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Recap / Futurama S 3 E 16 A Leela Of Her Own

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Leela is scouted to be the first female blernsball pitcher, but only because her lack of depth perception makes her a terrific novelty. Once she becomes aware that she'll be known as the worst blernsball player in history, Leela swears to be slightly better than that.

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  • Alien Lunch: The Cygnoids seem to have no idea of what humans eat, judging from the way they prepare their pizza, which is why Fry has to teach them.
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  • Anti-Role Model: Leela jumps on the chance to be the first female professional blernsball player to serve as an inspiration to women, but ends up being this in-universe. She's such a horrible player that she encourages hundreds of other female athletes to train and get into the game to prove women aren't as bad as she is.
  • As Himself: Baseball great Hank Aaron.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": Leela's commercial recordings have her reading out her lines stilted.
  • Baseball Episode: Well, Blernsball Episode, which is about the closest thing to baseball in the Futurama universe.
  • Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Leela becomes the first female pitcher in the professional blernsball league — because someone thought it would be funny.
  • Calvinball: Once again, blernsball seems to make no sense whatsoever.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Leela is told point-blank she's only being put on the Mets as a freak-show act, repeatedly, but still takes this as a good thing.
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  • Comically Small Bribe: Thanks to Bender's negotiating skillz, one of Leela's advertising jobs lands her a solid 1001 pesos. Bender's demand for every deal is "put a one and two zeroes in front of that, or we pass!"
  • Continuity Nod: Bender recognises Abner Doubledeal as the sleazebag that owned the Ultimate Robot Fighting League.
  • Epic Fail: In her career, Leela manages to go without getting a single out, although she comes very, very close.
  • Fantastic Racism: Professor Farnsworth hates the Cygnoids. There's no Aesop delivered (unless you count Leela saying that the world is not going to get any better until man- and alienkind pretend to like each other), and he doesn't learn to tolerate them.
  • Generation Xerox: Hank Aaron XXIV became a famous baseball player like his namesake. Subverted in that he's the worst player in the history of the game until Leela went down in history as a WORSE player than him. He's actually pretty sad to have the title taken away from him.
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  • Had the Silly Thing in Reverse: Hank Aaron XXIV holds the bat upside down. That Fry is the one who points it out speaks volumes as to why he's considered the worst blernsball player ever.
  • Hope Spot: Leela trains, and very nearly scores her first out by getting two strikes, but then the rival hits the next pitch so hard the string breaks and the ball flies into the "win the game" hole, leading to her going down in history as the worst blernsball player of all time.
  • Idiot Ball: Leela, who is normally super-competent at just about anything you care to mention, not only proves to be a terrible blernsball player, but shows no self-awareness at all regarding her lack of skill until Jackie gives her a "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Insult Backfire: When Bender calls Abner Doubledeal a sleazebag, he doesn't deny it, only telling Bender he's now the sleazebag who owns the NY Mets.
  • It Is Pronounced Tropay: Hank Aaron XXIV pronounces hologram as "holly-gram".
  • Jackie Robinson Story: Parodied with Leela, because she's only the first woman player in the league as a joke. Played straight with Jackie Anderson, the first woman to play professional blernsball well.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently a short while before the episode began, a strip club across the road from Planet Express had its wall fall down, much to Fry's delight.
  • Reality Ensues: Upon realizing what a terrible player she is, Leela then makes a vow that she will practice and train until she's the greatest player ever... only for Hermes, who's examining the statistics, to point out that's mathematically impossible, and that she's well on her way to being considered the worst player ever. Leela decides that if she can't be the best, she'll at least not be the worst.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Among the hall of historical blernsball greats is one alien who is half-white, half-black (or half-black, half-white), as seen in the Star Trek episode "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield".
    • The last scene with the cygnoids has them recreating the old Calgon commercial.
  • Spit Take: Upon learning that the Cygnoids crush rats to make the wine he's drinking, Fry does this... right in Bender's face. Bender retaliates by spitting it right back at him.
  • Take That!: Apparently only a sleazebag would own the Mets. Or owning the Mets makes one a sleazebag. Either way.
  • You Go, Girl!: Played with. Leela isn't this, but her poor form inspires other women to prove they're better than her.

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