitar riff.
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    • Phnog is based on Mister Miyagi.
      • And a fair amount of Yoda.
    • "It's Benderin' time!"
    • Among the movies the gang consider seeing are Planet of the Clams and Galaxy Wars (the latter appears to be a documentary).
    • Inside the movie theater, Fry makes a sarcastic comment about a newsreel. Next to him, Tom Servo and Crow tell him not to talk during the movie.
    • The title references Raging Bull. There's also a Homage Shot to the famous Hit Stop scene.
    • A fan at one of Bender's fights has a sign that reads "Bender 3:16."
    • The scene where Bender fires Leela is very reminiscent of Rocky V.
  • Spoof Aesop: Bender loses his match, but as Leela says, the important thing is that she beat a guy who hurt her feelings in high school.
  • Squashed Flat: Bender at the end of his match with Destructor.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Master Fnog refused to send Leela, his best student, to the Junior Karate Championships, instead sending the two students she defeated in the qualifiers, because he claimed she did not have the Will of the Warrior - which according to him, only men can possess. Later, Leela encounters him during Bender's final bout in the Ultimate Robot Fighting League as the trainer of a new star, Destructor. She eventually uncovers Fnog was cheating and though he still taunts her for being a woman, she gets to beat him.
    Phnog: No girl has the will of the warrior. You have the will of a housewife, or at best, a schoolmarm.
  • Take That!: This line from Fry:
    Fry: Man, I thought Ultimate Robot Fighting was real, like pro wrestling, but it turns out it's fixed, like boxing.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Written by Writing Unit 5, Writing Unit 12 and Joe Eszterhas.
  • The Movie: The PE team goes to see All My Circuits: The Movie at the beginning.
  • There Was a Door: Destructor's entrance.
  • Your Brain Won't Be Much of a Meal: When Fry gets a brain slug, we soon see that it apparently starved to death. The creator's commentary admit that this is the oldest joke.
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