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Recap / Futurama S 3 E 12 The Route Of All Evil

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While suspended from school, Professor Farnsworth's clone Cubert and Hermes' son Dwight start their own delivery company, for delivering newspapers. Their fathers mock their efforts- until the boys get enough capital to take over Planet Express. Meanwhile, Fry and Leela use Bender to bootleg beer, and treat the robot like a mom-to-be.

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  • Bait-and-Switch: After Cubert and Dwight bring a wheelbarrow carrying a mountain of money, both Farnsworth and Cubert can only gawk at their earnings as if they're impressed the kids did so well. Cue the next shot of the kids complaining they really didn't get impressed by that.
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  • Cassandra Truth: In an attempt to distract Farnsworth and Hermes from his and Dwight's pranking the crew, Cubert tattles to them about Fry, Leela and Bender making bootleg beer inside Bender on company property. Not only does Farnsworth not believe them, but it backfires on them spectacularly.
    Farnsworth: Accusing gentle Bender of a misdeed? That's the last straw!
  • Comically Missing the Point: While watching an episode of The Real World where a man on the sun is burning to death, Leela's only problem is that an apartment that big on the sun would be too expensive for someone like him to live in.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Bender's beer escapade is played out like a pregnant woman expecting her first child.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Combined with Armor-Piercing Question—after bottling Bender's beer, Dwight and Cubert come in and start complaining about him, Fry and Leela not delivering any of the papers and how they had to deliver all the papers themselves, Fry gets suspicious and says, "How were you guys able to deliver a million papers in an hour?"
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  • Horrible Judge of Character: Professor Farnsworth identifies Bender as "gentle Bender" when Dwight and Cubert claim he's being used to brew beer. Somewhat justified, since Farnsworth is senile, amoral, and frequently forgets who works for him to begin with.
  • I Can't Hear You: When Zoidberg comes in while Cubert and Dwight are being yelled at.
    Zoidberg: What's going on? Is this 'angry' yelling or 'busted hearing aid' yelling?
    Farnsworth: (Shouting) What?
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: Cubert accuses the crew of using Bender as a still for brewing beer. Bender immediately calls out "Lies! Lies and slander!", then burps out some suds. Regardless, Farnsworth still believes Bender.
  • I Resemble That Remark!:
    Dwight: I heard alcohol makes you stupid.
    Fry: No I'm... doesn't!
    • Also so Throw It In!. Fry's line wasn't in the script; it's a blooper Billy West made when they were recording, but it fit Fry's character so perfectly they had to use it.
  • Jerkass:
  • Legally Dead: Cubert inherits Planet Express because his father was declared dead.
  • Moving the Goalposts: When Awesome Express makes more money than Planet Express, Hermes, instead of being proud, points out that they don't have a building conference table or Zoidberg.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Hermes delivers the mail using a gatling gun.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: The Horrible Gelatinous Blob gives one to both Farnsworth and Hermes when they confront him with his son's behavior. He even digests them to finish them off.
  • Not Really a Birth Scene: Bender's beer being bottled is scripted as a birth scene.
  • Papa Wolf: Farnsworth and Hermes attempt to be this when Mr. Horrible Gelatinous Blob insults Cubert and Dwight. They wind up in the hospital, but their sons are still proud of them.
  • Projectile Kiss: Prof. Farnsworth blows a kiss at Cubert when he starts his paper route. He tries evasive actions, but Farnsworth claims it's a cheek-seeking missile.
  • Pun-Based Title: Based on the expression "Root of all evil" (which is from a Biblical quote about the love of money being the root of all evil, which is commonly misquoted as money being the root of all evil).
  • Red Ones Go Faster/Hot Paint Job: Cubert and Dwight paint the Planet Express ship red and add flame decals to make it go faster.
    Leela: And what's your scientific basis for thinking that?
    Cubert: I'm twelve.
  • Rejected Apology: Mr. Horrible Gelatinous Blob initially refuses Dwight and Cubert's apology.
    Horrible Gelatinous Blob: You can shove your apology into the bottom of your one-way digestive system.
    Farnsworth: Now see here. We assured our sons that you'd accept their apology.
    Horrible Gelatinous Blob: Aww. Tell you what, I'll accept their apology when they kiss my ass! Which I don't have!
  • Remember the New Guy?: Dwight seems to already know everyone on Planet Express, despite the fact he has neither been seen nor mentioned before this episode.
  • Repeating So the Audience Can Hear: Leela, when she gets a call from an annoyed Awesome Express customer.
    Leela: What's that? You haven't gotten a paper delivered? In how long?
  • Running Gag: Another manwich is victimised, this time by being compressed into a singularity.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Some of the scenes of the boys delivering papers parody the classic arcade game Paperboy, especially the scene where they're chased by an Angry Guard Dog.
    • Said angry guard dog gets eaten by a space slug.
    • The Little Prince is one of the boys' customers.
    • As mentioned above under Horrible Judge of Character, the Professor refers to Bender as "gentle Bender," an obvious reference to the 1960's TV series Gentle Ben about a friendly black bear.
    • Fry, Leela, and Bender watch an episode of the MTV reality show The Real World set on the sun. Leela's complaint that the apartments the cast live in would cost a lot of money in real life is a common complaint about the show.
  • So Proud of You: A twisted version, at the end, when Dwight and Cubert come to their dads for help.
    Dwight: We just wanted you to be proud of us.
    Hermes: Proud of you? You ruined us with sleazy business practices, and a complete disregard for human decency! Of course we're proud of you.
    Farnsworth: Damn right we are!
  • Start My Own: Cubert and Dwight's 'Awesome Express'.
  • The Dog Bites Back: The main trio abandon Planet Express for Awesome Express after being given a better offer, and show a greater enthusiasm working for Cubert and Dwight than they ever have for the Professor.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: The Gelatinous Blobs are weak against salt. It doesn't kill them, but it does make them lose cohesion.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Bender is apparently Planet Express property, making the trio's beer-brewing illegal.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Bender enjoys the thought of Cubert and Dwight being beaten by their fathers. When they don't, he decides to do it himself.
    Bender: [sighs and pulls out a baseball bat] I guess if you want children beaten, you have to do it yourself.

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