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Recap / Futurama S3 E18 "Anthology of Interest II"

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The Professor has fixed the What-If Machine, leading the follow What-Ifs to be seen; Bender is turned into a human, and discovers that his usual vices are now bad for him (but that doesn't stop him from going on the mother of all binges). Fry's video game skills are called upon to save the world. Leela ends up going on a The Wizard of Oz-style journey to find her family.


  • Abusive Parents: Mom, as per usual.
    Mom: Fly, my stupids! Fly out and get them!
    Igner: But mommy! You promised us you'd bake monkey-cake today.
    Mom: By "monkey cake", I meant your ass!
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  • Actor Allusion: Tress MacNeille, the voice of Mom on Futurama actually DID voice the Wicked Witch in the short-lived Wizard of Oz animated show from 1990. It should come as no surprise that one of her Futurama characters would be in the role.
  • All Just a Dream: Leela's What-If isn't from the machine; instead the lever hit her on the head and knocked her out. In fact, it's never revealed what Leela's scenario was from the What-If machine.
  • And You Were There: Spoofed at the end of Leela's What-If.
    Leela: I was having the most wonderful dream... except (points at Fry) you were there, (points at Bender) and you were there!
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Lrrr and the other Space Invaders successfully take over earth. Their demand?
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • Mom orders her monkey-sons to kidnap Leela... so she can adopt her. Leela gets the chance to return home instead, but...
    Leela: There's no place like... I wanna be a witch!
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  • Dead All Along / Distracted from Death: Bender was this for the entire party.
  • Did Not Think This Through: Leela forgot how easily Mom Witch was killed a few moments before.
  • Dies Wide Open: Human!Bender's eyes are still open when he dies at the start of the party, which is why nobody realized he was gone until after the party was over. The reason for his frequent "WOO's" were due to the air escaping his excess fat.
  • Difficulty by Acceleration: In-universe during the Space Invaders segment. Fry is unable to hit the last enemy because it's moving too fast, and when Lrrr lands and defeats him, he gives him a lesson in leading the target.
  • Fan Disservice: Human!Bender, at the end of his life. Oh, so much...
  • Faux Horrific: Tremble, as Fry fires at the space invaders through his own shield!
    Bender: He's a madman! A maaaaaaaadmaaaaaaaaaan!
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  • Gratuitous Italian: Courtesy of Mario.
    Mario: Mama mia! The cruel meatball of war has rolled onto our laps and ruined our white pants of peace!
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Leela murders the Cute Witch of the North for making a disparaging comment about her foot size.
  • Happily Adopted: What Leela would have been in her What-If, had Bender not opened that champagne bottle onto Mom.
  • The Hedonist: Bender turns the whole Nobel prize committee into this.
  • Huge Holographic Head: Farnsworth as the Wizard at first appears to be this, but then he steps from behind the curtain and his head is really that size.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: The point of Fry's What-If where life was like a video game. His gaming skills in an Space Invaders style battle are put to the test but loses in the end.
  • I Was Having Such a Nice Dream:
    Leela: "Except you were there, you were there, and you were there!"
  • I'm Cold... So Cold...: General Pac-Man's last words.
  • Informed Flaw: Due to how truncated the third segment is, the flaws of its version of the Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Cowardly Lion don't exactly get time to be established. Leela simply guesses that Fry doesn't have a brain, Bender's needing a heart is more literal (he needs to pump a lot of blood out of his basement), and Zoidberg forgoes any kind of introduction in favor of pulling up in a taxi and announcing he doesn't have enough courage.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Word of God says that Human!Bender is exactly like John DiMaggio in looks and personality.
  • Lampshade Hanging: "Oh, who'd have thought a small amount of liquid would ever fall on me".
  • Large Ham: The Continuity Announcer. To whit:
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: While Fry and Bender show up as the Scarecrow and Tinman in Leela's What-If, Zoidberg just appears as the "third guy"; he's still Zoidberg, not Zoidberg re-imagined as the Cowardly Lion.
  • Lead the Target: Lampshaded by Lrrr, who wins his Space Invaders battle against Fry and points out that Fry should've been invoking this trope Poor sap could never get that final alien as a kid.
  • Mood Whiplash: Bender's death by overeating has the Professor briefly eulogizing him, then saying "let's get him out of here. He's starting to stink up the joint."
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Apparently, Zoidberg had to take a cab.
    Zoidberg: What? Do I smell? (beat) Oh.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! / Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Bender killing the Wicked Witch of the West (Mom) could be interpreted as either one of these.
  • Off to See the Wizard: Leela's What-If ends up being as much a parody of these as of The Wizard of Oz itself; about half of the jokes are dedicated to just how overdone it is.
  • Organ Theft: The Professor even has a box set out for Leela's organs.
  • Reality Ensues: Bender's normal habits wouldn't exactly be healthy for humans. Doesn't stop him from trying.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Blatantly played for laughs when the Professor asks for someone to ask the What If Machine a question, including Katrina the fairy, and Xanthor, both of whom the audience has never heard of before, and never see again.
  • Retirony: General Pac-Man really shouldn't have said his retirement started tomorrow.
  • Sense Freak: For Bender, tasting food, beer, and other things is such a shock that he can't stop, and quickly becomes an oversized blob.
  • Sequel Episode: To the first "Anthology of Interest".
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Frycrow tries scaring crows by reading Christine at them (supposedly, though the passage he's reading doesn't match anything from the book).
    • Everything in the second segment.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Human Bender's idea of a good human time is to overindulge in alcohol and food, which is the exact opposite of what he should be doing when he's become the opposite of a robot who's virtually immortal (as long as they're maintained regularly) and needs booze as opposed to being negatively affected by it. No wonder he dies of morbid obesity.
  • Weight Taller: In addition to the enormous weight gain, Human!Bender somehow grows several feet taller after his over-indulgence binge.

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