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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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  • 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.
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  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Bender's beer escapade is played out like a pregnant woman expecting her first child.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: The Professor identifies Bender as "gentle Bender" when Dwight and Cubert claim he's being used to brew beer.
  • 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.
  • 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 so perfectly they had to use it.
  • Jerkass:
  • Legally Dead: Cubert inherits Planet Express because his father was declared dead.
  • 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.
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  • Not Really a Birth Scene: Bender's beer being bottled is scripted as a birth scene.
  • 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. When Leela questions their reasoning, Cubert answers "Uh, 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!
  • 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 manwhich 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 boy's 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 sleezy business practices, and a complete disregard for human decency! ... Of course we're proud of you.
  • 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 loose 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: [sighes and pulls out a baseball bat] I guess if you want children beaten, you have to do it yourself.

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